Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Public Divided on Tax Hike for Those Who Earn Over $100K

Monday, March 30, 2009

Americans are closely divided over the economic impact of raising taxes on those who make more than $100,000 per year.

Thirty-five percent (35%) say it would be good for the economy, 37% say it would be bad, and 17% say it would have no impact, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

A plurality of Democrats (48%) say raising taxes on those who make over $100,000 each year would be good for the economy, while 59% of Republicans take the opposite view. Adults not affiliated with either party are evenly divided.

DOES NO ONE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS?!?!? Why is 35% of these pollers OK with the salary cap being lowered on raised taxes? That would be yet ANOTHER lie that our President has told us. What planet are these people living on? Or...are these the people that reap the benefits and do nothing to deserve them?

So, the message you are essentially sending your young Americans (that are naive enough to BELIEVE the MSM) is...don't work to make something of yourself. Maintain a small salary (otherwise, we'll tax the hell out of you)...let those "rich" folks pay in the most and you'll be off scot-free for your lifetime.

Why has no one asked...what happens when we run out of people that make $100K? Will it then go down to $75K? $65K? When is it going to stop? It will NOT be good for the economy to raise taxes on those that make $100K. Because those people (that SPEND money, that HELP the economy)...if you keep taking money away from them through taxes, well, they'll have to cut costs somewhere. That somewhere is going to be on the items that they don't really need...but that help this economy going.

Where has the common sense gone?

Monday, March 30, 2009

Tax Day Tea Party Site Blocked

Posted: 29 Mar 2009 06:44 PM PDT An international effort to shut down the TaxDayTeaParty.com website has been detected by our technical staff. Internet experts commonly call this type of attack a Denial of Service (DOS) attack. Corrective measures are being implemented, and the site should be fully accessible again within 48 hours.

Unfortunately, these DOS attacks are very difficult to trace. In this case, the attacks have come from both domestic and international sources. All we know for certain at this point is that a group of people want to stop this movement. We will not allow this to happen. This citizens’ movement will not be stopped.

We will be issuing an official press release on this issue on Monday, March 30th.

Sunday, March 29th - TaxDayTeaParty.com Leadership Team

hmmm...any one else have a problem with the fact that this site has been blocked?
Take a stand. We MUST maintain our liberty AND justice for all. We CAN NOT let these nay sayers destroy our country.div>

Europe Vs. America

Well, I've been neglecting the blog and I apologize. Now, I'm suffering battle wounds from a 10 month old large pup. He won. My left arm hurts...so typing hurts! For that reason, I'm simply going to post an article written in 2004 in the WSJ comparing America to Europe. Maybe all the socialists should go over there and live and see how "cozy" it is...

Europe vs. America Germany edges out Arkansas in per capita GDP.

Sunday, June 20, 2004 12:01 a.m.

The growing split between the U.S. and Europe has been much in the news, mostly on foreign policy. But less well understood is the gap in economic growth and standards of living. Now comes a European report that puts the American advantage in surprisingly stark relief.

The study, "The EU vs. USA," was done by a pair of economists--Fredrik Bergstrom and Robert Gidehag--for the Swedish think tank Timbro. It found that if Europe were part of the U.S., only tiny Luxembourg could rival the richest of the 50 American states in gross domestic product per capita. Most European countries would rank below the U.S. average, as the chart below shows.

The authors admit that man doesn't live by GDP alone, and that this measure misses output in the "black" economy, which is significant in Europe's high-tax states. GDP also overlooks "the value of leisure or a good environment" or the way prosperity is spread across a society.

But a rising tide still lifts all boats, and U.S. GDP per capita was a whopping 32% higher than the EU average in 2000, and the gap hasn't closed since. It is so wide that if the U.S. economy had frozen in place at 2000 levels while Europe grew, the Continent would still require years to catch up. Ireland, which has lower tax burdens and fewer regulations than the rest of the EU, would be the first but only by 2005. Switzerland, not a member of the EU, and Britain would get there by 2010. But Germany and Spain would need until 2015, while Italy, Sweden and Portugal would have to wait until 2022.

Higher GDP per capita allows the average American to spend about $9,700 more on consumption every year than the average European. So Yanks have by far more cars, TVs, computers and other modern goods. "Most Americans have a standard of living which the majority of Europeans will never come anywhere near," the Swedish study says.

But what about equality? Well, the percentage of Americans living below the poverty line has dropped to 12% from 22% since 1959. In 1999, 25% of American households were considered "low income," meaning they had an annual income of less than $25,000. If Sweden--the very model of a modern welfare state--were judged by the same standard, about 40% of its households would be considered low-income. In other words poverty is relative, and in the U.S. a large 45.9% of the "poor" own their homes, 72.8% have a car and almost 77% have air conditioning, which remains a luxury in most of Western Europe. The average living space for poor American households is 1,200 square feet. In Europe, the average space for all households, not just the poor, is 1,000 square feet.

