Skip to comments.SOTU: Obama "Can't Wait" to Bypass Constitution
Posted on 01/25/2012 6:35:21 AM PST by Kaslin
It turns out Mitt Romney paid $6.2 million in taxes in the latest year between federal and local taxes and I say bravo for him that sounds fair as hell to me. Really, just think for a moment and ask yourself does anyone get $6.2 million a year in services from the government? This past weekend is a perfect example. A nature preserve sits right behind my house, which is great because it's like having a giant backyard with deer, foxes, and occasional eagles. I worry about those giant trees that lean toward the house in such an ominous way it's only a matter of time before I'll need major roof repair work. But it's a good deal for me.
This past Saturday we got the first snow storm of the season and my snow-blower is packed behind all kinds of stuff like bicycles in the garage, so I broke out the shovel. The corner house is cool most of the time except when you have to remove snow. Not only is it a long haul but those giant plows often push mountains of snow down the hill and back into my driveway. Be that as it may, I began shoveling and felt great as I worked up a healthy sweat. I get around the corner and come to the end of the sidewalk where it is snow-free. That was the invisible line that indicated where the nature preserve ended and my property began.
I paused and wonder why the hell they couldn't take that machine used to remove the snow and simply keep going down to the end. It would have been easy as pie and saved me some time. Our taxes in New Jersey are among the highest in the country (see table), and my town layers it on pretty good as well. Still, I send my son to a school outside the town and wonder where the money goes. I also wonder how many people in my town are unemployed, and if that social contract Elizabeth Warren is always talking about means they should help taxpayers shovel on a Saturday afternoon.
Tonight we are going to hear how people paying the overwhelming majority of taxes are bad people while those overwhelmingly sucking up the benefits are good, would-be hard workers that are victims of the successful.
I think Mitt should stand up and say if you didn't pay $6.2 million in taxes then get the funk out my face! If you dropped out of high school and sit around passing a joint with a bunch of buddies, but think somehow America let you down, then get the funk out my face. If you paid no federal income taxes, then get the funk out my face!
Higher Taxes Don't Work
There's an old adage that says "it's not how much you make; it's how much you keep." As a rich nation that's run up its national credit card to unsustainable levels, we must consider that at some point the answer will be to cut spending for a while to achieve some kind of fiscal equilibrium. Nations in Europe are grappling with austerity measures and higher taxes to get back to a point where they can grow their economies. In America, where the welfare state rages on, there will not be talk of sacrifice across the board but instead making the rich pay more. This is a huge mistake since the central issue of runaway spending and skyrocketing debt would continue, maybe even speed up, under the illusion the rich could pick up the tab.
The state of Illinois decided last year to fix its problems by hiking taxes. The hike carried the state into the top ten highest taxed based on 2009 data from the Tax Foundation. Last week marked the one year anniversary of those tax hikes.
Personal hiked to 5% from flat 3%
Corporate hiked to 7% from 4.8%
Small businesses were caught in the personal tax hike, and businesses in general took a serious hit. The state's deficit is still $8.5 billion and unemployment 11.0%. The state, which is a forced union state, had already seen a withering exodus due to the extreme tax and regulation culture. The Illinois policy Institute revealed the state lost one resident every 10 minutes over the past fifteen years. Since last year's tax hike 60,000 residents have moved out. Polls reflect major disappointment and distrust. 78% say the state economy isn't better off than a year ago, and 68% doubt the state was using the extra revenue responsibly.
The major problem for Illinois is government workers that have become a favored class. The top ten states with higher tax burdens all have in common that they are states with forced union policies. In Illinois 14,866 teachers made over $100,000 last year, including a gym teacher that pocketed $203,154. This morning it was revealed that Illinois has gotten the green light from the federal government to tax nursing home beds in order to raise $100.0 million for Medicaid which is woefully underfunded in most states already but will be drowned when the new healthcare law kicks in.
Here's what President Obama is going to try to get across tonight. Somehow a person that pays $6.2 million is a villain while people that pay no federal taxes are victims. But this is deeper than that and those that take the income inequality bait should understand your pain and envy is being used as a shield for government to get larger and more dominant in public life. When President Obama talks about "collective" it will be suggested that someone making $1.0 million a year is making too much and should be taxed so that the person making $40,000 can be lifted higher. It matters not how the monies are earned. It matters not the sacrifices made by the former. It matters not if the latter dropped out of school or simply made a choice not to work hard enough to climb the ladder.
The era of making "good" money from low-skilled jobs is over. Tonight President Obama will try to bring it back through social-economic engineering. It means taking money from corporation bottom lines and redistributing it to workers with the lowest skill-set and that ultimately means taking from more important employees. In order to do this and bypass the Constitution we are going to hear the tag line "we can't wait" which is code for help me usurp Congress and states' rights more while we can. Help me by grabbing pitchforks (heck my unemployed neighbors didn't even pick up a damn shovel to help me) and torches while I push through czars and programs that bypass traditional rules of engagement.
