Dyed-blue-in-the-wool supporters of President Obama are blue as can be after opening their paychecks and discovering that "ordinary folks," as the president likes to call them, got slapped with a sizeable tax hike on New Year´s Day. "What happened?" was the exclamation found repeatedly by the Washington Times´ Joseph Curl as he surveyed commentaries posted on liberal websites. "What happened that my Social Security withholding in my paycheck just went up?" a DemocraticUnderground.com post asked. "I guarantee this decrease is gonna hurt me more than the increase in income taxes will hurt those making over 400 grand. What happened?"
Comments: Joseph Curl´s article was posted here earlier today...
They just got a one year 2% reduction on their social security taxes. Now it is back on so there were no taxes raised but that the 2% reduction expired. Of course, if you are a lib, you think you are entitled.
Will these same people now admit that the Bush "tax cuts for the rich" were actually beneficial to everyone, not only the rich, as we´ve been hearing and hearing and hearing for the past many years. The media didn´t hype the wide-spread tax cuts when they were provided by the Bush administration, but now that they have disappeared, the public does finally notice. Who will they blame? Most likely President Bush for not making them permanent in the first place. /SP/
Over the holidays, a brilliant young man was among our visitors. He was shocked that the rise in Social Security withholding is going to cost him and his new wife over $1,500 this year.
He looked surprised when I pointed out that the lower rate was temporary, and he should never have expected it to be permanent. He said he voted for Obama (twice) because he expected him to help the middle-class.
I said, you have a lot to learn, and this is a good first lesson. Politicians lie.
What happened to all those Dems and lefties who kept saying that they would ba happy to pay more taxes and that thought we don´t get taxed enough??? I remember reading all sorts of comments like that on various news sites in the comments area. Were they all lying? Or were they kidding themselves? Either way, it is clear that what they thought was ideal doesn´t jibe with reality.
Social Security is supposed to be "paid for" by withholding funds from our paychecks. It was a stupid idea to "suspend" collection of this money in the first place, especially with Social Security on its way to collapse.
What is sad to me is that there are SO many Americans who believe now they should get something for nothing. They shouldn´t have to pay for their benefits--make someone else do it.
I really, really dislike this taking such a hold in my beloved country.
I still think these people are a bunch of trolls,trying to gin up a movement to pressure Obama into lowering the rates again. For one thing most employers hold a week back,so they haven´t seen a new year´s check yet.
We´ll find out in a couple of weeks when Obama wants to slip it back in the debt ceiling debate.
The government is crazy the way it works anyway. For years they raided SS for normal spending,last year they had to raid the normal budget to pay for this tax cut and more people getting on disability.I´m glad I´m not a government accountant or the smoke from my brain would set the detector off.
I sent out an email to our employees yesterday giving a link to our net pay calculator reminding them SS tax with holdings were going up and they could plan now or be shocked on payday!!! Several people came to me with questions and didn´t have any idea the tax was increasing - I asked them if they were aware they must be part of the 2%!!!
That´s what the Liberals get for listening to the Anti American News stations such as CNN/MSNBC/ABC/CBS/NBC. These stations truly believe that Liberals are gullible and Low IQ´d and will never do their homework to learn the truth.
While I think it is funny that the dems are so stupid, the "payroll tax holiday" was a lousy idea to begin with. It took a program already in serious financial trouble and made it even worse. Do these dopes think their Social Security retirement comes for free? THEY are supposed to pay for it. If they were fiscally responsible people, they would save and invest on their own and be FAR better off than letting the goobermint mismanage their retirement. But they are not, as their comments show. Thus Social Security was born, to enforce retirement savings for fiscal incompetents and because the government is running it, of course it became a disaster.
BO delivers nothing but pain to the middle class and the majority of them are too dumb to figure it out. We get the government we deserve.
You think they would have learned by now that working people eventually have to pay for the votes of parasites. They´ve been multiplying, you see. Sheesh, people, you got rolled and more is coming!
There aren´t enough rich people for EVERYONE to ride on their backs, and virtually all parasites vote Dem, so they take priority. Too many working people vote Republican, so why help them out by making welfare recipients work, and kicking able-bodied people out of SSI benefits?
They don´t call them "The Less Informed" for nothing! I know it will hurt me, but I can suck it up because I know it will hurt those Morons MORE because they will finally figure out that Obama snookered them...again!!
These taxes on the rich or anybody else are so unnecessary. Scrap the SS fica taxes completely. Scrap the income tax. Send out trillions to all the pension funds to make them good and while you are at it establish generous pension funds for all the non union, non public sector citizens and any illegal aliens who come along. Throw in free medical care for all. Just mint the magical Trillion dollar platinum coins with Obama on the face of it by the hundreds and deposit them in the treasury./s
It makes me laugh that the morons are so stupid. The only problem is that many of them teach our children all the while insisting that they aren´t morons. In the long run it isn´t funny. There is nothing funny about Barack Hussein Obama, the consumate liar.
All of these people will find some way to ignore reality and vote for Broncho or some other freedom killing clone. As Sarah Palin said, "You can have free stuff or Freedom, but you can´t have both." Will they even notice?
