“There is no part of the administration of government that requires extensive information and a thorough knowledge of the principles of political economy, so much as the business of taxation. The man who understands those principles best will be least likely to resort to oppressive expedients, or sacrifice any particular class of citizens to the procurement of revenue. It might be demonstrated that the most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome.” –Alexander Hamilton: Federalist No. 35
Why are we spinning our wheels over issues like gay marriage when Taxmageddon is looming?
Congressional Democrats plan massive tax increases and crippling defense cuts after November. Why not now? Because the voters would realize the Obama presidency has set the stage for fiscal catastrophe. [...]
Without action, the Bush tax cuts once again are set to expire at the end of the year and some $110 billion in indiscriminate, across-the-board spending cuts will take place automatically. House Speaker John Boehner is already wisely demanding “cuts and reforms greater than” any debt limit increase.
Heritage Foundation senior fellow and former Treasury Department tax economist J.D. Foster recently warned that on New Year’s Day, “some $494 billion in tax hikes will crash down on America’s taxpayers and economy” — not just the expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that gave us a boom and cut unemployment to under 5%, but “a jump in the payroll tax rate,” “the return of the death tax,” ” a bigger, badder” Alternative Minimum Tax, and the tax hikes for ObamaCare.
The ObamaCare 3.8% surcharge goes into effect in 2013, “not just on wage and salary income, but all income, thus breaking the historical link between Medicare and labor earnings,” Foster recently noted. [...]
Lockheed Martin and other defense firms last week distributing “digital countdown clocks” warning that automatic Pentagon cuts will mean the loss of over 1 million jobs — at a time the U.S. suffers an 8.1% jobless rate?
Of course this IBD editorial doesn’t even begin to touch on the damage done to our domestic energy industry by this administration. With the engine of the Obama EPA’s regulatory train wreck just now hitting the coal and gas industries, we are primed to lose millions of jobs and multiple billions in infrastructure investments and revenues.
Add to that the fact that the majority of individuals in the health care market will see their insurance costs rise dramatically under Obamacare.
We need to be spreading this information around liberally. This country can’t take another four years of this amateurish mismanagement.
Good quote – serves as a reminder for those who are arguing health care …
Our failure results from the continued delusion that a market system with competitive supply and demand factors operates in health care delivery. It does not.
— William True, retired hospital CEO, Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel [July 7, 1991]
That was true two decades ago – it’s far worse now.
“If, then, the control of the people over the organs of their government be the measure of its republicanism, and I confess I know no other measure, it must be agreed that our governments have much less of republicanism than ought to have been expected; in other words, that the people have less regular control over their agents, than their rights and their interests require.”
–Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor, 1816
Michele Obama is out on the campaign trail, stumping for her husband. Among comments to one crowd that she was “so in” on this election, she came up with another Barack-as-Christ comparison of which his sycophants are so fond.
I am so in,” Michelle Obama said toward the end of her remarks. “I am going to be working so hard. We have an amazing story to tell. This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light.
I recognize that she’s his wife and is going to be on his side, supporting his policies and re-elections. (After all, how else will he have tax-payer funded trips to “scout out” new vacation spots for her if he doesn’t win re-election?) But these repeated attempts to deify Obama are just plain creepy.
He’s proven decisively that he’s not a leader. He spends all his time and energy either vacationing, bowing to other leaders, apologizing for the country, or blaming others for his mistakes. He has brought us nowhere other than several trillion closer to bankruptcy and farther along the path of division and discord. The man can hardly be likened (in any way) to a Christlike figure.
Gallup has just released the results of a shocking new poll. Pollsters asked registered voters,
“Suppose the presidential election were held today. If Barack Obama were the Democratic Party’s candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney were the Republican Party’s candidate, who would you vote for Barack Obama, the Democrat or Mitt Romney, the Republican?”
No doubt the results are surprising Obama’s people today.
The final results had Romney beating Obama 48% to 43%.
These are all good, accurate, and very valid points.
The working assumption, in the modern media, is that Obama simply cannot lose his reelection bid. Obviously, they want “The One” to be around for two. While their ever-present and sometimes intense rooting for him will certainly help Obama, there are a host of reasons why Obama will lose. Here’s a list:
With a record like Obama’s, this election is the Republican’s to win or to lose.
In this YouTube video, Hilda Solis, the Obama Administration’s Labor Secretary, discusses the American Dream. In doing so she gives one more indication of just how far this administration has taken the country away from its founding principles. (They’re not the sole reason for the move away from basic American values and beliefs, but they have done more damage in their three years than any selection of administrations you’d care to pick.)
Those who may have thought that the “American Dream” had something to do with mixing equality of opportunity with the sweat of your brow as a recipe for success, would apparently be wrong now.
Ms. Solis makes the argument that the American Dream is now a matter of “fairness” (however she defines “fair”) and the provision of government services. It’s clear that, in her mind, equality of opportunity, and hard work no longer apply.
Readers should recognize that this is not a case of Ms. Solis “going rogue.” You don’t make it to the level of Secretary of __________, by being a lose cannon and shooting off your mouth. If you do somehow pull that off, you won’t last long if you continue with that behavior.
Cabinet members don’t just start sharing their opinions on big issues like this (redefining the “American Dream”). Solis has been well briefed on acceptable vs. unacceptable opinions to share with the public and the media. So given the practiced ease with which these ideas flow, she is clearly just repeating the well known (and widely held in this administration) views of her boss – Barack Obama – and his plan to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.”
