great idea!! how about asking BJ why his stance changed regarding carbon tax. In 2008, BJ supported carbon tax by saying “We should also explore a carbon tax on nonrenewable energy as a complete replacement for our federal income tax. “ to a reversal in his 2010 campaign site stating “As your Congressman, B.J. Lawson will renew the Bush tax cuts, oppose global taxation schemes like Cap and Trade or “carbon taxes” “
I’ll be back with more questions for other candidates...again, great idea!!
02/15/2010 9:35:31 AM PST
· 5 of 6 jmary
I hear what you are saying....but if the scenario you paint were to come to pass....then you would be ok having a war on US soil...because that’s what would happen if we were attacked - especially if we did not form alliances with other countries.
Since my scrutiny of all congressional candidates is going to be very thorough - I have been digging a bit deeper than usual. I came across this in one of Dr. Lawson's blogs from his past election and was not particularly surprised - considering he opposes the Iraq war...and probably any war for that matter. I am from Queens, NY. I was there for 9/11. I remember all to well the feelings of panic, despair, anger, disbelief and immense sadness. I have one cousin in the NYPD and another who left for Iraq about 9 months after 9/11 - he was 19 and in the 101st airborne. I remember my husband going to work - he's an ER doctor...they were preparing for an onslaught of traumas....but there were suprisingly few because most victims had been killed.
I could go on and on about every minute of that day -- but my point is -- I don't want leaders of our country sticking their head in the sand...nor do I want those that are trigger happy. What I want is for people to call it what it is -- and stand up for their convictions and not just spew out useless rhetoric that does nothing to protect our borders.
I asked my cousing - the one who went to Iraq - who is deaf in one ear and suffers from PTSD (he is considered lucky)....just last night I asked him if the war was a mistake - I asked him after his 3 tours in Iraq....I would think he has pretty good insight. He sadly replied, "no, nah, wasn't a mistake....but it's a long story."
He now works for the government in intelligence -- occasionally he'll call saying "don't go to any malls or stadiums for a few weeks...." or "not a good time to fly anywhere" that's all he says. The last time I got a phone call like that was about 3 months before the underwear bomber. Coincidence?? Don't know. But...he says the chatter is high.
remember the poem "first they came" next time one boasts being a non-interventionist.
02/12/2010 10:08:24 AM PST
· 3 of 3 jmary
to Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
The one thing elected officials should be able to agree on is that global warming shouldnt be used as an excuse to hike taxes on citizens and businesses,
Elected officials and Candidates often use the platform of lowering taxes in order to gain support - as we well know. Our “friend” BJ wants to abolish the federal reserve system and federal taxes by replacing them with a “carbon tax”...taaxes such as these are also regressive taxes...which mostly hurt the poor. For a good definition of regressive taxes - http://www.investorwords.com/4138/regressive_tax.html
He’s wise though....making it seem as though he is against regressive taxes, by stating that there should not be a food tax, gas tax, etc...but for those that do not know...carbon tax is a HUGE tax on the poor.
02/11/2010 10:09:41 AM PST
· 35 of 41 jmary
to Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
BJ is also a supporter of PAYGO...this is a democratic solution to spending money before they have it, assuming they will be deficit neutral. Here from indyweek.com/2008 he says “Additionally, we must reinstate Clinton-era budget controls such as PAYGO” REALLY!! According to the Heritage foundation “PAYGO has proven to increase taxes and do nothing to reduce the deficit. PAYGO EXEMPTS discretionary spending that accounts for 40% of the budget. PAYGO does not apply to current entitlement spending. The only thing PAYGO does is raise taxes accordingly” http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed070209e.cfm
BJ, BJ, BJ!!! Do you know what you are talking about?? Any CBO analysis will show that PAYGO has done nothing at best!!
I encourage everyone to read...and not just listen to candidates “rhetoric and ideologies”...listen to their words...I will be pointing out some more inaccuracies with this past interview....there are MANY.
What I think we have here is a progressive in conservatives clothing.
BJ pretty much was the underdog in this first “debate”.....and it does not seem (if one really listens to what he says)...it does not seem that he knows what a carbon tax really is - yet he supports a carbon tax and would do away with a federal tax. He claimed carbon tax to be a “consumption tax” but then went on to say that food should not be taxed.
Folks...carbon tax is cap-n-trade - plain and simple. Cap n trade is progressive.