Thursday, July 29, 2010

Will America Wise Up and Kick Out Democrats? Democrat Tax Dodgers, What Judge Bolton’s Injunction Doesn’t Say, Obama’s Coalition Imploding, Liberal Negros Chide “Right Wing Press”, The Unpresidential President, What Would Happen if the Bush Tax Cuts Expire? Federal Debt Warning!

The Cure for Political Dejection - The American Spectator

By Quin Hillyer
I really don't know what to write. We have a president who is so divisive that two longstanding pollsters of his own party write that "President Obama's divisive approach to governance has weakened us as a people and paralyzed our political culture."
We have columnists for major newspapers who are so nastily partisan that they fail to do even the most basic of investigatory requirements before sliming good, honest, decent Americans such as Justice Department whistleblower J. Christian Adams.

We have congressmen so eager to play gotcha that they try to blame former presidents for failing to do a constitutional duty even when the well-reported facts are that the operatives
for the president of the congressman's own party unwittingly were the culprits in the supposed problem at issue. (Yeah, you won't know what I'm talking about; that's why you absolutely must read this link.)

We have a major congressional committee chairman who has conniption fits about not being given a $1
senior-citizen's discount, but who won't apologize for costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars by refusing for years to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (He also didn't seem too
exercised about his boyfriend running a male prostitution ring out of his own basement, but that's another story.)

We have writers for publications respected by the "mainstream" media who are so vicious and dishonest that they would suggest randomly throwing around charges of racism without a shred of evidence -- a charge made the ore despicable because one of the named victims of the smear happens to be
one of the nicest, most decent people in all of Washington punditry or politics.
We have a national debt exploding so rapidly, by deliberate design of the president, that one almost believes he is trying to implement the Cloward-Piven strategy of manufactured crisis. Cause a political and economic cataclysm; use it as an excuse for radical executive orders and proto-martial law; that sort of thing. Again, I did say "almost." But we are getting to a point where it almost doesn't matter what
the motivations are; the reality being created could have the same effect whether by intention or by autocratic reaction to the fruits of the leader's own incompetence.

We have a president who may as well have declared war on my home state. Or on the whole central GulfCoast.

We have a speaker of the House so cynical (or batty) that she says we must pass a bill first in order to know what's in it, and a majority leader so accustomed to railroad jobs and
internal autocracy that he actually makes fun of the idea of requiring that congressmen be
allowed at least 72 hours to examine bills before voting on them.

We have Supreme Court nominees sailing through despite saying that genetic differences might make Latinas better judges (Sotomayor) and despite openly flouting the law to harm military recruiting in a time of war (Kagan), and despite wanting to rule that the Constitution forbids states from keeping currently
incarcerated rapists and murderers from voting (Sotomayor) and despite manipulating both science and the law in order to keep the barbaric practice of partial birth abortion legal for another
decade (Kagan). (Sorry, readers: I'm tired of providing links, but Google these things at the Washington Times and you'll find them.)

I could go on with other bad news, but I'm tired. I'm dejected. I'm disgusted. I'm furious. I'm disheartened and disillusioned.

Holder Favors Felons Over Soldiers - American Spectator Blog

What Judge Bolton’s Injunction Doesn’t Say - National Review

In enjoining Arizona’s landmark immigration law, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton maintains the Obama administration’s carefully cultivated fiction: that what concerns the White House regarding S.B. 1070 is its effect on legal, rather than illegal, aliens. Almost nowhere in the government’s briefs or the judge’s ruling is the arrest and detention of illegal aliens addressed. This fiction is transparent, however. The real threat posed by S.B. 1070 was that it would disrupt the de facto amnesty that the executive branch has accorded to the vast majority of illegal aliens. It would start to implement congressional mandates and the public will that the immigration laws be enforced. For that reason, it had to be stopped.

Arizona Immigration Law Ruling: I Predicted This, Last Week, But Real Test is at Supreme Court - Debbie Schlussel

Swift Tax Dodgers - American Spectotor

John Kerry is the gift that keeps on giving, a cornucopia of contradictions and hypocrisy. After flip-flopping his way to defeat in the 2004 presidential race, he is still doing the opposite of what he says everyone should do, and it is still getting him into trouble.

Last week the Boston Herald reported that in March Kerry registered his $7 million yacht not in Boston, where he lives, but in Newport, R.I. Kerry's office has said the Rhode Island registration had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that Rhode Island has no sales or use tax on boats, but Massachusetts has both.

