Rep. Ellison, During your epic meltdown on Sean Hannity’s show, you insisted that President Obama was right. You insisted that it was imperative to raise taxes again. You insisted that President Obama had valliantly cut the deficit while making “key investments” in America’s future.
Those are exceptionally odd statements considering the fact that the annual deficits during President Obama’s administration haven’t wavered much, staying pretty much in the $1.1 to $1.3 trillion range. For awhile, President Obama insisted that everything would’ve been worse if not for the stimulus. Everyone with more than half a brain knew that that wasn’t right.
Considering the fact that Sen. Coburn has found hundreds of billions of dollars in duplicative programs, most of which are waste, it’s difficult to take anything you say on deficits, the necessity for raising taxes and the impossibility of finding even 2 pennies on each dollar spent in waste, fraud and abuse.
Rather than being part of the solution, you’ve insisted on being part of the partisan problem. By comparison, Sen. Coburn started working on finding the solution to this overspending crisis. Thanks to his persistence, it appears he’s found that solution without raising taxes.
It’s disappointing that you haven’t taken off your partisan hat. Unfortunately, you’ve insisted on not putting on your ‘solutions hat.’ Unfortunately, it isn’t surprising that you’ve refused to work towards a solution. Unfortunately, it isn’t surprising that you’ve insisted on burying the American people under 4 tax increase in 3 months. In case you’ve forgotten, and I doubt you have, the American people were hit with a tax increase when the payroll tax holiday expired at the start of the new year. At the same time, they got hit with the full onslaught of tax increases from the ACA. Two days later, you voted for a $600 billion tax increase on “the rich” because you said they “weren’t paying their fair share.”
When President Obama insisted on closing loopholes, something he said wasn’t good enough when he insisted on the Fiscal Cliff tax increase on the rich, you supported him without hesitation but with great enthusiasm.
The question that you haven’t answered is simple. What makes you think that raising taxes 4 times in 3 months will strengthten the US economy? What historical proof do you have that that many tax increases in that short of a period of time will strengthen an economy?
Perhaps the better question is whether you’re insisting on tax increases simply because you’ve reflexively increased taxes whenever you’ve had the opportunity. I suspect that’s the case because that’s what DFL legislators think.
One question that doesn’t need asking is whether you think there’s tens of billions of dollars being wastefully spent. I’m certain you know there is. I’m equally certain you’re fine with that because that a significant portion of that wasteful spending is getting spent on your public union allies.
Finally, I’m thankful you aren’t my representative, though I am sad that you techically represent some of my friends.
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