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Will Mike McIntyre Hike Taxes on TranS1 Workers in Wilmington?


Posted by John Kartch on Thursday, March 11th, 2010, 11:09 AM PERMALINK


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Will Congressman Mike McIntyre Hike Taxes on TranS1 Workers in Wilmington?
 
 
New Obama healthcare plan endangers 7,804 North Carolina jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. Buried in the latest government healthcare plan proposed by President Obama is a new tax on medical device manufacturers, who make everything from prosthetic limbs to pacemakers. The bill imposes a new tax of $2 billion per year (rising to $3 billion in 2017) on the industry. Congressman Mike McIntyre will have a chance to vote on this bill later this year.
 
This new tax will particularly hit the TranS1 facility in Wilmington, North Carolina. It employs 120 people—workers who may find themselves with a pink slip instead of a paycheck if this jobs-killing tax hike goes through.
 
“Washington politicians like to talk about jobs, but speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama want to raise taxes on the medical device industry that will kill jobs,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.  “Congressman McIntyre can talk all he wants.  Now he has a choice to vote with the Democrat leadership and kill jobs in North Carolina or to summon the courage to vote against the Democrat leadership and protect those jobs.”

Statewide, there are 7,804 employees working for the medical device industry. The average medical device worker in North Carolina earns $36,300 , higher than the state average of $30,700. Statewide, there were $2,706,456 in medical device sales in North Carolina in the latest reporting year.
 
Congressman Mike McIntyre VOTED AGAINST this same tax hike just last year. How will the Congressman vote this time?

 

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Will Melissa Bean Hike Taxes on Fenwal Workers in Lake Zurich?


Posted by John Kartch on Thursday, March 11th, 2010, 10:54 AM PERMALINK


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Will Congresswoman Melissa Bean Hike Taxes on Fenwal Workers in Lake Zurich?
 
 
New Obama healthcare plan endangers 9,967 Illinois jobs
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Buried in the latest government healthcare plan proposed by President Obama is a new tax on medical device manufacturers, who make everything from prosthetic limbs to pacemakers. The bill imposes a new tax of $2 billion per year (rising to $3 billion in 2017) on the industry. Congresswoman Melissa Bean will have a chance to vote on this bill later this year.
 
This new tax will particularly hit the Fenwal facility in Lake Zurich, Illinois. It employs 40-100 people—workers who may find themselves with a pink slip instead of a paycheck if this jobs-killing tax hike goes through.
 
“Washington politicians like to talk about jobs, but speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama want to raise taxes on the medical device industry that will kill jobs,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.  “Congresswoman Bean can talk all she wants.  Now she has a choice to vote with the Democrat leadership and kill jobs in Illinois or to summon the courage to vote against the Democrat leadership and protect those jobs.”
 
Statewide, there are 9,967 employees working for the medical device industry. The average medical device worker in Illinois earns $44,100, higher than the state average of $37,900. Statewide, there were $3,070,157 in medical device sales in Illinois in the latest reporting year.
 
Congresswoman Melissa Bean VOTED FOR this same tax hike just last year. How will the Congresswoman vote this time?

 

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Will Rep. Baron Hill Hike Taxes on Hill-Rom Workers in Batesville?


Posted by John Kartch on Thursday, March 11th, 2010, 10:07 AM PERMALINK


 
 Will Congressman Baron Hill Hike Taxes on Hill-Rom Workers in Batesville?
New Obama healthcare plan endangers 15,548 Indiana jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. Buried in the latest government healthcare plan proposed by President Obama is a new tax on medical device manufacturers, who make everything from prosthetic limbs to pacemakers. The bill imposes a new tax of $2 billion per year (rising to $3 billion in 2017) on the industry. Congressman Baron Hill will have a chance to vote on this bill later this year.
 
This new tax will particularly hit the Hill-Rom facility in Batesville, Indiana. It employs 2,000 people—workers who may find themselves with a pink slip instead of a paycheck if this jobs-killing tax hike goes through.
 
“Washington politicians like to talk about jobs, but speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama want to raise taxes on the medical device industry that will kill jobs,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.  “Congressman Hill can talk all he wants.  Now he has a choice to vote with the Democrat leadership and kill jobs in Indiana or to summon the courage to vote against the Democrat leadership and protect those jobs.”
 
