Archive for the ‘The Tax Hikers’ Category

Creigh Deeds: I Will (Not) Raise Taxes

September 17, 2009

Look no further than Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate for governor, right here in Virginia, for an explanation of why no one believes a politician who says he won’t raise taxes:

Deeds couldn’t give a straight answer to a simple question because he knows in his heart he will raise taxes. He just can’t say it because people won’t vote for him if he does — especially not in this year of protest against big government.

[Cross-posted at The Enlightened Redneck]

The Botox Tax

July 28, 2009

Gun-loving Americans made a rush on gun stores after Barack Obama was elected president because they wanted to buy while they still could. Plastic surgeons may see a similar surge in business now that word of the tax plan is out:

Face-lifts, tummy tucks and hair transplants could be hit with a new tax to help finance the trillion-dollar healthcare overhaul plan, according to sources familiar with the Senate talks.

The Senate Finance Committee has discussed imposing a 10 percent excise tax on cosmetic surgery deemed unnecessary for medical purposes. The idea was broached in a meeting with OMB Director Orszag in mid-July, after which Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus told reporters he had heard some “interesting,” “creative,” and “kind of fun” ideas.

Interesting, creative and fun — that’s the way politicians approach economically repressive changes to the tax code. And that’s why nothing, not even the vanity surgeries of Hollywood liberals, is sacred when it comes to raising money for Obama’s healthcare plan.

[Cross-posted at The Enlightened Redneck]

Tax Hiker Of The Year

December 17, 2008

New York Gov. David Paterson wins the award for this laundry list of items he has proposed taxing:

  • — Downloaded music — the “iPod tax”
  • — Cable and satellite television
  • — Movie tickets
  • — Taxi rides
  • — Massages
  • — Tobacco and alcohol

And that’s just a sampling of the 80-plus new fees and taxes on his list. Paterson also is the brains behind the call for an “obesity tax” on soda. Yet another reason to be thankful that I live in Virginia.

Take Me Out To The Tax Park

October 13, 2008

Via The Club For Growth, I learned this bit of tax news from Chicago:

Chicago sports fans, movie mavens, concertgoers and theater patrons will pay more to attend live events — and so will those who park their cars in garages and surface lots — under a $25 million revenue package tied to Mayor Daley’s 2009 budget.

Daley tied his own hands by promising to close a massive budget gap without raising property taxes on the heels of last year’s record $83.4 million increase.

But he didn’t promise to hold the line on all other taxes and fees.Today, aldermen were told that the city’s two-tiered amusement tax would be going up — from 4 [percent] to 5 percent for mid-sized venues and from 8 [percent] to 9 percent for large sporting venues.

Just another reminder that liberals will always find a way to raise some tax, or make up a new one, even when they promise to hold the line or cut others.

Don’t Vote For Tax Hikers

September 7, 2008

Consider yourself forewarned (from The Next Right, a group blog where I contribute on occasion):

Fiscal conservatives have reason to be alarmed leading up to November. The current political climate is such that populist Democrats are poised to make significant gains on Capitol Hill, while Republicans are frantically moving to the center in order to stay in office. This likely means an increase in your tax burden, and a perpetually expanding federal budget (which has nearly doubled since 1980).

And do something about it. Join and promote the “I Don’t Vote For Tax Hikers” campaign.

Obama’s Tax-And-Spend Plans

July 8, 2008

From “The Morning Bell,” an e-mail newsletter of the Heritage Foundation:

According to the nonpartisan Annenberg Political Fact Check, Sen. Barack Obama’s tax plan would increase gross tax receipts by $103.3 billion in 2011 alone. That number by itself would make it the largest single-year tax increase in American history since World War II, and measured as a percentage of gross national product, it would be the fifth-largest tax increase since 1943.

Even with these record-breaking levels of taxing, Obama still would not be able to cover all of his promised increases in domestic spending. Commenting on Obama’s tax and spending plans, Clinton-era Office of Management and Budget official Idabel Sawhill tells the Los Angeles Times: “I don’t think it all adds up.”

Absorb all of that while you watch this great anti-tax spoof of an anti-war ad by MoveOn.org:

Paper Or Plastic? A Taxing Question

April 21, 2008

Remember the good ‘ol days when grocery stores gave you the choice between paper and plastic bags for your goodies? Those days are mostly gone as stores now bag everything in plastic — and that has the nanny-state tree-huggers in California rarin’ for a fight.

It’s not that they want the paper back, mind you. They just don’t want people hauling groceries in plastic any more. One legislator wants to tax the bags to make people think twice about using them.

Yes, you heard that right, a plastic bag tax. The idea is so bizarre that I don’t even know what category to apply to it in this blog.

So I guess it’s time for a new one: “Stupid Taxes.”

