Gillibrand: Here’s an Idea, Let’s Raise Social Security Taxes on the Middle Class

October 25, 2012 at 10:29 am (Kirsten Gillibrand, Middle Class, New York, Small Business, Social Security, Taxes, Wendy Long)

The following is a press release from Wendy Long’s campaign:

It’s well known that Senator Gillibrand supports raising income taxes on individuals and small businesses, making over two hundred and fifty-thousand dollars, now she apparently wants to raise Social Security taxes on them too.

Gillibrand told the Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial Board that she would support raising or even eliminating the social security wage base (sswb) ensuring that middle income and small business owners especially those on Long Island, the Hudson Valley and the New York metro region will pay even higher taxes.

Gillibrand said, “One idea would be that we put in less off your first hundred thousand maybe 5 percent or 4 percent or less and then apply that to all income levels, or apply that to income levels above two hundred and fifty thousand.”

U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long said, “Another day, another proposed tax increase from Senator Gillibrand. Many hardworking New York families look forward to that day when their Social Security payment ends and they get to take home a few more bucks of pay but Senator Gillibrand wants to make sure that day never comes for middle class and small businesses.”

Currently the Social Security wage base is set at $110,100. Gillibrand proposes to simply eliminate that cap entirely or eliminate it for those with incomes over two hundred fifty thousand dollars. Either way the impact on already burdened self employed, small businesses and middle – income taxpayers will be devastating.

Long added, “Self employed New Yorkers and small business owners who are already struggling to compete with the highest tax burden in America will be especially hard hit by this proposal. ”

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Wendy Long Exposes Gillibrand as Flip-Flopping Job Killing Partisan

October 18, 2012 at 8:00 am (Ed Cox, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, Skidmore College, War on Women, Wendy Long)

Yesterday, New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox released the following statement:

“At Skidmore College this evening, Wendy Long and Kirsten Gillibrand engaged in their only debate – while Long had agreed to six separate debates, New York’s Junior Senator only agreed to one.
On taxes, Long cited Ronald Reagan’s caveat that ‘the federal government doesn’t have debt and deficits because the American people are undertaxed,’ and pledged to lower the federal tax burden for New Yorkers, already the most taxed citizens in the nation.

Gillibrand paid lipservice to the fiscal conservatism, but when pressed by Long, was unable to cite a single federal program that she would cut.

Gillibrand tried in vain to cast herself as a supporter of the Second Amendment, but was unable to explain her 180 degree flip-flop on gun control, which led the NRA to downgrade her from an “A” rating to an “F”.

Gillibrand, who has been selling baseless “War on Women” rhetoric for years, refused to accept Long’s invitation to join her in calling for the resignation of Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was caught using taxpayer money as hush payouts for female victims of rape and sexual harassment in the New York State Assembly.

Wendy Long is the only person in this race who will put the people of New York over partisan interests.”

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Fact Checkers: Gillibrand Kills Jobs

October 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm (Democrat and Chronicle, Job Killer, Kirsten Gillibrand, National Horizon, New York, Senate, Welch Allyn, Wendy Long)


The Democrat and Chronicle has reviewed several political ads in New York for accuracy, one of which was the recent National Horizon super PAC ad that Kirsten Gillibrand’s lawyers tried to have censored.

The ad hammers Kirsten Gillibrand for her support of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act which contains numerous hidden taxes, including a medical device tax which has eliminated hundreds of jobs already in New York.

Rather than countering the facts contained in the ad, Team Gillibrand has decided to focus on the text of statements in the ad, which to them resemble newspaper headlines.

As a result, attorneys representing Ms. Gillibrand sent letters to TV station executives demanding that the ads be pulled for being ‘misleading and deceptive’.

Turns out there was a reason her lawyers wanted that ad pulled – it was true.

According to the D&C:

In “Job Killer,” outside group National Horizon attacks U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, claiming she cost New York jobs. We looked at the basic facts behind this ad, and they are true.

