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Fox Business' Brian Sullivan Conflates State, Federal Taxes

Reported by Ellen - July 6, 2009 -

Guest blogged by Dan

Brian Sullivan makes it clear in his recent Fox Business column that he doesn't like to pay taxes. This is understandable. He finds the progressive nature of income taxation (charging a higher rate to those who make more money) to be a "tax on working." Clearly he makes more than enough to force him into the upper brackets, or maybe he just can't stand the term "progressive." Complaining how hard it is to get by in the NYC suburbs of New Jersey on $75,000 per year, Sullivan attacks President Obama because NJ state raised their income taxes on the upper-bracket earners. Does Sullivan not understand the difference between State and Federal legislatures and their separate tax authorities? Or was he just looking for an excuse - any old excuse - to attack Obama?

Sullivan quotes President Obama:

"Now, let me be clear–let me be absolutely clear, because I know you’ll end up hearing some of the same claims that rolling back these tax breaks means a massive tax increase on the American people: If your family earns less than $250,000 a year–a quarter million dollars a year–you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: Not one single dime. Not a dime. In fact, the recovery plan provides a tax cut–that’s right, a tax cut–for 95 percent of working families. And by the way, these checks are on the way."

And continues:
"I guess the President didn’t consult New Jersey before giving the speech. I venture to guess that most taxpayers don’t care whether the hit is coming from their town, state or big brother. A tax hike is a tax hike, regardless of whose hand is in your pocket. And with the reduction of the property tax deduction allowance and rebate, New Jersey is clearly raising taxes on people making less than $250,000 per year. So much for the big ‘middle class tax cut.’"

High School Civics class teaches that the US government is federal in structure. The national government does certain things, the state governments do others. Both tax. But only in Fox Land does the President of the United Stated get blamed for breaking a promise when the State of New Jersey raises taxes. The President doesn't control the states. Most people need to know this to pass high school civics.

Thus, for his reckless disregard of federalist principles of government, Brian Sullivan is nominated for the BOF (Blame Obama First) Club.