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. Little Tin God

    Why are all of the Tea Party "leaders" so fat?

    October 6, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Jay

    How about some honesty from these Tea Party People – how many of their membership would actually be affected by this? Lets hear from those who would be affected and can prove that they would be affected by it – put up or shut up!

    October 6, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Carter Sherline

    Obama is declaring class warfare...he is just fighting against the war conservatives have already declared on the poor and middle class. The part that is hard to believe for me is why do so many people who are only going to lose under conservative policies fight for them?

    October 6, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Jilli

    Ok, let's get this straight...this nitwit who got played as a rube by the big money lobbyists funding and founding the tea party "movement" – the perfect dupe that routinely advocates and votes against her own personal best interests, is railing against fair taxation, and a level playing field. It never ceases to amaze me at just how stupid some people are – especially when they parade their ignorance on a national stage like it's some kind of badge of honor. Bless her simple little heart.

    Class warfare was waged 30 years ago (thank you st. ronald reagan) to the detriment of the working class...this is self defense.

    October 6, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. The Decider

    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.
    Talk about redistribution of wealth – upward only, aka trickle up economics
    So, which side are you on , Kremer?????????????????

    October 6, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. 4 More Years!!!

    Wow! It's nice to see that so many people are against these teabag thugs!

    October 6, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Maeve

    Kremer....Kremer......is the Tea Bagger Party really an American group?? Does Chairman Kremer know what class warfare is? Did she ever hear about the class that is almost gone-The Middle Class? Now our family has experienced unemployment, we are sliding into the working poor class. Satisfied Kremer? The wealthy folks are still livin' the life and here I am Graduate degree and all, taxed and taxed some more. You claim that it is the private sector's job to create jobs but they didn't get the memo. Meanwhile, you maintain your finger bowl life style. Try it Kremer, scramble to keep a roof over your head, feed your family, pay your taxes and more taxes so the wealthy folks in the "big house" can eat well, take fancy vacations, send their kids to private schools. Meanwhile you want the folks to have a "polite" discussion. Time for talk is over. Time for action is now. We all have to take part in the solution even the rich folks with the full pockets.

    October 6, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. BeckyB

    Cut, cap and balance is not going to create jobs....we need jobs!

    October 6, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. becky in ca

    "Even if you put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig."-J
    Dont insult the pigs.

    October 6, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Downside

    Looks like Amy Kremer the Chairperson of the Tea Baggies needs more than just one chair! --- Gawwwd!

    October 6, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. IVOTE

    What??? No comment about her tea party idol Palin.

    October 6, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Mane

    Did she just ask for another tax cut?

    October 6, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Nodack

    I have a plan that will allow Obama to get done what ever he wants. All he has to do is say he wants the opposite of what he really wants and FOX/GOP/Tea Party will automatically fight to appose it and then later he can give in to their demands in the end which will end up being exactly what he really wanted to begin with.

    October 6, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. CalmDog

    If we don't want to tax the 'job creators', how about this? Raise the taxes on all the wealthy, and give a tax rebate for each permanent, full-time job that someone creates. Done.

    October 6, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Boss man

    Looks like the Tea Party chairperson has way too many bisquits with her tea!

    October 6, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Linear

    She has the same mouth structure that Mitch McConnell has. Rather than worrying about the President's Bill, this cow should worry about losing weight.

    October 6, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Rob

    I don't understand why corporate tax breaks are needed so as to enable corporations to hire employees. Corporations are awash in more cash than they have ever had. They are not hiring anyone, not because they need the tax breaks to do so, but rather because consumers have no cash with which to buy their products. Taxes have been cut and cut and cut. If this creates jobs, where are they.

    October 6, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. John

    Tea Party/GOP you have been waging class warfare for decades. Look who is calling the kettle black.....

    October 6, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Robert

    a.) It's an affront to show that picture and put the word 'express' anywhere on the same page with it.... the only thing she's got on 'express' is Pizza Hut...
    b.) We have the LOWEST CORPORATE TAX RATE IN THE LAST 30 YEARS: Why are the 'job makers' not 'making jobs'? Simple! It's better to keep the money, in case the rest of it falls away.
    c.) Cut, Cap, and Balance is a great way to start phasing out social programs. Only one thing: We're all too broke still to take them away yet. Furthermore, a balanced budget amendment means that when another hurricane strikes, everything else gets cut to come up with the money... now who isn't paying soldiers...
    d.) Sure, bring on Herman Cain!! 9-9-9 sounds like a great idea, although still not perfect.
    e.) Good grief, change that picture!!

    October 6, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. sheppard

    The first instant I saw that picture, I though Roseanne Barr was morphing in to Rosie O'Donnell – sorry Roseanne – and Rosie.

    October 6, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Lenmsith

    Class warfare. Is this the only thing these people can talk about? How is it class warfare? This woman makes me sick. She needs to start doing things for the United States of American and stop being so anti – American.

    October 6, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. BinFL

    It's great to see so many on here realize what the Tea Party is all about and are ready to vote them out! I just keep wondering where they were when Bush & Co were spending us into oblivion. Face it folks, this "Tea Party" was planned out years before 2008 as the big wigs behind the "movement' knew a Democrat would take the White House and that's why these people came out right after the election...they were just waiting to pounce!! The Tea Party is very harmful to our country and our political process.

    October 6, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The whole point of the "millionaire's surtax" proposal is to con people into thinking Obama is actually trying to do something about unemployment and to play to the vindictiveness of his "base." The truth of the matter is that Obama hasn't a clue what to do about jobs–and no matter what he does, no one will trust him anyway–he's in way over his head, and is desperate to do anything to get himself re-elected. Even Congressional Democrats understand all this and are doing their best to stay as far away from this loser as possible.

    October 6, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. James

    No matter how much sense it makes to have taxpayers share the same proportional burden in funding all of those horrible social progams such as EMT services, safe food, transportation and let's not forget clean drinking water the Tea Party is like a two year old child, that no matter how much you coax to eat that vegetable, throws a tantrum. Class warfare is being waged in Occupy Wall Street. Why should far less than 10% of our citizens own over 90% of the wealth in this nation while doing it on the backs of the middle class? What does the Tea Party say about the over 1 trillion spent on a war in Afghanistan?

    October 6, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Linda Moffatt

    How incredibly dum are these people? While the Bush era tax cuts have been in place for the wealthy, we have lost a zillion jobs. If keeping them at lower tax rates created jobs, there would already be jobs, duh!!

    Republicans put the car in the ditch, refuse to help get it out so it can be fixed, and all the while continue to blame someone else for putting it there and not fixing it fast enough If people don't show support for this president, this whole country will be wrapped in a "condemned" sign.

    October 6, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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