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Drudge Exposes MSM’s Ignorance Re O-Care Tax

From Breitbart:

‘Liberty Tax’: White House, Media Attack After Drudge Pays Obamacare Opt-Out Penalty

By Matthew Boyle | March 21, 2014

A White House aide set off a stampede of liberal media criticism for Internet news pioneer Matt Drudge over Obamacare – but his critics don’t seem to understand how small businesses pay taxes. The brouhaha started when Drudge tweeted, “Just paid the Obamacare penalty for not ‘getting covered’… I’M CALLING IT A LIBERTY TAX.”

Jesse Lee, the Director of Progressive Media at Barack Obama’s White House, responded that that was a “Flat lie, no fee for previous year,” adding, “Scary how much influence he once had.”

Why is there even a "Director of Progressive Media" at the White House?

In fact, we were told back in May of 2011, that the White House was creating this position to "deal with unfavorable online media.’ In other words, Mr. Lee is a professional internet troll. (And liar.)

Lee’s response to Drudge set off a firestorm in the liberal media, with many mainstream media and left-wing reporters countering him on Twitter and in their own articles to claim he does not have to pay Obamacare’s Individual Mandate tax until next year. The individual mandate went into effect Jan. 1 of this year, and most people paying their taxes right now are paying taxes for 2013.

“Dude, there’s no penalty until next yr,” Sahil Kapur of the leftwing Talking Points Memo tweeted. Kapur’s colleague at TPM Dylan Scott wrote a full story with a headline alleging Drudge was “probably lying.”

“Americans don’t pay a penalty for not having health insurance until they file their 2014 taxes — in 2015,” Scott wrote. “So either Drudge is lying or he paid a huge penalty a year earlier than he needed to.”

Talking Points Memo is the website for the Center For American Progress. They don’t even know the basics of Obama-Care, after all they did to inflict it on us.

“Penalty isn’t collected until 2015,” Sam Baker of National Journal tweeted at Drudge. The Huffington Post’s Jeffrey Young wrote a full article in which he described Drudge’s tweet as “weird” and a “little head-scratching” because the Obamacare tax does not kick in until the 2014 tax year.

This is what passes for ‘journalism’ in the Age Of Obama.

Drudge indicated in his followup tweets that since he is self-employed as the proprietor of The Drudge Report, he files as a small business. According to the IRS’s website for self-employed individuals, they are required to pay taxes quarterly.

“As a self-employed individual, generally you are required to file an annual return and pay estimated tax quarterly,” the IRS website reads.  So, when they file and pay those 2014 first quarter taxes, such individuals have to pay the Obamacare Individual Mandate tax if they opted to not have health insurance—like Drudge just did.

Since few of these leftwing pundits and ‘journalists’ have ever run a business, they are pig ignorant about the concept of having to pay quarterly taxes.

Additionally, the IRS form (1040-ES) for estimating quarterly taxes specifically recommends adding the mandate penalty to line 12 for "other taxes" — to pay before the first quarterly deadline of April 15. “It is true that thousands of small businesses will be forced to pay Obamacare taxes quarterly in 2014,” a Senate Budget Committee aide told Breitbart News on Friday afternoon.

Why is this not known to our media guardians?

Drudge even indicated as much in follow-up tweets, but the left-wing reporters—and the White House—have left their criticisms of him intact. “Dazed team Obama media reporters think Opt-Out tax ‘year away’?” Drudge tweeted. “Not for small businesses that file Qtr estimates. We’re there NOW, baby #pay.”

By the way, since the penalty is 1% of income, this penalty will be quite a chunk of change for Drudge. Although none of the news media outlets ever mentioned that. Nor have any of them thought to thank Matt for such a large contribution to their health insurance.

Instead, they have attacked him. Which is also completely typical.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, March 24th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Drudge Exposes MSM’s Ignorance Re O-Care Tax”

  1. Astravogel

    Comparing leftwing pundits and ‘journalists’ to the intelligence
    of pigs is quite a slur on the pigs. They have much higher IQ’s.

  2. It’s like to teach a pig to whistle. It wastes your time and irritates the pig ..


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