Bipartisan Support?

Posted by Brian Patrick on

FYI – 

Today, President Obama claimed that everyone should vote for his jobs bill because it “reflects those ideas that have been traditionally supported by Democrats and Republicans.”

Au contraire. Tax increases do not have bipartisan support, and in fact have bipartisan opposition.

  • Senator Schumer: Raising Taxes On Working Families and Those Making Over $250K Would Hurt Small Businesses. “In the eyes of many, it is hard to ask more of households making $250,000 or $300,000 a year,” he said Wednesday. “In large parts of the country, that kind of income does not get you a big home or lots of vacations or anything else that is associated with wealth. It also would affect too many small businesses.” (Politico, 10/5/11)
  • Senator Schumer: It’s Unacceptable To Raise Taxes On Working Families & Small Businesses In New York. Schumer said the $250,000 limit is unacceptable since it will hit the metropolitan area disproportionately because of the high cost of living here. “$250,000 makes you really rich in Mississippi but it doesn’t make you rich at all in New York and there ought to be some kind of scale based on the cost of living on how much you pay,” Schumer said. (CBS New York, 9/19/11)
  • Senator Ben Nelson: There’re Too Much Talk About Raising Taxes and Not Enough Focus On Cutting Spending. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), a key moderate who’s up for reelection next year, didn’t mince words: “There’s too much discussion about raising taxes right now, not enough focus on cutting spending.” (Politico 9/19/11)
  • Senator Webb: We Shouldn’t Be Increasing Taxes On Ordinary Income. “Terrible,” Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) told POLITICO when asked about the president’s ideas for how to pay for the $450 billion price tag. “We shouldn’t increase taxes on ordinary income. … There are other ways to get there.” (Politico, 9/14/11)
  • Sen. Lieberman: I Wouldn’t Do Anything That Raises Taxes. “I wouldn't do anything to raise taxes in the foreseeable future because that'll stifle the recovery.” (Sean Hannity Radio Show, 9/20/11)
  • Sen. Landrieu: The President’s Plan To Raise Taxes Is Simply “Not Going To Fly.” “That offset is not going to fly, and he should know that,” said Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu from the energy-producing Louisiana, referring to Obama’s elimination of oil and gas subsidies. “Maybe it’s just for his election, which I hope isn’t the case.”(Politico, 9/14/11)
  • Sen. Begich: I Have A Problem With The President’s Tax Increases. “When you start singling out certain industries, there’s an unfairness to it,” he said in an interview. “On the pay-fors, I have a problem.” (Politico, 9/14/11)
  • Sen. Mikulski: I Disagree With The President's Plan To Raise Taxes. Senator Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat whose state includes some of the wealthiest counties in the U.S., said she didn't support the health-care tax. "I disagree with the president," she said. The proposal, she said, would be problematic for people with fluctuating incomes. Some of her constituents "might make one year $300,000 and the next year $30,000," she said. (Bloomberg, 9/14/11)
  • Sen. Carper: The Best Approach To Jobs Is Through Entitlement and Tax Reform, Not The Tax Increases The President Has Put Forward. “I think the best jobs bill that can be passed is a comprehensive long-term deficit-reduction plan,” said Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), discussing proposals to slash the debt by $4 trillion by overhauling entitlement programs and raising revenue through tax reforms. “That’s better than everything else the president is talking about — combined.” (Politico, 9/14/11)
  • Sen. Tester’s Spokesman Says The Senator Is Against The President’s Proposal. “I can say that Jon is against the president’s proposal,” Murphy told HOH. (Roll Call, 9/22/11)
  • Senator Bill Nelson’s Spokesman Indicates Nelson Is Opposed To President Obama’s Plan To Raise Taxes On Small Business Owners. In Florida, Sen. Bill Nelson has also been noticeably quiet about the American Jobs Act ... spokesman for the senator told POLITICO that Nelson wants more time to look at the 80 pages of details. “He’s already said he would support some of the things in it ... But I don’t know that he’d back higher taxes on individuals making more than $200,000,” said spokesman Dan McLaughlin. (Politico, 9/20/11)

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