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ATF: Obama breaks another campaign promise

September 16, 2009 by  

Obama breaks another campaign promise, says ATF The anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform (ATF) has said that by placing a new tariff on tire imports from China, President Obama has broken his campaign pledge not to raise taxes on Americans making less than $250,000 a year.

It also alleged that bowing to pressure from labor unions, the president has put additional burden on already cash-strapped American families.

Grover Norquist, president of ATF, says a tariff is a tax on consumers. "This decision will drive up the cost of tires, increasing the economic burden on families already struggling with the high cost of transportation," he stresses.

The organization adds that because the tariffs will be applied to low-end tires (costing $50-$60), low-income families and individuals will be the most affected.

Last week, President Obama authorized a 35 percent tariff on Chinese tire imports in an effort to stem a surge of foreign-made tires on the U.S. market, which some have said cost 7,000 jobs here in America, according to Asia Times.

United Steelworkers president Leo W. Gerard praised the decision saying the president has "made [it] clear that he will enforce America’s trade laws and stand with American workers."

However, the move attracted criticism from free-trade and free-market supporters who expressed concerns it could spark a trade war of retaliatory tariffs and spur a protectionist trend in U.S. trade policy.
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  • Rich

    I may be ignorant of this, but I don’t get how trying to protect American interests is breaking a campaign promise of not raising taxes on the middle class. Hell congress/senate won’t be extending any of the tax breaks given during the Bush years, yes some of them helped get us here, but the ones for middle or lower class will be the same thing. Will they then say he broke this promise yet again when all he did was allow a program to run it’s course and not renew it? I am not saying I agree with his change of this polcy, I just don’t get this connection.

    • john

      ignorance is no defence in these matters. read up and become educated. A lie is a lie in any color.

  • Norm

    China is a COMMUNIST country and is no friend of the US. It’s amazing how we can go to war to try to force democracy on countries that will never accept it. But when it comes to a real threat from China, we ignore all principles and go for the big profits. Slave labor is not available in the US. We need more tariffs on Chinese goods and more government regulation on giving the ChiComs our technology.

  • http://www.chandostransport@eastlink.ca Graeme B

    This article is a complete stretch. By ensuring the stimulus package only uses American made products and suppliers, you are costing more for products if it can be produced somewhere else cheaper. This is a stupid rationale and illogical. This tariff is to protect US jobs not increase tax

  • James

    The truth is that this is another big labor payback. If we had a real MSM these kickbacks would be obvious to everyone.

    • s c

      James, as long as American media whores are allowed to be whores, nothing will change. It has been obvious for a long time that ABC, CBS, and NBC and the rest of the predictable swine are addicted to ‘pc news.’
      They have no motivation to report the real news. They are paid lots of money to lie, ignore and distort.
      It was common knowledge back in the ’30s that American ‘journalists’ were literally for sale. We can get more objective news from high school kids and college newspapers. I plan to celebrate when the major newspapers are history. They did it to themselves, and their reward is to be thrown on the nearest dung heap. Some of them might be considered as potential czars (no qualifications, no talent, candidates for long-term therapy, true ‘legends in their own minds’).

  • George

    Tarrifs on Chneese goods counter the subsidies the Chineese govt pushes through internally. Also we need to slap a like for like policy on trade. Free trade with Korea on cars consites of no limit imports to us and a limit of 7k on American cars. A trade war will hurt them more than us. Maybe at first it would hurt alot as we get kickstatred internally to make things again but once we get cracking I would like to see the worlds face when they all get the teet pulled out of their mouth and start wailing like a baby. Good grief lets get back to work and stop all the nonsense

  • Tammy

    I am low income and would gladly pay more for tires if it stops imports and gets America back to work. We need to make our own products and be independent of other hostile countries and quit sending our jobs out of U S.

    • s c

      Tammy, as long as Washington is what it is (a den of overpaid prostitutes), the best we can do is to slow down the process. When jobs are lost and go overseas, those who let the jobs go overseas should be FORCED to ‘go with them.’
      We do not need ‘leaders’ who want to globalize. When we play that game, America LOSES. It is a dumbing-down process, and it took us a long time to figure out that losing jobs is worse than stupid. The trick is to make elected losers ACCOUNTABLE to us. Unless or until we do that, the lost jobs topic can’t be solved or eased.
      Good intentions keeps congressional losers in office. The threat of immediate retaliation will SOLVE the problem.

