The Republican Party has long advocated low taxes and small government. But Stephen Moore, the founder and former president of the Club for Growth recently said that the GOP has a tax dilemma. He said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed: "After years of waste in Congress, voters aren't buying the party's fiscal message."
Moore concluded that the GOP candidates "have to persuade voters Democratic tax hikes will make things worse for the economy." It seems the candidates got the message. Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson all preached the benefits of lower taxes at Club for Growth's economic conference Wednesday in Washington, D.C. As keynote speaker, Giuliani made the biggest headlines at the conference. Club President Pat Toomey gave him glowing reviews: "Giuliani's opposition to raising Social Security taxes, his support for personal accounts and his renunciation of McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation sends a very encouraging message to all Americans who believe in limited government, free-market principles and the importance of free speech in the political sphere." Giuliani pledged to make the Bush tax cuts permanent and said, "I believe that our economy is being harmed right now by the failure to make those tax cuts long-term and permanent." He also wants to make the Estate Tax (renamed the Death Tax by conservative proponents of eliminating it) a thing of the past. He quoted French President Nicholas Sarkozy, who believes this tax has caused an exodus of the wealthy from France.