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Vote Saxby!

There are runoffs still in three senate seats, one of the more important (and close to me since I am a Georgia girl at heart) is the runoff of Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin. This pivotal election could be key to there being the ability to keep Obama and the Democratic Party in check.
Senate Chambliss Fight

If Republicans keep Saxby in the seat there will be a greater possibility of stpping some of Obama’s legislation.

Like taxes on high wage earners, increasing capital gains, FICA, etc. Bringing back the fairness doctrine, abortion, military cuts.

But the whole Christmas list of the Democratic party may be hanging in the balance based on the Georgia runoff.

In January when the new Congress meets, Democrats will firmly control the House of Representatives with about a 75-seat majority. In the Senate, Democrats will hold 57 of the 100 seats.

Despite the strong majorities, there is a hitch — a big one for congressional Democrats.

Under Senate rules, Democrats need 60 votes to pass major legislation and cut off filibuster debate that can effectively stop a floor vote.

As of today, the Democrats don’t have the magic 60 Senate votes, but they have expressed confidence that they can persuade “two or three” liberal Republicans like Arlen Specter, Susan Collins or Olympia Snowe to cross the aisle and vote with them on key legislation.

If the Democrats succeed and take out Chambliss in the special election, replacing him with Democrat Martin, they will have 58 Senate votes, greatly increasing their chances of getting the magic 60 votes.

The bottom line: As long as Senate Republicans can muster the 41 votes required to avoid cloture (which ends a filibuster debate), they can continue to filibuster, forcing the Democrats to either amend their legislation at the bargaining table or kill their legislation altogether. – David Patten

This is proving to be an important runoff and the campaigns are going strong. Early voting may start as early as next week on November 17th with the election being December 2.

Martin is a strong supporter of Obama’s policies. Policies that as a whole are not popular with the largely conservative state of Georgia.

The fear though is that runoff elections get far few voters than a general election and that the Obama ground operation will cause a marked shift in the original vote. (Saxby won, but only had 49.2% of the vote and needs a full 50% to win)

The issue at stake here is holding onto a Republican seat to keep the Obama legistature in check.

“This isn’t a difficult race for anybody to figure out,” Martin said on Nov. 5. “I’m going to do everything I can to help Barack Obama get off to a fast start, and Saxby Chambliss has promised to do everything he can to stop Barack Obama from succeeding.”

“Keeping Saxby in the Senate would maintain a small check against a Democratic-controlled Congress that could steam roll legislation through with abandon,” says the Savannah Morning Times.

As well the Marietta Daily: “Although it does not appear that the Democrats have gained a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, the gain of Chambliss’ seat would put them closer to that mark and make it even easier, with the help of just a few aisle-crossers, to attain an effectively filibuster-proof majority.”

Show your Saxby support and most importantly make sure you vote in this very important runoff!

Victory Rally featuring Special Guest Senator John McCain
Thursday, November 13, 2008
4:30PM-5:30PM
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
Kessel D. Stelling, Jr. Ballroom
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway Atlanta, Georgia 30339

November 12, 2008 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Coal anyone – and a wrap

So there are some other things that are really frustrating me at the moment.

Like the Obama comment on bankrupting the coal industry and that electricity prices are going to skyrocket. I know he says he is for clean coal technology, etc. But why on earth would he say this stuff? Out-loud? On tape? Hannity and Colmes talked about it last night. And just as a side note for anyone who just writes it off saying Hannity is so far right. Have you ever listened to Colmes? He is just as far left. They do represent a fair and balanced conversation.

I don’t think at this point there is much more to say. I am not really sure why calling into question statements and facts is considered dirty trickery. I do not see fear and hate being stirred up by the McCain campaign any more than it is by the Obama camp. What do you think he is doing? Both of them are on the attack, playing more to offense than defense.

Why do you think you are any different? Apparently this elections is coming at a price. A steep economic price. Way more than should have been spent. As well as the price of character. Apparently you don’t need to actually campaign for what you are going to do, what you are going to change, and actually be able to back that up with fact – you just have to smile and talk about change.

I do believe that Obama was not properly vetted. He has so much in his past that he is not willing to share with the public. When you enter public service at this level your life should be an open book. The information about birth certificates, diplomas, citizenship, etc. should have been thoroughly put out in the open. When you don’t lay it all out there it only looks like you are hiding something. If there is nothing to hide, why bother?

I do have concerns over the next four years under his administration. But why wouldn’t I? There is plenty to be concerned about. He is talking about major policy changes similar to those under FDR and the New Deal.

I found this great post over at WorldNetDaily

And while many believe FDR was a great president, few point out the welfare state created at all levels during his tenure. The belief the government was responsible for every person’s food, clothing, shelter and wellbeing was clearly a byproduct of the FDR philosophy.

The people must demand a reduction in the size of government and its spending habits. We must reduce business taxes, which are the second highest in the world. It is time to tell Washington it gets enough of our money at the current tax rate and to freeze or reduce personal taxes for everyone who pays.

This festering sense of entitlement is crippling us as a nation. Since when is everything from food to education a birthright if you are born in America? It has been ever since the great FDR started the New Deal. And, tomorrow, a new New Deal may be on the table – all courtesy of the Democratic Party that may now control the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Oval Office. It is a rubber stamp of epic proportions ready to pass a liberal’s dream come true.

There is more over at the WorldNetDaily site go read the rest of the article! It is very good.

And now the rest is up to us. Go vote. No matter the line, no matter how useless you feel your vote is. It does matter and it does count. Don’t give in to the feeling that it is a done deal. It is not over until the proverbial fat lady sings! Make your voice count. Take responsibility and be involved in government. It is your right and a privilege as well.


November 3, 2008 at 5:58 pm 1 comment

Twas the Night Before Election – 2008

‘Twas the night before election
And all through the town
Tempers were flaring
Emotions all up and down!
I, in my bathrobe
With a cat in my lap
Had cut off the TV
Tired of political crap.
When all of a sudden
There arose such a noise
I peered out of my window
Saw Obama and his boys
They had come for my wallet
They wanted my pay
To give to the others
Who had not worked a day!
He snatched up my money
And quick as a wink
Jumped back on his bandwagon
As I gagged from the stink
He then rallied his henchmen
Who were pulling his cart
I could tell they were out
To tear my country apart!
‘On Fannie, on Freddie,
On Biden and Ayers!
On Acorn, On Pelosi’
He screamed at the pairs!
They took off for his cause
And as he flew out of sight
I heard him laugh at the nation
Who wouldn’t stand up and fight!
So I leave you to think
On this one final note-
IF YOU DON’T WANT SOCIALISM
GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

November 3, 2008 at 3:30 am 2 comments

What did they wear for Halloween?

So in my consistent pursuit of fun images to use on my blog I found this and wondered if perhaps this might be what McCain and Obama would dress up as for Halloween?

And what would that say about them?

Spiderman (Obama):

Spidey’s might makes him deadly in hand-to-hand combat, which is his main form of direct attack. He uses strength with his spider-sense and speed in combat, making him extremely hard to surprise, harder to hit, and even harder to withstand. Spidey can go toe-to-toe with a lot of villans in the Marvel universe, and has even held his own against the Hulk from time to time (without the Captain Universe power, even).

BARACK OBAMA: Spider-Man: ”The guys who have too many powers, like Superman, that always made me think they weren’t really earning their superhero status. It’s a little too easy. Whereas Spider-Man and Batman, they have some inner turmoil. They get knocked around a little bit.”

Batman (McCain):

Unlike many superheroes, Batman has no superpowers and instead relies on “his own scientific knowledge, detective skills, and athletic prowess. “In the stories Batman is regarded as one of the world’s greatest detectives. In Grant Morrison’s first storyline in JLA, Superman describes Batman as “the most dangerous man on Earth,” able to defeat a team of superpowered aliens all by himself in order to rescue his imprisoned teammates. He is also a master of disguise, often gathering information under the identity of Matches Malone.

