The Tax Foundation – Basic Facts on Redistribution and the Impact of Obama’s Policies


The debate over taxing high-income families to fund the expansion of health care coverage in America has renewed the broader question of government’s role in redistributing income through tax and spending policies. What is missing from this debate is some hard numbers on how much current tax and spending policies redistribute income from some Americans to others and how much the policies advocated by the Obama Administration will change the overall amount of redistribution.

The Tax Foundation’s “Fiscal Incidence” project has filled this void by first calculating how much current tax and spending policies are redistributing, then estimating how much President Obama’s policies—from taxes to health care to climate change—will alter that redistribution. Simply put, the Fiscal Incidence Model[1] compares the total amount of federal taxes families pay (such as income taxes, excise taxes, payroll taxes, etc.) to the total amount of government spending they receive (such as entitlement benefits, defense spending, public works, etc.).

How the Money Comes and Goes

We divide American families into ten equal groups by income level, and at the top end of the spectrum, we are able to break that 10 percent down into smaller groups. In general, as anyone would expect, families who earn more pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits while families who earn less receive more in federal spending than they pay in federal taxes. These individual results are then summed up into a national picture of how much tax and spending policies redistribute income from some American families to others.

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE:  The Tax Foundation – Basic Facts on Redistribution and the Impact of Obama’s Policies.


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Letter to Congressman Brad Ellsworth D-IN 8th District

Below is a letter that was written by a friend of mine to Congressman Brad Ellsworth, one of the faux life congressmen who, like Bart Stupak, abandoned his principles and voted for the healthcare monstrosity.

Mr. Ellsworth is now running for the Senate seat currently held by Evan Bayh.  It is rumored that in return for Mr. Ellsworth’s AYE vote, he will now be receiving $1 million dollars from the DNC for his senate bid.

Mr. Ellsworth

This past Sunday you chose to vote for a Health Care reform bill that the majority of people in America and Indiana did not want.  This bill brings the worst of the Federal Government by mandating that all Americans purchase healthcare insurance or face a penalty of fines or even worse JAIL time for those who fail to comply.  In order to police this policy it will be the Internal Revenue Service’s job to ensure compliance with the mandate.  All this violates the Article 1 Section 8 of the United States Constitution which gives the United States Congress its powers.  Nothing contained therein states anything about Congress having the power to mandate the people to buy health care coverage.  The commerce clause in Article 1 Section 8 only applies to government regulating trade between states not commerce between states.  The fact that you and those whom you agree with seems to twist and bend the constitution to fit your perverse thinking is not only against the constitution but it violates your oath as a public official to defend and support the constitution.  And all of this just so you can seek a senate seat left vacant by retiring Senator Evan Bayh who also violated the same oath of office.

Now according to your page on project vote smart you took a political courage test in which you state “I am pro-life. I believe life begins at conception, and we should value and protect it at every stage. I also support legislation that helps us reach the common goal of reducing the number of abortions through prevention of unintended pregnancies and by providing resources for pregnant women.”  This position differs greatly according to how you have voted on the health care legislation.  This bill allows funding of abortions even though the President signed an executive order trying to appease one of your colleagues Congressman Bart Stupak.  An Executive Order only has a force of law as it relates to the executive branch.  But you switched your vote to yes before that was even an option.  So not only did you lie on your political courage test but you once again proved that you are not a conservative democrat but a liberal democrat who lies about his moral standing on issues.

Also how could you support a bill that had special deals for other states such as Louisiana, Nebraska, and Florida?  All those deals do not benefit Hoosiers or America yet you expect the deals to be removed by the Senate using reconciliation.  It seems your trust that the Senate will do the “right thing” and fix this bill is your biggest blunder.  If the bill needed to be fixed why vote for it n the first place??? There seems to be no logical reasons for your actions to approve this bill.

