Later this afternoon and into this evening, the House will debate and vote on John Boehner’s plan to let the tax rates go up on millionaires. This is a plan that was originally hatched by ultra-liberals like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.
After 20 years of fighting against tax increases and rightfully arguing that we have a spending problem, Republicans are willing to buy into the notion that we must raise revenue from new taxes. Worse, they are doing so in return for absolutely nothing; no balanced budget, no entitlement, reform, no reductions in wasteful government.
The new tax revenue will continue to be used to feed the rapacious appetite of the federal leviathan. Moreover, Democrats will celebrate that Republicans have agreed to their premise of breaking their ‘no new taxes’ pledge. They will pocket this concession and demand more tax increases now and in the future.
Finally, there is the problem of Obamacare. Republicans have agreed to allow some tax rates to go up without demanding a cancellation of the 5 new Obamacare tax hikes that are slated to take effect January 1. That is the real fiscal cliff.
Ignoring the Obamacare taxes as part of the final deal is outrageous.
The House will vote on the procedural motion to commence debate around 2:30 PM E.S.T. and will vote on final passage of the tax bill (H.J. Res. 66) at around 7:30 PM. We can defeat this bill with just 25-30 Republicans standing on principle. Please call your members of Congress and ask them to vote no on Boehner’s tax bill. Here are some wavering members that need to hear from We the People: