As some Republicans in the House and Senate lean towards
approving tax increases on the wealthy, one organization is looking
to make sure that doesn't happen.
Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited
Government (ALG), tells OneNewsNow his organization is pushing
an online petition demanding that Republicans stand firm on
"There is this huge negotiation back and forth in Congress and
[with] Obama over the expiration of all Bush-era tax rates come
January 1. Obama is insisting that upper-income people pay more --
up to 40 percent in federal taxes -- and that he's perfectly
willing to raise taxes on everybody else unless he gets it," Wilson
And several Capitol Hill Republicans -- including Senators
Lindsay Graham (SC), Bob Corker (TN) and Saxby Chambliss (GA), as
well as Representatives Peter King (NY) and Tom Cole (OK) -- are
now starting to say, Let's give the president what he
"It's suicide, absolute suicide to raise taxes on the single
largest group of job creators in the country," the ALG president
warns. "It doesn't do anything to fix the deficit."
Some Republicans are in favor of cutting the budgets of programs
like Medicare and Medicaid in exchange for higher taxes on
upper-income earners. Still, Wilson sees those as mere reductions
He adds that the online petition is additional material for the
anti-tax pledge, not to mention for local districts.