Remembering M. Stanton Evans

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan on Friday, March 6th, 2015, 3:46 PM PERMALINK

M. Stanton Evans, famed journalist and author, died Tuesday, the New York Times reported. He was 80.

Known for a combination of biting wit and carefully reasoned critiques, Evans made a career out of educating the American people on the importance of conservative values and ideas. To call him a trailblazer would be disrespectful. He served as the only voice for conservatives twenty years before Ronald Reagan proudly proclaimed himself to be an American conservative during his 1980 presidential campaign.

Evans sought to establish greater opportunities for young conservatives. He established Young Americans for Freedom as an outlet for university students to garner information and express their opinions at a time when Liberalism was firmly entrenched in the American collegiate system. He outlined his manifesto for Young Americans for Freedom in the Sharon Statement, known today as a unifying message for many American conservatives.  His ideas helped spurn on a rapid growth in conservative thought on college campuses across the United States.

M. Stanton Evans engaged America’s aspiring young journalists by creating the National Journalist Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to the instruction of ethical journalism through conservative ideas. To date, the National Journalist Center has succeeded in producing thousands of graduates, a testament to the movement and ideas Evans helped build.

His efforts were not limited to creating charity organizations. M. Stanton Evans devoted much of his time challenging the American conscious through moving books. In 1961, Evans released Revolt on Campus, wherein he sought to encourage young conservatives to express their opinions on campus. His book was well received, as more and more youth joined the center-right.

Indeed, M. Stanton Evan’s contributions to conservatism, journalism, and collegiate youth will be unmatched for years to come. The conservative movement lost one of its forefathers on Tuesday. Americans for Tax Reform would like to express its deepest condolences to his family and wish them well in the future.  

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Taxes Putting Texas On the Right Track to Business Favorite

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Posted by Sven Werner, Patrick Gleason on Friday, March 6th, 2015, 2:35 PM PERMALINK

Texas has been a role model in terms of governance, tax reform and job creation, but it still has a major flaw: a gross receipts tax on employers known as the margin tax. The Texas margin tax is complex, unnecessary and keeps small and mid-size businesses from creating jobs. It even applies to companies who don’t make a profit.

Its elimination would move Texas from being currently ranked 10th at Tax Foundation’s Business Tax Climate Index to 3rd best in the nation.  A Texas Public Policy Foundation Report  found that, based on dynamic econometric models, repealing the margin tax would lead to the creation of 129, 200 jobs in the first five years after its elimination.

The good news is that legislation to get rid of the margin tax, Senate Bill 105, is being considered by legislators. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott stated that he “will reject any budget that does not include genuine tax relief for Texas employers and job creators.” A great way for legislators to send Gov. Abbott what he has requested is to pass legislation to end the margin tax.

Other states are working to make their tax codes more competitive by cutting rates and providing relief to individuals, families, and employers. As such, Texas lawmakers cannot rest on their laurels. Americans for Tax Reform reached out to Texas legislators today to urge them to repeal the margin tax. A copy of s letter can be found below:

March 6, 2015

Dear Members of the Texas Legislature,

On behalf of Americans for Tax Reform and our supporters across the Lone Star State, I urge you to keep taxpayers in mind as you consider the issues that will come across your desk during the 2015 legislative session. There are two main things that you can do to protect Texas taxpayers and stoke economic growth: 1) rein in the unsustainable trajectory of state spending, which can be accomplished by instituting a true and unbustable state spending cap; and 2) eliminate the state’s business tax, otherwise known as the margin tax.  

As has been noted in Forbes, even relatively-well governed states like Texas face significant fiscal challenges. A Texas Public Policy Foundation report titled “The Conservative Texas Budget,” outlines a series of smart policy recommendations and reforms to rectify Texas’s overspending problem that, while not as bad as that of some states, is still a major problem. One of those proposed reforms, the institution of clear and achievable spending limits, is the best step that lawmakers could take to protect Texas taxpayers.

I also write today to urge you to use the 2015 session to rid Texas of the margin tax. As you know, legislation, Senate Bill 105, has been filed that would do just that. The Lone Star State has been a model for other states on numerous matters of governance, and for good reason, but the margin tax is the one major blight on the state’s otherwise stellar business tax climate and now is the perfect time to unlock the state’s full economic potential by repealing this misguided tax.