JOHN McCAIN: Batman: ”He does justice sometimes against insurmountable odds. And he doesn’t make his good works known to a lot of people, so a lot of people think he’s just a rich playboy.”

The people over here have a constant tally going of who would win in a Spiderman vs Batman situation. It looks like Batman has the lead.

on a side note. While showing costumes, I thought Piper and Trig were absolutely adorable for Halloween. Must have been a popular year for Snow Princesses, my daughter was one too!

Then I saw this horrible nastiness that was mentioned over at Wonkette. People are really low to go after a baby. Real classy.

November 2, 2008 at 3:15 am Leave a comment

The Misue of the Disabled

This is just amazing. It is very disheartening to see the disabled being taken advantage of by caregivers “helping” them vote. While it may be the right of every citizen of age to cast a vote, it should also be true that they should be competent to make that choice for themselves. The point of individual voting is not to make it a tool to be manipulated. If a person is not of mental capacity to even register, comprehend, etc then it should be up to their parents or loved ones to deal with their right to vote, NOT to the caregiver at whatever facility they are residing at. The family may have a different view of what is best for their loved one AND the family should be the final say so in this instance.

Here are cases of such situations – that could bordering on being voter fraud:

Brenda in Iowa writes:

My son was politicized!! I live in Iowa. I have a disabled 26 yr old son. I have never registered him to vote because 1. He is not mentally capable and 2. He couldn’t read a ballot. He lives in a group home with others like him. They the homes staff registered my son to vote. When I found out I told them that he is NOT allowed to vote. I find out today they took him to vote and a home staff member told him who to vote for (Obama) and was actually the person who helped him vote. I am livid. They tell me it is his right and the law. They knew I would probably ‘get him’ on election day so they took him to vote early. I am shaking so bad right now. The staff used my son and others for political gains.

Michelle Malkin reports of more instances in Georgia, California, and Iowa.

Here is one of the California stories:

The California Republican Party is asking the secretary of state to investigate an organized voting campaign involving developmentally disabled adults in Tuolumne County.

As many as ten clients of the Thumbs Up! adult care center have already cast absentee ballots under the supervision of center director David Simerley, and nearly all of them were for Barack Obama.

“We all registered to vote and we all sat together as a group and went over our ballots and voted,” Simerley told News10.

Among those voting was Michael Rascon, 56, whose father described him as having the mental capacity of a 5-year-old.

“What kind of people would do this to somebody like that,” asked Sam Rascon, who discovered his son had registered and voted only after seeing him with an Obama button last Thursday. “He wouldn’t know one candidate from another.”

News10 spoke to Michael Rascon at the Thumbs Up! center about the election. When asked which candidate he’d voted for, Rascon answered “the black man.” He was unable to remember Obama’s name.

Simerley said the absentee voting followed field trips to both local Republican and Democratic party headquarters.

“When we register people to vote, we try to be totally non-partisan,” Simerley said. He insists he exerted no influence over his clients despite the fact nearly all of them voted Democratic in an otherwise Republican county.

“I think maybe Obama would appeal to people with disabilities,” he explained.

Sad. This would be wrong no matter which party the votes were for. People being taken advantage of is just wrong.

Not to mention the curiosity of inmates voting. The curious part being exactly how it is done. Absentee with ballots sent to their place of residence outside of the prison, sent to the prison directly, polling done in the prison in person, etc. There is a lot of room for gray in this. How hard would it be to imagine – a ballot being sent to the home where the inmate lives and it magically getting filled out for them without the inmate ever actually seeing it? Vermont and Maine are the only two states where convicted inmates can actually vote, with the only exception being if they are in for murder. In the other states it varies, but seems that if they are in prison awaiting trial then they are eligible.

