Saturday, July 31, 2010

McCarthy: brace yourself for taxes to rise across all income levels

  Our weekly update from Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield.) In his words:

"As the Bull and West fires raged this week, many local families have been forced to evacuate their homes.  To help those in need, County Fire Chief Nick Dunn and the District Ranger for Sequoia National
Forest Rick Larson have updated my office with information for local, state, and federal resources.  I also joined local residents for a town hall in Kernville Friday evening to hear the latest updates and
what we can expect next. 
For more information, check my website:

  "Personally, I am very proud of the hard work our Kern County Red Cross volunteers, local businesses and citizens have put forward to help all those in need. When our neighbors and friends have needed assistance,
our community has always been able to come together and answer their call for help.  As our community has been battling these wildfires, I was saddened to hear of the passing of a great fire fighter and
community leader this week, former Kern County Fire Chief, Robert Williams.  Bob was an avid outdoorsman and a loving father and grandfather dedicated to his family.  I am truly honored to have known
Bob and our community will certainly miss him.

  "In Washington this week, my colleagues and I continued to push for cuts in wasteful spending and interestingly enough, this week’s YouCut choice was put forward by Congressman John Adler, a Democrat from New Jersey.  Rep Adler’s proposal outlined a plan that would terminate the Advanced Earned Income Tax Credit (AEITC), and save taxpayers $1.1billion over the next 10 years.  Unfortunately, in spite of bipartisan support, the bill failed to pass and again this majority proved they are not serious about cutting spending or getting this nation’s fiscal house in order.  Since YouCut’s inception, my colleagues and I have
offered over $120 billion in cuts to wasteful spending, and until our nation’s debt is under control, we will continue to push for commonsense cuts despite the Majority’s opposition.

  "Another fiscal issue that will be on everyone’s mind soon is taxes. In 154 days, the Congressional Majority and the Administration is scheduled to increase taxes on all Americans.  All families and individuals in every tax bracket, as well as small businesses owners, will be affected.  This tax increase would be the largest increase in our nation’s history and could not come at a worse time.  Since the stimulus passed, more than 3 million jobs have been lost and national unemployment is still hovering close to 10%; a tax increase is the last thing Americans and their small businesses need.  More than 60 million individuals are employed by small businesses nationwide, and start-up companies create an average of 3 million jobs annually. A tax increase on these job-creating engines could be catastrophic.  Rather than levying a punitive tax on hard-working Americans and their families, we should focus on creating jobs and getting our national debt under control.

  "Also this week, I was able to meet with a unique visitor who recently has come to call Bakersfield a home away from home.  On Wednesday I met with Jean Baptiste Mugaruar.  Jean is from Rwanda and he and his
wife Julia have been living in Bakersfield since July 2009 as she has been treated for cancer.  Jean wanted to let me know that Bakersfield has been so welcoming and supportive of him and his family and he was
pleased to announce that Julia is cancer free and they will be returning to Rwanda in August.

  "Finally, I wanted to let you know that I taped an interview with C-SPAN this week that will air this Sunday, at 7am or 3pm, if you would like to tune in.  Have a good weekend.

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