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. The Realist

    The Tea Party is nothing but a corporate sponsored Right Wing group that is Terrorizing our country. Just look at Amy Kremer, she looks like a welll corporate fed baffoon....The Arab Spring was against dictators, the Wallstreet spring will be against the 1% that runs this country and drags the whole world into this mess. If Ghadaffi and Mubarak are prosecuted for what they did to their people what about the Wallstreet for affecting the whole world.

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

    So the Tea Party morons think that what's best for multi-millionaires is best for them in their trailer camps and the unemployment line? Wow. Can I get a list of Tea Prty members? I have several bridges and a few deserts to sell them.

    October 6, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. marygrace florida

    Corporate tax cuts just lets the rich get richer. I promise you the rich are not depending on Social Security to pay their bills. All need to pay their fair share. If the wealthy are paying a lower percentage than I am, SHAME on anyone that supports this.

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

    Honey--– The class warfare began with Bush Tax cuts that are still in force.. If everyone loved R.Reagan so much, then let`s let the tax structure revert back to the "good ole days".

    October 6, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. acid eating dope smokin grateful dead lovin liberal

    She's a beauty ain't she! Good god!

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

    This is a strange looking person. Okay, now that that is out of the way her views stink. I am proud to be a part of the middle class and of others like me that are now voicing their opinions about how unfair the economics in this society are to people like me. Things happen to this country that cost lots of money. EVER AMERICAN has a responsibility to help out when the country needs it. If anything, the current climate is bringing to light just how unfair things have become. It's time to turn it back around because the strength of this country IS the middle class. Period.

    October 6, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    To quoteth the oracle known only as Beavis: "TP...for my bunghole."

    Cut corporate taxes so business can go forward? HAHAhAHA...they're reporting record profits and STILL doing nothing. Nutjobs. But hey, let's toy with the idea a little because maybe it makes sense in some limited cases: TAX CORPORATIONS PROGRESSIVELY. Let the little guys have the lower taxes. GE, Morgan Stanley, PriveWaterhouse, et al...they don't need it...but maybe smaller guys do. Now, watch how fast that gets shot down by people seeking to protect giant corporations from watching small businesses become competetive.

    October 6, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    T Party Godfather:Grover Norquist and his arab wife, has all republicans sign a pledge not to ever raise taxes, and then puts the pledgr in a safe. Is this legal? The gal in the picture should do some work to burn off the fat, she looks like rolly poly. Is this the Tea Party best. she needs to go to the biggest losser and quit eating big macs and the whoppers.

    October 6, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Coffee Drinker

    Look who's painting the (tea) kettle black!!! Never in American history has a group of people engendered such animosity among the American public.

    Actually I have great empathy and sympathy for people and their families who, in spite of their playing by the rules, have genuinely suffered and continued to suffer because of the selfishness and mean-spiritedness of a few.

    Ms. Kremer- the only war being fought is against the likes of your kind. I feel great solidarity with the REAL working people – definitely NOT the Tea Party!!!

    October 6, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. s

    Man she is UGLY as SIN

    October 6, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Liz the First

    There they go again. projecting their own vices on others. the rethugs have been at war with the middle class and the poor for decades now, and when we start fighting back, we're waging 'class warfare.' oh, puh-leeeeze!!! i hope the rethugs and teabaggers do run competing candidates in the general election, then we'll be sure to keep Obama, who is ON OUR SIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Corporate taxes are at the lowest rates EVER. If 11 years of tax cuts didn't get us jobs (700,000 per month job loss under Bush), then lets try tax increases and see if that works.

    CUTS DON'T WORK. And I agree with most of you, she is ugly in spite of all the expensive makeup she smears on that fat face. That's your teabaggers – fat, ugly, ignorant.

    October 6, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Bradley

    Pity the poor rich. Are they unemployed, without health insurance, living check to check or not even that? They've become rich because of all the other folks who buy their goods and services and yet they don't want to sacrifice a penny while these folks are suffering. The US is NOT a Christian nation! It is a nation of the few money-grubbing robber barons who have zero compassion for those less well off putting profits before people. So much for "compassionate conservatives." As for class warfare, you betcha. Why not? Let them eat cake only goes so far. Then comes accountability.

    October 6, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Chris

    I'm happy Obama has sided with the lower income folk. Class warfare has been happening for a long, long time. Perhaps that porky little woman has eaten her bloated salary. The middle class is being sodomized by the upper class so, yeah, I support a war on the upper class.

    October 6, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. seby

    Look at her face, she is fat and fat. you are a fat cat. tea means taxed enough already right ? who they mean ? rich or poor. if it rich, they are not get taxed for anything.

    October 6, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Steve Jobs was a democrat.

    Teabaggers are republicans.

    You decide.

    October 6, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. W. Buffeet

    Sure looks like class warefare!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In 1988, the income of an average American taxpayer was $33,400, adjusted for inflation. The average income was still just $33,000 in 2008.

    the richest 1% of Americans - those making $380,000 or more - have seen their incomes grow 33% over the last 20 years.

    400 families control 50% of the wealth in the U.S.

    So, guess who's losing the war?????????????????

    October 6, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. emmy skadittle

    if you compare the teaparty to what happening down on wallstreet, you can really see the teaparty for what they are, corporate shills

    October 6, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. gerr

    So the Tea Party likes Cain. He sound much like a supremecourt justice back when he was appointed. Like Mr. Cain? A man who obiously does not realize that it is a fact that 100% employment in a capitalist society is IMPOSSIBLE. Germany comes,perhaps, the closest today.

    October 6, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. The Rogue

    How is it any different than the tax warfare on the middle class? We are tired of supporting the rich to get richer, while we lag behind. Screw the wealthy just like they've screwed the middle class.

    October 6, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Floyd

    Anyone who puts forth that absurd "Cut, Cap and Balance" and a viable fiscal policy shows their economic ignornance, and hence should be ignored in policy discussions. they would get a big fat F in any econ course. Government spending is there to counter cyclical swings in the economy, acting as a buffer when the going gets tough for the private sector and then retreating when the private sector is healthy again. by tying government spending directly to some made up percentage of revenue (read TAXES) when the private sector falters and tax revenue falls, that would force goverment spending cuts leaving even less money in the hands of the people and you get a death spiral until we are a third world country.

    October 6, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. 5041360

    sarah isn't running and the tea party is crying – or rather whining- this woman should take up knitting- it's over for the tea party crowd– they are out of date and out of touch

    October 6, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. Kenny

    This IDIOT needs to go to her Texas beaches and buff her butt in the sun because she sure as heck can't do anything about the lack of a brain.

    October 6, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. R Glenn

    You people are so blind. Don't you realise that there are more wealthy people in the Democratic Party. Shouldn't that make you wonder what they are up to. Do you really think they care? It's easier to control a populace who eats from your hand, then one that has to work. Democrats want to control your thoughts, your education, your money, and take away your freedom to live. The wealthy have money, now they want power to control. Remember most are Democrats.

    October 6, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. stevetall

    What an idiot and a tool. A truly frightening lack of understanding, education, and sense of fair play that sums up the current Tea Party movement. Make the rich richer even though this has never, ever worked to bring the whole of society forward. Get a real job, you pinhead!

    October 6, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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