BREAKING: Obama’s Cat Food Commission Declares War on America’s Poor, Elderly and Disabled

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

President Obama’s Cat Food Commission fired another salvo in their war against America’s poor, elderly and disabled today, calling for a staggering 6.5% national sales tax every American consumers would be forced to pay on food, goods and services.

From the proposal:

To reduce the debt, we would supplement our spending cuts with a 6.5 percent “debt-reduction sales tax.”

Got that? If you’re poor, retired or disabled and spend a modest, income-driven $40 a week for food, or $160 a month, you will pay an additional $10.40 in “debt-reduction sales tax” on your food purchases.

Many of America’s poor, elderly and disabled are already living on the margins and if they’re forced to pay an additional 6.5% “debt-reduction sales tax” they will be driven even deeper into poverty.

What the “debt-reduction sales tax” amounts to is a VAT tax. For those of us who have traveled to Europe are familiar with VAT or V.alue A.dded American tourists visiting Europe can file for a refund of VAT but, resident of the European Union aren’t so lucky. Rest assured, of “debt-reduction sales tax” becomes law, it will be 6.5% now and rise to 10% in a decade.

It is unfathomable to me that Obama Inc. keeps looking at ways to make America’s poor, elderly and disabled responsible for paying off George W. Bush’s economic malfeasance.

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17 Responses to BREAKING: Obama’s Cat Food Commission Declares War on America’s Poor, Elderly and Disabled

  1. Aunt Peg says:

    I am so very sorry I voted for this man. Maybe we will get lucky and he will be impeached by the Republicans?

    As someone on a fixed income I can tell you I can’t afford another 6.5% tax on my food and medicine. I just can’t pay it. Maybe it’s time to move to Mexico? It can’t be worse than the USA.

  2. Aunt Peg,

    Mexico isn’t all that cheap.

    Nicaragua, Ecuador, Colombia, Thailand, Uruguay, Argentina and Panama might be better bets. Especially Uruguay, Argentina and Panama. Maybe this is what Obama is trying to do? Force anyone not middle and upper middle class out of the USA?

  3. Tiny Dancer says:

    I hate Obama. He’s just another elitist jerk from Harvard.

    Those suggestions are really sound. Mexico is close but becoming more unstable every day as the drug cartels take hold of the country. Panama is very stable. They use the US dollar and you can drink the water. Never been to Argentina but it looks beautiful on House Hunters International.

  4. Marcus Ybanez says:

    The so-called “debt-reduction sales tax” is a national consumption tax.

    When the flat tax was proposed eliminating the Federal income tax, advocates claimed it would spread the burden of paying for government around to all Americans. But there is one caveat to the flat tax: it carries with it the elimination of the mortgage interest deduction.

    The Ron Paul crowd must be cheering today because this is what they’ve been squawking for as long as I can remember.

  5. Carpe Diem says:

    From a historical perspective, what Marcus Ybanez wrote is correct. But as I read the Cat Food Commission’s proposal, the “debt-reduction sales tax” doesn’t replace anything. It’s in addition to existing state, local and Federal taxes. If you happen to live in a high tax state like California, New York, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, or Illinois, 6.5% “debt-reduction sales tax” suddenly makes sale tax of 9.25% leap to 15.75%. On a weekly food budget for a family of four of say $150, you will have to fork over $174.25. If you don’t think this won’t slow the economy, think again because consumers will be forced to spend less when they shop.

  6. Matteo says:

    Bingo, Christopher.

    A 6.5% additional tax on top of state and federal taxes will bury the poor who are going hungry.

    This according to CNN:

    About 14.7 percent of U.S. households were “food insecure” in 2009, meaning they had difficulty feeding one or more of their members at some point last year due to a lack of financial resources, according to the report. That equates to 17.4 million households total, or roughly 45 million people.

  7. DMason says:

    President Obama’s Cat Food Commission sees the poor, elderly and the disabled as an obstacle to debt reduction. I bet behind closed doors they talk about ways to shorten their lives by making existence so difficult they die off early.

  8. fran says:

    This topic chaps my ass. They have $ to give corporate welfare to Wall Street. They have spent over a trillion on 2 wars in the middle east & still flushing $$$ down that toilet. Tax cuts for the wealthy are just fine, but paying for unemployment is wasteful spending.

    Allow me to call bullshit on that “reasoning”.
    #1. We’ve had the tax cuts for the wealthy for 10 years now.
    #2. According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, keeping the tax cuts will cost the gvmnt. $680 billion in lost revenue over the next 10 years.
    3. Almost all of that $680 billion will go to those earning more than $500,000 per year.
    4. The majority of the tax cuts will go to the top 1/10th of 1 % of earners, that is, those who earn on average, $7 million per year.

    Here’s the thing– if this theory worked, and we’ve have tax cust for the rich for 10 years, then, where’s the jobs?
    Why aren’t we basking in the availability of employment– all those family wage jobs that should be trickling down???

    No this trickle down theory is the middle & lower class getting pissed on.

    They want to tax the poor for food?
    Food should be exempt.
    Time for a revolution!

  9. Randy Arroyo says:

    I bought a car from a car rental company for $15,995. Under the Cat Food Commission’s scheme I would have ended up paying an additional $2519.00 making the final purchase price $18,514.50. How would I save money by buying used from a car rental company when the final price is almost 20 Grand? This proposal is a stupid idea. Just cut military spending in half and raise taxes on the rich. A Democrat would do this but Obama isn’t a Democrat.

  10. Adirondacky says:

    Obama could implement these suggestions but tweak them. He could exempt anyone over the age of 62 from paying the additional 6.5% debt tax or anyone disabled and receiving SSDI benefits. Of course, he won’t because the Cat Food Commission was appointed by Obama and it’s his jewel in his crown. Obama intends to go down in history as the president who gave America national healthcare and reduced Bush’s debt. He’s a narcissist with a huge ego.

  11. Mets Fan says:

    Trying to catch up and I wish I hadn’t bothered.

    So Barack Obama, in his infinite lack of wisdom, plans to burden the most vulnerable in our society with the job of repaying Bush’s two wars and two tax cuts for the rich?

    Obama & Co. can go straight to hell. He’s lost me. What a fuck up.

  12. R.J. Lawson says:

    Motherf*cker! I already pay 9.75% in sales tax. Now I’m supposed to pay about 15%. F*ck him. I hope he gets impeached tomorrow.

  13. Jolly Roger says:

    I have honestly wondered if a flat-out VAT in lieu of income and FICA taxation would turn out to be the cheaper route overall. It’d get rid of 90% of the IRS, along with a whole bunch of lobbyists, so it does have its attractive points.

  14. Joe in Colorado says:

    A 6.5% debt tax on top of all the other taxes we pay? The Cat Food Commission is off the chain. If you’re upper middle class or rich, an additional 6.5% debt tax can be absorbed without causing any harm. But for struggle middle class Americans and the poor, the tax will definitely create hardships and drive up poverty rates. Washington DC is so removed from everyday reality.

  15. Big Hank says:

    What about congressional COLAS?

    Will the debt commission take on this sacred cow? Or, is congress off limits? This is usually how the game is played. Everyone else is expected to sacrifice but not Washington lawmakers.

  16. feminazi says:

    Another patently awful solution to pay off the deficit. I’m with Aunt Peg. I’m about ready to move to another country. Maybe the Bahamas. I’m still close enough to see my kids and my nephew and they would love to visit me on a resort island. I am so disappointed in our president and the people he’s hired to address our financial issues.

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