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  • 5 Myths About America's Tax System That You Probably Believe

    09/25/2012 10:44:57 AM PDT · by bthockey · 15 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 9/25/12 | Bryan Thomas
    Most mainstream media outlets aide in the proliferation of myths about our tax system and our economy. Here are 5 myths about the US tax system that you probably thought were true. 1. Once A Millionaire, Always A Millionaire As you can see by the graph below, this shows how many consecutive years millionaires file their taxes as millionaires. Half of the people who become millionaires are only at that status for one year.​ 2. Tax Credits Only Help The Rich This graph shows the effective tax rates since 1980. As you can see, because of tax credits and deductions,...
  • Young Conservative Starts Patriotic Business

    07/19/2012 2:22:46 PM PDT · by bthockey · 6 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 7/19/12 | Todd Starnes
    A Pennsylvania teenager has figured out a way to not only promote conservative values, but also pay his college tuition – he’s creating his own business. Bryan Thomas, from Mars, Penn., is the founder of “Patriot Type,” a graphic design business that specializes in patriotic typography. And he did it without any help from the federal government. “I’m trying to promote patriotism and conservative ideas through graphic design,” the 18-year-old told Fox News. Thomas said he draws inspiration for his artwork from the Founding Fathers. Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/patriot-type/2012/07/19/young-conservative-launches-patriotic-business#ixzz216C7ovDl
  • Obama Campaign Champions Government Dependency

    05/04/2012 5:14:22 PM PDT · by bthockey · 8 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 5/4/12 | Bryan Thomas
    President Obama's re-election campaign has released an interactive web page (named The Life of Julia) that attempted to compare and contrast a future America under Barack Obama to a future America under Mitt Romney. In this interactive site, viewers can click through the life of a fictional character named Julia who is dependent on the government from age 3 to age 67 (and beyond of course). I have to admit, it was weird that Obama campaign didn't talk about the right her parents had to kill Julia before she was born (because human lives are obviously disposable). It is extremely...
  • Conservatism and Christianity

    04/13/2012 1:24:04 PM PDT · by bthockey · 11 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 4/11/12 | Bryan Thomas
    In my short life on earth, I've met a lot of Catholics and Christians who say they are liberal or democrat. I've come to be puzzled by this; how can people with the same spiritual mindset have a completely different set of political beliefs? Doesn't one line up with the other? In an attempt to educate other young Christians on political views, here are a few reasons that explain why Christians are usually conservative and also how my Christian beliefs coincide with my conservative ones. The root of my conservative beliefs stems from the state of man as a human...
  • Liberal Hypocrisy and Double Standards

    03/07/2012 3:15:54 PM PST · by bthockey · 6 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 3/7/12 | Bryan Thomas
    Last week, Rush Limbaugh made some divisive comments on his radio show about a young Sandra Fluke who was advocating for government paid birth control. After making these comments, there was outcry all over America calling Rush Limbaugh a misogynist. Soon after, President Barack Obama called Sandra Fluke to console her and to let her know that “her parents should be proud.” Rush Limbaugh has since apologized to Ms. Fluke but she rejected his apology. I believe it is disgusting and self-centered that anyone would ask the government to pay for their birth control. In no way does our government...
  • A Fair and Balanced View of the 2012 Political Landscape

    03/06/2012 3:49:01 PM PST · by bthockey · 4 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 3/4/12 | Bryan Thomas
    After reading a hit piece on republican candidates in my school newspaper, I was inspired to write this to educate my fellow classmates and Facebook friends. To be on the list, an issue must meet both of the following criteria: 1) Be an issue of importance in the national election. 2) Have enough information to compare every candidate on the issue. Instead of attacking or demeaning any of the candidates, I put together an overview of what they support and what they don't. Barack Obama- Believes in economic stimulus through higher taxes on top earners and more government spending -...
  • The Future of American Education

