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Middle-Class Backers Shocked
Obama Raised Their Taxes

Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial

Original Article

Posted By:earlybird, 1/7/2013 10:25:18 PM

Dyed-blue-in-the-wool supporters of President Obama are blue as can be after opening their paychecks and discovering that "ordinary folks," as the president likes to call them, got slapped with a sizeable tax hike on New Year´s Day. "What happened?" was the exclamation found repeatedly by the Washington Times´ Joseph Curl as he surveyed commentaries posted on liberal websites. "What happened that my Social Security withholding in my paycheck just went up?" a DemocraticUnderground.com post asked. "I guarantee this decrease is gonna hurt me more than the increase in income taxes will hurt those making over 400 grand. What happened?"

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Joseph Curl´s article was posted here earlier today...

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: nina584, 1/7/2013 10:26:34 PM     (No. 9104116)

Sweet!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/7/2013 10:32:35 PM     (No. 9104124)

It is still nice to read again...heh heh

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NYbob, 1/7/2013 10:47:18 PM     (No. 9104138)

A nation of morons is constantly discovering how they screwed up. That George Bush punching bag is all used up, isn´t it?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: fayebeck, 1/7/2013 10:51:10 PM     (No. 9104144)

Doesn´t matter one bit. They are motivated by hatred of Republicans. They may realize that the Jackass is a liar at best BUT they will vote for Hillary or some such democrat. They hate Republicans.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Wetlandz, 1/7/2013 10:54:50 PM     (No. 9104149)

Motivated by class warfare and out and out ignorance

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Reply 6 - Posted by: not so little nell, 1/7/2013 10:59:35 PM     (No. 9104156)

Got on my dancing shoes and am now starting to do "The I told you so" dance.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: reddfroge, 1/7/2013 11:02:06 PM     (No. 9104160)

what funds SS...payroll taxes...these idiots do not understand the basics...(actually, they have not been taught the basics...right???)

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dipi, 1/7/2013 11:20:53 PM     (No. 9104171)

They just got a one year 2% reduction on their social security taxes. Now it is back on so there were no taxes raised but that the 2% reduction expired. Of course, if you are a lib, you think you are entitled.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: revdeppisch316, 1/7/2013 11:23:05 PM     (No. 9104174)

ROLL TIDE!!!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: reddfroge, 1/7/2013 11:29:23 PM     (No. 9104183)

these ´useful idiots´ don´t realize that those tax breaks on their SS payments will come back to haunt them when, and if, they apply for SS....every ´quarter´ counts

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Reply 11 - Posted by: arcady, 1/7/2013 11:42:57 PM     (No. 9104200)

The only shame is that "teh stupid" hurts more than just those useful idiots.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Dante, 1/7/2013 11:44:43 PM     (No. 9104203)

The morons don´t even understand what they are angry about, though that´s nothing new.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Crosscut, 1/7/2013 11:53:48 PM     (No. 9104211)

Suck on it, chumps. You will curse the day you voted for this lying Democrat fraud, or any other Democrat.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: smcchk, 1/8/2013 12:03:35 AM     (No. 9104216)

My daughter, a teacher, said that there were many upset teachers this week. They are very upset with Obama. Will they ever vote GOP? Who knows?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: StephaniePlum, 1/8/2013 12:13:55 AM     (No. 9104227)

Will these same people now admit that the Bush "tax cuts for the rich" were actually beneficial to everyone, not only the rich, as we´ve been hearing and hearing and hearing for the past many years. The media didn´t hype the wide-spread tax cuts when they were provided by the Bush administration, but now that they have disappeared, the public does finally notice. Who will they blame? Most likely President Bush for not making them permanent in the first place.
/SP/

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ladydawgfan, 1/8/2013 12:23:58 AM     (No. 9104232)

Their karma ran over their dogma!!!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/8/2013 12:45:23 AM     (No. 9104256)

Over the holidays, a brilliant young man was among our visitors. He was shocked that the rise in Social Security withholding is going to cost him and his new wife over $1,500 this year.

He looked surprised when I pointed out that the lower rate was temporary, and he should never have expected it to be permanent. He said he voted for Obama (twice) because he expected him to help the middle-class.

I said, you have a lot to learn, and this is a good first lesson. Politicians lie.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/8/2013 12:55:47 AM     (No. 9104262)

What happened to all those Dems and lefties who kept saying that they would ba happy to pay more taxes and that thought we don´t get taxed enough??? I remember reading all sorts of comments like that on various news sites in the comments area. Were they all lying? Or were they kidding themselves? Either way, it is clear that what they thought was ideal doesn´t jibe with reality.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: CEP, 1/8/2013 1:10:53 AM     (No. 9104279)

So they have now been hit with reality and the truth about their savior. Just remember to pony up.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: J Wayne, 1/8/2013 1:30:44 AM     (No. 9104292)

Elections have consequences, you stupid cockroaches.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/8/2013 1:35:33 AM     (No. 9104296)

Let the whining begin.

