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The tax that isn’t a tax because 75% of it falls on the middle class

If you’re wondering why the administration is so adamant about claiming the health care mandate isn’t a tax, all you have to do is look at this chart:




Even a quick look makes it clear that 75% of the taxes to be paid will be paid by those making $120,000 or less.  That, my friends is a middle class tax increase of epic proportions– something this president promised wouldn’t happen on his watch.

Of course it doesn’t fully kick in until 2016 (it starts in 2014), but let’s be clear, it is going to kick in (thanks to John Roberts).

And, if you’re wondering what that means in terms of money, well, here’s a repeat of the chart of the tax from the list of 20 taxes (of about half a trillion) this monstrosity levies (and don’t forget, it is the amount or the percentage of AGI – whichever is highest):




Yet what do we get from the dopes at the Romney campaign?  Well first they agree it’s not a tax it’s a penalty.  What’s one of the first maxims of politics?  When you’re opponent is self-destructing, shut up and get out of the way?

Yeah, they do neither.

Then what do we hear today?

For an issue that’s supposedly potent against Democrats, Romney’s campaign is declaring a cease fire. This, even as the law polls unfavorably and it proved to be a motivating force for Republicans and disaffected independents in the 2010 midterms.

Now on the one side, I have some sympathy, since the following paragraph touts what I’ve been recommending – don’t get distracted:

It’s becoming clear that Romney has decided to focus on the economy at the expense of everything else, even issues that could play to his political benefit. He’s avoided criticizing the administration’s handling of the botched Fast and Furious operation, even as it threatens to become a serious vulnerability for the president. He’s been silent in responding to Obama’s immigration executive order, not wanting to offend receptive Hispanics or appear like a flip-flopper.

Got it.  But let’s not put blinders on.  The health care tax (and don’t let them get away with calling it  anything else) and Fast and Furious are political gold.  You don’t have to necessarily concentrate on them, but let’s see a little multi-tasking, for heaven sake.  Use them even as the campaign concentrates on the economy. You don’t freakin’ call “cease fires” in politics on issues in which all the rounds are outbound toward your opponent.

This is about broken promises (flip-flopping in some cases – remember when candidate Obama argued against imposing a mandate?) and new taxes.  Two very unpopular issues in politics (oh, and for the Republicans agreeing with the administration that the mandate isn’t a tax – STFU, will you?)

Finally, those two charts are something the Romney campaign should have as a part of just about everything they release.  They disallow dissembling by the administration.  It’s a tax, it’s going to begin to hit in 2014 and it is a tax on the middle class.

Use it often and relentlessly.


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14 Responses to The tax that isn’t a tax because 75% of it falls on the middle class

  • someone making $59k, will have to pay $14,750? How is it calculated?

  • What I’m hoping they’re doing is keeping their powder dry for the moment on this.  It isn’t like it’s going to get better between now and November.  If they start hammering now it may be less effective come August when the Dems/Media (I repeat myself) will be rolling out their full court press on Mormonism and how Romney will have us all baptizing our ancestors if he becomes President.   Starting the attack now just gives big ears and his crew a chance to come up with an effective counter argument that polls well.
    And he REALLY needs to have a chat with the likes of McConnell and Bonehead and tell them to stop suggesting that Obamacare is going to be hard to repeal.  That MAY be the reality, but that sort of whining would have gone real well in 1943 right?  “Europe is going to be hard to invade….waaaaaaaahhhhhh”.   They need to commit to repealing the damn thing, and not replacing it with a watered down Republican version that asshats like McConnell think we all want.  They need get on board that they will repeal it, no if’s, and’s or buts.  I don’t want to see a Republican majority in House/Senate and White House if all they’re going to do is slow down the relentless creep that is Obamatax.   Slow it down for what?  They think the cavalry is coming?  They damn well better BE the cavalry.
    Personally I think the more of the country would breath a sigh of relief than not.  The Dems will be moaning and rending their clothes anyway over half a million issues from Immigration to the fear that the Republicans will stack the SCOTUS and repeal Roe V Wade and stop Sandra Fluke from buying ANY birth control.

    • “that sort of whining…”
      That sort of whining is a staple of the Rep. establishment, their one-size-fits-all excuse for doing nothing.

    • Roe v Wade is already toast.
      The entire argument within Roe is that it is a private matter and the government has no interest, so they should stay out.  Well, that isn’t the case any more with ObamaCare.  The government is in there every step of the way.
      Abortion is now a social-conservative President and an EO away from extinction.

  • On distraction…
    ObamaCare IS the economy.  It is an economy killer. Like that planet eater in the old Star Trek.  All by itself, it could kill a healthy economy…which we ain’t got, BTW.
    Some idiot I read in MotherFlucking Jones chirped that the taxes…and he noted there were many…in ObamaCare would fall mostly on corporations and the well-to-do.  He was too vacant to get that this means that the middle-class and low income consumers will tend to pay them as part of the price of goods and services, and that this will all mean fewer jobs as American stuff gets priced out of competitiveness.
    THEN there is the fact that this is mathematically simply suicidal.  As Steyn has noted, there is not enough money in the whole world to pay for our commitments.
    The messaging needs to be simple, stark, and consistent.  We are screwed if we do not reverse ObamaCare AND the national flirtation with the welfare state.

  • Romney wins this election with the words “Obamacare is the greatest tax increase on the middle class in American history.”
    Every speech.
    Every campaign stop.
    Every TV appearance.
    And the debates?  Easy.  “Why are you planning on raising trillions of dollars on taxes on the Middle Class, Mr. President? Explain yourself to the American people.”

    • “George Bush and the Republicans drove this car into the ditch!  And now they want to stop the ambulance from coming to help treat the victims and stop the men with the shovels from digging us out!”

    • Too bad Romney & friends will never use it. Too strident and confrontational.

  • Who is the government to grant us anything? Who are they to force us to contract with them?Anybody else want their country back?

  • “It’s becoming clear that Romney has decided to focus on the economy at the expense of everything else,…”
    Typical Republican Presidential campaign. Usually it’s ‘Tax Cuts’, the all-purpose mantra of the Rep. party that is supposed to make Americans start drooling and get all excited. If Romney can’t work or talk on more than one subject he isn’t qualified to be President.

  • IRS officials on background tell FOX Business the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on health reform gives the IRS even more powers than previously understood.
    The IRS now gets to know about a small business’s entire payroll, the level of their insurance coverage — and it gets to know the income of not just the primary breadwinner in your house, but your entire family’s income, in order to assess/collect the mandated tax.
    Plus, it gets to share your personal info with all sorts of government agencies, insurance companies and employers.
    And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. “We expect even more lien and levy powers,” an IRS official says. Even the Taxpayer Advocate is deeply concerned.

  • Actually, I think Romeny is correct to focus on the economy.Let other agents and surrogates fight Obamacare.This election is a battel for the “independents” who are usually low information voters who vote their guts or what TV news tells them.They are the kind of people to fall for the sob stories or like the idea of no pre-existing conditions (unless you really know a lot, that just seems fair to most people.)Oh, sure if Romeny is ASKED about it, he can say he is for repeal and that there are better ways to improve healthcare in this country like allowing it ot be accross state lines, high deductible, etc. BE POSITIVE.Screaming repeal is one thing for the bomb throwers to do…but Romney can easily keep it positive by saying, in soothing bland voice, that after removing Obamacare