Obama’s tax cuts not really tax cuts

Posted in Activism on October 21, 2008 by poyers

A reporter for Good Morning America did a report (http://newsbusters.org/blogs/rich-noyes/2008/10/20/liberal-media-s-tax-bias-all-about-spreading-wealth-not-expanding-pie) on the falsehood of McCain’s argument that Obama “gives away your tax dollars to those who don’t pay taxes.” The reporter says that McCain is wrong because Obama’s tax cuts only go to people who work, therefore, by definition, Obama’s plan “is not welfare.” He says that “some working people eligible for Obama’s tax cut make so little, they do not pay income taxes. But they do pay payroll taxes and other taxes.” So now, the media is demanding that John McCain get specific … what he should have said is Obama “gives an income tax cut to those who don’t pay income taxes — and pays for it by raising income taxes on those who are already shouldering more than half of the nation’s income tax burden.”

Let’s address this idea that all of these people who get the Obama welfare checks pay Social Security and Medicare Taxes. These are really not so much taxes as they are mandated premiums for a specific defined benefit. The idea here is that you pay for your Social Security and your Medicare while you are working, and receive the benefits when you retire. If Obama wants to eliminate these tax burden with his “refundable tax credits” then he is turning both of these programs into pure income redistribution efforts.

However you say it, folks, the fact of the matter is that Barack Obama’s tax plan is welfare – he takes money from the high achievers and spreads it around to those with lower incomes.

From the Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122385651698727257.html?mod=djemEditorialPage

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Obama against small businesses

Posted in Activism on October 21, 2008 by poyers

It has been said that Obama’s tax policies will create a disincentive for small businesses to hire people.  Given that small businesses employ over 80% of the work force, that is a bit interesting.

From the Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122455021772252457.html

Targeting Prop 8 supporters

Posted in Activism on October 21, 2008 by poyers

It is obvious that the fight for/against gay marriage is a very heated and passionate one.  Church’s are spending a lot of time and resources to support the initiative.  My church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is supporting Proposition 8 (and Prop. 102 in Arizona) and has encouraged their voters to get out and vote.  That being said, the church is not involved in politics with its funding; nor does it use its meeting houses for anything political.

That being said, the Daily Kos and other anti-Prop. 8 people are pulling out their typical antics of personal destruction.  They are targeting individual donors that support the campaign.  Disgusting, dangerous, awful…but typical!

From the Daily Kos (http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/20/01429/971). 

“Now, I have nothing personally against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  . .

But when the church and its members invest millions of dollars in an attempt to write discrimination into my state’s constitution and divorce my friend Brian against his will, there will be hell to pay.

So what am I asking you to do?

Some distributed research.

There is a list of a bunch of Mormon donors to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign (in case that one goes  down, here’s a mirror with slightly worse formatting.

Here’s what I’m asking for:

This list contains information about those who are big donors to the Yes on 8 campaign—donors to the tune of at least $1,000 dollars. And, as you can see, there are a lot of them.  It also indicates if they’re Mormon or not.

If you’re interested in defeating the religious right and preserving marriage equality, here’s how you can help:

Find us some ammo.”

Can we no longer ask questions???

Posted in Activism on October 18, 2008 by poyers

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, you did us all a great service. You spoke to power, you questioned your leaders, and in the finest traditions of a democracy you stood up and put it to ‘em.

Because of this brave act I now know how much you made in 2006, that you are divorced, you wouldn’t have been all that affected by Obama’s tax plan, you’re not a papered plumber in Ohio, and you’re 34. You can thank the media for this, personally I never cared. But for standing up and speaking to power your private life has been plastered all over the United States.

 

Gone is the discussion over Progressive Taxes. Gone is the discussion of Obama’s policies and what they really mean for an economy and culture like America’s. Gone is the discussion of how Obama’s philosophy applies to American reality.

Joe, your story isn’t sad because of you, it’s sad because the best Republican Party strategists trying to get McCain elected were trumped by a 34 year old plumber who asked a simple question.

