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Buffett's Faulty Logic

Posted on Jan. 27, 12 | 12:19 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Crazy Liberals
By now, everyone has heard Warren Buffett complain that he pays less than his secretary does in federal taxes, and therefore, the government should raise his taxes.  But he fails to include the taxes that he pays as a shareholder of his company, Berkshire Hathaway.  This blogger explains it quite nicely:

Imagine that you are self-employed. Every year, you earn $100,000, pay 35% in taxes and have $65,000 left in your pocket. Now you form a corporation. $100,000 goes into the corporation. There is a corporate tax rate of 25%, so that leaves $75,000 which you pay to yourself as a dividend which are taxed at 15% which leaves you roughly $65,000. So sure, you could say that your tax rate was 15%, but that would be nonsensical. Nothing of significance has changed. What about if you get a partner and the corporation earns $200,000 paying $65,000 to each of you? Well, what changed? Nothing.

Hat tip: Greg Mankiw
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Cato Institute Fact-Checks Obama's State of the Union 2012

Posted on Jan. 25, 12 | 04:16 PM by Barney Keller | Topic: Crazy Liberals
 
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A "Reasonable Profits Board"?

Posted on Jan. 20, 12 | 03:49 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Crazy Liberals
Check out this crazy idea:

Six House Democrats, led by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), want to set up a "Reasonable Profits Board" to control gas profits.

The Democrats, worried about higher gas prices, want to set up a board that would apply a "windfall profit tax" as high as 100 percent on the sale of oil and gas, according to their legislation. The bill provides no specific guidance for how the board would determine what constitutes a reasonable profit.

The Gas Price Spike Act, H.R. 3784, would apply a windfall tax on the sale of oil and gas that ranges from 50 percent to 100 percent on all surplus earnings exceeding "a reasonable profit." It would set up a Reasonable Profits Board made up of three presidential nominees that will serve three-year terms. Unlike other bills setting up advisory boards, the Reasonable Profits Board would not be made up of any nominees from Congress.
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New Info About Tommy Thompson's Support For ObamaCare

Posted on Dec. 01, 11 | 10:40 AM by Barney Keller | Topic: Crazy Liberals
From the press release we put out today:

 Shocking New Evidence Of Tommy Thompson’s Support For ObamaCare Exposed!
Club for Growth President Chris Chocola:  “Tommy Thompson joined hands with the labor unions, Tammy Baldwin, and President Obama to pass the largest expansion of government-run health care in a generation.”
 
Washington, DC – Club for Growth PAC today released a report exposing former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson’s role as a board member of America’s Agenda, a labor-backed organization that fought for the passage of ObamaCare and was endorsed by Barack Obama and Tammy Baldwin.
 
America’s Agenda website describes passage of ObamaCare as  “a breakthrough against a wall of resistance that has prevented progress in reforming health care for decades.  As a result, tens of millions of Americans who had no health insurance, at all, will gain coverage under this law.  Millions will have better coverage than before. The America’s Agenda federal health reform campaign had the privilege of making substantial contributions to shaping and winning passage of this historic health insurance reform law.”
 
Members of America’s Agenda include many of the same labor unions that are working to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker, including the American Federation of Teachers, the Service Employees International Union, and the United Auto Workers.
 
The shocking new report on Tommy Thompson’s role in America’s Agenda can be downloaded in full by clicking here or going to http://www.clubforgrowth.org/assets/files/ThompsonStandsWithObamaAndBaldwin.pdf 
 
“The facts are clear: Tommy Thompson fought for ObamaCare alongside his allies in Big Labor,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Tommy Thompson joined hands with the labor unions, Tammy Baldwin, and President Obama to pass the largest expansion of government-run health care in a generation. Wisconsin Republicans can do better.”
 
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Remy's Occupy Wall Street Protest Song

Posted on Oct. 10, 11 | 07:54 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Crazy Liberals

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Al Sharpton vs. Fiscal Conservative Champ Tim Huelskamp

Posted on Aug. 03, 11 | 04:18 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Crazy Liberals

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Another Day, Another Tommy Thompson Defense of ObamaCare

Posted on Jun. 29, 11 | 09:26 AM by Barney Keller | Topic: Crazy Liberals
Hot off the presses, the Club for Growth PAC takes Tommy Thompson to task for, once again, defending ObamaCare. Here's the release:

Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Tommy Thompson should spend less time defending ObamaCare and more time trying to repeal it.”
 
