Rep. Keith Ellison: Democrats Need To “Create A Real Crisis” To Justify Tax Hikes

Rep. Keith Ellison (D – MN) said, in a Minnesota Public Radio interview, that Democrats need to “create a crisis” that would justify eliminating the Bush tax cuts and other tax hikes.

Never let a good crisis go to waste, I guess:

St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison said Thursday that Democratic lawmakers “need to create a real crisis” to force Republicans to renegotiate the tax cut compromise. …

“I think that we need to create a real crisis here so that the Republicans will have to answer for denying Americans unemployment benefits on the eve of the Christmas holiday,” Ellison said. “We let them off the hook, in my opinion.” …

“I think (Republican lawmakers) exploited the president’s compassion for people who are facing a very grim holiday with no unemployment insurance extension,” Ellison said, “but I think that we should have bargained harder because what we’re doing is we’re going to fundamentally shift the income spread in this country.”

It never ceases to amaze me that these liberals like Ellison talk about giving more money to the unemployed even as they call for taking more money from those who would employ the unemployed. Which, of course, is the business owners and investors at the top of the tax brackets.

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