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Chicken Little And Tax Increases

Updated on July 12, 2012

Dems Nix Vote In The US Senate

When Hype Hits Reality

Yes folks Obama is out on the stump claiming "The American people are with me on this..." He's referring to extending the Bush era tax cuts for the middle class and raising it on those he considers "the rich." That would be a couple making $250K a year or a single person earning $200K. He claims poll after poll confirm that he is right and everyone else is wrong. I understand that a poll, like any statistic, can be made to say what the pollster wants it to say. Dewey was supposed to beat Truman in a landslide and the papers were all ready for circulation when the "Whoops we made a mistake" hit the fan.

For the naive among us please understand that Obama is electioneering once again and grandstanding knowing full well that his proposal is already DOA before it gets a proper set of wheels under it. He's been down this road before and the result will be the same. The very tax cuts he opposed and railed against he now supports. Why? It's an election year. He's intent on pitting the rich against the poor, the haves against the have nots and the weak against the strong. That's what Super Obama does best. It has nothing to do with exercising any leadership skills and everything to do with selling the same old snake oil with a different smoke and mirrors routine peddling the brand name.

I"m Rough On The Little Fella I Know...

So yesterday as the House voted on repealing Obamacare there was a different sort of drama going on in the US Senate. Since the elections of 2010 Harry Reid has been in charge of being the Senate Drama Queen once again and he has it down pat. Understand that "the American people are with me on this..." but the US Senate democratic leadership is not Obama. I know, "Whatchu talkin' about Frog?" This is something that the Lame Stream Media left out of the show.

Obama, at the time he made his latest tax increase proposal, urged Congress to take up his idea before the August recess. It seems that the Republicans up there in the Senate think that's a splendid idea. But then whenever the Republicans thinks anything the President proposes is worth a vote, you can rest assured that Harry Reid isn't going to let that happen. . That's the way politics works in Reidville these days.

Here's how it went down. I'm not much of a Mitch McConnell fan but he stepped up to the plate with bat in hand and proposed two amendments to a small business bill the Senate was debating. The two issues are related in that Obama's proposal will smack small business owners, you know those people who create jobs for the middle class and poor, in the wallet in an unsavory economic environment Obama has not been able to fix even though he told us he would.

The first amendment was a vote on Obama's tax increases and the other was a vote on the Republican alternative which was an across the board tax cut or basically leaving the Bush tax cuts in tact as they were passed and extended in the first place. Well Prince Harry was fit to be tied which I don't understand since Harry's boss, Obama, asked for this very vote before the August recess, not after. So why not just get to the voting and get the matter settled as Obama asked in the first place?

I have to give Harry at least three Pinocchio's for his explanation of why he doesn't want to meet his bosses deadline. First rationale was that the Senate would "get back to it" once they finished the small business tax measure. Since Obama's tax increase is directly related to increasing the taxes on small business owner's how does that come out in the wash? They are directly related. Harry's aides spun it as the Democrats seeing the small business tax measure as a winner for them. Winner for them? This crap goes right back to what is the "good for the party" mentality that prevails in our nation's Capitol usually at the expense of "We, the People" who sent them there in the first place. It's called allegiance to the party line after the election - the last election.

There is a theory, and it is a good one, about why Reid really blocked a vote concerning Obama's tax increase proposal and it's a political one no doubt. It's all about re-election prospects and getting people "on record" about such matters. The Democrats, especially those sitting there in the Senate, don't want anything to do with being on record. It reminds me of Obama early in his political career when he voted "Present" all the time. Then you don't don't have to explain anything to your constituents. But most people, if they bothered to give it some thought, would know that the Dems don't want to vote on a losing political position which is what Obama's proposal is. He's proposed it before and it went down in flames before even within his own party.

Remember In November

Lets look at the FACTS. Of the 119 million households in the US, just 2% reported income of $250K or more. That's about 2.5 million households. Those are also the primary providers of jobs in our nation. Unless Congress acts 940,000 tax payers who report business earnings will see their taxes rise significantly in 2013. Keep in mind that about 50% of income earners pay no federal income tax at present. Lets deal in facts and save the spin for the politicians.

The Democrats like to use a low figure statistically of 3.5% in portraying the picture about how many tax payers will feel the pinch of a tax increase. That is smoke and mirrors because the "how few who will be affected" is around 940,000 business owners. In reality the Joint Tax Commission reports that those same people account for 53% of the $1.3 trillion of reported business earnings in 2013. Sheds an entirely different light on things when one includes all the information and omits the political cherry picking that goes on in Washington DC.

