In many respects Washington is a company town, but the company in this town is the U.S. Government, and in particular, the Congress. We are all so tired of the advertisements by the potential employees of the company, our elected officials. Personally I am looking forward to hearing more commercials about side effects from prescription drugs when the election is over. Who would have thought?
When the employees return to Washington after the election some will have just two weeks before they have to clear out of their offices, even though there is still more work to be done. Those who face defeat will still have to work alongside those who will serve another two years and share a responsibility on behalf of their customers: the American people. We have a message: Don’t quit – not yet. Please. Our livelihoods depend upon your decision making and action.
The Wall Street Journal is helping raise awareness of a resurrection of the “death” tax. We soon will see some proponents touting the need for an “estate” tax to assure a fair and equitable playing field. The disagreement in language is a hallmark of the debate, and allows both sides to raise vast sums of money trying to propel their agenda. We have another idea. Stop.
ASSET suggests that we completely change the debate. That’s risky for both sides. In this company town when no one is happy, very little gets done. There was a time when the word “compromise” was not a dirty word, but not today. “All or nothing” is no way to govern.
By changing the way the estate tax is collected, we allow both sides some form of victory, but in the end we actually save jobs…helping us, the American people.
Up until now we have visited more than 150 offices and think tanks on Capitol Hill and we’ve reached at least one point of consensus: ASSET is a creative way to solve an old problem. Democrats and Republicans agree on that point. The challenge is learning to trust that one side won’t take advantage over the other.
We challenge our lawmakers to press on, and to consider taking the ASSET approach and moving it forward to solve the estate tax dilemma. Your constituents are counting on you. After all, we chose you to make the tough choices. Keep at it.