The Big Lie: "I Won't Raise Middleclass Taxes," says Obama

PatriotPost.USWednesday Chronicle August 5, 2009 Vol. 09 No. 31

THE FOUNDATION "An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation." --John Marshall

"Few of President Obama's 2008 campaign pledges were more definitive than his vow that anyone making less than $250,000 a year 'will not see their taxes increase by a single dime' if he was elected. And he was right, very strictly speaking: It's going to be many, many, many billions of dimes. Asked about raising taxes on the middle class on Sunday on CBS's 'Face the Nation,' White House economist Larry Summers wouldn't repeat Mr. Obama's pre-election promise. 'It is never a good idea to absolutely rule things out no matter what,' Mr. Summers said -- except, apparently, when his boss is running for office. Meanwhile, on ABC's 'This Week,' Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner also slid around Mr. Obama's vow and said, 'We have to bring these deficits down very dramatically. And that's going to require some very hard choices.' These aren't even nondenial denials. The Obama advisers are laying the groundwork for taxing the middle class while claiming the deficit made them do it. ... In an editorial on February 26, 'The 2% Illusion,' we wrote that the feds could take 100% of the taxable income of everyone in America earning more than $500,000 and still have raised only $1.3 trillion even in the boom year of 2006. The rich are fewer and less rich now, while the Obama budget is nearly $4 trillion. Democrats already plan to repeal the Bush tax cuts, but that won't raise enough money. So they're proposing an income tax surcharge on 'the wealthy,' but that won't raise enough either. Democrats have no choice but to soak the middle class because only they have enough money to finance the liberal dream of yoking the middle class to cradle-to-grave government entitlements." --The Wall Street Journal


Get ready for tax hikes: "If we want an economy that's going to grow in the future, people have to understand we have to bring those deficits down. And it's going to be difficult, hard for us to do. ... We're not at the point yet where we're going to make a judgment about what it's going to take." --Treasury Secretary Timothy Tax Cheatin' Geithner when asked if taxes could be raised on the middle class

Tax hikes II: "[I]t is never a good idea to absolutely rule things out, no matter what." --White House National Economic Council Director Larry Summers on tax increases for the middle class

White House "clarification": "The president's clear commitment is not to raise taxes on those making less than $250,000 a year." --White House press secretary Robert Gibbs

A lady and a scholar: "F--king redneck douchebaggery. Unmitigated douchebaggery. Why are they holding signs that say, 'Whatchoo talking about, Willis?' These people are called 'racially sensitive', what they should be called is racist, backward motherf--kers." --actress and "comedian" Janeane Garofalo on Tea Party protestors

INSIGHT "Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." --President Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)

"When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'present' or 'not guilty.'" --President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

"There is good news from Washington today. The Congress is deadlocked and can't act." --American humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935)


"'Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.' We have heard that many times. What is also the price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections. If everything that is wrong with the world becomes a reason to turn more power over to some political savior, then freedom is going to erode away.... If you think government should 'do something' about anything that ticks you off, or anything you want and don't have, then you have made your choice between Utopia and freedom." --economist Thomas Sowell

"[H]ealth care is the fastest way to a permanent left-of-center political culture. That's its attraction for an ambitious president: It redefines the relationship between the citizen and the state in a way that hands all the advantages to statists -- to those who believe government has a legitimate right to regulate human affairs in every particular." --columnist Mark Steyn

"Polling shows that most Americans are happy with the health insurance they have. One reason is that they have, in economist Albert Hirschman's phrase, the option of exit. Most Americans choose health-insurance policies every year, and if we don't like our current plan, we can exit from it and choose another. Government insurance will tend to close off the option of exit, trapping you in a system that is sure to be riddled with unanticipated consequences." --political analyst Michael Barone

"The White House and Congress have encountered a delay on the bullet train to passing health care legislation. This is a good thing. Our government has just proven that it cannot even purchase used cars, but it expects us to believe that it has a stranglehold on health care and its costs?" --columnist R. Blake Curd

"A society that is organized to permit individuals to flourish and to realize their potential ... will broadly share in the increased prosperity those individuals help to create. A society (or a global system) that misunderstands wealth creation and wishes to level society by penalizing success will make life poorer for everyone." --columnist Mona Charen