Are Republicans Set to Cave on Tax Hikes?

November 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm (Fiscal Cliff, Lindsay Graham, Medicaid, Medicare, Peter King, Saxby Chambliss, Social Security, Taxes)

A skilled poker player as they say, never shows his cards. Republicans seemingly haven’t heard such advice.  With ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations taking place in the media of late, they are proving to be poor poker players, poor negotiators, and all-to-willing to fold.

Several Republicans, responding weak-kneed in a kneejerk reaction to their 2012 election beating, have signaled a willingness to compromise on tax hikes, despite little indication that Democrats would make similar concessions with spending cuts. Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and Peter King (R-NY) have gone so far as to walk back a no-tax pledge they placed their signatures upon.

Amelia Chasse, vice-president of Hynes Communications, says that while Americans are looking for both sides to come together after the election, Republicans should not be so quick to give away the farm.

Discussing the matter on Neil Cavuto’s show late last week, Chasse opined that, “In terms of raising taxes, I think Republicans will be making a huge mistake with their constituents if they agree to any proposal that raises taxes for the sake of raising taxes”.

According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations however, Republicans are set to do just that.  Their information indicates:

“We suspect that enough Republicans could support a top tax rate in the 37-38% range along with limits on deductions, which together would raise $600-800 billion over 10 years.  Along with a few other revenue provisions, the total deficit reduction from revenue could reach $1 trillion.”

The 37-38% represents an increase on the current level of 35%.  Chasse indicates that such a tax hike plan “would raise rates for some of the most vulnerable taxpayers in this economy – small business owners”.  Furthermore, limits on deductions would have the same economic effect as raising marginal rates on upper-income taxpayers even further.

Why would Republicans agree to such a plan?

“The key to Republicans going along with this tax increase,” the source adds, “is structural reform of entitlement programs”.  This would presumably involve such programs as Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare.  The wisdom being that meaningful deficit reduction can be accomplished through ‘means testing’ and raising the eligibility age.

FreedomWorks Vice President of Health Care Policy, Dean Clancy, doesn’t believe these methods will be successful.

“These two ideas are unpopular, and, while they are better than across-the-board cuts, they do not alter the underlying structural problems with the big entitlement programs or make them more voluntary for individuals.”

He adds, “If ObamaCare goes into effect, raising the Medicare retirement age will have the effect of increasing federal outlays for ObamaCare premium subsidies and for Medicaid.”

So a cave-in on tax hikes is being negotiated for the benefit of a deficit reduction plan that would likely be unsuccessful.  But at least an agreement and compromise on tax rates and entitlement reforms will lead to significant cuts in the deficit, avoiding an economic calamity, right?

Not quite…

The real key for a fiscal cliff breakthrough, according to the source, lies with the President himself.

“If he puts major entitlement reforms on the table, a grand bargain that reduces the deficit by roughly $2-2.5 trillion over ten years is likely.”

Such a ‘grand bargain’ would fall significantly short in terms of necessary deficit reduction over the next decade.

Clancy claims, “We would need more like $8 trillion in savings over 10 years to balance the budget within 10 years.”

Chasse agrees, stating that the President’s proposals “would barely make a dent in the deficit”.

With the fiscal cliff looming in the near future, Republicans are foolishly signaling a willingness to concede on tax hikes.  Such concessions – with little to no valuable reductions in spending and entitlements – indicate the party has not only lost the election battle of 2012, but they may be willing to surrender in the war on conservative fiscal values.

Cross-posted at FreedomWorks

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Disgrace: President on "Pimp With The Limp" Show to Campaign on 9/11

September 12, 2012 at 7:00 am (9/11, Disgrace, DJ Laz, Lazaro Mendez, Medicare, Mitt Romney, Pimp With the Limp, President Obama, September 11th)

President Obama and Mitt Romney agreed to pull campaign ads on the 11-year anniversary of 9/11, in an attempt to quiet negative political conversations on a solemn day.

But that didn’t stop the President from making a complete ass of himself regardless, begging for volunteers and chatting it up on the airwaves with a hip hop DJ that goes by the name of “Pimp With the Limp”, a man previously charged with a felony weapons charges in 1993.

