October 5th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
13 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. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    Pleeeeeeze help America!

    October 5, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Angela, Cleveland, OH

    How are you planning to pay for your 100 Year War, George? Credit card?

    October 5, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Jeff, Washington DC

    If you keep taxes low, how do you pay for on-going and expensive (very expensive) wars, that run through tens of billions of dollars per year? This is like drinking at the bar; at a certain point, you have to start paying for your drinks. You can't continually tell the bar tender to "keep 'em coming" and wait for someone to pay in the future for your drinking today.

    October 5, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Jennifer Naveed Germantown MD

    If we're going to use harsh treatment that others would consider torture, or that we consider torture when others do it, be it head slapping, waterboarding, dunking, etc., in the name of protecting ourselves, how can we object when heads of other countries do it, in the name of "protecting" themselves?

    October 5, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    The uber rich, corporations, and the poor don't pay taxes. That lovely chore falls squarely on the shoulders of the middle class.

    For all their bickering both the Republicans and Democrats are guilty of feeding the IRS tax monster.

    October 5, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    Right, and we should believe him...why??? Oh yes, he is the decider so he can tell it his way and give us the bills later. Shrub man...the people will have to pay back the money you borrowed by raised taxes but the economy is strong and it wont be to much torture to the people. My government...I feel so safe now.

    October 5, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. rada, Houston texas

    say George is your daddy going to pay the 10 trillion dollar deficit you had run by the time you are done?

    October 5, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Shawn, Denver CO

    This man is a walking contradiction. He laments over Congressional attempt to help more at-risk children under CHIP program, and tells them to keep taxes low, a couple weeks after begging them for $190 billion to continue the war. At least the CHIP extension would have only cost $7 billion per year from increased cigarette taxes. Where in the hell are we going to get $150 billion year for Iraq, GW?

    Let's see... we've stripped over $40 billion from the National Science Foundation to pay for immigration and the war; we've got NASA telling us we're so far behind that China is going to beat us back to the money; we've got increasing unemployment and more jobs going overseas; and he wants Congress to keep taxes low. Is it just me that sees that he's just setting unattainable goals on Congress after spending the debt back up and setting us up to lose our economic/competitive edge in an attempt to make Democrats look bad? Who's playing politics now?!

    October 5, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. James, Columbia MD

    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.

    October 5, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Michael, Ft Worth TX

    Who's economy are we talking about?
    Big Oil & other Corporate CEO's?
    Wall Street's?

    I imagine their economic temperature is very well and good, thank you. What about those on Main St USA? Can you answer that one, and keep a straight face ?

    October 5, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Cathleen Seattle WA

    James, who do you think is going to pay for this enormous debt, the tooth fairy? It will be up to your kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Heckuva job George. Wonderful job!

    October 5, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. RJ, SV, AZ

    Every time I hear a politician talk about "protecting the American people" all I have to do is face south and stare upon our fenceless, largely unprotected border and realize that s/he is full of it....

    October 5, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Michael Torrance, CA

    I'm a republican but I'd say GW is the last person who should be telling anyone about keeping taxes low. After he has and will waste billions and billions of hard earned American tax dollars on the for absolutely nothing war in Iraq. All our representitives in Washington would have a lot more money in which to line their pockets if the American people weren't paying for GW's war.

    October 5, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. David, Arlington, VA

    To Angela, unfortunately, that's exactly how we're paying for this war: with a credit card. We've been borrowing massive amounts of money to finance this war, since our President, in all his wisdom, thought it a good idea to spend billions of dollars on the war at the same time he cut taxes, thus obliterating the surplus and increasing national debt (most of it, by the way, being held by China). When we have to finally pay the bill for this misbegotten little adventure, the Bush administration and its cronies will be long gone and the American people will be forced to deal with it. This will most likely come in the form of higher taxes for the middle class and cuts in necessary domestic programs (such as the already dwindling accounts for Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid). And Bush, the super rich, and corporate America won't feel the squeeze. Man, it's frustrating that more Americans don't see the damage that Bush has done to our supposedly "vibrant and strong" economy.

    October 5, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. m T wi

    bu$h sure hasn't mastered the english language, however he gets an A+ for orwellian double speak!

