John Kartch

Goolsbee dodges Obamacare tax questions

 

Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the White House council of economic advisers, looked like a deer in the headlights as he tried to defend Obamacare during his testimony to the House Ways & Means Committee last week. Throughout his campaign, President Obama made a “firm pledge” that no family making less than $250,000 would see “any […]

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Healthcare bill uses the term “tax” 124 times

 

A word search of the 1,502-page Senate healthcare bill (S. 1796) reveals that the term “tax” is used 124 times, “taxable” is used 158 times, and “excise tax” is used 12 times. Other terms of interest are as follows: Senate Health Care Bill (S. 1796) Term Number of uses “Tax” 124 times “Taxes” 16 times […]

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Paging George Stephanopoulos and his dictionary

 

During a Sept. 20 interview on ABC’s This Week, President Obama denied that the individual mandate excise tax in the Baucus healthcare draft was a tax, even though the draft language used the term “excise tax” as a descriptive.  In a memorable exchange, host George Stephanopoulos read the dictionary definition of “tax” to the President, who replied by […]

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Exactly where is Obama’s healthcare “plan”?

 

Wallace Forman at Americans for Tax Reform notes how President Obama keeps referring to his healthcare “plan”: – 28 times at the joint session of Congress on Sept. 9 – 6 times at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Sept. 10 – 15 times at his Minnesota health care rally on Sept. 12 – 8 […]

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Play Obama Healthcare Bingo Tonight

 

To help get you through Obama’s speech tonight, Americans for Tax Reform has prepared printable bingo cards filled with common terms and phrases used by the President. 

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Obama Floats Soda Tax

 

In an interview with Men’s Health published Monday, President Obama suggested that a tax on such items as soda and sugary drinks should be put on the table, saying “I actually think it’s an idea that we should be exploring.” Obama then acknowledged the political reality of enacting such taxes while providing a glimpse of where […]

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Video: Obama Tax Promise Timeline

 

Americans for Tax Reform has put together a two and a half minute video of Obama’s promise not to raise “any form” of taxes on those making less than $250,000 per year — and the bizarre evolution the promise has undergone.

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VA Gubernatorial Debate: All three Democrats leave the door open to tax hikes

 

Debating in Virginia tonight, all three Democratic gubernatorial primary candidates left the door wide open to imposing tax hikes on their constituents if elected.  When asked by a voter (via YouTube) “How much are you going to raise our taxes?”, each candidate refused to rule out tax hikes, using classic word choice to do so: Creigh Deeds:  […]

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Rebutting Obama’s “100 Days” Press Conference Claims on Taxes, Jobs

 

During his press conference tonight, Obama made claims on taxes and jobs that invite rebuttal: Obama Claim: “We began by passing a Recovery Act that has already saved or created over 150,000 jobs and provided a tax cut to 95% of all working families.” Rebuttal: First, cutting taxes for “95% of all working families” is […]

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Why Obama focuses on the deficit rather than total spending

 

Last night’s press conference provided another teachable moment as to why the focus should not be on “the deficit” but rather total government spending as a percentage of GDP. When Obama was challenged on the massive size of his budget and the burden placed on future generations, he immediately pivoted to a discussion of deficits […]

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