"But special credit belongs to four Democratic Senators who voted against repeal yesterday after they'd run for office pledging the opposite. They are Evan Bayh of Indiana, who perhaps had in mind Democratic Presidential primary voters, not the home folks who elected him; Mary Landrieu of Louisiana; Mark Pryor of Arkansas; and Ron Wyden of Oregon. These flip-floppers voted not only to retain the tax but to increase it -- from zero in 2010 back to 55% in 2011 and forever after.I agree, don't you? You ought to be able to leave your land and any remaining fortune to your children and not to Congress. Too bad these 5 politicians can't agree with themselves on this.
Mr. Pryor's Web site says he 'supports the permanent repeal of an estate tax.' No word as to when that comes down. Ms. Landrieu and her colleague Maria Cantwell of Washington were so torn on the vote that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wouldn't let them out of his sight until it was over. These Democrats no doubt fear the fate of former South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle, another Dem who supported the tax in 2004 and was dispatched to private life by current Senator John Thune, a Republican. In 2008 South Dakota voters will get a crack at Tim Johnson, their other Senator, who cast his vote for the death tax.
And an honorary flip-flop award goes to New York's Hillary Clinton, who during her 2000 Senate campaign declared: 'You ought to be able to leave your land and the bulk of your fortunes to your children and not the government. . . ."
Friday, June 09, 2006
Yesterday, a Democrat filibuster in the Senate continues the death tax. Here is an except from WSJ.com commentary ($$$):