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All of this ignores the impact of the Democratic proposal on successful small businesses, many of which are subject to the top tax rate. Not once did they argue on the campaign trail that these successful small businesses should be paying higher taxes along with successful individuals, as they would be required to do.

Given these points, how can Democrats claim to have a mandate to increase taxes? Republicans should not help them act upon a purported tax mandate that does not exist.

Alex Cortes is the executive director of Let Freedom Ring, a conservative public policy organization.