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Hillary’s Phony $250,000 Tax Pledge

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Posted by Toni-Anne Barry, John Kartch on Monday, July 25th, 2016, 2:17 PM PERMALINK


A real pledge or a lie to get votes?

During Sunday’s 60 Minutes interview of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, interviewer Scott Pelley asked Clinton about her tax pledge:

Scott Pelley: “Who gets a tax increase? Who gets a tax cut?”

Hillary Clinton: “The middle class will not get a tax increase. That has been my pledge.”

Scott Pelley: “What does middle class mean?”

Hillary Clinton: “Well, we say below $250,000”

But when pressed on the issue on ABC’s This Week in Dec. 2015, Clinton balked and said her pledge was actually just a “goal”:

George Stephanopoulos: “You are also saying no tax increases at all on anyone earning $250,000. Is that a rock solid read-my-lips promise?”

Clinton: “Well, it certainly is my goal. And I’ve laid it out in this campaign. And it’s something that President Obama promised. It’s something my husband certainly tried to achieve. Because I want Americans to know that I get it.”

So, Clinton’s “pledge” is not real. She admitted as much.

“She’s up front saying ‘I’m going to lie my way into office,’” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

In addition to reducing her pledge to a mere “goal” Clinton referenced two presidents – Obama and Bill Clinton – who raised taxes on the very people they promised to spare.

As a candidate in 2008, Barack Obama made the same promise. Speaking in Dover, New Hampshire on Sept. 12, 2008, Obama said:

“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.” [Video]

In an address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 24, 2009, President Obama restated the promise in forceful terms:

“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.” [Transcript] [Video]

But Obama broke that promise. He signed into law eight tax increases that directly hit Americans making less than $250,000 per year. There are seven tax increases in Obamacare that are in violation of his pledge, such as the individual mandate non-compliance tax; an income tax hike on those with high medical bills; tax hikes on flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts; and even a 10 percent “indoor tanning tax.” Combined, these tax increases target tens of millions of Americans.

Obama first broke his pledge on the sixteenth day of his presidency, when he raised taxes on cigarettes. At the time, the median income of smokers was less than $40,000. The Associated Press rightly called out Obama for the broken promise in a national piece titled “Promises, Promises: Obama Tax Pledge Up in Smoke.”

Hillary’s husband Bill raised the gas tax, steeply increasing the tax burden on millions of middle income Americans.

“Hillary told us that her pledge is just a tactic to try and win the election, not a principle with which to govern,” said Norquist.

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Hillary Defends Her 25% Gun Tax Endorsement


Posted by John Kartch on Sunday, June 5th, 2016, 1:34 PM PERMALINK


Today Hillary Clinton was given an opportunity to disavow her endorsement of a 25 percent national retail sales tax on guns. She refused to do so.

The refusal took place during an interview on ABC’s This Week, when host George Stephanopoulos played footage of Clinton’s 1993 gun tax endorsement and asked the candidate to respond. Clinton defended her position and did not retract her endorsement.

In passionate Senate testimony on Sept. 30, 1993, Clinton endorsed a new national 25 percent retail sales tax on guns. Americans for Tax Reform has released footage of Clinton’s visceral facial expressions which shows her nodding fiercely as she endorses the gun tax and as gun owners and dealers are described as “purveyors of violence.”

Clinton’s gun tax endorsement came in response to a question from then-Senator Bill Bradley (D-N.J.), who lamented the “accessibility that guns have in the country today.” He said to Hillary:

There are 276,000 gun dealers in America. There are more gun dealers in America than there are gas stations. That, to me, is a remarkable number and I think it is directly related to the accessibility that guns have in the country today. And if we simply put a 25 percent sales tax on the sale of a gun and raise the dealer’s fees from $30-$75 to $2,500, we would raise $600 million. That would be a tax directly on the purveyors of violence in terms of the sales of the means of violence.

Clinton gave her strong endorsement of the tax, saying, “I am all for that.” She concluded by saying, "I am speaking personally, but I feel very strongly about that."

Clinton’s 25 percent gun tax endorsement was widely reported at the time. Here is NBC Nightly News on Sept. 30, 1993:

LISA MYERS reporting: Others urge a hefty sales tax on guns, and much higher fees for gun dealers. Today, they got a powerful ally.

HILLARY CLINTON: I'm all for that. I just don't know what else we're going to do to try to figure out how to get some handle on this violence.

LISA MYERS: Hillary Clinton added that's only her personal opinion.

