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Conservatives, Stop Trashing Hard Working Americans
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Conservatives, Stop Trashing Hard Working Americans

It's getting a little tiresome constantly hearing the voices of conservative America insulting hard working Americans. To listen to Rush Limbaugh, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and their fellow travelers, we should believe that high earning Americans will go on strike if tax rates merely revert to 2000 levels.

It’s getting a little tiresome constantly hearing the voices of conservative America insulting hard working Americans. Cut it out – the rich are willing to work just as hard as anyone.

To listen to Rush Limbaugh, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and their fellow travelers, we should believe that high earning Americans will go on strike if tax rates merely revert to 2000 levels.

Do they really think that Type A deal doers will do fewer deals because they would have to kick back a little more to the public treasury? Will bond trader s striving for $10 million bonuses toss it all aside because they might pay an extra few hundred thousand in taxes? Are small business owners who can earn $400,000 going to cut back their business operations to earn only $250,000, just to avoid paying $6000 in taxes?

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David M. Abromowitz

Senior Fellow

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