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Save the Bush Tax Cuts

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Posted on June 28 2010 5:10 am
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by J. Robert Smith

Do you want to know what a win-win is in politics? It’s when good policy and good politics meet up. The Bush tax rate cuts, scheduled to lapse in January, are a prime example of an excellent meet-up for GOP candidates. Do Republicans have the smarts to campaign for the extension of the Bush tax rates? Or do the frequently tone-deaf and lily-livered Republicans not get how powerful it is to stump for an extension, especially with a teetering economy? Let’s help stiffen GOP spines with reasons to push tax rate cut extensions.

But let’s first dispel a fear. An outgrowth of that fear is “W” aversion. And, no, that’s not just some Sesame Street-induced aversion to the letter “W,” but an aversion to the man the letter represents. Associating George W. Bush’s name with anything — from bonbons to tax cuts — makes gullible Republicans believe it is a certain kiss-of-death with independent voters and persuadable Democrats (a rare breed these days, for sure).

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