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  • About-face: Former climate change skeptic now says global warming is man-made

    07/31/2012 11:10:02 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 31, 2012 | Liz Goodwin
    He finally came around to what other climate scientists have been spouting for years. Richard A. Muller, a physics professor at the University of California-Berkeley, announced over the weekend that his much-publicized investigation into climate data has found that humans' production of carbon dioxide is causing the world to slowly warm up. And this process could speed up dramatically in the coming years. Muller's conclusions attract special attention because of his vocal self-styling as a converted climate change skeptic. Muller criticized global warming studies for sloppy and self-serving data selection and a lack of transparency that obscured errors; he then...
  • To Those Who Want To Redistribute What I’ve Earned [Charlie Daniels]

    07/31/2012 11:28:29 AM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 16 replies
    CNSnews.com ^ | July 30, 2012 | Charlie Daniels
    When you make your living in the public arena as I do and when you let your opinion be known as I do in mainstream and social media, you expect some criticism and this is as it should be, this being America where our very way of life is centered around free speech. I don't mind the criticism and usually give as good as I get, respecting all comers, regardless of how far afield or how vehement I consider our differences to be. But, lately, I have been receiving a small amount of correspondence from people who resent the headway...
  • John Adams: "equal rights" is not a blank check to redistribute wealth

    07/27/2012 8:05:24 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 19 replies
    Our founders wrote more on the issues of modern times than people perhaps realize. The words used are simply different, sometimes being more complex or sometimes outdated. In a letter to John Taylor, John Adams wrote some things about John Jacques Rousseau and the distortions of reality that took place in the French Revolution: (in section III) (Alt. link) That all men are born to equal rights is true. Every being has a right to his own, as clear, as moral, as sacred, as any other being has. This is as indubitable as a moral government in the universe. But...
  • Is Obama Ripping Off the Mask?

    07/17/2012 7:30:30 AM PDT · by yoe · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 17, 2012 | James Lewis
    American candidates for president have a predictable trajectory. [snip] "...Obama has been going off the standard script -- most recently by attacking capitalism in radical terms. Namely, "If you've got a business -- you (you didn't build that) Somebody else made that happen." Democratic senators are reportedly "horrified" by Obama's behavior.[snip] If Breitbart is right, the (Obama raising money in China)
  • The Dismantling of the American Dream

    07/16/2012 1:48:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 16, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Who does Obama think paid the taxes for the roads and the bridges and the stoplights? Who paid for this? Who paid for all of that? People that don't have anything? People who pay taxes paid for all this stuff! Folks, it's a shame that we have to sit here and react to this kind of sophistry and explain to people how this country was built and who did it and why it happened and how it happened. Because we live in a period of time where the president of the United States is trying to rewrite...
  • Official: More in US convinced of climate change

    07/06/2012 12:20:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 6, 2012 | ROD McGUIRK
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Increasingly common experiences with extreme climate-related events such as the Colorado wildfires, a record warm spring and preseason hurricanes have convinced many Americans climate change is a reality, the head of a U.S. scientific agency said Friday. Many Americans had previously seen climate change as a "nebulous concept" removed from them in time and geography, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Jane Lubchenco.
  • Lamenting The Lost Legacy Of Independence Day

    07/04/2012 9:34:48 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 4, 2012 | Bill Frezza
    Can anyone honestly argue that our nation still honors the values, or practices the principles, for which our Founders fought? Today, most Americans have been trained to be embarrassed by the "extremist" individualist ethos that made the protection of liberty the primary purpose of government. They have been taught to apologize for the shortcomings of the "rich white men" who led the revolution. A majority of Americans now subscribe to an expansive view of government as both great provider and beneficent leveler. Its primary purpose is to redress unequal or unhappy outcomes, regardless of their source, through wealth redistribution on...
  • GHEI: The Poorer Middle Class. Obsession with Income Redistribution is Destroying U.S. Productivity

