Wealthy LGBT Americans To Congress: Work With Obama, Let Tax Cuts For Rich Expire


With the nation headed toward the dreaded, abstract “fiscal cliff,” a group of wealthy LGBT Americans have penned a letter to Congressional lawmakers urging them to maintain tax cuts for the middle class while making up the difference by taxing the rich.

The matter is especially near and dear to them, they say, because at-need LGBT Americans will suffer an enormous toll. From the letter, published at the Washington Post:

For LGBT Americans, this “fiscal cliff” isn’t just an abstract concept. A report released by the Center for American Progress, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and a coalition of 23 national LGBT organizations outlines the real and lasting impact it would have.

Across-the-board cuts would compromise LGBT health by reducing programmatic funding used to address the health care needs of gay and transgender Americans, impair the federal government’s ability to investigate claims of workplace discrimination, and remove critical resources from government agencies working to prevent bullying and school violence.

At the same time, higher tax rates would further endanger middle class and working class members of our community. LGBT Americans have lower levels of income than other Americans, according to a recent Gallup report, and face additional economic obstacles caused by the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the lack of federal workplace protections.

The signatories, including former DNC treasurer Andrew Tobias and entrepreneur Tim Gill, conclude: “We urge Congress to work with President Obama to avoid the fiscal cliff with a balanced approach, and to preserve the middle class tax cuts while allowing tax cuts for the best off to expire. It’s the right thing to do.”


  1. bareback rider says

    HOWARD DEAN: “The only problem is — and this is initially going to seem like heresy from a progressive is — the truth is everybody needs to pay more taxes, not just the rich. And it’s a good start. But we’re not going to get out of this deficit problem unless we raise taxes across the board, to go back to what Bill Clinton had and his taxes. And if we don’t do that, the problem is the pressure is going to be on spending even more.”

  2. ratbastard says

    All the tax loop holes should be fixed, world tax havens harassed by the U.S. and other governments [which is happening], and I don’t have a problem with raising taxes on the truly ‘rich’. However, the 47% of Americans who haven’t actually paid any federal income tax for many years now [usually got all their $ back at tax time] are in for a rude awakening; the much despised figure GW Bush was responsible for them not having to pay any federal income tax. Mr. Obama wants them to pay up, whether they’re ‘rich’ or not. Let’s just get things straight.

    The real problem is our economy has been decimated since the 1970s. Our currency [the USD] has been steadily devalued for many decades to the point now that it is in real terms worth a fraction of what it once did. This is a terrible situation for the average American because it makes simply keeping up with expenses and inflation [which is much higher than officially reported] really, really difficult. And of course real wages aren’t even close to keeping up and the vast majority of Americans are steadily becoming poorer and poorer. One of the few things that mask this trend is consumer products are still incredibly inexpensive [due to the slave like working conditions of the manufacturers in China and elsewhere], the availability to borrow $ [CREDIT] which of course creates massive levels of debt, whatever the next big bubble will be.

    The financial markets should NEVER have been de-regulated. Both ‘progressives’ and ‘conservatives’ [especially neo-cons] are responsible, along with of course the people who looked the other way and/or elected them to office and backed their policies.