This video speaks for itself and it speaks volumes about the mindset of people who attend and work at UC Berkeley.
The AEI post about relative tax burdens borne by Americans is (to say the very least) an eye-opener. Using CBO data, this post shows that the top quintile not only pays it’s “fair” share of federal taxes. People in the top quintile essentially pay the full share of American taxes.
Once federal taxes and transfers are taken into account, the top two quintiles bear the full burden of all federal taxes. That means that the bottom 60% of American earners receive more from the federal government than they pay in.
A final update note to the article also notes that the U.S. has the “most progressive tax system among all OECD countries.” So the notion that America is some wild west, laissez-faire, wilderness where the poor and indigent are left to care for themselves is shown to be a complete and total farce … a prevarication … an oversimplification … an equivocation … a flat out lie. The supposedly more progressive European nations make their poor pay a higher level of taxes and take less in taxes from the uber wealthy than does the American system.
The graph speaks volumes to the massive load of bravo sierra we have been fed by progressive thinkers for years on the issue of relative tax burdens. When we hear from politicians like President Obama saying that the “rich” don’t pay their “fair share,” more of us now have the information to stand up and say that they are not only paying their fair share, they are paying almost everyone else’s share as well.
The unbridled arrogance of Obamacare architect, Jonathan Gruber, clearly knows no bounds.
If you dare to express concerns about the “Affordable Care Act,” you are nothing more than a small, noisy child in Gruber’s mind. His words indicate a seething contempt for you and your perceived inability to comprehend the nuanced import of the legislation, or to express an intelligent argument against it.
It doesn’t matter what your abilities, education, experience, or background might be. Even “a former senior policy adviser in the White House” can be quickly dismissed as an “adolescent” by this towering intellect, who has been made wealthy by the very tax dollars to which you juveniles so desperately (and ignorantly) cling.
You won’t hear these arguments from the mainstream media, so you should listen to President Obama as he becomes his own best critic on the issue of whether or not he should unilaterally move to grant amnesty for illegal aliens in the U.S.
“I am not a dictator, I’m the President.”
The fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power, is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratic council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor.
- John Adams, Letter to Thomas Jefferson [November 13, 1815]
It’s worth reading this amusing Spectator blog post that looks at the decline of “pop-science” author/speaker/professor Richard Dawkins in the eyes of the politically-correct left. Now that they recognize his anger, vitriol, and invective have not been saved solely for the Christian church, he’s suddenly become a ‘bigot.’
Pass the popcorn bowl people, this one should be good for a laugh.
As I said at the time, that article — in the Washington Post, no less — ‘conjures up the image of a nasty old man who’s losing his marbles. It’s not very nice about the Pope, either.’ But Dawkins has not become any crazier in the intervening four years; he’s simply widened his attack on blind faith, as he sees it, to include Muslims and feminists.
In the process, he’s exposed a rich vein of hypocrisy in the Left — and, more significantly, an intellectual rift between hard-line and multiculturalist atheists. That rift is growing fast: non-believers, having exhausted their anti-Christian rhetoric, are turning on each other with the ferocity of religious zealots. Enjoy.
I consider the foundation of the [Federal] Constitution as laid on this ground: That “all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people.” [10th Amendment] To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specifically drawn around the powers of Congress is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.
– Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank [February 15, 1791]
Beware the greedy hand of government, thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry.
This man has a powerful story. Well worth considering his words.
“Stand, and resist evil!”
This is absolutely shameful, and it should be criminal. That is, people like Mark Greenburg, HHS Acting Asst. Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, should be facing prosecution for their actions. Any reasonable person who sees this video should be asking why it takes over four minutes for Mr. Greenburg to plainly state that HHS refuses to check the immigration status of sponsors for the flood of unaccompanied alien children that are crossing our borders right now.
Sen. Coburn’s repeated questions and statements that placing a UAC with an illegal alien sponsor “markedly diminishes” the likelihood that this child will ever be seen by an immigration judge are completely justified. The simple, straightforward fact of the matter – something which Mr. Greenburg skates and dances around for more than four minutes – is that an illegal alien sponsor will not bring a child to an immigration hearing, because doing so would inevitably expose them to a potential deportation hearing themselves.
It is increasingly clear that there is a deliberate, systemic federal policy of ignoring and contravening federal immigration law at every step. So why are there so many people on both sides of the aisle who simply ignore the problem and hope that it will go away?
Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by legislative power vested in it; a liberty to follow my own will in all things, when the rule prescribes not, and not to be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, arbitrary will of another man.
– John Locke, The Two Treatises of Civil Government 
Brent Bozell asks a simple, but very pertinent question. That is, “at what point will the news media decide that that the IRS scandal is news?” How much more obvious does it need to get that something is rotten in the state of DC before the media takes part?
Cover up of a cover up is absolutely accurate because the media spent dozens of hours of nightly news covering the Bush TX ANG story. However, they are so thoroughly in the tank for the Obama administration that they can’t even be bothered to cover their own polls when those polls show a strong majority of Americans find fault with the President’s foreign policy.