Jun 8, 2012

MOVE ON: Democrats caving on more tax breaks for the rich?

Democrats need to be united in order to end the Bush tax cuts for the rich once and for all. Can you call Rep. Neal right away and ask for his position on ending the Bush tax cuts for everyone earning over $250,000, so that we can show publicly where Democrats stand?     

Representative Richard Neal
Phone: (202) 225-5601

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Dear MoveOn member, 

Yesterday, news broke that some Democrats and Republicans are secretly meeting about extending the Bush tax cuts at the end of the year.1  

The only way for congressional Democrats to win a negotiation like this is to stand firm and rule out from the beginning any extension of the tax cuts for anyone making over $250,000. President Obama has promised to veto any extension and continues to stand strong—his press secretary, Jay Carney, said, "He will not support an extension of the upper-income Bush tax cuts. He could not be more clear."2  Now, we need to make absolutely sure that other Democrats don't give in before we even get started. 

We need to ask every single congressional Democrat to stand with the president and publicly commit to opposing any bill that extends the Bush tax breaks for people making over $250,000. We'll keep a public tally of their positions so that we know who's with us. 

Can you call Representative Richard Neal's office today? Tell him: "We're asking every Democrat where they stand on extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich for people making over $250,000. Will you stand with President Obama and commit to opposing any bill that extends the tax cuts for the rich? We'll report your answer or non-answer publicly."  

If they've already taken a position, great! Some Democrats have already made their position clear. Just ask him to point you to his public statements. But make sure they point you to a clear, direct answer to the question. 

Here's where to call: 

Representative Richard Neal
Phone: (202) 225-5601

The response that you report will be recorded publicly on this page: http://pol.moveon.org/taxcutswhip/?id=43247-17630246-BQKCeax&t=3

At the end of the year, we face "Jobsmageddon." Massive, automatic cuts and a payroll tax hike could wipe out millions of jobs, just to finance the extension of tax breaks for the rich. That's why we need Democrats to preemptively rule out extending these tax breaks by taking them off the table, as the president has. 

Even Leader Pelosi and Senator Schumer have been wavering on what the right cut-off is for extending the tax breaks.3 We need Democrats to stand firm, and united, in committing to oppose any extension of the tax breaks for people making over $250,000. 

Making people who earn over $250,000 a year pay their fair share would save America about $1 trillion.4 It's easy to think of better ways to spend a trillion dollars than continuing to give it away to rich people. Like opening more schools, or fixing broken bridges, or.. well, really, just about anything besides letting the super-rich keep extra money in their pockets.
Here's where to call: 

Representative Richard Neal
Phone: (202) 225-5601

Then, check out the response from all congressional Democrats on this public tally page: http://pol.moveon.org/taxcutswhip/?id=43247-17630246-BQKCeax&t=5

MoveOn members already helped win a commitment from President Obama to end the Bush tax cuts for the rich earlier this year. Now we need to make sure Democrats are united so that the super-rich finally pay their fair share. 

Thanks for all you do.

Lenore, Victoria, Emily, Elena, and the rest of the team

P.S. Robert Reich just made a great video explaining why it's so important to all of us that we tax the rich fairly. Can you watch and share it, especially with anyone who's still skeptical that they can get their head around the whole story of the economy? Click here to watch the video: http://www.moveon.org/r?r=276133&id=43247-17630246-BQKCeax&t=7


1. "Secret talks under way about 'fiscal cliff," Politico, June 6, 2012  

2. "Obama stands firm against extending tax cuts for the rich," Reuters, June 7, 2012

3. "Pelosi's Middle Class Tax Cut Extension Would Largely Benefit Millionaires," Politico, May 24, 2012    

4. "Decision Time: The Fiscal Effects of Extending the 2001 and 2003 Tax Cuts," Pew Charitable Trusts, June 24, 2010 

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