    06/15/2012 6:12:55 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 14, 2012 | Nita Ghei
    Obsession with income redistribution is destroying U.S. productivity President Obama’s re-election prospects dim by the day. When it comes to all-important pocketbook issues, Americans quite simply are worse off now than they were when this administration moved into the White House. The Federal Reserve released its latest “Survey of Consumer Finance” on Tuesday, which confirmed widely held sentiment with hard data: Americans are poorer today than they were in 2007, when the Great Recession hit. The difference between now and then is massive. The median household saw almost 39 percent of its wealth evaporate, and real income (that is, the...
  • Will U.S. Sovereignty Be LOST At Sea? Obama Signs U.N. Treaty That Redistributes Drilling Revenues

    05/20/2012 10:18:50 AM PDT · by Innovative · 207 replies
    Forbes ^ | may 20, 2012 | Forbes OpEd
    A proposed Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), which has been signed by President Obama but not yet ratified by Congress, will subordinate U.S. naval and drilling operations beyond 200 miles of our coast to a newly established U.N. bureaucracy. If approved, it will grant a Kingston, Jamaica-based International Seabed Authority (ISA) the power to regulate deep-sea oil exploration, seabed mining, and fishing rights. As part of the deal, as much as 7% of U.S. government revenue that is collected from oil and gas companies operating off our coast will be forked over to ISA for redistribution to poorer, landlocked...
  • Will Smith Lectures France About Paying Taxes Until Learning Of Their 75% Rate

    05/14/2012 8:03:34 PM PDT · by Sneakyuser · 73 replies
    His reaction is priceless.
  • Obama Seeks Sovereignty Surrender Via LOST Treaty

    05/09/2012 2:38:14 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 8, 2012
    Sovereignty: Even if he's not re-elected, the president hopes to leave behind a treaty giving a U.N. body veto power over the use of our territorial waters and to which we'd be required to give half of our offshore oil revenue. The Law Of The Sea Treaty (LOST) has been lurking in the shadows for decades. Like the Kyoto Protocol that pretended to be an effort to save the earth from the poisoned fruit of the Industrial Revolution, LOST pretends to be an effort to protect the world's oceans from environmental damage and remove it as a cause of potential...
  • Obama Orders IRS to refund 'Illegal Aliens' $4.2 billion, While Asking the Rich....

    05/07/2012 7:56:55 AM PDT · by yoe · 31 replies
    (Loophole.)(4 Billion a year)(video)(Illegal Aliens Getting Bigger Tax Refund Checks?)
  • What's The Department Of No Labor Up To These Days ?

    05/02/2012 8:00:49 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 8 replies
    Alan Levy's brain and the commissars at the Department of No Labor | 05/02/12 | Alan Levy
    In today's episode of "My Government Scares The Crap Out Of Me", let's take a look at the Department of Labor's "environmental justice" program. First, before we get started, I thought it would be really, really swell to hear from an expert on "environmental justice". So, without further ado, I bring you Chairman Obama's former "Green Jobs Czar" Van Jones. Take it away, Vannie! *********************************** "Mother Jones: Can you briefly explain what 'environmental justice' means to you? Van Jones: Environmental justice is the movement to ensure that no community suffers disproportionate environmental burdens or goes without enjoying fair environmental benefits."...
  • Cut world population and redistribute resources, expert urges (Says Stanford Prof. Paul Ehrlich)

    04/26/2012 12:06:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 04/26/2012 | John Vidal
    The world's most renowned population analyst has called for a massive reduction in the number of humans and for natural resources to be redistributed from the rich to the poor.Paul Ehrlich, Bing professor of population studies at Stanford University in California and author of the best-selling Population Bomb book in 1968, goes much further than the Royal Society in London which this morning said that physical numbers were as important as the amount of natural resources consumed.The optimum population of Earth – enough to guarantee the minimal physical ingredients of a decent life to everyone – was 1.5 to 2...
  • 2012 GPA Redistribution Petition & Video Contest - Carthage College

    04/25/2012 12:45:08 PM PDT · by jcsjcm · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | Apr 20, 2012 | YAFTV
    Carthage College students Danielle Cleveland, Matt Holmes, Caitlyn Stenerson, Chelsea Shields, and Peter Leaman present their entry in YAF's 4th Annual GPA Redistribution Petition & Video Contest!
  • Obama's $5 Trillion Moment

