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In US Senate Debate, Tim Kaine Tells "47 Percent" To Pay Up


Posted by Paul Blair on Thursday, September 20th, 2012, 3:25 PM PERMALINK


In a Virginia US Senate debate, moderated by David Gregory of NBC News, Democrat nominee and former Governor Tim Kaine echoed sentiments he attempted to legislate as Virginia’s Governor, that people don’t pay enough taxes. As Governor, he proposed nearly $4 billion in higher taxes.

During the debate, David Gregory asked Tim Kaine about his thoughts on making the so-called “47 percent” pay more in federal taxes. A clip for the questions and answers can be seen here.

Gregory: “Do you believe everyone in Virginia should pay something in federal income taxes?”

Kaine: “Everyone pays taxes.”

Gregory: “But federal income taxes?”

Kaine: “I would be open to a proposal that would have some minimum tax level for everyone.”

This may come as no surprise to those who remember Kaine’s annual plea with the Virginia General Assembly that they raise taxes and fees by billions of dollars.

“Governor Kaine is notorious for asking Virginians to pay more in taxes and fees. His annual pleas with the General Assembly should give Virginians even more evidence about the kind of proposals Kaine will support if he is their next Senator,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.  “Waging a ‘who pays what’ minimum tax war on the 47 percent is not a viable solution to getting Washington’s fiscal house in order.”

“To declare that you would support a minimum level of federal taxation is to admit that you not only intend on eliminating many tax credits and deductions, but that you support raising taxes on millions of low and middle class Americans,” continued Norquist.

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Maine US Senate Candidate Angus King Supports $5 Trillion Tax Hike


Posted by Paul Blair on Thursday, September 20th, 2012, 12:47 PM PERMALINK


Democrat co-chairman for President Obama’s debt commission Erskine Bowles recently campaigned in Portland on behalf of Independent U.S. Senate candidate and former Governor Angus King.  Although King has campaigned as a middle-of-the-road candidate, by supporting the plan put forward by Bowles, also known as the Simpson-Bowles Plan, King officially supports a $5 trillion tax hike.

According to the Simpson-Bowles co-chair report, the revenue target of their proposal is to “cap revenue at or below 21 percent of GDP.” This figure is significantly higher than the historical tax revenue burden of around 18.5 percent of GDP.

If the Simpson-Bowles tax revenue target was in place for ten years, it would raise $5 trillion in additional revenue, or taxes, paid by American taxpayers and businesses.

Given the significant costs of this plan, King’s support for Simpson-Bowles should concern the sensibilities of hardworking Mainers. During the campaign event with Bowles, King noted, “Sometimes you’ve just got to step up and do the right thing and understand that people aren’t going to be happy about it.”

“Angus King is absolutely correct that people aren’t going to be happy about the Simpson-Bowles Plan and that’s because the plan is a $5 trillion tax increase,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.  “His support for the Simpson-Bowles Plan demonstrates that when it comes to taxes, King stands with Democrats like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.”

“When you raise taxes, you get lousy economic growth and you hurt any chance of a legitimate economic recovery. Now is not the time to concede defeat on the fight of our lifetime, the fight to rein in the oversized federal government that spends and taxes too much,” continued Norquist.

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Americans for Tax Reform Calls on Rep. McNerney to Denounce DCCC's False Claims in CA-09


Posted by Paul Blair on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012, 2:36 PM PERMALINK


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee just released a series of attacks against Ricky Gill in his bid to defeat incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney. Lying about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge isn’t a new tactic for the DCCC, nor is ignoring the fact that independent organizations have called them out on their fallacious claims. Americans for Tax Reform calls on McNerney to denounce the DCCC’s false claims.

The attacks suggest that as a Pledge signer, Ricky Gill has signed a pledge to “protect special tax breaks for corporations that send American jobs overseas.” Unfortunately, when the same claim was levied against Pledge signers in 2010, the Associated Press labeled the attack as “one of the wildest claims of the 2010 campaign.” Adding insult to injury, the non-partisan FactCheck.org rated the attacks against the Pledge as “blatantly false.”

