Duffy says taxes dividing point

2012-10-30T10:47:00Z 2012-10-31T12:52:17Z Duffy says taxes dividing pointBy ROD STETZER | rod.stetzer@lee.net Chippewa Herald
October 30, 2012 10:47 am  • 

EAU CLAIRE — U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy said the issue of taxes separates him from his Democratic challenger in the Nov. 6 election, Pat Kreitlow.

“He has voted to increase taxes substantially in Wisconsin. I voted to make the tax system fairer, simpler,” Duffy said during an interview in Eau Claire.

“I voted to lower taxes on everybody while taking out the loophole preferences,” Duffy said. “(State) Sen. Kreitlow voted for the largest tax increase in Wisconsin history.”

By removing loopholes, Duffy said small businesses will have more money to invest in research, employees and machinery. Getting people back into the tax system, he added,  takes out crony capitalism that has been built into the tax code.

Duffy, 41, is seeking a second term in Congress. The Republican from Weston was elected in 2010, succeeding Democratic U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, who was in Congress for 41 years. Independent candidate Dale C. Lehner of Chetek is also running in the Nov. 6 election.

Duffy proposes capping spending at what he termed pre-bailout and stimulus levels. He noted the county is $16 trillion in debt.

“The philosophy of big borrowing and spending is catastrophic for the country,” he said.

On preserving Medicare, Duffy supports a plan that guarantees the current Medicare coverage to everyone now age 55 and over. Those age 54 and younger would have the option of traditional Medicare or picking one of several plans approved by Medicare.

“The poorer you are and sicker you are, the more support you get. And the wealthier you are, you get less,” Duffy said.

“If you do that, you will actually get to save Medicare,” he added, noting that the Congressional Budget Office estimates the program will be out of money in roughly 10 years if no action is taken.

Duffy also said he called for a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan a year ago, putting him at odds with other Republicans.

“Our young men and women are dying. And I’m saying, ‘For what?’”

Congress has also failed to pass a new farm bill. Duffy said he talked with Republican leadership in the House and argued for getting the farm bill done sooner, but didn’t prevail in that argument.

The holdup in the bill has to do with something other than farms, according to Duffy.

“They are being held hostage in a way because of the disagreement (over) the increase in food stamp spending,” he said.

Duffy said pursuing more American energy will also give the country a competitive advantage.

“The whole American energy revolution has come home right here with the frac sand (industry),” he said.

He said the country needs policies to make it the most competitive of any nation.

“This trickle down government has been a killer on the economy,” Duffy said.

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  1. empire 2
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    empire 2 - November 03, 2012 12:38 pm
    You admit wasteful spending, then why give them more money regardless of who it comes from? Cut the waste and we won't need anymore money. We could even pay for the wars if the government spent money as if it were there own. Cut the waste before asking for more. Yes, both parties are equally guilty, If you took every penny from every millionaire in this country it would run the government for 7 days. A little tax increase or even a large tax increase on the rich won't get us out of trouble.CUT WASTEFUL SPENDING.
  2. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - November 03, 2012 9:08 am
    If you are talking about my family, I would have the common sense to not have all the debt so I don't have to borrow. If you're talking about the government, there are some things that have to be paid even if you can't afford it. An example would be the latest hurricane. Obviously we are in debt, but do we not help those needy? Bush paid for two wars on a credit card, with less money coming in. Both parties say they are going to eliminate the deficit but they are just taking money from one thing to pay another. They basically are paying one credit card with another.