Ok to tax the rich, but not you ?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: rocket scientist, 1/8/2013 1:59:26 AM     (No. 9104306)

What happened? The dummies got rolled by Obama and the Liberal/DemocRAT/Media complex.
I hope they are enjoying paying "their fair share" now.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: steveW, 1/8/2013 2:25:18 AM     (No. 9104314)

"Hope" = the idiotic illusion that Obama would only punish Republicans, not everybody.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: MissMann, 1/8/2013 2:44:14 AM     (No. 9104325)

Social Security is supposed to be "paid for" by withholding funds from our paychecks. It was a stupid idea to "suspend" collection of this money in the first place, especially with Social Security on its way to collapse.

What is sad to me is that there are SO many Americans who believe now they should get something for nothing. They shouldn´t have to pay for their benefits--make someone else do it.

I really, really dislike this taking such a hold in my beloved country.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/8/2013 3:46:22 AM     (No. 9104341)

I still think these people are a bunch of trolls,trying to gin up a movement to pressure Obama into lowering the rates again. For one thing most employers hold a week back,so they haven´t seen a new year´s check yet.

We´ll find out in a couple of weeks when Obama wants to slip it back in the debt ceiling debate.

The government is crazy the way it works anyway. For years they raided SS for normal spending,last year they had to raid the normal budget to pay for this tax cut and more people getting on disability.I´m glad I´m not a government accountant or the smoke from my brain would set the detector off.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/8/2013 4:10:07 AM     (No. 9104351)

This is too funny. Blinded by love while an ice pick stabbed them in the back.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Mr. Hanky, 1/8/2013 5:05:24 AM     (No. 9104367)

Low IQ voters

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Reply 28 - Posted by: dittohead, 1/8/2013 6:43:02 AM     (No. 9104418)

I sent out an email to our employees yesterday giving a link to our net pay calculator reminding them SS tax with holdings were going up and they could plan now or be shocked on payday!!! Several people came to me with questions and didn´t have any idea the tax was increasing - I asked them if they were aware they must be part of the 2%!!!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Muguy, 1/8/2013 6:50:00 AM     (No. 9104430)

Someone has to pay for the goodies Zippy handed out--now that he was re-elected, he doesn´t give a rat´s behind about consolodating his power over us to support his dictatorship.

Go snivel somewhere else, he got his....

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Reply 30 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/8/2013 6:53:14 AM     (No. 9104434)

Are they just now realizing that THEY are "Obama´s stash"?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 1/8/2013 7:17:06 AM     (No. 9104454)

DH said he took the extra $$ from his paycheck and put it in an envelope because he knew he would need it come April 15. His dad didn´t raise dumb kids!

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Patchy groundfog, 1/8/2013 7:18:07 AM     (No. 9104456)

Ever get the feeling you´ve been cheated?

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Pinchem, 1/8/2013 7:41:24 AM     (No. 9104493)

That´s what the Liberals get for listening to the Anti American News stations such as CNN/MSNBC/ABC/CBS/NBC. These stations truly believe that Liberals are gullible and Low IQ´d and will never do their homework to learn the truth.

Guess this proves it, doesn´t it?



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Reply 34 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 1/8/2013 7:58:20 AM     (No. 9104507)

While I think it is funny that the dems are so stupid, the "payroll tax holiday" was a lousy idea to begin with. It took a program already in serious financial trouble and made it even worse. Do these dopes think their Social Security retirement comes for free? THEY are supposed to pay for it. If they were fiscally responsible people, they would save and invest on their own and be FAR better off than letting the goobermint mismanage their retirement. But they are not, as their comments show. Thus Social Security was born, to enforce retirement savings for fiscal incompetents and because the government is running it, of course it became a disaster.

BO delivers nothing but pain to the middle class and the majority of them are too dumb to figure it out. We get the government we deserve.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: LZK, 1/8/2013 8:04:58 AM     (No. 9104517)

The bamboozler is gonna try some "slight of hand" move.

The middle/class is waking up....

LZK

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/8/2013 8:10:10 AM     (No. 9104524)

It is just beginning too. Wait until they learn how much their health insurance premiums are going up. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth because reality is going to bite hard.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 1/8/2013 8:13:24 AM     (No. 9104534)

Now tell them that the government is spending 40% more than their taxes cover, and that some day the accumulated debt will have to be paid back, with interest. Will a little bell finally go off?