A neighbor, who is self employed, is actually under the delusion there is nothing wrong with Social Security that taxing more of those greedy Republican millionaire Northern bankers won´t cure. I tried to point out to him that Wall Street has been Democrat for some time now but he know what he knows and can´t be convinced the Democrats are no longer the friend of the working man and woman.
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M Stuart, 1/8/2013 10:11:39 AM (No. 9104756)
I was going to say what #24 said. There never should have been a cut in SS withholding. The program is almost underwater anyway, and this was a brain p))t of 0bama´s.
It will take more than this to make Dhims understand that 0bama is to blame for his own policies.
I have a cousin who is a dyed-in-the-wool 0bamabot. NOTHING will change her mind that it´s Bush´s fault. She´s Bob Beckel in drag. She and her husband both work, but they don´t mind sitting on the front porch without a/c in GA in the summer. We do!
The 10 year lie that the Bush tax was for the rich. And regular folk got nothing should have been apparent. But if GOP had let things go over the cliff, the we would have paid the Clinton tax. We all remember how the Clinton years were nirvana. So let the Rat lemmings pay Clinton tax for a year. They would beg for the Bush tax cuts.
The amazing thing is the dems are just getting started. They are going to start trying to get more off the so called rich, but it will have hidden taxes on everybody. If you work for a living I don´t know how you can vote dem. By the way a few years ago when Sen Laughtenberger from NJ was asked to define rich he said a couple making 75K a year reached that mark. This is the thinking of many dems in congress.
Payroll tax up. Food prices up. Gasoline prices up. Electricity prices up. Health insurance premiums up. The number of food stamp recipients up. The number of people on Social Security disability up. The number of young adults living in their parents homes up. Taxpayer-funded foreign aid to nations openly hostile to America up. The number of weeks people are eligible for unemployment benefits up.
The level of confidence traditional allies have in U.S commitments down. Tolerance of speech critical of liberal dogma on college campuses down. Exploration and extraction of oil and natural gas on public lands down. The level of religious freedom from government interference down. The number of business expanding in the U.S. down. The number of new small business starts down. The number of new private sector jobs down. The number of new housing starts down. Social Security Trust Fund down. U.S. credit rating down.
hahaha..blame the Republicans..go ahead...I just told my friend who is an obama supporter...what cut..your paycheck is big...cause obama told you so... also the Republicans did what everyone wanted..give obama everything he wants..so you got what obama wanted...more of your hard earned money.....I am lovin it...
I´ve heard a whole lotta cry-babying this past week in the Peoples´ Republik of Konnectikut about shrunken paychecks; the bakery lady in the supermarket, the cashier at the gas station window, the receptionist in the insurance office. Living here, you know they all voted for 0bama. When they finish belly-aching, I reply,´´Oh yes, it´s just terrible. But if you think this is bad, just take a good look at your paycheck in January 2014 when your FREE 0bamacare kicks in. But, say. Didya see those dreamy pictures of our president´s $7million Christmas getaway in Hawaii?´´ They look back at me like a deer caught in the headlights. Idjits.
I remember when people were embarrassed, humiliated and horrified to find themselves in need of alms. Now there are so many with their hands out shouting gimmee, gimmee, gimmee, that I am embarrassed, humiliated and horrified for them.
The Ah-Ha moment has arrived. Progressives hate all Americans. Middle class especially. So not just because you might be a pubbie, an independent...you are hated by 0bama et al and you must have your nose rubbed in their manure pile. They HATE us. I wonder what my dear brother thinks...oh I forgot. He´s got several fed retirement funds...I think. Lets see. FAA, Coast Guard. Oh heck. Poor 0bama babies...smaller paycheck. HA.
Two consequences of the payroll 1-year two percent holiday that went over lib heads. First, the 2 percent had to be taken from general revenue to make up any shortfall to pay SS. And, final SS computations are based on amount paid in. Two percent less for a year will lower the final calculation, thus lowering SS payments upon retirement. Doh! Who saw that?
The saying goes, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me". I wonder if the American people will now wise up to the charlatan that Obama is. He talks as if he were concerned about the poor but he lives like a Mary Antoinette with his million dollar vacations. I wonder if he knows that judgment is coming for him.
The problem we have is that the average person in this country is very ill informed. Frankly, if you read your local newspaper daily and listened to network news you´d be ill informed too.
I learned a long time ago that leftists are what I like to call explicitly deceitful. They´ll make a big point about "income" taxes not going up on the middle class, all the while knowing that the SS taxes were going to go up. It´s the same way they play the game about rich people and tax rates. So what if the tax rate goes up on the wealthiest Americans? Most of them aren´t drawing "income" so the income tax doesn´t affect them. My husband used to work for an accounting firm whose business was handling rich people´s money. They´d have envelopes of cash delivered to their homes or offices, and all of their bills would go to the accountants to be paid. Some of these people only looked at their financials a couple of times a year and paid very little in taxes.
What I´m waiting for is the shock when people who think they´re going to be getting free medical care find out that they´re going to be paying a lot more for a lot less. I can´t tell you how many people I know who actually are looking forward to 2014 because they think they´ll have a lot of extra money when they no longer have to pay their healthcare copays. I´ve tried to tell them the truth, but they think I´m just lying to them because I´m a Republican. I wonder how many of them will admit I was right?
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