[Influential conservative strategist Frank Luntz has produced a 160-page playbook to advance the right-wing agenda. Think Progress cuts through the spin and gives you the tools you need to fight back. Check here for updates throughout the week.]
Never mind that President Bush’s budget is the largest in American history, or that his first-term tax cuts are responsible for a much larger portion of the federal deficit than any spending increases.
Luntz’s message on the budget? Our earlier lies worked — why fix what’s not broken?
“Americans still believe the primary cause of the deficit is wasteful Washington spending, not the tax cuts,” Luntz says. “So tell them: ‘Americans aren’t taxed too little. Washington spends too much.’” Problem solved!