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Tone Deaf: Why Democrats are Still Pushing for Tax Hikes in a Fragile Economy

TaxLast week Speaker Pelosi attempted to ram through a debt limit hike, an infrastructure bill, and a $3.5 trillion dollar spending and tax hike bill all at the same time. Luckily for the American people, her plans went over like a lead balloon with the rest of the conference, who are increasingly hearing from their constituents, including AMAC members, about the need to stop the reckless spending and halt the attempts to raise taxes on America’s small businesses.

Even still, many in the administration and Democrat party continue to push for tax hikes that would kill jobs and hurt the economy. That’s because Democrats see the current moment as a unique window in time to raise taxes. Currently, Democrats have slim but unified control of Congress, and many of President Biden’s approval numbers are to say it politely – completely in the tank. Many self-fashioned “moderate” Democrats are becoming nervous that their seats may be in jeopardy during next year’s mid-term elections. Leadership is becoming understandably nervous about fumbling the Biden agenda and feeling a great deal of urgency in pushing whatever they can muster through Congress before 2022 – a year in which many political handicappers predict Democrats could easily lose the House and claw to keep control of the Senate. The Sanders and Manchin wings of the party continue to have it out over the remaining agenda.

Senator Sanders (D-VT) hoped to hold Democrats’ feet to the fire to pass a $3.5 trillion spending and tax hike bonanza. So far, his ambitions are being cut back and watered down as Senator Manchin (D-WV) insists he won’t support that amount of additional spending. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is also publicly expressing her discontent with the spending and tax increases proposed by the administration and is coming under public attack for doing so. Saturday Night Live, which is clocking historically low ratings as the writers, as much of the cast continues to expose themselves as unabashed partisan leftists, attacked Senator Sinema publicly for not agreeing to the laundry list of leftists priorities being pushed by Sanders. The pressure is on from Democrats and the media, but I repeat myself.

Congress remains at a standstill as party leaders for the Democrats attempt to walk the tight rope between demands from the base to raise taxes to historic highs and moderate Democrats who are getting an earful from constituents back home and are seeing their poll numbers rapidly falling. So far, Democratic leadership has taken a “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks” approach to governing. Proposals range from Green New Deal policies to huge tax increases on small businesses and many making less than $400,000, breaking a key tenet of President Biden’s campaign pledge not to raise taxes on the middle class. Plans to hike the death tax, roll back small business tax cuts passed under Trump, and increase some taxes on individuals making less than $400,000 will all have the effect of shrinking the economy. At a time when small businesses are working hard to lead the economy out of economic ruin, tax increases are a horrible idea.

Even raising the corporate tax will have a negative effect on wages, jobs, and prices for consumers. The Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress’s official scorekeeper on tax issues, finds that at least 25% of the burden of corporate tax increases taxes falls on labor – translation: raising the corporate tax rate will fall at least partly on workers. Is now the right time to cut workers’ salaries? White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s assertion that it would be “ridiculous” for businesses to not completely absorb tax increases is more tone-deafness from an administration clearly short on economic understanding.

The fragile economy, combined with a number of small businesses hanging on by a thread, should be enough to deter any proposed tax increases. But because leaders of the Democratic party know they may have limited time to impose these harmful tax increases and more welfare spending on the American people, they persist in pushing their leftist agenda forward. The party’s ambitions are increasingly running into the reality of an uncooperative Congress, though, and it won’t be long before voters have the chance to take the Speaker’s gavel away from Pelosi and demote Chuck Schumer to Senate minority leader.

Bob Carlstrom is President of AMAC Action 

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Stephen Lykins
1 month ago

“Why Democrats are Still Pushing for Tax Hikes in a Fragile Economy” – simple, they want nothing less than the complete destruction of our country!

Judy
1 month ago

Thee ONLY WAY these Progressive Liberal imbiciles make it into our government is by cheating, plain and simple! There are just not enough stupid people in this country willing to vote for all these jackasses!!

Neil
1 month ago
Reply to  Judy

Au Contraire! There are more stupid people than you think.

