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. STLDan

    The Tea party illustrates how right wingers will cling to their ideology even when it goes against their real life interests. Most republicans are not millionaires but tell them we are taking their guns and allowing abortions and they turn out in droves to vote. They don’t vote for their own on their county's interest they allow themselves to be duped by the rich through religion and ideological lies. What good do the Republicans do for the middle class? Tell me one thing? They fight to keep low taxes for the rich and you all cheer them on from your trailer parks and middle class subdivisions while more of you lose your jobs and watch your incomes plummet. It is amazing and I just can’t understand it. Why are there middle and lower class Republicans? The Repubs took a majority in the house by claiming they would create jobs. They haven't done squat but you sheep will all go out and vote them in on their next round of lies. The Tea Party says they support Repubs for smaller government. Have they done any research at all? The government has grown more under the last three Repub presidents than under the last three Dem presidents. George Bush who ran on small government as well grew the federal government more than any president since Johnson. Stop drinking in all the lies, do a little research that doesn't come straight from FoxNews and wake up America!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. jim peck

    Let's face it, if Obama says black, the Republicans and the Tea Partiers will say white. Their method is to say no to everything Obama. Their strategy is to create confusion among voters and paralysis in the government and then blame both on Obama. The republicans are the ones saying no compromise but then blame Obama for not getting anything done. The republicans are responsible for creating uncertainty but then blame Obama for the uncertainty that keeps business from hiring. (which is actually not true) They will take any position, say any lie, twist any reality in order to get Obama out of office.

    October 6, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Marcus

    Sniffit, I sign down on what you said.
    Fellas, there was this guy in Italy called Cesare Lombroso who firmly believed and theorized that the 'good' or 'evil' could be dettected in 'signs' presents in the physical features of the human being.
    To put it simple: Beautiful (per Center/North European standards) = good & trustworthy person. Ugly (per same standards) = evil & treasonous & deicable person.
    Although time and time again this ideology was proven false & ridiculous, it's still easy to believe that a bad looking person is equally bad/evil inside... but what matters is what the person says and/or does.
    B=ECAUSE OF THAT this lady is evil, not because of her physical appereance.

    October 6, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Tired of the nonsense

    No, no, no. It's the GOP and the Tea Party waging class warfare. They want the rich to keep getting richer and the poor to go away.

    They're doing everything in their power to keep Americans in the poorhouse and continually undermining the president's efforts to undo all the damage the Bush regime did.

    October 6, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Nini

    I am putting President Obama on notice, Mr. president with the class warfare you unleashed you are responsible for every violent act against successful and wealthy people in this country.

    You Mr. President are responsible for any violent against Wall street, bankers and their family. You have created crisis int his country and you and your administration are responsible for unrest in this country. What legacy to own.

    October 6, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Millionaire???

    i have one question... IS AMY KREMER A MILLIONAIRE? If not, then who convinced her to "defend" millionaires from a tax increase? ARE ALL TEA PARTY MEMBERS MILLIONAIRES? If not then why are they so vehemently against this? All I'm saying is why not stand up for the income bracket you're in TODAY, instead of supporting the people in the income bracket you HOPE to one day be in? Sorry, that was more than one question..

    October 6, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Zil Zerimar

    Amy it's okay for the millionaire like you to pay additional 5% tax so that you will eat less and not become more fat.

    October 6, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Robita

    The Tea Party should chang their name to the "Fat, Stupid, White" party. Your days are numbered Tea Bags, get ready to go back to the KKK meetings you all attended before the Repulicans embraced you.

    October 6, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "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. "

    Actually, what happened is that McConnell tried to attach it to the legislation regarding the Chinese currency situation and used a procedural device that would have prvented any debate or amendment of the proposal...you know, like usually happens in Congress because debate and revision of a POTUS' proposals is one of Congress' jobs. Reid denied that, it is true. Reid then offered to put the bill up for debate and amendment and a vote by itself, as opopsed to attached to a completely unrelated bill, and McConnell wouldn't let that happen. If you're going to try to "do the reporting that CNN won't do" then you shoudl TELL THE WHOLE STORY. Telling only the part that you think helps sell the programmed talking point beamed into your tinfoil hat idea reception device from Red State and the RNC...that only makes you look like a liar.

    October 6, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Brian Dodge

    In 2000, the wealthiest 0.1% of Americans got 7% of every penny made in the US(according to the IRS). By 2007, their share had risen more than 60%, to 12% of all income. They pay an average of 18% tax rate, because most of what they make is capital gains, taxed at 15%. Tax rates overall are the lowest they've been in fifty years. According to the TeaParty trickledown theory of economics, there should be a flood of hiring, instead of rampant under/unemployment. Class warfare has been going on since Reagan was elected, and the middle class has been losing – when Reagan took office, the richest 5% owned just under 20% of all stocks, bonds, and real estate property, and by the time his administration ended, they owned 40% of everything.

