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Posts Tagged ‘taxes’

Palin: No New Taxes: “We’ll Be Watching!”

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on December 13, 2013


Gov. Palin has penned a piece over at Breitbart  in which she artfully  makes the case as to why we are “Taxed Enough Already” and issues a warning to D.C. politicians on their votes for this compromised budget bill– “We’ll be watching.”

From Breitbart:

No one can argue with the fact that Paul Ryan’s compromise budget bill raises taxes and increases spending. Show me one Republican who got elected on that platform. Spare America the Orwellian word games. If the government is taking money out of your pocket to fund its growing Big Brother operations, it’s a tax. Whether money is taken from you via your phone bill, your airline ticket, or your income, it’s a tax. If politicians can’t be honest about this, it’s time to go home.

The TEA Party’s very acronym stands for “Taxed Enough Already.” We sent these politicians to Congress in an historic landslide election in 2010 with a mandate to stop the runaway spending train bankrupting our nation, not to wave to it from the station or – heaven forbid – increase its speed. And yet, here we are still pretending that there are no real world consequences to running up near trillion dollar deficits year after year with no end in sight.

So, where does this leave us? We can sit back and accept the increased spending “Compromised Plan” with increases in taxes and spending, or we can charge ahead to at least preserve the very modest Sequester cuts American workers already fought for. If we go with the first option, we simply kick the can down the road yet again and wait for the inevitable real world consequences of bankruptcy (see Detroit for an example of what’s in store). Or we can go with the second option and probably get clobbered by the media (so what’s new?!).

The Political Establishment will no doubt tell us that a budget battle will distract us from the fight against Obamacare. But that excuse is just the latest variation in the Establishment’s old canard that they’re keeping their powder dry for the next big battle which never seems to materialize because they’re always too busy waving the white flag and following the path of least resistance until election day.

Enough is enough!

Here’s the deal, folks. The media will clobber us no matter what. We do not want more taxes. We want Congress to rein in spending and live within its means. (What’s so radical about that?!) Americans have gotten quite an education recently in wasteful government spending as we’ve all seen how the federal government can blow a billion dollars on a website that doesn’t work.

Do these members of Congress really think they can justify every tax dollar they spend and still demand more from hard working Americans by increasing our taxes?

2014 is just around the corner. If any member of Congress thinks raising taxes and increasing wasteful spending is a winning strategy to run on, then by all means they should vote for the Ryan budget. We’ll be watching.

Breitbart article & comments here.  Palin’s Facebook link and comments here.

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Palin: Taxed Enough Already

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on May 8, 2013

Sarah Palin reminds everyone what the “TEA” in Teaparty stands for.  I would encourage you to take time to read all the way to the  “P.S.” at the end where Palin reminds us that anything the government gives us for “free” is being paid for by our hard-earned tax dollars.   Posted to Palin’s Facebook page May 7th:

Taxed Enough Already?

This new tax increase – the internet sales tax – must be stopped in the House. The Senate just passed it, and many Senators want to justify their tax increase vote by claiming that it will somehow “level the playing field” for brick and mortar retailers. This isn’t legit.

This is actually a boon to the big online powerhouses like Amazon who can afford the insane paperwork that comes with complying with government’s newest tax. The smaller mid-size online operations and smaller brick and mortar businesses, many family-owned with small staffs, who want to have larger online presences will be swamped with the regulatory paperwork of complying with the tax requirements for all these different states.

This new internet tax is not only another barrier to entry for smaller online start-ups, it’s a disincentive to grow a company. This will hit these smaller companies right where their margin of profit is, which means that this will cost jobs because when businesses lose profitability, they lay off workers or shut down.

Did Republicans who voted for this new tax on businesses forget that it will trickle down to consumers in this dangerously weak economic era? And when smaller and mid-size operations are pushed out of business, we have less competition and fewer choices in the marketplace.

Here’s an example: say you want to order Runner’s World’s re-release of Dr. George Sheehan’s book “Running and Being.” I just ordered it. You could get it at Amazon, and they’d have no problem calculating the minutia of sales tax regulations for your state because they have a boatload of employees (and lobbyists) to deal with this burden, but their base price for the book might be higher than the smaller online business competing with them. But thanks to this new internet sales tax, that smaller business will now have a whole new burdensome level of stifling government bureaucracy over their heads as they scramble to comply with various states’ sales tax rules and rates. And when this smaller business goes out of business because they can no longer make a profit, someone will lose his or her job and you will be left with fewer options when you go shopping for a better price online. Amazon doesn’t sweat it – in fact they support it.

