Republicans should call president's bluffs

Editor, the Advocate:

I think it's time Republicans call President Obama's campaign bluffs. His entire re-election strategy revolves around class envy and increased taxation for wealthy Americans. Republicans should say that they will support the following proposals: the Buffett rule, an increase in the capital gains tax and a repeal of the Bush tax cuts for those earning more than $250,000. They should also say that if these measures result in significant revenue enhancement and bring down unemployment, they would favor keeping them. If neither of these came about then they would revisit these tax increases. What then would the President run on?

His record? The most telling thing about our President's belief system came during the '08 campaign when he was asked why would he support an increase in the capital gains tax when in the past such raises have uniformly resulted in lower revenues? His answer was "for fairness."

Carleton K. Thompson Jr., Hallettsville