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Daily Media Spotlight November 16, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Tuesday, November 16th, 2010, 4:54 PM PERMALINK

ATR’s Grover Norquist is in Politico’s “The Arena” answering, “Should Obama quit after one term?”  Grover responds, “If Obama announced he would be a one-term president, he might well become ‘the type of leader he promised he would be during the '08 campaign, a uniter who'd transcend the red-state, blue-state divisions in America.’…But we already have two years of painful evidence that the campaign was the lie and the presidency was the man… If -- after two years of disappointing reality -- anyone still believes Obama's character can be found in his campaign speeches and not in his presidency, then we should alert Bernie Madoff that we have found new investors for his plans once he gets out of public housing.”

“Reduce out-of-control spending now” runs as a headline in Politico.  Grover Norquist and Rep. Fred Upton outline their ideas for slashing the spending largesse on Capitol Hill, “A first step for every committee must be to repeal the billions of dollars of unspent stimulus funds in their jurisdiction… We must also stop letting legislation move through the committee process with the opaque, anything goes “such sums as may be necessary” appropriations language… Committees must hold budget hearings for every agency within their jurisdiction, and then, as candidate Obama promised, go line-by-line through each budget to identify potential items to cut. A chainsaw would be the recommended tool of choice.”

Think the debt-commission report is all great and good?  Think again, from Aol News, “10 Political 'Nonstarters' From Federal Debt Panel.”  Coming in at number seven, a federal gas tax hike of 15 percent, “Republicans don't like taxes, so expect them to slam the brakes on this one. The conservative Americans for Tax Reform helpfully estimated the average weekly fill-up for a 15-gallon tank would go up $117 more per year. This one may stay in neutral.”

From The Hill, “The Big Question: Is the Republican ban on earmarks a good idea?”  Grover Norquist responds, “Yes. The Republican ban on earmarks is a very good idea… an earmark is given to a congressman or senator to bribe him or her to vote for a bill they would otherwise reject.  This is a corruption, bribery and a bad idea… The second kind of earmark is when the federal government is doing something that should be done at state or local level… Shut down the entire program at the federal level and require states and local governments to loot their own peasants to fund their own pyramids.”

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Daily Media Spotlight November 09, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Tuesday, November 9th, 2010, 3:38 PM PERMALINK

Beware the Lame Duck… aka: The Zombie Congress.  According to The Hill, “A bipartisan pair of senators has urged President Obama’s debt commission to consider raising the gas tax to pay for infrastructure projects… Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) have written to the chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform advocating for a 25-cent per gallon tax increase.”  Wasn’t November 2, 2010 about restoring fiscal sanity?  I guess they didn’t get the memo. 

From Politico’s ‘The Arena’, “Keith Olbermann a hypocrite?”  ATR president Grover Norquist responds, “Yes. Keith Olbermann is a hypocrite for attacking NewsCorp, the parent company for Fox News, for financially supporting the Republican Governor’s Association while he himself was sending cash to favored Democrat candidates... Everyone knows that Keith Olbermann is a left-of-center advocate. He is not, and does not pretend to be, a journalist or evenhanded reporter of the news. He is a left wing advocate. And for his team as good as it gets… Better to fight about real things. Should taxes go up? Should the government run your health care? It is less interesting to play gotcha.”

Also from Politico’s ‘The Arena’, “Will taxes rise in 2011?” Grover Norquist responds, “The Democrats have had control of the House and Senate for four years now. Every single morning they woke up and decided not to extend the tax cuts for anyone. Not for the rich. Not for the poor. For no one… If someone had spent four years not doing something…..would you say to yourself….I wonder when they are going to do this? …The Democrats may follow Cleopatra in preferring the asp now to parading through the streets of Rome in January.”

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Why would The Denver Post have an intern do fact-checking?

Posted by Will Upton on Monday, November 1st, 2010, 5:59 PM PERMALINK

Evidently The Denver Post thinks it is a good idea to have an INTERN, Elizabeth Miller, conduct a fact check of a political ad.  The ad, modeled after the numerous attack ads targeting the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and the candidates who have singed it, claimed that Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck pledged to “ship jobs overseas.” 

In an act by The Denver Post editors – which can only be described as utterly negligent and irresponsible – an article claiming to be a “Political Polygraph” was posted on October 31, just two days before the mid-term election, claiming that the attack ad was true. 

In the interns own words, “So, yes, essentially, Buck has pledged to vote the ATR line, he's reiterated that support since then, and that would mean he's protecting tax breaks for companies outsourcing jobs overseas.” 

There is only one problem with Ms. Miller’s conclusion, it is unequivocally wrong.  And we’re talking more wrong than when people thought the Earth was flat or that Barack Obama would actually lower our taxes. 

