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What Does $40 per Week Mean To You?
Natural Born Conservative ^ | December 24, 2011 | Larry Walker, Jr.

Posted on 12/25/2011 7:47:12 PM PST by NaturalBornConservative

- Let's see, to me one thing it means is that the federal government will be adding another $120 billion to the national debt. For my friend Jeff, at Liberty Works, it means – we've been bamboozled again. -

By: BoomerJeff | Liberty Works

"... On Thursday Obama ramped up the theatrics and gave us a preview of his New Year strategy for diverting attention away from his manifest failures. He stepped to the microphones to prove he identifies with the struggles of the helpless against those cruel Republican Scrooges (transcript). His tone dripping with pious solicitude, he began:

We’ve been doing everything we can to make sure that 160 million working Americans aren’t hit with a Holiday tax increase on January First…If you’re a family making about $50,000 a year this is a tax cut that amounts to about a thousand dollars a year. That’s about forty bucks out of every paycheck.

So far the President’s math is correct, since most employees are paid either bi-weekly or semi-monthly.

It may be that there are some folks in the House who refuse to vote for this compromise because they don’t think forty bucks is a lot of money. But anyone who knows what it’s like to stretch a budget knows that at the end of the week or the end of the month forty dollars can make all the difference in the world…

So on Tuesday we asked folks to tell us what it would be like to lose forty bucks every week.

Wait a minute! “Every week?” He just changed it from $40 out of every paycheck to $40 every week! But the temporary tax cut is worth only $19 every week to his hypothetical $50,000 per year family.

You’d have to earn $104,000 a year for Obama’s Social Security tax markdown to be worth $40 every week.

Obama then quoted some of the emails from his “folks” about how they would deal with the loss of $40 per week.

Joseph from New Jersey would have to sacrifice the occasional pizza night with his daughters. My 16 year old twins will be out of the house soon – I’ll miss this.

Richard from Rhode Island wrote to tell us that having an extra $40 in his check buys enough heating oil to keep his family warm for three nights. In his words, and I’m quoting, If someone doesn’t think that 12 gallons of heating oil is important invite them to spend three nights in an unheated home.

Pete from Wisconsin told us about driving more than 200 miles each week to keep his father in law company in a nursing home. $40 out of his paycheck would mean that he could only make three trips instead of four.

Dinner out for child who’s home for Christmas, a pair of shoes – these are the things that are at stake for millions of Americans. They matter a lot.

Obviously these emails are absurd. If you earn $104,000 and have to give up $40 per week, are you really going to have to deny your kids a pizza or a pair of shoes? Will you shiver for three nights without heating oil?

Of course, there are some folks to whom $40 every week would be make a real difference:

To each of these people Obama’s temporary payroll tax cut is worth not $40 but $6.80 per week.

But much of the media have already begun to help Obama plant a false perception in the minds of uninformed voters that Republicans would deny everyone $40 per week. (For example, see the headline here.)

Obama knows that informed voters will figure out the deception. But he doesn’t care about informed voters. They won’t vote for him anyway."

Related: Endless Stimulus | Payroll Tax Cut


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: budget; obama; socialsecurity; taxes

1 posted on 12/25/2011 7:47:19 PM PST by NaturalBornConservative
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To: NaturalBornConservative

It means I’m going to pay more taxes.


2 posted on 12/25/2011 7:48:03 PM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: NaturalBornConservative

Monthly payment on my 2012 Benz.


3 posted on 12/25/2011 7:49:51 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: NaturalBornConservative

I’m in the 19 buck bracket, and it’s beer money to me.


4 posted on 12/25/2011 7:50:59 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: NaturalBornConservative

A better question is “what could I do with the money the Obama’s spent on their Christmas vacation?”

Live for the rest of my life. Very well, while raising a family of responsible, patriotic citizens. And likely leaving them virtually the entire amount as an inheritance.


