Obama: I’m Not Done Raising Taxes

In an interview with CBS that aired while most Americans were watching some big game they call the “Super Bowl,” Obama reiterated that he wants to raise additional revenue by closing “loopholes and deductions”:

 “Well, I don’t think the issue right now is raising rates. The question is, if we’re going to be serious about reducing our deficit, can we combine some smart spending cuts, ‘cause there’s still some waste in government; can we reform our health care programs in particular, because we spend a lot more on health care than every other country does, and we don’t get better outcomes, so there’s a lot of waste in the system, and there are things that we can do to reduce health care costs; and can we close some loopholes and deductions that folks who are well-connected and have a lot of accountants and lawyers can take advantage of, so they end up paying lower rates than a bus driver or a cop, can we close some of those loopholes?”

“If we combine those things together, then we can not only reduce our deficit, but we can continue to invest in things like education and research and development that are going to help us grow…without raising rates again.”

“There is no doubt we need additional revenue coupled with smart spending reductions in order to bring down our deficit, and we can do it in a gradual way so that it doesn’t have a huge impact.”

 First of all, he says, “If we’re going to be serious about reducing our deficit…” Well, they’re not serious, so everything after that conditional phrase is irrelevant. They don’t even acknowledge that they have a spending problem. Obama’s buddy Paul Krugman said there is no debt problem, nor is there a deficit problem. In fact, during this sluggish economy, it’s wise to run a deficit and increase spending.

Their thinking is that if they decrease spending, that would only contribute to unemployment because of all the government jobs that would be eliminated. So they have to find ways to expand government, thereby creating jobs for people who lost their private sector jobs (most likely because of government regulations and a government-created depression).

He wants to close loopholes and deductions that allow those “rich tax cheats” to dodge higher taxes. He said that it’s not fair that a bus driver has to pay a higher tax rate than a rich guy who has “connections” to good tax accountants. But Obama should be happy that he’s helped create a whole industry of accountants whose job it is to find ways for people to avoid paying higher taxes. That’s creating jobs.

But Obama doesn’t want those kinds of jobs. He wants people working government jobs, and once you become a prominent government worker or politician, then you can become a tax cheat (like Tim Geithner).

Later in the interview, Obama lamented that these rich people dodge the tax system by keeping their money in offshore bank accounts in the Cayman Islands. Well, Romney isn’t the only one with money in the Cayman Islands. Obama does too. So, what Obama really meant to say was that we need to demand that the rich pay their fair share unless that rich person works for the government (and preferably a Democrat) or a corporation that makes large contributions to Obama and his buddies.


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  • martha chandler

    It speaks, It lies.

    • Donald York

      Our Government is a glutton on spending with no end in sight. I agree that there are a lot of loopholes that need to be closed. Spending money on our country's enemies is something that MUST be stopped first.

      • gw111

        Remenber new regulations only change the loop holes, Romney ( and I am not a great fan of Romney) made it clear that things like the morgage loop hole would stay in place for the first 20,000. That would cover most americans. (probably 90%. Those paying more the that are paying on loans up to a million dollars. That may hurt some small business owners for sure, But it will for sure get more from those in the highest range of income.

        • 4USA2

          "some rich are using" made me smile. Hope you read how John Kerry docked his new yacht a few years back, and registered it in a different state than he lives in.... to avoid paying $500,000 in taxes. Yup, there are always ways to escape taxes and the rich know them all. Happy day

        • gw111

          You are quite right in smiling when I said some rich,expecially the very rich are using the loop holes to avoid paying taxes. I smiled too when I reread it. The point I was trying to make is the rich have the means to take advantage of the loop holes. And the loop holes actually come about by regulation. and laws. Kerry could do what he did because of some regulation or law which he was able to circumvent. The morgage deduction which has been very helpful in making it easier for the average person to buy a home. Is taken to extreme by the very wealthy, That is one loop hole which allows them to avoid taxes.

        • sandman

          That POS kerry, did not get away with it though! local conservative talk radio found out about it, and called him out on it! and it worked, BUT it did take many mo. for the honorable kerry to dig into his pockets and come up with the $$$, what he did is spit in many eyes in Mass. by going next door (R.I.) to have boat (ship is more like it) designed and built out side of Mass. because of the higher taxes in Mass.! his home state! then on top of it, the builder was was in the Land Down Under! and that means more work to outside the Country, and his carbon footprint for having it shipped back here was ginormous! and then on top of all this, he registered it in R.I. (no excise taxes or sales tax on BIG boats, even though he spent most of his summer on Nantucket (with his ship-boat), and tried to stiff Nantucket! on there "fair share" of taxes (excise), kerry is litteraly the man from Nantucket! but we have to remember, he says always" I am not rich, my wife is, I have to live on my Senate pay" what a ...........There was a man from Nantucket......... then the part about mortgage deductions, most of the very rich have NO mortgages! to begin with, and when they do, it is only up to the limit whatever it is at the time, to take advantage of whatever they can, but we the little people, NEED the deduction, to offset continuously rising property taxes and insurance, other wise I would not be able to keep the home I built 14 yrs ago, when my taxes were $1600/yr! now they have gone to $4,100/yr!! imagine that! I have to pay my town about $80 a week just for the privilage to own a home here, with no kids ever in the schools, and I even have to buy a sticker to bring my trash to the dump, and have to pay $5 a bag to leave it there! I can see NO services for my increased taxes, ever! and I have to pay around $1500 for the trucks and motorcycles my wife and I own also in excise taxes, then on top of all that I have to pay an additional $480/yr on what the town calls personal property taxes, my furniture, and apliances! it never ends, and you say we need to do away with the mortgage deduction? why? if you are a renter like I suspect, do you realize your landlord will have to raise the rent a fair amount to be able to help you provide a roof over your head, this is of cause you do not live in a rent controled housing, in which your landlord is screwed! ;ile I have said it never ends!

