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Daily Media Spotlight October 11, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Monday, October 11th, 2010, 4:34 PM PERMALINK


“Jobs numbers a death knell for Dems?”  That is the question posed to Grover Norquist in Politico’s “The Arena.”  He responds: “Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress are turning a recession into a Depression… This was done once before by Hoover and Roosevelt who -- and does this ring any bells? -- raised marginal tax rates, spent vast sums of borrowed money to “stimulate” the economy, railed against evil businessmen who viewed the collapse of the rule of law a reason to avoid investing, the empowerment of labor union bosses at the expense of workers, the glorification of make-work government jobs and a focus on blaming others for the president’s mistakes.”

Luis Fortuno, the Chris Christie of the Caribbean! From National Review’s Battle10 blog: “Luis Fortuno, governor of Puerto Rico, was in Philadelphia today making his rounds on an endorsement circuit for Pat Toomey… Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, praised Fortuno and characterized his endorsement as significant for Toomey with 25 days remaining until Election Day… Fortuno’s endorsement is ‘very helpful,’ Norquist told Battle ’10… Norquist told Battle ‘10 Fortuno ‘has governed as a Reagan Republican’ on the island, and praised him as ‘the Chris Christie of Puerto Rico.’”

FactCheck.org highlights the continuing evolution of the Democrats' “blatantly false” attack on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge:  “Democrats and their allies can’t get enough of the Americans for Tax Reform tax pledge — which, as we’ve reported, they’ve falsely equated in a number of ads with ‘protecting tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas.’… We expected, as we said in April, that we would see this line of attack ‘against nearly any Republican House candidate, all but a few of whom have signed the anti-tax pledge in question.’ But we didn’t expect to see it against a candidate for governor.”

The Salem News and TheOtherMcCain.com both pile on the rebuttals to the Democrats’ attacks on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.  Barbara Anderson of The Salem News notes, “It's not surprising that Democrats don't know how the Taxpayer Protection Pledge works; none of them running here this year have taken it. It actually does allow loopholes to be closed if other taxes are cut at the same time, avoiding a net tax increase.” Not to be outdone, Robert Stacey McCain of TheOtherMcCain.com not only notes the involvement of Big Labor in the Democrats’ attacks this fall, but adds, “So if any Republican takes the Americans for Tax Reform pledge against new taxes, Democrats say this amounts to being in favor of shipping jobs to China — an absurd and outrageous lie that ignores the realities of both tax policy and trade policy.”

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Kurt Schrader Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the "No New Taxes" Pledge


Posted by Will Upton on Monday, October 11th, 2010, 12:13 PM PERMALINK


Oregon voters should expect Rep. Kurt Schrader and his allies to ramp up their desperate attacks on Scott Bruun and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as Election Day looms near.  It appears that Schrader will do whatever it takes to smear Scott Bruun and the Pledge, all-the-while distracting Oregon voters from his dismal record on job growth and the economy.  By signing the Pledge, Bruun has promised to voters that he will never raise income taxes on individuals and/or businesses.  Schrader’s misleading attacks are merely a ploy to confuse voters in a desperate attempt to hold on to his congressional seat.

The attacks claim that Bruun, by signing the Pledge, intends to “protect companies that ship jobs overseas.”  Unfortunately for Schrader, his dishonest claims have been refuted by a number of newssources and even the non-partisan voter advocate, FactCheck.org called the claims against the Pledge “blatantly false.”  John Ralston, host of the Nevada television program Face to Face, said similar claims made in Nevada were “thoroughly misleading.”  To cut through the false claims and dishonest statements being made, voters should ask Rep. Schrader why he thinks tax hikes create jobs. Voters should also demand to know why Rep. Schrader left Washington before putting a stop to one of the largest tax hikes in history.

 

Kurt Schrader Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the “No New Taxes” Pledge

Schrader campaign desperate to distort Bruun’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DCThe Kurt Schrader Campaign recently launched a new line of attack on Scott Bruun by attempting to mislead voters about the actual meaning of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The goal of the Pledge is to protect taxpayers and businesses from tax increases. The Schrader campaign’s charges follow the patently false claims made by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) earlier in the year – claims that the non-partisan FactCheck.org agrees are “blatantly false.”

The “No New Taxes” Pledge commits a signer 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.” By making this promise, Bruun has taken tax hikes off the table for all taxpayers in Oregon- something Kurt Schrader has not done.

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, a non-partisan "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics, responded by condemning the DCCC and agreeing that the ads were “blatantly false.”

Similar claims about the Pledge were made recently in Michigan, Nevada, and Washington. In Michigan, the Jackson Citizen-Patriot, a Jackson, Michigan newspaper, deemed Rep. Mark Schauer’s claims about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and Tim Walberg to be “not true.”  In Nevada, Jon Ralston of Face to Face “reality checked” the Dina Titus campaign ad and found the claims made against the “no new taxes” Pledge to be “thoroughly misleading.” King 5 TV in Washington called the accusations against the Pledge and senate candidate Dino Rossi a “stretch.”

