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Baron Hill Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the "No New Taxes" Pledge


Posted by Will Upton on Monday, October 18th, 2010, 10:30 AM PERMALINK


Indiana voters should expect Rep. Baron Hill and his allies to ramp up their desperate attacks on Todd Young and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as Election Day looms near.  It appears that Hill will do whatever it takes to smear Todd Young and the Pledge, all-the-while distracting Indiana voters from his dismal record on job growth and the economy.  By signing the Pledge, Young has promised to voters that he will never raise income taxes on individuals and/or businesses.  Hill’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 Young, by signing the Pledge, intends to “protect companies that ship jobs overseas.”  Unfortunately for Hill, his dishonest claims have been refuted by a number of news sources 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. Hill why he thinks tax hikes create jobs. Even the Associated Press has weighed in, again exposing the Democrats’ claims as false.

Voters should also demand to know why Rep. Hill left Washington before putting a stop to one of the largest tax hikes in history.

 

Baron Hill Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the “No New Taxes” Pledge

Hill campaign desperate to distort Young’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DCThe Baron Hill Campaign recently launched a new line of attack on Todd Young 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 Hill 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, Young has taken tax hikes off the table for all taxpayers in Indiana- something Baron Hill 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 “totally misleading.” King 5 TV in Washington called the accusations against the Pledge and senate candidate Dino Rossi a “stretch.”

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

“Todd Young 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 15, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Friday, October 15th, 2010, 4:36 PM PERMALINK


The Associated Press now joins FactCheck.org and numerous media outlets across the country in exposing the Democrats’ false attacks on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and the candidates who have singed it.  The AP’s ruling on the claim that the Pledge and its signers want to ship jobs overseas:  “THE FACTS: The pledge, from Americans for Tax Reform, makes no promise to protect these companies. It says nothing about jobs. It's a pledge to oppose tax increases… John Kartch, spokesman for the group, said it would be possible to end tax breaks for overseas companies while honoring the pledge, by substituting a tax reduction of equal value elsewhere in the tax code.”

Nevada political pundit Chuck Muth announces his 2010 election endorsements in the Nevada Appeal.  Chuck notes, “There are a number of other Republican candidates who have a shot at picking up a Democrat seat; however, none of them have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. And as we've seen over and over and over and over again, Republicans who refuse to sign the Pledge are far more likely to end up voting for tax hikes… Why is the Tax Pledge a litmus test for me? Because if you can't get the tax hike issue right, odds are you'll get a lot of other issues wrong, as well. And if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.”

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Daily Media Spotlight October 14, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Thursday, October 14th, 2010, 4:41 PM PERMALINK


In Politico’s “Arena”, Grover Norquist answers the question of whether Chris Matthews and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka traduced the Tea Party on MSNBC’s Hardball:  “There is a reason that Chris Matthews and Richard Trumka are grumpy. Their view of government as daddy, nanny and overlord has been given a good try for the past two years and the American people do not like it one bit…  No one likes to be told by millions of Americans that they are seen as somewhere between stupid and evil.”

Appearing again in Politico’s “Arena”, Grover settles the Reid-Angle face-off: “How weak is Harry Reid’s case for reelection if he cannot make it in positive advertising given his $19 million-plus budget? He knows he has voted against the interests of Nevadans and at the direction of Obama… Can he buy his way across the finish line? Maybe. But he will be leaving a number of his Senate colleagues behind.”

Check out the new independent documentary on Washington’s out of control spending called, “I Want Your Money”.  From Variety.com: “‘I Want Your Money" goes hand and hand with Tea Party cries for less taxation and government, and has already generated more than 3.5 million views on YouTube…Paul Lauer, who is helping to market the project, has drawn on endorsements from American Conservative Union, Americans for Tax Reform and Citizens Against Government Waste. And Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan, the Republican House policy committee chair, has offered to promote the film on his own dime.” For some excellent pictures of the films premier, click here.

Congressional Democrats and their friends – and financiers – in Big Labor continue to run misleading and false attacks on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and the candidates who have signed it.  From The Hill: “The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is up with a new television and radio ad in support of Rep. Phil Hare (D-Ill.).The ads attack Hare's Republican opponent, Bobby Schilling, for… signing the Americans for Tax Reform's anti-tax pledge… The union is spending more than $317,000 on the ad buy…” For more on these false attacks check out FactCheck.org’s conclusions here and here

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Final Tally: 111th Congress Obama and Democrat Congress Enacted $352 Billion in Net Tax Hikes


Posted by Will Upton on Wednesday, October 13th, 2010, 9:58 AM PERMALINK


Most Tax Hikes were Permanent, Most Tax Cuts were Temporary

Seven Dollars of Permanent Tax Hikes for Every Dollar of Permanent Tax Cuts

[PD


Gross Tax Cuts Enacted


Gross Tax Hikes Enacted

1. S-CHIP (H.R. 2)
http://jct.gov/publications.html?func=startdown&id=1234

-No tax relief

S-CHIP Subtotal: $0

 

