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Daily Media Spotlight August 30, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Monday, August 30th, 2010, 5:24 PM PERMALINK

FlashReport highlights ATR’s own Mattie Corrao with the lamenting of California’s “Cost of Government Day.”   As Corrao notes: “Golden State workers toiled 239 days in 2010 just to pay for their bloated government.  Only residents of six states and the District of Columbia work longer to pay off the costs of government.”  

Josh Culling appears in Nevada News and Views warning that 2011 could be a bad year or Nevada’s taxpayers.   With the nations highest unemployment rate, Culling notes that in Nevada, “looking to next year, with an estimated $3 billion overspending problem in the 2011 budget, lawmakers in both parties are falling in line in support of a smorgasbord of job-killing tax hikes.”

Unions are supposed to look out for their members’ best interest.  In reality, they empty their members’ wallets and dump the cash into the campaign coffers of Congressional Democrats who continue to consider multiple pieces of job killing legislation.  Just how much money will the Unions give this November you ask?  Click here to find out. 

Steamboat Today lauds the second annual Freedom Conference held in Steamboat Springs.  Not only did the event bring national attention to the Northwest Colorado town, as the paper notes, it provided a great opportunity for locals to listen to and meet conservative leaders like ATR’s Grover Norquist.

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Daily Media Spotlight August 26, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Thursday, August 26th, 2010, 4:17 PM PERMALINK

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pennsylvania Democrat and gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato falsely accuses his opponent, state Attorney General Tom Corbett, of breaking his tax pledge – while Onorato won’t fully commit to not raising taxes himself. 

“A Month’s Wages Lost”, that’s the headline in the Chattanooga Times Free Press highlighting Cost of Government Day and the additional month it has taken this year to pay for our government.  

The Los Angeles Times has the story on the difficult task Obamacare’s backers have in trying to turn public opinion towards the big government program around.  As Grover Norquist points out, “All you have to do is say the words 'Obamacare' or 'the healthcare bill,' attach it to your opponent, and it's a boat anchor.”

Steve MacDonald of GraniteGrok.com bemoans New Hampshire’s Cost of Government Day, but offers the consolation that at least the Granite State paid for its government long before Connecticut – whose residents will continue to pay for the cost of their government until September 15th.

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Daily Media Spotlight August 25, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010, 5:24 PM PERMALINK

Longtime ATR friend and ally, Christopher Freind, penned a piece for Philadelphia Magazine’s “Philly Post” explaining how school choice can not only improve education, but also rectify the City of Brotherly Love’s crime problem

Steve Prestegar of Marketplace Magazine rings in Cost of Government Day for Wisconsin noting that under the Doyle administration, between the 2003 and 2010 fiscal years, state and local taxes have increased $602.5 million.  He also highlights his favorite solutions offered by Grover Norquist to reduce government spending.     

Chuck Muth writing in Nevada News and Views exposes Republican Assembly Minority Leader Pete Goicoechea as a tax and spend addict who has, “…called for almost a billion dollars worth of new taxes… including more than half of that amount from a new tax on…..groceries.”

The Orange County Register’s Jan Norman, in preparation for California’s Cost of Government Day this Friday, notes, “…people don’t merely pay taxes; they adjust behavior to avoid them if possible. The 10 states with the highest tax burden (California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Vermont, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania) lost 129,455 residents and $10.2 billion in income in 2008…”

In the OrangeCountyRegister’s “Orange Punch” liberty blog, Mark Landsbaum laments that the 2010 Cost of Government Day report proves that the era of big government is not over and, “…its appetite appears to linger on.”

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Daily Media Spotlight August 24, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010, 3:48 PM PERMALINK

Congressman Sam Graves argues in Missouri Republican News that, “…the fact that the largest economy in the world has to work almost two-thirds of the year just to earn as much money as the government spends is appalling.”

Newsweek runs with the story, “Why Republicans Will Raise Your Taxes” and predicts that no matter the political party, tax hikes are on the horizon. 

Michael Tennant of The New American writes on “Cost of Government Day” and offers hope that the Tea Party movement may provide the opportunity to rein in spending.

MothersAgainstDebt.com gives us an excellent working mother’s view on “Cost of Government Day” and the effects of out-of-control government spending on the American family.