Senator BILL BRADLEY (Democrat, New Jersey): There is no more important personal endorsement in the country today, and I--I thank you very much.

As reported by the AP on Oct. 1, 1993:

Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., picked up Mrs. Clinton's support for his idea of slapping stiff taxes on ''purveyors of violence:'' a 25 percent sales tax on guns and $2,500 license fees for gun dealers.

''Speaking personally ... I'm all for that,'' said the first lady. But she stressed she was just speaking for herself.

''Well, let me say that there is no more important personal endorsement in the country today, and I thank you very much,'' said a pleased-as-punch Bradley.

Here’s the Washington Post on Oct. 1, 1993:

"I'm all for it," she declared in a response to a suggestion by Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) that the Congress should impose a 25 percent sales tax on handguns to "tax directly the purveyors of violence."

The Bill Clinton White House made it clear that Hillary's 25 percent gun tax endorsement was hers and hers alone, as shown by the Oct. 1, 1993 White House press briefing transcript:

Q: "Do you know if the President supports the First Lady's endorsement of an idea yesterday by Senator Bradley that there be a 25 percent tax on the sale of guns in America?"

WH Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers: "Well, as you know, she was expressing her opinion."

“Hillary wants to tax guns out of existence,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. George Stephanopoulos tossed Hillary Clinton a great big softball/lifeline. She could have stated on national television that she has changed her mind and now opposes the 25 percent sales tax on guns she praised in 1993. Hillary chose to stand by her taxing of guns.”

The video footage of Hillary's 25 percent gun tax endorsement is available here and at ATR’s dedicated website, www.HighTaxHillary.com

A gif of Hillary's facial expression as she endorses the 25 percent gun tax is below:

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Johnson puffer

Cars on public roads require insurance. I already pay a hefty fee to have my gun in limited public areas, and I carry insurance in the event that I need to use it to defend myself.

As well, cars are a privilege, not a right. This would be like needing insurance and a license to speak in public, and having the chance of it being revoked.

TheBulletproofPatriot

Please let me know when you're willing to pay your "free speech" insurance premium. Yes, it's protected under the first amendment, but your right to voice your opinion in public must also be "subject to responsible regulation."

This is a two-edged sword.

Belinda Keating

Does this mean that the secret service can no longer carry a gun? Since this effects tax payers and hard workers how is this tax going to work on illegal gun sales? gangs? and drugs all go hand in hand,but instead of hitting the root of the problem it;s much easier to hit the tax payers This is one of the reasons that I would never vote for her she is a liar and a fake and it shows


Documentation of Hillary's Endorsement of a 25% National Retail Sales Tax on Guns


Posted by John Kartch on Sunday, June 5th, 2016, 11:12 AM PERMALINK


In 1993 Senate testimony Hillary Clinton endorsed a new national 25% retail sales tax on guns. And video footage shows her nodding fiercely as gun owners and dealers are described as “purveyors of violence”

In passionate Senate testimony on Sept. 30, 1993, Hillary Clinton endorsed a new national 25% retail sales tax on guns. Americans for Tax Reform has released footage of Clinton’s visceral facial expressions which shows her nodding fiercely as she endorses the gun tax and as gun owners and dealers are described as “purveyors of violence.”

Clinton concluded her gun tax endorsement by saying, "I am speaking personally, but I feel very strongly about that."

The footage is available here and at ATR’s www.HighTaxHillary.com

As reported by the AP on Oct. 1, 1993:

Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., picked up Mrs. Clinton's support for his idea of slapping stiff taxes on ''purveyors of violence:'' a 25 percent sales tax on guns and $2,500 license fees for gun dealers.

''Speaking personally ... I'm all for that,'' said the first lady. But she stressed she was just speaking for herself.

''Well, let me say that there is no more important personal endorsement in the country today, and I thank you very much,'' said a pleased-as-punch Bradley.

Here’s the Washington Post on Oct. 1, 1993:

"I'm all for it," she declared in a response to a suggestion by Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) that the Congress should impose a 25 percent sales tax on handguns to "tax directly the purveyors of violence."

On Sept. 30, 1993, NBC Nightly News reported the incident as follows:

Others urge a hefty sales tax on guns, and much higher fees for gun dealers. Today, they got a powerful ally.

Ms. HILLARY CLINTON: I'm all for that. I just don't know what else we're going to do to try to figure out how to get some handle on this violence.

The Bill Clinton White House made it clear that Hillary's 25 percent gun tax endorsement was hers and hers alone, as shown by the Oct. 1, 1993 White House press briefing transcript:

Q: "Do you know if the President supports the First Lady's endorsement of an idea yesterday by Senator Bradley that there be a 25 percent tax on the sale of guns in America?"

