HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Top two percenters to Con...

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:50 AM

Top two percenters to Congress: Raise our taxes. Please.

Top two percenters to Congress: Raise our taxes. Please.
By Greg Sargent


With the House set to vote today on dueling plans for the Bush tax cuts, a group of approximately 100 wealthy progressives — all of whom say they are in the top two percent of earners — have signed a letter calling on Congress to raise their taxes immediately.

Notably, the wealthy signatories make the case for higher taxes on themselves by supporting Obama’s “didn’t build that” case, arguing that the role of a smoothly functioning society in enabling their wealth more than justifies the demand that they chip in a bit more to ensure that it continues to provide opportunities to others.

The letter — which was organized by the left-leaning group Voices for Progress — was sent yesterday to lawmakers on the Hill, including the Congressional leadership in both parties. It will be released today at an event at which labor unions and liberal groups will announce a new mobilizing drive behind the Obama/Dem plan to end tax cuts for the top two percent.

The letter is right here; http://www.washingtonpost.com/r/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2012/08/01/Editorial-Opinion/Graphics/millionairesletter.pdf I can’t vouch for all of the names on it, but I contacted a half dozen of the signatories, and they all confirmed they had signed it and vouched for the group’s legitimacy.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/top-two-percenters-to-congress-raise-our-taxes-please/2012/08/01/gJQAn5ACPX_blog.html

2 replies, 503 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 2 replies Author Time Post
Reply Top two percenters to Congress: Raise our taxes. Please. (Original post)
kpete Aug 2012 OP
kentuck Aug 2012 #1
randome Aug 2012 #2

Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:52 AM

1. It is the Congress that is the most greedy.

They don't want to raise taxes on themselves. They are in it for the money, unfortunately.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:55 AM

2. The GOP talking point is that the rich can always give money to the government if they want.

The counterpoint to this is that you don't plan a budget based on donations and anyone with business sense should know that.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread