From Pine View Farm

The Candidates Debate 1

Josh Marshall:


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  1. Opie

    April 17, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    There was an exchange last night that framed beautifully why I don’t buy liberalism. Charlie Gibson was rehashing for Obama the history of the capital gains tax:
    MR. GIBSON: And in each instance, when the rate dropped, revenues from the tax increased. The government took in more money. And in the 1980s, when the tax was increased to 28 percent, the revenues went down. So why raise it at all, especially given the fact that 100 million people in this country own stock and would be affected?SENATOR OBAMA: Well, Charlie, what I’ve said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness. We saw an article today which showed that the top 50 hedge fund managers made $29 billion last year — $29 billion for 50 individuals. And part of what has happened is that those who are able to work the stock market and amass huge fortunes on capital gains are paying a lower tax rate than their secretaries. That’s not fair.**********

    That pretty much says it all for me.