Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kaine and Allen responses to payroll tax cut extension show real contrast

The payroll tax cut extension debate going on in Congress right now has elicited responses from U.S. Senate candidates Tim Kaine and George Allen that allow us to draw a stark contrast between the two men. First, here is Kaine's statement:
"This is exactly why the American people are fed up with Congress and why we need more leaders in Washington who know how to find common ground. Both parties have known for nearly a year that the payroll tax cut would expire this month. Rather than taking proactive steps to reach an agreement in a timely manner, Congress engaged in partisan jockeying and delay tactics. Too many in Washington view every vote as an opportunity to forward a partisan agenda. For months, I've urged Congress to seek common ground on an extension of this tax cut which economists believe is essential to our continued growth and economic recovery. I am puzzled by George Allen's unwillingness to publicly support an extension of the payroll tax cut. I urge him to set partisanship aside and join me in calling for a resolution to extend this tax cut for 160 million Americans."
Kaine's focus is on getting an extension of a tax cut for 160 million working Americans, a cut that many of them need just to make ends meet.

In contrast, George F. Allen has refused to address the question of a payroll tax cut extension. Allen's sole concern during this debate--expressed in press releases dated December 14, 2011 and December 17, 2011--is that the Keystone XL Pipeline get approval as part of any deal. While Kaine seeks to advance the needs of more than half of all Americans, George Allen is only lobbying for the narrow interests of the tiny handful of super wealthy oil magnates, the same people who have been bankrolling Allen for years.

Tim Kaine is going to work for ordinary Virginians and Americans. If elected, Kaine will be a voice in Congress for the middle class.

In stark contrast to Kaine, George F. Allen continues to lobby for his oil industry clients. Allen is President of George Allen Strategies, a lobbying firm in Alexandria, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. He also heads the American Energy Freedom Center, a conservative "think tank" affiliated with the Institute for Energy Research. I put "think tank" in quotes because the American Energy Freedom Center has nothing to do with thinking: it is in fact nothing more than a conduit for influence peddling. It's not for nothing that George Allen calls himself "Baby Newt," because Allen has been living off the largesse of the oil industry in much the same way that Newt Gingrich managed to sponge millions of dollars from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

George Allen hasn't figured out that he's supposed to be running for a Senate seat--instead he's continued to work as a lobbyist and influence peddler for the oil industry.

The contrast is clear and the choice is simple. If you think ordinary Americans need more of a voice in Congress, then you should support Tim Kaine. If you think that big oil companies and influence peddlers need more power in Washington, DC, then George F. Allen is your man.

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