Campaign 2010

Mar 27, 2012

Tony Strickland Shows California Voters He Stands for Millionaires, Not the Middle Class

Republican State Senator and congressional candidate Tony Strickland (CA-26) is proving that he would side with millionaires over the middle class in Congress. Strickland is hosting a fundraiser tonight for multi-millionaire Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has endorsed the controversial House Republican plan to end Medicare and whose tax plan would disproportionately benefit the super wealthy. Strickland is also reprising his 2008 role as Romney’s California State Chairman this year.

“Tony Strickland is backing a candidate for president who supports ending Medicare, and would protect tax breaks for millionaires when the middle class are the ones who are suffering,” said Amber Moon of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “California voters deserve a representative who will stand up for them in Washington. If Tony Strickland’s support for Mitt Romney’s one-sided policies are any indication, middle-class Californians should beware.”

It has been revealed that Mitt Romney paid a lower tax rate than most middle-class Americans, but he is supporting the recent harmful House Republican budget that ends Medicare. Instead of asking the ultra wealthy to pay, Romney and Strickland’s Republican leaders in the House would rather balance the budget on the backs of America’s seniors and middle class.


Strickland to Host Fundraiser with Romney This Evening. On Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Tony Strickland is scheduled to host a fundraiser for Mitt Romney, who was reported to be in California to raise money, at 6 p.m. at the Century Plaza Hotel. California was one of four states where Romney owned a home. There was reportedly no word on a single public event. [Blog, San Francisco Chronicle, 3/20/12]

Strickland was Chairman for Romney’s Campaign in 2012 and 2008. In 2008, Strickland was chairman for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. In 2012, Strickland is serving as the chairman for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. [San Francisco Chronicle, 1/04/08; Ventura County Star, 1/09/12]

Tax Policy Center: Romney Plan Gives Wealthy Big Tax Cuts. “The analysis by the Washington-based Tax Policy Center concluded that Mr. Romney’s plan would reduce taxes significantly for high-income earners (by 6.9% or $146,000 for households making more than $1 million)….” [Wall Street Journal, 1/5/12]

Romney Paid Lower Tax Rate Than Most Middle-Income Americans. “Mitt Romney earned more than $42 million over the past two years, and paid $6.2 million in taxes at an effective rate averaging 14 percent.” [ABC News, 1/24/12]

Mitt Romney Embraced Paul Ryan’s Medicare Plan. In 2012, Romney embraced the House Republican budget plan. In 2011, Romney fully embraced Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan. [Washington Post, 3/26/12; Blog, Washington Post, 2/8/11]

House Republicans Budget Ends Medicare’s Guaranteed Benefit. Unlike traditional Medicare, which is a defined benefit plan, the House Republican budget would change the program into a defined contribution plan. If this plan became law, starting in 2023, America’s seniors would be told they can have a $7,500 in “premium support.”  The plan is modeled after one where “the elderly would be offered an allowance that could be used to buy a private plan or the existing government coverage.” [Kaiser Family Foundation, 4/11; Congressional Budget Office, 3/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; CBS News, 3/20/12; New York Times, 3/12/12]

House Republican Budget Would Mean the Rich Pay Less in Taxes. Ryan’s plan “is one where the rich pay less in taxes than the unfairly low rates they pay now, while programs for the poor — including Medicaid and food stamps — are slashed and thrown to the whims of individual states.” [New York Times Editorial, 3/20/12]

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