How Olympia Snowe Gave the Dems a Fundraising Tool

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How Olympia Snowe Gave the Dems a Fundraising Tool

There's something moronic about the notion that supporting higher taxes is "fighting for American working families." The interpretation we are left with is that the only hope "working families" have for the future is government programs, while more disposable income is detrimental to their future well-being.What's so distressing is how many voters ask for another bowl full of this slop.As we know here in Maine, the only HOPE for restraining government growth and spending is taking revenue out of their hands, and in many cases, even that is only marginally discouraging to the true "investment" planners.

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How Olympia Snowe Gave the Dems a Fundraising Tool

[i]AMG Editor: Sen. Snowe, in her press release, hails her part in halving Pres. Bush's tax cut plan as a centrist bipartisan effort. But, the Democrat National Committee, in the following email fundraising campaign, simply bashes President Bush, using Sen. Snowe's "centrist bipartisan" scheme to raise money to defeat Republicans at the polls.[/i]----------FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Web: [url=http://snowe.senate.gov]http://snowe.senate.gov[/url]
CONTACT: DAVE LACKEY
(202) 224-8667
OR: ELIZABETH WENK
(202) 224-1304SNOWE HAILS REDUCTION IN TAX CUT TO $350 BILLION:
"RIGHT SIZE" FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
Snowe joined Senators Breaux, Voinovich, Baucus to reduce tax cut from $728 billion;
Senators say $350 billion is right amount of stimulus without boosting long-term
deficitsWASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) is declaring
victory in efforts, which she led with Senators John Breaux (D-La.), George
Voinovich (R-Ohio), and Max Baucus (D-Mont.), to reduce the size of the $726
billion tax cut to $350 billion. The amendment passed this afternoon by a
margin of 51 to 48."This is an important vote that positions the Senate to support a
smaller-size - and right-sized - growth package, and prepares for a conference
committee with the House. As I have said from the beginning, the global
uncertainties have cast a dark shadow over a domestic economy that was already
on shaky ground even before September 11th catapulted our economy deeper into
recession," said Snowe, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. The Senate-passed amendment will reduce the tax cut authorized in the Fiscal
Year 2004 Budget Resolution from $726 billion to $350 billion, redirecting funds
to support Social Security reforms passed by the Finance Committee. The vote
comes on the heals of last weekís defeat of an earlier amendment backed by Snowe
for a similar reduction in the tax cut, with the balance to reducing the
deficit. After falling two votes short of a majority, 11 Democrats changed
their votes for a final vote of $38-52."For this effort, the second time's a charm, and I am pleased we were able
to secure additional support by adjusting this amendment to support Social
Security. I'm pleased we were able to secure the necessary votes to make this
surprising reversal possible," Snowe said. "Now, we need to turn our attention
to passing a budget resolution, so the Finance Committee can begin to craft an
effective growth package."Snowe said she will vote for the budget resolution, for failure to pass a
resolution would send a terrible signal to the American people. "The last
message we need to send to the American people is one that we are not able to
put our fiscal house in order by agreeing on a framework and a budget," she
said.Snowe said she will work as a member of the Senate Finance Committee to
develop a growth package focused on principles of immediate stimulus to restore
the economy - without risking long-term deficits.# # #

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From: "Democratic Party"
Subject: Another Democratic victory for working families
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2003
[b]Democrats Fight and Win for Working FamiliesSenate Democrats Slash Bush Tax Giveaway in Half...Dear Friend,[/b]Senate Democrats won a huge victory for working families this week, winning a crucial vote to cut by more than half President Bush's latest scheme to give an enormous tax cut to the wealthiest sliver of Americans.Every Democrat in the Senate chamber voted to slash Bush's tax giveaway from $726 billion to $350 billion, [b]protecting the future of all Americans by dedicating the savings to protecting Social Security!... But Now Bush Is Using the War to Justify Risky Tax Scheme[/b]But this fight is far from over. [b]The White House proved it will say anything to pass its enormous tax scheme, [i]even using the military conflict in Iraq to find an advantage[/i][/b].White House spokesman Ari Fleischer told reporters that we need the Bush tax scheme "so that when our men and women in the military return home, they'll have jobs to come home to."Not only is this a [b]shameful political exploitation of the men and women who are putting their lives in danger[/b], but it's also misleading.Under a 1994 law passed by the Democratic Congress and President Clinton, employers must reinstate reservists who return from active service.Help Democrats continue to fight for working families and defeat Bush's latest budget-busting tax giveaway to the wealthiest sliver of Americans![url=http://mailer.democrats.org/rdr/002Jq011zh0004Z]http://mailer.democrats.... [b]Quote of the Week[b]"Fleischer argues regularly that the tax cuts are needed so that 'when the war is over, our military has jobs to come home to.'"The argument has flaws. Those who serve in the military full time need not worry about having jobs when they come home. And under a 1994 law, employers must reinstate reservists in similar positions when they return from service, unless the company can document severe hardship."[i]Dana Milbank, Washington Post, March 26, 2003[/i]

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I wonder if our Senator is

I wonder if our Senator is friends with Peter Arnett?

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