Allen West: President Barack Obama proposing to use American tax code as a weapon of mass economic destruction on middle class, largest tax increase in history

Obama plan would hurt middle class, students, investors and stifle business growth

Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch

Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch

As a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army, I learned a thing or two about weaponry. Our success on the battlefields of Desert Storm and Desert Shield depended on choosing the correct artillery for each specific objective, whether it was halting the enemy's forward progress, diminishing the strength of its forces, or completely destroying its capabilities.

Although he has never served his country in uniform, President Barack Obama seems to understand a thing or two about weaponry. The president's weapon of choice is tax policy, and the "enemies" are small businesses, investors, entrepreneurs and corporations deemed "undesirable."

The collateral damage of these policies will spread far and wide into the heartland of America. The middle class will also suffer from the president's tax war. The 160 percent increase in federal cigarette taxes from 2009 will no doubt affect those earning less than $250,000.

Unless changes are made in the tax code, Americans will be bombarded with the heavy artillery of the largest tax increase in the nation's history, causing massive economic injury and destruction.

For starters, if the Bush tax rates are allowed to expire, the current tax brackets of 10 percent to 35 percent will rise to 15 percent to 39.6 percent. The American Opportunity Tax Credit, which includes up to $2,500 per student for qualified college costs, as well as the tax exclusion for forgiven mortgage debt, and tax credit for employer-provided child care are going to affect average, hardworking Americans.

Children who wish to continue the legacy of their parents, will find it increasingly difficult to do so, as the death tax exemption will shrink from $5 million to $1 million.

Investors will be battered with a capital gains tax increase from 15 percent to a maximum of 25 percent. Seniors who rely on their dividend returns will also be hammered.

The president says "everyone must shoulder their fair share." But how does he define "fair" when 47 percent of wage-earning households pay zero federal income taxes, while the top 25 percent pay 87 percent?

The highly touted "Buffet Rule" would raise $30 billion to 40 billion over the next 10 years, while the president's budget would create nearly $7 trillion in new debt. The "Buffet tax" would lower that debt by less than half a percent. This is clearly not sound fiscal policy, it's the misguided policy of "economic fairness."

The president demonstrates little understanding of battlefield strategy. Those who are on the receiving end of an artillery barrage seldom remain in place.

When businesses and individuals are being bombarded with higher tax rates, they will change their behavior. Investors will shift money from taxable to nontaxable investments. Total economic activity slows, as there is less incentive for employees to work extra hours, while smaller potential returns mean investors and venture capitalists are less willing to shoulder risk. All taxpayers have a greater incentive to shield their income.

President Obama is no student of history either, for if he were, he would know revenues increased under Presidents John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush (at least until the 2007 financial crisis) when tax rates were reduced.

Increasing tax revenue does not appear to be the president's strategic objective. If it were, he would be recommending policies that help increase the revenue base, by optimizing the regulatory and tax environment to encourage businesses to invest, grow and hire. The House of Representatives has passed 27 bills to do just that, but they currently languish on the desk of Majority Leader Harry Reid, who will not bring them up for a vote in the Senate.

President Obama seems determined to punish and wipe out economic success in this country, leveling tax weapons of mass destruction on all taxpayers. This is a battle our nation can ill afford to lose. We must reform our tax code, and we must restore the conditions for economic success for all our citizens. We are truly taxed enough already.

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originator3086 writes:

If it wasnt so obvious that you are a strong right wing Republican, it would be a bit easier to agree with some of your thoughts Allen. You probably should have mentioned, in all fairness, the reason that the president is between a rock and a hard place:we are now seeing the effects of trying topay for a war in Iraq that shouldnt have been fought. IMO

Florida_kes writes:

Wow....a disgraced military officer trying to tie in his "experience" with parroting 30 year old failed GOP economic ideology.

SumYungGai writes:

Leave it to a right wing extremist to use a "weapons analogy" instead of any thoughtful discourse when commenting on domestic economic policy. I particularly resent West's mention of Obama having "never served his country in uniform", coming from someone who was forced to leave his position with the military in disgrace. Just another incindiary comment from this maggot. Maybe he would like to discuss with us the non-existent military record of the republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. As expected, the gist of West's column is to distort the facts, painting Democrats as enemies of business, while he champions the cause of the poor unfortunate millionaires. Is it just me, or is anyone else growing extremely weary of Scripps newspapers' daily coverage of West? You cannot pick up the newspaper anymore without seeing a front page story, a letter to the editor, a local section feature, and now, a guest columnist piece, covering this guy. Is there some hidden agenda to get this loose cannon elected, no matter what? Between the daily dose of idiocy espoused by the right wing whackos in the letters to the editor, and the non-stop 24/7 coverage of West every time he farts, I start the day on the wrong foot nearly every morning. How about a little balance, Scripps editors?

RussK writes:

>President Obama is no student of history either, for if he were, he would know revenues increased under Presidents John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush (at least until the 2007 financial crisis) when tax rates were reduced.

ROFL

>at least until the 2007 WHEN LOW TAXES, WAR AND DEREGULATION CAUSED THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL CRISIS IN OUR LIFETIMES.

and what about the 50s boom when the rich were taxed at 90%?

dsberkoff writes:

Classic West.
The first five posts in response are right on. Florida-kes and crabby... both nailed it.
West using such militaristic/fighting terms is so predictable. A failed/fired/retired Army officer trying to play off his glory days. The shot against Obama not having served in uniform falls flat coming from a guy who disgraced his uniform and from whose Party the presidential nominee did not serve in the military (nor did the shining star Rubio).
As a former artillery officer, West is all about verbal assaults. And while we can all agree our country's economy continues to need strengthening following the disaster created by the previous administration and Congress, the idea that reimplementing the circumstances that led to that disaster will somehow now help make things better is curious. Simply using inflamatory rhetoric, and silly examples like reducing taxes on cigarettes, is not helpful.
In fact, West so boldly suggesting Obama considers large numbers of our fellow Americans as "enemies" is more evidence of his mental challenges. He is a destructive presence in American politics and, like the Army did, needs to be fired before he does more harm.

Sam7 writes:

It is people like West who actually give a bad name to the word and meaning of Republican. Ronald Reagan and George Bush Senior would have had a field day with this individual.

liferguy writes:

Hey, why worry about raising or lowering taxes? Why don't we do like President Obama's Secretary of the Treasury. Just don't pay your taxes. There problem solved.

SumYungGai writes:

in response to liferguy:

Hey, why worry about raising or lowering taxes? Why don't we do like President Obama's Secretary of the Treasury. Just don't pay your taxes. There problem solved.

Great idea, Lifer! Maybe we should all just follow Mitt Romney's lead and hide our money in offshore Cayman Island bank accounts in order to avoid paying our fair share of taxes.

liferguy writes:

in response to SumYungGai:

Great idea, Lifer! Maybe we should all just follow Mitt Romney's lead and hide our money in offshore Cayman Island bank accounts in order to avoid paying our fair share of taxes.

I keep hearing the expression tossed about at the drop of the hat, so maybe you can tell me exactly what is a "fair share" in taxes? God knows our President has not been very forthcoming.

liferguy writes:

in response to crabbystingray:

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I understand your point. But in actuality you could be describing several thousands of people right here on the Treasure Coast. A lot of people came up short in their financing of their homes, so now their homes are worth less than what they financed them for. I am sure you find any number of speculators in this area wheeling and dealing in houses.
You also can throw a rock and bounce it off any number of ex-college students on the Treasure Coast who are in default of their college loans and are making no payments also. These folks in both instances are Democrats, Republicans and Independents.
So basically you want to stir up some stuff because Rubio is Republican and you want to ignore the fact the river of crap flows both ways. I see.

liferguy writes:

It is excruciatingly difficult to try to debate a point with the one note sallies on this site. They keep wanting to change the course of the debate with party talking points and not answer with an honest, fresh thought of their own. Oh well try again tomorrow.

liferguy writes:

in response to crabbystingray:

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Your right. Go ahead and watch MSNBC with Nancy Drew and the three Stooges from 7 to 11 pm every weeknight.

SumYungGai writes:

in response to liferguy:

I keep hearing the expression tossed about at the drop of the hat, so maybe you can tell me exactly what is a "fair share" in taxes? God knows our President has not been very forthcoming.

I guess if Romney paid ANYTHING at all on all the millions he has hidden in offshore accounts, that would be better than the NOTHING he currently pays. Contrary to what you say, President Obama has been quite clear in what he thinks is fair. Remember the temporary Bush tax cuts that were supposed to expire several years ago? You know, the tax cuts that the republican House refuses to allow to expire, contrary to the original plan. The tax cut they keep rewarding their wealthy benefactors with. You know the tax cut I'm referring to , Lifer? Obama simply wants the tax rate on people earning more than $1Million/yr. to pay a rate equal to what it was before Bush gave them a TEMPORARY tax cut..the tax cut that now won't go away. Why do republicans lead us to believe the country is broke, that we have no money for programs like education, the environment,health care, Social Security, etc. But they can always find a few billion to spread around amongst themselves and the wealthy that put them into power.

SumYungGai writes:

in response to liferguy:

It is excruciatingly difficult to try to debate a point with the one note sallies on this site. They keep wanting to change the course of the debate with party talking points and not answer with an honest, fresh thought of their own. Oh well try again tomorrow.

If you'd like to participate in any meaningful discourse here, I'd suggest you start with comments that contain just a modicum of truth and intelligence, instead of the same old tired, worn out republican talking points. Crabby's right....turn off Fox and try to learn something.

gt6man writes:

SumYungGai needs to start filling out tax returns. Mine go up every time a Bush tax cut expires, and am I not a a multi-millionaire like all the politicians you like to reference.

I really don't care about Romney's wealth, I care about mine and keep asking why I have to pay more.

The liberals in this country need to go review the federal budget again. While the war was expensive, it pales in comparison to the costs of social security, medicare, medicaid and other benefits we pay to individuals every year. Another year or two and the debt payments will be more than the military budget!

It's time to stop redistributing wealth and get serious about revamping the whole tax code to make it fairer for everyone and not just go after the "rich" which now a days includes what used to be called the middle class.

Alan West has it right when he says the middle class is under attack!

mariesj writes:

Thank you Allen West for bringing this important issue up. Our small business wrote a check for $13K in taxes this year (JUST FEDERAL, mind you, not including sales taxes, real estate taxes, communications taxes, lodging taxes, tolls, unemployment tax at the state level, unemployment tax at the federal level, SS and medicare taxes for the employee, plus our share (that was about $1k) and a hundred others) and if the Bush tax cuts are not extended, we will NOT be hiring someone as planned and needed to continue growing and competing in our niche market. I really love the way they have left this completely up in the air so that people cannot plan their finances at all.

crackers writes:

in response to crabbystingray:

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crabby,most get your point.however,liferguy's response seems to miss it entirely.Rubio has the $$$$ to pay off some of those things/loans,like his student loan.

He's probably just waiting for the taxpayers to do it.End result and the point I took from your post was,he's just plain irresponsible, and why should he be elected/appointed to anything?

poolman writes:

this is going to be a historic election in november. largest landslide in history! not because romney is so great but because obama is so terrible!!!

FLDems4MiddleClass writes:

This pointless screed is only useful in that it confirms that the Republicans are the ones engaging in CLASS WARFARE against the Middle Class and poor in America.

If there is a better example -- that their combative rhetoric and tax policies that objectively support the rich at the expense of the Middle Class -- I am unaware of it.

Thank you, Allen West, for PROVING beyond a reasonable doubt that the Republican Party has been conducting a 360-degree war on the Middle Class and the poor for the last 30 years.