        • gw111

          Did you read my post. I said nothing about getting rid of the Morgage deduction. Unless you paid more than 20,000 dollars in interest then you get the same deduction. And I don't blame the rich for using it for their tax benefit. My assertion was simply that this deduction, which was designed to help the average person, is abused by the very wealthy. I own my home, I built it 28 years ago. At one time I was paying over 400 dollars a month in interest. My property taxes were also about 400 a month. I live in california. And I am a small business owner, Contractor, so don't think for one minute i don't know about taxes and regulation. When Kerry or others use the equity in their homes to finance their boats or planes they get a deduction for somthing other then the cost of financing their home because of the loop hole. Perhaps you have refinanced your home and bought a car with some extra cash. Sounds like you might have gotten a break on your taxes for buying a car. Well the small break you get for your car is nothing compared to buying a a Million dollar boat or plane. The example of Kerry makes a point that all consevatives should make and that Regulations and taxes sponsored by bleeding heart Liberals serve to make loop holes for their gain, Most rich have Morgages by the way it is the easiest way to get a deduction. If you have a 10 million dollar home and want t o buy a Jet it is better to borrow on your house and pay off the Jet. That way you get a deduction.

        • kstamm5909

          My own little (and I do mean little) contribution to John Kerry is that I refuse to buy Heinz Ketchup or Mustard. Since he married Teresa Heinze, he made himself available to all of Sen. John Heinz fortune. Kerry did nothing to earn that money except marry into it. So, I'm sorry if you work for Heinz Corp. but I ain't gonna support that POS.

        • mogul264

          All these 'loopholes' are engineered by our erstwhile politicians, at the urgings (donations) of lobbyists and other donors to their campaign funds and 'other valuable considerations' ('What's in it for me?").

      • http://www.facebook.com/john.brashear.31 John Brashear

        Donald, that would require a trial for treason.....that isnt going to happen...

    • Frank629

      it then walks down to chicagos notorious DOWN LOW CLUB .

  • fideux

    Of course he's not done raising taxes, he's a democrat, but worse! I hope the idiots that voted for him are happy. Basically, by reelecting him they said, "Hey, screw us, we like it!"

    • Tin Values

      It's funny how I heard an idiot supporter tell me all Romney would do is raise taxes if elected. Who's doing what, now?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jan.dinkins.3 Jan Dinkins

        You're right, that person was/is an idiot!

    • GiveAwayJimmie

      Many of the people that voted obama in---will not realize a tax increase---unless the main stram media--come's up with a phrase---that tell them they have been screwed---while the middle class is still managing to shaft the poor/stupid/ignorant/lazy/ government supporting toady's.

      • 57girl

        Let us not forget that inflation is a 'hidden' tax. It is one, none of us can avoid. So even those poor saps that don't realize they're getting screwed, are in fact, getting screwed.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jan.dinkins.3 Jan Dinkins

          No, not as long as they get food stamps and vouchers for gas and utilities. During the 08 campaign Obama said, in his push for " green" energy, that our power bills would naturally go up but vouchers would be given to his " special" ones.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jan.dinkins.3 Jan Dinkins

      The gimmies are jumping up and down with joy over higher taxes on the working American citizen....they will get a larger hand out.

      • fideux

        Actually, sooner rather than later, all the freebies are going to come to a screeching halt. At the rate Obama is handing out money, there will be nothing to hand out. He spends money like a drunken sailor with one exception; the drunken sailor is spending his own money!

  • jb80538

    Of course he's not done raising taxes...He's a liberal and they love taxes.

    • fideux

      You mean they love to tax others.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dean.braun.35 Dean Braun

      Obama may not be done raising taxes but I for one am done PAYING taxes.

      • 57girl

        We all should quit paying taxes. Counterfeiting has worked for the Government to date. Why don't they counterfeit their taxes, too? It sure would take the pressure off of the common citizens trying to make a living.

  • http://twitter.com/DonBahn1 Don Bahn

    After reading that people spent $3500 for Super bowl tickets + hotel, and air fair, is there any doubt that Obama sees people are keeping too much of their money, he intends to redistribute the wealth.

    • Centurian2010

      To his own family vacation fund.

    • http://www.facebook.com/debbiemormino Debbie Ginart Mormino

      He wants to take that money and take more vacays for the wife and kiddos!

      • http://www.facebook.com/jan.dinkins.3 Jan Dinkins

        And the building of a multi million dollar home in Hawaii.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Meenan/100000230963967 Tim Meenan

    oh yes martha, you have that right ! for he that have sown the wind, so they shall reap the whirlwind !

  • americansonlyhere

    Everytime he talks about inequality he equates it to a union. Sorry Dude, Union members have it made. Their sorry a$$es are protected by the mob and couldnt lose a job unless they screwed a union boss over.
    Obama is not for middle class America, he is for the elite.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sandy.nelson.311 Sandy Nelson

      of course, he is one of them. What ever happened to the term limits in the constitution? 3 years for a senator or leg. Now Ob thinks he can get in in another term? He needs to be impeached, now. The longer we wait the worse it will get.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jan.dinkins.3 Jan Dinkins

        He needs tobe tried for treason.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jan.dinkins.3 Jan Dinkins

      He is not for Americans or this country.

      • Patriot

        Since he is not one of us, why should he be? :)
        Have you noticed his kinship to the Muslim Brotherhood?
        Need I say more? :)

  • vietnamvet1971

    This Evil POS has only been in office since his re-election for 2-3 weeks and NOW he knows he has NO problems showing his TRUE self all the while Laughing at the Stupid Voters

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Barney/100000502045724 Victor Barney

      what about rather EVIL INSPIRED VOTERS? Just wondering???

      • Antogeny

        Or, if we are PC - the "low information" voters?