WH Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers: "Well, as you know, she was expressing her opinion."

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West Virginia: Are You Ready for Hillary's 25% Gun Tax?


Posted by John Kartch on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016, 12:40 PM PERMALINK


In 1993 Senate testimony Hillary Clinton endorsed a new national 25% retail sales tax on guns. She has never renounced her position. Video footage of her gun tax endorsement also shows her nodding fiercely as gun dealers are described as “purveyors of violence”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – West Virginia voters beware: Hillary Clinton is on record endorsing a new national 25% retail sales tax on guns. Video footage of Clinton's endorsement -- made in passionate Senate testimony on Sept. 30, 1993 -- shows her nodding fiercely as she endorses the 25% gun tax and as gun owners and dealers are described as “purveyors of violence.”

Clinton concluded her gun tax endorsement by saying, "I am speaking personally, but I feel very strongly about that."

The video footage, discovered by Americans for Tax Reform, is available here and at ATR’s www.HighTaxHillary.com

"Hillary has made it perfectly clear to the millions of gun owners in the United States: she doesn't like us, she doesn't trust us and she wants us to go away," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The Second Amendment makes it difficult to legally ban guns, but Hillary has led the way to explaining you can achieve the same thing with high taxes.”

Clinton relentlessly attacks Bernie Sanders for his 1990s gun votes, bragging that she is to the left of Sanders on gun control. She has yet to face any recent media questioning of her gun tax endorsement, which was reported at the time by the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, and NBC News.

As reported by the AP on Oct. 1, 1993:

Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., picked up Mrs. Clinton's support for his idea of slapping stiff taxes on ''purveyors of violence:'' a 25 percent sales tax on guns and $2,500 license fees for gun dealers.

''Speaking personally ... I'm all for that,'' said the first lady. But she stressed she was just speaking for herself.

''Well, let me say that there is no more important personal endorsement in the country today, and I thank you very much,'' said a pleased-as-punch Bradley.

Here’s the Washington Post on Oct. 1, 1993:

"I'm all for it," she declared in a response to a suggestion by Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) that the Congress should impose a 25 percent sales tax on handguns to "tax directly the purveyors of violence."

On Sept. 30, 1993, NBC Nightly News reported the incident as follows:

Others urge a hefty sales tax on guns, and much higher fees for gun dealers. Today, they got a powerful ally.

Ms. HILLARY CLINTON: I'm all for that. I just don't know what else we're going to do to try to figure out how to get some handle on this violence.

The Bill Clinton White House made it clear that Hillary's 25 percent gun tax endorsement was hers and hers alone, as shown by the Oct. 1, 1993 White House press briefing transcript:

Q: "Do you know if the President supports the First Lady's endorsement of an idea yesterday by Senator Bradley that there be a 25 percent tax on the sale of guns in America?"

WH Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers: "Well, as you know, she was expressing her opinion."

Clinton’s gun tax endorsement is an especially potent threat considering the recent imposition of gun taxes in Seattle and the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Seattle’s $25 per gun sales tax – as well as a two to five cent tax per round of ammunition -- went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016 and has already forced one gun dealer out of the city. Last month, the Northern Mariana Islands enacted a $1,000 per gun tax.

“Hillary and the Left are now seeking to tax guns out of existence,” said Norquist.

Gun ownership is important to West Virginians regardless of party affiliation, and according to a new report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms and ammunition industry employs 1,389 workers in the state.

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Bernie Slams Hillary’s Soda Tax: “This proposal clearly violates her pledge.”


Posted by John Kartch on Friday, April 22nd, 2016, 12:18 PM PERMALINK


Sanders: “The mechanism here is fairly regressive. And that is, it will be increasing taxes on low income and working people.”

Bernie Sanders called out Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of a soda tax, noting the Clinton tax violates her pledge to the American people not to support any tax increase on Americans making less than $250,000 per year.

As reported by NBC News, Sanders said:

"Frankly, I am very surprised that Secretary Clinton would support this regressive tax after pledging not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000. This proposal clearly violates her pledge," he said.

In a separate comment reported by The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross, Sanders said:

“The mechanism here is fairly regressive. And that is, it will be increasing taxes on low income and working people.”

Despite making a pledge to the American people that she will not raise taxes on anyone earning less than $250,000 Clinton said Wednesday that she is “very supportive” of a soda tax.