    October 5, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. A Kansas Vet, Kansas

    Pleassssssse, strong and vibrant economy, really. How about a stagnant economy being shored up with low interest rates. How about a economy that is owned lock, stock and barrel by the Chinese Government, the largest holder of US IOUs. Programs to better protect the American people. The American People are more at risk today than they were 7 years ago. Every where we go rather than being looked upon with admiration or even a little envy, we are looked upon with hate and fear. We do not torture prisoners, and just what is you definition of torture, we do what is needed to gather information to keep America safe. Please, ask McCain about information gathered under deredt and whether its worth anything, it's not. The reason we follow international law and signed treaties and conventions on the treatment of prisoners and the conduct of war is not because we are a holier than thou nation, it's because those provisions protect our soldiers and our civilians. Nations tend to react to maltreatment, you maltreat mine people, I maltreat yours. A person under derest will tell you abosolutely anything you , "want" to hear.

    Fifteen months and counting, it matters not who is elected, even worst casing it, it will be a giant step forward.

    October 5, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Ryan Indianapolis

    Now I am just waiting for the crazy loonies out there...WHAT BUSH WANTS TO KEEP PEOPLES TAX LOW, WAIT THAT IS GOOD, oh BUT I HATE BUSH,,,BUSH IS DUMB CAUSE NO MATTER WHAT HE SAYS HE IS WRONG,,that is probably what we will hear from the hatemongers on the left,if you people dont like low taxes you are dumber than even thought previously...

    October 5, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Mark Finkle, Miami, Florida

    Eric, Toronto, Canada:

    Americans have a bad name? Care to share your prejudices and stereotypes?

    October 5, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Brad, Stockton, CA

    If you're going to keep taxes low, that's great! But if you're going to increase taxes to pay for everlasting war, increase taxes on those who directly actually benefit from the conflict. Chevron? Haliburton? Blackwater? Take enough from the beneficiaries to make the cost of war outweigh the benefit that they plan to receive.

    To Jeff, from Washington DC who asks "how do you pay for on-going and expensive (very expensive) wars..." The way you pay for expensive wars, Jeff, is by NOT STARTING THEM to begin with.

    October 5, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    Everyone loves low taxes.

    If this disgrace of a man and the worst disaster America had had since the civil war not have spent money like a drunken sailor on a war of choice (to help himself get re-elected as a "war" leader), we could've kept taxes low, kept reducing our deficit and rebuild our infrastructure.

    If you spend, you must tax. If you start wars, you must pay for them.

    And pay for them as you go, not charge them for our children and grandchildren to pay.

    Why have republicans allowed this to happen?

    And they keep coming up with excuses and lies, like the foot-touching, under stall reaching Republican Senator from Idaho, or the prostitute loving "family values" Senator Vitter from Louisiana.

    Shouldn't each and every republican be held accountable, even on a local level, for not doing the honorable thing and either resigning or denouncing the disasterous course of the past 6 years?

    October 5, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |

    Bush the pathological moron is making moronic utterances again. This man inherited a huge budget surplus and squandered it the same way he has bastardized the good name of this country. He repeats the lame mantra of keeping taxes low while mortgaging our nation to China.
    Also he knowns damn well that he authorized torture of captives. This man is no better than the worst of world tyrants

    October 5, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. RLToms

    Sorry George you're just not believable, you lost it a long time ago.

    October 5, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. Maeve, Saxtons River, VT

    Just an aside: Good Gawd, Dubya is one ugly chimp in that picture!

    How can anyone expect anything but inanity to come out of those pursed monkey lips?

    October 5, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. Lance in Monrovia CA

    What are you thinking Mr. Bush?

    Why don't you tell the truth for a change. Why don't you tell people that in reality, you're asking for the richest .1 percent of this country not to be taxed while the rest of us suffer from collapsing bridges, no text books in schools, deaths in Iraq, global warming and a planet that is growing to despise us, thanks to YOU.

    Obama wants to ELIMINATE taxes on seniors that make under 50g's a year, and restore taxes on the richest .1 percent, mostly the corporations and corporate heads you so hope will give you a job soon enough, back to REAGAN ERA levels. That's right, to REAGAN ERA levels. That would pay for universal healthcare, social security, education, and a good fight to stop global warming.

    The middle class of this country is getting the shaft so badly that soon we truly will be a third world country thanks to you. The economy is doing well? Maybe for your corporate robber barrons but not for the average man.

    Shame on you. I hope that somebody drudges up enough evidence to impeach and imprison you. You've made me ashamed and sickened.

    October 5, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Mike, NY

    I agree with the President. Now he just needs to STOP SPENDING!

    October 5, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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