58 results for tag: Tax Reform


Obama’s disastrous plan to tax college savings

As President Obama mentioned in his State of the Union earlier this week, he has some ideas about how to make college more affordable and accessible. One of those ideas is to offer free community college, paid for in part by new taxes. New taxes [1] on…wait for it…college savings plans, including tax-free 529s. Consider, for a moment, the irony: the president wants to give more people the opportunity to go to college, but he wants to tax the method families use to make that higher-education dream come true. Lots of middle-class families finance college tuition through a combination of loans and savings. But President Obama’s logic seems to ...

SOTU same old, same old

Tonight, President Obama will stand before a joint session of Congress and deliver his sixth State of the Union. It’s a fact that the president will call for higher taxes [1] on the wealthy under the guise of expanding tax breaks for low- and middle-class families. But it’s also a fact that his ideological calls for higher taxes should, and will be a non-starter in the GOP-controlled Congress. Here’s the thing, though. According to the Washington Examiner [2], President Obama has proposed higher taxes in every single State of the Union address since taking the Oval Office. In 2014, it was closing tax loopholes and tax breaks for the wealthy. ...

Congressional Conservatives should be against an increase in the gas tax

We’re barely into the new term of the 114th Congress, and already some Republicans are caving on taxes. Since when should the GOP be pushing tax increases? In the last few days, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Bob Corker (R-TN), John Thune (R-SD), Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have all signaled publicly [1] that they would support an increase in the gas tax. Hatch went so far as to call it “a small price to pay for the best highway system in the world.” Um, sure… It’s time to remind elected officials, once again, that Americans need a break from Washington tax hikes. The last time we checked, middle-class families weren’t ...

Some “icky” feelings at the IRS…

A new report[1] from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee contains some explosive new details about the systematic targeting of conservatives at the Internal Revenue Service. Not only did IRS officials specifically target Tea Party groups and mislead the public about it, the program was led by now ex-official Lois Lerner. “The Committee has identified eight senior leaders who were in a position to prevent or to stop the IRS’s targeting of conservative applicants,” reads the report. “Each of these leaders could have and should have done more to prevent the IRS’s targeting of conservative tax-exempt applicants.” In ...

Tax benefits for illegal immigrants

Over the last few days, a small handful of solid conservative lawmakers have stood up against President Obama’s unconstitutional overreach on immigration. Senators Mike Lee (UT), Ted Cruz (TX), and Jeff Sessions (AL), have all proven that with enough courage, it is possible to stand up for conservative principles even if doing so is exceedingly unpopular. Now, we have even more reason to thank the Senators, and encourage them to keep fighting the president’s executive amnesty. Under the new rule, millions of illegal immigrants will be eligible to collect billions in tax credits. Illegal immigrants have already been collecting tax credits for ...

The IRS never even looked for those Lerner emails

There’s a new bombshell in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting scandal. At this point, nothing is quite that surprising, although this latest revelation might just take the cake. Remember when the IRS said last June that emails belonging to ex-official Lois Lerner were lost in a hard drive crash? Well, according to information from the organization Judicial Watch[1], the IRS hasn’t even bothered to search for the supposedly missing emails. Basically, the agency is just trying to run out the clock in the scandal. According to Judicial Watch, their attorneys reviewed IRS court filings and documents and concluded that the agency “did ...

DC Court Decision on IRS “Unconscionable”

Statement by Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots ATLANTA, GA – Yesterday, the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia dismissed almost all counts brought by more than 40 tea party groups against the IRS in two lawsuits because the IRS had granted the groups their tax-exempt status in the interim.   Today, Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, who are engaged in their own lawsuit against the IRS over their illegal targeting of tea party groups for additional scrutiny, issued the following statement: “Within days of the Citizens United ruling in January 2010, which strengthened free speech rights ...

Federal tax revenue breaks a new record – and that’s a problem

News out of the Treasury Department [1] this week showed that federal tax revenue for fiscal year 2014 exceeded $3 trillion – an increase of nearly $247 billion from the previous fiscal year. It’s the first time the federal government has collected that much in taxes – ever. It’s maybe the one thing under President Obama that’s “better off” than it was six years ago, depending on how you look at. That the federal tax coffers have grown to record highs (thanks to American taxpayers) is no surprise given the Obama Administration’s liberal policies. What’s more surprising (or frustrating) is how none of that is reflected in the ...

Taking on tax reform

Regardless of the outcome of the midterm elections, Republicans in Congress will face a stark choice when it comes to their future legislative agenda. Will they continue to cave to President Obama’s liberal agenda or will they fight to preserve liberty and advance conservative principles? One thing the GOP can do to flex its conservative muscle, is take up tax reform. Recent reports indicate [1] Republicans on the Hill are taking a look at the issue to see if it fits within their political strategy. Well, we’re here to make it clear: tax reform should be a top priority in Congress. Lower taxes is a basic tenet of the conservative philosop...

Lois Lerner’s taxpayer-funded pension

In a recent media interview[1], ex-IRS official Lois Lerner “broke her silence” about the conservative targeting scandal, proclaiming her innocence- yet again. But what was more revealing was the news that the former bureaucrat is still receiving a $100,000 a year, taxpayer-funded, government pension. Let that sink in for a moment. Lois Lerner, who says she’s already had to fork over hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills, is still getting a government pension. Maybe it’s time she thank the American taxpayers for chipping in with the lawyer fees – unless she’s too busy pleading the Fifth and hiding the truth from the American ...