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Bloating up the bailout
Bloating up the bailout
Section 503 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization bill includes a tax break for makers of wooden arrows - clearly crucial for economic stabilization!
Maybe three pages wasn't such a bad idea after all...When Congress is done with it, Paulson's proposal for saving the U.S. financial system balloons to 451 pages and is loaded with pork barrel spending - including, unbelievably, a cut in taxes on toy arrows and an extended tax break on "wool products."

Backers of the arrow tax exemption - section 503, for the record - say it reverses a wrongheaded 2004 law that sharply increased tax rates on cheap kids' arrows. -- By Colin Barr, Fortune senior writer

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