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. Mr Bilek

    Let's see if I've got this straight.

    Taxing the uber-Rich to achieve their fair share contribution to society's shared needs is "class warfare", but cutting services to the poor, unemployed and aged (including Social Security and Medicare which are NOT entitlements; they are insurance programs paid for with premiums – payroll taxes – over one's working life just as is a life insurance policy), iis NOT class warfare.

    IIn other words, inconveniencing the uber-Rich by expecting them to contribute to society's shared goals and needs is "class warfare", but allowing the less fortunate health care and a measure of (paid for) financial security in old age is NOT class warfare.

    Sounds like willfull ignorance is Rule #1 for the uber-Rich and their dupes, the Tea Partiers.

    October 6, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. CaliforniaBC

    1st, it was Reid who put that sur-tax through. And it is NOT class warfare sweetie it's called responsibility. The tax amounts to about the same tax rate they had during the 1990's. Hardly warfare against anyone but oh...I dunno...THE MIDDLE CLASS!!

    And 2nd..during a recovery, especially one from the worst economic crisis in 80 years...yes it is the government's job to stimulate the economy and get it going until the baton can be handed back to the private sector. That is HOW we have recovered from virtually EVERY economic crisis throughout the 20th century. Taking that "not the government's job" stance is simply denying history.

    It's time for tea party to run back to school for a real education about how things are done.

    October 6, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. MTATL

    CLASS WARFARE – Coming from the extremists group that booed the soldier in Iraq and chanted "Let him die".....well isn't rich. After this extremists group behavior in Florida they have no credibility. They are a bunch of un-patriotic un-Americans

    October 6, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Tom H.

    I'm sorry Ms. Kremer, but Republicans are to blame. The wealthy got wealthier even when the top marginal tax rate was 91%, and we didn't have the people starving like we do now. You hypocrites blame the unemployed for being unemployed when your corporate masters are sitting on trillions in cash, waiting for yet another tax break even after taking a tax deduction for shipping jobs overseas. Signing pledges other than swearing to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution is un-American and arguably treasonous. The banks argue that "they have a right to make a profit"; yet they and you would deny your fellow citizens the right to healthcare. Take a long walk down a short pier!

    October 6, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Arch

    another republican without the brains god gave a gnat.

    October 6, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Buc

    What universe does Miss Puffy live in? Corporations have so many tax loop holes they pay practically not taxes already. Republicans are ones conducting class warefare and have been for decades. They are willing to hold middle class America hostage just to win point in their self-serving political games.

    October 6, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Harry Baxter

    "Cremer"? If she lost 100 pounds, would she be Amy Milker?
    Sorry; I couldn't resist that.

    October 6, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. A Repulbican

    This is grat, the tea party will have to do with moderate Mitt Romney! and there's nothing they can do about it!

    October 6, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. bowlegs52

    This idiot doesn't know what class warfare is – take at look at the middle class, poor, unemployed, homeless, veterans without jobs or proper health care, and sick. Trickle down never worked, never will.....

    October 6, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Apparently "class warfare" can only be waged from the bottom to the top. For the last 20 years or so wealth has been distributed up. This is not warfare however but business as usual.. Rules: if the rich are getting richer ... Good. That is how god (mammon) shows his preference for those he loves. God just doesn't love any one who isn't trying to gather the biggest pile. It's that tiny tiny camel and the great big needle theology.

    October 6, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Aezel

    LOL the Tea Party. You have to give them credit, convincing poor people that taxing rich people will hurt them.

    "No seriously, if you tax millionaires it will be REALLY bad for those of you in poverty. I'm a millionaire, trust me on this."

    I feel kinda bad for Amy Kremer though, both dumb AND ugly. She's got zero going for her.

    October 6, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. kayla

    i wonder if they are going to put cain's head on a monkey the way the did to the prez.?

    October 6, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. MaxNatoma

    One more example that most tea baggers couldn't pass Econ 101.

    October 6, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. jgcookie

    Class warfare? No kidding. As America's wealth goes more and more to the wealthiest 1% (their share has tripled over the past thirty years), at the expense of the middle class, what the heck do you think has been going on for many years? The tea party folks are angry because less and less is going into their pockets...and they have a good reason to be angry. They're just confused as to who to be angry at! A class warfare has been going on for a long time, and the middle class has been losing. Do we fight back, or do we just continue in the illusion that some time soon we'll be among the ultra-rich who are socking it to the rest of us?

    October 6, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Let's all start a Granny Sarah Scorpion write in campaign!!

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

    I have said it before and I will say it again. The only two organizations in the world more Anti-American than The Tea Party are Al-Qaeda and The Taliban.

    October 6, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    The Obama Administration's strategy of trying buy the economy back into shape is a stark contrast with the Republican strategy of managing the economy back into shape. Since debt is already out of control and buying the economy back to life has already been a dud, it's clear the Republican strategy is the right one.

    October 6, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. CAL USA

    One has to feel sorry for those poor victims of class warfare; you know the 1% who control 25% of our national wealth, and who had to spend all that money to buy themselves lower tax rates. Has Ms. Kremer won the lottery? Or perhaps her Koch brothers salary puts her in that class under siege?

    October 6, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. tstorm

    The only "foul" thing is the Tea Party extremists hell bent on destroying the middle class in this country! If you T Partiers don't like our democracy, go move yourself to Somalia. They'll show you right wing nuts "class warfare"...

    October 6, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. Debbie

    The tea party declared war on the unemployed and poor and uninsured years ago.
    Such hypocrites.

    October 6, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Jeetu

    Had it not been for the hard labor of the poor and the middle class, these millionnaires won't make and have that kind of money. If they had given the fair share of the wealth to all the employees who made the money in the first place, we would not need to ask these millionnaires for supertax. The fact is that everyone would have paid more taxes and the problem would have been solved to a large extent. However, we probably won't have these multi-millionnaires either then.

    In view of all this, I am convinced that the supertax is fair and needed to help those who helped create wealth in the first place, the poor and the middle classes.

    October 6, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. maf

    Wow, the Tea Party have signed pledges!! So, even when the action that these pledges deny show they are not logical, the Tea Party continues to plug on as their way is the only way!! Are they all millionaires?? I would highly doubt it, yet they defend the upper echelon like they were. It is very confusing and troubling. De-regulation does NOT create JOBS!
    That has been proven over the past decade. When money changes hands, the economy loosens up. When everyone is holding on to their hard earned greenbacks, the economy grinds to a halt. Not hard to figure out. Makes me think that none of the Tea Party actually listened to the President this morning, it was too important for them to quickly put out their negative slant on the proceedings. Divisive and sick!!!

    October 6, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. zb

    Why do you report this lunacy? Repubnut/Tparty cutting SS, Medicare, education, and a host of other programs that help the vast majority of middle class, seniors, students, and the disabled is not class warfare in their book but a tax increase on the super wealthy who in most cases actually pay an effective rate lower then workers is?

    What lies and insanity does the Repubnut/Tparty live in? Once again we are reminded that all they stand for is making the world safe for ignorance, hypocrisy, lies, hate, and exploitation.

    October 6, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |

    I'm so ready to vote now.........Obama 2012!!!!

    October 6, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer does not have a clue what she is talking about. Go to college and educate yourself and maybe you can learn something abount economics. And for GOD sake and your health, lose some weight.

    October 6, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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