ATR Opposes H.R. 1082 -- Sami's Law -- A Bill to Impose Federal Regulation of Ridesharing

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Posted by ATR on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021, 7:00 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform opposes H.R. 1082, Sami's Law:

This Nancy Pelosi-driven bill is part of the Left's government-wide, full-court press against Americans working as independent contractors. Pelosi hopes to ram the bill through the House immediately without hearings or scrutiny.

H.R. 1082 would give Washington D.C. more power by imposing federal government regulation of Americans who use or provide ridesharing services. Ridesharing is already heavily regulated by state and local governments. This bill is a federal intrusion into ridesharing and comes with heavy-handed mandates and enforcement mechanisms from Washington.

The author of H.R. 1082  is a New Jersey congressman tight with labor union bosses. He even voted to ban Right to Work and voted to impose California-style restrictions on independent contractors and freelancers. Rep. Chris Smith voted for the top priority of union bosses called the PRO Act which declares war on the tens of millions of Americans working as freelancers and independent contractors. It would impose on a national level the same independent-contractor destroying scheme imposed by California Democrats -- AB 5 -- which destroyed the livelihood of countless California households. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have also endorsed the PRO Act, which imposes a national ban on Right to Work states. 166 million Americans live in the 27 Right to Work states.

H.R. 1082 will create a new 17-member federal regulatory commission that the Biden administration will stack with anti-independent contractor personnel. Democrats want to take away the independent contractor status of rideshare drivers and force them to become employees with a union-dues-collecting boss. They will use the commission -- under the guise of safety -- to regulate independent contractor drivers out of existence.

The Biden administration will fill the commission with heavy-handed central planners who will ensure states cannot compete with each other.  H.R. 1082 will impose the equivalent of a taxi commission on a national scale to specifically saddle ridesharing with one-size-fits-all regulations. Ridesharing emerged in the first place because Americans were desperate to find an alternative to the innovation-stifling taxi commissions and entrenched taxi industry players who provided bad service at excessive cost. The bill would also allow the Biden administration to detail to the new commission -- at taxpayer expense -- an unlimited quantity of bureaucrats and political appointees from Biden's Department of Transportation.

Democrats will move to impose vehicle inspection mandates on states and withhold highway funds for states which do not impose a vehicle inspection regime. Democrats have already written down their next step: force states to impose a vehicle inspection regime. If states fail to comply, Washington will cut off 2.5% of their highway funds. This provision was spelled out in a version of the bill put forth by Sen. Ben Cardin (D - Md.) during the last congress.

The private sector has already developed extensive ridesharing safety features. Ridesharing services have voluntarily and proactively developed a variety of safety features for riders and drivers, including but not limited to the name and photo of the driver, the make, model, and color of the vehicle, the license plate number, as well as the ability for riders to share their realtime trip status with family and friends who can see their exact location and time of arrival.

The bill runs counter to Americans of all political stripes who widely recognize rideshare drivers as independent contractors. By a 3-1 ratio, Americans consider rideshare drivers to be independent contractors and not employees, according to a landmark Pew Research Center survey. The survey found that most Americans who were aware of the regulatory debate do not consider rideshare drivers to be employees, and believe the government should use a light regulatory touch in this area of the economy. As noted by Pew, "the clear preference for a light regulatory approach among partisans in all camps is striking." And as mentioned previously in this post, ridesharing is already regulated by state and local governments.

Pew also found that most recognize rideshare apps as software companies that connect drivers with people looking for a ride.

Here are the Pew Research graphs showing these two results:

Federal regulation of ridesharing could hinder America's recovery from the pandemic. Between work, family, and school commitments, households and neighborhoods benefit from the flexibility afforded by ridesharing. And by a 5:1 ratio, the Pew survey found that residents of majority-minority neighborhoods say rideshare services “serve neighborhoods taxis won’t visit." The study notes: "Ride-hailing services are seen by minorities as a benefit to areas underserved by taxis."

Below is a graph displaying these results.

The convenience and non-discriminatory nature of ridesharing has provided another form of mobility to communities otherwise left unserved. This factor will become even more important as Americans recover from the pandemic. Members of Congress should steer clear of H.R. 1082.




