The Art of Snail Darting & Chicken Wrangling

The results of the “counter protest”, the “kiss-in” at Chick-Fil-A are in…

The Liberal media is very happy to pronounce it a success.

Chick-fil-A graffiti

Chicago: “If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don’t want you in the 1st Ward,” Moreno told the Tribune this week. “Because of this man’s ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the 1stWard.”

“Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values. They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”–Chicago Mayor and Former Obama Chief of Staff (before Obama “evolved”) – Raul Emmanuel.

Talk about “you didn’t build it”. This is “you won’t build it” 🙂

And what even funnier: Samesex marriages cannot be legally entered into in Illinois.

Man, you just can’t write ironic comedy like this. But the White House is trying…

The unemployment rate didn’t go up nearly as much as every was saying according to the White House: “The household survey showed that the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3% in July (or, more precisely, the rate rose from 8.217% in June to 8.254% in July),” wrote Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

“While there is more work that remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression,” Krueger wrote.

Wow! That lipstick on a pig is getting to be quite a whore! 🙂

The household survey showed that the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3% in July (or, more precisely, the rate rose from 8.217% in June to 8.254% in July). Acting BLS Commissioner John Galvin noted in his statement that the unemployment rate was “essentially unchanged” from June to July.

How many people does that .04658771000004788222299985347 increase add up to in a country of 300 million?

Who cares?

They’re only people.

Spin, baby, spin.

And by “baby” — I of course mean “the media.”

By the way, despite the media spin, this is the second uptick in unemployment in just a few months. In March our unemployment rate was 8.1%.

Someone needs to tell Obama he’s doing it wrong.

Yep, we paid $800 billion dollars for a stimulus and all we got was more lousy unemployment.  (Breitbart)

I would say the $6 Trillion he’s spent has done a lot of good, for his apparatchiks. Everyone else has gotten screwed.

Unemployment has been over 8% since February 2009. The Senate hasn’t passed a Budget since April 2009.

But everything is getting better!!! 🙂

This is sort of a nice metaphor for the economy, I think. Economic analysts and politicians are screaming about upticks and down-ticks — Romney called the report a “hammer blow” to families — but the underlying picture is relentlessly, boringly, tragically, the same. Things are getting better, decimal by decimal, but not fast enough. Manufacturing is growing. Food and services are adding low-wage jobs. Total government is shrinking. Meanwhile, in Washington, there is nothing resembling even the broadest definition of urgency.

If this is all sounding familiar, it’s because you’re paying attention. In 2011, the unemployment rate didn’t change between January and July, and we averaged 150k new jobs per month. In 2012 … the unemployment rate didn’t change between January and July. and we averaged 150k new jobs per month. Maybe there’s a seasonal adjustment quirk with the numbers. Maybe things really are getting better at an imperceptibly slow pace. Those things aren’t mutually exclusive. (The Atlantic)

But at least the Media focused on what is REALLY important.

Chick-Fil-A haters. Harry Reid’s Mudslinging. And Romney’s “gaffes”. That’s what’s important!

The three networks focused on Romney’s alleged gaffes in 18 of 21 evening news stories about Romney’s trip to London, Israel, and Poland, according to MRC. That’s 86 percent.

The networks devoted 53 minutes to almost entirely negative coverage of Romney’s trip. During Obama’s 2008 journey, they offered 92 minutes of gushing coverage, according to MRC.

 But don’t worry, they aren’t biased. 🙂

I’m sad to report today a death of a good friend to all of us…..Journalism, the once esteemed 4th estate of our nation and the protector of our freedoms and a watchdog of our rights has passed away after a long struggle with a crippling and debilitating disease of acute dishonesty aggravated by advanced laziness and the loss of brain function.–Gov. Huckabee 2009

10 of thousands show up on “Appreciation Day” and the media want to ignore those “haters”. But 10’s of people show up at the “kiss in” and the Media is trumpeting it as a major success against the “haters”.

America, What a Country. And the Liberal media isn’t biased…. 🙂

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee recently tweeted: “Closest Chick-fil-A to San Francisco is 40 miles away and I strongly recommend they not try to come any closer.”

You strongly recommend, Mr. Mayor? Why? Might something happen to a Chick-fil-A business that opens in your town? Are you sanctioning threats?

That’s the crux of this matter: Lee’s belief that he has a right to punish those with whom he disagrees.

Hey, Mr. Mayor, the vast majority of black preachers publicly oppose gay marriage. Are you going to tell them not to set up shop in your town?

Bet he won’t.

The Chick-fil-A deal is basically a grandstand play by some politically correct leftwing zealots. But it has backfired big time. All across the country, thousands of folks stood in long lines this week to buy chicken from Chick-fil-A. They are making an important statement: Don’t mess with freedom of expression.

That is one foul thing to do. (Bill O’reilly)

But the Left is in a Fowl mood, while the rest of the country is should be in a foul mood over the economy and the politics of the Left instead.

