GOP's Christmas Present to America
Yesterday, Washington Republicans voted to raise taxes on 160 million working Americans and cut off over 2 million Americans looking for work from unemployment benefits. Meanwhile, a new poll shows President Obama winning back middle class voters.
The GOP's present to American families: taking money out of their pockets.
Connect: The pressures of the holidays don't make it any easier for American families to make ends meet.
Define: But this holiday season, Washington Republicans have chosen to make things even harder for the middle class and those who are trying to get in it.
Illustrate: Starting New Year's Day, they're raising taxes on every single American who works for a living, and cutting off unemployment insurance from over 2 million families looking for work.
Contrast: While they take money out of the pockets of regular hardworking Americans, millionaires and Wall Street CEOs won't pay a penny more. They couldn't be more like the Grinch if they tried.
Tweet: GOP: All they really want for Christmas is more $$ for millionaires. Scrooge would be proud.
ATTACKS AND RESPONSES
- If they really wanted a full year's extension, they would've voted for it yesterday.
- If they were really concerned about uncertainty, they wouldn't have brought us to the brink of default or threatened to shut down our whole government four times.
- Here's what really threatens our businesses in this economy: taking money out of the pockets of over 160 million working Americans and laying off millions more. Working Americans are customers and our businesses need more of them, not less.
- Republicans are hiding behind procedural gimmicks instead of owning up to what they did: raising taxes on 160 million working Americans.
- The Republican negotiators they appointed to "keep working on it" oppose the payroll tax cut anyway. That's not exactly a good faith effort.
- The bottom line is that we've found the one tax Republicans are determined to raise: the kind that only working Americans will pay.
YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Most Americans want Congress to extend the payroll tax cut -- including the majority of conservatives.
- A majority of Americans also support extending unemployment insurance.
- As a result of Republicans in Congress blocking the payroll tax cut, over 160 million Americans will see less money in their paychecks starting on January 1, costing a typical family almost $1,000 and costing our economy a million jobs.
- Republicans also blocked extending emergency unemployment insurance benefits, even though it's one of the most effective ways to help get our economy going again. As a result, the labor market could lose over half a million jobs.
- Even though unemployment benefits are around just $300 a week -- no one is getting rich off them -- it's an economic lifeline to struggling families that helps them to continue looking for work.
- Medicare payments to doctors will now be cut by nearly 30% next year as a result of the GOP's vote, undermining our seniors' access to health care.
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