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Business Executives at White House: Save Us! Raise Their Taxes!
Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | John Ransom

Posted on 11/16/2012 6:33:26 AM PST by Kaslin

Don’t worry, folks. All is well.

Barack Obama “gets” it.

"The president gets it," says the chief executive officer and chairman of Honeywell, in a Reuters article.

“David Cote, chief executive and chairman of Honeywell,” says Reuters, “told reporters that Obama understood a combination of tax measures and reforms of social programs will be necessary to address the so-called fiscal cliff and beyond that, the deficit.”

I’m really glad that Obama met with business leaders to straighten out that pesky “tax” thing that the rest of us have been so confused about. I’m equally comforted that the major wire services were right there to let us know that we don’t have to worry. The popular kids are in charge now, and it really won’t cost us very much more than it has in the past.

The fiscal cliff, tax and entitlement “reform” are now become more “settled science” that the rest of us don’t have to worry about, thank goodness.  Our betters are meeting even as we speak and figuring out the winners and losers, so that we don’t have to.    

Executives urge White House, lawmakers to avoid "fiscal cliff," says Reuters.

Obama Meeting With All Sides Ahead of Fiscal Cliff, says US News and World Report.

Labor leaders pleased with White House meeting, reports MarketWatch.

Oh, yeah…labor leaders. THAT explains it.

"It’s time to protect social security benefits. It’s time to protect Medicare and Medicaid benefits. And it’s time to raise taxes for the richest 2%,” says Richard Trumka, head of the country’s largest labor organization, echoing common Obama reelection themes.  

OK, it will cost us a little more- OK a lot MORE- but government spending only makes up 40 percent of GDP currently.  How do we end up paying for everything else the 47 percent wants?  

See all of us hayseeds have thought all long that raising taxes right now, while the world teeters on the brink of a global depression, might be a really bad idea.

But it turns out that we were wrong says a coalition of government economists, politicians, liberal media-types, union bosses and elite business executives who get to shelter their earnings from tax increases.

In fairness to union boss Trumka, he, like many of us, says the fiscal cliff crisis is made up. He thinks the fiscal cliff has been invented as a cover to cut government spending, while others of us think it’s been made up to raise taxes. 

So the White House has very helpfully invited select business leaders, union leaders, government economists, and politicians to the Rose Garden to show us all how the world looks with the Rose Garden optics on.

"Our customers are working hard to adapt to the ‘new normal,' but their confidence is still very fragile," Walmart CEO Mike Duke said in a statement quoted by Reuters. "They are shopping for Christmas now and they don't need uncertainty over a tax increase."

See, we all thought that what we needed was jobs and money. But it turns out all we really need is the certainty of a tax increase, a little more confidence in it, and zoom, this economy’s new normal will be, um, normaler still. 

Ford’s CEO also hailed a “bipartisan” solution to tax increases, meaning “By all partisan means, please raise taxes in the name of all that’s not subject to a consumer protection recall.”

Funny how suddenly the federal government has the power to get business leaders, who in many ways are dependent upon the favor of the government, to flock the White House in support of raising taxes.

There used to be a time when the business of government was business. Now it seems that the business of business is government.

Obama gets THAT for sure.       


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1 posted on 11/16/2012 6:33:30 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Look how about bringing US jobs BACK TO AMERICA?

No sarcasm. Not one tiny bit.


2 posted on 11/16/2012 6:36:39 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Kaslin

Lots of these guys have moved their money and investments off shore. The government will get very little out of them.


3 posted on 11/16/2012 6:43:39 AM PST by buffaloguy
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To: Kaslin

This is written as satire,.........right? (Sarcasm off)


4 posted on 11/16/2012 6:44:37 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: buffaloguy

” Lots of these guys have moved their money and investments off shore. The government will get very little out of them.”

Even their homes are now owned by an overseas corp....


5 posted on 11/16/2012 6:45:30 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: Doc Savage

With John Ransom? Could be


6 posted on 11/16/2012 6:49:22 AM PST by Kaslin ( One Big Ass Mistake America (Make that Two))
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To: Kaslin

The truth is in the news every day.

Massive layoffs now taking place that were delayed until after the election to avoid damaging Obama’s reelection campaign.


7 posted on 11/16/2012 6:52:30 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Kaslin

Let’s see I am a business guy who sells products....struggling to stay afloat......I go to the president and say ‘raise taxes on the people who can afford my stuff, so they have less money to buy my stuff and then I will be just fine.’
Yea, I can see how that went down. (eye roll)


8 posted on 11/16/2012 6:53:12 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Kaslin

that would be they support raising INCOME taxes, not WEALTH taxes

The top 1% know there’s a big difference

Only little people survive on income


9 posted on 11/16/2012 6:53:25 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Kaslin

Just like under FDR. Business scatters and bleats.


