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Wednesday, June 04, 2003  

No (Poor) Child Left Behind

Tom DeLay remains a piece of work:

"The House majority leader, Representative Tom DeLay, said today that the House would not consider a Democratic measure to provide an increased tax credit to 6.5 million low-income families who did not receive it in the new tax law. . . .

"'There are a lot of other things that are more important than that,' Mr. DeLay said in a news conference today. 'To me, it's a little difficult to give tax relief to people that don't pay income tax. . . .'

"'Those that are complaining the most about this being taken out in the negotiations are the ones that were against the tax cuts in the first place, and I think it's pretty shameable that they are now crying for it,' he said. 'Particularly those in the Senate that required that we have a $350 billion box that we had to work with.'

This is one of those pieces of news that defies analysis. It reveals the bald agenda of conservatives to serve a single (wealthy) constituency. With a position like this, all the discussion of sound fiscal policy, the tax cut as "jobs package," and rhetoric about this tax cut benefiting the average American--all of that is revealed for what it was. Pretty garnish around the meat of the plan: to continue the transfer of federal revenues to the wealthy.

Hey, give him this much--at least he's honest about it.

posted by Jeff | 8:35 AM |
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