In 2001 and 2003 CONGRESS passed tax reductions for the middle class and yes for higher income earners to return money back to ALL AMERICANS. By allowing more money to be kept in the pockets of all Americans, the economy stabilized and the public had more money in their hands. Now, the Democrats and your government wants this money back. After creating over three trillion in new national debt over the past three years, your Democratic Party is now claiming to be concerned about deficits and the national debt. In a period of an extremely slow recovery from the worst recession in fifty years, Democrats want to “their” money back.
With sixteen days left in this Congress, Senate Democrats suddenly want to bring a slew of legislation up to a vote. They’ve had two years to work on and pass this legislation. Instead, Senate Democrats, (on Christmas Eve of 2009), insisted on forcing a new multi-trillion dollar entitlement a strong majority of Americans had rejected. This year the Democrats DID NOT even pass a budget.
Funding for the federal government will run out tomorrow unless Congress passes a continuing resolution. ALL forty-two Republicans in the Senate send a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid insisting that the matter of NOT RAISING TAXES ON ANYONE, and FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT be addressed FIRST, before any other legislation is taken up. Again, with only 16 legislative days left, this “suggestion” seems quite logical.
Economist testified before Congress recently that no ones taxes should be raised in this fragile economy. Even Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has testified before Congress that this is not the time to raise taxes — the economy is simply too fragile.
So, what are the Democrats in the House going to do this morning? They’re bringing a vote to the floor to raise taxes:
House Democratic leaders have scheduled a political showdown over the Bush-era tax cuts that expire at the end of the month.Got that? According to Mr. Hoyer, no one making over $200k are considered “working Americans”. But these political games the Democrats are playing doesn’t stop here.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the chamber will vote Thursday on a plan to permanently extend the tax cuts, but only to individuals earning less than $200,000 and couples making less than $250,000. “I am very hopeful that we will pass this,” Hoyer said. “Nobody wants working Americans to get any kind of an increase on January 1.”
In the last days of a failed House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer and the remaining lame duck Democrats will continue with the Pelosi ploy of shutting out any Republican amendments or work “together” to keep anyone from getting a tax increase. Mr. Hoyer’s “message” is NOT MUDDLED. Americans understand perfectly that Hoyer and House Democrats did not get the message on Nov. 2nd. Sadly, for now, it’s “business as usual” for the Democrats.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., called the move “political chicanery and a nonstarter.”
Cantor pointed out that many Democrats back extending the tax cuts to all income levels and called for a vote on such a plan.
The Democratic plan to only partially extend the cuts will put Republicans and dozens of moderate Democrats in a difficult position. If they vote for the bill, they will be giving up any leverage they have to pass one that includes all taxpayers. If they oppose it, they could be criticized for voting against a middle class tax cut.
Republicans’ best chance of defeating the Democratic bill would be to amend it on the floor so that it includes all taxpayers, but Hoyer said he would try to block such amendments. “We don’t want to muddle our message and we think we won’t muddle our message,” Hoyer said. (emphasis mine)