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Keith Ellison

0:32:32 to 0:32:53( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: a beacon unto the nations and a light for future generations. i thank the gentleman from minnesota. mr. ellison: i thank the gentleman for yielding back. i got a little misty there listening to the gentleman from colorado, i think just made an excellent statement about the importance of paying taxes in our society. none of us wants to fork it over on tax day.

Keith Ellison

0:32:35 to 1:06:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Keith Ellison

0:32:54 to 0:33:15( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: we all kind of do it feeling like, gee whiz, i wish i could keep this dough. but the fact of the matter is, if you like great roads, if you want e.m.s. service, if you want the united states military to protect the borders of this country, if you want police, if you want fire, if you want public schools, if you want head start, if you want medicare, if you want tricare, if you want

Keith Ellison

0:33:16 to 0:33:36( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: social security, if you want things like bridges and infrastructure and many other important public services, taxes are what we have to pay. i agree with the gentleman, you know, there are things that our tax dollars go to that i wish they didn't go to. but you know what? the fact is that we liven in a representative democracy and that's just the way it is. that's why we get out and he again a -- we engage in the

Keith Ellison

0:33:37 to 0:33:58( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: public debate to argue how and where our tax dollars are allocated but never forget, not even for a moment, that taxes are the dues that we pay to live in a civilized society. the fact is, though, democrats have been and progressives have been pretty good at cutting taxes for americans.

Keith Ellison

0:33:59 to 0:34:20( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: here's a quote from somebody who was an adviser to ronald reagan. i know my friends on the -- in the republican caucus love to brag about ronald reagan. here's what this gentleman, mr. bruce bartlett, had to say about this issue. federal taxes are very considerably lower by every

Keith Ellison

0:34:21 to 0:34:42( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: measure since obama became presiden now, you would think the way they bang on president obama that he's just a tax and spend liberal. that's what they'd like to tell you. but the not true. the fact is, taxes targeted to working class people can help stimulate the economy. what we're opposed to from the progressive caucus is giving tax

Keith Ellison

0:34:43 to 0:35:04( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: cuts to the wealthiest americans which create deficits which all the rest of us ve to bear. but the obama administration and the democratic caucus in congress have helped to lower the burden americans so that americans can takeare and pay for the things that they need.

Keith Ellison

0:35:05 to 0:35:25( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: as i said before, here's an important word i'd like to draw folks' aeanings to. you pay fewer taxes under president obama than you understand president bush. note, this may not apply to the wealthiest americans. but if you're working hard every day, if you're putting it down every day, if you're working hard for a living and you're

Keith Ellison

0:35:26 to 0:35:46( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: part of the great middle class, you pay lower taxes than under george w. bush and that is an important thing to bear in mind. every congressional republican voted against -- against a tax cut for 95% of america.

Keith Ellison

0:35:47 to 0:36:07( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: let me just say it one more time. every congressional republican voted against a tax cut for 95% of american families. so we're not talking about who's for tax cuts and who's against them. we're talking about who's for tax cuts for the middle class people and who's for tax cuts

Keith Ellison

0:36:08 to 0:36:29( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: for the wealthiest americans. i just want to be clear, i have friends who have been very blessed and have economic wealth and i think that's just fine. i'm not against that at all. but i do say that, to whom much is given, much is expected. that goes to taxes as well. and so i'm not in favor of

Keith Ellison

0:36:30 to 0:36:52( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: crutting theaxes of the wealthiest americans. i'm in favor of tax cut -- cutting the taxes of americans who are struggling hard every day to put food on the table for their families. that's who i think needs a tax cut. let me just tell you one more thing about that. when very, very, very well to do people get a tax cut, they don't need the money.

