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Lieberman: Let's Go Ahead and Extend the Bush Tax Cuts

12:50 PM, Sep 13, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Sen. Joe Lieberman joined former Obama budget director Peter Orszag in calling for a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts today when he spoke at a Connecticut Chamber of Commerce meeting:

“I don’t think it makes sense to raise any federal taxes during the uncertain economy we are struggling through. The more money we leave in private hands, the quicker our economic recovery will be. And that means I will do everything I can to make sure Congress extends the so-called Bush tax cuts for another year and takes action to prevent the estate tax from rising back to where it was.”

“In our current economic situation, we cannot risk the economic headwinds that would be caused by tax increases. We need to keep as much money as possible in people’s pockets and business’s bank accounts.”

“I know that many people, including the President, have argued that the tax cuts should not be continued for people making more than $200,000 a year, but to me these are the people we need to be using their income to spend and invest to spur growth and job creation. The fact is that the top 3% of American income earners account for 25% of the consumption in our economy. Remember consumer demand is still the major driver of economic growth in America. I want the top income earners in our country to have the confidence and the money to spend and invest over the next year, rather than worrying about paying more in taxes to the federal government.”

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