As FactCheck.org has noted, “[The Pledge] leaves ample room for the elimination of any number of special tax breaks so long as the overall level of taxation is not increased. To claim that this ‘protects’ a particular provision is simply untrue.” The overall goal of Pledge signers is to reduce the size of the government by focusing on spending alone.

When the DCCC said the exact same thing against Republicans in 2010, another independent fact-checking organization weighed in. To the accusation that the Pledge “protects” companies who ship jobs overseas, Politifact noted that the claim about the Pledge included a “spurious connection” that requires a “huge leap of logic,” concluding that the DCCC’s claim was “False.”

Despite the fact that the DCCC has pledged financial support for Jerry McNerney’s reelection, Rep. McNerney should denounce this proven false claim so that both he and Gill can focus on what California voters care most about: curbing rising gas prices, unsustainable government spending, and the looming tax hikes that take effect on January 1st of next year.

“I applaud Ricky Gill for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Taxpayers in California are fed up with tax-and-spend policies that are bankrupting cities and scaring businesses out of the state, policies that the DCCC champions,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The most recent false claims by this group further demonstrates the difficult time national Democrats are going to have defending the Democrat ‘plan’ for economic recovery: higher taxes and more government spending,” continued Norquist.

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Democratic Super PAC Releases Ad with Lies About Taxpayer Protection Pledge in Georgia


Posted by Paul Blair on Monday, September 10th, 2012, 3:38 PM PERMALINK


Center Forward, a Democratic super PAC, began airing ads attacking Republican Lee Anderson in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District. The ad targets Anderson for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to Georgia taxpayers. According to independent organizations, the claim levied in the ad is both misleading and false.

The ad suggests that as a Pledge signer, Lee Anderson has pledged to keep “tax breaks for companies that ship out American jobs.” Unfortunately, when the same claim was levied against Pledge signers in 2010, the Associated Press labeled the attack as “one of the wildest claims of the 2010 campaign.” Adding insult to injury, the non-partisan FactCheck.org rated the attacks against the Pledge as “blatantly false.”

As FactCheck.org has noted, “[The Pledge] leaves ample room for the elimination of any number of special tax breaks so long as the overall level of taxation is not increased. To claim that this ‘protects’ a particular provision is simply untrue.” The overall goal of Pledge signers is to reduce the size of the government by focusing on spending alone.

Despite the fact that Center Forward has pledged over $350,000 to Barrow’s campaign this month, Rep. Barrow should denounce this proven false claim so that both he and Anderson can focus on what Georgia voters care most about: curbing rising gas prices, unsustainable government spending, and the looming tax hikes that take effect on January 1st of next year.

“I applaud Lee Anderson for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Taxpayers in Georgia have clearly shown their displeasure with tax-and-spend policies coming out of Washington, policies that national Democratic organizations champion,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The most recent false claims by this group further demonstrates the difficult time national Democrats are going to have defending the Democrat ‘plan’ for economic recovery: higher taxes and more government spending,” continued Norquist.

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In Pennsylvania, DCCC Beats Dead Horse With Lies About Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, September 7th, 2012, 4:44 PM PERMALINK


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently released an ad, attacking Republican Keith Rothfus in his bid to defeat incumbent Democrat Mark Critz. Lying about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge isn’t a new tactic for the DCCC, nor is ignoring the fact that independent organizations have called them out on their fallacious claims.

The DCCC suggests that as a Pledge signer, Keith Rothfus has promised to “protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.” Unfortunately, when the same claim was levied against Pledge signers in 2010, the Associated Press labeled the attack as “one of the wildest claims of the 2010 campaign.” Adding insult to the DCCC injury, the non-partisan FactCheck.org rated the attacks against the Pledge as “blatantly false.”

As FactCheck.org has noted, “[The Pledge] leaves ample room for the elimination of any number of special tax breaks so long as the overall level of taxation is not increased. To claim that this “protects” a particular provision is simply untrue.” The overall goal of Pledge signers is to reduce the size of the government by focusing on spending alone.