 Today the New York GOP released the following statement:

The respected Rochester Democrat and Chronicle just confirmed what most New Yorkers already know: Kirsten Gillibrand is bad for jobs. Kirsten’s campaign rhetoric touts her support for the manufacturing industry in Upstate New York, but according to the Rochester newspaper: “Gillibrand voted for the 2010 Affordable Care Act to overhaul the nation’s health care system. That legislation included as a revenue source a 2.3 percent federal excise tax to be paid by manufacturers and importers of certain medical devices.”

The paper described how Kirsten’s rubber-stamping of the Pelosi-Reid agenda has already cost some New Yorkers their jobs:  “Upstate medical device manufacturer Welch Allyn, based on Skaneateles Falls, described the medical device tax as ‘onerous’ in a September news release in which the company announced a corporate restructuring that will result on the layoff of 10 percent of its workforce over three years.”

New Yorkers are hungry for real, independent leadership in Washington, not the partisan gridlock that comes from blind loyalty to party leaders.  And on Election Day, New Yorkers have that leadership again when we send Wendy Long to the US Senate.

Gillibrand and the Affordable Care Act are indeed costing jobs in New York, there is no doubt.  But isn’t trying to take the focus off of the facts, and placing it on frivolous censorship attempts, in itself a ‘misleading and deceptive’ act?

Thankfully, the D&C has seen through the smokescreen, letting New Yorkers know that Wendy Long is the one honest candidate in this campaign, and Kirsten Gillibrand is simply diverting their attention from the facts.

Here is the ad for those who may have missed it:

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Wendy Long: Marcellus & Utica Shale Reserves Will Provide Jobs for New York

October 10, 2012 at 7:10 am (America Innovates Act, Binghamton, Economy, Jobs, Kirsten Gillibrand, Marcellus Shale, New York, Sikorsky, Utica Shale, Welch Allyn, Wendy Long)

Wendy Long calls on Sen. Gillibrand to support Marcellus & Utica shale drilling, after again touting a bogus jobs bill in Binghamton on Monday.

In the wake of a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey that concludes the availability of 38 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Utica Shale deposit, U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long repeated her call for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to make clear her support for the development of hydraulic fracturing in not only the Marcellus shale deposits, but also the Utica shale deposits in New York.

“From Welch Allyn in Skaneateles, to Sikorsky in Big Flats to GM in Honeoye Falls, New York is losing manufacturing jobs and as other states more forward with not only the Marcellus, but also Utica shale drilling, New York sits idle on the issue, because of the celebrity left wing opponents that Sen. Gillibrand is afraid to offend,” said Long.

The Marcellus is one of the richest natural gas reserves in the world, and the Utica Shale has even more potential.  Neighbors to New York, including Pennsylvania have already successfully drilled the Marcellus shale for years, have drilled over 100 Utica shale wells currently, and have 452 permits to drill in the Utica deposit moving forward.

“New York needs to get back to work; shale drilling can make that happen.  The lack of Marcellus drilling, but also Utica shale drilling has not only highlighted New York’s ability to fall behind other states, but continues to deprive jobs for New Yorkers.  As Sen. Gillibrand parades around New York talking about phony jobs bills she ignores one of the best ways to make that happen,” continued Long.

Just yesterday, Senator Gillibrand was in Binghamton and instead of talking about a real job creator, shale gas, she was touting the “America Innovates Act”; another bill with government picking winners and losers with high-tech companies.  The “America Innovates Act” (S.2369) was co-sponsored by Sen. Gillibrand, and like her other phony job bills, was not voted on, and referred to a committee.

“Sen. Gillibrand simply doesn’t get it; big government cannot create jobs, only the private sector can.  Instead of touting phony jobs bills and falsely giving New Yorkers hope for new jobs, as they lose their current ones, Sen. Gillibrand should explain to New York why she refuses to support a technology that has put other states to work, and could put New Yorkers to work as well,” concluded Long.

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Gillibrand Trying to Censor Ad Supporting Her Opponent

October 5, 2012 at 9:00 am (Affordable Care Act, Kirsten Gillibrand, Medical Device Tax, National Horizon, New York, Obamacare, Super PAC, Welch Allyn, Wendy Long)

Recently, the Arizona-based Super PAC, National Horizon ran a television ad in support of U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long.  The ad hammers Kirsten Gillibrand for her support of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act which contains numerous hidden taxes, including a medical device tax which has eliminated hundreds of jobs already in New York.

