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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