January 7, 2005


Bush names Mack and Breaux for tax panel (FT Reporters, January 7 2005, Financial Times)

President George W. Bush on Friday named former senators Connie Mack and John Breaux to head a panel that will seek ways to simplify the US tax code.

Mr Bush has made the issue one of the priorities of his second administration.

`This is an essential task for our country and it’s a task that will treat our taxpayers more fairly,’’ Mr Bush said as he introduced the two men at the White House. “I am firm in my desire to get something done.”

Sen Mack, a Republican who served two terms as senator for Florida, will be chairman of the panel. Sen Breaux, a Democrat from Louisiana who served three terms, will serve as vice chairman.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 7, 2005 1:31 PM

I have a great deal of trouble envisioning a Senator from the state that gave us Russell(Don't Tax You, DOn't Tax Me, Tax That Guy Around the Tree) Long proposing anything that will displease the K Street gangsters.

Posted by: Bart at January 7, 2005 4:03 PM

I'm with Bart. Breaux doesn't do a thing for me. Is Packwood still alive? I realize they would have to keep an eye on him, but I think even if senile he's more likely to straighten out the tax code than Breaux. I doubt Connie Mack is up to the task.

Posted by: h-man at January 7, 2005 4:36 PM

Let me at it and I'm cheaper.

First thing to go, that deduction for safe deposit boxes.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 7, 2005 10:26 PM