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    Obama's Debt Proposal Broken Down

    Obama's Duplicitous Debt Proposal
    By Robert Robb

    President Barack Obamaís debt reduction plan could be titled, The Audacity of Duplicity.

    According to Obama, he is proposing $4 trillion in debt reduction over the next 10 years, with there being $2 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases.



    Where to begin?

    Half of the presidentís claimed debt reduction comes from policies already in place. Obama says $1 trillion will be saved by winding down the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In other words, Obama wants credit for reducing debt that was never going to be incurred.

    Another $1 trillion is from the agreement that was reached to increase the debt ceiling. But that agreement didnít really reduce the debt by $1 trillion. It simply adopted future spending caps that would have that effect. However, there were no new laws adopted that would actually reduce spending. The caps are unenforceable promises to do something unspecific in the future.

    Obama is actually only proposing $2.1 trillion in new stuff. Of that, nearly $1.6 trillion is increased taxes. So, heís actually proposing $3 in tax increases for every $1 in spending cuts.

    But that still doesnít tell the real story. The ďspending cutsĒ arenít really all spending cuts. They are just things other than tax increases, and thereís over $135 billion in fee increases. Those may be warranted, but they arenít spending cuts.

    So, Obama actually is proposing over $1.7 trillion in additional federal revenue, making the ratio $4 in increased taxes and fees for every $1 in spending cuts.

    But that still doesnít tell the whole story. Obama, of course, is purposing increased stimulus spending now. Net, Obama is only proposing to decrease actual federal spending by about $245 billion over 10 years. So, the real ratio is $7 in increased taxes and fees for every $1 in actual spending cuts.

    In short, Obama has proposed a massive tax increase while doing very little to control federal spending.

    The bulk of the tax increases, $1.2 trillion, fall on individuals making over $200,000 a year. Supposedly, their tax treatment would only be returned to the levels prevailing during the Clinton prosperity, but thatís another bit of duplicity.

    Obama proposes that the top two tax rates be returned to Clinton-era levels, but doesnít stop there. He would also limit the deductions they take, which wasnít the case during the Clinton bliss. And his health care bill already socked this group with an increase in payroll taxes of nearly 1 percent on wage income and an investment income tax increase of nearly 4 percent.

    In short, Obama is advocating tax rates for those earning more than $200,000 a year much higher than the Clinton-era rates, which Bill Clinton himself described as too high.

    This is supposedly so millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share. According to the Tax Policy Center, the top 1 percent of tax filers has 16 percent of the countryís income, but pay 24 percent of all federal taxes and 35 percent of federal individual income taxes.

    According to Obama mythology, millionaires and billionaires pay lower tax rates than average Jacks and Jills. According to the Tax Policy Center, the top 1 percent pays 18 percent of their income in federal income taxes. The middle quintile pays less than 3 percent. Those below that actually get more money back than they pay in.

    Obama seems really worked up over the fact that investment income is taxed at a lower rate than wage income. But thatís not really the case. Dividends are taxed at the corporate level before they are distributed to individuals, when they are taxed again. Capital gains are taxed on their nominal value, ignoring the effect of intervening inflation.

    If Obama were truly interested in a bipartisan down payment on debt reduction, he could have anchored his proposal in the recommendations of his debt commission. The debt commission, however, recommended about half of what Obama proposes in additional federal revenue and raised in a way that lowers rates across the board, including for millionaires and billionaires.

    Obamaís interests, however, clearly lie elsewhere.

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    I can't wait for the spin on this.

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    [QUOTE=Trades;4153166]I can't wait for the spin on this.[/QUOTE]

    Me thinks we will hear the term "fair share" and pass this bill a few hundred times over the next few weeks.

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    The guy is a maniac.

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    [QUOTE=chiefst2000;4153177]Me thinks we will hear the term "fair share" and pass this bill a few hundred times over the next few weeks.[/QUOTE]

    Oh so you think they won't say it as often as before? :D

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    Obama is a hideous destructor. All he does is lie, lie, lie.

    Remember this doozy:

    "One of the central goals of this administration is restoring fiscal responsibility"

    LMFAO

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    IMPEACHMENT!!! :mad:

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    [QUOTE=quantum;4153194]IMPEACHMENT!!! :mad:[/QUOTE]

    On what grounds?!?!?!







    Not that I disagree, just that there are so many to choose from.

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    [QUOTE=Trades;4153180]Oh so you think they won't say it as often as before? :D[/QUOTE]

    Same as before :D

    It is hard to fathom that we are headed off the cliff and this guy proposes a turd wrapped in silk as a solution.

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    [IMG]http://moonbattery.com/obama-gravy-train.jpg[/IMG]

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    There isn't a facepalm image grand enough for the failure that is this proposal...

    Sadly, Americans out there are going to pat this guy on the back and assume he's getting shiz done...

    I feel hopelessness for this country...

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    Maniacs have a method to their madness. Obama I wouldn't give him that much credit. Savings over time what a load of b--- sh-te!

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    no need for spin. The spending exceeds the revenue, let's raise revenue.

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    [QUOTE=bitonti;4153315]no need for spin. The spending exceeds the revenue, let's raise revenue.[/QUOTE]

    How high?

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    [QUOTE=bitonti;4153315]no need for spin.

    The spending exceeds the revenue, let's raise revenue.[/QUOTE]

    Sadly but predictably, the alternative never crosses your mind.

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    [QUOTE=bitonti;4153315]no need for spin. The spending exceeds the revenue, let's raise revenue.[/QUOTE]

    Go back to spin.

    Because this is ****ing stupid.

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    [QUOTE=bitonti;4153315]no need for spin. The spending exceeds the revenue, let's raise revenue.[/QUOTE]

    No, Bit.

    When I have problems making ends meet...all I do is cut my monthly expenditures. I make no attempt to increase revenue. That would be gay and unAmerican.

    FREEDOM! APPLE PIE!! BASEBALL!!

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    Video Explanation

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    How can you get more revenue when people are out of work? Tax the rich bad idea they will cut their earnings by laying people off or pulling out of the stock market. Not a good idea.

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