GOP’s tax criticism is funny

I’m surely not the only one who has noticed a certain absurd irony in the Republican’s accusation that Al Gore cast the deciding vote in the tax increase of the middle 1990s.

This is the same tax increase, I remind you, which at the time the Republican opponents promised would destroy the economy and cast working class families into dire destitution.

Now that those predictions have proven so laughable, those same Republicans are enjoying making plans for using the possible future surplus which at least in part is a result of that same tax increase.

Just as Al Gore stood up to intense pressure at that time and did the right thing, isn’t it probable that his plan to use most of the potential surplus to pay down the national debt is also right on the button? Even business columnist Jane Bryant Quinn says that the first step in getting your financial affairs in order is to pay off your debt, so paying interest doesn’t keep you going in the wrong direction.

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