Gerlach "Votes" Against Payroll Tax Extension

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Or rather Gerlach voted to "disagree" with the Senate bill as House Republicans don't want to be seen as voting for a tax hike/against a tax cut.  Funny how they complained about such legislative shenanigans with the health care bill.  Go figure.  Republicans also made clear that the payroll extension be based on a mega pipe line to benefit big oil and substantial budget cuts hitting the poor and middle class...and stopping the EPA from putting new standards on boilers.  Boilers?  Middle class tax relief is dependent on House Republicans getting their way on boilers?  How come renewing the Bush era tax cuts for the rich didn't have such requirements?  What is clear about this mess is that the Tea Party gives its orders to Boehner who then gives his orders to Gerlach who dutifully complies.  Gerlach is not "our congressman", he is theirs.

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Democrats seem to see matters only in terms of class warfare, the Alinsky Model of Have Nots v Haves regardless of justice. The Takers v. the Makers.

What is destroying the economy is the useless and politically motivated bailouts and stimulus. Trillions for bailouts and stimulus; where are the jobs? where is the rising standard of living. Class warfare does not create wealth.

 

good vote Jim

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I noticed you didn't mention the Bush tax cuts for the rich, who are supposed to be the "job creators." The rich have their tax cuts. Corporate profits are way up. Let's ask the "job creators" where the jobs are, seeing as they have everything they want right now.

Actually, is hilarious that Republicans need to be assured of a tar sands pipeline and be assured of cuts to the needy, in return for a payroll tax cut. We see no such demands from Republicans when it's a tax cut on the wealthy being contemplated.

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And your view is that higher taxes create more jobs? Do lower profits create more jobs? Do higher taxes and lower profits produce more or raise our standard of living?

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fyi  in a few weeks, Chaka Fattah will be our congressman.

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House Republicans just raised taxes on 160 million people. Merry Christmas!

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Not exactly

1) More Problems With Senate Extenders Package Posted by Daniel Horowitz (19 December 2011)

http://www.redstate.com/dhorowitz3/2011/12/19/more-problems-with-senate-extenders-package

Aside for the obvious vices of a two-month payroll tax extension, this tenuous law will make life difficult for providers of payroll processing services. Section 101 of the legislation establishes a new Social Security Taxable Wage limit of $18,350. All wages in excess of $18,350 for January and February will be taxed at the old rate of 6.2%. This provision was inserted in order to preclude those with high incomes from meeting their full payroll tax obligation during the first two months.

2) 160 million Americans paying payroll taxes?

http://netrightdaily.com/2011/12  160-million-americans-paying-payroll-taxes/#ixzz1h6mOmyEZ

Robert Romano–One claim made by supporters of extending the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits is that 160 million Americans will have their taxes increased if the legislation does not pass. For example by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “The payroll tax cut that the president proposed would put $1,500 in the pockets of 160 million Americans.” However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are only 140.5 million Americans even employed: http://bls.gov/news.release/empsit.a.htm

 

3) However, there is some validity to your point and it is good to see a Democrat who sees the value of a tax cut. Sen. Pat Toomey advocated for this in in his book Road to Prosperity.

From Erick Erickson RedState Lack of Principle Got Them In This Mess. Principle Gets Them Out.

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/12/22/lack-of-principle-got-them-in-this-mess-principle-gets-them-out/

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