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Senate Votes to Raise Taxes on Small Businesses
Heritage Foundation ^ | 7/26/2012 | Amy Payne

Posted on 07/26/2012 7:38:05 AM PDT by IbJensen

Yesterday, the Senate narrowly voted (51-48) to raise taxes on 1.2 million small businesses, which will likely kill more than 700,000 jobs at a time when nearly 13 million Americans are out of work. Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jim Webb (D-VA) joined all Republicans in bipartisan opposition to the tax hike.

This is President Obama’s economic plan. This is what he asked Congress to do. And he recently told a fundraising crowd that his economic plan has been working.

“Just like we’ve tried [Republicans'] plan, we tried our plan—and it worked,” he said.

But Obama’s Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, said yesterday that “the economy is not growing fast enough,” acknowledging that “unemployment is very high.” “The institutions with authority should be doing everything they can to try to make economic growth stronger,” he said.

The President’s plan, now endorsed by the Democratic majority in the Senate, has little chance of going anywhere in the House of Representatives. But it has put the 51 Senators who want to raise taxes on record.

Perhaps the biggest lie in the tax debate is that this vote affects only “the rich.” That’s simply not true. Many small businesses, known as flow-through businesses, pay their taxes through the individual income tax. Ernst and Young estimates that these types of businesses “employ 54% of the private sector work force.” This tax hike squarely hits 1.2 million of these businesses that hire workers and have incomes above $200,000.

Rather than punishing just “the rich,” as Heritage’s Curtis Dubay notes, “By pinpointing his tax increase on incomes over $200,000, President Obama has maximized the detrimental impact that his tax increase would have on job creation.”

The Ernst and Young study on the impact of this tax hike showed that it could kill more than 700,000 jobs. This isn’t surprising, since the businesses it targets are some of the country’s most robust job creators. But it is surprising that a majority of the Senate would go along with this plan when the country is suffering from 8.2 percent unemployment.

As if that weren’t enough, the Senate’s actions would also raise the death tax from 35 percent to 55 percent. This confiscatory rate would hit small businesses and family farms exceptionally hard. Dubay explains:

The death tax is often portrayed as a tax that only rich heirs pay. In reality, the death tax hits family-owned businesses hardest. These businesses are valuable on paper because they have many assets that they need to make and sell their products. But the businesses’ book values are not representative of the families’ liquid assets. When a family member passes on, these families often have to sell all or part of the business to raise the cash to pay the death tax. This slows the growth of these businesses and in some cases forces them to lay off existing workers.

The Senate’s vote means we are no closer to preventing Taxmageddon, the nearly $500 billion tax increase scheduled to hit Americans on January 1. It is difficult to imagine the economy sustaining such a blow. Families will be hit with an average tax increase of more than $4,100 next year if Congress allows this to go forward. Instead of preventing this calamity, the Senate voted to raise taxes. It simply boggles the mind.


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Why are we all NOT surprised! Liberal whacko puppets....they cannot speak for themselves and they sure are NOTspeaking on behalf of their constituents. The democrats have sewer sludge for brains. Vote as many dems as possible out of office this Nov. Useless morons gone viral!
1 posted on 07/26/2012 7:38:09 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen
The dumbass populace does not realize that this was a tax increase on small businesses, and it will close and/or cause more lost jobs. It is touted as a "Middle Class Tax Cut", when, in fact, it was destruction of the Expiring Bush Tax Cuts, extending them ONLY to the people who have the most votes to cast in November.....

The State-Run-Media will tout it as an "Obama Win" and "Democrats protecting the Middle Class", and those who vote based on the Propoganda they hear will do so again.

Good Luck, Obamaland.

2 posted on 07/26/2012 7:43:23 AM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: IbJensen

The “conservative” senator from Oklahoma Tom Coburn just gave WV Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin $2,500 because “he votes thinking about the long-term interests of the country.” Manchin voted in lockstep with the Democrats to raise taxes. Nice work, Tom. You’re a prime sucker!


