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The Coming VAT: Poor Americans, Get Ready For GIANT Tax Increase

April 22, 2010

Remember candidate Obama’s ten thousand promises that he would absolutely not under any circumstances raise your taxes so much as one dime:

But let me perfectly clear, because I know you’ll hear the same old claims that rolling back these tax breaks means a massive tax increase on the American people:  if your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime.  I repeat: not one single dime.”

April fools, you fools.

It turns out this is the same guy who is on tape at least eight times saying all the health care negotiations would all be on C-SPAN – and then he went to closed-door meeting after closed door meeting that resulted in a health care bill that NOBODY knows anything about.  It turns out that this is the same guy who promised he would unite the country in a bipartisan manner – and instead broke that promise and became the most polarizing and divisive president in history.   This is the same guy who said he would NEVER allow health care to pass by the awful partisan reconciliation tactic – and then he did exactly what he promised he wouldn’t do.  This is the same guy who demonized Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for doing what his own chief of staff had just done only the day before.

Yeah, well, that same guy is on the verge of breaking another one of his fundamental promises to the American people on taxes.  And it’s going to be the poor who Obama is going to hose the worst.

JUST LIKE I AND OTHER CONSERVATIVES ASSURED YOU HE WOULD DO BEFORE THE ELECTION.

The VAT (Value Added Tax) is a consumption tax which is both socialist and regressive – in other words, the worst of both worlds.

It will make Obama a liar yet again.  But seriously, what else is new?

White House economic adviser refuses to rule out VAT — six different times in one TV appearance
By: Mark Hemingway
Commentary Staff Writer
04/20/10 3:28 PM EDT

On Sunday, the New York Times reported that the Obama administration’s economic team was kicking the policy tires on a national value added tax (VAT) as a means of dealing with the deficit, among other things. But earlier today, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the administration was not considering a VAT.

If Gibbs is telling the truth, then why did White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, refuse six different to rule out a VAT? Americans for Tax Reform kept count:

MARK HALPERIN: Will the President ever consider tax reform that will involve a VAT? Would he ever consider it?
(Refusal #1) GOOLSBEE: Look, we are not, the  report — and I’m not sure where it came from cause it’s not anything I saw — was that they were contemplating a VAT, that is not true. We have stood up this bipartisan fiscal commission, which as I understand it is considering a whole bunch of things.
HALPERIN: But would he ever consider..
(Refusal #2) GOOLSBEE: He’s going to consider whatever comes out of that fiscal commission.
HALPERIN: So if they recommend a VAT, he would consider it?
(Refusal #3) GOOLSBEE: I’m not going to get into a linguistic game about it.
HALPERIN: Well it’s not a linguistic game.
(Refusal #4) GOOLSBEE: He’s looking to see what comes out of the fiscal commission. He’s going to look at it.
HALPERIN: We had a President for eight years who said ‘no new taxes, we’re not going to raise taxes’. This President said ‘no taxes on the middle class’. Arguably there are taxes in the healthcare bill that will hit the middle class. So again, a VAT would be a big change in America. Would he consider it, if the commission recommends it,  would he consider it?
(Refusal #5) GOOLSBEE: As you know, the President cut taxes for 95 percent of the workers in the stimulus. Many many billions of dollars. The President is committed to this bipartisan fiscal commission process and he’s going to seriously consider all the things that they put forward and he’s going to look at them. It doesn’t mean he’s supporting a VAT. We haven’t even contemplated a VAT.
HALPERIN: But if they recommend it, it’s not something he’d rule out?
(Refusal #6) GOOLSBEE: I’m not going to get into a hypothetical thing about it. He’s committed to a bipartisan fiscal commission.
It’s safe to say they are considering a VAT, all right.

So Obama officials refuse to dismiss the Obama-pledge-busting value added tax on the poor and middle class.

Surely Obama is against breaking his word?!?!

Nope.  He’s pretty much fine with that.

Obama suggests value-added tax may be an option
Apr 21 05:33 PM US/Eastern
By CHARLES BABINGTON
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that a new value-added tax on Americans is still on the table, seeming to show more openness to the idea than his aides have expressed in recent days.

Before deciding what revenue options are best for dealing with the deficit and the economy, Obama said in an interview with CNBC, “I want to get a better picture of what our options are.”

After Obama adviser Paul Volcker recently raised the prospect of a value-added tax, or VAT, the Senate voted 85-13 last week for a nonbinding “sense of the Senate” resolution that calls the such a tax “a massive tax increase that will cripple families on fixed income and only further push back America’s economic recovery.”

