The TAX that isn’t a “TAX” and don’t you dare call it a Tax!
But it is a Tax.
Another exercise in putting lipstick on a pig and calling it an Extreme Porcine Makeover.
Two immovable facts face Democrats on President Obama’s fiscal commission: They don’t see any way to alleviate the country’s debt without raising taxes, and they know most voters hate the thought of any tax increase.
Leading Democrats on the commission tried during the first week of meetings to finesse their way toward a discussion of what they consider inevitable — by arguing that any tax hikes would be “pro-growth.”
So paying MORE TAXES are your patriotic duty and they will be good for you! 🙂
“If we can put forward some practical proposals that control the rate of spending in the future and that raise revenues in a pro-growth way, I think we’ll get a hearing in the Congress,” said Alice Rivlin, a former White House budget director for President Jimmy Carter, who is one of 18 commission members.
Jimmy Carter? No wonder this sounds familiar….
If you didn’t read the word “tax” in the previous sentence, that’s because most who favor raising taxes don’t like to use the word. Instead they use “revenue,” as in the money that comes to the government from taxpayers.
Orwellian Translation: “Revenue”=Tax
“Pro-Growth” = More Taxes
And IF they control spending, they THINK it will work.
This after ObamaCare, and with Cap & Trade and Amnesty coming…yeah that’s going to happen.
But I’m sure the Fifth Column/Ministry of Truth Mainstream Media has already been briefed on their talking points.
And this “commission” to work out how exactly to get the VAT tax in under the Orwellian Door has cost of $500,000 already, in it’s first week.
It must be all those twists and turns , contortions and distortion exercises.
Oh, and the Commission is expected to hand in it’s report AFTER the November elections… 🙂
Any solution is “going to involve revenue (read:Tax), and we have to face up to that,” Co-Chair Erskine Bowles said.
Translation: No matter what we do or say it all comes down to raising Taxes ON EVERYONE. We just have figure out how to cram the square peg in the Orwellian round hole and sugar coat it so it doesn’t sound like the bitter pill that it is.
That’s what happens when you spend $4 Trillion in 16 Months. Fascinating correlation there.
“I want to make sure that any time we discuss revenues that we don’t do anything that has a negative impact on economic growth,” Bowles said.
Translation: Whenever we mention raising taxes we have to be sure we are stressing we aren’t going to raise taxes!! When we are.
And when that doesn’t work <<drum roll please>> IT WAS GEORGE W. BUSH’S FAULT!! <rimshot> 🙂
On the VAT Tax: “It raises a lot of money without affecting what people do and that’s a good thing,” said Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center.
So taxing every step in the production of a product, making the product more expensive to make, thus raising the price of the product will not affect what people do or the product?
Where’s my barf bag…anyone seen it…
So it’s all about trickery and deception.
This is a cod liver oil enema.
We are from the Government and we are here to Help you!
Pay us more, so we can spend even more.
Your “Pro-Growth Revenue” is on it’s way to you.
Story #2: Oops! did I say what I believe!
It comes to us from Great Britain and is another chilling example of the Politically Correct Thought Police in action.
Where, Like Arizona, you have thought the wrong thought and you must be punished for it.
Also, undoubtedly the same if you call the coming Tax Increases,”Tax Increases”, you’ll be excoriated by the Left and by the Ministry of Truth.
Dale McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” after a homosexual police community support officer (PCSO) overheard him reciting a number of “sins” referred to in the Bible, including blasphemy, drunkenness and same sex relationships.
The 42-year-old Baptist, who has preached Christianity in Wokington, Cumbria for years, said he did not mention homosexuality while delivering a sermon from the top of a stepladder, but admitted telling a passing shopper that he believed it went against the word of God.
Police officers are alleging that he made the remark in a voice loud enough to be overheard by others and have charged him with using abusive or insulting language, contrary to the Public Order Act.
Mr McAlpine, who was taken to the police station in the back of a marked van and locked in a cell for seven hours on April 20, said the incident was among the worst experiences of his life.
“I felt deeply shocked and humiliated that I had been arrested in my own town and treated like a common criminal in front of people I know,” he said.
“My freedom was taken away on the hearsay of someone who disliked what I said, and I was charged under a law that doesn’t apply.”
Christian campaigners have expressed alarm that the Public Order Act, introduced in 1986 to tackle violent rioters and football hooligans, is being used to curb religious free speech.
Sam Webster, a solicitor-advocate for the Christian Institute, which is supporting Mr McAlpine, said it is not a crime to express the belief that homosexual conduct is a sin.
“The police have a duty to maintain public order but they also have a duty to defend the lawful free speech of citizens,” he said.
“Case law has ruled that the orthodox Christian belief that homosexual conduct is sinful is a belief worthy of respect in a democratic society.”
Mr McAlpine was handing out leaflets explaining the Ten Commandments or offering a “ticket to heaven” with a church colleague on April 20, when a woman came up and engaged him in a debate about his faith.
During the exchange, he says he quietly listed homosexuality among a number of sins referred to in 1 Corinthians, including blasphemy, fornication, adultery and drunkenness.
After the woman walked away, she was approached by a PCSO who spoke with her briefly and then walked over to Mr McAlpine and told him a complaint had been made, and that he could be arrested for using racist or homophobic language.
The street preacher said he told the PCSO: “I am not homophobic but sometimes I do say that the Bible says homosexuality is a crime against the Creator”.
He claims that the PCSO then said he was homosexual and identified himself as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender liaison officer for Cumbria police. Mr McAlpine replied: “It’s still a sin.”
The preacher then began a 20 minute sermon, in which he says he mentioned drunkenness and adultery, but not homosexuality. Three regular uniformed police officers arrived during the address, arrested Mr McAlpine and put him in the back of a police van.
At the station, he was told to empty his pockets and his mobile telephone, belt and shoes were confiscated. Police took fingerprints, a palm print, a retina scan and a DNA swab.
He was later interviewed, charged under Sections 5 (1) and (6) of the Public Order Act and released on bail on the condition that he did not preach in public.
Mr McAlpine pleaded not guilty at a preliminary hearing on Friday at Wokingham magistrates court and is now awaiting a trial date.
The Public Order Act, which outlaws the unreasonable use of abusive language likely to cause distress, has been used to arrest religious people in a number of similar cases.
Harry Hammond, a pensioner, was convicted under Section 5 of the Act in 2002 for holding up a sign saying “Stop immorality. Stop Homosexuality. Stop Lesbianism. Jesus is Lord” while preaching in Bournemouth.
Stephen Green, a Christian campaigner, was arrested and charged in 2006 for handing out religious leaflets at a Gay Pride festival in Cardiff. The case against him was later dropped.
Cumbria police said last night that no one was available to comment on Mr McAlpine’s case. (Times of London)
And since The Left in this country is very anti-christian a lot of time, how long before we have a Public Order Act? 😦
And remember, the Left in this country not only struck down the National Day of Prayer, but is pushing to have the Chairman of that event, Billy Graham’s son- Rev. Franklin Graham, dis-invited because he had “something bad” to say about Muslims.
So enjoy your “pro growth revenues” secure in the knowledge that your government is looking out for you.
And when the Public Oder Acts come up, just know it’s for the “public good”, after all we have to protect people from the truth and from unapproved thoughts.