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Obama ‘Suggests’ VAT Tax Is An Option

From an elated Associated Press:

Obama suggests value-added tax may be an option

By Charles Babington, Associated Press Writer Thu Apr 21

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that a new value-added tax on Americans is still on the table, seeming to show more openness to the idea than his aides have expressed in recent days.

Before deciding what revenue options are best for dealing with the deficit and the economy, Obama said in an interview with CNBC, "I want to get a better picture of what our options are."

After Obama adviser Paul Volcker recently raised the prospect of a value-added tax, or VAT, the Senate voted 85-13 last week for a nonbinding "sense of the Senate" resolution that calls the such a tax "a massive tax increase that will cripple families on fixed income and only further push back America’s economic recovery."

For days, White House spokesmen have said the president has not proposed and is not considering a VAT.

"I think I directly answered this the other day by saying that it wasn’t something that the president had under consideration," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters shortly before Obama spoke with CNBC.

After the interview, White House deputy communications director Jen Psaki said nothing has changed and the White House is "not considering" a VAT

So it was all “just words”?

In the CNBC interview, Obama said he was waiting for recommendations from a bipartisan fiscal advisory commission on ways to tackle the deficit and other problems.

When asked if he could see a potential VAT in this nation, the president said: "I know that there’s been a lot of talk around town lately about the value-added tax. That is something that has worked for some countries. It’s something that would be novel for the United States."

"And before, you know, I start saying ‘this makes sense or that makes sense,’ I want to get a better picture of what our options are," Obama said…

This is all part of Mr. Obama’s pretend “agnosticism” about raising taxes. It will surely come, since taxes follow spending just like night follows the day.

In fact, probably the only thing holding back the VAT tax is that it is ‘regressive.’ That is, even ‘poor people’ have to pay it when they buy something – anything. And it takes more of their income than it does of the rich.

Don’t worry, though. This ‘social injustice’ will not be allowed to stand for very long. Before you can say ‘income redistribution,’ the poor will be able to get a refund on their income tax for any VAT taxes they may have paid. That, too, is inevitable.

But when this VAT tax and all the other new and raised taxes hit, will the media crucify Mr. Obama like they did ‘read my lips’ George Bush?

(Just kidding. Of course they won’t.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Obama ‘Suggests’ VAT Tax Is An Option”

  1. Mithrandir says:


    Have someone float the balloon out there, see what the response is, if it is a failure, your fingerprints aren’t all over it. And as usual, Obama takes both sides of an issue to sound moderate, then does what he wants.

    Of course there will be a VAT tax! Don’t you remember how to understand politicians? 90% of the time, the OPPOSITE is true.

    Once the word VAT has been thrown around the media long enough, and the shock of it is over, they will implement it. How many times have you heard, “Well Europe pays $6 for a gallon of gas!”

    Yeah, we will follow Europe’s immigration disasters, and other socialist policies…..you watch.

  2. mr_bill says:

    The boy king hasn’t ruled out any taxes. Its just a matter of what he can get away with before the entirety of the electorate realizes they have been duped. Right now, there are a bit less than half that haven’t realized that sh!t falls downhill and they are farther down the hill so it just hasn’t gotten to them yet. Once it does, we’ll hear a different story from the Obamatons. At present, the Obama electorate are having a field day watching the rich and prosperous “get theirs” for having the gall to be successful instead of sitting on their butts and waiting for government to take care of them. Obama will eventually run out of “easy” targets and guess who’s next in line?

  3. bill says:

    Why do the obvious, cut the out of control federal spending …

  4. canary says:

    Mithrandir, it is Obama who consistently does the opposite of what he is saying. And this won’t be first time, his people are saying he won’t, and he does. He is a tyrant. Obama lied about any attempts for anti-partisanship, as he goes into much detail, when he first started his organizing in NYC and was interviewed and told welcome on board by what Obama describes as a tall, well dressed, handsome black politician. When the told Obama, though of course he was Democrat, but had just met with a Republican at the White House, noting it is important to try and get along, Obama bragged that he didn’t want the plus job, and wanted to work closer to the street and gang bangers and even heroically ended up eating out of cans of beans. So, then he got a job offer in Chicago, where everyone he worked for and with were beneath him, until he met a muslim who introduced him to former muslim Rev Wright. So, if the great savior Obama can live on the streets eating beans from a can, broke, and empty pockets, the entire world can starve (except for Afganistan, where they get tea, apples, bread, & marijuana, new buildings) Obama is a tyrant.

  5. Media_man says:

    This could be where Obama’s polling crashes to genital herpes figures. The Senate just voted against the “idea” of a VAT by 85 to 15, I seriously doubt this will get any traction at all. But just floating this idea will hurt him. I suspect he knows this but also realizes he needs the cash to keep his welfare state dream alive.

    Will the people agree to this? Hell no.

    This is Obama’s “real” Waterloo.

  6. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “After the interview, White House deputy communications director Jen Psaki said nothing has changed and the White House is “not considering” a VAT… “

    “Nobody’s talking about reconciliation.” Harry Reid, last Fall/Winter.

    Watch them. If their lips are moving, they’re lying.

    • wardmama4 says:

      Great point Rusty – they did indeed plead ‘no reconciliation’ just before doing it.

      Your last comment makes me want to ask this ‘investigative’ question – of those who lie (Obama, et al) – what percentage of them are lawyers? And those who are coming down on the other side & attempting to fight this and/or telling simple truths (Boehner et al) – what percentage of them are lawyers? I’d bet that the figures would make a real (teachable) point.

  7. proreason says:

    What courage from our Dear Leader.

    But after all, he has to do something about the fiscal crisis bushhitler created. So far the Boy King has only been able to save civilization from the brink of disaster. Now he has to heal it.

    And for him to go against his rock-solid oath not to increase taxes must be a gut-wrenching decision for the most moral man on earth since….well, since forever.

    My heart aches for him

  8. canary says:

    Michelle: Barry, honey, please add a national food tax so my diet for Americans will be successful. We can exempt tator tots and margarita’s.

  9. Reality Bytes says:

    Hello Poor Folk! You’re about to get screwed (too).

  10. proreason says:

    Life …..Abortion,
    Liberty …..Socialism,
    and the Pursuit of Happiness …..Welfare

  11. jackal40 says:

    The only solution to stop this run away spending spree in Washington is to repeal the 16th Amendment and implement a flat tax – at no more than 10% of gross income – no deductions, no loop holes, and no freaking exemptions. We The People can only force this by calling a Constitutional convention. So, while we’re at it, implement term limits for every politician (I think they should serve no more than 4 years, then go back to a real job), limit federal spending to a percentage of GDP (again 10% seems appropriate to me), repeal the 17th Amendment and go back to the Senate being selected by the States (there was an important reason the founders set it up this way), limit the pay of congress to the AVERAGE INCOME of their district, and finally remove any limit exempting congress from every law passed (I’m thinking health care specifically – but if a law is good enough for the common man, it’s good enough for congress too).

    Trying to solve these issues though the ballot box will not work because Congress will continue craft legislation that they are exempt from.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      bingo jackal. 10% all inclusive tax, with revenue priority going to the military, and then wherever they can make it work after that. If it ain’t enough, they need to cut the programs and agencies until it fits what we give them. If that means clamping down or ending the FCC, the FDA, the IRS, the ATF, the NEA, medicare, medicaid, social security then so be it. If you can’t afford it you can’t have it. Thats how it works in my life, why should they be any different?

    • wardmama4 says:

      10% is good enough for God – how dare these liars and cheats demand more than that!

  12. U NO HOO says:

    “VAT tax’

    Stop stuttstuttstuttering.

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