Tuesday, June 30, 2009

And You Thought Obama Meant "No New Taxes"

We (us rational clear-thinking folks who weren't caught up in the "hope and change" mantra) told you that this was BS way back when it was uttered during the campaign:

I want to provide a tax cut for 95% of Americans. If you make less than a quarter of a million dollars a year, you will not see a single dime of your taxes go up. If you make $200,000 a year or less, your taxes will go down. Now, Sen. McCain talks about small businesses. Only a few percent of small businesses make more than $250,000 a year. The vast majority of small businesses would get a tax cut under my plan. And we provide a 50% tax credit so that they can buy health insurance for their workers, because there are an awful lot of small businesses that want to do right by their workers but they just can’t afford it.

With the new cigarette taxes, carbon taxes, taxes on health insurance premiums and the assertion that "allowing the Bush tax cuts to sunset isn't a tax increase" all of us should be clear that if The Messiah's lips are moving, he's lying when he’s talking about taxes (and everything else for that matter). As if all of these "I want to provide a tax cut" tax increases weren't enough,
here comes the Value-Added Tax:

We all know the recent and bitter history of tax struggles in Washington, let alone Mr. Obama's pledge to exempt those earning less than $250,000 from higher income taxes. This suggests that, possibly next year, Congress will seriously consider a value-added tax (VAT). A bipartisan deficit reduction commission, structured like the one on Social Security headed by Alan Greenspan in 1982, may be necessary to create sufficient support for a VAT or other new taxes.

This from former Clinton treasury official Roger Altman at the bottom of a column where he lays out just how bleak the deficit picture really is -- again, something us rational folk were talking about back last fall when GW Bush took leave of his senses and started dumping money we didn't have into banks and insurance companies and auto companies and quasi-governmental home lending agencies and on and on. Which of course set the stage for The Messiah to engage in deficit spending that puts all of the deficit spending of all the other presidents COMBINED to shame. All in the name of "saving" an economy that just keeps spiraling downward despite the Obama Administration and their liberal media sycophant’s attempts to claim that recovery is right around the corner.

Stop and think hard for a minute about all the taxes you pay: Federal, state, FICA, Medicare all come out of your check before you even see it; onerous property taxes that go to fund huge, bloated schools that were supposed to be built with sales tax money - again a tax most of you never see because it's built into your house payment; gas tax, about 15% of the cost of a gallon of gas; sales taxes, anywhere from 5-7 cents to double-digits in some places; local payroll taxes, utility taxes, phone taxes, cable and satellite taxes, cell phone taxes. Now add to this a 15% value-added tax - read sales tax - on everything you buy. Now think about how you are going to make ends meet with what little money you have left over.

Consider this: BEFORE we accumulated this massive debt in the last year or so, it was believed that a flat tax of 18-21% would take care of all of the needs of the federal government with money to spare. Now they are talking about a 15% tax ON TOP of what you already pay. We are rushing quickly down the road to serfdom.

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Meet Senator Stuart Smalley

Minnesota finally has a senator -- a mean-spirited nasty little man; the male equivalent of Janeane Garofalo. Stuart Smalley aka Al Franken is the senator-elect in Minnesota, having defeated Republican Norm Coleman in what can only be described as the most crooked senate contest of the 2008 election season. (Now that the commie libs are absolutely drunk with power, expect many more of these crooked, nasty Senate -- and House -- races in the coming years.)

This guy is a failed liberal talk show host from a failed liberal radio network who raked in huge contract payments even as the network he headlined went broke and his ratings went in the proverbial crapper. He's an extreme lefty political hack -- the 60th vote the Statists need to break any filibuster, including one on the upcoming cap and tax bill and "universal" health care. He's not even a funny comedian, which is apparently why he had to launch ANOTHER failed career as a liberal talk show host. And his idea of rational debate is to call Rush Limbaugh a big fat idiot (kind of hard to justify now that the king of talk radio has lost 90 pounds). In short, there really isn't anything to recommend the junior senator from Minnesota. My condolences to the folks to my north; hence, the newest Iowa/Minnesota joke:

An Iowan and a Minnesotan were standing on a street corner trading political insults. "Oh, yeah, says the Minnesotan, well one of your senators is Tom Harkin." "Yes", says the Iowan, "but one of YOUR senators is Al Franken." Touché.

