Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Liberalism’s Greatest Failure? The Problems with taxing the rich, Taxes... taxes... taxes...., "white people only care about taxes now because we have a blue lipped nigga in the White House" Misunderstand the Tea Party Movement, Hey, Dallas! 'Where's the birth certificate?'

Liberalism’s Greatest Failure? - National Review

Amidst all of this talk about education this week, there’s an omission that drives me crazy. Yes, yes, the horrid state of American education is an American problem, and to that extent we’re all to blame in some abstract sort of way. But is there another major area of American public policy that is more screwed up and more completely the fault of one ideological side? Which party do the teachers’ unions support overwhelmingly? What is the ideological outlook of the bureaucrats at the Department of Education? Which party claims it “cares” more about education and demagogues any attempt by the other party to reform it? Who has controlled the large inner city school systems for generations? What is the ideological orientation of the ed school racket? Whose preferred teaching methods have been funded and whose have been ridiculed?

You know the answer to all of these questions. And yet to listen to the debate this week, you would think this is all a bipartisan problem because Republicans share the blame for refusing to fund schools enough.

There are two problems with this canard. 1) Bush and the GOP congress massively increased education spending and 2) the problems with our education system have almost nothing to do with how much money we spend.

We’re constantly told about all of these countries allegedly beating us in the classroom. Does anyone really think they’re doing better than us because they spend more? Really?


Taxing the Rich - Real Clear Politics
By John Stossel

Progressives want to raise taxes on individuals who make more than $200,000 a year because they say it's wrong for the rich to be "given" more money. Sunday's New York Times carries a cartoon showing Uncle Sam handing money to a fat cat. They just don't get it.

As I've said before, a tax cut is not a handout. It simply means government steals less. What progressives want to do is take money from some -- by force -- and spend it on others. It sounds less noble when plainly stated.

That's the moral side of the matter. There's a practical side, too. Taxes discourage wealth creation. That hurts everyone, the lower end of the income scale most of all. An economy that, through freedom, encourages the production of wealth raises the living standards of lower-income people as well as everyone else.

A free society is not a zero-sum game in which every gain is offset by someone's loss. As long as government keeps its thumb off the scales, the "makers" who get rich do so by making others better off. (When the government allocates capital or creates barriers to competition, all bets are off.)

Maryland created a special tax on rich people that was supposed to bring in $106 million. Instead, the state lost $257 million.

My Two Cents:

Folks I have to vent here, I’m not rich in fact I’m far from it. Something else, I will never be “rich” because I will freely admit I don’t have the drive and determination and I don’t have the bright ideas lingering needed that may make me rich.

Now I’m figuring I have been blogging for 5 years now and I have always been tempted to do like many of these other websites and ask for donations. Hell if all the folks who have visited my blog would have donated a dollar I would be pretty well off. Feel free to help a brotha out.
Now no matter how generous you folks may be I won’t be “rich” having said that do I think it is right to have wealth taken or should I say stolen from those who have figured out how to obtain it?

Yesterday I was recording this session on Black Conservatism and there was this young black dude who attended who goes to the university who had some issues with what he was hearing from our conservative guest.
Now at the end of the session I spoke to him and while he tried to come off as more of a well rounded black dude who prides himself on independent thinking he said something that showed me his true colors and also showed me how incredible naive and stupid todays black youth must be.

He indicated that he attended a Tea Party event in the local area and he indicated that he wore and Obama shirt to the rally. It was clear in his conversation that he went looking for trouble however he did admit that although he was engaged in some spirited conversation the crowd was hardly “racist” or as he put it over the top. He said he had read a lot of stories about tea party racism and wanted to see first hand.

Well he went on the state:

“I don’t understand the tea party movement and I don’t understand why people are raising hell about taxes now because nobody cared about taxes before. The only reason these white folks are raising hell about taxes now is because we have a blue lipped nigga in the White House. If there was a white president nobody would care about taxes, there is nothing we can do about taxes, we need taxes to live, frankly we need more taxes because people don’t have nothin’ right now.”

Folks you know I now I have said this before so I’m sorry for repeating, but hey this blog is basically like my diary and so I will be prone from time to time to repeat myself.

I thank God that my parents raised me to think the way I do. As many issues I have with my father and although my parents divorced I still retain some of their basic parental knowledge and basically that is we are all responsible for ourselves and our actions dictate our own destiny.

During the session this dude bitched about being pulled over by the police numerous times and bitched about how “white people force” let me repeat “FORCE black people into doing dumb things because racism prevents back people from getting ahead.”

Hear we are in 2010 and this young black dude has the mental mindset of a slave. Here we have a supposedly educated young black dude totally ignorant of the realities of life, still allowing color to dictate the direction of his life. No matter how many voices of reason who populated this room, conservative people of color much older than he trying to get him to understand that the slave and race baiting mentality of the Jessie Jacksons and the Al Sharptons or the New Black Panthers of the world is corrosive and a recipe for disaster he is either unwilling or already unable to understand simple logic.

I hope to God that this young black man is the exception and not the rule when it comes to the future of Black America otherwise I am afraid that black folks will eventually become mentally extinct.

This may sound mean or crass but if folks are too stupid to learn how to think and to apply logic in how they govern their lives they are doomed to their own fate and they will indeed reap what the sow.

Lord please bless the stupid.

Taxes... taxes... taxes....

but you white people don't care about taxes, you only care because there is a blue lipped nigga in the White House...

