Obama Promises “Job-Killing Tax Increases” After 2012, Says Job Losses Prove Stimulus Worked (Videos)

Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

If you were regularly described as one of the most “brilliant” leaders in our nation’s history and were poised to launch a 16-month-long crusade to convince the nation to re-elect you, how would you sell your dismal economic record? Barack Obama gave his answer in a press conference yesterday, when he promised to deliver “massive, job-killing tax increases” and claimed a 9.2 percent unemployment rate proves he was right all along and Americans should be grateful.

Obama’s plans for the nation include more redistribution of (borrowed, Chinese) wealth, financed by $1 trillion in tax increases. Even Obama understands the likely impact of this move. In 2009, he told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, “You don’t raise taxes in a recession,” and during the lame duck session of Congress he called extending the Bush tax cuts “an essential step on the road to recovery.” In Monday’s press conference, he admitted:

So, when you hear folks saying, “Well, the president shouldn’t want massive job killing tax increases when the economy is this weak.” Nobody’s looking to raise taxes right now. We’re talking about potentially 2013 and the out years.

In other words, he promised he will wait until he is safely re-elected and beyond the reach of the people (except for impeachment), then destroy the economy. Obama ’12!

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Only the most naive believe these tax hikes will only touch the “millionaires and billionaires” Obama constantly inveighs against. The Associated Press noted yesterday, “Proposals under consideration include raising taxes on small business owners and potentially low- and middle-income families.” After all, the wealthiest Americans are already paying a disproportionate percentage of income taxes. Patrick Tyrrell of the Foundry blog writes that the IRS estimated as of “2008, the top 25 percent of income earners—those earning $67,280 or more—pay 86.34 percent of the income taxes, yet earn only 67.38 percent of all income in the U.S.” If Obama is re-elected, he has told American you can expect unemployment to skyrocket.

Obama then added an odd claim: that the discouraging job reports of Recovery Summer 2.0 prove his stimulus plan worked. He said….

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Obama’s Stimulus Put Microchips in Your Trash

Ben Johnson, Floyd Reports

Obama: Big Brother is Watching You

A new Senate report reveals the Obama administration spent nearly half-a-million dollars in stimulus funds to purchase recycling bins implanted with microchips, designed to monitor private citizens’ recycling levels.

Republican Senators Tom Coburn, R-OK, and John McCain, R-AZ, tracked 100 misuses of stimulus funds in a publication entitled “Summertime Blues,” released just weeks ago. (It is far from a comprehensive list.)

They found the administration gave $500,000 to the city of Dayton, Ohio, to assist its recycling plan. Part of the federal funds went to purchase 8,000 bins equipped with microchips that track which residents are recycling.

City and county government officials decided the Big Brother program was so worthwhile they spent a combined $60,000 of their own money to buy an additional 1,300 bins.

In February, the Dayton Daily News described the new curbside equipment:

The microchips, which use radio frequency identification technology, are installed in the bin handles. Four city waste collection trucks will be equipped to read the microchips that will be associated with specific street addresses.

All the city’s 60,000 households will be added to the program “over several years at a total cost of $1.6 million.” The full cost will be borne by the U.S. taxpayer thanks to a $1.6 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant the federal government awarded Dayton from stimulus funds.

WHIO-TV asked city officials about the program’s inclusion in Coburn’s report. They “said only $9,000 went to the microchips and the program is actually helping to redirect bins to neighborhoods that use them the most.”

The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, began using microchip-implanted recycling bins last month. The city will store each family’s recycling history for three years. (Local talk show host Tara Servatius had the story first.)

Again, city bureaucrats dismissed privacy concerns to local media:

The city says it doesn’t plan to knock on people’s doors who aren’t recycling. Instead it says the chip will be used to monitor which neighborhoods are recycling less than others.

Neighborhoods that aren’t recycling much would then be given encouragement to recycle more. The city says this would be done either through mailings or appearances by the recycling department at community events. (Emphasis added.)

Americans are not the only ones concerned about government-tracked refuse — and what “encouragement to recycle” may entail.

At least 2.6 million homes in Great Britain — approximately 10 percent of all British households — have microchipped recycling bins. Members of the Conservative Party have protested that information obtained by the chips may be used to levy additional taxes based on the weight of weekly recycling, a plan they dubbed “Pay As You Throw.”

Gordon Brown’s Labour Party dismissed the charges as scare tactics. But many areas in England already demand trash be sorted into nine different color-coded classifications. Offenders face a maximum fine of more than $1,500 (U.S.).

Laying aside legitimate anxieties about government intrusion, Sen. Coburn found little “stimulus” from this expenditure.

The $862 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was supposed to stabilize the national unemployment, but unemployment remains mired at 9.5 percent, and this week first-time jobless claims reached their highest level in nine months.