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Levin’s Last Stand

Carl Levin’s retirement announcement today was delicious.

The millionaire Michigan senator who gifted himself a $7,500 tax break to buy his $40,000 2012 Chevy Volt said his Number One priority in his last two years in office is cleaning up fat-cat tax breaks.

“(My wife and I) decided that I can best serve my state and nation by concentrating in the next two years on the challenging issues before us,” said Michigan’s longest serving senator on his website today. “Years of bipartisan work by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations that I chair have shed light on tax avoidance schemes that are a major drain on our treasury. They add to the tax burden of ordinary Americans who have to pick up the slack and accelerate the economic inequality in our country.”

Present company excluded, of course. Levin meant corporate tax breaks. We’re not making this up.

Henry Payne — Henry Payne is the auto critic for the Detroit News.

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