Your office has told me that you would rather have this imperfect bill then to do nothing at all.  It seems to me that you are misguided blinded by the fact that you would like to serve in the Senate so you chose to vote along party lines to gain the support of the President who has only a 46 percent approval rating and Congressional Democrats how run congress now are looking at around 16 percent according to the Gallup poll.  It seems you might have left out a few people whom really matter when deciding to cast your vote.  The people of Indiana opposed the passage of this bill by a 65-35 margin according to Rasmussen.  So it seems you have become a lapdog for the politics as usual crowd in Washington DC.

As a veteran of the United States of America Army I am appalled that you would support this bill that will end up allowing people to get care at the Veteran Administration Clinics.  Those clinics are sacred ground, only people who served this country have the right to step foot in those clinics. This bill, although it does not state that people can be seen at VA clinics, will cause an overwhelming amount of people to have to go somewhere since there will be a complete lack of doctors available to the general public. Where else could someone go to get care from the government the VA clinics seems to be a logical choice?  Now if this is allowed to happen there will be uproar by the American public and veterans alike.  And it is also interesting that the Veterans of Foreign Wars was so opposed to this bill.  The VFW does not get involved in issues unless a real threat to Veterans’ rights.  So can you explain why the VFW was so opposed to your bill?? I can, the integrity of Tri-Care was not guaranteed in the bill, which is a slap in the face to all Veterans. So do you really respect all veterans or do you support them only when it is politically convenient for you??

I might not be an economics major but I cannot fathom how you think that covering 32 million more Americans, some of whom have expensive ailments, will bring down the deficit.  I honestly do not care what the Congressional Budget Office says;  it does not make any sense unless we conduct rationing of Health Care to seniors.  This bill will obviously ration care to Seniors by cutting 500 billion dollars in Medicare. You then go on to tax the very people who are responsible for creating jobs in America, what sense does that make? That was the whole goal of this Health Care bill anyways to have an excuse to get the “rich” in this country to pay higher taxes.  The whole goal of this Health Care bill was yet another excuse to get the ‘rich’ in this country to pay higher taxes.  However, it seems that the amount of deficit accumulated under the Democratically controlled Congress and President Obama, who are exponentially increasing the debt, believe that $250,000 is actually ‘rich’.  Each taxpayer will now owe almost $100,000 if we were to ever pay of the National Debt completely.

I also do not understand why you and your democratic colleagues think that you have any right to legislate morality to the American people.  All I kept hearing from you is how it is my moral responsibility to take care of my fellow Americans’.  Where in the Constitution does it state that I have a moral responsibility to pay for my fellow Americans Health Care?  If I am wrong, tell me which Philosopher states that I have a moral responsibility.  According to Philosopher John Locke I have a right to defend my “life, liberty, or possessions”,  all of which are going to be taken from me due to the passage of this bill.  We base a lot of how our government is supposed to run on Locke’s theories.  Locke, approved of the separation of governmental powers.  He is also credited with influencing our Founding Fathers to write the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.  The only people I have a moral responsibility to take care of is my two children and my family.  I also have a duty to my Country and my God, duties you have turned your back to and it is sad really congressman.

I am person who comes to you an independent voter who has a pre-existing condition and I DID NOT want this bill because of the burden it would place on the job creators of America.  You and your colleagues seem fit to tax the heck out of people like my dad who left Fort Wayne, IN when he was young with no more than 20 dollars in his pocket and moved to Flint, MI where he worked his way up and was a manager at General Motors.  He is the story of the American Dream a dream that no longer exists thanks to you and the Democratic Party.  You might be asking yourself why did I say the dream does not exists anymore?? You the Democratic Party has a world view that places the Government as the solution to every problem.  It wants people to depend on the Government for everything therefore making the American dream null in void.  And you have contributed to this philosophy and thinking.  I want people who work hard for a living to be rewarded for their work.  I do not want the rewards of their hard work to be given back to the Government as a penalty FOR their hard work, but that is where we differ Congressman.

