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. Matt

    Wow, I've never seen a comment board that is so aligned in one direction. Not one person sticking up for this horrible new Tea Party agenda that Kremer is pushing. I was ready to rage against her comments but found that all of you have said all the things I was planning on saying.
    Way to go America, we're finally all getting it!

    October 6, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. robert payne

    My family have been Republicans for ever, my uncle was county chairman for 30 years and I know he will roll over in his grave but until the TP stops holding my party hostage I am considering voting for the other party, god I can not even say their name, but I will vote for them if I have to.

    October 6, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Winning

    Never met a gigantic pie she didn't like. Or a pizza. I'm surprised she could take a break from jamming food into her mouth to make her comments.

    October 6, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. PD.

    The majority of Americans agree that the wealthy do not pay their fair share. In fact, they are bleeding us dry. Big Business hasn't created jobs in the last eight years! In fact, they shipped all our jobs overseas. Enough is enough.

    October 6, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. jt_flyer

    Obama is now forming an alliance with the Wall Street protesters. When will we learn that fundamentalism is never the way to evoke change? The Tea Party wanted war now, it appears, you’ll have it. Your enemy perceives itself as the real Symbolic Tea Party and the polar opposite of your party. They are penniless, own nothing, have no job or prospect of a job and are currently sleeping in the mud for their cause. What is the Tea Party willing to do for its cause? Your chosen enemy has nothing and nothing to lose. And they are growing. They are financed and extremely competent utilizing the social media to promote their cause. At home most would have nothing to eat; while protesting they’re well fed. I really hope your careless fanaticism hasn’t doomed us to 4 more years of Obama and maybe even 8 years of Clinton.

    October 6, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    I guess the question really should be, what is her income? I ask because unless she in would be affected by the Million dollar tax range, she shouldn't have a word to say!! I really don't get these folks in the Tea Party would say do the people's will yet when you see that the majority of Americans agree a higher tax on the wealthy is acceptable, they balk!!! So who are you really representing the people? I think not!!!

    October 6, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Tom Arnold

    I knew Roseanne changed her name so I couldn't find her!

    October 6, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Tony

    Looks like Amy Kremer's Koch check cleared.

    October 6, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. JR

    What's Rosie O'Donnell doing with the tea baggers?

    October 6, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. gandoman

    The Tea Party or as I call them "The Tea Potty" & I am not speaking about a Boston Accent.
    They leave a skid mark on society every time they put forth another idiotic premise.
    I guess if you can afford to purchase 3 chins, Amy Kremer does not want to be taxed.
    I think we should tax people with 3 chins.
    They are clearly the Americans who spend the most on Healthcare & yet wish to overthrow Obamacare.
    This country needs to implement a Healthcare System similar to that used in Switzerland.
    Even the NAZI GOP Party cannot convince people that Switzerland is a Socialist country.
    Divide Healthcare into 2 parts.
    1. Accident Insurance
    2. Sickness Insurance.
    All employers are responsible to cover their employees in case of an accident only.
    All individuals/families are responsible for their own insurance in case of sickness, long term illness.
    This would lower the cost for Employers & for Individuals/Families because they both only cover a % of medical needs. There is a little more to it, however, if you are able to focus for more than the time it takes an NFL quarterback to complete a pass, you should get the idea.
    America has become a nation of illiterate whiners who get their ideas from the news, not from using their heads.

    October 6, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. POTUS boots another one

    If this is class warfare - who fired the first shot? And the second? And the millionth?

    October 6, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. John

    The only talking point she missed was "fair and balanced". Othe than that she just jumps from one talk radio talking point to the next without any comprehension of what she is even saying. These ignorant, loud, T baggers have already damaged this country and remain a threat today. They prey on the uninformed and the gullable with messages of hate and victimhood. THese are the people we need to declare war on!

    October 6, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. gary stover

    The Tea Bag movement reminds me of a bowel movement! If the Tea Bag "party" gets its way the middle class get the shaft one more time!

    October 6, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Gary

    Oh come on Kremer, somehow a little less disposable income for eating out might do you some good.

    October 6, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. a health economist

    Give me a break! From 1944 until 1962 taxes on income over 1,000,000 ranged between 91% to 94%. There wasn't class warfare then, and there isn't now.

