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Key Vote NO on Speaker Boehner's "Plan B" Tax Plan

Dear FreedomWorks member,

As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your Representative and urge him or her to vote against Speaker Boehner’s “Plan B” tax plan.  This bill, being offered as replacement language for H.J.Res. 66, would prevent automatic tax rate increases for most individuals, but would allow taxes to automatically increase for some higher-income Americans.

Congress ought to avert the automatic tax increases for all Americans. While the bill would be vastly better than the deal which Speaker Boehner has reportedly been discussing with President Obama, the cause of fiscal conservatism could be set back by the House passing this legislation in the current environment.

This is not the time to be negotiating about how much automatic tax hikes should be.  Raising taxes is not the way to get America out of our fiscal mess. Washington has an over-spending problem, not an under-taxing problem. Instead, we should be focusing upon fixing our labyrinthine tax code and reforming our out-of-control spending and our unsustainable entitlements.  Only by making these real, substantial reforms will we be able to get our fiscal house in order and avoid another damaging debt downgrade.

While Speaker Boehner’s “Plan B” does not, strictly speaking, contain any tax hikes, its passage will be widely interpreted by the Washington establishment and the left-wing media as a capitulation to the President’s demand for higher taxes.  That will only embolden the supporters of ever-bigger government. Republicans, especially, should take a strong stand against President Obama’s cynical politics of dividing Americans against one another.  

There is a better way to avoid the fiscal cliff.  FreedomWorks has been urging Congress to keep its promise of $1.2 trillion in ten-year sequester savings, extend all current tax rates for one year, and reform taxes and entitlements.

I urge you to call your Representative and ask him or her to vote NO on Speaker Boehner’s “Plan B” tax plan. We will count any vote on this proposal as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2012. The Economic Freedom Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.


Matt Kibbe
President and CEO, FreedomWorks

Bob Howard

Why are we telling voters the Republicans are increasing taxes. That is not true. The Republicans are responding to a January Democrat tax increase. What is wrong with voting for a tax decrease? I would always vote to decrease tax rates on as many taxpayers as possible in an effort to “starve the beast.” Why are we using the Presidents talking points against the Republicans? Especially when the Republicans are not raising taxes they are lowering the taxes on as many taxpayers as possible. I appreciate Freedom Works but we on this issue we need to review our marketing skills and reframe the conversation.

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Dean Clancy

Thanks, Bob. I think reasonable conservatives can disagree about whether it's more important to judge the bill in isolation (i.e., as not a tax hike, strictly speaking) or in its specific context (i.e., as part of a yet another bipartisan DC game designed to make sure taxes do go up on certain taxpayers, no matter what). I think you'll see that same split among House Republicans when the bill is voted on -- even among the most "tea party" members.