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Monday, June 27, 2005

Speaking Democratese III: Kristof Spawns the 'Birth Tax."

Here is an interesting use of language by Nicholas Kristoff in the weekend NYTimes.

A Glide Path to Ruin - New York Times: "President Bush has excoriated the 'death tax,' as he calls the estate tax. But his profligacy will leave every American child facing a 'birth tax' of about $150,000.

That's right: every American child arrives owing that much, partly to babies in China and Japan. No wonder babies cry. "


Democrats should incorporate language of the Bush birth tax and the tax deferments in all their discussions about the Administration's fiscal record and tax policy.

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