Kerry’s tax stance: Do procedural votes “count”?

by on March 30th, 2004

Liberals have taken offense at the Bush campaigns assertion that Kerry has voted to raise taxes “350 times” or, for gas taxes specifically, “eleven times.”

There’s a great big inconsistency there that needs to be pointed out.

Liberals defended Kerry’s “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it” quote by saying his procedural vote for a different version of the bill “counts.”

Yet now that Kerry’s record of supporting higher taxes has come to light, liberals have taken offense, saying that many of those votes were procedural questions, or votes for different versions of the same bill, so they don’t “count.”

Liberals seem to count procedural voting for a different version of the bill providing support funding for our troops in Iraq, but not procedural voting or votes for different versions of tax increases. It seems votes only “count” when Kerry wishes them to.

Go figure. Kerry supporters show as much consistency as their candidate does. Once again, politics trumps principle.

Hunter Williams