    04/19/2012 2:35:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2012 | Guy Benson
    I buried this item at the bottom of my early morning post on Romney's rhetoric, but I think this staggering milestone merits a separate post.  The Obama legacy:   In the 39 months since Barack Obama took the oath of office as president of the United States, the federal government’s debt has increased by $5,027,761,476,484.56. Although he has served less than a term, Obama is now the first American president to see the federal government's debt increase by more than $5 trillion during his time in office. During the full eight years that George W. Bush served as president, the...
  • Now that the Buffett tax is dead (or is it?), what was it based on?

    04/18/2012 10:29:38 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 7 replies
    Defeat in the Senate of the class warfare bill known as the Buffett Rule, gives conservatives something to crow about, liberals something to whine about and the president something to campaign on in his reelection campaign. The latter was probably the intention all along. But the almost religious desire to soak the rich has become pathological among Democrats and leftists. Two ballot initiatives in California would pile on, and you can bet we haven’t heard the last of Barack Obama singing the praises of disproportionately taking money from people who make more than you do. What’s behind this, other than...
  • Van Jones: 'Progressives Have Another Century to Win!'

    04/17/2012 10:36:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | April 17, 2012 | Rick Perlstein
    Van Jones, one of the most effective organizers and strategists on the left, is out with a new book. Rebuild the Dream, which debuted last week on the New York Times bestseller list, takes its name from the organization Jones helped found a year ago to stir up a grass-roots insurgency against the plutocrats we now call the 1%—and now seek harness the insurgent energies expressed by the Occupy movement into lasting institutional reform. “The American dream—the idea that ours is a land where any hard-working person can better herself or himself—is at risk of being wiped out, right before...
  • Barack Obama: Administrator? The Facts Behind the Fiction

    04/09/2012 9:06:45 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 4/7/2012 | Joe Wolverton II
    On April 3 Salon.com published an article by Arthur Goldwag that amounts to nothing more or less than a 1,700-word screed whose sole purpose appears to be branding the entire conservative movement as a bunch of “twisted,” gullible, conspiracy kooks who’ll believe anything as long as it comes from the right sources. In a bit of uncomfortable irony, Goldwag demonstrates his own dearth of intellectual credibility and literary deftness by making one attempt after the other to denigrate a novel and thus deprive it of any possible potency. Goldwag’s target: Philip Dru: Administrator. Story of Tomorrow. Philip Dru is a...
  • Obama Misquotes Bible on Wealth Redistribution

    04/06/2012 7:45:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/06/2012 | W.A. Beatty
    Liberals/Progressives/Democrats say the Bible is off-limits when it addresses the subject of homosexuality, homosexual marriage, abortion, or any issue liberals favor but the Bible condemns. But it's permitted to be used when wealth-redistribution is being discussed. The only problem is that when President Barack Hussein Obama quoted from the Bible, he both took his quotation out of context and got it wrong. On Friday, March 30, 2012, in an address to supporters at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT, Obama condemned what he called "you're-on-your-own economics," arguing for policies that involve transferring wealth from one group of citizens to...
  • Obama Instructs Journalists On How To Report His Positions (video)

    04/03/2012 6:05:27 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | April 3, 2012
    "This bears on your reporting," President Obama said to journalists. "I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing then they're equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle. And an equivalence is presented which I think reinforces peoples' cynicism about Washington in general. This is not one of those situations where there's an equivalency." "As all of you are doing your reporting, I think it's important to remember that the positions that I am taking now on the budget and a host of other issues. if we had...
  • TN House passes resolution condemning Agenda 21

    03/15/2012 2:05:22 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    Nashville Tennessean | 3/15/12 | Chas Sisk
    Gannett Newspaper - Link Only: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120315/NEWS/303150098/TN-House-passes-resolution-condemning-Agenda-21?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
  • Romney Goes Occupy: The ‘1%’ Need to Pay ‘More’

    02/24/2012 8:21:06 AM PST · by Qbert · 13 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2/23/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    Having recognized that he cannot outflank Rick Santorum from the right, Mitt Romney is now mimicking Newt Gingrich’s anti-Romney strategy, moving to the left with populist economic rhetoric. VIDEO Here’s what he said in Arizona yesterday: The transcript, in relevant part: I am going to lower rates across the board for all Americans by 20%. And in order to limit any impact on the deficit, because I do not want to add to the deficit, and also in order to make sure we continue to have progressivity as we’ve had in the past in our code, I’m going to limit...
  • Obama moves on corporate-tax reform (in the wrong direction!)

