After Bush’s re-election, the country will be subject to a punishing round of tax increases.
It’s already started. Yesterday, the government announced that Medicare premiums will rise by 17.5 percent, a tax increase by any standard. And that’s just the beginning.
Call it The Big Lie. Even as they attack John Kerry for wanting to raise taxes, top Bush Administration officials know that they will be raising taxes as soon as they are re-elected. Social Security taxes will increase to pay for privatization, gasoline taxes will rise to pay for the deficit, “user fees” will be tacked on everywhere to pay for the bloated U.S. military.
It has to happen. The numbers just don’t add up, and something has to give. The government can only avoid tax increases by eliminating whole departments, like Education and environmental protection. That, of course, is not going to happen.
Bush’s re-election is assured, unfortunately. But I for one am going to enjoy watching conservatives wallow in their own lies and hypocrisy come January.