NOVEMBER IS COMING

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

 

 

The Honeymoon

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez
With just 43 days to go, it looks like Americans may be hit with the largest tax hike in history. If so, blame it on the Democrats. It’s their ideological rigidity that’s costing the country its economic growth President Obama and congressional Democrats are battling with Republicans over the fate of the one bright spot in our economy over the past six years: Bush’s tax cuts.

Obama and his Democratic allies want a temporary extension of the 2001 and 2003 Bush cuts for the middle class (the poor already pay no income taxes), but not for individuals earning more than $200,000 or families earning more than $250,000.

Problem is, even Democrats are split over this. And Republicans are in no mood to let Democrats play class politics with our nation’s economy. They want all the tax cuts extended or nothing.

When asked Wednesday if the Republicans would agree to a deal that would permanently cut rates on the middle class, but for only two years on those with upper incomes, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah replied, “Are you kidding?”

Good answer. With Bush’s cuts set to expire at year-end, Democrats, who control Congress until January, can’t agree among themselves what to do — much less cut a deal with Republicans.

“I don’t even know what the options are at this moment,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. And she’s on the Finance Committee, which will write any new tax law.

By their unwillingness to compromise and inability to even agree among themselves, the Democrats deserve blame if the tax cuts expire. And if you think these tax hikes won’t matter, think again.

Even raising taxes just on the rich, as Democrats propose, would cripple the economy. As American Enterprise Institute economist Alan Viard notes, households with incomes over $200,000 in 2007 took 47% of all taxable interest income, 60% of the dividends and 84% of net capital gains.

These highly productive investors drive the economy and create most of our jobs. Yet they’re the ones the Democrats want to tax. If they do, it will lower income for all groups.

While we support keeping rates low on high incomes, other taxes are also slated to go up sharply at year-end. Republicans shouldn’t forget to keep other Bush tax cuts in place too. They include:

The estate tax. It will jump from the current zero to 55% at the end of the year on estates larger than $1 million. That will force many families to liquidate businesses to pay taxes, killing jobs.

The corporate tax. Now at a top rate of 39%, it’s way above the 26% average for the OECD. It’s a big reason for outsourcing. It should be cut to the OECD average.

Capital gains. Slated to jump from 15% to 20%, the cap-gains tax will hurt stock investors and capital formation. Fewer businesses plus less investment equals a permanent loss of jobs.

Dividends. Dividend tax rates are set to surge from 15% to a top rate of 39.6% — decimating seniors’ incomes and further hitting investment markets. Dividends should be taxed like cap gains.

These are things that will restore growth — something that the Obama-led Democrats seem to have forgotten.

I would argue that they haven’t forgotten it. Since it’s not in their ideology they don’t believe in it to begin with.

Remember, many a Democrat and Liberal think tax INCREASES are good for you. That making less money is a good thing.

And besides they can’t let evil, satanic, greedy, capitalist pig “rich” off the hook.

The truly loonie left would have a conniption and then stroke out if they did.

So instead they will play chicken.

And were the ones who will have our economic heads lopped off and be running around trying to figure out how deal with it.

Remember, these “tax cuts” are not actually cuts at all. Tax rates would remain the same, but if not kept then Taxes WOULD INCREASE FOR EVERYBODY!

So there are no “cuts”.

But don’t tell the Left this. They hear the phrase “tax cut” and they go into a epileptic fit, turn beet red, and steam comes out their ears!

Expiration of the Bush tax cuts will impose a job-killing, $3 trillion tax increase on a beleaguered economy reeling from near-double-digit unemployment. The necessity of finding a solution is paramount.

So what’s atop President Obama’s agenda? Meeting with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss passing the Dream (development, relief and education for alien minors) Act, a bill that has nothing to do with jobs and taxes, but a great deal to do with rewarding Obama’s political base and ensuring an unending stream of Democratic voters.

And we all know that his 2012 re-election and much more voter fraud and democrat voter slaves to overturn the slapdown they got is FAR MORE IMPORTANT after all.

Obama’s 5 minutes of “laser-like focus” on jobs and the economy are up, time to get back to the Agenda!

A top advocate of the Dream Act is Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois. After meeting with the president, he issued a statement saying it would be “a down payment on comprehensive reform, and we will continue working towards comprehensive immigration reform today, tomorrow and until it passes.” “Comprehensive immigration” is liberal-speak for open borders and amnesty.

Gutierrez crowed that three re-elected U.S. senators — Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer and Michael Bennet — “and many other Democratic candidates in state and federal races, owe their jobs to the support of Latino and immigrant voters” who expect payback. As they say, elections have consequences.

So the honeymoon is over. The abusive relationship resumes.

Jobs and tax cuts may have to wait. Americans and legal immigrants are beginning to wonder what benefits accrue to being an American citizen when illegal aliens and their offspring are treated better than law-abiding citizens. So are we. (IBD)

The Agenda is The Agenda!