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The Dirty Eight

It's supposed to be the dirty dozen, but these eight are dirty enough to make a dozen. These are the Republican RINOs that lost the Waxman-Markey cap and tax vote for us:

Bono-Mack(CA) 202-225-5330
Castle (DE) 202-225-4165
Kirk (IL) 202-225-4835
Lance (NJ) 202-225-5361
Lobiondo (NJ) 202-225-6572
McHugh (NY) 202-225-7761
Reichart (WA) 202-225-7761
Chris Smith (NJ) 202-225-3765

Thanks to MarkLevinShow.com for assembling these numbers all in one place. We could have won this were it not for these defectors. Forty-four of the Democrats sided with common sense, eight Republicans sided with the enviro-Nazis. Even if these folks don't represent you, they actually DO "represent" you because, in the final analysis, they may have been responsible for sentencing all of us to a lifetime of higher taxes in the form of increased costs on everything from energy bills to grapefruit all in the name of paying off the "green" lobby. Call them and let them know how mad you are that they care more about the Obama/Pelosi agenda than they do about the 50-1 calls they got from REAL Americans opposing this bill.
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Monday, June 29, 2009

The Tyranny of the Majority

Watch this video of House Minority Leader John Boehner on the floor of the House exposing the folly and the outrageous provisions of the Democrat's Cap and Tax bill and the bill's sponsor Henry Waxman trying to shut him down. Boehner absolutely slays Waxman, but the important question here is why is Waxman trying to shut Boehner up? If Waxman has nothing to hide in the 300-page ammendment to the Waxman-Markey Cap and Tax bill that squeaked by in the House last Friday, why should he object to having Boehner shine the light of day on it by reading some of the provsions all of us will have to live by into the Congressional Record? The fact is, he does have something to hide -- lots of things to hide.

The first of these seems to be that the bill doesn't even exist. Yes, you heard it right. The bill apparently wasn't even completed at the time the commie pinko House leadership was ramrodding it through the House. But what does this matter when it's not actually about addressing "climate change" ? (Didn't this used to be "global warming" just a couple of years ago?) We all know it's about usurping as much power for the government and depriving you and I of as much liberty as possible.

Case in point, some of the provisions of that pesky little 300-page amendment introduced at 3 AM Friday when everyone was sound asleep:

* "Energy loans" for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- the two quasi-governmental home fianace organizations that the Democrats raped and pillaged during the 90s under the guise of the notion that everyone has a "right" to a house.

* The creation of "green banking centers". Can anobody tell me just what the hell a "green" banking center is?

* A provision that, among other things, would require that the rest of the 49 states meet California's onerous building codes. In addition to taking the vast unconstitutional step of meddling in a area that is clearly the province of states and localities -- setting local building codes -- this provision would require that a bureaucrat analyze your home for the energy efficiency of it's insulation, roof, appliances etc. and require that you upgrade BEFORE you sell your house. Imagine the burden this places on homeowners at the exact time they DON"T need it -- when they are looking to get out from under a house they can't afford or trying to squeeze whatever extra they can out of their existing house for a downpayment on a new house.

There's plenty more that Waxman et. al. don't want you to know about Cap and Tax, but perhaps the worst of all is the supression at the Obama Environmental Protection Agency of an internal report admiting that global warming is a bunch of crap. Here's a little bit of an email EPA analyst Alan Carlin recieved from his supervisor about the decision to can his report:

The administrator and the administration has decided to move forward on endangerment, and your comments do not help the legal or policy case for this decision," he wrote, according to the e-mails released by CEI. "I can only see one impact of your comments given where we are in the process, and that would be a very negative impact on our office.
In other words the Obama Administration has decided, against all available evidence, that "climate change" is destroying the planet, presumably just like "global warming" was in 2006 and "global cooling" was in 1975, and we're not going to let your fact-based opinion get in the way of their policial agenda. So piss off Alan!

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Waxman-Markey Impact Has Already Started

The Waxman-Markey cap and tax bill has yet to make it to the U.S. Senate. But power companies are already looking at rate increases in anticipation of their increased costs -- particularly in states that rely primarily on coal for power generation:

PROVO — Power consumption in Provo is down as much as 13 percent, but changes in the city's power sources could spell higher user rates in the next few years.

The biggest threat of increasing utility rates is the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade-bill that the U.S. House passed Friday afternoon. It proposes to cap and tax the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere, Mayor Lewis K. Billings said.

About 85 percent of Utah's power comes from coal, Billings said. So for Utahns, the Waxman-Markey bill could boost power rates an estimated 10 percent to 40 percent, he said.

Expect the same thing here in the good ole' Midwest where the majority of our power plants are coal-fired as well.

As you are watching the news -- I guess at this point it will have to be Fox News because that is the only REAL news left -- watch the simpering ninnies who voted for this try to defend it. You hear them stammer about "green jobs" and "alternative energy sources" and finally when their argument completely falls apart they are left muttering "but we have to do something, we have to do something". I saw this exact thing this morning in a debate between a Democrat supporter of cap and tax and a Republican opponent of cap and tax.

