This morning, the President proposed the "Buffett Rule," which would require those earning more than $1 million a year to pay the same share of their income in taxes as middle-class families do.
This proposal makes sure millionaires and billionaires share the responsibility for reducing the deficit. It would correct, for example, the fact that Warren Buffett’s secretary currently pays a higher tax rate than he does.
The other side is already saying it’s "class warfare"—that's their rhetorical smokescreen for providing millionaires and billionaires special treatment.
As the President said this morning, “This is not class warfare—it’s math.”
The wealthiest Americans don't need further tax cuts and in many cases aren't even asking for them. Requiring that they pay their fair share is the only practical way forward. The Republican alternative is to drastically slash education, gut Medicare, let roads and bridges crumble, and privatize Social Security. That's not the America we believe in—but many in the Republican leadership actually prefer those policies, which explains their refusal to act.
That's why they'll say "tax increase" over and over again, trying to muddy the water and trick ordinary Americans into thinking the Buffett Rule will hurt them.
And if we don't speak out right now, they just might get away with it.
If you stand with President Obama in this fight and want to see the Buffett Rule passed—say you’ll get his back now.
Of course, the Buffett Rule won't really touch most Americans—only 0.3% of households will even be affected.
And without it, the only way to reduce our debt is to savage the programs that seniors and middle-class families rely on.
That's exactly what the President refuses to do—in fact, he's said he'll veto any bill that changes benefits for folks who rely on Medicare but doesn’t raise serious revenue by asking the wealthiest Americans or biggest corporations to pay their fair share.
This isn't just a common-sense approach to cutting the deficit—it's the only way to make sure we can provide security to people who work hard and play by the rules.
So right now, I’m asking you to say you’ll stand with the President on something that won't be easy. Get the President’s back today.