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2011 Obama/State of the Union BINGO!


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 9:32 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform once again presents these handy Bingo cards you may use to check off terms and phrases likely to be used during President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.  As a bonus, print out the different versions of the card and watch the speech with your friends or family.  There are ten different versions! 

How to Play:

1) Make sure you "Like" ATR on Facebook and follow ATR on Twitter and be linked to the ATR Page.

2) Print out as many of the Obama Bingo cards listed below as you like.

3) Watch the ATR Facebook Page and Twitter account as we call out the Bingo terms as the president reveals them.

5) If one of your cards wins, post "Obama Bingo!” and the winning card number to ATR's Facebook wall.  A representative will contact you shortly for an address to mail your prize! 

[Bingo is qualified by any five consecutively filled spaces (including the Government subsidized “free space”)  vertically, horizontally or diagonally]

Click on any of the links below and print your card now!

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Americans for Tax Reform on the Tragedy in Arizona


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Monday, January 10th, 2011, 6:16 PM PERMALINK


Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this time.  There is no place in society for such horrific and senseless acts of violence. We pray that those responsible for these criminal acts are brought to justice in a timely manner.


For California taxpayers, a clear choice in the governor's race


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Monday, November 1st, 2010, 2:48 PM PERMALINK


In today's Daily Caller, ATR's Patrick Gleason makes the case for Meg Whitman:

A Wall Street Journal profile of Meg Whitman concluded a year ago that the “danger for her is if the primary or general election turns into a referendum on inexperienced celebrity governors who failed to deliver—in other words, on Arnold.”

Not coincidentally, early last month her Democratic opponent Jerry Brown’s campaign commenced a concerted and effective effort to compare Whitman to Governor Schwarzenegger. During the campaign’s final stretch, Brown has continued to compare Whitman’s lack of political experience to the unpopular Schwarzenegger’s, arguing that Californians would be as dissatisfied with the former eBay CEO as they are with Schwarzenegger.

I say, let’s talk about experience. To be sure, both have a great deal of it, just of a very different sort.

Rather than spend her life running for elected office, asking donors for money, and answering to the demands of the public employee unions and trial lawyers that run Sacramento, as Jerry Brown has, Meg Whitman spent her professional career contributing to America’s GDP.

For the full article, click here.


For Pennsylvania Taxpayers, the Choice is Clear


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Saturday, October 16th, 2010, 5:15 PM PERMALINK


As the two Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates prepare for their second debate in Pittsburgh this evening, Democrat Dan Onorato and his supporters continue to issue misinformation and false claims that his opponent, Republican Tom Corbett, has contradicted his Pledge to oppose and veto any and all efforts to raise taxes.

However, they fact remains that Tom Corbett has done or said nothing to break or contradict his important pledge to not raise taxes on Pennsylvanians. Furthermore, Tom Corbett’s campaign has been unequivocal in response to Onorato’s false and misleading attacks. The campaign reiterated the following in a press release just yesterday:

...call it a tax, fee or contribution – Tom Corbett is not going to raise it as the next Governor of Pennsylvania. 

Americans for Tax Reform applauds Tom Corbett’s principled commitment to represent and look out for Pennsylvania taxpayers, as opposed to the tenured bureaucrats and union bosses that have controlled Harrisburg for the past eight years.

Tom Corbett recognizes the only way to rein in unsustainable and out of control spending in Harrisburg is by taking higher taxes off the table and that raising taxes is the preferred solution of those who do not wish to actually govern. Standing in contrast is Dan Onorato, whose most significant legislative achievement is presiding over the largest tax increase in Allegheny County history. In fact, Dan Onorato is currently lobbying the legislature for higher energy taxes; this despite the fact that studies confirm that such a tax increase will reduce job-creating activity in the commonwealth, where unemployment nears double digits.

President Obama and congressional Democrats have raised taxes on net by more that $352 billion in the last 21 months. In light of this it’s imperative that the next governor not pile on with further job-killing tax increases at the state level. Tom Corbett is the only candidate in the race who has made clear that, if he is elected governor, Pennsylvanians wouldn’t have to worry about their already onerous tax burden rising any higher for the next four years. Standing in stark contrast is Dan Onorato’s agenda, which looks like Ed Rendell’s third term.

