Taxes Too High?

Posted on August 8, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

By Caren Z. Turner

CZT Bio Photo medium resizeAfter dozens of hearings, the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee are embarking on the first major overhaul of the U.S. tax code since the 1980’s. Committee sources expect a draft to be ready sometime in the fall. It’s not too late to get your two cents in…If you are interested in contacting the tax committees with a plan for tax overhaul, please do not hesitate to call us. We will help ensure your idea is vetted. House Republicans are quite steadfast that this will be a comprehensive redraft, not a piecemeal approach.

Hill staffers are abuzz and upset. One of the requirements of Obamacare is for staff to get health insurance through exchanges. However, it is not clear that the government is required to pay for the premiums. Congress and the White House are working on a fix to avoid a massive exodus from the Hill.

As the national list of political scoundrels grows, so does their determination to campaign on.  Truly amazing! Wouldn’t it be nice if the better qualified candidates would win elections rather than the ones with the best media presence?

Enjoy August.

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Obama’s Class Act

Posted on October 4, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

By Scott Orr

When President Obama unveiled his plan to reduce the deficit by raising taxes on the rich, it didn’t take Republicans long to accuse him of pursuing an electoral strategy of pitting one group of Americans against another.

This is called “class warfare,” they said.

“Class warfare … may make for really good politics, but it makes for rotten economics,” Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee,  said on “Fox News Sunday”.

Obama’s plan would end the Bush tax cuts for couples making more than $250,000 a year and bring back the old top tax rate of 39 percent, which had been lowered to 35 percent. And, of course, it includes the so-called “Buffett rule” to ensure that millionaires pay at least the same effective tax rate as middle-class Americans.

It’s the plan’s reliance on tax hikes on the rich that have prompted Republicans to accuse the President of trying to shore up his base by dividing the country along class, or income, lines. Obama attempted to dodge the class warfare accusation even as he unveiled his new plan.
“I reject the idea that asking a hedge fund manager to pay the same tax rate as a plumber or a teacher is class warfare. I think it’s just the right the thing to do….This is not class warfare. It’s math,” Obama said.

Meanwhile, three independent polls issued since Obama unveiled his plan suggest that the American people disagree with the GOP on this one.

According to a Gallup poll issued in late September, 66 percent of all Americans favor the idea of raising taxes on couples that earn more than $250,000 per year. The same poll showed 70 percent of Americans favored raising taxes on corporations by ending certain deductions.

Then there was a Fox News poll that asked this loaded question: Do you think Barack Obama’s political strategy for reelection is designed to bring people together with a hopeful message, or drive people apart with a partisan message?

Surprisingly, 56 percent said bring people together while only 32 percent said drive people apart.

Finally, a Washington Post poll found only 29 percent believe that Obama is doing more to help the “have nots” than to help the “haves,” while 45 percent, say he’s treating both equally. A 47 percent plurality said Republicans are doing more to help the “haves.”

Though not blatantly partisan, the anti-Wall Street protests that have spread from New York to other U.S. cities might give another indication of an American public that wants the rich to shoulder its share of the tax burden.

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