Joanne De Calonne
1 month ago

I am sharing that I joined the AMAC invitation to let representatives know my opposition to HIGHER TAXES ON Senior s Capitol gains I received feedback from CA Democrat Rep ; consisted of 1 or 2 . PAGES justifying the high high tax programs
I SENT REPLY TO THE 81 yo Rep YOU ARE A SENIOR CITIZEN – YOU ARE NOT ADVOCATING FOR ME THIS IS BUT ONE OF MANY INJUSTICES IN CA IE TAXES ON A NEW MATTRESS. ALL CANS OF PAINT EVERY STICK OF WOOD AND LUMBER TAX FOR FUTURE DISPOSAL OF A NEWLY PURCHASED COMPUTER ETC ETC ALSO TAX OF 10 CENTS ON ALL GROCERY BAGS NOW CITIES ARE ALSO STARTING TO CHARGE FEE DISGUISED AS PREVENTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL WASTE ??????
TAXES TAXES AND MORE TAXES DO NOT KNOW WHERE ALL THIS MONEY GOES SCHOOLS SAY THEY DO NOT HAVE 3NOUGH MONEY FOR BOOKS ???????
DEMS LOVE LOVE LOVE TAXES IT PROVIDES MORE POWER AND $$$$$$$$ FOR THE PARTY !

Dave Smith
1 month ago

The vast majority of politicians have zero experience or understanding of economics as so many seem to come from a law background (I.e. ambulance chasers) who’ve never had to consider supply chains, advertising, payroll etc the way most small businesses, mom & pop stores and the like do. They don’t understand the start-up costs of an entrepreneur at the very beginning of chasing their dreams and couldn’t care less about helping them only thinking of how much they can squeeze out of them IF they’re successful! They have zero understanding that businesses have to actually be able to keep their doors open in order to pay their taxes so if you tax them into closing, YOU NO LONGER HAVE THOSE TAXES COMING IN! And, now you have to pay out more in unemployment benefits! Yes, taxes need to be paid, it is an understood reality for every small business owner, but it is a long-term “race” if these idiots want to keep money coming in not a “1 & done” sprint because you killed the business. Trump is a very successful and intelligent business man not a politician which is why everything he did stimulated growth and success in the economy and because he did exactly what politicians are incapable of they hate him for it! He worked FOR Americans and the knew success for anyone who wants to try is a good thing for America!

Larry W
1 month ago

I stopped watching Saturday night live a long time ago. Those in Hollywood, sports and music idols are the MOST CLUELESS people I have ever seen.

Gregory Russell
1 month ago

Look, Im a far, far right wing conservative and I despise the liberal agenda, but lets not pretend that ANY of them in Washington understand the proper role of government, and wont tax and spend to fund their personal agendas. Im sick and tired of all our money being spent on things that government has NO authority to spend our money on, then hand wringing about how they now must levy additional taxes upon us just to fund the things government IS supposed to take care of. And this goes on at the Statehouse too! It`s GOT to STOP!

Denise
1 month ago

For a full, educated and factual history on the coming communist regime get Mark Levin’s book “American Marxism.” This agenda isn’t new. It’s been in the shadows for decades.Mark is a Constitutional scholar with few equals. He also has a program (one of the few left on Fox that hasn’t gone left!) on Sundays 6:00 P.M. Rocky Mountain time…if you can find a copy of “1984” by George Orwell get it!
Have no doubts about where our America is going. There is one goal and one only; destroy our economy, continue to eat away at our RIGHTS, steal our bank accounts, our investments, our homes, our transportation, make people dependent on “welfare” (just what’s happening now as more business close for lack of workers) which will become less and less over time. The left is all about becoming the “ruling class” and we the people the managed peons. This is also why the left has been rabid to disarm this country. It has nothing to do with crime (they’ve also deliberately weakend our justice system) and all about making sure we the people are unable to fight back…sound familiar? Look at China’s history, Cuba’s history, Rwanda, and many other now starving and destitute nations.
Our Constitution and Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence are endangered like at no other time in history.
Go after do nothing congressmen…they are NOT kings and queens! Go after your local politicians, write letters, make calls, sit in front of their doors…what ever it takes.It’s been said many times:Our Constitution is OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE.
Translation, politicians are not kings despite how they live off the people’s backs. They are weak, fallible and mostly human…according to our Founders the politicians were supposed to serve the people…how’s that workin’?

