Obama’s No New Taxes Pledge ‘Pre-meditated Lie’
One anti-tax expert even called Obama’s assertion a “pre-meditated lie.”
The “no new taxes” pledge from Obama came during his exclusive pre-Super Bowl interview with O’Reilly, the denizen of no-spin television.
O’Reilly asked the president to comment on a recent Wall Street Journal editorial charging that Obama aims to redistribute Americans’ wealth.
A bristling Obama insistent he “absolutely” denies that charge — and went on to insist that he’d never raised taxes.
“I didn’t raise taxes once,” Obama told O’Reilly. “I lowered taxes over the last two years. I lowered taxes for the last two years.”
There’s just one small problem for that statement from the president: Everyone from tax watchdogs to newspaper editors to independent fact-checking organizations say it’s simply not true.
“He lied,” Americans for Tax Reform founder and President Grover Norquist flatly tells Newsmax.
Obama has raised taxes more than 20 times, Norquist says.
Just 16 days after taking office, for example, the president signed legislation doubling the federal tax on cigarettes — a tax economists say disproportionately affects those earning less than $250,000 a year.
During the campaign, Obama promised he would raise taxes only on those earning less than $250,000.
“So the lie ‘I didn’t raise taxes’ and the lie ‘I won’t raise taxes on people who earn less than $250,000’ were merged together,” Norquist contends.
Obama’s defenders say he was referring only to raising income taxes, however.
Also, numerous tax increases were included in the president’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Among them: a tax on medical-device makers, a tax on withdrawals from health-savings accounts, a $27 billion “fee” on pharmaceutical manufacturers, an excise tax on high-end health insurance plans, a tax on indoor tanning businesses, and an increase in the Medicare payroll tax.
In all, Norquist says, the Affordable Care Act includes up to 24 new taxes.
But what drew the sharpest rebuke from Norquist was the specific wording that Obama used to assert that he lowered taxes “for” the past two years.
“Why would you say that?” asks Norquist. “Note the wording: Not ‘In the last two years I lowered taxes,’ but ‘for the last two years I lowered taxes.’”
The distinction, Norquist says, is that Obama’s tax reductions last for only about two years. But the tax increases, which Norquist says will lighten Americans’ wallets to the tune of $618 billion, are permanent.
“Ninety percent of all the tax cuts he ever signed into law are temporary,” Norquist says, “but 100 percent of all of the tax increases he passed are permanent.
“So, if you plan on living for two years, he has cut taxes. If you plan on living beyond two years, he’s passed massive tax increases on you that are permanent.”
The precise wording of Obama’s response shows he was “coached” on how to parse his actual tax policy, Norquist tells Newsmax. “This is a premeditated lie he did . . . they sat down and had to work hard to design this lie,” he tells Newsmax.
The anti-tax crusader has plenty of company in his criticism of the president’s controversial tax assertion:
Temporary tax cuts add to the uncertain business climate companies blame for the economy’s lack of job creation, he says.
“It is not pro-growth to cut taxes temporarily,” Norquist says. “It may move activity that was going to take place four years from now to take place in the next two years, which is probably helpful if you’re running for president. But it doesn’t make the country stronger.
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