Tax Strategies

As tax season approaches, the Democrat habit of describing Bush's tax cuts as "tax cuts for the rich" will come back to haunt them. Too many people who do not think of themselves as rich will see how much money that they will save. This is a great example of how a larger strategy (positioning the Republicans with the rich) can produce a tactic (attacking tax cuts) that degenerates into a unthinking reflex. The Democrats are so used to attacking Republicans on this issue that they no longer ask how people will feel about the rhetoric once they get first-hand experience with the tax cut. As Sun Tzu said, war is deception. Illusion only works when it doesn't fly in the face of people's personal experience. Good magicians are always careful to control the viewing angle.