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FL-19 Update: Curt Clawson Signs the Pledge

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Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, 5:20 PM PERMALINK


It’s official: All the GOP candidates in Florida’s special election to replace former Rep. Trey Radel have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Americans for Tax Reform would like to congratulate businessman Curt Clawson on his decision to sign the Pledge. Clawson joins Paige Kreegel, Lizbeth Benacquisto, and Michael Dreikorn in committing to Florida taxpayers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase income taxes.’

Politicians often run for an office saying they won't raise taxes, but then quickly turn their backs on the taxpayer. The idea of the Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing. We are glad to see Clawson put his commitment in writing.

To read more about Clawson signing the Pledge, click here.

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Lizbeth Benacquisto Signs the "No New Taxes" Pledge in Fl-19 Special Election

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Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, March 17th, 2014, 12:53 PM PERMALINK


State Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in her race to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel in FL-19.

The Pledge, championed by Americans for Tax Reform, is a commitment to the people of Florida to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. Currently, 39 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen incumbent governors and over 1,000 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Ms. Benacquisto for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they’re looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Lizbeth Benacquisto demonstrates that she understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Florida.”

“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

GOP Voters will head to the polls on April 22 to choose their nominee to face-off against Democrat April Freeman on June 24, 2014.

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Grover Norquist Talks with NRO's Jim Geraghty about the State of Conservatism


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, March 10th, 2014, 4:09 PM PERMALINK


National Review Online's Jim Geraghty interviewed ATR President Grover Norquist at CPAC about how conservatives can shape government reforms on the state level and what conservatives need to do to win in 2016 and 2020.

Do you agree with what Grover had to say? Share your thoughts below.

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ATR Releases 2014 List of Federal Pledge Signers in Texas

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Thursday, February 27th, 2014, 9:46 AM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of incumbents and challengers in Texas who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. The list of currently elected officials and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

Currently Elected Officials

  • Sen. John Cornyn (SEN)
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (SEN)
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01)
  • Rep. Ted Poe (TX-02)
  • Rep. Sam Johnson (TX-03)
  • Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04)
  • Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX-05)
  • Rep. Joe Barton (TX-06)
  • Rep. John Culberson (TX-07)
  • Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08)
  • Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10)
  • Rep. Mike Conaway (TX-11)
  • Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12)
  • Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX-13)
  • Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14)
  • Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17)
  • Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)
  • Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21)
  • Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22)
  • Rep. Kenny Marchant (TX-24)
  • Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25)
  • Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26)
  • Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
  • Rep. John Carter (TX-31)
  • Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-32)
  • Rep. Steve Stockman (TX-36)

Challengers

  • Dwayne Stovall (SEN)
  • Reid Reasor (SEN)
  • John Stacy (TX-04)
  • Tony Arterburn (TX-04)
  • Lou Gigliotti (TX-04)
  • Brent Lawson (TX-04)
  • John Ratcliffe (TX-04)
  • Frank Kuchar (TX-06)
  • Pam Barlow (TX-13)
  • Doug Carlile (TX- 15)
  • Donald May (TX-19)
  • Matt McCall (TX-21)
  • Robert Lowry (TX-23)
  • Will Hurd (TX-23)
  • Francisco Quico Canseco (TX-23)
  • Divenchy Watrous (TX-26)
  • Brian Babin (TX-36)
  • Doug Centilli (TX-36)
  • John Amdur (TX-36)
  • Jim Engstrand (TX-36)
  • John Manlove (TX-36)
  • Pat Kasprzak (TX-36)
  • Ben Streusand (TX-36)

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This Day in History: President Ronald Reagan Signs the Tax Reform Act of 1986


Posted by Adam Radman, Brendan Walsh on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, 1:46 PM PERMALINK


Twenty-seven years ago today, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Tax Reform Act of 1986– which became the largest simplification of the U.S. Tax code in history. Prior to 1986, the federal tax code was a complex mess of brackets, deductions, and credits totaling over 26,300 pages.
 
Some of the laws major achievements were:

  • The reduction of the top marginal individual income tax rate from 50 percent to 28 percent
  • A reduction of the corporate income tax rate from 46 percent to 34 percent
  • Reducing the total number of income brackets from 14 to 2

While Reagan achieved a significant victory with his reforms, they did not far outlive his presidency. Starting with President H.W. Bush, the top marginal tax rate was raised from 28 percent to 31 percent. President Clinton took it a step further raising the top rate to 39.6 percent. After a brief stint at 35 percent under President George W. Bush, President Obama returned the rate to 39.6 percent.
 
