Friday, February 06, 2009

Only 16 Days to Break Biggest Campaign Promise

As we heard many times on the campaign trail: "I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." - Barack Obama, 9/12/08

Well, he has already broken that promise: "Today, on the sixteenth day of his presidency, Barack Obama broke one of the central promises of his candidacy: No American earning under $250,000 per year would face any form of tax increase under his administration. By signing the S-CHIP legislation today, Obama has now broken his oft-repeated promise. Obama's signature puts into effect a 156 percent increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco, a hike of 61 cents per pack." - Americans for Tax Reform, 2/4/09

So unless no one making under $250,000 a year smokes (and we all not that isn't the case, quite the opposite), he just raised taxes on millions of people as stated above by 156%! And who will this hurt the most? Oh yeah...the poor! However, I'm sure you didn't hear any of that in the MSM...just like you didn't hear about the very successful election in Iraq this past weekend...yep...that's right...they had another election...and this time all parties, Sunnis, Shia, and Kurds participated to the praises of the international community for a fair run campaign.

HapTip: Muth's Truths

1 comment:

shannon w kirkpatrick said...

CT- I think here you're just looking to complain. If I'm wrong in my thinking, please correct me. But this is what I see:

1) This is not an automatic tax (meaning everyone will pay no matter what, such as with income tax), but rather a conditional tax. *If* you smoke, you will have to pay extra. So did he break the letter of his promise? yes. Did he break the spirit of it (no automatic increases for every American period), no. I find your commentary a bit legalistic, which I know you don't like legalism. So it appears here that you are just looking for a reason to knock your President down a peg. The same complaint you waged against anti-Bushers. Please don't be a hypocrite and attack Obama when you hated Bush's attackers. You wanted people to see the good Bush did instead of hyper-focusing on his mistakes; well, do the same yourself and see the good Obama is doing rather than hyper-focusing on his mistakes.

2) One could easily read into your note, seeing that you support free use of tobacco. But I know you personally, I know you don't smoke, and I know you can't stand the effects of smoke on non-smokers. So if anything, I would think you would be glad for a tax increase on tobacco, rather than focusing on the tax effects in relation to Obama's promise. Again, it appears you are just looking for things to complain about the President that you didn't vote for.

3)As a Christian who submits to Scripture, Matthew 5:44 tells you to love your enemies. And 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 defines love as patient, keeping no record of wrongs, trusting and hoping (among other things). And so I challenge you to be patient with President Obama (it's only been 16 days), keep no records of his wrongs (ie detailed, public postings of what he's doing wrong), trusting in him to do the best job he can as President and hoping for the best rather than expecting the worst.

-Show me that you believe the laws of God are above the laws of men. -Show me that you obey the Bible fully and show love (through action, not just word) towards your enemies, in the Biblical sense of the word love.
-Show me that you avoid the acts of the flesh from Galatians 5, such as hatred (opposition), discord (quarreling, debating), factions (contentiousness, strife), dissension (division) and heresies (choice of party, disunion) and pursue the fruit of the spirit such as longsuffering/patience.

I hope you see that I am not trying to bash you, but simply to hold you accountable to the standards that you have set for yourself already.