Yesterday, in response to Republican threats to block an extension of the temporary payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits, the Campaign for America’s Future launched the “Stop GOP Sabotage” campaign at www.ourfuture.org/stopgopsabotage.
Clearly, the Republicans are feeling the heat.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is signaling the Republicans will relent, saying “we have to pay for a measure like this, and I think we will pay for it.”
And as the New York Times reported two other Republican senators went as far as to suggest it be paid for in part with higher taxes on the wealthy:
Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, said Tuesday that she had suggested a tax increase on high earners that protected employers from that burden. “I don’t think we should be imposing additional taxes on working families at a time when the economy is so fragile,” she said.
Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas, said his party’s plan could involve a small increase in taxes for some high-income people who meet certain criteria.
Of course, after all the Republican obstruction we have sent, their sincerity will be questioned until they follow through.
But it appears that some Republicans are not completely blind, and see the political danger in supporting higher taxes on the collapsing middle class and lower taxes on a jet-setting superrich, heading into an election year.
Keep the pressure on: sign the petition at www.ourfuture.org/stopgopsabotage.