Americans are once again calling for a simpler tax code, but Washington continues to ignore the issue. In fact, a recent study found the federal tax law now totals nearly 74,000 pages. The most recent estimate of the current paperwork burden generated by the Treasury Department now totals 6.7 billion hours.The value of the labor behind the 6.7 billion hour is an astonishing $206.6 billion. If this isn't alarming enough, consider that the United States now has the highest combined corporate tax rate in the developed world at nearly 40 percent. That means U.S. businesses are taxed more than any European country (yes even France, whom seemingly taxes its people for sport).
 
Sadly, much of the positive achievements signed in to law 27 years ago have been negated by adding thousands of pages that increase the complexity of the tax code, and increasing the tax burden for individuals and corporations. While we celebrate the reforms made this day in 1986, it is important to look forward and recognize that the moment for serious tax reform has arrived once again.

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Obamacare Exchanges Enroll Only 51,000 Uninsured Americans


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, October 10th, 2013, 5:06 PM PERMALINK


A new report today in the Daily Mail finally answered a question the Obama Administration would not for the past 10 days—namely, how many people have successfully enrolled in Obamacare’s federal “exchange” website healthcare.gov.

The answer is a paltry 51,000.  To put that in context, it’s a small fraction of one percent of the uninsured population.  It falls far short of the 7 million enrollment figure that is widely believed to be the administration’s goal.

The cost to taxpayers is staggering.  According to reports, taxpayers have footed the bill for $363 million to get this “glitchy” exchange enrollment website off the ground.  That comes out to $7118 per enrollee thus far.  This gives a whole new meaning to “waste, fraud, and abuse.”

For the past 10 days, the Obama Administration has engaged in a coordinated campaign to cover up, duck questions, and otherwise obfuscate the truth about how many people have chosen to enroll in Obamacare.  ATR has kept record of every administration quote denying to the public knowledge about the website taxpayers themselves paid for.  Now we know why.  51,000 people is the turnout figure for a baseball game, not a national health insurance scheme.

ATR President Grover Norquist observed, “We are not on track for anything like seven million [enrollees]. New Coke was retired for being a smaller disappointment.”

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LA-05 Special Election Update: Riser and Morris sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, August 29th, 2013, 3:52 PM PERMALINK


The Louisiana 5th Congressional district special election has its first two Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers of the race: State Sen. Neil Riser and State Rep. Jay Morris. Rep. Rodney Alexander, who currently occupies the seat, recently announced his plans to resign from Congress on Sept. 26th to become Louisiana Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

The special election to fill the rest of his term is set for Oct. 19th. According to Politics1, there are a number of other announced candidates in the race and ATR is working hard to make sure they all have an opportunity to sign the Pledge.

Under Louisiana’s unique election system, candidates from all parties run on the same ballot in October. If no candidate obtains 50 percent or higher, the top two candidates face off against each other on Nov. 16th regardless of party.

With Rep. Alexander taking over 77% of the vote in 2012 and a PVI  at R+15, it’s very unlikely that Democrats make this a competitive race. In fact, The Cook Political Report (subscription needed) rates this race as SOLID R while the Rothenberg Political Report rates this seat as Safe Republican.

Click here to see the release for State Sen. Riser and here for State Rep. Morris.

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IRS Obamacare Power of the Day: Medical Device Tax


Posted by Adam Radman, Ryan Ellis on Friday, August 23rd, 2013, 4:02 PM PERMALINK


Throughout the summer, Americans for Tax Reform will be highlighting the most outrageous new powers that the IRS will have under the Obamacare law.  According to a report from GAO, the IRS is tasked with nearly four dozen new powers under that law.  Each day, one will be selected for a brief review.

Manufacturers of medical devices like pacemakers, crutches, and prosthetics face a new 2.3% gross receipts tax under Obamacare.  That means they have to pay the tax even in a year where they lose money.

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IRS Obamacare Power of the Day: Saver Surtax


Posted by Adam Radman, Ryan Ellis on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013, 12:01 PM PERMALINK


Throughout the summer, Americans for Tax Reform will be highlighting the most outrageous new powers that the IRS will have under the Obamacare law.  According to a report from GAO, the IRS is tasked with nearly four dozen new powers under that law.  Each day, one will be selected for a brief review.

Obamacare imposes a 3.8% surtax on investment income for super-saver families.  As a result, the top capital gains and dividends rate is now nearly 24%.

 

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IRS Obamacare Power of the Day: Slacker Mandate


Posted by Adam Radman, Ryan Ellis on Monday, August 19th, 2013, 4:40 PM PERMALINK


Throughout the summer, Americans for Tax Reform will be highlighting the most outrageous new powers that the IRS will have under the Obamacare law.  According to a report from GAO, the IRS is tasked with nearly four dozen new powers under that law.  Each day, one will be selected for a brief review.

Obamacare says that health insurance companies are forced to cover “children” up to age 26.  Like Peter Pan, Jay and Silent Bob never have to grow up.

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