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The Insatiable Democrat Appetite For Taxes

The House Ways and Means Committee says it is looking at surtax on wealthy taxpayers as the primary source of funding ObamaCare:

As discussed in the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, the surtax would apply to individuals with adjusted gross income of more than $200,000 and couples over $250,000, according to officials involved in the discussion. Most spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were private.

Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., a member of the panel, said the panel is looking at a surtax around 3.5 percent.

In addition, key lawmakers are expected to call for a tax or fee equal to a percentage of a worker's salary on employers who do not offer health benefits.

Given today's news that unemployment continues unabated (159,000 Americans filed new claims for unemployment last week) it's not unreasonable to ask if the Democrats pushing for these tax increases actually know where jobs come from. As has been mentioned on this blog many times, small business is the largest employer (and the largest source of new jobs) in the U S economy. The "wealthy" that the House Democrats are targeting for tax increases are these small businesses, not the stereotypical "coupon clipping" aristocrat that Congress would have you believe.

One of the advantages that small businesses enjoy is their ability to react quickly to changes in their market spaces. They are quick to hire when business expands and quick to fire during a retraction (as we are in now). Having dealt with small businesses for years I've come to learn that they are also quick to respond to higher operating costs such as tax increases by reducing what usually is the largest expense they incur: payroll. Small business is already staring at the sunset of the Bush tax cuts; however, now Congress proposes to burden them with an additional surtax to pay for ObamaCare.

Does anyone believe the new ObamaCare surtax will expand employment? That begs the question as to whether Democrats actually care about unemployment. Judging the Democrats by their actions (instead of their intentions) indicates that there is a growing gulf between the working (and employing) class in America and the ruling class in Washington.


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The ruling class in Washing... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

The ruling class in Washington have their heads so far up their collective asses, it's a wonder they all don't just die from lack of oxygen. Hell, they'd be doing us a favor. All this energy wasted to solve a "problem" by implementing laws that don't address the root causes.

I wouldn't cry if their oxy... (Below threshold)
John:

I wouldn't cry if their oxygen ran out...

It's pathetic the attempts they try to "fix" things. I mean this "stimulus" is a great example to ask them, "If you guessed so wrong on the economy, how the hell are you so sure you can fix healthcare?"

Even worse is seeing your state governor, Martin O'Malley, sit in front of congress and essentially beg for a second stimulus. This jackass has the gall to run rampant and put Maryland in finiancial dire straits, and then go and BEG for more money. But that is what liberals do best, spend money without real effect, claim they are doing good while, beg for more money, and leave people living in reality with a sore ass...

Dems and taxesDems a... (Below threshold)
Trajan:

Dems and taxes
Dems and taxes

Go together like a belt and slackses.

This I tell you brother
You can't have one without the other.

geez Trajan, bad enough I'm... (Below threshold)

geez Trajan, bad enough I'm getting raped by the government...now I've got that dopey tune in my head!!! *sigh*

Fundamentally, our system o... (Below threshold)
Rick Caird:

Fundamentally, our system of gerrymandering and protection of the incumbent leads to politicians who have little or no experience in how things really work. Then, the seniority system rewards long term politicians with power. All they know is government and the part they know best is raising revenue and spending that revenue. The result is a hodgepodge of conflicting plans that end up accomplishing very little, but at great cost.

For example, we have a "not so much" stimulus program that is more a reward for political support than a stimulus. That, and the fact it takes a long time to get government money out the door (we knew "shovel ready" was as much a lie as the "the check is in the mail") raised expectations to a level that even a casual observer knew could not be met.

So now, with unemployment having skyrocketed and getting worse, these guys are off to their next two projects, cap and trade and national health care, which will result in more job losses. But, these politicians have no understanding of the contradictory nature of the problems. They are unable to focus on the most pressing problem. The most pressing problem is neither global warming or nationalized health care.

The President should be looking at the totality of the problem, but he is not. The good news is that John Stewart is starting to make fun of him with "fix the economy".

We need new politicians. The ones we have are just not working out.

Rick

Breaking News! Looks like ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Breaking News! Looks like the Blue Dog Democrats are reading the poll numbers and are putting the brakes on "health care reform". At least they're trying to slow the train wreck down and discuss it further rather than rush it thru via Nancy Pelosi's "Emergency Express".
Bet those Blue Dogs are going onto Nancy's hate list.

it's not unreasonable to... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

it's not unreasonable to ask if the Democrats pushing for these tax increases actually know where jobs come from.

For some time, it has been my belief that this is the basic difference between liberals and conservatives on the economic issues:
Liberals believe that wealth is found lying around on the ground, and the strongest, fastest, whitest people who find wealth on the ground are now enjoying it and that's just not fair.
Conservatives understand that wealth is created by people. There is no source of wealth other than hard work. And there is no reason to create wealth other than to enjoy it.
Obama wants to take wealth away from people. Why? Because, in his community organizer mind, whoever has it does not deserve it.
Reagan (for example) wanted to allow people to have more of their wealth. Why? Because, the more they got to keep, the more they created. The more wealth that's created, the better everyone's life is.
It's not politics--it's mathematics.

If Bammy keeps it up, blue ... (Below threshold)
Trajan:

If Bammy keeps it up, blue dog democrats and
yellow dog democrats are going to be dog-faced
democrats. The post-election elation and
fellation is becoming an abomination. Look
for Obama to be inserted into the Captain Planet series reruns and Michelle to be doing faux alligator Buxton Organizer
faux-alligator Buxton Organizer ad spots.

