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DCCC urges Florida voters to push for Obama tax plan

With robocalls across Florida, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is working overtime to convince House GOP that it’s time to raise taxes on the rich.

Fresh from a year in which they increased its party??s ranks in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is now working overtime on a new cause: convincing voters to call Republican House Members from Florida and urge them to permit a vote on extending the Bush tax cuts for all but the top 2 percent of wage earners.

Coupled with the launch of a website last week known as GOPHostageTakers.com, which uses a term employed by President Obama to describe congressional Republicans thwarting his fiscal vision, it is obvious that the DCCC is playing hardball on the issue Obama is most adamant on in the fiscal cliff negotiations: raising taxes on Americans making more than $250,000 a year.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the DCCC-based robocalls are directed against four Republican House members from the Sunshine State: Reps. Dan Webster, Steve Southerland, Bill Young, and Ileana-Ros Lehtinen.

All are strong conservatives and the chances of any signing the discharge petition to bring the tax vote so favored by President Obama up to a vote are between ??slim? and ??none.?

But the calls continue. The Times reprinted a transcript of one of them in which ??Julie? from the DCCC tells the recipient of the call that his or her congressman ??could make sure Congress votes to extend the tax cuts for the middle class, but he refuses.?

The script also clearly shows that DCCC is playing rough with the lawmakers targeted for votes: ??Congressman Webster is holding the middle class hostage to get more reckless, budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires. It’s wrong.”

The call concludes with the caller imploring the person to ??[d]emand that Congressman Webster get a vote to extend tax cuts for the middle class immediately, not hold the middle class hostage to get more tax cuts for millionaires.? The caller also urges the listener to go to GOPHostageTakers.com to weigh in favor of a vote on the tax increase.

Human Events called the press office of the DCCC to ask about the robocalls but got a recording saying we could not leave a message because the answering system was full.

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John Gizzi has come to be known as ??the man who knows everyone in Washington? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on what??s going on in the nation??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as ??Gizzi on Politics? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of ??Gizzi??s America,? video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. John??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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DCCC urges Florida voters to push for Obama tax plan

Fresh from a year in which they increased its party’s ranks in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is now working overtime on a new cause: convincing voters to call Republican House Members from Florida and urge them to permit a vote on extending the Bush tax cuts for all but the top 2 percent of wage earners.

Coupled with the launch of a website last week known as GOPHostageTakers.com, which uses a term employed by President Obama to describe congressional Republicans thwarting his fiscal vision, it is obvious that the DCCC is playing hardball on the issue Obama is most adamant on in the fiscal cliff negotiations: raising taxes on Americans making more than $250,000 a year.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the DCCC-based robocalls are directed against four Republican House members from the Sunshine State: Reps. Dan Webster, Steve Southerland, Bill Young, and Ileana-Ros Lehtinen.

All are strong conservatives and the chances of any signing the discharge petition to bring the tax vote so favored by President Obama up to a vote are between “slim” and “none.”

But the calls continue. The Times reprinted a transcript of one of them in which “Julie” from the DCCC tells the recipient of the call that his or her congressman “could make sure Congress votes to extend the tax cuts for the middle class, but he refuses.”

The script also clearly shows that DCCC is playing rough with the lawmakers targeted for votes: “Congressman Webster is holding the middle class hostage to get more reckless, budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires. It’s wrong.”

The call concludes with the caller imploring the person to “[d]emand that Congressman Webster get a vote to extend tax cuts for the middle class immediately, not hold the middle class hostage to get more tax cuts for millionaires.” The caller also urges the listener to go to GOPHostageTakers.com to weigh in favor of a vote on the tax increase.

Human Events called the press office of the DCCC to ask about the robocalls but got a recording saying we could not leave a message because the answering system was full.

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