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Governors Who Have Left Higher Taxes on the Table By Not Signing the Pledge


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010, 9:30 AM PERMALINK


Alabama

Bob Riley

334-242-7100

 

Arizona

Jan Brewer

602-633-4526

 

ARKANSAS

Mike Beebe

501-682-2345

 

CALIFORNIA

ArnoldSchwarzenegger

916-445-2841

 

COLORADO

Bill Ritter

303-866-2471

 

CONNECTICUT

M. Jodi Rell

860-566-4840

 

GEORGIA

Sonny Perdue

404-656-1776

 

IDAHO

C.L. “Butch” Otter

208-424-8683

 

ILLINOIS

Pat Quinn

312-654-8888

 

IOWA

Chet Culver

515-244-5151

 

KANSAS

Mark Parkinson

785-296-3232

 

MAINE

John Baldacci

207-287-3531

 

MARYLAND

Martin O’Malley

410-468-2552

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Deval Patrick

617-367-2010

 

MICHIGAN

Jennifer Granholm

517-373-3400

 

NEBRASKA

Dave Heineman

402-474-3283

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

John Lynch

603-228-6000

 

NEW MEXICO

Bill Richardson

505-476-2200

 

NEW YORK

David Paterson

518-474-8390

 

OHIO

Ted Strickland

614-545-6840

 

OKLAHOMA

Brad Henry

405-521-2342

 

OREGON

Ted Kulongonski

503-378-4582

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Ed Rendell

717-787-2500

 

RHODEISLAND

Donald Carcieri

401-222-2080

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

Mike Rounds

605-773-3212

 

TENNESSEE

Phil Bredesen

615-741-2001

 

VERMONT

Jim Douglas

802-828-3333

 

WISCONSIN

Jim Doyle

608-266-1212

 

WYOMING

Dave Freudenthal

307-777-7434

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What's the matter with Pennsylvania Republicans?


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Monday, September 27th, 2010, 6:52 PM PERMALINK


In today's Daily Caller, Patrick Gleason, ATR's director of state affairs, highlights the current push by Republican Leadership in the Pennsylvania Senate to pass tax hikes and trial lawyer bonanzas just prior to a crucial election in which the GOP is looking to take back the State House and governor's mansion:

Republican candidates for federal and state office across the country are espousing low taxes, limited government and free-market principles as they seek to recapture the U.S. House of Representatives, flip more than a dozen state legislative chambers, and gain control of the majority of the nation’s governors’ mansions. Yet in the Pennsylvania Senate, the only state legislative chamber controlled by the GOP in the northeast, the Republican majority is busy mucking up the message that their partisan counterparts across the country are trying to send to voters heading into the home stretch of this crucial campaign season.

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is one of the few state legislatures still in session at this point in the year. Lawmakers returned to the state capitol in Harrisburg this past week to pass a new tax on natural gas companies, the state’s most promising industry when it comes to job creation.

To read the full article, click here.

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Why Won't Sam Blakeslee Rule Out Higher Taxes in California


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Thursday, August 12th, 2010, 6:24 PM PERMALINK


With next Tuesday’s special election for the 15th district Senate seat just around the corner, Americans for Tax Reform continues to call on all candidates in the race to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Currently, Mark Hinkle is the only candidate in the race to have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, and in doing so, is the only candidate to commit to opposing further tax increases on Golden State residents.

Most noticeably absent from the list of Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers is Sam Blakeslee. Currently, all Republicans in the state Senate have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Sam Blakeslee has been a Pledge signer during his tenure in the Assembly; however he has yet to commit to continuing the fight against higher taxes if elected to the Senate next Tuesday.

“It is quite odd that Sam Blakeslee refuses to take tax increases off the table in his bid to move to the state’s upper chamber. It’s one thing if you’re from a low-tax state like Texas or Wyoming, but if you can’t rule out higher taxes in a place like California – with a tax burden so high and tax climate so hostile that employers and families are fleeing the state in droves – where can you?” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.“You’re only as strong as your weakest link. Senate Republicans are currently standing strong in lockstep opposition to attempts to impose more job-killing tax increases on the California economy and are the only thing standing in the way of that happening. Having Blakeslee, who remains open to tax increases, join the caucus would add a dangerously weak link to the chain.