Statewide, there are 15,548 employees working for the medical device industry. One out of every 190 workers in Indiana is employed in the medical device industry. The average medical device worker in Indiana earns $43,000, higher than the state average of $31,500. Statewide, there were $7,068,951 in medical device sales in Indiana in the latest reporting year.
 
Congressman Baron Hill VOTED FOR this same tax hike just last year. How will the Congressman vote this time?
There are other medical device manufacturing employees in Congressman Baron Hill’s district who are endangered by this tax hike. They work at the following location:
  • Medventure Technology in Jeffersonville -- Medventure employs 200 people

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A Timeline of Obama's $250,000 Tax Pledge


Posted by John Kartch on Friday, February 12th, 2010, 5:52 PM PERMALINK


President Barack Obama’s central campaign promise was a “firm pledge” not to raise “any form” of taxes on families making less than $250,000 per year. Rather than immediately and unequivocally re-affirming the tax pledge during interviews, President Obama recently stated that he’s “agnostic” on raising taxes on those making less than $250,00 a year.

This timeline of statements by Obama and White House staff and advisors raises questions understandably troubling to taxpayers:  
The Promise -- Sept. 12, 2008: Obama makes a “firm pledge” not to raise “any form” of taxes on those making less than $250,000 per year:
 
“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.” (Dover, NH) [Transcript] [Video clip]
 
April 1, 2009: After Obama broke his “firm pledge” when he signed into law a steep hike in the federal excise tax on tobacco, White House spokesman Reid H. Cherlin attempts to claim that the Obama pledge only applies to “income or payroll taxes”:
 
The president's position throughout the campaign was that he would not raise income or payroll taxes on families making less than $250,000, and that's a promise he has kept.” (Associated Press interview) [Permalink]
 
April 15, 2009: During a White House press briefing, when challenged as to how Obama’s tax pledge squares with his tax hike on tobacco, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs replies:
 
“People make a decision to smoke.” [Transcript]
 
April 15, 2009: Moments later, when asked if Obama’s tax pledge applies “to the health care bill”, Gibbs replies:
“The statement didn’t come with caveats.”  (White House Briefing) [Transcript]
 
June 28, 2009:  When challenged on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos as to whether Obama’s tax pledge applies to healthcare reform, White House Advisor David Axelrod refuses three times to affirm the pledge and replies:
“One of the problems we've had in this town is that people draw lines in the sand and they stop talking to each other. And you don't get anything done.” [Transcript]
 
June 29, 2009: Questioned about David Axelrod’s comments made the day before, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs refuses seven opportunities to affirm Obama’s tax pledge, saying only:
 
“We're going to let the process work its way through.  All right? [Transcript]
 
August 2, 2009: Appearing on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner refuses to rule out a pledge-breaking tax hike after being given several opportunities to do so: 
 
“I think what the country needs to do is understand we're going to have to do what it takes, we're going to do what's necessary.” [Transcript]
 
August 2, 2009: On NBC’s Meet the Press, National Economic Council Director Larry Summers also refuses to rule out a tax hike:
 
“It is never a good idea to absolutely rule things out, no matter what.” [Permalink]
 
August 3, 2009: Questioned about the previous day’s comments by Geithner and Summers, White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs reiterates Obama’s tax pledge:
 
“I am reiterating the President's clear commitment in the clearest terms possible, that he's not raising taxes on those who make less than $250,000 a year.”[Transcript]
 
Sept. 20, 2009: On ABC’s This Week, hosted by George Stephanopoulos, Obama claims that the Baucus plan’s excise tax on the uninsured would not break his tax pledge, denying that it is in fact a tax, even after Stephanopoulos reads him the dictionary definition: 
 
STEPHANOPOULOS: I -- I don't think I'm making it up. Merriam Webster's Dictionary: Tax -- "a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes."
 
OBAMA: George, the fact that you looked up Merriam's Dictionary, the definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you're stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise, you wouldn't have gone to the dictionary to check on the definition. I mean what...
 
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, no, but...
 
OBAMA: ...what you're saying is...
 
STEPHANOPOULOS: I wanted to check for myself. But your critics say it is a tax increase.
 
OBAMA: My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say that I'm taking over every sector of the economy. You know that.
 
