Unfortunately, he just keeps missing. Whiff. Whiff. Whiff.
“These were the largest tax cuts that we’ve had, maybe ever, but certainly in a very long time,” he said. “And they are a tremendous cause of the deficits that we’re looking at right now. And most of those tax cuts went to the very wealthiest people in this country.”
Chandler says wealthy people today have more money as a percentage of the economy than they’ve ever had in the history of the U.S.
“It’s kept us from having the ability to properly fund things like Medicare and Social Security,” he said. “So now people want to come along and say, ‘surprisingly, we don’t have the money to fund Medicare and Social Security.’ Well, of course we don’t. We’ve given all these big tax cuts to the wealthiest people in the country.“
Ben is, of course, absolutely correct in everything he says.
Which makes it all the more ridiculous that Ben Chandler is a vocal and powerful supporter of the Bush Tax Cuts.
Let’s run through this again for Ben’s benefit, since he’s trying to play pretend.
Ben Chandler signed a pledge to NEVER raise taxes on the super rich.
Last December when a handful of turncoat House Democrats joined forces with House Republicans to force Obama’s shift on these very same destructive Bush Tax Cuts… Ben Chandler was one of the fools pushing for and then voting for extension of the Bush Tax Cuts.
And Last September, one year ago!, Ben Chandler was certainly singing a different tune — hitting the campaign trail and blasting the idea that anyone would raise taxes on the super rich.
Chandler has supported the Bush Tax Cuts over and over and over again. Now he attempts to play the other side.
Perhaps disgruntled Kentucky Democrats of the 6th District will be heartened by Ben Chandler’s words — perhaps they are so desperate for Ben to do something right that they will accept this.
But Ben Chandler acknowledging that he has directly helped cripple America’s “ability to properly fund things like Medicare and Social Security” should be of little solace to anyone who values either of those two programs, or who values the ideals of the Democratic Party.
So keep on swinging, Ben Chandler.
How many Dems out there are fooled by this pantomime?