I am reading increasing reports that the Dems are going to force the GOP to blink first, knuckle under and allow higher tax rates. This would be a bad move for the GOP. The GOP is not winning the PR campaign at all and that in itself is shameful.  The GOP is allowing the Dems to lie and bad mouth the GOP to the public and the GOP’ers just sit on their hands and allow it.  It’s no wonder the Dems are winning in the court of public opinion.  The GOP needs to get out front and tell the American Public what exactly they are doing to remedy the budget problems.  All we hear is that the GOP is the party of NO and are obstructionists. We Conservatives sent you and the other GOP Freshmen to DC to make sure the Dems do not get a free reign on this issue.  The GOP must hold the line against higher taxes and gutting the military.  I have a prediction; If the GOP does not hold the line, those that “blink” will be sent packing come their next election cycle.  I’m pretty sure about this one.  I urge you to do everything you can to prop-up your fellow GOPers and make sure they hold the line.  Do not allow the GOP to be brow-beaten into submission when the voters want them to save this nation, not be part of the problem.  The Speaker must not cave and he must hold the rest of the GOP in the House accountable. I do not write my Senators anymore because they do not listen and are not respondent to the conservative constituents.  I hope the GOP does not go down the same path.

REPLY 111711

Thank you for contacting me regarding raising taxes.  It is an honor to represent the people of Southwest Washingtonand I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me.

Getting our economy moving again is the best way to balance our budget and the way the federal government helps is to create an environment where jobs can grow.  Fair taxation, modest regulation and less government spending create that environment.  Raising taxes in the middle of a recession will harm job growth and ensure more family providers, recent graduates and near-retirees remain jobless.  Over 50 percent of “$250,000 and above” who are looked at for increased tax rates are small business owners and investors. Attempts to tax the rich are often misaligned, because what it ends up doing is hitting our small business owners – the mom and pop shops.

For example, the common misconception is that higher tax brackets only affect wealthy individuals.  But the higher tax brackets also include “pass through entities”.  Small businesses must be part of the debate on tax reform – the majority of them do not pay corporate taxes, but they pay taxes on their firm’s “pass through” income on their individual return.  “Pass-through” entities are businesses whose taxes are passed through to the owners, who report the income or loss on their own personal income tax returns.

When more people are working, they are paying more in taxes, which will reduce the federal deficit.  Creating private sector – not government sector – jobs is one of my top priorities, and keeping taxes low to help employers create them is a great start.  Government should let entrepreneurs and investors do what they do best and grow businesses.  This is a terrible time to raise taxes on job-creators.

Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. I invite you to visit my website at www.HerreraBeutler.house.gov for additional information or to sign up to be kept up to date on these issues. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.


Jaime Herrera Beutler
Member of Congress

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