      • eyeswideopen

        S.C.
        Are you saying that Obama did something right or are you blaming him for the past legislation that has already given away this country? I can’t figure out if you are glad, or if you are considering this a tax like the rest of the Republicans do?

    • eyeswideopen

      Tammy,
      glad to hear that, I am surprised that you didn’t view it as a tax. Love your attitude.

  • http://rfay@netscape.com Robert

    I love the comments above, they are so right

  • http://rfay@netscape.com Steve

    I say bring back all the jobs from over seas, we where in great shape before they sent jobs out of the United States, Just ask me Iam 73 years old and i know.

  • http://rfay@netscape.com Don

    Put the money back in social security that they took from the Bush to finance the war, that we should not have been in.

    • Ken

      The actual fact is that Clinton borrowed that money to try to make it look like it was surplus. If you check you will see that loan came due earlier this year. You also forget who was drumming this up in the congress, Pelosi, Ried being a controlling Dem congress pushed the war and everyone voted for it including Obama back then.

  • Crystal

    all of the above comments are correct. this type of media is just lynchmob behavior creating fault where there is none. there is no law that says you HAVE to buy tires made in china. so you CAN avoid paying the tarrif. and if you do that, then you create demand for american made products which means americans can go back to work. it seems this the author of this article is a fan and practitioner of “Fuzzy Math” and a member of the Party of No.

  • kato

    IF OBAMA ACTUALLY DID MORE STUFF LIKE THIS. MORE PEOPLE WOULD GET OFF HIS BACK.. IF ONE WERE TO CONSIDER THE 2500 DISPLACED COOPER TIER WORKERS AND THE LOSS OF AMERICAN JOBS DUE TO OUR GLORIOUS ELECTED OFFICIALS SELLING OUR COUNTRY WHILE THEY SMILE AND WAVE.
    THIS DECISION WAS NOT OBJECTIONABLE.
    BUT STILL KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN.

  • Sprocket

    This president is so clueless when it comes to any free-market Capitalist enterprise! Does he not realize that the larger percentage of American company tires are now made in China as well? If he doesn’t understand the industry, he should just stay OUT OF IT!!!

  • George #2

    Folks there is so much involved here. The most important outcome could be upsetting the Chinese and others that have to depend on them. Before some of you say “so what”, “who cares” or like said above something like they need us more than we need them then explore and learn more about how our country must have buyers of our debt.You may think because China is communistic that they are not smart. Add on pissing them off and we could have a couple of bond issues with no buyers. Look at it this way where do any of you know of a company whose debt is many times more than what they make and can ever afford, that is so weak it has had to let go of 10% of their work force and still mainyained a AAA rating? That is the US. If our AAA rating does drop it will continue to fuel those that want to change the world to a global currency. We are very vunerable folks. Regardless of whether you voted for Obama or not it would behoove you to look at us in the fiscal sense. BTW if our dollar continues to crash and I cannot see why it won’t then that fuels more debate for a new currency. And think about this our dollar buys less so lets say the bakery needs to charge the amount needed to keep up with how much they have to pay for overhead but that dollar is weaker. Guess what you will get charged more and that is INFLATION the Jimmy Carter style. So now if you voted for Obama it might be a good time for you to take out a piece of paper and write down his promises and check off the ones he has kept. Then write down the ones he has lied about along how they will affect you and your love ones. They (Obama and his bosses) do not care who they will hurt on the way to destruction. Or maybe you liked the legislation passed the other day in which 200,000 Palestinian Hamas (terrorists) will be allowed to move to America given citizenship, a home etc. Google. Start taking notes for what we are about to enter will be known as the twilight zone….

  • ole hunter

    Free market your ass!!!
    Bring back the tariffs on all off shore produced goods and services.
    What are our soldiers fighting for: Walmarts right to import garbage substandard products from china, home of the scudd missle maker.
    American investers are PATHETIC and deserve no protection if they invest in or with communist owned , muslim extremist owned corporations or mexican drug cartel owned corporations and banks!!
    Conservatives say they are moral ethical and faithful, but if one of these three ideals get in the way of their investments , well than, nothing else matters but the buck they can make off someone elses blood or sweat.

    • s c

      Refresh my memory, hunter. Do we have anyone in a combat zone who was drafted? No, all of them are there by their own choice.
      For me, I don’t like the idea of our military being spread all over the world when fighting is limited to a single area. America is not supposed to to be the world’s prostitute cop!
      While you’re at it, ask Queen Pelosi about making serious ‘investments’ in wars that she supposedly hates [until comrade obama approves of them, i. e.].
      You need to look at some other angles, hunter. Most of the crap we see is what we’re supposed to see. It’s not what we NEED to see.