5 posted on 12/25/2011 7:54:04 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With God Obama can't hurt us. Without God, George Washington couldn't save us.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Not to worry your social security check will be reduced by $80 a month due to the fact you are paying less into your FICA.

Beer now... dog food later... works for me


6 posted on 12/25/2011 7:57:18 PM PST by Breto (The republican leadership are morons)
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To: Breto

All true. This “Payroll Tax holiday” crap is just that: Crap. But, since they’re nice enough to let me keep the money for now, I’ll just sock more into the ole 401K.


7 posted on 12/25/2011 7:59:49 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: NaturalBornConservative
For me, lottery money, its as good an investment as any right now.

For obama, one more trip to petsmart, thats right its just money to let the dog chew up.

8 posted on 12/25/2011 8:01:50 PM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: NaturalBornConservative

I guess Social Security really is a burden on the working man.


9 posted on 12/25/2011 8:02:02 PM PST by andyk (Tax credits == Welfare)
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To: Cyber Liberty

“I’ll just sock more into the ole 401K.”

good for you, your smarter than most I fear...


10 posted on 12/25/2011 8:02:44 PM PST by Breto (The republican leadership are morons)
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To: NaturalBornConservative

This deficit in the revenue from FICA collections has to be made up somewhere. And it will come out of the general tax revenue collection funds, make no mistake about it. Willingly or otherwise, American citizens have agreed to being more heavily taxed than ever they have been in the past, and it will NOT be limited to only “the rich”. The most pernicious tax of all is the general inflation all of us will soon feel, as the purchasing power of the few remaining dollars we have left is steadily reduced, sometimes in large increments, as the low-interest availabilty of ready cash spreads further and further in our economy. Or even cash grants, essentially a subsidy for the falling value of the dollar, further exacerbating the already declining value of whatever medium of exchange that is accepted by the denizens of the now failing state.

When a loaf of bread hits $150, and artificially subsidized goods become ever more scarce, the full impact of this Soviet-style command economy will begin to affect even the most fervent socialists. As a similar situation came to affect the citizens of the former Soviet Union, they turned to an underground economy, in which exchanges of labor for goods and services became the medium of exchange. Primitive, but this in turn forces some serious decisions on the governing class - do they prosecute the black market, or do they reform the economic system?


11 posted on 12/25/2011 8:09:36 PM PST by alloysteel (Are Democrats truly "better angels"? They are lousy stewards for America.)
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To: NaturalBornConservative

$40 a week means more votes for the Food Stamp President.


12 posted on 12/25/2011 8:17:43 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: Breto

Thanks! I usually get smarty answers when I say that, like “Hah! Now that the market’s down, you 401k is screwed!”

In fact, it’s stronger than ever right now. When a coworker says something like that to me, I advise them to check their own 401k, and most are surprised. The news media has been telling them for years their 401k accounts were wiped out by Bush cronies, and they’re too afraid to even look at their accounts.


13 posted on 12/25/2011 8:18:12 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: NaturalBornConservative

$40 is four days of food for me. My nutritional consumption, such as it is, would have to be reduced by more than half. I would go postal.


14 posted on 12/25/2011 8:18:12 PM PST by conservativeimage.com (metal car vs. plastic car | who will win?)
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To: NaturalBornConservative

Can’t even buy a muffler for $40! Someone ping little Tommy Daschle.


15 posted on 12/25/2011 8:27:12 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("At a time like this, we can't afford the luxury of thinking!")
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To: alloysteel

Prosecuting the black market is often next to impossible if you don’t know the method of how the market works. You have to figure that one out first. At some point reforms are going to have to be made and painful decisions made and personal accountability taken on the shoulders of someone respected enough to be listened to. Then of course, the population needs to stop this self destructive spiral and change a lot of a attitudes and long held viewpoints.


