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Bend the Arc has made the expiration of tax cuts for top earners a central agenda item. It recently garnered about 300 signatures from Jewish clergy members in a letter to Congress calling for the expiration of tax cuts on annual income above $250,000. It has also held parlors across the country and organized a lobbying day last week.
“If the community is going to seek governmental funding to support its many worthwhile services, it’s incumbent upon those of us who can afford to do so to pay a tax rate commensurate with the services,” said Doug Mirell, a Bend the Arc board member.
Several liberal Jewish advocacy groups, including Bend the Arc, have lined up behind President Barack Obama in calling for the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts for top earners. But the main Jewish communal umbrella groups are mostly steering clear of the revenue side of the equation, concentrating their energies almost exclusively on stemming spending cuts to programs that aid the elderly and the poor.
What will be cut? And who will pay? These are the two facets of the "fiscal cliff" debate in Washington. While many Jewish organizations are vocal about opposing cuts to programs they hold dear, Bend the Arc has been the leading voice for the expiration of tax cuts for top earners.
Bend the Arc, the largest national Jewish social justice organization dedicated to domestic policy issues, decided that it did not want to sit on the sidelines while elected officials bickered over tax reform. Over the last few months, as the debate has raged on Capitol Hill, representatives of Bend the Arc have been advocating for Rabbis to sign a petition that calls for support of President Barack Obama’s proposal to let Bush-era tax breaks for the wealthy expire by the end of the year.