RussK writes:

in response to mariesj:

Thank you Allen West for bringing this important issue up. Our small business wrote a check for $13K in taxes this year (JUST FEDERAL, mind you, not including sales taxes, real estate taxes, communications taxes, lodging taxes, tolls, unemployment tax at the state level, unemployment tax at the federal level, SS and medicare taxes for the employee, plus our share (that was about $1k) and a hundred others) and if the Bush tax cuts are not extended, we will NOT be hiring someone as planned and needed to continue growing and competing in our niche market. I really love the way they have left this completely up in the air so that people cannot plan their finances at all.

Let me get this right.

You must make over $250k as Obama has make it clear he does not want to raise taxes on people making less than that. Yet you only paid $13k in federal taxes. (around 5% on $250,000)

So either you make more that $250,000 and even though your taxes are at the lowest in your lifetime you are still going to whine about them

or

You make less than $250,000 and you think repubician party (Florida or Federal) is even going to care about you.

Does your business require regular customers with normal incomes to buy product/services from you?

Do you think if we put more repubicians in they will make it better for the middle class to buy your services? really?

-publius writes:

Allen West Tells Liberal Leaders To "Get The Hell Out Of The USA

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/vide...

Gopturd writes:

in response to liferguy:

Hey, why worry about raising or lowering taxes? Why don't we do like President Obama's Secretary of the Treasury. Just don't pay your taxes. There problem solved.

The problem with West is not that he's being "just plain lazy" when he commits outrageous acts like charging that "there are about 78 or 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party."

Now "The Loon" West is saying that the president's weapon of choice is tax policy, and the "enemies" are small businesses, investors, entrepreneurs and corporations deemed "undesirable."

"undesirable"?

West and his fellow black right-wingers, are just plain crazy.

Wait, West is not just plain crazy but stark, raving, certifiably crazy.

Yes Allen West is crazy enough to play into the insanity of the predominantly white, mostly poorly educated, deeply prejudiced and highly paranoid constituencies they appeal to.

Crazy, that is, like a fox.

Mind you, I am not trying to make a psychiatric diagnosis of what ails West and his ilk (though some of them clearly belong in the booby hatch). I'm not a shrink, and I don't know West from Adam.

For all I know, he actually believes the outlandish ideas he espouses.

But I don't have to get up close and personal with West to know that quite a few ambitious black politicians have figured out that one of the best ways to get ahead is to separate themselves from the black mainstream and present themselves as right-wing extremists.

They don't waste time trying to convince other blacks to go along with their ideas because they know that most of us are not crazy enough to support them.

Instead, they exploit the right wing's need to inoculate itself from charges of racism by proving that there is at least one black person who agrees with its wacko positions.

Any reasonably presentable afro american negro like Allen West who's willing to make that deal can go to the head of the pack.

You get there by doubling down on the George W. Bush-era economic and tax policies that got us into the current economic mess.

You do it by regurgitating right-wing assaults on liberal policies that most blacks support. In short, by being more right wing than the right-wingers.

It's crazy, but it works.

Gopturd writes:

Oh and by the way --- ya might want to consider what Karl said before listening the Wacky West.

Republican strategist Karl Rove, who is considered the architect of George W. Bush's two successful campaigns for the White House, is predicting that Mitt Romney will have a difficult time beating Barack Obama in the general election in November.

According to Rove, the situation is so dire that if the election were held today, Obama would win handily.

Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee, although he does not yet have enough delegates to win.

Rove is known for his pinpoint accuracy in predicting how the states will vote in general elections.

In 2008 he correctly predicted the election results in 48 out of 50 states.

OBAMA 2012

thetruthbeknown writes:

The only thing worse than watching Hussein break America’s back, is seeing all those mindless “yes-we-can” followers of his agenda coming out of the crevices and ditches spewing their uneducated garbage whenever someone pulls their chain. We all know that you can not change and logic means nothing to you. It’s too bad we can’t just spray an (X) on your foreheads for (i'm one of 'em) and ship you to ALL California.