Look, we can have a legitimate debate about whether or not we're going to have an individual mandate or not, but...
 
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you reject that it's a tax increase?
 
OBAMA: I absolutely reject that notion. [Transcript]
 
Nov. 1, 2009: On ABC’s This Week, hosted by George Stephanopoulos, White House Senior Counsel Valerie Jarrett refuses to unequivocally affirm Obama’s tax pledge:
 
STEPHANOPOULOS: So are you saying that the president will not sign this proposal if it does indeed raise taxes on the middle class?”
VALERIE JARRETT: “What I'm saying to you, George, is, let's let the process go forward…”
 
STEPHANOPOULOS: So he will not -- bottom line, he will not violate that commitment, is what you're saying?”

VALERIE JARRETT:
 What I'm saying is that he is confident that a bill that's going to be passed is going to be consistent with his parameters, yes.” [Transcript]
 
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Obama Should Cooperate with Boehner and Cantor to Force Debate on Spending Reductions


Posted by John Kartch on Friday, February 5th, 2010, 1:45 PM PERMALINK


On Thursday, House GOP leader John Boehner and GOP Whip Eric Cantor sent a letter to President Obama offering their help in forcing votes on proposed spending reductions and terminations.  The GOP Whip's backgrounder on expedited process for consideration of proposals to cancel spending can be found here.)

Today, ATR president Grover Norquist and Center for Fiscal Accountability executive director Sandra Fabry sent a letter to the President urging him to work with Boehner and Cantor to achieve these reductions and terminations. 

The text of the Norquist/Fabry letter is pasted below, and the PDF is here:

Dear Mr. President:
 
We write to urge you to take up House GOP Leader John Boehner’s and GOP Whip Eric Cantor’s offer to help you force a vote on your proposed spending reductions and terminations.
 
In their letter to you, Leader Boehner and Whip Cantor alluded to the possibility of invoking the process under the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, which would allow a minority of the House to bring the discretionary program terminations and reductions contained in your budget to the floor. 
 
According to the stipulations of the Act, you can send up in the form of a discrete, specific message asking that the funds be rescinded. One-fifth of the House can bring a motion to discharge spending reduction and rescission proposals if the relevant committee of jurisdiction fails to act on the proposals. While not agreeing with all your suggested cuts and terminations, Leader Boehner and Whip Cantor have vowed that they will introduce each of your proposals as stand-alone legislation, and we urge you to take them up on their offer.
 
Taxpayers are fed up, and they have made their dissatisfaction clear over the course of the past few months – in town hall meetings, protest marches, and recent elections. As they are struggling to make ends meet and are forced to tighten their belts, they demand that their government do the same. Unfortunately, however, rather than seeing their elected officials work on meaningful legislation to reduce federal spending, taxpayers have had to witness drastic increases in the same, and just this week yet another massive hike in the federal debt ceiling. 
 
The crisis is now – and so is the time to act. While much more remains to be done, your termination and reduction proposals are a first step in the right direction.Consequently, we urge you to prioritize your spending cut proposals and work with Leader Boehner and Whip Cantor to ensure that they be debated by Congress in an expedited manner.
 
Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform
Sandra Fabry, executive director, Center for Fiscal Accountability

 

 

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Does Martha Coakley Care About<br> Obama's Tax Promise to Working Families?


Posted by John Kartch on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010, 12:19 PM PERMALINK


Does Senate candidate Martha Coakley care about Obama’s “firm pledge” not to raise “any form” of taxes on families making less than $250,000 per year?  It is a fair question to ask as Coakley recently stated: “we need to get taxes up”.

Coakley has endorsed the Senate bill, which contains seven tax hikes on these families. Obama’s promise remains for all to see at the Change.gov website: “no family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase.” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has confirmed that there are “no caveats” to Obama’s promise.
 
Listed below are the seven Obama-pledge-breaking tax hikes (Page numbers reference original Reid-Obama bill unless noted):
 
Individual Mandate Tax (Page 324/Sec. 1501/$15 bil/Jan 2014): Starting in 2014, anyone not buying “qualifying” health insurance must pay an income surtax according to the higher of the following (page 71 of manager’s amendment updates Reid bill):
 
 
Single
2 Persons
3+ Persons
2014
$495/0.5% AGI
$990/0.5% AGI
$1485/0.5%/AGI
2015
$495/1.0% AGI
$990/1.0% AGI
$1485/1.0%/AGI
2016
$495/2.0% AGI
$990/2.0% AGI
$1485/2.0%/AGI
 
Exemptions for religious objectors, undocumented immigrants, prisoners, those earning less than the poverty line, members of Indian tribes, and hardship cases (determined by HHS).
 
