• Petitioned John Boehner and Congress

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John Boehner and Congress

Raise taxes on the richest Americans, corporations and capital gains.

    1. Petition by

      Kathryn Hughes

      Cleveland, United States

Federal taxation is at its lowest level in 60 years. In 1960 the top tax rate was 90%, now it is 35% and you want to lower it to 25%. That would be the lowest tax rate since 1931 (and the Great Depression). Capital gains taxes, at 15%, are at their lowest rate since 1933. Corporate taxes are the lowest percent of GDP in post war history. These figures do not include all the dozens of tax breaks and loopholes that have proliferated over the last two decades.

These low tax rates existed in 2008 when this country plunged into the worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression. Obviously, these low rates are NOT contributing to job creation.

We, the middle class, are willing to endure some tax increase to help this country return to its former stability. We are NOT willing to do so while corporations and the wealthiest in the country enjoy further tax relief. Nor are we willing to share a system of "closing loopholes" that will include losing the few tax deductions that benefit us, like home mortgage deductions, while loopholes for corporations and the wealthiest remain and do little to increase their paying a fairer share of the tax burden.

Your proposals concerning taxes do NOT benefit the majority of your constituents. They benefit a small, privileged minority only and will NOT generate jobs. Who do you truly represent? The majority of your constituents or ????

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    • Kurt Neumann MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • 8 months ago

      Since people who earn over $1 million receive 70% of their income from capital gains (not true work, it's casino money), increase the current 15% capital gains tax rate to the highest tax bracket level of 35% and use it to stimulate the lower & middle classes.

      I do not advocate Socialism or am a "Taker". From 1952-1982, the average top bracket rate was 82% and we witnessed a "miracle" post-War economy. After President Reagan made tax code changes in 1982, the top was 50%, so the top are still getting a bargain.

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    • Dean Bennett PRIOR LAKE, MN
      • about 1 year ago

      Fair and logical...take 15-20 cents of each dollar I make, take the same from my neighbors, and same from you, yes you, Mr. Boehner. I know the rich will pay the largest portion of taxes, but incremental and proportionate for equality.

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    • Rafael Vergara KINGSPORT, TN
      • almost 2 years ago

      The president was elected on this issue. The country has spoken, why are you not working with the president

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    • Ariel Kincaid HENRY, TN
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is time the wealthy start paying their equal share of taxes. For years they have been paying less of a percentage of their income in taxes than middle and lower classes. It's time for a change and for them to pay more.

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    • dan goshaw KENOSHA, WI
      • almost 2 years ago

      this is your time to show that congress cares about me at all. the last four years congress has done nothing except TRY to make obama look bad. do you think we're all stupid? get your act together congress. there's a reason why your approval rating is extremely low. stop catering to the rich. i know you guys get handouts from these corporations. could you please start benefiting everyone, not just your rich buddies??..

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