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Cap and Trade: Stand Up Today; Take Back Your Government – Make A Call

As you may have noticed, I’ve been twittering quite a bit about the Waxman Markey (Cap and Trade) bill.

Please contact your representative and tell them to vote no on this massive taxing/spending bill.

Rep. Robert Latta had a great video on this bill and it’s impact:

The Heritage Foundation has analysis.  Among the ramifications:

1.    Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $9.6 trillion
2.    Destroy an average of 1-3 million jobs, every year
3.    Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation
4.    Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent
5.    Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent
6.    Raise an average family’s annual energy bill by $1,500 annually
7.    Increase the federal debt by 26 percent, which is $29,150 per person

Newt Gingrich provides a forum for finding your representative, their contact information and recording how many of us call, here. Or call the main switchboard at (202)224-3121.  Vote expected today as you are finishing up a weeks’ work and looking forward to the weekend.  Don’t let them slip this through when you aren’t looking.

Call and tell your representative they work for YOU, tell them YOU want them to vote NO and YOU will actively organize to ensure they do not get re-elected if they do not represent YOUR wishes.  This is YOUR country, take it back, take back YOUR government.

Now go, get busy.

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On Tea Parties & Tyranny

Newt Gingrich has some interesting and depressing numbers here.

An ever-lasting legacy

Your obligation on the INTEREST (not principal) of the Obama budget deficit:

If you’re 50 years old: $81,000
If you’re 40: $132,000
If you’re 20: $114,000

Why so many people remain okay with this outrage is mystifying.

Please find a tea party. Attend it. Focus on what’s right, not a person or party. Make connections and follow through. This cannot be a one time event…it’s too important to be a passing fancy. It will take time to take back out country, but we must remain focused and committed.

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Just say No!

We’ve been going over our budget here recently. The realization that our incomes will be going down (due to any number of Obama stimulus related initiatives) and that the economy around here is so poor there’s a possibility that at least one of us may lose our job necessitates strict scrutiny of our expenses.

We’ve modified our behavior over the last several months – left-overs are required to be eaten, trips to the grocery store are focused on items on the list, we changed our phone carrier and modified our cable television plan. There’s more we can do, and will, that will be annoying; there is more we can do, and will, that will be painful.

So here we are. Regular citizens with full time jobs, a mortgage to pay, responsibilities to meet. The cost to us is rising – more fees, higher taxes, increased prices on goods is coming (especially with the lunacy of cap & trade) and we are having to tighten our belts along the way.

Personal responsibility is an inherent part of personal freedom. You cannot have one without the other…

Unless you’re in government.

A quick look at the stimulus plan shows that my state of Ohio has put dibs on $4,233,069,611 of stimulus dollars. That four billion. With a ‘B’.

And it’s for stuff like a $3 millon bike path in Columbus and $40,000 tennis courts in Cincinnati.

My little town has no stimulus requests in, but the urban center near me (Toledo) has $395,089,391 (that’s million) of requests in. $600,000 worth of bridge painting, $26,400,000 for public housing modernization, $4,500,000 for wheelchair ramps, $2.5 million for arena/stadium pedestrian malls.

While the value of these projects can be debated (I guess), the fact remains: the government cannot say no. The government thinks that your money, is their money. They are just letting you keep some of it and when they want it back, they come for it, regardless of it’s impact on you.

It’s time for the government to say no. It’s time for them to realize that they need to make the ‘sacrifices’ that they are continuing to tell us that we must make for the greater good.  But not them.  How difficult is it for us to say “Well, I’d like a new car but the old one is still running.   Times are unstable and I’ll just have to put that new car (or TV or vacation or whatever) is going to have to wait.”  We don’t like it, but it’s part of our personal responsibility.

What government official is saying, “Well, that bridge needs to be painted, but it can wait.  I don’t want to add any more money to the federal budget than is absolutely necessary.”

It just doesn’t happen.

They are selling you, your future, and future generations down the river.  And they don’t bat an eye.  They want what they want – regardless of its’ impact on you or the country.

Tell your elected representatives – local, state and federal that it’s time for them to make sacrifices for the ‘greater good’.   Tell them you are doing you’re part and you have little left.  Tell them it’s time for them to do their part. Tell them they are required to take personal responsibility too.

