Congressman Michael Burgess (R, Lewisville) is not stupid; he just hopes his voters are. In an official email blast sent today to constituents, Burgess plays at a classic Republican game: Misrepresent the other side and offer a false choice. Burgess writes to ostensibly ask his constituents to complete a one-question "survey" to see whether they want to extend the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts.Burgess, in his zeal to protect his REAL constituents - the doctors and executives who donate to his campaign, conveniently leaves out the third option, which is the option favored by the Democratic majority:
But before giving the link to the "survey", Burgess drops a bunch of statistics from right-wing organizations like the Heritage Foundation, spelling out the doom and gloom scenario if the tax cuts are not extended, citing "average" amounts of tax increase. Averages are not useful when skewed with data from millionaires and billionaires.
The survey, once you click through, allows only two choices:
- I favor allowing the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts to expire.
- I support an extension of the current tax rates
- Extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, and let them expire for those earning over $250,000 per year.
Instead, Burgess and the rest of the Republicans are going to hold your tax cuts hostage in order to help the wealthy, so they won't have to bear the burden of a marginal tax rate going from 35% to 39.6% in the top bracket. Republicans like Burgess don't actually care if YOUR tax cuts expire. They're betting they can kill any Democratically led extension of the tax cuts for the middle class, and make it look like Democrats are against extending them.
If Republicans really cared about the middle class, they could pass an extension right now by cooperating with Democrats to do what is right for the country. Republicans enjoy the Tea Party railing on deficits now - something Republicans liked to say "don't matter" when they were in control. But when it comes down to it, and they have the chance to keep the deficit from growing, it takes a back seat to satisfying their true base, the Plutocracy. The Republican plan would double the nation's deficit in just 10 years.
The question for you, voter, is this: Are you stupid enough to believe him? Do you really think he gives a shit about you? If he did, why would he insult your intelligence with such an intellectually dishonest "survey"?
Here's the full text of Burgess' bullshit:
As you may know, the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts are scheduled to expire at the end of this year. I'm interested in knowing what you think on this issue, but first I'd like to explain my stance on the tax cuts.
I strongly support making the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent, because if this tax increase is allowed to take effect, it will be the largest tax hike in American history. In this time of financial strain, I believe that reducing taxes for Americans can help our country get back on its feet. I don’t believe there is ever a good time to raise taxes, and any tax cuts should be offset by spending cuts.
According to the Tax Foundation, a failure to act will result in an increase of $4,301 in federal income taxes per year for the average middle-class Texas family. According to the Heritage Foundation, the average household disposable income in Texas' 26th Congressional District will decrease by $755 in 2011, $886 in 2012, and $923 by 2013. In 2011 alone, the district will lose 700 jobs, and that will rise to 1675 in 2012 and 2,087 in 2013. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, 75 percent of small businesses will experience a tax increase if the tax cuts are allowed to expire.
On the other hand, extending the current policy will save each family in the district $1,593 per year. At unemployment nearing 10%, Congress should not raise taxes on the working class. Allowing Texas families to keep more of their hard-earned income will encourage investment and the entrepreneurial spirit that is the driving force behind our economy. After all, it is your money.
Now I'd like to hear from you - Do you favor allowing the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts to expire, or do you support an extension of the current tax rates?
Click here to take my survey.
As long as you keep empowering this kind of bullshit with your vote, Republicans will continue to pick your pockets and transfer your wealth to the wealthy.
It's time to stop the bullshit and elect a Congressman who will fight for the other 95% of us.
This November, I'm voting for Neil Durrance, and I hope you will too. In fact, I'm just insulted enough by Michael Burgess that I feel like sending Durrance a few bucks for his campaign.