    03/06/2012 1:35:52 PM PST · by bthockey · 2 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 3/5/12 | Alex Ritschard
    Education, like many other things in America under the current Administration, is in decline. The youth of this country must be competitive with the youth of our major global rivals. That being said, they must be equipped to do that, which means the current education system must be reformed. In a country where, economically, competition has allowed the best to thrive and the worst to disappear to make America the most prosperous nation in the world, it only makes sense that the same idea would be applied in the education sector as well. The key to success of a society...
  • The PSL's 10-Point Plan to Destroy America

    03/04/2012 11:25:51 AM PST · by bthockey · 4 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 3/2/11 | Felicia Graham
    We as conservatives believe in freedom, liberty, and all the good stuff that the constitution guarantees us as American citizens. As we look at this election field, we catch only a glimpse of just who is attempting to run for president of the United States, our options being Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum. But have you actually looked at everyone trying to run for the coveted oval office? I didn’t, and usually don’t, until yesterday. Austin, another blogger here at BoP, posted a link to the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s website on Twitter last night. Not expecting...
  • We Are Spineless Fools

    02/15/2012 3:41:43 PM PST · by bthockey · 17 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 2/15/11 | Bryan Thomas
    After getting into a 170 comment Facebook argument with one of my lovely friends from school about a status I posted with a joke about Atheism, people came up to me in the following days and questioned my reasoning for doing something like that. People advised me to keep all political and religious ideas off of Facebook, to avoid conflict. This incident made me realize how much people hate conflict. But on another level, this advice bothered me. People will forgo any talk about religious or political views just to avoid a conflict or to make sure they don't offend...
  • Debunking Leftist Drivel: The Rich and Wall Street

    02/14/2012 12:40:00 PM PST · by bthockey · 4 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 2/13/12 | Austin Paul
    The American left. They championed Occupy Wall Street, they champion Socialism, and they champion class warfare. Just the other day, I heard Bob Beckel call the Republicans the party of the rich. Now it doesn't take a genius to use Google and it doesn't take much digging to find out that seven of the top ten richest members of congress are Democrats. These members of congress sport last names such as Kerry, Rockefeller, and Feinstein. It also doesn't take much digging to find some of President Obama's biggest donors were evil corporations such as Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Google, JP Morgan...
  • Top 5 Speakers from CPAC

    02/13/2012 1:05:42 PM PST · by bthockey · 38 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 2/13/12 | Bryan Thomas
    I had such an amazing time at CPAC. I met amazing people, heard great conservative speakers, and spent a great deal of time with our blog team which was a lot of fun in and of itself! I wanted to take some time to list my favorite speakers that I heard at the conference. I decided to leave out all of the GOP candidates as I didn't get to see two of them so I don't want to give a biased answer or make anyone think I'm endorsing someone. If you wanted to go to CPAC or you missed any...
  • Thoughts on Fair Taxation

    02/06/2012 8:19:14 PM PST · by bthockey · 11 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 1/6/12 | Bryan Thomas
    President Obama is now campaigning all of the country in the name of “fairness” especially how it relates to the US Tax Code. According to President Obama, “fair” means a progressive tax (where as one makes more money, they pay a higher percentage in taxes). What he’s trying to do through his “fairness” campaign is make the progressive tax more progressive by increasing tax rates on those that have higher incomes. According to the Obama administration, it is more “fair,” to raise taxes on the rich. I’m here to tell you that this isn’t true. Of course all of that...
  • The 21st Century Plantation

    01/25/2012 8:26:30 PM PST · by bthockey · 6 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 1/25/12 | Bryan Thomas
    Republicans are racist and the Democrats are the only political party that cares for and respects African Americans; they always have, and always will! At least, that’s how the narrative goes. The history of racism in America is among the most miss told and lied about stories in American history. Just like every other time in American history, the Democrats are enslaving the African American communities in a 21st century plantation. Even though it doesn’t look like they are “enslaved” per se, they very much are. The worst part is that no one realizes what is taking place because they...
  • Why College is Expensive in America

