President Obama is hitting the hustings in a campaign-style push for tax increases, and his first stop is Pennsylvania — a battleground state with the kinds of Republicans who he thinks could be amenable to being swayed by grass-roots pressure. Since his re-election three weeks ago, Mr. Obama has stuck to his campaign message that raising taxes on high earners is the best way to reduce the nation’s soaring deficits and avoid veering off the so-called “fiscal cliff.” He has spent the past two weeks trying to drum up additional public support
And the rubes will probably fall for it. Taxing the "rich" will raise about enough additional money to run the government for a day or so, do nothing to improve the deficit and peter out as the "rich" figure out ways around it.
Eventually, one must hope, that even all the gullible Obamaphiles will snap and ask why this yahoo is still in campaign mode when the country is going to hell in a handcart.
Re the Van Jones 10-point manifesto, here is #8 - on taxes:
VII. Return to Fairer Tax Rates – End, once and for all, the Bush-era tax giveaways for the rich, which the rest of us — or our kids — must pay eventually. Outlaw corporate tax havens and tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas. And with millionaires and billionaires taking a growing share of our country’s wealth, let’s add new tax brackets for those making more than $1 million annually.
Sound familiar? The rest of the 10 points are similarly familiar.
What burns my butt is him flying all over Hell´s half acre on AF-1 which costs $182,000/hour for fuel. We may not be in such a hole if he hadn´t been campaigning around the country on our dime for the last four years. I thought he was elected to run the country. I didn´t vote for him and I certainly didn´t vote for ValJar who prolly is running the country in his absence. And now I hear the Obamas will spend 20 days in Hawaii at Christmas to the tune of $4 million. Geez Louise!
It is astounding to me that people have not taken notice of what is going on in the UK and France. Both current leaders raised taxes so high on the wealthy (90% in France), the wealthy are fleeing in droves with their money, their capital, liquidating their assets and taking their skill, talent and experience with them. The US is on the same path.
Take a look at CA as a portent for the entire country. CA is so highly taxed and so poorly managed/governed (worst in the US), that the wealthiest are leaving and moving to business friendly states like TX and FL.
Also, if you live or do business in CA, much of NY and parts of the NE, $250,000 for a family of say four or five does not go very far. Worse, if you are a high volume, but low return retailer, the BO taxes are going to wipe you out. BO´s revival of the estate tax is wiping out family farms nationally and the massive property tax hike in CA will render real property impossible to sell or buy.
So all you idiot BO voters when you gas is $5.00, like mine, you have no job or insurance or a low paying job...you voted for it so you own it.
From an article yesterday: "According to the Congressional Budget Office, the top 1 percent of US earners already pay 22.3 percent of all federal income taxes (based on 2009 figures), even though their share of total income earned is just 13.3 percent."
That tax share is almost twice as high as the income share. Stinky says, "More!"
#3: Please clarify: do you think Obama really wants to ease or end the recession? Thanks.
Meanwhile, no one is mentioning that the "cliff" itself is the result of 4 years of Obama´s intentional mismanagement. If he had wanted to avoid it, why did he do everything in his power to bring us here in the first place?
Events may soon bring us to the point where Democrats will be compelled, or feel more emboldened, to admit their true intentions. None of which are good.
Some idiot was on Fox yesterday saying the $700 billion Obama stole for Medicare and gave to Obamacare was a budget cut.The other two people in the conversation couldn´t believe what they were hearing. We´re up against a totally irrational group of people here who are being more adolescent and juvenile every day.
Obama´s so concerned about the state of the country he has a 20 day vacation already lined up and I suppose his puppet masters will visit him with more tips on this country´s destruction.
Republicans should be on every radio and TV show they can accusing Obama of bargaining in bad faith,not offering a single thing of substance in return for raising taxes.
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Starbucks seems an unlikely dueling ground in the national debate over guns, but the ubiquitous coffee chain Friday will once again find itself squarely in the cross hairs in the battle between gun control and gun rights advocates. More than 2,000 gun rights activists plan to visit their local Starbucks with their sidearms for a national “Starbucks Appreciation Day.” The Seattle-based chain takes no formal position on guns but has a corporate policy of following applicable state gun laws — including “open carry”
It’s time to take off the kid gloves and start going toe-to-toe with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, during an appearance on Fox News. After all, Mr. Putin doesn’t mind causing America angst, Mr. Bolton said. Witness the recent granting of asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. “I think in order to focus Putin’s thinking, we need to do things that cause him pain as well,” Mr. Bolton said, to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “And while I know that not having a chance to have a bilateral meeting with his buddy Barack Obama
New York ethics regulators have opened a new investigation into the State Assembly after learning that Assembly Democrats withheld documents that were subpoenaed as part of a recent sexual harassment inquiry, according to people with knowledge of the investigation. The new inquiry began after The New York Times revealed last month that a top Assembly lawyer had kept quiet allegations of sexual harassment made against Assemblyman Micah Z. Kellner, a Manhattan Democrat and current City Council candidate, in 2009. The lawyer, Bill Collins, was dismissed amid the revelations. The records related to the Kellner allegations were not turned over
NEW YORK — Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children´s television show "Captain Kangaroo," has died. He was 86. Allegretti, who had homes in Hampton Bays, N.Y., and New River, Ariz., died of emphysema on July 26 in Arizona, his attorney and friend John Munzel said Wednesday. Allegretti had been a puppeteer but was working as a set painter in the early days of "Captain Kangaroo." He volunteered to make a replacement when the show was dissatisfied with a puppet created by a professional. He gave life
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Last week I put up a brief post on how the current terror warning that has seen the U.S. close most of its embassies in the Middle East–based on “chatter”–is peculiar, if not worse. Every watcher of The Sopranos or The Wire knows that the bad guys are not dumb, and know that we’ll be listening to any conventional communication, which is why I suggested this whole thing might well be Al Qaeda disinformation. Intelligence ninja Angelo Codevilla dilates the matter splendidly: The embassy shutdowns and the traveler warnings resulted from intercepts
While conservatives and liberals consider the political leanings of Washington Post buyer and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in an attempt to divine how his politics will affect those of the historic institution, the truth appears to be far simpler: the Post is now Bezos’ latest political tool in a crony capitalist effort to work with the Obama administration. How else to explain President Obama puzzling decision last week to roll out his corporate tax plan at an Amazon.com fulfillment center? Bezos spent $250 million of his own money to purchase the Post, which is bleeding money at an incredible
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds a narrow lead among Republicans for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, but even more GOP voters say he’s the candidate they least want to see nominated. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Christie earns 21% support when Republican voters are asked whom they would vote for if the party’s primary in their state were held today. Florida Senator Marco Rubio runs a close second with 18% of the GOP vote, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 16% and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with 15% of the vote.
Barack Obama delivered one gaffe after another in his August 6 interview with Jay Leno, but the networks that usually mock every mistake or slip of the tongue made by Republicans ignored the President´s verbal mishaps. ABC´s Good Morning America, CBS´s This Morning and NBC´s Today show, on Wednesday morning, all bypassed the chance to criticize Obama for: downplaying the threat of terrorism; falsely claiming Vladimir Putin once ran the KGB; placing the Atlantic coast cities of Savannah, Charleston and Jacksonville on the Gulf of Mexico; confusing the Winter Olympics with the Summer Olympics. First up, on the
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