Tea Party Express chair accuses president of class warfare
October 6th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Tea Party Express chair accuses president of class warfare

(CNN) - Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer slammed President Obama Thursday for "playing class warfare" with the "millionaire's surtax."

The new tax on those with income over a million dollars a year was introduced by Senate Democrats to pay for the president's American Jobs Act. The President endorsed the measure at his Thursday news conference.

"There are a number of people that have signed these pledges that they're not going to raise taxes and they have no hope of getting it through," Kremer said on CNN's Newsroom.

She described the push as another stimulus that won't work and a way to "blame Republicans."

Instead, Kremer suggested cutting the corporate tax so that businesses can "start to have confidence in the system and go forward and hire people."

And when it comes to compromise, the tea party leader pushed back at the president's claim that the GOP has been reluctant to bargain.

"Republicans have put plan after plan out there and the Democrats say no," she asserted, citing "Cut, Cap and Balance," and House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's plan to overhaul entitlements as evidence.

"It is not Washington's responsibility to create jobs; it's the private sector's responsibility to create jobs, that's where the jobs come from," Kremer said.

Looking ahead to 2012, she named businessman Herman Cain as "the one to watch," though Kremer balked at giving him an out-and-out endorsement.

Her stamp of approval would give any GOP candidate a boost among the sought-after tea party vote.

"Herman Cain is doing a major thing right now," she said. "He's got a lot of momentum, a lot of people like him, he's a straight talker, he's a businessman and that's what people like."

But she also hedged her praise of the conservative radio talk show host who's been rising in national polls.

"I think that the field is still very volatile," Kremer said.


Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Herman Cain • Jobs • Tea Party Express • Tea Party movement
soundoff (365 Responses)
  1. michael

    what is it? miss piggy live

    October 6, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Post American

    Why is the Tea Party Express defending the Grand Old White Party? I thought the Tea Party wasn't aligned with either party? Why is the Tea Party defending millionares and billionares? Corporate Profits are at an all time high, so why aren't they hiring? This lady is a joke, but I guess so are most memebers of the Tea Party. Obama was willing to comprimise, the Tea Party was not, even though the Wars and Tax Cuts they support make up more then half the debt!

    October 6, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. David

    It is class warfare but as usual we are to late. The war is over and the rich won. Why would someone vote against their own interest it just baffles me.

    October 6, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    It is a comedy of the absurd when the privileged rich with all the wealth and power claims to be the victim.

    October 6, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. ted

    This person is an idiot, just like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman and a whole lot uglier. At least with Sarah and Michelle, you had something good to look at, even though they spewed BS through their teeth.

    October 6, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Jslam

    It's only "class warfare" when they are talking about tax rates. It's called "deficit reduction" when talking about social programs.

    October 6, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. sortakinda

    I'm sorry. Is Ms. Kremer saying something? All I smell is gas and I can't hear anything over the flatulence.

    October 6, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Realist

    Well yeah, the right has been waging war on the middle class for years. They only become indignant about it when someone calls them on it.

    I used to be able to tolerate neocons, but now I hate their f'ing guts

    October 6, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. Busted

    First this blimp looks like Chris Christie w/long hair, second Bush's tax cuts were also considered class warfare, so lets get over this pathetic bumper sticker argument and start demanding these people provide facts to support their positions. This is getting boring and really all the the tea baggers have.

    October 6, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Lisa

    Corporate tax is already at an all time low of about 6.5%. How much further should it be cut? Perhaps down to zero? And what is the guaranty jobs will be created? If they aren't being created at this low level, what is the guaranty they will be created at a yet further lower level?

    October 6, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    Good thing the Tea Party is there, representing those poor, oppressed Americans who barely get by from month to month because of the goverment's odious tax burdens.

    Now they might have to:
    Put off paying cash for their 3rd vacation house, and actually take out a loan instead.
    Have to hang on to their foriegn -made exotic sportscar for two years before trading in, instead of the usual one year.
    Vacation in some place totally pedestrian, like the USA, instead of the usual mediterrenean cruise.
    Hire only 12 mexican gardiners to keep up with the neighbors, instead of the usual 15.
    Actually go march in a Tea-Party parade in person, instead of just writing a check to some unaccountable PAC.

    Sorry for the sarcasm, but i think at this point you would have to be willfully blind not to see that the TP is completely full of BS!

    October 6, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Rosslaw

    Well at least she looks well fed.

    October 6, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    What? Is she, like Chris Christie, members of President Taft's family?

    October 6, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Brett

    For once, reading the comments section on CNN makes me happy. Although the picture just almost scared me away from this post...

    October 6, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Lisa

    Someone posted a few days ago that if the Dems were smart, they'd just let the Bush tax cuts expire. Do it and let them go back to the previous levels. Technically, that's not raising taxes ... just letting a "bill" expire just like other bills have done.

    October 6, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Voice of Reason

    The TEA Party is up in arms about nothing. They dont have to worry about it. Here in America, only rich people's votes matter anyway.

    October 6, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Patrick Lewis

    Not Class warfare. It's fairness. It's math. It's a start.

    October 6, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Rich

    She looks like a typical GOP pig(head)

    October 6, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. MrManhattan

    Class warfare sure beats the class Holocaust the 1% have been waging since the Reagan Administration!

    October 6, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. Wonderfool

    The class warfare was started by Reagan under the phony economics of Milton Friedman continued by Bush Sr. who soewhat moderated it but then accelerated by the Junior. And all with the anti-Christian "greed is great" mantra. Talk about the Christian Evangelicals. They don't care about the poor and the hungry and the sick and the unemployed. All they want is non-white immigrants to leave, women in the kitchen having babies and serving men and criminalizing GLBTs. So don't call yourself a Tea-Partier. They fought against tyranny. You want to bring back the tyranny of te Whoite men with some tolerance of black males. Shame on you.

    October 6, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Dan

    Why don't they just say what they mean? "Anything this black man says is wrong." They'd save a lot of money in press conferences if they just got clear with their message once and for all and quit dancing around it.

    October 6, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Hanksalot1

    The Tea Party engages in class warfare by taking its funding from the Koch Brothers. It's no surprise the Teabaggers will defend millionaires over the rest of us, and it's certainly no surprise they will stop at nothing to bring down the President.

    October 6, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. JT

    Class warfare was iniated by the right. So far, Obama is the only one siding with the middle class. The Teap Party Fat (literally – see picture) Cats have chosen to bow down to their corporate masters like the slaves they are.

    October 6, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. jane

    Finally the silent majority SPEAKS!

    October 6, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Eric

    This fat cow needs to climb back under her rock. The teabaggers are going to take this country down simply to get rid of Obama. I am so damn sick of the politics, each side creating "plans" that they know have zero chance of getting approval from the other side. There is absolutely nobody willing to compromise, which will simply cause our economy to continue spiraling out of control until it totally crashes. Every politician should be limited to one term. Lobbyists and big business should have no more access to politicians than the average voter. It's about time these idiots start working for the good of the majority, not simply the good of the wealthy and powerful. I applaud the protests going on, I only hope that the people of this country find their voice, rise up and say we have had enough. It is high time that we start doing things to help ourselves and stop meddling in the business of other countries. For far too long we have taken the stance that our way is the right way, and we have gone about inflicting our will on other countries. When they fall to pieces, we rush in and throw money we do not have at the problem in hopes of creating a new "democracy." It is no wonder that so many countries hate us, we are the worlds busy body. Stop sending jobs and money over seas, starting sourcing everything locally (and by that I mean within our country). It's high time we took care of our own.

    October 6, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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