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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

McGavick would vote to continue Bush's irresponsible fiscal policies

So far in the campaign, (Lobbyist) Mike! McGavick! has mostly refused to talk much about his values or his positions on important issues, preferring to stick to his theme of "civility".

But yesterday, the McGavick campaign revealed that (Lobbyist) Mike would vote to continue the irresponsible fiscal policies of the Bush administration, further validating State Democratic Chairman Dwight Pelz's insistence that McGavick would be nothing but a rubber stamp for an administration that has failed, and continues to fail, America.

In an email to supporters, McGavick attacked Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell for not supporting Bush's agenda and declared that he would never, ever vote for "a tax increase":
Dear Supporter,

Today is the last day to file your income taxes - don't you think too much of your hard earned money goes to the federal government every year? The forms we are required to fill out are too complicated and as if that isn't bad enough, the taxes we are forced to pay are still too high! One of my top goals as Senator will be to keep taxes low and burdens off businesses.

Take action today to solve our tax problem. Help send me to Washington, D.C., to fight for you- and with you- for lower taxes and real reform in the federal government.

On the issue of taxes, my views and those of our current Senator, Maria Cantwell, are very different.

Senator Cantwell's record on taxes speaks for itself:
  • Maria Cantwell voted for the largest tax increase in American history
  • Maria Cantwell voted against the Bush tax relief plans in 2001and 2003
  • Maria Cantwell voted 8 times to reduce the Bush Tax relief package of 2001 (a total of $980 billion)
  • Maria Cantwell voted 31 times to reduce the size of the 2003 tax cut package
On the other hand, I believe government's role is to provide citizens with opportunities for success. And I believe that comes through lower taxes and creating a climate in which small businesses can thrive. As I travel throughout our state its clear that Washingtonians want lower taxes and more of their own hard-earned money in their own pockets. People tell me all the time that government doesn't need any more of our money. They believe lower taxes mean a healthier economy- and what the government really needs is serious reform. I couldn't agree more!

I believe:
  • We should make the Bush tax cuts permanent putting you and your family in control over more of your hard-earned money
  • We should permanently repeal the death tax because families, small business owners and farmers should be allowed to pass on their success to their children
  • Increasing taxes only stunts economic growth and will make the deficit problem even bigger
  • We can solve our deficit problem, but we must start meaningful reform of the bloated federal government, getting it in line with 21st Century standards and cutting waste.
I am so committed to tax reform in Washington that I have signed the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge to never vote for a tax increase.

Please join me today to bring tax relief to the families, business owners and job creators in Washington. Thank you for your support.


Mike McGavick

P.S. I need your immediate support to spread my message of tax reform to the voters in Washington. Please follow this link to make a secure online contribution of $500, $250, $100 or $50. Washington needs a Senator who will vote in the best interests of you and your family. Thank you.
(Emphasis mine)

It's crystal clear from this email that a vote for Mike McGavick is a vote to continue jeopardizing the financial health of the United States of America.

Taxes are neither an affliction nor a burden. They are public investments, investments in the future of our society.

The federal government has made very wise investments with taxpayer money - such as the interstate highway system, the Internet, and the hundreds of scientific and medical breakthroughs that have resulted from funding the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health, to name a few examples.

The sustainable future of America is in trouble as long as the Republican right is in control of the federal government - and, especially, Congress. Sending another corporate con to the U.S. Senate will only make the serious problems we face even worse.

That's why we can't afford (Lobbyist) Mike McGavick.

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