Team Biden Ready to Stick You With a Carbon Tax

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Posted by ATR on Friday, December 18th, 2020, 10:44 AM PERMALINK

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have endorsed a carbon tax, as have most of their cabinet selections.


Video: Yes, Biden Will Ban Fracking

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Posted by ATR on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020, 9:20 AM PERMALINK

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want to ban fracking. Watch:

Even in a Pandemic, Biden Vows to Impose Higher Corporate Tax Rate Than Communist China

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Posted by ATR on Thursday, July 9th, 2020, 9:00 AM PERMALINK

During a speech in Pennsylvania today, Joe Biden said this of the U.S. corporate tax rate:

"I'm gonna raise it back up to 28 percent."

So even during a pandemic, Biden vowed to raise the current 21 percent U.S. corporate tax rate all the way up to 28 percent -- a 33 percent increase in the rate.

Biden would impose on Americans a higher corporate tax rate than Communist China’s 25%.

President Trump and congressional Republicans lowered the federal corporate tax rate from the Obama-Biden era 35 percent rate down to the current 21 percent rate as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Before Trump took office, America’s corporate rate was the highest in the developed world.

Biden also wants to double the capital gains tax to 40 percent for everyone:

  • On Oct. 23, 2019 Biden said: “So every single solitary person, their capital gains are going to be treated like real income and they are going to pay 40 percent on their capital gains tax."
  • On Sept. 30, 2019 Biden said: I’m gonna double the capital gains rate to 40 percent."
  • On Oct. 15, 2020: Biden said"I would raise the capital gains tax to the highest rate of 39.5 percent, I would double it."
  • On Aug. 21, 2019: Biden said“The capital gains tax should be at what the highest minimum tax should be, we should raise the tax back to 39.6 percent instead of 20 percent."

Biden also vows to "eliminate" the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which provided across the board tax cuts for households and small businesses. Such a repeal would raise taxes on a median income family of four by $2,000 per year, and raise taxes on a median income single parent with one child by $1,300 per year.

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Norquist on Newsmax TV's Spicer & Co.

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Posted by ATR on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020, 7:13 PM PERMALINK

Today ATR president Grover Norquist was a guest on Newsmax TV's Spicer & Co. hosted by Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith for a segment on taxes, spending, and China.

Norquist praised Trump and congressional Republicans for lowering the U.S. corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. Norquist urged a further rate cut to 10 percent and pointed out that Joe Biden wants to raise the rate to 28 percent, higher than communist China's 25 percent corporate rate:

"Every country in the world had lower business taxes than we did. That's how goofy and destructive our tax system was [before Trump] -- it was pushing American jobs overseas. We took it from 35% to 21% and we now have a lower rate than China."

Watch the interview here.

Spicer & Co. airs Monday through Friday at 6:00 pm Eastern on Newsmax TV.

Biden Lands Endorsement from Left Wing Climate Group and Vows "Environmental Justice"

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Posted by ATR on Tuesday, April 21st, 2020, 11:00 AM PERMALINK

Joe Biden landed a major endorsement from a "climate" group on Monday and signaled he is about to move even further to the left on the issue, vowing "environmental justice."

After the League of Conservation Voters endorsed Biden, he said:

"To achieve this aim, I have asked my campaign to commence a process to meaningfully engage with more voices from the climate movement — including environmental justice leaders and worker organizations, and collaborate on additional policies in areas ranging from environmental justice to new, concrete goals we can achieve within a decade, to more investments in a clean energy economy."

Biden has already pledged to impose the following Green New Deal-style diktats:

"We are going to get rid of fossil fuels," Biden said during a town hall in February.

Well I agree with you 100 percent. We should not be allowing plastic [bags]," Biden told a voter on January 8.

"Yeah, no, I would [Support A Carbon Tax]," Biden said during a CNN climate town hall on September 4.

Voter: "But like, what about, say, stopping fracking?"

Biden: "Yes."

Voter: "And stopping pipeline infrastructure?"

Biden: "Yes" said Biden on January 24.

Biden even told coal miners they should "learn how to program, for god's sake!"

"Anybody who can go down 300 to 3,000 feet in a mine can sure as hell learn to program as well...Give me a break! Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for god's sake!” Biden said.