Virginia: The Law ‘Stinks’
National: Voting rights confusion, education, history
California: Accessible Resources at Prisons for Families, Inmates
Georgia: Those yet to be Sentenced Can Vote
Alabama: Several Voting Rights Suits Challenge Constitution, Political Party, Antiquated Law
Tennessee: State Reports Increase in Registration of Individuals with Felony Convictions
New York: Voting Rights Must Not Be Denied; State Officials Must be Educated to Educate Others

November 2, 2008 at 2:55 am Leave a comment

I just don’t get it!

I am a little perplexed these days by some things that I see in the media and online, wondering how much of what I am hearing and seeing is factual and how much is total spin – from both parties.

As much as the liberal crew would like to believe it is only the right who “spins” things – they have bought into the so-called lie from their own campaign, just as much as they think I have. The problem is there is some truth hidden in there, that keeps getting skirted over. Somehow there is just blindness or a willingness to explain away some truths that just don’t fit the purpose.

I will be among the first to say that the Republican candidates are not my very first choice. But they are solid individuals. When I say individuals that means they are free-thinking humans. They are not clones of any previous administration. If we are so hot on comparing voting records why is it only McCain’s that anyone cares about, not Obama’s record (or lack there of). Add to that any time Obama’s record is question and the whole Republican party is questioned and belittled – we must just be trying to distract or are just grasping at straws. Right.

There are so many legitimate things that are not even mentioned of anywhere. I am tired of incessent badgering and harassment of McCain. He is not George Bush. But I get that strategy that Obama’s campaign has set as its major goal.

But what I don’t get, what I really don’t understand is how you can explain away things that are apparent to a large majority of the country – a larger percentage than you might think – not just the “fanatic” Republicans. I am a pretty non-fanatic, balanced person.

Issue 1

How can you really think that the economic plan, the giving of tax credits, not tax breaks – is anything other than redistributing wealth? I just don’t get the logic?

This audio clip has been sweeping around this week, it bears a listen.

And another thing about the tax plan.

I looked at the tax calculator on Obama’s website to see what my “savings” would be under a McCain administration vs Obama. Got to tell you it was interesting. For my particular situation, there was an irrelevant savings of around $200. Not that exciting. But it gets even more interesting. I changed the scenario to be income of $50,000-75,000; married filing jointly; with 3 children. My tax savings under Obama would be a whopping $33. Wow. I don’t even think that is worth it for that group.

My next question is why is their tax savings so low? Shouldn’t they be the working middle class? Getting a bigger tax “savings”?

And a chart I posted a few days ago showing some of the new proposed taxes showed that individuals making more than $2.87 million would have their taxes increased by over $700,00 by Obama. That is a massive increase.

Since when does anyone have the right to tell you how much money that you have earned that you get to keep.

Issue 2

Associations. Folks he has some interesting ones. And it is terribly obvious to a good many people that he has not been totally truthful in his explanation about any of them. Why not just come clean when asked? Videos, audio, documents, pictures, etc. all keep coming to light to illustrate this. They are worth looking at, because they are real. They are not fake things made up by some Republican operative to try and thwart the campaign. This all goes back to the lack of proper vetting of Obama.

Here is the most recent example of this:

In April L.A. Times article…the Obamas attended a “lavish farewell dinner” in Chicago for Khalidi and his wife as they headed to Columbia University in 2003:

A special tribute came from Khalidi’s friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Sen. Barack Obama. Speaking to the crowd, Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi’s wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged his thinking.

Yet now the Times which has the video from this toast is refusing to release it, Why? Why, if there is nothing to hide would you not just release a video clip of the man who is headed to be the next President?

Well, it would seem that the Weather Underground men, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn attended this dinner.

According to the Times Obama is on tape saying,

…that he hoped his relationship with Khalidi would continue even after the professor left Chicago. “It’s for that reason that I’m hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation — a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid’s dinner table … [but around] this entire world.”

