• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Obama's Bank Tax: Missing the Target

    In his State of the Union address Wednesday night, President Obama repeated his call for a tax on banks, calling it “a modest fee to pay back the taxpayers who rescued them in their time of need.” That sounds good, everyone agrees the taxpayer’s money should be paid back. But there’s a bit of misdirection going on here.

    As shown in the chart above, most big banks have already paid back the government money they received, with interest. On the other hand, most of the big companies that still owe billions to taxpayers, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and auto firms GM and Chrysler would not be subject to the tax. Only two big firms, AIG and GMAC, owe the government and would pay the tax. Even in these cases, the “modest fee” won’t add anything to the government’s coffers — any taxes they pay would simply reduce the amount the amounts they pay back.

    The plan will do nothing to help taxpayers or get bailout money returned to the Treasury. It makes for good rhetoric — what politician doesn’t want to sound anti-bank nowadays? — but is no substitute for real policy.

    Posted in Economics [slideshow_deploy]

    5 Responses to Obama's Bank Tax: Missing the Target

    1. Pingback: Missing the target « Try 2 Focus

    2. Pingback: Obama, The Banks and The Truth - ritzreport’s Diary - RedState

    3. Pingback: Obama’s Bank Tax: Missing the Target | alazycowboy.com

    4. Pingback: Morning Bell: The Obama Budget: Higher Taxes, Higher Spending and More Debt | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

    5. Pingback: Obama's Spending Freeze Fraud | The Lonely Conservative

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.