    01/21/2012 9:10:12 AM PST · by bthockey · 17 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 12/27/11 | Bryan Thomas
    Students drowning in their own student loan debt has caused massive amounts of public outcry because graduates have no way to pay off the cost of their education. Even though sometimes it is the student’s fault for pursuing and graduating with a worthless degree, the problem of the student debt cannot be ignored. The true source of the problem is government intervention in (what should be) a free market education system. As it stands right now, the Federal government is guaranteeing student loans so it looks like Old Uncle Sam is trying to invest in American students and the future...
  • Employment Laws and the Price of Labor

    12/22/2011 4:26:51 PM PST · by bthockey
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 12/21/11 | Bryan Thomas
    Many people in America believe that wages of employees are as low as they are merely because of “corporate greed” and that companies want to take advantage of their employees. However, most people that think rationally and for themselves don’t believe this. If the leaders of America would let free markets work, companies and corporations would have to offer competitive pay for their workers to beat out competition. Government regulations and minimum wage laws are the reason why unemployment is so high in America, these problems don’t occur because people on Wall Street are greedy. The first and most important...
  • Rubio and Coons Team Up on AGREE Act

    11/17/2011 4:38:05 PM PST · by bthockey · 6 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 11/17/11 | Bryan Thomas
    Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Coons (D-DE) have teamed up to create the "American Growth, Recovery, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Act," more simply known as the AGREE Act. This legislation focuses on policies that both Democrats and Republicans have proposed and endorsed. After all the gridlock in Washington, it looks like this bill, sponsored by Rubio and Coons, might actually start creating jobs in our horrible economy. I commend both Rubio and Coons for taking the first step to introduce a true bi-partisan bill that can be passed by both houses of Congress and the White House. What is in the...
  • The Passing of a Dictator

    10/28/2011 3:43:24 PM PDT · by bthockey · 2 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 10/20/11 | Matthew Monos
    Today, we all received the news that Gaddafi has been killed by rebels. Much rejoicing ensued. I, however, would like to suggest that this, and the entire "Arab Spring" is not a cause for rejoicing. I have many reasons for saying this, and I'll try to go through them here. In my opinion, aiding the Libyan rebels, and helping them to attack pro-Gaddafi forces was no business of America. Usually, I would be categorized as a "hawk," due to my support of military actions. In the case of Afghanistan and Iraq (I have internal debate about that one), I feel...
  • Department of Education (Let's Get Rid Of It)

    10/25/2011 3:49:58 PM PDT · by bthockey · 19 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 10/24/11 | Bryan Thomas
    Of all the departments of our federal government, the most pointless and unconstitutional is the Department of Education. Since it was created back in 1976, test scores have shown no substantial improvements compared to all the money we are spending. If we are looking for ways to cut back our budget and the debt itself, one of the first places we should look is the Department of Education. The Department of Education's budget has increased over 300% from when it was first established. With this significant increase, one would logically think that test scores of American students would be increasing...
  • Obama's Plan on Fixing the Economy? Give a Speech.

    09/11/2011 6:04:17 PM PDT · by bthockey · 5 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 9/8/11 | Conway Reinders
    President Barrack Obama’s job approval rating is sinking. His poll numbers are almost as depressing as the unemployment rate. In truth, Obama has done little to restore America’s economy. The minimal policy he has pushed has been a failure. He has wasted $1,757,200,000,000 on bailouts alone. Obama has spent an average of $585,733,000,000 every year on bailouts alone (see http://www.propublica.org/special/government-bailouts). The consensus is right – Obama is doing something terribly wrong. I am not writing an article so I can state my disdain for Obama. That’s not really beneficial to anyone. So this article will not focus on (a) the...
  • Leftist Hate