The margin tax reduces the job-creating capacity of Texas businesses and does so in an incredibly onerous way at that. As the Texas chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses put it, the margin tax is "crippling the small and mid-sized businesses” throughout the state. In addition to the harm it does to employers, economists of all political stripes agree that it is one of the worst ways to raise revenue. Professor John Mikesell, an expert in public finance at Indiana University, has described the margin tax as a "badly designed business profits tax...combin[ing] all the problems of minimum income taxation in general—excess compliance and administrative cost, penalization of the unsuccessful business, undesirable incentive impacts, doubtful equity basis—with those of taxation according to gross receipts."

The tax is so complex – it applies variably to different industries and types of businesses – that the costs to comply with this levy for some employers are actually greater than their tax liability. One of the more egregious aspects of the margin tax is that it applies to companies without regard as to whether a profit was generated, meaning businesses that lost money can still end up having a margin tax liability.

A recent TPPF report found that, based on dynamic econometric modeling, eliminating the margin tax could result in a gain of $10.8 billion in new real personal income in the first year and a personal income boost of $16 billion in the first five years. The report also found that repealing the margin tax could generate an additional 129,200 jobs over the next five years. Texas is currently ranked as having the nation’s 10ths business tax climate the 3rd best in the country.


Other states are eager to compete with Texas for jobs. In fact, a number of states have passed tax reform in recent years that seeks to make them more competitive with Texas, and over a dozen are set to pursue such policies in 2015. It’s important for Texas lawmakers to not rest on their laurels. In order to stay ahead of states that wish to entice employers away from Texas, it would behoove legislators to repeal, or begin phasing out, the margin tax in 2015. It’s time to eliminate this unnecessary impediment to private sector growth and job creation. It’s also time to right the unsustainable trajectory of state spending, which can be accomplished with a robust spending cap, like the one proposed by TPPF.


When good ideas come out of Texas, such as smart criminal justice reform, it’s easier to take them elsewhere because other states rightfully want to emulate Texas. But that can cut both ways. For example, a Texas-style margin tax was on the Nevada ballot last year. The pro-margin tax campaign there basically had one talking point: “Texas has a margin tax, so it must be a good idea.” Fortunately Nevada voters were smart enough to reject that ballot measure. Killing the margin tax will be good for the Texas economy, but it will also make it less likely that such a damaging tax will be adopted elsewhere.

I urge you to use the 2015 session to give a boost to the Texas economy by getting rid of the margin tax. Americans for Tax Reform will continue to follow these issues closely throughout session and will be educating your constituents as to how you vote on these important matters. If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Gleason, s director of state affairs, at (202) 785-0266 or


Grover Norquist

      President, Americans for Tax Reform

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ATR Supports Bill to Expand and Improve Health Savings Accounts

Posted by Ryan Ellis on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015, 5:35 PM PERMALINK

This week, H.R. 1196, ‘The Health Savings Act’ was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Health savings accounts (HSAs) are used in conjunction with low premium health insurance plans so that families can spend their own money on their own health needs. This legislation will make important improvements to HSAs to allow individuals and families greater freedom to finance their medical needs. ATR urges all members of Congress to support this legislation.

H.R. 1196, introduced by Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-Texas) makes several commonsense improvements to HSAs. This bill creates child HSAs to help parents meet the costs of caring for young children. Specifically, this will allow families to set aside part of their hard-earned after tax dollars towards the wellbeing of their children.

The legislation also raises the contribution limit that individuals are permitted to contribute to their HSAs to equal the annual out-of-pocket maximum. Lastly, H.R. 1196 protects individuals from losing money in HSAs from bankruptcy. If an individual faces bankruptcy, the money in an HSA is protected in the same manner as retirement accounts.

This legislation will increase patient choice, update and improve HSAs and allow American families the freedom to plan and finance their medical needs. ATR fully supports the Health Savings Act and urges all members of the House and Senate to support this bill.

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Big Government Republicans in Georgia Taking Aim at Conservative Groups

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Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015, 5:19 PM PERMALINK

In an op-ed to the Daily Caller, ATR’s Paul Blair describes a troubling new phenomenon - Republican lawmakers targeting conservative groups for speaking out against tax hikes. Several Georgia Republicans including Gov. Nathan Deal, Speaker David Ralston, and House Transportation Committee Chair Jay Roberts have proposed raising the gas tax to fund their pet projects.

In order to push their proposals down the throat of Georgia Taxpayers, elected officials have attacked conservative groups that have spoken out. As the op-ed explains, ATR released a blog post criticizing this proposal for violating the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment that many Georgia legislators made to their constituents:

“As we regularly do, and in the course of exercising our First Amendment rights, we explained in a blog post on our website that raising the gas tax was in fact a tax hike in violation of the Pledge, which many legislators in Georgia have signed.

