Towards the end of the U.S. Senate debate on Friday, Senator Ben Nelson was asked his views about the consumption tax (aka the Fair Tax). Nelson responded that it’s a bad idea, would raise taxes on everyone, then used one of his many prepared lines that when taxes are shifted, “the shift-ee would end up getting the shaft” (chuckle-chuckle-chuckle).
Pete Ricketts pointed out that Nelson had said, in a letter to a Nebraska constituent, that he “would welcome the opportunity to hear the testimony of experts representing both sides of the issue”. (Click here for the text of Nelson’s letter to Gary Brown.)
And Nelson’s retort?
Well, this was a constituent that had sent in several letters on the issue (gasp!) and Nelson just decided to be nice to the guy and tell him what he wanted to hear, instead of telling him where to go.
So, remember this Nebraskans: You may get a letter from Ben Nelson, but (wink, wink) he doesn’t necessarily mean a word of what he says.
(More debate wrap coming soon…)