        • Patriot

          Low information voters? That may be too generous! :)

        • Antogeny

          All PC words are too generous - and distortions of the truth!

        • http://www.facebook.com/jan.dinkins.3 Jan Dinkins

          They're dumb as dirt...and proud of it!

      • http://www.facebook.com/jan.dinkins.3 Jan Dinkins

        Yes, I have little doubt that his worshipers would kill for him. They are truly the Jim Jones kool-aid drinkers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.kirkham.7 Ken Kirkham

    The gov should not be investing in research and development! That is the private sector's opportunity as the gov produces NOTHING!

  • ladyceo

    And where does Obama plan to get the money to pay the salaries for these government jobs??

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lou-Luna/100000824148995 Lou Luna

      From China

      • polmutant

        actually the new funding source is the muslim brotherhood. for decades the USA has given "foreign aid" to allah lands to improve quality of life. this never happened. it was leveraged against the USA tax payer. now these monies are lent back to the USA. under islam sharia law, interest is forbidden. so the interest is simple bow your knee to allah/islam. this is why there is commie pink kenyan muslim ruling you. senate, congress, scotus, JCOS all eat at this trough.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jan.dinkins.3 Jan Dinkins

      The tax paying citizen and compliments of China and just print a few more trillion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1020382320 Curtis Edward Turner

    Obama is doing what Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize winning economist advocated against, "Money Mischief!"

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LK6LEUXM2PW2A656WPXEBTDGZA Sunny

    my god this guy is losing it...someone please lock him up....hey mr pres..what happen to ALL THOSE JOBS YOU WERE WORKING ON FIRST...IN NOV???? JOBS ECONOMY??? INSTEAD OF FLYING AROUND LIKE A CLOWN...GET SOME WORK DONE!!!!!

  • polmutant

    why does it always look like it is a donkeys behind? does anyone know why the commie pink kenyan wears a hat while sitting on the toilet?? so it can remember which end to wipe.

    • Patriot

      Funny one polmutant! :)

      • polmutant

        if only it was not true!

  • 1Anastasia

    the biggest waste the government has is obama and his family--they are vacationing the rest of us out of house and home...instead of raising our taxes and hurting us more, why doesnt he curtail his own selfish lifestyle,,,, and then there is Nancy Pelosi...do I need to say more?

    • Patriot

      Ya, setting an example for a change would be good instead of his "In your face" conspicuous consumption at our expense! Enough is enough already! HANDS OUT OF THE COOKIE JAR YOU racist, Arab, gay commie!

    • Max

      W ONNVACATION 973 DAYS. 35%. NOT TO HAWAII VUT COSTS THE TAXPAYER THE SAME...SECURITY, AF1, ETC. HE SPENT ONE MONTH EACH YEAR ATTHE RANCH PLUS LOTS OF OTHER DAYS AT THE RANCH A D OTHER VACATIONS.

      • Truth goes 100 MPH

        Vot langvitch yer speeking Max? Jus asskin

        • Patriot

          It's called IDIOCY. Weird dialect however.
          Hes a fricken troll!

        • Ted Crawford

          He's a card carring member of Obama's Coven of Useful Idiots and a charter member of 'Morons are US'! A text-book example of why the term "Progressive Logic" is considered one of the World's Ultimate Oxymorons!

        • Patriot

          I also suspect he may be John, Yahoo Mail, & chris Lamar and possibly Kool nightes. (His spelling, not mine)

      • a marine .

        your a moron.

  • Jakebrake

    Gotsa-haves-dat money so we's can go on them vacations.

    • Patriot

      Moving on up, to the east side!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Ridgway/1413095773 Dan Ridgway

    Let's tax Hawaiian vacations at 50%.

    • Patriot

      98%

    • Max

      Go back and collect from W for his 973 Days on vacation. Always one month at the ranch. Still costs the same secret service, housing security, etc. so make W pay up.

  • ezekiel22

    The head of the household of the most expensive First Family in history says there is still waste. If he is a leader then show some leadership in austerity. Of course that won't happen as he is better than the rest of us and Michelle is so special.
    He is not I repeat not ever going to raise taxes on the rich. It would interfere with the campaign contributions to the political parties. Instead there will be a closing of loopholes which will include charitable deductions as well as mortgages which both will be phased in. Any so called direct taxation will be trickled down for the middle class as that is where the real money is. Congress will not pass a tax that will directly affect the rich. Of course the class warfare song will be sung and people fall for it as usual.

    • Max

      George 2 was on vacation 973 Days or 35% of his presidency. Obama 66 days. So. 2 is rHe most expensive. Of course, Laura's clothese were rather plain.

      • ezekiel22

        Not even close. Obama 1.4 billion dollars Michelle the largest ever personal staff for a first lady even beats Hillary just to give credit. Also please note that Bush 2 went to Crawford Texas for vacations.

        • Patriot

          Your right. Someone should send that Michelle a bill.
          Ya, your right. George went to Crawford and cleared brush. A rather austere vacation wouldn't you say?

          This guy Max is a well known TROLL.
          Just a heads-up.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jan.dinkins.3 Jan Dinkins

        Have you bothered to include the Obama's numerous out of the country vacations?

        • Patriot

          Of course this troll Max didn't. He's an idiot troll who ha reemerged as someone else as usual!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jan.dinkins.3 Jan Dinkins

      Does ANYBODY think for one eye blink that the Hollywood heathens would turn over their billions to Obama.....to campaign for him yes, but not in taxes. Most of them owe millions in taxes now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rose-Marie-Noa/1086452677 Rose-Marie Noa

    That picture of barry shows he's just as crazy as the muslims & N. Koreans !!! He should be impeached & imprisoned or better yet, hung for treason !!!

    • Patriot

      Find a stout tree and some good hemp rope!
      I for one have had enough!

