Hot Air Video: Republicans Stand for Tax Relief

posted at 10:44 pm on January 28, 2008 by Bryan

Here’s a little video I put together from the president’s State of the Union address. There are important differences between Democrats and Republicans, and one of those differences is over the level of taxation each party believes is reasonable.


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Can someone please tell me what book Pelosi was reading when the State of the Union was being given?

Was she missing her book club or something? It was highly distracting.

And Cheney looked like he would have rather been having an enema than being there.

SimplyKimberly on January 28, 2008 at 10:47 PM

too bad the republicans, it seems, also stands for higher spending. so their lower taxes wishes are conflicted. Aren’t they?

lorien1973 on January 28, 2008 at 10:48 PM

Fundamental differences are easy to see.

This, however is but one leg– at least two more are necessary to build a stool. And each of the legs must be just as long and just as strong, or the stool will be unsound.

Scribbler on January 28, 2008 at 10:49 PM

“Others have said they would personally be happy to pay higher taxes. I welcome their enthusiasm, and I am pleased to report that the IRS accepts both checks and money orders.”

Did Bush really say this in the SOTU? Got a clip of this?

lorien1973 on January 28, 2008 at 10:50 PM

Well I’m sure President McCain will take all this support for tax relief coming from the Republican side of the aisle and just really run with it, y’know?

billy on January 28, 2008 at 10:51 PM

I believe in tax relief for tax payers not for parasites and those who don’t pay into the system.

DAT60A3 on January 28, 2008 at 10:52 PM

Bryan, if you got video of MSNBC, you gotta get the clip where Herr Olbermann and Williams side by side, and Williams looks like he can’t help but hold back laughter as Olby goes into his full on Special Comment mode. (clip just ended 7:51PST)

p0s3r on January 28, 2008 at 10:52 PM

Brilliant.

Vizzini on January 28, 2008 at 10:53 PM

Can someone please tell me what book Pelosi was reading when the State of the Union was being given?

She was reading the printed version of the speech as the president gave it. A lot of the senators in the audience were also doing the same; at the end of the speech, that is what he was autographing on his way out.

Mindcrime on January 28, 2008 at 10:53 PM

lorien1973 on January 28, 2008 at 10:50 PM
Yes he did.
Here’s the full text of the speech.

billy on January 28, 2008 at 10:54 PM

lorien1973 on January 28, 2008 at 10:50 PM

He really said that Lorien, I heerd it with my own eers. Don’t got a clip tho, sorry.

Oldnuke on January 28, 2008 at 10:55 PM

Damn Bryan,

You should be doing the GOP image building stuff.

silverfox on January 28, 2008 at 10:55 PM

There were a few partisan standing ovations.

Sidenote, Cheney rocks.

Spirit of 1776 on January 28, 2008 at 10:57 PM

Bryan edited out the best part :/

lorien1973 on January 28, 2008 at 10:57 PM

Mindcrime on January 28, 2008 at 10:53 PM

Thanks. I just know it was very distracting to see her back there thumbing through it.

SimplyKimberly on January 28, 2008 at 11:01 PM

lorien1973 on January 28, 2008 at 10:57 PM

Yeah, I cut that to focus on the ovation. It’s funny but I wanted to hammer on the stand/sitting. I’ll post it in the AM.

Bryan on January 28, 2008 at 11:05 PM

Democrats just love to tax, tax, tax.

SoulGlo on January 28, 2008 at 11:08 PM

Did Bush really say this in the SOTU? Got a clip of this?

lorien1973 on January 28, 2008 at 10:50 PM

Yep, he said it and the statement invoked quite a bit of laughter. Even my wifey and I laughed.

jediwebdude on January 28, 2008 at 11:08 PM

Condi Rice, you are so smokin’ hot, Baby. Yow!

whitetop on January 28, 2008 at 11:09 PM

This was the feed from CNN….

Was the video clipped like that or did CNN take the view from the back when everybody stood up?

