Robert Novak

In a recent fund-raising appeal to small donors for Senate Democratic campaigns, Bill Clinton pushed a tax increase for upper income earners -- now including himself.

In a June 25 appeal asking contributions of "$50, $100 or even more," the former president declared: "I never had any money until I left the White House. But now that I'm a millionaire, I get more help from the federal government than anybody. I think it's inconsistent with the common good to give me huge tax cuts."

As president in 1993, Clinton pushed huge upper bracket tax increases through Congress. Republicans won control of the House in 1994 for the first time in 40 years.

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The "Yes Men," a left-wing acting troupe that specializes in public hoaxes, had the tables turned Wednesday when they tried to enter three right-of-center think tanks in Washington under false pretenses.

The group entered the Heritage Foundation, Competitive Enterprise Institute and Cato Institute, claiming to be filming a documentary on conservative economist Milton Friedman's "Free to Choose." At Cato, the think tank's employees detected the hoax and unlimbered cameras to interview the interviewers.

A footnote: The most notorious stunt by the "Yes Men" came in 2004, when one posed as a spokesman for Dow Chemical and gave a five-minute interview on BBC's world service to promise spending $12 billion to compensate victims of the 1984 Bhopal disaster by Dow's Union Carbide.


Robert Novak

Robert Novak (1931-2009) was a syndicated columnist and editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report.
 

 
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