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What the Buffett Rule Vote Means

SUMMARY: Tonight, Republicans in Congress voted against the Buffett Rule. Here's what their vote means.

CORE MESSAGE

Romney Republicans to America's middle class: You should pay higher taxes than millionaires.

Connect:  Working families shouldn't pay higher taxes than trust fund kids.

What happened: Tonight, Washington Republicans defeated the Buffett Rule, ensuring that millionaires and billionaires continue to pay lower taxes than secretaries and bus drivers.

What it means: Their message to America's working families? Millionaires and billionaires are worth more to them.

Discredit: It's unbelievable that Republicans would dare oppose the Buffett Rule, but that's what happens when politicians put their donors over working families. 


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ATTACKS AND RESPONSES


ATTACK: "President Obama is a hypocrite. Why doesn't he just donate his own money to the federal government?"
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EXCUSE: "The Buffett Rule isn't worth it because it raises only a pittance amount of money."
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ATTACK: "Obama is waging class warfare."
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