Monthly Archives: September 2010

Senator: Obama, Congress ‘Intentionally’ Spending to Force Value-Added Tax Implementation

We’ve heard from various elements that President Barack Obama was a socialist trying to “fundamentally change” the United States of America in a covert manner, but maybe it isn’t as covert as it seems.

A recent CNS News analysis of government data shows that in the first 19 months of the Obama administration, the federal debt held by the public increased by $2.5260 trillion – more than the cumulative total of the national debt held by the public that was amassed by all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Ronald Reagan. So why is the government doing this? Larry Kudlow asked Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., that question on his Sept. 9 program, suggesting it was a “giant massive tax trap.”

“Senator, instead of going bankrupt, you know what will happen?” Kudlow said. “It’s a massive tax trap. That’s what’s going to happen. It’s going to be a gigantic humongous, massive tax trap that will doom us to subpar, stagnant, slow economic growth and high unemployment. Isn’t that really the issue?”

According to Gregg, who was at one time Obama’s choice for Secretary of Commerce until he withdrew his name, it’s part of a philosophy that sees the private sector as “under-taxed.”

“Larry, you’re absolutely right,” Gregg said. “This is a very important point for your viewers to understand. This spending is being done intentionally. The reason the GDP –the spending-to-GDP ratio has gone from 20 percent to 24 percent, it’s heading to 27 percent of GDP is because the present government, the present presidency and the present Congress genuinely believe that you create prosperity by radically growing the size of government and they genuinely believe that our society is fundamentally under-taxed and they want to fill the gap between what has historically been our tax revenues, which have been about 18 to 19 percent of GDP and the spending, which they put in place at 24 percent.”

Their end goal with all this spending is not just short-term medicine for the ailing economy. Instead – to “fundamentally change” the American economy: Institute a value-added tax and implement the European social welfare model.

They want to fill it with a value added tax,” Gregg continued. “That is the plan. They’re trying to run the government into the ditch so that the options will be so few and so Draconian and so inappropriate that the only choice that would be left would be to go down the European social welfare mode. Remember, every European country has an income tax, a sales tax, which is their VAT tax, and what they see is the United States only has an income tax. So they say, ‘Well, we can obviously take the European model. If we go down the European road of expanding our government dramatically,’ which is what they’re planning to do and what they’ve actually done with the health care bill specifically, ‘Then we can fill that gap without going down the European model of a VAT tax.’”

And as Gregg explained, that sort of policy gesture would come at a cost.

“That of course reduces the productivity of society, because the more you put a tax burden on society, you basically reduce productivity,” he said. “That costs you jobs and makes you less competitive.”

via Senator: Obama, Congress ‘Intentionally’ Spending to Force Value-Added Tax Implementation.

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My Way News – FACT CHECK: Obama’s tone shifts on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama told voters repeatedly during the health care debate that the overhaul legislation would bring down fast-rising health care costs and save them money. Now, he’s hemming and hawing on that.

So far, the law he signed earlier this year hasn’t had the desired effect. An analysis from Medicare’s Office of the Actuary this week said that the nation’s health care tab will go up – not down – through 2019 as a result of Obama’s sweeping law, though the increase is modest.

Obama offered some caveats when asked in his news conference Friday about the apparent discrepancy between what he promised and what’s actually happening so far. On several other topics, too, his rhetoric fell short of a full accounting.

via My Way News – FACT CHECK: Obama’s tone shifts on health care.

Nine Years Ago Today

Nine Years Ago Today « Nice Deb.

Eric Cantor Tells Obama After Repub-Bashing Cleveland Speech:”Clarify Or Withdraw The Accusation” « Nice Deb

Eric Cantor Tells Obama After Repub-Bashing Cleveland Speech:”Clarify Or Withdraw The Accusation”

September, 8, 2010 — nicedeb

I think Republicans in Congress are as sick of Obama’s whoppers as we are, probably more so, since they’re so often the target of his barbs. Today, during his speech on the economy in Cleveland, Obama once again accused the Republicans of having no ideas – “And when you ask them what programs they’d actually cut, they usually don’t have an answer.”

Joe Wilson was unavailable to comment, so the more tactful House Minority Whip, Eric Cantor responded:

“President Obama must have misspoken today, because I have personally sat across the table from him and suggested specific ways to cut spending. Furthermore, House Republican Leader John Boehner and I urged President Obama to work with Republicans to cut spending by using his authority to send Congress a “rescissions” package. In fact, we sent President Obama a letter twice pledging to work together with him on that effort. We still have not heard back – seven months later. It doesn’t end there, through the YouCut program House Republicans have offered over $120 billion in spending cuts, only to be voted down by Democrats in the House. Finally, House Republicans Jeb Hensarling and Paul Ryan have introduced a “Cut Spending Now” package of specific cuts that would save taxpayers $1.3 trillion.

“President Obama is entitled to his opinion, but he’s not entitled to his own facts, and with that in mind I am asking him to either clarify or withdraw the accusation that he made earlier today.”

Gee, since Obama didn’t see fit to respond to any of the previous communications from House Republicans, I rather doubt he’ll hearken to this. Nice try, anyway.

via Eric Cantor Tells Obama After Repub-Bashing Cleveland Speech:”Clarify Or Withdraw The Accusation” « Nice Deb.

YouTube – Obama: ‘They Talk About Me Like a Dog’

YouTube – Obama: ‘They Talk About Me Like a Dog’.  Obama is the one that started the “dog” dialog.

The president appeared on ABC’s morning talk show “The View” Thursday, where he talked about the forced resignation of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, his experience with race and his roots.

When asked about his background, which includes a black father and white mother, Obama said of African-Americans: “We are sort of a mongrel people.”

American Thinker: The Left Keeps Losing Everywhere

Many conservatives look at their first chance to defeat the left in six years when nervous Democrats try to explain away Obama’s disastrous leftward lurch. The left is not only looking at a big defeat in America in two months, it has been getting slobber-knocked all over the modern industrialized world.

Read via American Thinker: The Left Keeps Losing Everywhere.

ObamaTest.com: Are you good enough for Barack Obama?

Barack Obama has very high standards. As your president, Barack will demand that you do your best and that you don’t embarrass him.

Take this test to determine whether you’re qualified to be one of those who Barack will be president of.

Take the test via ObamaTest.com: Are you good enough for Barack Obama?.

YouTube – Reporter Asks Obama: Do You Regret Calling This “Recovery Summer”

YouTube – Reporter Asks Obama: Do You Regret Calling This “Recovery Summer”.  Response: “Bu-b-b-b-b-but………..

YouTube – Jack Webb Schools Eric Holder on Arizona

YouTube – Jack Webb Schools Eric Holder on Arizona.

Ohio: Bush 50, Obama 42 « Don Surber

Read more: Ohio: Bush 50, Obama 42 « Don Surber.