Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Rebuilding Trent Lott's Porch

On Tuesday, Congress agreed on a package of tax breaks aimed at helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Sounds like a swell idea: compassionate conservatism at its finest, right?

According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, however, these tax breaks bear a curious similarity to all the other tax legislation passed during the Bush presidency: they will primarily benefit the rich. The rich, in case you didn't know, are the people most likely to have had comprehensive insurance coverage and would therefore need government assistance the least.

I have a sneaking suspicion that many of the poorer residents of the Gulf coast will not be taking full advantage of the stipulation in the new plan that waives the penalties for tapping into 401(k) retirement accounts before retirement. Alas.

At least Trent Lott will be able to get to work on rebuilding that eminently sittable front porch of his content in the knowledge that Uncle Sam's going to pitch in and do his share. Isn't that really what America's all about?
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