Michigan Democrats join push in Congress for Buffett Rule

Apr 11, 2012

With polls showing Republican Mitt Romney gaining ground on President Barack Obama among Michigan's crucial block of independent voters, the Obama campaign Tuesday released a report detailing how the Buffett Rule will benefit the students, seniors and middle class families.

 

Obama has called on Congress to pass the Buffett Rule, which is aimed at ensuring that millionaires and billionaires do not pay less in taxes than the middle class.

Spearheading Obama's message in Michigan is U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, a Royal Oak Democrat whose congressional district straddles Oakland and Macomb counties.

He was joined in a conference call Tuesday afternoon by state Sen. Steve Bieda, a Macomb County Democrat.

"Those who have done very, very well need to pay their share and meet their share of responsibilities," Levin said. "There's a new study out that shows in 2010, that the upper 1 percent received 93 percent of the income growth, and so that left 7 percent shared by the 99 percent."

The call was put together by the president's Obama For America re-election campaign.

While it's unlikely that Congress will adopt the Buffett Rule because Republicans control the U.S. House, Obama's push for it serves to contrast himself and Republican Mitt Romney, his chief Republican rival for the White House in November.

"I applaud President Obama for putting forth the Buffett Rule," Bieda said. "It really ought to be called the Romney rule since those same tax loopholes let Mitt Romney get away with paying a lower tax rate than many middle class families do."

A recent poll by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA over the weekend showed Romney is closing the gap among independent voters in Michigan, scoring almost evenly with Obama, who held a large lead among that voting bloc in January.