Friday, October 7, 2011

Occupy What.......

The scattered, unorganized protests are certainly garnering media attention and even Presidential support, but to be honest I really don’t understand their message.  Some protesters say they are against corporate and financial greed, but they still somehow support BO.  That just doesn’t make sense to me, but then again I don’t think I’ll ever understand how liberals rationalize and justify their views. 


These people, whom the President said were merely reflecting the "broad-based frustration" among Americans, are against corporate greed and capitalism, but they support a president who gave millions of taxpayer dollars to Chrysler and General Motors.


These people, whom the President said were simply expressing “the frustrations the American people feel” are against corporate greed and capitalism, but support a president who gave millions of tax payer dollars to failing green energy businesses (yes, plural).


Let’s get this straight, they are against people working hard and becoming successful –capitalism, but for the government taking money from the taxpayers to give it to failing and unionized companies that are political supporters of the current administration--last I looked, that was called greed. 


While we’re at it, let’s compare the media and BO’s response towards these agitators to their reaction to Tea Party protests.  Within hours of their “occupation” the protests turned violent.  I’ve been to several Tea Party protests, including the 2009 DC 9/12 event (the largest to date; estimated at one million people) and not a single act of violence was committed, and Tea Party crowds typically number in the thousands to hundreds of thousands, not these dozens or few hundred protestors that are popping up as part of this Occupy movement.  I don’t even recall any Tea Party violence splashed on the news---and we all know the liberal media would just love to replay that over and over if they had the footage.  Is the media or the BO administration out there demonizing the Occupiers like they did the Tea Partiers?  No.
 

Nancy Pelosi said the Tea Party protests were astroturf, meaning they weren’t a true grassroots movement—that some conservative Wizard of Oz was behind the curtain pulling all the strings.  Yet, billionaire George Soros and union thugs linked to Obama are bankrolling the Occupy Wall Street protests, so they aren’t exactly grassroots themselves, more like paid protestors.  Am I the only one that sees the irony of a billionaire and Union thugs, the very people who have been the beneficiaries of capitalism and greed, bankrolling an anti-capitalism movement? Is the media or anyone from the BO administration calling the Occupiers astroturf?  No. 


The liberals like to try and portray the Tea Party as racist because they say the Party is made of mostly white, middle aged folks.  I can tell you from experience, from having attended several Tea Party protests, that they are very much comprised of multicultural protestors, of every ethnicity, and of all age ranges.  Yet in DC, an organizer for the Occupy movement admitted to paying Hispanics to attend the protests and hold signs, so their protests wouldn’t look so white.   Not only does this show how phony and manipulative the liberals are, it’s just more proof that the Occupy movement is really nothing more than astroturf.  Is anyone in the media or the BO administration calling these mostly white protestors or the movement racist?  No.
 

These so-called Occupiers say they represent the “other” 99% of Americans. Well, they certainly don’t represent me.  I believe in hard work, success, and accountability.  Everyone in this country has the same, equal opportunity to work hard and achieve great things if they apply themselves.  What I don’t believe in, is a country where the true greedy people, the liberals, think equality is defined by what we have and think fairness is defined as the government taking from one person who works hard to give to a person who chooses not to.  I define equality in terms of opportunity and rights, not possessions or materialism.


“You must obey this now for a Law, that he that will not work shall not eat (except by sickness he be disabled:) for the labors of thirty or forty honest and industrious men shall not be consumed to maintain a hundred and fifty idle loiterers” - Captain John Smith    

   
 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Be Careful What You Ask For...

“President Obama prepares to divide our nation to achieve re-election.  This is not a leadership style, this is a re-election strategy.  Telling those who are scared and struggling that the only way their lives can get better is to diminish the success of others.  Trying to cynically convince those who are suffering that the American economic pie is no longer a growing one that can provide more prosperity for all who work hard.  Insisting that we must tax and take and demonize those who have already achieved the American Dream.  That may turn out to be a good re-election strategy for President Obama, but is a demoralizing message for America.”    Real American Exceptionalism  –  Gov Chris Christie

I completely agree with Gov Christie.  BO isn’t merely waging class warfare, he is literally pitting neighbor against neighbor.  The people who BO wants to tax more aren’t simply the super-rich.  He’s targeting small business owners and hardworking higher earners who have sacrificed and striven to make their dreams come true.  These are your corner dry cleaning business, cake shop owners, local beauty salon owners, and highly-motivated dual-income married couples.  Sure BO throws idiotic comparisons out there, such as saying Warren Buffett and millionaires pay fewer taxes than secretaries.  Dramatic, and false, statements like this only fool the folks who don’t have time to research the facts, or liberals that are never concerned about little things like facts anyways.  

Most of us pay income tax, not capital gains taxes or dividend tax rates.  Obama's deceitful claim hinges on the fact that, for wealthy families and individuals, investment income is often taxed at a lower rate than wages.  In other words, he’s comparing apples to oranges.  The top tax rate for dividends and capital gains is 15%.  The top tax rate for income wages is 35%, currently reserved for taxable income above $379,150. BO wants to lower that to $250,000—which would surely hurt almost all small business owners struggling to keep their business afloat and who are keeping many other Americans gainfully employed.  At a recent White House briefing, even Treasury Secretary [and tax cheat] Timothy Geithner clarified that people who make most of their money in income pay a higher tax rate than those who make money from investments.   

But before anyone jumps on the BO bandwagon and starts screaming for higher capital gains taxes, you must realize that corporate income is taxed once the company earns a profit.  In the US, the combined federal and state corporate tax rate is 40%, the highest tax rate in the world!  This is obviously a big reason why so many American businesses are moving overseas.

According to essentially all private and government data, the wealthiest people in the USA pay a lot more taxes than the poor and middle class.  The top 10% of households with the highest incomes pay more pay more than 70% of federal income taxes, and experts estimate that 46% of mostly low- and medium-income households will pay no federal income taxes this year.

The tax code is riddled with more than $1 trillion in deductions, exemptions and credits, and they benefit people at every income level.  One might just have to be as rich as someone like Warren Buffet to hire a tax accountant to find all those wonderful deductions, exemptions, and credits. Or, one can just not pay their taxes like several of our elected officials have opted to do. 

Just as Hitler used the Jewish people as scapegoats, BO is trying to rally his supporters by demonizing those who have attained the American Dream, or are on the path to doing so, making us the new American scapegoat.  We should all be weary of a government bent on taking personal liberties, property, and wealth from individuals. And for those of you who encourage and support this behavior, it's all fun and games until they come to take away everything you've worked hard to earn. 

"A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have...."  ~ Thomas Jefferson