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September 23, 2004

A Dislogue for Teresa

Speaking at a fundraiser in Arizona, last night, Teresa Heinz Kerry criticized the President for his tax cuts, which became "permanent" today:

She said she was embarrassed to receive tax cuts advocated by Bush and supports her husband's efforts to roll them back for higher incomes and use those funds for education, health care and deficit reduction.
--The Business Journal
Someone needs to sit Teresa down and have a little, friendly chat with her along these lines, I think:

Teresa, I know you weren't born and raised here, and I know you probably don't understand all the ins and outs of American living. I mean, you may know of them, but that's not the same. But just in case you aren't aware, you can give money to the IRS. We really wouldn't want you to feel embarrassed about accepting the tax cuts, and we know you can probably afford to pass them up without making John give up next year's new bicycle, so why don't you calculate your recalculate your taxes for 2001-2004 based on pre-2001 rates and remit the difference?

This would accomplish several good things. First, it would decrease the deficit. I know you worry a lot about that too. I've heard your husband, John, complaining that it's gone up a lot because of those tax cuts. Second, it would show voters that you really do care. And, of course, it would also alleviate that nasty embarrassment.

Teresa, we have a saying there in America that applies pretty well here: "put your money where your mouth is." Now, that isn't too be taken literally. Even as amusing as the thought is of seeing you stuff your mouth with wads of $100 bills, that isn't what I'm suggesting. What it means is, well, to use another saying: "don't just talk the talk, walk the walk." Actions speak louder than words. If you're going to preach something, live it.

Break out those tax returns and a spreadsheet. Wait, you don't do those things. Okay, grab your secretary and have him call your tax attorney and he can have it done. And while you're at it, would you please release copies of your tax returns for the last few years so the American voters can understand better exactly what John Kerry is offering us in this package deal he's proposing on November 2?

Posted by dan at September 23, 2004 10:42 PM