The Herald's public service here was not to expose Kerry as a hypocrite. Kerry needs no help doing that. In 2004, he said people earning more than $200,000 should pay more in taxes, but here he is dodging taxes on a $7 million yacht. He also said it was immoral to move American manufacturing jobs overseas. But he had his custom-built yacht made in New Zealand. The real public service in the Herald story was to expose just how awful Massachusetts taxes are.


NY Daily News: Bam's coalition is imploding: Women, white men, Jews, even Hispanics are abandoning President Obama.

President Obama was swept into office by a tidal wave of support from a diverse coalition comprised of white Democrats, women, independents, Hispanics, Jews and African-Americans. Amid the din of "Yes, we can!" chants, it seemed that nothing could bring the history-making President down. But now, with his policies largely unpopular and his inability to goose economic growth increasingly apparent, Obama's once powerful political coalition is imploding.
On Election Day 2008, Obama won the largest share of white support of any Democrat in a two-man race since 1976, according to Politico. Today, however, that group is abandoning him in droves. A Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted this month reveals that only 40% of whites approve of the job the President is doing. Worse yet, these cracks have penetrated his own base: Among white Democrats, approval on the economy is down since April from 80% to 60%.
Dig deeper and the polling points to another ominous sign: Obama's approval with white college-educated females has dipped below 50% for the first time in his presidency. Tasked with making household budget decisions, women are skeptical of the President's health care plan and disappointed in our economic outlook. This explains Obama's effort to woo the women of "The View." It also explains his administration's backing of an equal-pay bill in Congress - the rallying cry of bra-burning feminists. But don't expect them to buy it. Talk is cheap.

Black Leaders Chide Obama White House, 'Right-Wing Press' - Fox News

WASHINGTON -- Aging heroes of the civil rights movement and younger African-American leaders on Wednesday offered differing views of the challenges most urgently confronting black America -- with some calling for a continued push to reform the U.S. criminal justice system and others emphasizing economic achievement.

At the annual conference of the National Urban League, which turns 100 this year, the group's president, Marc H. Morial, challenged the notion that the country should be entering a "post-racial" period.

"I would ask: Is the objective a post-racial America? Or is the objective a multi-racial America that is post-racist?" Morial said.

Decrying inequities in the status of black men as measured against whites, the Rev. Jesse Jackson also pointed out the dire straits of federal and state budgets.

"They're cutting back on public transportation," Jackson said during a morning panel discussion, "cutting back on public housing, cutting back on public ed[ucation]; and the result is [we] have built the largest jail-industrial complex in the world, of which 55 percent [of the inmate population] are black. To me that's the heart of the civil rights struggle."

Introducing Obama Now Doing Instructional Videos - Weekly Standard


The Unpresidential President - The Weekly Standard

Barack Obama has managed a rare feat: The longer he holds office, the more he diminishes in stature.

By James W. Ceaser

From charisma to populism—this is the slippery slope down which Barack Obama has been sliding over the past two years. In June 2008, Obama the candidate described his nomination as “the moment when .  .  . our planet began to heal.” In June 2010, Obama the president promised his partisans he would find an “ass to kick.”

With the peculiar magic of his presidential campaign now a faded memory, Obama is shoring up support by the cruder method of divisive appeals. Long before the current (already hugely extended) campaign season began, Obama made it a practice to target opposition symbols (“the insurance industry,” “speculators,” “a bunch of fat cat bankers on Wall Street,” the oil companies), call out and assail individual opponents (Rush Limbaugh, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner), and refer disparagingly to the Tea Party movement and Republicans in general (“this crowd”). More than a half-year before the midterm elections, he tried to revive his electoral base of “young people, African Americans, Latinos, and women” by taking a page from Al Gore’s 2000 campaign and embracing the shop-worn slogan, “I won’t stop fighting for you.”

An ass-thumping president frantically fighting for the little guy—it’s hard to imagine George Washington or Abraham Lincoln choosing to project an image of this kind. Barack Obama has managed a rare feat in American history: The longer he is president, the less presidential he has become. Obama has reversed the usual process of growth and maturation, appearing today far more like a candidate for the presidency—and a very ordinary one at that—than he did during the latter stages of his campaign.

You may not care about the editor of a black women’s magazine, but just another example of how race consumes every aspect of our lives today. A white women editor pisses of black readers.

Grio: Essence Editor-In-Chief Angela Burt-Murray writes that the New White editor of Magazine won't diminish our love of Black women


Judge Rips Guts Out of AZ Law: It's No Longer Illegal to be Illegal - Rush Limbaugh

The Associated Press, partisan political operatives, and the Democrats are just doing handstands. They are ecstatic. Susan Bolton, the judge, "has blocked the most controversial sections of Arizona's new immigration law from taking effect tomorrow, which is a major victory to opponents of the crackdown. The law is still gonna take effect but without many of the provisions that angered the opponents, including sections that require officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws." The cops cannot do that now. Why not? Now, this is just until the courts resolve the issues. This is a temporary injunction, pending a trial to have final adjudication on this. But this is just flat-out amazing. Who is going to enforce immigration law if the Feds are not going to do it?

