Obama told a fundraiser in Miami that he’s cut taxes, contrary to the claims of protesters.
“You would think they’d be saying thank you,” he said.
1) FIRST, regarding personal taxes: he has indeed raised some taxes. Let’s recall his campaign pledge September 12, 2008, in Dover, New Hampshire:
I can make a firm pledge: Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase—not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.
Obama broke this promise barely two weeks into his presidency by signing a bill that included a 156-percent increase in the federal cigarette tax, which not only hits the nonwealthy but is one of the most regressive taxes around.
By ATR’s count, the health care bill Obama signed last month includes another seven tax hikes that affect the under-$250,000-a-year crowd. In fact, since four of these changes will increase people’s income tax bills, they violate even the edited version of Obama’s pledge that he presented on Saturday. For example, as Peter Suderman noted last week, the law raises the threshold for deducting medical expenses from 7.5 percent of income to 10 percent. As a result, people with substantial medical expenses will pay more income tax. But as I noted in a column last November, “When the president does it, it’s not a tax.”
2) SECOND, don’t forget businesses!: Do you not understand that Tea Partiers are also concerned about American businesses? About jobs. About this country’s economic growth? That we are angry at the current, as well as the proposed, policies by this government which are hostile to economic growth via taxes, fees & other burdens?
On top of AT&T’s $1 billion, the writedown wave so far includes Deere & Co., $150 million; Caterpillar, $100 million; AK Steel, $31 million; 3M, $90 million; and Valero Energy, up to $20 million. Verizon has also warned its employees about its new higher health-care costs, and there will be many more in the coming days and weeks.
As Joe Biden might put it, this is a big, er, deal for shareholders and the economy. The consulting firm Towers Watson estimates that the total hit this year will reach nearly $14 billion, unless corporations cut retiree drug benefits when their labor contracts let them.
Meanwhile, John DiStaso of the New Hampshire Union Leader reported this week that ObamaCare could cost the Granite State’s major ski resorts as much as $1 million in fines, because they hire large numbers of seasonal workers without offering health benefits. “The choices are pretty clear, either increase prices or cut costs, which could mean hiring fewer workers next winter,” he wrote.
Previously, federal excise taxes on cigars were limited to no more than a nickel, said Norman Sharp, president of the Cigar Association of America trade group. The tax increase, which took effect April 1, raises the maximum tax on cigars to about 40 cents, Sharp said. …. "We can’t afford to make these cigars in the U.S. anymore," she said.
3) THIRD, do you think we are too dumb to understand the future affect of current actions?: We are upset about the massive spending & debt for the huge expansion of government. Why? Because A) history shows time again that it’s proven to do more harm than good and B) the only way to pay off this much debt is through either higher taxes or inflation — neither is good. So you can kick the can down the road, Mr. President, and pretend that Americans don’t understand that current actions have consequences — but we know better.
4) And FINALLY: We see what you and your Pro-Big-Government politician friends are planning and fighting for. In addition to the detrimental policies that have already been put into law, we also understand you want to do even more harm.
Do you think we should be upset about Cap & Trade, a gasoline tax, and other burdensome policies only AFTER you’ve signed them into law? Is your logic that Tea Partiers should only be upset AFTER your policies screw us over?
We understand that Cap & Trade would be a tax on every living, breathing American making above and below $200k/year. That it would increase the cost of just about every product and service made in this country. We understand that it would be a big burden on businesses doing business in this country and drive some businesses to other countries. That it would hurt jobs.
A Cap & Trade bill passed the House. Should we wait to fight it only after the Senate passes a bill and your signature makes it law?
Long post. Lots of reasons to be angry, Mr. President.
Dr. McKalip is a private practice brain and spine surgeon in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is the Immediate Past President of the Florida Neurosurgical Society, serves on the Board of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) and has served on the Florida Delegation to the AMA’s key policy making body, the House of Delegates. He served as an officer of the Pinellas County Medical Association for three years and on the Board for eight years. He served as the Chairman of the Council on Medical Economics for the FMA and lead the effort to write a health system reform plan for the FMA that focuses on individual financial empowerment of patients. Dr. McKalip founded Doctors for Patient Freedom
Joyce Mucci Speaks on Amnesty
Regional Field Representative for the Federation for American Immigration Reform
Ana Puig Speaks on Parallels Between Latin America and Today’s America
Ana Puig was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, until moving to the United States with her family at age 14. Ana has been on the executive board of the Thomas Jefferson Club, where she served as its Director of Public Relations and Events. She is currently co-Chair of The Kitchen Table Patriots, a non-profit, non-partisan political action committee. As a leader in the Tea Party movement, Ana is a member of various national movements and works on a daily basis coordinating with other grassroots organizations throughout the country.
