The following is a letter that Republican nominee for Iowa's Second District John Archer, sent to liberal incumbent Congressman Dave Loebsack.
31 July 2012
Congressman Dave Loebsack
1527 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Congressman Loebsack,
As Congress prepares to take its month long vacation, you are doing so without addressing several important issues that are important to Iowa businesses and farmers. Before your month long break you have the opportunity this week to give some certainty to our job creators by extending the middle class, small business tax cuts. If these tax cuts are not extended, the estate tax will increase – which will hurt Iowa family farms in particular. In addition, the tax rate for millions of Americans will increase and marriage penalty will be reinstated and the child tax credit will be cut in half. Also, due to Washington’s inaction, the Farm Bill is set to expire and massive automatic cuts that will handicap our Department of Defense will be enacted. The cost of both higher education and healthcare continues to rise, yet Congress is taking a recess.
Mr. Loebsack, as a Representative for the people of Iowa, I hope you will use this week before your break to provide Americans with some certainty about what our taxes will look like next year.
Here are a few items that you should consider:
· Create a tax code that encourages businesses to create jobs in the U.S.
Instead of adding more special regulations in the tax code, we need to simplify it. We need to make America more competitive by lowering the tax burden faced by families and businesses. Let’s make sure America is open for business.
· Support the permanent repeal of the death tax
Family farmers and small business owners across the district look forward to the day when they can pass their business – their livelihood – on to their heirs without the government taking nearly half of what they built. The death tax is a job killer.
· Stand up for working families by providing tax relief
The potential cost of ObamaCare to the middle class is unknown; however, we do know that ObamaCare is estimated to increase taxes by as much as $675 billion. The last thing we need is an increase in income taxes. It is imperative that the middle class not be forgotten.
· Protect small business job creators from tax hikes
Recent data shows our economic growth is slowing. Now is clearly not the time to increase the taxes on any hard-working American. A tax on “the wealthy” would affect over a million small businesses – the very job creators our economy needs.
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