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Obama Says He “Didn’t Raise Taxes Once”

Posted by courage On February - 9 - 2011

A taxpayer watchdog group is throwing a penalty flag on President Obama’s assertion in a Super Bowl pre-game interview that he didn’t raise taxes, claiming the president signed into law at least two dozen tax increases.

“Just 16 days into his presidency, Obama signed into law a 156 percent increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco — a hike of 62 cents per pack,” Americans for Tax Reform said in a press release Monday, arguing that Obama’s approval of this tax hike was a violation on his campaign pledge not to raise taxes on the middle class.

Seeking to burnish his centrist credentials, President Obama told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Sunday that he “didn’t raise taxes once.”

“I lowered taxes over the last two years,” he said in an interview that aired before the heavily-viewed Superbowl on Sunday.

But ATR cites the health care law as an Obama administration imperative that contains two dozen new or higher taxes, including the individual mandate tax and the employer mandate tax.

“President Obama’s entire claim of being a net tax-cutter rests merely upon the temporary tax relief he has signed into law,” the group said. “The tax increases Obama has signed into law have invariably been permanent. In fact, Obama has signed into law $7 in permanent tax hikes for every $1 in permanent tax cuts.”

One of Obama’s temporary tax cuts was in the 2% decrease in Social Security payroll withholding’s whether you agree with the federally mandated system or not, the truth is that the system is in deep financial trouble.  Last year was the first time SS was paying out more money then it was receiving, by reducing the amount of withholding Obama has assured a larger deficit in the fund and hastened an inevitable crisis.

The quasi-extended Bush tax rates kept status quo on some rates while raising other rates such as the Estate Tax, otherwise known as the Death tax.  In 2010, the death tax rate was at 0 (zero), under Obama that rate has jumped to 35%.  There is NO moral justification in the re-taxing of estate assets after an individual dies, unless of course you believe in redistributing the wealth of productive people.

What should be clear to most who watch the political maneuvers of Obama, do not listen to what he says, watch what policies he advocates and eventual does, to him words mean little.  Or perhaps we should take the pResident at his word, he didn’t raise a single tax but rather a bunch of taxes.  So in the immortal words of Joe Wilson… “you lie.”

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The Muslim Brotherhood

Posted by courage On February - 6 - 2011

This item was from a week ago, prior to Mubarak’s flight from office.  The 7 million number is debatable, the highest numbers I have seen are 1 million with the lowest at 100,00.  But that is inconsequential, what is of concern is the Muslim Brotherhood’s call for a return to Islamic law (aka Sharia), and here I thought as all the mainstream media keep telling us, the protests were about democracy.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – Spokesman of Muslim Brotherhood said that the unprecedented presence of over 7 million Egyptian people in the Friday protests shook the palace of Hosni Mubarak.

Ahmad Mersi told al-Alam news network that the Egyptian revolutionary people demand a restoration of Islamic rules in the country and an ouster of Mubarak’s despotic rule. (emphasis mine)

State of the Union … The Before

Posted by courage On January - 25 - 2011

Tonight is the second State of the Union (SOTU) address for pResident Obama.  I doubt we will hear any stimulus talk, in its place will be the word invest, investment or some some variation there of. While the words may be different the underlying meaning is the same.. spend.  Investment will be suggested through shovel ready infrastructure projects. Wasn’t that a key component of the previous stimulus investment program replayed over the last two years?

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House Republicans Move to Slash United Nations Funding

Posted by courage On January - 24 - 2011

A key House Republican is quickly pressing forward with her goals to scale back U.S. funding for the United Nations.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Hill that oversight would be a
key function of the panel, particularly funding to the U.N.
Human Rights Council (HRC) that is “a waste of taxpayer dollars.”

“I’d like to make sure that we once and for all kill all U.S.
funding for that beast,” she said last month. “Because I don’t think that it
advances U.S. interests, I don’t think that that’s a pro-democracy
group, it’s a rogue’s gallery, pariah states, they belong there because
they don’t want to be sanctioned.”

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Illinois Passes a 66% Tax Increase

Posted by courage On January - 12 - 2011

As a Hooiser who works just across the border on the southside of Chicago, Illinois’s  new tax increase will effect my family and me.  I do not have the opportunity to vote out of office the irresponsible Congress critters who rob my payroll check.  So in silence I will watch as the state siphons off another 2% of my earnings.

