Democrats have stopped beating around the tax hike bush and are becoming increasingly bold in calling for rates to rise. I heard longshot candidate John Edwards just now saying that taxes must go up. He is running as a moderate Democrat, so no doubt the others are for even greater increases. On the "rich" of course, who by their definition is anyone with a steady job. Unfortunately, the leading Republican candidate, John McCain, is himself in favor of a tax increase. So by nominating him, the Republicans forfeit their single best issue. Go figure. Could someone tell me the last time Republicans won a nationwide election on a platform of amnesty for illegal immigrants and tax hikes? That seems to be the plan if McCain is the standard bearer. Voters would have the choice of voting for a Democrat tax hike or a Republican tax hike. Wonder which party will be able to turn out its voters with those platforms?