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  Denise

When people ask ” what can we do” to stop the destruction of America,Freedom and the democrats communist agenda the answer is this – RESIST !!
Hold these traitorous politicians accountable.
REMOVE them from their positions for IGNORING the will of We the People!!
They work FOR and ONLY because WE allow it.
They DO NOT give rights, only GOD gives us our rights.
They DO NOT dictate to US , they SERVE at the WILL of the Citizens of America!
NO Marxism, NO Communism ,
ONLY FREEDOM, this is OUR COUNTRY!
These FAILURES must GO!!!
These arrogant losers merely scoff at and look down upon Citizens,we are an inconvenience because they think they know best.
HELL NO – they must GO

Jesse Tiede
1 month ago

Why are the Democrats doing this? Simple. They want to destroy this country, and everything that made it great, in the first place! They are all about “ME”, not “WE”…

Myrna Wade
1 month ago

Democrats who favor the tax increases just want the money. They don’t notice that shutting down American oil and gas production will reduce the total productivity–less product = fewer taxes. Lower GDP is the result. This is a lose lose proposition.

Ralph S
1 month ago

Ready for the chorus… Na Na Na Na… Na Na Na Na… Hey Hey Hey… GOODBYE!
Vote ALL incumbents O-U-T!

Boz
1 month ago
Reply to  Ralph S

“vote”……..LOL

Jesse Tiede
1 month ago
Reply to  Boz

Yes, “VOTE”, not “STEAL”…

PIDL
1 month ago
Reply to  Ralph S

There are many Republican RINOS that need to be gone. There are a few good , honest ones. But most of the Democrats need to be gone. Until Americans are smart enough to see what the Dems are doing to us, this will not happen. They constantly lie in order to get the naive people to believe them.
Everyone is complaining about taxes. But inflation is the biggest attack on the common people. Why did the government not tie the minimum wage to inflation? Inflation has been reducing its value since it was enacted. That is a huge tax on the poor! Homeowners are the only ones who could possibly profit from inflation. But owning a home has not really proved to be a good hedge on inflation.

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  PIDL

Pill-
I say ALL the democrats because they unanimously have supported this destruction of America and attempt at communism.
Plus ANY rino who goes along , MUST GO TOO!
YES – vote in a landslide, numbers so great that We the People shock the World and send message to everyone that Our Country stands for Freedom!

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Lay seeds for Depression 2 & bust Economy

Garye
1 month ago

Mr. Carlson,
Really enjoyed the article, it was very informative.
Sad truth is the democrats just don’t care about Citizens, or what they think, what’s good or bad for them.
These arrogant,self serving liars care only about power,money and their failed party politics.
They have been preaching the same useless,failed policies racism and division for over 50 years.

barbara
1 month ago
Reply to  Garye

agreed. We need a representative to stand up for the American people. TRUMP

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  barbara

Yes – President Trump was a Champion for EVERY Citizens!

MariaRose
1 month ago

Does anyone actually believe, that they care one idiom for the people who pay taxes and their salaries? They are so full of the money stuffed in their pockets by big PAC funds, they can’t see anything else. Also, there are elections coming up and they are not going to spend time in Washington D.C. doing legislation details. And the voting that they do is not as clear-cut as publicized. If you check exactly how they are voting, most of the time they are merely voting present versus pro or con and Dear old Nancy Pelosi counts a present vote as a pro vote –Go figure. I know for a fact that my newly-elected Congressperson Jamal Bowman votes only present as does most of the progressive liberals from New York. They all talk the talk but don’t actually vote it as a reality because it would show up on their record when it fails.
Well in my view, not taking a position is just as bad and I will remember that come to Election Day, every year. We have 4 proposals plus a few candidates to vote on this year 2021 in New York. They are hoping that only a few people will vote (less than 15% of the total registered voters) so they can pass these without anyone noticing what happened. This is where an informed person eliminates the falsity moves of acceptance of demands by those in power.

