During a radio interview on the Fernando Espuelas Show on Tuesday, Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse admitted that the Bush Tax Cuts have had a positive impact on middle-class Americans.
“Why is there still so much support in the Congress for these tax cuts?” Espuelas asked Woodhouse.
“Well, there certainly is support among Republicans to keep the Bush tax cuts, particularly for the upper-incomers. But then they want to go even further,” Woodhouse replied.
“I mean look, I think that, broadly speaking, Republicans and Democrats don’t want to see, especially at a time where the economy needs all the fuel it can get, don’t want to see us raising taxes on the middle-class. So, for example, some of the Bush tax cuts did some good things for the middle-class and certainly don’t want to see, especially at this time, a tax increase on the middle-class,” he added.
Discussion of the Bush tax cuts begins at the 5:13 mark:
"But you know, what the president has said is that people like Mitt Romney, who benefit, for example in his case, from a loophole that allows him to pay a lower tax rate than many middle-class Americans -- you know what? They can afford to pay more," Woodhouse said.
"People who make $250,000 a year, couples who make $250,000 a year, can afford to pay a little more. Oil companies that are getting $4 billion a year in tax breaks when they’re raking in money hand-over-fist, they can afford to pay a little bit more,” he added.
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