Despite the DCCC’s pledged financial support for the Critz campaign, he should denounce this proven false claim so that both he and Rothfus can focus on what Pennsylvania voters care most about: curbing rising gas prices, unsustainable government spending, and the looming tax hikes that take effect on January 1st of next year.

“I applaud Keith Rothfus for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Taxpayers in Pennsylvania have clearly shown their displeasure with tax-and-spend policies coming out of Washington, policies that the DCCC champions,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The most recent false claims by this group further demonstrates the difficult time national Democrats are going to have defending the Democrat ‘plan’ for economic recovery: higher taxes and more government spending,” continued Norquist.

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Anna Little Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Thursday, August 16th, 2012, 4:50 PM PERMALINK


Former Highlands Mayor Anna Little has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in her race for New Jersey’s 6th Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, commits signers 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. To date, 41 U.S. Senators and 238 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mrs. Little for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people have clearly shown their displeasure with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Anna Little demonstrates that she understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of New Jersey.”

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

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Wisconsin Taxpayers Real Winners with Tommy Thompson


Posted by Paul Blair on Thursday, August 16th, 2012, 2:59 PM PERMALINK


Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson won Tuesday’s GOP Senate Primary in a four-way matchup against Eric Hovde, Mark Neumann, and Jeff Fitzgerald. Among the four Republicans, Thompson, Neumann, and Fitzgerald signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to oppose higher taxes. With Thompson’s victory, Wisconsinites are well positioned for another statewide election between two clearly contrasting candidates on the issue of higher taxes.

Americans for Tax Reform highlighted Eric Hovde’s refusal to make a written promise to Wisconsin taxpayers by publicizing Hovde’s admission that he had “no problem” with higher taxes. Hovde doubled down on his tax hike agenda by admitting that he was open to a compromise with Democrats on higher taxes.

In the weeks leading up to the primary, ATR made over one hundred thousand voter contacts. Tuesday’s results demonstrate that voters took notice of who makes promises and what it takes to get serious about cutting government spending: signing the Taxpayer protection Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Tommy Thompson on winning Tuesday’s Republican primary in Wisconsin,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Republican primary voters clearly took their displeasure with Washington to the ballot box and rewarded the candidate who took the Pledge to stand with them against a tax and spend agenda,” continued Norquist.

“Wisconsinites value the concrete written promise that is the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. When Governor Scott Walker signed it, he kept it. As a result, voters fought back against a union-led recall to give him more time to enact necessary reform. Tommy Thompson’s pledge to oppose tax hikes puts him in a good position to debate Tammy Baldwin on the merits of a genuine need to cut spending without raising taxes.”

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John Quiñones Leaves the Door Open to Tax Hikes


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, August 10th, 2012, 4:33 PM PERMALINK


Today, the John Quiñones for Congress campaign said that they will not be signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for the GOP nomination in Florida’s 9th Congressional District.  Republican candidates Julius Melendez and Mark Oxner have signed the Pledge.

Without a concrete written promise to taxpayers in the district, Quiñones is leaving the door open to higher taxes. For voters familiar with Quiñones’s record as a state legislator, this may not come as a surprise.

State Senator Quiñones voted in support of transportation bill, SB 1350, that included higher taxes. The bill targeted tourists by imposing a $2-a-day tax on rental car customers. Then Republican Governor Jeb Bush vetoed the legislation, noting that the “taxes will be paid disparately by tourists visiting Florida, consequently creating taxation without representation on a large scale.”

Perhaps even more troubling than his support of tax hikes as a Florida legislator are the looming tax hikes that America faces at the beginning of next year.  On January 1, 2013, America faces the largest tax increases in US history.

The cost of Taxmageddon on Florida taxpayers is estimated at over $34 billion in higher taxes. Although Quiñones would not take office until after January 1, the risk of giving him a seat at the negotiating table should leave Florida taxpayers scared.

“The voters in Florida have a right to know where a candidate stands on the issues before electing them to Congress,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “It’s only logical to assume that if Quiñones won’t sign the Pledge then he has plans to raise taxes.”