The President is a disgrace.

It started yesterday morning with Mitt Romney issuing this tweet (h/t Jammie Wearing Fools):

The President also decided to remember ‘this most somber day’, but in a vastly different manner:
That, if you can believe it, was the only tweet from Obama’s feed on 9/11 until well into the afternoon.  When conservative blogs such as JWF and Twitchy noticed, only then was another statement released.
As pathetic as that was, it does not compare to this…
Via the PJ Tatler:

Today, the same day that his twitter feed failed to acknowledge 9-11 at all and the same day that Egyptian protesters assaulted the US embassy in Cairo, the same day that the White House refused a meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel at the end of the month, President Obama took time out of his very busy schedule to do an interview with Miami’s DZ Laz aka “the Pimp with the Limp.”

Here is the audio clip:

The Miami Herald reports that the supposedly muted political day included Medi-scare tactics, claiming that the repeal of Obamacare would cause Medicare to go bankrupt.

Laz even got false ones.

For instance, Obama said that repealing Obamacare, which cut Medicare and helped extend the life of the program by eight years,  would cause the program to go “bankrupt by 2016.”

That’s not really true. If the cuts were repealed, a main hospital trust fund for Medicare would start to take in less than it pays out. But that’s not bankruptcy.

On the whole, Obama stayed on message, dropped a few pop culture references and reached an audience that seldom pays close attention to politics. He also avoided talking about 9/11 on 9/11’s anniversary, but** made time to mock the Dolphins bad record.

The Laz being referred to in the opening sentence is the “pimp with the limp’s” other radio name, DJ Laz.  DJ Laz has the given name, Lazaro Mendez.
Mendez himself gave an interview last year in which he discussed such noble causes as underage drinking and drinking on the job.  
Mendez was also hit with a felony weapons charge in 1993, and was charged with petit larceny in 1997.  
And more recently, one of Mendez guns was used in the murder-suicide of an associate, his associate’s wife, and her mother.
Despite both campaigns pledging not to play politics on the anniversary of 9/11, the President opted to attack Mitt Romney on a Florida hip hop station with a DJ that has a lengthy rap sheet, lying about the Romney/Ryan Medicare reform plan, and conducting negative campaigning on a day the country should have set aside politics.  
This is, in a word, disgraceful.

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Breaking: California Democrat Compares Paul Ryan to Nazi Joseph Goebbels

September 3, 2012 at 11:23 am (California, Democrat, Democratic Party Chair, Jerry Brown, John Burton, Joseph Goebbels, Medicare, Nazi, Paul Ryan, President Obama)

New tone alert…

According to a just released report from the San Francisco Chronicle, California Democratic Party Chair John Burton compared Paul Ryan and the GOP to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

Let’s see how – or if – the media reports this outrageous comment.  Had this been a Republican, you would have already heard about it, as opposed to having to read it here.

From the Chronicle (who will be posting audio shortly):

Greetings from the California delegation breakfast at the DNC where before he had a cup of coffee Democratic Party Chair John Burton – much like his ol’ pal Guv Jerry Brown once did – just compared the Republicans to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, for “telling the big lie,” a reference to several falsehoods GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan recently told.

“They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie… Joseph Goebbels – it’s the big lie, you keep repeating it,” Burton said Monday before the Blake Hotel breakfast. He said Ryan told “a bold-faced lie and he doesn’t care that it was a lie. That was Goebbels, the big lie.”

Reminded that Brown drew heat for comparing the messaging of Meg Whitman’s 2010 GOP gubernatorial campaign to Goebbels, he said sarcastically, “(Bleep) that’s right, she won the election!

Burton shrugged at Brown getting in trouble. “He won it big. Goddam he was in trouble.”

Not only does he make the troubling comparison, but he shrugs it off and hints that it may be a good thing for  his future political aspirations.  Sadly, he may be right in a liberal cesspool like California.

Additionally, the Chronicle points out that Burton is wrong on his facts whilst accusing Ryan of lying.  Liars lie.

This video shows Burton railing against Ryan on his alleged ‘lies’, and referring to the vice-presidential candidate as a “horse’s ass”.

