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Tax Cuts Giveaways

June 7, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Democratic critics of the tax cut signed into law Thursday by President Bush want people to give their refund checks away.

The Democratic National Committee says on its Internet site that taxpayers would be better served to contribute their refund checks to the party. Those checks will total up to $300 for individuals and up to $600 for married couples.

If a taxpayer wants, the Democrats are offering to ``send George Bush an electronic postcard″ telling the president about the donation and the taxpayer’s opposition to Republican policies.

Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, the House Republican whip, did not find the DNC’s offer amusing.

``Democrats have some nerve,″ he said. ``They will do anything to get their hands on taxpayers’ money.″

At least one other group is advocating that taxpayers give away their refund checks. The New York-based Reform Jewish Movement urged its 1.5 million members to donate the money to charity.

Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the group’s Religious Action Center in Washington, said that ``Jewish tradition teaches us not to be hardhearted or tightfisted to our needy neighbors.″ The group has criticized the tax cut as too beneficial to the wealthy.

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