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Bob Kelleher on Tax Reform

Republican challenger


Opposes $1.6 trillion dollar tax cut for billionaires

Kelleher said, "As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Baucus is one of the most powerful men in Washington, D.C. What has he done with that power to help the poor people of his own state?"

"He passed a $1.6 trillion dollar tax cut for the rich, for billionaires," Kelleher said, referring to tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 pushed by President Bush and supported by Baucus. "Montana only has one billionaire, Denny Washington. The rest of us out here are poor."

Source: By Jennifer McKee, The Missoulian Jul 3, 2008

No Bush tax cuts; spend it on hungry kids

At the first senate debate before the Montana Newspaper Association convention, candidates Taylor and Baucus called for more tax cuts. Libertarian Jones called for complete elimination of the income tax. Bob Kelleher pointed out how Baucus had violated the Montana Democratic platform proscribing tax cuts for the rich by pushing through for Bush the $1.35 trillion tax cut 52.2% of which went to the richest 1% with an average annual income of $1.1 million. Baucus stood mute. Baucus did not explain why he did not as quid pro quo for giving Bush his tax cut ask Bush for at least a some money for more food stamps for the 1 out of 4 Montana children who go to bed hungry. Kelleher demonstrated his opposition to any further tax cuts by--putting on his engineer cap and red bandana--calling for funding for return of rail passenger service to southern Montana in part to provide more high paying union jobs. Kelleher's three opponents were silent about returning rail service to southern Montana.
Source: Press release, "FIRST DEBATE: TAX CUTS" Jun 22, 2002

Other candidates on Tax Reform: Bob Kelleher on other issues:
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Brian Schweitzer
MT Senatorial:
Jon Tester
Kirk Bushman
Max Baucus


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