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Key Vote

    Key Vote NO on the American Jobs Act of 2011

    Dear FreedomWorks member,

    As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your senator and ask him or her to vote NO on S. 1660, the American Jobs Act of 2011. Introduced by Sen. Harry Reid (R-Nev.), the bill would spend billions of dollars on infrastructure projects, raise income taxes and extend unemployment benefits. The so-called jobs plan which was proposed by President Obama will inevitably fail to stimulate the economy. The American Jobs Act of 2011 will crush jobs, increase our national debt and raise taxes on small business owners.

    While the plan does temporarily lower tax rates on payrolls, it does so by permanently raising taxes on income. The $447 billion jobs package will be paid for by increasing taxes on individuals making more than $250,000 annually. This would raise the tax rate at which over 40 percent of all small business profits face taxation. Raising taxes on small employers will hamper job growth and slow economic recovery. President Obama’s “Stimulus 2.0” plan will destroy private sector jobs by redistributing wealth from taxpayers to mostly wasteful pet projects.

    The American Jobs Act of 2011 would add billions upon billions of dollars to our unsustainable national debt. It would extend unemployment benefits which are not a form of economic stimulus. Many studies have found that unemployment benefits raise the unemployment rate since they enable individuals to wait for a better job than the one they might take immediately. President Obama’s so-called jobs bill is just another tax-and-spend plan that will destroy private sector jobs.

    I urge you to call your representatives and ask them to vote NO on S. 1660, the American Jobs Act of 2011. We will count their vote as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2011. The Economic Freedom Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the Jefferson Award, which recognizes members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Kibbe
    President and CEO
    FreedomWorks
    [Click here for a PDF version of this key vote.]

    3 comments
    Gail M Boettger
    11/07/2011

    Nelson is voting for Obama's bill... according to his office staff... I say once again he does not care what his constituents say and that is why we must VOTE HIM OUT!!!!
    and that was pretty much the message I left with his staff.

    Gail M Boettger
    11/07/2011

    Rubio needs to empty his voice mailbox.. I will email him

    Donna Kaye Curlin
    10/14/2011

    Jesus had a special sense of mission to poor and oppressed people. At the outset of his ministry, sometimes referred to as Jesus' mission statement, Jesus stood up in the synagogue at Nazareth and read from the prophet Isaiah:
    "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." (Luke 4:18-19)
    The biographies of Jesus depict him repeatedly reaching out to those at the bottom of the social pyramid--poor people, women, Samaritans, lepers, children, prostitutes and tax collectors. Jesus was also eager to accept people who were well-placed, but he made clear that all, regardless of social position, needed to repent. For this reason, he invited the rich young man to sell all of his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor. (Matthew 19:16-30, Luke 18:18-30, Mark 10:17-31)
    Jesus commanded, "Love your neighbor." When asked to define "neighbor," Jesus expanded the traditional meaning of the word--defining our neighbor as anyone who is in need, including social outcasts: "But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed." (Luke 14:13)
    In his portrayal of the day of judgment, Jesus pictured people from all nations gathered before him, separated into "sheep" and "goats." (Matthew 25:31-46) To the "sheep" he says, "Come you blessed of my Father, for I was hungry and you fed me..." In their astonishment they ask, "When did we do that?" And he answers, "When you did it to the lowliest of my brothers (and sisters)." Conversely, to the "goats" he says, "Out of my sight, you who are condemned, for I was hungry and you did not feed me..."
    Jesus himself cared for those in need by feeding the hungry. Crowds of four thousand (Mark 8:1-13) and five thousand (Mark 6:30-44) had assembled to listen to Jesus. They soon became hungry. When his disciples suggested that Jesus send the people away to buy food, he responded by saying "I have compassion on these people..." and "you give them something to eat." He proceeded to perform miracles to feed these large crowds of hungry people.
    Adapted from J. Bennett Guess, "Biblical Foundations for Justice Advocacy," UCC Justice and Witness Ministries.

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