[UPDATE: Never mind.]
Over at the highly credible Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall writes that Sen. Maria Cantwell is in play on the estate tax repeal.
Okay, big estate tax repeal vote this morning in the senate. I hear Sens. Cantwell and Pryor are the key Dems in play. If you want to make your voice heard, now’s the time.
Cantwell in particular is probably the one your calls can help pull back from the dark side.
I suppose it’s a tough vote when you’re up for reelection and the publisher of your state’s biggest newspaper has a ten-foot woodie for estate tax repeal, but I hope Sen. Cantwell is savvy enough to realize that the Times is going to endorse McGavick regardless of how she votes… even on this issue.
FYI, estate tax repeal would cost the nation nearly $1 trillion during its first ten years, at a time when we are facing record budget deficits, and growing costs from the war in Iraq, the war on terrorism and the rebuilding of the Katrina-ravaged Gulf states.
And of course, all of the benefits of repeal go to the very wealthy in a nation where the wealthiest 1 percent own 33.4 percent of the wealth, more than the poorest 90 percent combined. For example, estate tax repeal would save Dick Cheney’s heirs between $13 million and $61 million. Donald Rumsfeld’s estate would save between $32 million and $101 million. The estate of retired Exxon Mobil chairman Lee Raymond would save about $164 million. And of course the heirs of Sam Walton’s kids would save billions.
So call (206-220-6400, 888-648-7328, 202-224-3441 ) or email Sen. Cantwell right now, and tell her to do the right thing and vote against estate tax repeal.
Guess I was slow on the trigger. The cloture vote failed, and the estate tax repeal is dead for now. Cantwell voted with the Dems, against cloture. So why not call or email thanking her for doing the right thing?