In case you did not know below are all of the ideas that have been discussed, floated or talked about in Washington by Obama, his allies or someone in his Administration:

  • Raise the top income tax rates from their current 33 percent and 35 percent rates to 36 percent and 39.6 percent in 2011

  • Limit itemized deductions for people paying high rates

  • Increase capital gains and dividend taxes by 33 percent for people paying high income tax rates

  • Impose a value-added tax (VAT) on all goods and services

  • Raise the Social Security tax by lifting the cap

  • Raise a variety of business taxes by $353 billion over 10 years, including repeal of LIFO rules, restoring Superfund taxes, seven tax increases on energy companies, and more

  • Tax employer-provided health benefits

  • Implement a cap-and-trade system for emissions permits, the functional equivalent of a massive new tax

  • Tax drivers on their mileage

  • Change rules to raise gift taxes

  • Restore the estate tax at 45 percent

  • Raise cigarette tax by 62 cents a pack

  • Raise taxes on beer, wine, liquor, and soda

  • Eliminate health savings accounts and flexible savings accounts

  • Tax employer-provided cellphones

  • Tax AIG employee bonuses

  • Raise taxes on overseas corporate earnings

  • bank tax,

  • applying the Medicare tax to capital gains and other “passive” or “unearned” income,

  • raising the Medicare tax rate,

  • raising or broadening the capital gains tax,

  • an income tax “surtax,”

  • a tax on tanning

  • tax on private health insurance to pay for the expansion of government insurance has moved to the top of the list.

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      "Liberal pundits and the politicians whose agendas they favor continue to misunderstand the Tea Party movement and, what is worse, fail to realize how much the disdainful tone of their criticism fuels it."

      Antaeus and the Tea Party - New York Times Opinion

      Liberal pundits and the politicians whose agendas they favor continue to misunderstand the Tea Party movement and, what is worse, fail to realize how much the disdainful tone of their criticism fuels it. This may be changing now as the ominous signs proliferate — the primary victories of Christine O’Donnell, Joe Miller, Rand Paul and Sharron Angle, the likely election victory of Marco Rubio and, in recent days, the startling news that Carl Paladino and Joe DioGuardi may be closing in on supposedly shoo-ins Andrew Cuomo and Kirsten Gillibrand (I say “may be” because there are conflicting polls). And of course there is Sarah Palin, who, despite endless analyses of her personal and political shortcomings, looms larger on the national stage every day.

      The usual response to each tea part victory has been to say (1) it’s a one-off aberration (2) the primary turnout was low and unrepresentative and (3) he or she could never win in the general election. This has even been the position of the Republican party regulars who have often opposed the upstarts. Mitch McConnell was visibly upset by Rand Paul’s victory. Ten days before the Delaware primary, that state’s Republican party chairman Tom Ross called O’Donnell a liar who was “unhinged from reality.” Rick Lazio and Rudy Giuliani have declined to endorse Paladino, who is known as “crazy Carl” (an epithet he cheerfully embraces). Karl Rove has expressed alarm at the emergence of candidates who “did not evince the characteristics of rectitude, truthfulness and sincerity, and character.”

      These developments have led Time magazine to conclude (in its Sept. 27 cover story) that we are seeing a “shaking up [of] the Republican party,” and columnist Mark Halperin follows suit in the same issue when he says that the Tea Party success “spells danger for [the Republican party’s] long term future.”


      Hey, Dallas! 'Where's the birth certificate?' - WND
      Billboard campaign moves into heart of Texas

      DALLAS, Texas – The question has been asked – and not yet answered – in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, California, Tennessee and even in San Antonio. It's also been asked in state and federal courts across the land, even in the U.S. Supreme Court, and also remains unanswered.

      Maybe Dallas will be different.

      The "Where's The Birth Certificate" billboard campaign has arrived in this city, with the posting of the question that is key to the dispute over whether President Barak Obama is eligible to occupy the Oval Office from which he has directed the government takeover of Wall Street, Motor City and your doctor's office.

      The question pertains to the core issue raised in all of those legal and other challenges to Obama: Was he qualified under the requirements of the U.S. Constitution that the president be a "natural born citizen," a requirement not imposed on other federal officeholders.


      Anonymous said...

      That young man has plenty of company. Playing the victim is becoming a national pass time. Young people (of any race) do not have a corner on the market in terms of blaming others for their own choices (or mistakes). Very few people are able to look at their lives and realize that a lot of their troubles are due in large part to the choices they have made. It is far easier to come up with an excuse. People are lazy and they lie - a lot - especially to themselves. It is much easier to blame others (and look for an easy way out) if the other choice means doing something hard or unpleasant, like completing school, taking a job that is hard or boring, or sticking to something after the new or fun has worn off.

      Anonymous said...

      I have a feeling that this has nothing to do with the young man or politics and something more personal. I get the feeling that a certain individual is dealing with some still unresolved personal issues. I’m just trying to understand why continue to use this format to air your personal bitterness. I think therapy would be a better venue to get rid of your personal frustrations. People make choices all the time good and bad. You can either choose to live with those choices and the results and get on with your life or allow your own bitterness to drag you down. Seems like you are the one who continues to blame others for your own unhappiness move on or seek help. Follow your own advice.

      “Very few people are able to look at their lives and realize that a lot of their troubles are due in large part to the choices they have made.”

      This includes you too…

      Anonymous said...

      G is this your ex? If so she clearly has not moved on.

      Gaius Lawrenitis Negris said...

      No comment...except to say I've moved on and I'm content :-)