    October 6, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. maude

    We the rich support you liberals. We give you welfare and food . We give you jobs. We give you health care.
    I should be your GOD ! Bow before me and repent your sins.

    October 6, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Lauren

    She gets her facts from the same place as Michele Bachmann, lol.

    October 6, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. amlcpamaine

    It's obvious that these people are the paid puppets of the Gramms and Kochs of the world. This woman couldn't hold an intelligent discussion of public service issues to save her life, but comes out in the national press talking "class warfare." Her droogs are just that - simpletons who either jump when told to jump or jump when not told to jump.
    All citizens are frustrated with the economy but these people obfuscate and bluster to hide the real cause: a handful of execs gamed the system, are doing very well for themselves, and are following a strategy of blockage for another year-and-a-half trying to get their simpleton GOP thugs back in the White House.
    To try and get things done and try to restore the middle class is not "class warfare" as the tanman and turtle claim, it's patriotism. If there were true justice, this woman would be forced to meet with 100 skilled, unemployed families and report what SHE would do to help them. not a chance - her philosophy is like Herman Cain's - just blame them for their problems and wait for the next check to come in from above.

    October 6, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. aggie95

    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.

    Ok, sooooooo, where ARE the Jobs??? The Bush tax cuts ARE and HAVE BEEN in effect for the last 10 yrs; Obama even extended them a couple of years. WHEN, Ms. Kremer, will the private sector start creating the jobs??? I guess you think the public is largely stupid. You tell on yourselves when you blame Obama for the high jobless rate, but then turn around and say it's not Washington's job to create jobs. Sooooo, again, where ARE the jobs? And which is it???

    Two other things: 1) If it's not Washington's job to create jobs, you should have stopped whining for him to present a jobs bill. 2) When he presents the jobs bill, stop whining saying it's not his job, it won't work, etc. And please, tell your republican members of congress to stop 'fronting' like they REALLY WANT to work w/ the Pres by taking "pieces" of the bill....That's so it will be watered down and ineffective so when it doesn't work they can turn around and say, "see, I told you so". The repubs don't even want to do THAT because even when the Pres tries to take out things you don't like, and put in things you SAY you like, you still don't vote for it. Case in point, the healtcare plan. He and his base really wanted a public option in the bill; repubs complained, he took it out, added things they said they wanted, and still didn't support it. The Pres and the public realize this is just hogwash. How about the American public at large crying foul play? That's the REAL story.

    October 6, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. dave

    Hey you Tea Party morons:
    What is wrong with taking the tax on millionaires BACK to what it was under your hero, Ronald Reagan...that is what the extra 3% will do. You LOVED Reagan, right? under Reagan, the dept increased twice the percentage it has under Obama and the 3% will put the rate the same it was then...you ignorant idiots.

    October 6, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Hardy

    Just who do the Tea Party represent? I thought that they were a grass roots organization founded by and for the middle class or "real Americans". Why do these people keep defending an agenda that protects the 1% and Wallstreet? Could it be that someone other then "real Americans" is pulling the strings...... Remember the old commercial " Koch...it's the Real Thing" oops Coke.....

    October 6, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. MaryM

    The Teabaggers are on they way OUT!! Take a good look at this tea party rep in the pic above. She is a Koch Bros lap dog!! Ask her how much her masters, the Koch Bros, pay her!!

    October 6, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. RickL

    Reading all these comments about how bad the "rich" people are make me sad for America. You guys are really buying into the class warfare game that the President is playing. I used to think I would like to be rich but now I know that the "poor" and the "middle class" will hate me so it is better not to try....

    October 6, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Chris Curtis

    I SUPPORT CLASS WARFARE. The 99 percent DOES NOT NEED the 1 percent. It's time to show them the door!

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

    During the War of Southern Secession, the rich Southern Slave holders convinced the poor white trash of the time that the war would be about keeping their State's Rights.

    It was really just about a group of rich people keeping their assets and established social and financial positions. The Slave-holders as a general group bought their way out of actually serving in the military of that war (yes some worthy honorable slave-holding men like RE Lee served as officers).

    The vast majority of southern whites who died would not have seen their situation improve even if the Confederacy had won the war.

    I certainly hope those that call themselves Tea Partiers and sign the no tax ever pledge understand that we have seen this before. You want to keep your eyes and your options open.

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