And I still want to know why there have not been answers on these things,

Occidental College records – not released.
Columbia Thesis paper – not available, locked down by faculty.
Harvard College records – not released, locked down by faculty.
Selective Service Registration – not released.
Medical records – not released (only a one-page report).
Illinois State Senate schedule – ‘not available.’
Law practice client list – not released.
Certified Copy of original Birth certificate – not released.
Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth – not released.
Harvard Law Review articles published – None.
University of Chicago scholarly articles – None.
Record of Baptism– Not released or ‘not available.’
Illinois State Senate records–’not available.’

Issue 3

While it does seem that Obama is leading in the polls and has an advantage over McCain, the election is not over. It is only Obama’s to lose. I do not in any way think this is going to be a landslide, rather I think this will go down as one of the closest elections ever. This will be another one that will test the popular vs electoral vote. What I am curious about here is the fact that the electorate can choose to vote against the people in their state. So they could just choose to ignore the will of the people they represent and vote for who they want, rendering the citizens vote totally useless. Not that this will happen but I think in this election we are at point that it could happen.

I am concerned about the possibility of a Washington superpower. A trifecta. There would be no balance in power when the interests of only one party are being served. The last time that happened, the party was swiftly back out of power. A quick snippet from an article:

Liberals would dominate the entire government in a way they haven’t since 1965, or 1933. In other words, the election would mark the restoration of the activist government that fell out of public favor in the 1970s. If the U.S. really is entering a period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy, Americans at least ought to understand what they will be getting, especially with the media cheering it all on . . .The threat of 41 committed Senators can cause the House to modify its desires even before legislation comes to a vote. Without that restraining power, all of the following have very good chances of becoming law in 2009 or 2010.

as well as these: affecting the business climate, union supremecy, taxes, green revolution, free-speech, voting rights & special interest potpourri  - one group being in total control is not a good thing

BUT

if all of this comes to pass we will have a lot to keep an eye on over the next four years, at which point I do believe that there will be another radical shift of power. To who? I am not sure but I am almost positive Obama will lose power and control will totally shift to a more conservative party.

Until then, I will continue to look at information, weigh out the facts, and make my own educated decisions. I only ask that you do the same. Don’t be swayed by party lines and talking points. Use your own brain.

October 29, 2008 at 5:49 am 1 comment

Why can’t we all just get along?

Seriously. Why can’t people even pretend to get along, or at least be civil?

We are not going to agree on everything. There is nothing wrong with that. The fact that I have different views and opinions from you is great. We are individuals with our own thoughts and opinions. If we all had the same views and opinions we would not be human. Diversity is a good thing.

That even extends into the political arena. I am free to vote for whoever and whatever I like. What I hold to be good and true. Your view may be totally different. We can agree to disagree.

Where has this bitter divisiveness come from? Everyone is attacking each other and then calling foul on the other. Well, you can’t have it both ways. Some of the comments I have been reading around the internet are just hateful – from BOTH parties.

People have been jumping onto the bandwagon to defend their beliefs at the expense of the others. In doing that, when you attack back with hate and bitterness – you are doing exactly what you are complaining about. Talk about defeating your own purpose. I know this happens on both sides. There are things I hear that make me cringe. I hope that no one supports those who seem to be extremist in their reaction.

We all know there are extremists in every group. They exist throughout society in all groups. What has happened to letting the few overshadow the rest? It would appear that the media is helping to perpetuate this stereotypical image through frequent, consistent reminder.

Here is what I don’t get.

People stealing each others signs, replacing them with the opposing view. Why do that? It is their yard, their car, their right to have that in their yard. If you don’t like it – look away. Don’t taunt them or try to engage in a battle of words or will. Simple human decency seems to have flown out the window.

Yes, we all have the right to free speech as guaranteed by the First Ammendment. That is why it is okay for me to even write about what I think without fear. Everyone is guaranteed that.