  • DOOM161

    And for the federal government, smart spending cuts are no spending cuts.

  • 3deuces1

    What could have caused the economy to contract from 3.1 percent growth in the third quarter to negative 0.1 percent in the fourth. Its almost as if American voters had elected some sort of radical, socialistic, anti american, to office or something. With all this negative economic growth, obuma may have to stimulate us with more taxes soon, just to make up for lost revenue.

    • Max

      One item was 22% decrease in government employment and spending. When you get rid of government workers it affects the economy. Always had. A
      Ways will. Look at the report hat details what made up the contraction. Facts not concepts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.beall.961 David Beall

    I feel a second revolution approaching. It seems King Barry and his court of cohorts have forgotten history -- that the first revolution was caused by over-taxation. Keep it up Obama. You'll end up just like King George.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCKAAE7IPDW6NHOX4PKNPGYLD4 John

      We can only pray that it happens SOON

  • huntingfreedominAmerica

    How can this clown sleep at night? With Obamacare by 2014 most family's will not have any health insurance at a IRS report of the average cost of $4,000 for each family member and that is for the cheepest plan. A family of 4 will have to pay $16,000 for health care a year or pay a fine of $2,500 and still not have health care. How's that for helping the little guy. If you make under the poverty level which is $23,050 set in 2012 if you are in this income you will have a boost by the government to pay for yours for only 4 years, after that the governments expects you to have better yourself and you will have to pay the full amount, and by the year 2023 your plan for Obamacare will double. So those out there that voted for Obama for the lies you fell for will hit your pocket as well. Remember we have to pass the Bill to find out what is in it. I hope it set's well with you Obama fans out there. Obama is coming after your guns and next your money but fools fall for anything and your superman is counting on you to stay dumb and fall for more lies.

    • Max

      your facts are wrong. There are no plans to do away with poverty level subsidies at any given date. You can get cheaper than $16,000 depending g on the policy you choose. Did Glen tell you what to think. Check out independent Kaiser Foundation for some actual real information. May differ from what your extremist blogs tell you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jan.dinkins.3 Jan Dinkins

        Try reading the Obamacare bill...I have read the pp pertaining to senior citizens, penalties, taxes and fees. The senior citizen might as well be choosing his/her coffin. Sara Palin is NO dummie. The dummies are the ones who idolize BHO aka Barry Soetor of Indonesian fame.

      • huntingfreedominAmerica

        Max, My facts come a long time friend and IRS agent. So I'll believe him before the Kaiser Foundation they happen to be on Obama's payroll and $4,000 per year, per family member is the cheapest plan, and yes there is a 4 year subsidies plan. So if your hoping that Obama is going to pay for your insurance for life you better think again, or at least for once. And If you are a part time empolyee with a company your hours will be cut to 30 hrs. or less a week because of Obamacare laws that start in Jan.1,2014. However most company's are starting to cut part time empolyee even now. I'm not a Glen Beck watcher, or do I read extremist blogs. If you really want to know the truth just ask any of your friends that only work part time jobs. And I don't drink the Lame Stream Media's Kool Ad. So if the gravy train is what your on, guess what, it has a stopping point.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jan.dinkins.3 Jan Dinkins

      And they will remain the Jim Jones kool-aid drinkers...they really do think of him as being "God". These people are NUTS and will NEVER accept the truth nor do they want to know the truth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Barney/100000502045724 Victor Barney

    Oh! Where is Eve & Cain when you really need them? Duh!

  • gbandy

    The Democrat way of spending other peoples money is now in full swing. Now Obama has always said he is for the "middleclass" well he cannot just keep taxing the "rich' as we are going to run out of rich. How about cutting spending? Well I guess that would be too easy.

    • Max

      There have. Even spendi gncuts...check the facts. More aremcomingnasmper Obamas plan.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jan.dinkins.3 Jan Dinkins

        Where are the spending cuts? Maybe you mean the over 700 billion dollars taken from Medicare??

    • http://www.facebook.com/jan.dinkins.3 Jan Dinkins

      My pay check was $80 less this month( part time work) and my less than a 1,000.00 a month retirement is now $20 less each month...quite a chunk each year less and the price of all goods up! Obama is a disgrace to this country as well ad a traitor.

  • Doc

    Democrats want all this trash you enact. Raise taxes on democrats to pay for it.

  • The Old Man

    we have to pay more taxes so they can afford to pay for all the guns and bullets they have ordered.

  • Phillip Gray

    Isn't that the exact same thing that romney said he wanted to do, close loopholes & set a limit for exemptions? He discredited romney by saying he was gonna do the opposite & now he copies him by saying he wants to do exactly that. Except romney was gonna leave the individual rate the same, obama already raised it for higher incomes. But bottom line, this idea was not his to begin with. Are all of his supporters really so dumb? They don't see that he stole his competition's ideas, made em look like his own & vilifies repubs like romney by saying they're against it... & all with a straight face? Wow lol is stupid contagious or what?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/debbiemormino Debbie Ginart Mormino

      "Low information" voters!

    • Max

      Obama campaigned on raising taxes on the rich. Romney did not. Obama also talked about reforming the whole tax system, including closing loopholes. You obviously would have had. O reason to listen to Obama but look it up. Don't you guys ever check facts. You know those pesky things that contradict what you are told to think.

  • JZgolf

    I love how he is more worried about bringing up the rates that the "well-connected" pay, rather than bring down the bus driver's or cop's rate. Not the way a president should think. BO you stink!

  • fwiw

    Getting serious about the deficit? At what point did he show any interest in doing this? They treat us like idiots because we let them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carol-Fryer/100000156546455 Carol Fryer

    i guess he wont be happy till most of our pay checks go to him automatically. Evil men can never be satisfied.

