Jacob Weisberg, writing for Slate, says that Republican tax policy is “pulling the plug on grandma.” No kidding:
It’s not preposterous to imagine laws that would try to save money by encouraging the inconvenient elderly to make a timely exit. After all, that’s been Republican policy for years.
It was Sen. Grassley himself who rammed the GOP’s most astonishing pro-death policy through the Senate in 2001. The estate-tax revision he championed reduces the estate tax to zero next year. But when the law expires at year’s end, the tax will jump back up to its previous level of 55 percent. Grassley’s exploding offer has an entirely foreseen if unintended consequence: It’s going to encourage those whose parents and grandparents are worth anything more than a million bucks to get them dead by midnight on Dec. 31, 2010. This would be a great plot for a P.D. James novel if it weren’t an actual piece of legislation.
(Via Hot Air.)
This is stunningly offensive, but since he brought it up, let’s take it seriously for a moment. It’s not the elimination of the death tax that is the problem, it’s the reinstitution of the death tax that is problem! Republicans wanted to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, but Democrats blocked it. So if the return of the death tax is going to kill people (and Weisberg is the one that says it will), Democrats are the ones doing it.