Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Feeling Poorer Already
First reports from the Niceville front:
NICEVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) - President Bush said on Tuesday that abolishing the U.S. income tax system and replacing it with a national sales tax was an idea worth considering.Cancel that order for the H2. Those lucky duckies who don't have jobs can't afford to buy anything anyway, so now they won't have to pay a sales tax either. The rich sure get screwed in this country.
"It's an interesting idea," Bush told an "Ask President Bush" campaign forum here. "You know, I'm not exactly sure how big the national sales tax is going to have to be, but it's the kind of interesting idea that we ought to explore seriously."
Good evening, folks. Mr. Bush should be just about at the back-slapping phase of his final public event of the evening in Panama City, Florida. We've been stalking him all day, and I must say it's been hilarous. I hope a transcript of this will be up soon. There probably won't be many surprises, since no one who might ask an actual question will be allowed near, but you never know. He might be getting a little tired and testy by now, which is when the facade often slips.
But first, another tidbit from Niceville:
Others in the audience seemed to have supreme confidence in his leadership. Gary Walby, 60, a retired jeweler from Destin, told Bush he has always voted for Republicans, but "this is the very first time that I have felt that God was in the White House." The audience erupted into cheers and applause.
Bush joked that his brother, Gov. Jeb Bush, who joined him in Niceville, had planted Walby in the audience.
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