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Kingman Letter: Bush tax cuts for everyone but rich

Kingman area Congressional Representative Trent Franks, and his fellow Republicans, may vote this coming week on the Senate bill that was just passed. The Senate voted to continue current tax levels for those making under $250,000 a year and return to former tax levels for those who make more than $250,000.

Be aware, the raised tax for those who make over $250,000 would not be applied to the first $250,000, merely that amount which exceeds $250,000. The House next week may vote on an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, but Republicans like Franks, are refusing to compromise and pass a middle-class tax break unless the wealthy also get to keep the same Bush-era tax cut.

In short, right now the House Republicans could assure 98 percent of Americans that their taxes will be maintained at the current level, but instead they're holding the middle-class tax cut hostage unless they can give an extra cut to the to upper 2 percent earners. After all, a majority of Americans want to see the wealthy pay their fair share, not get another tax break, and further, 74 percent of Americans do not want to see extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

A final note: The Republican plan is incredibly unpopular with the public. Every voter in Kingman needs to know that Republicans are holding middle-class tax breaks hostage.

So what's with Franks? Call Franks to let him know your opinion.

Christine Meisenheimer