Update:  Audio of Burton’s comments…

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Cox: Tonko, Schreibman Medi-scare Tactics Shameful

August 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm (Bethany Village, Bob Dieterich, Chris Gibson, Coxsackie, Ed Cox, Jimmy Vielkind, Julian Schreibman, Medi-Scare, Medicare, New York, Obamacare, Paul Tonko, Seniors)

Today New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox released the following statement in response to democrat candidate Julian Schreibman and Congressman Paul Tonko’s recent visit to the Bethany Village senior living complex in Coxsackie:
“Mr. Schreibman and Congressman Tonko should be ashamed of themselves for their disingenuous “mediscare” attacks on the Ryan budget.  Paul Tonko and Julian Schreibman are preying upon the most vulnerable among us, scaring senior citizens with lies about Medicare, while failing to lay out their own plan to save Medicare and Social Security for future generations.
Today’s Times Union article, “Politics of Fear Target Elderly,” by Jimmy Vielkind, states:
Neither Schreibman nor Tonko, an Amsterdam Democrat who joined Schreibman for the event, offered a plan with detailed savings to keep the program afloat. Schreibman spent nearly eight minutes raging against the “Ryan-Gibson” plan before he offered four broad ideas about how to shore up Medicare.”   
“Furthermore, Congressman Tonko’s vote for Obamacare has had a disastrous effect on Medicare, raiding $741 billion out of the Medicare trust to pay for an entirely new entitlement program.  If Congressman Tonko and Mr. Schreibman were really concerned about our seniors, they would focus on repealing Obamacare rather than resort to using “mediscare” tactics.
“It is time Americans be told the truth; it is time to stop politicizing such a serious issue, especially at the expense of senior citizens.  Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and Republican candidate Bob Dieterich are willing to have serious and honest conversations with the American people about our economic crisis and getting out country back on the right track to freedom and prosperity.”

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NY GOP: Kathy Hochul No Profile in Courage

August 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm (Balanced Budget, Chris Collins, Constitution, Contraception, Kathy Hochul, Kirsten Gillibrand, Medicare, Nancy Pelosi, New York, NY GOP, NY-26, Obamacare, President Obama, Tax Code, Tough Choices)

Kathy Hochul (D-NY) is running for reelection in New York’s 26th congressional district.  In her first ad this season called “Tough Choices”, Hochul claims that Washington is broken because, unlike her, they aren’t willing to make those tough choices.

“Washington extremists, Super PACs, and specials interest groups are already planning their own negative television commercials to distort my record, and we need to have the resources to fight back,” Hochul said in an email appeal for donations that accompanies a clip of the ad, which began airing in the WNY where she faces a neck-and-neck race with Republican Chris Collins — and a reported onslaught of NRCC cash to bolster his challenge.

The NY GOP however, is out with a statement questioning exactly how tough is it to be a rubber stamp for the Obama/Pelosi agenda. 

Kathy Hochul’s claims of bipartisanship and ‘bucking her own party’ would be admirable, if they didn’t require the willing suspension of disbelief. 

Congresswoman Hochul’s new ad touting her “tough choices,” by voting for the balanced budget amendment and for cutting foreign aid to Pakistan are nothing more than window dressing.  

If she was serious about addressing these issues in a bipartisan manner, Congresswoman Hochul would be calling on Senator Gillibrand and her colleagues in the Democrat controlled Senate to pass the balanced budget amendment, reign in out-of-control Government spending, and reduced the tax and regulatory burdens facing our job creators and small business owners.

Like we said, it would require the willing suspension of disbelief. 

Since going to Washington in 2011, Kathy Hochul has been a consistent rubberstamp for the Obama-Pelosi agenda, voting six times against a repeal of Obamacare, which continues to raise taxes on the middle class, raids $741 Billion from Medicare – leaving our seniors at risk – and has led to trillion dollar budget deficits. 

New Yorkers deserve better, and come November, voters in the 27th Congressional District will elect Chris Collins, a proven job creator and government reformer who will balance our budget, grow our economy, and reform our tax code.