And it’s really sad when a regular, private citizen exercising his right to question his leaders is rewarded by having his private life barfed up all over the MSM, his integrity and honour made the issue instead of the policy of the would be ruler.

I do not care how much you made in 2006. I do not care that you aren’t papered in Ohio. I do not care, and can’t even imagine the relevance, that you are divorced.  You scared the American media, who are (almost) totally in the Obama camp, so they went out and got all the information they could, sent it to press and violated your right to privacy. If there is no legal violation, certainly there is one in spirit.

I wouldn’t be surprised, and would totally understand, if you never wanted to question another politician in your life. The media decided to make you the issue, even though the issue you raised with Obama is the one that directly relates to them and the country.

Joe, do you know what is really scary about your story? It’s that the media doesn’t understand the damage it’s doing to itself by pillorying citizens who question their leaders. If the people are too scared to stand up and question their politicians for fear of having their private lives exposed all over the media then the people will stop questioning and we’re one step closer to complete political apathy – glassy eyed citizens blindly accepting what the government – or any power structure – says.

In such a world, even if the media does do its job and exposes a corrupt government, would we even care? They helped turn us into docile subjects and in the process diminished all value they used to bring to our culture.

By creating a climate of fear, those who would speak to power won’t, and our shared value of questioning our rulers will be diminished.  ‘The Devil’ is that much closer to his goal, and all thanks to the media. 

Their error is self destructive. The media is supposed to be an institution we rely on. The more they contribute to a process that makes private citizens scared to question their leaders, the more destruction they do to their own foundations.  

But just as worse is the response from the Biden and Obama camp.  They are now in the process of mocking Joe the Plumber.  Insulting him personally and questioning the legitimacy of the man who would dare question Obama; the very Obama that sought out Joe for questioning.

“A plumber is the guy he’s fighting for,” Obama sneered. The word “plumber” was delivered as if he were saying “crap” or some similar adjective. The crowd hoots and jeers.

Then Obama lies when he intimates that Joe is making $250,000 a year.

“How many plumbers you know making a quarter million dollars a year?” Obama asked.

Well, of course Joe never said he made $250,000 a year but rather that he wanted to buy a company and hoped to make $250-$280 thousand.

What a jerk!  So tell me again how the Democrats are fighting for the little guys?  It sounds like they are only fighting for Democrats.  Unity huh???

Why the attacks on “Joe the Plumber” are important

Posted in Activism on October 17, 2008 by poyers

The star of the final Presidential debate Wednesday night was not Barack Obama or John McCain. It was Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher from Ohio. Joe the Plumber came to the attention of the candidates when a video of him questioning Obama about his tax policy made news. Video of Obama’s response that when you “spread the wealth around” it’s good for everybody, spread like wildfire across the internet, to some cable news shows, and to John McCain’s attention. Since Joe was a big focus of the debate, and a big hit with Republicans, the Obama thugocracy (as tagged by Michael Barone) wasted no time targeting him.

Some liberal bloggers went after Joe the Plumber saying he didn’t even make $250,000 and that he would receive a tax cut under Barack Obama’s plan, supposedly proving “Joe the Plumber” was a Republican lie. Here is what Joe said in the exchange with Obama: “I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes about 250, 270-80 thousand dollars a year. Your new tax plan is going to tax me more isn’t it?” So much for the Republican lie. Joe told Obama that he was planning on buying a company, which he hoped would put him in that $250,000 or more income range in the future, which prompted Obama’s response about spreading the wealth around. By choosing that line of attack, those on the left proved what many of us on the right already believed – that they don’t “get” the basic concept of the American dream.

