Today President Obama is expected to announce that he is against extending the Bush-era tax cuts for all but the 'wealthiest Americans,' who, according to Obama-nomics, is anyone who makes over $250,000.
Obama's senior adviser David Axelrod says that the president isn't supporting tax cuts for high-income earners because they "aren't asking for them, don't need them and have the money to spend."
Let me go on record as saying that, au contraire, Mr. Axelrod, I don't have the money and I would really, really like to not see my taxes go up. Am I alone in the 10th District?
I wonder how "rich" voters in some of the more affluent areas of the 10th District really feel? If you have two (or more) kids, are trying to save for kids' college (maybe still even paying off your own student loans), build a business or maybe work as a middle manager for a big company, and your spouse also has to work to be able to afford to live in the community, do you feel "rich?"
I wonder where the 10th District Congressional candidates fall out on this?
Dan Seals, the Democratic candidate (who has run unsuccessfully twice before) claims on his website that "Dan will work to trim the deficit by cutting spending, not by raising taxes." (emphasis mine)
Does that mean that Seals supports extending the Bush tax cuts across the board?
After all, Dan Seals is the one who famously implied that you have to be a 'millionaire' to live in the 10th District, and that's why he couldn't afford to move into the District:
“If I was a millionaire I could certainly just pick up and buy a new home, [but] I’m not a millionaire, and if you want more millionaires in Congress, I’m not your man,” Seals said.
So, let me get this straight - you need to be a millionaire to live in the 10 District, and therefore, you have money to spend on higher taxes, a la Mr. Axelrod??? Um, no thank you. Dan Seals does know something about the high cost of living in (or at least near) the 10th District, since he paid his nanny $50,000 last year.
Robert Dold, the Republican candidate, on the other hand, states clearly and emphatically that:
"I support the permanent extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for all Americans. In this time of recession, we must not raise taxes on the American people and the very small businesses that we need to pull us out of recession. We need to put more money in the hands of business owners who would be able to make prudent investment and hiring decisions."
The people in Highland Park, a major community in the 10th, are currently up in arms over the recent scandal of the multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars that their Park District executive director was paid, which also astronomically boosted his pension payments, and this has caused several Park Board members to resign in disgrace. It's probably not a good time for someone like Dan Seals to tell Highland Park residents that their federal taxes are now going up because they all make too much money.
If you are a typical 10th District double income family, paying your bills, saving for kids college, and (let's not forget) worried about socking enough money away for retirement, and think that you know better than President Obama and Nancy Pelosi about how your money should be spent, maybe you should consider voting for Bob Dold. I know I will be.