Looking for a quick jump-start on a column critiquing this claim by Howard Dean, that there was no middle-class tax cut. Thoughts, facts, etc., etc. would be appreciated. Here is how he put it last night:
“Well, we’ve got to look at the big picture. If you make over $1 million, you’ve got a $112,000 tax cut. Sixty percent of us got a $304 tax cut.
And the question I have for Americans is, did your college tuition go up more than $304 because the president cut Pell Grants in order to finance his tax cuts for his millionaire friends? How about your property taxes, did they go up more than $304 because the president wouldn’t fund special ed, wouldn’t fund No Child Left Behind, wouldn’t fund COPS and — how about your health care payments? Did they go up more than $304 because the president cut thousands of people all over America off health care because he wouldn’t fund the states’ share that they needed to continue to insure people, and that was shifted to insurance and the health care premiums?
Middle-class people did not see a tax cut. There was no middle-class tax cut. There was a Bush tax increase with tuitions, with property taxes, with health care premiums, and most middle-class people in this country are worse off because of President Bush’s so-called tax cut than they are better off.”