On Monday, the Senate will take a vote on the Buffett Rule, a bill to make millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share.
Right-wing zealots — who are opposed to raising taxes on anyone at anytime forever — want the Senate to filibuster it. The lobbyists of the 1% are packing the halls of Congress. So we need to be heard, now.
We saw the need for the Buffett Rule when Mitt Romney revealed his taxes. Worth over $250 million, Romney paid a tax rate of 13.9% on an income of millions. The police who protect him pay a higher rate than that.
Our country isn’t broke, but we can’t afford a tax code riddled with loopholes that allow the wealthiest Americans to dodge paying their fair share. The Buffett Rule is only the first step, but it at least puts a limit to the tax dodging.
Yet Senate conservatives are committed to filibustering this common sense step, and no doubt will be handsomely rewarded by ultra-rich donors.
We cannot let the Senate continue to be hijacked by this sliver of the 1%. Senators will hear from their lobbyists. Let’s make certain that they hear from the 99% as well.