Clinton was speaking in Philadelphia and offered her tax hike endorsement out of the blue. She said:

“I’m very supportive of the mayor’s proposal to tax soda to get universal preschool for kids. I mean, we need universal preschool, and if that’s a way to do it, that’s how we should do it.”

Clinton used preschool as an excuse for her soda tax endorsement, and the threat to soda and pop drinkers nationwide is clear: Clinton’s official campaign plan calls for universal preschool for the entire country.

The specific soda tax endorsed by Clinton is three cents per ounce of soda.

“Hillary said she would cheerfully support tax hikes on low and middle income American who drink soft drinks,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “What taxes on low income Americans would she really oppose? Any?”

Further details about this and other Hillary Clinton tax hike endorsements can be found at Americans for Tax Reform’s dedicated website, www.HighTaxHillary.com

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noirswann

Whoa, a clear tell that Bloomberg of NYC big-gulp fame will be on the Demo VP ticket. Yep, the progressives want government to take your children from womb to grave since they can do it better than single moms and broken families. Always and everywhere government it not the problem but the solution, right? Ha ha ha


Hillary’s Soda Tax Endorsement Violates Middle Class Tax Pledge

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Posted by John Kartch on Thursday, April 21st, 2016, 2:14 PM PERMALINK


Clinton “very supportive” of soda tax

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite making a pledge to the American people that she will not raise taxes on anyone earning less than $250,000 Hillary Clinton is “very supportive” of a soda tax.

“Hillary said she would cheerfully support tax hikes on low and middle income American who drink soft drinks,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “What taxes on low income Americans would she really oppose? Any?”

Clinton was speaking in Philadelphia on Wednesday when she said the following:

“I’m very supportive of the mayor’s proposal to tax soda to get universal preschool for kids. I mean, we need universal preschool, and if that’s a way to do it, that’s how we should do it.”

Clinton used preschool as an excuse for her soda tax endorsement, and the threat to soda and pop drinkers nationwide is clear: Clinton’s official campaign plan calls for universal preschool for the entire country.

The specific soda tax endorsed by Clinton is three cents per ounce of soda.

Further details about this and other Hillary Clinton tax hike endorsements can be found at Americans for Tax Reform’s dedicated website, www.HighTaxHillary.com

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$1,000 Gun Tax Pushed as “Role Model” for States

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Posted by John Kartch on Monday, April 18th, 2016, 12:51 PM PERMALINK


Steep gun tax concept endorsed by Hillary Clinton in 1993 beginning to take hold

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A $1,000 per gun tax should serve as a “role model” for states, according to the governor of the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands, which imposed the $1,000 gun tax earlier this month. An idea first endorsed by Hillary Clinton in 1993, steep gun taxes have now taken hold in Cook County, Ill. the city of Seattle, and now a U.S. territory.

As reported by the Saipan Tribune:

The administration of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres defended the CNMI’s new gun control laws on Friday as a law that could be “a role model” for other U.S. states and jurisdictions facing seemingly uncontrolled and continued gun violence.

The administration was responding to queries regarding its position on recent reports that the a legal challenge to the new law, Public law 19-42, was likely, particularly over a provision that assesses a $1,000 excise tax on pistols.

The threat of such a tax serving as a role model for other politicians to impose is not an idle one. Consider the following:

Seattle Gun and Ammunition Tax: On Jan. 1, 2016, Seattle’s $25 per gun tax took effect, as did a two cent to five cent tax per round of ammunition. The new taxes have already forced at least one major gun dealer to leave the city.

Cook County, Ill. Gun and Ammunition Tax: On June 1, 2016, Cook County’s new ammunition tax takes effect, at a rate of one cent to five cents per round of ammunition. The ammo tax comes on top of the existing gun tax regime of $25 per gun.

Hillary Clinton’s 25% Gun Tax Endorsement: In passionate testimony to the Senate Finance Committee in 1993, Hillary Clinton gave her strong personal endorsement to a new national 25% sales tax on guns and endorsed a steep increase in the gun dealer fee, to $2,500. "I am speaking personally, but I feel very strongly about that,” said Clinton at the conclusion of her endorsement.

“The Left is now seeking to tax guns out of existence,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The Second Amendment makes it difficult to legally ban guns, but Hillary has led the way to explaining you can achieve the same thing with high taxes.”

In newly released footage from Americans for Tax Reform, Clinton is shown nodding enthusiastically as she endorsed the 25% gun tax and as legal gun dealers were described as “purveyors of violence.”

