It could be worse: Obama proposed 442 tax increases since 2009

This is the day that converts many people into conservatives — except for the Lenin-termed “useful idiots” and the mindless lemmings who are not participants in this day’s festivities. It is Tax Day, when we all pay our remittance to the government to allow it to waste and then overspend and demand more. But if Obama had had his way, it would be even worse.

As a matter of fact, according to Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama has formally proposed a total of 442 tax increases, according to their analysis of Obama administration budgets for fiscal years 2010 through 2015. The 442 total does not include the 20 tax increases Obama signed into law as part of Obamacare.

The number of proposed tax increases per year is as follows:

  • 79 tax increases for FY 2010
  • 52 tax increases for FY 2011
  • 47 tax increases for FY 2012
  • 34 tax increases for FY 2013
  • 137 tax increases for FY 2014
  • 93 tax increases for FY 2015

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Obama budget with the lowest number of proposed tax increases was released during an election year. In February 2012, Obama released his FY 2013 budget, with “only” 34 proposed tax increases.

In addition to the 442 tax increases in his annual budget proposals, the 20 signed into law as part of Obamacare, and the massive tobacco tax hike signed into law on the sixteenth day of his presidency, Obama has made it clear he is open to other broad-based tax increases.

During an interview with Men’s Health in 2009, when asked about the idea of national tax on soda and sugary drinks, the President said, “I actually think it’s an idea that we should be exploring.”

In 1913 America moved from taxation based upon goods consumption to a progressive taxation based upon income earnings — funny, a progressive tax is one of the points in Marx and Engel’s Communist Manifesto. Doubly funny, the progressive tax code came about during the first “progressive” American presidency, that of Woodrow Wilson.

I have stated before that taxation has become a weapon of mass destruction — far worse than climate change, John Kerry — enabling a fiscally irresponsible government to expand beyond its constitutional limits.

It has also become a political battering ram used in a dangerous game of bribery for more largesse from the public treasury in exchange for votes — as we endure the insidious progressive socialist class warfare themes of fair share, economic equality, income inequality, shared prosperity, ad nauseum, ad infinitum.

I invite you to hold up a dollar to our misguided liberal progressive comrades and ask, “how much of this should a hardworking American get to keep?” My answer is no working American should give more than 30 percent of his or her income to the government (local, state, federal). This must be sufficient for effectiveness and efficiency. And we must no longer have a percentage of Americans who are not “paying any share” in the functions of government.

Here is my tax reform proposal. We immediately move to a flat tax system with two tiers. The top tier paying between 20-22 percent and the lower tier paying 15 percent. There should be only two deductions: mortgage interest and charitable contributions.

The income level cut line between the two tiers? I’d have to ponder that one a little more, but since liberals seem to like the $200,000 number, perhaps it’s an acceptable “compromise.” As for the corporate business tax rate, it would be 25 percent, with no deductions. We would eliminate capital gains, dividends, and death taxes.

The goal of this tax proposal is growth and opportunity, not government largesse and dependency. Therefore, government reform is an integral part of this tax reform proposal, along with a balanced budget amendment which would force the federal government to prioritize its spending and spend only what it takes in — economic history demonstrates there would likely be increased receipts.

In addition, we would need to have regulatory reform because increased regulations are a form of taxation on our private sector businesses.

For those of you who prefer a Fair Tax — consumption based — that could be a possibility, but we don’t want to give the federal government any ideas of going towards a Value Added Tax (VAT). We need to reduce our debt and deficits first as well as control the debt to GDP and federal government spending to GDP ratios. I would propose we keep federal government spending less than 22 percent of our GDP.

Common sense tax, regulatory and government reform are what we need, because I wish for the day when Americans didn’t dread April 15th, but were proud to support their government because it is effective, efficient, and fiscally sound. Sound good to you?


  1. Ii think that there should be a flat tax, too, but I don’t think that the rich should pay a higher percentage than the poor. (And, hey, I’m in the latter group.) Sure, the rich can afford to pay more, but why penalize people for being successful? The rich can choose to pay more if they choose, and they can give of their own accord to any and all charities that they choose. They can also use their excess money to create and build businesses, support various institutions, etc.

