This afternoon, Congressman Gary Miller and several of his colleagues attended the Americans for Tax Reform press conference to highlight looming tax increases and discuss a positive agenda to bring much needed change to our nation's tax system. Following the press conference, Congressman Gary Miller released the following statement:
"Tax Day is a dreaded deadline for millions of Americans. Although Southern Californians are already overtaxed, Congressional Democrats and President Obama are extorting more money from the pockets of hardworking Americans to fund their pet projects and special interests.
"Since January of 2009, President Obama and the Democrat Majority have enacted into law gross tax increases totaling more than $670 billion. This amounts to more than $2,100 for every man, woman, and child in the United States. The largest tax increase in American history -- $569 billion -- was contained in the Democrat health care "reform' bill.
"At the same rate, Democrats have also increased nondefense government spending by 84 percent since President Obama was sworn into office. These taxpayer dollars have been used to grow government and fund special interests, such as the 159 new government programs contained in the government-run health care bill and wasteful spending contained in the Democrats' questionable stimulus package. Americans want more jobs, not more government programs.
"Increased taxes and increased spending are simply not the right direction for the United States. In fact, as a result of Democrat policies, both the Congressional Budget Office and Chairman Bernanke recently called our nation's fiscal path "unsustainable.' Rather than head down an unsustainable fiscal road, Americans must be able to keep more of their own money and small businesses must have increased access to their own capital so private sector jobs can be preserved and created. Tax relief must also be coupled with reduced government spending -- America's greatness has never been marked by government dependency, nor will it ever be."