Sunday, March 3, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Fact Checking: Anti-Djou attack ad “Simply false”
By Andrew Walden @ 10:41 PM :: 13451 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

by Andrew Walden

To hear the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee tell it, Republican Congressional candidate Charles Djou “signed a pledge that protects tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas” and “Djou still supports tax breaks for big corporations who would export our future.”

But the DCCC’s support for this claim rests entirely upon a single US House of Representatives Rules Committee vote held in July, 2007--while Djou was on the Honolulu City Council.  The DCCC's commercial is even more dishonest than Colleen Hanabusa's claim to have cut legislative salaries. 

The DCCC commercial asks viewers to “take a closer look at Djou’s troubling record on jobs” and directs them to the DCCC’s hastily assembled one-page website, www.DjouFacts.com.

At the site, the DCCC repeats its claim that “Djou pledged to a special interest group in Washington D.C. that he will protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.”  The search for the DCCC’s proof leads one down a narrow and twisted path.  First, the DCCC refers readers to the fact that Djou in 2009 signed Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) taxpayer protection pledge. 

ATR’s “special interest” is taxpayers.  The term “special interest” is popularly understood to imply the interest of a small group.  But “taxpayers” include the nearly 100% of American families and businesses who pay taxes in one form or another—so ATR can hardly be characterized as a “special interest group” as the term is popularly understood.

According to ATR, the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” has been signed by 207 sitting Senators and Congresspersons.  An additional 367 House and Senate candidates—including Djou--have also signed.  ATR explains:

While ATR has the role of promoting and monitoring the Pledge, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is actually made to a candidate's constituents, who are entitled to know where candidates stand before sending them to the capitol. Since the Pledge is a prerequisite for many voters, it is considered binding as long as an individual holds the office for which he or she signed the Pledge.

Since its rollout with the endorsement of President Reagan in 1986, the pledge has become de rigeur for Republicans seeking office, and is a necessity for Democrats running in Republican districts.

Today the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is offered to every candidate for state office and to all incumbents. More than 1,100 state officeholders, from state representative to governor, have signed the Pledge. Statehouse tax-and-spend interests have to contend with Pledge signers in every state.

But what does the ATR pledge have to do with “tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas”?   On the face of it, not much.  Djou’s pledge to taxpayers reads:

I, Charles Djou, pledge to the taxpayers of the First district of the state of Hawaii, and to the American people, that I will:

ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the net marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and

TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

There is not a single word regarding “overseas tax breaks” in that statement.  So what does the DCCC hang its hat on?  An obscure July, 2007 House Rules Committee vote on an amendment to “H.R. 2419, House Farm Bill.”  Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s (D-TX) 2007 amendment proposed to raise taxes on foreign domiciled corporations which do business in the US.  Because the tax increase was not offset by an equal or greater tax cut, ATR opposed the so called “Doggett language.”  In a memo sent to members of Congress, ATR explained:

“The biggest losers will be the employees of these US based plants and offices, who will bear the full cost if the Doggett language pushes these companies off-shore.  Foreign investment in the United States creates American jobs and strengthens economic growth.  The Doggett language could lead to retaliatory tax increases by other nations, as well.”  

In spite of ATR’s efforts, the Democrat-controlled House Rules Committee maneuvered to insert the “Doggett language” into the multi-billion dollar HR 2419.  The entire bill was vetoed by then-President George W. Bush in May, 2008.  Bush’s veto was overridden and the Bill became law, May 22, 2008.  

So does this mean that Charles Djou “signed a pledge that protects tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas” or “still supports tax breaks for big corporations who would export our future”?  No.  Not even close.  There is noting in the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” which even remotely commits those who sign it to repeal the “Doggett language” or any other specific tax increase from the past. 

The DCCC’s claim that Djou is somehow tied to this obscure House Rules vote three years ago is simply false. 

But what if the DCCC’s logic were acceptable?

Given the Democrats’ methodology of regressive culpability—holding Djou and other Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers responsible for events in the past--it would be equally valid for Charles Djou to claim credit for the 16 million jobs created by Ronald Reagan’s 1981 tax cut—29 years ago—and the 23 million jobs created under Clinton with a “no-new-taxes” Republican-controlled Congress between 1995 and 2001. 

I can see the commercial coming now.  “I’m Charles Djou, by signing this pledge, my opponents’ Party has acknowledged that I became responsible for creating 39 million jobs.  Just imagine what I could do it I were in Congress.”

That might not work out to badly for Djou.   Hawaii voted for Reagan’s reelection in 1984.

---30--- 

RELATED: VIDEO: National Democrats' anti-Djou commercials starting tonight

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

HIEC.Coop

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Moms for Liberty

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT