The formerly solid wall of Republican opposition to any tax increase has now been breached and it is up to us to repair it and plug it up!
Three normally conservative Senators — Tom Coburn (Oklahoma), Mike Crapo (Idaho) and Judd Gregg (New Hampshire) — have voted in favor of the Bowles-Simpson Deficit Reduction Commission’s recommendations for massive tax hikes. Coburn, Crapo, and Gregg are laboring under the grand illusion that tax increases can reduce the deficit.
In fact, the record is the exact opposite! Tax increases dampen economic growth (particularly during a recession) and never bring in the revenue they are supposed to. And, because they hurt the economy, they increase mandatory entitlement spending on Medicaid, welfare, unemployment compensation, and food stamps, thereby eradicating any spending cuts that may have accompanied them.
Coburn, Crapo and Gregg’s vote endorses and sends to Congress a report that calls for a nine-year tax hike of $1.3 trillion, raising the federal tax burden permanently to 21% of GDP as opposed to the average of 18% to date (source: Americans for Tax Reform).
It even eliminates Congressional control over tax increases. They would become automatic after 2013 unless the Commission’s proposals are implemented.
The Commission called for higher tax rates, reduces indexing of tax brackets for inflation, raises the capital gains tax from 15 to 23%, raises Social Security taxes by up to 50% for taxpayers making up to or over $150,000 a year, doubles gas taxes, and makes inheritance taxes at 45% permanent.
Coburn, Crapo, and Gregg had done great harm to our cause by endorsing the idea that a “centrist” approach of combining tax increases and spending cuts is the answer to our deficit. Their approach would lock in Obama’s massive increase in government spending.
When Obama took office, federal, state, and local governments combined accounted for 35% of our economy. Now they are up to 45%, ahead of Britain and Germany! We must roll this back through spending cuts, not ratify it through tax increases.
Judd Gregg is retiring and Coburn and Crapo were just re-elected. Neither said anything about endorsing big tax increases as soon as the ballots were cast. They hid their true intentions from us!
Please, drown Coburn and Crapo in letters and phone calls to protest their betrayal of our cause!! We must make sure that they do not back these tax increases on the floor of the Senate!!! And that their defection does not encourage other RINOs to break ranks!
Tom Coburn’s contact info is:
Senator Tom Coburn
172 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington D.C., 20510
Senator Tom Coburn
1800 South Baltimore
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74119
Senator Tom Coburn
100 North Broadway
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73102
Mike Crapo’s contact info is:
Senator Mike Crapo
239 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington D.C., 20510
Senator Mike Crapo
410 Memorial Drive
Idaho Falls, Idaho, 83402
Fax, write, phone! Make their phone ring off the hook!
Thanks and God Bless America,
As a result of the massive Republican victories last month, Republicans in state houses all over America have the happy duty of redrawing Congressional district lines in time for the 2012 elections based on the 2010 census. In almost half the cases, they will be able to do so without the advice or input of the newly impotent Democratic legislative minorities in their states.
Each of the state legislative leaders is facing the same dilemma as the New Year approaches: Do they work to draw lines to protect the many new, freshmen Republican members of Congress who defeated Democratic incumbents, often by narrow margins? Or do they work to create more competitive districts for new Republican gains as they undo the Democratic gerrymandering that took place in most states after their party did well in the 2000 elections?
The Wikileaks documents show that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has, as Voltaire said about the Bourbon kings of France, learned nothing and forgotten nothing. Her request that American diplomats at foreign postings and the United Nations gather personal data about their foreign counterparts is eerily reminiscent of her use of private detectives to unearth negative information on those who were politically inconvenient during the husband’s campaigns for president and his White House tenure.
At the time, I called these operatives, the “secret police.” Now, apparently, we call them the “diplomatic corps.”
The Wikileaks documents show that you can not only not teach an old dog new tricks, but you can’t stop her from doing the ones she has always done.