16 posted on 12/25/2011 8:29:27 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: NaturalBornConservative

Everybody is missing the true motivation behind this push for the reduction. Since 47% of people no longer pay income tax, the next best way to remove them further from the tax rolls and ensure a permanent Democrat ruling class is to move towards a means tested Social Security contribution and eventually a similarly twisted Medicare Tax. At some point you’ll hear that the “rich” should be covering the share of these deductions for the currently untaxed. Not only will the 53% be paying for the percentage of Americans that are permanently attached to the National Nipple, but they’ll also be covering all of the benefit costs of the rest of the untaxed.


17 posted on 12/25/2011 8:30:50 PM PST by festusbanjo (Planning my escape regardless of which party is in charge.)
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To: NonValueAdded

it was a lexus muffler if I remember right.. And you can.

http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/details/QQLexusQQSC430QQThrushQQMufflerQQ20022008QQD2217715.html?apwcid=P1135867996W43b3f85c7ab9e&apwid9X52udf

;)


18 posted on 12/25/2011 8:31:22 PM PST by cableguymn
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To: andyk

I guess Social Security really is a burden on the working man.

Especially if they die before retirement, your survivor gets a whopping $255 for the thousands you put in. Unless you have minor, dependent children


19 posted on 12/25/2011 8:31:56 PM PST by Figment
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To: alloysteel

and it will NOT be limited to only “the rich”

If you’re among the %53 paying taxes, you are rich by liberal standards. All real taxpayers will pay more, and not just at the fed level


20 posted on 12/25/2011 8:35:30 PM PST by Figment
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To: NaturalBornConservative

It means that I’d be wishing I didn’t have to return someone else’s paychecks.


21 posted on 12/25/2011 8:41:29 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: NaturalBornConservative

Compared to half of the country being out of work, it doesn’t mean anything.

O is trying to blackmail the country with twenty bucks a week, to accept policies that are killing us.


22 posted on 12/25/2011 8:51:50 PM PST by marron
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To: NonValueAdded

Can’t even buy a muffler for $40! Damn sure can’t fill up my truck with it. It would take at least 3 of those $40. It’s all gimmicks, put the $40 back in Social Security. By dollars paid, the U.S. Social Security program is the largest government program in the world and the single greatest expenditure in the federal budget. At present the limit is $106,800 (it rises to $110,100 in 2012). But if the cap is lifted and it includes all taxable income, it will be able to tackle the problem of increasing benefits, from an increase of revenues. A benefit of lifting the cap on the taxable income, but not increasing the benefits make some suggest that the revenue from high income earners will lead to solvency of social security.


23 posted on 12/25/2011 8:57:41 PM PST by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: NaturalBornConservative

It is only $20 a week. $1,000 per year.


24 posted on 12/25/2011 8:58:49 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: NaturalBornConservative

20 bucks a week actually does make a difference. My weekly budget includes only 120 bucks of pocket money. What comes out of that pocket money is weekly groceries for myself, non-grocery store meals, and entertainment, and a little bit of miscellaneous spending. Chop that by 20 bucks and my standard of living takes a noticeable hit.


25 posted on 12/25/2011 9:00:18 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: EternalVigilance

Excellent!!


26 posted on 12/25/2011 9:00:30 PM PST by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: NaturalBornConservative

I’m on disability. It means the world to me.


27 posted on 12/25/2011 9:12:11 PM PST by television is just wrong
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To: NaturalBornConservative

It was what I was earning in 1957?


28 posted on 12/25/2011 9:22:49 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO YOU ELECT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT!)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

It was what I was earning in 1957? A WEEK!


30 posted on 12/25/2011 9:24:09 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO YOU ELECT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT!)
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To: reg45

The 0bama / Senate Democrat “tax cut” is only worth $160 total since it is only for two months. The House Republican tax cut would have been worth $1040 since it would have been for a full year. So, Harry (Reid) and Little Dickie (Durbin) raised our taxes by $880.