  • Tin Values

    He's not done raising taxes and I'm not done buying more ammo. 99% aren't going to feed on me without a lead bib.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carol-Fryer/100000156546455 Carol Fryer

    You remember the leaked memo when he first got in office about conservatives and vets being terrorists, and he said we werent supposed to see that? Well its in his executive laws now....Its official ....we are terrorists. Oh what a surprise.

    • http://www.facebook.com/debbiemormino Debbie Ginart Mormino

      and now he's made killing people (terrorists!) the law of the land! If you are a Christian, are pro-life and a gun owner, you're a terrorist!

    • Patriot

      Were the terrorist you commie low-life? Lock and load and bring it on you jerk wad camel jokey racist queer!

      • Max

        Yea real patriots always use racist, hateful language. That is our constitution at work. And shows rHe intelligence of the Republican party

  • auhunter

    Yeah I really had it made as a Union member with Boeing in Washington. I ended up losing nearly a 4,000 sq. ft. log home and ten acres of land, due to Union strikes. Our major problem is not with Unions though it is with the increasing debt due to overspending, and a dismally poor job market. Stop all the subsidies, bailouts, and Bridges to Nowhere Pork, Cut all of the idiotic regulations on businesses, approve projects like the XL Pipeline and we would bounce back in no time. Increased taxes and over regulating of the business world is killing the business world, especially small business, which Dumbo still hasn't realized is the back bone of this country. Many that had planned on expansion have now closed their doors because of the aforementioned policies. This includes the medical field. One nationwide hospital chain had planned on opening 2 new hospitals in the mid-west, they have now put those plans on hold and instead are curtailing services and laying off employees My own doctor falls into this category. He had planned on opening clinics in two small rural towns, so patients didn't have to drive 30 or miles or more for care, instead he has laid off one of his office staff and is seriously thinking of closing his office permanently. That would mean all of his patients would have to drive 45 to 90 miles for a doctor and anything deemed an emergency would require a $4,000 ambulance ride. Yeah Obamacare is great too.

  • Patriot

    Keep raising taxes Obama. Your cruising for a brusin! Jerk-water classless a-hole!

    We don't need no more stinking taxes. Put your silly glad-handing girly hands on your Hollywood pals if you need more taxes!

    • Max

      How that impeachment thing worki g out...been at it For four years. Hopefully y can get that done by 2016. Yea. Good luck. Loses.

      • Patriot

        "F" off jerk wad!
        What a supper ass-ho*e you are. Just come out from under you rock?
        Oh, you again. Should have figured. Again f-off jerk-wad!

  • Nacho Daddy

    What are we supposed to do, complain?
    Watch it fall and rebuild is all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/debbiemormino Debbie Ginart Mormino

    and I guess there is no waste in sending F-16's to Egypt? This administration sends more money to our enemies than any other in history. It is so blatant!

    • Max

      Get real folks....the Reps from Pre Regean supported Egypt big time. They palled arou d with Egyptian military, trained them and gave them mucho money. Do you ever look at or remember facts. Egypt was a major ally of America. As are other Arab nations. Geez. You guys can be so dumb

  • Plaintruths

    Funny how he can say we spend more on healthcare than anyone else, and do not get better outcomes yet he refuses to acknowledge that we also outspend almost everyone on education, adn are falling in that area so fast it makes your head spin. But then again, Gen. Powell echoes that although we spend so much on education, it is not enough.
    Maybe the answer is unionized doctors, then they could be as good as the teachers?

    • Patriot

      Yep, Our tax dollars hard at work-not! :)

  • teadog

    I am so sick of obama.....he has done nothing but lie from the time he started campaigning for president and what is just is bad, he continues to campaign. Is anyone else as sick as me??
    Every time I turn on the news or go on-line obama is spreading his lies and the commie media is his mouth piece...................And he never does anything wrong, if it's not the onservative
    politicians it's us, the evil worthless American citizen. The govt. is more than broke, it's totally disfunctional and we need to fix it ourselves. Maybe it's time we should start being as destructive and selfish as the far left and the OWS group. At least we'll get noticed and then they can blame us for being rebellious instead of hearing them just blame us.........

    • Max

      So why do you continue to listen to commie press. You only encourage them. Obama has a 60% approval rating. Tea Party 28%, Hillary 65%. Looks like. Uch more of that commie stuff to come. Hope all your tea party guys make it to vote in 2104 nd 2016. You'll need them.

  • bluefighter

    Not only more taxes to empty our pockets, there are more regulations coming to ruin our lifestyles.

  • Ponco Villa

    For a guy who only got 24% of the vote in 2012 and another 30% from Diebold voter fraud machines he talks big. ONLY 7 MILLION people watched his inaugural address in 2013, but in in 2008 he was much more popular with 17million watching.

    • Max

      Less watch the great liberal W. thank you W for huge bureaucracy, Drugs for granny and tow big wars not paid for in any budget and added to the deficit. Hope you non Rove guys get a really popular guy to run against Hillary and Bill

  • Walt

    Not much purpose in raising taxes to congress can continue to spend. If the money is not going to the deficit then we don't need new taxes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.wisner.18 Eric Wisner

    bottom line is way too many people work for or in gov't as the US gov't is the largest employer in the world and not enough people working in the private sector to fund gov't programs and salaries without deficit spending and the reason we have a 16 1/2 trillion dollar debt. obama is clueless because he never worked in the private sector

  • TPM

    Obama wants to close loopholes on the rich? Let him start by setting a good example.
    Check out this link to an article from a British newspaper ...

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2029615/Michelle-Obama-accused-spending-10m-public-money-vacations

    In just the last year, Michelle (Moochelle) Obama has taken 42 vacation days, at taxpayer expense. The cost? How about a whopping $10,000,000!
    Total up the cost of her 4 year total and it makes one sick to their stomach.

