A Republican president should be proud to lend his name to any and all tax cuts, right? But President Bush said today of the tax cuts that passed during his tenure and are set to expire on Dec. 31: “I wish they weren’t called the ‘Bush tax cuts.’ If they’re called some other body’s tax cuts, they’re probably less likely to be raised.” Not that his position on them as changed. “If you raise taxes, you’re taking money out of the pockets of consumers,” he said, as he opened the Bush Institute Conference on Taxes and Economic Growth in New York City. Though he also advocated for the Keystone XL pipeline, which President Obama blocked, Bush declined to join his GOP brethren in criticizing Obama. “I don’t think it’s good, frankly, for our country to undermine our president, and I don’t intend to do so,” he said.
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