Controlling the language and semantics is important in politics. It is obvious that calling the 2001 and 2003 Tax Cut bills the “Bush Tax Cuts” is really a non-starter in getting the tax rates created by them made permanent. So, after some research (if you consider google and then a little reading to be “research”) I hereby propose a few alternatives. First, for the HB 1836: Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001:</a>
- Feinstein-Nelson Tax Cuts: In honor of the Yea votes of Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Ben Nelson (D-NE).
- The Democratic Presents of 2001: In honor of the five Democratic Senators who voted “Present”, or as is now called, “pulled an Obama”. (Kerry (MA), Murray (WA), Boxer (CA), Harkin (IA), Leahy (VT), and a special Democratic Congressman who was also “Present”: Kendrick Meek (FL).
- My favorite: The Bi-Partisan Tax Relief Act of 2001.
Now, for the 2003 cuts, the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, which reduced the third through top rates, we have:
- The Another Tax Cut McCain Voted Against Act. Yes, reaching across the aisle to vote against tax relief again, just as in 2001.
- The Bi-Partisan Tax Relief Act of 2003, with seven Democrats in the House and two in the Senate voting yes.
- The Cheney Liberty Act, in honor of the man casting the deciding vote in the Senate.
Any more good ideas out there?