U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky of Evanston says she’s on board with the plan President Obama announced today to trim spending but also raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

“I applaud the President’s call for immediate job creation and his demand that millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share,” Schakowsy said in a news release. “The battle lines are drawn in this crisis and President Obama is taking a clear stand behind our nation’s seniors and middle class Americans.”
Republicans, Schakowsky said, “have pushed for dramatic cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and federal programs vital to the middle class and those who aspire to it.”

“Though unwilling to touch a hair on the heads of the most fortunate among us, Republicans have egregiously called for cuts to food safety inspections, medical research funding, and unemployment insurance while at the same time calling for passage of policies that favor wealthy individuals and corporations and turn a blind eye to Wall Street greed.”

In response to GOP claims that the president’s call for increased taxes on the rich amounts to “class warfare,” Schakowsky said, “The only class warfare being waged is an assault on the middle class and the American dream.”

Schakowsky earlier this year introduced legislation to raise tax rates on millionaires and billionaires.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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