However, Speaker Ralston and his allies moved to quickly threaten anyone who spoke out against the demand that taxpayers hand over more of their hard earned income to out-of-touch politicians. As Paul Blair explains:

“Soon after, we received an email, fax, and overnighted letter by one of the founders of GeorgiaLink Public Affairs Group, accusing us of violating the law. We did not release this letter. The following day, however, the Speaker of the House accused us of illegally lobbying in Georgia. It is reasonable to assume the lobbyist and Speaker had discussed this tactic.”

Perhaps most concerning, this tactic is straight out of the liberal play book:

“This is how the left operates. When their message and policy proposals fail, they employ scare tactics to bully opponents of their big government agenda.”

Georgia Republicans need to realize that they are accountable to taxpayers, and that using the left’s strategy to stifle speech will not work. As Paul Blair explains:

“Taxpayers will not be silenced or threatened into submission. Tax hikes are what politicians do instead of reforming government. It is sad and unfortunate that some Republicans in Georgia are employing the tactics of left to use the government to stifle speech. They will not succeed.”

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Roland Katuk

The oath of office in the United States of America, to those who take it, apparently means something other than , " ..I pledge to support and defend the Constitution... " ; and they have not recently read and studied the
Declaration of Independence . Nor has the voting public. This goes to the heart of how we represent the people of America.


Where are the repercussions to these deceptive activities? If you cannot pass a bill that honestly declares its intensions/mechanisms, than you, and all the supporters of the bill, are endorsing deceptive practices. Yes, this has become the norm.....does not mean it has to be accepted.

Internship Opportunities - Apply Now!

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Posted by Miriam Roff on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015, 2:26 PM PERMALINK

We believe in a system in which taxes are simpler, fairer, flatter, more visible, and lower than they are today.  The government's power to control one’s life derives from its power to tax.  We believe that power should be minimized. ATR was founded in 1985 by Grover Norquist at the request of President Reagan.

Internship Description:  Americans for Tax Reform offers the chance to work alongside some of the best political advocates in Washington, as well as the opportunity for increasing responsibility.  Interns are assigned to work on policy issues side by side with members of our staff.  As a key part of the ATR team, interns work on projects such as the Taxpayer Protection Pledge (both federal and state candidates pledge not to raise taxes). Interns also have the opportunity to work on the Cost of Government Day, a report identifying and calculating government spending as a cost to taxpayers, and the International Property Rights Index, a report on the status of intellectual and physical property rights worldwide. Furthermore, many interns due to their work have been showcased on Drudge Report, The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, and other political publications!

Qualifications:  Duties include, but are not limited to, legislative and political research, drafting policy briefs, writing press releases, blogging, attending meetings, and assisting with events.  Applicants must be organized, responsible, independent, and effective under deadlines.  Exceptional written, social media, and oral communication skills are essential.  Interns are required to have a professional demeanor and phone manner.  Applicants should have a strong interest in tax reform and economic policy, and a fundamental orientation toward liberty.  ATR accepts applications from undergraduate and graduate students of all majors.  Full-time and part-time interns are paid hourly.  The positions can be taken for credit through the applicant's home university or college, coinciding with spring, summer, and fall semester dates.

Office Location:  Our offices are ideally located at 722 12th Street, NW, in the heart of Washington D.C. ATR is Metro accessible-located across the street from Metro Center.

Application: Please send a resume, a short writing sample (no more than five pages), a cover letter with your interest in ATR outlined to: Miriam Roff at  Please use ‘Internship Application’ as the subject line of your email.

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Rubio-Lee Tax Reform Plan: What Pro-Growth Looks Like in the 21st Century

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Posted by Ryan Ellis on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015, 9:53 AM PERMALINK

Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) have introduced a tax reform plan which aims to be simultaneously pro-growth, pro-family, and much more simple than the current tax mess.  Here are the major components:

Business tax rate of 25 percent.  The corporate income tax rate is reduced from 35 to 25 percent.  The top income tax rate for “pass through” or “flow through” firms like Subchapter-S corporations, partnerships, LLCs and sole proprietorships would fall from 39.6 percent to 25 percent.  All businesses face the same income tax rate.

