Wednesday, January 07, 2004
The time is now: tax reform platform coming soon
BURLINGTON--Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean, M.D., issued the following statement today:
"I have repeatedly called for the complete repeal of the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts to pay for health care and make significant progress toward balancing the budget. As I have consistently said since November 2002, I will propose additional tax reforms that will make the tax code fairer for working families--and that will ensure that corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share."
Dean's economic policy team has been consistently advising him that we need to reform our tax code and make it simpler and fairer, and he has stated repeatedly in the past that he would at some point release a plan. I expect it to be released possibly before the Iowa caucus, and certainly before the New Hampshire primary. If not, then the window of opportunity may close.
Burlington, are you listening? If so, please consider doing something to make the tax code fairer to couples who choose not to have children. And while you're at it, take a look at that nasty payroll tax will you? The strawman of "reducing income taxes" does not address the needs of the lower and middle classes who are unfairly targetted by the payroll rax. So let's hear what you are going to do to make the tax code simpler and more fair, and let's hear it soon. But please let's not pretend that every American family has 2.5 kids and a dog (like John Kerry does when he uses his voodoo math to attack you in the debates). Some of us aren't going to have children and we are discriminated against via the current tax code, and many of us pay a disproportionate amount of payroll taxes. Come on Burlington, we know you can do it.
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