Rob Miller & Nancy Pelosi flip-flop on extending the Bush-era tax cuts
ROB MILLER & NANCY PELOSI’S CHANGE OF HEART: EXTENDING THE BUSH-ERA TAX CUTS
COUNTDOWN TO PELOSI’S SC VISIT: 3 DAYS LEFT
(COLUMBIA, SC – September 22, 2010) What a big difference two and half a years can make.
Let’s go back to March 2008. When liberal Democrat Rob Miller announced he was running for Congress, his news release said Miller’s goals included “…repealing the Bush tax give-a-ways to the super wealthy.”
Fast forward to August 2010. The Beaufort Gazette reported: “Miller supports extending the [Bush-era] tax cuts for everyone…”
Sometime during the intervening 35 months, Rob Miller apparently realized something important. It seems to have dawned on him that supporting tax hikes on South Carolina’s small businesses would be unpopular. Allowing the Bush-era cuts to expire on December 31st would send things from bad to worse by causing the largest tax hike in American history for families and small businesses. Or perhaps he came to realize that the people he once dismissed as the “super wealthy” actually play an important role in helping small business –the backbone of the U.S. economy– grow and create new jobs.
That may explain Rob Miller’s flip-flop on this important issue, and why he now is taking the same stand advocated by most Republicans. But it is a kind of deathbed conversion, and Rob Miller has probably seen the light too late to save his political future.
As for Nancy Pelosi, she has also come around some on extending the Bush-era tax cuts, but not entirely. Her heels remain dug in against extending them to all Americans, and she steadfastly refuses to budge, even though many Democrats are privately begging her not to drive them off a cliff with this issue. But popular pressure is growing so intense, even she can only hold out a little longer before eventually caving in.
From accepting her $2,000 contribution to his campaign, to quietly admitting last spring that he would have voted for Obamacare (her pet issue), Rob Miller shares Nancy Pelosi’s job-killing agenda and would be a reliable Democrat vote in the House, right alongside liberal lieutenants John Spratt and James Clyburn. In other words, a Congressman Rob Miller would be Nancy Pelosi’s puppet.
Rob Miller is in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi, and Nancy Pelosi is out of step with South Carolina values.