For days, White House spokesmen have said the president has not proposed and is not considering a VAT.

“I think I directly answered this the other day by saying that it wasn’t something that the president had under consideration,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters shortly before Obama spoke with CNBC.

After the interview, White House deputy communications director Jen Psaki said nothing has changed and the White House is “not considering” a VAT.

Many European countries impose a VAT, which taxes the value that is added at each stage of production of certain commodities.

When CNBC asked Obama whether he could see a potential VAT in this nation, the president said: “I know that there’s been a lot of talk around town lately about the value-added tax. That is something that has worked for some countries. It’s something that would be novel for the United States.”

“And before, you know, I start saying ‘this makes sense or that makes sense,’ I want to get a better picture of what our options are,” Obama said.

He said his first priority “is to figure out how can we reduce wasteful spending so that, you know, we have a baseline of the core services that we need and the government should provide. And then we decide how do we pay for that.”

Volcker has said taxes might have to be raised to slow the deficit’s growth. He said a value-added tax “was not as toxic an idea” as it had been in the past.

Since then, some GOP lawmakers and conservative commentators have said the Obama administration is edging toward a VAT.

Mind you, Obama has ALREADY broken his promise to the American people when he shoved his ObamaCare boondoggle through Congress by a reconciliation process which he strangely ALSO promised not to use (as I already pointed out above).  That’s because ObamaCare contains twelve new taxes on people Obama swore up and down he wouldn’t tax.

You see, the most profligate spender in the history of the entire human race has a problem: he’s spent so much money, even if he confiscated all the wealth of all the wealthiest people in the country, it wouldn’t scratch the surface in the debts he’s created.  So he needs to come after you and your family to pay his debts.

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ObamaCare To Raise BILLIONS of dollars In New Taxes On Backs Of Middle Class

April 15, 2010

Let me begin with an article from ATR.org:

More Tax Hikes On Persons Earning Under $200,000
From Tim Andrews on Wednesday, April 14, 2010

On numerous occasions we’ve pointed out how President Obama’s pledge not to raise taxes on person’s earning under $250,000 was, to use a subtle and technical term, a total, absolute, and utter, lie.

Of course, continuing to make Orwell proud,  on Saturday Obama said that he kept his promise not to tax families making less than $250,000 per year. So it was nice to see the  Joint Committee on Taxation say yesterday that this was… how do I put it… a lie.

As The Hill reports:

Taxpayers earning less than $200,000 a year will pay roughly $3.9 billion more in taxes — in 2019 alone — due to healthcare reform, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress’s official scorekeeper…Once the law is fully implemented in 2019, the JCT estimates the deduction limitation will affect 14.8 million taxpayers — 14.7 million of them will earn less than $200,000 a year. These taxpayers are single and joint filers, as well as heads of households.
Working families will suffer, the economy will continue to stagnate, and our President will continue to say the exact opposite of what he is doing.
George Orwell eat your heart out.

Okay.  to sum up so far: Barack Obama is a liar, not to mention an Orwellian demagogue.  And the middle class – contrary to all bogus Democrat promises – will be paying BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAXES TO FUND OBAMACARE.

The Hill article goes on to say:

The new law raises $15.2 billion over 10 years by limiting the medical expense deduction, a provision widely used by taxpayers who either have a serious illness or are older.

Taxpayers can currently deduct medical expenses in excess of 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income. Starting in 2013, most taxpayers will only be able to deduct expenses greater than 10 percent of AGI. Older taxpayers are hit by this threshold increase in 2017.

Once the law is fully implemented in 2019, the JCT estimates the deduction limitation will affect 14.8 million taxpayers — 14.7 million of them will earn less than $200,000 a year. These taxpayers are single and joint filers, as well as heads of households.

Let me see.  I’m a math whiz.  14.7 divided by 14.8 million equals 99.3 percent.  Which means that 99.3% of Americans paying this tax will make LESS THAN $200,000 a year.  Now Obama said people making under $200,000 a year wouldn’t see their taxes go up by so much as one dime.  I guess it’s true that $15.2 billion isn’t “one dime,” but that kind of dodge makes even Bill Clinton’s famous “It depends on what the meaning of the word is, is” look sincere.

And a lot of those 14.7 million Americans who will be hit are small business owners who create jobs.  Quite possibly your job.

Boy.  Wouldn’t it kind of suck for you if your boss laid you off to give Obama your salary?

