President Obamas nearly $1 trillion dollars in stimulus spending is not a thing of the past, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act continues to spend billions of your tax dollars, and with no apparent benefit to the American people.
Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that job growth nationwide held steady; that is to say that employment growth was stalled at 0.00%. For an economy with a government-reported unemployment rate of 9.1%, and real unemployment (remember the government quits counting if you take a part-time job) of 22.7%, and it is easy to explain why Americans are quickly losing confidence in Presidents Obama economic leadership.
Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee opposes corporate welfare. We believe in free markets, low taxes and limited spending. Pending legislation in Congress violates these principles, and that is why we at AFP-Tennessee have launched a statewide radio ad campaign to raise awareness on the issue and mobilize our grassroots activists to take action.
Here's a letter we sent to Tennessee's Representatives and Senators, please considering contacting their offices and tell them you oppose government intervention in the energy markets.
Dear Members of the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees,
Tennessee will end the year with a budget surplus. On its face, this is good news for taxpayers.
Yet, liberals in the state General Assembly have plans to use the surplus as a foot in the door to expand government spending and create new programs; taking a short-term surplus to create long-term spending obligations. Is that the definition of progressive?
We have blogged about this issue before, both here and here. But AFP-Tennessee needs to take this opportunity to support the Haslam Administration for speaking up on this issue and opposing the liberal spending plan.
More than 500 people took the AFP-Tennessee poll asking if they supported exempting Amazon from collecting the states sales tax. Of course this is not scientific, but over 77% of respondents supported the exemption for Amazon, with 18% opposing the exemption and a bit over 4% being undecided.
To flesh out exactly what the poll meant, we asked participants to e-mail their comments, and explain their opinion. The overwhelming responses in favor of the exemption centered around anti-tax, supporting Amazons job creation and honoring the deal between Amazon and former Gov. Bredesen.
Conservatives in Tennessee view Amazons collection of the state sales tax for online purchases as nothing more than a new tax. Viewed in the same vein as the struggle to protect Tennessees workers from a state personal income tax, Volunteers are committed to keeping taxes low and preventing Nashville from instituting new taxes.
While other states are struggling mightily to bring their budgets into the black, Tennessee has a balanced budget and a revenue surplus greater than $20 million to close out the fiscal year.
In the midst of what many economists are calling a double-dip recession; when seemingly no government, family or business is enjoying economic growth, how is it that Tennessee has a surplus?
Dr. Arthur Laffer and ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) recently published the 4th Edition of their popular Economic Competitiveness Index, titled Rich States, Poor States. True to the authors backgrounds as renowned economists, the index paints a statistical picture of connect-the-dots, explaining why states like Tennessee are succeeding, and states like Michigan are not.