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 September, 2000

Social Security Differences (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, September 7, 2000

NPR's Steve Inskeep compares the differing approaches of Presidential candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush toward reforming the Social Security system. Bush favors a plan that would allow people to invest part of their Social Security retirement taxes in private stock market accounts. Gore opposes radical changes to the current system. He supports keeping all Social Security taxes in the federal system and giving people the option of opening supplemental retirement accounts.

Bush's Medicare Restructure Proposal (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, September 6, 2000

NPR's Steve Inskeep reports on Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush's proposal to cut income taxes and restructure Medicare. His plan would allow senior citizens the option of keeping their current federal coverage, or trade it in for private plans. Democrats say the proposal would cost the federal government billions... undermining plans for new tax cuts.

 August, 2000
Tax Plans (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, August 28, 2000
The soccer mom personified the swing voter in the last presidential election. This time everyone's talking about the "working waitress." Governor George W. Bush uses the example of the waitress to describe his tax cut. Vice President Al Gore attacks Bush's tax plan and recalls his own mother's working days as a waitress. Scott Horsley reports on how the candidates' competing tax plans would affect a real working waitress.

Dueling Tax Cut Proposals (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, August 25, 2000
On the campaign trail yesterday, Presidential nominees George W. Bush and Al Gore criticized each other's tax cut proposals. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports on Bush's comments; NPR's Madeleine Brand reports on Gore's.

 July, 2000
Another Tax Cut Passed (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, July 28, 2000
NPR's Brian Naylor reports that the House of Representatives passed another tax cut yesterday. The measure decreases the amount of social security income that is subject to taxation. Critics of the Republican-led move say this and other recent tax cuts could lead to budget deficits in the future.

 March, 2000
Voter and Candidate Issues (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, March 1, 2000
In part two of our series examining some of the issues raised by both voters and candidates in this year's presidential primaries, NPR's Brian Naylor looks at the issue of taxes. The Republicans candidates have been arguing over who has the best plan to cut taxes and still shore up social security. The democratic candidates have skipped over the subject, hoping voters care more about paying off the national debt than a tax cut.

 January, 2000
McCain Outlines Tax Cut Plan
All Things Considered, January 11, 2000
Arizona Sen. John McCain today became the latest Republican presidential candidate to outline a tax cut plan. The subject has already been a staple in the GOP debates. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports.

 December, 1999
Republicans Debate Tax Cuts in New Hampshire
All Things Considered, December 2, 1999
At tonight's debate between six Republican candidates for president in Manchester, New Hampshire, taxes are among the top items of discussion. There is no state tax on income or sales in New Hampshire, and candidates are usually asked to swear an oath of enmity against all new taxes. But the New Hampshire Supreme Court recently ordered costly improvements in the public schools, and someone needs to find a way to pay for them. That's making the issue more complicated than ever before. Trish Anderton of New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

Bush Outlines Tax Cut Proposals
All Things Considered, December 1, 1999
Republican presidential front-runner George W. Bush offered his own tax-cut package today, a plan that would help the wealthy as well as the poor. The $483 billion package was greater than the one vetoed by President Clinton and it has already been criticized by Vice President Al Gore as "reckless." NPR's Elizabeth Arnold reports.

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