By the way, the only state not to request stimulus funds?  New Hampshire, the Live Free or Die state.  No wonder there is a movement afoot to get people to move their.

Stimulus Watch

Free State Project

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Tax Day Tea Party

Tax Day Tea Party

Tax Day Tea Party

Organizing is in progress for nationwide tea parties on April 15, 2009.  Shamefully, there are none scheduled for Ohio, which, if you have read about Governor Strickland’s proposed budget, NEEDS to have one!

See the website info here.  Michelle Malkin comments here.

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Truth about taxes…room for the middle class at the poor house

From the New York Post today OBAMA TELLS THE TAX TRUTH (below):

Original source story here.  Emphasis in red is mine.

By the way, as regards the checks from Washington sited below – where I live, that’s called welfare.  I am insulted to think that anyone wants to suggest I can’t make it without government welfare.  I am appalled to realize that Obama will tax me to the point that I would qualify for welfare. 

As has been the case for most tax cuts/deductions/incentives from any candidate that has come along in recent years, I don’t qualify for any of ’em.   I don’t have children, so the dependents, child care, college tax cuts don’t go to me.  I don’t fall into that married category so the marriage tax benefits don’t apply to me.  I don’t have enough money to be able to invest and receive capital gains – so that’s out.  I just keep getting taxed more at the local, state and federal level.   I pay to educate other people’s children.  I pay to fund art museums and symphonies I don’t go to.  I pay for parks I don’t visit.  I pay for other people’s mortgages.  I pay for other people’s defaulted loans and credit cards.  I pay to support causes and countries that I am diametrically opposed to and, in some cases, find offensive.

I can’t invest in my own retirement because I am paying for someone else’s.  I pay for someone else’s food, even if it means I have to cut back on my own groceries.

I pay for AIGs spa retreats, even though I can’t afford to go on vacation.

Obama is going to make sure he taxes me into the welfare state.  This is not the America most of us thought we would be living in.

 

OBAMA TELLS THE TAX TRUTH

October 15, 2008

An unscripted moment with an Ohio plumber produced a startling confession from Barack Obama Sunday: The Democrat’s “middle-class tax cut” is in fact a scheme to “spread the wealth around.”

Obama dropped the mask long enough to tell the truth to Toledo plumber Joe Wurzelbacher – who had asked the Democratic nominee why he wanted to jack up his taxes just for “fulfilling the American dream.”

“I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes $250,000 to $280,000 a year,” Wurzelbacher had told Obama. “Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?”

“It’s not that I want to punish your success,” Obama replied. “I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance for success, too . . . When you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

At last! The truth outs!

Obama’s plan isn’t about sinking hooks into Wall Street CEOs and other fat cats, as he usually says. Fact is, there’s not enough of them to raise the cash necessary to finance his other grand plans.

No, to do that, he’ll have to go after ambitious working-class guys like Wurzelbacher – who’s been a plumber for 15 years and is looking to better himself and his family while just maybe creating a few jobs.

The American Dream?

Wurzelbacher personifies it – but Barack Obama seems determined to tax it to death and be done with it, period.

That’s been the case all along, of course. What’s different is that the Democrat finally said so.

Heretofore, Obama has sought to paint himself as a tax-cutter claiming he’ll slash taxes for 95 percent of Americans.

As we noted yesterday, that’s a flat-out lie – not least because nearly half of all tax filers pay no income tax at all. So how can he “cut” their taxes if they don’t pay any to begin with?

Answer: tax “credits.”

To wit, in part:

* A $1,000 “make work pay” credit.

* A $4,000 college-tuition credit.

* A $6,000 child-care credit.

* A $1,100 bump in the earned-income tax credit.

These aren’t to be income-tax deductions – which would be worthless to those who pay no income taxes.

These are to be checks from Washington – with the subsidies expected to grow to more than $1 trillion in 10 years.

That’s a massive transfer of wealth.

How does Obama justify it?

“Fairness,” he says.

But that’s an absurdly radical view of what’s “fair.”

