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Republicans want to pay for rich tax cuts on the backs of working families

Coalition on Human Needs released the following data on the human impact of the House Republicans' budget proposal.

Republican budget cuts would kill jobs, slow recovery

New economic analysis reveals that a projected GDP growth of between 3 and 4 percent could be cut in half if the budget cuts voted in by House Republicans are allowed to pass into law.

Most correct position on tax cuts I've read so far

From Americans United for Change:

Congress' Tax Alamo

After watching the debate over the President's tax framework in the House last night on C-SPAN, I have to admit to being somewhat amused.

We should support labor's view on tax cut deal

On December 7, 2010 AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, several days before Vermont Senator Sander's passionate filibuster, blasted the Administration's "tax cut deal" with the Republican Leadership.

Video: Voices of the unemployed

Why we need to pass the President's tax/unemployment comp extension framework quick:

Reckless GOP Obstructionism Means No Easy Choices

The following is a few days old, but it still makes sense.

Unemployment/tax deal

Rather than an extensive essay on the subject, I propose to present these arguments as bullet points for ease of reading – and of course your criticism:1.

IMHO: Can the left offer a real alternative?

IMHO -- if you really recommend voting no on the tax deal, you need to have a practical, immediate alternative to the immediate impacts on unemployment, and tax rises for workers that will otherwise take place.

Guest blog: Response to congressional opposition to the tax deal

So where was all of this opposition during the Bush administration? How come these democrats can stand firm against Obama and were hardly heard when Bush was president? Why didn't Bernie Sanders and other progressive stalwarts stage some drama against the original tax cut legislation or the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq? And why are the tax cuts for the wealthy the only issue when around 3 million need unemployment benefits? 3 million people represents a lot of people with large political and economic implications.

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