As Always,

The Frog Prince


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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      Yes, it most certainly does...Obama's plan is a house built on sand unable to withstand the first hurricane or tidal wave. Taxes will not fix our economy, our budget, our debt or our deficit...that is the idiocy of the proposal. Obama likes to hint around that he can be just like Bill Clinton and work toward a balanced budget...maybe he has not checked but Clinton's total annual spending is including the deficit is roughly half of what Obama is putting on the books each year...breaking even or finding a surplus is not in the cards even if you absolutely tax the wealthy side at 100%. The solution to heading down the road to recovery is to reduce spending and then get the government off the back of the private sector. A good start at spending cuts would be to reduce the administrative size of government which could be done quickly by elminating duplication, departments, and waste. At least Romney has the guts and the know how to follow that approach. Good write, Jim and Up and Up! WB

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      So behind in my reading but wanted to check in and cast my vote... for 'you' before the sky started falling... Voted UP & UI. Hugs, mar

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I just watched a movie, Sicko, and it may be slanted but it sure brings out how other countries are dealing with the health care issue. Our government would really benefit from looking at how Canada, France, etc. do it and then adjust ours for the best program... no tax involved.

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      Stu 5 years ago

      This looming tax increase, "Taxmageddon," will kick in 1/1/13 unless Congress and the President avert it. While I concede we temporarily need a combination of increased taxes, plus permament expense cuts, to pay off the investor owned federal debt, a massive FIT increase ($500 billion per year) will eliminate even more domestic investment and jobs. Any tax increase needs to be connected with moves that flatten the tax structure (like replacing the FIT with a VAT), so jobs and the tax base aren't further harmed. As you say, about 50% of the adult public pays no tax at all. Surely some of the added revenues could come from this group. While a small portion of this group may be tax cheats, I suspect most of it is composed of people whose tax credits exceed their taxable income after deductions. Unless someone is receiving some form of formal welfare payment, there is no reason why anyone should be PROFITING from the tax system. Every working person should at least pay something. There are about 220 million people of working age in this country. If you exclude the officially and unofficially unemployed from the 110 million who pay no tax, that leaves about 75 MILLION people who are working, but pay NO TAX. If each of these people even paid just a few thousand per year, most of what would come from "Taxmageddon" the government would receive as a matter of due course, making Taxmageddon something Congress could easily avert with a few pen strokes, if Obama would agree to go along. If the so-called "99%" want to have jobs, they are going to have to pay at least something in taxes. Dumping the whole tax gap on corporations and Schedule C/K filers will just lead to capital flight, adding to US unemployment.

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      No doubt about it, on Election Day we need to FIRE Obama and DEMOTE Reid to the back benches at the same time.

      Voted Up and Ugly (well, the situation is ugly, and I'd vote it if there was a button....)

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      This is a very well written hub and spells things out exactly like they are. It is beyond my as to why he still has any popularity. He hasn't done anything but help the tree huggers (and they are a small percentage) and nationalize an automobile plant, which is ridiculous. The lies and twisted propaganda is nauseating.I mute him when he comes on TV as I can not stand to even hear him speak. Voted up, useful and interesting!

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Well Frog... you know I like a good argument! I can't find one here.

      Well written and voted up..

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      Couldn't someone make a fortune selling that man's picture in a dart game? I'd sure buy it. Surely anyone with an ounce of sense know four more years of that man is the last of America?

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Chicken Little the Sky is Falling...And November is just around the Corner! Good Hub as usual Froggy. Seems like we are all in agreement of the Lies that come out of Washington. My Votes of UP and Excellent go to YOU!

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      Just more concrete evidence that Obumma has no understanding of business or budgets. In his and the minds of many others, any business making a profit is evil and greedy. Perhaps his plan will work and all private business in this country will be eliminated including many doctors and hospitals.

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      Partisan Patriot 5 years ago


      Every time the Liar N Chief or his Senate Igor speak that old 60’s tune pops into my mind:

      Lies, lies, I can’t believe a word you say

      Lies, lies you’re gonna make us sad someday

      Some day they’re gonna fig-ure you out

      But it’ll be too late by then

      Lies, lies they just can’t see through your spin

      Rated up and awsome

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      I am sick of his lies and I am sick of his handpicked audience that sits behind him, nodding their heads, clucking their tongues and clapping. They are like trained seals. As for Obama and his take on taxes, well it's his same old game of kill the rich people. His followers love that. Up useful and awesome.

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      Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

      As usual you are right on the money.

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      TSAD 5 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      I don't get it - EVERY time Obama speaks he lies to our faces - you would think the headlines everywhere would be Obama LIES again! and impeachment would follow. It is actually insane how much the media tolerates his LIES. Just goes to show you, lying is in vogue in this country so why not lie, everybody does and if the president can with no repercussions well there ya go! Tell the big lie often enough and people will believe it - if no one is pointing out as often that it is a LIE! David Kupelian uncovers what's really behind BHO's astonishing dishonesty in this article

      Frog - keep the hubs coming!

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      chuckd - Thanks and welcome to Hub Pages.

      The Frog

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      Charles Dawson 5 years ago from Bartow, FL

      Great hub! Certainly a joy to read. Thank you for sharing.