  • Igor

    All promises and no action! More jobs? Yeah right! Not yet to many other things to deal with. It’ not our duty to hold our goverment accountable it is OUR RESPONSABILTY! Who the hell do these people think they are? They work for YOU and ME, WE DON’T WORK FOR THEM!

    How’s that HOPE and CHANGE working for ya now!

  • eyeswideopen

    WARREN BUFFETT says “the rich need to pay higher taxes”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/warren-buffett.

  • Robert

    Every day since his inauguration, the president is constantly on TV, traveling for photo ops etc.etc. What is the cost to us taxpayers for his constant campaining? Seems he loves to hear himself talk. I’d like to see some real action from him and not these way out ideas on how our government should take over our lives. His administration is spending us into oblivion and sooner rather than later, the bill collectors will be at the door. How’s Washington going to pay up? Sell our National Parks and Federal Buildings? Then what? Tax us to the point where it doesn’t pay to work and jump on the freeloader bandwagon of handouts. Oh yeah! I forgot. We’ll just have to tax the rich people in this country. You know the ones making minimum wage and working two jobs to support their family. Kind of makes me sick how this CHANGE is really changing our lives. I think I’ll sneak out of this country and re-enter as an illegal immigrant. This way I get everything I need to sustain life from those sucker US Taxpayer. Please don’t let Nancy Pelosi see this else she’ll have me tracked down for the nazi terrorist she knows I am.

  • Verne

    Robert you took the words I was going say right out of my mouth – Good Job

  • rich

    this is another flying political payback to the corrupt unions for helping that racist in cheif get elected.if the unions were thrown out of american industry never to be allowed to step foot on the property again,our manufacturing sector would light up like a room full of gasoline fumes we would be a giant in the world again,no other country could compete with us!!!unions have destroyed american industry,not slave labor from other countries,as soon as we get an americans back running this country,someone with a spine.banning communist unions would instantly solve our unemployment problems.sad but is true,next shop of mine that”whispers the u-word.i will lock the doors forever

  • Charlie

    Three Cheers for Obama

    This is so well put, I’m going to carry it around in my back pocket. It’s all in a NUT Shell

    BEFORE YOU THINK I’VE FLIPPED MY LID, READ THE ENTIRE COLUMN!
    Three Cheers for Obama!
    That is right – I will say it. . .. . THANK GOD FOR OBAMA!

    He destroyed the Clinton Political Machine – Driving a stake thru the Heart of Hillary’s Presidential aspirations–something no Republican was ever able to do. Remember when a Hillary Presidency scared the daylights out of you!

    He killed off the Kennedy Dynasty – No more Kennedys trolling
    Washington looking for booze and women wanting rides home. American women and freedom are safer tonight!

    He is destroying the Democratic Party before our eyes!

    Dennis Moore had never lost a race – quit

    Evan Bayh had never lost a race – quit

    Byron Dorgan – had never lost a race – quit

    Harry Reid – bid for re-election doesn’t look good

    These are just a handful of the Democrats whose political careers Obama has destroyed! By the end of 2010 dozens more will be!

    In December of 2008 the Democrats were on the rise. In the last two election cycles they had picked up 14 senate seats and 52 house seats.

    The press was touting the death of the Conservative Movement and the
    Republican Party.

    In one year Obama put a stop to all of this and will probably give the
    house, if not the senate back to the Republicans.
    Obama was named Gun Salesman of the Decade. He also has helped the
    ammunition industry so much that the factories are operating 24-7 trying to keep up with the demand.
    He has completely exposed liberals and progressives for what they are.

    Every generation seems to need to relearn the lesson on why they should never actually put liberals in charge.

    He is bringing home the lesson very well!
    Liberals tax, borrow and spend – check
    Liberals won’t bring themselves to protect America – check
    Liberals want to take over the economy – check
    Liberals think they know what is best for everyone – check
    Liberals aren’t happy till they are running YOUR life – check

    He has brought more Americans back to conservatism than anyone since Reagan, In one year he rejuvenated the Conservative Movement and brought out to the streets millions of Freedom Loving Americans.

    Name me one other time in your life that you saw your friends and neighbors this interested in taking back America !

    In all honesty one year ago I was more afraid than I had ever been in my life. Not of the economy, but of the direction our country was going. I thought Americans had forgotten what this country was all about. My neighbors, friends, strangers proved to me that my lack of confidence of the greatness and wisdom of the American people was flat out wrong.