Rather than countering the facts contained in the ad, Team Gillibrand has decided to focus on the text of statements in the ad, which to them resemble newspaper headlines.

As a result, attorneys representing Ms. Gillibrand have sent letters to TV station executives demanding that the ads be pulled for being ‘misleading and deceptive’.

Oddly enough, when Long asked Gillibrand to denounce an Obama Super PAC ad a couple of months ago which portrayed Mitt Romney as being responsible for the death of a man’s wife, she was nowhere to be found.

What Gillibrand gains from trying to censor an ad because it portrays her in a negative light is questionable.  If every political ad were pulled based on being ‘misleading and deceptive’ there’d be no political ads on either side of the aisle.  Anywhere.  Ever.

More curious is the fact that Gillibrand is not disputing the facts put forth in the ad – that her support of the Affordable Care Act contributed to the loss of jobs in New York State.  The truth is, denying that reality would be difficult.

Welch Allyn, a company that manufactures medical diagnostic equipment in central New York, announced in September that they would be laying off 275 employees, or roughly 10% of their workforce.  One of the major reasons discussed for the layoffs was a proactive response to the Medical Device Tax mandated by the new healthcare law.

The Medical Device Tax is a 2.3% excise tax levied on manufacturers and importers of certain medical devices, and is scheduled to begin wreaking havoc on the medical industry, hospitals, doctors and patients, in 2013.

In an interview with the Syracuse Post-Standard, Steve Meyer, President and CEO at Welch Allyn, called the tax “onerous and impactful”.

Meyer provided a basic mathematical model to highlight his point:

For example, a company that has $100 million in sales would pay $2.3 million in tax, Meyer explained. If that same company earns $10 million in profit that tax now represents a 23 percent dip in the bottom line, he said.

When bottom lines are effected, companies will necessarily adjust profit margins through other means – in this case, a staff restructuring.

Gillibrand and the Affordable Care Act is indeed costing jobs in New York, there is no doubt.  Isn’t trying to take the focus off of that, and placing it on frivolous censorship attempts, in itself a ‘misleading and deceptive’ act?

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Cox: Gillibrand Touts STOCK Act While Betting Against America

October 3, 2012 at 8:00 am (Ed Cox, Housing Market, Jonathan Gillibrand, Kirsten Gillibrand, Mortgage Industry, New York, STOCK Act)

Today New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox responded to Senator Gillibrand’s new ad highlighting transparency in Washington and passage of the STOCK Act:
“Senator Gillibrand once again demonstrates an uncanny ability to say one thing and do another.  In her latest campaign ad, she touts transparency in Washington and uses passage of the STOCK Act as an example of her record of accomplishment.
“True to form, Senator Gillibrand has done an about-face and is now trying to claim credit as a champion of reform of the broken rules she exploited and profited from. 
“During the worst years of the financial crisis, a close examination of the trading activity by Jonathan and Kirsten Gillibrand reveals a strategy with a singular focus – betting against America.
“Based on the number and frequency of the Gillibrands reported trades, it’s clear that it was a daily focus with huge stretches of time dedicated to shorting American companies.  Further, the Gillibrands’ strategy was so narrowly targeted at profiting from the demise of the U.S. housing sector that it’s disgraceful, not to mention simple-minded and clearly beneath a U.S. Senator.
“If Senator Gillibrand is genuinely concerned with transparency and serious about cleaning up corruption in Washington, she should disclose to the public where she got the foresight to invest against the housing market at a time when most of the country was unaware of its imminent collapse.”
The facts:
  • 2005: $2K – $30K nominal value year-end short positions; $201 – $1K in income for the year from shorts.
  • 2006: $0 nominal value year end short positions; $202 – $1200 in income for the year from shorts; 17 transactions of face value btw $5K and $75K.  (The same year they reported the nominal value of their calls to be btw $1K and $15K.)
  • 2007: $38K – $220K nominal value year end short positions; $52K – $165K in income from that; 141 total transactions in total nominal amount of btw $62K and $763K.  (No calls.)
  • 2008: $2K – $55K of nominal value year end short positions; $275K – $763K in income; 258 transactions in a nominal amount of btw $455K and $1.95mm.  (The same year they reported calls with value of btw only $17K and $84K.)
  • 2009: 0 – $2K of nominal value year end short positions; $5K – $16K in income off of 7 transactions in total amount of btw $5K and $75K.  (The same year they reported calls with value of btw $17K and $81K.)
  • 2010: 0 in year end short positions; 0 in income; 15 transactions of btw $6K and $91K in nominal value.
TOTALS: Between 2005 and 2010, he reported between $332K and $946K in income from shorting the US mortgage industry, housing industry and overall economy.  There are 441 transactions in total.  Nominal amounts of all transactions are between $533K and $2.96mm. 
More detailed information available on request.

