Republicans, Taxes — December 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Time to let Congress know: Get rid of the Bush Tax Cuts for the very rich


Those who benefit most should pay the most

Americans for Tax Fairness has a powerful new video out that spells out this ridiculous argument over the stupidly and incorrectly-named “fiscal cliff”. The video shows just how absurd the Republicans’ position and arguments are. They want a massive tax break to continue for the upper 2% and are holding a $2,200 per family tax break for the rest of us hostage in order to preserve it.

Have a look:

There’s a movement afoot to urge our members of Congress to “come together”. It’s a hashtag on Twitter and it’s all over our Starbucks coffee cups and Facebook pages. Last night, however, Ezra Klein, sitting in for Rachel Maddow, took this notion apart. He pointed out three important facts:

  1. The Simpson-Bowles debt reduction plan was far to the left of anything that President Obama has put forward. ALL Republicans voted against it and their offering was so far to the right that it was off the charts. There was NO compromise coming from their side.
  2. In 2011, after the Republicans won the 2010 midterms, Congress, including Democrats, passed the Budget Control Act and it was signed into law by President Obama. It was ALL spending cuts. Not a single tax increase. And it’s the current law.
  3. Since the November election where President Obama won and Democrats got more votes nationwide than Republicans, the White House has moved closer to House Speaker John Boehner than Boehner has moved toward them.

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So, this notion that everyone in Congress needs to “come together” is a lot of hogwash. What needs to happen is for Republicans to actually and finally make some solid moves toward the White House. It’s their move.

As Klein says:

I don’t think you can look at the last three years and say that the White House hasn’t tried to “come together” with Republicans. I also don’t think you can look at the last three years and say that the Republicans have tried to ‘come together’ with the White House. {…}

At the elite level…they find it safer to blame both sides for not coming together than to blame one side for not allowing any coming together.

Now is the time to make the call. President Obama meets with Congressional leaders today at 3:00 p.m.

Make the call. Tell your member of Congress that it’s time the upper 2% pay their fair share.