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.