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Long: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Senator Gillibrand Should Meet the Laid off Workers of Sikorsky and Big Flats

October 3, 2012 at 7:00 am (Andrew Cuomo, Big Flats, Hydrofracking, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Sikorsky, Wendy Long)

Why are liberals like Kennedy and Gillibrand killing hydrofracking and consigning the future of upstate to oblivion?

In the wake of reports that the Cuomo administration is “consigning fracking to oblivion,” U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long challenged Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Senator Gillibrand to visit with the laid off workers of Sikorsky and tell them where their next job will come from.

“Unelected, un-appointed and even unregistered celebrity lobbyists like Robert Kennedy Jr., should visit the people of Big Flats and the Southern Tier and tell them why he opposes their economic future and freedom,” said U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long.

According to a report by the New York Times the decision to shelve hydrofracking comes after “the governor has been influenced by the unshakable opposition from a corps of environmentalists and celebrity activists who are concerned about the safety of the water supply. The opponents include a number of people close to the governor, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a longtime environmental activist in New York whose sister is the governor’s ex-wife.”

Long said, “Clearly, the Kennedy-Gillibrand liberal establishment doesn’t care about the future of upstate New York but I believe Governor Cuomo does, that’s why I’m urging him to move forward with hydrofracking now.  We need the jobs and the energy, and the growth of industry and manufacturing now — not next month, not next year, not next decade.”

It’s ironic, in 1968 after touring Appalachia Robert F. Kennedy said, “I run for the presidency because I have seen proud men in the hills of Appalachia, who wish only to work in dignity, but they cannot, for the mines are closed and their jobs are gone and no one – neither industry, nor labor, nor government – has cared enough to help.”

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FreedomWorks PAC Endorses Wendy Long in the New York Senate Race

September 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm (FreedomWorks PAC, Kirsten Gillibrand, Max Pappas, New York, Senate, Wendy Long)

FreedomWorks PAC endorsed Wendy Long in the New York Senate race today following in-depth discussions with Long, and a detailed look at her record. FreedomWorks PAC believes Wendy Long is the clear choice for voters who support free markets, fiscal responsibility, and constitutionally-limited government.

Wendy Long has an established record of public service as an aide for two U.S Senators and a clerk for the U.S. Appeals Court and the Supreme Court. She also had a distinguished career in the private and non-profit sectors, working her way up to partner at a prominent New York law firm and helping to build the Judicial Crisis Network, which educates the public about the proper Constitutional role of the courts.

FreedomWorks PAC Executive Director Max Pappas commented, “Wendy Long is a Constitutional law expert who understands fully why we must limit the size and scope of the federal government.  She understands that the quickest way to a healthy, growing economy is to free individuals and small businesses from excessive meddling by government bureaucrats and tax collectors.”

“In contrast, Senator Gillibrand has been a rubber stamp for President Obama’s big-government agenda, voting for the government takeover of health care, the failed stimulus program, and the President’s unsustainable levels of spending. Wendy Long will fight for lasting economic recovery and job creation, and will be a consistent vote for responsible spending reforms.”