Employer Mandate Tax (Page 348/Sec. 1513/$28 bil): If an employer does not offer health coverage, and at least one employee qualifies for a health tax credit, the employer must pay an additional non-deductible tax of $750 for all full-time employees. Applies to all employers with 50 or more employees.
 
If the employer requires a waiting period to enroll in coverage of 30-60 days, there is a $400 tax per employee ($600 if the period is 60 days or longer).
 
Small business owners pay their taxes on their owners’ personal tax returns. Since this provision does not exempt business owners making less than $250,000 per year, this employer mandate tax will violate President Obama’s promise in some cases.
 
Tax Hikes on Healthcare Spending Accounts
           
Medicine Cabinet Tax (Page 1997/Sec. 9003/$5 bil): No longer allowable to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin)
 
HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike (Page 1998/Sec. 9004/$1.3 bil): Increases additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent.
 
FSA Cap (Page 1999/Sec. 9005/$14.6 bil): Imposes cap on FSAs of $2500 (now unlimited). Indexed to inflation after 2011 (added on page 363 of manager’s amendment).
     
Tax Hikes on Medical Spending for Those Making Less Than $250,000
 
Raise “Haircut” for Medical Itemized Deduction from 7.5% to 10% of AGI (Page 2034/Sec. 9013/$15.2 bil): Waived for 65+ taxpayers in 2013-2016 only
 
Tax on Indoor Tanning Services (Page 373 of Manager’s amendment/$2.7 billion/July 1, 2010): New 10% excise tax on indoor tanning salons

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Norquist to Address First Annual NYC Conservative Leadership Conference


Posted by John Kartch on Sunday, December 27th, 2009, 10:38 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist will be among a broad range of conservative leaders to give remarks at the First Annual Conservative Leadership Conference, taking place at the Union League Club in New York City on Jan. 21-22.

The NYC Conservative Leadership Conference will feature leading voices in the conservative movement, book signings by the nation’s leading conservative authors, and hands-on training sessions from grassroots activism to media strategy.
 
“As the threats to our liberty are mounting by the day, this will be an exciting and important conference and I encourage all conservatives in the New York area to register and attend,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, a co-sponsor of the conference.
 
To register for the conference or to learn more, visit www.TheHarbourLeague.org or call 410-753-4560.
 
WHO: Rich Lowry, Editor of the National Review; Kate O'Beirne, President of National Review Institute; Herb London, President of the Hudson Institute; Andrew McCarthy, Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform; Eli Gold, President of the Harbour League; John Fund of the Wall Street Journal; Roger Kimball, Publisher of Encounter Books; Matthew Mark Horn, Co-Chair, Harbour League’s National Security Working Group and Executive Director, AJCongress; Mike Long, Chairman, NY Conservative Party; Colleen Holmes, Executive Director, Eagle Forum; Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute; Fred Siegel, City Journal's Contributing Editor; Honorable Rafael L. Bardaji (National Security Advisor to Jose Maria Aznar, Fmr PM of Spain), and many more.
 
WHAT:      NYC Conservative Leadership Conference
 
WHEN:     January 21 - 22, 2010
 
WHERE:   The Union League -- 38 East 37th Street (at Park Avenue); New York, NY 10016
 
RSVP:        Visit www.TheHarbourLeague.org or call 410-753-4560.
 
CO-SPONSORS: Americans for Tax Reform, National Review Institute, Manhattan Institute, Eagle Forum, Institute for Liberty, Conservative Economist, Focus on the Family and the Indian American Republican Council.

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Sen. Ben Nelson Will Violate His Tax Pledge if He Votes for Senate Health Bill


Posted by John Kartch on Sunday, December 20th, 2009, 12:49 PM PERMALINK


If Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) votes for cloture on the Manager’s Amendment or on final passage of the Senate healthcare bill, he will violate his Taxpayer Protection Pledge – a written commitment Nelson made to Nebraskans and the American people.

