Wall Street Journal

$1,200 Per Family In New Taxes

On Wednesday the Associated Press reported that over 6 million uninsured people will get hit by a tax penalty as a result of Obamacare. This tax penalty works out to about an average of about $1,200 per family in 2016. Even more concerning is that this tax will hit mostly middle class households.

Obamacare is flawed legislation based on a flawed premise. Although it was well documented that the main complaint about health care was the cost and addressing the problem, the government instead got involved and created a massive federal entitlement program that is hurting those it should be helping.

Citizens all over the country have spoken out for the repeal of Obamacare by voting to include it as a main pillar of the Contract From America. Wednesday’s findings simply add more evidence to the core argument that Obamacare is financially unsustainable, does not address the main problem of private healthcare, and makes more people dependent of the government.

If we want to return to fiscal responsible governing we must repeal Obamacare and replace it with a plan that works and we can afford so our children don’t spend their whole lives paying for it.

DOME: “Political Establishment Out of Touch with Voters”

By Roger Buchholtz

Scott Brown’s Massachusetts victory demonstrates the disconnect between voters and the Republican and Democratic Party establishments that has been in evidence for some time now. That view was validated in two December 2009 polls:

  1. Wall Street Journal/NBC – Comparing the favorable/unfavorable ratings of the Republican and Democratic parties and the Tea Party movement, Tea Party leads with 41 percent favorable to 24 percent unfavorable, compared to 35/45 for Democrats and 28/43 for Republicans.
  2. Rasmussen Reports found that 73 percent of Republican voters believe Republicans in Washington are out of touch with the base.

In addition, a January 28, 2010, Rasmussen poll found that 45 percent of the public believe that most Congress members are corrupt, while 28 percent believe they are not, with 26 percent undecided. See report.

On January 6, Rasmussen released poll results showing only 32 percent of likely voters nationwide are even somewhat convinced that their elected representatives have their best interests in mind. The electorate is highly skeptical of incumbents.

A national Tea Party website, called the Contract From America, asks visitors to vote on which public policy issues they consider the most important. The national FairTax is currently in the #1 position, with twice the votes of term limits, balanced budget amendment, drill here/drill now and 30 other issues on the list. No other tax reform proposal even made the list. At the Michigan Tea Party Convention held in Holt last spring, the MI FairTax was the runaway winner as the #1 issue of importance in Michigan.

Politico is now reporting that 2009 will probably represent still another record-breaking year for lobbying revenues, in spite of the current difficult economy. This buying and selling of votes for tax and other favors has so corrupted our representative form of government that many legislators no longer listen to their constituents.

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