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Senator Begich Running Scared From Obama & Washington Democrats

- June 18, 2013

SENATOR BEGICH MAY BE ANXIOUS TO RUN FROM OBAMA AND FELLOW WASHINGTON DEMOCRATS - BUT HIS RECORD TELLS ANOTHER STORY

With President Obama's Approval Ratings Plummeting, Senator Begich Has Been Running Away From Obama And Washington Democrats As Fast As He Can

Begich Claimed Recently That He Is More Of A "Rockefeller Republican." "'I'm trying to put everyone in a box we can understand,' Kernen said. 'Are you closer to a Pelosi Democrat or to a Rockefeller Republican?' 'Probably a Rockefeller Republican,' Begich said without hesitation."(Ruth Tam, "Democrat Begich: I'm More Like A 'Rockefeller Republican," The Washington Post , 6/17/13)

Anchorage Daily News' Paul Jenkins: "As A Recently Repentant Liberal Yearning For Rebirth As A Moderate Republican, Begich Is Evolving, Chameleon-Like…" "As a recently repentant liberal yearning for rebirth as a moderate Republican, Begich is evolving, chameleon-like, before our eyes into a sort of everyman, Mark Murkowski, to mine the wealth of Alaska voters in the political middle." (Paul Jenkins, "Begich Must Be Thinking Twice About Obamacare," Anchorage Daily News , 6/8/13)

But No Amount Of Rebranding Will Erase The Fact That Begich Has A History Of Backing Obama And Liberal Policies That Would Harm Alaska's Families And Job Creators

Begich Is "Plagued By His Decidedly Liberal, Tax-And-Spend Past And Is Trying To Outrun It." "Begich -- seeking to become the first Alaska Democrat re-elected to the Senate since Mike Gravel in 1974 -- is plagued by his decidedly liberal, tax-and-spend past and is trying to outrun it with incessant campaign ads touting his new love of spending cuts, Arctic drilling and guns." (Paul Jenkins, "Begich Must Be Thinking Twice About Obamacare," Anchorage Daily News , 6/8/13)

OBAMACARE

Begich Voted To Pass ObamaCare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396 , Adopted 60-39: R 0-39; D 60-0, 12/24/09, Begich Voted Yea)

Begich Still Proudly Defends His Vote For ObamaCare. "Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina will face voters in 2014 for the first time since voting for the Affordable Care Act - also known as 'Obamacare' - three years ago. They aren't apologizing for their vote, and several are pursuing an aggressive strategy: Embrace the law, help voters use it and fix what doesn't work. 'I don't run from my votes,' Begich told The Associated Press. 'Politicians who sit around and say, 'That's controversial so I better run from it,' just ask for trouble. Voters may not always agree with you, but they respect people who think about these issues and talk about them.'" ("Senate Democrats Running In 2014 In GOP-Leaning States Firm Up Support Of Health Care Law," The Associated Press , 6/15/13)

  • Begich: "There's A Lot Of Good That People Will Realize As This All Comes Online." ("Senate Democrats Running In 2014 In GOP-Leaning States Firm Up Support Of Health Care Law," The Associated Press , 6/15/13)

ObamaCare Is A Government Takeover Of Health Care With $829.3 Billion In Job-Killing Taxes On Small Businesses, Investments And Innovation. ("Updated Estimates For The Insurance Coverage Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act," Congressional Budget Office , 3/12; "Estimated Revenue Effects Of A Proposal To Repeal Certain Tax Provisions Contained In The 'Affordable Care Act,'" Joint Committee On Taxation , 6/15/12; "Estimate Of The Effects Of The Affordable Care Act On Health Insurance Coverage," Congressional Budget Office , 5/14/13)

OBAMA'S INCOME TAX HIKES

Begich Voted To Eliminate The Bush Tax Cuts For Families Making Over $250,000 Per Year And Individuals Making Over $200,000 Per Year. (S. 3412, Roll Call Vote #184 , Adopted 51-48: R 0-46; D 51-1, 7/25/12, Begich Voted Yea)