Keith Ellison

0:36:53 to 0:37:13( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: it can sit up in an account somewhere, but when working class people get a tax cut, working class people put that money back into the economy and that means that if they're using their little tax cut to go out and purchase an item that they need to help their family, whether it's electronic good or whether it's a new washing machine or whether -- no matter

Keith Ellison

0:37:14 to 0:37:34( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: what it is, they're putting that machine into the economy. let's just say they buy a new washing machine. then somebody, some local retail who are sells washing machines is going to make a sale. if that sale is made they're going to have revenue for their retail outlet ich means they're going to be able to keep my nephew and yours on the payroll at that particular

Keith Ellison

0:37:35 to 0:37:59( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: retail ouet. and then the manufacturer may be able to stay in business as well. so the fact is that when working class people get a tax cut, it actually has a stimulus -- stimulative effect for the economy whereas if the very well to do get a tax cut like the republicans like to do, that really doesn't help the economy

Keith Ellison

0:38:00 to 0:38:20( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: very much because the very definition of being rich is, you don't need the money so you might spend it and you may not who knows? but working class people use those tax cuts and so when every congressional republican voted against the tax cut for 95% of americans, as i said, when every congressional republican voted for a tax cut against 95% of american families, i think the american people ought to know

Keith Ellison

0:38:21 to 0:38:41( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: that because the people who claim to be the big tax cutters really are not very good at cutting taxes for people who actually could use a tax cut. they're just good at cutting taxes for people who really don't need one and who have plenty of money anyway. . so let me go through a few

Keith Ellison

0:38:42 to 0:39:03( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: things. since coming to congress and assuming the presidency, we have made jobs, cutting taxes and investing in the future prosperity of our country. this year, millions of american working families are paying fewer taxes and getting record refunds.

Keith Ellison

0:39:04 to 0:39:25( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: this is because of the american recovery and reinvestment act known as the stimulus bill, but quite separate from the bailout, which hpened under george bush's watch. over 1/3 of the recovery act is tax cuts for the mile class. over 1/3 of the recovery act is tax cuts for the middle class.

Keith Ellison

0:39:26 to 0:39:49( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the recovery act has already provided $160 billion in tax cuts to american families and businesses. nearly $100 billion, nearly 100 billion of that has gone directly into the pockets of working families. and this year's average refund

Keith Ellison

0:39:50 to 0:40:12( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: is about $3,000, about a 10% increase over last year. that's a good thing for families who need money to keep on moving. federal taxes, as i have just read a moment ago from a former republican advisor to ronald

Keith Ellison

0:40:13 to 0:40:34( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: reagan, federal taxes are very considerbly lower by every measure since obama became president and the republican caucus bangs on president obama all the time. but the fact is, he's better at lowering taxes for working-class people than george bush was. this is by their own expert, bruce bartlett.

Keith Ellison

0:40:35 to 0:40:57( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: i wonder how they're going to try to misrepresent that. since last year, this democratic congress and president obama have enacted more than $800 billion in tax cuts for working families and small businesses. making work pay tax cuts.

Keith Ellison

0:40:58 to 0:41:18( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: that gives 95% individuals. making work pay. the well-to-do in our country, they get tax cuts all theime but what about people who are working hard every day? this tax cut for 95% of working famies got tax relief. it was an important thing. $400 for the individual and

Keith Ellison

0:41:19 to 0:41:39( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: $800 for joint filings. that is very important. here is another one. child tax credit cuts taxes for families in more than 16 million children by reducing the amount of minimum earned income use to calculate the tax credit from $3,000 from $--

Keith Ellison

0:41:40 to 0:42:00( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: about $12,000. earned incomtax credit, very important anti-poferte. expands the credit, increasing it for families with three or more children. this is also very important.t. active, anti-poverty program which helps working people and

Keith Ellison

0:42:01 to 0:42:23( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: even low-income people. it's a good thing. the american opportunity tax credit, $2,000 500 in tax credits to help additional four million students attend college. now, the university doors and college doors have to stay open to the american middle class and the poor. but if you allow the republican

Keith Ellison

0:42:24 to 0:42:45( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: caucus to stay in charge, those doors are slowly going to be closed. but under the democratic majority and under the progressive leadership of president obama, we have seen the american opportunity tax credit, up to $2,500 in tax credit to help an additional four million students attend college. this is a progressive thing.

