Politics

‘Patriotic Millionaires’ attack millionaire lawmakers for fighting tax hike

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Alexis Levinson
Political Reporter

As Republicans attack President Barack Obama for a plan being proposed Monday to increase taxes on the wealthy, a liberal group called the Patriotic Millionaires is hitting back at some of those congressman they say are millionaires who are defending their own self-interest over the good of the country.

In a new web video released Monday, the group targets Republicans, including Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Orrin Hatch, Rep. John Boehner, Rep. Eric Cantor, Sen. John McCain, Rep. Ron Paul, Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Mitch McConnell.

“Most AMERICANS want to raise taxes on MILLIONAIRES,” says the script on the screen in the video, as patriotic-style music plays. “These POLITICIANS don’t.”

The video shows pictures of Republicans with the word “Millionaire” stamped across their photos.

The video ends with a quote by Theodore Roosevelt: “Each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.”

“Millionaire Politicians who want to give themselves a tax cut are hardly trust-worthy stewards of our country’s future,” said Erica Payne, spokesman for the Patriotic Millionaires and founder of the Agenda Project. “Their continued support of policies that advance their own economic self-interests is un-American.”

“It’s time for millionaires – LIKE ME AND THE ONES IN CONGRESS – to step up to the plate and start paying their fair share, ” said Guy Saperstein, lawyer and Patriotic Millionaire.

Paul Ryan called Obama’s plan ““Class warfare,” on Fox News Sunday, adding that it “may make for really good politics, but it makes for rotten economics.”

See the video here: