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. Ian in Ohio

    LOL..Hey Fatty, what do yo care, you will never make over a million dollars in a year.. That is what cracks me up about all you teabaggers. You would all benefit from the President's policies but you are all too stupid (or racist) to realize it! You all think you are going to be on DWTS stars or some haribrained scheme is gonna work out and you will be an instant millionaire. But your not. You are going to die middle class – exactly who the president is trying to hold.

    October 6, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Mrmynor

    It boggles the mind why someone would expect to be taken seriously when making the argument that taking an additional 5 cents of every dollar in excess of $1,000,000 that an individual earns in a given year is unduly burdensome. As much as the tea party advocates fiscal responsibility, surely these people can live within their means if they are making taxable income of over a million dollars a year. The bill isn't for the benefit of people with jobs who make over a million a year in this economy, they don't need anyone's help. The whole point is to help the jobless.

    October 6, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. li

    The tea aprty is done....just a matter of time and the big girl who I guess runs it ....you have to find another job, your history....lololol

    October 6, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Mark

    Sweet Jesus what happened to that womans face?

    October 6, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. larry

    Gosh, she is UGLY!

    October 6, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    If anyone ever had any doubts as to where the TP really stands, look at Amy Kremer doing a contortionist's act of explaining how a supposedly grassroots movement defending the top 1% of wage earners speaks volumes. This was never about helping the average person, its about ensuring the rich stay on top and we subsidizing them with even more tax cuts and less regulations. I work in the industrial instrumentation field, and I have rarely come across anyone who blamed a regulation for them losing their job or preventing them from hiring anyone. Cain's recent comments about how "...if you are unemployed, its your fault" show how divorced from reality these idiots really are. This is not about us, its about everyone subsidizing the wealthy in the vain hope we will eventually get a share of that prosperity. It does not work, and will never work that way.

    October 6, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. normalice

    The rich can take what they want when they want, but when the poor demand something in return, only then is it class warfare...

    October 6, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. Frank

    This is not a tax on millionaires! It is a tax on those earning over one million during a single calendar year-a very different thing. The top one percent of Americans earns more of the income in the US than at any time since the 1920s. As for "class warfare" the rich have already won that! This woman is a fool.

    October 6, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Let me make something very clear for my fellow liberals here:

    1. Yes, she is fat and ugly, but that's not the point and you shouldn't be talking about it. It has nothing to do with anything and if you want us to sound credible, that can't be part of the conversation.

    2. She is stupid. THAT is the point. What she says and the ideology she promotes is not based on or grounded in rational thought or reasoning from facts, evidence, historical record, expert opinion, data, numbers, math, etc. Your job is not to call her stupid, but to show why she is. She and her followers will not like it, will ignore it, will refuse to admit to contrary information, will rationalize and fabricate to assauge their confirmation bias, etc. etc. etc., but that doesn't mean it doesn't reach at least some people when you provide that proof. They can scream and shout and try to drown it in astroturf postings and regurgitated baseless ad nauseum talking points all they want...but it gets through anyway, which is why they're flipping their noodles over OWS and the fact that the real sleeping giant is about to awaken.

    October 6, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. bb

    All of those "do nothing" republicans need to be ran out of town on a rail in 2012!

    October 6, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Mike_TX

    I have to say the mojority of the comments I have seen on this article are making me proud, proud to see what is normally a comment board over run by tea party talking points and GOP rhetoric being replace by sane intelligent individuals who can see through the tea-p crap!

    Make it count people "the rich create jobs" line is played out, we the middle class create the rich, they depend on us not the other way around. If we stop producing they stop making money. Every rich individual has earned their money off the sweet and backs of the poor and middle class.

    The vast majority of wealthy buisness owners in the nation started as poor or middle class, so again we don't need them we can do it ourselves if they don't want to hire, we are just as capabale of starting new companies to fill the void the non-hiring rich are creating!

    October 6, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Joanne Michels

    Hey Teabaggers – You should know what your talking about when it comes to class warfare. You declared war on everyone in the middle class on down a long time ago.

    October 6, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Patriot Awesome

    The Republicans started the class war. Hopefully the middle class will finish it!

    October 6, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Amunaka

    What a tool..

    October 6, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Sharper67

    How interesting ... another intellectual midget. Does she have her certification card of first class idiot? Hey lady, no one with any brains is buying what your shoveling.

    October 6, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. jnpa

    "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 why is the tea party/GOP blaming the president for not creating jobs? That is their main thrust right now. Obviously they will bash the president anyway they can to get elected!

    October 6, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Peter E

    When rich people want bailouts, it's 'job creation.' (despite the fact that since those bailouts those rich people have just continued to lay off even more people)
    When poor people want fair wages for overworking jobs, it's 'class warfare.'

    October 6, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    To my fellow liberals, just remember one thing: the cons will never acept your arguements no matter how skillfully and tactfully presented. Refrain from attacking Amy Kremer's appearance, no matter how much you may be tempted: she has enough going against her with her theology of teabaggerism without going for the obvious cheap shot. They are defending wealthy people against the rest of us because they feel they represent a more virtuous, better person. They have listened to lectures inspired by Ayn Rand, and bought tapes from Glen Beck instead of trying to see what else there is out there in terms of information. Pity them for their fear of change.

    October 6, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The tea party and the republicans invented class warfare and have been exercising it against the middle class and workers for the past 11 years. Now that the president has called them out on it, they want to cry foul.

    October 6, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. PR

    The TP is a bunch of right-wing bigiots who hate the poor, needy and elderly Its obvious their leader is a fat cow who probably eats everything she can get her piggy hands on.

    October 6, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Buster Bloodvessel

    Obviously she hasn't missed a meal in a long time. Enjoy it, the tea party's about over.

    October 6, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. RINO Bil

    The important thing is to balance the budget, create jobs and get this country rolling again ... not whine nonsense about class warfare. She really does NOT have what's best for the U.S. in mind.

    October 6, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Russ

    Boy is she intelligent, she can repeat a phrase someone else threw out there. Good job porky!

    October 6, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. JJC

    Lower corporate tax rates? Maybe for small businesses. But the large companies are sitting on record profits. So how would giveng them even bigger profits above the record breaking trillions they have stashed away make them want to hire more people? They are making record profits with less people. That's free market. Giving them free money by lowering their taxes won't make them hire a single person more. Why is it that the people who yell the most about welfare are more than willing to give welfare to the richest?

    October 6, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. WiredweirdinSF

    She has to understand that liberals are very hypocritical and that if she points it out, since they own the media, she will be demonized and demeaned by the drug addicts, welfare frauds and union thugs that make up the democrat liberal party. All you have to do is read these posts. You can actually see how the NEA has dumbed down our people and how Obozo and the class warriors have played on that as part of the democrat liberal strategy.

    By the way, Mitch McConnell called on a vote for what Obozo call the "jobs" bill (really just another pre election giveaway to the union thugs who have threatened to kill tea party members and the welfare fraud conresswoman who said she would send us to hell) and that old corrupt toad Harry Reid would not let them. Unfortunately the press does not report that being in Obozos pocket.

    October 6, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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