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Tierney Blasts Tisei Over Tax Cuts

The tax debate looks to be a prominent issue in the 6th District race.

It seems to be the debate without an end — what to do about tax rates for high-income Americans ‚ and on Capitol Hill it's become political theater.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to keep existing tax rates in place — including the "Bush tax cuts" former President George W. Bush signed into law in 2001 and 2003 — through 2013. The vote may be symbolic, since President Obama has promised to veto such a measure and it would likely never make it through the Democratic-controlled Senate anyway. And the Senate recently passed a bill that would allow tax cuts for the top 2 percent of incomes to expire.

Salem's very own Congressman John Tierney voted against the Republican-backed House and called on  Republican leadership to pass an alternative bill to pass a bill similar to the one passed in the Senate.

“Speaker Boehner should stop catering to the extreme right wing of his party and pass the common sense, compromise bill that the Senate approved last week," Tierney said. "That proposal would extend tax cuts for all taxpayers on the first $250,000 of their income, regardless of overall wealth, while not extending additional special tax cuts for income exceeding that threshold. Rather than once again getting caught up in political games, let’s pass a bill that both sides agree on and that provides all families tax relief."

After the vote, the Tierney campaign turned his attacks on his opponent, Richard Tisei, once again attempting to paint him as a right-wing extremist.

“Richard Tisei’s Tea Party-inspired position on taxes will hurt middle-class families in the 6th District," Tierney Campaign Communications Director Grant Herring said. "Tisei wants to protect millionaires and billionaires from paying their fair share. When it comes to taxes, the differences in this election could not be clearer. John Tierney wants to lower taxes for middle class families and Mr. Tisei wants them to pay more. The middle class cannot afford more of Tisei’s agenda that coddles the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans."

Tisei, who has long advocated for low tax rates, did not seem ruffled by the attacks.

"In December 2009, when the economy was in a better place, President Obama said 'it's not time to raise taxes on anyone,'" Tisei said. "I agreed with him then and stand by that pro-growth vision today."

The Tierney campaign also cited an interview on NECN last November in which Tisei discussed tax policy and opposed extending the payroll tax cut.

"Tisei has stated publicly that he thinks the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans pay too much in taxes and believes that middle-class Americans need to pay more (NECN, 11/16/11)," A Tierney press release reads.

In that interview, Tisei said he opposed the extension of the payroll tax cut because it was a temporary fix to a tax code he saw as permanently flawed. He also advocated for a flatter tax rate policy, which would mean lower incomes paying more and higher incomes paying less, citing the fact that now the top earners pay about half of all taxes and lower earners pay none.

But Tisei has also refused to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge -- a pledge to not vote to raise taxes -- saying that he wants the option to close tax loopholes which would effectively raise taxes on people taking advantage of those loopholes.

What do you think should be done with federal income tax rates? Leave a comment below and discuss.

chester suchecki August 03, 2012 at 06:43 PM
mr tierney i think its time you hide under a rock
gene August 04, 2012 at 11:46 AM
He's not talking about raising taxes. He's talking about eliminating a loophole better known as welfare for the wealthy. BTW if these Bush tax breaks for wealthy are so good, why were we losing 750,000 a month during the Bush Presidency?
Harvey S Shapiro August 05, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I understand that Congressman Tierney wants to protect us from Tisei and the 1% Tisei and Romney surely will represent -- and as a progressive Democrat I support that -- but who is going to protect us from Tierney's smug arrogance in treating the electorate like fools in denying any culpable knowledge of his spouse's illegal activities. If he took the best interests of the country to heart, rather than his own ego and career, he would have stepped aside. The Democratic establishment should have had the foresight and common sense to persuade him to do so, once he demonstrated he lacked that judgment. Harvey from Salem, MA
Julia Gentile August 05, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Congressman Tierney is corrupt. Recent bi-partisan calls for ethics investigations into his filings will be his downfall. He will end up in criminal court. .
pamela boucher August 21, 2012 at 05:16 PM
congressman tierney is not corrupt at all. He is honest and trying to help the middle class to stay afloat ok love, pam

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