3 posted on 07/26/2012 7:44:21 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Don't vote for anyone who takes contributions from Goldman Sachs)
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To: traditional1

4 posted on 07/26/2012 7:46:44 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: IbJensen

At the age of 71 I was unable to find work. So I created a job for myself.
I purchased a failing franchise business called Goin’Postal. My son & I will run it & we will succeed despite what the gubmint does to us. This is still a free society where you work to succeed. So far.
I say SCREW EM.


5 posted on 07/26/2012 7:48:40 AM PDT by certrtwngnut (It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes. (Josef Stalin))
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To: Dr. Thorne

I credit Mark Levin for exposing Tom Coburn for this rediculous move. Coburn should be at the top of the list of RINO’s for Tea Party candidates to topple in the primaries asap.


6 posted on 07/26/2012 7:50:15 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: IbJensen

There are no moderate democrats. They are all Obama stooges.


7 posted on 07/26/2012 7:50:43 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: IbJensen
We need to spell out the difference between Americas economy and the Governments economy.
They are not the same.
Tax hikes (may) bring in money to the Governments economy but it is clearly harmful to Americas economy, i.e. the rest of us.

8 posted on 07/26/2012 7:51:07 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: IbJensen

My mom’s hairdresser owns her own shop and has for a long time. She’s a confirmed Democrat and LOVES Obama.

Lately she is complaining about all the government interference with small business owners.

Also, one of the first things people curtail in hard times is ‘non essential luxuries’... like a trip to the hairdresser. Guess who’s business has suffered?

Too late NOW!


9 posted on 07/26/2012 7:54:02 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: IbJensen

I thought tax bills must originate in the House? How can the Senate introduce this?


10 posted on 07/26/2012 7:58:22 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: IbJensen

This is just election-year posturing, nothing will actually be passed on any changes to the tax code until the next Congress is seated in January. This action was only meant to score some points with a particular segment of the electorate.

Get all the fools on your side and you got the majority in any town.

By then, Harry Reid may not have the Senate Majority Leader seat, and there may be a new President in the White House (which is an upgrade from the White Hut it has become).

Couple of big “ifs” right there, but really, the hard part of the campaign is yet to be fought out. Pray as if it all depended on the Lord, and work as if it all depended on you.

It might.


11 posted on 07/26/2012 8:00:24 AM PDT by alloysteel (Voter suppression is needed now more than ever. Only, whom shall be suppressed?)
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To: IbJensen

Article I

Section 7. All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.


12 posted on 07/26/2012 8:00:48 AM PDT by CrappieLuck
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To: liberalh8ter

Apparently, the rules don’t apply to this _resident and this Congress. Whatever damage occurs after this, the rats OWN it.


13 posted on 07/26/2012 8:00:54 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: traditional1
But it has put the 51 Senators who want to raise taxes on record.
14 posted on 07/26/2012 8:04:50 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: liberalh8ter

Good question; however, the way the central socialist government under the phony president is more than merely confusing.

I’ve said this many times before during the tenure of this evil Obama regime, but Washington, D.C. continues to resemble Madrid in 1936.

There are many things that need to be changed and our future would look much better if everything enacted from 1912 on would be erased. The senators need to be selected by their respective state legislatures for a term of four years.

Voting rights? There is so much fraud connected with voting that not only do you have to have a voter registration card and a photo id, but you must be a property owner!


15 posted on 07/26/2012 8:05:13 AM PDT by IbJensen (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: alloysteel

Sensible analysis.


16 posted on 07/26/2012 8:07:02 AM PDT by IbJensen (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: IbJensen
The comments on the death tax are too mild. Nothing changes for a farm of small business except the owners of record. They are still paying workers, taxes, and numerous other expenses that under the best of conditions are a challenge just to break even. Their plant, equipment, inventory, online services are essential just to keep the doors open. The OWS Maoists think that a business which employees a few of their smarter, but like minded redistrubitionists, is a big piggy bank full of cash.

