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Dem’s $3 Trillion Tax Hike Hurts Working Families and Small Businesses

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The Democrats’ almost $3 trillion tax increase proposal would deeply impact small businesses and working families. “This is the largest tax increase since 1968 compared to the size of the economy and the largest tax increase ever in nominal dollars” reports the Americans for Tax Reform website.

“Raising taxes on working families by increasing the federal corporate income tax rate from 21 percent to 26.5 percent” will be passed along to working families in the form of “higher prices, fewer jobs, and lower wages.”

As a result, the U.S. will have a combined state-federal rate of 30.9 percent. That rate is “higher than our foreign competitors including China, which has a 25 percent corporate tax rate, and Europe which has an average rate of 21.7 percent. The developed world average (OECD) is 23.5%” reports the website.

The Tax Foundation’s Stephen Entin states a tremendous 70 percent of corporate income tax is a burden to “labor (or workers)” in the form of wages and employment. In a 2020 study, the National Bureau of Economic Research found that 31 percent of the burden falls on consumers.

“A corporate tax increase will threaten the life savings of families by reducing the value of publicly traded stocks in brokerage accounts or in 401(k)s” as well as “higher utility bills as the country tries to recover from the pandemic.”

Small businesses will be impacted because “raising the top income tax rate to 39.6 percent, limiting the 20 percent small business deduction, expanding the Obamacare net investment income tax, limiting the ability of passthroughs to deduct excess business losses, and raising the corporate tax rate.”

The painful plan also increases the capital gains tax rate to 28.8 percent, adds a 16.5 percent global minimum tax, and increases the death tax by cutting the exemption level in half. Not to mention, $80 billion in new IRS funding would allow for the hiring of 87,000 new agents. “This would allow the IRS to audit and harass small businesses and American families for an additional $787 billion. It would hire enough new IRS agents to fill Nationals Park twice.”

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  1. BlueBoomerang

    September 16, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Biden wants to pay for his social engineering programs by taxing all wage earners in the form of higher prices, which we’re already seeing as well as higher income taxes. The country is embracing socialism and is being run by a demented, senile, mindless puppet controlled by the extreme left.

  2. John Poelstra

    September 17, 2021 at 10:10 am

    A Convention of States is the only solution big enough for this problem.

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Biden’s Fed Chairman: Solving Inflation ‘Highly Likely To Involve Some Pain’ For Americans

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On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that solving the inflation crisis is “highly likely” to cause pain to Americans but that it would be less painful than not addressing inflation.

During the European Central Bank forum, host Francine Laqua asked Powell, “If you’re speaking out to the American people to try and help them understand how long it will take for, you know, monetary policy to go back to something that resembles normalcy … what would you tell them?

“I would say that we fully understand and appreciate … the pain people are going through dealing with higher inflation, that we have the tools to address that and the resolve to use them, and that we are committed to and will succeed in getting inflation down to two percent,” he responded.

“The process is likely, highly likely to involve some pain, but the worst pain would be from failing to address this high inflation and allowing it to become persistent,” Powell added.

Powell’s comments come as inflation has reached the highest rate in more than 40 years with prices rising 8.6% from May 2021 to May 2022, according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In order to bring down inflation, the Federal Reserve increased the interest rate by 0.75% earlier this month – the highest increase since 1994 – and warned of additional increases in the interest rate in the future.

“The three-quarter-point hike brings the federal funds rate to between 1.5% and 1.75%. The federal funds rate dictates what it costs for banks to borrow money from each other. And, generally, higher interest rates mean it’s more expensive for consumers to get a mortgage, obtain a loan to buy a vehicle and to carry a balance on a credit card,” NBC News reported. “The expected effect of these changes is that consumers will spend less and the heightened demand for goods — one of the drivers of inflation — will slow down.”

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Biden’s Fed Chairman: ‘We Now Understand Better How Little We Understand About Inflation’

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On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell defended the Biden administration’s failure to predict the current inflation crisis, saying that the record high inflation levels helped the Biden administration “understand how little we understand about inflation.”

During the European Central Bank forum, host Francine Laqua asked panelists, “Hindsight is a beautiful thing, I know…but going forward…how do we need to look at inflation differently? So, for example, in the U.S. — the stimulus. Did we circulate the impact this would have on inflation?”

“I think we now understand better how little we understand about inflation,” Powell responded.

“That’s not very reassuring,” the host noted.

“No, honestly, this was unpredicted. I was looking at the time of our June meeting one year ago, of the 35 people who filed with a survey of professional forecasters, 34 of them had inflation below four percent for the last year. And of course, it was way above four percent,” Powell said.

It should be noted that many economists outside of the Biden administration did predict the inflation crisis. Larry Summers, who served as Treasury Secretary under the Obama administration, warned in May 2021 that President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan would greatly increase inflation rates. Summers said that the bill had “very substantial risks on the inflation side.”

Additionally, in June 2021 Larry Summers told PBS’s “Firing Line with Margaret Hoover” that the Biden administration’s policies had driven inflation.

“If you looked at how the economy was coming into this year, we had total wages and salaries coming to people were 20 or 30 billion dollars a month lower because many of them had to be home because of COVID and the economy was slowed,” Summers said. “But we put in a stimulus that was putting into the economy more than 200 billion dollars a month. And so when you take a hole and you overfill it, you’re likely to have problems.”

“And I think we know that inflation’s like a lot of other things, it’s a lot easier to prevent than it is to cure,” Summers continued. “And I think the credibility of policymakers, including those at the Fed, is much easier to preserve than it is to restore.”

He later added, “The main risk is that our economy’s going to overheat. And then once it overheats, it’s going to be hard to put out the fire without doing a lot of damage and causing a lot of problems. And so I’d like to see us shift towards a policy concern.”

Powell’s admission that the Biden administration does not understand inflation comes just weeks after Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen similarly said that she didn’t “fully understand” how inflation occurred and admitted that she was “wrong” about inflation when she said in 2021 that it was just a “small risk.”

“Well, look, I think I was wrong then about the path that inflation would take,” Yellen said. “As I mentioned, there have been unanticipated and large shocks to the economy that have boosted energy and food prices and supply bottlenecks that have affected our economy badly that I didn’t — at the time didn’t fully understand. But we recognize that now.”

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