The Corner

Kerry: ‘Major Tax Increase’ Coming in 2013

I am hearing that the official final word (i.e. announcement of failure) from the supercommittee is imminent. In the meantime, here is Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) candidly outlining the Democratic position on MSNBC this morning (Hint: it involves a giant tax hike and no meaninful changes to entitlement programs):

On taxes:

Kerry: If you fail…you’re guaranteed, unless it’s changed, a major tax increase on January 1st of 2013, when the Bush tax cuts expire.

On “painful” entitlement cuts:

Kerry: The fact is there were cuts, and incidentally, when you say ‘cuts,’ it was slowing the rate of growth. It was not a cut to a benefit; it was a slowing of the rate at which it is growing.

Late last year, Democrats reluctantly agreed to extend the Bush tax rates on all levels of income. President Obama himself admitted that “you don’t raise taxes in a recession.” But Democrats have always been wary of referring to the expiration of the Bush tax rates as a “major tax increase,” preferring the class-warfare configuration of “extra tax cuts” for the rich (emphasis mine). Kerry seems to have slipped off message.

Andrew Stiles — Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

Most Popular


The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More
Film & TV

Why We Can’t Have Wakanda

SPOILERS AHEAD Black Panther is a really good movie that lives up to the hype in just about every way. Surely someone at Marvel Studios had an early doubt, reading the script and thinking: “Wait, we’re going to have hundreds of African warriors in brightly colored tribal garb, using ancient weapons, ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More