False Choices

“The more the American people see of Mitt Romney, the less they like him and the less they trust him,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement issued shortly after Santorum suspended his campaign.

The same can be said of you Mr. President (but the Liberal Media is still trying to hide it as much as they can). But I NEVER liked what I saw to begin with.

Arrogant, condescending Socialist who wanted to run everyone’s life for them and who has a virtual Messiah Complex.

Everything I’ve ever wanted! 😦

“What drags our entire economy down is when the benefits of economic growth and productivity go only to the few,” Obama said.

“The gap between those at the very, very top and everybody else keeps growing wider and wider and wider and wider,” Obama said.

The president argued that government-led investments in the future economy were not a “socialist dream” as some of his conservative opponents would have it, but were essential to future prosperity.

“Let me you ask you: what’s the better way to make our economy stronger? Do we give another $150,000 tax break to every millionaire and billionaire in the country?” the president said.

“Or should we make investments in education and research and health care and our veterans?”

A False Choice Mr. President. Just like you.

Spend more Money. The Liberal answer to everything. Just Spend Even More!

$16 Trillion Dollars in Debt not good enough for you?

And giving more money to Education means giving more money to the Unions that turn around and give it to the Democrats. Giving more money to education is not about giving more money to the children.

Imagine That. 🙂

“So these investments — in things like education and research and health care — they haven’t been made as some grand scheme to redistribute wealth from one group to another,” the president said today at Florida Atlantic University. “This is not some socialist dream,” Obama added, as he called for tax increases on millionaires today to pay for those investments.

And he can say that with a straight face because he’s a practiced politician and his lap dog media are not going to challenge him on it.

And this ‘magical’ class warfare tax on Millionaire will do absolutely nothing for either job creation or debt reduction. But it will satisfy the heart and soul of liberalism — Divide and Conquer Class Warfare & Envy!

“I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” — Candidate Obama to then private Citizen Joe The Plumber.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky 2011: “You Don’t Deserve To Keep All Your Money”
“I’ll put it this way, you don’t deserve to keep all of it. It’s not a question of deserving, because what government is, is those things that we decide to do together.”

So “spread the wealth around” just don’t say those exact words and that isn’t what you mean even if it is. Orwell smiles upon you my son.

“If we would just convert these investments that we’re making through out government in education, research and healthcare. If we just turn those into tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, then somehow the economy is going to grow stronger. That’s the theory,” President Obama said about the right at a campaign event on the tax code in Boca Raton, Florida today.

“Here is the news. We tried this for eight years before I took office. We tried it. It is not like we did not try it. At the beginning of the last decade, the wealthiest Americans got two huge tax cuts, in 2001 and 2003. Meanwhile, insurance companies, financial institutions, there were all allowed to write their own rules, find their way around the rules. We were told the same thing we’re being told now — this is going to lead to faster job growth, it’s going to lead to greater prosperity for everybody. Guess what? It didn’t,” he said an audience at Florida Atlantic University.

See what I mean. Can’t you just feel the love. 🙂

Time to bring out one of my favorite videos yet again:

Romney, a former venture capitalist, paid a tax rate of just 13.9 percent in 2010, a far lower rate than the average American paid, as his fortune is mainly based on investment and not salaried income.

Warren Buffet’s income, even more so. Funny how that worked out…. 🙂

http://townhall.com/video/ingraham-what-happened-to-bringing-people-together

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Pivoting Talking Points

The Grand Pivot:

Carol E. Lee of the Wall Street Journal asks White House press secretary Jay Carney about creating jobs and the point of the President’s upcoming bus tour in the Midwest. The White House denies this is a campaign event, instead calling it an “official event.” Transcript from today’s briefing below:

Q Sort of to follow on that, why should Americans believe that the White House can create jobs when the unemployment rate has been so stagnant and the record is sort of anemic?

