And my opponent won’t rule out raising taxes. But I will. And the Congress will push me to raise taxes, and I’ll say no, and they’ll push, and I’ll say no, and they’ll push again. And I’ll say to them: Read my lips. No new taxes.
Bad policy, great politics, and Bush went on to defeat Dukakis- and later to raise taxes. As Time magazine reminisced
Before his first year in office was complete, he had signed into law a “stealth budget” that, while leaving the income tax alone, raised various fees and levies. In 1990, David Letterman was joking that Bush’s catchphrase should be updated to “Read my lips: I was lying”; sure enough, it was clear that the original promise had to go.
The following year, I was talking to a friend of mine, a moderate who was a big supporter of President George Herbert Walker Bush. He was not a fan of paying higher taxes, and I asked him how he still could be a supporter of Bush, who appeared to have lied about something so important.
I can remember his response only roughly because I didn't realize how telling it was, and it was over thirty years ago. He stated in essence "But that he promised that made it clear that he wanted to lower taxes."
He wanted to lower taxes, it was reasoned, and by voicing his intent demonstrated that he wanted to help taxpayers. We currently have a prominent politician and ex-actor who strategically makes ridiculous and outlandish claims (even more than his rivals).
After getting indicted for illegally removing top secret documents and storing them in his bathroom, endangering US national security,— Republicans against Trump (@RpsAgainstTrump) June 25, 2023
Donald Trump tells evangelical activists: “I was indicted for you.”
Are people really that stupid to believe this? pic.twitter.com/HnajJiJevo
Trump: They don't even have the right to ask. And if they do ask, they have to be very nice and I don't have to give it. And yet I'm being prosecuted pic.twitter.com/OtoI6BVTAs— Acyn (@Acyn) June 25, 2023