While they’re struggling madly to try and distance Hillary Rosen from the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign, the reality is that Rosen is a high-level Democratic operative. Her own bio proudly hails her as a Democrat insider.
With 35 visits to the Obama White House, you don’t get more ‘inside’ than Rosen. So, her comments about Ann Romney never having “worked” a day in her life clearly do reflect the party and the left’s mood toward stay-at-home moms.
Read a few of the comments after her HuffPo if you’re having trouble following. Short version is one big “you go, girl!” from her assembled left-leaning fans.
Update: this Brietbart.com article argues that the Rosen attack on Ann Romney is part of a larger team Obama campaign strategy. Just like Stephanopoulos telegraphing the contraception attack on Romney during the GOP debates, Obama’s claim that he and Michele ““didn’t have the luxury for (Michelle) not to work” was a hint of the coming attacks on Mrs. Romney.
Looks like the Obama team and the left are frightened that there is one more competent, intelligent, genuinely likeable conservative woman out there disagreeing with them. So they’re starting into the Chicago-style politics of destructive personal attacks early in the campaign.
I’ve been away for awhile, but had to break the fast for this video. Bill Whittle is in fine form with this edition of Afterburner.
This quote captures the theme of the video perfectly.
There is a wide, and growing, sense of despair in America today. A cloud of dismay that makes Jimmy Carter’s malaise of the late-70′s look like an utterly joyous romp in the park.
Obama’s spending spree is taking on legendary proportions. Apparently his spending and the debt he has accumulated in three short years almost matches all the debt accumulated from George Washington to George H.W. Bush.
The Obama administration passed another fiscal milestone this week, according to new data released by the Treasury Department. As of the close of business on Oct. 3, the total national debt was $14,837,099,271,196.71—up about $44.8 billion from Sept. 30.
That means that in the less-than-three-years Obama has been in office, the federal debt has increased by $4.212 trillion–more than the total national debt of about $4.1672 trillion accumulated by all 41 U.S. presidents from George Washington through George H.W. Bush combined.
He has taken our debt levels from $10,626,877,048,913.08 on January 20th, 2009 to $14,837,099,271,196.71 on October 3, 2011.
I for one am hoping for some serious change in the upcoming election. This country can’t afford four more years of this man’s profligate and wasteful ways.
Something to think about amidst stories of the voter fraud that are now almost accepted as normal.
“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.”
–John Adams, Inaugural Address, 1797
I’ve been doing some editing/writing work for the guys at Promote Hope Online. Paul and Steve established Promote Hope to help first responders – fire, law enforcement, front line trauma, and military – when they are dealing with the trials and extreme stresses associated with their jobs.
“To preserve independence…we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and Liberty, or profusion and servitude. … The fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follow that, and in its turn wretchedness and oppression.” –Thomas Jefferson
Always was a MOPAR fan myself, but after Obama’s bailouts I won’t touch a GM or Dodge.
Apparently the majority of Americans feel the same way.
Think the auto bailouts are still unpopular? Fifty-four percent (54%) of Americans say they are less likely to buy a General Motors car because the federal government is the automaker’s majority owner.
It’s amusing to watch the union-directed rent-a-mob that was bussed in to protest the “hate” at Right Nation 2010. Rather than simply accept the cannard that any mob of angry left-wing ranters represents the will of the people, Breitbart walked over the the crowd and started asking them some simple questions. Not surprisingly, none of the protesters had any clue about why they were there, what their sign meant, who was “hating,” or how “hate” or “racism” was being shown by members of the TEA Party. None of them could or would explain why they were allowing themselves to be led around like sheep by the group leaders (Eugene Winkler and CJ Hawking) either.
Perhaps the most enlightening portion of the video was when one of the protesters (who was in the process of being whisked away from Breitbart’s questions by Winkler) loudly opined to her friends in the that she thought Breitbart was “gay.” Who would have thought that a group of big tent “progressives” who were there to protest the “hate” and “racism” in the TEA Party would so openly take pleasure in homophobic slurs?
The video is well worth watching in full because it clearly demonstrates the lack of rational thought, as well as the hate and bigotry that is present on the progressive side. It also demonstrates that the progressive protests we see on the news every night are very likely ready-made rent-a-mobs, bussed in by local unions and left-wing special interest groups.
To steal Nancy Pelosi’s term, they are Astroturf in every sense of the word and represent nothing more than the will of a few union thugs and left-wing activists.
It’s bad enough that our tax dollars are funding government schools as they take an active role in the proselytizing of school children to Islam. But what in heaven’s name are parents thinking when they sign a permission slip that allows the children to attend a prayer service at a mosque?!?!
If there weren’t a better reason to become VERY active and VERY vocal in your local school board and to also remove your kids from this type of indoctrination (and begin homeschooling), I can’t think of one.
Here’s a few more posts on Islam’s influence in the government schools and universities that your child is likely attending
– Muslim student forces disabled student teacher to quit assignment early
– Kids forced to act/dress like Muslims
– Name a teddy bear Muhammad – 6 months in jail and 40 lashes
– More on Muhammed the teddy bear
– The islamists are sooo brave
– CAIR vs. freedom of speech
– 9th Circuit Court: Parents have no distinct right to raise their child (not specifically related to Islam, but clearly shows that courts have removed the right of parents in commenting on public school curricula)
– Forcing religion down kids throats in government schools
– Just one more reason to home school
– More on Islam simulations
Looks like the big division that the MSM & Dems were hoping for ended up being much ado about nothing. Cooler and calmer heads have apparently prevailed.
“Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee – and I personally as the committee’s chairman – strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.
Time to get re-focused on November.