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Grambo, 1/8/2013 8:16:54 AM     (No. 9104538)

#16 for the win.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: M2, 1/8/2013 8:25:58 AM     (No. 9104548)

Well done, #30, well done.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: angelesgift, 1/8/2013 8:47:21 AM     (No. 9104585)

You think they would have learned by now that working people eventually have to pay for the votes of parasites. They´ve been multiplying, you see. Sheesh, people, you got rolled and more is coming!

There aren´t enough rich people for EVERYONE to ride on their backs, and virtually all parasites vote Dem, so they take priority. Too many working people vote Republican, so why help them out by making welfare recipients work, and kicking able-bodied people out of SSI benefits?

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Daisymay, 1/8/2013 9:01:27 AM     (No. 9104614)

They don´t call them "The Less Informed" for nothing! I know it will hurt me, but I can suck it up because I know it will hurt those Morons MORE because they will finally figure out that Obama snookered them...again!!

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Reply 42 - Posted by: MattMusson, 1/8/2013 9:06:05 AM     (No. 9104623)

I encounter many low-informed voters in my job and heard two discussing this over the weekend.

"It´s because of that whole fiscal cliff thing," said one.

"Yes, but it will only last two weeks," another replied. "Then, our checks will go back to normal."

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Reply 43 - Posted by: riabks, 1/8/2013 9:11:56 AM     (No. 9104633)

#16 - post of the day!

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Reply 44 - Posted by: OhMy, 1/8/2013 9:32:44 AM     (No. 9104669)

These taxes on the rich or anybody else are so unnecessary. Scrap the SS fica taxes completely. Scrap the income tax. Send out trillions to all the pension funds to make them good and while you are at it establish generous pension funds for all the non union, non public sector citizens and any illegal aliens who come along. Throw in free medical care for all. Just mint the magical Trillion dollar platinum coins with Obama on the face of it by the hundreds and deposit them in the treasury./s

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Reply 45 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/8/2013 9:38:28 AM     (No. 9104682)

Unless there are modifications to entitlement programs, they will soon consume two thirds of the federal budget. Imagine if your FICA withholding was twice the federal income tax withholding.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: wherewithal, 1/8/2013 9:49:12 AM     (No. 9104706)

All of the Obama backers I know are so stupid that they would jump in a river to get out of the rain.



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Reply 47 - Posted by: Felixcat, 1/8/2013 9:50:11 AM     (No. 9104710)

Exactly # 15 and 24. These middle class backers should feel very patriotic to be paying their fair share in taxes....schadenfreud (sp) in deed.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: achingbackfarm, 1/8/2013 9:52:43 AM     (No. 9104717)

They vote for a marxist and are supprised when they get marxism. Well, DUH !

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Reply 49 - Posted by: BetseyRoss, 1/8/2013 9:54:37 AM     (No. 9104722)

It makes me laugh that the morons are so stupid. The only problem is that many of them teach our children all the while insisting that they aren´t morons. In the long run it isn´t funny. There is nothing funny about Barack Hussein Obama, the consumate liar.

All of these people will find some way to ignore reality and vote for Broncho or some other freedom killing clone. As Sarah Palin said, "You can have free stuff or Freedom, but you can´t have both." Will they even notice?

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 1/8/2013 10:06:57 AM     (No. 9104747)

A neighbor, who is self employed, is actually under the delusion there is nothing wrong with Social Security that taxing more of those greedy Republican millionaire Northern bankers won´t cure. I tried to point out to him that Wall Street has been Democrat for some time now but he know what he knows and can´t be convinced the Democrats are no longer the friend of the working man and woman.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: M Stuart, 1/8/2013 10:11:39 AM     (No. 9104756)

I was going to say what #24 said. There never should have been a cut in SS withholding. The program is almost underwater anyway, and this was a brain p))t of 0bama´s.

It will take more than this to make Dhims understand that 0bama is to blame for his own policies.

I have a cousin who is a dyed-in-the-wool 0bamabot. NOTHING will change her mind that it´s Bush´s fault. She´s Bob Beckel in drag. She and her husband both work, but they don´t mind sitting on the front porch without a/c in GA in the summer. We do!

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Reply 52 - Posted by: ratslayer, 1/8/2013 10:21:33 AM     (No. 9104776)

The 10 year lie that the Bush tax was for the rich. And regular folk got nothing should have been apparent. But if GOP had let things go over the cliff, the we would have paid the Clinton tax. We all remember how the Clinton years were nirvana. So let the Rat lemmings pay Clinton tax for a year.
They would beg for the Bush tax cuts.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 1/8/2013 10:27:27 AM     (No. 9104790)

As Jim Treacher posted last week after this DU lament quoted above went viral: "HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!"

