Conservative Action Alerts
I've signed up for a bunch of conservative email lists. Here are some of their most recent emails: Americans for Tax Reform (Norquist's group):
Congressman Considers Breaking the Pledge and Raising Taxes!!I've also got the latest from Generations Together, but it's not "cut and pasteable," and I'm too lazy to print it out as a pdf. If anyone wants to see it, leave a comment. It's not much but a press roundup and pictures from various events around the country. Pictures like this:
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According to press reports, Congressman John Shimkus (R- IL) is considering breaking his Taxpayer Protection Pledge to raise taxes on households earning more than $90,000.
This is a very serious problem
The Pledge binds signatories to "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and ... (to) oppose any further reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing taxes."
Rep. Shimkus says that the tax increase would fund changes to Social Security, but raising taxes destroys the whole reason for making the changes in the first place. Social Security needs to be reformed because it offers today's workers a lousy rate of return . Taking more money from workers does nothing to solve this problem—in fact, it does just the opposite.
When Congressman John Shimkus took his Taxpayer Protection Pledge, he knew there would be tough times, and that it would force him to make the tough decisions. That's one important reason why voters in Illinois' 19th district voted to send him to Washington. At the time, Rep. Shimkus stated that his pledge would cover "any type of tax." Now he's thinking about turning his back on his constituents.
ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS need to hear from you that the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is inviolable. 222 members of the House have signed the pledge , and they all need to know that conservatives will not sit by while they break their word. Tax increases must be off the table.
TAKE ACTION TODAY!