Let’s help the President

President Obama has recently taken to the air waves to ask Americans to help him with his deficit plan.  Although no one has yet seen his plan, we do know that, in his mind, unless we raise taxes immediately,  the sky will fall.  So, I say, let’s help him.

Help him remember, that is. 

He is obviously so busy that he has forgotten that he has already passed the largest tax tax increase since 1993, one which, by 2019, is scheduled to raise taxes by $1 trillion over a 10 year period.  It’s called Obamacare.

As to the evil, rich, millionaire, billionaire, corporate jet owner making more than $200,000 per year, beginning in 2013, he or she will see a 3.9% tax increase.  His or her Medicare tax will increase by .9% on earned income (taking it to 3.9%), but now, he or she will also pay 3.9% on interest income, dividend income and capital gains income.  This will raise $210 billion over 10 years, and, no doubt, will be put in the “Medicare lock box”.

But, the President didn’t stop there.

As we don’t have enough evil, millionaire, billionaire, corporate jet owners making $200,000 per year, the President raised taxes on everyone. 

  • the cost of your prescription drugs increased this year to pay for the $2.7 billion per year tax on drug companies,
  • if you itemize deductions, beginning in 2013, your unpaid medical expenses will now need to be more than 10% of your income (up from 7.5%) to claim the deduction,
  • the same year, you will see a 2.3% “excise tax” on any medical device you need, from an artificial hip to a pair of crutches,
  • in 2014, insurance companies will pay $6 billion per year in increased taxes…guess who will pay that in the form of higher premiums, and,
  • in 2018, if you have a “cadillac” insurance plan, you will pay a svelte 40% “excise tax” on it.

Then, of course, we have the tax on any individual who has the temerity to not purchase a “government approved” health insurance plan, and the tax on any employer, with more than 50 employees, who doesn’t provide a “government approved” health insurance plan to his or her employees.

We are “taxed enough already”, Mr. President.

What’s your plan to cut expenses?

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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. Jeff S on July 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I don’t know if this is the new math but when I went to school, ?$200,000 was less than a billion and less than a million dollars.? It’s sort of like saying “Under my cap and trade plan, energy prices would necessarily sky rocket”, the word “not” is what you would expect to hear included in that?statement.

  2. Lynn on July 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    SOS, This is, without a doubt, the best argument I have heard to justify the Republican caused gridlock on the budget.? Others have skipped around the facts and made innuendos. You just plain told Mr. Obama what to do.? Since he’s already taxed us, let’s get to the cutting part. Brilliant and Bravo!

  3. steve418r on July 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    As I read this article I keep thinking “you can’t make this stuff up”. It is beyond belief.

  4. ricbee on July 18, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    ?I heard the clips you played this morning,Jim. Rubio was impressive,calm,intelligent & wouldn’t be intimidated.

  5. essneff on July 18, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    wow! Obama must be defeated in 2012 or it’s curtains for the country!?can you believe with these new taxes on the horizon, this?Bolshevick wants to raise?even more taxes on the “rich” with a debt extension agreement????

  6. GdavidH on July 19, 2011 at 9:15 am

    “Let?s help the President”…..Let’s not!

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