Those “small government champions” of our middle class’s mom and pop businesses should ask themselves why they want to be any part of limiting the growth opportunities for smaller operations? More and more shopping is done online today, and every smart brick and mortar mom and pop wants to get in on that; and when they do, they should be allowed to produce by the sweat of their brow and ethically grow beyond being just a small online operation without worrying about a massive regulatory burden if they gross more than $1 million in sales in a year.

Bottom line: These anti-small business measures disincentivize the start-ups we need, and any measure to stick it to the consumer by increasing taxes for government growth is not what Republicans are supposed to fight for. I bet that once the tax increase is explained, your constituents won’t want you to contribute to government growth via increased internet taxes. And that’s what this is all about. House GOP, read your constituent’s lips: No New Taxes.

– Sarah Palin

P.S. I see that some are saying that a “positive” measure in this bill that the GOP Senators who voted for it liked is that it requires the government to provide “free” sales tax calculating software to all companies for compliance. Here’s a little newsflash: when it’s from the government, it’s not “free”! It’s being paid for by the very same people this new tax will hit in the pocketbook. That would be “We the People.”

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Palin: Were they lying then or are they lying now?

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on November 28, 2012


Sarah Palin posed a simple question to her Facebook page yesterday and linked to a letter by Brent Bozell at ForAmerica.


Politicians. Were they lying then or are they lying now?


ForAmerica’s Bozell calls out GOP leadership on Fiscal Cliff

Speaker John Boehner, Leader Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Minority Whip John Cornyn

United States Capitol

Washington, DC 20215

November 27, 2012

Speaker Boehner, Leader McConnell, Majority Leader Cantor, and Minority Whip Cornyn,

The 2012 election is over and now is the time to focus on delivering
on the promises you made to the country during the campaign.

With the so-called “fiscal cliff” rapidly approaching, both sides are
making opening gambits and the talk so far is alarming. You led the
Republican Party for two years claiming emphatically that the tax
increase on “the wealthy” that Barack Obama is determined to enact is
really a devastating tax hike on small business owners that would kill
jobs and decimate any kind of economic recovery. Now conservatives see
daily stories asserting that the GOP agrees with the President that
“revenues are on the table” and GOP elite are all over the airwaves
asking if the Tea Party will care if “a few multi-millionaires pay more
in taxes.” That talk is only embolding liberals to demand even higher
taxes. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and others are openly
calling for a return to taxing Americans in the top rate at 91 percent.
Yes that’s ludicrous, but liberals feel comfortable making such
outlandish proposals because they feel you are weak enough that you will
continue to surrender to evermore higher taxes having capitulated once
already. They will never be satisfied. You know that.

Conservatives have one question to ask: If you now claim a tax
increase on small business is the correct course of action, were you
lying all along when you claimed this tax increase would decimate the
economy? Because if you were not lying, you will now be willing
participants in the destruction of American jobs in a time of economic
crisis. This is the question you must answer, given the posturing of
many Republicans in the immediate aftermath of the election.  More

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President Obama’s Spread the Grade Philosophy

Posted by Adrienne Ross on April 26, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

Joe the Plumber brought the whole spread the wealth issue to America’s attention in 2008, and nothing has changed. President Obama is still committed to spreading the wealth around and even more committed to class warfare. The more he talks, the clearer it becomes that he definitely has no real interest in cutting spending. Rather, he’s content to cut more out of people’s income, particularly those people he deems filthy rich. It’s obvious, too, that to him “filthy rich” isn’t just an expression. In fact, he’s already told the country that at a certain point people have made enough money.

President Obama learned nothing from the 2010 mid-term elections. Nothing’s changed in his overall philosophy which cannot be disguised, even after the shellacking he received. It is what it is, obviously, because he is who he is. He says he’s not interested in punishing success, but his actions speak differently–and so do his words. In a town hall speech last week, he spoke of those rich people who cannot be allowed to just relax and “count [their] money.” First of all, does he not realize that people have the right to do whatever they want with their money? If they want to get naked and roll around in it, is that not their decision to make? Is it really government’s business what a person does with the money that is rightfully his or hers to enjoy? Has President Obama and his tax and spend administration failed to understand that some of those he has coined rich are small business owners–job creators–who have been too busy to just count cash all day? Instead, they have been hard at work producing needed services and providing opportunities for others so they can then take care of their own families.

President Obama’s belief in spreading the wealth is even more anti-common sense than it is anti-American. But then again, we already knew he was no Governor Palin. The utter ridiculousness of this spread the wealth mentality came to light quite clearly via a man who called in to Sean Hannity’s radio show maybe a year ago.

