Saturday, July 3, 2010

Government Requires an Arm and a Leg for Taxes

by Proof

Artificial ones, that is!
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Wounded Warriors Face New Tax This Independence Day
As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day with parades and barbecues, America’s veterans face a new tax on prosthetic limbs and other vital medical devices.

The health care overhaul passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama earlier this year contains a new tax on medical devices such as prosthetic limbs, pacemakers, and wheelchairs. This tax, which its proponents claim will raise $20 billion over the next ten years, contains no exemption for the nation’s 22 million veterans. In fact, Senate Democrats specifically refused to exempt veterans from the tax.

Wow. You'd think a grateful nation could at least exempt the veterans who needed the prosthetic because they were injured while serving their country! Apparently, the Democrats in the Obama administration are less than grateful!

“On March 24, Senate Democrats had the opportunity to exempt our veterans from Obamacare’s new tax on medical devices such as prosthetic limbs. But 54 Democrats voted against the measure. They chose to side with the tax-and-spend crowd in Washington over our wounded warriors,”said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “This is one of the many reasons Harry Reid and the Democrats did not want Americans to read the 2,500 page health care bill before it was passed.”

As we get ready to contemplate the birth of our nation this July 4th, many of us will stop to thank and honor the brave men at Valley Forge and their brothers at Normandy and Iwo Jima, and the men who today wear body armor in 130 degree heat so that this nation could be born, survive and be a beacon for democracy around the world. Perhaps, if someone more grateful were to take the place of these louts in Congress in November, some of the mischief could be undone?

H/T Rob Port

Cross posted at Proof Positive

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