Tuesday, August 01, 2006

 

Thanks to Sue, Working People Held Hostage to Paris Hilton Estate Tax Cut

Sue Kelly and her Republican Leadership had a problem - how to avoid the prospect of unpleasant campaign ads in the fall that compare the pay raise Congress gave itself to its failure to grant the first increase in the minimum wage since 1997?

In a cynical political ploy to deal with that “problem”, while simultaneously serving her “real” constituents - the super-rich - Sue Kelly voted on July 29 to couple minimum wage legislation with a permanent estate tax reduction. The minimum wage legislation would provide a gradual increase in the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour (in 2009) - an average annual benefit of $1200 for an estimated 6.6 million people. The massive reduction in the estate tax would give an average tax break of $1.3 million to a comparatively small number of multi-million dollar estates (about 8,200 estates in 2011), plus other tax “sweeteners” and have a total cost of $309 billion plus interest costs over the first 10 years!

Sue Kelly provided proof positive that her vote to increase the minimum wage was not the result of her sudden realization that it was "the right thing to do", when she voted against a Democratic effort to pass the minimum wage bill as a stand alone bill without the estate tax and other tax cuts.

Additional proof is that the minimum wage “increase” that was passed will actually decrease wages for restaurant workers and other tipped employees because it invalidates state laws providing a minimum wage for those workers. (Whatever happened to States Rights?)

And then there is GOP Rep. Mike Castle who said, in talking about the minimum wage increase “There’s a general agreement among Republicans [opposing the raise] that ‘maybe we don’t like it much, but we need to move forward with it just for political reasons.’”

Raising the minimum wage to a living wage is good for ordinary people, good for business, and good for the economy. Severely reducing the estate tax means a benefit for a few thousand very wealthy, while saddling our children and grandchildren with more debt and with cuts in vital federal programs like Veterans programs, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and unemployment insurance.

Working families shouldn't be blackmailed into mortgaging their future in order to earn a decent wage. Could we please elect a Congress in 2006 that has the people of the United States as their priority? Let's start with the 19th Congressional District.

Comments:
Amen. Sue cannot claim to be for "fiscal discipline" while voting along with the Republicans for this estate tax cut. Linking it with the minimum wage increase and targetted pork to try to "turn" some Democrats makes this even more despicable.

When Sue voted for the original Bush tax cuts, I got a form letter in response to my letter of protest that stated that Sue "promised" to roll back these tax cuts if the budget ever fell back into deficit. Many tax-cut votes and record deficits later, she has demonstrated how much her promises mean. To claim to be for fiscal discipline (as her campaign website claims) is a total joke.

It's time for a change.
 
How does such a thing as the Estate tax cut get through the House when it will hurt most voters through increased taxes, fewer services, or more debt. $s and propaganda is how. The $s buy the votes and the $s + the propaganda cover the asses.

How did this become the "death" tax. Rove has learned Gobbels' principles well.

http://www.psywarrior.com/Goebbels.html

See #14, #2, #6, #7, #12 and #16.

Bill
 
But "Sue" keeps "insisting" in her responses that a minimum wage increase for hourlys will be unfair and difficult for her "Small business beniciaries". I guess Sue can break her promises when they benefit the richest members and or big business. Not only will the SBO have to pay a higher hourly wage but they will also have to deal with more costly accounting requirements, especially those that have "tip-earners". Thank you Sue!schmitts4
 
Thanks to Senate Dems, this bill got shot down.

No thanks to Sue...
 
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