Make no mistake, the overwhelming majority of the congressmen who supported this legislation are clueless morons slavishly toeing the party line. I count at least two members of the Iowa delegation in this column. These people are tools of Nancy Pelosi and care nothing for the good of their districts or their constituents. The others KNEW exactly what they were doing and re happy to do it. These are the folks who believe as Maurice Strong, a former advisor to ex-United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan:

We may get to the point where the only way to save the world is for the industrialized nations to collapse

This quote, from Mark Levin's book Liberty and Tyranny, pretty much says it all. In wanting to cause the collapse of the industrialized nations,they are starting at the top -- with us. We can't allow this to happen.

If you want the clearest explanation of the agenda of the environmental Marxists, including the liberal's president, who are in charge of the reins of power right now, get Mark Levin's book and read chapter eight.
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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Obama Flip Flops On Terrorist Detentions

It seems the liberal's president has finally admitted that George W. Bush was right about keeping terrorists imprisoned but do you think the mainstream media will admit this?

Boy what a shocker!!!! Some of these guys really ARE bad enough to keep indefinitely. And it seems that The Messiah is having more than a little bit of trouble getting persuading other countries that taking a few of the worst of the worst terrorist into their countries. And, what a surprise! Only the nuttiest of the nutty localities in this country want to have terrorists as neighbors. Since The Messiah doesn't want to put them up on the south lawn of the White House and bumblin' Joe Biden doesn't want to move them into One Observatory Circle, The Messiah's Administration has a big problem -- make that 250 of them. The solution? Do exactly what you criticized the previous president for doing. You see campaigning for president and actually BEING president are two different things. The only difference is that Bush received blistering criticism from the "unbiased" media for wanting to keep these guys locked up in the best place to keep them locked up -- Guantanamo Bay. Obama will receive no criticism whatsoever for his decision to keep them locked up by executive order. Have you heard ANYTHING about this it the liberal media? No media bias there!

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Cap and Tax Passes The House

We melted the switchboard at the U.S. House yesterday imploring OUR representatives to stop this huge, job-killing tax on American productivity. In the end, OUR representatives listened to the Speaker from San Francisco -- the most radical leftist Speaker in the history of the House -- and the most anti-capitalist president of the United States in history in voting against our interests for a bill that, that will cause the cost of everything to go sky high. Don't take my word for it; listen to The Messiah himself back in January of 2008 when he was campaigning for president:

"Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." he said. And he's right.

The Heritage Foundation breaks it down here.

We're not just talking about OUR costs in the here and now. We're talking about costs from 2012 to 2035 -- the exact time most of our kids will be starting their OWN families. These slimebags just saddled our kids with an extra $71,000+ in costs for just about everything. All for a scam trumped up by wacko environmentalists with the goal of destroying our status as the greatest industrialized nation on the face of the earth.

The proponents of this scam will tell you the costs are minimal. But what happens when the power company you get your electricity from gets a $280 million yearly increase in their costs. They pass it on to you of course. Likewise for the retail store that sees their power bill shoot up by 90%. And the manufacturing firm that gets hit by the higher power rates AND the costs of regulating as a poison a gas that is part of their process and, in fact, is a gas that occurs naturally in the atmosphere and is essential to life

The firewall here is the U.S. Senate which will be debating their version of the bill after the Independence Day recess. This madness MUST be stopped here. What can you do? First of all, here is a list of the roll call on Waxman-Markey from the House yesterday. Find your House member on this roster and if they are one of the 219 in the aye column, call them, write them, make sure they know that you will actively campaign against them in 2010. Next contact your senators and keep contacting them. If we melted the House switchboard, we must liquefy the Senate switchboard after the Independence Day recess. THIS CANNOT BECOME LAW. THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR CHILDREN"S CHILDREN IS HANGING IN THE BALANCE!

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Urgent: Help Defeat Waxman-Markey

Maybe you’ve heard about the “historic energy bill” up on Capitol Hill right now. President Obama claims Waxman-Markey (the House version of the bill) will lower costs and result in economic stimulation through “green” jobs (whatever the hell those are). “Make no mistake” The Messiah intones, “This is a jobs bill.” What a load of crap. What it is is an economy-killing boondoggle that will stifle economic activity through a “cap and trade” system where major industries and power companies will be required to buy “carbon credits” to offset their “overproduction” of carbon dioxide. The Messiah has pointed to Spain as the model for the “green jobs” he hopes to create here. The only problem is that Spain’s “green jobs” initiative has been a miserable failure, resulting in 18 percent unemployment and net job losses according to a study by a Spanish economist.

