President Obama is hitting the hustings in a campaign-style push for tax increases, and his first stop is Pennsylvania — a battleground state with the kinds of Republicans who he thinks could be amenable to being swayed by grass-roots pressure. Since his re-election three weeks ago, Mr. Obama has stuck to his campaign message that raising taxes on high earners is the best way to reduce the nation’s soaring deficits and avoid veering off the so-called “fiscal cliff.” He has spent the past two weeks trying to drum up additional public support
And the rubes will probably fall for it. Taxing the "rich" will raise about enough additional money to run the government for a day or so, do nothing to improve the deficit and peter out as the "rich" figure out ways around it.
Eventually, one must hope, that even all the gullible Obamaphiles will snap and ask why this yahoo is still in campaign mode when the country is going to hell in a handcart.
Re the Van Jones 10-point manifesto, here is #8 - on taxes:
VII. Return to Fairer Tax Rates – End, once and for all, the Bush-era tax giveaways for the rich, which the rest of us — or our kids — must pay eventually. Outlaw corporate tax havens and tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas. And with millionaires and billionaires taking a growing share of our country’s wealth, let’s add new tax brackets for those making more than $1 million annually.
Sound familiar? The rest of the 10 points are similarly familiar.
What burns my butt is him flying all over Hell´s half acre on AF-1 which costs $182,000/hour for fuel. We may not be in such a hole if he hadn´t been campaigning around the country on our dime for the last four years. I thought he was elected to run the country. I didn´t vote for him and I certainly didn´t vote for ValJar who prolly is running the country in his absence. And now I hear the Obamas will spend 20 days in Hawaii at Christmas to the tune of $4 million. Geez Louise!
It is astounding to me that people have not taken notice of what is going on in the UK and France. Both current leaders raised taxes so high on the wealthy (90% in France), the wealthy are fleeing in droves with their money, their capital, liquidating their assets and taking their skill, talent and experience with them. The US is on the same path.
Take a look at CA as a portent for the entire country. CA is so highly taxed and so poorly managed/governed (worst in the US), that the wealthiest are leaving and moving to business friendly states like TX and FL.
Also, if you live or do business in CA, much of NY and parts of the NE, $250,000 for a family of say four or five does not go very far. Worse, if you are a high volume, but low return retailer, the BO taxes are going to wipe you out. BO´s revival of the estate tax is wiping out family farms nationally and the massive property tax hike in CA will render real property impossible to sell or buy.
So all you idiot BO voters when you gas is $5.00, like mine, you have no job or insurance or a low paying job...you voted for it so you own it.
From an article yesterday: "According to the Congressional Budget Office, the top 1 percent of US earners already pay 22.3 percent of all federal income taxes (based on 2009 figures), even though their share of total income earned is just 13.3 percent."
That tax share is almost twice as high as the income share. Stinky says, "More!"
#3: Please clarify: do you think Obama really wants to ease or end the recession? Thanks.
Meanwhile, no one is mentioning that the "cliff" itself is the result of 4 years of Obama´s intentional mismanagement. If he had wanted to avoid it, why did he do everything in his power to bring us here in the first place?
Events may soon bring us to the point where Democrats will be compelled, or feel more emboldened, to admit their true intentions. None of which are good.
Some idiot was on Fox yesterday saying the $700 billion Obama stole for Medicare and gave to Obamacare was a budget cut.The other two people in the conversation couldn´t believe what they were hearing. We´re up against a totally irrational group of people here who are being more adolescent and juvenile every day.
Obama´s so concerned about the state of the country he has a 20 day vacation already lined up and I suppose his puppet masters will visit him with more tips on this country´s destruction.
Republicans should be on every radio and TV show they can accusing Obama of bargaining in bad faith,not offering a single thing of substance in return for raising taxes.
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