Despite 41 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent and 23 million unemployed or underemployed Americans, Senate Democrats have joined the president's call for tax hikes on our nation's job creators. On top of that, Democrats are pushing a bill that would also reinstate the death tax at pre-2001 levels, leaving not only small businesses but also farms and ranches struggling to survive. Raising taxes on the individuals who create jobs is the wrong medicine for our ailing economy.
Democrats recently expressed their willingness to send this country off the fiscal cliff by allowing taxes to rise for everyone on January 1 if Republicans refuse to raise taxes on job creators. With 41 straight months of unemployment over 8 percent and 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, raising taxes on job creators is the worst possible thing we could for our struggling economy. Democrats' attempt to hold the economy hostage to their desire for tax hikes is the height of irresponsibility. Democrats need to work with Republicans to extend the current tax rates for all Americans while we work on fundamental tax reform.