The Tax Plan's Call to Arms

The President had barely finished laying out his proposal before small-business advocates were trading partisan shots

In politics, no matter what the debate of the day, the question of whether the glass is half empty or half full has kept tongues wagging and fingers pointing for generations. Now, thanks to the tax-cut package President George W. Bush unveiled on Jan. 7 in Chicago, that debate has taken a fresh turn: Where the right-leaning National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) regards the president's proposal as a vessel brimming with the fuel needed to "help Main Street rev up the economy's engine," senior Democrat on the House Small Business Committee Nydia Velázquez sees only a megadose of snake oil.

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