As Fellow Democrats Reject Largest Tax Hike In American History, Why Won’t Liberal Joe Sestak Denounce Job-Killing Tax Increase?

WASHINGTON – With national unemployment hovering near 10 percent and Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate increasing to 9.3 percent last month, a number of leading Democrat Senators and candidates are abandoning embattled U.S. Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA), embattled U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and other Democrat party bosses as they prepare to implement the largest tax increase in American history later this year.

During just the last two weeks, three Democrat Senate candidates in key swing states joined agroup of Sestak’s colleagues in D.C. who oppose the Obama-Reid-Pelosi tax hike, which Sestak has promised to rubberstamp.

“For a reminder of how painfully out-of-touch liberal Congressman Joe Sestak is with voters in his state, Pennsylvanians need look no further than what his own fellow Democrats are saying about Sestak’s tax-hiking agenda,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “While many of Sestak’s Democrat colleagues have stepped forward and finally acknowledged that raising taxes will hurt families and small businesses in the midst of a recession, he continues to firmly support President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi’s massive tax hike on the families, seniors, and job creators in his state.”

On Friday, Louisiana Democrat Senate candidate U.S. Representative Charlie Melancon (D-LA) became the latest Democrat to announce that he now opposes Sestak’s efforts to raise taxes by repealing any of the 2001 and 2003 tax relief measures. Melancon’s announcement comes on the heels of two other leading Democrat Senate candidates, Rubberstamp Robin Carnahan (D-MO) and liberal trial lawyer Jack Conway (D-KY), who recently flip-flopped on their positions.

In addition, several sitting Democrat Senators, including Budget Committee Chairman U.S. Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), have announced they will oppose Sestak’s efforts, while Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said recently that extending the tax cuts would strengthen a still struggling U.S. economy. Yet Sestak is standing firm with Harry Reid, insisting on a September fight in the Senate over this issue.

Background Information:

Sestak Does Not Support Fully Extending The 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts. “Sestak, a second-term congressman from a Philadelphia suburb, is following the lead of President Barack Obama, who wants to make the cuts permanent for middle- and lower-income taxpayers but let them expire for couples making more than $250,000 and others making more than $200,000.” (“Senate Candidates Sestak, Toomey Have Clashing Views On Tax Cuts,” The Associated Press, 7/31/10)

Sestak Said We Could Not Afford To Fully Extend The 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts. CNBC’s JOHN HARWOOD: “We spoke with Joe Sestak. He made the case we can’t afford to extent bush tax cuts . . . .” SESTAK: “The $686 billion for the top 1%, the most wealthiest of the wealthy, when about 280% of the wealth has moved up there in the last couple decades, we’ve got to make sure that what happened in the bush years and what Congressman Toomey voted for not to do, which is balance the budget, that — what we can’t believe any longer is that we just can’t add $15,000 to your future in debt and mine.” (CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” 8/11/10)

August 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Front Page Stories | No Comments