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  • Kerry calls for US funding to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

    12/15/2011 8:20:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 12/15/11 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Ma) is in Egypt where he has been sucking up to the Muslim Brotherhood. With the US already $15 trillion in debt, Kerry wants the International Monetary Fund - for which the US provides the largest piece of the budget - to finance the Muslim Brotherhood's takeover of Egypt. In addition to praising the Brotherhood’s election as a model of transparency and integrity, Sen. Kerry also called for an infusion of cash from the International Monetary Fund to undergird Egypt’s new Islamist government.
  • For supercommittee, failure was an option (could have been heroes - go home bums)

    11/22/2011 4:18:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Kansas City ^ | 11/22/11 | KEITH CHROSTOWSKI
    For supercommittee, failure was an optionBy KEITH CHROSTOWSKI - The Kansas City Star Updated: 2011-11-22 Well, they’ve blown it. Failure was an option. The 12 supercommittee senators and representatives announced Monday they couldn’t come up with a spending, taxing and deficit reduction package. Thanks for wrecking everyone’s Thanksgiving. The stakes for the long-term health of the economy have just grown more dire. America’s reputation for leadership has just taken another hit. An agreement would have provided a bracing contrast to the struggles in Europe over the debt crisis there. It would prove to the world that the United States can...
  • Kerry on Debt Panel Outcome

    11/21/2011 3:55:24 PM PST · by mdittmar · 18 replies
    Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) ^ | November 21, 2011 | Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.)
    For Immediate Release: Monday, November 21, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) today made the following statement after an announcement by co-chairs Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R- Texas) that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction was unable to reach an agreement on a plan to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion:“I'm deeply disappointed with this outcome. We all are. This was an historic moment to do something big, bold, and balanced that demanded shared sacrifice to put our country first. Everyone worked hard and everyone wanted success.“It’s too easy just to...
  • Rangel wants wealth redistribution, says rich didn't sacrifice for war

    10/26/2011 9:39:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 26, 2011 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) on Wednesday called for the redistribution of America's riches and hammered the wealthy for benefitting from a war effort fought by the poor and middle class. Citing statistics that show 1 percent of Americans now own 42 percent of the nation's wealth, the lawmaker representing Harlem said: "There is something wrong with that formula." Rangel offered no specific remedy for adjusting those figures during his comments on the House floor, but argued further that the wealthiest one percent have the added benefit of not needing to get involved in military service. "Why is it that we...
  • No lobbyists for Kerry until Thanksgiving

    09/12/2011 3:02:15 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    United Press International, ^ | Sept. 12, 2011 | UPI
    BOSTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) U.S. Sen. John Kerry said he has no time for lobbyists while on a congressional "supercommittee" tasked with cutting the federal budget deficit, a report said. The Massachusetts Democrat said he also will not do any campaign fundraising during his tenure on the deficit-reduction committee, which has until Thanksgiving to find a way to cut $1.5 billion from the deficit.The Boston Globe said Kerry is trying to address concerns about the committee's potential to be influenced by lobbyists while making major spending decisions."I'm not meeting with a lot of lobbyists; I'm meeting with people I choose...
  • John Kerry: Media Has "Responsibility" To "Not Give Equal Time" To Tea Party (video)

    08/05/2011 6:08:11 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 89 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 5, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday that the media has the responsibility to ignore the Tea Party and not give any credence to their views. Here's what he said: SEN. JOHN KERRY: "And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely. The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it's exercising today. The media has got to to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual. "It doesn't deserve...
  • Default 'Off the Table,' Debt Deal Will Be Struck: Geithner

    07/18/2011 8:12:27 AM PDT · by EBH · 99 replies
    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told CNBC Monday that he is certain that congressional leaders will strike a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling prior to the Aug. 2 deadline to avoid default. "Each side has said definitively that default is not an option," he said, "They're not going to play around with this." "If the United States of America were to default it would be catastrophic for the American economy, for the American financial system, for the average American people, it would be a substantial unfair tax on all Americans and it would bring the world economy ... to...
  • Geithner calls GOP debt limit plan 'irresponsible'

    06/29/2011 10:05:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 6/29/11 | AP
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is strongly criticizing a Republican proposal that would prioritize interest payments on the nation's debt and cut spending rather than raise the borrowing limit. Geithner says in a letter addressed to Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, that the idea is "a radical and deeply irresponsible departure" from previous practices by presidents of both parties. The letter was copied to 16 other Senate Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
  • Geithner: Taxes on ‘Small Business’ Must Rise So Government Doesn’t ‘Shrink’