So sell those dentist chairs, sell those autoclaves, sell the xrays, and the dental business will just hum along paying the 6 employees that still work there. They have no clue what a balance sheet is, cash flow, or P&L. They are financially, fiscally, and economically illiterate because of the socialist / fascist / statist mindset.

What a bunch of dangerous, incompetent morons!

17 posted on 07/26/2012 8:13:38 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: liberalh8ter
I thought tax bills must originate in the House? How can the Senate introduce this?

Agreed, but Senate can propose and send it to Congress for approval. This is largely symbolic. I hope small business owners are paying attention.

This is a great example of why we need to repeal the 17th amendment. Popular Senate elections have degraded the proper political system in this country. Senators used to be representatives of the governors. Now they're just popularly-elected lackeys with their own agendas.

18 posted on 07/26/2012 8:14:35 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: liberalh8ter

You are right and they can’t. Just another Harry Reid dog and pony show.


19 posted on 07/26/2012 8:17:22 AM PDT by CityCenter
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To: alloysteel
"This is just election-year posturing, nothing will actually be passed on any changes to the tax code until the next Congress is seated in January."

Something will happen - the tax cuts are expiring, so every taxpayer will pay more if nothing is done to extend all or part of the Bush tax cuts.

20 posted on 07/26/2012 8:20:36 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: IbJensen

Small business owners should protest by laying off all registered Democrats on their payrolls.


21 posted on 07/26/2012 8:21:12 AM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: traditional1

The dumbass populace does not realize that this was a tax increase on small businesses, and it will close and/or cause more lost jobs.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

That is assuming they care about jobs or taxes or the USC or America.
Nearly half the country is takers.


22 posted on 07/26/2012 8:44:29 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: Leep

is = are


23 posted on 07/26/2012 8:47:36 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: IbJensen
Read up on Saul Alinski. He believed (and Oboma taught) that the best way to form a communist government is to destroy the middle class.
If the left could impoverish the middle class enough, the middle class would then join those who are totally dependent on the federal government, and the communist revolution would be complete.

This is why Oboma is saying his economic plans have worked. More people are dependent on the federal government under Oboma than any time in American history. This is the "change" he was talking about. This is his attempt to ceate the communist revolution the left has been waiting for since FDR.

24 posted on 07/26/2012 8:50:57 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: rarestia

“but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.”

The Senate can propose an amendment on a bill originated in the House. They can’t propose their own.


25 posted on 07/26/2012 8:51:23 AM PDT by Svartalfiar
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To: Svartalfiar

Amendments... I knew I was missing something. Thank you for the clarification.

So essentially, they can’t do what they did, but they did it anyway.

Is there a doubt in anyone’s mind that the Constitution means nothing to anyone anymore?


26 posted on 07/26/2012 8:53:22 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: traditional1; All
Coburn is a traitor, Manchin is a socialistic demonicRat partisan hack.

Please support John Raese for Senate.

27 posted on 07/26/2012 9:00:30 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: certrtwngnut

“At the age of 71 I was unable to find work. So I created a job for myself.
I purchased a failing franchise business called Goin’Postal. My son & I will run it & we will succeed despite what the gubmint does to us. This is still a free society where you work to succeed. So far.
I say SCREW EM.”

But you didnt build that.


28 posted on 07/26/2012 9:05:42 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: SMARTY

I hope she has learned from this painful lesson. . .get her signed up to vote the communist out this November. We need ALL the help we can get!!


29 posted on 07/26/2012 9:07:19 AM PDT by AbolishCSEU (Percentage of Income in CS is inversely proportionate to Mother's parenting of children)
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To: SMARTY

It’s still Bush’s fault, right?


30 posted on 07/26/2012 9:16:41 AM PDT by txmissy
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To: txmissy

Certainly!!


31 posted on 07/26/2012 9:32:32 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: IbJensen

“And he recently told a fundraising crowd that his economic plan has been working.”


He’s actually telling the truth for a change. His plan IS working. His plan is to completely destroy the US economy.


32 posted on 07/26/2012 9:34:39 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: IbJensen

Actually doesn’t matter if they voted to raise them. If hey hadn’t, King Barack would have raised them anyway by executive fiat.