HarryStar on January 28, 2008 at 11:17 PM

Nobody really seems to be describing the very first portion of the SOTU as the scolding I took it to be – he was basically informing them he was going to fully exercise his abilities to block as much of the BS they’ve been slipping into legislation on its way out the door as possible. And he also threw down, no doubt about it, one of the stiffest veto challenges he’s made on taxes. And that comes, as they say, with teeth, as there isn’t an override majority if the Repubs stay in line behind him.

He started out the foreign policy portion pretty much the same way. Maybe a biased view, but it seemed like he spent quite a bit of time literally rubbing the Dems noses in the fact that they were completely wrong about the change of course in Iraq.

The subtext I gathered was that, despite the spin and focus on the ‘let’s work together’ stuff – well, he was pretty confrontational with them, and drew some pretty bright lines that it’s fairly clear they’ll cross at their peril.

As to wether they’ll actually get any results on the rest of it…let the spinning and positioning begin.

Wind Rider on January 28, 2008 at 11:22 PM

I have yet to hear the Messiah or Shrillary mention the words “Lower Taxes”. Guess that happens when hell freezes over or when they lose the election. But more important than this, we all need to come together and have NancyP stop blinking. Don’t know about you guys but she was driving me nuts. It was so bad, I had to switch from HD to standard def in order to blur her out.

Cuerbo on January 28, 2008 at 11:22 PM

HarryStar – nah, all the networks got basically the same feed – probably from the CSPAN setup and crew.

Wind Rider on January 28, 2008 at 11:23 PM

good ad!!!

ConservativePartyNow on January 28, 2008 at 11:28 PM

But which party is for a balanced budget and controlled spending (read: small government)?

Neither.

Drum on January 28, 2008 at 11:33 PM

And Cheney looked like he would have rather been having an enema than being there.

Cheney’s a bad ass. He always looks like this.

CliffHanger on January 28, 2008 at 11:34 PM

Bryan,

This is your best post to HotAir yet. I fully expect and endorse GOP.com to put this video up on the front page by 9am tomorrow morning.

LETS GET THIS DONE GOP. BRYAN IS DOING THE JOB FOR YOU AMERICANS ARE UNWILLING TO DO! I mean, GOP webmasters are unwilling to do!

Vincenzo on January 28, 2008 at 11:35 PM

And let us not forget it is RUDY who has said he’ll pass the largest tax cut in American History on the first day of office.

Vincenzo on January 28, 2008 at 11:36 PM

Was there EVER any doubt? Every time we sit down to do bills, we should remind ourselves of that clip.

oakpack on January 28, 2008 at 11:38 PM

Oh ya. And every election day.

oakpack on January 28, 2008 at 11:39 PM

You need to be making commercials for GOP candidates this election cycle.

azcop on January 28, 2008 at 11:40 PM

Rudy has said he’ll pass the largest tax cut in history on the first day in office

No President can pass a tax cut without a cooperative Congress, & it can’t be done in one day.
I think Rudy is more interested in preserving abortion rights & expanding gay rights.

jgapinoy on January 28, 2008 at 11:48 PM

Well done! I also liked the clip in the post below. When Bush says we will defeat Al Quaeda, the Republicans jump to their feet. The Democrats stand up very slowly. They aren’t sure defeating the enemy is a good thing. There’s the difference between the two parties.

Do they get instructions from the party on when to sit and when to stand, when to applaud and when to be silent? I always wonder how orchestrated that is.

TX Mom on January 28, 2008 at 11:50 PM

Cheney’s a bad ass. He always looks like this.

CliffHanger on January 28, 2008 at 11:34 PM

He would rather be out kicking some islamofacist ass. Wahpow! Bad Ass Ninja Cheney!

malan89 on January 28, 2008 at 11:52 PM

Good job Bryan. Even my left leaning wife wondered why the Dems didn’t stand up and applaud, even if it were for show.

Just goes to show how BDS has clouded the judgement of those morons.

