Heritage Action Statement on Payroll Tax Cut Extension
Heritage Action released the following statement from CEO Michael A. Needham:
“We were pleased to learn that House Republicans are standing with hard-working Americans by introducing a plan to extend the payroll tax cut for the rest of the year. Not only will this provide some much needed certainty to our economy, but it will also deny obstinate Senate Democrats the ability to play partisan games.
“After passing a clean, full-year extension of the payroll tax cut, the onus to act will be on President Obama and Senator Reid, who have seemed all too eager to drag out this fight.
“It is past time to move beyond this issue. The American people deserve a real debate between the two contrasting visions for the future of our country. This President and his liberal allies in Congress are committed to bigger government, bigger bureaucracy and more cronyism. Conservatives are committed to more freedom, more opportunity and more prosperity. This is a debate conservatives will win if we boldly put our ideas forward.”
In January, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Heritage Action’s CEO Michael A. Needham wrote an op-ed for the Washington Examiner outlining this strategy. In it, Lee and Needham argued that Republicans in the House and Senate must act quickly to extend the tax cuts for the full-year, instead of allowing Democrats to continue short-term extensions that allow for demagoguery.
Congress will soon again face the same question on the payroll tax cut. Obama’s intentions are clear: Use the payroll tax issue to demagogue conservatives and distract the American people from the real issues facing our country.
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.
Stop Politicizing Payroll Taxes, Mr. President