Zero percent tax rate on capital gains, dividends, and interest.  The plan reduces the regular tax rate on capital gains and dividends from 20 percent today to 0 percent.  Interest would also face a 0 percent tax rate (though interest is no longer deductible for businesses), meaning that all savings—even in taxable brokerage accounts and deposit accounts—would benefit from tax free growth.  All savings would work much like Roth IRAs do today.

Top personal rate cut to pre-Obama levels.  The top personal income tax rate would be reduced from 39.6 percent to 35 percent.  Exceptions obviously apply for business income (25 percent) and savings income (0 percent).

Simple two-bracket tax system.  The first $150,000 of taxable income for married couples (half this for singles) would face tax at a 15 percent rate.  All income earned above these levels face tax at a 35 percent rate.  But see the business/investment exception rates above.

Full business expensing.  All business capital investments—including equipment, building, inventories, and land—would be immediately and fully deductible from taxable income.  This would replace our current slow, multi-year deduction regime known as “depreciation.”  All investments are deducted the year the cash is actually spent.

Moving from worldwide to territorial taxation.  Any money repatriated from overseas (where it has already faced local taxation) would see no additional tax from the IRS.  To help finance this, a special 6 percent one-time tax (paid over a decade) is assessed on current overseas profits.

Kills the death tax. The plan fully eliminates the death tax.

Pro-family tax reforms.  Creates a new $2500 child tax credit (on top of the current $1000 one) creditable to both income tax and payroll tax liability.  No more marriage penalty.

Simplicity.  Two brackets for individuals. The AMT is repealed.  The standard deduction is repealed and replaced by a $4000 tax credit for couples (half that for singles).  Only mortgage interest and charitable contribution deductions remain (these can be taken in addition to the personal credit).  Most returns would be postcard-sized.

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Dan Fendel

This is how things should be done. This is brilliant, fair, and will definitely grow the economy enormously. It also will make a LOT of the staff and offices and intrusive practices of the IRS unnecessary and cut-able, saving not only tax dollars but liberty. This is what should be done...NOW.

Alan Reynolds

The comment "(though interest is no longer deductible for businesses)" is worth far more than a parenthetical aside. That feature is arguably the most fundamental change in the famous Hall-Rabushka flat tax plan.

Interest deductions encourage risky leverage yet lose far more revenue than is regained by taxing related interest income (which mainly goes to tax exempt pensions, insurance, foundations, IRAs, foreign investors, etc.). Roger Gordon & Joel Slemrod once estimated that all capital taxes combined yield very little revenue largely because of business interest deductions and related arbitrage.

Len Burman's Brookings-Urban TPC "revenue estimates" for Lee-Rubio are useless because they ignore the enormous revenue currently lost from deducting interest costs, but regained by Lee-Rubio.

The little-discussed business side of this plan seems more promising that the personal side, which might benefit from a little more fine-tuning. Perhaps Congress could separate the tasks and tackle them separately, as Scandanavian countires did with their "dual tax" -- high progressive rates on labor but low flat rates on capital.


It isn't clear how the business income tax integrates with the regular personal income tax. Consider $75k of S-Corp profits plus $75k of wages. At what tax rate will the wages be taxed? Either answer is arguably correct.

The plan doesn't create "parity" between C-corporations and pass-through businesses because C corporations don't get a 15% bracket like pass-throughs do. That will kill the small C corporation.

It's Raining Taxes in Maryland

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Posted by Dorothy Jetter on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, 4:19 PM PERMALINK

In Maryland, the government has decided to tax residents for the privilege of having rain fall on their property.  For the past 5 years, Maryland has taxed residents for simply having a roof over their heads.  In order to comply with EPA regulations, the Maryland State legislature has implemented a "rain tax."  According to Forbes,

"This tax is an annual fee on impervious surfaces such as roofs, driveways, sidewalks, garages, and any other surface that could create drainage problems and water contamination situated on property owned by an individual or a business."

Because of the nature of this regulation, it only affects nine counties and the city of Baltimore; making them responsible for paying the fee.  Along with being intrusive and frivolous, the "rain tax" is implemented differently in each county.  This makes it difficult for Marylanders to correctly follow the law.  For example,  Charles County levies a flat fee of $43 per property, while Montgomery County has fee rates ranging from $29.17 to $265.20 depending on size of impervious surfaces.  

As previously stated, the rain tax has been implemented in order to comply with an EPA regulation, a $7.7 billion project mandated by the federal government.  This leaves the people of Maryland paying into a fund for something they did not even vote for.  

