Highlights from Conference Call Regarding the Buffett Tax with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-21)
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:
"We're obviously talking about the president's yet another trip down to South Florida and lucky for him he added in a public event so now we can all take a part in paying for these fundraisers that he's conducting around Florida. Instead of spending the entire day today in Florida talking about the economy, President Obama is going to give a short speech in Boca on his Buffett tax hike and then attends three of those fundraisers I just mentioned all on the taxpayer dime.
"In fact, I think today will mark about the 20th event that the president has done on this Buffett Tax since the State of the Union. It's clear from the number of times the president will be in Florida this week and the number of times his team have been in and out of Florida trying to rewrite history on the president's failed first term, that they're scared about Republicans chances there in November, and they should be.
"It's the voters, I would say though, in the end, that should be scared. Scared about a second term for President Obama. Scared about the presidents lack of leadership. Scared about his lack of vision. Scared about his never ending crusade to raise taxes on Americans. The fact is that President Obama has no plan to fix the economy, except to raise taxes on Americans with gimmicks like the Buffett Tax. What Americans won't hear President Obama say today, is that the tax revenue from the Buffett Tax would barely have any effect on our budget deficit at all, and that the extra revenue it raises would probably be used to fund out of control government programs like Solyndra and buy Vegas vacations for government workers at the GSA.
"Four years ago, President Obama came to Florida running on 'Hope and Change' and it's clear now that that was just all an act. The president didn't change Washington, and he put in place policies that hurt our economic recovery. So with no record to run on he's back in Florida campaigning on fear, division and class warfare. Well, I don't think we're going to be fooled again."
U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-21):
"We always welcome the president when he comes to Florida, however, it is a shame that the taxpayers it's strictly a fundraising trip. It's pretty evident that he threw something in there at the end in order to get the taxpayers to pay for this very expensive trip. I will also add that it is a lot more expensive than it was before because of the price of gasoline. And Chairman, you mentioned how he is enamored with every possible tax increase that he can look at. Among those tax increases that he is looking to do is tax increases on the producers of energy, of real energy, of American energy. So he doesn't pay that gas fuel prices but the consumers out there are paying for incredibly high gas prices. And if he ever looks around, particularly here in Southern Florida and other parts of Florida for what consumers are paying at the gas pumps, because to and in a great measure of his failed policies of doing everything he can to stop real domestic energy production.
"I think he will understand why Floridians are skeptical and understand that we can't afford another four years of this presidency. Here he is trying to raise capital gains taxes there is an interesting editorial in the Wall Street Journal today that points out some interesting facts about how every time capital gains taxes are raised revenues actually go down. And I repeat, this president is enamored with every single tax increase.
"We recall that this was a president and an administration that said it would be great to have European level of gasoline prices, we are not quite there but it looks like they are doing everything they can to try and get us there.
"So what has he done since he can't run on his record? He said he was going to cut the deficit in half in his first term and he has increased it dramatically. Since gasoline prices are out of control. What is he doing? He is running on this divide tactic so it is very, very, very sad that the candidate of 'Hope and Change' has become the president of divide and deceit. It's very, very sad because the American people particularly here in Florida are suffering, jobs are scarce to this day despite his waste of so called stimulus money, jobs are scarce people are concerned, Medicare is insolvent for basically a decade and now we have heard, once again, what all of us knew was going to be the case, that ObamaCare not only does it not save money on health care but it costs a few billion dollars more than the original estimate.
"He can't run on his record so he is coming down here to raise money using taxpayer's funds to do so and again campaigning on 'divide the American people'..."
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