Every junior high science student can tell you that carbon dioxide is a product of our respiration that plants, in turn, use to make oxygen. This kind of makes carbon dioxide an essential atmospheric gas – hardly a pollutant that needs to be regulated and traded as a taxable commodity. Yet this is what they intend to do and they intend to get this done TOMORROW in the U.S. House. After Waxman-Markey passes the House, it’s on to reconciliation with the Senate version then quickly to The Messiah’s desk for a signature. If this happens, we may never again see economic prosperity of the kind we’ve all become accustomed to in the last 20 years or so. And that is the goal. This has nothing to do with global warming. Brian Sussman, a meteorologist by trade, currently a talk show host in San Francisco, probably has one of the best layman’s explanations of the scam that is global warming. There are literally hundreds of explanations about the scam that is global warming all over the Internet and thousands of actual climate scientists (not the phony "every scientist" scientists that the enviro-Nazis claim to have on their side) that believe that global warming is a scam. But you won’t hear this in a Messiah-infatuated liberal media that is hell bent on pushing the global warming as fact. If stopping “global warming” isn’t the goal, what is the goal? The goal is, as one of the top assistants to former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said is to destroy the leading industrial economies. We’ve often heard The Messiah whine about how we in the U.S. are 5% of the world’s population yet we use 25% of the world’s resources – a dubious statistic to be sure – and the “cap and trade” scam in Waxman-Markey is the perfect way to cut us down to size.

What does this mean to all of us? It means a wholesale change in the way we live brought about by massive increases in the cost of everything due to the taxes brought about by the “trade” portion of “cap and trade”. John Fehrman, the president of Mid-American Energy – the primary place many Iowans buy their power from says that their estimates put their increased costs at $280 million a year.

He says they haven’t raised base power rates in nearly 15 years but this bill would force a massive rate increase due to the fact that the majority of their power is coal-generated. Not only will you pay it in your energy bill, you’ll pay it in the cost of everything you buy. The Heritage Foundation has estimated the annual cost for a family of four will be nearly $3,000 a year. How many of you can afford an extra $3,000 a year in taxes passed on to you to cap the emission of a naturally-occurring atmospheric gas that is essential for life. The aggregate cost over 25 years for a family of four will be $71,000. Most of us have kids that will be marrying and beginning families in the next few years and many of us already have kids with young families. Think of that young family starting out and having to absorb an additional $3,000 a year in energy costs EVERY year for the entire generation they are raising their kids.

What can we do about this affront to our liberty? It’s not what we CAN do, it’s what we MUST do. Contact your congressman and tell them you oppose Waxman-Markey or any “carbon tax” or “cap and trade” legislation. For those of you in Central Iowa, yours is Leonard Boswell 202-225-3806 or in Des Moines 515-282-1909. As of 11 PM tonight, both of those mailboxes were full – probably with messages about opposition to Waxman-Markey. You can also fax a note to 202-225-5608 or 515-282-1785. If all else fails, there is the web form. For anyone outside of Iowa or in another district you can find your representative’s contact information at www.house.gov.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Call to Action in a Troubled Country

It's been better than five years since I've posted here. I'm back because I'm going to try to do my little part to spread the word about how the very things we all love so much about this country are being stripped away right in front of our eyes. I never thought I'd see the day when we'd literally be fighting tooth and nail every day to preserve our liberties but the day has come. If the election of Barack Obama as president wasn't enough to wake people up, certainly his pursuit of the most radical socialist agenda of any president in history HAS to be. It is long past time for me to step up my activism. It's long past time for YOU to step up your activism as well if you care about your freedom and liberties and want this great country to remain great and if you want your children and grandchildren to be able to access the same benefits of this great country that you and I enjoy today.

The benefits of our free society are slipping away -- disappearing in the quicksand of the liberal's (Democrat's) socialist agenda. We have saddled our kids and their kids with $12 trillion in debt and the president is proposing to add trillions more to it to turn our health care system over to government bureaucrats. While kids are screaming for freedom and dying in the streets of Iran, our president "respects the sovereignty" of the regime that is beating them to death, slitting their throats and shooting them. The president sits and twiddles his thumbs while a pissant third-world dictator continues to improve his missile systems while simultaneously conducting nuclear weapons tests. Now he threatens to shoot a long-range missile in the direction of Hawaii. The president's response? He slashes money for proven missile defense because he claims it doesn't work. At the same time, his lapdog defense secretary moves one of these anti-missile batteries that the president claims doesn't work into place in Hawaii in anticipation of a missile attack by North Korea.

Yes folks, we are living the Chinese proverb. But the "interesting times" we live in threaten our very existence. Our economic security and our national security are in serious trouble. Meanwhile, the modern-day embodiment of Nero flies off on $25,000 dates to New York, holds extravagant parties weekly at the White House. Flies in a chef from Hawaii, a pizza-maker from St. Louis and still has time between the parties and the turmoil for interminable rounds of golf.

It's time for action folks. Won't you join me?

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