The vast majority of Republicans have signed a pledge to not raise taxes, and have repeatedly claimed that letting a tax cut expire is the same thing as raising taxes. That’s why they are insisting that Congress extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, even though those cuts were intended to be temporary.
However, under their new plan, written by Orrin Hatch of Utah, Republicans would allow tax cuts for the working poor and middle class families to expire, raising taxes for an estimated 13 million families, while simultaneously extending tax breaks for 2.7 million affluent families. Their excuse? The tax breaks for lower-income families that were part of the 2009 economic stimulus law were always intended to be temporary.
So, when is a pledge not a pledge? When it is really class warfare.