    There will always be wasteful government spending from both sides, like spending 10 million dollars to implement a voter id law when it's not needed now. But how in the heck can you say soak the rich when they pay less percent taxes than the average family does? Romney wants to eliminate credits for those who need it, like earned income credit. That will devastate families that rely on it.
  3. empire 2
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    empire 2 - November 02, 2012 7:26 pm
    Our state has moved forward, we have a balanced budget and we are the only state that is meeting it's pension obligation. do you want to go back to the days of Doyle? Vote Duffy again!!!
  4. empire 2
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    empire 2 - November 02, 2012 5:15 pm
    Everyone who thinks we have a tax collection problem(soak the rich) rather than a wasteful tax spending problem, get informed, google, wasteful government spending. Now, if you want to give these fools any more money, go right ahead. I sure I can put mine to better use.
  5. empire 2
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    empire 2 - November 02, 2012 4:58 pm
    ChippewaFallsWiscinsin If your family went out to eat 4 times per week went to the movies 2 times per week took a weekend vacation every month and was making a car, boat and house payment but had to borrow 43% of the total you paid in bills every month what would you do?
  6. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - November 02, 2012 8:15 am
    When a tax collection shortage results in billions lost, it becomes a problem.
  7. empire 2
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    empire 2 - November 01, 2012 6:29 pm
    Every dollar passed around in this country comes from a successful business. How many of you work for a failing business? Rich people own successful businesses.Corporations are run by rich people, corporations pay people to work, people get paid and have money to spend, thus buying things from successful businesses(unsuccessful ones will not exist) thus the cycle continues.Everyone has the opportunity in this country to do exactly what those rich people have done. If you are jealous then you are just lazy because I bet you don't work hard enough. Don't fault them for getting ahead and don't punish them or they may leave the party and take their jobs to China.(Did Uniroyal leave Eau Claire because of the greedy union?)
  8. empire 2
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    empire 2 - November 01, 2012 6:18 pm
    The top 5% of people in this country pay 60% of the taxes, isn't that a FAIR share? If you took every penny from every millionaire in this country it would run the government for 7 that's right, 7 freaking days, what are you going to do next week buddy.(lets break John Menard,he's rich lets bring him DOWN!!!!! how many more people would be unemployed?) While you are doing that, you are probably killing 50% of the jobs of the 50% who actually pay taxes, a real good idea. A little tax increase on the rich is a good sound bite for Obumer, it will accomplish NOTHING. We have a spending problem in this country, not a tax collection shortage.
  9. Jack Stone
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    Jack Stone - October 31, 2012 7:25 pm
    http://wausaunova.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/sean-duffy-says-there-are-no-black-people-in-wisconsin/

    If your banker put a hundred grand on his credit card, and was worth negative $174,000 would you trust him? Sean duffy put 100 grand on his credit card, and today is worth negative $174,000. Vote for Pat Kreitlow
  10. Yellow River Rat
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    Yellow River Rat - October 31, 2012 7:28 am
    I was hoping to read a list of Duffy's accomplishments while he has been in Congress. There are none. Read his voting record. Nothing but obstruction. This state can't move forward with people that sign oaths to lobbyists. We need a person that puts Wisconsin first.
  11. RIP
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    RIP - October 30, 2012 7:06 pm
    This man says Wisconsin has fair taxes. Either this man is stupid or he shouldn't run for office. Wisconsin has the most unfair taxes in the nation. Any one that thinks seniors and poor should pay the wealthy farmers share of taxes is out of touch with reality.
  12. CrazyT
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    CrazyT - October 30, 2012 4:54 pm
    http://www.irs.gov/uac/Ten-Important-Facts-About-Capital-Gains-and-Losses
  13. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - October 30, 2012 4:21 pm
    Don't play games, you know darn well that the rich pay less taxes than the rest of us. Romney isn't even denying it, he admitted to it and said he thought it was fair. So if you're going to debate, at least know what the person you are backing is saying.

    The top pay 60% of the income tax because they make millions and billions more than us. They feel the squeeze jsut as much I do. Don't make it sound like they are feeling it more. They just can't buy that extra Lamborghini. The little extra means food or power for the rest.

    Deductions will be reduced for the middle class, use common sense here. The rich don't qualify for home owners credit or earned income credit, which he said he will eliminate. I don't even qualify for the earned income credit, but there are millions who rely on the credit. This is again something he already said, so get your facts straight please.
  14. youknowme
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    youknowme - October 30, 2012 3:52 pm
    The deductions will not be reduced for middle-class Americans. Pleas tell me what standard millionaires need to be held to that you are. Is it the capital gains tax? Since that is a completely different tax than income tax you need to accept that. Its a different tax, if you want to change that tax than do so. As far as federal income tax paid the "millionaire" is the same standard that you have..actually more since the top 5% pay nearly 60% of federal income tax. hmmm same standard? Always love it when Obama says we all have to have "skin in the game" when what he really means is the top 50% need to pay everything. Everybody should pay something towards the federal income tax. Even if it's only a dollar.
  15. Jim Bob
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    Jim Bob - October 30, 2012 3:09 pm
    Somebody should tell this guy this is Real Life for the rest of us, and not just another reality show. What a parade of sock puppets we have these days.
    and p.s. Everybody please stop the Lumberjack schtick. Thank you.
    (we're hicks ! we wear flannel ! if you wear flannel too we'll vote for ya! it's that simple! yee haw!)
  16. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - October 30, 2012 12:31 pm
    loopholes, loopholes, loopholes. We heard this term a thousand times but the right is still clueless on what those are. If they will take away the credits like homeowners credit, it is not technically a tax, but it's taking away money from the middle class. It's just a turn of phrase. Duffy is just copying and pasting what Romney has said. He represents Wisconsin, not the United States. How about specifics on Wisconsin? He mentions trickle down government. That's original. What will he do for Wisconsin? Will he hold millionaires at the same standard as me? I doubt it. And he wants the Medicare voucher plan? I guess he wants to undo what Thompson has done because Badgercare will be gone in months if that disaster is passed.
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