With that in mind, what else can Biden ban in his attempt to lure over people who voted for Bernie Sanders?

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List of Buttigieg Tax Hike Proposals

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Posted by ATR on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020, 11:22 AM PERMALINK

Mayor Pete Buttigieg has called for the following tax increases on the American people:

Eliminating the Trump Tax Cuts: Such repeal would significantly raise taxes on middle class households. If Buttigieg repealed the Trump Republican tax cuts:

-A family of four earning the median income of $73,000 would be stuck paying $2,000 more in taxes each and every year.

-A single parent with one child making $41,000 would pay $1,300 more in taxes each and every year.

“The campaign also exclusively provided IndyStar details about how it would pay for the $5.7 trillion in total spending Buttigieg has proposed so far, including the middle-class proposal, largely through a capital gains tax on the top 1% of all earners and through eliminating President Donald Trump's tax cuts,” according to The Indy Star.

Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax: Buttigieg's repeal of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act means that the much-loathed Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax will return with a vengeance. Most households stuck paying this tax make less than $75,000.

Carbon Tax: A Buttigieg carbon tax would significantly increase household costs such as cooling and heating, transportation, and groceries.

Buttigieg's carbon tax plan is a large, continually ratcheting national energy tax, which would allow congress to raise taxes automatically each year without having to vote. It would require a large bureaucracy to implement and run.

Even Hillary Clinton decided against a carbon tax during her 2016 presidential race. Her campaign's internal policy memo concluded the following:

“As with the increase in energy costs, the increase in the cost of non-energy goods and services would disproportionately impact low income households.”

The "dividend" component of the Buttigieg carbon tax also means that many Social Security recipients will have to pay taxes on their Social Security benefits for the first time. 

Corporate Tax Hike to 35%: Buttigieg wants to raise the 21% corporate tax rate up to 35%. This would give the USA the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world, ruining American competitiveness. A corporate tax increase would also directly raise the cost of utility bills in all 50 states.

Financial Transactions Tax: Pete Buttigieg told CNBC that he is considering a financial transactions tax to pay for his expensive policy proposals:

"We should think about turning to a more equitable use of the estate tax, especially for the biggest and wealthiest estates. I’m interested also — if we could find the right way to implement it and the devil’s in the details — in a financial transactions tax," Buttigieg said.

As noted by Fred Hatfield in The Wall Street Journal, a financial transaction tax would hit the middle class. Joe Biden even admits that the tax would hit middle class Americans. Hatfield noted that Sweden ended up repealing their financial transaction tax “after 50% of its trading volume migrated to London.”

“A new financial transaction tax that would impact investments held by middle class Americans,” Joe Biden said in response to Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare for All plan.

Capital Gains Tax Hike: Buttigieg has said that he would tax capital gains the same way that income is taxed, which would harm Americans’ ability to build a nest egg and hurt the value of their homes, farms, and businesses. If Buttigieg repeals the TCJA, as well as treat capital gains as income, the tax rate would be 39.6%.

Parcel Tax Hike:  In May, Buttigieg joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at a rally hosted by SEIU union bosses to endorse a “parcel tax hike” on homes and businesses, known as Measure EE. Luckily, even the left-leaning residents of the city voted against the tax, and it failed. But it gives you a sense of Buttigieg's high-tax sensibilities and eagerness to appease union bosses at the expense of the people.

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How the Trump Tax Cuts Have Helped Michigan

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Posted by ATR on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, 11:42 AM PERMALINK

On Thursday President Trump will be speaking at Dana Incorporated in Warren, Michigan.  Michigan residents are raking in the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law by Trump.

On Dec. 22, 2017 Trump signed the tax cuts into law. Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

Tax cut: Every income group in every Michigan congressional district saw a tax cut.

Doubled child tax credit: 642,920 Michigan households are benefiting from the TCJA’s doubling of the child tax credit.

Standard deduction: 3,458,820 Michigan households are benefiting from the TCJA’s doubling of the standard deduction.

Obamacare individual mandate tax relief: 132,750 Michigan households are benefiting from the TCJA’s elimination of the Obamacare individual mandate tax. Most households hit with this tax made less than $50,000 per year.

