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Will Upton

Daily Media Spotlight October 01, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Friday, October 1st, 2010, 4:17 PM PERMALINK


Grover Norquist appears in Hawaii Free Press and warns “100 days to largest tax hike in history.”  He notes, “It looks like Congress is going to scamper out of Washington, D.C. having done nothing to stop the largest tax hikes in history. In just 100 days, you will be paying higher taxes than you have in over a decade.  What does this mean for you, for your family, for your small business? If you pay taxes, your taxes are going up. Even the lowest tax rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent.  Everybody's tax rate is going up, from the kid with a lemonade stand clear up to Warren Buffett.”

Peggy Noonan writes of “The Twister of 2010” in The Wall Street Journal.  The tumultuous primaries and surging Tea Party candidates have left Democrats scrambling.  “The Democrats have begun what Grover Norquist predicted a month ago. They saved their money for the end of the campaign and have begun running negative ads… They are avoiding the subject of their own votes on health care… They are focusing instead on accusations of personal scandal…At this point in history, with America teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, negative advertising is even more destructive, more actually wicked, than it was in the past.”

Check out Grover Norquist’s interview with Ross Greenwood on 2GB Radio in Australia and his appearance on Australia Broadcasting Corporation’s Lateline.   

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Daily Media Spotlight September 30, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Thursday, September 30th, 2010, 5:13 PM PERMALINK


Grover Norquist appears in the Financial Times warning that, “Republicans can still fail to triumph.”  Despite the record unpopularity of the Democrats in Washington, Norquist reminds us that, “…the election is not today. It is on November 2. And while it is too late for Democrats to escape a drubbing, there is still time for them to claw back lost ground. Distractions are especially dangerous because Republicans are riding a wave of national anger at government spending. This is seen by voters as not simply wasteful, but threatening to our economy and indeed the republic. No Democrat should be able to avoid responsibility for the failed stimulus, bank bail-outs, or coming spending on healthcare or energy taxes.”

From Chip Hanlon’s RedCounty.com, “Wham! Americans for Tax Reform SLAMS Abel Maldonado.” According to Hanlon: “One thing no California conservative should stand for is watching Abel Maldonado cast himself as some sort of taxpayer advocate. When I saw him touting the 'hero of the taxpayer' award that was once bestowed upon him by Americans for Tax Reform, I figured that had to have been a lifetime ago--and that ATR's opinion of him had likely changed a great deal over time… So I gave them a call… ‘Politicians like Abel Maldonado are the reason why the CA legislature’s approval rating is at its lowest point in history,' said Patrick Gleason, ATR's Director of State Affairs… ‘We have nothing good to say about the guy.’ ”

In The Baltimore Sun a reader responds, “Andy Harris won’t raise taxes.”  The reader has some stern words for Rep. Frank Kratovil and his claim that Sen. Andy Harris intends to implement a 23 percent national sales tax, “Mr. Harris has made it clear that he is dead set against raising taxes of any kind, and his voting record proves it. Please look it up for yourself. He has steadfastly voted against higher taxes for the past 12 years as a Maryland state senator… Has Frank Kratovil signed the Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge? Andy Harris has, and we can expect that he will be true to his pledge to oppose any and all tax increases.”

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Daily Media Spotlight September 28, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010, 4:30 PM PERMALINK


ATR’s own Patrick Gleason asks in The Daily Caller, “What’s the matter with Pennsylvania Republicans?”  He notes, “Republican candidates for federal and state office across the country are espousing low taxes, limited government and free-market principles… 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… 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.”

Paul Jacob reveals his “10 Measures to Watch” in Townhall Magazine Jacob notes, “As Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, points out, ‘One big difference between initiatives and elected representatives is that initiatives do not change their minds once you vote them in.’ ”

On September 16th, Grover Norquist and Patrick Gleason wrote about the damage that a new energy tax would inflict upon an already struggling Pennsylvanian economy.  They argued, “Where many now see jobs and economic growth, Rendell… sees a politically easy target to shake down. He has been calling for a new severance tax on natural gas from the Marcellus Shale… This unwise tax would reduce job creation and hamstring a fledgling industry before it has had a chance to realize its full potential for the commonwealth.”  Governor Rendell has responded in Politico and once again misses the point.  He continues to choose to line the states pockets over providing the people of Pennsylvania with jobs.