Americans for Tax Reform was never contacted by Ms. Miller or The Denver Post concerning their analysis of the attack ad. 

Additionally, it is undeniably obvious that Ms. Miller avoided even the most simple of Google searches on the other attack ads airing around the country… how can I prove this?  See the other media sources refuting the Democrats false smears below:


The Associated Press

Nevada Political Pundit Jon Ralston on ‘Face to Face’

Richmond Times-Dispatch and PolitiFact

King5 TV (Washington)

Arizona Daily Star

The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)


The Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan)

Blog: Washington State Impolite

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Daily Media Spotlight October 28, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Thursday, October 28th, 2010, 3:12 PM PERMALINK

Appearing in The Daily Caller, ATR’s own Patrick Gleason demolishes a recent Natural Resource Defense Council poll on Cap and Trade and the average American’s opinion of “clean energy legislation.”  Gleason notes, “NRDC’s summary of their survey is full of ambiguous platitudes, vapid buzz words, and boasts that a ‘majority of voters are on the side of clean energy’ and that ‘clean energy legislation is still polling ahead’ in the 23 Democrat-controlled districts that were surveyed… NRDC touts the results of their meaningless survey as ‘significant.’ I would hold up the marked decline in support for, and likely defeat of, Democratic members who have supported Obama, Reid, and Pelosi’s anti-energy agenda as more significant.”

Check out the video of Grover Norquist’s recent interview with Justine Rosenthal of The National Interest.  The 2010 midterm elections, what the political environment will be like after the election, the Tea Party movement, and out of control spending are among the topics they discuss. 

Nicole Kurokowa argues in The Daily Caller that while President Obama claims to be supportive of women in business on one hand, his economic policies are actually making life very hard for entrepreneurial women across the country: “The nation’s female entrepreneurs will play a key role in restoring the nation’s economy. But to do so, the government needs to put in place policies that will help them succeed, and not deliberately hobble their chances.  Government policies can help or hurt women business owners — so isn’t it time the government started doing more of the former, and less of the latter?”

The Detroit News has joined the ever growing list of national media and local news publications condemning the Democrats and DCCC’s false attacks on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and the candidates who have signed it: “Steele and other candidates nationwide have signed a ‘Taxpayer Protection Pledge’ circulated by Americans for Tax Reform, which is the basis for the ad's attack. However, after signers in other states were similarly accused of supporting outsourcing companies, ATR clarified — as did FactCheck.org and the Associated Press — that the pledge does not protect any companies and says nothing about jobs; it simply vows to oppose tax increases… The ad recycles an attack used in other races and misrepresents the opponent's position.” 

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Daily Media Spotlight October 26, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010, 3:00 PM PERMALINK

Politico’s “The Arena” asks, “Who’s going to win on Nov. 2?”  Grover Norquist answers, “The Republicans will win a majority of the seats in the House of Representatives… In the Senate, Republicans will gain 10 seats, winning a technical majority that is neither a conservative majority nor meaningful control. Conservatives will win a majority of the Senate in the 2012 election and conservatives will win 60 votes for actual filibuster-proof control in 2014… Field Marshal Haley Barbour will win the governorships in several jillion states… Any deviations from the above predictions can only be explained by voter fraud.”

PolitiFact.com and the Richmond Times-Dispatch join an ever growing list of national and local media sources that are debunking the desperate attacks ads by the DCCC and Democrat across the country on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and candidates that have signed it.  From the article: “‘The pledge doesn’t get into whether something is good or bad tax policy,’ Ryan Ellis, ATR’s director of tax policy, told us. The pledge means that if a bill would result in a net tax increase, ‘you’re not free to vote for it,’ Ellis said… We agree. Perriello has chosen to rest his claim on the DCCC’s spurious connection to the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, but that is a huge leap of logic and it doesn’t prove Hurt supports the offshore loopholes. So we find the claim False.”

Richard Rahn slams “Obama’s imaginary tax cut” in The Washington Times.  He argues, “How many times have you heard the president and the congressional Democrats say Americans who make less than $200,000 a year have not had, and will not have, any of their taxes increased? Unfortunately, it is not true, and it is likely to become a whole lot worse… The tax increase of $725.7 billion dwarfs the tax cuts of $373 billion, leaving a net tax increase of $352 billion. But it gets worse. Just $107.6 billion of the tax cuts are permanent - the rest are temporary - but all of the $725.7 billion increases are permanent…” 

From The American Spectator, Philip Klein notes that, “…President Obama's fiscal panel is considering a proposal that would scale back tax deductions and credits for mortgage interest, health insurance, and children… The problem is, none of these changes are being proposed as part of broader reforms to simplify the tax code and improve our health care system… Americans for Tax Reform estimates that if not offset, this would translate into an effective tax increase of $2.4 trillion over five years.”

