Thursday | December 05, 2002
Rewarding corporate tax evaders, political hacks
Read Arianna Huffington's latest column, and then read it again. This issue should be at the top of the Democrats' list over the next two years:
As the war on terror shows troubling signs of becoming a war of error, the Bush administration is waging a far more successful war on behalf of its corporate backers. The latest victory comes courtesy of Congress' 11th hour reversal of a provision in the Homeland Security Bill banning government contracts for companies that move offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes.The administration has reiterated over and over again that this "war on terror" entails sacrifices, but its actions have clearly shown that its political and corporate backers will shoulder none of that burden. Another case in point:
The Bush administration's decision to revive cash bonuses for political appointees touched off a fury of criticism yesterday from Democrats, unions and some policy experts who said the move slighted ordinary federal employees and raised the specter of cronyism.It is clear that the Bush Administration simply cannot help itself, and there will be undoubtedly more examples such as these in the coming two years. Now, the Democratic Party's challenge is to take each of these gross abuses and build upon the last one -- the same way the GOP hammered home the "Gore is liar" theme. None of these incidents by themselves will expose the GOP for the facilitator of corporate corruption that it is, but with deft handling Democrats can help make the case.
I hate to assume that the Dems will let this and other opportunities pass, so let's hope that our side is starting to learn their lessons.Posted December 05, 2002 12:12 PM | Comments (53)