Wednesday, September 7, 2005
No -- not the steamy Paris Hilton ad for the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain. Taking a suggestion from Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight Over Taxing Inherited Wealth (Princeton University Press, 2005) by Michael J. Graetz (Yale) & Ian Shapiro (Yale) [blogged here], which suggested that opponents of estate tax repeal change the moniker from "Death Tax" to "Paris Hilton Tax Relief Act," United for a Fair Economy is running this TV ad in states of moderate Republican senators starring an ersatz Paris Hilton (named "London"). Sample line: I know the government has lots of debt, and it has to cut benefits to our soldiers. But they're used to making sacrifices. I'm not."
The Wall Street Journal came to the defense of Paris (the actress, not the city): "[N]o policy that penalizes the thrifty and busts up family businesses belongs in our tax code, whatever its effect on Paris Hilton." (Paris Hiltonomics; The Estate Tax Made Her What She Is Today) For other commentary on the role of Paris Hilton in the estate tax repeal debate, see: