Stop Politicizing Payroll Taxes, Mr. President

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Heritage Action’s CEO Michael Needham co-wrote an op-ed for the Washington Examiner discussing the payroll tax cut extension. In the article, the two discuss the political implications of President Obama and the left’s refusal to offer a plan to extend the payroll tax cut extension beyond the election or longer. The reason, they say, is because the President and his party think they have the upper hand when it comes to this issue and want to keep fighting this same fight from now through the election:

“If he were running for political-strategist-in-chief, this would demonstrate Obama’s bona fides. Obscuring his own failures by blaming others is, unfortunately, his only hope at being re-elected as commander-in-chief. That, of course, does not mean it is the best thing for America.

“To combat the president’s shrewd political scheme and give Americans some level of economic certainty, Republicans in the House and the Senate must move swiftly to enact a full-year extension of the payroll tax cut.

“As conservatives, we believe all Americans are entitled to keep more of their own money. They, not Washington, have earned it, and a tax hike on hard-working Americans is bad policy, bad politics and bad economics — especially at a time when so many are hurting.

“Obama and his big-government allies are content to play the blame game in search of another four-year term. Conservatives cannot compete with that demagoguery, nor should we.

“Instead, we should get the payroll tax issue off the table — for at least this year, if not longer — and move forward with comprehensive tax reform. Not only is this the hard work the American people expect from Congress, it is also what is right for our economy. Reforms to both the personal and corporate tax codes, such as lowering rates and eliminating deductions, will jump-start our economy.”

Read the full article here.

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