In 2010, Begich And Other Liberal Senators Supported A Plan To Raise Income Taxes To An Even Higher Level Than Supported By Obama At The Time. "The tax package announced by President Obama and Congressional Republicans includes some important provisions that we strongly support, but also a deeply misguided allocation of resources at a time that the United States does not have resources to waste….Success in America should rightly be celebrated, but the very wealthy do not need bonus tax cuts and America cannot afford to give them." (Mark Begich, Jeff Merkley, Mary Landrieu, Danial Akaka, Sherrod Brown, Al Franken, Mark Udall and Barbara Boxer, Letter To Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid , 12/10/10)

  • Begich Voted For The Amendment, But It Was Rejected By A Bipartisan Group Of Senators. (S.Amdt 4809 to H.R. 4853, Roll Call Vote #275 , Rejected 43-57: R 0-42; D 43-15, 12/15/10, Begich Voted Yea)

Begich Co-Sponsored Legislation To Institute Obama's So-Called "Buffet Rule". ( S.2230 , Introduced 3/22/2012)

  • Begich Voted For The Bill, But It Was Rejected. (S.2230, Roll Call Vote #65 , Rejected 51-45: R 1-44; D 50-1, 4/16/12, Begich Voted Yea)
     
  • The Non-Partisan Tax Foundation Found That The Buffet Rule Would Raise Taxes By $36.7 Billion A Year. (Josh Boak, "Buffett Rule's Impact? White House Won't Say," Politico , 1/26/12)

ENERGY TAXES

In March 2013, Begich Voted In Favor Of Establishing A Carbon Tax. "Whitehouse, D-R.I., amendment no. 646 that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for a fee on carbon pollution and use revenues collected to reduce the deficit." (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #58: Rejected 41-58: R 0-45; D 39-13; I 2-0, 3/22/13, Begich Voted Yea)

A Carbon Tax Could Cost Up To 21,000 Jobs In Alaska. "This tax would deal a blow to employment in Alaska, with a loss of worker income equivalent to 7,000 to 21,000 jobs in 2013 and 9,000 to 12,000 by 2013." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In Alaska," www.nam.org , Accessed 4/16/13)

A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Price Of Gas In Alaska By More Than 20 Cents Per Gallon. "Prices at the pump would jump by more than 20 cents a gallon in 2013." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In Alaska," www.nam.org , Accessed 4/16/13)

  • A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Cost Of Electricity For Alaskans By 12 Percent. "Households in Alaska would see a significant increase in their electrify rates, with an average increase of 12 percent in 2013." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In Alaska," www.nam.org , Accessed 4/16/13)
     
  • A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Cost Of Natural Gas By More Than 40 Percent. "The cost of using natural gas would increase by more than 40 percent in 2013, the first year of the carbon tax study, adding to household energy bills and increasing operation costs for many Alaska businesses." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In Alaska," www.nam.org , Accessed 4/16/13)

SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES

Begich Proposed Massively Increasing Social Security Taxes. "A new bill from Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), the Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act, provides one method. The Begich bill would lift the current payroll tax cap, which exempts wages in excess of a certain amount ($110,100 this year) from the tax." (Dylan Matthews, "How To Sort Out Social Security's Finances While Making It More Generous," The Washington Post , 12/16/12)

  • Removing The Social Security Tax Cap Would Increase Taxes By $100 Billion A Year. "It is estimated that almost $100 billion in revenue to the Social Security program would be generated annually by taxing all earnings" (Janemarie Mulvey, "Social Security: Raising Or Eliminating The Taxable Earnings Base," Congressional Research Service , 9/24/10)

Even The Liberal Mother Jones Called Begich's Tax Increase Proposal "Gigantic" and "Huge." "That's a total tax increase and a marginal tax increase of 9.7 percentage points. That's huge. It's four times the increase we'd get from letting the high-end Bush tax cuts expire and double the marginal increase." (Kevin Drum, "Mark Begich's Gigantic Tax Increase On The Rich," Mother Jones , 11/16/12)


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