NRCC - Paul Hodes Out of Touch with Majority of Americans

52% of Americans Say Taxes Too High but Hodes Voted for Increase

Washington- A Gallup Poll released this week shows fifty-two percent of Americans say their taxes are too high, while only two percent say they’re too low. On a day when millions of American families are paying taxes, we have only one question for Representative Paul Hodes ( NH-02 ), since he voted this year for the largest tax increase in history: “Why raise taxes at all in an economic slowdown? Isn’t that going to put a further strain on people?”

That’s the exact question CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo recently asked Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama, who responded with “lofty rhetoric” – the hallmark of his campaign – rather than a direct answer.

Obama: “Well, look, there’s no doubt that anything I do is going to be premised on what the economic situation is when I take office. I'm going to be sworn in in January, we don’t know what the economy's going to look like at that point.” (The Atlantic, 3/27/08)

“Barack Obama might be able to get away with lofty rhetoric this campaign season, but Paul Hodes should tell the people in his district exactly why he raised their taxes and added to their financial strain,” said NRCC Spokesman Ken Spain. “Will Hodes stand up for the people of New Hampshire , or will he join Barack Obama and the elite two percent of Americans who believe their taxes are too low?”

The Democrat majority in Washington has voted to raise taxes over a dozen times in the past year. Now we know who the two percent represent.

The $683 billion tax increase Paul Hodes voted for raises taxes on married couples, families with children, senior citizens, small business owners and farmers:

  • Nearly 48 million married couples will be penalized with a $3,000 tax increase
  • Low-income families will be hit when the child tax credit is cut by $500 per child
  • Almost 18 million senior citizens will have to pay an extra $2,100 in taxes
  • About 27 million small-business owners will be strapped with a $4,000 tax increase
  • Reinstating the Death Tax will cost taxpayers an additional $180.6 billion