“Why is Kurt Schrader going out of his way to shamelessly distort Scott Bruun’s position on taxes? The Pledge signed by Bruun is a promise to constituents and businesses to never raise taxes. Schrader has yet to make the same promise and should explain to voters how tax hikes revive a struggling economy and promote job growth in Oregon,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.

“Scott Bruun has committed to never raising taxes on his constituents while his Democrat opponent has left the door for tax hikes wide open,” continued Norquist.

Click here for a printable pdf. 

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Daily Media Spotlight October 08, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Friday, October 8th, 2010, 4:30 PM PERMALINK


ATR’s own Mattie Corrao appears in The Daily Caller and calls for defense spending cuts to be left on the table, especially the extra engine program for the Joint Strike Fighter: “This reveals the ethos guiding the proponents of the extra engine program in particular and larger defense spending in general — individuals who foresee a $3 billion subsidy staked on the unlikely probability of netting $2 billion in savings as a worthwhile gamble. This is stupidity of a government magnitude… With spending gaining traction as a significant issue with voters ahead of the November elections, Congress should be wary of such an overt demonstration of pork-barrel patronage and Members should be especially leery of idolizing defense spending.”

From today’s Politico, “Unemployment rate stays at 9.6 percent.”  Congressional Democrats would have us believe that this rests on the shoulders of former President Bush, but as the article notes, “‘The liberals are going to believe that it was Bush, but the rest of country knows that it is two years of out-control-government,’ said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform and leader of a loose network of conservative groups.”

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AFL-CIO and Steve Kagen Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the "No New Taxes" Pledge


Posted by Will Upton on Friday, October 8th, 2010, 2:34 PM PERMALINK


Wisconsin voters should expect Rep. Steve Kagen and his allies in Big Labor to ramp up their desperate attacks on Reid Ribble and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as Election Day looms near.  It appears that Kagen’s allies will do whatever it takes to smear Reid Ribble and the Pledge, all-the-while distracting Wisconsin voters from Kagen’s dismal track record on job growth and the economy.  By signing the Pledge, Ribble has promised to voters that he will never raise income taxes on individuals and/or businesses.  Kagen and Big Labor’s misleading attacks are merely a ploy to confuse voters and ensure that Big Labor will retain their representative in Congress.

The attacks claim that Ribble, by signing the Pledge, intends to “protect companies that ship jobs overseas.”  Unfortunately for Kagen and Big Labor their dishonest claims have been refuted by numerous news sources and even the non-partisan voter advocate, FactCheck.org.  Brooks Jackson, director of FactCheck.org, called the claims against the Pledge “blatantly false.”  John Ralston, host of the Nevada television program Face to Face, said similar claims made in Nevada were “thoroughly misleading.”  To cut through the false claims and dishonest statements being made, voters should ask Rep. Kagen why he and his friends in Big Labor think tax hikes will create jobs.

 

AFL-CIO and Steve Kagen Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the “No New Taxes” Pledge

Big Labor and Kagen campaign desperate to distort Ribble’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DCThe AFL-CIO and the Steve Kagen campaign recently launched a new line of attack on Reid Ribble by attempting to mislead voters about the actual meaning of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The goal of the Pledge is to protect taxpayers and businesses from tax increases. The AFL-CIO and Kagen campaign’s charges follow the patently false claims made by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) earlier in the year – claims that the non-partisan FactCheck.org agrees are “blatantly false.”

The “No New Taxes” Pledge commits a signer 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.” By making this promise, Ribble has taken tax hikes off the table for all taxpayers in Wisconsin - something Steve Kagen has not done.

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, a non-partisan "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics, responded by condemning the DCCC and agreeing that the ads were “blatantly false.”

Similar claims about the Pledge were made recently in Michigan, Nevada, and Washington. In Michigan, the Jackson Citizen-Patriot, a Jackson, Michigan newspaper, deemed Rep. Mark Schauer’s claims about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and Tim Walberg to be “not true.”  In Nevada, Jon Ralston of Face to Face “reality checked” the Dina Titus campaign ad and found the claims made against the “no new taxes” Pledge to be “thoroughly misleading.” King 5 TV in Washington called the accusations against the Pledge and senate candidate Dino Rossi to be a “stretch.”

“Why are Steve Kagen and the AFL-CIO going out of their way to shamelessly distort Reid Ribble’s position on taxes? The Pledge signed by Ribble is a promise to constituents and businesses to never raise taxes. Kagen has yet to make the same promise and should explain to voters how tax hikes revive a struggling economy and promote job growth in Wisconsin,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.

“Reid Ribble has committed to never raising taxes on his constituents while his Democrat opponent has left the door for tax hikes wide open,” continued Norquist.

