Thursday, September 30, 2010
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 33 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!
A Rush For The Exits
With their poll numbers collapsing, many members of Congress are in a rush to get out of Washington, desperate to get back home and hit the campaign trail. As the House of Representatives took up the resolution to adjourn, House Republican Leader John Boehner turned the routine vote into a referendum on the Bush tax cuts. Boehner urged his colleagues to “Vote no on this adjournment resolution. Give Congress a chance to vote on extending [the Bush tax cuts.]”
As the votes were being cast one endangered incumbent after another broke ranks from the Democrat leadership and voted against adjourning. In the end, Speaker Pelosi prevailed by one vote – 210-to-209. By one vote, the majority party succeeded in preventing the House from considering the Bush tax cuts, leaving a tremendous cloud of uncertainty hanging over small business owners and middle-class families.
President Confronted Again
Kudos to David Greenspon! The successful small businessman confronted President Obama in Iowa yesterday over his plans to raise taxes on the men and women who are doing the most to create new jobs in this tough economy. Here’s what he told the president:
“One of the things that concerns me is the repeal of the Bush tax cuts. The repeal – I don’t care if it is 5 percent – that’s 5 percent that would create a job. Five percent on millions of dollars of profit creates many jobs. …As the government gets more and more involved in business and more and more involved in taxes, what you’re finding is you’re strangling those job-creation vehicles.”
At that point, Obama cut off Mr. Greenspon and his microphone was taken away. Obama told him, “Your taxes haven’t gone up in this administration.” Wrong, Mr. President. There are dozens of tax hikes in the healthcare bill and more coming on January 1st.
These kinds of confrontations seem to be happening more often as Americans who live in the real world get an opportunity to question Obama directly. It started with Joe the Plumber who confronted then-Senator Obama about the candidate’s instincts to “spread the wealth around.” Recently, Velma Hart, a disillusioned supporter, expressed her exhaustion in defending his policies. In each case, Americans are holding the country’s leadership accountable for their hopes and dreams. Welcome to the real America, Mr. President!
The looming tax hikes are making a lot of Washington politicians very nervous, and more are defecting from the tax-and-spend agenda every day. Among the many taxes congressional leaders want to raise is the capital gains tax – a tax on investment. Barack Obama wants to increase the capital gains tax by at least one-third.
During the 2008 debates, ABC’s Charlie Gibson questioned then-candidate Obama on his plan to raise capital gains taxes when the evidence shows that less revenue is received from the higher rates. Obama’s immediate response was, “I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.” It was a classic example of class warfare and envy – using tax policy to achieve some progressive ideal irrespective of the actual outcome (less revenue).
This week nearly four dozen House Democrats rejected the president’s “fairness” argument for raising capital gains taxes. The Associated Press reported, “47 House Democrats are telling party leaders they want to continue Bush-era tax cuts on investment income, breaking ranks with President Barack Obama and exposing divisions among Democrats…”
You Can’t Keep What You Have
Here’s the latest example of ObamaCare taking away the health insurance folks have today: According to the Wall Street Journal, some 30,000 hourly McDonald’s employees may lose their health insurance. Why? An analysis by McDonald’s executives concluded that ObamaCare mandates that take effect next year will make their current health insurance plan “economically prohibitive.”
When the economy was creating jobs under conservative administrations, liberals would derided those jobs as “burger-flipper jobs,” when in fact many successful people have started their careers that way. (Such as Dave Thomas and Ray Kroc.) Granted, these entry-level jobs aren’t ones folks aspire to stay in forever. But liberal policies are taking away private health insurance options from those who can least afford it and shoving them into the government-run Medicaid program – in 2014.