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

    Oh, TEA stands for "Taxed Enough Already?" I thought it stood for "Theocratic Extremist Agenda." My bad...

    October 7, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. Ivan Bial

    the Tea Party is only good with slogans and no real solutions.
    The top of the income scale receives more benefits that the middel and lower class it's time they pay there way.

    October 7, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. AnitFringe

    Suddenly "Chairman" Amy Kremer is relevant? Everyone has one vote. Use it wisely.

    October 7, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. pchsbenz

    How do you cut corporate taxes to make them lower than zero?

    October 7, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Plueeez

    I believe the party needs to be renamed Tea and Biscuits Party. LOTS of biscuits.

    October 7, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. SJ

    Accusing the rich of not paying their fair share? Class warfare.

    Accusing the poor of not paying their fair share? Tea Party principle.

    October 7, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. Miki801

    The original tea party threw the tea of rich importers nto the water to protest taxes which kept them from drinking tea.. How fair and balanced. Chairman of the teaparty now does not look like taxes are keeping drink or food off of her table.

    October 7, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Artr

    The gap between the middle class and the rich is widening. What economic system will this country have when there are few left in the middle class? EVEN BETTER CAPITALISM (EBC). If, instead the gap were narrowing, there would be few demonstrators in the streets and little attention would be paid to the tax levels of the rich.

    October 7, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. JT

    American corporations are enjoying the lowest tax burden in their history, some paying $0 tax on record profits and nobody can find a freakin' job. So, if we tax them even less (how can you tax in the negative?), what makes anyone think they will hire anyone then? Besides, this "isn't class warfare. Dragging the rich from their homes and feasting on their flesh – THAT is class warfare." This chick needs to grow up, walk a few laps and stop pursing her lips.

    October 7, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. TIM

    Class warfare always existed. It just took things to get this bad before the majority of people starting opeing their eyes. The government has always been able to mislead and fool the public before but the public is beginning to see through the governement lies finally. Anytime someone has risen up and made the governments wrongful actions public, they were quickly discredited and everyone would go about their business like nothing ever happened. Now, the problem is, they can't discredit and shut-up the number of people that are speaking out; though they are still trying. They don't want to give up their 3 vacation homes while allot of Americans have no home at all. We can't keep allowing this course where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Unfortunately, while the rich stay in power, we will not see any change. Americans will have to revolt and start a new revolution in order for the necessary change to happen that will save this country. We have to get back to the principles and freedom our forefathers put in place when they signed the Declaration of Independence. Most Americans don't even realize how many laws our government has broke to keep filling the rich's pockets. If things don't change soon, America like the Roman Empire will fall.

    October 7, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. Roseann Barr Look Alike Contest Winner

    Not surprised her chair cried "foul."

    October 7, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Andy Botwin

    The "job creators" (formerly known as "The Very Rich") don't seem to be creating any jobs, even while they are enjoying their "tax cuts for the rich" that Junior gave them in exchange for his election.

    So Miss Tea Party Plus Donuts, I'm not sure that "let the failures fail" is exactly what our country needs right now.

    October 7, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. Retired Army in San Antonio

    The 'TEA' Party will find out soon enough that multi-millionairs love it when they (The Tea Party) fights on their behalf.....but at the end of the day, those millionairs couldn't give a damn about the 'TEA' party.......

    Then again, 'TEA' Partiers are pretty stupid.....so they may never figure it out.

    October 7, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. SiriusVH

    Even if it were class warfare, what would be wrong with that? Class warfare takes place every day on the factory floor, in the cubicle, on the trading floor, in the Boardroom, in Congress.

    October 7, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. Publius Novus

    As a liberal Democrat, I find myself in the odd position of agreeing with Kremer on one point. It would be a very good idea to cut the corporation income tax to zero. The revenue being collected is relatively small and the corporations do not pay it anyway–they simply pass it on to the consumer in the form of higher prices for goods and services. Kill the corporation income tax and make up the difference with a national sales tax. Yes, I know a sales tax is regressive, but our present rate structures for the corporation income tax is also regressive when it is passed on to the consumer. In fact, I think the regressive effect of the passed-through corporation income tax is probably exactly the same as a sales tax. We would also obtain the added benefit of not having to hear the constant whining of the WSJ, the Chanber, and the NAM about the "highest corporate income tax rates in the world."

    October 7, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. Louise XVI

    I guess all we need now is to have all the crops fail due to climate change, the price of food to increase dramatically, and someone saying "let them eat cake"(or I guess some other statement showing how disconnected they are with the public).
    Then we will have a real class warfare on our hands. Look at how well that worked for the top 10% in France when this happened (7-14-1789).
    Wait a minute I think this already happening
    I guess we will have to wait to see heads will role figuratively or literally.

    October 7, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Ed DFWTX

    Playing class warfare is a game invented by the GOP years ago under Reagan. They blame all our problem on the poor "taking advantage of the system", but never have issues with corporate welfare and greed. They have used groups like Gays, Hispanics and Blacks to put fear in the minds of voters while preaching half truths and lies. The GOP has written the book on dirty politics and the Tea Baggers are geting a taste of their own medicine.

    October 7, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Ray

    The rich get away with lower taxes or no taxes because they know and have the money to back up a simple truth... There is no law requiring Americans to pay income tax. It is completely a violation of The Declaration of Independence for our government to do so. When middle-class or lower-class Americans refuse to pay income tax stating there is no law to enforce it, they are stripped of their personal property and sentenced to a federal prison. When the rich do not pay income tax for the same claim, laws are introduced to reduce their tax percentage even greater than before. I agree with Mac. Our government breaks its own laws to better the rich and drain the middle-class and poor of what little they already have. If people would just do some research, they would see how corrupt our government is. Why do you think they went after Wikileaks so hard? It wasn't because they were releasing government secrets to other countries. It was because they were releasing government secrets to it's own citizens. We finally got to see the true face of our government and they couldn't have that.

    October 7, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. robertfromfl

    Go Obama! Ive been saying for a couple of election cycles now: why do people vote against their own interests? Ive gotten pretty discouraged, but here on CNN and the occupy cities thing, I am very heartened that maybe, just maybe this country might survive. No thanks to fools such as my namesake above.

    October 7, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. gt

    let warren buffet and george soros start giving 90% percent of what they have for taxes .. they still could not spend all they have anyway and it would help pay down the debt ..

    October 7, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. thomas

    Let them eat cake !

    October 7, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. marty

    Sometimes you have to scratch your head and wonder..........

    October 7, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Kremer is distraught at finding out how truly popular President Obama is. He warned the GOTeatards that he would take this fight to the American people if they continued to pick Party over country, and that's exactly what he did.
    Ms. Kremer your billioanire Tea Party has NOTHING over middle-class Americans fighting for their very survival.

    October 7, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Tony in Maine

    Apparently, Kremer just got the talking point memo that's been floating around DC for at least a month.

    Lady – you want class warfare? I think you're about to get class warfare.

    October 7, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. LivinginVA

    Ray said: is no law requiring Americans to pay income tax. It is completely a violation of The Declaration of Independence for our government to do so.

    Perhaps you'd be willing to share where you find this in the Declaration. The only part I know talks aobut "imposing taxes without our consent" – the whole "no taxation without representation" thing.

    October 7, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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