In a move which can  be described as intellectual dishonesty the Illinois legislature inserted a 2% spending cap in to the legislation to offer the appearance of fiscal responsibility, should their budget increase over  2% the new tax levels will be canceled.  For the unthinking, the appearance is one of tightened budget measures, but in reality the state payroll tax increase from 3% to the new rate of 5% becomes a zero sum gain with a 2% increase.  Inch by inch the Illinois general assembly will raise their spending budget and there will be no moving to fiscal solvency in Illinois.  The legislation offers the illusion of the increase being a  temporary increase moving to 3.75 in four years and lower after 14 years.  Who honestly believes these increases will be rolled back without dramatic budget cuts?

Illinois can not pay their bills.. period.  Over the last decade plus on average Illinois has increased its spending budget by 5.7% each year, revenues have dropped.  Like other states which are controlled by Democrats Illinois is in deep trouble.

The newly elected Governor Patrick Quinn said it best, “The fiscal house is burning in Illinois.”  No kidding?

No where, let me repeat this in other terms.. NEVER has a state solved a fiscal crisis by raising taxes without making massive budget cuts.  Every voter in Illinois should be outraged at this increase and the shenanigans being played in Springfield, but voters in Illinois handed control over to these critters and now must pay the piper.

Filibuster Reform is Bad for the Nation

Posted by courage On January - 8 - 2011

The use of filibusters has a long history in Congress. The original intent of the Constitutional Framers was to allow lengthy debate in each chamber, on the premise that ideas as well as legislation should be fully examined when structuring legislation. The Founders believed full and unrestrained scrutiny of legislation would result in superior legislation. Each of the Congressional bodies is allowed according to Article 1, Section 5 of the Constitution to determine the rules of its proceedings. Originally the rules created by each of the Congressional branches allowed for the use of a filibuster, often used by the minority party to prevent a vote on a particular piece of legislation. In the dawning days of our republic the filibuster was used, admittedly sparingly, by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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Frontpage names the TEA PARTY the Person of the Year

Posted by courage On January - 2 - 2011

From Frontpage:

Over the past few years, while atrophy of the welfare state system has spurred violent protests in Western Europe, the United States has experienced a parallel, but remarkably distinct phenomenon. In early 2009, desperate Greeks rioted in the streets to demand that their overextended government do more for them in the face of financial crisis. Americans, at the same time, rallied across the nation for their government to do less. More than any one individual alone in 2010, this movement, the Tea Party movement, wrought tremendous change over the political landscape, realizing a historic election and revitalizing the American zeitgeist. The title of FrontPage Magazine’s Person of the Year, therefore, must be bestowed collectively on these individuals, the formidable torchbearers of our beloved liberty and prosperity.

Two days after the newly-elected President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the stimulus bill) into law February 19th, the Tea Party movement found its voice — in the unlikeliest of places. A little-known CNBC analyst, Rick Santelli, embarked on a spontaneous rant while delivering a market forecast live on air. His harangue was precipitated by the federal government’s decision to stem the 2009 housing and financial crisis with a series of unprecedented “bailouts” for Wall Street and the banking industry, financed by taxpayer revenue. “How many of you people want to pay for your neighbor’s mortgage, that has an extra bathroom and can’t pay their bills?” Santelli wailed, turning to the gallery of traders on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. The crowd jeered. “President Obama, are you listening?” Apparently, he was not. Santelli proceeded to flippantly claim he was considering organizing a “Chicago Tea Party” to protest government spending and the apparent collectivization of wealth.

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Tyranny Takes Form: Agenda Over the Will of the People

Posted by courage On December - 29 - 2010

Have you noticed the most recent tyrannical moves from the Obama administration?   Forget the Constitution and governing, this administration is hell bent on pushing their agenda  through by any means necessary.

From Robert Allen Bonelli at Big Government:

Written into the Declaration of Independence is a simple imperative, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Our nation was built on this concept, but the Obama administration is using its power to write regulation to circumvent the will of the people and advance its own agenda.

Three recent examples of this over reach are shocking and all Americans should demand an end to the practice and a reversal of what has already been done.  Citizens need to think, whether they agree with the reasons for the circumvention or not, about what is at stake.  Using regulation to specifically subjugate the will of the people to the agenda of any president is nothing less than tyranny.

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