What was really telling was one of the young white women in Frank Luntz’s focus group. She was worried about tax cuts because she “is the beneficiary of many federal programs”. Frank should have asked her why a healthy young woman should be the recipient of any federal funds.

BacaDog on January 29, 2008 at 12:04 AM

Yeah tax relief is good but even if by some miracle he does get the tax cuts made permanent the stupid global warming bills will drive us all broke. That is something I WON’T STAND FOR.

HotAirExpert on January 29, 2008 at 12:11 AM

And let us not forget it is RUDY who has said he’ll pass the largest tax cut in American History on the first day of office.

Vincenzo on January 28, 2008 at 11:36 PM

Eh…

Rudy’s tax plan doesn’t come close to Ron Paul’s tax plan.

fossten on January 29, 2008 at 12:28 AM

At least you got the smirking Chucky Cheesey Rangel. The mother of all tax increases, he will have his way if given the chance. Hillary or Obama will be the shining light onto the legions of dependent Americans yearning for tax relief, but only getting tax payer government programs to help the down trodden tax burdened little people of America.

Kini on January 29, 2008 at 12:44 AM

Eh…

Rudy’s tax plan doesn’t come close to Ron Paul’s tax plan.

You know as a sore Rudymaniac, I am now beginning to empathize with Paul-crazies like yourself. We got disciminated by the media. Both are much better candidates that the MSM would let on.

That being said, the vagina-fixer’s fan base is WAAAAAY more crazy than Rudy’s fanbase. So I feel much better being in my pack than yours.

Vincenzo on January 29, 2008 at 12:47 AM

Love it! There’s the hard evidence right there.

mattyj86 on January 29, 2008 at 1:00 AM

An excellent ad that clearly differentiates between the two parties in terms that anybody can understand. How long before Youtube pulls it?

ReubenJCogburn on January 29, 2008 at 1:14 AM

This is why I am disgusted by both parties. Yes Republicans stand for less of a tax burden than the Democrats but they don’t stand for a tax burden that is anywhere close to small enough. AND thought its hard to say, Republicans have been the party of large budget deficits for quite some time now. So to summarize… we’re fucked.

libertytexan on January 29, 2008 at 1:43 AM

@ Vincenzo on January 29, 2008 at 12:47 AM

How could there even be a fan base for Giuliani? Doesn’t take a lot of thought as to why a ;ibera; in conservative clothing who name drops 9/11 to gain fame, and who can’t back up his policies with reason and consistancy, wouldnt have a dedicated and sometimes crazy fanbase. No, Giuliani’s fan base consists more of people who think every other person is a terrorist and Giuliani is the only hope to fight them.

muyoso on January 29, 2008 at 1:59 AM

DEMOCRATS SIT FOR DEFEATING AL QAEDA

When can we see this video, please???

Would make a great one-two punch.

fred5678 on January 29, 2008 at 2:06 AM

I have yet to hear the Messiah or Shrillary mention the words “Lower Taxes”. Guess that happens when hell freezes over or when they lose the election. But more important than this, we all need to come together and have NancyP stop blinking. Don’t know about you guys but she was driving me nuts. It was so bad, I had to switch from HD to standard def in order to blur her out.

Cuerbo on January 28, 2008 at 11:22 PM

This is an example of when you would hear ‘lower taxes’ from either of them:

Dear Americans,

Please lower your pants so we can spank your collective asses with more taxes.

Love,

Hill and Bambi

LickyLicky on January 29, 2008 at 2:16 AM

PeeEss…

I heart you, Bryan.

LickyLicky on January 29, 2008 at 2:20 AM

Bryan knocks one outa da park.

T J Green on January 29, 2008 at 2:22 AM

Can someone please tell me what book Pelosi was reading when the State of the Union was being given?

Was she missing her book club or something? It was highly distracting.

And Cheney looked like he would have rather been having an enema than being there.

SimplyKimberly on January 28, 2008 at 10:47 PM

Answer to the first question: The Communist Manifesto, by F. Engles and K. Marx, AKA, The San Fransisco Bible.

