Within days of winning the election, President Obama announced that his victory gave him a mandate to raise taxes on the "rich." Come again? This was a two-and-a-half-point election. It reflected a painfully divided electorate. The only mandate I saw was to unite a divided country. I voted for Obama. I voted for him because I know how hard it is to buy health insurance for a single person with even a minor pre-existing condition. In the case of my nanny/housekeeper/dear friend, it was gastritis. Thank God for Kaiser, which sold me the insurance that some years later saved
OK, let me get this straight, Susan. You voted for Obamacare but that´s it. Sorry, but when you voted for him, you voted for him to tax the rich(you), you voted for him to do whatever he wants. And he´s gonna do it. Thanks, Susan. NOT.
I don´t even know what to say about this. That she could have voted for Barry for all of her reasons given; and yet somehow not connect the dots that those very programs must lead to higher taxes, just boggles my mind.
Obama, as well as the Republicans, would be wise to listen to Susan Estrich. What she says here represents the line of thinking I have heard often from women who voted for Obama.
Frankly, I do not understand why the Republicans think it is more palatable to cap deductions than to raise the maximum income tax rate. Limiting deductions for charitable contributions will gravely injure nonprofits, and this country depends on nonprofits to provide many services. Without those nonprofit services, there would be even more clamoring for taxpayer dollars.
Now, there could be categories of nonprofits - for example, it is far more worthwhile to give $100,000 to the Salvation Army to feed the hungry than to Harvard to add to their billion-dollar-plus endowment.
Prof. Susan Estrich (USC Law School) was the manager of the Dukakis presidential campaign and a frequent contributor on Fox News. She has likely never voted for a Republican, and doubtless would have voted for Barack Obama if he had strolled naked in high heels through the streets of Washington. That said, her comments are interesting.
The impulse to soak the rich is as old as politics. I imagine our Stone Age ancestors practiced their own primitive version of it with the same gusto modern liberals and Democrats do. It is a perennial feature of the human mind, a manifestation of, among other things, emotional immaturity. Whenever one hears people preaching about "fairness" in politics there is a better than even chance that the speaker is arrested at the infantile stage of development, is resentful, envious, and brimming with malice. Liberals disguise their disowned and quite unpleasant feelings and hide behind claims of altruism and concern for social justice, but 99 times out of a hundred the actual motives are simple malice and moral vanity. Obama is typical of those who think that some people have enough, indeed too much money. How much money is enough, how much is enough? He did not say. But he wants to play Robin Hood to steal from the rich and give to the poor. If he would take a Saturday special and mug rich people in dark alleys and immediately hand over the proceeds to people who are genuinely in dire need through no fault of their own, I might have a little sympathy for him. But no, he wants to use the government´s monopoly of force to confiscate the property of others and depot it into the vast maw of the U.S. Treasury where, as everybody knows, the vast majority of it will be wasted, misappropriated, used for corrupt deals, and wind up disappearing and doing very little good to anyone.
#6 it is more palatable because it is in fact already the law of the land. Raising rates will take money from everyone. Period. It also leaves a lot of room for future tinkering to "close loopholes" to increase revenues.
I would rather see deductions cut way back and rates lowered so our system approaches a flat tax than see deductions tinkered with while base rates are raised through the roof.
Deductions are alreeady limited for many of us. Its called the Alternative minimum tax and it basically states that above a certain income threshold you only get X dollars of deductions and you lose all of your exemptions. It was enacted to punish 11 taxpayers in 1969 (Bill of entendre anyone?) and now hits millions. Oh, and it carries a HUGE (read about $6,000 added tax) Marriage penalty as well.
Susan, you really are dumber than a box of rocks. You voted for Obama because you were concerned about how hard it is for a person to get insurance with a pre-existing condition but then you are happy because Kaiser was able to sell you the insurance anyway??? Ugh...
Ms. Estrich makes some good points but she also shows her emotional side. We´ve been told time and again that women are more inclined to vote emotionally. I am a woman and that is not how I vote but it is very common. There is a comment at the end of her article by someone who tries to justify why Ms. Estrich should have her taxes raised. They talk about never having made more than $107,000 (she and her husband) and they managed to live in nice neighborhood, send their children to nice private institutions, etc. and about who really suffers. The whining is incredible. Just for a moment, throw out the discussions about who can afford what, deductions, etc. We all have different ideas along those lines and what may or may not be a good idea. Bottom line - I am a middle class married female - however, I DO NOT think ANYONE - and I don´t care how rich you are, should ever have to pay 39.6% of their wealth for federal income tax. Add to that whatever state taxes they are paying (depending where they live) and they may well be paying over 50% in income taxes. That is criminal. I also think EVERYONE should pay something - even if it is a mere $25.00 a year. No skin in the game - no reason for you to see why tax increases are not the answer.
Susan you´re a dummass. Anybody who would vote for a criminal dictator, an unqualified child, a hate-filled moron for such a selfish reason does not have the right to call herself an American. Here´s a finger salute to you and to the millions of other sheep who stupidly rationalized their vote for an illegal president.
I´m annoyed that so many Hollywood celebrities hate the system that made them rich. Actor/comedian Russell Brand told the BBC he wants "a socialist, egalitarian system based on the massive redistribution of wealth." Director George Lucas got rich not just from movies but also by selling Star Wars merchandise. Yet he says he believes in democracy but "not capitalist democracy." Actor Martin Sheen says, "That´s where the problem lies ... It´s corporate America." And so on. On my TV show, actor/author Kevin Sorbo pointed out that such sentiments make little sense coming from entertainers. "It´s a very entrepreneurial business.
We´ve all seen selfies taken in questionable places. During a school lockdown. In front of a man attempting suicide. At Auschwitz. Now, some people are adding President Obama to the list of people with poor selfie judgment after the leader of the free world posed with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service Tuesday in South Africa. It appears from photos of the incident that Obama was not the instigator (that distinction goes to Thorning-Schmidt). But he seems to have participated happily, though First Lady Michelle Obama seemed unimpressed by the whole spectacle.
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US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
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