Obama: “I Haven’t Raised Taxes Once”

February 9, 2011 12:02 am 0 comments

In a moment of pure comedy gold, Barack Obama makes the hilarious statement that he has never raised taxes.

Even his friends at Politifact were dumbfounded by Obama’s tall tale. They called him on it and published the following.

The idea that Obama did not raise taxes is just plain wrong. He signed legislation raising taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products soon after taking office; that money goes to pay for children’s health insurance programs. The law went into effect in 2009. He also signed the health care law, which includes taxes on indoor tanning that went into effect last year. (Regular PolitiFact readers will remember our fact-check of reality TV star Snooki and her complaint about the new tax last year.)

The new health care law also includes a tax on people who decide not to have health insurance, as an incentive for them to get coverage. The tax phases in gradually, starting in 2014. By 2016, the tax would be $695 per uninsured person up to a maximum of three times that amount, or $2,085. The law includes exemptions for people who can’t find affordable insurance, and a few other special circumstances.

More significantly, the health care law includes new taxes on the wealthy, starting in 2013. Individuals who make more than $200,000 and couples that make more than $250,000 will see additional Medicare taxes of 0.9 percent. They will also, for the first time, have to pay Medicare taxes on their investment income at a 3.8 percent rate. (Current law is that all workers and employers split a 2.9 percent Medicare tax; the self-employed pay all of it.)

HotAir.com mentions that not only did Obamacare create over two dozen new taxes alone, but the Justice Department has taken to calling that the individual mandate a tax in order to argue it’s constitutionality.

If you’re looking for a good laugh, watch the video below.

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