The big mistake is telling the American public we don't have to engage in tougher curriculums and focus on areas that will drive innovation and power in the new world. Playing up the role of government as some kind of make-it-fair machine that punishes those that go the extra mile(s) while rewarding those that do not sets the nation on a course for mediocrity, substantially more debt and true second-class citizenry at some point in the near future. There is only one way to grow into the next level of greatness and that's to promote real greatness, allow risk-takers to cash in just as they are allowed to fail, and stop making excuses for those not up to snuff.
By the way I say we hear "fair" in various forms more than 15 times tonight.
Three months ago the market came to life in what I called the "Dirty Finger Nails Rally" that represented the core of this nation. Overnight we are reminded that while the core of this nation and global growth mean moving earth, the future means moving information over the Internet. Overnight tech earnings blew them away including results from WDC, VMW, TXN, and PLCM.
The Stain wipes his ass with our Constitution and Boehner, McConnell and the rest of Congress stand by and approve.
Charles, you voted for this idiot and now you complain. Typical
Are you sure he voted for the O? Charles has always seemed conservative to me.
Did some research...yep, he did vote for the O. Well, he wont do that again.
Wow! Eight of the ten states on that list are in the Northeast. I’m so glad I’m from Texas!
"The executive branch also needs to change. Too often, its inefficient, outdated and remote. Thats why Ive asked this Congress to grant me the authority to consolidate the federal bureaucracy so that our Government is leaner, quicker, and more responsive to the needs of the American people."- Barack Obama, SOTU 2012
Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you. - Barack Obama, La Raza speech July 2012
How can you cite a quote from obama datedJuly 2012 when it is only January 2012? Are you and obama that good of friends?
Voting? Ah, yes, that due process we must constitutionaly follow but not them... lest we be called Vigilantes by Junior Papa Bush (sarc off)
I could rearrange the letters and substitute one character. That's what I think of Obama's speech.
“...The Stain wipes his ass with our Constitution and Boehner, McConnell and the rest of Congress stand by and approve...”
If they call themsleves AMERICANS, they’d have stood up and turned their backs on the assclown and maintained that posture until he left.
Hell...if they called themselves MEN they would have.
Spineless, worthless, and cowardly.
Grown men afraid of being called “RACIST!!!” by a bunch of whiny, socialist parasites.
You caught that too.
To me that was the one part of the speech that instantly jumped out in front of everything else.
He wants it to be HIS government, not OUR government.
And the BS of "the needs of the American people."
I am surprised he did not use the "for the children" line of crap.
Can’t wait hell! He is already doing it and he is be aided and abetted at every turn by the Reoublican Party.
Folks would do well to become completely desensitized at the "you are a racist" card.
It will NEVER stop.
No need to react or defend as there is nothing anyone can do to satisfy them.
They are handed taxpayer money and they are not appeased.
They are handed housing and they are not appeased.
They are handed 60k a year jobs and they are not appeased.
They are handed college degrees like they are coming off a Xerox copy machine and they are not appeased.
They are handed free food and they are not appeased.
They are handed elevated preference in all things and they are not appeased.
They are handed "recognition" of a phony Christmas and they are not appeased!
So, it is a total waste of time.
No matter what is done, what is given, what is preferred, there is NOTHING that will work.
They are about three generations into the "Grand Appeasement Society" and they are worse than useless, worse than worthless. They have "adapted" into the environment of appeasement and feed from it.
So, it is a total waste of time, money, effort, etc.
Those guys have visited me so much we are on a first name basis.
As is his right.
What's the saying?
DON'T complain if you didn't vote?
I could rearrange the letters and substitute one character. That’s what I think of Obama’s speech.
I was saying the same thing!
The Conservatives should have left the
speech rant enmasse!
Elsie, for the life of me, I don’t understand why our side doesn’t fight fire with fire.
This guy is ruining the country; he’s wrecked the economy, intentionally, it would seem; he’s stepped all over the people of this country arrogantly and with contempt, just because half of us disagree with him; he hasn’t even sufficiently proved that he’s eligible to even hold that office, and yet, “our” side just goes on playing the game as if nothing is wrong.
If EVER there was a time for men to stand up and BE men, that was the moment. It would have made a GIANT statement to this guy, to his subversive party, and to the country.
But it is what it is...we need fighters...we get politicians instead.
Because we want to be seen as 'the good guys' more than we want to win.
Those are manipulated numbers for unemployment. Double them and you are closer to the truth.
“...Because we want to be seen as ‘the good guys’ more than we want to win....”
If that’s the reason, it’s no wonder the GOP is called “The Stupid Party”.
When someone is punching you in the face, you have three options:
1. Hit the SOB back with everything you have until he CEASES his behavior, is writhing on the floor in pain and begging you to stop.
2. Pretend that he’s really your friend across the aisle and he’ll stop eventually, as long as you let him have his way with your daughter (or son - this is the Dems after all).
3. Run away.
GOP: Take your pick. Which option do you want to follow?
Hint: 2 and 3 are NOT viable options to US.