The mainstream media once drove George H.W. Bush (i.e. Bush I) out of office because he said, “Read my lips.  No new taxes.”  And frankly, they were right to do that.  But you know they won’t have the integrity to expose Barack Obama’s broken word.  It’s too bad that they only exposed Bush’s broken promise because they were liberal propagandist ideologues, rather than professionals who actually care about the truth.

What Obama, Stalin, Mao, Hitler, And Freddy Krueger ALL Have In Common: Targeting Children

September 3, 2009

It’s not like this story is news.  But it sure is a punctuation on an old story.

Barack Obama and Freddy Krueger really like going after kids.

Obama_Krueger-25

We can call the movie, “A Nightmare on EVERY Street.” [Image credit to Resistnet].

“Don’t forget your homework, children.  Write an essay titled, ‘How to help President Obama.’  And as you know, I will severely dock your grade if it isn’t sufficiently worshipful.  After you turn in your papers, we’ll have an indoctrination – I, er, mean a discussion – of how you will help Dear Leader Obama triumph over the evilmonger Republicans so he can establish a glorious One Thousand Year Reich.”

Bush had his “No Children Left Behind.”  Under Obama, it’s “No Child Left Alone.”

If Obama just wanted to do a brief public service announcement and call upon kids to stay in school and study harder, nobody would have a problem with it.  But that isn’t what Obama had in mind at all.

From the Washington Times:

President Obama’s plan to inspire the nation’s schoolchildren with a video address next week erupted into controversy Wednesday, forcing the White House to pull out its eraser and rewrite a government recommendation that teachers nationwide assign students a paper on how to “help the president.”

Presidential aides acknowledged the White House helped the U.S. Education Department craft the proposal, which immediately was met by fierce criticism from Republicans and conservative organizations who accused Mr. Obama of trying to politicize the education system.

White House aides said the language was an honest misunderstanding in what was supposed to be a inspirational, pro-education message to America’s youths.

Among the activities the government initially suggested for prekindergarten to sixth-grade students: that they ” write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.”

Another task recommended for students immediately after listening to the speech: to engage in a discussion about what “the president wants us to do.”

The event is still scheduled for September 8, at 12:00 P.M., at Wakefield High School in Arlington.

The K-6 grade curriculum is posted here.

Obama-Children_K-6

This was about getting kids to ask “how can I help Obama?”  As Obama tanks with grownups, Obama is switching to the people who literally were born yesterday to sell himself and his message.  This is about getting our children to join Obama’s personality cult and push his agenda to their parents.

We’re assured that this was all just an honest mistake, and it is only the most bizarre of coincidences that it basically comes right out of Hitler’s Little Brown Book for Brownshirts.

The fact that no Republican president has ever even come close to anything even remotely resembling such a fascist “misunderstanding” isn’t worth mentioning.  And the fact that Democrat parents would have RIGHTLY come completely unglued if George W. Bush had ever done anything like this is completely beside the point, as well.

It’s not that Barack Obama doesn’t realize that this is intrinsically fascist behavior; it’s frankly just that he doesn’t give a damn.

Remember your liberal mantra:

Just like it wasn’t fascism for public school teachers to so indoctrinate kids that they found themselves doodling like hate notes like this when Bush was president:

That note was found and its image posted by a liberal walking his dog outside of a middle school in Raleigh, North Carolina (the link to the liberal’s blog is available here, and was still active as of today).  He thought it was great.  He said, “I know – EVERYONE hates that a*****e Bush – but I haven’t seen it expressed quite so well by a kid before!”

And silly conservative parents worry that unionized government teachers might indoctrinate their kids.

For those who actually buy the “honest misunderstanding” line that Team Obama Forever offered, let’s take a trip down memory lane.

Singing hymns of praise to the messiah:

The Obama Anthem:

“We’re gonna spread happiness! We’re gonna spread freeeeedom! Obama’s gonna change it, Obama’s gonna lead ‘em…”


Ah, such beautiful memories of great leaders of the past who sought to reach out to their nation’s children:

Ah, yes; I recall the glorious days from the last time children were taught to adore and sing to their leader:

Adolf Hitler is our Saviour, our hero
He is the noblest being in the whole wide world.
For Hitler we live, for Hitler we die.
Our Hitler is our Lord who rules a brave new world
.

And ah, what the heck.  Chairman Mao deserves honorable mention, too:

I’ve purged and murdered millions of their parents, but what can I say?  The kids still love me!

And you’ve really just got to have a video these days, you know: Go, you little Brownshirts, march and chant in cadence to your Dear Leader:

And of course, a Merry Heil, Obama! to you, too!

