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President Obama has staked his re-election on the promise to raise taxes on anyone making
more than $200,000 a year, but it's going to be fascinating to see if he can hold other Democrats
through Election Day. June marked the third month in a row of lousy job creation, and the
economy is growing slowly even as the January 2013 tax cliff grows closer by the day.
Already, as many as six Democratic Senators are hedging their bets as the economy looks worse.
That list includes Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Jon Tester of Montana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri,
Bill Nelson of Florida, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jim Webb of Virginia. [_____] Tax rates will rise in the future
Wall Street Journal, 2012
(July 8, “Democrats and the Tax Cliff,”
No doubt other Congressional Democrats from battleground states also feel jittery over the
White House "Taxmageddon" strategy for 2013 but aren't ready to publicly cross the White House.
Last month Bill Clinton suggested a delay in raising the tax rates, before recanting amid a media
uproar. If Congress doesn't act to change the law, tax rates on income, capital gains,
dividends and estates are all scheduled to rise in January. 4|Page Taxes Bad DA Affirmative BDL No Link – Won’t Increase Taxes Because of the Plan
[_____] Even if a tax increase would have been normal in the past, the new political climat e
means they wouldn’t pay for the plan in that way
Dan Primack, Senior Editor at Fortune, 2011
(2/17, Fortune/CNN Finance <http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2011/02/17/why-obama-cant-saveinfrastructure/)
Increases in transportation infrastructure spending traditionally have been paid for via gas tax
increases, but today's GOP orthodoxy is to oppose all new revenue generators (even if this
particular one originated with Ronald Reagan). This isn't to say that Republicans don't believe the
civil engineers – it's just that they consider their version of fiscal discipline to be more vital. In
other words, America's infrastructure needs are stuck in a holding pattern. [_____] Raising taxes is just too controversial, policymakers will choose different ways to pa y
for the plan
Ellen Dannin, Fannie Weiss Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, Penn State
Dickinson School of Law, 2011
(“Crumbling Infrastructure, Crumbling Democracy: Infrastructure Privatization Contracts and Their
Effects on State and Local Governance ,” NORTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF LAW AND SOCIAL
Public officials may say that there are no alternatives because of public resistance to taxes. They
see privatization as providing improved infrastructure while not raising taxes and as allowing
the blame for unpopular decisions, such as imposing or raising tolls or fees, to be shifted to a
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