Raising Taxes: What Democrats Do

April 4, 2008

Well, OK, plenty of Republicans do it once they get into office, too. But raising taxes seems to be genetic in Democrats.

The Tax Hiker Of Chicago

April 4, 2008

If you’re Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, you can’t get just one tax hike and not want more and more. The addiction is too strong … can’t … fight … it:

Four months after pushing through the largest property tax increase in Chicago history, Mayor Daley warned homeowners and businesses on Wednesday to brace for yet another tax hit for the Chicago Public Schools.

Daley said the Board of Education needs $180 million in new state funding “to invest in new programs students need” or the only option will be to raise property taxes.

Eleven times in the last 13 years, Daley has given the Board of Education the green light to raise property taxes to the maximum allowed by the cap. The increase was $55 million in each of the last two years.

On Wednesday, the mayor warned of another tax-to-the-max school budget — even after $90 million in additional spending cuts — unless Gov. [Rod] Blagojevich sweetens the pot.

Why is it again that they keep electing Daleys in Chicago?

A Complex And Voracious ‘Tax Machine’

March 23, 2008

That’s what New Jersey has built, according to this analysis:

Within a single generation, New Jersey has built one of the most complex, voracious and extensive tax machines in the nation to support its spending.

The $50 billion fusion of sales tax, income tax, property tax and a variety of fees, from those collected from beach badges to tire recycling, touch almost every aspect of daily life in the Garden State.

Note to self: Never move to New Jersey.

The Tax Hikers Of The Democratic Congress

March 14, 2008

Taxation with representation at its worst, courtesy of the Democratic Congress:

Both the House and Senate have now passed budget plans that envision tax hikes for most Americans.

On Thursday, most House Democrats — all but 16 — voted for a 2009 budget plan that includes the single largest tax increase in the nation’s history, House Republican Whip Roy Blunt said.

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the “fiscally responsible Democratic budget plan” reflects “our national values.”

What Taxes And Spending Hath Wrought

March 10, 2008

Consider this article about New Jersey’s nightmare budgetary reality another opportunity to scoff at the short-sighted bureaucrats of the Garden State. Their behavior over the past several years is a textbook case of how not to run a government — or of how to run it into the ground.

Sadly, the people of New Jersey are complicit in this crime of incompetence. They repeatedly voted into office the politicians who were intent on enabling the electorate with expensive handouts, and now the bill is coming due.

An Anti-Tax Message For Maryland

March 7, 2008

I hope this isn’t just posturing and political bluster:

In the past six months, Dana Gift and Scott Beall, partners in Freedom Consulting Group, have added five employees to their Columbia-based technology firm and invested in new office space.

However, if the state legislature’s recent decision to apply the state’s 6 percent sales tax to certain computer services for the first time goes into effect July 1, Gift and Beall will consider moving their 20-employee business out of Maryland, they said.

The pair add that they know of other computer firms that also are contemplating a move if the tax goes into effect.

These businesses need to follow up their talk with action. The only hope of making tax hikers listen is to hit them in the pocketbook — and then again at the polls.

Uncle Barack And Aunt Hillary

March 7, 2008

The antagonists of this blog are Uncle Sam (the federal government) and Aunt Virginia (the commonwealth where I live). Their bureaucracies are responsible for sucking money out of our family budget at exorbitant rates.

But things will get much worse if Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton are elected president. Keep this in mind before you go to the polls this fall, remembering that taxation with representation is useless if we don’t keep the taxers and spenders out of office:

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are both campaigning on economic policy platforms promising enormous, unprecedented, historic increases in runaway government spending, to be financed with huge, record setting, historic tax increases. Is this what our economy needs, just when it may be tipping into recession, and facing the stiffest world competition in decades?

All projections show that America can’t afford all the entitlement promises we have already made, with current programs causing federal spending to explode over the next 30 years from 20% of GDP today to close to 40%. Foolishly and irresponsibly, the twins just propose still more entitlements.

The Tax Hikers Of New Jersey

March 6, 2008

There are many reasons I wouldn’t want to live in New Jersey. The rampant tax-and-spend mentality of government leaders there is one of the better ones. It’s an addiction:

Though he lasted in office for just three years before resigning in disgrace, former governor James McGreevey hiked taxes and fees 33 times. [Jon] Corzine’s first year in office featured a whopping $1.2 billion sales-tax hike, with half of the money going into property-tax relief and the rest into a bulging state budget.

The taxing and spending has transformed New Jersey into one of the nation’s most inhospitable places to do business. Once a low-tax state (a study in the early 1960s placed it 40th among the states in tax burden), Jersey is now ranked the second-worst business-tax environment in the country by the Tax Foundation. Other surveys of state business climates consistently rank Jersey among the worst places to operate, one reason why the state’s economy, which for years outperformed the national average, has lagged since 2000.