Lower utility bills: As a direct result of the TCJA’s corporate rate cut, Michiganders are paying lower utility bills. Lower electric, water, and gas bills help households each month, and also help small businesses operating on slim profit margins. Michigan examples of utilities passing on tax savings to customers include – but are not limited to:

Thanks to the TCJA’s corporate tax rate cut – from 35 percent to 21 percent – and the TCJA’s 20 percent tax cut for small businesses, employers of all sizes are hiring, expanding, increasing pay and benefits, and paying special tax-cut bonuses:

The Mitten Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, Michigan) -- Because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Michigan Brewery was able to produce new beer, perform new research, hire new employees, give employees pay raises and bonuses:

"It literally put money back into our pockets that we were spending before. We had been producing a bunch of new beers that we have been able to research and develop, and we’ve retained key employees, by giving them bonuses, raises, bringing in new employees," said Max Trierweiler, co-owner of The Mitten Brewing Company.” – Oct. 7, 2019 WZZM13 Article

SpartanNash (Grand Rapids, Michigan) – Bonuses and pay increases:

A locally based grocery store chain plans to re-invest half of its savings from federal tax reform into employee compensation and one of its brands.

David Staples, the CEO of Byron Center-based SpartanNash, which is also a food distributor, said in a conference call to investors yesterday the company will issue bonuses, raise wages and invest in employee training in the first quarter of 2018.


SpartanNash spokesperson Meredith Gremel said the company does not plan to disclose the total dollar amount of the bonuses.

The bonus amounts will vary depending on the employee’s position and market, as will the wage increases, Gremel said. She noted those in entry-level roles or just beyond will benefit the most.”— Feb. 23 2018, Grand Rapids Business Journal article excerpts

 Penske Automotive Group. (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) – Increased 401(k) contributions:

Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: PAG), an international transportation services company, announced today that it has enhanced the company's U.S. 401(k) savings plan by increasing company matching contributions from 1.5% to  2.5% of eligible contributions, representing an increase of 67%.  The increase will provide a recurring, annual benefit to our employees.

"The recently enacted tax reform positively impacts our business, presenting us with even greater opportunities to pursue our strategic initiatives, invest in our employees and improve shareholder value," said Penske Automotive Group Chairman Roger S. Penske – Jan. 31, 2018 Penske Automotive Group press release 

WebHobby Shop, LLC (Pontiac, Michigan) -- $2.00 per hour raise for employees:

“I am sure it seems like 'crumbs' to elitists but I was able to give them a $2 per hour raise because of the tax reform. It was great to do and my staff is very pleased.” – Bruce Zak, Principal, WEBHOBBYSHOP LLC

Stormcloud Brewing Company (Frankfort, Michigan) -- Savings from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allowed the company to buy new equipment and hire more employees:

“When the initial tax credit passed, it was an immediate savings for us and we were at a time when our business was continuing to grow, and so we took that opportunity to look at how we could invest in additional equipment, which brought on new employees as well,” said Stormcloud Co-Owner Rick Schmitt.

“We were able to add tank space, which allowed us to increase our distribution footprint, so today we’re in 35 counties in Michigan and likely we wouldn’t be there today if it weren’t for this tax credit,” said Schmitt.-- Oct. 7, 2019 9 & 10 News 

Lakestone Bank & Trust (Lapeer, Michigan) -- Pay raise for hourly employees of $1 per hour; $1,000 bonuses for salaried employees:

Lakestone Bank & Trust announced Friday that employees will benefit from the recently announced tax reform law. 

Bruce J. Cady, chairman and CEO of Lakestone Bank & Trust said, “We are very appreciative of all Lakestone Bank & Trust employees and certainly what they have accomplished over the years, particularly the last year; and we want to commemorate the passing of this historic, economy-stimulating tax reform law. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we know we want to reinvest much of the savings back into our bank and the first place we are going to put it is into the hands of our employees. Employees are our most important asset. 

All hourly employees received a $1 per hour raise and all salaried employees will receive a $1,000 bonus. The bank's board of directors overwhelmingly supported this action, resulting in a significant investment into the bank's employees. -- Jan. 28, 2018 The County Press article excerpt

Mill Steel Company (Grand Rapids, Michigan) – $1,000 bonuses for 400 full-time associates:

Mill Steel Co., one of the nation's largest distributors of flat-rolled carbon steel, is pleased to award a $1,000 bonus to all 400 of its full-time associates following the tax cut passed by Congress and signed by President Trump.

