Saturday, March 6, 2010

Coming soon: The spin on raising taxes

From CNN:

If President Obama's 2011 budget were put into effect as proposed, the U.S. federal government would add an estimated $9.8 trillion to the country's accrued debt over the next decade, according to a preliminary analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.

Of that amount, an estimated $5.6 trillion will be in interest alone.

Yes, fiscal conservatives know that the budget proposal's from the Obama administration are simply not sustainable. But the analysis doesn't stop there:

The CBO cited two big contributors to the jump in debt.

One is the president's proposal to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for the majority of Americans. The other is the proposal to protect middle- and upper-middle-income families from having to pay the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).

Together those proposals would cost $3 trillion between 2011 and 2020.

Ahh, here is the meat of the matter. You see, the Obama administration has skilfully had the CBO score their proposed budgets (with bloated new entitlements like ObamaCare and Cap and Tax) along with the Bush tax cuts. What a better way to explain to citizens that taxes must rise in order to avoid a fiscal train wreck sometime in the future.

The administration has also called the budget trajectory unsustainable and the president has created a fiscal advisory commission to recommend ways lawmakers can get annual deficits down to 3% of GDP by 2015.

Yes, a blue ribbon commision will tell us what we already know...that taxes must go up and the Bush tax cuts must end. The commision runs interference for the administration and for liberal democrats who hate anything George W. Bush did. Wait for it, folks...wait for it.


Harrison said...

Not only will taxes be going up but "user fees" mass transit fares, penalties, and other hidden taxes.

Cracked World said...

Philadelphia just enacted a tax on sugary drinks so the rest of the country is next.

They can raise taxes all they want but it won't do any good unless they spending in a big way.

I also feel that any kind of tax increase right now is a BAD idea given the current state of the economy..

Edisto Joe said...

Democrats will never loose their tax and spend mentality. As Harrison points out, "hidden taxes" are the ones they want to impose on fast foods, sodas, snacks,a nickle here a dime there.
They always use the same the rich then when when no one is looking, sneak the nickle-dime taxes through the back door. They always suck it right out of the hands they say they they are helping, the poor and needy. Reagan was right. Democrats always celebrate April 15th.

jd said...

one always has to ask the question:

what if a republican was putting forth this budget?