Has Bob Kerrey Ever Met A Tax He Didn’t Like?

July 25, 2012

Kerrey Supports Tax Increases


“I know balancing the budget will not be easy…it’s likely we are going to have to pay a little more as well.”


“If they notice, I’ll be surprised. And if they complain, I will be ashamed.”

Lincoln, NEBRASKA, July 25, 2012 - As Congress debates whether or not to extend the Bush tax cuts, President Obama knows he count on serial tax raiser Bob Kerrey to be a key ally.

During the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign, Kerrey has not-so subtly revealed that he’s ready and willing to join Obama and Harry Reid in raising taxes on the American middle class:

NE Watchdog: Are you ready to vote for a tax increase?
KERREY: Oh yeah, it’s going to take additional revenue.
(Joe Jordan, “Video Special…Kerrey’s Budget Plan: Spending Cuts First, then Higher Taxes,” Nebraska Watchdog, 5/16/12)

In a recent paid advertisement in the Omaha World-Herald, Kerrey hinted that Nebraskans should expect a tax hike if they send him back to Washington:

“I know balancing the budget will not be easy…it’s likely we are going to have to pay a little more as well.” (Bob Kerrey for U.S. Senate advertisement, Omaha World-Herald, 7/10/12)

Of course, many Nebraskans aren’t surprised that Bob Kerrey wants to raise their taxes.

In 1993, Kerrey was the deciding vote in what he himself called “the biggest tax increase in the history of the country.”

“$241 billion in additional taxes…” (H.R. 2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 50-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, 8/6/93, Kerrey Voted Yea)

KERREY: “…We vote for the biggest tax increase in the history of the country. It was an enormous political move. It was a good political move in my view on the part of the president and the vice president.” (NBC’S, “Meet The Press,” 1/23/00)

Kerrey said the middle class should be ashamed if they complained about higher taxes:

“Unlike most other lawmakers, who were concerned that the package asked too much sacrifice, Kerrey was angered that the only tax to be paid by the middle class in this plan is a 4.3-cent increase in the gas tax. ‘If they notice, I’ll be surprised,’ Kerrey said. ‘And if they complain, I will be ashamed.’” (Jill Dutt and Martin Kasindorf, “A Done Deal,” Newsday, 8/7/93)

Watch the video here.

Kerrey voted against eliminating the death and gift taxes.

“To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to phase out the estate and gift taxes over a 10-year period.” (H.R. 8, CQ Vote #197: Passed 59-39: R 50-3; D 9-35, 7/14/00, Kerrey Voted Nay)

Kerrey also voted to table an amendment that would make it easier for married couples to file their taxes.

“Vote to table an amendment that allows spouses who file a joint tax return to divide their combined income in half, as if filing separately.” (S. 3359, CQ Vote #242: Rejected 48-51: R 4-50; D 44-1, 7/29/98, Kerrey Voted Yea)

“Bob Kerrey has been dropping some not-so-subtle hints that he’s going to raise taxes on middle-class Nebraskans,” said Fischer campaign spokesman Daniel Keylin. “Nebraskans have a clear choice in this race. Bob Kerrey falsely thinks we can tax our way to prosperity. Deb Fischer understands raising taxes in a stagnant economy stifles growth and destroys opportunity for American families, small business owners, and entrepreneurs.”