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Sep. 10th, 2004

What a palooka.

'John Kerry has repeatedly called for increasing taxes on the "wealthy" so the affluent "pay their fair share" for the "common good." Ironically, John and Theresa Heinz Kerry, who comprise one the richest families in the world, pay relatively little income tax.

Last year, John Kerry and his wife paid just 12% of their combined income in income taxes, despite their assertion that the rich should contribute increased amounts to government coffers. In contrast, President and Mrs. Bush, who had a substantially lower income than the Kerry's, paid over 28% in taxes.'

http://www.atr.org/pressreleases/2004/pr-kerrystaxes-9-7-04.htm

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readherring
Sep. 10th, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC)
Heh. So Kerry is taking advantage of the Bush tax breaks?
bxiie
Sep. 10th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC)
Yup. Guess so.
eloquentwthrage
Sep. 10th, 2004 09:58 pm (UTC)
You are really testing my self control.
bxiie
Sep. 11th, 2004 07:08 am (UTC)
No one forces you to read my journal. Exercise your right to choose. I'll exercise my right to state my opinions.
eloquentwthrage
Sep. 11th, 2004 11:00 am (UTC)
Sorry, I should have followed that with a smiley or something. I didn't mean it so bitchy. I have been getting away from that, you know. If I had replied my actual opinion, it would have really sounded ...well, bitchy. So I didn't. That's what the self-control thing was about.
readherring
Sep. 11th, 2004 05:51 am (UTC)
I don't see why you're upset about it. Michael Moore is saving a lot of money with the Bush tax breaks too. But both Kerry & Moore are in favor of cutting these breaks. That way, Bush, Kerry, & Moore will pay a percentage in taxes that's closer to what we avereage blokes pay.
bxiie
Sep. 11th, 2004 07:06 am (UTC)
Mmm. Yep. You go. I'd be proud to vote for him, too.

Just like 'no one should have SUVs... I don't own one, my family does'.

Do as I say, not as I do.
readherring
Sep. 11th, 2004 08:07 pm (UTC)
So Kerry should have overpaid his taxes to prove the point that the rich are getting too many tax breaks? Or should Bush have paid less taxes to prove that he can trickle down?

Honestly, this argument's a little weak. Bush's cuts enabled the Kerrys to pay less taxes, and Kerry says he'll remove the reforms that he could be taking advantage of. This information, if in the wrong hands, kinda makes Kerry look good.

I don't think that the SUV analogy fits this situation, because the Kerry family didn't make the decision to get the SUV. A more similar scenario would be if Bush pushed for capped campaign finance spending, knowing that he stood to lose the edge he got from the GOP coffers. I'm not saying that Bush wouldn't ever do something like that, I'm just saying that until a new law got passed, he'd probably continue to spend as much dough on his campaign as possible.

Also, half of that ATR article was vicious quotes that ATR penned themselves. Really, they make themselves sound conspicuously half-baked.
bxiie
Sep. 11th, 2004 09:21 pm (UTC)
Kerry chose to not pay several voluntary taxes that he claims to support.

The SUV analogy isn't an analogy... It's an anecdote from the campaign. I guess you missed it... Must have something to do with the unbiased MSM.

Speaking to union employees in Detroit, Kerry waxed eloquent about his love of SUVs and the fact that he drives one. Speaking to greenies (I forget where) several days later, Kerry said SUVs should be outlawed. At a third stop, someone asked Kerry to reconcile the statements; Kerry stated that he didn't own the SUV, his family did.

Suspiciously half baked. Like, say, a silver star with combat 'V'?
bxiie
Sep. 11th, 2004 09:24 pm (UTC)
Not that this particular anecdote or any similar contradictions has anything to do with his not taking questions from reporters for over a month. I'm sure he's just too darn busy.
peregrin8
Sep. 13th, 2004 07:31 am (UTC)
Speaking to union employees in Detroit, Kerry waxed eloquent about his love of SUVs and the fact that he drives one. Speaking to greenies (I forget where) several days later, Kerry said SUVs should be outlawed. At a third stop, someone asked Kerry to reconcile the statements; Kerry stated that he didn't own the SUV, his family did.

At a third stop, someone asked Kerry to reconcile the statements; Kerry stated that he still isn't Bush. "Look at me, I'm not Bush!"
bxiie
Sep. 11th, 2004 07:09 am (UTC)
Actually, this average bloke pays the same percentage as the president. Personally, I think it is a little high.

Fucking socialists.
readherring
Sep. 11th, 2004 07:45 pm (UTC)
So basically, you're saying that Kerry is being a good national trend setter with his 12%. :)
bxiie
Sep. 11th, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC)
Gosh, it didn't occur to me; you're right! Dang, now 'm going to vote for him.
readherring
Sep. 12th, 2004 06:49 pm (UTC)
Oh poop. I just decided to vote for Bush. We're still cancelling each other out.
peregrin8
Sep. 15th, 2004 10:25 am (UTC)
from this week's theonion.com
Kerry Vows To Raise Wife's Taxes

BOSTON—Campaigning in his home state, John Kerry vowed Monday to raise taxes on his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry, whose worth is estimated to be in the range of $900 million to $3.2 billion. "My spouse has benefited long enough from tax cuts," Kerry said. "If Congress increased her taxes by 15 percent, this country would have millions of dollars to use to create new jobs and explore alternative energy sources." Kerry added that it's high time that billionaires like the one with whom he shares his life start paying their fair share.
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