Kansas Republican Party on Obama, Health Care — When A Tax Is Not A Tax

While campaigning for the presidency, then Senator Barack Obama made a campaign promise he would not subject the middle class to ANY tax increase. In a speech he made in Springfield, Missouri on July 30, 2008, Obama said, “Let me be clear, if you are a family making less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes go up; not your capital gains tax, not your payroll tax, not your income tax, no taxes!” However, in the first year of his term, President Obama has consistently inserted back-door taxes into legislation promoting his agenda.

The Democrats’ health care plan, including the bill released just last week by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), includes a provision requiring all families to either purchase health insurance or face an ‘individual mandate’ of up to $3,800 per year. This past Sunday, George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s “This Week”, asked the President to explain his failure to uphold the promise he made just one year ago. Stephanopoulos provided the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary definition of tax – “a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes.” After Obama asserted that a penalty of nearly $4,000 per year is not a tax, the Wall Street Journal concluded that “the President thinks a health-care tax is not a tax if he thinks the tax is for your own good.”

President Obama will spend this week in New York touting his Cap-and-Trade legislation to foreign dignitaries at the United Nations General Assembly. Cap-and-Trade will force utility companies to purchase emissions credits. Utility rates will increase and the consumer will feel the cost. CBS News reports that a U.S. Treasury study estimates the cost per household could be as much as $1,761 per year. Even former Obama campaign advisor and billionaire investor Warren Buffet says cap-and-trade is “a huge tax and there’s no use calling it anything else.”

The Kansas Republican Congressional delegation knows how important it is during this tough economic time to lower taxes and ease financial burdens on American families. They need your support to ensure that they give voice to your principles in Washington. Your contribution of $100, $50, $25 or even $10 is essential to our efforts! Click here to contribute online or you can send a check made out to the Kansas Republican Party to 2025 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66205. Please take a moment and give today to support the Kansas Republican Party and all the Republican candidates across our Great State.
Sincerely,
Amanda L. Adkins
Chair

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