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Daily Media Spotlight September 24, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Friday, September 24th, 2010, 2:55 PM PERMALINK


ATR friend and ally, Chris Freind writes in Philly Mag’s ‘The Philly Post’, “After 50 Years in Politics, Mike Castle Had to Go.”  He continues, “Can O’Donnell win? Certainly. Will she? Impossible to answer, since the next seven weeks is equivalent to a political lifetime. But now that Democrat Mike Castle is finally out of the picture, at least Delaware voters have a clear choice on Election Day.”

Grover Norquist appears in The American Spectator with “Contract Negotiations.”  He writes, “A political contract between a chastened Republican Party and the American people will lead to Republican wins in 2010, but more importantly will force those same Republicans to govern the same  way they campaigned on the spending issue.”

From the FreindlyFireZone.com, “Tierney and the Teamsters? God Help Us.”  ATR friend and ally, Chris Freind appears again, this time taking on Big Labor and the greed that has run the Teamsters into the ground.  “Bottom line: the Teamsters’ leadership needs a reality check… Just as important, the unions who publicly lambasted the Teamsters should be commended for their courage.  Management and Labor will always have their disputes, but as long as the ultimate goal on both sides is continued employment and growth, common-sense agreements can always be reached.”

Ryan Ellis, ATR tax policy director, blasts Congressional Democrats in The Washington Times.  “The U.S. House of Representatives is poised this week to send H.R. 5297 to President Obama's desk. It's a mixture of small tax breaks and tax increases, but one of the latter demonstrates how tone-deaf congressional Democrats have become. The tax increase in question imposes a new paperwork-filing burden on the 10 million homeowners who rent out their second homes - "landlords," to use the preferred derogatory nomenclature of the left. Starting in about 100 days, homeowners will have to issue 1099-MISC forms to any person or unincorporated firm with which they do at least $600 in business over the course of the year.”

In Human Events, Grover Norquist reviews Erick Erickson and Lewis K. Uhler’s new book, Red State Uprising.  “Erickson and Uhler have written an informed and informative book subtitled ‘How to Take Back America,’ that speaks to the Tea Party movement: how it came about, what it has accomplished and, importantly, what it can and should do in the future and what pitfalls to avoid. It is full of good history, incisive political analysis and sound policy prescriptions.”

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Daily Media Spotlight September 21, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010, 2:45 PM PERMALINK


“Keep It Real Conservatives,” says Grover Norquist on FoxNews.com.  The president of Americans for Tax Reform warns conservatives not to get complacent or distracted, “If we work hard, harder and hardest then today’s cheerful polling data can be the harbinger of victory when real votes by real people are counted on November 2… Too much government spending is killing jobs, businesses, clouding our economic future… And new issues give Democrats an opportunity to separate themselves from the unpopular Obama, Reid and Pelosi.”

ATR’s own Kelly William Cobb appears in The Washington Times with the op-ed: “Island Internet plugs into political favors.”  Despite having only a few thousand customers, Sandwich Isles Communications Inc., receives a generous government subsidy with taxpayer dollars.  Cobb exposes the corruption: “A congressional report last year labeled Sandwich Isles as one of the largest abusers of USF funding, accepting as much as $26.4 million in 2008 to connect just 1,967 households to the Internet. That's a whopping $13,408 in subsidies for each home. In 2009, the company raked in another $24 million.”

