The infamous Patrick Kennedy, Congressman from Rhode Island, has spoken out on tax policy, as reported by the Washington Post’s Reliable Source:
“As sometimes happens with Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), he let his mouth race ahead of his brain Wednesday night at a gathering of Young Democrats at the Washington nightspot Acropolis. After presidential candidate Howard Dean spoke, Kennedy delivered an impassioned peroration against President Bush’s tax cut. We hear that Kennedy told the crowd: ‘I don’t need Bush’s tax cut. I have never worked a [bleeping] day in my life.’ With that he got the audience’s attention — the dropping-jaws kind. ‘He droned on and on, frequently mentioning how much better the candidates would sound the more we drank,’ a witness told us. ‘Finally, he had to be stopped by a DNC volunteer.’
Amazingly, Kennedy’s spokesman didn’t deny this account, merely noting that Kennedy regretted using an “unfortunate word.” And he did disagree on one point, saying that “no one pulled [Kennedy] off the stage.”
It is true, of course, that if Kennedy were a Republican he would have the reputation of being incredibly stupid. But there was a kernel of truth in his apparently drunken diatribe: it is not rich people like him, who never have to work for a single [bleeping] day, who need tax relief. It is working people who deserve relief from unfair levels of taxation and who will benefit from the Bush tax cuts.
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