- McCain says a simple ‘no’ to raising taxes
Presidential hopeful previously stunned GOP by suggesting the opposite
WASHINGTON – After upsetting some conservatives by signaling an openness to higher payroll taxes for Social Security, Republican John McCain gave the simplest of answers when asked if he would raise taxes as president.
“No,” McCain said sternly when the question was put to him by a young girl at a meeting Tuesday in Sparks, Nevada.
Despite previous vows not to raise taxes of any kind, McCain had caught some Republicans by surprise by suggesting the opposite.
More at the link. Unfortunately, this promise is an empty one. Because, in his greatest failure, President Bush was unable to persuade the Congress to make his tax cuts permanent, they will begin to expire shortly; it happens in stages, but the last of the tax cuts expires on New Year’s Day of 2011.
As President, John McCain will have to do more than say no to legislation increasing taxes; he’ll have to work hard to persuade the Congress, which will probably be controlled by Democrats, to pass legislation to extend the tax cuts. If President Bush couldn’t get that done when he had Republican majorities in six of his eight years, what makes anyone think that John McCain can get this done when facing a Democratic-controlled Congress?