We've heard far more about the Bush tax cuts from the right in during the 2010 election season than from the left, as Tea Partiers and Republicans have denounced President Obama's plan to sunset the cuts on income over $250,000 as "the largest tax increase in American history."
But in one House district, labor is using the Bush tax cuts as a cudgel against a Republican candidate.
In Illinois' 17th District, which sits in the rural western party of the state along the Mississippi river, one of labor's biggest allies in the House, Democratic Congressman Phil Hare, faces a challenge from Republican Bobby Schilling, who supports a full extension of the Bush tax cuts.
The Service Employees International Union is spending $108,000 to hit 60,000 district households with four mail pieces attacking Schilling for that position, flipping the conservative script on the Bush tax cuts by pointing out that the Republican plan will directly benefit people who make lots of money already and reduce the federal government's revenue.
Republicans have argued that tax cuts lead to more jobs and broad economic prosperity, but the SEIU mailers point to the tax savings Wall Street CEOs, hollywood producers, and real estate developers will continue to enjoy under the GOP plan to maintain current tax rates. The fourth mailer in the package deals with outsourcing.