Chicago -- The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee today called on Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan to disavow the Bush tax cut as another assault on working families - the very people Ryan claims to support.
"If Ryan believes that tax cuts for the wealthy are the way to help poor Americans, then he doesn't know jack about working families," said Stacey Zolt, spokeswoman for Illinois Victory, a project of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
In a back-door deal reported in today's New York Times, Republican leaders stripped the Bush tax cut signed into law Wednesday of a $400-a-child tax credit for families who make just above the minimum wage. With this change to the bill, families with a household income of $10,500 to $26,625 will not receive this refund. That means approximately 380,000 Illinois families who pay taxes will receive no child tax credit at all, according to 2000 U.S. Census Data.
Announcing his candidacy on Monday, Ryan towed the Republican Party line on tax cuts, saying he'd like people to take "personal responsibility for those who are less fortunate" but does not believe that government should do more to help those in need. Ryan said, "My message is we can do more for the poorest of poor without spending as much money as we do right now."
6.4 percent of Illinoisans remain out of work today - .4 percent more than the national unemployment average. Ryan's tax cuts will help increase the bottom line for millionaires like himself, but will do little to put cash in the wallets of working families.
"Illinois has lost 191,000 jobs since George W. Bush was elected president. The only thing Bush's tax cuts have stimulated are staggering job losses and the largest budget deficit in the history of the United States," Zolt said.