    If my employer gives me a $2,000 trip, I owe taxes on the value ($2,000) of that trip. Why don't the Obama's follow suit?

    Mochelle schleps her mama, her kids and a crapload of her friends on these taxpayer paid junkets. It's wasteful and it's shameful.
    You did not see this kind of no class, abusive behavior from Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush or Laura Bush. The Obamas are treating their tenure in the White House as a License to Steal.

    How about Obama paying taxes on the value of these junkets?
    FAT CHANCE of that happening.

    • Max

      You have to stop security for all presidents...that's what costs money. Obama, Regean, W all paid tpfor their food, lodging but they all fly in AF1. W and lovey Laura spent 973 days put of 8 years or 35% on vacation. Laura took the girls on several. So you can't just start harping on Obama. W wins rHe most vacation time, ha ds down.

  • US citizen

    Believe me this man is dangerous ! One can never take his word for anything.

  • The_American_Way

    The Liar-In-Chief is at it again. I love how he tries to hide his tax increases with words like "he want to raise additional revenues". He is the most deceptive President we have ever had.

  • VET

    Why is raising taxes an issue for obummer most of his followers don't work anyway.

    • Max

      yea all those seniors and veterans who voted for Obama don't work. Why don't we just put them in forced labor camps. That would make all those slackers who voted for Obama to pay. Then they'll vote for whoever Karl Rove tells them to. You guys Re very sore losers...emphasis on losers.

      • VET

        Do You really think the Great One cares about veterans and seniors?

  • daves

    Mr. Hodges, your article is a joke.

    If the government cuts spending enough then millions of private sector jobs could be lost because of government contracts. Ask Lockheed Martin what the impact would be to their company if the government reduced defense spending by $100 billion a year.

    And if the president changes the law so money transferred to Cayman Island accounts is still taxed, wouldn't he be increasing his own taxes? How do you arrive at the conclusion "that the rich pay their fair share unless that rich person works for the government"?

    I understand that your propaganda works on some of the Godfather readers but you insult the intelligence of the American citizen.

    • Bill Tyner

      OMG Daves, remember the DOD awarding the Air Force tanker contract to Air Bus a couple years back? The outcry from Americans was so great it was rescinded and an American firm rightfully got the contract. That's our "know best" bloated government at work. You mention Lockheed Martin who is king of the cost overruns. Good government stewardship would save overall expenditures by enforcing the existing rules. Instead, they don't and simply make thousands of new regulations that they don't enforce - it makes 'em feel good I suppose like they are doing their job.

      Hey, let me quote Obama from Hodges article: “There is no doubt we need additional revenue coupled with smart spending reductions in order to bring down our deficit, and we can do it in a gradual way so that it doesn’t have a huge impact.”

      He's got the right idea about smart spending reductions but as for the rest, he is simply turning the heat up on us frogs in the kettle...
      Read more: http://godfatherpolitics.com/9320/obama-im-not-done-raising-taxes/#ixzz2K4Qmro9V

  • downs1

    The liberal Democrat leaders with the help of some foolish RINO's in this nation are making sure that there will be no survivors when they are finished with their social engineering. Somewhere they have gotten the idea that there is a big difference between sound economic principles for the family and economic principles for the nation. We (the family) have to keep our spending within our ability to pay, or at least in a sane economic plan where we can pay the interest on borrowed money as well as pay down on the principle. If we don't, we lose our credibility and our ability to borrow, and eventually we go bankrupt. Not good! However, this regime sees it differently where government is concerned. Keep up the wild spending, part of which goes to pay off cronies whom Obama owes big time, "allies" that will someday fight the United States (e.g Egypt, Libya and other Muslim Brotherhood groups), and part of which goes to those "projects" that foster environmental, energy, social programs that are supposed to have big payoffs and change the system, but seldom if ever do! And, of course, there is the ultra-secret "civilian defense force" that Obama is building as his private army (shades of the Brown Shirts!) that he will use to strengthen his martial law when he invokes it! Obama must fund all this, so he simply squeezes the people for more taxes. Is there a limit on how much he can do this? Not in his mind, and not in the minds of his liberal cronies and the foolish RINO's. We are merely "resources" to be used to meet Obama's insane quest for power and "greatness"! Of course of his friends are exempt from the scalping he demands. He should read world history, but that would be too depressing. What happened to those previous dictators couldn't possibly happen to him! After all, he's (drum roll and trumpets blare!) Barack Obama! God will get him just like He got all the others!

    • Bill Tyner

      Very perceptive and well written. Perhaps "insane" though is a bit much. What do you think about substituting "pathological" to describe Mr. Obama more accurately?

      • downs1

        Thanks, Bill. "Pathologic" is a great word, and it fits well here. I stand corrected!

  • 7PastorCarmine7

    Hey People that voted for him you can pay my taxes

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.hallett.31 Michael Hallett

    How about getting some taxes from big business, the NFL pays $0 in taxes and there are many others. How about the millionaires that owe millions in back taxes paying up. Those would be good places to start.

    • Brabado

      Sadly, some people can't stay away from Obama's koolaid...
      Apply for "food stamps", turn on your TV, go back to your hole in the ground, and live happy ever after.
      Some people were born to live of those who really work... Ain' that so Michael?

      • Max

        Yea if anyone disagrees with you Brabado, they are just dopers, slackers, takers, moochers. I work, don't do food stamps, pay taxes a d agree with Michael. Guess you'll just call me a commie or gay, right. You guys who hate Obama are Lways right. That's why your party lost last time a d will again. You'll stay taxes...

