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Rove to GOP: Keep Austerity Pro-Growth

Bush adviser advocates for tax reform.

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March 3, 2011

Karl Rove, former advisor to President George W. Bush, took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to give the GOP a pep talk this morning, telling them “a message of austerity and prosperity is far more powerful than either one alone.”

Citing polling that shows Americans would blame President Obama and congressional Republicans about equally for a government shutdown (and pointing out that the same was not true in 1995 when Newt Gingrich took most of the blame), Rove tells the GOP that it can “maximize its leverage in the upcoming vote on the debt ceiling by insisting on structural reforms.”

But Rove warns Republicans that if “if they focus only on austerity and neglect to offer a pro-growth message, their attempt to tame the budget will be of limited appeal and could prove to be their undoing.” The answer? Pair cuts with tax reform to make the tax system “simpler, flatter and fairer.”

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