    02/22/2012 9:37:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/22/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Corporate tax reform has long been an opportunity for a win-win bipartisan effort in Washington. Everyone agrees that the corporate code needs significant changes, if not a complete overhaul; it's too complicated, too costly, and rewards the larger companies that can afford to analyze it for every possible benefit. Both parties have made corporate tax reform part of their plartforms, Democrats arguing that we need to close loopholes, Republicans that we need simplification and lower rates.The White House decided to go first on corporate tax reform: The Obama administration Wednesday will unveil a framework for reforming the corporate tax code...
  • Obama peddles modest American dream

    02/21/2012 11:28:39 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 16 replies
    My Way News ^ | February 21, 2012 | ERICA WERNER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - This time around, President Barack Obama's message can sound decidedly down-to-earth. Four years after winning the White House, Obama is dealing with a different economic and political reality as he seeks re-election. He's focused less on a lofty vision for overcoming divisions and remaking Washington, and more on the most basic building blocks of middle-class economic security: a job, a house, a college education for the kids, health care, money for retirement. What Obama describes as the American Dream can seem a spare, fundamental aspiration, tailored for a campaign that looks to be fought over who is...
  • Obama Budget Raises Taxes on Small Employers, Savers, Families

    02/15/2012 11:02:04 AM PST · by 92nina · 6 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-13 | Ryan Ellis
    President Obama released his FY 2013 budget [Monday] morning. By his own numbers, his budget raises net taxes over the next decade by $1.56 trillion (Table S-9, page 225). As a percentage of the economy, tax revenues would rise all the way to 20.1% of GDP in 2022, far higher than the historical tax revenue average of 18.3% of GDP (Table S-1, page 205). Here are some of the tax lowlights: All 20 of the new or higher taxes in Obamacare are assumed to take place. That means that there will be a 3.8 percentage point surtax on investment income....
  • Picking Up Obama's Gauntlet on Taxes

    02/15/2012 12:25:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 14, 2012 | HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR.
    ...........Mr.Obama's insincerity on tax reform has been a giant missed opportunity. Mr. Romney is the get-it-done candidate. He could not only point to Mr. Obama's failure to act, but explain why—because it would conflict with the campaign of class resentment that he and his surrogates are so busy denying they intend to run on in the fall. Mr.Romney needs to do something. Mr.Santorum's rise is a telling rebuke—a "conservative" who hails from a blue state and yet who succeeded because he found a natural way to bridge the gap, thanks to his affiliation with unions and hard-hat workers. Yes, his...
  • Satirizing liberalism with by outlining the redistribution of sex.

    02/13/2012 4:06:30 PM PST · by tjbandrowsky · 4 replies
    http://www.yankeerino.com/ ^ | 2/12/2012 | TJ Bandrowsky
    In the Fair Sex Act, yankeerino humorously attacks the left wing notions that entitlements are open ended, that equality is the absolute goal of a just society. Beginning as an open letter to "fellow" liberals, the Fair Sex Act imagines a world where economic equality has been achieved, and liberals now need to figure out what else to make equal, so as to stay employed. Complete with a faux history of Karl Marx's stages of society reworked as sex, scientific studies extolling the virtues of equality in sex, and even a sample sexual tax return, the Fair Sex Act is...
  • Washington Footing the Cell Phone Bill for Millions of Low Income Americans

