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Senate-Passed Deal Means Higher Tax on 77% of Households


By Call it Crazy   Follow   Wed, 2 Jan 2013, 12:06pm PST   990 views   22 comments
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From Bloomberg Jan. 1, 2013:

The budget deal passed by the U.S. Senate today would raise taxes on 77.1 percent of U.S. households, mostly because of the expiration of a payroll tax cut, according to preliminary estimates from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center in Washington.

More than 80 percent of households with incomes between $50,000 and $200,000 would pay higher taxes. Among the households facing higher taxes, the average increase would be $1,635, the policy center said. A 2 percent payroll tax cut, enacted during the economic slowdown, is being allowed to expire as of yesterday.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-01/senate-passed-deal-means-higher-tax-on-77-of-households.html

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Now, from Obama Nov. 14, 2012

The President said there's one thing we can do right now to provide a foundation for a solution that helps the economy and gives middle-class families more certainty in the coming weeks. And it's something that everyone agrees on: pass a law that would prevent any tax hike whatsoever on the first $250,000 of everybody’s income.

"That means every American, including the wealthiest Americans, get a tax cut," he said. "It means that 98 percent of all Americans, and 97 percent of all small businesses won’t see their taxes go up a single dime."

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/11/14/president-obama-theres-only-one-way-solve-these-challenges-together

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Yep, we should believe everything else he tells us going forward...

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Kevin   Wed, 2 Jan 2013, 3:16pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 1

I can't tell if you're intentionally misrepresenting what happened here or if you're just an idiot (if not you, then Bloomberg at any rate)

msilenus   Wed, 2 Jan 2013, 5:30pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 2

It's him, not Bloomberg. The juxtaposition is misleading because the WH promise was about income taxes, and payroll taxes are what went up, but Bloomberg didn't bring the WH into it at all.

No one ever doubted that the payroll taxes were intended to be temporary stimulus, and Obama never represented that they would be permanent. Though I can understand why people might expect that when politicians say a stimulus tax cut is temporary, they are actually angling for it to eventually be made permanent. That has certainly happened, in the past. But Obama's never done that.

Kevin   Wed, 2 Jan 2013, 6:43pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 3

Well, they also lied and pretended that the expiring *temporary* bush tax cuts were a tax increase.

Thanks to Republican whining and moving the bar, everyone is now pretending that making what were supposed to be temporary tax cuts permanent was some sort of victory for the left.

It will now be more or less impossible to restore the pre-bush tax rates in the next decade, which means that the only possible solution to balance the budget is going to be massive spending cuts, period.

Basically, the Republicans got exactly what they wanted, all the while making it look like Obama managed to "win" something.

Call it Crazy   Wed, 2 Jan 2013, 11:24pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (2)     Comment 4

msilenus says

The juxtaposition is misleading because the WH promise was about income taxes, and payroll taxes are what went up,

Try re-reading that and tell me the common word- "taxes"...

Now, re-read Obama's statement:

Call it Crazy says

"That means every American, including the wealthiest Americans, get a tax cut," he said. "It means that 98 percent of all Americans, and 97 percent of all small businesses won’t see their taxes go up a single dime."

Now, if you went out on the street and asked 100 people what that sentence means to them, what would be the answer??

When Joesixpack gets his paycheck in two weeks and sees the reduced amount in the check, will he be "thinking" he's paying more taxes or not??

I bet you would be hard pressed to get 1 out of that 100 that "remembers" that it was a "temporary" payroll tax cut. The majority of people will be pissed that their taxes "increased" and their paychecks got smaller. They won't differentiate if it is income tax or payroll tax, just that's its less money to them.

FortWayne   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 12:16am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 5

They accomplished nothing with this deal really.

They did of course extend the tax forgiveness on short sales for another year for those who couldn't make it by the 2012 year ends deadline.

CaptainShuddup   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 2:26am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (2)     Comment 6

msilenus says

It's him, not Bloomberg. The juxtaposition is misleading because the WH promise was about income taxes, and payroll taxes are what went up, but Bloomberg didn't bring the WH into it at all.

One plus one is two. If I have two and now I have one, then I now have less and that is what happened.

When a president tells you "your taxes wont go up, nothing changes, and everything will stay the same"(as Obama most certainly did on every occasion he got, to mask his incompetency) Then people hold him to the letter of what was said. When a LEADER speaks, you shouldn't need a lawyer to extrapolate the validity of what was said.

iwog   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 3:20am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike (1)     Comment 7

Republicans 2011: Mitt Romney did NOT pay a lower tax rate than a WalMart greeter because payroll taxes are benefit programs to fund Social Security and Medicare.

