When talking about taxes Cons always use the combination of “tax” and “burden.” Avoid their trap and never allow yourself to repeat those two words together. Taxes are a necessary reality of a civilized society. Taxes pay for services, so always talk about taxes in the context of the services they pay for. Taxes pay for roads, police officers, firefighters, air-traffic controllers, food inspectors, justice services, clean water monitors, national parks, libraries, schools, and so
Smile whenever you make your case. Being a progressive you are advocating for humane, enlightened, and uplifting positions. Make sure your audience knows that you are confident and proud of the position you are advancing, and the easiest way to convey confidence is to smile while you make your case. Cons are trained to smile despite the fact that they are arguing for un-American policies based on exclusion and greed. Surely with the power of
Score your points by stating your strongest points, then repeating them often and make the opposition try to overcome your strength. In this way you stay on offense and keep your opponent on defense.
You score more points on offense than on defense. The vast majority of Americans agree with Democratic positions. Since you are supporting positions that are favored by the majority of good Americans, there is no reason to be defensive. Be bold and stay on offense.
Economic Fact: Investors invest to make money whether taxes are high or low. As Warren Buffett puts it: “I have worked with investors for 60 years and I have yet to see anyone — not even when capital gains rates were 39.9 percent in 1976-77 — shy away from a sensible investment because of the tax rate on the potential gain. People invest to make money, and potential taxes have never scared them off. And
Job Fact: If you are a middle class worker your pay correlates to union membership. Over the past 40 years union membership in the United States has steadily declined, and so has the share of middle class income. An assault on unions is an assault on the middle class. http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/01/20/173738/report-incomes/ http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2009/02/efca_factsheets.html
Jobs/Military Fact: Military spending results in less American jobs being created than equal spending on education, health care, or clean energy. According to a 2009 study by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for every 1 billion dollars the United States Government spends on the military, 11,600 jobs are created. That same 1 billion dollars spent on clean energy would create 17,100 jobs; on health care, 19,600 jobs are created;
Jobs Fact: The United States is the only developed country where workers are not guaranteed paid vacation days as a right of employment. http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/08/18/298568/obama-vacation-days-americans/
Tax Fact: In 1922 conservatives convinced Americans that lowering taxes on the wealthy would be good for business. The top tax rate on capital gains went from 73% in 1921 to 12.5% in 1922, and the top tax rate on income went from 73% in 1921 to 58% in 1922 and down to 25% in 1925. 4 years later we began what is known as the Great Depression, but the seeds for the Great Depression
Jobs Fact: When tax rates for the wealthy are low, job growth rates are low. From 1950 to 2010, when the top marginal tax rate was over 39%, the average annual percent growth in total payroll employment was over 2.3%; when the top marginal tax rate was under 39%, the average annual percent growth in total payroll employment was under 1%. The top ten years of job growth since 1950 occurred when top marginal tax