There is hope for tax payers in the Bay State.  Governor Hogan announced a plan earlier this month to repeal the rain tax.  Because the mandate falls under federal jurisdiction, even if the rain tax is repealed, the Maryland legislature would have to find an alternative way to fund the EPA's nanny state regulation.  

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What the hell is wrong with the brains of politicians? Once upon a time they understood that they must follow the constitution, to serve the people's best interests following the common law rule of law. Today law schools don't even teach them the law, they teach them to negotiate contracts and to postpone hearing dates indefinitely, and how to lie about everything in order to benefit their private association at any cost so long as those costs are paid by others. That is what is wrong with them. Remember that the next time you listen to one say anything. I promise you they will be lying in part or in whole. There will be no honesty or whole truth found.


What a crock of horsecrap. Marylanders, you deserve it. You vote for them, you get them. Enjoy getting screwed.

Alabama Governor Unveils $541 Million Tax Hike

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Posted by Will Upton on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, 2:30 PM PERMALINK

Robert Bentley, entering his second term as Alabama’s governor, has announced a proposal that would increase taxes by $541 million in an effort to plug what he says is a $700 million budget shortfall. Bentley’s move for higher taxes clearly violates his written promise to Alabama taxpayers to: “…oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes” — a promise he was more than happy to campaign on for re-election

Gov. Bentley’s proposal would increase taxes on cigarettes in Alabama by 82.5-cents per pack — estimated to generate $205 million. Additionally, the plan would double the sales tax on automobiles, from 2 to 4 percent, generating roughly $200 million. The $136 million remaining in tax hikes, according to, includes $47 million from ending the municipal exemption for the public utilities license tax, increasing the rental-car tax from 1.5 percent to 4 percent, an insurance premium tax, and requiring “… combined income reporting for corporations that do business in other states.” 

Relying on cigarette taxes — often a declining source of revenue as more and more Americans either reduce how much they smoke or quit — seems like a foolish way to plug Alabama’s revenue shortfall. The Washington Policy Center’s John Barnes detailed the disastrous decision in Washington state of relying on cigarette taxes to fund a 12% increase in state spending: “But actual collections under I-773 have been $2.5 million less than expected. Cigarette sales decline about 1% or 2% each year. Raising the tax pushes consumers to seek cigarettes out of state or from Indian reservations, or it cuts how much they buy. The state Department of Revenue estimated $220 million in lost revenue in 2003 due to people buying cigarettes via semi-illicit or downright illegal means.” In addition to people quitting or reducing their consumption of cigarettes, higher prices means an increase in smuggling. 

The Tax Foundation has uncovered that nearly 60 percent of the cigarette market in New York is comprised of smuggled cigarettes — New York also happens to have the highest cigarette tax in the nation. The Tax Foundation study reveals that Alabama does not currently have a severe smuggling problem but with low cigarette tax states like Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee well within driving distance, higher prices could cause a spike in smuggling activity in Alabama. 

Cliff Sims, writing at Yellowhammer News, has raised concerns about the declining consumption of cigarettes and what that means for the Alabama budget as well: 

And outside of the obvious fairness issue, those who think a hike on cigarette taxes could be a longterm cure for Alabama’s budget woes should also consider the precipitous decline in cigarette sales over the years.

As a result of the tax hikes, laws banning smoking, aggressive anti-smoking ad campaigns and polling that indicates Americans no longer consider smoking “normal behavior,” the U.S. Surgeon General published a 980-page report last year actually predicting an eventual end to smoking in the United States.

 …Alabama hit its peak in 1979, when there were 123 packs of cigarettes sold       for every person living in the state. By 2012, Alabama’s yearly cigarette sales       per capita had plummeted to 67.

While the governor has claimed that he wants people to pay their fair share, the two largest components of his tax plan are targeted tax increases on two consumer markets — one that is a declining source of revenue and the other, automobiles, is a captured market that people have little ability to avoid (for every 1,000 people, there are 1030 cars in Alabama.)

Couple the cigarette and automobile tax increases with a slew of other discriminatory and volatile (the proposed rental-car tax to name one) tax increases in the governor’s plan and it becomes apparent that Bentley is less concerned with governing than with attacking industries and products he finds to be politically expedient. This is not the way in which Alabama should tackle its budget issues. The fact is, between 2000 and 2009, state spending in Alabama has exceeded the rate of inflation and population growth by just over $20 billion. There is room for spending restraint. A long term plan to reduce the state’s out-of-control spending would go a long way to solve the current budget mess and ensure predictable and sound budgets in the future. 