FreedomWorks PAC has also endorsed the following U.S. Senate candidates in this election cycle: Jeff Flake (Arizona), Connie Mack (Florida), Ted Cruz (Texas), Richard Mourdock (Indiana), Tom Smith (Pennsylvania), George Allen (Virginia), Dan Bongino (Maryland) and Josh Mandel (Ohio).

FreedomWorks PAC is a grassroots service center to a community of over 2 million activists nationwide dedicated to fighting for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom in every Congressional district in America.  For more information about the PAC, please visit http://www.FreedomWorksPAC.org, or contact Executive Director Max Pappas at Max.Pappas@FreedomWorks.org.

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United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Accused of Filing False Tax Return

September 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm (2010, False Returns, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, NY-20, Sears Holding, Tax Returns, Wendy Long)

Citing what they call an “impossible transaction” the campaign team for Wendy Long sent out a press release today accusing United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of filing a false tax return in 2010.

Here is a copy of the press release:

A cursory review of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s taxes indicates a transaction that was impossible.  But the New York Times refused to even examine the issue.
U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long said, “Two things stand out here: we have a tax code that even a U.S. Senator can’t get right and a liberal media goliath that is playing one side of this election.  Neither is surprising, and both are wrong.”
Long added, “Senator Gillibrand has a history of ‘shorting’ America, but did she short the taxpayers too?  The New York Times doesn’t care.”
Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2010 tax return  shows that she purchased 80 “shares” of Sears Holding Corp. (“Sears”) for $22,780 on January 12, 2010.  Her return shows that the 80 “shares” were sold on June 21, 2010 for $23,980.  This is impossible.
 
The stock price on January 12, 2010 (purchase date) had a low of $97.67 per share and on June 21, 2010 (sale date) it was a high of $77.80 per share.  Details fromYahoo Finance on the Sears stock prices are shown below:
Date
Open
High
Low
Close
Volume
Adj Close
6/21/2010
77.03
77.8
74.06
74.65
1837300
74.65
1/12/2010
98.79
100.95
97.67
100.43
3599600
100.43
If Gillibrand purchased 80 “shares” of the stock for $22,780 on January 12, 2010, it would have meant that the value of the stock was $284.75 per share.  Based on the data reflected in the chart above, that is impossible.
In January, The New York Times used opposition research provided by the Gillibrand in a high profile article on a potential opponent. But when provided with a simple and clear trade that was impossible to occur, the Times refused to even investigate, much less report on the matter.
Concluded Long, “Senator Gillibrand should explain her error and provide all her taxes and backup data to an independent entity, not her brother, for a full review since it’s clear that either through ignorance or intent they aren’t compliant with the law.”

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Long Continues Hitting Gillibrand on Her Support for Scandal Plagued Speaker

September 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm (Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, NY-20, Sheldon Silver, Vito Lopez, Wendy Long)

Democrat Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver’s unethical coverup of sexual harassment claims against prominent politicians and former staff, has been covered extensively here at the Mental Recession. 

Despite what would seem like a tactic that should be universally denounced – using taxpayer money to pay off victims of sexual harassment – all of New York state’s top Democrats have stood by Silver.

One in particular, Kirsten Gillibrand, seems curious mostly because of her platform of being allegedly pro-Woman.

As the “Gropez” probe widens, U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long once again called upon Senator Gillibrand to end her support for Speaker Silver and tell him to step aside from his leadership position pending the outcome of investigations.

“It’s time for New York’s cheerleader-in-chief to back up her rhetoric with real action. The fact is Kirsten Gillibrand is promoting Albany’s culture of corruption, and putting her political and personal interests ahead of young professional women,” said Long.

Long asked, “Why would Gillibrand call for Speaker Hastert to resign in similar circumstances, but call Speaker Silver the ‘perfect’ person to represent New York?“

She added, “How can Kirsten Gillibrand hold herself out as an advocate for women, but stand silently by as hush money is used to silence victims of sexual assault?”

Long today also released a new video, hammering Gillibrand’s support of Silver in which she called him “perfectly poised” to represent New York state.

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