“Another day, another Tommy Thompson defense of ObamaCare,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Health Insurance exchanges are a major component of ObamaCare and are not a free-market improvement to America’s health care system whether they are implemented by the states or by the federal government. Health Insurance exchanges are a key part of Obama’s health care plan for more government, more regulation, and higher costs for consumers. Tommy Thompson should spend less time defending ObamaCare and more time trying to repeal it.”
 
Tommy Thompson is a Champion of ObamaCare
 
Tommy Thompson supports Health Insurance Exchanges, a major component of ObamaCare: Thompson: “Some governors have a negative opinion of insurance exchanges and I believe that by doing so they are giving up a tremendous opportunity to use marketplace choice and allow insurance companies to compete in their respective states.” (Huffington Post, 6/27/11)
 
After ObamaCare was passed by the Senate Finance committee, Tommy Thompson co-signed a statement with former Democratic house Majority Leader Richard Gephardt praising the bill. (New York Times, 10/5/09)
Thompson on ObamaCare: “The bill that the Senate Finance Committee will vote out for consideration by the full Senate this week is another important step toward achieving the goal of health care reform this year. It moves us down the path of providing affordable high-quality health care for all and expanding coverage for millions.” (New York Times, 10/5/09)
 
Obama Administration used support from Thompson as part of PR battle to pass ObamaCare: Administration officials say the White House is making a concerted effort to court high-visibility Republican support of the health care legislation away from Capitol Hill, in what appears to be a strategy similar to one used during debate of the economic stimulus plan earlier this year. (New York Times, 10/5/09)
 
President Obama noted support from Tommy Thompson in his weekly address (Source: White House YouTube Channel, 10/9/09, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS5T-Nkti7o)
 
Thompson opposes repealing ObamaCare, and supports the individual mandate in ObamaCare: Last year on CNBC, Thompson urged Republicans to drop a move to repeal the bill “because President Obama is not going to sign it.” Two years earlier, he came out in support of an individual mandate — the heart of the Obama plan that conservatives are trying to strike down in court. (Politico, 5/18/11)
 

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News Organizations Scour Through Palin Emails, Ignored 2800 Page Obamacare Bill

Posted on Jun. 10, 11 | 05:36 PM by Ariel Judah | Topic: Crazy Liberals
Michelle Malkin asks:

“Where were all the crowd-sourcing champions at the New York Times and Washington Post when Democrats dumped the thousand-plus pages of the Obamacare and stimulus laws on the American people?...How about issuing an open call for collective public analysis of the nearly 1,400 recipients of HHS health care waivers?"




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Limousine Liberals? Number of Government-Owned Limos Has Soared Under Obama

Posted on Jun. 01, 11 | 03:47 PM by Barney Keller | Topic: Crazy Liberals
Limousines, the very symbol of wealth and excess, are usually the domain of corporate executives and the rich. But the number of limos owned by Uncle Sam increased by 73 percent during the first two years of the Obama administration, according to an analysis of records by iWatch News.

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The Picture Says It All

Posted on May. 26, 11 | 02:28 PM by Barney Keller | Topic: Crazy Liberals

We released the following press release today...

 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Tommy Thompson has a lot of explaining to do”
  
Washington, DC - Club for Growth PAC today criticized former Wisconsin Governor and HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson for helping the Obama Administration with the implementation of ObamaCare.
 
Yesterday, Governor Thompson called the Club for Growth “liars” and claimed that he had made 150 speeches against ObamaCare. (Politico, 5/25/11, http://www.politico.com/blogs/davidcatanese/0511/Thompson_calls_Chocola.html?showall)
 
“First we learned that Tommy Thompson championed ObamaCare, opposes repeal, and supported an individual mandate. Now we find out that as late as June of 2010, Tommy Thompson was working with the Obama Administration on the implementation of ObamaCare,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Tommy Thompson has a lot of explaining to do to the people of Wisconsin if he wants to represent them in the U.S. Senate, but we think a picture is worth a thousand words.”
 
The following is from the official White House Blog, June 30th, 2010:

 (L-R: Dr. Mark McClellan, former CMS Administrator and former FDA Commissioner, Nancy Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, Secretary Tommy Thompson, and Senator Tom Daschle.) 
 
