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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Excuse Me Mr. President, About Those Tax Cuts?

Forget them. They never existed. They were never going to be implemented. Thanks to the passage of the S-CHIP bill, cigarette and tobacco taxes went up, and they directly affect the middle class and poverty-level citizens. They are working on bringing beer and wine on par with hard alcohol -- the latter is taxed three dollars a gallon; beer and wine are taxed pennies on the gallon. In the wake of the government's "seizure" of the auto industry ( I believe the description is appropo), the president is unveiling an unprecedented, radical idea that he claims will tackle two things. His new plan will reduce carbon emissions, and bring fuel efficiency standards up:

President Barack Obama wants drivers to go farther on a gallon of gas and cause less damage to the environment — and be willing to pick up the tab.

Obama on Tuesday planned to announce the first-ever national emissions limits for cars and trucks, as well as require a 35.5 miles per gallon standard. Consumers should expect to pay an extra $1,300 per vehicle by the time the plan is complete in 2016, officials said…

…Administration officials said consumers were going to pay an extra $700 for mileage standards that had already been approved. The comprehensive Obama plan would add another $600 to the price of a vehicle, a senior administration official said.

The extra miles would come at roughly a 5 percent increase each year. By the time the plan takes full effect, at the end of 2016, new vehicles would cost an extra $1,300.

That official said the cost would be recovered through savings at the pump for consumers who choose a standard 60-month car loan and if gas prices follow government projections.

What about those of us who are still waiting on the proof that man has caused climate change, or that climate change is actually occurring? Can we take a pass on that new increase on the cost of a car?

This is simply another bone tossed to his far-Left base. Notice how he does his best to keep his word to his fringe supporters. The rest of the nation? Not so much. In fact, based on the post at National Review's Campaign Spot blog written by Jim Geraghty on Barack Obama's broken promises to America he really does not think much of the populace of this nation unless you are a slobbering supporter of his.

We are not pleased he chose to make an end-run around Congress regarding these new standards. He has tasked the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency to make sure these standards go into effect. Of course the price offsets that are being hyped are not guaranteed. They are based on speculative government projections, much like the president's predictions of deficits in his first term; projections that the CBO claims are low-balled, at best.

When will this nation wake up and realize that when a Democrat claims they will reduce taxes that their vow is never accomplished. President Obama promised to cut taxes for 95% of the population in America, and instead he is raising them. Before it is all said and done, the middle class will not exist. It will be shoved into the poverty-level brackets. He is spending this nation into bankruptcy and borderline Third World status. His idea of change -- change to make this nation better -- is not as advertised.

He is not making this nation better. He is making more people beholden to the the government by increasing the taxes they pay. He firmly believes that government is the solution to what ails this country. I am sorry, Mr. President, but President Reagan was quite correct when he stated, in no uncertain terms, "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." Government, Mr. President, has always been the problem because all it ever does is create an even greater bureaucracy that will never die.



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