An Open Letter To Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen Urging Him To Save Middle Class Tax Cuts

Will Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen vote for a bill that preserves vital assistance for middle and working class Americans? Or will he vote for a bill extending massive tax cuts to the mega wealthy?


Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a Democrat-sponsored bill (S 3412), by a vote of 51-48, extending the Bush-era tax cuts to the middle class. The Senate Republican version, which lost by a vote of 45-54, would have given tax breaks of approximately $160,000 per year to the average American millionaire and added $155 billion to the U.S. deficit.

This week the House of Representative has its turn. The House vote could take place as early as tomorrow. Will the House pass the Senate measure that preserves vital assistance for middle- and working-class Americans or will they hold the majority of us hostage by passing a bill to extend massive tax cuts to the mega wealthy?

I am running for Congress in N.J.’s new, competitive 11th District.  If I were your Congressional representative, I can promise you that I would be voting in favor of the bill that the Senate passed last week. Why? Because I’m a Certified Public Account and a numbers man. When you look at the numbers it’s obvious that the Senate bill gives millions of Americans a fair shot at economic stability. 

But I can’t vote next week because I’m not in Congress — at least not yet.

Instead, we must rely on my Republican opponent, Rodney Frelinghuysen, to do the right thing. I hear Rep. Frelinghuysen is a good man and I have not doubt that he is. On this issue, however, the proof will be in the voting.  

If the House passes the Senate version, President Barack Obama has promised to sign the bill into law that will benefit 98% of Americans and nearly every small business.

If the House passes the Republican version, the bill will stall as the Senate and the House attempt to reconcile the differences between the bills — something easier said than done in the contentious atmosphere that pervades the halls of Congress these days. 

So what’s it going to be Mr. Frelinghuysen? Are you going to vote in favor of extending tax cuts to the 98% of us who make up this great country or are you going to vote to preserve the interests of the mega wealthy? 

I encourage each of you to ask Congressman Frelinghuysen to do the right thing. Tell Mr. Frelinghuysen to vote in favor of the Democratic-sponsored bill that passed the Senate last week and to vote against a Republican House bill that will extend those cuts to the wealthiest Americans.

The congressman’s office can be reached at (973) 984-0711. 

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John Lee July 31, 2012 at 07:47 PM
The 50% of people not paying income taxes is actually the number of people who do not pay PAYROLL TAXES - big difference. Payroll taxes are for earned income, doing a job and receiving a wage or salary. Income from rental, dividends, capital gains and other investments is income and is taxed, but its not a payroll tax. A particular news channel has been repeating the "50% of Americans don't pay" mantra and its being altered to tell a different story.
Jon July 31, 2012 at 09:00 PM
And you didn't directly address the issue. I think everyone knows the difference between dividends, capital gains taxes and so forth. So why is it 50% don't pay anything? I think they should pay their fair share.
J July 31, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Please reread my comment. I made no mention of children. Quite the opposite. The majority of those who pay zero income taxes are seniors living on Social Security benefits. I do agree with you that the tax code is littered with all sorts of loopholes and credits that should not be there. But the last time I checked most poor people and retirees lacked the means to hire lobbyists and donate millions in campaign contributions in order to obtain these goodies.
James Johnston July 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Thanks to offshore bank accounts, we have no idea how much money the top 2% are holding. Analyses of many countries have found that the amount of wealth held abroad exceeds their National Debt! These so-called job creators are no more than profiteers, with no loyalty to their nations nor workers.
Robert Simpson August 01, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Mr Johnston: If you want an idea of the wealth of the top 100 Americans, Forbes publishes a list every year. Google that. Although there are some cheats, investing abroad is perfectly legitimate. Think about the foreign cars made in the U.S. or China has invested $1.2 trillion in our national debt. You are correct, job creators are profiteers. If a business does not make a profit, they will soon be out of business. Businesses owe their loyalty to their owners.


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