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  • NTUF Analysis: "Super Committee" Lawmakers Start Far Apart on Spending Reduction Ideas

    08/19/2011 7:04:57 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies
    NTU ^ | 8-18-11 | Pete Sepp
    The 12 panel members have legislative agendas whose individual impact on the budget would vary widely, from an annual cut in federal expenditures of just over $85 billion to a yearly increase of more than $1.15 trillion.
  • OBAMACARE: EFFICIENCY OF POSTAL SERVICE WITH COMPASSION OF IRS, SAYS NATIONAL TAXPAYERS UNION

    11/22/2009 8:54:45 AM PST · by TheFreedomPoster · 2 replies · 361+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | November 22, 2009 | Matthew Burke
    The nation’s oldest taxpayer group slammed the Senate for moving forward with debate on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s enormous health care “reform” legislation. Packed to the gills with tax hikes, more government spending, and damaging regulations, this bill would add tremendous burdens to taxpayers while ignoring some of the fundamental problems with America’s health care system. Andrew Moylan, Director of Government Affairs for the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) provided the following the statement on behalf of his organization:
  • Voter guide comparison of President Candidates (you can copy and print)

    09/25/2008 8:33:40 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 5 replies · 1,389+ views
    Several groups are beginning to release voter guides for the upcoming Presidential election. These can be printed and used in church bulletins, etc. National Right to Life: English version: http://nrlc.org/Election2008/comparison0909084c.pdf Spanish verson: http://nrlc.org/Election2008/comparisonHISPANIC.pdf Also, from American Family Association HTML version: http://www.afa.net/08VG/index.html PDF version: http://www.afa.net/pdfs/08VG_print.pdf
  • Fannie, Freddie Critic Ridiculed In 2000

    09/24/2008 6:17:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1,047+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 24, 2008 | FRED L. SMITH JR
    It is now consensus that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are at the heart of the systemic meltdown we are seeing in the mortgage market. They are costing taxpayers billions through their own bailouts and through the role they played in fueling an artificial mortgage boom.But eight years ago, when I testified before Congress that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's "special privileges create a serious hazard to the market, to taxpayers (and) to the economy," my criticism of these sacred financial entities was met with ridicule. At the hearing on June 21, 2000, before the House Financial Services Committee, I...
  • Why NTU Supports the FairTax

    06/23/2008 4:13:28 PM PDT · by Man50D · 85 replies · 636+ views
    Why NTU Supports the FairTax: The Fair Tax Act would promote freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the States. Legislative Status: The FairTax has been reintroduced for the 110th Congress. It is H.R. 25 in the House and S. 1025 in the Senate. NTU has endorsed the FairTax since 1998 and continues to work for its adoption Benefits of the FairTax: The FairTax plan brings fairness, transparency, and efficiency to our unfair, complex, and confusing Tax Code....
  • NTU's Fiscal "Snapshot" of the 2008 Presidential Race

    06/23/2008 8:34:28 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 2 replies · 258+ views
    National Taxpayers Union ^ | National Taxpayers Union
    NTU's Fiscal "Snapshot" of the 2008 Presidential Race 2008 Presidential Race: Fiscal Snapshot of Leading Contenders with a Record In Congress   1. NTU Congressional Rating – Most Recent Grade and Rating 2. NTU Congressional Rating – Percent of "A" Grades (1992-2007) 3. NTUF Spending Agenda (BillTally) – Most Recent Congress 4. NTUF 2008 Candidate Spending Analyses Democrats Barack Obama (IL) F (5%) 0% +$40.5 billion $343.6 billion [updated analysis in PDF] Republicans John McCain (AZ) A (88%)5 67% +$8.8 billion $68.5 billion [updated analysis in PDF] Notes: 1. NTU Congressional Rating – 2007 Grade and Rating – NTU's Rating...
  • Virginia Supreme Court rules AGAINST N. VA tax authority