  • Patriot

    Soon as that Muslim idiot opens his mouth he LIES. He wouldn't know how to do anything but give blacks government jobs or welfare money to keep them voting for democrats
    He and 99.9% of democrats need to go and go when we vote again in 2014. And for sure not cote vote for another socialist Muslim idiot in 2016. Which is H. Clintin

  • gw111

    The one tax that is coming is the one where we devalue the dollar as a result of run away inflation. That tax hurts the poor the most. Rich won't need loop holes, they have their property and such and it will just go up in price (notice i didn't say value) and the poor person or the person just starting out will not be able to buy a home, or foreign car that would of been competition for the domistic markert, you know the one controled by Union thugs and government.
    Saving of the middle class will be all but wiped out.

  • Kenny_Ray

    This idiot does not have a clue...

    • John Beam

      Oh, he has a clue alright. He's going to suck every last drop of life from the United States, and that's been his plan all along. He wants to crush our economy and turn us into a neo-feudal socialist dictatorship. He's already got half the country wanting him to take over every aspect of everyone's life, and there are enough of the rest who are dimwitted enough to not care if he does or not. Everything is going according to plan...

  • fortuneteller43

    When is everyone going to realize the president is psychologically unfit for the job? Where are all the psychiatrists? Who will be the brave soul who will analyze this fellow and give his opinion? Is this a race to 2016 to see who gets there first---him or us?

  • gw111

    So many of obama supporter don't pay taxes any way. Remenber on 53 persent of the peole pay taxes. And the rich that have been avoiding their taxes through loop holes, Well they will be able to find new loop holes in any regulation, or they will inverst in Tax exempt business like solar energy, or subsidized products like ethinol. Obama says tax the rich, and yet we find the rich will find a way around it. Romney who was rich use legal means to avoid taxes. Imagine how Gore will avoid taxes. like selling Current affair to al Jazerra before the new tax year so he could save on his taxes. GE invest in solar and wind because they have special tax incientives with out giving us any energy independence. Yet the incentives to go after fraking gas are low. Even at that the market is creating a profit for that gas because it works.
    When somone says loop holes you should equate it with regulations, and that spells restriction on products which lead to higher prices on everything. Expecially those things the poor need as much as the rich, Food, gas, shelter. Even things like education go up and as we all know our public educational system stinks. (the rich just send their kids to private schools.)

    • Max

      Wow. There are som outstanding public schools. And yea. old people a d veterans are such slackers. We should start taxi g them and cut corporate taa es more. Then they could hire granny and vets. - brilliant approach.

      • gw111

        the public schools that are doing well are few and even fewer in the poorest areas of this country. I never called old people or vetrans slackers. I am one of the old people. The schools in this country are failing compared to schools of the world. We rate somthin like 22 amoung western countries. John Stossel did a program on american schools and you can link to it through google. If we are going to deny where we are failing we can never fix it. Bye the way we spend more per person then any other country in the world. If your a teacher and you are doing a good job then more power to you. Don't however support those deadbeat teachers who can't be fired. It really only takes away from the good teachers and students.

      • gw111

        Max you missed the point. If you don't pay taxes why is it to your advantage to give the very rich loop holes. I am not asking vetrans or old people to pay more, I am saying stop loop holes. Who use the loop holes, the very rich. For example. We have a morgage deduction which helps the average person to afford buying a home. Conservative suggested that we limit the deduction to 20,000 dollars. The left screamed how do we take away the morgage deduction. If your paying more the 20,000 interest then you have loans of probly more then 500,000. Who use these lage loans. Well those who own homes woth more the million dollars and want to buy a new mercedes will take a loan out on their home to but the car. Why not get a deduction for your car. Better yet when you buy a million dollar Yahcht it makes since to bborrow against your home that way you can deduct the interest. Before you go saying the conservatives want the poor to pay more look at the facts, we just want those to pay what they owe. The rich will find ways to avoid taxes as long as we allow loop holes. And a loop hole can be created around any law or regulation.

  • 57girl

    "Because there is some waste in Government spending" ... that has got to be the understatement of the day.

    I can think of a multitude of ways to cut spending REAL quick. We could start by bringing our troops home world wide and cutting off food stamps and free housing for illegal aliens, for an immediate impact. We could also make a law where our 'rulers' foot their own leisure expenses (especially family vacations, complete with bodyguards).

    Ah, and then there is all of that interest (in the billions) spent on interest to borrow money from private bankers at the Federal Reserve... why are we doing that at all, when our Constitution clearly states that the US Treasury is responsible for minting our money DIRECTLY by and for our Government expenditures? Which leads to another point ... Rand Paul has re-introduced the Audit the Fed bill on the Senate Floor. It is time to call you Senators and demand that they vote 'yeah'. Let's see what our Government is wasting all of those trillions of dollars on (besides the obvious).

  • deseartu

    How can you reduce something when O'Satan keeps spending on his "Free" American Charge card? America needs to say we are no longer paying taxes (Boston Tea Party) we are not paying your freaking Obozo Health Care Plan! We are DONE! What is he going to do put $318 million American's per the recent Census all in jail?

  • eff

    Not necessarily a direct comment to this article, but a thought or question.
    Of all the billions, trillions of tax payers dollars going to 3rd world countries, and then allow Social Security, Medicare be the focus of cuts.
    *** Why not cut the spending to 3rd world and fund that money in Social Security and Medicare?**** Thereby letting the 3rd world fend for themselves as we are not their maker.

  • djw663

    Huh didn't see that one coming from a mile away! DUH!!! the only way to raise enough taxes is to go after the middle class oh BTW the cost of the basic bottom plan of obamacare plan will cost the average person about $4,000 per year per person gues what boys and girls that is 10% higher than the current plan of medical, dental and vision which is not cut rate that I already have and chances are yours will be higher for less coverage also, way to go low informed voter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.brashear.31 John Brashear

    he would be if our spineless congress removed him for ineligibility

  • Jean

    Does it really surprise you that he wants to raise more taxes? He wants to spend us into a European nation. You get what you vote for.