All Hail the mighty Progressive Liberal Agenda!

Political Cartoon by Chuck Asay
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Chicken for The Holidays,Anyone?

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Thomas Sowell:

Another deficit reduction commission has now made its recommendations. My own recommendation for dealing with deficits would include stopping the appointment of deficit reduction commissions.

It is not the amount of money that these commissions cost that is the issue. It is the escape hatch that they provide for big-spending politicians.

Do you go ahead and spend the rent money and the food money– and then ask somebody else to tell you how to escape the consequences?

If President Obama or the Congress were serious about keeping the deficit down, they could have had this commission’s recommendations before they spent hundreds of billions of dollars, handing out goodies hither and yon to their pet constituencies.

I don’t know why people agree to serve on these bipartisan commissions, which save the political hides of the big spenders after they have run up huge deficits. Back in the 1950s, there was a saying: “If you didn’t invite me to the take-off, don’t invite me to the crash landing.”

Deficit commissions make it politically possible to spend money first and get somebody else to recommend raising taxes later. They are a virtual guarantee of never-ending increases in both spending and taxes.

Why provide political cover? Leave the big spenders out there naked in front of the voters! Either the elected officials will change their ways or the voters can change the officials they elect.

There is no special information or wisdom available to unelected deficit commissions that is not available to elected officials. Nor are they more far-seeing than politicians.

Cutting defense spending to save money? That is one of the oldest moves in the liberal play book. Some soldiers may pay with their lives for this, but that could be years from now– and after the next election, which is as far as most politicians think.

The biggest immediate tax issue is whether the Bush tax cuts will be extended for everyone. Here, as elsewhere in politics, sheer hogwash reigns supreme.

Nancy Pelosi claims that the “tax cuts for the rich” cannot be continued because it would be “too costly.” Although former Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey says, “Demagoguery beats data” in politics, here are some data anyway.

The first big cut in income taxes came in the 1920s, at the urging of Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon. He argued that a reduction of the tax rates would increase the tax revenues. What actually happened?

In 1920, when the top tax rate was 73 percent, for people making over $100,000 a year, the federal government collected just over $700 million in income taxes– and 30 percent of that was paid by people making over $100,000. After a series of tax cuts brought the top rate down to 24 percent, the federal government collected more than a billion dollars in income tax revenue– and people making over $100,000 a year now paid 65 percent of the taxes.

How could that be? The answer is simple: People behave differently when tax rates are high as compared to when they are low. With low tax rates, they take their money out of tax shelters and put it to work in the economy, benefitting themselves, the economy and government, which collects more money in taxes because incomes rise.

High tax rates which very few people are actually paying, because of tax shelters, do not bring in as much revenue as lower tax rates that people are paying. It was much the same story after tax cuts during the Kennedy administration, the Reagan administration and the Bush Administration.

The New York Times reported in 2006: “An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year.”

Expectations are in the eyes of the beholder– and in the rhetoric of the demagogues. If class warfare is more important to some politicians than collecting more revenue when there is a deficit, then let the voters know that.

And spare us so-called “deficit reduction commissions.”

Political Cartoon by Bob Gorrell

Or my take, it was “I’m too chicken” so we’ll let someone propose solutions, take the heat, then we can shoot them down as too extreme and then continue doing what we have always done knowing we avoided those “extreme” examples and we can play act at doing something meaningful but not actually do anything for real.

Only, the Tea Partiers like me aren’t that stupid and inattentive. Which is why the media and the Democrats will have to go after them as “extremists” and “lunatics” and “crazy” as they have for since last summer when it all began.

Some in the Republican establishment, the old boys spending club, may join in on the chorus just because they like the way it has been, for them. Think of all that pork. The favors. The graft. The power…

But if you want to know what inflation is truly like see: http://www.westegg.com/inflation/

That $100,000 in 1920 mentioned above in Thomas Sowell’s editorial piece is  $1,061,696.17 in 2009.

That me old mates is 1000% inflation in the 90 years since the Progressive Liberals first dreamed of Obama’s Utopia.

But now instead of Millionaires, their class warfare line in the sand is $250,000.

Below it is, “Middle Class”. Above it ‘evil’ “rich”.

Notice, they don’t say “poor”. 🙂 because they leave that for later when they divide the middle class up over other things.

FYI: by the calculator $250,000 in 2000 when Satan (GWB) was elected and that same amount in 2009 is $308,391.49 which 18% .

So does 250,000 really constitute “rich” or was this just a line the Liberal decided on arbitrarily like throwing a dart, and then it became a mantra so that if you tell it often enough it becomes true?

You decide.

There are hard, nasty, very unpopular choices to be made. And a “commission” is a political game of chicken. Period.

Man up Congress. You made the mess. The people helped you create the mess. Now you have fix it.

Or Else.

Oh, and 1/1/11 is approaching very fast….

Political Cartoon by Lisa Benson
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