  1. Freedom of speech
  2. Freedom of Religion
  3. Freedom of the Press
  4. Right to gather/assemble (peacefully)
  5. Right to petition

It seems that in the name of “freedom of speech” people have been carrying things a bit too far. You don’t have the right to slander or libel, attack someone, etc.

My tips for how to behave during an election season:

* Don’t park your car beside someones home, write something inflammatory about them on it, and then leave it there for all to see for days.

* Don’t attack at a campaign motorcade.

* Don’t list someones baby on ebay.

* Don’t threaten people physicially for having views other than yours.

Political Signs Bring Threat

Two supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama found handwritten death threats in their mailboxes Thursday and reported them to Villa Park police. A 74-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man with Obama signs in their front yards near the 600 block of South Villa Avenue received similar letters that had a Villa Park Village Hall return address. “Get the Obama signs off your property–now,” the letter reads. “Failure to obey this order will result in the immediate death of all family members.” Both residents said they will not remove their signs, though the man, who had voted Republican for 25 years before switching parties this year, said his wife is worried about letting their 7-year-old son play alone outside.

* Don’t steal people’s yard signs and replace them with your own. -I am pretty sure theft is not covered by free speech.

* Do you really have to wear the really negative shirt against the other candidate? I have some that went to far on all of them. Some that I would be embarassed to even be standing next to someone wearing.

* Don’t assume that just because someone has different views than you – that they are ignorant, uninformed, racist, you get the jist.

As a conservative and Republican I am not out to get you. I do not slander you, I do not call you names for your views and I would appreciate the respect that I show to you.

Even if you don’t like my views, you don’t get to insult or call me names. I am not doing that to you. You have the chance to be the bigger person.

October 24, 2008 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

Understanding taxes (if that is possible?)

Unfortunately taxes are a necessary part of life. Generally speaking we don’t like paying them. But we do. Every year we file our income taxes – state & local, as well as pay city, county, social security, fica, etc. The list is exhaustive. Our current tax plan but into place under President Bush is set to expire soon so whatever the new President puts into place will affect us all greatly.

First I would like to point out that when talking about the current budget deficit critics are quick to blame the Bush tax cuts for the so-called wealthy for the deficit. In reality this is not the case. Revenue is the highest it has ever been. The cuts on capital gains taxes has brought dramatic increases in federal revenue. Truly. The increase in the deficit has to do with being in a war and government spending having increased by over 30%. It is highly inaccurate to blame the tax cuts for this situation.

Both plans have plenty in them to make you question what is the better choice. As well, there are exhaustive views and commentaries to support whichever view you support. On paper they seem to not have that much of a difference in the overall economic picture, as mentioned in the clip below.

From – How McCain and Obama will change your tax bill.

Under both plans, all American taxpayers could pay a price for their tax cuts: a bigger deficit. The Tax Policy Center estimates that over 10 years, McCain’s tax proposals could increase the national debt by as much as $4.5 trillion with interest, while Obama’s could add as much as $3.3 trillion.

The reason: neither plan would raise the amount of revenue expected under current tax policy – which assumes all the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire by 2011. And neither plan would raise enough to cover expected government costs during those 10 years.

“Distributionally, they’re markedly different. But in terms of their impact on revenue, the two plans are not terribly different,” said Roberton Williams, principal research associate at the Tax Policy Center and the former deputy assistant director for tax analysis at the Congressional Budget Office.

The differences come from how they are put into place and what the ramifications of each would entail.