Keith Ellison

0:42:46 to 0:43:06( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: it's a good thing brought to you by the democrats. alternative minimum tax relief. this protects 26 million middle-class americans being hit by the a.m.t. in the 1970's, members of congress said there are some folks who aren't paying any taxes at all, so we're going to have something called the

Keith Ellison

0:43:07 to 0:43:29( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: alternative minimum tax to make sure everybody pays something. because it wasn't indexed, it made it so that people in the middle class were getting hit. under the leadership of president obama and nancy pelosi helped to protect 26 million middle-class americans being hit from the a.m.t.

Keith Ellison

0:43:30 to 0:43:41( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: very, very important. first-time home buyer tax credit, increases it to $8,000 and removes the repayment

Keith Ellison

0:45:44 to 0:46:05( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: requirement is that tax refunds are already up 10%, pushing average refunds to a record $3,000 per taxpayer. that is huge. so congress has enacted job-creating tax incentives to spur hard-working americans,

Keith Ellison

0:46:06 to 0:46:26( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: and accelerate write-office so they can expand and hire more. one of the tax incentives is to create jobs, $10 billion over 10 years. it involves a lot of things which i will talk about in a moment. we need to understand that while taxes are the dues that we pay to live in a civilized

Keith Ellison

0:46:27 to 0:46:48( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: society, the people who represent the majority in this congress are actively trying to reduce that burden so americans have extra money in their pocket, not so much the well-to-do people, but the fact that folks are working hard every day on the table. maybe the washing machine

Keith Ellison

0:46:49 to 0:47:09( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: broke. these kinds of things are going to help out. and i admire those americans who are well-to-do and wealthy and maybe not among that 95% who got a tax cut. but their good fortune is because of the public and the taxes people before them have paid.

Keith Ellison

0:47:10 to 0:47:32( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the people who pay the taxes for roads and bridges. the people who pay the taxes for our public universities and colleges. the people who pay for head start, social security. people who pay for fire and roads, firefighters, police officers, to make our society a good place to live. these folks understand that and so they don't complain about paying taxes.

Keith Ellison

0:47:33 to 0:47:56( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: they pay them because they know it's what we need to have a society that is free from foreign aggression, that our stets are safe, that there are firefighters out there looking out for americans if they should have a problem with a fire in their home or business. we understand. so this is not a matter of dividing well-to-do americans

Keith Ellison

0:47:57 to 0:48:18( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: from the receive -- rest of us, look, middle-class folks need a tax cut, too. the wealthy have gotten tax cuts and they brought us this recession that we are trying to remerge from now. if you invest in the middle class through tax cuts, it will pay dividends in the long run

Keith Ellison

0:48:19 to 0:48:40( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: and we are already starting to see job unemployment decrease and won't belong before we have positive job growth because of these important tax relief policies that democrats, led by president obama and nancy pelosi have helped to enact. so let me move on and talk a

Keith Ellison

0:48:41 to 0:49:01( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: little bit about my own state of minnesota. minnesota is a state where people work hard every day. we are very pro. we have the highest voter turnout in the whole country. i'm proud to announce that only one state has a greater response to the census than our great state of minnesota and that is wisconsin.

Keith Ellison

0:49:02 to 0:49:22( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: we are coming to get you, wisconsin. we want to be first. but the fact is, i'm so proud to be from the state of minnesota. it's a wonderful place. and no prettier place than minnesota, especially in the springtime. but i want to talk abouthe erican recovery and reinvestment act which

Keith Ellison

0:49:23 to 0:49:44( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: significantly cut taxes for minnesota families, too. two million families in minnesota, that's the number in minnesota that will receive a tax cut of $400 or$800 up to a joint filing couple under the making work pay tax credit that is included in the recovery act.

Keith Ellison

0:49:45 to 0:50:08( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: also, 895,000 individuals are the number of people in minnesota living on social security and supplemental income and veterans benefits who receive a one-time payment of $250 under the recoveryct. and also 157,000 families in minnesota are the folks who benefited from the federal tax

Keith Ellison

0:50:09 to 0:50:30( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: credits for college expenses. minnesota is a high education state. we have some of the highest scores in the nation and take education very seriously in the state of minnesota. it's a great benefit that so many families will be able to benefit from the federal tax credits for college expenses. and so in 2009 and 2010,

