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From the “No Duh” Dept: Washington Is Rigged

Feb 022012

Elizabeth Warren, running against Scott Brown for Senator in Massachusetts, highlights their differences on tax policy

Elizabeth Warren is running for the US Senate in Massachusetts. (photo: Tim Sloan/AFP)

Elizabeth Warren is running for the US Senate in Massachusetts. (photo: Tim Sloan/AFP)

By Elizabeth Warren, Reader Supported News

At last week’s State of the Union Address, President Obama pushed Congress to enact what’s called the Buffett Rule — legislation that would get rid of special breaks that allow a billionaire like Warren Buffett to pay at a lower tax rate than his secretary.

I agree with President Obama. Scott Brown doesn’t.

Just last week, Senator Brown told a Massachusetts newspaper that higher taxes would hurt millionaires. That’s right. Scott Brown thinks millionaires should pay a lower tax rate than working, middle class families.

Join me and tell Scott Brown he’s wrong on the Buffett rule, and wrong to support these special tax breaks for the very wealthy.

This isn’t the first time Senator Brown has been more concerned with protecting those who have already made it than helping working families. Just last fall, Scott Brown opposed three jobs bills that would have made a big difference to people in Massachusetts:

A first bill that could have supported 22,000 jobs in Massachusetts.

A second bill that could have prevented layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police officers.

A third bill that could have supported 11,000 jobs rebuilding roads, bridges, and other infrastructure.

Each bill would have been paid for by asking people making more than $1 million a year to pay a little bit more. Senator Brown and every other Republican voted against those jobs.

Many people who work for a living pay 25, 28, or even 33% of their hard earned money on taxes. We should get rid of the special protections that allowed Mitt Romney to pay only 14% of his income in taxes. That’s what the Buffett Rule is all about: making sure those who have already made it pay their fair share to help the folks behind them get ahead.

Sign my petition to Scott Brown today: Tell him he’s wrong on the Buffett Rule.

I’m all for people succeeding and becoming millionaires, but everybody willing to work hard ought to have a fair shot at it. This is about basic fairness, and it is about our values.

Do we really believe that we should protect tax breaks for those who have already made it – while we tell our children to take on more debt to get an education, or tell our seniors that they will have to get by on less?

That’s what’s wrong with Washington — and Scott Brown doesn’t get it.

Thank you for being a part of this.

P.S. After you sign our petition, send Scott Brown a tweet and tell him he’s wrong on the Buffett Rule.


Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.


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