Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2001 1:34 AM
President Bush kept his promise to Americans by proposing a
common sense plan that provides tax relief for all
hardworking taxpayers. The principles of the President's
plan are clear: Over-charged taxpayers deserve some of
their own money back. The tax system is unfair, especially
for those struggling to make it into the middle class.
Hardworking parents should be able to keep more of their
own money to provide for their families. Small businesses
must have a better chance to grow and to hire. Our economy
will be strengthened by lightening the tax burden on the
American taxpayers who have the highest tax burden since
World War II.
Under President Bush's plan the average family of four will
receive a $1600 tax refund, and all taxpayers will get
relief -- with those at the lowest end of the economic
spectrum getting the largest percentage of relief. No
taxpayer will pay more than one-third of his or her income
to the federal government in income taxes. The President's
* Simplify the tax code by reducing today's five brackets
to four: 10%, 15%, 25%, and 33%;
* Double the child tax credit from $500 to $1000 per
* End the death tax;
* Reduce the marriage penalty which costs the average
working couple $1400 a year just for being married; and
* Expand tax incentives for charitable giving.
This is a mainstream, common sense plan, but some big
spending Democrats want to keep more and more of the
surplus -- your tax over-payments -- here in Washington for
them to spend instead of sending some of it back. The
surplus has grown by an astonishing 23 percent since last
summer to a staggering $5.6 trillion -- yet some liberal
Democrat leaders in Congress still resist real tax relief.
As history shows, if the surplus is kept in Washington, the
politicians and the bureaucrats will spend it. That is why
it is important that your Senators and Congressmen hear
from you in support of the President's tax relief plan.
President Bush knows how badly Americans need tax relief
now, just as Americans did 40 years ago when a Democrat
president faced a similar situation. President Bush
recently explained, "Over the past six years, the federal
share of our GDP has risen from 18 percent to 21 percent --
about as much as our government took during World War II.
President John Kennedy faced a similar situation in the
1960s. He warned then against storing up dollars in
Washington by taking away more than the government needed
to pay its necessary expenses. High tax rates --, he said
and I quote -- 'are no longer necessary. They are, in
fact, harmful. These high tax rates do not leave enough
money in private hands to keep this country's economy
growing and healthy.' Forty years later, our Treasury is
full and our people are over-charged. Returning some of
their money is right, and it is urgent."
Some Democrats are responding to the call. Georgia Senate
Democrat Zell Miller agrees and has endorsed President
Bush's bipartisan plan, "Right now, our taxes have never
been higher. Right now, our surplus has never been
greater. To me it's just plain common sense that you deal
with the first by using the second. . . . This plan would
make our tax code more progressive by cutting federal
income taxes for people all across the income spectrum.
And the largest percentage cuts would go to those Americans
who earn the least. Under this proposal, six million more
families will no longer pay any federal income taxes at
all. That's one out of five families with children."
Make sure your member of Congress and your Senators hear
from you. Write them, call them, e-mail them or visit with
them this week while Congress is home on recess.
To reach your Senators go to:
the contact information for the Senators from your state.
To reach your member of the House of Representatives go to:
http://www.house.gov to find the contact information for
Republican National Committee
(Please forward this message to friends, family and co-
workers and ask them to show their support for President
Bush's tax plan by asking their U.S. Senators and their
member of Congress to support the plan.)
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