Tea Party Express chair accuses president of class warfare
October 6th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
9 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. D

    In my opinion this pig is bought and paid for by the Koch brothers. Runs her mouth no matter what the president does just like th rest of the tea baggers far right. Take our medicare, take our social security, tax us while the wealthy benefit from it. HELL lyes it's class warfare and we middle class are sick of your taking.

    October 6, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. Jim

    I know that the multi-billionaire Koch brothers are the primary financial backers of the Tea Party. Evidently, they're also paying this woman's food bill. I wonder which is costing them more?

    October 6, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |

    He's trying to turn the ignorant loose into the streets to prove his point. Which is a non-issue. no one would vote for such horse crap.

    October 6, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. leea lynch

    I just cannot understand why the Tea Party cannot understand that the millionaires are able to write off all of the taxes they pay, and if a new tax is implemented, they will find a way to write that off too. It just does not matter. The rate of taxes may be higher, but the actual percentage they pay after all the write offs is significantly less. They just don't get that.

    October 6, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. Terry

    This is class warfare. The GOP and Tea Party Members lied to the Elderly, the Middle Class, and the Poor in 2010. The marchers suggest that "Enough is Enough", and I believe the 2012 election is about the silent majority standing up to the wealthy and the crooks of Wall Street. Why did Paulson ask the Congress for immunity from prosecution when the Draft TARP Bailout Proposal went to Capitol Hill in late September 2008? What did Paulson know? What really happened to the initial $350 Billion sent to Goldman Sachs and AIG? I believe it was wired transferred to Europe, China, and Saudi Arabia.

    October 6, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. glm

    I have a way out of this mess but corporate news won't allow my opinion heard but I will keep trying...pass the bill allowing cannabis cultivation and hemp farming!!! The federal government needs to step out of the way and let the market place startup manufacturing hemp and cannabis products; passage of this bill will immediately put unemployed people to work TOMORROW!!! The Dems and Repubs can take credit for trying something new for a change! Cannabis is the number one cash crop in the U.S., and polls show the majority of voters support legalizing cannabis.

    October 6, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  7. Randy

    I back the tea party 100 percent. It used to be in this country we rewarded success. Now we want to punish rich people for being rich. What kind of screwed up world are we living in. Is Obama going to pay more taxes? He's rich. How about Pelosi? Reid? Morgan Freeman? Michael Moore? Republicans aren't the only ones who are rich. There is already a way that rich people can pay more taxes. Look on page 88 in the tax booklet that you get every year. There is an address someone can send a check to in order to reduce the national debt. I guess liberals don't see that part of it. I can guarantee you if one of you people who want the rich to pay more in taxes was filthy rich, you wouldn't want to pay more either! Why should you? You would have earned it! Why is being rich such a bad thing? If you are upset that Bill Gates is a billionaire and you think that you should be, then come up with a better operating system than he has. What about the 47% of the people in this country who don't pay any taxes? Why don't you go out there and protest about them not paying their fair share? Who has more money, Wall Street or the Government? The Government does. Why aren't you protesting them? I will never be a millionaire, and that's fine with me. The reason I'm not a millionaire is my own fault. I haven't done anything to become a millionaire. I'm content with what I have though. Rather than protest, go out and get a JOB!!!!!!!! Rich people provide jobs!!!!!!! Government takes jobs and opportunity away, so let's protest the rich people instead.

    October 6, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. Robert Lahr

    Where was the" class warfare" when the tax rate for the wealthy went from 70% to 28% in the 1980's. Where was the "class warfare" when a lot of the deductions were taken away from the middle class in the later 80's. Where was the "class warfare" when the payroll (social security) tax went from 4% to 7.6% in the 80's while the government borrows from this fund to keep taxes down for the wealthy. Seems like "class warfare" only works one way.

    October 6, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. CattyCat

    I'm soooo tired of hearing tea-partiers and the far right saying that the rich, and big corporations, should not have their taxes "raised", because they're the "job creators".

    First, the Bush-era tax breaks to these people haven't created any jobs! If so, where are they?? Overseas, maybe... so why assume they'll create jobs now, if the tax break isn't allowed to expire? I pay a higher percentage of my income in taxes than they do. How is that fair?

    Secondly, the rich do not create jobs. Who creates jobs? CONSUMERS. Consumer demand, mostly from the middle class. THAT's what creates jobs. If we have to carry more of the tax burden because the rich won't pay more, we won't SPEND more, and therefore, there are no new jobs. It's basic economics!

    October 6, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  10. jim

    sheesh ... class warfare? the well-to-do have been waging class warfare for centuries. when will conservatives accept facts?

