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Actually, the 10-year sunset was to avoid consideration of long-term impacts on the federal deficit as required under the Byrd rule.

Basically the 10-year sunset acknowledges that the Bush Tax cuts were never really intended to pay for themselves.

That is another valid interpretation. However, I recall at the time debate over whether they cuts would pay for themselves. I believe the 10 year sunset was also a mechanism to get some skeptics on board.

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