Be sure to watch both videos that I have included with this post. The related video was one I just uploaded to youtube today, from today's Fox & Friends. Kelly Wright did a good job with his report, but it seems to just touch the tip of the iceberg when you add the accurate information that Chuck includes in this column.
While this column may have to be categorized as "commentary" because Chuck provides opinion, his information - JUST THE FACTS - are right on, and can be checked out on the original sources. What you need to know, folks, this is going to be our reality unless we take action and get a lot of new people elected this fall that will turn things around.
Friends, it's not too late, but the window is closing fast. We likely have one more chance to drop our partisan divides and elect only those who will be strict constitutionalists and preservers of our founders' vision and principles, before the entire American economy and government collapses.
As patriots, we're not intimidated by power. We won't be demoralized by a few trying to demonize all of us. We're not going to disappear like a bad dream because we love our republic too much to let her sink without a fight. It's a patriot equation that we've learned and carry on from our forefathers: more tyranny + more taxes = more tea parties.
So shout it loud and proud this week: "We will remember in November!"
Posted: April 12, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern
As early as 1733, colonial frustrations were felt against the British Parliament via the Molasses Act. Indignation grew over the decades, erupting in 1764 when Parliament enacted the Sugar Act and the Currency Act. But it was not until 1765, when Parliament levied the first direct tax upon the colonies via the Stamp Act, that larger protests permeated all the 13 colonies. And though that tax was repealed in 1766, the appeasement was short lived. Parliament passed the Townshend Acts beginning in 1767, placing a tax on a number of essential goods, including paper and tea – something which in turn led to the Boston Massacre in 1770, the Boston Tea Party in 1773, the Intolerable Acts and the First Continental Congress in 1774 and, of course, the Declaration of Independence in 1776, etc.
What's so amazing is that no matter how vast Parliament's control and taxation upon the colonists back then, it all pales into insignificance to Washington's control and taxation upon Americans today. Let me say that again: England's total revolutionary oppression and taxes pale into insignificance to Washington's present control and taxation upon U.S. citizens today.
Our founders fought for a far less oppressive system than in Britain. And though some taxes were levied on early Americans for some consumptives, the burden of taxation was laid largely upon tariffs for the first roughly 150 years of our republic until the inception of the income tax in 1913. Tragically, however, in the last 100 years, the feds have grown government into a gargantuan gargoyle whose taxation tentacles overreach every aspect of our lives.
America's founders would have been horrified at the bloated federal bureaucracy we have now and the maze of taxes we have to navigate: income taxes, employment taxes, capital gains taxes, estate taxes, corporate taxes, property taxes, Social Security taxes, gas taxes and even death taxes – it was excessive taxation like this that drove the founders to rebel in the first place.
What we need now more than ever is smaller government and lower taxes. But that is certainly not what we're getting from Washington. Even as some rejoice over the passing of Obamacare, their joy will certainly turn to mourning once they've experienced the trickling down of related costs and taxes over the years.
When President Obama was recently cornered about prospective taxes and what it will cost to cover Obamacare, it took him 17 minutes and 14 seconds to give a single answer. And his final concluding remarks were, "Boy, that was a long answer. I'm sorry, but I hope everybody – but I hope I answered her question."
Let me summarize. Americans for Tax Reform has pulled from Obamacare legislation almost 20 taxes coming down the pike (with references to the location in the law and the dates the taxes begin) that will be paid by every American in one way, shape or form.
- individual mandate excise tax (Page 324/Sec. 1501/January 2014)
- employer mandate tax (Page 348/Sec. 1513/January 2014)
- excise tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans (Page 1979/Sec. 9001/$149.1 billion/January 2013)
- hike in Medicare payroll tax (Page 2,040/Sec. 9015/$86.8 billion /January 2013)
- medicine cabinet tax (Page 1,997/Sec. 9003/$5 billion /January 2011)
- HSA withdrawal tax hike (Page 1,998/Sec. 9004/$1.3 billion/January 2011)
- flexible spending account cap – aka "Special Needs Kids Tax" (Page 1,999/Sec. 9005/$14 billion /January 2011)
- tax on medical device manufacturers (Page 2,020/Sec. 9009/$19.2 billion /January 2010)
- raise "haircut" for medical itemized deduction from 7.5 percent to 10 percent of AGI (Page 2034/Sec. 9013/$15.2 billion /January 2013)
- tax on indoor tanning services (Page 373 of manager's amendment/$2.7 billion/July 1, 2010)
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield tax hike (Page 2,044/Sec. 9016/$0.4 billion)
- excise tax on charitable hospitals (Page 2,001/Sec. 9007/Min$/immediate)
- tax on innovator drug companies (Page 2,010/Sec. 9008/$22.2 billion)
- tax on health insurers (Page 2,026/Sec. 9010/$59.6 billion /January 2011)
- elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement Rx drug coverage in coordination with Medicare Part D (Page 2,034/Sec. 9012/$5.4 billion /January 2011)
- $500,000 annual executive compensation limit for health insurance executives (Page 2,035/Sec. 9014/$0.6 billion /Jan 2013)
- employer reporting of insurance on W-2 (Page 1,996/Sec. 9002/Min$/January 2011)
- Corporate 1099-MISC Information Reporting (Page 1,999/Sec. 9006/$17.1 billion /January 2012)The Congressional Budget Office, or CBO, conveniently also reported that the exact number of new IRS employees needed to implement and manage America's new socialized health program is undetermined, though estimates range from thousands of employees on a low end to 16,500 employees on a high end. Or do the feds think the 93,000 present IRS employees can handle the additional workload? Not surprising, the CBO concludes:CBO has not completed an estimate of all of the discretionary costs that would be associated with H.R. 3590. (Those costs would depend on future appropriations and are not included in the tables accompanying this letter.) As indicated in CBO's earlier estimate, such costs would probably include an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion over 10 years for administrative costs of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and at least a similar amount for expenses of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).Was the White House or Congress covering those additional costs?
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April 12, 2010 - Aren't we taxed enough already?
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