“I was pleased to join my colleague Nancy-Ann DeParle, who is overseeing health care implementation on behalf of the President, in hosting former Senate majority Leader Tom Daschle,  former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, and Dr. Mark McClellan, former CMS Administrator and former FDA Commissioner,  at the Department today.  They offered some great ideas about implementation and outreach, suggestions about strategies to make sure that the Affordable Care Act is successful, and I will continue to draw on their experience in the months ahead.” – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, White House Blog, 6/30/10, http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/06/30/turning-affordable-care-act-a-reality)
 
Background on Tommy Thompson: ObamaCare supporter
 
After ObamaCare was passed by the Senate Finance committee, Tommy Thompson co-signed a statement with former Democratic house Majority Leader Richard Gephardt praising the bill. (New York Times, 10/5/09)
 
Thompson on ObamaCare: “The bill that the Senate Finance Committee will vote out for consideration by the full Senate this week is another important step toward achieving the goal of health care reform this year. It moves us down the path of providing affordable high-quality health care for all and expanding coverage for millions.” (New York Times, 10/5/09)
 
Obama Administration used support from Thompson as part of PR battle to pass ObamaCare: Administration officials say the White House is making a concerted effort to court high-visibility Republican support of the health care legislation away from Capitol Hill, in what appears to be a strategy similar to one used during debate of the economic stimulus plan earlier this year. (New York Times, 10/5/09)
 
President Obama noted support from Tommy Thompson in his weekly address (Source: White House YouTube Channel, 10/9/09, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS5T-Nkti7o)
 
Thompson opposes repealing ObamaCare, and supports the individual mandate in ObamaCare: Last year on CNBC, Thompson urged Republicans to drop a move to repeal the bill “because President Obama is not going to sign it.” Two years earlier, he came out in support of an individual mandate — the heart of the Obama plan that conservatives are trying to strike down in court. (Politico, 5/18/11)
 
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Chris Chocola OpEd: Trump is not an option for conservatives

Posted on Apr. 21, 11 | 09:15 AM by Barney Keller | Topic: Crazy Liberals
Note: This OpEd appeared in the Manchester, NH Union Leader:

Op-Ed: Chris Chocola: Trump is not an option for conservatives
 
IMAGINE it’s 2013. The President is sworn in. The national debt is still in the trillions of dollars. The new President proposes what he calls a “one-time, 14.25 percent tax on individuals and trusts with a net worth over $10 million.” He claims that that this new, $7.14 trillion tax hike will go towards paying down our national debt and enable us to fix Social Security.
 
If you think that the President is Barack Obama still, you’re wrong. That’s the exact proposal, with the size of the tax hike adjusted for inflation, made by Donald Trump in his 2000 book “The America we Deserve.”
 
Some in the media have worked themselves up into a lather over the possibility of a Trump candidacy for President. They shouldn’t: Donald Trump has taken policy positions that will make it impossible for him to win over conservatives in a Republican primary.
 
Trump’s tax hike on net worth is destructive, and even worse when you consider that he made this proposal before the implementation of the Bush tax cuts. A tax on net worth of this magnitude would cripple small-businessmen who are making capital investments, would cause a massive stock sell-off and would, conservatively speaking, have other catastrophic effects on growth.
 
But that’s not all.
 
What potential Presidential candidate once said: “We must have universal healthcare. Our objective [should be] to make reforms for the moment and, longer term, to find an equivalent of the single-payer plan that is affordable, well-administered, and provides freedom of choice.”
 
That’s Trump again, right after he dubbed himself a “liberal on health.” Every conservative knows that a single-payer plan is code for government-run health care that takes away choice of doctors from Americans, will lead to massive tax increases, and lower the quality of care. Trump's plan was to the left of even "Obamacare," which the next president ought to repeal upon taking office."
 
Trump even hewes to some of the worst, protectionist orthodoxy that would make the far-left blush. He’s said that he’d “love to have a trade war with China” (a job-killer), that he wants a 25 percent tax on all Chinese imports” (another job-killer), and he opposed NAFTA (a job-creator). No true believer in free markets would ever take such positions, but the Donald has.
 
Who said the following in 1999: “I said I'm conservative, generally speaking, I'm conservative, and even very conservative. But I'm quite liberal and getting much more liberal on health care and other things.”
 
That’s right, it’s a chameleon who’ll say anything to get attention, but not a serious candidate for the Presidency. The next Presidents’ expertise should be in promoting pro-growth policies that lead to jobs and economic growth, and not someone whose expertise is promoting himself.
 
Chris Chocola, a former Indiana Congressman, is President of the The Club for Growth. 
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