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Letter to Lugar: tax cut showdown

My letter to Senator Lugar about
http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2010/12/01/131725152/senate-gop-vows-to-block-all-except-tax-cut-debt-bills and
http://www.examiner.com/unemployment-benefits-in-new-york/after-unemployment-extension-fails-senate-benefits-lapse-for-millions


I am appalled to learn of the vow of GOP Senators to filibuster all
government business until the budget-busting tax cuts of the Bush
administration, which have already put us $2 trillion in unnecessary
debt, are renewed. Appalled that such irresponsible brinksmanship games
are being played while the same GOP caucus has blocked extension of
unemployment benefits, increasing the desperation of millions of
Americans and, incidentally, hurting the economy, its future growth
(hungry children do not grow up to be first class workers) and long term
tax revenues.

Your business is to reduce the 10% unemployment rate, through proven
Keynesian means, not to worry about debt when interest rates are rock
bottom, and still less to pursue tax cuts for the rich which would only
increase that debt, and least of all to cause government shutdowns over
said tax cuts.

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