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Al Gore on Tax Reform
Click here for 28 full quotes OR click here for 3 older headlines OR click here for 32 headlines about Medicare & Medicaid OR click here for Al Gore on other issues.
  • $500B to people earning under $100K; via 30 targeted cuts. (Oct 17)
  • Federal matching funds for poor and middle class savings. (Oct 17)
  • Except for wealthiest, exempt people from estate tax. (Oct 17)
  • Claim that every family is eligible for tax cut is unlikely. (Oct 11)
  • Cut taxes for 99% of middle class, not the wealthiest 1%. (Oct 3)
  • Target surplus at national debt, rainy days, & education. (Sep 30)
  • End marriage penalty; reform estate tax; targeted cuts. (Sep 6)
  • Lower taxes for working families with targeted tax reform. (Sep 6)
  • Tax cuts to benefit middle-class, not just the rich. (Aug 21)
  • Don’t eliminate gas tax; ask oil interests to charge less. (Jul 3)
  • Eliminate the marriage penalty for working families. (Jun 15)
  • $500B in tax cuts targeted to working families. (Jun 15)
  • Help caregivers with tax reform, nursing home alternatives. (Jun 7)
  • $250B over 10 years in targeted tax cuts. (Feb 27)
  • Save Social Security, Medicare, and address debt before cuts. (Feb 21)
  • Rules out tax increase in good economic times. (Dec 1999)
  • Eliminate estate taxes for the little guy, not the wealthy. (Jun 21)

    Critique of Bush tax plan

  • Bush’s tax plan is class warfare on behalf of billionaires. (Nov 1)
  • Impossibly large tax cut will yield big debt and recession. (Oct 31)
  • We both target our tax cuts: Bush targets the rich. (Oct 31)
  • Comparison of wealthy tax cut to middle class exaggerated. (Oct 19)
  • Single wealthy person’s tax cut equal to roomful of people. (Oct 17)
  • Claim that Bush benefits “top 1%” only true with estate tax. (Oct 11)
  • Yes, it’s your money-but it’s your programs too. (Aug 31)
  • Too large a tax cut would wreck economy & military readiness. (Aug 23)
  • Bush’s tax cut gives average family only 62 cents. (Aug 18)
  • Bush’s tax plan is “economic snake oil”. (Mar 17)
  • $792B tax cut is a “risky tax scheme”. (Aug 1999)
David McReynolds on Tax Reform
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  • Keep progressive income tax; drop marriage penalty. (May 2)
  • More progressive taxation; especially on runaway industry. (Jan 1)
Dick Cheney on Tax Reform
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  • They like tax credits; we like tax reform and tax cuts. (Oct 5)
  • Don’t let Gore’s tax credits determine how to live your life. (Oct 5)
  • You have to be a CPA to understand Gore’s plan. (Oct 5)
  • Use tax cuts to return part of surplus to American people. (Sep 25)
  • Gore’s tax plan benefits interests, specific activities. (Sep 11)
  • Co-sponsored bills to maintain charity & mortgage deductions. (Jan 1989)
  • No tax increases; deduct R&D and local taxes. (Jan 1988)
  • Sponsored bills to deduct mine income & oil windfalls. (Jan 1987)
  • Opposed Reagan’s tax overhaul as sellout to Dems. (Jan 1987)
  • Keep mortgage bonds; loosen capital gains rules. (Jan 1984)
  • Voted for oil tax break; for indexing income tax. (Jan 1982)
Ezola Foster on Tax Reform
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  • End taxes on income, capital gains, gifts, & inheritance. (Aug 29)
George W. Bush on Tax Reform
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  • Claims lower income people benefit more than rich; untrue. (Oct 19)
  • Be fair and eliminate death taxes for everyone. (Oct 17)
  • Claim that every taxpayer gets relief isn’t true. (Oct 17)
  • Blueprint: Cut rates, marriage penalty, & death tax. (Sep 17)
  • Don’t eliminate gas tax; ask OPEC to increase supply. (Jul 3)
  • Use the marketplace to encourage people to save and invest. (Apr 26)
  • New Prosperity Initiative: 6 million tax-free families. (Apr 11)
  • End death tax; reduce marriage penalty; more child credits. (Apr 2)
  • 1997 no-tax pledge: judge results, despite breaking pledge. (Jan 10)
  • $8B tax incentives for charitable contributions. (Jul 1999)
  • Read my tax pledge: No new taxes. (Jun 1999)
  • Simplify tax code to stimulate economic growth. (Apr 1999)