Mill Steel announced this morning that all full-time associates across its nine operations nationwide, no matter each individual's seniority, will receive a one-time bonus from the recent tax overhaul that reduces corporate tax rates. – Feb. 8 2018, Mill Steel Company press release excerpt

Renaissance Global Logistics (Detroit, Michigan) – Tax reform bonuses:

“Tax reform helped Renaissance Global Logistics, headquartered in Detroit, give bonuses to my employees. Nancy Pelosi call these bonuses ‘crumbs’ and that’s disrespectful. I would ask Nancy Pelosi to come to Detroit to ask my employees what they thought of the bonuses. As an employer, it was rewarding to be able to give them out. Tax reform gives small businesses like mine the chance to reinvest into our workforce.” – John James, CEO of Renaissance Global Logistics, Feb. 22, 2018 

Cedar Springs Brewing Company (Cedar Springs, Michigan) -- Used savings from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to hire new employees and purchase new equipment:

Across the nation, craft beer makers are urging Congress to pass the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act.

The current legislation gives small brewers a 50% reduction of their federal excise tax, but it expires at the end of 2019.

"It was relief for a lot of us," Cedar Springs Brewing Company's Dave Ringler said. "I can speak personally, that gave us a little cash flow ease. It was something we used to hire employees, buy new equipment. It definitely helped out."

The new act would make that tax cut permanent.

"We’re all little guys," Ringler added. "Almost all of us are entrepreneurs that are sole proprietors or small business people, so it really does help Main Street." 

"Small breweries really are the lifeblood of small communities," Ringler added. "It's been a huge part of revitalization in communities not only here in Michigan but nationally." -- Oct. 10, 2019 Fox 17 Article

Land & Co. (Wyoming, Michigan) -- $1,000 bonuses for full-time employees; $500 bonuses for part-time employees; $250 bonuses for seasonal workers:

Land & Co., which operates 19 apartment communities in West Michigan, announced it will give its employees a special bonus of up to $1,000 in response the federal tax cut legislation signed recently by President Donald Trump.

"Land & Co. believes the Trump Tax Cut has generated a more optimistic vision for the future of business in West Michigan and the United States of America and wants their wonderful employees to be a part of and share in that vision," the company said in a statement attributed to its owners, Roger Lucas and Dan Hibma on Monday, Feb. 5.

Land & Co.'s 151 full-time employees will each get $1,000; its 17 part-time workers will get $500 and its nine seasonal workers will each get $250. – Feb. 5, 2018 article excerpt

Haworth Inc. (Holland, Michigan) – $1,000 bonuses for full-time employees, $500 bonuses for part-time employees; bonuses totaling $5 million:

Matt Haworth, chairman of the family-owned company, announced to staff on Wednesday, Jan. 24, that full time employees would receive one-time bonuses of $1,000, and part-timers would collect $500.

More than 4,500 employees who work for Haworth-branded companies around the globe will collect the rare bonus.


Matt Haworth says the company is able to make the $5 million investment because of several factors including strong 2017 revenues which will be announced next month and an improved business climate state and nationally. The latter he attributes to a rollback of regulations and taxes, which lower company's operational costs. – Jan. 25, 2018 Grand Rapid News article excerpts

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Warren Dodges Question on Student Loan Debt Forgiveness Plan

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Posted by ATR on Sunday, January 26th, 2020, 4:50 PM PERMALINK

Elizabeth Warren dodged a question about her student loan debt forgiveness plan on Friday morning during a CBS Morning News interview when she was asked what would happen to the middle class families who were responsible and paid their way through college without taking out any student loans.

Here's the key exchange: 

Tony Dokoupil: "Senator, I want to get you on a campaign. I want to get a question to you on a campaign issue. Just last night, there was a video that surfaced. A lot of people are talking about it today. It's a father who approached you at an event and said, you know, it's not fair. I've saved for my daughter's college education. And now you're talking about forgiving and helping out all the people who didn't save for Americans who were in that father's position, who felt they did the right thing. And you're bailing out those who didn't? What's your response?'

