Most people outside outside the Republican Party accept that the Bush Tax Cuts are a major driver of our current deficits. They were extended in 2010 in large part to President Obama and the Democrats in Congress. The extension could not have happened without their active aid. Their motivation for doing so was understandable – they wished to preserve tax cuts for the middle class. Congressional Republicans promptly took those middle class tax cuts hostage – “Extend the budget busting tax cuts for the top 2% or nobody gets a tax break.” Despite a hue and cry from progressives that rewarding hostage-taking was bad government, President Obama and the Democrats gave in.
It is said that it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. So I have “lit a candle” by writing President Obama and my Congressional delegation. I told them that I was a middle class taxpayer who did not want my tax cut if that meant continuing the budget busting Bush Tax Cuts. I do care about reducing the debt and if takes giving my tax cut to ensure that the most well off contribute a fairer share to a government they largely control and benefit from (think copyright, oil subsidies, etc), then that is a price I”m glad to pay. How about you?
If you’d to “light a candle” by contact the President on this issue, go to his contact page. If you’re a fellow Alaskan, light a candle by visiting our delegation’s contact pages:
I’d suggest reading Senator Begich’s recent Op-Ed on reducing the deficit before writing him. If there are things you can agree with, mention those along with the need to let all the Bush Tax Cuts expire. Be polite with Murkowski and Young. I did not use the phrase “hostage-taking” with them and if there’s a chance at all of getting them to listen, neither should you. I think it is fair to remind them that they both voted (along with Begich) for the Budget Control Act and that if they insist on reversing those spending cuts, they better pay for them by letting the Bush Tax Cuts expire.
Chances are good our efforts will once again be ineffective. Preserving middle class tax cuts are once again a priority for President Obama. House Speaker Boehner says that any tax increase is off the table. The stage is set for another hostage crisis that results in an extension of budget busting tax cuts for the most well off. But maybe if enough of us tell our officials “Enough is enough! Let the Bush Tax Cuts die!” maybe the cuts will end and we’ll start on the road to government solvency. We won’t know unless we light our candles of protest – are you with me?
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