"Daschle hasn\\\’t a leg to stand on, and his election-year opening salvo should be seen for just what it is: partisan politics at its worst."

–Manchester Union Leader Editorial, 1/8/02

Twelve Senate Democrats and 41 House Democrats voted for tax cuts. They knew that cutting taxes was the right thing to do for America\\\’s future economic prosperity.


Just a few examples of Democrats who disagree with Senator Tom Daschle\\\’s economic theory on tax cuts:

Senator John Breaux (D-LA): "I think that the worst thing you can do is increase taxes during a recessionary period. And to go back on that program would, in effect, be a tax increase." (CNN, Novak, Hunt and Shields, 1/6/02)

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): "Twenty percent of the Democratic Senate caucus voted for the tax cut. Over $1 trillion dollars of that tax cut has yet not gone into effect. My view is that we ought to stay the course…I think it\\\’s good policy to let people keep more of their money." (CNN Late Edition, 1/6/02)

Senator Zell Miller (D-GA), who co-sponsored the tax cut, said Mr. Daschle\\\’s comments made neither political nor economic sense. (Washington Times, 1/8/02)

Senator Zell Miller (D-GA): "Maybe it\\\’s at a level my brain can\\\’t reach. How do you have as one of your highest priorities to re-elect the moderate Democrats from South Dakota, Montana and Missouri on one hand, then on the other hand blame them for voting for a tax cut that he maintains has created this recession? Hello?" (Washington Times, 1/8/02)

A spokesman for Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana said he "can\\\’t imagine that she would advocate delaying or repealing" the tax cut. (Washington Times, 1/8/02)

A spokeswoman for Senator Max Cleland said the Georgia Democrat "is not interested in revisiting the tax cut." (Washington Times, 1/8/02)

Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), through a spokesperson, said "that he sees no reason to regret his vote for the tax cut."

A spokesman for House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri, who usually stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Mr. Daschle against the White House on budget questions, said Mr. Gephardt wanted to stay out of the "Washington blame game." (Washington Times, 1/8/02)

Los Angeles Times editorial: "Daschle\\\’s charge is at least half-wrong. He also offers no way to fix the situation.