Keith Ellison

0:50:31 to 0:50:53( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: families in minnesota with children in college will be able to claim a larger federal tax credit and that's a good thing, even for me and my family since i have two kids in college right now and you know how tough that can be. there are more than 41,000 students in minnesota. 41,000 students in minnesota who previously did not benefit from the college tax credit,

Keith Ellison

0:50:54 to 0:51:14( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: but will now benefit as a result of the recovery act. that's a lot of people. a lot of young people saying, you know what? i have enhanced my skills, developed my mind and can contribute to this society of ours in a greater way because democrats believe in reducing and offering tax credits for me

Keith Ellison

0:51:15 to 0:51:36( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: to be able to do what i got to do. 182,000 children in minnesota will benefit from expanded child tax credit that is included in the recovery act. and children need tax relief, too, because that's where their parents can get them things

Keith Ellison

0:51:37 to 0:51:57( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: they need, hes, school supplies. children need their families and as long as it's responsible and paid for and makes nse, it's a good thing. i don't want to go too far, because the fact is, while i believe in cutting taxes for people, i just want to remind folks that taxes are the dues

Keith Ellison

0:51:58 to 0:52:20( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: that we pay to live in a civilized society, taxes keep our roads nice and taxes pay to fill up the potholes like places in minnesota. taxes pay for police officers, firefighters, public works' employees, our soldier so they can defend our country a

Keith Ellison

0:52:21 to 0:52:43( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: taxes go to pay for head start to educate our children and at universities and at the k through 12 level. taxes aren't bad. that's the republican thing to say taxes are punitive. i don't believe that at all. i don't believe that for a second, but i do say that when we can responsibly cut taxes to

Keith Ellison

0:52:44 to 0:53:04( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the middle class, we should do so. we should do so. that's common sense. and the democrats have proven that because we have done that and the fact is, we didn't get any republican support to do that. . as i remind you, if you just

Keith Ellison

0:53:05 to 0:53:25( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: tuned in, every congressional republican voted for a tax -- voted against a tax cut for 95% of americans. i don't know how they can look at the american people with a straight face but i'm sure they'll manage somehow. let me also talk about minnesota businesses. in minnesota, we believe in entrepreneurship, we believe

Keith Ellison

0:53:26 to 0:53:51( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: people should allow their creative talents to bring their services and goods to the market so other people can participate in those and enjoy those things for a fair price and therefore those businesses can hire people and we can really have our economy working well. so i just want to mention that, you know, the recovery act significantly cut taxes for businesses as well.

Keith Ellison

0:53:52 to 0:54:12( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: about 385,000 sole proprietors, 385,000 sole proprietors in minnesota that filed with the i.r.s. in 2007. the fact is the recovery act provide relief for those businesses by providing, one, tax breaks for small businesses, expensing and bonus appreciation, businesses to purchase new capital and equipment, providing small

Keith Ellison

0:54:13 to 0:54:33( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: businesses with five-year net operating loss carryback and providing small businesses with estimated tax payment relief and excluding 75% of the gains on small business stock from capital gains purchased in 2009 and 2010. finally providing businesses with relief from paying taxes on income resulting from

Keith Ellison

0:54:34 to 0:54:54( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: discharged debt. minnesota businesses again, about $1.1 billion is the amount of additional dollars in the hands of consumers in the state of minnesota as a result of making work pay. that means if you take that tax cut that 95% of all americans benefited from and you bring it

Keith Ellison

0:54:55 to 0:55:15( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: right to the great state of minnesota and you ask yourself, how much does that mean to the minnesota enomy? that's $1.1 billion that our families have to be able to spend on their needs so that they can make ends meet and they can put that money into the economy to help bolster sales for our businesses that

Keith Ellison

0:55:16 to 0:55:39( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: are out there. moving right along, about 538 units, 538 housing units are being constructed in minnesota under low income housing tax credits exchange program that was enacted as part of the recovery act. that's a lot of places for people to live and that's a

Keith Ellison

0:55:40 to 0:56:01( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: very, very bigdeal. i just want to say that i think democrats, who responsibly cut taxes on the middle class, not the irresponsible tax cuts for the well-to-do who don't need a tax cut but democrats responsibly cutting tas for the middle class are helping

Keith Ellison

0:56:02 to 0:56:22( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: america get stronger and better after an eight-year nightmare where they cut taxes for the wealth yers, didn't enforce regular rations, allowed -- allowed wall street to run wild, allowed predatory mortgage lending to take place, we took care of that, democrats to the rescue are making sure this economy is coming back

Keith Ellison

0:56:23 to 0:56:46( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: strong, in part by responsible tax cuts to the middle class and i'm proud of that. let me move on to just talk a little bit about -- just pose a question to people to those who may be listening, madam speaker.