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Daily Media Spotlight October 07, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Thursday, October 7th, 2010, 5:22 PM PERMALINK


ATR’s Adam Radman appears in PubliusForum.com highlighting Congressman Phil Hare’s desperate attempt to mislead voters about Bobby Schilling and the meaning of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.   “Rep. Phil Hare has attempted to distract voters from the important issues this election cycle: jobs and economic growth. Voters should demand to know from Rep. Hare just how tax hikes on individuals and/or businesses create jobs. In fact, voters should also ask him why he left Washington before putting a stop to one of the largest tax hikes in U.S. History.”

The American Spectator’s Jim Antle wonders, “Somehow, I Don’t Think That’s What Grover Had In Mind.”  He continues, “Here in Massachusetts, I keep seeing these television commercials saying that Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker plans to outsource jobs. In fact, he has even signed a pledge to support tax breaks for outsourcing jobs… This is an awfully misleading representation of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge… Baker is pledging not to raise taxes rather than pledging to ship your job to India.”

In National Review, Dick Morris and Eileen McGann highlight how once again… It’s the economy stupid! “It is fiscal and economic purity that rules the day. Anyone who voted for cap-and-trade is targeted in the primary. And there is no place for a candidate who ever backed a tax increase. Every candidate has to sign the no-tax pledge that Grover Norquist formulated for Americans for Tax Reform.Where Republican politicians were once terrified to move to the left on social issues, they are now more frightened of retribution for departures from fiscal orthodoxy.”

Also appearing in National Review, Phil Kerpen warns of looming Social Security tax hikes during the lame-duck session. “An analysis by Americans for Tax Reform found that the 'balance' favored by commission members Erskine Bowles and Judd Gregg would include an astonishing $26.7 trillion tax hike, a crushing blow to economic growth and the largest expansion of government in history. It makes the fight over the Bush tax cuts look like peanuts.”

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Daily Media Spotlight October 06, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010, 5:05 PM PERMALINK


In the Boston Herald, Holly Robichaud the Lone Republican declares, “No Truth in Advertising.”  She continues, “Explain to me how pledging not to raise taxes sends jobs overseas.  What am I talking about?  Democrats are running an attack ad against Charlie Baker criticizing him for signing the No New Taxes pledge.  They say by signing the pledge he is sending jobs overseas.  I am not joking.  That’s right according to the Democrats keeping taxes low sends jobs abroad.”

A blogger in HotAir.com’s The Green Room takes on the Bangor Daily News’s assertion that Obama’s January, 2011 tax-hike is no tax-hike at all.  “Those who write editorials like this have no idea how badly they debase a profession our founders held in such esteem. They have become more invested in protecting an ideology than pursuing the ideal that the founders intended for their field… And the worst part? They’re doing so willingly. Consider this: journalists in Soviet Russia had to be coerced into protecting the regime.”

Long-time ATR friend and ally Chris Freind writes, “In Defense of the Tea Party” in The Philly Post.  “Despite headlines that Tea Party candidates and their supporters are radical and extremist, the truth is that most rank-and-file Tea Partiers simply advocate adhering to the Republican platform… In most cases, when a Tea Party candidate loses a primary, he works within the framework of the Party to ensure a Republican victory… But the same cannot be said of the Establishment types who believe more in coronations than elections.”

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Daily Media Spotlight October 05, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010, 2:35 PM PERMALINK


National Review Online reports, “A State Income Tax for Washington?”   From the article: “Joshua Culling, state-affairs manager for Americans for Tax Reform, said I-1098 would mirror the negative economic impact of allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire on the wealthiest earners… If the initiative passes and the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire, Culling says, Washington taxpayers — including many small businesses — would be hit with a ‘taxation double whammy’ that would seriously harm the state’s economy and prompt many state-based businesses to seek more favorable tax environments in other states.”

“Thirsting for a sip of the amazing American brew” is the lead story in The Australian.  Janet Albrechtsen hopes that Grover Norquist’s recent visit down under inspires Australians to reshape the Liberal Party much like the Tea Party has done with the GOP.  “If only it could move across the Pacific Ocean…Tea Party anger is fuelling a return to commonsense ideas about cutting spending and reducing the size of government… Someone please spike the drinks at Liberal Party HQ with this fine imported brew. Had the Liberals finessed their message along similar lines before the August election, they may have picked up seats they should have won to take government. Maybe they're learning for next time.”

Oh! The horror!  From The Washington Times: “Uh-oh. Night of the Living TARP could be upon us. While fans of the $700 billion bank bailout celebrated the ‘end’ of TARP in recent days, taxpayers are not off the hook yet. The program intended to rescue financial entities deemed "too big to fail" has itself become a costly behemoth… ‘What TARP did was tell financial institutions - and later, other enterprises, such as the auto industry - that taxpayers will fund risks the private market refused to sustain,’ sighs Grover Norquist, president of the aforementioned ATR. ‘TARP is a state-sponsored vampire: It sucks the lifeblood from taxpayers to reward bad behavior. This Halloween, Americans have more to fear than goblins and ghosts.’”

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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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