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March 2, 2006

Bush's Sleight of Hand Tax Tricks

President Junior has learned from Pappy's faux pas. He's not gonna fall for that "read my lips, no new taxes" trap, see. He'll just call them "fees":

March 1 (Bloomberg) -- While President George W. Bush is adamantly against raising taxes, he's increasingly comfortable with imposing billions of dollars in new government fees, as the airline, commodities and shipping industries have discovered.

Bush's 2007 budget proposal would raise more than $47 billion over the next five years by imposing, raising or extending expiring fees on everything from airline tickets to oil drilling to commodity transactions to ships passing through the St. Lawrence Seaway."It's a way for the administration to get around its `we'll never-raise-taxes' attitude,'' said Stan Collender, managing director of the Washington office of Financial Dynamics, a business-consulting firm.
Gee, Mr. Bush, what happened to the concept of small government? No wonder some conservatives don't even recognize you anymore.

posted at 8:50 PM by Wonky Muse

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