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Daily Media Spotlight August 25, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010, 5:24 PM PERMALINK


Longtime ATR friend and ally, Christopher Freind, penned a piece for Philadelphia Magazine’s “Philly Post” explaining how school choice can not only improve education, but also rectify the City of Brotherly Love’s crime problem

Steve Prestegar of Marketplace Magazine rings in Cost of Government Day for Wisconsin noting that under the Doyle administration, between the 2003 and 2010 fiscal years, state and local taxes have increased $602.5 million.  He also highlights his favorite solutions offered by Grover Norquist to reduce government spending.     

Chuck Muth writing in Nevada News and Views exposes Republican Assembly Minority Leader Pete Goicoechea as a tax and spend addict who has, “…called for almost a billion dollars worth of new taxes… including more than half of that amount from a new tax on…..groceries.”

The Orange County Register’s Jan Norman, in preparation for California’s Cost of Government Day this Friday, notes, “…people don’t merely pay taxes; they adjust behavior to avoid them if possible. The 10 states with the highest tax burden (California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Vermont, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania) lost 129,455 residents and $10.2 billion in income in 2008…”

In the OrangeCountyRegister’s “Orange Punch” liberty blog, Mark Landsbaum laments that the 2010 Cost of Government Day report proves that the era of big government is not over and, “…its appetite appears to linger on.”

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Daily Media Spotlight August 24, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010, 3:48 PM PERMALINK


Congressman Sam Graves argues in Missouri Republican News that, “…the fact that the largest economy in the world has to work almost two-thirds of the year just to earn as much money as the government spends is appalling.”

Newsweek runs with the story, “Why Republicans Will Raise Your Taxes” and predicts that no matter the political party, tax hikes are on the horizon. 

Michael Tennant of The New American writes on “Cost of Government Day” and offers hope that the Tea Party movement may provide the opportunity to rein in spending.

MothersAgainstDebt.com gives us an excellent working mother’s view on “Cost of Government Day” and the effects of out-of-control government spending on the American family.

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Daily Media Spotlight August 23, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Monday, August 23rd, 2010, 3:06 PM PERMALINK


Grover Norquist appears in Politico’s“Arena” and offers some humorous election advice for our Commander-in-Chief:  ‘How many of our nation’s children - truly our future - even knew what a “Trillion” was before the Obama presidency… Obama has a record. He should shout though the clutter of the mainstream press and make sure all Americans know what he has done.’

From Red County: Dino Rossi, a Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer and candidate for U.S. Senate in Washington State, is gaining new support from Tea Party activists in his bid to unseat tax and spend liberal Patty Murray. 

G. Tracy Mehan, III has a terrific write-up on “Cost of Government Day” and Grover Norquist’s “14 Ways to Reduce Government Spending” in The American Spectator.  Read “The Costliest Day” here.  

The Hill’s “Congress Blog” asks Grover Norquist, “Who should the GOP avoid nominating in 2010?” His answer, “Long list, really. People under the age of 35. Citizens of Brazil, China, or Latvia… Preferably no sex tapes that make one look chubby. No visibly communicable diseases. No votes for tax increases in one’s public record.”

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Daily Media Spotlight August 19, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Thursday, August 19th, 2010, 4:09 PM PERMALINK


Grover Norquist’s op-ed in today’s National Review Online, “U-turn on the Road to Serfdom,” offers some new and old solutions to America’s over spending problem, including term limiting members of the Appropriations Committee to six years, creating private/public sector pay equity, and bringing back the budget-slashingJoint Committee on Reduction of Nonessential Federal Expenditures, also known as the Byrd Committee, named after the late Senator Harry F. Byrd of Virginia.     

ATR’s own Mattie Carrao writes in The Daily Caller, “After a year and half of “stimulus” and bailouts gone bad, what has the shift towards higher government spending and an encroaching nanny state cost you? This year, it has cost you 231 days out of your life, or 63 percent of 2010.” Check out her article on this year’s record-setting Cost of Government Day here

The skyrocketing cost of our government is a bipartisan problem.  Doug Bandow tackles this and other problems with our government’s largesse in The American Spectator.

Kelly Cobb, in the Hawaii Reporter, argues that excise taxes purported to fund emergency 911 services are really not funding emergency programs at all.   The whole story can be found here. 

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Daily Media Spotlight August 18, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010, 4:03 PM PERMALINK


Don’t forget, Thursday is Cost of Government Day!  You’ve worked 231 days to pay off the cost of our government.  Check out WalletPop’s story on this day of days here

Ryan O’Donnell of Human Events takes note of Warren Buffet’s hypocritical stance in supporting the death tax.  As Grover Norquist puts it, “[if] the death tax goes away for good, so does much of Buffett’s wealth. He’s doing everything he can to make sure the death tax comes back in full force.”

Jeff Poor of the Business and Media Institute points out how pitchfork populist’s who want to raise taxes because of disparity are just plain wrong.

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Daily Media Spotlight August 17, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010, 4:22 PM PERMALINK


Via BigGovernment.com: Still wallowing in a fiscal mess, California’s liberal elite look to resurrect a tax-hike proposal on out-of-state online retailers.

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Daily Media Spotlight August 16, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Monday, August 16th, 2010, 3:43 PM PERMALINK


Are Obamanomics stalling the economic recovery?  The Washington Examiner asks the question, Grover Norquist answers, “You don't know what the law will be next month, or if you will even be allowed to own your business. The only thing you can be sure of is they will raise your taxes. You would be a fool now to go out and hire somebody new.”

Thursday is “Cost of Government Day”, which means you’ve been working 231 days to pay for the bloated U.S. government; The Washington Times has the story.    

Peter Roff, in U.S. News, argues that Obama’s coming tax hikes will further wreck the U.S. economy and spell doom for the small business sector.

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Daily Media Spotlight August 13, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Friday, August 13th, 2010, 2:12 PM PERMALINK


FlashReport’s Jon Fleischman has the scoop on Grover Norquist’s call for California State Senate hopeful Sam Blakeslee to join his Republican colleagues by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Deroy Murdock highlights the Rev. Michel Faulkner’s campaign to unseat the tax evading congressman Charlie Rangel.

The Lone Star State is prepared stand up for the taxpayer and sue the Federal Government over its $26 billion bailout of state governments and local school districts.  Steve Stanek, a research fellow at the Heartland Institute, has the full story.

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Daily Media Spotlight August 12, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Thursday, August 12th, 2010, 3:27 PM PERMALINK


The Jackson Citizen-Patriot (Michigan) catches U.S. Rep Mark Schauer in a blatantly false attack on challenger Tim Walberg and ATR’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge.  Check out the story here

 U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch introduces a new bill to reduce Federal Employees to 2009 levels - shrinking the size of the government behemoth and saving taxpayer dollars.

Former Maine gubernatorial candidate Bruce Poliquin makes the case for turning Maine conservative in The Daily Caller.

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Daily Media Spotlight August 11, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Wednesday, August 11th, 2010, 4:16 PM PERMALINK


Byron York of The Washington Examiner offers a new solution to cutting down the size of government, cut public sector pay down to private sector equivalents. 

What MTV reality star Snooki knows that the Obama Administration doesn’t: Raising taxes will only further discourage and harm Americans in this troubled economy.  The whole story can be found here.

Jeremy Weltmer of ATR has the scoop in The Daily Caller on how ObamaCare quietly paves the way for a European style VAT.

California lawmakers are seeking to ban the use of paper and plastic shopping bags across the state.  ATR’s own Patrick Gleason has the story at The FlashReport.

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