So what is Europe's problem? "The expansion of the public sector into overripe welfare states in large parts of Europe is and remains the best guess as to why our continent cannot measure up to our neighbor in the west," the authors write. In 1999, average EU tax revenues were more than 40% of GDP, and in some countries above 50%, compared with less than 30% for most of the U.S.

We don't report this with any nationalist glee. The world needs a prosperous, growing Europe, and its relative economic decline is one reason for growing EU-American tension. A poorer Europe lacks the wealth to invest in defense, a fact that in turn affects the willingness of Europeans to join America in confronting global security threats. But at least all of this is a warning to U.S. politicians who want this country to go down the same welfare-state road to decline.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

PA Beer Laws

Ok, I always thought the alcohol laws in the South were pretty odd, but learned yesterday (the hard way) that you can not buy anything less than a case in Fraser, PA unless you go to a bar. Now I have five nights to drink 24 beers by myself. Ha! All my temps have gotten a big kick out of that one! Figured all you PA peeps that check in would, too! As I have had NO time to do anything but work, I've neglected the blog. Sorry! If it makes you feel any better I miss y'all! AIG. Wow. And the PA state senator who is shocked to be found guilty of 100+ charges?!? Well, I came into that one last night. Shocker. A politician is a crook. Happy St. Patty's day!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hall of Shame

Obama signed the $410 billion (for, essentially, two fiscal quarters), making him the highest spending President, presiding over the largest deficit, of all time. He claims he inherited it - a phrase that is now beyond tiresome - but he has more than doubled it, and has added trillions to that now insurmountable debt. But enough about him. I got an email this morning from a good friend, as follows:

The eight "Republican" Senators who voted for the omnibus spending bill are:

Richard Shelby, Alabama

Thad Cochran, Mississippi

Roger Wicker, Mississippi

Lamar Alexander, Tennessee

Olympia Snowe, Maine

Kit Bond, Missouri

Lisa Murkowski, Alaska

Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania

When the RNC calls for a contribution to help the GOP fight waste, pork and government growth in Washington, you might want to give a contingent contribution, carefully stating that not one penny goes to the Hall of Shame! And tell all your friends before the next time these cowards face reelection. Bye, bye Miss American Pie - the day our freedom died.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Obama's Deceptive Dalliance

I have already pointed out that I was disappointed and confused when, at his address to the Congress, Obama told us we were facing an economic catastrophe, a credit and financial tsunami of epic proportions, if we did not act boldly. He then laid out a plan that failed to address the riskiest aspects of the economy at all, in any real terms. Since then, he has proposed a budget that does not address the economy except as an afterthought, and his economic gurus are still pondering, not von Hayek or even Keynes, but the shotgun approach. What I am pretty sure of is, whatever caused the catastrophe-in-waiting, it was not our healthcare system, or our carbon footprint, or our lack of education. Yet his budgets propose to spend trillions on these issues, without waiting even a minute to see if any of his economic machinations have any chance of working.

Obama paints a target on the face of anyone upper-middle class or above, or anyone who might otherwise have been an investor, with his tax proposals to pay for these programs. He undercuts charitable giving, signalling likely mass layoffs in non-profits; kills mortgage interest deductions, thus weakening already weak support for home valuations; seeks higher marginal and capital gains rates, thus removing investment capital and incentives from the markets, which were in desperate need of capital; reduces the incentive to explore and drill for oil, thus making us even less energy independent than we were; imposes carbon taxes that will increase the energy and manufacturing costs of all of us, just when we need it least; he proposes deficit spending of magnificent (and irresponsible) proportions, but employs revenue-negative means to pay for it; and all without any coherent plan to deal with all those toxic assets and bankrupt institutions that, if allowed to fail, will create the very tsunami he predicted.

And what of those toxic assets, now packaged and sold world-wide as derivatives? Well, if either player in a derivative arrangement is a major player, and goes belly-up, that default could create a landslide of other defaults, and as the World Bank continues to warn us, could bring down the entire world financial system. The US can't borrow or print enough money to stop it, because our combined GDP and money supply is only about $30 trillion, while the risk associated with derivatives is more like (to avoid numbers no one understands) $1000 trillion.