Answer to the second: He’s seated next to The Wicked Witch of The West while having to listen to a Fourth Quarter, Garbage Time SoTUA, delivered by a guy who dropped all pretense of being a Republican 5 minutes after Kerry conceded back in ’04. An enema may very well have seemed like a less painful ordeal to him.

I know it would for me, were I in the same position.

SuperCool on January 29, 2008 at 2:50 AM

Well I didn’t even watch the SOTU this year. I knew everybody would be on here talking about it, but I already KNOW how the state of the union is. I just signed up for League Pass on DirectTV and got to watch my first CP3 game in New Orleans. The state of the Union is AWESOME!

People, I’m telling you. . . Chris Paul is to basketball what Tiger Woods is to golf. I’m hoping that he comes to New York or somewhere next year where people will see him. He is amazing. He does things on the basketball court that NOBODY does. He is so much better than everybody else on the court it is a shame. He plays the game like he’s playing chess.

I am SO HAPPY that I get to watch this poetry in motion. He is amazing. Chris Paul for President for all I care. He’s just amazing.

ThackerAgency on January 29, 2008 at 3:04 AM

One little thing I noticed: During tonight’s SOTU Address:

Most of the time that BOTH “sides of the aisle” gave standing ovations is when the President promised new and larger give-away / entitlement programs.

And the cheers seemed to be loudest when he promised to give OUR money to people who ‘aren’t us’.

LegendHasIt on January 29, 2008 at 3:35 AM

is = was

LegendHasIt on January 29, 2008 at 3:36 AM

Great Vent…
Make the tax cuts permanent! I would have loved to seen the look on the Maverick’s face (Mr. Johnny come lately to tax cut fever)…

Zorro on January 29, 2008 at 6:44 AM

You know as a sore Rudymaniac, I am now beginning to empathize with Paul-crazies like yourself. We got disciminated by the media. Both are much better candidates that the MSM would let on.

That being said, the vagina-fixer’s fan base is WAAAAAY more crazy than Rudy’s fanbase. So I feel much better being in my pack than yours.

Vincenzo on January 29, 2008 at 12:47 AM

You don’t know anything about me, so calling me crazy is irresponsible and stupid on your part. Fact is, I was a Fred supporter until October when I began supporting Ron Paul. Regardless, saying something positive about a candidate who has many positive aspects to his platform does not make that person crazy. Someone who says something like that is an idiot.

As far as feeling better in your pack, good for you. Personally I couldn’t care less. I’d much rather be part of a base that people thought crazy than part of a base that people thought liberal, ignorant, or traitorous to the Republican Party. Please vote for the liberal candidate of your choice. Just remember, if when McCain screws up the country, the Republicans get credit and MY PACK won’t be blamed.

Also note that McCain is irrelevant to the topic of this thread since he’s not for tax relief.

fossten on January 29, 2008 at 8:08 AM

Simple yet brilliant video.

Bodhi on January 29, 2008 at 8:13 AM

Speaking of taxes, there is one thing I like about Huck (No, I’m on Mitt’s team) : He wants to shut down the IRS. As a fellow who lost his business, home, and everything else partly because of mistakes make by them, I think this is a great idea. The horror stories I could tell you. The organization is evil. IRS = KGB

Rod on January 29, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Of course the Dumbs don’t want tax relief to be permanent.

How would they pay for the nanny state programs? And the illegal alien aid? And aid to jihadist states?

madmonkphotog on January 29, 2008 at 8:42 AM

Another thing I noticed last night, Republicans stand for victory when American troops are sent to fight.

argos on January 29, 2008 at 8:42 AM

Next make a clip of Pelosi chewing her cud.

ctmom on January 29, 2008 at 9:21 AM

In the replays at the end, you need to keep in the clip about tax relief for 116 MILLION Americans, because the Libs always want to the claim that the tax breaks are only “for their rich friends”.

pavruch on January 29, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Hot Air Video: Republicans Stand for Tax Relief

Pity that none of our Republican candidates, not to mention Congress members, do.

