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Top Democrat Aid Admits Green New Deal Not About Climate Change

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Posted by Cavan Hagerty on Thursday, July 18th, 2019, 4:20 PM PERMALINK

Democrats have tried to make the case that Green New Deal is about climate change, but a top Democratic aid has revealed that the plan will do little to solve what many on the left are calling a climate crisis. According to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, "We're, like, the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change.” It appears, however, that that the Green New Deal was never intended to solve this apparent crisis.

Over the weekend, Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti was quoted in the Washington Post saying that the Green New Deal, “wasn’t originally a climate thing at all ... we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing."

This quote serves as direct evidence that the Green New Deal is just part of the left’s larger plan to move the American economy in a socialist direction. According to David Roberts of Vox, “The [Green New Deal] is, at its heart, a form of social-democratic populism…. Again, the GND is not just climate policy. It’s about transforming the economy … and creating a more muscular, active public sector.” Even one of the plans original cosponsors, Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, sees the Green New Deal as a socialist program. “They call the Green New Deal pie in the sky. They call it socialism! … So here’s what I say for wind and solar and all-electric vehicles and clean energy: give us some of that socialism …”, said Markey in a recent interview.

The Green New Deal’s programs will have detrimental impacts on the growing US economy. A review of the original Green New Deal proposal by Americans for Tax Reform shows that the plan calls for ending the use of fossil fuels by 2030, decommissioning every nuclear power plant in the next ten years, ending air travel, mandating all new jobs be unionized, rebuilding “every building in the US for state-of-the-art energy efficiency” and blanket “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”

These programs come at an extremely high cost to the American taxpayer. According to Bloomberg News, “The so-called Green New Deal may tally between $51 trillion and $93 trillion over 10-years, concludes American Action Forum, which is run by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who directed the non-partisan CBO from 2003 to 2005.”

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2019 Pig Book Shows Record Increase in Pork Barrel Spending

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Posted by Cavan Hagerty on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019, 4:02 PM PERMALINK

It seems that pork is once again on the menu in the halls of Congress this year.

Earlier this month, Citizens Against Government Waste released their annual Congressional Pig Book. The book outlines some of the most obscene and outlandish examples of pork barrel spending during the current Congress.

Citizens Against Government Waste works to expose and eliminate waste, inefficiencies, and mismanagement in government. The Pig Book serves as an important tool in this work, showing how harmful pork barrel spending and earmarks can be to the legislative process.

“Earmarks are the ‘broken windows’ of government overspending, the currency of Congressional corruption, and the price of bad votes for more spending,” said ATR President Grover Norquist. “Earmarks are used to buy the votes of congressmen who would never vote for the overall package standing alone, without a bribe.”

Among the notable examples from this year’s book: $9 million for a fruit fly quarantine program, $12 million for aquatic plant control, nearly $8 million for the purchase of new fish screens, and nearly $14 million for wild horse and burro management. In total, this year’s earmarks will cost taxpayers some $15.3 billion, with very little oversight as to how this money is allocated.

In the face of such waste of taxpayer’s money, some lawmakers are finally taking a stand against the practice of earmarking. Senator Ben Sasse recently sponsored a conference motion to end the practice of earmarks in the Senate. The Senate Republican Conference adopted the motion last month. “It’s pretty simple: Earmarks are a crummy way to govern and they have no business in Congress,” said Sasse.


Kansas Senate Candidate Jake LaTurner Makes "No New Taxes" Promise to Voters

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Posted by Cavan Hagerty on Thursday, June 6th, 2019, 3:13 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform congratulates Jake LaTurner for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. By signing the Pledge, LaTurner has made a written commitment to oppose all tax increases and allow Kansas’s taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money.

“I want to congratulate Jake LaTurner for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, and in doing so, affirming his commitment to protect taxpayers throughout the state of Kansas,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

ATR offers the Pledge to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials, from state representatives to governors and US Senators, have signed the Pledge.

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and grow the economy. Signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and holding the line on taxes is the first step in that process,” continued Norquist.

LaTurner is running in the Republican primary for one of Kansas’s US Senate seats. He currently serves as the Kansas State Treasurer, being appointed to the position by Governor Brownback in April 2017. Prior to this role, LaTurner served in the Kansas State Senate from 2013 to 2017.

ATR will continue to follow this race closely and will provide additional updates as more candidates sign the Pledge.

 

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Sanders Calls for More Tax Hikes on the Campaign Trail

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Posted by Cavan Hagerty on Thursday, May 30th, 2019, 10:30 AM PERMALINK

Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders continues to make one thing clear: If he is elected he will raise your taxes.

While campaigning in New Hampshire on May 28, Sanders was asked how he plans to pay for his controversial “Medicare for All” proposal for socialized healthcare. In response, Sanders stated, “What it will probably end up looking like is a payroll tax on employers, an increase in income tax in a progressive way for ordinary people.”

Sanders remains vague on how exactly he will pay for “Medicare for All.” In the past, he’s provided a vague list of “options,” but no specifics. These “options” will increase taxes by $14.3 trillion over the next decade, according to an estimate of Americans for Tax Reform. This would pay for roughly half of the cost of single-payer healthcare, which costs between $32 trillion and $36 trillion according to estimates.

This is not the first time that Sanders has called for raising taxes. During an April 15th Fox News town hall in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Sanders said, “You’re going to pay more in taxes.” He went on to say, “Are people going to pay more in taxes? Yes.”

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Two AL-01 Candidates Join Growing List of Federal 2020 Signers

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Posted by Cavan Hagerty on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019, 2:44 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) thanks Alabama 1st District candidates Jerry Carl and Bill Hightower for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. By signing the Pledge, these gentlemen have made the commitment to oppose and vote against any and all tax increases as federal officeholders.

Both Carl and Hightower are running in the Republican primary in Alabama’s 1st congressional district to fill the seat of Rep. Bradley Byrne who is running for the US Senate in 2020. The Cook Political Report rates this seat as “Solid Republican.”

Carl currently serves as the County Commissioner for Mobile Country. Prior to serving as commissioner, Carl dedicated his time to being a successful small business owner. He has started over ten small businesses in his community, ranging in focus from real estate to healthcare.

Hightower served five years in the Alabama State Senate, where he became known as one of the state’s most conservative legislators. Hightower continues to be involved in his local community after his service in the State Senate. He currently serves on the board of Outback America, a Christian organization that holds family camps and retreats in the Mobile area.

The Pledge is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials, from state representatives to governors and US Senators, have signed the Pledge.

ATR will continue to follow this race closely and will provide additional updates as more candidates sign the Pledge.

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