    06/23/2011 7:38:28 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 49 replies
    CNS News ^ | Thursday June 23, 2011 | Terrence Jeffery
    (CNSNews.com) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday that the Obama administration believes taxes on small business must increase so the administration does not have to “shrink the overall size of government programs.” The administration’s plan to raise the tax rate on small businesses is part of its plan to raise taxes on all Americans who make more than $250,000 per year—including businesses that file taxes the same way individuals and families do. [........] “We're not doing it because we want to do it, we're doing it because we see no alternative to a balanced approach to reduce our...
  • Why Are Taxpayers Paying for Wine Tasting?

    06/15/2011 3:06:21 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 22 replies
    WSJ ^ | 15 June 2011 | JIM DEMINT
    Focus: The Economic Development Administration, U.S. Commerce Dept....the Senate is currently seeking to increase EDA funding to $500 million a year from $300 million. Worse, this bill passed out of a Senate authorization committee with unanimous, bipartisan support. [snip] In April, the bureau reported that it gave a $2 million grant to build a "culinary amphitheater," wine tasting room, and gift shop at the Port of Benton and the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Richland, Wash. The same month, it gave $1.5 million to promote tourism in the Northern Mariana Islands. In January, it spent $1 million on...
  • New Weiner scandal: license plate fraud?

    06/13/2011 11:21:01 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | June 13, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    The one thing we can’t say with certitude is that Anthony Weiner has been registering his vehicles with the DMV. The New York Daily News did a little investigating after seeing expired tags on his Nissan Pathfinder, and discovered that not only has the car not been registered, but the plates on them belong to a different car (via JWF): When Weiner (D-Queens, Brooklyn) was photographed by the Daily News fleeing the Capitol in his Nissan Pathfinder, it was clear the July 2007 registration sticker in his window was expired, and there was no inspection sticker to be seen. Weiner,...
  • Broken Bible Belt: Homes In Ruins From Tornadoes Denied Aid By FEMA For ‘Insufficient Damage’

    06/13/2011 7:38:13 AM PDT · by TSgt · 137 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | June 13, 2011 at 9:33am | The Blaze
    Jefferson County resident Jonathan Stewart said he laughed in shock after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) claimed the house his family lost in the deadly April 27 twister was ‘not unsafe to live in’. Displaced families in tornado-ravaged Alabama are outraged after being denied federal aide to rebuild their flattened homes – due to ‘insufficient damage’. The devastating reality is the house is now a concrete slab surrounded by rubble. Mr Stewart told AL.com a FEMA inspector saw first-hand the Pleasant Grove residence he shared with his wife, Lisa, and their two children was ripped from the ground. Three...
  • Sen. Kerry sees progress on his bill for an infrastructure bank (Lindsey Graham Alert)

    06/08/2011 7:40:01 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill, Washington DC ^ | 2011-06-08 | Erik Wasson
    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is hopeful that his bill to create a National Infrastructure Bank will move through the Senate this year. The bill could be the best shot for those seeking to boost transportation, energy and water infrastructure investment in a Congress focused on “rapacious” spending cuts, Kerry said. The Kerry bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), would create an independent, nonprofit bank that would leverage private investment into infrastructure projects. The bill was introduced in March.
  • (Charles) Rangel on Spending: 'All We Have to Do' Is Tax More

    06/01/2011 2:00:01 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    "All I know is, whenever you have any type of a problem and the problem is one that you spend more than you are actually bringing in then you have to bring in more and spend less. It just makes so much sense, Judge, it's all we have to do," Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) told FOX Business this evening
  • Audit Report: Obama Administration Handed Out $24 Billion in Stimulus Money to Tax Cheats

    05/26/2011 7:31:53 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies
    Audit Report: Obama Administration Handed Out $24 Billion in Stimulus Money to Tax Cheats Wednesday, May 25, 2011 By Fred Lucas (CNSNews.com) - Lawmakers from both parties are calling for a fix to prevent tax cheating companies from getting federal contracts in light of a government investigation that found $24 billion in stimulus act funds went to companies owing $757 million in unpaid taxes. “Average Americans are likely wondering why we gave such a huge amount of federal money to tax cheats when our national debt is more than $14 trillion,” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said in a statement. “That...
  • Obama Adviser GE Shipping Jobs and Profits Overseas