Your time in congress has been mired by a total lack of leadership on your part and now it is recorded in history that you lack the political courage to vote on your principles.  Since you have casted this vote we all can see that you voted with Nancy Pelosi on this bill and not with the people you represent.  I hope that you sleep well tonight knowing that you screwed the American people.

Now knowing you feel the need to run for the Senate seat vacated by Senator Evan Bayh it is my duty to inform you that I will be using every tool in my arsenal to ensure you are defeated in 2010.  I know that I will have to work hard and this will not be the only letter I will write to you or about you.  Since you have betrayed the American people’s trust I will spend a lot of time and effort telling the people of the United States of America how you sold your vote for Democratic support in the November elections.

One more thing I plan on going through EVERY vote you have casted, EVERY donation you have accepted, EVERY earmark you have sought to obtain, and EVERY political speech you have made to write a more extensive paper on you.  Because in November you are coming back to Evansville a defeated politician.

God Bless America,

Patrick M. Blumer

Letter to Congressman Brad Ellsworth D-IN 8th District « Rantings of a former Arctic Paratrooper.

Please visit Patrick’s blog – “Rantings of a former Arctic Paratrooper”- at the link above

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Bill introduced to repeal the 22nd Amendment, Remove term limits for President

There is legislation proposed in the house to repeal the 22nd Amendment.  This would remove the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.  This was proposed in January 2009, and was referred to committee in February 2009.  To date no action has been taken on this bill, but the fact that it is out there sitting in committee is FRIGHTENING.

For more on this see:

Obama to Challenge 22nd Amendment; Become King

HOPE and CHANGE: Move to Repeal Presidential Term Limits Started

See below.  Click on links for more information

Title: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.
Sponsor: Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] (introduced 1/6/2009)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

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13 State Attorney Generals File Lawsuit Against Health Care Reform

The Attorney Generals of 13 states have filed a lawsuit against Obamacare.  The only Democrat in the bunch is Louisiana’s Buddy Caldwell.  See the petition they filed below

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Exempted From Obamacare: Senior Staff Who Wrote the Bill | The New Ledger

For as long as the political fight took over the past year, the abbreviated review process on the health care legislation currently pending on President Obama’s desk is unquestionably going to result in some surprises — as happens with any piece of mashed-up legislation — both for the congressmen who voted for it and for the American people.

One such surprise is found on page 158 of the legislation, which appears to create a carveout for senior staff members in the leadership offices and on congressional committees, essentially exempting those senior Democrat staffers who wrote the bill from being forced to purchase health care plans in the same way as other Americans.

A major story during the course of the health care debate was whether members of Congress would commit to placing themselves in the same health care exchanges as average citizens, or whether they would hang on to their government plans — that’s why leadership chose to add this portion to the bill, serving as a guarantee that members would participate in the same health plans as the people. Here’s the relevant text:


(i) REQUIREMENT- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, after the effective date of this subtitle, the only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are–

(I) created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act); or

(II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act).

Read the rest here:  Exempted From Obamacare: Senior Staff Who Wrote the Bill | The New Ledger.

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Why most Americans are angry about approval of ObamaCare

In spite of heavy opposition from the citizens from sea to shining sea, the U.S. House of Representatives proceeded to approve the ObamaCare legislation by a vote of 219-212.  The bill was passed without the support of even one Republican.

Yet 34 Democrats joined with Republicans in voting no.

Rarely has any piece legislation so bitterly divided the citizens of this nation.  The clear majority in poll after poll shows that this bill is very unpopular and Americans by and large are very angry that their elected representatives in Congress would even consider such a thing, much less vote in favor of it.

read the rest here: Why most Americans are angry about approval of ObamaCare.

**This article was written by Anthony G. Martin, one of my FAVORITE

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Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Playbook for the 2010 Elections

Someone on Twitter sent this to me last night shortly after the Healthcare vote.  I believe the caption read “Channel your inner Alinsky and fight back”

This is a memo stating the goals and strategy for the DSCC in the 2010 U.S. Senate.  Let’s use it against them and stop the “fundamental transformation” they have begun.

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