Republicans 2012: Obama raised taxes for the middle class!!!!!

Just more brainwashed stupidity from the party who thought Sarah Palin was a good executive leader. Pure idiocy. Good job Obama! Republican drones will be crying about this for months.

CaptainShuddup   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 3:23am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 8

iwog says

Republican drones will be crying about this for months.

Is that what you call 77% of the tax paying public.
Let's hope your right for the future sakes of this once great nation.

iwog   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 3:25am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 9

CaptainShuddup says

Is that what you call 77% of the tax paying public.

No, just you and the minority who think like you. You're getting more and more marginalized every day and you don't even realize it.

More Republicans in the House voted against the fiscal cliff bill than voted for it. How long until this new coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans effectively kills your radical psycho arm of the GOP?

CaptainShuddup   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 3:32am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 10

My point is 77% of the tax paying public was lied to.
This is not about me. Quit being so mellow dramatic and take your medicine. This will come at a price.

dodgerfanjohn   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 3:33am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 11

iwog says

Republicans 2011: Mitt Romney did NOT pay a lower tax rate than a WalMart greeter because payroll taxes are benefit programs to fund Social Security and Medicare.

Republicans 2012: Obama raised taxes for the middle class!!!!!

Just more brainwashed stupidity from the party who thought Sarah Palin was a good executive leader. Pure idiocy. Good job Obama! Republican drones will be crying about this for months.

Wow how can you continue to be wretchedly disingenuous?

Romney did NOT pay a lower effective federal tax rate than a Walmart greeter.

$8/hr at 40 hrs per week is $16640($8x40x52).

Standard deduction plus personal exemption is around $8500-9k. I forget but it won't matter. So lets say $7k of taxable income at 10%. So $700 in Federal taxes. 4.2% of gross income, yes yes? Even if you factor in SSI and Medicare, you don't approach 10% of gross. Add in kids or another exemption and it goes down even more.

dublin hillz   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 3:41am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 12

We can lower our social security tax rate to 0 by shipping all of the old folks to greenland and letting them fend for themselves. To finance this project, we can always sell bonds to international investors and then do another QE which will lower the interest rate.

121212   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 3:42am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 13

The House Republicans raised taxes

121212   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 3:43am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike (1)     Comment 14

Make the payroll tax cut permanent on incomes under $40k a year!

dublin hillz   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 3:45am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 15

121212 says

Make the payroll tax cut permanent on incomes under $40k a year!

I would be OK with that if they were mandated to invest that difference in a IRA account.

121212   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 3:48am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 16

dublin hillz says

121212 says

Make the payroll tax cut permanent on incomes under $40k a year!

I would be OK with that if they were mandated to invest that difference in a IRA account.

That's a great idea for the poor, especially the Rethugs would like that. They like telling the poor how to live. My only issue is it would never be proposed to to the rich. You cannot tell the rich what to do with their money!

zzyzzx   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 3:53am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 17

FortWayne says

They accomplished nothing with this deal really.

They kicked the can down the road by 2 months. In another 2 months they will probably kick the can down the road again by a couple of months. Rinse repeat.

Homeboy   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 4:06am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 18

CaptainShuddup says

Quit being so mellow dramatic and take your medicine.

LOL. "mellow dramatic". You are the real life Archie Bunker, malapropisms and everything.

Kevin   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 7:17am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 19

dodgerfanjohn says

4.2% of gross income, yes yes? Even if you factor in SSI and Medicare, you don't approach 10% of gross. Add in kids or another exemption and it goes down even more.

If you factor in SSI and Medicare the total would be 11.85%.

121212   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 7:28am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 20

CaptainShuddup says

My point is 77% of the tax paying public was lied to.

This is not about me. Quit being so mellow dramatic and take your medicine. This will come at a price.

Your wrong as usual, the House Republicans lied! They said they would not raise taxes. It was the House Republicans who raised taxes. They refused to negotiate on the payroll tax cut.

iwog   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 8:21am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 21

dodgerfanjohn says

Wow how can you continue to be wretchedly disingenuous?

Romney did NOT pay a lower effective federal tax rate than a Walmart greeter.

Okay how about Denny's waitress or an overworked nurse at a hospital?

How come payroll taxes don't count when calculating how much rich versus poor pay into the government yet they totally count when it comes time to bitch about the temporary emergency stimulus measure expiring?

Hypocrisy much?

121212   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 9:27am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 22

Payroll cut should be permanent under $40k

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