    02/29/2008 12:32:36 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 16 replies · 442+ views
    For Immediate Release Feb 29, 2008 For Further Information, Contact: Peter J. Sepp, Natasha Altamirano, (703) 683-5700 Plaintiff Hails Court's Ruling against N. Va. Tax Authority; Predicts "Major Benefit" for Other States' Taxpayers (Alexandria, VA) -- Virginia taxpayers scored a huge victory today when the Commonwealth's highest court sent an unmistakable message that the General Assembly may not delegate its taxing power to non-elected bodies such as the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. Kristina Rasmussen, a plaintiff in Robert G. Marshall, et al. v. Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, et al. and Director of Government Affairs for the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union...
  • Candidates new spending proposals

    02/10/2008 3:22:17 PM PST · by newbie2008 · 11 replies · 733+ views
  • Worldwide Trend toward Flat Taxes Should Guide Congress, Nation's Largest Taxpayer Group Says

    02/02/2008 11:54:59 AM PST · by xcamel · 40 replies · 356+ views
    NTU ^ | 01/07/2008 | Peter J. Sepp, Natasha Altamirano
    (Alexandria, VA) -- As House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) plans another push this year for an overhaul of the Tax Code, lawmakers should abandon Rangel's multi-rate proposal and follow the worldwide movement toward a simple flat tax system, according to the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU). In the mid-20th century, Hong Kong was the only country with a flat -- and proportional -- national personal income tax rate. Since then, 17 other countries have followed suit and introduced flat taxes, according to the World Taxpayers Associations (WTA), a coalition of 60 taxpayer-advocacy groups -- including NTU...
  • John Berthoud -- NTU -- RIP (He was one of our good guys!)

    09/27/2007 9:03:45 PM PDT · by taxcutisapayraise · 250+ views
    9/27/07 | taxcutisapayraise
    Below is the email I received from the National Taxpayers Union. John was one of our good guys who could spot a RINO in 15 words or less. God Bless John: We are sorry to announce the passing of John Berthoud. As you may know, he has led both the National Taxpayers Union and National Taxpayers Union Foundation over the last 11 years. We have looked to him as a strong leader, compassionate friend, and a fierce fighter for freedom. Pete Sepp, Vice President for Communications, shared his surprise, "John Berthoud's death today was as sudden as it was shocking...
  • John Berthoud, NTU president, dead

    09/27/2007 4:32:03 PM PDT · by VirginiaConstitutionalist · 5 replies · 905+ views
    The Free Liberal ^ | Free Liberal
    Just found out that John Berthoud, president of the National Taxpayers Union and a good friend to conservatism, passed away earlier today. Sorry if it's already been posted, searched and didn't find anything.
  • Fred Thompson Wins Straw Poll (National Taxpayers Union)

    06/16/2007 5:21:14 PM PDT · by Politicalmom · 49 replies · 1,463+ views
    Government Bytes- ^ | June 16, 2007 | Andrew Moylan
    Live-blogging from our 2007 National Taxpayers Conference, we now have the results of our Presidential Straw Poll. Every attendee of our Conference was given a chance to vote for any of the declared Presidential candidates, Republican or Democrat. After counting the votes, we can announce partial results. Fred Thompson was the winner with 25.7% of the vote. Ron Paul came in second place with 16.7%. Rudy Giuliani placed third with 12.5% Mitt Romney garnered 9.0% of the vote to snag fourth place. The top five was rounded out by John McCain, who received 5.6%. Full results, pictures, and more about...
  • The Other Joe (Joe Schwarz R-7, from Michigan)

    08/10/2006 5:46:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 36 replies · 904+ views
    Human Events ^ | 09.09.06 | John Berthoud
    Former Vice Presidential candidate Joe Lieberman’s loss in the Connecticut Democratic Senate primary may have grabbed the headlines, but Republican Congressman Joe Schwarz’s primary loss on Tuesday may create political waves just as big. Tim Walberg pulled off the rare feat of defeating an incumbent Congressman (by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin). The message from Michigan: the conservative base is tired of big-government Republicans. Schwarz of course was backed or praised by much of the GOP establishment and business lobbying community. He also received help from liberal groups, labor unions, and the union-allied Republican Main Street Partnership. Schwarz’s...
  • Press Releases of DeWine Dominated by Pork, Spending (All Reasons to Vote for Bill Pierce on May 2)

