Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Hey, the f-ing guy lied to us!

No sh*t!:

President Barack Obama promised to fix health care and trim the federal budget deficit, all without raising taxes on anyone but the wealthiest Americans. It’s a promise he’s already broken and will likely have to break again. Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress have already increased tobacco taxes — which disproportionately hit the poor — to pay for extending health coverage to 4 million children in working low-income families.

Now, lawmakers are looking for more revenues to help pay for providing medical insurance to millions more who lack it at a projected cost of $1 trillion over the next decade.

The floated proposals include increasing taxes on alcohol, which could raise $62 billion over the next decade, and a new tax on sugary drinks such as soda, which could raise $52 billion. …

Obama made a firm tax pledge during the presidential campaign, repeating it numerous times in the weeks and months leading up to Election Day: no tax increases for individuals making less than $200,000 a year or couples making less than $250,000.

“Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes,” Obama told a crowd in Dover, N.H., last year.


  1. Anonymous7:17 AM

    If I read the article from your perspective, it is easy to conclude that Obama lied. However, from another perspective, he hasn't.

    If we consider taxing carbonated beverages, alcohol, and cigarettes, then the money will help subsidize affordable healthcare. Let's face it, these substances are not deemed medically healthy. And the main life sustenance, like water and fruit juices are not getting federally taxed. I do hope the poor who consume large amounts of soda, alcohol, and cigarette toxins will be discouraged enough to better spend their money on something else. But it is their choice and their risk.

    If I read the quote from Obama, I assumed he meant federal taxes. For that, he has kept his word. Now the state and local taxes, that is something different and primarily and legally out of Obama's jurisdiction. Did any of the state govenors and city mayors ever make us the same promise?

  2. He lied...he ridiculed McCain during the campaign for proposing to tax employer provided health care benefits and now he proposes to do exactly the same thing. “Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes,” Seems pretty clear to me that he says what he needs to say based on the setting...