George W. Bush talks about tax cuts in New York

President George W. Bush came in 39th of

President George W. Bush came in 39th of 43 in a 2010 ranking of presidents by Siena College Research Institute. (Credit: Getty Images)

Former President George W. Bush visited New York Tuesday to talk taxes, a rare appearance for the famously cloistered ex-commander in chief.

Bush visited the New York Historical Society, which hosted the George W. Bush Presidential Center's conference on "Tax Policies For Four Percent Growth," which coincides with President Barack Obama's push for passage of the Buffett Rule, which would set a minimum federal tax rate of 30% for people earning more than $1 million per year.

"If you raise taxes on the so-called rich, you're really raising taxes on the job creators," Bush said, according to published reports.

The Buffet rule, named for Warren Buffett, who said he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary, is partially a reaction to tax levels set up by the so-called "Bush tax cuts, a moniker that the ex-president said he wishes he could change.

"If they're called some other body's tax cuts, they're probably less likely to be raised," Bush said.

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