Good morning. Election Day is around the corner, and one of the biggest
issues at stake in this campaign is your taxes. Here is my philosophy: I believe
that our economy grows and the American Dream reaches more citizens when you
keep more of what you earn. With more money in your pocket, it is easier for
families to afford a good education, it is easier
for young people to afford the down payment on a home of their
own, and it's easier for small business owners to go out and
invest and create jobs.
So my administration and the Republican Congress enacted the largest tax
relief since Ronald Reagan was in the White House. We cut taxes for every
American who pays income taxes. We doubled the child tax credit. We reduced the
marriage penalty. We cut taxes on small business. We cut taxes on capital gains
and dividends to promote investment and jobs. And to reward family businesses
and farmers for a lifetime of hard work and savings, we put the death tax on the
path to extinction.
Now the results of these tax cuts are in. The tax cuts we passed have left
more than a trillion dollars in the hands of American workers, families, and
small businesses, and you have used that money to fuel a strong and growing
economy. Last year, our economy grew faster than any other major industrialized
nation. This week, we learned that our economy grew by 1.6 percent during the
third quarter of this year. As we expected, this rate is slower than in previous
quarters. Yet the evidence still points to a vibrant economy that is providing
more jobs and better wages for our workers and helping reduce the federal
Since August 2003, the American economy has created more than 6.6 million new
jobs, including over 1.7 million jobs in the past 12 months alone. Real
take-home wages are up by 2.2 percent over the past year, which means an extra
$1,300 for the typical family of four with two wage earners. And the economic
growth spurred by tax cuts has helped reduce the deficit. Tax revenues have
soared as the economy has grown, allowing us to meet our goal of cutting the
federal deficit in half -- three years ahead of schedule.
All these signs point to one conclusion: Cutting your taxes worked.
Unfortunately, the Democrats are still determined to raise your taxes, and if
they gain control of the Congress, they can do so without lifting a finger.
Under current law, many of the tax cuts we passed have to be renewed by Congress
or they will expire. In other words, if Congress fails to act, your taxes will
automatically go up. If Democrats take control of the House, the committee in
charge of all tax legislation would be chaired by a Democrat who recently said
he "cannot think of one" of our tax cuts that he would extend. And if there's no
legislation to renew and extend the tax cuts, every tax rate will go back up to
its old, higher level.
Take just one example: If Democrats have their way, the child tax credit will
be cut in half -- from $1,000 per child to just $500 per child. And think of
what that means for your family. Next time you're having dinner at home, look
around the table and multiply the number of children you have by $500. That's
how much more you will be sending to Washington in taxes if Democrats take
control of the Congress. If you have two children, that is an extra $1,000 the
Democrats will add to your tax bill every year. If you have three children,
that's an extra $1,500. If you have four children, that's an extra $2,000. That
may not seem like a lot to Democrats in Washington, but for working families
across America, that is real money.
The decision you make on Election Day will have a direct impact on America's
economy and on your family budget. So this coming week I'll be traveling across
America, and I'll be carrying this message: Whether you're a worker earning a
paycheck, or a small business owner who's thinking about hiring more workers, or
a family worried about gas prices or health care costs, the last thing you need
now is a higher tax bill. To keep this economy growing and delivering prosperity
to more Americans, we need leaders in Washington who understand the importance
of letting you keep more of your money, and making the tax relief we delivered
Thank you for listening.
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