The American Federation of Government Employees is expanding its 'Explain It To Me, GOP' campaign to now include television commercials. Previously the campaign had appeared online and in newspapers. The campaign focuses on asking Republicans in Congress why they are supporting an extension of the payroll tax holiday that is paid for with cuts to the compensation for government workers.
Extending payroll tax relief for the rest of the year will stimulate the economy by putting an extra $1,000 in the pockets of the average American family. But you Republicans in Washington just don't get it. You want to pay for this payroll tax relief by punishing middle-class Americans who work for the federal government.
Federal employees like us are coming to Washington to get some answers. GOP -- How does cutting pay and benefits of VA nurses, Border Patrol agents, meat and poultry inspectors and other dedicated public servants help put Americans back to work? Explain it to us.
This is a particularly important question in the context of the fact that Republicans have NOT required the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, which were extended recently, to be paid for when they are requiring tax cuts that disproportionately help poorer Americans to be paid for or they will oppose them.