    Seven publicly traded U.S. corporations represented on President Barack Obama's advisory council for jobs and competitiveness -- including General Electric Co. (GE) and Intel Corp. (INTC) -- have devoted a growing pool of their non-U.S. earnings to investments in other countries. As a group, multinational companies with current or former chief executive officers on Obama's jobs council have, over the past four years, almost doubled the cumulative amounts they've reinvested overseas, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. By doing so, companies may be able to take advantage of faster-growing markets or lower production costs, and they can defer U.S. income...
  • Holder's 4G tax lax [Attorney General Eric Holder and his brother failed to pay the property taxes]

    04/17/2011 7:07:52 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Holder's 4G tax lax By ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN Last Updated: 7:24 AM, April 17, 2011 Posted: 3:18 AM, April 17, 2011 US Attorney General Eric Holder and his brother failed to pay the property taxes on their childhood home in Queens, which they inherited last August after their mother died, The Post has learned. And because their ailing mom, Miriam, was already behind on two quarterly tax bills when she succumbed to illness on Aug. 13, the charges went unpaid for more than a year -- growing to $4,146. It wasn't until The Post confronted Holder last week...
  • Breaking: Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Failed to Pay $287,000 in Property Taxes on Aircraft

    03/21/2011 3:12:17 PM PDT · by BallandPowder · 43 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3/21/2011 | Staff
    In a conference call with reporters, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill just disclosed that she failed to pay $287,000 in property taxes related to her co-ownership of a private aircraft. This scandal comes quickly on the heels of recent revelations that McCaskill improperly billed taxpayers for use of the same private aircraft, for which McCaskill reimbursed the Treasury $88,000:
  • (Tax-cheat Charlie) Rangel Still Giving out Tax Advice

    02/22/2011 4:53:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    US News ^ | 2/18/11 | Paul Bedard
    Rangel Still Giving out Tax AdviceBy Paul Bedard Posted: February 18, 2011 Rep. Charlie Rangel, Congress' former chief tax writer who last year was censured for financial misconduct and dubbed a tax scofflaw, isn't running away from the issue as some critics think he should. Instead, he doing what comes natural: Giving out tax advice to his friends and constituents. [See a slide show of 10 Reasons Rangel Is in Trouble.] Refusing to be silenced, Rangel has stepped up his annual practice of providing tax tips through his office and congressional website. Just today, for example, he issued his latest...
  • Geithner Rocked at Senate Hearing, Forced to Admit the Truth About Obamanomics

    02/17/2011 6:07:34 PM PST · by BamaBlue · 48 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | February 17, 2011 | Unknown
    Sen. Jeff Sessions: “…Under your budget, the interest increases each year. It was $187 billion in 2009, under your proposal it increases to $844 billion” Treasury Tim Geithner: “Senator, absolutely, it is an excessively high interest burden, it’s unsustainable”
  • Sen. John Kerry urges Hosni Mubarak to step down (Rats now throwing Mubarak under the bus)

    02/01/2011 4:15:48 AM PST · by tobyhill · 32 replies
    politico ^ | 2/1/2011 | By JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Sen. John Kerry is asking Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resign and make way for a new Egypt, one that he says the United States must support. In a New York Times op-ed published Tuesday, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called on Mubarak to “accept that the stability of his country hinges on his willingness to step aside gracefully to make way for a new political structure” and a peaceful transition.
  • IRS Agent Accused of Stealing Tax Refunds (NY)

    12/17/2010 7:43:15 PM PST · by STARWISE · 31 replies · 2+ views
    NBCNewYork ^ | 12-18-10
    *snip* Fern Stephens, a revenue officer at the Internal Revenue Service, is being charged by the U.S. Attorney's office for stealing more than $160,000 in unclaimed tax funds from 12 taxpayers, according to federal court documents. *snip* Stephens also allegedly took advantage of her position in the IRS to put in fake tax refund requests and transfers in an IRS computer system so the money would go right back to her or relatives and friends.
  • Flip-flopping John Kerry faces a taxingly bitter winter

    12/11/2010 9:42:38 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 22 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/12/10 | Howie Carr
    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. This is Sen. John “Liveshot” Kerry, who like all moonbats in Congress has been driven to apoplexy by the proposed continuation of the so-called “Bush tax cuts.” “I hope Americans,” Liveshot harrumphed, “will understand how craven and empty and hollow and contradictory the Republican position is.” At least he didn’t call them gigolos. Everything else Liveshot is, he accused the Republicans of being. Contradictory? Isn’t this the guy who voted for the $87 billion before he voted against it? Wasn’t he against Cape Wind before he was for it, or is it...
  • Have You No Shame, Charlie Rangel?