So here it is:

McCain-

  • Keep Tax Rates Low
  • Cut corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%
  • Allow First-Year Deduction, Or “Expensing”, Of Equipment And Technology Investments
  • Establish permanent tax credit equal to 10% of wages spent on R&D
  • Ban Internet Taxes
  • Ban Cell-phone Taxes
  • His most radical adjustment to the tax system which is not being mentioned as much in the tax portion is his health care credit. – “Transforming The Tax Code To Create Greater Equity: The McCain plan transforms the current tax code to provide all American families – including the self-employed and the uninsured – the same tax benefit, a $5,000 refundable tax credit ($2,500 for individuals) that was previously only available to those with employer coverage. Families can use this credit to purchase insurance of their choice, including keeping their current coverage.”
  • As well by not raising capital gains taxes the wealthy will continue to invest at a time when it is most needed to help our economy. If those taxes are raised the level of investment WILL drop.

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, senior economic adviser to McCain, notes that many reports does not take into account the spending reforms – such as eliminating earmarks – that are central to McCain’s strategy to support tax relief and help reduce the deficit.

Overall, we would all continue to do well under this plan.

Obama

  • Cut taxes for 95 percent of workers and their families with a tax cut of $500 for workers or $1,000 for working couples.
  • Provide generous tax cuts for low- and middle-income seniors, homeowners, the uninsured, and families sending a child to college or looking to save and accumulate wealth.
  • Eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses, cut corporate taxes for firms that invest and create jobs in the United States, and provide tax credits to reduce the cost of health care and to reward investments in innovation.
  • Dramatically simplify taxes by consolidating existing tax credits, eliminating the need for millions of senior citizens to file tax forms, and enabling as many as 40 million middle-class Americans to do their own taxes in less than five minutes without an accountant.

Obama proposes a radical change in the tax system to cut taxes to the bottom “95%” of wage earners. Unfortunately this has major implications as well. It sounds good but there is much more to it. 50% of wage earners do not even pay taxes. So while what he says may be technically factual . . . the plan increases the number of welfare recipients, and extends the poverty trap of poor households.

    What it really means is that he is reintroducing a massive increase in the welfare state, costing about $30 billion per year. According to the Center for Data Analysis’ micro-simulation modeling, Obama would increase the number of tax filers who receive a check from government without paying any taxes, including payroll taxes — people filing just to receive a welfare check — by about 10 million. Where will the $30 billion per year come from? From those who are paying taxes, of course. And indirectly from all of us, when the economy is dragged down by higher tax rates on businesses. – from The FoundryBut it does not stop there, raising business taxes, national health care, etc. There are many facets to this plan that will have a trickle down effect. While taxes may go down for the lower income families, companies that are also hit by tax increases will raise prices, lower salary, cut back on jobs which in turn will all effect the very same people that Obama is out to help.

    Another good article on Obama’s 95% tax plan

To the surprise of some, even though Senator Obama’s tax plan lowers taxes for the bottom four quintiles, marginal tax rates would fall only for the very lowest-income couples. Taking both income and payroll taxes into account, those at the very bottom of the income distribution would see their effective marginal tax rates fall from 27.4 percent to minus 58.6 percent due to proposed changes to the earned income tax credit and Senator Obama’s new “Making Work Pay” credit.

Most low- and moderate-income couples would see their effective marginal tax rates rise, in some cases, significantly. Indeed, some low- and moderate-income taxpayers will see their marginal rates rise to more than 50 percent.

High-income taxpayers can also expect their effective marginal tax rates to rise—to 47.2 percent-under Senator Obama’s tax plan. This increase is caused by rolling back the 2001 and 2003 reductions in the top two tax rates, curtailing deductions and exemptions at high income levels, and potentially raising Social Security taxes. – The Tax Foundation

    Now some commentary:Aside from the overall theory of wealth redistribution, which some may relate to socialist types of theory, that does not help the economy in the long run. There should never be total equality in income. The neurosurgeon and the fast-food worker should not have the same salary. There has always been brackets, or castes if you want to call it that. Equality as a person is not equated to equality in income or possessions. All people are created equal, but it pretty much stops there. We all have different aptitudes and abilities and will work where we are best suited. The driven individual will work hard to become successful and then will be told, “Hey, we need your money to help Tom, he does not have as much as you and you have to share it with him.” That is wealth redistribution. I should not HAVE to give money I work for to someone else because they are not making as much as I am. It does not work.