The American “dream” is about aspiring to improve your lot – to take advantage of the freedoms this country affords those who are willing to work hard, invest time and energy and often to take risks, to achieve success. In the response of liberals trying to blunt the effect of Obama’s spread the wealth comment they revealed their inability to understand that basic concept. Obama did the same in the full response he gave to Joe’s question. Obama stressed over and over again not what his tax plan would do to those who have begun to experience the success of the American dream, but only what it would do for those behind them. The idea that increasing taxes on the rich could negatively impact the not yet rich is a completely foreign notion.

In addition to those who tried to make hay out of the fact that Joe doesn’t yet make $250,000 (which they would have known if they had actually listened to his question), the Obama thugocracy went after him any other way they could. First they questioned Joe’s political affiliation, some saying he had given to Republicans in the past and others saying he was not registered to vote at all. Then they moved to his personal financial and legal records – first digging up a tax lien against him, then pointing out that he didn’t have a specific license (something required for commercial work, not residential).

Joe “not the plumber” Biden, evidently listening to the talking points and not to Joe the Plumber’s question, thought that Joe the Plumber made $250,000 and therefore wasn’t really a “real” plumber at all. On NBC’s Today show Biden said, “John [McCain] wants to cling to the notion of this guy Joe the plumber. I don’t have any Joe the plumbers in my neighborhood that make $250,000 a year. The Joe the plumbers in my neighborhood, the Joe the cops in my neighborhood, the Joe the grocery store owners in my neighborhood, they make, like 98 percent of the small businesses, less than $250,000 a year.” God love’em.

On Good Morning America in an interview with Diane Sawyer, Joe the Plumber said Obama’s plan to take more money from those who are successful is “scary” and a “very socialist view” and a “slippery slope.” If he continues to talk like that, and if he continues to resonate with Americans, there is no telling what we will learn next about Joe Wurzelbacher. Is he Trig Palin’s baby daddy? Does he wear silk undergarments? Is he really bald? The point those on the left now trying to destroy Joe the Plumber don’t get is that it doesn’t matter. Not only do their nasty attacks on him discourage anyone else from becoming involved in public political debate, but nothing they could dig up on him would matter anyway.

Whether Joe the Plumber is a Republican or a Democrat, a decided or undecided registered or unregistered voter, gay or straight, a wearer of boxers or briefs, a huge GOP donor or even the secret love child of John McCain doesn’t matter, because it doesn’t change what Barack Obama said. Of his own free will, Obama admitted that he believes his tax plan is a good thing because when you “spread the wealth around” it’s good for everybody.

Those of us who have believed Obama’s policy proposals to be a socialist redistribution of wealth had everything we believed confirmed, straight from the horse’s mouth. That is what was so shocking about the video exchange between Obama and Wurzelbacher — what Obama said.

Obama told Joe that it is okay to soak those making more than $250,000 because then you can “spread the wealth” around and everyone will benefit. That is redistribution of wealth – taking from the rich (and from the kinda rich) and giving to the not so rich and the poor. And Obama admitted it. Out loud. On video.

Joe the Plumber is not going to be making tax policy (unfortunately), so even if he was a plant or a liar or Trig Palin’s daddy or John McCain’s love child doesn’t matter because it would not change what Barack Obama said. If the scenario described by Joe was real or fabricated would not even change the fact that Obama, the man asking to be allowed to reshape America’s economic policies, said out loud what his philosophy on taxes is and it amounts to redistribution of wealth.

James Pethokoukis at U.S. News and World Report said that in Obama’s statement he was “playing into the most extreme stereotype” of the Democrat party “that is infested with socialists.” He pointed to what he called McCain’s best line in the debate, “Now, of all times in America, we need to cut people’s taxes. We need to encourage business, create jobs, not spread the wealth around.”

Pethokoukis then pointed to something from a Gallup poll from June: “When given a choice about how government should address the numerous economic difficulties facing today’s consumer, Americans overwhelmingly – by 84% to 13% — prefer that the government focus on improving overall economic conditions and the jobs situation in the United States as opposed to taking steps to distribute wealth more evenly among Americans.”