I say tax the wealthy at 5%... (Below threshold)
kathie:

I say tax the wealthy at 5%. The economy will come crashing down, it will be indisputable. Then throw the bastards out, wipe out all of Obama's people and changes, and be done with him once and for all.

re: 3,4Married wit... (Below threshold)
epador:

re: 3,4

Married with Children meets

Barry'd with Taxes.

Does anyone believe t... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Does anyone believe the new ObamaCare surtax will expand employment?

I believe it will - it'll expand GOVERNMENT employment. After all, you're going to need a bureaucratic structure to collect the money and properly dole it out. That structure's going to be thickly larded with layer upon layer of collectors, inspectors, collector inspectors, middle and mid-upper and upper managers - with any luck at all it'll be at LEAST as productive as the Luxury Tax was in the early '90s. (Which collected about half of what it cost to administer, and was abandoned when it was realized that it was killing a lot of small businesses.)

It'll probably increase employment in the medical sector also - at least somewhat, since you're going to need people to understand and administer the crap coming down from Washington.

That begs the question as to whether Democrats actually care about unemployment.

Sure they do. They LOVE unemployed people, because when you give them money, they'll do what you tell them. And you don't even have to actually raise what you give 'em, just the PROMISE of more money will get their vote every time! They care so much about the unemployed, they do everything they can to make sure there's more of them!

But ask if they care about employment - that's a different matter! Someone employed isn't so dependent on government handouts, therefore they're harder to control. So given a choice between high numbers of employed people (as we had under Bush, till the dems ran off the cliff) and high numbers of unemployed - as you said, judge them by their actions.

Judging the Democrats by their actions (instead of their intentions) indicates that there is a growing gulf between the working (and employing) class in America and the ruling class in Washington.

No! Ya think?! And there you have the strategy of class warfare. Those fomenting it know that they're vulnerable to their base, so they've got to do whatever they can to keep the anger and discontent focused elsewhere. It is not the fault of Democratic stupidity that ran up massive deficits (looking like up to $2 trillion for THIS YEAR ALONE) it's BUSH'S FAULT!!!!!OMG! (Ignore Cap and Trade and the Stimulus, and the looming health care bill, they're not relevant.)

Liberals never seem to run ... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Liberals never seem to run out of their petty grievances and resentments, and never seem to run out of reasons to use them as excuses.

Why is it that the answer to every problem is either a spending program, a tax program, or some new regulation?

I think it's time for some serious job losses -- in Washington. This malignant arrogance has got to be stopped.

"Why is it that the answ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"Why is it that the answer to every problem is either a spending program, a tax program, or some new regulation?"

Because when all you've got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Those are the EASIEST things to do, and the most visible. The actual idea is NOT to solve the problem, it's to SEEM like you're solving the problem. A problem that's solved isn't something that can be used to get votes through promising a solution.

AMERICA'S NATIONAL HEALTHCA... (Below threshold)
jacksmith:

AMERICA'S NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY!

It's official. America and the World are now in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. A World EPIDEMIC with potential catastrophic consequences for ALL of the American people. The first PANDEMIC in 41 years. And WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES will have to face this PANDEMIC with the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed World.

STAND READY AMERICA TO SEIZE CONTROL OF YOUR NATIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.

We spend over twice as much of our GDP on healthcare as any other country in the World. And Individual American spend about ten times as much out of pocket on healthcare as any other people in the World. All because of GREED! And the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare system in America.

And while all this is going on, some members of congress seem mostly concern about how to protect the corporate PROFITS! of our GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT NATIONAL DISGRACE. A PRIVATE FOR PROFIT DISGRACE that is in fact, totally valueless to the public health. And a detriment to national security, public safety, and the public health.

Progressive democrats the Tri-Caucus and others should stand firm in their demand for a robust government-run public option for all Americans, with all of the minimum requirements progressive democrats demanded. If congress can not pass a robust public option with at least 51 votes and all robust minimum requirements, congress should immediately move to scrap healthcare reform and request that President Obama declare a state of NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY! Seizing and replacing all PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance plans with the immediate implementation of National Healthcare for all Americans under the provisions of HR676 (A Single-payer National Healthcare Plan For All).

Coverage can begin immediately through our current medicare system. With immediate expansion through recruitment of displaced workers from the canceled private sector insurance industry. Funding can also begin immediately by substitution of payroll deductions for private insurance plans with payroll deductions for the national healthcare plan. This is what the vast majority of the American people want. And this is what all objective experts unanimously agree would be the best, and most cost effective for the American people and our economy.

In Mexico on average people who received medical care for A-H1N1 (Swine Flu) with in 3 days survived. People who did not receive medical care until 7 days or more died. This has been the same results in the US. But 50 million Americans don't even have any healthcare coverage. And at least 200 million of you with insurance could not get in to see your private insurance plans doctors in 2 or 3 days, even if your life depended on it. WHICH IT DOES!

If President Obama has to declare a NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY to rescue the American people from our healthcare crisis, he will need all the sustained support you can give him. STICK WITH HIM! He's doing a brilliant job.

THIS IS THE BIG ONE!

THE BATTLE OF GOOD Vs EVIL!

Join the fight.

Contact congress and your representatives NOW! AND SPREAD THE WORD!

God Bless You

Jacksmith - WORKING CLASS

Thats what you get when the... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Thats what you get when the demacreeps are running things high taxes for more pork and dumb healthcare bunk




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