    02/09/2012 6:46:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Time ^ | February 8, 2012 | Brad Tuttle
    Last year, a federal program paid out $1.6 billion to cover free cell phones and the monthly bills of 12.5 million wireless accounts. The program, overseen by the FCC and intended to help low-income Americans, is popular for obvious reasons, with participation rising steeply since 2008, when the government paid $772 million for phones and monthly bills. But observers complain that the program suffers from poor oversight, in which phones go to people who don't qualify, and hundreds of thousands of those who do qualify have more than one phone.
  • Pelosi on Unemployment Benefits Extension: I’d rather not pay for it

    02/06/2012 11:48:21 AM PST · by Pacothecat · 25 replies
    Pelosi: 'I Don't Want To Pay For It...Surcharge' The Rich For Doctors Visits and Unemployment Benefits http://www.breitbart.tv/pelosi-on-unemployment-benefits-extension-id-rather-not-pay-for-it/
  • Man robs Riviera Beach McDonald's wearing Obama mask

    02/05/2012 4:10:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 | CYNTHIA ROLDAN
    Authorities are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a McDonald's on Saturday while wearing a President Barack Obama mask. Riviera Beach Police say that the man who held employees of the McDonald's at 3551 Broadway at gunpoint with a silver, semi-automatic handgun, was wearing a mask "resembling a likeness" to Obama. He ordered all employees to the back office at 6:21 a.m., and then ordered the manager to open the safe and place the cash in a cloth bag he brought. Before leaving the restaurant, the man threatened to kill the employees if they did not...
  • Obama: Jesus would tax the rich

    02/02/2012 8:20:06 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 200 replies
    Obama: Jesus would tax the rich By: Jennifer Epstein February 2, 2012 10:12 AM EST President Barack Obama tied his proposal to raise taxes on wealthy Americans to his faith on Thursday, telling leaders gathered for the National Prayer Breakfast that Jesus’ teachings have led him to that conclusion. The rich pay more not only because “I actually think that is going to make economic sense, but for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.’” Obama said at the Washington Hilton, delivering remarks at an annual...
  • BARACK OBAMA AND ECONOMIC FAIRNESS

    01/31/2012 6:37:33 AM PST · by shortstop · 7 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 01/26/12 | Bob Lonsberry
    Economic “fairness.” According the president, that’s the “defining issue of our age.” He wishes. So does Karl Marx, the Democratic Party, most of the press and any number of activists and college professors. And they’re right. Economic fairness is the defining issue of our age. And it’s time to bring it to a head. It’s time to lay the facts on the table and decide what kind of society this is going to be. But we won’t do it on the basis of the Left’s dishonesty, we’ll do it on the basis of hard numbers and facts. And the fact...
  • The 'Take Care of Me' Society is Wrecking the USA [We've lived off our children, grandchildren..]

    01/28/2012 8:40:19 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 58 replies · 1+ views
    The Fiscal Times ^ | January 28, 2012 | By MAUREEN MACKEY,
    You’ve played by the rules. Worked hard to put yourself through school. You’ve gotten a decent job and you pay your taxes. You’re faithfully paying down your mortgage and saving money in a 401(k) – all to secure your finances and your future. But now there are a lot more “takers” than “makers” in this country – and the impact is systemic and long-lasting. A prevalent new “moocher culture” is changing the character of this nation – that’s the core message of A Nation of Moochers: America’s Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing, a new book by Charles J. Sykes,...
  • Brussels keen to redirect €82 billion ($108 billion) for jobs and growth

    01/28/2012 1:16:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 27.01.12 @ 17:37 | Valentina Pop
    BRUSSELS—The EU commission wants to redirect €82 billion worth of structural funds to projects aimed at boosting employment and growth, particularly in bailed-out countries, measures seen as both vague and inadequate by critics. Anticipating a demand from Monday's EU summit to redeploy as yet unspent structural funds for employment-related projects, the EU commission on Friday (27 January) announced its intention to work with member states on redistributing €82 billion. Speaking at a press conference with the Belgian premier, commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso said: "What we can do is to redeploy structural funds, as long as member states agree, because...
  • Great news: The “fair share” administration owes over $800,000 in back taxes

