Tom Humphrey points out that Lamar Alexander's recent embrace of a flat income tax goes against his previous stances on the issue:
During an unsuccessful campaign for president in 1996, Alexander was quoted as calling the flat-tax proposal advanced by Steve Forbes "a nutty idea."
Apr 21, 2008 9:57 AM
U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Tuke calls out Senator Lamar Alexander today in a posting on the national blog Huffington Post:
Senator Alexander, I want to give you the benefit of the doubt. I'm hoping that this is not a tawdry political stunt. To put this perception to rest, I propose that you show us your budget for your new tax plan. Show us how you fund our troops, care for our veterans, fully fund a sensible GI Bill and pay down the massive debt you've run up. Show us how you will protect Social Security and Medicare. Show us how the thousands Tennessee families keep homeowner exemptions at tax time. Tell us what you would cut. Education? Health care? Social Security? Homeland Security? Student Loans? Corporate welfare for big oil companies? Senator Alexander this is your chance to put me in my place. Prove to me this isn't an election year gimmick. Better yet, let's schedule a public meeting to discuss it. Bring your plan. We will invite the media and have a calm chat about your plan. I'm calling your bluff. I want to see your hole card.Mike Padgett just hours later had a few words to share with our senior Senator on the falt tax as well:
“If Senator Alexander were serious about lifting some of the load off of the working class, he would not have voted at least a dozen times to block tax cuts that were targeted for middle- and lower-income taxpayers,” Padgett said. “What about tax cuts that would really make a difference in the working family’s budget – a tuition tax credit equal to 50 percent of college costs, for example, or a first-time homeowner tax credit? How about doubling the tax credit for child-care expenses?
Apr 17, 2008 6:37 PM