    04/27/2006 5:13:36 PM PDT · by litany_of_lies · 5 replies · 1,206+ views
    DeWine's Senatorial Web Site ^ | April 27, 2006 | Ohio's Alleged GOP Senator Mike DeWine
    Press Releases of Mike DeWine Dominated by Pork and Spending The list is long, but apologies for its length should be requested of Senator Mike DeWine.04/27/06 DEWINE SPONSORED BILL TO IMPROVE COMPETITION IN OIL INDUSTRY PASSES COMMITTEE 04/27/06 DEWINE INTRODUCES RESOLUTION DESIGNATING JUNE 2006 AS “NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH” 04/27/06 DEWINE BILL WOULD IMPROVE SCREENING OF NEWBORNS 04/27/06 DEWINE, VOINOVICH APPLAUD COMMITTEE CONFIRMATION OF BARRETT NOMINATION 04/26/06 DEWINE SPONSORED BILL WOULD PROVIDE GRANTS FOR HOLOCAUST EDUCATION 04/18/06 DEWINE HELPS SECURE DISASTER RELIEF GRANT FOR VOLUNTEER CONNECTION OF NW OHIO 04/13/06 DEWINE HELPS SECURE CONSERVATION GRANT FOR CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER 04/12/06 DEWINE...
  • Another tax-and-spend Democrat (Mark Warner)

    03/26/2006 11:04:23 AM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies · 1,174+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Mar. 26, 2006 | Sam Batkins
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In 2008, when voters begin to decide on presidential candidates, parsing through stump speeches and plain vanilla debates will make it difficult to judge who among the hopefuls will live up to their rhetoric on taxes and government spending. For concerned taxpayers, history has proven to be the best measure of a candidate’s mettle. Former Virginia Democratic Gov. Mark Warner is heralded as a fiscal conservative who brought his state out of a financial crisis. Voters took note when Warner proclaimed: “I will not raise taxes. My plan states it. I’ve said it through this campaign.” His...
  • NTU Rates Congress 2005 [Who are the friends of the taxpayers?]

    02/24/2006 1:01:54 PM PST · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 19 replies · 811+ views
    National Taxpayers Union ^ | February 23, 2006
    Yes, it’s that time of the year again. NTU released its annual rating of Congress today. If you haven’t visited today, make sure to Click Here for the pdf and Here for the Database.
  • House candidates' ratings

    01/28/2006 9:07:14 AM PST · by Seattle Conservative · 13 replies · 910+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 28,2006 | The Washington Times - Editoria
    The editorial page of The Washington Times has reviewed the interest-group and ideological ratings and rankings of the three Republican House members -- John Boehner of Ohio (first elected in 1990), John Shadegg of Arizona (1994) and Roy Blunt of Missouri (1996) -- seeking the post of House majority leader, which Tom DeLay permanently vacated recently. >snip Mr. Shadegg, who has compiled five 100% ratings in 10 years from the American Conservative Union (ACU), has a lifetime ACU rating of 97.6. With four 100% ratings over 14 years, Mr. Boehner's lifetime ACU rating is 93.4. Mr. Blunt, who has received...
  • Bill Weld Lives? (New York's transit strike could revive a flagging candidacy.)

    12/21/2005 9:45:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies · 720+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 12/22/2005 | W. James Antle III
    Veteran Weld-watchers may have noticed a brief flicker of the old Bill Weld yesterday as he came out swinging against the striking New York transit workers. Does Big Red still have enough of the fire that won him the Massachusetts governorship in 1990 to make a difference in New York in 2006? In an interview with the New York Sun, Weld challenged Democratic front-runner Eliot Spitzer to get tough on the strikers. "If he were governor, I don't think he would be as aggressive as I would be," said the Bay State turned Empire State Republican. "Mr. Spitzer should be...
  • "3 ... 2 ... 1 ... Rip-Off!" Taxpayer Group Blasts Boeing/Lockheed Launch Vehicle Plan

    12/19/2005 9:49:00 PM PST · by anymouse · 10 replies · 702+ views
    National Taxpayers Union Press Release ^ | Dec 19, 2005 | Peter J. Sepp, Paul Gessing
    The pending Boeing/Lockheed "United Launch Alliance" (ULA) to provide the Air Force with expendable rockets would unfairly strand taxpayers with a half-billion-dollar-a-year subsidy: that's the message the 350,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) delivered to Congress today, in an open letter urging lawmakers to end subsidies for the companies' current and proposed space-booster schemes. Federal policymakers are expected to consider the merger deal as early as this week. "Launch platforms for satellites can be expendable, but tax dollars never are," said NTU Director of Government Affairs Paul Gessing. "Over the past decade, the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) initiative...
  • Roll out the pork barrel

