Senate Democrats are revisiting proposals to raise taxes on high-income people to help pay for an overhaul of the health-care system.
The main proposal getting renewed attention is one by President Barack Obama that would limit the federal tax deductions for higher-income families for mortgage interest and other widely claimed purposes, said two senior Senate Democratic aides.
Now, all I can say is that the Democrats need to be more self aware. The most potent attack on them, historically, on domestic issues, is the label of tax and spend. What are they proposing here? They want to spend at least one trillion dollars over the next ten years. They want to pay for it by increasing taxes.
I suppose this is the problem with having leadership as far left as the Dem leadership is now. They must not realize just how perfectly this proposal fits the tax and spend stereotype. Frankly, it shows that the Democrats are out of ideas. They have nothing of substance to offer and so they bust out an idea that has been put out there and soundly rejected by the public.
Are the Democrats really so tone deaf that they don't realize how corrosive the image that they are the party of tax and spend is to them? This the subject of a plethora of potential advertisements all over the country. So, why would they recycle this idea? If this had any political legs, it would have passed by now. This sort of class warfare politics works when you are attacking someone else's policies. In other words, attacking the Republicans for policies that benefit the rich is effective. Yet, when your policies tax the rich to spend on the poor, you are just tax and spend. It appears the Democrats haven't figured this out yet.