The Republican nominating process of 2012 will be totally different from that of other years. In fact, it will be the opposite of what we are used to.
Since the procedural reforms initiated by Democrat George McGovern – that carried over into the Republican Party as well – primaries have determined the winner of the nominations in each party. Iowa and New Hampshire – the first caucus and the first primary in the nation – have tended to sort out the candidates for us. They narrowed down the field and left the rest of the nation with two or three alternatives in each party.
Does President Obama plan to move to the center in response to his overwhelming rejection at the polls on November 2nd? No way! Instead, he is moving to implement, through executive action, two of the most controversial items in his 2010 agenda — a carbon tax and pollution permit system and a ban on the use of secret ballots in union elections. Through executive action by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Obama Administration is planning to effectuate both policies without asking Congress.
A Book Review by DICK MORRIS of Pinheads and Patriots by Bill O’Reilly
Is Obama a socialist? A Muslim? Anti-American? Pro-Palestinian? Or just a man who is right sometimes and wrong most of the time? Bill O’Reilly opts for the second option in his new book Pinheads and Patriots.
Bill rigorously focuses on what President Obama does, not on who he is. He refuses to speculate about motivation, preferring instead the more solid ground of observing and frequently condemning his policies. The whole is never larger than the sum of its parts in O’Reilly’s book. In fact, they’re not really added up at all.
In a world fraught with invective, Bill focuses instead on programs, statistics, and facts. Abjuring adjectives, he speaks only in nouns and verbs.
Ever since the abortion debate burst on the American political scene in the wake of the Roe v Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, women have voted more Democratic than men. Particularly unmarried women have since typically backed Democratic candidates – attracted by their pro-choice positions – by between ten and twenty points in each election.
But now the trend has stopped! In one of the most important findings in the post-election polls, the McLaughlin and Associates polling firm has found that men and women both voted for Republican candidates in the 2010 midterm elections! Pollster John McLaughlin – one of the best – noted that “The Republican candidates for Congress had a 12-point advantage among men (53-41) and a 7-point advantage among women (50-43).” This finding is historic.
Published on TheHill.com on November 16, 2010
As the Senate Republican Conference moves to ban earmarking by the chamber’s Republicans, the next question arises: What about the House? Will the new, young, reform-minded Republicans who now populate the lower chamber match the action of the Senate and ban budget-busting earmarks?
Inexplicably, the Senate Republican Conference vote will remain secret. We will have difficulty finding out who were the good guys and who the bad. But we do know that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) saved the day. With the reformers a few votes shy of victory, he switched sides, dramatically declaring himself in favor of the earmark ban.
Tuesday is the first day of the rest of our lives because on that day we will see if the Republican Party is serious about reform or just mouths the words to get back power.
The Senate Republican caucus is set to vote on a ban on earmarks. Twenty Senators have committed to back the ban and six are opposed. But twenty are still undecided. We need twenty-four to pass the proposal.
Please call your Senator to weigh in! Earmarking is one of the key causes of the massive federal deficit. It promotes projects that are usually wastes of time and money. It is a disgrace that the Republicans did not end this obnoxious practice when they held power in the Senate before the 2006 election. They must commit to ending it now.
Democrats do not forgive defeat very easily. In the week after his “shellacking” in the mid-term elections, Democratic approval of Obama’s performance as president dropped from 88% to 81% in the Zogby Poll, bringing his overall approval down to 43%. When a president starts to shed members of his own party, a vicious cycle has set in which can lead to a primary challenge.
Not from Hillary. At least not yet. She is far too cautious and intertwined with the Administration to be the first to move against Obama. Just as Bobby Kennedy needed a Eugene McCarthy to test the waters for a primary challenge to Lyndon Johnson in 1968, so Hillary Clinton will look to others to try out Obama’s vulnerability to a liberal challenge. As with Kennedy, if it works, she’ll probably jump in. If it doesn’t, she’ll stay on as Secretary of State.