    • Can anyone imagine how hard it would be to stand in the grocery store line and present his tax return to the cashier and let them calculate your sales tax? Or how about scanning your tax return at the gas pump to calculate your gas tax? A flat tax rate might just eliminate tens of thousands of those cushy government union IRS jobs forcing those people to get a real job like the rest of us. We paid enough taxes last year and this year to purchase a new car and all we have to show for it is that pic of the President giving us the middle finger!
      Just sayin’ …

      • I hate to be the one to tell you this, however cash registers these days do the calculations for the cashier. Your total due amount is instant.

      • I think you missed my point, higher income = higher tax rate and lower income = lower tax rate. In other words, a different tax rate in % for everyone standing line. How about that?

        Just sayin’ …

      • Sorry I didn’t come clear on the cash register analogy. Dude I’m on your side! I would prefer a level tax rate for everyone instead of the slide rule tax rate we now have. Too much trouble to figure all these taxes and all these deductions, why not just one tax rate for everyone, no deductions and be done with it. Then everyone would pay the same, the more one makes the more he pays! Yes? We have this hopelessly complicated tax code that not even the most brilliant accountants can totally understand. These politicians write this stuff in legalese where the average Joe has no clue what they’re talking about and miraculously they hide these lucrative loopholes tucked away in a statute where only they know about it. Just think of all the wasteful useless people pushing IRS pencils making more money than most of us that really should be flipping burgers! Yikes, shrink the federal government and save our hard earned $$$ !!!

        Just sayin’ …

      • Korgoth, I know well you are on the same side. As i said Taxes are my weak point so I am at a disadvantage. it just makes sense to me to get rid of the IRS and pay either a consumption tax or a flat tax. If i just painted myself stupid then in the tax dept I guess I am

      • If you get the time, sit down with a pen or pencil and write everything down that you need to live per month…then check each item and see what taxes you pay ON EVERYTHING!!! So they tax our wages, then we are taxed again on every purchase or bills we pay…how can anyone have any money today, except the rich…..

      • That’s not a flat tax, that’s what we have now with the rich paying a higher percentage rate. A flat tax is everyone paying the same percentage. Your idea is simply reiterating the progressive crap.

    • My thinking also Janean…..the poor seem to envy the rich, especially if the money was inherited!! Oh well, I’ll never know about the rich, but I like the idea of a flat tax…however, it would eventually move on upward and the Government would end up our whole paychecks? Wonder what it would be like to have your whole paycheck each week or month? Think of the good we could do….

  2. When I get to taxes that happens to be my weakness. I cannot tell you what kind of tax is really in our best interest
    I can tell you that as far as the IRS is concerned, it should be abolished!
    Whether a flat tax or a consumption tax is better I honestly don’t know. I do know that The tax codes today are far to complex and need to be simplified

  3. My only quibble would be that a flat tax with two levels would in fact be a progressive tax — just with fewer than the current number of levels. I’d also like to see the corporate tax come down quite a bit lower than 25% to be competitive with the rest of the world.

  4. Col. West, once again, you’re starting to sound a bit like Dr. Ron Paul and as well you should. I’ll never let you forget, that when you were a Representative in Congress and your were asked your thoughts about Dr. Paul, you replied on National TV: “He’s out there,” and “He’s off the ranch.” It would seem of late that you and Dr. Paul would agree on most issues accept foreign military intervention. My, my, my. Well Col. West i’ll be the first to say that I am not in your league when it comes to how things work in government, but we all (true conservatives) seem to agree on how government SHOULD work, i.e., effectively and efficiently. There are two very large groups of people, and many sub-groups who support the two larger groups that would attempt to destroy you if you were to run for POTUS on a platform which you announced in this piece. Group one: Military-Industrial Complex owners, investors, employees along with the huge group of Banks which finance them. Can’t keep those war materiel assembly lines moving and the profits up if we don’t have a good war or two goin’ on, now can we? What’s the current “Defense” budget Col.?

    From NBC:

    “Budget cuts and troop reductions are on tap for the U.S. military — if Congress gives its approval. But the U.S. will still spend hundreds of billions of dollars on its armed forces per year, even with the proposed cutbacks.”

    “The $682 billion spent by the U.S. in 2012, according to the Office of Management
    and Budget, was more than the combined military spending of China, Russia, the
    United Kingdom, Japan, France, Saudi Arabia, India, Germany, Italy and Brazil — which spent $652 billion, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database.”

