7 Myths about Taxes

Stephen Moore, Senior Economics Writer, for the Wall Street Journal, published an extremely interesting report on Tax Myths on the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research’s website.  I highly recommend reading it but it is a bit in-depth.

By no means do I wish to plagiarise his wonderful work but I would like to condense it.  I’m only going to list the ones I think are pervasive and make my own conclusions. Continue reading

Obama believes he can’t be wrong

By Herman Cain

President Obama says very strange things, especially for a guy who presumably wants very badly to be re-elected. As if it wasn’t enough that he last week went off on small business owners for having pride in their accomplishments, this week he actually told a rally audience in reference to the economy – with a straight face – “We tried our plan, and it worked.”

It almost seems gratuitous to start citing all the numbers that obliterate this claim – the 8.2 percent unemployment, the anemic 1.5 percent GDP growth this past quarter, the soaring federal deficit that will top $1 trillion yet again this year. It’s like when the head coach of a 1-15 NFL team tries to make the case that his team is really good. Why sit there and debate him? You just nod your head and think to yourself, “Whatever you say, Coach.” Continue reading

Rahm Emanuel Takes a Stand for Morality

In college they tell us to use critical thinking but then expect group-think.  They also teach us that group-think is bad for good decision-making.  We are taught to express ourselves, ie free-speech, but we are severely punished if our speech does not conform to the accepted group-think.  I found the contradictions between what I was taught and what was expected to be confusing and, well, wrong.  But at least two maybe three generations of Americans have been brought up this way and now we have a very fractured and confused populous.

Last week Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former Chief of Staff and now Chicago Mayor, denounced a franchise because “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.”  This, because Chick-fil-A corporate owner, Dan Cathy, stated that he was a believer in traditional marriage.    Rahm was clearly attempting to restrict and/or punish Chick-fil-A for taking a stand he and his party oppose.

Interestingly, Dan Cathy never called for gays to be rounded up into camps, annihilated, killed, brutalized, forced to convert to another religion, or even banned from working for his company.  He was simply telling another Christian organization that he supported keeping marriage as it has been for the past 6,000 years.  A position President Obama himself took while Rahm was working in the White House.  Why didn’t Rahm condemn Obama at that time?  Hmm.

The very next day, Rahm Emanuel embraced Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam for their fine work against crime in Chicago.  Perhaps Rahm wasn’t listening on May 27th when Louis Farrakhan made this remark, ““Males coming to males with lust in their hearts as they should to a female. Now don’t you dare say Farrakhan was preaching hate; he’s homophobic. I’m not afraid of my brothers and sisters or others who may be practicing what God condemned in the days of Lot…  God was so displeased with their behavior, he destroyed them completely.”  Maybe I took it out of context, okay  listen:

Oh wait it’s not a little anti-gay, it is strongly anti-gay.  He appears to be endorsing killing off all gays and he is absolutely condemning the Obama administration’s pro-gay stance.  He said, “Our President just agreed to same-sex marriage.  Now listen … sin is sin according to the standard of God.”

Why is this okay but Cathy’s comment supporting traditional marriage is not?

I think I know and it seems layered in liberal group-think.  Here’s an easy break-down, feel free to repeat, but I’d appreciate props.

  • Business is bad.
  • A Business with ties to Christianity is VERY bad.
  • Speech that conforms to group-think values is good.
  • Speech which does not conform to group-think values is bad.
  • Gays are good.
  • Supporting gays symbolically is very good.
  • Blacks are good.
  • Muslims are good.
  • Black Muslims are very good.
  • Making Muslims mad is very bad.
  • Making Christians mad is very good.

 

Climate change godfather admits to being an alarmist.

I can recall seeing a documentary in the late ’80s featuring James Lovelock and his Gaia theory. I thought then “new ager” and while interesting, I dismissed both him and his theory as a pile of hooey.

To get an idea about what Gaia theory is about, much of this thinking is the centerpiece of James Cameron’s movie “Avatar”. Not wanting to get too far into the weeds, lay on top of Gaia theory the story about foreign invaders (white descendants of European settlers) who steal the land from the indigenous people (American “Indians”) so they can pillage the land’s resources (Capitalism is evil) and you have the setting and agenda of that movie. Ok, back out of the weeds.

This past April, the month when Earth Day is observed, James Lovelock gave MSNBC an interview where he admitted his claims regarding climate change was “alarmist”. Lovelock is regarded as “The godfather of global warming” and now, 20 odd years later he says

“the problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago.”

I wonder if Al Gore, a snake oil salesman if ever there was one, spewed his morning coffee when he read this.

Doh!

Memorial Day 2012

This afternoon I was relaxing and scanning the Google+ Posts when I stumbled upon this image.  It is from the Boston Common.  33,000 American Flags to represent 33,000 Bostonians who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

I found it moving and very illustrating.  And wanted to share it today.  These 33,000 soldiers gave everything so others would not have to.  Cliché?  I don’t think so.

Among the many comments there was one from a very demonic-looking man from Tehran.  His “death to America” comment reminded me and hopefully everyone why we need such selfless young men and women defending not only our freedom but the freedom of people throughout the world.

May we not be boastful or arrogant but with humility and altruism continue to promote freedom against tyrants, who through fear and murder oppress billions in the name of religion, fairness, or other ideologies.

Jumping to conclusions is a fool’s folly. The case of Trayvon Martin.

If you think you know what happened in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26, 2012, you’re probably not fit to serve on anyone’s jury much less the one in question.  Honestly, none of us has enough facts to judge either of the players in this case.  But perhaps something bigger is at play here and I’m talking even more significant than Zimmerman. Continue reading

Obamacare will cost at least 200% more

In 2010 the CBO reported that Obama’s landmark and potentially unconstitutional healthcare law would be “deficit neutral.”  We were told that insurance costs would go down 10 to 30%.

Now hold on this could be a shock to you.  Flash-forward to 2012, no longer deficit neutral the legislation, according to a study to be released by Charles Blahous, will now add $340 billion to the deficit.  (I predicted and continue to stand by this, before we arrive at 2019 this legislation should it be held in place will add more than a trillion dollars to the deficit.)

The Obama administration challenges this finding, even falsely asserting that the CBO says Obamacare will lower the deficit, something it has not said since 2010. Let’s look at the CBO’s prediction, but first you should know the CBO’s predictions are notoriously low, normally off by 3 to 11 times the actual amount. Continue reading

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