Patty Hanson
1 month ago

“Communist” equals “ANTI-American”. There is NO common ground to be found, because they are OPPOSITES.
I’m so tired of listening to commentators yammer I’m about the impending doom that draws nearer with each passing day. These ‘communist leftists’ ARE THE ENEMY… How Much More Plain Can That Fact Become? No matter where they were born, they are not of us. We need to begin dealing with them as such. Those who choose to side with the ENEMY, should be treated as the ENEMY.
No More Talk; It’s Time For Action. For it’s “ACTIONS WHICH SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS”! It’s the language which leaves no room for “misunderstanding”.

Denise
1 month ago

Bottom line, total economic collapse. Just what happens in any country fraudulently taken over by budding communist dictators. Castro breezed into Cuba promising the moon and stars…they bought it and are now a poor, communist dictatorship. Every nation brought to economic ruin has been by design. Make the peasants dependent, promise them the moon and stars, and you control them. Meanwhile the destroyers live luxuriously off the backs of the people. It’s an age old curse.
Sadly in America we had Founders with insight and vision. Founders who’d fled their homeland to settle a new and free nation. They risked their lives, honors and fortunes to create safeguards to our liberty, true justice, freedom to improve, education etc. But one sentence in our Constitution has been either unknown, or ignored by we the people; “Of the people; For the people and By the People.” Our nation was built on freedom and the ability of the citizens to hold our government accountable…unfortunately the American dream took up the time…politicians did what benefitted them all the while promising this and that if we’d just “trust them” that they had our best interests at heart.
Two of our Founders nailed it: Sam Adams: “When a nation forgets it’s God, tyrants soon forge it’s chains”. Ben Franklin when asked what the best form of government is said, almost prophetically: “A Republic, IF you can keep it.” Oh one more quote by our first President George Washington;”Firearms are the liberty’s teeth.” Think about that one as the wannabe dictators continue to lie, obfuscate and threaten to disarm law abiding citizens…but criminals run loose….indeed.

J. Farley
1 month ago

The tax increase is not about benefiting America, it’s about this woke Crap, the green new deal, it’s about making America a crap whole 3rd world country and making America no better than Bangladesh, and to Bitch McConnell and the 10 other RINO idiots, why are you losers aiding and abiding the destruction of America, the only reason I would want you for my Senator is so I could campaign against you and vote you out of office, every one of you have lost your minds. My wife and I went through this same garbage when the halfwit Obama was the exalted ruler and lost half of our retirement, I guess they won’t to see if they can wipe us out this go around. I will refuse to make a campaign contribution to the RNC if they let McConnell get away with this, they should not give any of these Benedick Arnolds money collected from hard working true Republicans, who support the RNC.

Sheila
1 month ago
Reply to  J. Farley

I am so sorry that you and your wife had half lost some of your retirement benefits. I also lost some of my retirement benefit when Obama was the exalted ruler, too. I stop giving to the RNC a year ago and boy am I glad I did. McConnell will never change. Some of these Republicans including McConnell had voted for the Raise the Debt Ceiling and I was shocked to see that 11 of them voted for this.

J. Farley
1 month ago
Reply to  Sheila

Sheila, thanks for you support, it just ticks me off that these turn coats help the DIM’S but never get help from then, they are so stupid, God Bless You, and have a wonderful day!

Paul W
1 month ago

I don’t believe the dims are tone deaf for a single minute. When will people wake up to the fact that the dims are now global communistic, “elitist” tyrants that WANT TO CRASH the fragile economy. They WANT TO flood the country with illegals. They WANT TO make the U.S. dependent on foreign energy. The WANT violent crime to rise dramatically and then call for the elimination of 2A. EVERYTHING that they are doing is meant to crash the U.S. and topple us from super-power status. If you wanted to destroy the U.S., you would be doing everything that this regime and Congress are doing…AND THEY ARE. It’s all 100% intentional. Those that haven’t figured that out yet are as comatose as puppet-boy joey. “LET’S GO BRANDON!”

Bam Bam
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul W

Couldn’t have said it better Paul. Everyone keeps saying that dems are stupid, clowns, Dimocrats etc. These people know exactly what they are doing and are most certainly not stupid. They’re doing precisely what they want.