Remember, Obama’s tax hikes target folks who already bear the brunt of the burden: The top 20 percent of earners already pay 69 percent of all federal taxes – and 88 percent of income taxes.

(Contrast that with John McCain’s call yesterday for real tax cuts – halving the capital-gains levy, scrapping taxes on unemployment benefits altogether – designed to prime the economic pump.)

Monday, Obama promised a tax policy that would restore “a sense of fairness and balance that will give every American a fair shot at the American dream.”

But just a day before, he told Joe Wurzelbacher the truth: No American dream for you, buddy!

Nor anybody else, it seems.

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Don’t be so selfish…it’s good for everybody – Obama-isms

How much clearer does Obama need to be on his socialist agenda?  He keeps putting it right out there, media does their best to ignore it/edit it and if ever it’s brought up as a legitimate concern, Obama says 1) he didn’t say it or 2) it was misinterpreted.

Here’s the latest evidence that we are becoming France or some other nanny state.  And more evidence that the MSM is not fully and accurately reporting.

This is the way ABC News reported the encounter:

“Do you believe in the American dream?” a local plumber asked.

Obama said he did.

“I’m being taxed more and more for fulfilling the American dream,” the man said, in comments interpreted by reporters as a reference to the Democrat’s proposal to increase income taxes on those making $200,000 or more a year.

Obama recited his now-familiar talking points about 95 percent of the American people would get a tax cut under his plan.

The plumber did not seem convinced.

The video of the event located here proves that there was more to the encounter.  The interaction only lasts about 35 seconds and is at the beginning of the clip.  Please take a look.

The text of the conversation follows:

Man:  Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?

Obama:  It’s not that I want to puunish your success,  I just wanna make sure that everybody who is behind ya, that they’ve got a chance at success too.

I just think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.

Any questions?   Clear enough?  This man will not stop at “the rich”.  He’s like the aliens in Independence Day.  He’ll destroy one target, and then move on to the next.

Wake up America!  Yo have to fight for your liberty.

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Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain…

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. – Barack Obama

I am the great and powerful Wizard of Oz.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

— the Wizard of Oz

I don’t know how much I believe poll data given their inaccuracy in years past — and it doesn’t help that the main stream media is soooooo Obama obsessed.  But Real Clear politics reports a widening margin for Obama, hereRassmussen (arguably the most reliable poll) has Obama ahead 52% to 45%.

I can’t personally intellectualize the shift.  Thinking about it, I think this may be more of an emotional choice for people.

Obama is young

Obama is attractive

Obama says the things people want to hear

Obama presents himself as a champion for the American middle class

Americans want to show they’ve evolved and will elect a black American president

Obama is the great and powerful wizard!

But look at the men behind the curtain. Look at his life in politics.  Look at the type of people with whom he associates.  If these are his allies, will he really be a friend to you?  Are your interests his interests?  Are his values your values?  Does he envision the same America that you do?  Who are the we that he talks about in the opening quote?

The men behind the curtain:

Jeremiah Wright – Everyone has seen the videos of Reverend Wright spewing his vile rhetoric.  If you missed it, here’s a sample; a sermon given at his church just days after the 9/11/2001 attacks:

The Reverend Michael Flegar, a catholic priest:

William Ayers, a co-worker, co-board member and neighbor of Obama’s oh, and domestic terrorist:

Acorn – a community organizing operation for whom Obama worked – by providing training and legal representation.  Implicated in numerous cases of voter fraud and complicit in the current credit crisis:

Louis Farrakhan, Supreme Minister of the Nation of Islam as the National Representative of Elijah Muhammad:

INDOCTRINATION?  The rising of a new Hitler Youth?

The Obama brainwashing – aka Stepford Children

The Obama Youth

Is Obama your idea of a messiah?  Do you think he has the same ideas of  America that most Americans do?  If these are the sentiments of his friends, doesn’t it follow that he shares those feelings?

Why has Obama tried to stifle free speech with lawsuits and policy support (here)?  Why is he asking lawmakers to join his “truth squad” designed to suppress free speech – and is that what you are expecting from your police force?

Are these the people Obama maintains we’ve been waiting for?

This man’s motives, associations and judgements are questionable.  Isn’t that too big of a risk to take with your future?

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