In Alaska, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate William Toien challenged the Democrat candidate Ethan Berkowitz to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge during a live debate. According to the AnchorageDaily News, “He [Toien] pulled out a copy of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising to oppose all tax increases, and signed it with a flourish. [Sean] Parnell [the Republican candidate and incumbent governor] said he had already signed one. Toien asked Berkowitz to sign too. The crowd hooted and clapped… ‘Not today,’ the Democrat said…”

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Daily Media Spotlight September 20, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Monday, September 20th, 2010, 4:00 PM PERMALINK


The National Journal asks “How To Put Businesses' Cash Reserves In Play? The Federal Reserve confirmed on Friday that corporate America is still quietly sitting on $1.8 trillion in unspent cash and assets.”  Grover Norquist responds: “Is this a trick question? Why would someone with $1.8 trillion or $1800 not want to invest in today’s economy? Several reasons: Barack Obama. Harry Reid. Nancy Pelosi. Barney Frank.”

ATR’s Chris Prandoni appears in The Daily Caller and offers us a great breakdown of the partisan proxy battle waged between Republicans and Democrats over the 1099 report requirements for small businesses and how that reflects the greater ideologies of both parties when it comes to taxes and the American economy. 

Liberty.com highlights Grover Norquist’s response to President Obama’s recent speech on the economy in Cleveland,Ohio: “After battering the American economy with overspending for almost two years, Obama has decided to fix everything –with more spending… In year one Obama, Reid and Pelsosi wasted trillions of taxpayers’ money and the economy lost jobs.  In year two, Obama, Reid and Pelosi have a new strategy … same as the old failed one … spend more of other people’s money.” Check out Grover’s full response and others here

From SafeHaven.com, the financial blogger The Mogambo Guru highlights “Cost of Government Day” adding that, “ ‘Just two years ago, Cost of Government Day fell an astonishing 34 days earlier,’ which is a tax increase of 17.3% in two years! …A lot of this is due to, as USA Today reported Aug. 10 and The Washington Times reminds us, that ‘federal pay and benefits per employee now average more than twice that of private workers: $123,049 compared to $61,051.’ …An interesting sidebar is that ‘Federal salaries outpaced inflation in the past decade by 33 percent.’ ”

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Daily Media Spotlight September 17, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Friday, September 17th, 2010, 1:39 PM PERMALINK


The Hill has the scoop on the new “Contract with America.”  When will the American people get to see it?  When the Democrats can’t keep them from seeing it, as Grover Norquist notes: “ ‘You don't want to do it too soon. If they are still in session, [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid [D-Nev.] and [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi [D-Calif.] can hold a vote the moment you are holding a press conference. This is one of those moments where if they do it past the session, then the Democrats can have no response…’ ”

Who wants to be on the House Appropriations Committee?  According to Jackie Kucinich writing in Roll Call: apparently no one.  Grover Norquist gives the reason why: “ ‘The fight next year is not going to be liberals versus conservatives, it’s going to be everybody versus the appropriators,’… Norquist said ATR will push the newly elected members of the 112th Congress to form a counter-appropriations panel and advocate for term limits on appropriators to prevent them from amassing too much power.”

More Democrat shenanigans: Quad-Cities Online points out to Congressman Phil Hare that FactCheck.org recently called his and other Democrats’ attacks on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge “false,” noting that this could be, “…a prototype of future attack ads against any number of other Republican House members and candidates, most of whom have signed the anti-tax pledge in question.”  ATR has recently released an ad in Nevada exposing Congresswoman Dina Titus for making the same false attack as Congressman Hare.  Check it out here

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Daily Media Spotlight September 16, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Thursday, September 16th, 2010, 11:33 AM PERMALINK


Today in Politico, Americans for Tax Reform’s president Grover Norquist and director for state affairs Patrick Gleason argue that there is a coming energy tax debate on Capitol Hill, despite what some Democrats may say.  The bellwether of this debate is the Marcellus shale natural gas deposits in Pennsylvania.  Norquist and Gleason note:  “Keep an eye on the Pennsylvania Legislature in coming weeks. What happens there not only is likely to affect the midterm elections in this bellwether state but could provide clues to the coming energy debate on Capitol Hill.”