Ed Braddy Speaks on Florida Rail
Executive Director of the American Dream Coalition, a non-profit public policy organization promoting freedom, mobility, and affordable homeownership through free market alternatives to the command-and-control status quo.
Willie Lawson Speaks on The Tea Party movement: Our Next Moves
Host of the Willie Lawson Show on Blogtalkradio and the soon to return AM radio show on 860 WGUL & conservative activist (website)
Freedom-loving Americans are coming together on April 15th at Chillura Park in downtown Tampa. Join them for the Bay Area’s largest Tax Day Tea Party event ever!
There will be live music, singers and entertainment.
Speakers will address:
Obama-Care Stimulus Spending National Security The Latin Americanization of Federal Finances Climate Change Alarmism and the Left Dodgy Climate Change Science Amnesty Expensive Floridian Rail Boondoggles And more
Thursday, April 15th, 2010 Sign waving begins at 4:00pm Entertainment begins at 5:00pm Event begins at 5:30pm Event will end by 8:00pm
Tea Party supporters skew right politically; but demographically, they are generally representative of the public at large. That’s the finding of a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted March 26-28, in which 28% of U.S. adults call themselves supporters of the Tea Party movement…
In several other respects, however — their age, educational background, employment status, and race — Tea Partiers are quite representative of the public at large.
The national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democratic, according to three national polls by the Winston Group, a Republican-leaning firm that conducted the surveys on behalf of an education advocacy group. Two-thirds of the group call themselves conservative, 26 are moderate and 8 percent say they are liberal.
Gallup’s demos of the Tea Party look very close to that of the overall American demos on ethnicity. Whites make up 79% of the Tea Party and 75% of the population; blacks, 6% of the Tea Party and 11% of the population; and “other” in the Tea Party exactly matches the general population at 15%.
On major issues, 48% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is closer to their views than President Barack Obama. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% hold the opposite view and believe the president’s views are closer to their own.
Eighty-seven percent (87%) of those in the Political Class say their views are closer to the president. The Obama Administration has created a significantly larger government and political role in the economy.
Sixty-three percent (63%) of Mainstream Americans say their views are closer to the Tea Party.
Yet more proof that the smear campaign by Democrats and their main stream media cohorts is a joke. Those political spinners simply can’t process the fact that a majority of Americans are not buying a radical leftist agenda. Americans believe in fiscal responsibility and know that massively growing government is not the solution.
Post-Partisan! Crony Politics In Action: Dem Districts Received 2.5 Times More Stimulus $ Than Republican Districts
Permanently reduce taxes and other burdens for ALL Americans and ALL businesses as a way to spur investment and job growth… or let D.C. politicians borrow close to a trillion dollars and decide which select projects, businesses & areas should get what? Which works better? Which fosters crony politics? Hhhmmm.
First: The idea behind the $787 billion stimulus bill is that, if the government spends money where it is the most needed, it will create jobs and trigger economic growth. Hence, we should expect the government to invest more money in districts with higher unemployment rates.
Controlling for the percentage of the district employed in the construction industry, a proxy for the vulnerability to recession of a district, I find no statistical correlation for all relevant unemployment indicators and the allocation of funds. This suggests that unemployment is not the factor leading the awards. Also, I found no correlation between other economic indicators, such as income, and stimulus funding.
Second: On average, Democratic districts received one-and-a-half times as many awards as Republican ones. Democratic districts also received two-and-a-half times more stimulus dollars than Republican districts ($122,127,186,509 vs. $46,139,592,268). Republican districts also received smaller awards on average. (The average dollars awarded per Republican district is $260,675,663, while the average dollars awarded per Democratic district is $471,533,539.)
Of course, there are more Democratic districts than Republican districts in the Congress. So I checked for the correlation between political indicators and stimulus funding. I found that with the exception of the district’s party affiliation (whether the district’s representation was Republican or Democratic), political variables had no effect on stimulus funds allocation.
Five: I found that an average cost of $286,000 was awarded per job created, a 16.3 percent increase over the previous period.