Hochul is most famous on this blog because of a very telling moment at a townhall meeting in February. Hochul, in the following video, explained that she wasn’t concerned about the constitutionality of the HHS contraception mandate because “we’re not looking at the Constitution”.

Would it be too much to ask if we started making the “tough choice” to actually start looking at the Constitution?

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Romney Campaign: Proof of Paul Ryan’s Positive Effect

August 17, 2012 at 7:00 am (2012 Election, America's Comeback Team, Economy, Matt Rhoades, Medicare, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President Obama, Social Media)

Campaign Manager Matt Rhoades has provided a snapshot of the hard data since Paul Ryan was chosen as VP candidate.

The results show that, while the media wants you to believe this is a disastrous choice for Romney, the reality is just the opposite.  Observe…

Tomorrow marks a week since Mitt Romney announced his choice of Congressman Paul Ryan to join him on America’s Comeback Team, and it’s clear that his choice has reshaped the race in a positive way.  The Obama team’s increasing vitriol is a sure sign that they’re rattled by the pick.  Unable to engage in an elevated policy debate, they’ve spent the past few days drowning in their own venom.
Since the announcement in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday:
Online Fundraising
Donations: 124,800+
Amount: $10,157,947
Average Donation: $81
% New Donors: 68%
Site Traffic
Total: 2,000,000
Desktop: 1,560,000
Mobile: 440,000
Mitt Romney Social
Facebook: +510,000 — Now 4,360,000
Twitter: +54,000 — Now 861,000
Paul Ryan Social
Facebook: +860,000                     
Twitter: +118,500        
Volunteers
45,000+ sign up to volunteer online 
President Obama is on defense over his $716 billion raid of current Medicare beneficiaries to pay for Obamacare, and allowing the hospital trust fund to go broke by the time those aged 50 or below are Medicare eligible.  The political director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee warned this week that the issue could cost Democrats the election.
At the same, time, the Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class is gaining traction.  Voters in the swing states believe that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a better plan than Barack Obama and Joe Biden “to reduce the deficit, create jobs and get the economy moving.”[1]
Polling data shows Romney gaining since the announcement.  Both Gallup and Rasmussen show us leading Obama in national polling, and recent statewide polling shows us picking up ground in Ohio and Virginia. 
While President Obama’s team continues its campaign of frustration and division to distract voters from his failed record, the Romney-Ryan team will continue offering solutions to the challenges facing our nation.  America is ready for a comeback and if this past week is any indication, America’s comeback will begin on November 6th

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DCCC’s Dishonest Medi-Scare Campaign Won’t Fool New Yorkers

August 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm (Bill Owens, Bob Turner, DCCC, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democrats, Louise Slaughter, Medi-Scare, Medicare, New York, Paul Tonko, President Obama, Republican Party, Steve Israel, Tim Bishop)

Today the New York State Republican Party responded to DCCC Chairman Steve Israel’s new television ad campaign:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, led by New York’s own Steve Israel, is out with their first campaign ad of the 2012 season, in which they falsely accuse a Republican Congressman of voting to “end Medicare.”

Democrats tried these “Medi-scare” tactics last year, and they failed:

In New York’s 9th Congressional District, Republican Bob Turner won in a three-to-one Democratic district not held by a Republican since 1923 and in a swing Nevada district, the Republican won by twenty-two points.

Neither Barack Obama nor Congressional Democrats have a plan to save Medicare from bankruptcy.

In fact, only one bill in history signed by an American President actually removed funds from Medicare.

It was Obamacare, written by Democrats, signed into law by Barack Obama and passed with the votes of Steve Israel, Dan Maffei, Bill Owens, Paul Tonko, Louise Slaughter, Nita Lowey and Tim Bishop.

Team Obama’s doubling down on a failed attack line speaks volumes about their lack of confidence in their own record.

And Americans know why Democrats don’t want to discuss that:

Obama promised hope and change, but the legacy of his domestic legislative and regulatory agenda is high unemployment, the worst economic recovery in
70 years, four years of trillion-dollar deficits and the most federal government spending since World War II.

Come January, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will put America back on the path to fiscal sanity and economic prosperity.