    12/07/2010 4:17:02 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The fallen Representative has no shame. In a Nixonian riff he insists "I am not corrupt," and with an Alice-in-Wonderland logic insists he was not motivated by personal gain. Excuse me? Didn't tax boss Rangel personally profit by not reporting rental income to the IRS from his Dominican Republic villa for the last dozen years? Didn't he personally profit by improperly accepting rent controlled apartments instead of paying for much higher market value units? Didn't he personally gain by soliciting charitable donations on his Congressional letterhead since the "charity" was an education center bearing his name as a self-aggrandizing monument...
  • Obama and GOP make deal on taxes (liberals furious)

    12/07/2010 12:22:31 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 16 replies · 4+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 7 December 2010 | Matt Viser
    President Obama struck a tentative deal with congressional Republicans yesterday to extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts in exchange for an extension of unemployment benefits, a move the president said would avoid a damaging stalemate but which infuriated liberal Democrats and left unclear whether the plan could be passed by Congress. Obama’s move represented a major victory for Republicans, who still lack the majority in either chamber of Congress but whose hand was strengthened by a strong showing in midterm elections. They will assume control of the House next year. The president suggested in his remarks last night that...
  • A Friendly Reminder for the ‘Patriotic Millionaires for Higher Taxes’ Club

    11/27/2010 2:37:48 PM PST · by Rational Thought · 31 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 11/27/2010 | Doug Powers
    It’s funny how a group that claims to be concerned with “fiscal strength” wants the most fiscally irresponsible entity this side of John Daly to confiscate more of their money. But at least “Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength” sounds better than “We have so much money we can afford to pretend America was built on high taxes, irresponsible spending and foolishness.” I’ve mentioned this before, but I want to remind these 80-plus millionaires who think their taxes aren’t high enough of something: They can pay higher taxes, and right now. The US Treasury accepts donations. They don’t have to wait...
  • John Kerry owns at least 500k in Scanner Stocks

    11/26/2010 8:34:09 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 33 replies · 2+ views
    Center for Responsive Politics ^ | November 26, 2010 | Open Secrets
    JOHN KERRY OWNS At Least A Half Million Dollars Of Strip Search SCANNER STOCK "..According to a Center for Responsive Politics review of the most recent personal financial disclosure filings, eight members of Congress -- three Democrats and five Republicans -- owned at least $2,000 worth of stock in L-3 Communications, which is one of the two main contractors involved in the full-body scanning machines. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) disclosed possessing the most stock in L-3 Communications -- with a minimum investment of at least $500,000 and a maximum value of $1 million. The L-3 Communications stock is fully owned...
  • Rangel Used PAC Money for Legal Defense

    11/14/2010 8:29:06 PM PST · by Racehorse · 27 replies
    New York Post via Fox News ^ | 14 November 2010
    Congressman Charles Rangel, whose ethics trial starts tomorrow, appears to have improperly used political-action committee money to pay for his defense. Rangel tapped his National Leadership PAC for $293,000 to pay his main legal-defense team this year. He took another $100,000 from the PAC in 2009 to pay lawyer Lanny Davis. Two legal experts told The Post such spending is against House rules. "It's a breach of congressional ethics," one campaign-finance lawyer said. Washington, DC, political lawyer Cleta Mitchell said there is "no authority for a member to use leadership PAC funds as a slush fund to pay for personal...
  • The House Should Curb Obama's Extravagant Lifestyle

    11/12/2010 7:47:58 AM PST · by libstripper · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Novembe 12, 2010 | Lauri B. Regan
    Pundits, political analysts, and politicians on both sides of the aisle have offered their recommendation for items which should be placed at the top of the 112th Congress's legislative agenda. Surprisingly, in light of the negative press the Obamas have received relating to their recent junket to India, so far as I have seen, not one person has suggested including legislation limiting the amount of taxpayer funds that may be expended on presidential trips -- official or otherwise -- and the White House party budget. Like all government agencies, the White House operates on the basis of appropriations that originate...
  • John Kerry’s bucks stop where? (Still no tax payment on the yacht)