    08/05/2005 10:40:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 22 replies · 1,088+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 08.04.05 | Jeff Jacoby
    At $286.4 billion, the highway bill just passed by Congress is the most expensive public works legislation in US history. In addition to funding the interstate highway system and other federal transportation programs, it sets a new record for pork-barrel spending, earmarking $24 billion for a staggering 6,376 pet projects, spread among virtually every congressional district in the land. The enormous bill -- 1,752 pages long -- wasn't made available for public inspection until just before it was brought to a vote, and so, as The New York Times noted, ''it is safe to bet that none of the lawmakers,...
  • Echoes of Marx Infect Left-Wing Anti-CAFTA Rhetoric

    07/07/2005 6:26:25 AM PDT · by hinterlander · 15 replies · 696+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | July 7, 2005 | Sam Batkins
    Last week’s 54-45 U.S. Senate vote in favor of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) was a modest step forward for U.S. taxpayers and consumers. Certainly the pact could be simpler, and much more work needs to be done to tear down burdensome tariffs, which are nothing more than taxes on the flow of goods. But as CAFTA awaits an uncertain fate in the House, some less inspiring liberal voices from the past continue to echo through Washington. “CAFTA contains inadequate protections for workers’ rights and will only increase the power of corporations to exploit workers,” the International Brotherhood...
  • Skirting a statute

    06/30/2005 11:25:26 AM PDT · by JZelle · 28 replies · 999+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-30-05 | John McCaslin
    All told, 25 lawmakers on Capitol Hill had 10 or more days of unexcused absences in the 108th Congress, amounting to more than $500,000 in illegal salary payments. And 17 of those 25 senators and representatives were out campaigning at the time, according to a recent study by the National Taxpayers Union (NTU).
  • Supreme Court's Kelo Decision Trashes Taxpayer Rights as Well as Property Rights, Citizen Group Says

    06/23/2005 4:06:04 PM PDT · by Destro · 54 replies · 2,778+ views
    usnewswire.com ^ | 6/23/2005 1:13:00 PM | U.S. Newswire
    Supreme Court's Kelo Decision Trashes Taxpayer Rights as Well as Property Rights, Citizen Group Says 6/23/2005 1:13:00 PM To: National Desk Contact: Pete Sepp or Annie Patnaude, 703-683-5700, both of the National Taxpayers Union ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 23 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The U.S. Supreme Court's narrow 5-4 ruling in the Kelo v. City of New London case today has wide implications for taxpayers, not just property owners, according to the 350,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU), a non-partisan citizen group that filed a "friend of the court" brief in the case on behalf of the homeowners. John Berthoud, President of NTU,...
  • To Help Small Business Thrive, Keep Tax Cuts Alive

    03/05/2005 8:16:02 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 393+ views
    NTU.ORG ^ | MARCH 2, 2005 | PETER J. SEPP & ANNIE PATNAUDE
    Federal Payroll, State Tax Hikes Would “Undo Four Years of Progress,” Group’s President Warns (Washington, DC) – Expiring federal tax cuts, nagging state-level tax increases, and looming proposals to boost payroll taxes constitute a triple threat to small businesses: that’s the warning the 350,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) gave to policymakers at a forum sponsored by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. “Small businesses could be locked out of a prosperous future unless the tax cuts of the last four years are locked in,” said NTU President John Berthoud, who served as a Speaker at the Council’s event. “The income...
  • 25 Congress Members Flouted Law by Taking Taxpayer-Funded Salary for Unexcused Absences

    01/28/2005 7:18:36 AM PST · by yoe · 7 replies · 1,003+ views
    National Taxpayers Union ^ | Jan 26, 2005 | Peter J. Sepp - Annie Patnaude,
    This may be a repost but an important one.Alexandria, VA) – Even though President Bush took the oath of office last week, taxpayers still have one piece of unfinished business from the election: some federal lawmakers – including many seeking higher office – received thousands of dollars in salary overpayments for being away from their jobs during 2003 and 2004. According to a study released today by the 350,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU), an obscure federal statute still on the books requires Congressional absentees to forfeit their pay unless they or a family member are ill; but leaders have failed...
  • Group calls for refund on Kerry salary