    01/26/2012 7:18:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/26/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    We heard a lot on Tuesday night from President Obama about the wealthy paying their “fair share” in his State of the Union speech. (Well, you heard it a lot; I read the speech and then commenced to have a life on Tuesday night.) Obama made half a dozen references to fairness in relation to taxes in the address, including taking a shot at Congress: But in return, we need to change our tax code so that people like me, and an awful lot of members of Congress, pay our fair share of taxes. Just like with charity, perhaps fairness...
  • First lady’s office will not comment ‘as of right now’ on $2K SOTU dress

    01/25/2012 11:23:30 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 56 replies · 1+ views
    First lady’s office will not comment ‘as of right now’ on $2K SOTU dress By Caroline May - The Daily Caller 1:27 PM 01/25/2012 ADVERTISEMENT While the president spoke about the economic frustrations of average Americans in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, his wife, Michelle Obama appeared at the event in a sapphire blue dress from designer Barbara Tfank’s 2012 Resort collection, estimated to cost over $2k. The first lady’s press office, however is mum on dress, telling The Daily Caller that they will not offer comment “as of right now.” Tfanks, a West Coast designer, recently...
  • A Redistributive State of the Union (That is essentially Obama's vision for America)

    01/25/2012 8:13:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/25/2012 | By Michael Tanner
    Shortly after President Obama was elected, NBC News interviewed a young woman from Detroit named Peggy Joseph. She explained that she was excited about Obama’s election because “I won’t have to worry about putting the gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage.” In the three years since, President Obama may not have actually paid her mortgage or filled up her tank, but judging from last night’s State of the Union address, he’s still trying. The president’s address — more campaign speech than policy platform — was long on calls for “fairness” and “opportunity,” but...
  • The United States of Envy (Land of the free so long as nobody makes more money than approved)

    01/25/2012 8:06:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 01/25/2012 | Terence Corcoran
    Republican candidate Mitt Romney could have released his income tax returns two days ago or two weeks from now. Instead, he dumped 500 pages of his returns into America’s raging class warfare zone on the same day President Barack Obama was set to deliver his State of the Union address — an election document that, among other things, contained numerous devices aimed at expanding the war. Welcome to the United States of Envy, land of the free and home of the brave so long as nobody makes too much more money than the next guy. The President’s address was peppered...
  • Obama: Millionaires should pay at least 30 percent in taxes (Obama paid 25%, Mitt 13%, Buffett 10%)

    01/25/2012 3:23:15 AM PST · by tobyhill · 68 replies · 5+ views
    msnbc ^ | 1/25/2012 | By Michael O'Brien
    People earning over $1 million per year should pay an effective tax rate of no less than 30 percent, President Obama said in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. The president laid down one of his most political markers of the annual policy speech by crafting what he called the "Buffett Rule," named after the famous billionaire investor. "Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes," Obama said.
  • SOTU: Obama "Can't Wait" to Bypass Constitution

    01/25/2012 6:35:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2012 | Charles Payne
    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...
  • Obama to Draw an Economic Line in State of Union (activist role for gov, more taxes and spending)

    01/21/2012 11:34:23 AM PST · by Innovative · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jan 21, 2012 | JACKIE CALMES
    President Obama will use his election-year State of the Union address on Tuesday to define an activist role for government in promoting a prosperous and equitable society, hoping to draw a stark contrast between the parties in a time of deep economic uncertainty. ...Mr. Obama will call for changing the corporate and individual income-tax codes so the wealthy pay more, both to finance government investments and to alleviate the rise in income inequality in recent years. Republican presidential candidates have countered that government should get out of the way.
  • Oakland to give layoff notices to hundreds of workers

    01/12/2012 2:11:05 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/12/12 | Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Oakland -- Hundreds of City of Oakland employees will receive layoff notices next week, as the city embarks on severe cost-cutting measures to make up for the loss of redevelopment funds, city staff said Thursday. The pink slips will arrive next week, when City Administrator Deanna Santana releases the 2012-2012 budget.The redevelopment agency - which will be nearly eliminated due to state cutbacks - has 158 full-time positions and more than 200 workers. But because of seniority rules, some of those employees might be transferred to other departments.
  • Government: The redistributionist behemoth