My point is that, in his haste to build a European social state by pushing through massive new programs that do not address the real cause of our catastrophe, he is risking his entire Presidency on a single bet - that his legacy will be judged by his three new programs - rather than turning his attention, and that of his entire cabinet and staff, to developing and executing a plan to shore up the incalculable risk hanging over the world's head from the derivative market. How is he different from Nero, fiddling while Rome burned? This inexplicable lack of attention, for now almost six months since his election, makes one wonder if he even understands the problem. Perhaps his vaunted intelligence is not what we thought, or he didn't rub elbows with enough of the world's top economists while strolling around campus at the University of Chicago. Unlike Rush, though, I kind of hope this guy is lucky, even if he ain't good. The alternative is a nightmare I can't contemplate.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Well, Mr. President. My Hope is gone. The Guy asks, "who really has a chance of keeping their jobs if the original Sam Malone is being laid off?" Ah. Is this the Change everyone was hoping for?

BOSTON (AP) – Eddie Doyle was the guy who really did know everybody's name. But after tending bar for 35 years at the Boston tavern that inspired the television show "Cheers," Doyle has been laid off. The bar's owner says the economy is to blame.

Doyle was a fixture at the pub known as the Bull & Finch long before his TV counterpart, Sam Malone, entered the mainstream. After the NBC show hit the airwaves in 1982, he started serving 5,000 people a day.

Doyle used the bar's fame to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity. Friend Tommy Leonard tells the Boston Herald Doyle is "the most giving person" he's met.

The 66-year-old Doyle tells The Boston Globe he's not bitter and may write a book about his experiences.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Shamelessly Taxing. This time, energy.

Well, another post about my FAVORITE guy, Mr. Geithner. As if being a tax cheat isn't enough, NOW he wants to tax American oil and gas companies because THEY are they ones that are responsible for Global Warming (and Our President has said he has NO qualms with gas being $4/gallon. Maybe because WE'RE paying for the gas he uses?!?!).

Hmmm...what happens when you raise taxes on companies, Mr. Geithner? Well, they raise PRICES on their consumers. Way to help out middle America, Mr. Secretary. Applause.

GetLiberty.org outlines this much better than I can...as I cannot separate my emotions at the moment. This guy is really pissing me off.

"There are two things profoundly wrong with this scenario.

First of all, the fact that a card-carrying tax cheat is dictating the nation’s weightiest tax policies is an abomination in and of itself.

Secondly, basing such monumental energy policies on the false premise of “Global Warming”—reinforced, of course, with junk science—should be a warning to all. This is particularly frustrating given the utter—and utterly unreported—lack of a consensus on the subject of anthropogenic climate change."

I don't know about you all, but I'm sure enjoying the gas prices at where they are now. Is anyone seeing a repeat of the Carter years when gas lines wrapped around city blocks?

From the Americans for Limited Government: Barack Obama is anxious to raise taxes on average citizens, and Mr. Obama and Secretary Geithner have no problem taxing energy producers that will only result in higher gas and oil prices! Tell Secretary Geithner to keep our gas prices low by calling his office at 202- 622-2000 telling him not target energy producers...or simply that the American people are on to him. TAX CHEAT.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


I hate Tim Geithner. I can't say I hate him personally, as I do not know him, but I DO hate him as the Secretary of Treasury. I despise him. And his "do as I say, NOT as I DO" attitude.

Political Persecution: Audited For TaxCheatStamps.com


On a different note, I had a lovely conversation with one of my very best friends (who lives in Upstate NY while I'm down here in the South)...who has always been a bit clueless (and assumes EVERYONE is "good" and "needy"--I've proved her WRONG on both accounts)...and had a GREAT laugh. Her husband votes Republican. They cancel each other's vote out. Thank GOD. It just dawned on her tonight. Dumb ass. I still love her though...that is the BEAUTY of this country. I can still LOVE a dumb ass, simply by avoiding political conversation.

Ahhh...I'm easily amused.

Finally...I'm soon headed to the Philly area for a week. I think around something that has to do with Prussia? Any Philly people have any advice? I get to hang out at grocery stores ALL week. I KNOW you're jealous. Just in time for St. Patty's day (any places to get great green beer?).

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Right to Bear Arms

In today's Rasmussen Reports there is a headline that reads "75% Believe Constitution Guarantees Right To Own A Gun."

My question is...what the hell is wrong with the other 25%?

The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects a right to keep and bear arms. The meaning and scope of this right has been described as among the most contested of the rights codified in the Bill of Rights. It reads, "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

From Rasmussen: "Just 14% say gun ownership is not a constitutional right. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure. "

What part of "the right of the People to KEEP and BEAR arms shall not be infringed" does that 14% of the country's IDIOTS think is not a constitutional right for gun ownership?

As for the 11% that is "not sure." They shouldn't be allowed to vote. Period.

