Do politicians even hear the questions?

Posted in at 19:27 by RjZ

On NPR’s All Things Considered this evening Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was asked what he thinks the Senate’s response to likely House of Representatives proposals will be. Specifically, Robert Siegel asked him how he would respond to the House Democrats removing subsidies on “Big Oil”. Naturally, good Republican that he is, Mr. McConnell said that he would oppose raising taxes.

He’d oppose raising taxes? How is eliminating a subsidy equivalent to raising a tax? I am pretty sure it’s you, me and even Mr. McConnell who pay for subsidies–through taxes. If we eliminate them, that would reduce taxes (or at least reduce spending.) How can he, in good conscience, use this defense?

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  1. tim r said,

    January 5, 2007 at 11:29

    Because then you would be raising taxes on those poor little oil companies that fuel McConnell’s campaign donations when you vote to remove their taxpayer-paid subsidies and tax-breaks… If there’s one thing the Repugs stand for, it is not taxing the rich. At least they have a clear position….

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