When I pointed out that this was blackmail, the man on the phone agreed and said that Kerry was trying to make the compromise “better”. When I pointed out that you can’t make the compromise “better” unless you take away the tax breaks for people making over $250,000 per year and maintain the FICA tax that supports Social Security, they agreed with me and said that Kerry was going to vote for it anyway!
This is unbelievable. George Bush himself couldn’t have done better. This legislation increases the already unconscionable income gap by giving $700,000,000,000 to people making more than $250,000 per year. This is enough money to rebuild every school in America about six times over. But, even worse, by cutting the FICA tax this legislation starts to defund Social Security. Social Security is now fiscally sound, but with this cut it will not be. It will just be a matter of time, and not very much time, before Social Security will really be broke and will be gone. Even George Bush could not accomplish this.
I further pointed out that if nothing happens and everyone’s taxes go up, you could pin this on the Republicans for being intransigent and refusing to compromise. It would be awful, but politically it could easily be a victory for Democrats and a defeat for Republicans.
When I pointed all this out, they agreed with me and said that Kerry was going to vote for this anyway. Please, CALL KERRY’S OFFICE and give him a piece of your mind. The phone number is 617-565-8519. And report your results on Blue Mass Group, MADems and other forums.