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Monday, September 5, 2011

The Onion: Tax Cuts as Fire Fighting Tool

The Onion, Tea Party Congressman Calls for Tax Breaks to Put Out Raging Wildfire in District:

With a massive wildfire currently raging out of control in his district, Tea Party Caucus member Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) pressed Congress to pass immediate tax breaks Tuesday to combat the rapidly spreading blaze. "This fire has already burned hundreds of square miles and left thousands of helpless families with only one hope: across-the-board income tax cuts and a sharply lower corporate tax rate," said Franks, stating that broad-based tax relief would spur investment and extinguish the towering flames that grow larger by the minute. "We must act now. The longer the oppressive tax burden on honest, hardworking individuals remains unaddressed, the larger and more deadly this fire will become."

(Hat Tip: Francine Lipman.)

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Posted by: Len Burman | Sep 5, 2011 7:28:30 AM

i am certain the Kato Institute could fund a study to show support this approach.

This would be as likely to succeed as Rick Perry's prayer meeting to combat the Texas drought; certainly if it were now raining there now he would be given full credit by Fox News. And if it rains next year Fox News will still try to connect the two.

Posted by: Jimmy | Sep 5, 2011 9:39:08 AM

Those dumb repubs. When will they realize that it is much smarter to fight forest fires by fixing the bridges and roads in the districts affected and extending everyones unemployment benefits by 200 weeks. Oh and lets make sure that to increase green jobs particularly by guaranteeing loans of some failing businesses.

Posted by: myrj | Sep 5, 2011 3:44:22 PM