- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2016

During the Democratic presidential primary, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman urged aides to slam the spending proposals of Sen. Bernard Sanders as raising taxes as high as Sweden.

In an email titled “One thought on democratic socialism math,” campaign Chairman John Podesta suggested that aides find a different way to characterize Mr. Sanders’ agenda, which was estimated to add $18 trillion to the national debt over a decade.

“Rather than going after the unrealistic nature of the spending, what about going after taxes by comparing Sweden which he loves, but has a tax burden of more than 50% of gdp with US which is like 33% all in,” Mr. Podesta wrote. “Specter of having more than half of all income taxed may throw people back. Worth playing around with some formulation here.”

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