The man’s wife was a devout liberal and a student–an ‘A’ student. To drive home to her the insanity of spreading the wealth, he posed the following scenario to her:

Her university decided that because she was a stellar student, she needed to share her grade with others. Although she had worked hard for her ‘A,’ she must keep in mind that others weren’t as fortunate. Maybe they weren’t as smart as she was. Maybe she had worked harder. Whatever the reason, for the benefit of all, it was only right that she give up some of her grade to help boost the grades of others. After all, shouldn’t everyone be equal? Shouldn’t she do her part–share responsibility–by giving up some of her success so that others can have more too? The university decided that was best, so they took away the ‘A’ she earned to spread it around to those who had an ‘F’ or a ‘D’ or some other grade less than the ultimate goal. Under their plan, she could have a mediocre grade of maybe a ‘C’ so that the ‘F’ student could perhaps have a ‘C-.’

Obviously his wife did not think that was a very fair system, and she knew it certainly defied common sense. It didn’t take long for her to see that these exemplary students were not evil people who had been sitting around counting their ‘A’s but rather hard-working, successful people who had a right to the grades on their transcripts. Taking from them to give to others–spreading the grade around–makes zero sense. Most people would agree–even the caller’s wife, liberal and all, agreed.

Why then do we expect the financially successful to play by a different set of rules? Why does the President–the Harvard professor–demonize those who, because of hard work, savviness, or whatever, have been able to reach the ultimate goal of success? Who is government to determine that these people already have made enough and should take up the slack? Not to mention that the rich are already paying an exorbitant amount of taxes while some people are paying none at all.

Now, the school system might consider allowing students to voluntarily sacrifice their high grade so someone producing much less could have more. But that should be that individual’s decision, not the role of the university. Volunteering to give is a world apart from being robbed. Choosing to over-tax, rather than allowing people to keep more of what they earn, is just that: robbery–just as snatching away a student’s grade to give it to another is robbery.

President Obama could learn a thing or two from that man who called into Sean Hannity’s show, and he could certainly learn from Governor Palin. A President Palin would restore the mindset of exceptionalism so lacking in this current administration. As a business owner, she understands that punishing success with higher taxes disincentivizes employment growth. She knows how to balance a budget and prioritize. As a politician, she realizes the value of cutting spending in times of surplus and not just in times of lack. She recognizes that she must be a faithful steward of other people’s money because it’s the right thing to do. And as a public figure, she refuses to demonize the people who love their country and want to see her prosper. Dismissing their concerns and accusing them of not giving enough doesn’t do justice to those who hired you to serve with their best interests in mind. Governor Palin’s record shows that she knows how to serve effectively. As a community organizer, in contrast, President Obama knows how to engage in class warfare and to squeeze more out of evil rich people because, as far as he’s concerned, they don’t need it anyway.

America must not be fundamentally transformed into a one-size-fits-all culture where the American dream becomes a thing of the past, where everyone is the same, and no one is exceptional. We must resist becoming a place where we strive for mediocrity as we embrace some false interpretation of social justice or shared responsibility forced upon us by a morally corrupt, over-taxing, high-spending, future-killing big government.

To Kill a Mockingbird, as many know, remains my favorite novel. Atticus Finch, in his closing argument in the Tom Robinson trial, so eloquently knocks down the theory that we must all be equal in terms of outcome in life. Not so, he says. Equal in worth, yes, therefore equal in a court of law, but not equal in terms of where we’ll all end up. President Obama’s foolish commitment to spreading the wealth around is the equivalent of spreading the grade around. One is as ridiculous as the other. Taking from those who supply our jobs, help the economy, and simply have a right to keep what they earn does nothing to progress this nation and defies any semblance of common sense.

I agree with Governor Palin: 2012 can’t come soon enough.

I’ll leave you with these words:

One more thing, gentlemen, before I quit. Thomas Jefferson once said that all men are created equal, a phrase that the Yankees and the distaff side of the Executive branch in Washington are fond of hurling at us. There is a tendency in this year of grace, 1935, for certain people to use this phrase out of context, to satisfy all conditions. The most ridiculous example I can think of is that the people who run public education promote the stupid and idle along with the industrious — because all men are created equal, educators will gravely tell you, the children left behind suffer terrible feelings of inferiority. We know all men are not created equal in the sense some people would have us believe — some people are smarter than others, some people have more opportunity because they’re born with it, some men make more money than others, some ladies make better cakes than others — some people are born gifted beyond the normal scope of most men. But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal — there is one human institution which makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, a stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court.

-Atticus Finch,
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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