    Income tax Cut

  • Gore’s targeted tax cuts apply to too few people. (Nov 2)
  • Gore’s convoluted “targeted cuts” exclude too many people. (Oct 25)
  • $500B to people earning under $100K; $800B to those richer. (Oct 17)
  • Yes, wealthy get tax relief, but 6M poor will pay no tax. (Oct 17)
  • Wealthy now pay 62% of all taxes; with his plan, 64%. (Oct 17)
  • Clinton/Gore couldn’t deliver on 1992 tax cuts. (Oct 3)
  • All Americans deserve tax relief; no more “fuzzy numbers”. (Oct 3)
  • More child & charity deductions in $1.3T tax cut. (Sep 30)
  • Add targeted cuts to comprehensive tax cut. (Jun 17)
  • Cut taxes on income, children, & inheritance. (Jun 6)
  • More deductions for kids, education, charity, and marriage. (May 27)
  • Reduce share of tax burden on low- and middle-income. (Apr 11)
  • Tax cuts, so help me God. (Jan 6)

    Returning the Surplus

  • Tax relief will spur growth and help pay national debt. (Aug 30)
  • Tax cut for all is affordable and right thing to do. (Aug 23)
  • The surplus is the people’s money-return it. (Aug 3)
  • No one should pay more than 1/3 in taxes. (Aug 3)
  • Biggest tax cuts to those who pay the biggest tax bills. (Feb 27)
  • Use prosperous times to get money out of Washington. (Jan 26)
  • Cut top tax rate to 33% while cutting lower income taxes too. (Jan 10)
  • Proposes tax cuts of $483B over 5 years. (Dec 1999)
  • Lower tax rates to 10%-25%-33%; end inheritance tax. (Dec 1999)
Harry Browne on Tax Reform
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  • Repealing federal income tax will end state income taxes too. (Sep 9)
  • Don’t simplify or replace taxes-shrink government instead. (Sep 9)
  • Removing marriage penalty isn’t good enough-veto it. (Aug 9)
  • Shut down the IRS as an Executive Order. (Aug 9)
  • Principle is zero tax; Bush’s is 1/3 of income as tax. (Aug 9)
  • End income tax & replace it with nothing. (Jan 27)
  • Eliminate most fees & taxes, including income tax. (Jan 13)
  • No flat tax nor sales tax; super-majority to raise taxes. (Jan 13)
  • Reduce size of govt so income taxes aren’t needed. (Aug 1999)
  • Flat Tax would require 30% rate and still need IRS. (Apr 1998)
  • Abolish the IRS and the income tax. (Apr 1998)
  • The Great Libertarian Offer: No income tax, but. (Apr 1998)
  • Repeal taxes and don’t replace with sales tax nor flat tax. (May 1996)
  • 10% flat tax OK, if no income tax returns. (Jul 1995)
  • 5% sales tax OK, if income tax is eliminated. (Jul 1995)
Howard Phillips on Tax Reform
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  • Tariffs down on foreigners causes taxes up on Americans. (Oct 1999)
  • Tariffs should replace taxes. (Sep 1999)
  • Veto all IRS funds; repeal 16th Amendment. (Sep 1999)
  • Eliminate income tax, corporate tax, & estate tax. (Jan 1996)
John Hagelin on Tax Reform
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  • Deep-but responsible-tax cuts. (Apr 1)
  • 18% flat tax, falling to 10% by 2006. (Jan 13)
  • Supports flat tax or consumption tax over IRS. (Sep 1999)
  • Less taxes popular; less spending unpopular. (Aug 1996)
Joseph Lieberman on Tax Reform
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  • Gore’s tax credits acknowledge existing needs. (Oct 5)
  • Exciting tax credits for health, elder care, & retirement. (Oct 5)
  • Tax cuts for working families, not the wealthy. (Aug 16)
  • Cut capital gains tax; it has helped economy. (May 2)
  • $792B tax cut is premature and unrealistic. (Jul 1999)
Pat Buchanan on Tax Reform
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  • Tax imports & transnationals instead of small businesses. (Nov 1999)
  • Small Business Bill of Rights: 4% tax over $1 million. (Jul 1999)
  • Cut capital gains tax to spur “risk investment”. (Jul 1999)
  • Abolish inheritance taxes to keep businesses in the family. (Jul 1999)
  • Flat 16% tax on earnings over $35,000, plus import tariffs. (Jun 1999)
  • Dump our tyrannical 7 million-word tax code. (Jun 1999)
  • Budget surplus and import fees go to tax cuts. (May 1999)
Ralph Nader on Tax Reform
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  • Tax code loopholes benefit corporate donors & cost taxpayers. (Oct 9)
  • Sunshine on tax loopholes; sunset on tax breaks. (Oct 9)
  • Put meat in the process of progressive taxation. (Oct 8)
  • More taxpayer input into tax & spending policy. (Feb 21)
  • Tax breaks for big business hurt families. (Dec 1999)
  • Tax breaks to big business unfairly hurt small business. (Apr 1999)
  • Focus on under-taxation of corporations, not income tax. (Oct 1996)
  • Against flat tax; keep progressivity. (Oct 1996)
Winona LaDuke on Tax Reform
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  • Favors economic and tax policies to benefit poor, not rich. (Jul 12)


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