    01/28/2005 3:28:16 AM PST · by kattracks · 28 replies · 4,745+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/28/05 | Noelle Straub
    WASHINGTON - A conservative watchdog group, upset that Sen. John F. Kerry [related, bio] kept his day job while running for president, wants him to return $91,000 in pay for days he missed votes.      Citing an obscure but still valid law, the National Taxpayers Union said Kerry should be docked pay for 146 days of Senate votes missed between January 2003 and October 2004.      Kerry tops a list of 25 senators and congressmen of both parties, most of whom were running for higher office or in tough re-election bids, listed as having missed more than 10 voting days in Congress...
  • Study: Congressional Retirees Reap Huge Taxpayer-Funded Pensions (Daschle could get 5 Mil)

    01/08/2005 12:09:57 AM PST · by Elkiejg · 10 replies · 1,283+ views
    National Taxpayers Union ^ | 1/7/05 | Peter J. Sepp, Annie Patnaude, David Keating,
    (Alexandria, VA) -- Thanks to a generous pension system, life after Congress can be a lot more lucrative: that's the conclusion of a study released today by the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF), a research group known for its detailed estimates on Congressional retirement benefits. A total of 38 former Senators and Representatives from the 108th Congress qualify for taxpayer-funded pensions, with former Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) leading the pack at a projected $5 million lifetime payout. "Even as most Americans face high taxes and other roadblocks to their own retirement, Members of Congress have paved a smooth path for...
  • Incoming Senate More Conservative

    11/13/2004 7:59:43 PM PST · by Ed Current · 36 replies · 2,439+ views
    American Conservative Union Foundation ^ | 9 Nov 04 | John Berthoud
    The 2004 election brought significant turnover in the United States Senate. What will the Senate election mean for taxpayers? Because most of the incoming Senators have previous service in the House of Representatives, a comparison can be made of the fiscal records of the outgoing Senators and most of the new Senators.To undertake the analysis, this Issue Brief utilizes the most recent National Taxpayers Union (NTU) Rates Congress grades for outgoing and incoming Senators. Of course, 2003 grades were available for all nine outgoing Senators. Grades were available for six of the nine incoming Senators (Senator-elect Obama (IL), Senator-elect Salazar...
  • "Offshoring" of Services a Boom -- Not a Bust -- for Americans, Taxpayer Group's Study Shows

    10/06/2004 12:03:21 PM PDT · by RedBloodedAmerican · 6 replies · 726+ views
    http://www.ntu.org ^ | For Immediate Release Sep 30, 2004 | Peter J. Sepp, Annie Patnaude, (703) 683-5700
      Press Releases    Printable Version  |      Email to a friend   For Immediate Release Sep 30, 2004For Further Information, Contact:Peter J. Sepp, Annie Patnaude, (703) 683-5700 "Offshoring" of Services a Boom -- Not a Bust -- for Americans, Taxpayer Group's Study Shows (Alexandria, VA) -- As politicians and economists alike debate the findings of last week's government report on U.S. firms' importation of services from foreign countries, a study released today from the 350,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) concludes that the "offshoring" phenomenon benefits rather than harms Americans. "Periods of lackluster economic growth and soft employment tend to produce convenient bogeymen for...
  • Taxpayer Watchdog Gives Kerry-Edwards A Failing Grade

    07/08/2004 12:54:32 PM PDT · by FlyLow · 5 replies · 710+ views
    CNS News ^ | 7-8-04 | Susan Jones
    A taxpayer watchdog group gives Sen. John Edwards an "F" grade on its tax-and-spending scorecard. "The data on John Edwards offers little comfort to taxpayers seeking spending restraint from Washington," said NTU President John Berthoud in a press release. "There is scant evidence to suggest his fiscal policies would be more moderate than those offered by the man at the top of the ticket." For 25 years, NTU has conducted an annual Rating of Congress based on every roll call vote affecting federal taxes, spending, debt, and regulation (typically 100-300 votes in a Congressional session, the group says). In 2003,...
  • U.S. Agricultural Policy: Ensuring Taxpayers Shell Out a Bushel

