Could The Bush Tax Cuts Be Voted On Before November?

The increasing gap between the rich and the poor is likely to be a key issues in this year’s election, and Democrats are preparing to ensure it’s a winner for them.  To help them out, the plan may be to force a vote to repeal the Bush era tax cuts for millionaires prior to November.

According to Bloomberg News, New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer thinks the earlier they can get Republicans on the record refusing to allow the cuts for the wealthy to expire, the more they can use it in their upcoming campaigns.  “That is one of the things we’re looking at very carefully. I think that the public is on our side.”

The cuts, which are set to expire on December 31st of 2012, have been long used as a political football by Congressional Republicans.  The last renewal was in 2010, when the GOP forced Democrats to agree to the two year extension in exchange for continuing unemployment payments for millions of Americans who were running out of benefits.  Since then, Republicans have been insistent that any budget bill that Congress proposes be balanced by cuts or revenue increases.  But, they’ve required, no one should touch the millionaire tax cuts.

With Republicans controlling the House, and Democrats not having a filibuster proof Senate, rescinding the cuts won’t happen in 2012.  But the debate over the issue itself could cause some definite issues for candidates on the trail.




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Edith B.
Edith B6 years ago

Sherrie B. you said all that I wanted to say. This subject should be a no brainer for congress.

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan6 years ago

Audrey said it all, Thank you very much, a Green Star on its way to you.
When will our stupid goverment understand the we americans also have needs

Audrey B.
Audrey B6 years ago


please tell me what the HELL's wrong with
all the

people that run this country!!!!!!


"broke" & can't help our own Seniors,

Veterans, Orphans, Homeless


In the

last years we have provided aid to Haiti ,

Chile , Pakistan, Lybia , Egypt and Turkey, AndJapanLiterally,


Our retired seniors

living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid

nor do they get any breaks while our government

and religious organizations pour

Hundreds of Billions

of $$$$$$'s and Tons of Food

to Foreign Countries!

We have

hundreds of adoptable

children who are shoved aside to make

room for the adoption of foreign


country where we have homeless without

shelter, children going to bed hungry,

elderly going without 'needed' meds,and mentally ill without treatment




have a 'Benefit'

for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations, ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies.

Imagine if

the *GOVERNMENT* gave 'US' the same support they give to other


Sad isn't


Sherrie Brunell
Sherrie Brunell6 years ago

Rob D. how about we cut ALL politician's salaries - across the board. We should also end their cushy retirement and health insurance policies. They are PUBLIC EMPLOYEES so why shouldn't they get the exact same saleries and benefits as other public employees?

We also need to end the crazy tax breaks we are giving corporations and other industries. The oil industry REALLY needs tax subsidies? Really? So my family can starve but those oil companies just HAVE to make those extra millions? And you can't even use the argument that those extra millions will help the economy because they don't pay taxes on them!

I've noticed conservatives often use the analogy of a family budget when referring to the current situation. That's fine - I live in a family with a budget. When we are in the red, we do indeed cut spending, as is necessary. But you know what else we do? We find ways to INCREASE REVENUE as well. Somebody gets another job, or sells some of their things. I've sold my most of my jewelry and other items to help put food on the table.

This massive deficit was caused by fighting two (unnecessary) wars while simultaneously lowering taxes on the most wealthy in our country. And this is fiscally conservative?

We need to pay the piper - and that means ALL of us, including and especially, those who can most afford to do so. We should NOT balance our budget problems, caused in large part by those of the 1%, on the backs of the poor, disabled and elderly.

Mo Va
Mo Va6 years ago


Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

Bring it on and let the Republicans vote against it.

James D.
James D6 years ago

Even St. Ronnie Raygun repented of his tax giveaways to the rich and raised taxes Nine Times afterwards trying to repair the damage he had done. But, today's Right is too looney to learn...

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Tax cuts? What tax cuts? There's no tax about them Knicks? - Any ignorant GOP supporter.

Lynda Duke
Lynda Duke6 years ago

Let the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire. But too, the tax cuts for families will expire too. We need to get this tax problem in hand. Our nation is rocking on shaky ground here. Don't need an earthquake to see that we are going to be in trouble very soon. And more so, thanks in total to the REPUGnants, our budget never seems to balance. We the people have to pay our bills, so how about the politicians get it right, so our nation can pay its bills? Time's up! Get er done!

Past Member
Susan P6 years ago

Let the Bush tax cuts expire. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Republicans are bad news for our country. Get the Republicans out of the White House. They care about big money and they sure don't care about the people. We are the people that can vote Republicans out. If we do nothing. The Republicans will continue giving loop holes to the rich and taxing the middle class. Santorum, is a big joke. I can't believe this guy. Take Women's rights away for birth control. He is trying to get Christians on his side. My opinion is he is evil and hopefully Christians won't believe this guy. He talked about the Constitution and that makes this country free to the religion of choice. I hope Christians don't believe this guy because he is going to start a Holy War. I am a Christian. I don't believe him. I am so sick of the Republican lies and where their dedication is, big money only.