Binderim's Blog

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Poe Ignores the Working People of District 2

Stace Medellin,, 832-868-9931

Continuing to disregard the vast majority of families in District 2, District 2 Congressman Ted Poe voted with his party to continue to increase deficit spending to pay for tax cuts exclusively for the wealthy and other special interests.

Gary Binderim, candidate for House of Representatives District 2, stated, "Poe has chosen to irresponsibly place working Americans deeper in debt," adding, "our government is on track to amassing a 9 trillion dollar deficit, and one-third of it has been added by Republicans since 2001. It is the children and grandchildren of middle and working class Americans that will be left with a huge debt--all for the purpose of funding corporate welfare."

Critics, including most Democrats, attacked the tax rate reductions on dividends and capital gains as being skewed in favor of the rich. They noted that it was the second half of a GOP budget package that began with $39 billion in benefit cuts over five years, many of which came from programs for the poor such as Medicaid. (Houston Chronicle)

Democrats also cited a joint study by the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution that shows taxpayers with incomes greater than $1 million per year winning tax cuts of $42,000 under the bill while families with incomes of $50,000 a year would average a $46 tax cut. (Houston Chronicle)

Ted Poe and the Republicans have chosen to cut into health care benefits available to over 40 million uninsured Americans. According to Binderim, "By attacking children and other uninsured individuals, as well as the vast majority of families that make below $50,000 a year, it seems like the Republicans have declared a class war on America. It's time for working people to respond at the ballot box."

According to the Census Bureau (2004), 53% of households in District 2 made below $50,000 per year. Only 2.9% of households in District 2 made above $200,000. No indication was given as to how many millionaires reside in District 2, but they are included in the 2.9% figure.

According to Binderim, "Obviously, there aren't many millionaires in District 2, but there is an overabundance of middle class households that will gain little to nothing from these tax cuts, while working class families will pick up the tab and see no relief whatsoever." He added, "The majority of families in District 2 want to be represented by someone who will work to create solutions to pay for increasing college tuition, increasing gas prices, and the ever-increasing cost of living, and that is not Ted Poe."