    05/01/2004 3:18:07 AM PDT · by Remember_Salamis · 2 replies · 429+ views
    National Taxpayers' Union ^ | Mar. 29, 2004 | Kathryn Landuyt
    U.S. Agricultural Policy: Ensuring Taxpayers Shell Out a Bushel NTUF Policy Paper 149 by Kathryn Landuyt Mar 29, 2004 The economic condition of farmers has engaged the attention of public policy- makers for over sixty years. During this time span agricultural policy has vacillated amongst a variety of mechanisms with the "underlying assumption that farm policy can and should reduce the risks farmers face by stabilizing prices and incomes."[1] Since government first pursued an active role in agricultural public policy, it appears as though the economic problems of farmers have exacerbated over time. The unprecedented amount of money spent, the...
  • Kerry's Deficit

    03/27/2004 9:41:51 AM PST · by arnoldfwilliams · 1 replies · 361+ views
    http://www.ntu.org/main/page.php?PageID=30 ^ | March, 2004 | National Taxpayer's Union Foundation
    The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) have both conducted yearly analysis of John Kerry's record as Senator. This data is presented in Section I. NTUF has also looked at the promises made by candidate Kerry on the 2004 campaign trail. We've gone through his website, speeches, statements in debates, and all other similar documents to see what he has promised. We then use our BillTally database to determine the costs to implement these promises. This data is presented in Section II. In a nutshell, NTUF has found that as of March 8, 2004, Kerry has...
  • Club For Growth Endorses Herman Cain

    03/17/2004 4:22:43 PM PST · by phil_will1 · 30 replies · 431+ views
    Herman Cain Campaign Newsletter | March 17, 2004
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herman Cain received the endorsement of Club for Growth, an organization dedicated to helping to elect candidates who support the Reagan vision of limited government and lower taxes. Club for Growth was founded in 1999 as a nationwide political membership organization dedicated to advancing public policies that promote economic growth. As a general rule, the Club sides with conservative candidates who have an excellent chance to win. This is seen by political insiders as a very significant development in the Georgia Senate race. "I am honored and encouraged to have received the endorsement of the Club...
  • Senator Scrooge (Debunks Kerry's "I love balanced budgets" claim) YES on Pork, NO on charity

    02/04/2004 3:08:15 PM PST · by jmstein7 · 14 replies · 499+ views
    The Washington Times | June 9, 1996
    The Washington Times, June 9, 1996 June 9, 1996, Sunday, Final EditionPart B; COMMENTARY; EDITORIALS; Pg. B2   According to the non-partisan National Taxpayers Union, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is one of the chamber's biggest spenders. On a scale of 0 (meaning a lawmaker opposes controls on taxing and spending) to 100 (meaning a lawmaker is a friend of taxpayers), Mr. Kerry tallied just 21, based on an NTU survey of his roll call votes in 1995. His profligate ways earned him an "F" from the group and a new title, "Big Spender." The NTU findings are hardly the only measure...
  • The Return of Fuzzy Math and Risky Schemes:

    01/24/2004 11:14:54 AM PST · by ShandaLear · 1 replies · 286+ views
    National Tax Payers Union Foundation ^ | Jan 19, 2004 | Drew Johnson
    How Presidential Hopefuls Would Deepen Deficits NTUF Policy Paper 148 Campaign pundits continue to wonder whether Howard Dean's candidacy for President will get the final boost it needs to prevail in this month's key Democratic primaries with former officeseeker Al Gore's recent endorsement. Yet, Gore's indirect presence in the race also reminds taxpayers of his duels with George W. Bush over fiscal policy in the 2000 Presidential contest. While Gore labeled Bush's tax reduction and Social Security reform plans as "risky schemes," Bush accused his opponent's budget platform of suffering from "fuzzy math." Today, as eight Democrats vie for their...
  • Study: Every Democrat Presidential Candidate's Platform Would Boost Budget Deficits