    01/07/2012 8:51:14 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | George F. Will
    Government: The redistributionist behemoth By George F. Will, Published: January 6 Liberals have a rendezvous with regret. Their largest achievement is today’s redistributionist government. But such government is inherently regressive: It tends to distribute power and money to the strong, including itself. Government becomes big by having big ambitions for supplanting markets as society’s primary allocator of wealth and opportunity. Therefore it becomes a magnet for factions muscular enough, in money or numbers or both, to bend government to their advantage. The left’s centuries-old mission is to increase social harmony by decreasing antagonisms arising from disparities of wealth — to...
  • Margaret Thatcher Debunks the Leftist Agenda on Income Equality

    12/29/2011 8:07:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December29, 2011 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The statists are making a big issue out of income inequality, hoping to convince ordinary Americans that redistribution is their only hope for a better life. I’ve explained with a pizza analogy that this is horribly misguided because it falsely assumes the economy is a fixed pie.Simply stated, it doesn’t make sense – or help anybody – if inequality is reduced by policies that hurt everyone, but happen to hurt upper-income people more than lower-income people.Moreover, redistribution tends to create a “poverty trap” as people get seduced by dependency.That’s why I’ve argued that economic growth is the best way of...
  • Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    12/15/2011 5:33:19 AM PST · by markomalley · 71 replies
    See BS ^ | 12/15/11
    Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. The latest census data depict a middle class that's shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government's safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families. "Safety net programs such as food stamps and tax credits kept poverty from rising even higher in 2010, but for many low-income families with work-related and medical expenses,...
  • Obama: Not redistributing wealth

    12/11/2011 8:00:13 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies
    Obama: Not redistributing wealth (CBS News) In a "60 Minutes" interview with Steve Kroft, President Obama disputes the notion he is trying to redistribute wealth with his plans to treat the country's economic ills. He tells Kroft he's just attempting to deliver the "American Deal" of a strong middle class "where everybody is able to do their part and everybody's able to succeed." Kroft spoke to the president yesterday at the White House and Tuesday in Osawatomie, Kan., for a "60 Minutes" interview to be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT. In the interview, Kroft points out that...
  • Obama: Limited Gov't That Preserves Free Markets 'Doesn't Work. It Has Never Worked'

    12/07/2011 9:22:50 AM PST · by Just4Him · 61 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/7/2011 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - In a speech delivered at Osawatomie High School in Osawatomie, Kansas, on Tuesday, President Barack Obama argued that while a limited government that preserves free markets "speaks to our rugged individualism" as Americans, such a system "doesn't work" and "has never worked" and that Americans must look to a more activist government that taxes more, spends more and regulates more if they want to preserve the middle class. "'[T]here is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few decades, have said, let’s respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune. 'The market will take...
  • Obama’s BIG small-minded class warfare speech in Kansas doesn’t disappoint (Predictable)

    12/06/2011 2:09:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/06/2011 | Tina Korbe
    Today in Osawatomie, Kan., Barack Obama laid bare his progressive agenda, calling for more federal involvement in education, increased spending on infrastructure, an extension of the payroll tax cut and increased taxes on the rich. He even invoked Teddy “the Trustbuster” Roosevelt, who, if you’ll recall, became increasingly socialistic as the sun of his national stardom began to set. Not surprisingly, Obama was disingenuous in a few places — but just a few. At one point, he said he had already signed $1 trillion in spending cuts into law. Presumably, he was referring to the cuts included in the debt...
  • Facts are stubborn things (Part 1) [Tea Party Express](Part 2 #25)

    12/06/2011 12:26:52 PM PST · by Syncro · 27 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | December 6, 2011 | Howard Kaloogian
        In 2008 Barack Obama’s campaign shtick was “change.” That resonated because President Bush was spending too much and the country meant to change Washington. But Obama meant to change the country. In response the Tea Party movement has arisen to implement the real change, putting brakes on that out of control big government growth. Our message to Washington is simple: you have run out of our money, stop excessive spending. You cannot borrow your way out of debt; you cannot spend your way out of deficits. What is President Obama’s response to our message of fiscal responsibility? Shared...