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Tonight is the first Republican presidential debate with all the top contenders planning to attend. And there is only one question I want to see asked:

Why didn't the Bush tax cuts create any jobs?

Every candidate on tonight's debate stage not only continues to support the Bush tax cuts, but also proposes additional tax cuts for corporations and individual millionaires.

Tim Pawlenty wants to cuts taxes on the wealthiest from 35% to 25%, and on corporations from 35% to 15%.

Newt Gingrich proposes an "optional flat tax" of 15% which will surely be "opted" by every millionaire now paying 35%, as well as eliminating the estate tax on heirs and the capital gains tax on speculators.

Rep. Michelle Bachmann voted for the House budget, which slashed the tax rate for corporations and wealthy individuals to 25%, then argued that what we really need is higher taxes on the poor and middle class.

Rick Santorum criticized the bipartisan tax cut deal President Obama forged with congressional Republicans on the grounds it did not cut taxes on the wealthy enough.

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain calls for more tax cuts for the wealthy, but hasn't given specifics yet and also backs cutting the capital gains tax and eliminating the estate tax.

Mitt Romney is calling for lower taxes on corporations but hasn't yet laid out specifics.

Yet none of them have been directly asked to explain why they support an extension and expansion of, according to the Wall Street Journal, a tax policy that produced "the worst record on record" on job creation?

Shouldn't they at least be expected to offer a reason why the Bush tax cuts didn't work?

How can we take them seriously if they can't learn a single lesson from recent history?

This is no longer an abstract debate. The Bush tax cuts happened.

Conservatives claimed they would boost the economy and create jobs. They didn't.

The fundamental truth of the failure of the Bush tax cuts should be front and center of any discussion about our future tax policy.

Any presidential debate that ignores this fundamental truth is doing a disservice to the electorate.

Originally published at OurFuture.org

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Comment Preferences

    •  Not Just Tonight (1+ / 0-)
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      JTinDC

      But every so called debate as to either party, boy would the answers be interesting, as frankly that's one the Dems should have been continuously hammering already!!

      CCR:"If you're a torturer, be careful in your travel plans. It's a slow process for accountability, but we keep going."

      by jimstaro on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 12:41:00 PM PDT

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    •  And Another (0+ / 0-)

      Where's that 'free market capitalism' economic investment from them at the top, after all that was the con sold!

      CCR:"If you're a torturer, be careful in your travel plans. It's a slow process for accountability, but we keep going."

      by jimstaro on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 12:42:24 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The Bush tax cuts helped the people (3+ / 0-)
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    kevinpdx, ExStr8, opinionated

    they were supposed to help.   The fact they f'd things up for the rest of us, was a feature, not a bug.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 12:01:05 PM PDT

  •  Herman Cain's closer (2+ / 0-)
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    kevinpdx, ExStr8

    "and lastly, my family doesn't owe Tiffany's half a million dollars (chuckle) (chuckle) (chuckle)."

  •  THE perfect question! (1+ / 0-)
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    Gary Norton

    Stonewall was a RIOT!

    by ExStr8 on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 12:06:37 PM PDT

  •  Count On It, and Expect a Dozen Followups (3+ / 0-)
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    Gary Norton, cama2008, Orinoco

    --in the alternate multiverse that just split off when I answered this.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 12:10:42 PM PDT

  •  Standard answer "The tax cuts saved jobs (0+ / 0-)

    that would have been lost". I say prove it!!!

    Preemptive war is like committing suicide for fear of death

    by thestructureguy on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 12:56:56 PM PDT

  •  From your lips to CNN's deaf ears. nt (0+ / 0-)

    "If you go all day without hitting or biting anyone, it was a good day." Patrick, age 4

    by Meggie on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 01:06:08 PM PDT

  •  Agreed! (1+ / 0-)
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    maybeeso in michigan

    I've been asking this of every Republican I know.  The response is a blank stare.

    In 2010, I paid more taxes than General Electric.

    by GrogInOhio on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 01:11:14 PM PDT

  •  My question is (0+ / 0-)

    You have a president in office right now who is enacting more of your agenda than you have ever been able to do on your own :

    We have Romneycare with mandates and no cost controls or drug negotiation - you guys like that, right? if you don't you should, since it "preserved private delivery of healthcare" and did nothing to rein in costs. I guess you have to pretend not to like it - "tort reform" is still your be all and end all, isn't it?(Can someone tell them that Texas has had tort reform for years and it has done NOTHING to bring down healthcare costs. Someone? Anyone?)

    *We have extended the Bush tax cuts and probably will again (despite protestations to the contrary)

    *We had a Deficit Commission headed by cranks you love like Simpson and Bowles

    *the Justice department is giving all your Wall Street buddies a free pass for the biggest financial con job ever perpetrated on the global economy

    *the Treasury Department is embarked on a program of dismantling government support for homeownership that has gone back to the New Deal. They want to dismantle Fannie and Freddie and privatize the entire mortgage market keeping a paltry 15% for government backed mortgages. You guys will be able to do whatever you want!

    *The Treasury Department has also done almost nothing to keep Americans in their homes. The HAMP program was voluntary and only a tiny fraction of the monies allocated have ever been used. Meanwhile, foreclosures continue mostly unabated. But Mortgage Servicer rules have been clarified, so it will be speedier and more efficient, more consumer friendly, you might say. You'll still lose your house but you'll be on a first name basis with your forecloser.

    *We have bought completely into your deficit cutting hysteria even though we are in deep recession/depression and have allowed you to control the framing and the entire debate. We will be financial lemmings and cut spending and destroy the whole economy right along with you in order to not have you call us "Socialists" or other mean names.

    *We have done almost nothing with the actual real power we have at our disposal - regulation

    read here

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    ****

    What's not to love? Why are any of you bothering to run at all?

     

  •  tax cuts (2+ / 0-)
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    MKinTN, PhilK

    That's a question we should all be screaming at the top of our lungs to anyone who will listen. The Bush tax cuts for the "job creators" have been in place for 11 years now, where are all the jobs. Tax cuts do not create jobs, they create deficits.  Great diary, tipped and recommended.

    "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now." -B. Dylan

    by S F Hippie on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 01:27:20 PM PDT

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