Monday, February 13, 2006

Better than the Winter Olympics: Cong. Bean on TV/Video-Streaming

Jeff Berkowitz: Same thing with the marginal rates? Would you support making those [tax cuts] permanent, as well?

Congresswoman Bean: We’d have to see what we are talking about.
"Public Affairs," with with first term Congresswoman Melissa Bean [D-Barrington, 8th Cong. Dist] , is airing throughout the City of Chicago tonight at 8:30 pm on CANTV, Cable Ch. 21.

The show is also available as a video podcast at the Public Affairs Cinema Complex with about a dozen other shows [See here].

This week's suburban edition of "Public Affairs," features State Senator Steve Rauschenberger. Rauschenberger is the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Ron Gidwitz, and Steve is running against three other candidates for Lt. Governor in the Republican primary. You won'twant to miss the show, as Steve is quite a personality, having said, "When you take a guy whose hair is on fire [Steve] and another guy who is a bit stiff [Ron] and average them out, it's Okay."
Congresswoman Melissa Bean, 8th CD, debates and discusses with Show Host and Executive Legal Recruiter Jeff Berkowitz more than a dozen domestic and foreign policy issues, including the appropriate courses of action in Iraq and Iran; CAFTA, free trade and labor unions; education and No Child Left Behind, spending, taxes, guns warrantless phone taps and intercepts, and much, much more.
A partial transcript of tonight's show is included, below:
Congresswoman Bean: …We did get an opportunity to extend the [tax] cuts that were specific to the capital gains and dividends, which I did support because that really affects my district. Many people are invested in the market and that was important to them, and particularly seniors who depend on those dividends as part of their income along with social security.
Jeff Berkowitz: And, if it came up in making it longer, permanent, that is having no specific date [for the cuts to terminate], would you support just making it permanent, not having a cut-off? Not a sunset.

Congresswoman Bean: For the Cap Gains?

Jeff Berkowitz: For the Cap Gains, yes.

Congresswoman Bean: I have supported that because I do find it stimulative. Certain cuts make sense and are stimulative.

Jeff Berkowitz: Same thing with the marginal rates? Would you support making those [tax cuts] permanent, as well?

Congresswoman Bean: We’d have to see what we are talking about.

Jeff Berkowitz: Well, I mean, you know what tax cuts passed. They lowered the marginal rates of taxation.

Congresswoman Bean: There were three, four different versions of tax cuts that have passed. Where I have been really focused is on the small business cuts. As I have talked to the small business community, there were many small business provisions that were originally going to be part of some of those tax cuts that didn’t happen. There was the accelerated depreciation schedule which did come and that was helpful. But, there is certainly more we can do for relief, you know, relative to health care costs and other costs for the small business community that I would like to see. As far as marginal rates, it really depends on where we’re at and where those cuts are going to be relative to different incomes and whether we can afford to do them.
Congresswoman Melissa Bean [D-Barrington, 8th Cong. Dist.] , recorded on January 29, 2006 and as is airing on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs tonight, Feb. 13 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21. See, below, for a detailed, suburban airing schedule for Public Affairs
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at