    11/05/2010 6:29:01 AM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 24 replies
    news.bostonherald.com ^ | Friday, November 5, 2010 | Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
    It’s been more than three months since we first told you about Capt. John Kerry’s high-seas tax dodge on his new $7 million yacht, Isabel, and the town of Nantucket still doesn’t have a check from the senior senator! You may recall that Kerry lowered the flag and surrendered in July, agreeing to pony up more than $400,000 to cover state taxes on the toney tub. Mr. Teresa Heinz broke out the checkbook four days after the Track set off a furious tempest with our report that he had purchased the 76-foot floating palace and ported her in Rhode Island,...
  • John Kerry and the People in the Cheap Seats

    10/30/2010 1:21:32 AM PDT · by Scanian · 19 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 30, 2010 | Ken Blackwell
    Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is frustrated. He recently spoke to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and complained that we are in "a period of know-nothingism in the country, where truth and science and facts don't weigh in. It's all short-order, lowest common denominator, cheap-seat politics." He'd really like to elect a new people. Now, that last bit -- cheap-seat politics -- is the kicker. How truly awful it must be for the Senate's richest man -- wealthier than the Senate's Rockefeller -- to have to put up with those of us in the cheap seats. Brahmins from Boston have...
  • Barney Frank refusing to debate his opponent Sean Bielat

    On the night of the primary, Cong. Barney Frank (D-Newton) told Wicked Local that he was ready and willing to debate any candidate for the general election. And considering that Frank even debated Lyndon LaRouche candidate Rachel Brown in the primary it was easy to take him at his word. “I think debating is an obligation any candidate for office has,” Frank said. This release came this week from Frank’s GOP opponent Seat Bielat… DebateGate: Where’s Barney? Newton, MA — With just 32 days left until the mid-term election, Barney Frank has yet to confirm a single debate with his...
  • Senator John Kerry thinks voters are stupid

    On Friday, Senator John Kerry intimated that voters are stupid and that is why the beleaguered Democrats are facing an uphill battle in November. After touring the Boston Medical Center, Kerry told reporters “We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening,”
  • Kerry flip-flops on tax cuts

    09/13/2010 5:51:07 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 13, 2010 | JOSH KOSMAN
    Last week, the member of the Senate Finance Committee told the Boston Globe, "Under no circumstances do I believe we should give a blanket extension to the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans -- it won't fix our economy and it will add billions to the long-term structural deficit." But in a late July committee meeting, Kerry said he would support a one- to two-year extension of the Bush tax cuts for the rich, if it was part of a bill that also extended middle-class cuts for a longer period, according to person familiar with the situation.
  • Tim Geithner Warns: The US Is At Risk Of A 1930s Repeat

    09/12/2010 10:53:34 PM PDT · by blam · 66 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 9-13-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    Tim Geithner Warns: The US Is At Risk Of A 1930s Repeat Joe Weisenthal Sep. 12, 2010, 9:11 PM If the government become paralyzed -- as is arguably the case already, and is clearly a serious risk should the GOP take over -- the US risks a 1930s-like scenario. At least according to Tim Geithner. That's the standout quote from an interview in the WSJ: [The] typical error most countries make coming out of a financial crisis is they shift too quickly to premature restraint. You saw that in the United States in the 30s, you saw that in Japan...
  • 41 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $831,000 in back taxes -- and they're not alone

    09/10/2010 7:26:53 AM PDT · by Qbert · 140 replies · 2+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/10/2010 | Andrew Malcom
    Over the years a lot of suspicion has built up across the country about Washington and its population of opportunistic transients coming to see themselves as a special kind of person, somehow above average working Americans who don't work down in that former swamp. Well, finally, an end to all those undocumented doubts. Thanks to some diligent digging by the Washington Post, those suspicions can at last be put to rest. They're correct. Accurate. Dead-on. Laser-guided. On target. Bingo-bango. As clear as it's always seemed to those Americans who don't feel special entitlements and do meet their government obligations. We...
  • Obama: U.S. simply can't afford tax cuts for rich (but we could afford $2 trillion in "stimulus"?)