Further details are available at ATR’s dedicated website, www.HighTaxHillary.com

 

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RLABruce

Such incoherent vitriol! When you can express yourself in a civil manner, I will respond. Until then, since you have nothing to say, say it to someone else.

High School Drop Out

If Hillary stacked the SCOTUS It maybe NOT so far fetched

Berto

Trumpbot, take a breath and stop shouting. The republican party has offered many objectionable candidates in the past (McCain, Romney and now trump). I will vote for whomever I have to in order to keep the vile Clinton out of the Whitehouse. However my comment stands, you sycophantic buffoon. Your man is a bombastic, brash narcissist. He is a fool who does not know when to shut his damn mouth and keep his juvenile and hateful perspectives to himself. The only optimism I have regarding that boor in MY Whitehouse is that Pence will be on one side of him and the apparently poised Melania on the other.


Newly Released Footage Shows Hillary’s 25% Gun Tax Endorsement

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Posted by John Kartch on Thursday, April 14th, 2016, 5:55 AM PERMALINK


In 1993 Senate testimony Hillary Clinton endorsed a new national 25% retail sales tax on guns. Newly released footage shows her nodding fiercely as gun owners and dealers are described as “purveyors of violence”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In passionate Senate testimony on Sept. 30, 1993, Hillary Clinton endorsed a new national 25% retail sales tax on guns. Today, Americans for Tax Reform has released newly discovered footage of Clinton’s visceral facial expressions which shows her nodding fiercely as she endorses the gun tax and as gun owners and dealers are described as “purveyors of violence.”

Clinton concluded her gun tax endorsement by saying, "I am speaking personally, but I feel very strongly about that."

The newly released footage is available here and at ATR’s www.HighTaxHillary.com

 

"Hillary has made it perfectly clear to the millions of gun owners in the United States: she doesn't like us, she doesn't trust us and she wants us to go away," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The Second Amendment makes it difficult to legally ban guns, but Hillary has led the way to explaining you can achieve the same thing with high taxes.”

In advance of Tuesday’s New York primary, Clinton is relentlessly attacking Bernie Sanders for his 1990s gun votes, bragging that she is to the left of Sanders on gun control. She has yet to face any recent media questioning of her gun tax endorsement, which was reported at the time by the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, and NBC News.

As reported by the AP on Oct. 1, 1993:

Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., picked up Mrs. Clinton's support for his idea of slapping stiff taxes on ''purveyors of violence:'' a 25 percent sales tax on guns and $2,500 license fees for gun dealers.

''Speaking personally ... I'm all for that,'' said the first lady. But she stressed she was just speaking for herself.

''Well, let me say that there is no more important personal endorsement in the country today, and I thank you very much,'' said a pleased-as-punch Bradley.

Here’s the Washington Post on Oct. 1, 1993:

"I'm all for it," she declared in a response to a suggestion by Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) that the Congress should impose a 25 percent sales tax on handguns to "tax directly the purveyors of violence."

On Sept. 30, 1993, NBC Nightly News reported the incident as follows:

Others urge a hefty sales tax on guns, and much higher fees for gun dealers. Today, they got a powerful ally.

Ms. HILLARY CLINTON: I'm all for that. I just don't know what else we're going to do to try to figure out how to get some handle on this violence.

The Bill Clinton White House made it clear that Hillary's 25 percent gun tax endorsement was hers and hers alone, as shown by the Oct. 1, 1993 White House press briefing transcript:

Q: "Do you know if the President supports the First Lady's endorsement of an idea yesterday by Senator Bradley that there be a 25 percent tax on the sale of guns in America?"

WH Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers: "Well, as you know, she was expressing her opinion."

Clinton’s gun tax endorsement is an especially potent threat considering the recent imposition of gun taxes in Seattle and the U.S. territory of the Northern Marianas Islands.

Seattle’s $25 per gun sales tax – as well as a two to five cent tax per round of ammunition -- went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016 and has already forced one gun dealer out of the city. This week, the Northern Marianas enacted a $1,000 per gun tax.

“Hillary and the Left are now seeking to tax guns out of existence,” said Norquist.

Clinton and Sanders face off in a debate tonight hosted by CNN at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The state of New York is home to a proud history of gun manufacturing and according to a new report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms and ammunition industry employs 7,673 workers in the state.

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Frank Gugino

AND PUTTING OBAMA ON THE SUPREME COURT,THAT IS SURE TO KILL THE 2ND AMENDMENT!! (GOD FORBID) YES, I SAID GOD,YOUGOTTA PROBLEM WITH THAT???