10 posted on 11/16/2012 7:04:12 AM PST by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: Iron Munro
Massive layoffs now taking place that were delayed until after the election to avoid damaging Obama’s reelection campaign.

Or layoff decisions made because O was elected instead of Romney. I was looking at purchasing a commercial building for my business, decided not to do it on the evening of Nov 6.

11 posted on 11/16/2012 7:08:40 AM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: Kaslin

When the GOP finally realizes that the Fortune 50 and Wall Street are NOT CONSERVATIVE, we may see some progress in this country. Not until.


12 posted on 11/16/2012 7:10:25 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: Kaslin
In October, the deficit increased by $120 billion. That's one month.

Do these Einsteins really think that any sort of a tax increase can stanch the bleeding and the inevitable collapse of the nation?

Told my wife today: "Honey, we're prepping."

And, yes, I know, I'm a little late to the party.

13 posted on 11/16/2012 7:32:53 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Kaslin
The election and the last 5 years told me all I needed to know about the economy.

I know I'm not going to do any home improvements or remodeling and I doubt any of my neighbors will either.

Instead, I know I'll just focus on fixing what I have and maybe replacing the oldest stuff before the end of the year. Been putting off getting a high mpg car, but it's now or never.

I wonder how many other fellow Americans are having similar thoughts across the country, after a major market crash and four years of insane government borrowing and spending and devaluing the dollar to buy stuff for the entitled 47%, and all while being lied to in unison about everything from the weather to unemployment to the integrity of our elections.

Yeah, I see the economy taking off in a big way now. Taking a leap off the edge, more like.

All aboard, the crazy train's leaving the station.

14 posted on 11/16/2012 7:40:43 AM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: Kaslin

Someone really needs to tell all those idiots up there that we don’t need another worthless stimulus.

If they really want to help (which I doubt), they need to cut the tax and spend policy.

I know I’d feel better about spending and job creation if they’d stop taxing everyone who isn’t an illegal immigrant, or makes less than $50k a year.

Someone needs to shake them and tell them “can’t you get it through your thick head that you are scaring the American people by your crazy, out-of-control spending?”

Geez, we’ve got a bunch of pothead, ex-druggies liberal hippies running this poor country. They just can’t understand why WE can’t agree with their every whim.


15 posted on 11/16/2012 8:35:27 AM PST by beachn4fun (Being Thankful that the forgiven have the ear of God.)
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To: svcw

After 42 Years in business, we will be closing our store next week.


16 posted on 11/16/2012 8:36:58 AM PST by SweetCaroline (He is the Antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son. 1-John 2:22)
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To: SweetCaroline

I am so sorry Sweets, my heart breaks for you and others like you.


17 posted on 11/16/2012 8:43:44 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: beachn4fun

What can you expect from these idiots with their pea-sized brains?


18 posted on 11/16/2012 8:45:34 AM PST by Kaslin ( One Big Ass Mistake America (Make that Two))
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To: Kaslin

The only thing O’Beelzebub gets is that the U.S.A. and Israel must be destroyed.


19 posted on 11/16/2012 9:14:39 AM PST by crosshairs (Hurricane Barry is 1000 times more destructive than Hurricane Sandy.)
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To: Kaslin
What can you expect from these idiots with their pea-sized brains?

Better...after all they went to Yale and all those wonderful universities that spit out lawyers. (rolling eyes)

20 posted on 11/16/2012 10:00:43 AM PST by beachn4fun (Being Thankful that the forgiven have the ear of God.)
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To: SweetCaroline

So sorry to hear that....God Bless you.


21 posted on 11/16/2012 10:05:04 AM PST by Ann Archy (ABORTION....the HUMAN sacrifice to the god of CONVENIENCE.)
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To: SweetCaroline

Just looked at you page, I see you are in CA, I am as well. Santa Barbara, how close are you to there?
Just thinking I should visit your store, not sure it would help.
Again, I am so sorry.


22 posted on 11/16/2012 11:22:37 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: svcw

Actually it’s a relief, our employees have been paid but we haven’t had a pay check in the last 4 years. My 82 year old husband is tired of driving 50 miles back a forth every day. We will do fine and just need a rest. Thanks for your thoughts.


23 posted on 11/16/2012 11:34:22 AM PST by SweetCaroline (He is the Antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son. 1-John 2:22)
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