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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Feb 12, 2010
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement following reports that tax increases on middle class families may be considered:
“The middle class has already shouldered the burden of serving as Wall Street’s piggy bank for the last decade. Now middle class families are left holding the bag in the form of massive household debt, a disproportionate share of job losses and declining incomes. We cannot look to the middle class to solve our economic problems. Quite the contrary: we need to solve the problems of the middle class. With a strong and vibrant middle class, economic growth and deficit reduction will follow.
“Surely there are places other than middle class families where the government can look for revenue. We are fighting two unnecessary wars costing trillions of dollars and facing a massive trade deficit that off shores jobs and manufacturing. At the same time, the country’s tax base continues to deteriorate as a result of Bush’s disastrous multitrillion-dollar tax cuts. We need to end the wars, address the trade imbalances, embark on serious reform of our immensely wasteful health care system, and, above all, focus on investing in America.
“I am stunned that many of our nation’s policy makers still don’t get it. They don’t see that for at the vast majority of America, we are still living in a time of extreme economic hazard. The last thing in the world we need is to place an additional burden on the backbone of our economy. The middle class is America’s bedrock, not its piggy bank,” said Kucinich.