Frank Gugino

OBAMA GOT HIS LAW DEGREE IN A "CRACKER JACK BOX" FOR ALL IT IS WORTH!!!

Frank Gugino

I BELIEVE THE BILL OF RIGHTS ALL (TEN OF THEM),ARE IMMUTABLE, (FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS,THAT MEANS THEY CANNOT BE CHANGED)


Obama’s Final Budget Calls for $2.1 Trillion Tax Hike


Posted by John Kartch on Friday, March 25th, 2016, 2:21 PM PERMALINK


President Obama’s final budget calls for a $2.1 trillion tax increase on the American people, according to a newly released report from the Joint Committee on Taxation. The $2.1 trillion is the net tax increase amount for the years 2016 – 2026.

“The eight years of the Obama administration have been one long Seinfeld episode with absolutely no learning,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “He came in spending and taxing and he leaves with the threat of another $2 trillion in higher taxes.”

Among the dozens of tax increases is a $273 billion “oil fee” that the Obama administration admits will be paid by every American at the pump.

“As he departs, Obama once again breaks his campaign promise would not raise any form of taxes on the middle class," said Norquist. "His threatened gas tax will hit all Americans. As did seven of the taxes in Obamacare.”

 

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Hillary's 25% Gun Tax Threatens New Hampshire Jobs

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Posted by John Kartch on Thursday, February 4th, 2016, 5:12 PM PERMALINK


Hillary Clinton has yet to face questioning about her strong, personal endorsement of a 25 percent national sales tax on guns, a position she staked out in passionate Senate testimony in 1993. Clinton frequently criticizes Bernie Sanders for his 1993 vote against the Brady Bill yet fails to mention her advocacy for a steep new gun tax, which would be of no help to New Hampshire’s 6,000 firearms and ammunition jobs.

Clinton says there is a “big difference” between her and Sanders on the gun issue.

The background:

Clinton was asked by then-Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) if she supported the imposition of a new, 25 percent national sales tax on guns. Clinton emphatically endorsed the tax, stating: "I am all for that."

As reported by the Associated Press on Oct. 1, 1993:

Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., picked up Mrs. Clinton's support for his idea of slapping stiff taxes on ''purveyors of violence:'' a 25 percent sales tax on guns and $2,500 license fees for gun dealers.

''Speaking personally ... I'm all for that,'' said the first lady. But she stressed she was just speaking for herself.

''Well, let me say that there is no more important personal endorsement in the country today, and I thank you very much,'' said a pleased-as-punch Bradley.

After she publicly endorsed the 25 percent gun tax in congressional testimony, she made sure that everyone understood how important this was to her, saying: "I am speaking personally, but I feel very strongly about that." 

Remarkably, although the hearing was broadcast on C-SPAN and Clinton's 25 percent gun tax endorsement was noted at the time by the AP, the Washington Post, the New York Times and others, a search of leading news databases reveals not a single media mention since 1993. 

On the day of the Finance Committee hearing, NBC Nightly News reported the 25 percent gun tax incident as follows:

NBC: "Others urge a hefty sales tax on guns, and much higher fees for gun dealers. Today, they got a powerful ally."

Clinton: "I'm all for that. I just don't know what else we're going to do to try to figure out how to get some handle on this violence."

NBC: "Hillary Clinton added that's only her personal opinion."

The Bill Clinton White House made it clear that Hillary's 25 percent gun tax endorsement was all hers, as shown by the Oct. 1, 1993 White House press briefing transcript:

Q: "Do you know if the President supports the First Lady's endorsement of an idea yesterday by Senator Bradley that there be a 25 percent tax on the sale of guns in America?"

WH Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers: "Well, as you know, she was expressing her opinion."

Hillary Clinton needs to be called out for her support of the tax and what it might mean to New Hampshire’s vital firearms and ammunition industry. As reported by New Hampshire Public Radio in 2013:

According to an industry-funded report, around 2,100 Granite Staters work in jobs directly related to firearms and ammunition. But when you add in suppliers and other jobs on the periphery, that number shoots up to about 6,000.

As New Hampshire Public Radio notes, these are well-paying jobs:

The wages for floor workers here can go up to about $25 an hour. In Sullivan County, where the median wage is about $13,000 dollars lower than the state as a whole, it’s hard to overestimate how important Sturm, Ruger is to the area. 

So let’s hear it, Hillary, how will your gun tax help New Hampshire’s economy?

VIDEO: Watch Hillary endorse a new 25% national gun tax

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