Misha I on January 29, 2008 at 9:41 AM

Speaking of taxes, there is one thing I like about Huck (No, I’m on Mitt’s team) : He wants to shut down the IRS. As a fellow who lost his business, home, and everything else partly because of mistakes make by them, I think this is a great idea. The horror stories I could tell you. The organization is evil. IRS = KGB

Rod on January 29, 2008 at 8:37 AM

The Fair Tax is a great idea. Big problem……repeal of the 16th amendment.

NO FAIR TAX UNTIL 16TH AMENDMENT IS GONE!!!!!!!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 29, 2008 at 9:41 AM

What happened to the Scoop Jackson, Zell Miller Democrats?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 29, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Oh, wait. You meant “stand UP.”

They could remain seated on their incumbent, fat, overpaid arses until the End Times as far as I’m concerned if they’d vote for it instead.

Talk is cheap. 8 years of Dubya taught me all about that.

Misha I on January 29, 2008 at 9:43 AM

NO FAIR TAX UNTIL 16TH AMENDMENT IS GONE!!!!!!!
NO FAIR TAX UNTIL 16TH AMENDMENT IS GONE!!!!!!!
NO FAIR TAX UNTIL 16TH AMENDMENT IS GONE!!!!!!!
NO FAIR TAX UNTIL 16TH AMENDMENT IS GONE!!!!!!!
NO FAIR TAX UNTIL 16TH AMENDMENT IS GONE!!!!!!!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 29, 2008 at 9:41 AM

That needs emphasis.

RushBaby on January 29, 2008 at 10:09 AM

I wonder, do the Dems get together before the SOTU speech and come up with their own version of drinking game? I don’t know any other way they would all refuse to stand. Probably goes something like this:

tax cuts = sit and don’t clap
support the troops = stand, clap, and yell
progress in iraq = clap mildly

The state of the union is strong and God bless America = Stand, clap, do cartwheels in the aisle because this is Bush’s last SOTU.

txsurveyor on January 29, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Can someone please tell me what book Pelosi was reading when the State of the Union was being given?

Was she missing her book club or something? It was highly distracting.

And Cheney looked like he would have rather been having an enema than being there.

SimplyKimberly on January 28, 2008 at 10:47 PM

You could see the marks on the speech booklet Pelosi had. Presumably they go over it and decide when to stand, applaud, sit still, look annoyed.
It is essence the Dems playbook.
…and Cheney always looks that way, at a private fundraiser in Ca. (6 years ago), he would stand off to the side, and people would approach him, he would be very genuine and pleasant to talk to, then he would just back up. He is a very quite and unassuming man, but incredibly engaging when spoken to, and quick to laugh. He would be called a “wallflower” at a party, small talk just doesn’t suit him, and not a huge presence…a good counter balance to GW who absolutely takes over the room.

right2bright on January 29, 2008 at 11:01 AM

he was basically informing them he was going to fully exercise his abilities to block as much of the BS they’ve been slipping into legislation on its way out the door as possible.

He should have made that statement, on his wy IN the door. If he had been doing this all along, maybe, just maybe, we could have gotten much more done in 07. Not to mention that he has had 6 years with a Repub majority. I’m not say he has not accomplished a lot, I just think if he had approached 07 with this attitude…

kcd on January 29, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Style over substance, unfortunately. The GOP has a lot of work to do to restore its credibility on spending restraint.

Bugler on January 29, 2008 at 12:59 PM

Tax math gives me a headache

Drtuddle on January 29, 2008 at 1:13 PM

last night, I too was watching who stood and for what. that was the clearest prophecy of what is to come out of the senate. it was also fun to watch pelosi squirm through most of it. next time, fox should have an iso-cam on the two sides of the aisle. now that would be informative.

jimmer on January 29, 2008 at 4:34 PM