2. “Stimulus” (H.R. 1)
http://jct.gov/publications.html?func=startdown&id=1172

-Making Work Pay: $79 billion

-Education Tax Cuts: $10 billion

-First Time Homebuyer: $4.7 billion

-Unemployment Exclusion $4.7 billion

-Car Sales Tax Deduction $1.7 billion

-AMT Patch $69.8 billion

-Energy Tax Cuts $20 billion

-Business Tax Cuts $6.2 billion

-Manufacturing Bonds $1.9 billion

-Shovel Ready $19.6 billion

Stimulus” Subtotal: $217.6 billion

(fyi: total “Stimulus” spending: $581 billion:
http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/99xx/doc9989/hr1conference.pdf )

 

3. Obamacare (H.R. 3590/H.R. 4872)
http://jct.gov/publications.html?func=startdown&id=3672

-Exchange Credit: $107 billion
-Small Business Credit: $37 billion

Obamacare Subtotal: $144 billion

 

4. Small Business (H.R. 5297)
http://jct.gov/publications.html?func=startdown&id=3708

-Small business expensing: $7.6 billion

-Small business tax simplification: $2.4 billion

-Other small business tax cuts: $2 billion

Small Business Subtotal: $12 billion

1. S-CHIP (H.R. 2)
http://jct.gov/publications.html?func=startdown&id=1234

-Tobacco tax hike: $65.5 billion

S-CHIP Tax Hike Subtotal: $65.5 billion

 

2. “Stimulus” (H.R. 1)
http://jct.gov/publications.html?func=startdown&id=1172

-No tax hikes

“Stimulus” Tax Hike Subtotal: $0

 

3. Obamacare (H.R. 3590/H.R. 4872)
http://jct.gov/publications.html?func=startdown&id=3672


-Individual/Employer Mandate: $65 billion

-Cadillac Plan Excise Tax: $32 billion

-Interactive Effects: $46 billion

-HSA/FSA Taxes: $19.4 billion

-Reinsurance/Risk Adj: $106 billion

-Small Biz Paperwork Tax: $17.1 billion

-Medical Itemized Ded. Tax: $15.2 billion

-Medicare/Investment Tax: $210.2 billion
-Tanning Salon Tax: $2.7 billion

-Excise Taxes and Fees: $112.6 billion

-Economic Substance/Misc. $26 billion

Obamacare Tax Hike Subtotal: $652.2 billion

 

4. Small Business (H.R. 5297)
http://jct.gov/publications.html?func=startdown&id=3708

-Homeowner Paperwork Tax: $2.5 billion

-“Tax Gap”: $5.5 billion
*N.B. some other “tax hikes” were accidental effects of long-term tax relief and not scored

Small Business Tax Hike Subtotal: $8 billion

 

Total Gross Tax Cuts: $373.6 billion

(only $107.6 of this amount is permanent)

Total Gross Tax Hikes: $725.7 billion

(the full amount - $725.7 billion, is permanent)

 

TOTAL NET TAX HIKES THIS CONGRESS: $352 Billion

 

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Daily Media Spotlight October 12, 2010


Posted by Will Upton on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010, 5:26 PM PERMALINK


Exposing Paul Hodes:  New Hampshire blogs GraniteGrok.com and RedHampshire.com have both caught on to Paul Hodes’s fraudulent accusations against Kelly Ayotte and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.  From RedHampshire.com: “…his campaign is using the preapproved talking points from the DSCC and slamming a popular common sense pledge and using the same old tire attacks which have been debunked across the country.” And from GraniteGrock: “These are the thoughts of a career liberal tax and spender, a central planner who believes that government should decide when and where to create jobs and on what terms, and that the tax code is a means to that end… Hodes is a Fraud and tragically, not even a terribly good one.”

With new polls showing 85% of Americans are angry about the economy, Democrats are desparate to separate themselves from the job-killing they voted for under Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.  The Daily Caller catches one such Democrat in the act, “Mudcat Saunders may be best known for working for Democratic candidates like former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards or Virginia Sen. Jim Webb…But down in North Carolina this year, the southern Democratic operative who hails from Virginia’s Applachian mountains is trying to pull something off you don’t see everyday from a Democrat: running a candidate to the right of Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform…”

From The Hill: Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist chimes in on the bizarre attacks by Democrats on the Chamber of Commerce, “Having nothing to say...they throw make believe mud at the Chamber of Commerce that started this two year stretch trying to work with the Obama Administration…If you ask someone why you should hire them and all they can do is lie about someone else….chances are they don’t have anything to say for themselves… Carter and Clinton were not this pathetic.  I miss the killer rabbits wearing thongs.”

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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.

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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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