Of the twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare, below are the five worst Obamacare taxes that will be foisted upon Americans for the first time on January 1, 2013.
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1. The Obamacare Medical Device Tax – a $20 billion tax increase: This 2.3 percent tax on medical device makers will raise the price of (for example) every pacemaker, prosthetic limb, stent, and operating table. Can you remind us, Mr. President, how taxing medical devices will reduce the cost of health care?
2. The Obamacare “Special Needs Kids Tax” – a $13 billion tax increase: The 30-35 million Americans who use a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) at work to pay for their family’s basic medical needs will face a new government cap of $2,500 (currently the accounts are unlimited under federal law, though employers are allowed to set a cap).
3. The Obamacare Surtax on Investment Income – a $123 billion tax increase: This is a new, 3.8 percentage point surtax on investment income earned in households making at least $250,000 ($200,000 single).
4. The Obamacare “Haircut” for Medical Itemized Deductions – a $15.2 billion tax increase: Currently, those Americans facing high medical expenses are allowed a deduction to the extent that those expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI). This tax increase imposes a threshold of 10 percent of AGI. By limiting this deduction, Obamacare widens the net of taxable income for the sickest Americans.
5. The Obamacare Medicare Payroll Tax Hike — an $86.8 billion tax increase: The Medicare payroll tax is currently 2.9 percent on all wages and self-employment profits. Under this tax hike, wages and profits exceeding $200,000 ($250,000 in the case of married couples) will face a 3.8 percent rate instead.
Skewed Polling Take Notice … Big Drop in Voter Registration in Ohio in Democrat Strongholds, And Other Battle Ground States
A note to Barack Obama, Democrats, the liberal MSM and those conducting polls with skewed data sampling … It ain’t 2008 and Democrat voter registration down dramatically in Ohio and nationally.
Here is a new story that the corrupt liberal media complex in the tan for President Barack Obama will never tell you, Democrat voter registration down big in 2012 as compared to 2008. FOX News is reporting that a left leaning liberal think tank, Third Way, conducted a study that indicates a drop in Democrat registered voters in key battle ground states. For example. in Ohio there are 490,000 fewer registered voters than in 2008, 44% of whom reside in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2:1. So why again would polling samples be weighted to Democrats greater than in 2008 again?
Voter registration in the Buckeye State is down by 490,000 people from four years ago. Of that reduction, 44 percent is in Cleveland and surrounding Cuyahoga County, where Democrats outnumber Republicans more than two to one.
“I think what we’re seeing is a lot of spin and hype on the part of the Obama campaign to try to make it appear that they’re going to cruise to victory in Ohio,” Cuyahoga County Republican Chairman Rob Frost said. “It’s not just Cuyahoga County. Nearly 350,000 of those voters are the decrease in the rolls in the three largest counties, Cuyahoga, Hamilton and Franklin.”
Frost points out that those three counties all contain urban centers, where the largest Democrat vote traditionally has been.
Ohio is not alone. An August study by the left-leaning think tank Third Way showed that the Democratic voter registration decline in eight key swing states outnumbered the Republican decline by a 10-to-one ratio. In Florida, Democratic registration is down 4.9 percent, in Iowa down 9.5 percent. And in New Hampshire, it’s down down 19.7 percent.
It also supports the notion that there has been the kind of party affiliation shift Rasmussen has documented (from Dems +7.6 in November 2008 to GOP +4.3 in August 2012), and the related notion that polls containing far more Democrats than Republicans do not representative sample the way things are now, i.e., that they’re seriously cooked.
UPDATE I: the Lonely Conservative …Thanks for the link!
Who will take the Fall for
Who will get thrown under the bus, but make no mistake, it is impossible to believe that the White House did not know what was going on no matter what anyone says. Because if they did not know, they should have known. Benghazigate is a scandal on a multitude of levels. How were US Embassies so ill-prepared and such a lack of security on the anniversary of 9-11, especially when there were warnings ahead of time? How was an Ambassador allowed to go to the US Consulate in Benghaazi, especially when he had wrote in his private journals that he feared for his life? Are we supposed to believe those fears were never made aware to his superiors? Who decided in the Administration to misrepresent the facts on the ground that the attacks and murders were a result of terrorism and they state to “We the People” a message quite to the contrary.
US Rep. Peter King (NY-R) and House Homeland Security Committee chairman Pete King has called for Ambassador Susan Rice to resign. King stated,“I believe that this was such a failure of foreign policy messaging and leadership, such a misstatement of facts as was known at the time … for her to go on all of those shows and in effect be our spokesman for the world and be misinforming the American people and our allies and countries around the world, to me, somebody has to pay the price for this.” Knowing that the attacks were a result of terrorism, Ambassador Susan Rice went on five networks last Sunday and spewed the Obama Democrat talking points that the attacks were a spontaneous protest of the anti-Mohammad movie trailer.
Rep. Peter King called for the resignation Friday of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice for initially saying that the deadly Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was spontaneous.