That attitude may have changed a bit since June, considering the recent credit crisis and anger toward Wall Street fat cats. But even if it is not still an 84-13% split, it is almost certainly still a substantial majority. No wonder those on the Left have decided Joe the Plumber must be destroyed. What they don’t get is that he is not what will cost them votes – Obama’s own words are.

Poor Joe the Plumber

Posted in Activism on October 16, 2008 by poyers

Thank God we live in a free country, where you can speak your mind on public issues, without fear that those who disagree will respond by exposing anything you’ve ever done that you regret or that could embarrass your family.

Oh, wait, never mind. We have to know, according to some (http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/1008/Joe_not_a_licensed_plumber_McCains_enthusiasm_not_diminished.html?showall), about Joe the Plumber’s tax lien, and how he doesn’t have a license – which, if the smear artists bothered to check the law, he only needs (http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4740) for commercial work, not residential work.

This is the way our opponents operate now. Destroy anyone who stands in your way. Humiliate them. Make sure that anyone else who ever wants to skeptically question Barack Obama knows that every last bit of their dirty laundry will be aired for all the world to see. Bristol Palin, Trig Palin, — hey, it’s all fair game. They’ve got to make an example of them. Show them that this sort of dangerous speech won’t be allowed in the New America.

Robin Hood Obama

Posted in Activism on October 14, 2008 by poyers

Obama laid out his rescue plan for the middle class (http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/10/a_rescue_plan_for_the_middlecl.html). Yep, the middle class. These are the people that are going to get our economy going again, that are going to provide the jobs for you, the ones that have been paying too much in taxes while the evil rich fail to pay their fair share.

So here are some of the highlights of Obama’s great plan to save the middle class. Oh and by the way, this will be paid for increasing taxes on people making over $250,000 a year, closing tax loopholes and imposing windfall taxes on oil companies. So let me get this straight, you are going to tax the high achievers in this country to pay for a plan to ‘rescue’ the middle class? Sounds like class warfare to me. But what do I know?

Here’s the menu:

-A tax credit for businesses who hire new employees. How about lowering taxes on these businesses from the get go? Let them keep more of their money and perhaps they’ll start creating jobs again.

-Eliminating all capital gains taxes on investments in small businesses and start ups. Again .. why not eliminate all capital gains taxes? Here’s a little secret. Most investments in small businesses are made at the personal level in one’s own business .. and capital gains taxes aren’t a part of the picture. This is a meaningless solution that sounds good to the government educated dumb masses.

-Fast track loan guarantees for the auto industry so they can build energy-efficient cars. In other words … sort of a bailout. How long did the automakers see this coming? Let the marketplace chose the winners and losers here .. not the government. If they fail, someone will step in to fill their shoes. Also, we get rid of a lot of union labor this way.

-Save jobs by creating another government program: a Jobs and Growth Fund, which will give money to states and local communities for pork barrel projects. No comment needed here.

-Cut taxes for 95% of workers (we’ve been through this one) and pass a plan to send out those welfare checks ASAP. Classic class warfare based on wealth envy.

-Extend and expand unemployment benefits and stop making them pay taxes on unemployment insurance benefits. I agree with the no taxes on benefits part … but at what point do we stop the free ride?

-No fines or penalties to withdraw up to 15% from your IRA or 401k. This is McCain’s idea. Glad Obama is on board.

-Cities thinking of raising property taxes to pay for services, no need to worry … the federal government (taxpayers) will be there to make sure you don’t hike up taxes or, god forbid, be forced to adhere to a budget. Sounds like more centralization of government to me.

-A three month moratorium on foreclosures (something that Obama once called a “disastrous” plan). Look, many of these homeowners need to be renters. Get them out of their homes and into an apartment somewhere.

-The Treasury should “help unfreeze markets” for individual mortgages. Oh and student loans. Oh and car loans. Oh and don’t forget credit card loans. How do you unfreeze? You buy up the bad loans. Nice plan.

This is the type of plan that comes from someone who believes that America is great because of government.