Warren: "Look, we build a future going forward by making it better. by that same logic, what would we have done not started social security because we didn't start it last week for you or last month for you? Think of it this way. When I was growing up?, I wanted to be a public school teacher. My family had no money."

Dokoupil: "Are you saying 'tough luck' to these people senator?"

Warren: "So no, what I'm saying is there was a $50 a semester option for me. I was able to go to college and become a public school teacher because America had invested in a $50 a semester."

Watch below:

This isn't Warren's first time misleading the American people or flat out lying to them.

Before Warren released her Medicare for All plan, she dodged the middle class tax question over 20 times and refused to say wheather the middle class would pay more in taxes with her healthcare plan.

In November, Warren released her Medicare for All plan, which she claims to contain no middle class tax increases, which is a lie.

Buried in the footnotes of Warren's Medicare for all plan is a repeal of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act -- a move that would substantially increase taxes on the middle class.

Warren's promise to repeal the tax cuts is a promise to raise taxes. If the tax cuts were repealed:

  • A family of four earning the median income of $73,000 would see a $2,000 tax increase.
  • A single parent (with one child) making $41,000 would see a $1,300 tax increase.
  • Millions of low and middle income households would be stuck paying the Obamacare individual mandate tax.
  • Utility bills would go up in all 50 states as a direct result of the corporate income tax increase.
  • Small employers will face a tax increase due to the repeal of the 20% deduction for small business income.
  • The USA would have the highest corporate income tax rate in the developed world.
  • Taxes would rise in every state and every congressional district.
  • The Death Tax would ensnare more families and businesses.
  • The AMT would snap back to hit millions of households.
  • Millions of households would see their child tax credit cut in half.
  • Millions of households would see their standard deduction cut in half, adding to their tax complexity as they are forced to itemize their deductions and deal with the shoebox full of receipts on top of the refrigerator.


In Warren's home state of Massachusetts, households making the average income of $77,385 received an average tax cut of around $1,921, according to a recent Tax Foundation report. According to the same report, every congressional district in America received a tax cut.

Still don't believe us? Take it from left-leaning and establishment media outlets who confirm that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act helped middle class Americans: 


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Biden: "Yes" We Should End Fracking

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Posted by ATR on Saturday, January 25th, 2020, 12:24 PM PERMALINK

Joe Biden said that he would end fracking, during an exchange with a New Hampshire voter on Friday.

Voter: "But like, what about, say, stopping fracking?"

Biden: "Yes."

Voter: "And stopping pipeline infrastructure?"

Biden: "Yes."

If elected, Biden's fracking ban will devastate the economies of several battleground states, as noted by Steve Moore in the Wall Street Journal:

Curtailing U.S. oil and gas production would be economically disastrous. At least $1 trillion of U.S. economic output is related to the shale revolution, and more than 1.5 million Americans are employed by the industry. A PricewaterhouseCoopers study for the American Petroleum Institute found that at least four million American jobs are tied to the shale oil and gas revolution in areas like auto production, construction, petroleum engineering, pipe fitting, service stations, steel production and trucking.

Democrats' quest to eliminate these jobs would hurt them in the swing states they'll need to win to unseat President Trump. Ohio and Michigan have a combined total of more than 400,000 workers in the shale industry. Pennsylvania has another 320,000. Colorado and Florida each have more than 200,000 workers in oil and gas.

Pittsburgh has become a global energy hub, and whole towns in Ohio and Pennsylvania that were once left for dead have been revitalized thanks to shale gas and related industries.

Then consider Texas. Liberals have long wanted to turn the Lone Star State blue, or at least purple. But nearly two million Texans are employed in oil and gas and related industries. Many hard-hat workers and truckers employed in the oil-rich Permian Basin earn more than $100,000 a year with overtime. How do you win in and around Houston, Dallas and Midland with a platform that opposes oil and gas?

Biden has shown a consistent hostility to energy industry workers. In December he suggested if coal miners lose their job due to his policies they should learn to code.

Biden has also said “we should put them in jail” when talking about fossil fuel executives.

Biden also endorsed a carbon tax on the American people, which will force households to pay much higher gasoline, heating, and cooling bills.