Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Economic Conservatives Or Anti-Tax?

From the Times, this graph struck me as odd:
As a result, there is much less debate among Republicans about the wisdom of forcing a vote in the Senate this week on the repeal of the federal estate tax, an issue that ranks at or near the top of the wish lists of economic conservatives.
The article is actually about how many Republicans are fretting the anti-marriage ban for same-sex couples, but this struck me as odd. I was unaware that anti-tax and economic conservatives were the same thing. There is a distinction here.

Economic conservatives are agaisnt deficits, at least as far as I understand. Anti-taxers want to cut taxes, plain and simple. If you are both anti-tax and an economic conservative, then you want to cut taxes and cut government programs, regardless of need or puplic support. This is Grover Norquist's America. Alternatively, if you are anti-tax and don't care about deficits, then you are a borrower and spender. This is GOP America and is not economic conservative.

If you support government programs and taxes to support the necessary and/or popular programs, then you can still be considered an economic conservative. This is the category I fall into. It also happens to be what irked me most about Westly's campaign. (More on that later.)

Looking at the state of the economy, we are facing massive deficits and there has been little to no big cuts in government programs. One would have to question the economic conservative credentials of those who want to repeal the Paris Hilton tax--I mean estate tax--in this economic environment.

I've been up all night working so I lack the energy to answer the tax and spend liberal critique. Maintaining the estate tax is not increasing taxes, it's keeping it the same. Not hard to understand, really.

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