MR. CARNEY: Well, the White House doesn’t create jobs. The government together — White House, Congress — creates policies that allow for greater job creation. And that can be through tax cuts, for example, for working Americans; everyone who works pays a payroll tax. And the tax cut that this President pushed for, for one year, for this calendar year, he’s pushing for to be extended next year.  (which costs $$ and is an evil “tax cut”)

They can — he can work to do the things that I just talked about, in terms of fuel-efficiency standards or clean energy investments. He very much supports the creation of an infrastructure bank, which has bipartisan support, which would leverage very relatively minimal amount of taxpayer dollars to allow private companies to hire folks to rebuild our infrastructure, which in turn will help create a more solid foundation for economic growth and job creation.

Did he not get the latest pivot memo?

Oh, and by the way, “rebuilding the infrastructure” is another liberal code phrase for SPENDING like drunken morons again. Stimulus “jobs” anyone?

Q And then, lastly, Senator Portman has an op-ed today, and he suggests that every other time the debt ceiling needs to be raised that Congress do a dollar-for-dollar decrease in the reduction of the deficit. Is that something that the White House —

MR. CARNEY: So make permanent the arbitrary connection between Congress simply allowing that the government should pay the bills that it rings up and link that to, again, arbitrary numbers to reduce spending. Again, this is not a related issue. I would suspect that we do not think that would be a good idea or particularly helpful to economic growth or job creation. (RCP)

Yeah, all we want is to raise taxes and spend more. That’ll solve everything! 😦

John Harwood, CNBC: “Do you feel that you or the administration’s policies are in any way responsible for this downgrade?”

Sec. Tim Geithner, U.S. Treasury: “Oh, absolutely not. You see, the President worked incredibly hard in making real incredibly progress trying to heal the damage made by this incredible crisis and you saw him work his heart out to try to bring both parties together to reach an agreement on the long-term fiscal deal. He made some progress, didn’t solve it all. But a down payment [and] very strong bipartisan support for that down payment and we got a lot of work still to do.”

Talk about being stuck in a myopic ideological mindset.

It appears the new Democratic talking point on Friday’s S&P downgrade of the U.S. credit rating is to blame on the tea party, by referring to it as a “tea party downgrade.”

On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Axelrod explained his interpretation of the downgrade. He argued it had more to do with the country’s politics and less to do with its finances.

Yeah,it’s not us, it’s the Tea Party’s fault 😦

It’s not me, it the other guy, he’s an asshole!

“Both political parties are responsible for the mess we have right now,” said Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) said on Fox News Sunday. “This is not a Republican or Democrat only problem. This is both parties got us to where we are.”

Bu they don’t want to do what’s really necessary because it’s bad politics.

Standard & Poor’s cited “difficulties in bridging the gulf between political parties” as a major reason for the downgrade to AA+, the next level down from AAA. The rating agency has essentially lost faith in Washington’s ability to work together to address its debt.

Gee, I wonder why? 😮

“The action by S&P reaffirms the need for a balanced approach to deficit reduction that combines spending cuts with revenue-raising measures like closing taxpayer-funded giveaways to billionaires, oil companies and corporate jet owners,” <Senate Majority Leader> Reid said.

Gee I wonder why that is? 🙂

They probably have inedible Talking Points stuck in their teeth.

“Let’s do it in a way that is fair to everyone so that the wealthiest Americans are kicking in as well as the middle class and everyone else in the country.”– Axelrod

Yeah, the wealthiest Americans pay the majority of taxes and 47% of  Americans (primarily those “middle class”) pay no taxes whatsoever. So how is that “kicking in”??

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 17% of Likely U.S. Voters think the federal government today has the consent of the governed.  Sixty-nine percent (69%) believe the government does not have that consent. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.

So we need to vote like it.

But in fairness, one also has to remember S&P missed the whole Mortgage Securities  mess so they aren’t holy either.

There are no angels in these foxholes.

But we, the citizens are the ones being run across the political minefields.

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The Honeymoon

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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!

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