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Daily Media Spotlight October 25, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Monday, October 25th, 2010, 4:38 PM PERMALINK

ATR’s own Adam Radman appears in the pages of The Daily Caller and exposes Democrats as the real fear-mongers this election cycle (Jon Stewart take note…). “Whether it’s attacks on organizations representing American small businesses, attacks on signers of a pledge to prevent tax hikes, or opposing opening up trade markets around the world to America’s goods, Democrats are desperate to spread fear among the electorate… It’s sad to see a president and a party that campaigned on post-partisanship in 2008 doing their best to be as nasty and brutish as they can be in 2010.” 

Also from The Daily Caller, Jonathan Strong asks, “The most desperate Dem attack this cycle?”  He highlights the Democrats and the DCCC’s new line of smear attacks against the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and the candidates who have signed it, noting, “Democrats are volleying their most desperate attack in this vein yet: that opposing tax increases is tantamount to supporting outsourcing American jobs “to places like China and India”… In a series of new advertisements for congressional races across the country, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is attacking Republicans for signing the Americans for Tax Reform pledge not to increase taxes…" The only problem for Democrats, as Strong points out is that, “FactCheck.org declared the ads ‘false’ and ‘a faulty argument.’”

The Arizona Daily Star has joined several other local and national watchdog and news outlets pointing out the false ads by congressional Democrats attacking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and the candidates who have signed it.  The Arizona Daily Star notes, “The pledge is to ‘oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses’ and to ‘oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.’ The pledge against increased taxes would apply generally to the tax code, and doesn't single out or specially apply to companies shipping jobs overseas.”

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Daily Media Spotlight October 21, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Thursday, October 21st, 2010, 1:55 PM PERMALINK

FactCheck.org slams Arkansas Democrat Joyce Elliott for “bearing false witness” in her attacks on challenger Tim Griffin and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.  They note, “This is unfounded, as we have noted again and again. The claim is based on Griffin’s support of the Americans for Tax Reform pledge. But, as we have written, the pledge protects corporations (and individual taxpayers) from a tax  increase unless it is matched dollar-for-dollar by a tax cut. So, the no-tax pledge is not absolute and it says nothing about protecting U.S. companies with foreign operations that ‘ship jobs overseas.’”

ATR friend and ally, Charles Freind appears in The Philly Post and Newsmax, posing the question: “Is Philadelphia the Next Greece?” He notes, “Short of the city declaring bankruptcy, Philadelphia will further descend into chaos, being rightfully viewed as a Third World town. Why? Because Mayor Nutter, like so many politicians, believes government creates jobs and wealth, when in reality, the opposite is true.” 

Marketplace Magazine becomes the newest news source to denounce a Democrat’s “blatantly false” and “totally misleading” attacks on his challenger and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.   Steve Prestegard notes that Wisconsin Democrat Steve Kagen is so far off the reservation with his attacks it would be nearly impossible for him to have actually read the Pledge itself, let alone done a quick internet search for earlier refutations of similar attacks by Democrats published by numerous media sources, including FactCheck.org. 

“Is the FCC more European than Europe?”  That is the question posed by ATR’s own Kelly Cobb in The Daily Caller. “It is not often that Americans can look to Europe for regulatory leadership. But the pushback net neutrality has received — even from a pro-regulatory European body — is yet another reason the FCC should think twice before acting.”

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Jerry McNerney Campaign Desperate to Distort the "No New Taxes" Pledge

Posted by Will Upton on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010, 4:00 PM PERMALINK

The Jerry McNerney Campaign and the DCCC recently sent out a mailers attacking his opponent David Harmer for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which commits Harmer to opposing and voting against income tax hikes.   By attacking the Pledge, McNerney and the DCCC are deliberately trying to mislead the voters of the CA-11 about the firm and laudable commitment Harmer has made to taxpayers.  It is no surprise that McNerney is touting a line similar to other Democrats across the country who are desperate to distract voters from their dismal economic record. 

The McNerney and DCCC line of attack is bizarre at best and a blatant lie at worst.  The Taxpayer Protection Pledge has existed for over twenty years.  It was specifically designed to protect taxpayers and businesses from higher taxes and to promote revenue-neutral tax reform.  The Pledge doesn’t protect any particular deduction or credit.  It simply protects against tax hikes – it holds your congressman accountable to you, the taxpayer.  A number of new sources have already discredited this line of attack.  The nonpartisan, nonprofit FactCheck.org called the attacks against the Pledge “blatantly false” while Jon Ralston of the TV program Face to Face in Nevada characterized a similar attack as “totally misleading.”  The Associated Press recently reviewed similar attacks finding them false, AP stating, “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.”