    Herman Cain thinks that if you're unemployed &/or poor, it's your fault; Amy Kremer thinks that the government isn't responsible for creating jobs. But that doesn't stop them from blaming Obama for it.

    October 6, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. carla

    As much as I disagree with this lady, there really is no need to discuss her weight or her looks. We don't need to drop to their level by being mean. On that note, this lady is very scary with her comments. Another example how they just speak without facts. Of course, nothing is meant to be actually factual right?

    October 6, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    There are times when corporate tax cuts may create jobs. There are times when they don't. In the current environment, corporate tax cuts will simply reduce tax revenues and not create jobs. Also, Ms. Kremer why is it not class warfare for the wealthy when so many tax loopholes are written specifically for them and for corporations? Our economy is a consumer economy. A large percentage of the potential consumers are out of work, others are working part-time or are in lower paying jobs, and cannot consume. Plus, the world economy is in dire straights. Companies need consumers. How will corporate tax cuts help?

    October 6, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Ms. J

    Just keep right on talking your whole party into the 'GUTTER', with idiost like her making comments like these first it shows she does not live in reality, and second it just boost Obama's chances of being relected even higher.

    October 6, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Ex-GOP Con

    Typical GOPTEA birther hypocrites. They spent BILLIONS AND TRILLIONS in Iraq and their bridges to nowhere.....now when it's time to pay the piper, they don't want to.

    October 6, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. blf83

    Any movement or organization which refuses to compromise and work with the opposition will be marginalized and will fail unless totalitarian force holds them in power for a few years. The Tea Bags have ripped; the tea is falling out because reasonable people want better than they offer.

    October 6, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. a guy

    so much for main street not wall street.

    October 6, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    If this woman has any true friends at all they need to tell her to get immediate in-patient treatment for morbid obesity. She is obviously at the stage where sudden death is a distinct possibility. She needs medical help now.

    October 6, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    She looks like she'd be a Christie supporter.

    October 6, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Ex-GOP Con

    I see where the term "FAT CAT" comes from now.

    October 6, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. UnbiaseDinVA

    If you own a business, and you have 100 employees, and you are making the demand for your product, and someone hands you a tax break, would you hire more workers, even though you do not need them? Of course not. That's why a tax cut won't get people hired. What gets people hired is when demand goes up, so companies can't meet the demand anymore with 100 employees. What makes demand go up is more consumer spending. What makes spending go up is either more disposable income or the perception of more disposable income. THAT's what need to get fixed to get people hired. Not lower corporate or small business taxes.

    October 6, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. slewatha

    The rich declared war on the workers a long time ago. Thankfully people are starting to wake up.

    October 6, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Really?

    It IS class warfare. It's educated and thoughtful Americans who care for their fellow man, warring against the knee jerk, fearmongering, dogmatic Tea Partiers who latch on to some bumper sticker political slogan that someone has read to them as if they will lose everything if things don't go exactly their way. All I have ever heard from Tea Partiers is fear, hate, and bigotry (and bigotry does not confine itself to race, by the way). There has not been a single viable solution presented by any of them. Not a single one. Several Tea Party candidates have been put into office by playing on the fears of stupid people and by making promises like, "I'll bring back $2.00 a gallong gasoline (Bachmann)". Now that those people are in office, and not doing anything, I hope those who voted for them are having second thoughts and realizing that the Tea Party is nothing but a collection of village idiots. For a Tea Partier to shout "class warfare" is about the stupidist thing they've done. Of course, those that have been drinking the Tea Party Kool Aid won't realize how stupid that is, but reasonable and rational Americans are getting fed up with this circus.

    October 6, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Voice of Reason

    That's right. All those lazy, stupid people who are out of work should take Herman Cain's advice and look in the mirror. How DARE the president try to fund a bill to improve infrastructure by putting these people to work? And how DARE he try to tax these unfortunate millionaires? Just because youre making 20 times what the averrage worker is making doesnt mean you have ANY responsibility toward the less fortunate! It doesnt mean that you should put back into the system a little more than those who are going without! I mean, c'mon! GWB gave those rich people their tax breaks, and it's been like ten years already! That is a god-given RIGHT now, and how DARE anyone threaten that!

    The answer, of course is to line up a few more blue-collar workers making minimum wage, and convinve tham that it's the president's fault – and get them to go out an wave their 'dont tread on me' flags and scream at the cameras about how unfair that tax really is...

    (sarcasm over. Now scuse me while i go take a shower.)

    October 6, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Oldie in TampaBay

    Isn't it time for AMERICA TO WAKE UP???????? Time for the Tea Partiers to go! You, Ms Kremer, are an IDIOT!

    October 6, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Jack in Florida

    Hey Amy......it's about the math.........The Bush tax cuts need to be repealed...........You teabaggers are playing class warfare, protecting the rich.

    October 6, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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