Crazy for liberty
quotes Bob Barr:
â€œWhere does John McCain stand on taxes?,â€ asks Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president. â€œHe was for higher taxes before he was against them. But now he seems to be in favor of them again,â€ notes Barr.
â€œPerhaps Sen. McCain has been in Washington too long to realize, but Americans pay far too much for government. The Tax Foundation says most of us spend nearly four months working for the government, and that doesnâ€™t include the cost of government borrowing or regulation. Yet Sen. McCain opposed President George W. Bushâ€™s tax cuts as being unfair. When he decided to run for president, he decided that he favored making the tax cuts permanent. Which is the real John McCain?,â€ Barr asks.
Earlier this year Sen. McCain said â€œno new taxes,â€ no matter what, but his economic adviser Carly Fiorina recently encouraged the Democrats to be â€œcreative enoughâ€ to propose a tax hike on wealthier Americans as part of a Social Security plan. â€œMcCainâ€™s spokesman then insisted that the candidate believes â€˜we can fix Social Security without raising taxes,â€™ but this weekend Sen. John McCain told ABC Newsâ€™ George Stephanopoulos that â€˜There is nothing I would take off the tableâ€™,â€ notes Barr. â€œThat language is Washington-speak and is nothing less than an open invitation to the Democrats to propose tax hikes in the context of negotiations concerning the budget or Social Security reform. We all know how such bipartisan â€˜compromisesâ€™ endâ€”with spending going up and taxpayers paying more.â€
Of course, some libertarians are wondering whether Bob Barr supports the Boortz/Linder “fair” tax plan,
or to what extent he differs from it.