“I believe that this was such a failure of foreign policy messag[ing] and leadership, such a misstatement of facts as was known at the time … for her to go on all of those shows and in effect be our spokesman for the world and be misinforming the American people and our allies and countries around the world, to me, somebody has to pay the price for this,” the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee told CNN.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and the individual thought to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State if Obama wins reelection, defended Rice in a statement, saying, “I’m deeply disturbed by efforts to find the politics instead of finding the facts in this debate… I’m particularly troubled by calls for Ambassador Rice’s resignation.
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King also called for an investigation into what was known before the attack. “This warrants a full investigation,” he says. “I believe there should be a congressional investigation. I think there should be an internal investigation.”
Benghazi, he adds, “was a hotbed of al-Qaeda activity, of militia activity, of terrorist activity. We knew that the facilities that we were using there were not adequately fortified. These were temporary, basically private residences which had almost none of the protections that a consulate should have.”
“To allow the American ambassador to go there,” he continues, “ to allow us to keep records or documentation there or anything in such an unsecure and such a dangerous area and such unsecure facilities with such little security appears to be gross negligence, and may be criminal negligence.”
Make no mistake about it America, this is a scandal of EPIC proportions that makes Watergate pale in comparison. This was a disgraceful coverup that saw the deaths of four Americans and the President, his campaign minions and the Intelligence agencies played politics during and election year.
Obama Fails as Commander in Chief … Bloomberg National Poll Has Romney Ahead of Obama on Terrorism, 48% to 42% Following Benghazi-gate
LOST IN SMALLNESS, THE FOREIGN POLICY EDITION: Following the terror attacks on the Libyan Consulate on the 11th anniversary of 9-11 and the continued unrest in the Middle East, don’t look now but Romney has taken the lead in the polls on terrorism. America needed a leader and instead they got a politician and a “Campaigner” in Chief.
America needed a leader, they got a joke instead
According to a recent Bloomberg poll, Romney now leads Obama 48% to 42% on terror. Obama’s poll numbers on terror had strictly been driven off the death of Bin Laden and drone attacks. However, that was before the debacle of Libya and the subsequent attempt to play politics and cover it up. Benghazi-gate probably has much to do with this. Barack Obama and his Administration have much explaining to do to Congress and the American as to why there was not more security at US embassies in the Middle East on the anniversary of 9-11 and why Obama and his minion mouth pieces blamed a movie trailer on YouTube for the attacks and murder of the US Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans in Libya. Even after they reportedly knew that it was a terror attack, they still blamed the trailer insulting the intelligence of everyone and the memory of those murdered. President Obama had a chance to act Presidential and be a leader, instead he decided to be the “Campaigner” in Chief instead, played politics and did a “Watergate” cover up of what really happened in Libya. Shameful.
The foreign-policy results of the new Bloomberg National Poll haven’t gotten much attention yet, but the survey contains some bad news for the Obama campaign. According to the poll, Mitt Romney has a 48-42 advantage over Barack Obama on the question of which candidate would be tougher on terrorism. Romney, in other words, has encroached on one of Obama’s signature strengths.
31 Year Old Michelle Warner Missing Since 9/22/12 in Houston, TX After Fight with Estranged Boyfriend Mark Castellano
31 year old Michelle Warner has been missing since September 22, 2012 when she was last seen Saturday night at her apartment complex in Houston where she lived with her estranged boyfriend, Mark Castellano, and son Cayden. Michelle Warner disappeared following an argument with Castellano. Also, on the night that Warner went missing, Castellano took the boy more than eight hours away to be with relatives in Odessa, TX.According to reports, Warner’s cell phone has been turned off since her disappearance.
Description of Michelle Warner: Warner is 5-foot-6, weighs around 125 pounds and has blue eyes and dark-brown hair. She has a dolphin tattoo on the backside of her shoulder and small butterfly tattoo on one foot.
Police in Houston are searching for clues to determine why a Houston mother disappeared this weekend after an argument with her ex-boyfriend, who then left town with their 3-year-old son.
Michelle Warner, 31, was last seen Saturday night at her apartment complex in Houston where she lived with her estranged boyfriend, Mark Castellano, and son Cayden. She disappeared the same night Castellano took the boy more than eight hours away to be with relatives.
Mark Castellano told authorities that he and Cayden headed to Odessa, Texas, Saturday after the argument and Warner stormed out of their apartment, which he rented, officials said.
The family has reported that there were bleach stains in the house and her computer hard drive was missing. This is hardly looking good.
UPDATE I: The case of missing Michelle Warner is starting to take the appearance of a homicide.
Michelle Warner`s case is looking less like a missing person`s case, and more and more like a homicide situation, where the police don`t know where the body is located. Hate to be so crass in my opening line, but I suspect you might concur with my frankness. Local news stations for Houston have been all over Michelle Warner`s case, whose primary scene of crisis and tragedy appears to have transpired last Saturday night, September 22nd. The contours of what must have happened that night are focusing more clearly as I type this!