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Why Won’t Congressman Joe Heck Cut Taxes?

There are too many things our representatives in Congress do not agree on to list here.  However, there is at least one thing virtually everyone on Capitol Hill agrees on: extending the Bush era tax cuts for the bottom 98% of Americans.  If everyone agrees on that, why not pass it?  Ask Congressman Joe Heck.

At the beginning of the new year, taxes will automatically go up for everyone.  A bunch of government spending will also be cut.  This is what’s known as the fiscal cliff.  Congress has to act quick to avoid this.  That’s why it’s important to pass a bill immediately cutting taxes for 98% of Americans… because everyone agrees on that.  Let’s not let all the things we disagree on hold that up, right?

If you call his office, Congressman Heck’s aides will tell you he favors cutting taxes for everyone.  That’s great, but in other words he’s saying he won’t cut taxes for 98% of Americans until he gets what he wants.  He wants something that too many other people on Capitol Hill do not want:  A tax cut for the wealthiest 2% who make over $250,000.00.  Does Congressman Heck realize that these people making over $250,000.00/yr are not the ones losing their homes, losing their jobs and struggling just to make ends meet?

To take it even further, Congressman Joe Heck wants to balance the budget by making cuts to programs that help people who are struggling to make ends meet.  You know, Social Security and Medicare, unemployment benefits, student loans and grants, etc.  You see, if he can cut money from those programs, he can help avoid more taxes on the wealthiest Americans… the people Congressman Heck seems to care about most.

Republicans talk a good game about how important low taxes are, and yet they outright refuse to move on cutting taxes for 98% of Americans!  Their true colors are shining bright for all to see… but who’s paying attention?

Hopefully enough of us are paying attention (yeah you) so we can send a strong message to Congressman Joe Heck and other Republicans to STOP HOLDING 98% OF AMERICANS HOSTAGE for a tax break for the wealthy.  It’s reckless and irresponsible.

Call Congressman Joe Heck at 202-225-3252 and tell him to sign the discharge petition on HR 15 which would immediately extend tax cuts on 98% of Americans.  Don’t let them tell you he already voted to cut taxes for everyone… that’s not the same.  He specifically needs to vote on the discharge petition on HR 15.

About Justin McAffee:
Justin is the publisher The Nevada View, which has earned the recognition in the Washington Post’s “Best State-Based Political Blogs,” as well as being awarded the “Most Valuable Blogger Award” by the local CBS affiliate in 2011. Follow him on Twitter @McAffee


One Response to “Why Won’t Congressman Joe Heck Cut Taxes?”

  1. Great questions.

    Joe Heck’s website states he wants to freeze federal discretionary spending at 2006 levels ($1.017 bn) [why such an arbitrary date? perhaps it was the 2nd to last GOP budget and the GOP is perfect in all things financial?].

    So, 2012 federal discretionary spending, as a percentage of the GDP, is the lowest since Eisenhower was president(and he wasn’t spending 50% of discretionary spending on “security”). At $1.264 bn in 2013 discretionary spending is less (adjusted, as per GOP protocol for inflation + population) is LESS than 2006′s $1.017 bn.

    What else did Heck want in his no-co-sponsor piece of legislation that will die in committee? A decrease in federal employment from 2007 levels [arbitrary base year?]. Federal work force in 2007 was 1.26% of total civilian work force; in 2011 (last year reported BLS), the federal work force was, yup, 1.26% of total civilian work force.

    GDP is currently (well, 3rd Quarter 2012), $15,797,400,000,000. Imagine if the original version of H.J. Res 1, the GOP balanced budget bill, had at least met its revenue limit of 20% of GDP: Federal revenues would be $3,159,480,000,000. THAT would put a dent in the deficit.

    Posted by Freak O'Nomics | December 19, 2012, 4:35 pm

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