Target Dems Not Even Trying to Hide Support for Tax Hikes

December 3, 2009

FYI, a version of the release below went out to the following districts: John Adler (NJ-03); Jason Altmire (PA-04); Michael Arcuri (NY-24); Marion Berry (AR-01); Sanford Bishop (GA-02); John Boccieri (OH-16); Dan Boren (OK-02); Leonard Boswell (IA-03); Rick Boucher (VA-09); Allen Boyd (FL-02); Bruce Braley (IA-01); Dennis Cardoza (CA-18); Chris Carney (PA-10); Ben Chandler (KY-06); Travis Childers (MS-01); Gerry Connolly (VA-11); Jim Costa (CA-20); Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03); Lincoln Davis (TN-04); Joe Donnelly (IN-02); Steve Driehaus (OH-01); Chet Edwards (TX-17); Brad Ellsworth (IN-08); Gabby Giffords (AZ-08); Bart Gordon (TN-06); Alan Grayson (FL-08); John Hall (NY-19); Debbie Halvorson (IL-11); Martin Heinrich (NM-01); Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD-AL); Baron Hill (IN-09); Steve Kagen (WI-08); Paul Kanjorski (PA-11); Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15); Ron Kind (WI-03); Larry Kissell (NC-08); Ron Klein (FL-22); Dave Loebsack (IA-02); Dan Maffei (NY-25); Betsy Markey (CO-04); Eric Massa (NY-29); Jim Matheson (UT-02); Walt Minnick (ID-01); Alan Mollohan (WV-01); Scott Murphy (NY-20); David Obey (WI-07); Ed Perlmutter (CO-07); Tom Perriello (VA-05); Gary Peters (MI-09); Collin Peterson (MN-07); Earl Pomeroy (ND-AL); Nick Rahall (WV-03); Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23); Mike Ross (AR-04); John Salazar (CO-03); Loretta Sanchez (CA-47); Kurt Schrader (OR-05); Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01); Heath Shuler (NC-11); Ike Skelton (MO-04); Vic Snyder (AR-02); John Spratt (SC-05); Gene Taylor (MS-04); Harry Teague (NM-02); Dina Titus (NV-03); David Wu (OR-01); and John Yarmuth (KY-03).

Perriello Not Even Trying to Hide Support for Tax Hikes

Democrats Slam Families and Businesses Once Again with Permanent Death Tax Extension


Washington- Tom Perriello and his fellow Democrats have given up all attempts to hide their enamor with tax hikes, voting today to permanently extend the Death Tax and once again putting the screws to American families and small businesses (House Roll Call 929). Unwilling to prompt economic recovery by letting the Death Tax rate fall to zero in 2010, Perriello and his colleagues instead voted to make the current rate and threshold permanent – hitting families with a permanent tax up to 45 percent on any holdings over $3.5 million upon the holder’s death. The fact that these holdings were already taxed once is apparently lost on Perriello and company, whose eagerness to get their hands on more taxpayer money knows no limits:


“Next year had been shaping up as a great year to get a big inheritance — no federal taxes on it. Congress, however, has other plans for the few wealthy heirs expecting a big boon. Uncle Sam may take a 45 percent cut after all.


“Under current law, the federal estate tax is scheduled to temporarily disappear next year before returning in 2011 at an even higher rate. But the House is expected to vote as early as Thursday on a bill that would permanently extend the current top rate of 45 percent on estates larger than $3.5 million.” (“Congress Scrambles to Extend Estate Tax,” Associated Press, 12/1/09)


“While Virginia families are struggling to stay above water, Tom Perriello and his big-government allies in Washington can only think of new ways to get their hands on taxpayer money,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “With Democrats already taxing and spending the country into a mountain of debt, the last thing Virginia families need from Tom Perriello during this jobless recovery is yet another tax that will stifle savings, blunt growth, and pinch small businesses. It’s time for Washington Democrats to abandon their anti-jobs agenda, but Perriello and his party bosses continue to push their reckless spending scheme so they can dig deeper into American families’ pocketbooks in order to fund their endless string of government takeovers.”


With Tom Perriello’s latest tax hike, it’s once again clear that he’s more interested in funding a big-government spending spree in Washington than giving Virginia families and small businesses the economic freedom they need to jump start the nation’s economy. Will Perriello ever take his foot off of the spending pedal, or will he continue to tax away American jobs – including his own?