McCain Unveils New Economic Stimulus Proposal: Tax Cut For Millionaires
On Saturday night, the McCain campaign told Politico.com that it was planning to unveil "new economic plans" that included temporary tax cuts on capital gains. Politico incorrectly noted that this proposal, which benefits the wealthy, would be "aimed directly at the middle class."
On Sunday morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham said McCain was planning "a very comprehensive approach to jump-start the economy, by allowing capital to be formed easier in America by lowering taxes."
But by Sunday night, the McCain campaign - in a sign of "internal confusion" -- was telling the New York Times that they "would not have any more proposals this week."
On Monday, Barack Obama announced "a new economic rescue plan Monday geared toward middle-class voters." McCain didn't announce anything, which "caused some head scratching."
And now, on Tuesday, McCain is unveiling his new proposals, going back to the well of tax cuts for the rich. McCain will announce plans to "cut the capital gains tax on stock profits in half, from 15 percent now on stocks held a year or longer to 7.5 percent -- a $10 billion proposal." The Wonk Room's James Kvaal noted the impact of cutting capital gains: