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Washington, DC - At the same time the federal government is forced to borrow half of the $3.6 trillion budget, Congress has the audacity to try to start a new $2 trillion health care program. Many analysts are beginning to fear that the United States is close to loosing its AAA bond rating but that has not stopped Congress from expanding the size and scope of the federal government and passing a catastrophic debt burden to taxpayers and future generations.
Congress is considering a health care plan that would centralize health care decisions within Washington and would put a bureaucrat in between doctors and patients. To fund this government takeover, Congress is resulting to tax gimmicks such as a massive new tax on beer, wine, and sprits. If enacted, beer drinkers would see their taxes on six packs jump 145 percent, while the tax on a bottle of wine would skyrocket 233 percent.
FreedomWorks launched a grassroots campaign to stop the alcohol tax hike scheme this week during Congress’ Memorial Day Recess in order to slow down the socialized medicine stampede by taking out its funding mechanism. Since Tuesday, activists have flooded targeted Senators with several hundred calls and sent over 14,500 emails into district offices. Grassroots district office visits are also underway and FreedomWorks is also executing an integrated advertising campaign targeting Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV), Max Baucus (D-MT), Evan Bayh (D-IN), John Ensign (R-NV), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Ben Nelson (D-NE), and Bill Nelson (D-FL).
Small business, such as “mom and pop” store and corner restaurants, will be disproportionately hard hit by new alcohol and beverage taxes. The hospitality and entertainment industries are already reeling in the bad economy and this latest tax hike bait-and-switch will just make conditions worse.
FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey commented:
“President Obama promised not to raise taxes on families earning bellow $250,000. After breaking that promise by dramatically raising cigarette taxes, we now may have new taxes on almost everything we drink, from soda and juice drinks to iced teas and alcoholic beverages, further squeezing family budgets in a recession. Congress needs to come clean about the costs of their health care proposal, and not build a new government program on the back of taxpaying families.”