Help Americans for Tax Reform stop Gov. Bentley’s tax hike. Call Gov. Bentley’s office at (334) 242-7100 or click here to email and tell him stand by his promise to Alabama taxpayers to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes.

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Jeff Brown

he is going to need a LOT more than that to pay for upcoming litigation.

Obamacare CEO: Website Will Not Be Finished until Obama Leaves Office

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Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, 4:25 PM PERMALINK

The Obama Administration’s back-end will not be completed until after the President leaves office, according to comments made by the website’s CEO yesterday. Despite starting construction on the website back in 2011 and pouring billions into the project, key structural problems remain. As Politico reported yesterday:

The ‘back end’ of the Obamacare website still isn’t properly wired to the health insurance companies. It’s slow going for health plans to make sure the 11.4 million people who have signed up end up in the right plan.”

Taxpayers should be alarmed that so much work remains to be a done on a website that was supposed to have been completed by November 2013. The exchange is closing in on the end of its second enrollment period, and yet the website remains unfinished. 

In fact, as of May 2014, the administration had spent almost $2.7 billion on the construction of alone. When federal subsidies for state-run exchanges are factored in, the federal government has spent almost $7.4 billion on construction of Obamacare websites for the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Despite this spending spree, key features of the website remain uncompleted, and taxpayers that have signed up for Obamacare will have difficulty navigating the website to ensure they comply with the laws many complex regulations. As the Politico article states:

“Subsidy payments aren’t automated, so the insurers get payments based on estimates. And adding information like a marriage or the birth of a child is a convoluted, multi-step process. … Instead of a swift process, health plans use clunky workarounds and manual spreadsheets. It takes time and it costs money.”

As if on cue, it was revealed last week that 800,000 individuals received the wrong tax information through due to an “erroneous glitch”. As ATR’s Ryan Ellis noted, these 800,000 families are “literally caught in limbo until gets its act together.” If the latest reports are any indication, taxpayers may be waiting a long time.  

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The whole Administration wouldn't last a month in the private sector. Imagine going to your boss and saying 'hey you know that important project we've been working on for 5 years? Yeah that one, well the website will be ready in a couple more years,'


It's normal to take 5 to 6 years to build a website, right? LOL how pathetic this crew of incompetents are!


Billions of people now get health "care" - how many people are forced into a scheme that delivers little positively, and lots negatively - how many have lost good health care for mediocre, lost their health care provider, and as always, with gov. control, pay more for less - all in the false name of "leveling the playing field" - next net neturality, and amnesty for illegals - will we ever learn? The one Republican on the net neutrality lie board/Ajit Pai is thoroughly vilified by the left - people need to learn, and fight for their freedoms because they are loosing them through executive fiat - which now is over-reach, corrupt manipulative activity by the executive branch ruled by thieves. Some people are fine with eating the crumbs from the progressive plate, but this does -not have to be the new (pathetic) normal.

Americans for Tax Reform Responds to Ohio Gov. Kasich’s Income Tax Plan

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Posted by Will Upton on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, 12:31 PM PERMALINK

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform has released the following statement in response to Gov. John Kasich’s income tax cut plan in Ohio:

In last night’s State of the State Address, Governor Kasich unveiled a plan to lower income tax rates for Ohioans by $2 billion. While this is a laudable goal, the proposal also contains nearly $1.5 billion in tax hikes – primarily on job creators.

The recent drop in energy prices has already triggered layoffs in some Ohio steel plants as the demand for pipeline manufacturing has declined. Increasing taxes on Ohio’s energy producers and small businesses could lead to more layoffs and set Ohio back in its economic recovery.  

Additionally, the proposed increase on tobacco products leaves open the door to future income tax hikes as tobacco has proven consistently to be a declining source of revenue. And increasing taxes on e-cigarettes and vapor products, devices many people use to quit smoking and improve their health, is counter-productive to the goal of a healthier Ohio.

Between the year 2000 and 2009, Ohio’s spending exceeded the rate of inflation and population growth by $73.6 billion. There is room to cut in the state budget. The legislature would better serve Ohio taxpayers by reducing state spending and reducing income taxes rather than cutting taxes on the backs of job creators.

Gov. Kasich’s plan to reduce state income taxes is a step in the right the direction for Ohio taxpayers, but doing so on the backs of job creators leaves the plan less than inspiring. 

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The real "job creators" are when more people can afford to buy stuff Grover, Why do you insist that giving more and more to the rich really helps our country? Also you and your party say "job creators" like it's some sort of threat..,and it's become very typical of you.