Keith Ellison

0:56:47 to 0:57:07( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the question is, are you better off on tax day, there's a group called third way that prepares a report on are you better off on tax day? here's what they found. third way compares three average middle class families' tax returns from 2007 to the the 2009 returns under president obama.

Keith Ellison

0:57:08 to 0:57:28( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: they posed the question, is the average middle class family better off under obama's middle class policies or those under bush. they compare the tax credits offered by the bush administration and the republican congress to those offered by obama and the democratic congress. in every case, the answer was,

Keith Ellison

0:57:29 to 0:57:49( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: yes, americans are better off with president obama in the white house and democrats in congress this third way report, which i hope people will take a look at, says definitively on many measures that americans are better off, democrats are better at managing the economy, we're better when it comes to deficits, better when it comes

Keith Ellison

0:57:50 to 0:58:10( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: to tax cuts, better when it comes to jobs, bette better, better. if you're a very super-rich person you may have to pay taxes you didn't have to pay before but the fact is, you have better services for it, and you have the pride of knowing that you're making a contribution to your fellow american, improving the quality of life for everybody, not just

Keith Ellison

0:58:11 to 0:58:31( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: yourself. i think that makes a huge deal for people because i think americans, even well-to-do americans, are extremely patriotic and want to know that their fellow americans are doing well and that the ladder of opportunity has not been pulled up as republicans always try to do but that it's still

Keith Ellison

0:58:32 to 0:58:53( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: there for americans who want to work hard and climb that ladder, from the poor or middle class up to a higher income level. i just want to talk about some results from the tax cut. this citizens for tax justice report says the following. the analysis notes that 53% of

Keith Ellison

0:58:54 to 0:59:15( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: americans believe that the president has kept taxes the same. 24% believe the president has raised taxes and only 12% believe the president has cut taxes. but the fact is, he's cut taxes overwhelmingly. this is part of the spin we're trying to correct tonight.

Keith Ellison

0:59:16 to 0:59:37( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: by analysis of the citizens for tax justice, tax changes embraced by president obama, they find 98% of all working family, i just said 95%, but according to this think tank, it's higher than that. the citizens for tax justice also observed one reason why broader american public may not

Keith Ellison

0:59:38 to 1:00:01( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: realize that the president has cut their 2009 taxes is that the tax cut that affected most people took effect gradually by reducing withholding on wages. you see a little more on your paycheck every week, but it's still there, still there for you to be bet you are off and

Keith Ellison

1:00:02 to 1:00:23( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: do what you did -- do what you need to do for your family. this center for tax justice also says that in addition tomaszive middle class tax cuts, the recovery act made direct tax payments to a large population of americans, including socialecurity recipients and extended unemployment benefits to out of work americans.

Keith Ellison

1:00:24 to 1:00:44( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: this report, which i'll hold up so people can see, this is kind of small type, but i hope folks can get -- can look at that see right there? it says president obama cut taxes for 98% of working families in 2009 and mr. speaker, i think that's pretty good. i think that that's all right.

Keith Ellison

1:00:45 to 1:01:05( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: and i think that's something to be commended, something to be proud of. mr. speaker, as i wanted to keep saying, i'm talking about cutting taxes, i don't want any folks tuned in tonight to get the impression i'm against taxes.

