Paul  Weyrich

Unlike his father, President George W. Bush sometimes is difficult to understand. However, one issue about which he has been resolute and consistent in recent times is taxes. In the past Bush did not veto higher spending bills. In his entire first term and well into his second President Bush did not veto a single bill. Even now he has vetoed only three bills, two of which would have expanded embryonic stem-cell research. His rationale for not exercising his veto power was that he did not want to quarrel with the first Republican Congress since 1995-1996. He let Congress get by with profligate spending until exasperated voters threw out the rascals in 2006.

Now, however, the President is more serious. When he had a Congress which cut taxes every year he was in office, he did not veto spending. This year, with a Democratic 110th Congress, Bush has said, "I will use the veto to keep your taxes low." He has promised to veto 9 of the 12 congressional spending bills. Bush said on August 8 "If the majority gets its way, American families, small businesses, will face a massive tax hike. It would amount to the largest tax increase in American history. Look, I recognize the Democrats control the Congress, and with it the power of the purse. I also have some power, and it is called the veto. And I have the votes in Congress to sustain vetoes, and therefore, I will use the veto to keep your taxes low and to keep federal spending under control." If only the President had thought this way when Congress was controlled by Republicans it likely would have remained Republican. Bush went on to say that, "Our economy prospers when we trust the American people with their own paychecks."

The President noted that since 2003 our economy has added more than 8.3 million new jobs and has had almost four years of uninterrupted growth. We continue to grow at a steady pace. Bush pointed out that tax cuts let the American people keep their own money, which stimulates entrepreneurship. Contrary to what Democrats preach, Bush said that when people earn more money tax revenues may rise. In 2007 "Tax revenues are expected to be $167 billion higher than last year because the economy is growing."

Bush noted that, "Growing tax revenues combined with spending restraint has helped us drive down the federal deficit, and we were able to do so without raising taxes on the people who work, or without raising taxes on small business owners or farmers."

Bush averred that Democrats in Congress want to increase taxes and legislate additional government programs, "And I strongly oppose that approach."

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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