You remember that terrible little kid whose warmonger soldier father abused him into supporting John McCain?  Thank Government (because we know who our god really is, don’t we?) that a devoted public school teacher was around to indoctrinate – I mean, to um, teach – that little monster and turn him into a productive future member of our new utopia:

So don’t worry, parents.  Your public school teachers won’t take advantage of the Obamathon at your children’s school.  They will teach your kids to love and fear Dear Leader Obama, just like they’re supposed to.

Our Government teachers are loyally teaching children to pledge allegiance to their Dear Leader:

From a public school in Utah (via Michelle Malkin who has more)

A school principal has apologized for showing a video at an assembly that a politically conservative group leader is calling “radical, leftist propaganda.”

Children at Eagle Bay Elementary School in Farmington were shown a short video called “I pledge” on Aug. 28. The video opens with an image of President Barack Obama and part of a speech in which he says, “Let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.” The video then features celebrities making pledges about how they will help the president and the world — and that’s where some say the problem lies…

… Gayle Ruzicka, president of conservative Utah Eagle Forum, said the video was blatantly political. She said other offensive pledges included, “I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama” [at 3:17 into the video], “I pledge allegiance to the funk, to the united funk of funkadelica,” and pledges to not use plastic grocery bags and not flush the toilet after urinating.

“It’s very inappropriate to show a radical, leftist propaganda piece that political to children,” Ruzicka said. “If parents want their children to learn about those things and do them in the home, wonderful, fine, but it’s not the place of the school to show a one-sided propaganda piece to children without parents knowing about it.”

Cieslewicz said such values should be decided in the home, not at school.

Well, of COURSE public school teachers should be indoctrinating children into a radical leftist political agenda.  It’s the logical extension of using Darwinism to teach them there’s no God.  The little darlings need a replacement.

The video features graphics of Obama, and a short stint from a speech.  And then it shows dozens of well-known celebrities who were so profoundly inspired by Dear Leader that they vowed to change the world in wonderful and environmentally-friendly ways – and of course to serve Barack Obama.  Obama wants us all to pledge – and then all the beautiful and famous people start pledging.  Joseph Goebbels couldn’t have polished it better.

Never mind the poop storm that would necessarily follow had George Bush powerfully called people to action and called upon them to pledge to help him enact his agenda – and then celebrities and culture leaders lined up to pledge to fulfill the Bush vision.

Many of the celebrities – inspired by Barack Obama – “pledge” to view and use energy the way that Obama would want them to.  What is not stated is how central energy is to Obama’s vision to fundamentally transform America into a different society.  And global warming is central to his goal to redistribute wealth.  If you don’t believe me, believe Obama’s environmental czar (and admitted communist) Van Johnson.

So say your pledge of allegiance, kids and young adults:

The AmeriCorps Pledge

I will get things done for America –
to make our people safer,
smarter, and healthier.

I will bring Americans together
to strengthen our communities.

Faced with apathy,
I will take action.

Faced with conflict,
I will seek common ground.

Faced with adversity,
I will persevere.

I will carry this commitment
with me this year and beyond.

I am an AmeriCorps member,
and I will get things done.

And just use your “2 and 2 make 5” logic your public school teacher taught you so you won’t think about how incredibly Marxist all of this sounds.

Remember how wonderful it was for you kids at the Kids’ Inaugural.

Of COURSE Obama isn’t trying to indoctrinate kids.  That is just so silly.

I keep thinking, “It can’t get any creepier” – and then it just keeps getting creepier.

Let me center myself:

“We’re gonna spread happiness! We’re gonna spread freeeeedom! Obama’s gonna change it, Obama’s gonna lead ‘em…” – so help me Marx.

Okay.  I’m all better now…

The Obama speech to the children will very likely sound innocent and innocuous.  But in the liberal public schools – which are and have been laboratories for leftist activism, it won’t be innocent or innocuous at all.  Unionized Government Teachers will be free to spin their own agendas onto Obama’s speech.

This isn’t happening now because Obama is worried that your six-year-old is going to decide to drop out of school.

The timing of this event isn’t happening by accident.  Don’t be naive.  Barack Obama’s healthcare agenda is under attack, and frankly in danger of becoming a major disaster for him.  The fact that Obama has already been busted for using a plant in the form of a cute 11-year old girl named Julia Hall (whose mother – Kathleen Manning – was a top state-level Obama campaign member) comes into play.  His administration has used children to advance his agenda before, and they will do so again.

If your kid comes home from school after ObamaDay and starts bugging you about health care, you’ll know why: it will be because Barack Obama despicably degenerated into trying to turn your child into his propagandist.