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Daily Media Spotlight August 23, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Monday, August 23rd, 2010, 3:06 PM PERMALINK

Grover Norquist appears in Politico’s“Arena” and offers some humorous election advice for our Commander-in-Chief:  ‘How many of our nation’s children - truly our future - even knew what a “Trillion” was before the Obama presidency… Obama has a record. He should shout though the clutter of the mainstream press and make sure all Americans know what he has done.’

From Red County: Dino Rossi, a Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer and candidate for U.S. Senate in Washington State, is gaining new support from Tea Party activists in his bid to unseat tax and spend liberal Patty Murray. 

G. Tracy Mehan, III has a terrific write-up on “Cost of Government Day” and Grover Norquist’s “14 Ways to Reduce Government Spending” in The American Spectator.  Read “The Costliest Day” here.  

The Hill’s “Congress Blog” asks Grover Norquist, “Who should the GOP avoid nominating in 2010?” His answer, “Long list, really. People under the age of 35. Citizens of Brazil, China, or Latvia… Preferably no sex tapes that make one look chubby. No visibly communicable diseases. No votes for tax increases in one’s public record.”

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Daily Media Spotlight August 19, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Thursday, August 19th, 2010, 4:09 PM PERMALINK

Grover Norquist’s op-ed in today’s National Review Online, “U-turn on the Road to Serfdom,” offers some new and old solutions to America’s over spending problem, including term limiting members of the Appropriations Committee to six years, creating private/public sector pay equity, and bringing back the budget-slashingJoint Committee on Reduction of Nonessential Federal Expenditures, also known as the Byrd Committee, named after the late Senator Harry F. Byrd of Virginia.     

ATR’s own Mattie Carrao writes in The Daily Caller, “After a year and half of “stimulus” and bailouts gone bad, what has the shift towards higher government spending and an encroaching nanny state cost you? This year, it has cost you 231 days out of your life, or 63 percent of 2010.” Check out her article on this year’s record-setting Cost of Government Day here

The skyrocketing cost of our government is a bipartisan problem.  Doug Bandow tackles this and other problems with our government’s largesse in The American Spectator.

Kelly Cobb, in the Hawaii Reporter, argues that excise taxes purported to fund emergency 911 services are really not funding emergency programs at all.   The whole story can be found here. 

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Daily Media Spotlight August 18, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010, 4:03 PM PERMALINK

Don’t forget, Thursday is Cost of Government Day!  You’ve worked 231 days to pay off the cost of our government.  Check out WalletPop’s story on this day of days here

Ryan O’Donnell of Human Events takes note of Warren Buffet’s hypocritical stance in supporting the death tax.  As Grover Norquist puts it, “[if] the death tax goes away for good, so does much of Buffett’s wealth. He’s doing everything he can to make sure the death tax comes back in full force.”

Jeff Poor of the Business and Media Institute points out how pitchfork populist’s who want to raise taxes because of disparity are just plain wrong.

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Daily Media Spotlight August 17, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010, 4:22 PM PERMALINK

Via BigGovernment.com: Still wallowing in a fiscal mess, California’s liberal elite look to resurrect a tax-hike proposal on out-of-state online retailers.

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Daily Media Spotlight August 16, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Monday, August 16th, 2010, 3:43 PM PERMALINK

Are Obamanomics stalling the economic recovery?  The Washington Examiner asks the question, Grover Norquist answers, “You don't know what the law will be next month, or if you will even be allowed to own your business. The only thing you can be sure of is they will raise your taxes. You would be a fool now to go out and hire somebody new.”

Thursday is “Cost of Government Day”, which means you’ve been working 231 days to pay for the bloated U.S. government; The Washington Times has the story.    

Peter Roff, in U.S. News, argues that Obama’s coming tax hikes will further wreck the U.S. economy and spell doom for the small business sector.

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Daily Media Spotlight August 13, 2010

Posted by Will Upton on Friday, August 13th, 2010, 2:12 PM PERMALINK

FlashReport’s Jon Fleischman has the scoop on Grover Norquist’s call for California State Senate hopeful Sam Blakeslee to join his Republican colleagues by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Deroy Murdock highlights the Rev. Michel Faulkner’s campaign to unseat the tax evading congressman Charlie Rangel.

The Lone Star State is prepared stand up for the taxpayer and sue the Federal Government over its $26 billion bailout of state governments and local school districts.  Steve Stanek, a research fellow at the Heartland Institute, has the full story.

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