Focus Point - George W. Bush

Commentary by Pete du Pont

Hello, I'm Pete du Pont with the National Center for Policy Analysis.

I have to acknowledge a queasy sense of DEJA VU when governor George W. Bush promised no new taxes -- indeed, promised a tax cut -- during a recent debate. At least he didn't say "read my lips."

When George W's father broke his no tax pledge in 1990, it was the beginning of the end for him, and the beginning of Bill Clinton for the rest of us. It's going to make his son's tax cut promise harder for voters to believe.

In 1992, Bill Clinton promised a tax cut for the middle class -- and then reneged once elected.

In 1996, Bob Dole reversed a lifetime of supporting tax increases in proposing a 15 percent tax-rate reduction - and nobody believed him.

A ZOGBY poll shows 56 percent of voters favor a tax cut.

Voters don't much believe politicians promising tax cuts. Not hard to see why: a fox news poll last year showed nine percent of Americans believe a politician promising tax cuts, while 87 percent don't.

Action impresses voters, not words, where taxes are concerned.

Those are my ideas, and at the NCPA we know ideas can change the world. I'm Pete du Pont. Next time, the feds crack down on charity.