    09/09/2010 3:55:28 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 33 replies
    wall street journal ^ | 9/9/2010 | By Robert Schroeder
    The United States can't afford an extension of Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, President Barack Obama said Wednesday, even as he called in a fiery campaign-style speech for tax breaks for middle-class Americans. With his party bracing for losses in the midterm congressional elections, Obama laid out a series of economic proposals and took the fight over taxes directly to Republicans, who want to extend breaks for all earners. "Let me be clear to [House Republican Leader John] Boehner and everyone else," said Obama at a community college in Parma, Ohio, across the state from Boehner's district. "We...
  • Obama calling for more infrastructure spending

    09/06/2010 6:41:49 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 73 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | September 6, 2010 | JULIE PACE
    Obama calling for more infrastructure spending WASHINGTON (AP) - Vowing to find new ways to stimulate the sputtering economy, President Barack Obama will call for long-term investments in the nation's roads, railways and runways that would cost at least $50 billion. The infrastructure investments are one part of a package of targeted proposals the White House is expected to announce in hopes of jump-starting the economy ahead of the November election. Obama will outline the infrastructure proposal Monday at a Labor Day event in Milwaukee. While the proposal calls for investments over six years, the White House said spending would...
  • $700 billion stimulus, nope, more like $12.8 trillion.

    09/05/2010 10:25:39 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 10 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 09-05-10 | Southernman
    The $700 billion stimulus plan that was supposed to keep unemployment below 8% was just the tip of the iceberg. The actual amount of money leveraged to prop up the failing economy was closer to $12.8 trillion with a “t” ($12,800,000,000,000). This story is coming from that well know bastion of right wing conspiracy theorists known as P.B.S. It seems that our government, and by proxy each and every one of us, was on the hook for a great deal of more money than taxpayers were lead to believe. This video clip is an eye opener. You have to watch...
  • 120 Days to Go Until the Largest Tax Hikes in History

    09/03/2010 8:32:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | September 3, 2010 | Ryan Ellis
    They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on January 1, 2011: First Wave: Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief... Personal income tax rates will rise...Higher taxes on marriage and family. Second Wave: Obamacare There are over twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare. Several will first go into effect on January 1, 2011... Third Wave: The Alternative Minimum Tax and Employer Tax Hikes When Americans prepare to file their tax returns in January of 2011, they’ll be in for a nasty surprise—the AMT won’t be held harmless, and many tax relief provisions will have expired....
  • Happy days here again for Kerry and Patches (net worth increases more than $20 million last year)

    08/31/2010 11:28:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/01/10 | Donna Goodison
    Happy days here again for Kerry and PatchesBy Donna Goodison Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - Updated 4 hours ago Sen. John Kerry is still King of the Hill. The Massachusetts Democrat’s net worth increased by more than $20 million last year to at least $188.6 million, extending his reign as the richest member of Congress. Outgoing Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy, meanwhile, ranked among the richest members of Congress for the first time - thanks to an inheritance from his father, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, according to The Hill. **SNIP** “Voters have had enough with the millionaires club, and...
  • Wealthy lawmakers increased their riches as economy sputtered in '09

    08/31/2010 4:19:42 AM PDT · by blueyon · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8/31/10 | By Kevin Bogardus and Barbra Kim
    The wealthiest members of Congress grew richer in 2009 even as the economy struggled to recover from a deep recession. The 50 wealthiest lawmakers were worth almost $1.4 billion in 2009, about $85.1 million more than 12 months earlier, according to The Hill’s annual review of lawmakers’ financial disclosure forms. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) tops the list for the second year in a row. His minimum net worth was $188.6 million at the end of 2009, up by more than $20 million from 2008, according to his financial disclosure form. While the economy struggled through a recession during much of...
  • Michelle's Travels Will Trigger Backlash

    08/12/2010 3:47:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 88 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2010 | Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
    During the early Clinton years -- 1993 and 1994 -- the first couple vacationed in Martha's Vineyard hobnobbing with celebrities and cruising on Ted Kennedy's yacht. The result was that during each of the two summers, as they dived into the surf, so they dived in the polls. The last drop, after the summer of 1994, played a role in their loss of their congressional majorities a few months later. Now Michelle Obama is making the same mistake ... and at a worse time. Voters are highly sensitive to where their elected officials vacation, especially when they themselves cannot afford...
  • Susan Estrich: Does He Get It? (The Martha's Vineyard Vacation and 2010 elections)

