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  • Democrats Mean to Raise Middle Class Taxes in 2011

    Imagine a Congress running in a tough environment—the electorate is angry; a war is going badly; the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high. And imagine such a Congress facing the prospect of passing a nice, pre-election tax cut for all. They’d pass the tax cut faster than Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) can say “Ronald Reagan.”

    Suppose instead of passing a tax cut, Congress faced the even more compelling prospect of preventing the largest tax hike the middle class has ever seen. Hitting the middle class with tax hikes is a prescription for political oblivion. Under normal circumstances such a bill would likely pass the House and Senate unanimously, accompanied with enough lofty oration to launch a zeppelin.

    Yet facing exactly this prospect with the expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts at the end of this year, the Democratic leadership in Congress says it intends to wait until after the election to prevent the tax hikes. Why is that? They feign it is because they await the Obama Fiscal Commission report. When will that be? Conveniently, after the election.

    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D–MD) has already signaled the Democrats’ intention to hike middle-class taxes eventually. In the meantime, Democrats could easily prevent a tax hike for 2011 and would do so without delay if that was their intention. Instead, by delaying action until after the election, the Democrats have made it clear that they intend to sock America’s middle class with a mighty tax blow—but not in some future year. They intend to deliver the blow in 2011. They just don’t want to tell anyone yet.

    Obama and friends have long signaled that they intend to raise taxes on small businesses, seniors living off of investment income, and other rich folk. This is all part of Obama’s vision for higher taxes to “spread the wealth around.” It seems Democrats are now threatening to spread some serious pain around as well. Fortunately, voters are not stupid. They will see through the Democrats’ smokescreen and may have something to say about this tax hike on election day.

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    11 Responses to Democrats Mean to Raise Middle Class Taxes in 2011

    1. Brian, NYC says:

      Unfortunately, the voters ARE stupid – which is why Obama was elected the first time. Seems like we are destined to have a go at socialism, with social justice equaling equal misery for all.

    2. ROBERT COLORADO says:

      The 2011 tax increases will be enormous. I was surprised to read, or perhaps I should say, not so surprised to read a report in Drudge showing that the lowest tax bracket 10% will be increased to 15 percent, a 33% increase. How does this square with President O'bama's promise, repeated ad nauseam that taxes for those individuals earning less then 200,000 would see no tax increase at all.

    3. Douglas, Akron says:

      actually 10 to 15% is 50% jump, not 33.

    4. Toady, NY says:

      47% of Americans pay no federal income tax and that's mostly middle class folks deducting their way out of it. Remove the deductions,please, and make the middle class pay it's "fair share". It is not sustainable to have half a country's people not contributing to its expenses.

    5. Texpal, TX says:

      @ Toady – Evidently you are one of the ones that sit at home and "Collect" what you think is your fair share. There is too much abuse of the entitlements that are in palce.

      Taken from this article is the statement below:

      “The curse of longterm unemployment is that if you pay people to do nothing, they’ll find themselves doing nothing for very long periods of time,” Ferguson said. “Long-term unemployment is at an all-time high in the United States, and it is a direct consequence of a misconceived public policy.”

    6. Frank, Denver says:

      I'm closing my small business sometime early next year and I'm just going enjoy what I've saved over the years. That will be three more people that get added to the unemployment roles. With big taxes and regulations coming next year, the return on investment just won't be worth staying in business. At some point, Americans will figure out that Socialism doesn't work here either.

    7. Doomer says:

      Obama is a prisoner of history. Marx and Spengler predicted all this. At one point democracies commit suicide. Big government is necessary to maintain the coming wheelchair economy. But big government will lead to a weak economy. Weak economies end in disaster.

    8. Daniel Scalf says:

      Sounds like Karl Marx and the Communist Manifesto to me……… From each according there ability to each according th their need….. Graduated Income TAX and abolition of Private Property,,,,,,, Marx and Engles would be proud…. if we don't a tax revolt soon by the people many of us will be in Gulags

    9. Garry, Arizona says:

      With this huge tax hike lomming over our heads. Just how many Dem really exspect to get reelected this fall? And how could Obama with a straight face say that he did not lie to the very people who trusted him enough to vote him into office about these new tax hikes? I hope he enjoys these last 2 years in office. Because he's not getting back into the white house in 2012.

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    11. Michigan says:

      Why is there so much worry according to many so called informed people the world will be ending in 2012 not very far to go

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