    When the American People wake up, no smooth talking teleprompter reader can fool them!

    Obama woke up these Great Americans , Again I want say Thank you Obama!

    So, Lets Recap “2009″………what a year! WOW!!!

    1. The American people inaugurate a half-Arab president with a total of 142
    days experience as a US Senator from the most politically corrupt state (city) in America whose governors have been ousted from office. The President’s first official act is to order the close of Gitmo and make sure terrorist’s civil rights are not violated. (Honest mistake?)

    2. The U.S. Congress rushes to confirm a black Attorney General, Eric
    Holder, whose law firm we later find out represents seventeen Gitmo
    Terrorists. (An honest mistake?)

    3. The CIA Boss appointee, Leon Panetta, has absolutely no experience.

    4. We got the second most corrupt American woman (Pelosi is #1) as Secretary of State; bought and paid for.

    5. We got a Tax Cheat for Treasury Secretary who did not properly file his own taxes for 12 years.

    6. A Commerce Secretary nominee who withdrew due to corruption charges.

    7. A Tax cheat nominee for Chief Performance Officer who withdrew under charges.

    8. A Labor Secretary nominee who withdrew under charges of unethical
    conduct.

    9. A Secretary HHS nominee (Daschle) who withdrew under charges of cheating on his taxes.

    10. Multiple appointments of former lobbyists after an absolute campaign statement that no lobbyists would be appointed.

    All this occurred just during the first three weeks. . . But who’s counting?
    America is being run by the modern-day Three Stooges; Barry, Nancy and Harry and they are still trying to define stimulus…”it’s spending!!!”

    The congress passes the $800,000,000,000 (that’s $800 billion) pork-loaded spending bill where the government gives you a smidgen of your tax dollars ($13 per week), making you feel so good about yourself [stimulated], that
    you want to run out to Wal-Mart and buy a new Chinese-made HDTV!
    Only with the Liberals…
    Pray for our country.
    Here’s the good news though – Obama took Air Force One to Denver to sign the stimulus package, wasting as much as 10,000 gallons of fuel OR 24 JOBS FOR ONE YEAR.

    Don’t you just love hypocrites?
    Obama went to the International Olympic Committee to have them choose
    Chicago for a host city, he failed.
    Obama went to Copenhagen to lecture them on global warming, he failed Obama went to New Jersey to promote the Democratic candidate for governor, he failed,
    Obama went to Virginia to promote the Democratic candidate for governor, he failed.
    Obama went to Massachusetts to promote the Democratic candidate for
    senator, he failed.

    Speaking of praying, Obama has now been president for a full year and yet he & wife (first lady) Michelle, the Christian family they claim to be, have not attended church since the inauguration.

    Obama is the 1st president in history who did not attend any Christmas
    religious observance.

    And finally, he is the 1st president to remain on vacation after a terrorist attack.

    In these times ‘I’ll keep my God, my freedom, my gun and my money.
    Anyone that supports this insanity can keep “THE CHANGE”.

    Just Facts….yet I’m sure those on the Left will say this is no big deal!!!!!!! So what else is new?

  • paul

    GEORGE #2 HOPE U R WRONG ABOUT THE 200,000 PALISTINIANS COMING INTO THIS COUNTRY WE HAVE MILLIONS OUT OF WORK NOW WE CERTAINLY DONT NEED MORE COMING IN WE SHOULD SEND SOME 20,000,000 BACK HOME THEY R COSTING US BILLIONS THIS ADMINISTRATION INSTEAD OF WORKING SO HARD ON HEALTH CARE COSTING US TRILLIONS SHOULD OF WORKED ON BRINGING OUR TROOPS HOME THIS WOULD SAVE US BILLIONS THEN TRILLIONS & BILLIONS COULD PRODUCE MILLIONS OF JOBS TO HELP GET OUR COUNTRY BACK ON ITS FEET SPEAKING OF JOBS WHY DONT WE START BY EMPLOYING 20,000 OR 30,000 SECURITY GUARDS TO ASSIST OUR BORDER PATROL THIS WOULD SOLVE 2 PROBLEMS & THE SAME TIME GULF HAVE STARVING FISHERMAN WORK WITH THEIR BOATS TO ASSIST IN CLEAN UP AGAIN SOLVE 2 PROBLEMS @ SAME TIME WHAT WE REALLY NEED IS TO GET RID OF BOTH DEMOCRATS &REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE BEEN THERE 222222222 LONG WE NEED TERM LIMITS

    • paul

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