“Senator Nelson promised the people of Nebraska that he would vote against any tax increases,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The Democrat bosses claim Senator Nelson has promised to vote for a bill to give the government more control over health care.  That bill includes 18 different tax increases.”
 
When Sen. Nelson ran for the U.S. Senate, he made a written Pledge to his constituents to oppose any net income tax hikes.  He is bound by that Pledge for the duration of his career as a senator.  The Senate healthcare bill contains nearly $500 billion in new tax hikes over the next decade, including billions in income tax hikes. 
 
Sen. Nelson’s signed Taxpayer Protection Pledge may be viewed here.
 

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Reid's Manager's Amendment Employs the Terms "Tax", "Taxable", and "Fee" 68 Times


Posted by John Kartch on Saturday, December 19th, 2009, 5:42 PM PERMALINK


A word search of Sen. Harry Reid’s 383-page Manager’s Amendment reveals that the terms “tax”, “taxable” and "fee" are employed a total of 68 times.

Word counts of key terms are as follows:

Tax: 
21 times

Taxable: 
30 times

Fee: 
17 times

Require: 
28

Shall: 
617

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Senate Health Bill Now Contains Seven Tax Hikes on Families Making Less than $250,000


Posted by John Kartch, Ryan Ellis on Saturday, December 19th, 2009, 3:30 PM PERMALINK


With the release of Sen. Harry Reid’s Manager’s Amendment, the Senate healthcare bill now contains seven tax hikes on families making less than $250,000 per year. 

Each of the seven tax hikes are in violation of President Obama’s “firm pledge” not to raise “any form” of taxes on these families. Obama’s promise remains for all to see at the Change.gov website: “no family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase.” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has confirmed that there are “no caveats” to Obama’s promise.
 
Listed below are the seven Obama-pledge-breaking tax hikes (Page numbers reference original Reid-Obama bill unless noted):
 
Individual Mandate Tax (Page 324/Sec. 1501/$15 bil/Jan 2014): Starting in 2014, anyone not buying “qualifying” health insurance must pay an income surtax according to the higher of the following (page 71 of manager’s amendment updates Reid bill):
 
 
Single
2 Persons
3+ Persons
2014
$495/0.5% AGI
$990/0.5% AGI
$1485/0.5%/AGI
2015
$495/1.0% AGI
$990/1.0% AGI
$1485/1.0%/AGI
2016
$495/2.0% AGI
$990/2.0% AGI
$1485/2.0%/AGI
 
Exemptions for religious objectors, undocumented immigrants, prisoners, those earning less than the poverty line, members of Indian tribes, and hardship cases (determined by HHS).
 
Employer Mandate Tax (Page 348/Sec. 1513/$28 bil): If an employer does not offer health coverage, and at least one employee qualifies for a health tax credit, the employer must pay an additional non-deductible tax of $750 for all full-time employees. Applies to all employers with 50 or more employees.
 
If the employer requires a waiting period to enroll in coverage of 30-60 days, there is a $400 tax per employee ($600 if the period is 60 days or longer).
 
Small business owners pay their taxes on their owners’ personal tax returns. Since this provision does not exempt business owners making less than $250,000 per year, this employer mandate tax will violate President Obama’s promise in some cases.
 
Tax Hikes on Healthcare Spending Accounts
           
Medicine Cabinet Tax (Page 1997/Sec. 9003/$5 bil): No longer allowable to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin)
 
HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike (Page 1998/Sec. 9004/$1.3 bil): Increases additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent.
 
FSA Cap (Page 1999/Sec. 9005/$14.6 bil): Imposes cap on FSAs of $2500 (now unlimited). Indexed to inflation after 2011 (added on page 363 of manager’s amendment).
     
Tax Hikes on Medical Spending for Those Making Less Than $250,000
 
Raise “Haircut” for Medical Itemized Deduction from 7.5% to 10% of AGI (Page 2034/Sec. 9013/$15.2 bil): Waived for 65+ taxpayers in 2013-2016 only
 
Tax on Indoor Tanning Services (Page 373 of Manager’s amendment/$2.7 billion/July 1, 2010): New 10% excise tax on indoor tanning salons

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