Transport Workers Union Letter to House Members

The Transport Workers Union sent this letter to all House members on June 5, 2002, urging them to vote "No" on H.R. 2143 for permanent repeal of the estate tax.

The letter notes that, "In every other war in American history taxes have been raised to defray the costs of the war. During World War I wealthy Americans asked to have their taxes raised so they could participate in the war effort and do their share."

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American's for A Fair Estate Tax - Letter to Senators

Americans for a Fair Estate Tax
1742 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
TEL: (202) 234-8494 &nbsp FAX: (202) 234-8584 &nbsp www.fairestatetax.org

June 6, 2002

Dear Senator __________:

Sometime this month, under a previous unanimous consent agreement, the Senate will take up legislation to determine the fate of the federal estate tax. During the debate, Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX) will offer an amendment to permanently repeal the federal estate tax. We strongly urge you to vote “No” on the Gramm amendment.

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American's for a Fair Estate Tax - Letter to Members of the House

Americans for a Fair Estate Tax
1742 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
TEL: (202) 234-8494 &nbsp FAX: (202) 234-8584 &nbsp www.fairestatetax.org

June 3, 2002

Dear Representative:

The House is expected to take up legislation to permanently eliminate the estate tax on Thursday, June 6. We strongly urge you to vote “No” to “The Permanent Death Repeal Act” (HR 2143).

Proponents of repealing the estate tax have attempted to create numerous myths about the estate tax.

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National Women's Law Center: "Permanent Tax Breaks for the Wealthiest 2% Are Unfair"

This June 2002 2-page fact sheet from the National Women's Law Center provides a concise look at -- among other aspects of estate tax repeal -- a comparison between the extremely limited number of people who would benefit from permanent repeal of the estate tax with the vast number of people who could benefit from using the funds preserved through sensible reform to strengthen Social Security.

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CBPP Analysis: "Costly Permanent Estate Tax Repeal Would Benefit Only A Few, Very Large Estates"

This June 3, 2002 analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities examines the many problems with permanent repeal of the estate tax, as proposed by Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Phil Gramm (R-TX) -- and provides a comparison with the relatively lower costs of sensible reform options.

More CBPP analyses of the estate tax are available on the Center's website.

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Americans Return to Fray Over Estate Tax Repeal

Deborah McGregor in the Financial Times, May 16, 2002

This Financial Times piece provides a brief overview of the efforts of both sides of the estate tax debate. It also notes that, "full repeal of the estate tax would cost ... $53.4bn in 2011, with the figure increasing in subsequent years ... [in other words], repeal would be more than double the annual cost of the hefty new farm bill Mr Bush recently signed into law."

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"Tax The Wealthy: Why America Needs the Estate Tax"

William H. Gates Sr. and Chuck Collins in The American Prospect, June 17, 2002

In this TAP piece, Bill Gates, Sr. and Chuck Collins, remind us that, "[Republican President Theodore] Roosevelt and others of his day understood that the American experiment was an attempt to balance economic liberty and free enterprise, on the one hand, with a traditional concern about democracy and the dangers of concentrated wealth and power, on the other. The estate tax, adopted in 1916, was one of the means by which Americans rejected the Old World, with its political and economic monarchies."

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"Senate Needs Reality Check Before Refunding Estate Tax"

Alan Murray in the Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2002

In this WSJ op-ed piece, Alan Murray notes that, "Marie Antoinette had nothing over the U.S. Senate. In its rush to permanently eliminate the estate tax, the nation's 'deliberative body' has apparently forgotten to deliberate on the surging social trends of our time."

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Write a Letter to the Editor of Your Paper

If you feel that more tax cuts for multi-millionaires are unfair and unwise use these links to write a letter to the editor of your local or national paper:

Just click on any of the links below and follow the instructions on the page that appears next:

Full repeal of the estate tax would mean much less money for the things most Americans really care about.

If this worries you, click here to send a letter to the editor of the local or national paper of your choice.

Do you believe that common sense and basic fairness demand permanent reform, not repeal, of the estate tax?

If so, click here to send a letter to the editor of the local or national paper of your choice.

Do you own your own small business? Do you Favor Sensible, Fair Reform of the Estate Tax over Costly, Unfair Repeal?

If so, click here to send a letter to the editor of the local or national paper of your choice.

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PRESS RELEASE: GRAMM-KYL ESTATE TAX PLAN THREATENS TAXPAYERS WITH $850 BILLION PRICE TAG

Proposal Leaves Most Americans to Pick Up the Tab for a Few Multi-Millionaires, Americans for a Fair Estate Tax Coalition Warns

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