October 5th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Bush calls on Congress to keep taxes low

Bush said there is no need for higher taxes Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The economy is "vibrant and strong" - that was President Bush's message to Americans, speaking from the the Oval Office Friday.

But to keep it that way, Bush called on Congress to keep taxes low. "If you want this economy to continue to grow and if you want to reinforce the fact that we've got - entrepreneurship is strong and people are working, don't raise taxes," he said.

In his address, the president also addressed recent press reports concerning the United States' approach to interrogating and detaining terror suspects. The president reiterated that the U.S. does not torture, and that the program is necessary to keep Americans safe. (Related: Bush: 'This government does not torture')

"I have put this program in place for a reason, and that is to better protect the American people. And when we find somebody who may have information regarding a potential attack on America, you bet we're going to detain them, and you bet we're going to question them," he said. "Because the American people expect us to find out information, actionable intelligence, so we can help them - help protect them."

- CNN's KD Fabian

Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    Bush you pathetic chucklehead,
    Why won't you come to Michigan and stand before the hundereds of thousands of manufacturing workers whose jobs went to China as a result of your trade policies and tell them just how 'vibrant' everything is? You know, we have a 'surge' going on here in Michigan too...surging unemployment, surging foreclosures, surging bankruptcies, both corporate and personal, surging crime and property values that are dropping like a rock. Yes you moron, if you keep borrowing from China and you will be able to keep taxes low. Just how many billions of $$$ in United States treasury bills does the Chinese gov't. buy every month? Basically, you have sold U.S. manufacturing down the river and traded away millions of good paying jobs here in this country in exchange for an increase in your line of credit. It is this line of credit that allows you to keep spending in Iraq and also keep taxes low. Some day this country's creditors may decide call the note..and then what happens?

    October 5, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Brian, Orlando, Florida

    In response to:

    The presidents job is a very tough one and he is doing a wonderful job in spite of all the criticism. Keep our taxes low congress! And who cares if we tourutre these terrorists? They do far, far, far worse things to us if we are captured (such as beheadings, castration, rape, beatings…need I really go on?) Do whatever it takes to get the job done and get rid of anyone in the way! If all these equal rights "advocats" are so worried about it, let them go to Iraq and see how long they last preaching that garbage.
    Posted By James, Columbia MD : October 5, 2007 2:42 pm

    You logic is astounding. They torture worse then we do mentality is childish! Does your mother still dress you?

    October 5, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. Not the decider, Kissimmee, Florida

    Comparing Saddam and Bush:

    1. Both became president under suspicious circumstances

    2. Both use Religion as a way to gain blind support

    3. Both invaded two countries

    4. Both like to dress up in military uniforms

    5. Both like to claim victory, even though they lost

    6. Both were in charge when their troops tortured Iraqi's

    7. Both are responsible for thousands of Iraqi lives

    8. Both had "Republicans" keeping them in power.

    9. Both wanted to believe they were liberating Iraq and not occupying it.

    October 5, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. Greg, Barrington, IL

    Here we go again... The Republican mantra of "no taxes", "lower taxes", etc. Think about it: The only real time most Americans (those not actively serving in the armed forces or other) have to actually show their patriotism (painful as it is) is in April during tax time. This is the time for most Americans to put up or shut up on the subject of their real committment to their country; Donating their money to contribute their fair share of monetary support for their country. Funny how the ones that beat their chest the most about patriotism show the most opposition to their most genuine shot at proving their love of country. It's easy to blab about how "patriotic" you are when it doesn't cost you anything. But when it comes to an actual contribution? Republicans are MIA!

    October 5, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  5. Pragmatic Thought, Phoenix, AZ

    Shh, shh – don't wake him. I'll have to whisper, so listen closely. But if the economy is so doggone strong and vibrant, why do we have a whopping national debt and why has more than 60% of our contry's manufacturing and production infrastructure been sold off to foreign countries? Oh, and what about that little problem of China owning more of America than America does? Yeah, maybe we should tell him after he wakes up from his pleasant little dream session.

    October 5, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  6. J Houston, TX

    Then quit taxing the middle class you SOBs

    October 6, 2007 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  7. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    "If you people dont like low taxes you are dumber than even thought previously…"

    Being dumb is stupidly running up humongous debts without trying to pay them off. Nothing's dumber and more irresponsible economically than writing blank checks and ignoring that someone will have to pay for it. The only thing worse than "tax and spend" is Bush's "no tax, just spend". Have ANY of you Bush supporters given any thought whatsoever to the fact that a higher percentage of future taxes will not go to new goods and services, but now will have to pay Bush's record debts? Do you like paying taxes that just pay for interest on debt and not what is currently needed? Have you given any thought to who is loaning us this money? More and more of our debts are being assumed by foreign countries. Is anyone so simple-minded that they think that when your credit card company increases your maximum and you wildly run up charges that you are better off? Bush has ALL of the records for annual debts. How selfish can you be to want to push our spending off on generations to come? Wake up!!

    October 6, 2007 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  8. E Moore Steward Il

    The government does not torture, but GW authorized it. He's lying, just watch his eyes when he speaks and is uncomfortable about what he is saying. The truth isn't in him. He is the republicans ship and I hope they all go down with him in 08.

    October 6, 2007 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  9. Grover Fairfield, Ohio

    No tax increases my a**.

    First, roll back all tax cuts except for those below $25,000.

    Then 'declassify' income. All income should be taxed the same, wages tips, capital gains, interest, what ever.

    And finally, get a balanced budget amendment through congress and to the states ASAP.

    The only exceptions; Social Security/Medicare and DECLARED war. Iraq, Vietnam, and Korea would not be 'chargeable'

    October 6, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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