I mean, there are states that already do this, cops that already determine this. What about raids in states that are hiring illegals and they're found and they're deported? "Yeah, Rush, but those are federal agents doing that." No, not entirely. Local police in Rhode Island are enforcing federal immigration law, but now a judge has said that that cannot happen in Arizona, pending the results of a trial. By the way, if this gets all the way to the appellate court that's the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals that will decide this, which is to say they will uphold her. So if this ends up as far as they go there's going to be a trial with this and be after that then it will get to the Ninth Circus. So local cops will no longer be able to go after kidnappers. I mean, that's a federal offense. This is absurd. This is patently absurd, and I'm going to tell you something.

All of you Democrats, all you liberals, you think you've won something here. This is just gonna add to your defeat, the size of your defeat come November. You know, there are very few pollsters that are going to be very honest about this. Michael Barone has a piece out today. It is looking like a disaster for the Democrats, and they know it, and there are two Democrat pollsters who still count as Americans first: Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen. They have a story in the Wall Street Journal today about the divisiveness of President Obama and his regime. So you think you've got a big win here in your voter registration drive called amnesty. Dingy Harry, Pelosi, Obama, they're going to celebrate this. "Oh, yeah! Now we can register these people to vote. Nobody can stop 'em from voting." Just wait 'til November. That's when the statement about all this will be made, the first of many. It's time to deport Washington. As long as we're talking about deporting people, it's time to deport a town.

What Would Happen if the Bush Tax Cuts Expire - WSJ Online

Much of the focus has been on the wealthy, but what will the expiration of the tax cuts mean for everyone else? Brett Arends runs the numbers.

Sure, everyone's taxes are different, and the U.S. tax code is so horrendously Byzantine that the moment you say anything you run into a thicket of caveats. But let's run some numbers. And let's take a very broad brush approach to this. Let's assume you're a typical filer, you take the standard deduction, and let's just look at the biggest tax issues.

Right now people pay income taxes on a sliding scale from 10% up to 35%. The old 2000 rates started at 15% and went up to 39.6%.

For most people, these higher rates are moot. They only apply to the highest of flyers. Fewer than 1% currently pay the 35% rate and fewer than 4% even pay 33%, says the IRS. As for the old 39.6% rate: Adjusted for inflation, you'd only pay that now on any income over $363,000 a year.

Most ordinary people these days are paying a marginal rate of 15% or 25%. If we let the tax cuts expire, that might rise for many to 28%. Based on data supplied by the AICPA these ordinary folks would take a tax bump of anywhere between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars.

For a typical single filer with adjusted gross income of around $40,000 it might be about $400 a year.

For someone on $80,000, about $1,600.
Federal Debt and the Risk of a Financial Crisis - Director's Blog

Over the past few years, U.S. government debt held by the public has grown rapidly. According to CBO’s projections, federal debt held by the public will stand at 62 percent of GDP at the end of fiscal year 2010, having risen from 36 percent at the end of fiscal year 2007, just before the recession began. In only one other period in U.S. history—during and shortly after World War II—has that figure exceeded 50 percent.

Further increases in federal debt relative to the nation’s output almost certainly lie ahead if current policies remain in place. The aging of the population and rising costs for health care will push federal spending, measured as a percentage of GDP, well above the levels experienced in recent decades. Unless policymakers restrain the growth of spending, increase revenues significantly as a share of GDP, or adopt some combination of those two approaches, growing budget deficits will cause debt to rise to unsupportable levels.
Foreclosures Up 75% In Top Metro Areas - Sweetness & Light
Great news: New electric car costs only slightly more than average annual per capita income - Hot Air

Sticker price: $41,000. Per capita income: $39,138. No worries, though. You get a $7,500 tax credit for buying one, so in effect, this baby costs only slightly north of … $33,000. Which, really, is a small price to pay for showing How Much You Care.
Obama’s Sob-Story Example of Why Unemployment Benefits Should Be Extended is a Convicted Fraudster - Michelle Malkin - By way of Ed Morrissey at Hot Air

Politics 101: If you’re trying to convince hard-working Americans — many of whom are holding down multiple jobs — to support their tax dollars going towards extending unemployment benefits to people who have allegedly fallen on hard times, your “grounds-of-compassion” example should not be a criminal.


Keith Olbermann Named “Worst Person In The World”! - First Things

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