In which I continue to inflict tax talk upon you

In a letter to The New York Times, Charles Rangel, a Congressional representative from New York, has said many of the things I was trying to say last week, but much more eloquently:

Re “Stating the Obvious,” by Paul Krugman (column, May 27): Many Democrats have been saying for months that the president’s tax cuts are part of a deliberate plan to starve government of all resources to do anything other than defense.

While I commend Mr. Krugman, he understates the damage the Bush plan will cause when he writes that either taxes will go up again or vital programs will be gutted. In fact, both will occur. States and cities have already raised property, sales and excise taxes to try to meet the responsibilities the Bush administration is shirking. These taxes hit middle-income families first….

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