    01/19/2004 9:53:39 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 1 replies · 290+ views
    Study: Every Democrat Presidential Candidate's Platform Would Boost Budget Deficits 1/19/04 12:36:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Drew Johnson or Pete Sepp, 703-683-5700, both of the National Taxpayers Union Foundation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 19 /U.S. Newswire/ -- No matter who's left in the Presidential race after tonight's Iowa caucus, taxpayers will face sharply higher federal deficits if any of the remaining Democrat contenders' budget policies become law, according to a study from the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF). By supporting annual spending hikes of between 7.6 percent and 59.5 percent, every one of the eight hopefuls would worsen...
  • Taxpayer Watchdogs Slam State Tax-Hike Plans

    01/13/2004 8:50:17 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 3 replies · 354+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 1/13/04 | Susan Jones
    While the Bush administration lowers taxes, some states want to raise them. One taxpayer watchdog group is criticizing Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat, for his proposed billion-dollar tax hike, while another group is urging Arkansas lawmakers to reject any proposed tax increases The National Taxpayers Union called Virginia Gov. Warner's proposal "as unwise as it is unneeded" and promised to work for its defeat. NTU President John Berthoud said Gov. Warner's proposed tax hike flouts the will of Virginia voters, who defeated tax-hike measures 14 months ago - in the November 2002 election. "Despite a multimillion-dollar campaign in favor...
  • 10 Facts for Fiscal Conservatives to Ponder When Voting on the Massive Expansion of Medicare

    11/22/2003 9:46:49 AM PST · by Demian · 7 replies · 439+ views
    10 Facts for Fiscal Conservatives to Consider When Voting on the Medicare Prescription Drug Legislation 1. By CBO's estimates, this bill will bring the total projected deficit for the coming decade to nearly $2 trillion. 2. In the year 2026 alone (the year Medicare Part A is projected to go bankrupt), this legislation will increase the overall cost of Medicare by $300 billion. 3. This legislation will force millions of Americans to lose their private prescription drug coverage and be herded into an inferior government-run program. Benefits would cost most seniors more and deliver less. 4. The National Taxpayers...
  • Curing Tax Code Could Cure Health Insurance Woes, Citizen Group's Study Concludes

    07/23/2003 12:47:29 PM PDT · by Onelifetogive · 33 replies · 391+ views
    National Taxpayers Union ^ | July 22, 2003 | Paul Gessing, Pete Sepp, and Maureen Tell
    As Congress continues work on health care issues such as adding a prescription drug benefit to Medicare, a study by the 350,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) urges lawmakers not to overlook a key element in any health care reform effort: the Tax Code itself. "In their zeal to supposedly 'fix' America's health system, policymakers have focused far too often on tinkering with or even worsening the very source of the problem," said NTU Director of Government Affairs and study author Paul Gessing. "Solving our nation's health care woes requires thinking outside of the current entitlement-based structure, which unwisely permits third...
  • LOOKING BACK AT HILLARY

    02/01/2003 10:22:11 AM PST · by forest · 28 replies · 802+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #300 ^ | 2-2-03 | Doug Fiedor
    Some in the ultraliberal national media have been labeling her as politically moderate. Our question is: Moderate as per whom, Karl Marx? Hillary's voting record is so consistently liberal that the National Taxpayers Union -- whose voting indexes are based on some 200 roll-call votes -- gave her a 3% score for 2001. Fact is, that's the sorriest score NTU has given a freshman senator since 1977. Her voting record was not any better for 2002, either. Worse, like Slick Willie, Hillary's history reeks with wrongdoing. The well reported untimely demise of two of Hillary's friends, Webster Hubbell and Vince...
  • BWHAH-HAH-HAH ALERT: Hillary Clinton Gets the WORST New Senator Taxpayer Union Rating Ever

    04/08/2002 9:54:58 AM PDT · by RooRoobird14 · 33 replies · 1,073+ views
    CNS.com ^ | 4/8/2002 | By Jeff Johnson
    Clinton Gets Worst Tax Rating Ever For New Senator Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - The National Taxpayers Union has issued its annual "Taxpayers Score," which rates members of Congress based on their fiscal voting records, and the group said one freshman senator stands out. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) "earned the dubious distinction of being the lowest-scoring member of the Senate in 2001, with a 3 percent [rating]," NTU said in its announcement. "This is the worst score for a Senate freshman in their first year in office that NTU has ever recorded," the group added. Clinton's fellow New York Democrat,...