ATR's 2019 Naughty & Nice List

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Sunday, December 22nd, 2019, 8:48 PM PERMALINK

NAUGHTY

Joe Biden: For promising “First thing I would do as President is eliminate the President’s tax cut.”


NICE

President Donald J. Trump: For delivering one of the strongest economies in history thanks to his signature piece of legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 

 

NAUGHTY

Bernie Sanders: For pushing “Medicare for All”. According to a report by the Urban Institute, a government takeover of healthcare would require a $32 trillion tax hike over the next decade. 

 

 

NICE

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas): For leading a coalition of 20 Senators urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to use his executive authority to end the inflation tax by indexing the calculation of capital gains taxes. 

 

NAUGHTY

Elizabeth Warren: For proposing a “wealth tax” that could double the size of the IRS. 

 

NICE

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Republican members of the Texas legislature: For enacting property tax relief and referring an income tax prohibition to the ballot ultimately approved by voters.

 

NAUGHTY

Mitt Romney: For his ignorance, loudly proclaiming in the White House that adults don’t like flavored vapes. Adults respond

 

NICE

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: 187 judges.

 

NAUGHTY

42 Democrat Senators led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.): For voting to give their wealthiest blue state taxpayers a massive federal tax break at the expense of the middle class. 

 

NICE

Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)For winning the fight to permanently ban earmarks.

 

NAUGHTY

Joe Biden: For saying “I would raise the corporate tax.”

 

NAUGHTY

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R): For imposing a host of tax hikes, a vaping ban, and for leading the charge to impose a regional carbon tax through the Transportation Climate Initiative.

 

NAUGHTY

Governor Jay Inslee (D) and Democrats in the Washington legislature: For imposing massive tax hikes on businesses, which will cost residents of the Evergreen State jobs and opportunity. 

 

NICE

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Republican members of the TN legislature: For enacting tax cuts this year and for expanding school choice with a new Education Savings Account program.

 

NAUGHTY

Michael Bloomberg: For his love of imposing tax hikes on the poor

 

 

NAUGHTY

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker (D): For pushing his progressive income tax hike measure onto the 2020 ballot.

 

NICE

Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)For consistently standing strong against socialist price controls on medicine. 

 

NAUGHTY

Pierre Delecto

 

NAUGHTY

Citizens Climate Lobby: Caught on tape admitting they “soft-pedal” carbon tax cost and complexity. 

 

NICE

Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) and 28 other Senators: For reintroducing legislation that permanently repeals the death tax. 

 

NAUGHTY

Elizabeth Warren: For proposing a 30% national gun tax and a 50% national ammo tax. 

 

NICE

Michigan Republicans: For refusing to go along with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) proposed 45-cent gas tax hike. 

(Pictured: Lee Chatfield, Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives)

 

NAUGHTY

Joe Biden: For saying “I’m gonna double the capital gains rate to 40 percent.”

 

NICE

House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseFor being a bulwark against the carbon tax. 

 

NAUGHTY

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: For pushing a 95 percent excise tax on hundreds of medicines including cures for cancer, hepatitis C, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. 

 

NICE

Arizona Republicans: For making sure tax conformity did not result in a net tax hike. 

 

NAUGHTY

Mitt Romney: For fantasizing about a carbon tax

 

 

NICE

House Ways and Means Ranking Member Kevin BradyFor fighting to make the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s middle class tax cuts permanent. 

 

NAUGHTY

Phone-It-In Congressman Francis Rooney (R-Fla.):
For co-sponsoring carbon tax legislation and threatening households with a new national energy tax north of $1 trillion. [Be sure to call him “Ambassador” or else] Rooney will retire from Congress at the end of his term rather than face a primary challenger. 

 

NAUGHTY

Former Rep. Ryan Costello: For lobbying on behalf of carbon tax organization after he himself voted for the Scalise anti-carbon resolution while in Congress. Total Swamp Move.

 

 

NAUGHTY

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) and Democrats in the New Mexico legislature: For imposing what some have called the largest tax hike in state history. Adding insult to injury, this tax hike was enacted during a roughly $800 million surplus.

 

NICE

North Carolina House and Senate Republican caucuses: For getting another round of tax relief passed, overcoming opposition from Democrat Governor Roy Cooper, who is calling for tax hikes.

(Pictured: John R. Bell, IV, North Carolina House majority leader)

 

NAUGHTY

Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) and Colorado Democratic legislators: For trying to kill the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, the nation’s strongest taxpayer safeguard, with Proposition CC. Fortunately Colorado voters rejected that measure, which would’ve gutted the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights by ending the refunds it requires when tax collections are too high.

 

NAUGHTY

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.):
For his introduction of legislation to double capital gains taxes.

 

NAUGHTY

House Democrats: For suing the Treasury Department in a blatantly illegitimate maneuver to release the President’s tax returns. And for voting against numerous Republican proposals to permanently cut taxes for the middle class. 

 

NAUGHTY

Mitt Romney:
For opposing an end to the inflation tax on capital gains.

 

 

 

 

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