Disclaimer: I am neither Republican or Democrat. I’m a member of the Libertarian Party.
Bill, Republicans were JUST as rude to Clinton when he would give his State of the Union addresses. If anything, I think the Dems were more cordial to Bush than the House Republicans were to Clinton (deservedly or not).
Democrats don’t want a tax cut because they have a different political ideology. They believe government has a strong role to play in helping people (especially the poor) and achieving social justice. They believe this with the best of intentions. For them, a tax cut is bad for a number of reasons:
- It necessitates spending cuts, and someone’s cash cow always ends up being cut.
- They think it will somehow hurt the economy.
- They feel the rich will benefit from it more than the poor.
They don’t feel as though they’re stealing people’s hard-earned cash (no matter what Republicans or Libertarians might think). They feel as though the rich have benefited greatly from America and therefore owe more. They feel that the government has an obligation to help all people.
FWIW, I don’t think the Republicans are very anti-tax either. Look at what Bush did with the faith-based organization brouhaha. It would have been much easier for him to say “Okay, the American people are the most generous in the world. Let’s refund them some of their tax money and trust them to give to the charitable causes of their choice, whether they are faith-based or not.” Instead, he’s installed yet another layer of government: you pay your taxes, and the government redistributes them to a number of organizations, some of them with religious or social positions with which you may profoundly disagree. It was a bad, undemocratic decision to take and incredibly wastefull of taxpayer money.
True tax relief isn’t going to come without major decreases in spending. That’s a truism. Unfortunately, it does not yet seem that people are prepared to take responsibility for solving their problems in the communities and churches, but still rely on the government for subsistence. We got along fine without any income taxes at all for more than a century. It can be done again, but it will take more of a philosophical change of heart among the people than any government act.
Still, any relief is better than nothing. I was pleased that Bush said he wanted tax relief to be retroactive. I do not make a huge amount of money, yet between income taxes, utility taxes, car taxes (on the car I paid $900 of taxes for when I bought it), sales taxes, and all the other hidden taxes, I’m taxed at a rate close to 30%. Any relief at all would be a great help to me. I do not envy the rich for getting a bigger cut; they pay more than I do.