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Issue Position: Taxes

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Dems Ready To Break Obama's Middle Class Tax Pledge, And They're Starting By Not Extending Bush Tax Cuts

HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER HOYER IS AGAINST MAKING THE BUSH TAX CUTS PERMANENT, BREAKING OBAMA'S PLEDGE NOT TO RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS

Candidate Obama: "I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." (Senator Barack Obama, Remarks In Dover, NH)

* President Obama: "If Your Family Earns Less Than $250,000 A Year, A Quarter Million Dollars A Year, You Will Not See Your Taxes Increased A Single Dime. I Repeat: Not One Single Dime." (President Barack Obama, Address Before A Joint Session Of Congress)

Hoyer Says The Bush Tax Cuts For The Middle Class Should Not Be Permanent. (The Washington Post)

Hoyer Is Laying The Groundwork To Break Obama's Pledge Not To Increase Taxes On The Middle Class. (The Washington Post)

And Other Democrats On Capitol Hill Do Not Feel Bound By President Obama's Pledge Not To Raise Taxes On Those Making Less Than $250,000 A Year.(The Hill)

* Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) Says That "You Can't Make Promises To People." (The Hill)

* Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA): "I'm Not Hard And Fast On $250,000. . . Quite Frankly, It Could Be Somewhat Lower Than That."(The Hill)

* Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND): "I Don't Think There's Any Magic In The Number, Whether It's $250,000, $200,000 Or $225,000."(The Hill)

NOT EXTENDING BUSH TAX CUTS HITS MIDDLE CLASS INDIVIDUALS WITH HIGHER TAXESAND HAMPERS SMALL BUSINESS JOB GROWTH

If The Bush Tax Cuts Are Allowed To Expire The Average Tax Filer Will See Their Taxes Rise $1,368. (Tax Policy Center)

If The Bush Tax Cuts Are Allowed To Expire, A Family Of Four With Two Children And One Breadwinner And $50,000 In Yearly Income Would See Their Federal Taxes Increase $2,137 From $688 To $2,825. (The Tax Foundation)

* A Family Of Five, With Two Working Parents And Three Children With A Yearly Income Of $45,000 Would See Their Effective Tax Rate Increase From -3.5% to 2.3%. They Would Go From Receiving A Credit Of $1,510 To Owing $1,020. (The Tax Foundation)

* A Single Parent With A Yearly Income Of $25,000 Currently Has No Income Tax Liability And An Effective Tax Rate Of -7.5%. If The Bush Tax Cuts Expire Their Rate Would Increase To -3.5%, Reducing Assistance From $1,881 To $928. (The Tax Foundation)

Obama's Income Tax Rate Increase Will Hit Small Businesses That Create 60 To 80 Percent Of New Jobs, "Discouraging" Their "Growth Or Expansion." (Tax Foundation)

Obama's Higher Income Tax Rates Will Stifle Entrepreneurship And Hurt "An Important Source Of innovation."(Tax Foundation)

NEXT UP: THE DEATH TAX REAPPEARS, HITTING FAMILY OWNED BUSINESSES

Senator Sanders Pushing Excessive New Death Tax.(The Wall Street Journal)

* "'The Sanders Proposal Is One Extreme In The Current Debate,' Said Clint Stretch, An Analyst At Deloitte Tax. 'The Challenge For The Senate Is Whether The Members Can Agree To Anything At All.'" (The Wall Street Journal)

Even If Sanders Proposal Is Not Adopted, Death Tax Will Come Back With A Vengeance Next Year. (The Wall Street Journal)

And Death Tax Goes After Family-Owned Businesses And Workers "Particularly Hard." (The Heritage Foundation)


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