Thursday, December 27, 2012

Blackburn Target of Thursday Forum by "The Action"

Former Shelby County congresswoman (now redistricted) hit for "Pushing the Middle Class Off the Fiscal Cliff"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

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This one’s off our beaten path — literally. U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who used to represent generous sections of eastern Shelby County and of Memphis itself, now serves in a congressional district that has been re-drawn to end a county line or two away.

Even so, a press release has been dropped into our email by “The Action — TN ,” evidently the Middle Tennessee chapter of a national advocacy group, and those locals who well remember the congressman (her preferred term) from Brentwood, might be interested to learn of the following event, taking place on Thursday of this week (today, as we speak) and entered here without comment:

Local Taxpayers to Hold Rally Delivering Letters Calling On Rep. Marsha Blackburn to “Stop Pushing the Middle Class Off the Fiscal Cliff,” Avert Looming $2,200 Tax Hike on Middle-Class Families

Among those delivering letters will be Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Bob Washko and local small business owner, Earik Beann. Both will deliver remarks calling on Congresswoman Rep. Marsha Blackburn to stop putting millionaires ahead of the middle class , stop blocking the middle class tax cut extension that would avert a looming tax hike on Middle-Class families and small businesses.

Franklin, TN — On Thursday, December 27 at 2:00 pm., local taxpaying constituents will hold a “Don’t Drop the Ball on the Middle Class” rally outside of Rep. Blackburn’s office in Franklin, asking Congresswoman Blackburn to stop pushing the Middle Class off the Fiscal Cliff by blocking the extension of Middle Class Tax Cut Extension that would avert tax increases on 98% of Americans beginning in January. If Rep. Blackbnurn fails to act immediately, taxes will go up on every family in America at the beginning of next year. In fact, a typical middle-class family of four would see its taxes rise by $2,200. That means less money to buy groceries or fill a prescription. That means a tougher choice between paying the rent and paying tuition. That means fewer goods and services being purchased and as a consequence, jobs eliminated.

Laura Beann, a local volunteer organizer of the rally: “All I want for the holiday season is to not ring in the New Year with a huge tax hike, and I’m definitely not alone. Congresswoman Blackburn needs to do her job before a lot of people in Franklin lose theirs or are forced to make sacrifices with thousands of dollars less in their pockets. Congresswoman Blackburn needs to stop holding middle class tax relief hostage to protect tax breaks for the richest 2%, folks like Donald Trump and Paris Hilton that don’t need another tax break. All Congresswoman Blackburn has to do is approve the bill already passed in the Senate bill to immediately extend tax relief to 98% of the American people and 97% of small businesses.”

Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Bob Washko: “I’ve served my county my entire life, I’m asking Rep. Marsha Blackburn to start serving the middle class instead of millionaires. Stop this attempt to put more of a burden on the middle class, seniors, students, veterans and the most vulnerable Americans while asking too little of the wealthiest Americans. I’m asking Rep. Blackburn to pass the middle class tax cut extension and end the Bush Tax Cuts for the richest 2% so we are all paying our fair share and pulling our weight.”

Earik Beann, Small Business Owner: “Any real small business owner will tell you they don’t need tax cuts to make their businesses grow, they need customers. That’s why passing the middle class tax cuts immediately is what’s important.”

Middle class families want action — and will blame Congresswoman Blackburn and her Republican colleagues for inaction. A recent Washington-Post poll found that a majority [53 percent] of Americans say that if the country goes over the fiscal cliff on Dec. 31, congressional Republicans should bear the brunt of the blame. Thursday’s rally follows a string of similar events happening all across Tennessee asking every elected official to stop putting millionaires ahead of the middle class. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is no exception, she too has local constituents holding her accountable if taxes go up in January because of her failure to act. [Media coverage across Tennessee highlights mounting pressure on Republicans to stop putting millionaires ahead of the middle class: http://bit.ly/ActionTNPress]

Small businesses want action: An American Sustainable Business Council survey in February found a majority of small business owners believe Congress should let tax cuts on taxable income over $250,000 a year expire as scheduled on December 31, 2012, while only 40% said they should be extended.

• What: Local Taxpayers to Hold Rally Calling On Congresswoman Blackburn to “Stop Pushing the Middle Class off the Fiscal Cliff,” Avert Looming $2,200 Tax Hike on Middle-Class Families

• Who: Groups of volunteer activists and tax paying constituents from Franklin

• When: Thursday, December 27th at 2:00 p.m. CT

• Where: Office of Marsha Blackburn 305 Public Square Suite 212, Franklin, TN 37064

The Action — TN is one of over 150 national, state and local organizations part of The Action — a grassroots movement calling for the end of the Bush-era tax breaks for the richest 2 percent that have for too long shortchanged critical investments that create and sustain jobs. December 1 marked the first major national day of action of the movement, with over 100 events taking place in 30 states pressuring Members of Congress to put middle class before millionaires.

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