Taxpayers aren’t interested in distortions of a candidate’s record and obvious attempts to distract from economic reality.  With the unemployment rate over 9 percent for its seventeenth consecutive month, voters want to hear about solutions that promote job growth and economic activity.

Jerry McNerney Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the “No New Taxes” Pledge

McNerney campaign desperate to distort Harmer’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DCThe Jerry McNerney Campaign recently launched a new line of attack on David Harmer 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 McNerney 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, Harmer has taken tax hikes off the table for all taxpayers in California- something Jerry McNerney 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 Jerry McNerney going out of his way to shamelessly distort David Harmer’s position on taxes? The Pledge signed by Harmer is a promise to constituents and businesses to never raise taxes. McNerney has yet to make the same promise and should explain to voters how tax hikes revive a struggling economy and promote job growth in California,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.

“David Harmer 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 19, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010, 3:10 PM PERMALINK

The National Journal asks, “Any Silver Linings In Jobs Report?”  Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist responds, A silver lining in an unemployment rate of 9.6 percent? …Maybe, just maybe, this will do for Keynesian Economics what the Soviet Union did for socialism. Billions of dollars were thrown away in "stimulus" spending and unemployment got worse. … this is the equivalent of taking a bucket of water from one side of a lake and pouring it back into the other side of the lake and explaining that Obama and/or Keynes has a theory that this will stimulate the lake to great depths. Keynes and Obama. No man's life is a complete waste....some serve as bad examples.”  

The return of the Byrd Committee!  From The Daily Caller: “Powerful members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees – or Cardinals, as they are nicknamed – have long worked together to spend ever-larger sums… But leading critics of government’s size and scope believe they have part of the answer to their Cardinal foes… “I call it the anti-appropriations committee,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform… Modeled on the ‘Byrd Committee,’ a bicameral commission begun in the early 1940s, the committee could recommend ways to reduce spending which would then be subject to a privileged up-or-down vote on the House and Senate floors.”

The Washington Post’s “44 Politics and Policy” blog became the newest news source to highlight the false attacks being made by desperate Democrats across the country against the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and the candidates who have signed it.  The article notes – in regards to a recent DCCC attack ad against NY-23 candidate Matt Doheny – “That last claim is false, according to an April report from FactCheck.org. The pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, would only protect corporations from an overall tax increase”

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Daily Media Spotlight October 18, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Monday, October 18th, 2010, 5:28 PM PERMALINK

No rest for the helpful.  American’s for Tax Reform’s own Patrick Gleason appears in The Daily Caller and makes the point regarding U.S. companies who aided in the rescue of the trapped Chilean miners that captivated the world, “While President Obama was undoubtedly sincere in his praise, what has not been mentioned by any account of the ordeal is the fact that the policies pursued by President Obama and congressional Democrats reward those who came to the rescue of the entrapped miners with a bevy of draconian tax increases in the coming months.

Ashlea Ebeling writes in Forbes, “Blame Obamacare For New FSA Limits And Act Now To Save.”  Ebling highlights the problems Obamacare is causing for those who may want to continue to use their FSA dollars to purchase basic over the counter drugs – come January 1, 2011, they will be worthless when trying to make such a purchase.  As Ryan Ellis, tax policy director at ATR notes in the article, “The Democrats hate anything that’s account-based healthcare… In their zeal to get rid of them and put caps on them and increase taxes on them, there is collateral damage.”

From the PubliusForum.com, “Reasons #4 & 5 to Vote Out Phil Hare.”  If his questions as to the importance of the Constitution weren’t enough to vote for his challenger: “Phil Hare wants to raise your taxes. In fact, Hare has supported all kinds of tax increases in his short tenure in office… Phil Hare has received a 0/100 rating from Americans for Tax Reform, a 2/100 rating from the National Taxpayers Union, and a 4/100 rating from Citizens Against Government Waste. He also received an "F" grade from the National Tax-Limitation Committee.” 

Democrats continue to attack the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and the candidates who have signed it, despite their claims being debunked and disproven again and againThe blog, Washington State Impolite, however, has a new take on the Democrat attacks: “Mr. Obama targeted American based corporations who manage overseas operation from America. He seeks to disallow the tax deduction of the cost of American operations… The effect of disallowing cost deduction of American management will send the management jobs overseas. The Democratic Party proposal will have the opposite effect of what they claim; their policies will ship American jobs overseas.”

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