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Sununu to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien: Just "Put an Obama Bumper Sticker on Your Forehead"

August 14, 2012 at 10:42 am (Bumper Sticker, CNN, Congressional Budget Office, John Sununu, Media Bias, Medicare, Obama, Soledad O'Brien, Starting Point)

Wait, what?  Mainstream journalists are biased?

Via Mediaite:

Tuesday’s Starting Point began with a bang (and a whimper, on our end) as host Soledad O’Brien and Romney surrogate John Sununu entered into a heated argument over Medicare.

“I understand that this is a Republican talking point because I’ve heard it repeated over and over again,” said O’Brien after Sununu insisted the Romney and Ryan plans were different. “And these numbers have been debunked, as you know, by the Congressional Budget Office.”

“No they haven’t,” said Sununu.

“Yes, they have,” answered O’Brien.

It got worse, or better, depending on your perspective…

“Soledad, stop this!” said Sununu. “All you’re doing is mimicking the stuff that comes out of the White House and gets repeated on the Democratic blog boards out there….”

“I’m telling you what FactCheck.com tells you,” she insisted. “I’m telling you what the CBO tells you. I’m telling you what CNN’s independent analysis does.”

“Put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead when you do this,” Sununu shot back.

Beyond fantastic!  Watch for yourself…

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Watch: Wolf Blitzer Destroys DNC Chair Over Medicare Lies

August 14, 2012 at 9:00 am (CNN, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrats, DNC, Lying, Medicare, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Seniors, Wolf Blitzer)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had a long history of struggling with the truth.  But you know it’s bad when Wolf Blitzer of CNN has to thoroughly destroy her in an interview in which she tries to continue pushing those lies.

Schultz took to pushing an already well-documented lie on Medicare and the Republicans so-called efforts to end it, and trying to scare people into thinking Romney and Ryan’s plan would effect current seniors.  Wolf Blitzer to his credit, wouldn’t stand for the lies, and hilarity ensues…

Via Townhall:

Let me say this right up front: Congratulations to Wolf Blitzer for being a relentless, responsible journalist. If you value the truth, this interview is a pleasure to watch.  If you have even an ounce of human compassion for the in-over-her-head target of Blitzer’s inquisition, it’s positively brutal:

Poor Debbie.  She’s totally out-gunned and has nowhere to hide.  Her talking points are pitifully hollow and cannot withstand even basic questioning.  She stubbornly rejects the (correct) premise that the Romney/Ryan Medicare reform plan exempts everyone over the age of 54, and plays fast and loose with numbers — conflating 55 and 65 on several occasions.  When she is brow-beaten into finally acknowledging — if not admitting — the truth around the 3:45 mark, she quickly realizes her “mistake” and reverts back into denialism.  When Blitzer asks her to specify exactly how current or soon-to-be seniors would be impacted by the GOP plan, she cannot.  Because they’re not.  The Left is intellectually bankrupt on the very subject they claim will allow them to crush Mitt Romney in November.  They despise the bipartisan solution Republicans have offered, but they have no alternative of their own.

Watch the video here…

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Obama Adviser Uses Medicare Lie to Imply Seniors Will Die Under Romney

August 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm (Chuck Todd, End Medicare, Medicare, MSNBC, Paul Ryan, Priorities USA, Robert Gibbs)

Another case-in-point that the Obama campaign will not only stoop to unseen levels during this election cycle, but that they will repeatedly stoop to those levels.

Obama adviser Robert Gibbs was interviewed by Chuck Todd this morning on MSNBC, claiming that his 83-year-old lung cancer surviving father would be hurt by Paul Ryan’s medicare reform plan.

This particular lie however, was so egregious that even the far-left Todd had to point out that the Ryan plan would not apply to current seniors.

Gibbs also repeated the Democrat talking point that Ryan’s plan ends Medicare, a statement that in 2011 prompted Politifact to honor it with the phrase “Lie of the Year“.

The Democrats have already scraped the bottom of the barrel with the Priorities USA ad that expressly implies that Mitt Romney was the reason a man’s wife died from cancer.

The point being – the Obama administration wants you to believe that Ryan and Romney will willingly sacrifice seniors at the expense of reforming the medicare system.  Fear-mongering at its finest.

Watch the clip…

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