1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody, anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
Liberals won’t understand any of this though, you understand. It’s completely beyond them.
It’s not “fair”! 🙂
See how it all started, in my view (with lots of Star Wars and Inception References to boot): https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/the-real-star-wars/
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”– Master Yoda
And who hates more Liberals.
Who wants to control absolutely everything you do from before you’re born until after you’re dead more than Liberals?
Who considers “compromise” being you given them everything they want first.
And “balance” is a euphemism for Tax Increases.
And quite why Republicans are so impudent in the face of this is beyond me.
White House Spokesman: “we are also realistic. that grand bargain if you will is still on the table. the one that the speaker of the house walked away from. and while often republicans don’t like to admit it, they came very close to an agreement. and that agreement is still available. now, if we are not able to achieve that in the next several days, we still need — we have no other alternative, we have to take action to ensure that we do not default. and we have to take action to reduce our deficit.”
The Spin is amazing in it’s audacity. But then again the White House knows the in-the-tank Liberal Media and the not-paying-attention american public will eat this sort of spin up and vomit it out like it was real.
So the Republican passed a plan. The Democrats refused to even vote on it.
This is walking away from the “grand bargain”.
Boehner walks out of one meeting where Obama kept throwing more taxes in to the mix and suddenly that’s all the myopic media sees. Obama walked out of a meeting too, he even went on TV to complain about it. But does the media or the Left even remember that? No.
They were close to a deal, Obama crushed it by piling on more and more tax increases. But you’ll never, ever hear that from the media. No sir, they know nothing about it.
It never happened, even though it did.
The biggest lie though is the “default” scare. To default we have to not pay our bonds and debt. Guess what?
We have have enough to pay those, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Just not much else.
So the only way we really default is if the Democrats do it deliberately.
And why wouldn’t they!
It will be the Republican’s Fault! 🙂
(did you catch the logic error?)
And the “we will have to act” means the president will just summarily do whatever the hell he wants anyhow (Tax Increases and more spending) “to save the country”. That way he gets everything he wanted and the Republicans get the blame for it.
What could possibly be better than that!
He is the White Knight in the White House come to save you from those evil greedy Republicans and their psycho fringe Tea Partiers!
Mind you raising Taxes and spending more will not solve the problem. But it will be a political victory for the Democrats in their minds and in the minds of their fawning media lap-dogs.
And after all, that’s what’s REALLY important.
“Republicans have taken us to the brink of economic chaos,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said. “The delay must end now so we can focus on the American people’s top priority: creating jobs and growing the economy.”
(Sounds vaguely familiar? Have they repeatedly said this over the last 2+ years every time they are getting their way…why yes, they do…)
This would be the 9.2% Unemployment (and 8%+ since Obama was elected) that she’s referring to. The Democrats have done a brilliant so far, if only they could get rid of those damn Republicans…
And taxing the employers more, plus ObamaCare, is surely going to create more jobs and make everyone feel better!
If only we could get rid of the Republicans.
Obama told the press corps that Republican proposals to cut the budget would interfere with the well-loved American tradition of, er, expanding government:
We’re not out here trying to use this as a means of doing all these really tough political things. I’d rather be talking about stuff that everybody welcomes — like new programs…
You may hear the argument that why not just go ahead and do all the cuts and we can debate the revenue issues in the election — right? You’ll hear that from some Republicans. The problem is, is that if you don’t do the revenues, then to get the same amount of savings you’ve got to have more cuts.
It took Obama this long to figure out that cuts are an alternative to increasing taxes? Most of us had that figured out already, big guy. (Hot air.com)
President Barack Obama and top auto executives are set to unveil details of a compromise to slash the amount of gasoline cars and trucks will need down the road.
The deal, to be announced Friday, will double fuel economy standards to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 and further restrict the tailpipe emissions blamed for global warming.
A Prius doesn’t get this.
So the automobile manufacturers who are losing money now have to spend even more to close that gap. And you can’t get rid of workers because the UAW runs the show.
Anyone for another bailout?
Oh, and that car you have now, the government will eventually rule you have to get rid of it (why do think Liberals like Obama wouldn’t?) and buy a new car you can’t afford. Doesn’t that sound good for the environment?
You can afford it.
And if you can’t I’m sure the government will help you out. Mind you they will have to get more money from you to do it. But hey, it’s only “fair”. 😮
And it’s good for the environment. 🙂
Thomas Sowell: Despite the widespread notion that raising tax rates automatically means collecting more revenue for the government, history says otherwise. As far back as the 1920s, Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon pointed out that the government received a very similar amount of revenue from high-income earners at low tax rates as it did at tax rates several times as high.
How was that possible? Because high tax rates drive investors into tax shelters, such as tax-exempt bonds. Today, as a result of globalization and electronic transfers of money, “the rich” are even less likely to stand still and be sheared like sheep, when they can easily send their money overseas, to places where tax rates are lower.
Money sent overseas creates jobs overseas — and American workers cannot transfer themselves overseas to get those jobs as readily as investors can send their money there.
All the overheated political rhetoric about needing to tax “millionaires and billionaires” is not about bringing in more revenue to the government. It is about bringing in more votes for politicians who stir up class warfare with rhetoric.
Now that the Republicans seem to have gotten the Democrats off their higher taxes kick, the question is whether a minority of the House Republicans will refuse to pass the Boehner legislation that could lead to a deal that will spare the country a major economic disruption and spare the Republicans from losing the 2012 elections by being blamed — rightly or wrongly — for the disruptions.
Is the Boehner legislation the best legislation possible? Of course not! You don’t get your heart’s desire when you control only one house of Congress and face a presidential veto.
The most basic fact of life is that we can make our choices only among the alternatives actually available. It is not idealism to ignore the limits of one’s power. Nor is it selling out one’s principles to recognize those limits at a given time and place, and get the best deal possible under those conditions.
That still leaves the option of working toward getting a better deal later, when the odds are more in your favor.
There would not be a United States of America today if George Washington’s army had not retreated and retreated and retreated, in the face of an overwhelmingly more powerful British military force bent on annihilating Washington’s troops.
Later, when the conditions were right for attack, General Washington attacked. But he would have had nothing to attack with if he had wasted his troops in battles that would have wiped them out.
Similar principles apply in politics. As Edmund Burke said, more than two centuries ago: “Preserving my principles unshaken, I reserve my activity for rational endeavors.”
What does “rational” mean? At its most basic, it means an ability to make a ratio, as with “rational numbers” in mathematics. More broadly, it means an ability to weigh one thing against another.
There are a lot of things to weigh against each other, not only as regards the economy, but also what the consequences to this nation would be to have Barack Obama get re-elected and go further down the dangerous path he has put us on, at home and abroad. Is it worth that risk to make a futile symbolic vote in Congress?
One of the good things about the Tea Party movement is that it resisted the temptation to actually form a third political party, which has been an exercise in futility, time and time again, under the American electoral system.
But, if the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party becomes just a rule-or-ruin minority, then they might just as well have formed a separate third party and gone on to oblivion.
Writers can advocate things that have no chance at the moment, for their very writing about those things persuasively can make them possible at some future date. But to adopt the same approach as an elected member of Congress risks losing both the present and the future.
But at least we know who to blame. 🙂
And Never Let a Crisis go to Waste!