You Have No Idea How Much Your Boss Pays in Payroll Taxes

America is suffocating under an amazing tax burden, but most Americans STILL underestimate how much their tax bill really is.  That’s because Washington has done a fantastic job of forcing employers to hide most of the taxes you pay.  If people had to see and deal with their total liability, the Democratic Party would be swept into the dust bin of history. taxes

Here are some frightening facts from Rasmussen:

  • Only 54% of Americans are aware that employers pay payroll taxes on their behalf
  • Of those who do understand this, on 18% grossly underestimate the dollar amount of the taxes their bosses pay on their behalf
  • Only 10% of Americans have a basic understanding of the tax burden placed on their employer on their behalf

I heard a caller to Rush Limbaugh a few weeks ago.  He was a painting contractor who’d been in business for 20 years.  He is shutting down his company. The combination of a horrible economy and the burdens of even more taxes on business, the added regulation under Obama’s administration, the burden of an onerous Obamacare tax avalanche, have combined to make it almost impossible to run a small business—unless that business services the government.

How to Avoid Overconfidence

Do you worry that conservative grassroots might get overconfident and blow our chance to stop the advance of socialism in America?

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I do.  I am concerned that we keep repeating the same tactics to the same audiences until both the audience and the actors become  . . . well, bored.

When I read stories like this one, that GOP sentiment is at an all-time high, I worry that some on our side might decide they can go back to their regularly scheduled programming. 

We can’t sit back, folks. 

The Block Captain and Liberty Evangelism project is intended to swell our ranks, not get us fired up.  We’re already fired up.  But we need to reach out.

Reach to whom?  Well, about twelve percent of us say we’ve participated in a tea party-type event in the past year.  But 58 percent want government to be smaller and less expensive.  We need to make sure that the 46 percent who want smaller government but who are not tea partyers are registered and ready to vote this year.

To do that, we need to get out and meet people. That doesn’t mean reading blogs and talking to other outspoken critics of big government.  That’s entertainment, not action.  Action requires a little bit more of us.  All of us.

When was the last time you handed someone a Constitution and said, “this is a gift. Please read it and decide for yourself whether we’re living into to these documents.” 

Who was the last new voter you registered?

When was the last time you asked a friend or loved one to join you in the Liberty Evangelism program?

I can tell you that it’s been over a week since I handed out a Constitution (except to new Block Captains), and I haven’t handed out a voter registration form in two weeks. I’m behind. (And I need to grab more Constitutions fast.)

There’s a temptation to wait for big rallies. There’s a temptation keep doing the same actions over and over again—writing on facebook, tweeting pithy comments, calling Claire McCaskill’s office. 

Each of these actions is worthy, but they’re not enough. In fact, most of those tactics have lost some value because we’ve done them so often for so long.  I mean, do you really think McCaskill’s office is shocked that so many constituents oppose cap and trade? 

I’m not saying stop calling or writing or rallying.  I’m saying swell our ranks. 

Polls tell us more Americans have decided, “You know what? I can live my life better than Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi can.” Every day our opportunity to create a sea change in history increases. In other words, people have heard and agreed with our message of smaller government, fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, and renewed federalism.

But we will prevail in November only if we convert those frustrated people into passionate voters.

That means we have to engage them, invite them, befriend them, court them, and register them.  Then we have to remind them to vote.  We should identify those who will take the extra step of engaging and recruiting others.

This is how we grow the base.  And we must.

Can you spare two hours this week to talk to the 58 percent who want to vote for smaller, cheaper government

Tea Party Message Sinking In

Rasmussen's weekly report shows the Tea Party message of limited government and lower taxes is hitting home with voters. Tax Cuts:  More voters than ever now say tax cuts help the economy.  Over 60 percent now agree with JFK, Reagan, Bush, and the undeniable facts of economic history: cutting taxes increases GDP and personal wealth.  

A separate survey released earlier today found that 66% of voters think the president is likely to raise taxes on those who make less than $250,000 per year. 

Obama Approval:  Obama's net favorability is down to +4 from + 30 after his inauguration.  Rasmussen notes that Obama's flurry of exposure--The Tonight Show, 60 Minutes, primetime press conference, townhall--did not increase his favorability at all.  In fact, it's fallen 2 points since last week.  

Nationalized Banks:  Only 11 percent believe the government can do a better job running banks.

If these trends continue, Obama will be unable to influence key Democrats in Congress, and he will be a 3-year lame duck.  That's the best the country can hope for.

You can help by spreading the word:  Obama's plans for a socialist dictatorship are dangerous and un-American.  

Stop him!  Stop him, now!

Rasmussen Poll Shows Dead Head

Rasmussen's presidential tracking poll shows a dead heat between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain (h/t Drudge).  This poll confirms the Newsweek poll showing the two in a statistical dead heat. Moreover, according Rasmussen, McCain enjoys higher favorability ratings than Obama.

Considering that McCain has received little media attention since the last Democrat primary in June, Obama's 15 percentage point drop can only be blamed on Obama's dismal performance as a candidate.  The more people learn about this unknown, affirmative action Senator from Illinois, the less they like him. 

Ed Morrisey notices that the far Left is growing impatient with Obama:

the far Left appears to be people who switched from the Green Party to Democrat because of Barack Obama.  Now some of them have switched back out of disillusion

Morrissey continues with a point that mirrors my own observations:

The transformative veneer has been stripped from Obama, leaving the opportunist exposed for all to see.  Obama may have peaked already.

If Obama continues to faulter--and there's no reason to think he won't--look for Operation Chaos to rise again in Colorado.  Hillary's supporters might be able to throw  the convention open to a delegate fight that will make the final season of the Sopranos look like a kindergarten game of musical chairs.