Bonehead Burr at it Again

 I really don’t understand how our Senator Richard Burr doesn’t get more grief for his boneheaded proposals on major policy issues.  Last year it was a health care reform plan that instituted new taxes on health benefits.  Even his own party deep-sixed that one before it got out of the gate.  Today it’s an alternative for the economic stimulus package that just got through the House (with Bush praising it along with House leaders).  Burr would replace the “tax rebates of up to $600 for individuals and $1,200 for married couples, plus $300 per child” with a ten day sales tax holiday in April.  Uh, yeah Richard.  That sounds like just what I’d like to have instead of $600 in my pocket.  A few bucks off some new slacks from Sears.  I know Burr raises more money from big business than almost anyone else, but come on – doesn’t even the most bought-off politician have to put forward proposals that meet the laugh test at the very least?  Burr would do better to focus on his latest effort, the Chimp Protection Bill.


  1. dmin

    January 30, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Am I doing the math right–if my wife and I were to spend over $18,000 on taxable items during Burr’s proposed tax holiday, we would come out ahead of where we would be with the current rebate plan? It might work for us if we were buying a new car, or boat, or house, or private jet or …

  2. anglico

    January 30, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Fortunately, no one cares what Richard Burr does or says anymore. I’m sure he’s a nice guy and all, but he’s definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  3. Pirate

    January 31, 2008 at 9:45 am

    I think we need both, actually. This is a policy issue about stimulating the economy. It’s not about tax relief of helping the poor. It’s about spurring the economy. If we are going to address the problem (a stalling economy) then we need to make smart decisions to address that policy issue.

    The tax rebates going to middle and lower income families will makes sense because they are more likely to go out and actually spend $600 than a wealthy family.

    The tax holiday also makes sense in that the wealthy will be more likely to take advantage of this because they could have significant savings if they purchase large ticket items.

    Together, both of these proposals would encourage everyone, regardless of income, to make purchases. Lower and middle income families could also save money by spending their rebates during the tax holiday.

    I don’t think the tax holiday alone would do the trick, though.

  4. Adam Searing

    January 31, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Burr’s proposal though is to ditch the rebates in order to reimburse states partially for the revenue lost because of the sales tax holiday – so as far as I can figure he doesn’t think you can do both.

    And Anglico – I wonder about his staff too. I’m not sure he could come up with this stuff on his own so who the heck is working for him?

  5. anglico

    February 4, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Alicia Peterson Clark is his chief of staff. She was a special assistant for strategic initiatives to Bush in 2004. That pretty much explains everything.

  6. Adam Searing

    February 5, 2008 at 10:48 am

    That’s for sure. What really got me was his comment in the N+O on Bush’s budget this morning.

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