RussK writes:

in response to thetruthbeknown:

The only thing worse than watching Hussein break America’s back, is seeing all those mindless “yes-we-can” followers of his agenda coming out of the crevices and ditches spewing their uneducated garbage whenever someone pulls their chain. We all know that you can not change and logic means nothing to you. It’s too bad we can’t just spray an (X) on your foreheads for (i'm one of 'em) and ship you to ALL California.

Anytime someone says their are no fascist in the repubician party just refer them back to this post.

You, thetruthbeknown, are the reason we have to put up with people like Allen West. Thank you for reminding me why I must vote.

repper47#391573 writes:

Instead of attacking Allen West for exercising his 1st amendment right to comment on the President's policies, speak to those policies.
The President's Fed Reserve Board says there is little inflation. Why do they disregard food and energy inflation? Don't they shop for food and pay for energy like 99.9% of Americans Who made up the rule that food and energy inflation should be ignored?

regressiverepublicons writes:

in response to liferguy:

I keep hearing the expression tossed about at the drop of the hat, so maybe you can tell me exactly what is a "fair share" in taxes? God knows our President has not been very forthcoming.

It’s not just that Republic0ns are stupid, it’s that they’re evil too that is the key. If Republicans were only stupid, I could have some sympathy for them, much like the sympathy I would have for a retarded child, or perhaps someone who had their brain damaged in a car accident.

However, the evil of the Republicans deserves only contempt.

Like Republicon McCarthyite West who is clearly both stupid $ evil

Cen writes:

in response to liferguy:

I understand your point. But in actuality you could be describing several thousands of people right here on the Treasure Coast. A lot of people came up short in their financing of their homes, so now their homes are worth less than what they financed them for. I am sure you find any number of speculators in this area wheeling and dealing in houses.
You also can throw a rock and bounce it off any number of ex-college students on the Treasure Coast who are in default of their college loans and are making no payments also. These folks in both instances are Democrats, Republicans and Independents.
So basically you want to stir up some stuff because Rubio is Republican and you want to ignore the fact the river of crap flows both ways. I see.

One thing you left out of your stump speech is that Romney proves with a little hard work and a little luck, even a multimillionaire white guy from Harvard can succeed in this country."

SeniorSadie_68 (Inactive) writes:

Allen West thinks the American people are as stupid as the raw recruits that he used to bully around. The man is trying to present the elimination of the Bush tax cuts as Obama raising middle class taxes. NO, only singles over $250,000 and married couples making over $300,000 a year will see an increase!

Dishonest Allen West wants us to believe he has our backs. NO! He's fighting to keep the Bush tax cuts which are the chief driver of our debt!!!!!!

SeniorSadie_68 (Inactive) writes:

The more I hear from Allen West's own mouth, the more I realize that the man is neither mature nor stable enough to hold elected office.

He is NO leader, and he should take his little carpetbagging roadshow to another state where the voters are less choosey! Georgia, Alabama, or even Mississippi come to mind.

Perhaps he can help people off the plantation there!

SeniorSadie_68 (Inactive) writes:

in response to repper47#391573:

Instead of attacking Allen West for exercising his 1st amendment right to comment on the President's policies, speak to those policies.
The President's Fed Reserve Board says there is little inflation. Why do they disregard food and energy inflation? Don't they shop for food and pay for energy like 99.9% of Americans Who made up the rule that food and energy inflation should be ignored?

Republicans under Bush!!!!!

Gopturd writes:

Allen West is the rubble rouser in the Great GOP Mystical Vaudevillian Circus. West along with Carlson, Limbaugh and Palin who stir the kettle of hate daily with their witches brew that is serve center stage nightly to entertain all those great white hunters who are stalking poor people committing fraud, treasonous liberals, and evil regulators stealing the steam of innovation from the mighty businessmen of our age.

Give them their due; they are hilarious, it would be entertaining if it was no so damn scary

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