Paul W
1 month ago
Reply to  Bam Bam

Absolutely, Bam. The same can be said of the obama regime. This is a continuation of that ideology…on steroids.

Sheila
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul W

Paul W. I also don’t think these Dems are tone deaf either. They know what they are doing. Even some of the Republicans who are RINO’s aren’t tone deaf either. I had just heard that the 11 RNO’s voted for that bill this morning. Shame on them!!! I think it came to 68 voted yes while 46 voted no. Now that I see this, I am not sure about voting the Republicans because of these 11 RINO’s how would we know that we could trust them? Any answers?

Paul W
1 month ago
Reply to  Sheila

Sheila, it’s really hard to know what you’re going to get when you vote “R”. So many of them share a lot of the dim political ideology. mcconell, for one, is completely useless and doesn’t have a conservative bone in his body. Hopefully a lot of them are primaried out the next time that they’re up for election. Even then, you can’t be sure what you’re going to get to replace them…especially with the passage of time. The “go along to get along” mentality kicks in. All I can say is, not voting isn’t an option in this day and age. Voting for a dim is a vote for socialism/communism (with virtually no exceptions). Even Sinema’s and Manchin’s records show that they vote with the dims and they’re the closest thing that the dims have to being “moderate”. Sadly, voting “R” is really the only choice. Although a lot of “R”s aren’t conservatives…NONE of the dims are. PLEASE VOTE! Hold your nose and vote “R”. That’s my humble opinion, anyhow.

PS Here’s a site to track your senators’ and reps’ voting record: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes

Paul W
1 month ago
Reply to  Sheila

Hi Sheila. I replied, but it looks like it’s hung up in cyberspace with the dreaded “Awaiting for approval”.. This nonsense is getting old!!!

barbara
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul W

agreed

Allan Brem
1 month ago

As long as we keep electing RINOs rather than Conservatives the Democrats will always raise taxes and waste our money.

Sheila
1 month ago
Reply to  Allan Brem

Of course, you are right, but I can give you the 11 Republicans who are RINO’s who voted this morning for raising the Debt Ceiling: Blunt, Barrasso, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, McConnell, Murkowski Portman, Rounds, Shelby, and Thume. I do not know some of the state that they represents.

Hal
1 month ago

THE ANSWER: The DemocRats always choose the route that favors their partisan interests and to Hades with everyone else. Another way of putting it :>: They are in the Communist role and raising taxes benefits the National Communist DemocRats Party and its “Comrades”..

Rik
1 month ago

AMAC, Please stop referring to them as Democrats! . . . THEY’RE COMMUNISTS,
plain and simple! . . . Just compare their national platform to what Josef Stalin “promised” the Russian people. Bernie Sanders “honeymooned” in Moscow. What “real” American would do that? And HE’S THE REAL AUTHOR OF THE COMMUNIST SO-CALLED “3.5 TRILLION” DESTROY AMERICA LEGISLATION!

Grammy
1 month ago
Reply to  Rik

You are so right about them being Communists. They are lying, cheating, money hungry pieces of dung. This outrageous 3.5 trillion bill will destroy America and we will be beholden to Communist China. Mr Biden sold us out to China and he and his son are in China’s pocket. Once the Socialist agenda becomes in effect for America, and people have to beg for food and everyday essentials from the government, they will then realize the destructive process of Communist Socialism. Your freedom, that you now have, will become just a memory. If you would just look into the history of Venezuela and see just what Socialism did to their country. This is what can and will happen to America if we Americans do not take a stand against our corrupt government. Wake up people before it is too late..

Sheila
1 month ago
Reply to  Rik

Rik, I understand your feeling as I feel the same as you do, but out of respect AMAC have to call them Democrats. It’s the same way like all other organizations or even TV stations, they have to do the same.

Rik
1 month ago
Reply to  Sheila

Why? . . . I can prove that the so-called Democrats ARE PUSHING COMMUNISTIC POLICIES, If the TRUTH HURTS, oh well, IT’S STILL THE TRUTH!

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