Don’t Raise Taxes for Poor Families

John Boehner

Target: U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner

Goal: Stop tax hike on low-income families

Republicans in the U.S. Congress are pushing to eliminate the Earned Income Tax Credit, which helps families that rely on a limited income to get by with a reduced income tax. They were originally going to vote to continue this tax cut, but started fighting to cut it out of tax legislation after President Barack Obama used an executive order to stop the deportations of millions of undocumented immigrants.

This is clearly a petty revenge tactic that the anti-immigrant Republican Congress is using to punish President Obama for doing something they didn’t like. Now, they’re trying to punish poor people across the country just because the President used an executive order to help immigrants. At the same time, they’re pushing to give more tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest people of the nation to the tune of $440 billion, which could be used to actually help someone.

This is yet another new low for a political party that is supposed to be against raising taxes on our citizens. By fighting against the Earned Income Tax Credit, they’re showing that they truly don’t care about our nation’s poor. Sign this petition to condemn the Republican Congress for spitting in the face of those who need the most help.


Dear Mr. Boehner,

I’ve recently become aware that your party is now fighting to end the Earned Income Tax Credit despite the fact that you had previously been planning to let it continue. I’m also well aware that you only decided to fight this tax break for low income families after President Obama announced his executive action on immigration.

For a party that claims to be against the government interfering in people’s lives, you seem surprisingly willing to tamper with the livelihoods of our nation’s most economically vulnerable individuals for the sake of petty revenge. It is also clear that this has nothing to do with reducing the national debt, as you’re now proposing a $440 billion set of tax cuts for corporations that do little to help the economy.

Using poor people’s lives as pawns in your political games is absolutely reprehensible behavior. If you want to maintain any semblance of human decency as a political party, you’ll leave the Earned Income Tax Credit alone and stop trying to take people’s money just so you can feel like you’ve punished President Obama. Drop your fight to eliminate the Earned Income Tax Credit immediately.


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