    So try cutting ANY of that money Col. and see how many people who own, operate or finance the Military-Industrial Complex will vote for you.

    The other group you just insulted to hell and back: The TAX INDUSTRY. H&R Block, Turbo-Tax, Quicken, etc., etc., and EVERY Tax Accountant, CPA, and Tax Lawyer in the country would, in my humble opinion, NOT vote for any candidate that wants to make the tax code EASIER or MORE FAIR! Neither would their wealthy clients.

    Col., I love your style. I admire your honor, integrity, patriotism, and blunt truthfulness. It pains me to say this, but you would be better off running as a liberal, promising “free” hope and change, and using the color of your skin to try to get elected and THEN once elected… do exactly what Barrack Obama did… The OPPOSITE of what he promised he’d do.

    Keep up the good fight Col. West. It will be an uphill fight all the way. If former CO. Gov. Gary Johnson, who was wildly successful and popular in his eight years as Gov. can’t get a foot in on more than TWO GOP debates, I don’t know that any Conservative can. I’m beginning to wonder if GOP would let you in the door Sir. Time for a third Party?

  5. yeah right abolished people cant really a ford to many taxes code, that’s why this ranches like Bundy, they don’t pay the glazing because of too many they have to pay the employee first then their over head, all this kind, Obama he just don’t know about business, He just raised taxes with out knowing about people who own the businesses there is criminal that business owner worried about, stealing your products robbing your business . all kind of bad, Business going through, very high taxes cant really make it. that’s why a lot of store close down because of it, when a lot of businesses closing down, those people who is jobless they are going to run to Government welfare. where this Government get this money because a lot of businesses closed down? problem begin. Government going to broke, its better to charge small taxes at least business keep going. rather than high taxes then closed down and the Government flowing. even small at least their steady there,

  6. Since when is it cool to Photoshop the President making an obscene Gesture. I guess that’s on par with getting away with illegal roadside interrogations that any enlisted soldier or Jr officer would get court-martialed for.

    I strongly dislike the President, his politics and his Policies but I will always defend the honor of the position if not the current inhabitant. Disgraceful, take down that picture.

  7. I Like that picture Lt Colonel Allen West. Some people take life so seriously. I will respect Obama the day he starts to act like a President instead of a child in a candy store. Lets have a vacation and keep taking one. Like I would disrespect America my own Country and keep stealing th peoples money. A President has to earn the respect just like I have to. signing out, signed Colonel Carlila Sherman of Jail4Judges for the state of Missouri!!!!!!!!!

  8. The federal tax code has metastasized over the years into a brain-busting 75,000-page monstrosity laden with special-interest loopholes and little booby-traps for non-special-interest average taxpayers. Both Tim Geithner and Charlie Rangel got into trouble over non-payment of taxes, and each claimed that there was no nefarious intent involved but merely an oversight, based on their failure to fully understand the tax laws. Taking them at their word on this, if men like Geithner and Rangel can be tripped up by the tax laws (Geithner is a professional economist and long-time Treasury Department official while Rangel was for many years a member of the House Ways and Means committee that WRITES the tax laws he says he was unable to follow), then what possible chance does anybody else have?

  9. Our Government, beloved Uncle Sam will continue to take from its citizens until we have little or nothing left. Seems we are just about there. From the Clinton Administration, the Bush/Cheney Administration and now the KING Obama Administration we are witnessing how men we believe will be honorable Presidents have sucked America Dry. Now, we can sit here and talk these issues to death but where is that going to get US? It is time for action… It is time the GREAT American Spirit rise and make changes that will give US back our country and our money that these elite elected men have taken from US. It starts with IRS. Americans must demand to vote on every issue that concerns US instead of allowing the few to rule over US. Our systems are not working and we cannot allow the few to redesign America in their image without our approval or vote. A Flat Tax for ALL AMERICANS and ALL those that are receiving benefits, legal or illegal, are required to share in the responsibility of America and her future. Our Politicians no longer listen to the voice of the people and have gone rogue. Time To Clean Up Our White House! West I do not care who you team up with, be it Dr. Paul or Rand or another honorable candidate.. You continue to speak the truth and unveiling the truth and you have my support.


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