With that said, my daddy got me my very own gun for my 28th birthday. Yes sir'ee.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Thoughts from a Marine Vet

Going with the theme of posting other people's writings...I received an email today from The Guy. The email was a blog post by Robert A. Hall, a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts state senate (link is title below). Because this is circulating via email now (throughout the country--my chain had Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Boston, MA and some other east coast addresses) I figured I'd post it here, too. Very well stated Mr. Hall!
I’ll be 63 soon. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce, and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.
I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth around” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it.
I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the leftwing Congresscritters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them—with their own money.
I’m tired of being told how bad America is by leftwing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the religious freedom and women’s rights of Saudi Arabia, the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Gay people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela. Won’t multiculturalism be beautiful?
I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor;” of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers;” of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery;” of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.
I believe “a man should be judged by the content of his character, not by the color of his skin.” I’m tired of being told that “race doesn’t matter” in the post-racial world of President Obama, when it’s all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of US Senators from Illinois. I think it’s very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the emancipation proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less in an all-knowing government.
I’m tired of a news media that thinks Bush’s fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama’s, at triple the cost, were wonderful. That thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress, that picked over every line of Bush’s military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his, that slammed Palin with two years as governor for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever.
Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching to Fox News? Get a clue. I didn’t vote for Bush in 2000, but the media and Kerry drove me to his camp in 2004.
I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America , while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.
I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore’s, and if you’re greener than Gore, you’re green enough.
I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don’t think Gay people choose to be Gay, but I damn sure think druggies chose to take drugs. And I’m tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana.
I’m tired of illegal aliens being called “undocumented workers,” especially the ones who aren’t working, but are living on welfare or crime. What’s next? Calling drug dealers, “Undocumented Pharmacists”? And, no, I’m not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic and it’s been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion. I’m willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person who can speak English, doesn’t have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military. Those are the citizens we need.
I’m tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people then themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet. Do our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years—and still are? Not even close. So here’s the deal. I’ll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the girls were Christian. Then we’ll compare notes. British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear.
I’m tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers—bums are bi-partisan. And I’m tired of people telling me we need bi-partisanship. I live in Illinois , where the “ Illinois Combine” of Democrats and Republicans has worked together harmoniously to loot the public for years. And I notice that the tax cheats in Obama’s cabinet are bi-partisan as well.
I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.
Speaking of poor, I’m tired of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn’t have that in 1970, but we didn’t know we were “poor.” The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing.
I’m real tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination, or big-whatever for their problems. Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I’m not going to get to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter.

I'm NOT 63 and, God willing, have a long way to go...and I'm already tired. Sad, huh?

The Rooster and the Hen

I'm sure most of you are familiar with Dave Ramsey. I wish more people WERE familiar with him and his teachings. Particularly those that are currently in Government positions and are responsible for our BUDGETS and SPENDING.

Anyhow, I stumbled across this poem in one of Dave's books, that was sent to him by his mother when Dave was struggling through a period of economic hardship due to high interest rates in the real estate business.

Again, I wish more people in Government positions would read and listen to Dave. The Rooster and the Hen says it all.

The Rooster and the Hen

Said the Little Red Rooster, "Believe me things are tough! Seems the worms are getting scarcer and I cannot find enough. What's become of all those fat ones? It's a mystery to me. There were thousands through that rainy spell, but now, where can they be?"

But the Old Black Hen who heard him didn't grumble or complain, she had lived through lots of dry spells; she had lived through floods of rain. She picked a new and undug spot, the ground was hard and firm, "I must go to the worms," she said. "The worms won't come to me."

The Rooster vainly spent his day, through habit, by the ways where fat round worms had passed in squads back in the rainy days. When nightfall found him supperless, he growled in accents rough, "I'm hungry as a fowl can be, conditions sure are tough."

But the Old Black Hen hopped to her perch and dropped her eyes to sleep and murmured in a drowsy tone, "Young man, hear this and weep. I'm full of worms and happy for I've eaten like a pig. The worms were there as always, but boy, I had to dig!"

This poem was written during the Depression. Strange how it still applies today, if not more than yesterday.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Suggested Readings, 3/2/09

The General and I have come across some great articles today that, if you have the time, you should read.

The Cram-down Showdown by Robert Romano. This showdown over bankruptcy cram-downs will seriously test the public's support of yet more bailout proposals. It may ultimately determine whether America permanently becomes a bailout nation. And a debtor nation, for that matter.

George Orwell Would be Impressed With Barack Obama, by Doug Patton. Definitely worth the read. If you have never read 1984, I highly recommend it!

Triple First, then Halve, by Jackie Gingrich Cushman. This is what the General was alluding to in his piece last week - if you triple it first, and then reduce by half, you have a higher deficit than when you started. Masterful statist politics, shameful obfuscation. We will never get out of this hole.

One Smart Kid!

I stumbled across this video and was amazed. Speechless. Proud. (h/t America's Right). This 13 year old boy demonstrated that he has more knowledge and understanding of the way things work in this country than about 59 million adult voting Americans.