Phil, it seems perfectly reasonable to me that Giuliani would feel one way about a flat tax as mayor of New York and another as candidate for President. It’s analogous to what John Ashcroft did as AG of Missouri in the Kansas City school desegregation state: He stalled, artfully and skillfully, for eight years, to try to avoid having a federal judge impose a tax regime on the state. Remember how bitterly the Dems grilled him about that in his confirmation hearings? But as National AG, he pursued some courses — like the tobacco lawsuits — that would have put him squarely opposite his old, state-level self.
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