    The definition of “wealthy” to be $250,000 does not allow for areas in our country where while that sounds like an amazing annual income, it is not. California and New York are two prime examples. This article explains it well, better than I can.  – Tax Rates for New Yorkers would top 50% under Obama.

    I was talking to someone yesterday who has valid fear of losing his home under the Obama tax plan since he does make $250 in one of those states. He has a family of five and is scared that he will not be able to afford the mortgage he saved for years just to get. As well I spoke to a mother who has lived in a socialist country and said she does not want to go there either, giving examples of the lack of incentive to the worker because they don’t care anymore. While it sounds good to the supposed 95% of the country the other five pump money into the economy to keep it moving, fund most of the governments revenue already, and are the most positioned to give generously.

    I am in favor of encouraging and rewarding people to work hard. To earn what they have. Not to blindly give more to them to try and make things more. While a plan might sound good on the surface it deserves to be looked into further to see what the actual ramifications and implications are to all citizens. If we are being fair and equitable, you will remember that that upper five percent helps keep our economy and businesses running. Personally I am a fan of the Fair Tax plan. I hope that one day it comes around as a possibility again.

    Look closely at the lines for $111,000 – $226,000 – According to those estimates you will actually fare better under the McCain plan. Curious.

    A final thought -

    Tax studies have shown that when tax cuts are deficit funded and they’re paid for by raising taxes in the future, “the economy is worse off than if you didn’t cut at all,” Burman said.

October 23, 2008 at 5:49 pm 3 comments

Conservative Hollywood – They do exist.

Ok. There are some big names that we know are Republicans. The nice Baldwin, the Governator. But there have to be a few more. And don’t you just wonder if some of the others are closet Republicans anyway? I mean these are the people with most of the money in our country.

Taken from these sources. If you know of any others let me know!

List of John McCain presidential supporters
Hollywood’s Dirty Little Secret

October 22, 2008 at 10:10 am

Out of touch – aren’t we. . .

Like I said yesterday, out of touch with that middle class that you are out to “help”

Thanks Michelle for really showing us you are willing to give up your pie for the rest of us. And frankly I would prefer you to share your pie cause you have a whole lot to share, more than most of us. In fact you are part of that top percent who should be giving a whole lot more than you do. AND mandating giving anymore to help people who are not already trying to help themselves just grates on my last nerve.

Yes, I know there are people who legitimately need assistance. I am NOT referring to them. But we all know there are people who abuse the system. These are the people that make me mad. And we let them. And now we are going to have to take the money we work very hard to have to pay our own bills and give it to people who feel like we owe it to them.

News flash.

No one owes you anything. Having your life paid for by the government is not a right. Personally I think there should be a massive overhaul of the welfare system to encourage capable individuals to have to go back to work. That would help the employment rate.

When did having your bills paid, health care, free food, college education, etc. become a right. Most of those things are privileges. Our ancestors would never have dreamed that today we would just expect to have these things without having to work for them. Our grandparents generations were some of the hardest working, most sacrificing people there have been. We have lost some of that and now our society feels that we should have more. More and more and more. We live in excess.

And the American Dream, guess what – we are all living it.

Being a millionaire is not the American Dream, it might be a dream but not the intent of what we call the “American Dream”. Our country is wealthy. The whole thing. Look at countries overseas and you will see that they do not differentiate between Bill Gates and an office worker. They see an American and think of a wealthy country. So while you might not see yourself as rich, know that you are. Get a grip on reality and understand that you are living a dream. And even if it is not your dream there are lots of people who would give anything to be in your shoes.

So please leave my “pie” alone. If you really want to see the economy grow encourage people to work hard. Taking their money for doing that is not going to make it better.

Check out this post too. Pretty funny. Top 10 things Obama knows.

October 21, 2008 at 11:03 pm 5 comments

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