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Reply 54 - Posted by: Judge, 1/8/2013 10:40:30 AM     (No. 9104815)

Some people know what time it is..some dont

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Reply 55 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 1/8/2013 10:53:18 AM     (No. 9104856)

Remember the phrase:

"I wouldn´t mind if my taxes went up a little bit. . . "

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Reply 56 - Posted by: lionshambles, 1/8/2013 10:57:42 AM     (No. 9104875)

They can choke on it. Seriously. But I need more than this. I need the satisfaction of watching them thrash against their karma, over and over and over again.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: jerseyden, 1/8/2013 11:06:48 AM     (No. 9104926)

The amazing thing is the dems are just getting started. They are going to start trying to get more off the so called rich, but it will have hidden taxes on everybody. If you work for a living I don´t know how you can vote dem.
By the way a few years ago when Sen Laughtenberger from NJ was asked to define rich he said a couple making 75K a year reached that mark. This is the thinking of many dems in congress.

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Reply 58 - Posted by: johngalt1, 1/8/2013 11:23:25 AM     (No. 9104971)

Ups and Downs of the Obama Era

Payroll tax up.
Food prices up.
Gasoline prices up.
Electricity prices up.
Health insurance premiums up.
The number of food stamp recipients up.
The number of people on Social Security disability up.
The number of young adults living in their parents homes up.
Taxpayer-funded foreign aid to nations openly hostile to America up.
The number of weeks people are eligible for unemployment benefits up.

The level of confidence traditional allies have in U.S commitments down.
Tolerance of speech critical of liberal dogma on college campuses down.
Exploration and extraction of oil and natural gas on public lands down.
The level of religious freedom from government interference down.
The number of business expanding in the U.S. down.
The number of new small business starts down.
The number of new private sector jobs down.
The number of new housing starts down.
Social Security Trust Fund down.
U.S. credit rating down.



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Reply 59 - Posted by: K.I.S.S., 1/8/2013 11:38:10 AM     (No. 9105015)

...wait until they find out the ss taxes are separate from the fiscal cliff taxes, separate from obamacare taxes, separate from increased gas prices, separate from skyrocketing food prices.

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Reply 60 - Posted by: Daisymae, 1/8/2013 12:06:56 PM     (No. 9105079)

I agree #16 is post of the day

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Reply 61 - Posted by: Namma, 1/8/2013 12:38:33 PM     (No. 9105152)

hahaha..blame the Republicans..go ahead...I just told my friend who is an obama supporter...what cut..your paycheck is big...cause obama told you so...
also the Republicans did what everyone wanted..give obama everything he wants..so you got what obama wanted...more of your hard earned money.....I am lovin it...

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Reply 62 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/8/2013 12:39:41 PM     (No. 9105157)

Why would a dupe, knowing they are being duped and lied to be shocked? Oh, right, he meant everyone else not you. Grow up you morons!

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Reply 63 - Posted by: usmc2489, 1/8/2013 12:53:46 PM     (No. 9105194)

Ignorance is temporary, Stupidity is permanent!

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Reply 64 - Posted by: tompolson, 1/8/2013 1:34:09 PM     (No. 9105276)

#16 Ladydawgfan

"Their karma ran over their dogma!!! "

Simple, elegant and brilliant. Thank you.

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Reply 65 - Posted by: mrduc, 1/8/2013 1:54:46 PM     (No. 9105329)

I´ve heard a whole lotta cry-babying this past week in the Peoples´ Republik of Konnectikut about shrunken paychecks; the bakery lady in the supermarket, the cashier at the gas station window, the receptionist in the insurance office. Living here, you know they all voted for 0bama. When they finish belly-aching, I reply,´´Oh yes, it´s just terrible. But if you think this is bad, just take a good look at your paycheck in January 2014 when your FREE 0bamacare kicks in. But, say. Didya see those dreamy pictures of our president´s $7million Christmas getaway in Hawaii?´´ They look back at me like a deer caught in the headlights. Idjits.

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Reply 66 - Posted by: MoonDoggy, 1/8/2013 1:59:53 PM     (No. 9105335)

They be "Stuck on stupid" Go libs

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Reply 67 - Posted by: eorsc, 1/8/2013 2:30:56 PM     (No. 9105409)

I remember when people were embarrassed, humiliated and horrified to find themselves in need of alms. Now there are so many with their hands out shouting gimmee, gimmee, gimmee, that I am embarrassed, humiliated and horrified for them.

