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Nonpartisan Reviewers Are Crushing The Buffett Tax As 'A Hoax On Voters,' A 'Total Sham,' 'Desperate.' Even Dems Admit It's 'Not Going To Help'

 

Buffett Tax 'Won't Create Jobs'

BILL KELLER, THE NEW YORK TIMES: "…sounds a little desperate." (Bill Keller, "The Sweet Spot," The New York Times, 4/15/12)

CANDY CROWLEY, CNN: "…won't do much to eat away at the nation's debt, it won't create jobs, and no one expects it to get through the Democratic-controlled Senate…" (Candy Crowley, "Buffett Rule Would Barely Dent Debt But Fits Nicely Into Obama's Theme," CNN, 4/16/12)

MIKA BRZEZINSKI, MSNBC: "…just what does it really accomplish, though?" (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 4/16/12)

DANA MILBANK: "President Obama admits it: His proposed 'Buffett Rule' tax on millionaires is a gimmick…" (Dana Milbank, "Rebuffing Obama's Gimmicky 'Buffett Rule'," The Washington Post, 4/11/12)

BOB SCHIEFFER, CBS: "…kind of a publicity stunt…?" (CBS' "Face The Nation," 4/15/12)

JIM VANDEHEI, POLITICO: "It's total gimmickry. It's 1% of what you need to actually take care of the deficit." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 4/12/12) 

  • "There's a big danger for President Obama in that they become so insanely political in an insanely political culture. Almost everything they do now..." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 4/12/12)

FMR. REP. HAROLD FORD (D-TN): "…not going to help us grow…" Q: "So you support the Buffett rule? FORD: "No, there's a big difference between the Buffett rule and reforming the tax code." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 4/16/12)

FMR. SEN. RUSS FEINGOLD (D-WI): "My belief is this is more symbolic." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 4/16/12)

HOWARD WOLFSON: "We have a deficit of over a trillion dollars. This is not about deficit reduction." (MSNBC's "Now With Alex Wagner," 4/12/12)

UNION LEADER [NH]: "…A Total Sham…The Buffett Rule is not about math or fairness or shared sacrifice. It is simply a cynical ploy to buy the votes of the ignorant and gullible." (Editorial, "The Buffett Rule: A Total Sham," Union Leader, 4/12/12)

FOSTER'S DAILY DEMOCRAT [NH]: "Buffett Rule Is A Hoax On Voters … Buffett, schmuffett, President Obama's Buffett Rule has nothing to do with fairness… It is also about distracting voters from the Obama administration's mishandling of the economy." (Editorial, "Buffett Rule Is A Hoax On Voters," Foster's Daily Democrat, 4/12/12)

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL [WI]: "Buffett Rule Is A Political Gimmick That Won't Work … the Buffett Rule is more likely to spawn a new generation of tax dodges than to usher in a new era of tax fairness. It is, in fact, nothing more than a smoke screen that obscures the possibility of real tax reform." (Editorial, "Buffett Rule Is A Political Gimmick That Won't Work," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/11/12)

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER [CA]: "…the latest gimmick…" ("Taxing Those Mean Old Millionaires," Orange County Register, 4/12/12)

BEN BOYCHUK, THE SACRAMENTO BEE: "As re-election gimmicks go, the 'Buffett Rule' is a lame one." ("Head To Head: Would Rep. Paul Ryan's Tax Plan Improve The U.S. Tax System?" The Sacramento Bee, 4/12/12)

THE ECONOMIST: "What a pity that he is changing tack this time, bashing the rich via gimmicks such as the 'Buffett rule' … it is a miserable portent for the future." (Editorial, "Game On," The Economist, 4/14/12)

BLOOMBERG NEWS: "The president may be just as happy to have an issue to campaign on as a law to sign." ("Buffett Rule Or Not, Most Rich People Already Pay," Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/12/12)

 

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