What was Congressmen Rehberg thinking when he voted yet again in August to extend the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2 percent? He certainly wasn’t thinking about middle class Montanans bearing the burden of budget cuts. And he wasn’t thinking about reducing the deficit; in fact, the Bush tax cuts have added over a trillion dollars to our federal deficit in the past decade.
In reality, only a tiny fraction - just 2.4 percent - of Montana taxpayers benefit from the Bush tax break. These wealthy few have taxable income averaging well-over $650,000 per year.
Given the federal government’s projected deficit of $1.2 trillion, it seems only fair and rational that a conservative Republican like Rehberg would want to finally end the Bush tax cuts.
He has a shot to make it right. When the lame duck session of Congress meets after the election to address our growing national debt, Congressman Rehberg can defend the other 97 percent of us middle class taxpayers in Montana by ending the tax giveaway to wealthy millionaires who don’t need it.
George H. Waring
518 West Granite St.