Keith Ellison

1:01:06 to 1:01:26( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: i'm in favor of paying the dues we must pay in order to have a civilized society. i don't want people to pay more th they should pay and i want every dollar to be used responsibly. i'm totally -- totally against any wasteful spending or boondoggle and i'm against the spending we did to fight the iraq war, which was offered to

Keith Ellison

1:01:27 to 1:01:48( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: us by the -- by president bush and the republicans. they told us there was weapons of mass destruction and everything else. none of it was true. that was an enormous expense on the american people, not to mention loss of life, both americans and iraqis. but the fact is, i don't like every expenditure the government makes, but the fact is, in the democratic society,

Keith Ellison

1:01:49 to 1:02:10( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: we have the majority rules, we elect the president and trust that that decision, those cisions will be made responsibly. they're not always done that way. but i wouldn't change this system for any system in the world. the fact is, mr. speaker, tonight, we're talking about taxes. tonight -- today is tax day. many americans are probably

Keith Ellison

1:02:11 to 1:02:31( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: still rushing out to th mailbox to make sure that that tax -- that tax filing get into the mailbox and gets stamped tonight so they can get their taxes in on time. and maybe the ones who are the early birds have already done that a long time ago and taken care of that business. but the bottom line is, mr. speaker, that today, tax day is

Keith Ellison

1:02:32 to 1:02:53( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: a big deal in america. it's the day we can stop and think about how lucky, how benefited we are by being in this great country of ours where we have a great constitution that protects our liberty. we have a great public employees who work hard every

Keith Ellison

1:02:54 to 1:03:15( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: day to make sure americans have good services, teachers, firefighters, police officers, people who work in head start every day to try to help the children, people who really get out there and give all they have to help americans, it's a great day to just think about how lucky we are as americans to have the medicare system, to

Keith Ellison

1:03:16 to 1:03:36( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: help our seniors, tricare, to help our soldiers, and now, we're going to have over 32 million americans get health care under the newly passed health care bill. these things, our taxes go to these things and i'm proud they do. it means we live in a society that has compassion. it means we have a society

Keith Ellison

1:03:37 to 1:03:57( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: that's responsible, that's going to meet the needs of all american, and it means it's not the way the republican caucus did in the past, cut the taxes for the wealthiest americans and create massive deficits. but in a way that's paid for.

Keith Ellison

1:03:58 to 1:04:18( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: and that broad cross-section of america benefit from. this is the kind of tax cut we need. these tax cuts would benefit

Keith Ellison

1:04:19 to 1:04:43( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: large percentages oamericans. every congressional republican voted against a tax cut r 95% of american families. and these 95% of americans, i bet they'll be rembering that come november. anyway, the fact is, this is a very important day, this is tax day. this is a day we think about our investment in our country. this is a day we say, you know

Keith Ellison

1:04:44 to 1:05:04( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: what, not everything the government spends money i'm -- money on i agree with, bui'm happy to live in america and benefit from this great country. it's not free to live in america. if youave the income to help bay the -- pay the dues to pay the cost of this society, you should help. it's not a punishment. some of our republican caucus friends will say it's a

Keith Ellison

1:05:05 to 1:05:25( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: punishment, taxes are evil or they're bad or something like that. they shouldn't be higher than they're supposed to be but they ought to be high enough to pay for the government so we don't have massive deficits. yet they have created massive deficits democrats are trying to dig us out of right now.

Keith Ellison

1:05:26 to 1:05:46( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: as i begin to wind down, signaling to my republican caucus folks, if they're going to take the rest of the time, it might be a good time to think about getting up, the fact is, under democratic leadership, we passed a bill that would promote hiring incentives.

Keith Ellison

1:05:47 to 1:06:07( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: wpromote health care legislation that would promote health care in small businesses to get tax credit in order to cover americans to offer them health care. we have offered tax cuts to 95% of americans. democrats believe in middle class tax cuts that are responsible and paid for.

Keith Ellison

1:06:08 to 1:06:29( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: democrats believe that it is progressive to put money in the hands of americans when it doesn't explode deficits, when it doesn't -- and when it does help spur nand and when it does help americans meet their daily expenses. we're not in favor of tax cuts who didn't need them and didn't

Keith Ellison

1:06:30 to 1:06:54( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: ask for them but we're in favor of responsible tax cuts to middle class americans. on tax day, i joined with you the other day in signing my tax form. i owed this year. but as i said good-bye to my money, i knew that if it was going to take care of a kid who

Keith Ellison

1:06:55 to 1:06:55( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: need a bill or get a young

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