33 posted on 07/26/2012 9:38:43 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: SMARTY

Tell that hairdresser there’s one way to help get the government off her back: vote republican or libertarian


34 posted on 07/26/2012 9:40:09 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: IbJensen

Family farms are also on the Kings hit list. He wants to eliminate them.


35 posted on 07/26/2012 9:42:57 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: SMARTY

My mom’s hairdresser owns her own shop and has for a long time. She’s a confirmed Democrat and LOVES Obama.

Lately she is complaining about all the government interference with small business owners.

Also, one of the first things people curtail in hard times is ‘non essential luxuries’... like a trip to the hairdresser. Guess who’s business has suffered?

Too late NOW!


And she will vote for obama again even if she’s run out of business. Thats just how brainwashed they are.


36 posted on 07/26/2012 9:45:59 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: lowbridge

Right, but she’s your typical dyed in the wool Liberal.

She’s smart enough to by the half-a^%ed Liberal logic, but not smart enough to consider that alternatives exist or to challenge what isn’t working. It’s pathetic because she’s a really nice girl, otherwise.

It’s typical I think.

They have been so conditioned by Liberal BS that looking at things any other way (even IF alternatives would work FOR them) that they won’t consider another point of view.


37 posted on 07/26/2012 9:47:32 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: BitWielder1

Raising taxes does NOT bring in more government revenue. That’s the Big Fallacy all along.


38 posted on 07/26/2012 10:07:38 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Spriiingtime for islam, and tyranny. Winter for US and frieeends. . .)
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To: ichabod1
Raising taxes does NOT bring in more government revenue. That’s the Big Fallacy all along.

Only if the rates are low. We are way past the point of diminishing returns. See the Laffer Curve.
Any talk of the government needing more "revenue" grates on me.
I despise that word, I think of it as "loot".
They are already taking much more than their fair share.

39 posted on 07/26/2012 10:21:12 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: IbJensen

Democrat-controlled Senate Votes to Raise Taxes on Small Businesses



40 posted on 07/26/2012 10:34:18 AM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

The portrait of the typical Obama voter


41 posted on 07/26/2012 10:47:03 AM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: IbJensen

Title should be:

Senate Votes to Tax YOUR Job!


42 posted on 07/26/2012 12:39:13 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: IbJensen

For every action there is a reaction. Wonder what it will be, hiring more people. I think not. These ass hats have no sense.


43 posted on 07/26/2012 1:31:01 PM PDT by kempster
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To: MachIV; ArrogantBustard; Dr. Thorne

FYI: This is Senator Coburn’s last term... he is not seeking reelection.


44 posted on 07/26/2012 1:56:20 PM PDT by yantis
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To: yantis

http://www.politico.com/blogs/politicolive/1210/Coburn_no_way_no_how_seeking_reelection.html


45 posted on 07/26/2012 1:57:42 PM PDT by yantis
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To: IbJensen

They have an excellent advocate coming: Hillary Romney, right out of the Massachusetts playbook. Right out of the “mark my words no new taxes” G.Bush I, Clinton I, G Bush big deficits II, and the coming Hillary Romney.

The playbook: Everything leased/rent from the government connected, calling it “taxes” or you don’t hold the deed. No private property, especially land.


46 posted on 07/26/2012 1:59:56 PM PDT by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: yantis
Yeah, well ...

Manchin is still a socialist puke.

Please help support John Raese for US Senate.

Thank you.

47 posted on 07/26/2012 2:04:27 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Varsity Flight

And with Extortion-Care, even paying rent on your own body.


48 posted on 07/26/2012 2:08:37 PM PDT by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: yantis

I remembered that after I posted it. Thank God.


49 posted on 07/26/2012 2:09:28 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: IbJensen

Well, if your plan was to dismantle the economy of the United States, it IS working. History proves the ‘progressives’ ideology responsible for destruction of great civilizations. Here we go again!


50 posted on 07/26/2012 2:16:58 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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