    09/07/2011 1:20:03 PM PDT · by bthockey · 11 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 9/7/11 | Bryan Thomas
    If you watch the normal liberal, Obama loving, news outlets, you would assume that the right conservatives groups, most notably the Tea Party, is spreading ridiculous amounts of hate and racism. However, if we look throughout history, and in very recent events, we will see that it is the left that is spreading the hate. I believe Ann Coulter nailed it in her new book "Demonic: How The Liberal Mob Is Endangering America" when she wrote: "the republicans are the party of peaceful order, and the liberals are the party of noisy violent mobs."
  • Cain and Blacks vs Hollywood Liberals

    09/02/2011 4:17:24 PM PDT · by bthockey · 7 replies
    You know that person, who thinks they know everything, thinks they stand for the underprivileged, the forgotten, and the poor? The person who thinks that everyone but themselves are small minded and bigoted when really they are small minded and bigoted. Anyway the punch line is Janeane Garofalo. Janeane Garofalo has gone up to bat again to defend the everyday black man from what she calls the “racist” Tea Party by attacking, who else, Herman Cain (aka the black Republican/Tea Party candidate).
  • Marco Rubio Delivers Amazing Address at The Reagan Library

    08/30/2011 3:47:03 PM PDT · by bthockey · 8 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 8/26/11 | Bryan Thomas
    For those of you who don't know, I'm a huge fan of Macro Rubio. I think he is, and will continue to be, a great senator from the state of Flordia, one who represents his citizens very well. Since he is a freshmen Senator, many conservatives and liberals still don't know too much about him but I think that will change within the next year or so. As you watch the two videos, think to yourself, and compare him to many of the GOP candidates and the leaders on both sides of the isle in congress. Is there a man...
  • The Fair Tax (And Why I Support It)

    08/18/2011 11:21:36 AM PDT · by bthockey · 83 replies · 1+ views
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 8/17/11 | Bryan Thomas
    For the past couple of weeks, I've been looking into the Fair Tax, a tax law that is picking up a lot of momentum since many GOP candidates, including Herman Cain, support it. For those who don't know what the Fair Tax is, it is essentially a national sales tax of 23%. Even though that might not sound too pleasing, what makes the fair tax so great is that it abolishes all other federal taxes. Income, capital gains, and payroll taxes would all cease to exist. To bring support to the Fair Tax, which I believe is much better than...
  • Debunking "Contract for the American Dream"

    08/14/2011 2:36:01 PM PDT · by bthockey · 8 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 8/14/11 | Bryan Thomas
    As I was looking through the fabulous articles on HotAir, I came across a video that was very troubling to me. The video was of little school children tell me how we need to fix America through their "Contract for the American Dream." It obviously can't be that harmless! I mean anythings these little kids have to say to me can't screw up America too much can it? Of course it can! Once we look past the veil of the little children we can look at why these policies would ruin America as opposed to fix it. If you go...
  • U.S. Students Have Horrible History Test Scores (And What Should Be Done About It!)

    08/09/2011 4:45:04 PM PDT · by bthockey · 38 replies · 3+ views
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 8/8/11 | Bryan Thomas
    For those of your who haven't found out yet, American students don't know basic history of their own country. I can't say I find this surprising because no one in my school is really that excited about history, let alone American history. I think this is a major problem with our schools and one that we must fix! The National Assessment of Educational Progress tests students every couple years to see if our education system is headed in the right direction. If we dive into the stats, it's clear to see that students have horrendous history test scores. Only 12...
  • Why is Matt Damon So Dumb?

    08/08/2011 12:51:06 PM PDT · by bthockey · 143 replies
    The Band of Patriots ^ | 8/3/11 | Bryan Thomas
    As an actor, I absolutely love Matt Damon. The Bourne Ultimatum is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I can watch it again and again without getting tired of it. He is one of my favorite actors. However, his political ideas are some of the stupidest ideas I've ever heard. Matt Damon has a crazy idea that he, and his fellow millionaires and billionaires, need to be taxed more so that his money can be used to help the world. He doesn't believe that he should have that money but that his money should be spread around...