‘Kennedy’ once meant ‘tax cutter'

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  1. Bro. Curtis

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    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/e...les/2009/08/30/kennedy_once_meant_tax_cutter/

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    “It is a paradoxical truth,’’ he once told the Economic Club of New York, “that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now.’’ What he had in mind, he said, was “an across-the-board, top-to-bottom cut in personal and corporate income taxes.’’
    Those were not the words of Senator Edward Kennedy. The speaker - in December 1962 - was President John F. Kennedy, and his ringing call for tax cuts was no anomaly.

    Four months earlier, JFK had called high tax rates a danger to “the very essence of the progress of a free society.’’ In his 1963 State of the Union message, his first priority was “the enactment this year of a substantial reduction and revision in federal income taxes.’’ In the speech he was scheduled to deliver on Nov. 22, 1963, Kennedy planned to report proudly: “We have proposed a massive tax reduction, with particular benefits for small business.’’...



    ...All political parties alter over time, of course. Today’s Republican Party is not a carbon-copy of Eisenhower’s: It is more internationalist, more religious, more Southern. But a resurrected Eisenhower would still recognize the GOP, and still command its esteem.The Democrats’ transformation has been much more profound. Over the course of Ted Kennedy’s long Senate career, his party’s ideological center shifted hard to the left. It goes without saying that a JFK today could never be the Democrats’ presidential candidate. The question is, would he still be a Democrat?
     
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    And to think that then, I considered JFK to be extremely liberal!!!

    He would be moderate-to-conservative by todays standards.

    Sheesh!! That makes me hard core conservative today, whereas I used to be a moderate conservative.

    The times, they do be changing - and not always for the better!!
     
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    The only real political similarities between John Kennedy and Teddy are the last name and the "d" by their names.

    John was perhaps the first "Neo-Con" and a bonafide war hero. Teddy was a liar, a coward , and a socialist.
     
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    I read an article about this during the election last year. In fact, it said if John Kennedy had been debating John McCain, Kennedy would have been debating him from the right. Both parties have taken a radical shift to the left since the 1960 election. The Democrats started the march to the left with LBJ. The Republicans really did not start their leftward tilt until Bush the First took over, but was greatly accelerated by Bush the Second. The Democrats have gone much further to the left than Republicans, but the fact is, neither party is conservative or governs by the Constitution. Really, on the Republican side, the departure is not so much from Eisenhower, but from Reagan.
     
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    I agree with that 100%
     
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    Democrats , especially Ted Kennedy, believe and advocate the opposite.

    The term "entitlement "(what your country can do for you) is the embodiment of democrat policy today.
     
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    Exactly carpro, which shows how far left our government has moved.

    I was in the military while JFK was president. He was very popular (although he had won by a tiny margin) and most of us were devastated by his assasination. But he no doubt would have won re-election by a landslide.

    I would have voted for him. Abortion was still an unspeakable crime then.

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