November 3, 2008

A TEST OF POLITICAL ACUMEN:

Is Obama Swiping the Tax Cut Issue?: Voters seem to think he’s the Ronald Reagan tax-cutter of the 2008 election (Larry Kudlow, 11/03/08, National Review)

Wouldn’t it be the height of irony if Barack Obama wins this election as the Ronald Reagan tax-cutter? His tax plans are severely flawed and his campaign narrative to support them is all wrong. And yet a recent Rasmussen poll shows that 31 percent of voters believe Obama is the real tax cutter, while only 11 percent choose McCain.

Believe it or not, Obama seems to have swiped the tax-cut issue from the Republican party. How can this be?

Well, for almost two years Obama has talked about cutting taxes for 95 percent of the people.


George HW Bush and Bill Clinton won presidential races at least in part because they were seen as the more Reaganite candidate on taxes. But neither took the tax issue seriously and both raised them once in office, paying hefty political prices for doing so. If the 95% of us don't get the tax cuts he's been promising these two years then he'll have betrayed very nearly the only concrete promise he's run on.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2008 7:14 PM
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