Friday, April 07, 2006

Braley Fires on Dix

In a bout across party lines, Bruce Braley took aim at Bill Dix and his crusade to make the Bush tax cuts permanent today.

The release begins:

Today Iowa 1st District Democratic Congressional candidate Bruce Braley criticized Republican candidate Bill Dix’s blatant disregard for the budget deficit in supporting the permanent extension of an irresponsible Bush administration tax windfall for the wealthy. The plan decreases the tax rate on investment income.

and continues...

“Bill claims to be ‘fiscally responsible,’ yet he supports permanently extending a tax giveaway that effectively benefits only the wealthy,” Braley said. “His support of this policy is tantamount to supporting a $500,000 per year tax windfall for the wealthiest 6,100 Americans. That is irresponsible, considering that we are facing the largest federal budget deficit in our nation’s history while in the midst of a war. I think it’s time Bill looks at responsible, common-sense tax plans that benefit middle class Iowans instead of billionaires.”

Braley does a good job of riling all the Bush-hating Democrats against Bill Dix and the GOP with this one. My post below details Dix's counter-punch to Braley. Basically, he offered more partisan rhetoric, but took great advantage of the circumstance allowing Dix to cast Republican opponent Mike Whalen and Democrat Bruce Braley as cut from the same mold, further distancing Mike Whalen from GOP conservatives in the 1st District.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess Braley thinks he's far enough ahead in his own Primary that he can take some time and meddle in the GOP side too.

Kudos to him for getting ready for the post-primary heat!

1:06 PM, April 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blah blah pathetically boring.

4:16 PM, April 07, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said... is what it is. I'm not a big fan of tax talk, but this is what the candidates are making news with these days.

5:01 PM, April 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have men and women dying in a war in Iraq and these bozos are fighting over this tax crap? Is this what they are going to be offering the voters? Another low wattage debate over the next 7 months? Meaningless pandering at the lowest levels?

They should be ashamed, or the very least, the voters should be embarrassed for them.

6:34 PM, April 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto. Especially when I think we all know that they won't vary on their stand with thier parties on the issue.

8:48 PM, April 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm very disappointed in the commentary saying in essense that this tax matter doesn't matter. It's exactly because we're stuck in an endless quagmire in Iraq which is adding billions to the deficit every week that the Republican tax cuts matter so crucially.

First of all, even in the face of tremendous need, for Iraq, "homeland" defense, Katrina, and the millions of other dire situations we face, the Republicans bravely continue forward with their heads in the sand, spending money at a rate which dwarfs all previous administrations combined, and then, conversely, continuing to insist that tax policy should be skewed towards the very wealthy and essentially throwing away TRILLIONS in potential revenue by trying to make this utterly unfair and unworkable tax scheme permanent.

If you think it doesn't matter, you're simply not paying attention.

11:07 PM, April 09, 2006  

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