In addition to Meg Whitman and every Republican in the California Senate, nine sitting governors and nearly 1,100 state legislators across the country have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Additionally, 34 U.S. Senators and 174 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge.

“It’s no secret that Democrats in the California legislature want to continue to drive more businesses and taxpayers out of the state with further tax increases. The budget plan unveiled last week by Speaker John Perez and Senate President Darrell Steinberg entails billions of dollars in new taxes. In light of this, and the fact that Californians got hit with the largest state tax increase in U.S. history just last year, it’s troubling that only one candidate in the 15th district Senate race has committed to standing up for Golden State taxpayers and putting an end to business as usual in Sacramento,” added Norquist.“I applaud Mark Hinkle for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and urge all other candidates to join him in his commitment to restore fiscal sanity to California.”

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Obama's Tax Pledge -- Documentation


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010, 4:22 PM PERMALINK


“I can make a firm pledge.  Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.  Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

--Candidate Barack Obama, Sept. 12, 2008

“No family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase.”  

--http://change.gov/agenda/taxes_agenda/

“If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime.  I repeat: not one single dime.”

--President Barack Obama, Feb. 24, 2009

“The statement didn’t come with caveats.” 

--Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs, April 15, 2009, when asked if the pledge applies to healthcare

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California Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on Bag Ban Legislation


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Monday, August 2nd, 2010, 12:08 PM PERMALINK


The following piece was originally published by the Flash Report, the preeminent source for the most significant political news in California:

FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE PLASTIC BAGS

Patrick Gleason, Americans for Tax Reform

August 2, 2010

The California Senate Appropriations Committee is set to hold a hearing today on Assembly Bill 1998, legislation that would ban all plastic and paper shopping bags statewide. Never mind the 880 pound gorilla in the room that is the state’s $20 billion dollar overspending problem – lawmakers in Sacramento prefer to spend time ramming through an ill-advised bag prohibition. 

If passed, plastic and paper bags would be prohibited at all grocery stores, convenience stores, and other retailers statewide. AB 1998 effectively levies a new tax that Golden State residents must pay on every trip to their neighborhood grocer. Californians who are not able to or forget to bring their own bags to the store would be required to purchase either a reusable bag at checkout or pay no less than a nickel for a recycled paper bag.

To continue reading, CLICK HERE

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The Obama Tax Hike Exemption Card


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Monday, June 28th, 2010, 2:11 AM PERMALINK


“This card is a tangible reminder that Obama has deliberately broken his central campaign promise not to raise any form of taxes on Americans earning less than $250,000. The last President to break his tax pledge – Bush 41 – served only one term.” – Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform

Obama Tax Hike Exemption Card

Back of the Obama Tax Hike Exemption Card

Please use the form below to get your Obama Tax Hike Exemption Card

You may have noticed that President Obama has broken his central campaign promise – a “firm pledge” that Americans making less than $250,000 would not see “any form of tax increase.” He first broke this pledge sixteen days into his presidency when he signed a 156 percent increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco. And Obamacare contains 21 tax increases – several of which violate his “firm pledge”.

To protect you from these tax hikes, Americans for Tax Reform presents the “Obama Tax Hike Exemption Card”. The card fits neatly in your wallet and contains a list of the tax hikes signed into law by President Obama that violate his tax pledge, as well as a few other taxes that have been threatened: a European-style Value-Added Tax, Cap and Trade taxes, and even a federal soda tax.

Fill out the form below to get your Obama Tax Hike Exemption Card. If you're interested in sending us a video on how you used the card, please click here.

How to use the card:

Step 1: Present the card to merchants, employers, and tax authorities.

Step 2: If challenged, pleasantly ask: “Are you calling President Obama a liar?”

Click here to find out of your member of Congress voted for these taxes

“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

--Candidate Barack Obama, Sept. 12, 2008

“If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime.”

--President Barack Obama, Feb. 24, 2009

“The statement didn’t come with caveats.”

--Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs, April 15, 2009, when asked if the pledge applies to healthcare 

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