  • 4USA2

    Read the article "HHS Hands Out $64.2 Billion in 'Improper Payments" - in ONE YEAR! You can find it on cnsnews.com..... once you find the article, drop down a ways and click on "an individual program" to see details of how much money is unaccounted for in numerous govermnet programs from SS, to Medicare, to Unemployment Ins., on and on, all the way to "school lunch programs". Somebody is sure getting fat off of the "unaccounted for" spending. If Government would just "clean up all this fraud spending" that would be a great place to start finding extra money!!! WE NEED TO DEMAND THAT THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS AUDITED NOW! There is no way to know where the $64.2 Billion of our tax dollars is going until we demand to see the books. Lets do it! And then we must demand a yearly balanced budge.

    • 57girl

      Rand Paul is trying to get the Audit the Fed pushed through Senate Hearings in the very near future (I'm not sure which day). The bill has already passed the House (last year), but always seems to die in the Senate. Call your Senators and tell them, we EXPECT TRANSPARENCY. We have a right to know how our Government is squandering all of that money that they are borrowing from those private bankers.

  • Alberto

    Barry Soetero screw you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Randell-Danner/100000417755327 Randell Danner

    i'm convinced that he is retarded and i don't mean it as slur. i think he is really is retarded.

  • HappyG

    If government spending had an adequate multiplier effect on our economy our streets would be paved with gold...not pot holes...When Krugman has some kids and gets some 'skin in the game' of our future generations, then maybe he can speak...until that time he needs to stfu.

  • v steve

    He won`t stop there.

  • rmwayne

    Obama won't be happy until he owns everything in this country. This criminal is worse than any dictator I can think of. Stalin, Hitler, Mao, etc. were stealing from foreigners. This piece of Kenyan garbage is stealing from Americans.

  • smchudej

    Keep in mind, that using the tax code as written and taking the deductions that are law is not cheating at all. Rather, it is following the rules as they are written. The people (millionaires) who take these deductions did not write the tax laws...they are merely following them. Seems to me the real problem is the dipshites who write the laws and the Chief Executive dipshite who proudly displays his ignorance of common sense everytime he opens his mouth..

  • Othello

    Here's a thought, STOP SPENDING!!!!!!!!!!! Make EVERYONE pay taxes, not just a select few.

  • warpmine

    "Some waste of government"
    Yeah like every unconstitutional program the gov has out there.
    Seriously folks, why is this guy not swinging from a yard arm?

  • http://christiancitizenshipforum.blogspot.com/ OneCitizenOfTheRepublic

    At first blush...one would think, "What...Is he nuts? Bragging about raising taxes? Who wants that?" The simple truth is hard to swallow. He is talking to a growing majority who pay NO INCOME TAXES and are so stupid that they THINK they are not going to be impacted by raising taxes. They, like all liberals...are blind to the increase in prices on every single good and service that occurs as new tax and regulatory burdens are added to the costs of goods sold... STUPIDITY cannot be cured.

  • http://www.facebook.com/garrey.mcvicker Garrey McVicker

    we would havw pleant of money if we would stop being the country, that pays out welfair to nuts in other countrys. 2 trillion here 2 trillion there when is the goverment going to stop. we dont need those country and they dont need our money. enemys come on a full belly. if there hungry they cant come. stop the tax payers money from going to other countrys.

  • cae973

    Just a thought but perhaps obama could avoid raising taxes again simply by stopping his wife, kids and her extended family from taking expensive vacations on the taxpayers backs!

  • Centurian2010

    Obama has just begun to steal from the American people. Well, legal citizens that is.

  • LittleMoose

    You all knew this was coming, even the idiot Republicans who let the debt ceiling be raised, knew. Don't listen to Obama or his cronies in the press because they lie!

  • Edwin

    Who are the idiots who voted for the dumbass!

  • MarilynBr

    Thanks to our spend-crazy President and Congress I am having to cut personal spending in all areas of my life. I morally demand that the U.S. Government do the same.

  • alcan44m

    Now we know why Obummer wouldn't accept Boehner's offer to get increased revenue by closing loopholes as a solution to the 'fiscall cliff' problem. He would only accept a tax rate increase. Now, with the rate increase set in concrete, he can go after the loopholes and get the money at a higher tax rate. And after he drains the 'rich' bucket, he can go after the middle class. It's hot about solving the country's problems, it's about ruining this country.

  • sovereigntyofone

    With 11 millon (plus ) new democommie voters Obama just gave amnesty to, some one has to pay for their " entitlements " and guess who that is. You got it, you, me, anyone that still works for a living are going to see more and more taxes taken out of our already sickly pay checks.
    But cheer up America, look on the bright side. If you are working 20 to 30 hours a week or even working ( if you can find them ) more that one job, just quit and become " Entitled " to. Thats what Obama wants is everyone depending on the government for a hand out and control every aspect of their lives. Don't forget to ask for your free Obamaphone so they can listen in on every conversation and text message you send. Have a really great day America, you ain't seen nothin yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004037917671 Duane A. Fisher

    The rich should take their money and their jobs and leave before it is to late. This is no longer America , It is know Amerika, under Adolph Gaybama-Zieg Hiel!

  • Sterling Wulff

    He's the absolute reason people HATE... a frickin' poster child

  • mogul264

    A bona fide Democrat! Never saw a fund he can't deplete, never saw a tax he couldn't raise, or begin one where there's none! If there are NO problems, invent one. If there IS a problem, throw money at it until it's covered. If that doesn't work, BLAME THE GOP! (In Zerobama's case, blame BUSH!)

  • jsmithcsa

    As long as one American has a nickel left, and as long as he has a willing/enabling/supportive Congress, Obama will want -- and more importantly get -- more taxes. He has never and will never cut costs (except in the DoD), but will continue to spend more and more and more.
    BTW, we're on track for record confiscation (tax payments) this year, and he's already saying it won't be enough.