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Here's a question for political strategists: What's the best way to defend extending Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy?

If you answered "Lie about it," then you're onto something -- and are apparently on the same page as Louisiana's Republican Senator, Diaper Dandy David Vitter. TPM:

Vitter: 'Virtually Everybody' Would Get Hit If Tax Cuts For The Rich Expire

At a public forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce in Crowley, Louisiana, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) attacked his Democratic opponent Charlie Melancon for calling for the top income brackets to pay higher taxes. But in doing so he implied that "virtually everybody" in attendance would see their taxes raised.

"I hate to tell you, by Washington's definitions that [Melancon]'s using, virtually everybody in this audience is the wealthy."

Of course, the truth is that extending Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy would benefit just 2% of taxpayers while adding $835 billion to our national debt. In other words, to benefit people making over $250,000 per year, "virtually everybody" would end up shouldering the burden of larger deficits and more national debt. So you can see exactly why Vitter would lie.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 12:52 PM PDT.

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