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Press Release

    Message of the Day

    01/11/2000

    Keep the Money Out of Washington All Candidates should take the Bush Pledge
    In the Republican debates, Governor Bush pledged, “I’ll cut taxes, so help me God.” The Bush tax cut proposal is larger than the proposal passed by Congress in 1999 and shows the governor’s belief that the budget surplus belongs to the taxpayers, not the politicians. This tax cut plan marks a step toward fundamental tax reform.

    Senator John McCain’s tax proposal falls short in three fundamental areas: It raises taxes It leaves too many working Americans with little or no tax cut It leaves too much money in Washington

    The “No Internet Tax” candidate should understand that if tax dollars stay in Washington, the politicians will spend them faster than the time it takes to buy a book from Amazon.com.

    The proposal is disappointing given the boldness Senator McCain has shown on keeping the Internet free from taxation. The “No Internet Tax” candidate should understand that if tax dollars stay in Washington, the politicians will spend them faster than the time it takes to buy a book from Amazon.com.

    Congress and the White House have demonstrated that budget surpluses will be spent on wasteful, pork barrel programs and instead should be returned to the taxpayers. Each year since the budget surplus appeared, Congress has broken the spending caps and spent billions more than the law allowed.

    Tax increases do not belong in a tax cut proposal. Senator McCain’s proposal mirrors Democratic Bill Bradley’s plan by raising taxes. Especially in light of the projected budget surpluses, there is no need for any tax increases.

    All Americans need a tax cut. While Senator McCain and others should be commended for wanting to help those at the lower end of the income spectrum, all working Americans deserve to have their surplus tax dollars returned to them in a tax cut. The choice should not be between a tax cut for some Americans and not for others. The choice should be whether Washington bureaucrats or the taxpayers get to decide how the surplus is spent.

    Scrap the Code: The best tax cut is one that scraps the current code and replaces it with a one low, simple and fair rate. All Republican presidential candidates claim to favor this approach. Tax cuts, not increases, take us there.