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Reply 68 - Posted by: clw54, 1/8/2013 3:02:30 PM     (No. 9105493)

A few ways to have fun with these libs...


In a sympathetic yet condescending voice, say, "Now, do you really need that money?"

Or...
"The higher deductions will help the government get badly needed revenue."

And finaly, "We all need to pay our fair share."

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Reply 69 - Posted by: roger h. cook,MD, 1/8/2013 3:43:16 PM     (No. 9105576)

The middle class is where the most money to tax comes from. There arn´t enough "rich" to tax to get enough money for the government to give the 40 plus persent all there free stuff.

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Reply 70 - Posted by: thatsomewhereplace, 1/8/2013 3:49:27 PM     (No. 9105587)

The Ah-Ha moment has arrived. Progressives hate all Americans. Middle class especially. So not just because you might be a pubbie, an independent...you are hated by 0bama et al and you must have your nose rubbed in their manure pile. They HATE us. I wonder what my dear brother thinks...oh I forgot. He´s got several fed retirement funds...I think. Lets see. FAA, Coast Guard. Oh heck. Poor 0bama babies...smaller paycheck. HA.

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Reply 71 - Posted by: dolphin, 1/8/2013 3:50:51 PM     (No. 9105590)

Maybe before it´s over, they´ll get around to taxing that half of the country that doesn´t pay any tax and freeloads off the rest of us. Then you´ll really hear some squallin´.

Bravo #16.

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Reply 72 - Posted by: Silly Old Me, 1/8/2013 4:28:52 PM     (No. 9105653)

Two consequences of the payroll 1-year two percent holiday that went over lib heads. First, the 2 percent had to be taken from general revenue to make up any shortfall to pay SS. And, final SS computations are based on amount paid in. Two percent less for a year will lower the final calculation, thus lowering SS payments upon retirement. Doh! Who saw that?

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Reply 73 - Posted by: Franz, 1/8/2013 4:53:42 PM     (No. 9105693)

These are the same folks that were so thrilled that Obama was going to stick it to the "rich" that they voted for him. This is what they deserve for the sin of envy and being stupid, stupid, STUPID!

The shame is that all of us are paying for it.

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Reply 74 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/8/2013 5:15:27 PM     (No. 9105733)

A kick to the groin of reality for low information voters.

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Reply 75 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 1/8/2013 5:25:14 PM     (No. 9105752)

PT Barnum:

There´s a sucker born every minute.

Corollary:

When they grow up, they become Democrats.

I just wish this tax hike didn´t hurt everyone else as well.

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Reply 76 - Posted by: artiec, 1/8/2013 8:06:12 PM     (No. 9105955)

There aren´t many things that give me pleasure but this is sure one of them.

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Reply 77 - Posted by: philemon1967, 1/8/2013 8:12:31 PM     (No. 9105963)

The saying goes, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me". I wonder if the American people will now wise up to the charlatan that Obama is. He talks as if he were concerned about the poor but he lives like a Mary Antoinette with his million dollar vacations. I wonder if he knows that judgment is coming for him.

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Reply 78 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 1/8/2013 8:15:27 PM     (No. 9105970)

How sweet it is. Too bad it affects us too, no?

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Reply 79 - Posted by: TX_blanke, 1/8/2013 9:30:06 PM     (No. 9106064)

Can we have a chorus of "I told you so" from the National Tea Party Choir?

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Reply 80 - Posted by: gillyo, 1/8/2013 11:39:16 PM     (No. 9106207)

The problem we have is that the average person in this country is very ill informed. Frankly, if you read your local newspaper daily and listened to network news you´d be ill informed too.

I learned a long time ago that leftists are what I like to call explicitly deceitful. They´ll make a big point about "income" taxes not going up on the middle class, all the while knowing that the SS taxes were going to go up. It´s the same way they play the game about rich people and tax rates. So what if the tax rate goes up on the wealthiest Americans? Most of them aren´t drawing "income" so the income tax doesn´t affect them. My husband used to work for an accounting firm whose business was handling rich people´s money. They´d have envelopes of cash delivered to their homes or offices, and all of their bills would go to the accountants to be paid. Some of these people only looked at their financials a couple of times a year and paid very little in taxes.

What I´m waiting for is the shock when people who think they´re going to be getting free medical care find out that they´re going to be paying a lot more for a lot less. I can´t tell you how many people I know who actually are looking forward to 2014 because they think they´ll have a lot of extra money when they no longer have to pay their healthcare copays. I´ve tried to tell them the truth, but they think I´m just lying to them because I´m a Republican. I wonder how many of them will admit I was right?

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