31 posted on 12/25/2011 9:31:03 PM PST by reg45 (I'm not angry that Lincoln freed the slaves. I'm angry that Franklin Roosevelt bought them back.)
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To: reg45

Good point


32 posted on 12/25/2011 9:32:41 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: NaturalBornConservative

$20-$40 a week for teacher union dues. This figure was probably worked out to give teachers the money to pay their dues in states that no longer collect and pass through to the unions for direct contributions to Obama.


33 posted on 12/25/2011 9:43:38 PM PST by OrioleFan
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To: Cyber Liberty
But, since they’re nice enough to let me keep the money for now, I’ll just sock more into the ole 401K.

That's what I've been doing with it. And with my 401(k), I will actually be able to collect something when I retire.

34 posted on 12/25/2011 9:51:02 PM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: NaturalBornConservative

If this is true, then $40 a week means that I will end up paying $160 more in taxes each month. I make $635 every two weeks in take home. Me and my co workers will be very angry. You who gave me this tax will become an object of wrath. Even I might vote against the GOP over this.

That means the GOP.

I will be hurt, hurt terribly, by this $40 per week tax. Only a fool will raise taxes on my income group. The GOP is marching into a trap yet again.


35 posted on 12/25/2011 10:00:07 PM PST by Wild Berry
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To: NaturalBornConservative
AND the "cost offset" of this "magnificent ZERO'S $40 tax reduction to the American workers" will be recovered over TEN YEARS via the Freddie and Fannie fees. These are the clowns we have running the Gov in the District of Corruption. THROW EVERYONE OF THEM OUT on Nov 6.
36 posted on 12/25/2011 10:01:21 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Wild Berry

Well, it’s my monthly utilities plus food and gas. My takehome is about half yours.


37 posted on 12/25/2011 10:05:24 PM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: NaturalBornConservative
Let's see ... I might buy a bottle of Laphroaig if I find myself north of the border in New Hampshire and happen to think of it. It's good whiskey, and it will taste all the better for having kept the revenue out of Coup Deval's grubby hands.
38 posted on 12/25/2011 10:13:20 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: NaturalBornConservative
Wait a minute! “Every week?” He just changed it from $40 out of every paycheck to $40 every week! But the temporary tax cut is worth only $19 every week to his hypothetical $50,000 per year family.

You’d have to earn $104,000 a year for Obama’s Social Security tax markdown to be worth $40 every week.


39 posted on 12/25/2011 11:26:24 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: NaturalBornConservative
Can someone help me, here?

Does O. mean "$40/week for the rest of my life, or for the rest of my working life, or for the next five years, or for the next two months, or for the next two minutes? Because the absolute amount of money involved sure as heck is significant to me.

Regards,

40 posted on 12/26/2011 1:00:00 AM PST by alexander_busek
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To: NaturalBornConservative

$40 - buy more ammo.


41 posted on 12/26/2011 2:58:09 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: NaturalBornConservative

It means a Lower Social Security payment since my Contribution will be down now for 2 years


42 posted on 12/26/2011 3:44:19 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: conservativeimage.com

Are you saying that if you had the mythical $40 less than you do right now you would not be able to afford food? I don’t believe it. Obesity is one of the biggest health issues of poor folks in th US. On the other hand, if you make $100K and would miss $40 per week that much it is your own fault for spending the rest of it foolishly.


43 posted on 12/26/2011 5:21:20 AM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: Wild Berry

Since Nov 22, 2011


44 posted on 12/26/2011 9:59:34 AM PST by noblejones (Obama rules!)
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To: Wild Berry
"I make $635 every two weeks in take home..."

If you make $635 every two weeks in take home, then take your gross pay, multiply it by 2%, then divide that by two and that's how much you'll be getting per week (for two months anyways). You're looking at more like $6.35 to $7.00 per week, not $40. It's 2% of gross pay, not a flat $40 per week for everyone, that's the whole point.

45 posted on 12/26/2011 10:03:38 AM PST by NaturalBornConservative ("Something that everyone knows isn't worth knowing" ~ Bernard Baruch)
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