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“We can’t expect Congress to address climate change when some members of the House of Representatives refuse to admit it even exists. We need to defeat climate deniers like Ann Marie Buerkle and Dan Benishek to restore the place of science on Capitol Hill,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters.In particular, the group takes issue with Buerkle saying “the jury is still out” on climate change, despite scientific evidence to the contrary.
“Today’s report expands on what the Senate Democratic Conference has consistently said over the past legislative session. Our state needs a higher minimum wage and our economy will improve once New Yorkers are better compensated for their hard work,” Minority Leader John Sampson said in a statement.Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had in January pushed a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 and tie future increases to the rate of inflation.
Today the Supreme Court ruled the Obamacare mandate was a tax.
Barack Obama now owns the largest tax in US history. Obamacare will cost over $1.76 trillion in ten years.
Take that, 99%ers! [Gateway Pundit, 6/28/12]
Depending on your rounding, that would mean the tax increases resulting from the health care law would be about the size of tax increases proposed and passed in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter, in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush and in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.Kevin Drum: The " 'Biggest Tax Increase In History' Nonsense Is Crazy." In a July 1 post on Mother Jones, Kevin Drum pointed out that, even including all revenue-generating provisions of the ACA, the bill still falls short of several tax increases in history. Drum noted that the claim that the ACA is the "biggest tax increase in history" is "crazy, and no news outlet interested in accuracy should let it pass without challenge." From Mother Jones:
The health care-related tax increases are smaller than the tax increase signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 and a temporary tax signed into law in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. And they are significantly smaller than two tax increases passed during World War II and a tax increase passed in 1961. [PolitiFact, 6/28/12]
Let's be fair: When Republicans talk about ACA's tax increases, most of them are talking about all the taxes in the bill, not just the penalty. But they're still off base. There have been 15 tax increases of significant size since 1950, and Jerry Tempalski, a tax analyst in the Treasury Department, has estimated the size of all of them as a percentage of GDP. Tempalski hasn't estimated the eventual size of ACA, but PolitiFact took a crack at it using the same methodology, and they figure that ACA amounts to a tax increase of 0.49% of GDP seven years from now. That places it tenth on the list.The post included the following chart which shows the ACA's place in the list of historical revenue generating legislation:
It's fair for Republicans to complain that ACA includes a bunch of new taxes. It does. Most of them fall on high earners and corporations, not the middle class, but they're still taxes. However, the "biggest tax increase in history" nonsense is crazy, and no news outlet interested in accuracy should let it pass without challenge.
Because our legislative, judicial and executive branches of government hold the 10th Amendment in contempt, I'm beginning to wonder if it would have been best had the South won the Civil War. Our Founding Fathers' concept of limited government is dead.Nugent is infamous for wearing shirts emblazoned with the Confederate battle standard during his concerts.