Bush on Bush Tax Cuts: Wish They Had Other Name

Former president speaks at conference
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2012 12:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – George W. Bush has a problem with the Bush tax cuts: Namely, he doesn't appreciate the fact that they're called the Bush tax cuts. Speaking at the New York Historical Society for his own presidential center's conference on tax policies this morning, Bush noted, "If you raise taxes, in other words if you let the—I wish they weren't called the 'Bush tax cuts.' If they were called some-other-body's tax cuts, they're probably less likely to be raised. But if you raise taxes, you're taking money out of the pockets of consumers."

Bush made the rare public appearance to argue for pro-growth tax policies that will benefit the private sector, reports Forbes, which sponsored the event. Another amusing note: When asked whether he misses being president, Bush said he does not, although "it was really inconvenient having to stop at stop lights [en route to speech]. I guess I miss that."

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