“The promises that Quiñones makes about creating jobs, cutting spending, and restoring fiscal conservatism to Washington mean little without the backing of a concrete written promise to oppose higher taxes. Only by signing the Pledge, can Florida taxpayers be certain that Quiñones has learned the error of his ways on higher taxes.”

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Gary Aubuchon Leaves the Door Open to Tax Hikes


Posted by Paul Blair on Thursday, August 9th, 2012, 4:28 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform calls on Congressional candidate Gary Aubuchon to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for the GOP nomination in Florida’s 19th Congressional District.  Currently, every other Republican candidate in the race has signed the pledge, including Chauncey Porter Goss, Paige Vanier Kreegel, Trey Radel, Byron Donalds, and Joe Davidow.

Voters in Florida’s 19th Congressional District deserve to know the truth on where Gary Aubuchon stands on taxes. Without a concrete written promise to taxpayers in the district, Aubuchon is leaving the door open to higher taxes.

The worst part about the fact that Aubuchon has left tax hikes on the table by refusing to sign the Pledge to Florida taxpayers is that on January 1, 2013, America faces the largest tax increases in US history.

The cost of Taxmageddon on Florida taxpayers is estimated at over $34 billion in higher taxes. Based on 2010 Congressional district boundaries, the average taxpayer in Florida’s 19th district will have to fork over an additional $6,631 every April to Uncle Sam. In terms of tax hikes, the 19th District will be the hardest hit Congressional district in Florida with an average tax increase of 6.6 percent per tax return.  

Although Aubuchon would not take office until after January 1, the risk of giving him a seat at the negotiating table should leave Florida taxpayers scared.

“The voters in Florida have a right to know where a candidate stands on the issues before electing them to Congress,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “It’s only logical to assume that if Aubuchon won’t sign the Pledge then he has plans to raise taxes.”

“The promises that Aubuchon makes about creating jobs in southwest Florida, cutting spending, and restoring fiscal conservatism to Washington mean little without the backing of a concrete written promise to oppose higher taxes. Only by signing the Pledge, can Florida taxpayers be certain that Aubuchon stands with them in the fiscal fight of our lifetime.”

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Tim Kaine Suffers Amnesia on Failed Tax Hike Attempts


Posted by Paul Blair on Thursday, August 9th, 2012, 3:16 PM PERMALINK


Yesterday, Democrat Tim Kaine asked his Republican opponent to join him in taking a “balanced” approach to avoiding the looming sequestration cuts. Unfortunately Tim Kaine seems to suffer amnesia on his attempt to implement the same kind of “balanced” approach while he served as Virginia’s Governor. Such an approach included billions of dollars in new and higher taxes.

Kaine called on George Allen to “set aside his Pledge,” and work for a “responsible path forward.”

Translated, what Tim Kaine means is that he’s asking Allen to break his written commitment to Virginia taxpayers and join with him in an approach that raises taxes.

When George Allen signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, he made a promise to Virginia taxpayers to get serious about reining in Washington’s out of control spending. He promised to do this by focusing on spending cuts instead of tax hikes. If Tim Kaine read the Pledge, he would know that.

Unfortunately, Virginians know too-well the dangers of sharing the same tax policy as Tim Kaine. As Governor, he proposed around $4 billion in new or higher taxes. Fortunately for Virginians, Pledge-signers and conservatives in the Virginia state legislature prevented such tax hikes from being enacted.

“As Governor, Tim Kaine proposed billions of dollars in higher taxes. He left Virginia nearly 2 billion dollars in debt. He is now asking for Virginians to forget about his fiscal irresponsibility as Governor and put him in the U.S. Senate to enact what he calls ‘responsible” policies,” “said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “When Tim Kaine suggests that George Allen should set aside his Pledge, he’s really asking George Allen to disregard his conservative principles.”

“The recent success of the Virginia economy is largely attributable to the success of conservative pro-growth policies that came out of Richmond once Tim Kaine left. If anyone needs to evolve on the tax policy front, it is certainly Tim Kaine."

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