    October 6, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  11. jackal & jester

    I would like to charge those congressmen that signed the no tax pledge with treason. For putting the interest of one group over that of America.

    October 6, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The idea that those that have the money don't seem to be investing it in social welfare which is what Obama is aiming to do. Why don't these tea people understand that there is needs to be some help for those that can't get up by the boot straps that they don't have.

    October 6, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. Jeff in UT

    I read an interesting fact the other day that might help straighten this situation out. The fact was that 31% of people polled believed they were in the top 1% of earners. One-third of the people polled actually thought that they might actually be affected if the taxes on the "rich" would go into place. I have news for you tea partiers and other alike. If your income doesn't start with a number greater than zero, and that number isn't followed by at least 9 other digits before the decimal point, you aren't even close.

    The problem is not grass roots organizations, it's uneducated voters and grass roots members. Wake up and smell the roses. If your day doesn't start off with the difficult decision of taking the Mazzerati or the Bentley, then you are part of the working class paying for the tax breaks for these individuals.

    October 6, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |

    Is this woman the face of the Tea Party. I thought they had NO leaders. It was all grass roots, loosely organized like-minded activists?

    October 6, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. robert

    Tea Party is gonna rule this country. It's true we don't care about anything but getting that Obama guy out. Then we will be sitting pretty. No more socialist policies like social security and hand outs to the poor. I am a millionaire and I want to stay that way. I don't care if there are more poor people as long as Obama fails. I know my fellow republicans won't tax me like Obama wants to. Go Tea Party 2012!!!!

    October 7, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  16. Mike

    According to the article Kremer said, "It is not Washington's responsibility to create jobs; it's the private sector's responsibility to create jobs..." That's pretty incredible. The private sector has a 'responsibility' to create jobs? Where did that come from? I thought the Tea Party believed that NOBODY OWES YOU A JOB. It is our responsibility to provide for youself and your family. No one owes you anything.

    October 7, 2011 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  17. James

    It's just like in Feudal Europe in the darkages. The weathly are like the lords and the middle class like the surfs. If we bend to their will they in their infinite good graces may grant us favor with jobs. Isn't this just the same rehashing of the trickle down economics that time and again hasn't worked? Wealthy gets tax breaks they keep it, invest it, so their new income is only at the capital gains level so they get an even bigger tax break on that income. Where is their incintive to make new jobs then?

    October 7, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  18. Rudy Gonzales

    "Class Warfare", "Liberals" and multiple other accusations cloud the real issues of no jobs in America from this "Do nothing" 112th Congress! This current Congress hasn't addressed the "Housing Bubble", "Immigration" or taxation of the super-rich! These are some of the real issues that need to be addressed!

    October 7, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  19. MsKira

    It's so funny... I think that republicans really think that black people voted for Obama because he is Black.... I think they think that if they vote Herman Cain the same thing will happen..... Tea Party don't hold your breath.... If Hermain Cain is nominated then I will not vote for him no matter who runs...... I will not allow you to accuse me for voting for another black man just because he is black..... What will the next excuse be? O I remember, You will say I am voting for the Dem candidate because blacks are brainwashed?? Well what about those Latinos and Whites and all other races that vote for the Dem candidate??? Tea party don't have anymore feet left to shoot the next one will be to the head!

    October 7, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  20. marcus

    We need to change campaign funding laws – that is what these protests on wall street should be about. stop corporations from buying elections. require all campaigns to be funded publically – no more private and PAC contributions – this is the only way to truly take corruption of both parties out of the governemt once and for all.

    October 7, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |

    The revolution will not be televised!!! Let's throw the Tea Party in Boston Harbor where it belongs!!!

    October 7, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  22. Bigred

    It's funny that the Boston Tea Party was a protest against taxes that were being paid by everyone including the very poor and very rich. Part of that protest was the destruction of hundreds of cases of tea and other consumables that originated with a very large British corporation (which still exists). The Tea Party in 2011 is a highly financed organization funded by the Koch brothers and has attached itself to removing taxes altogether for corporations and the very rich. There is something hypocritical and distasteful about a political organization that is essentially focused on harming the American people while supporting the very rich. The Tea Party are the new Tory's.

    October 7, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  23. Bigred

    The Tea Party needs to change its name to the Tory Party.

    October 7, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  24. Charles

    Funny thing is, the Tea Party doesn't even realize that they are the weapon of class warfare, except they are the billionaire Koch brothers' weapon against the middle class.

    October 7, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  25. MarineDad05

    "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.

    Then in that case, WHY is the TP, GOP, and Conservatives trying to blame the President, and the Dems for the unemployment.

    Make sure to remember what you say the next time you goof-balls keep mouthing off without thinking.

    October 7, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
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