Grover Norquist appears in Newsmax and brings light to the problem of Obamacare and 1099 reporting.  The apparent fix to 1099 reporting proposed by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fl) in reality is no fix at all.  Nelson’s fix would repeal job creations measures for the nation’s leading oil companies.  Norquist concluded, “Repealing this job creating tax rule is an effective tax increase on an industry that indirectly or directly employs over 9 million workers and adds over a trillion dollars to the American economy.”

From the Business and Media Institute: “With Tax Hikes Soon, Cable News Uses 'Tax Cut' Phrasing 13 Times as Much.”  Despite a looming tax hike on January 1, 2011, the mainstream media continues to push the story as though the debate surrounds tax cuts. The article notes, “Primetime cable shows on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News Channel have focused on the fight over “tax cuts” more than 13 times as often as they discussed it in terms of tax hikes.”

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Daily Media Spotlight September 15, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010, 4:39 PM PERMALINK


Grover Norquist appears in The Hill and answers the big question, “Should the GOP back middle-class tax cuts?”  He responds: “The Democrats are looking for an excuse, any excuse to avoid keeping their promise to keep the Obama tax hikes in January 2011 from hitting anyone who earns less than $250,000… Republicans should not give them any excuse to postpone—and never do—what they have refused to do every day of the year for three to four years now.”

Americans for Tax Reform’s own Mattie Corrao writes in The Daily Caller, “Feds’ next target: your cold medicine… Requiring a prescription for commonly-used cold medicines punishes cough sufferers for the illicit behavior of a few. With consumers already starting to feel the squeeze of increased costs under Obamacare, the FDA should be concerned with the impact of adding even more too health care costs.”

ATR blasts back at Nevada Democrat Dina Titus for running ads distorting the Taxpayer Protection pledge.  The Wall Street Journal notes: “Democrats say the attack is fair, since ending the tax break would be tantamount to raising taxes. But ATR officials say the charge is false, since the pledge states that ending tax credits is OK as long as the changes are balanced out with additional tax cuts to make the effect neutral.”

Ryan Ellis, director of tax policy at Americans for Tax Reform, appeared on CNBC to debate Capital Gains tax cuts with Michael Lind of the New America Foundation.  The video of their exchange can be found here.

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Daily Media Spotlight September 10, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Friday, September 10th, 2010, 3:07 PM PERMALINK


Limited Government goes global! Grover Norquist writes in the UK’s Guardian: “The Tea Party leadership are new faces. They are still learning how to channel their concerns into political victories… But for three days in London the secrets of the great US tax rebellion are being shared with activists from China and Britain, Korea and Canada – and enough dropped matches just might start something interesting.”

Representative Dina Titus (D-NV) still won’t back down from her distortions and blatantly false claims against her opponent, Republican Joe Heck. As Benjamin Spillman in The Las Vegas Review-Journal notes: “FactCheck[.org] also criticized as false a claim [by the Titus campaign] that signers of an anti-tax pledge from Americans for Tax Reform agreed to ‘tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas.’ The pledge, signed by Heck, is a broad promise to keep taxes at or lower than current levels, and doesn't mention specific tax breaks, credits, incentives or jobs.”

Ed Driscoll, of Ed Driscoll.com, appears in Pajamas Media and has some fun at the expense of California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown: “Jerry Brown promises to finally get California out of Vietnam War”.  As Driscoll notes, Brown recently told a crowd of California business leaders regarding the states fiscal quagmire: “I have a plan; I’ll tell you after the election.”

Democrats continue to smear the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and their Republican challengers.  The blog A Charging Elephant notes: “The Rick Larsen Campaign recently launched a new line of attack on John Koster by attempting to mislead voters about the actual meaning of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. This is not the first time Democrats have tried to misrepresent the meaning of the Pledge. During the special election in HI-01, the DCCC ran misleading attack ads against the Pledge. FactCheck.org … responded by condemning the DCCC and agreeing that the ads were ‘blatantly false.’

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