Virginia Republicans blasted Tim Kaine for saying during Thursday’s U.S. Senate debate that he was open to setting a “minimum tax for everyone.”
“Tim Kaine just can’t help himself. Anytime he has the opportunity to even talk about raising taxes, he does it,” Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, said after Kaine sparred with GOP candidate George Allen at the Fairfax debate.
But Kaine’s suggestion actually echoes what tea party darling Michele Bachmann said when she was seeking the GOP presidential nomination. Back then, the Minnesota congresswoman and tax attorney declared, “Everyone should pay something.”
Bachmann’s tax-’em-all plan might not be as bold and “progressive” as Kaine’s, of course, yet the fact remains: Republicans at the national level are at least complicit in creating a situation where nearly half of Americans pay nothing … as Mitt Romney bemoans.