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‚?Ě and ‚??none.‚?Ě
But the calls continue. The Times reprinted a transcript of one of them in which ‚??Julie‚?Ě 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.‚?Ě
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.‚?Ě 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.