    08/12/2010 1:02:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 4, 2010 | Susan Estrich
    The conventional wisdom these days is that the best shot for Democrats heading into the November elections in marginal districts is for the president to raise money and lower his profile. Just send checks. Events after 7 p.m. Closed to the press. This is not an election Democrats want to "nationalize." Better to keep it local. Better to run as your own man or woman, not as the president's best friend. Republicans, by contrast, will spend as much time as they can running against the president. If his popularity is down to his base (low 40s), that means voters in...
  • Obamas are Sacrificing Like Us - Plan Fifth Vacation Since July

    08/11/2010 1:44:16 PM PDT · by toma29 · 46 replies
    Useful Info Nation Blog ^ | 8/11/2010 | Thomas Bryan
    It's good to be the king. From US News: Obamas Plan Fifth Vacation Since July There they go again. For the fifth time since July, the first family has set plans to board Air Force One for a frilly vacation, a 10-day return trip to exclusive Martha's Vineyard where they are expected to stay at the 28-acre oceanfront Blue Heron Farm that rents for up to $50,000 a week. But first the Obamas will be traveling to the Gulf Coast of Florida for a mini-vacation as a way to encourage other vacationing Americans to head to the beaches that have...
  • President Obama and family headed back to Martha's Vineyard for vacation

    08/11/2010 6:07:35 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 120 replies
    boston.com ^ | July 23, 2010 | Globe Staff
    The White House today confirmed what many islanders have been anticipating for weeks: The first family will return to Martha's Vineyard for vacation next month. President Obama and his family are scheduled to vacation on the island from Aug. 19 to Aug. 29.
  • Rep. Rangel dares House to expel him

    08/10/2010 1:19:01 PM PDT · by Justaham · 98 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8-10-10 | Jordan Fabian and Susan Crabtree
    Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel defended himself on the House floor Tuesday, daring members to expel him. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) maintained that he did not intentionally break any House rules and complained about the investigation and trial process conducted by the House ethics panel, which has brought 13 charges against him. "It may be stupid, it may be negligent, but it's not corrupt," Rangel said in a meandering speech that lasted more than 30 minutes. In professing his innocence of all charges, Rangel also invited the ethics panel and House to take its shot at expelling him. "I'm not asking...
  • [DNC Chairman] Tim Kaine Defends Michelle Obama's Trip to Spain

    08/09/2010 9:35:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    CBS News' Political Hotsheet ^ | August 9, 2010 | Stephanie Condon
    First Lady Michelle Obama was criticized last week for vacationing in Spain with her daughter while the economy continues to sputter, but Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said this morning it's "wrong" to attack the First Family's private vacation. "I think it's wrong to talk about the first lady's family vacation as a politician," Kaine said on NBC's "Today Show." "She's a mom." Michelle Obama traveled with her daughter Sasha and a group of friends to Costa del Sol in southern Spain. "When you're in office you don't give up being a mom and a family member, too," Kaine...
  • Kerry introduces law to bring Muslim workers to U.S.

    08/08/2010 6:42:35 PM PDT · by blueyon · 54 replies
    creepingsharia ^ | 8/05/10 | creeping
    Kerry introduces law to bring Muslim workers to U.S. Posted on August 5, 2010 by creeping On the verge of a double-dip recession, unemployment at rarely seen levels, Islamic terrorism at record high levels, and Democrats want to bring workers from Muslim countries to the U.S.? Moreover, they want to send Americans into countries likely hostile to Americans and ruled by sharia law. Taxation for Islamization. via Daily Times – Kerry pushes US-Muslim nation exchanges. WASHINGTON: US Senator and chairman of Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry, appealed on Tuesday for cementing US ties with the Muslim world with a...
  • The Kerry Yacht as a Teachable Moment

    08/05/2010 11:54:41 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 4 Aug 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    By now, almost everything imaginable has been said about Senator Kerry’s docking of his new $7 million yacht in Rhode Island instead of Massachusetts, thus avoiding/postponing some $500,000 in state taxes. Here is some postmortem analysis: 1. Once again, a liberal proponent of higher and more redistributive taxes (e.g., Daschle, Geithner, Rangel) has acted antithetically to what he professes. In his 2004 campaign, Kerry alleged near-treasonous behavior (“Benedict Arnold”) on the part of companies that relocated out of the country to seek lower taxes. The psychology of this hypocrisy is hard to figure: Does the technocratic guardian class believe that,...