What Does President Barak Obama’s Afghanistan Speech Mean To Me

It’s easy to have a hard time putting together all the pieces necessary to fully grasp what the President says in a speech.  When dealing with an issue as complicated as war, it’s no surprise that this is the case.  Although parts of the speech may be comprehended, there are deeper currents of meaning below the surface that are easy to miss.  CATO Institute does a great job in their December 2nd Daily podcast of putting some of the pieces together, and explaining what this speech means to you and I.

Listen to this short daily podcast from CATO Institute entitled “Obama’s Afghanistan Contradiction”.  (requires flash)

( http://www.cato.org/dailypodcast/podcast-archive.php?podcast_id=1043 )

Ron Paul weighs in : Medical Care is Not a Right.

Ron Paul was recently featured on NPR’s (National Public Radio) show All Things Considered and was able to highlight his views on the current health care reform and talk about his new book End the Fed. There are not many politicians in Washington D.C. today who are able to answer questions in such a straight forward way.  He explains why he answers the way he does. I greatly appreciate this no-nonsense approach to public service, and look forward to supporting as many liberty minded candidates as possible in the upcoming 2010 mid-term election.

Read the full interview with Dr. Paul at NPR’s website here – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113009583

If you are interested in Ron Paul’s newest book End the Fed, you can read reviews or purchase a copy on Amazon.com here – End The Fed

sometimes doing the right thing hurts

To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it. -Thomas Jefferson

U.S. Economy

This video is about America’s current “crisis” and what Ron Paul and Peter Schiff have had to say about it

I’ve been involved in Campaign for Liberty for about two months now. I would never have believed what is going on if I had not researched it for myself. I urge anyone who’s interest has been piqued by this video, to do some digging. I recommend reading Ron Pauls book “The Revolution”. You can also find hours of material on http://www.Campaignforliberty.com. Take a look at the blog on the homepage, and the reading suggestions under the education portion of the page. I could spend hours just watching youtube videos about different topics. Search Money as Debt. It’s a 5 part video series about how money is created and the Federal Reserve. It will make your jaw drop. And then you’ll ask, why doesn’t everyone know this. Simply because they are watching t.v. and haven’t taken the time to learn. Only you can make yourself more knowledgeable. The best time is now.

Welcome to the Orange County Republican Executive Committee

If you haven’t seen this yet, take a look at the Orlando Sentinel’s blog post about the committee meeting last night.

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_politics/2008/12/orange-gop-chie.html?cid=142079946#comment-142079946

Orange County GOP chairman Lew Oliver held on to his party post by one vote, with the election ending 122-121 Monday night.

“My new nick name is Landslide Lew,” Oliver joked afterward.

The longtime chairman faced a challenge from Deon Long, who was backed by coalition of disaffected Republicans, namely those who supported U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s failed presidential bid.

One member of the opposing coalition, political consultant Doug Guetzloe, said the result is being contested because two executive committee members voted “present,” denying a majority vote.

“There should have been a run-off but Oliver simply declared himself the winner over our protests,” Guetzloe said in an email. “We will contest the vote in the courts or call for a new vote in a special meeting.”

Long, who backed Mitt Romney in the primary, derided the fact that Oliver presided over years of Democrats vastly outpacing Republicans in registering new party members. Long said Oliver also went too far in pushing party leaders to sign loyalty oaths. Oliver said he had to do it, and it wasn’t his rule.

Oliver blamed an East-West Expressway car crash and conflicting schedules for about 40 or 50 no-shows among his supporters, especially in the northwest and Apopka area.

Oliver had said weeks ago that he would win comfortably, but the final tally was a practical dead heat.

“I’ve got to give them credit, they got their people there,” Oliver said.

Oliver said the vote signaled that he should reach out to those disaffected leaders who didn’t support him, but “I am not going to cater to the more radical wing of the Ron Paul faction.”

Oliver termed many of that group as “kooks” and as “flat traitors” who did little work for local GOP candidates. He said that was the most prolific voting bloc who voted against him.

“But anybody who wants to play team ball, they’re welcome,” Oliver said.

Obama’s Tax Plan

This article by Neil Boortz (an Atlanta, Ga based Radio Talk show host) is what got me started on all of this.
CUTTING TAXES FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T PAY TAXES. (http://boortz.com/nuze/200810/10102008.html)
“Do you really want to know how in the world Barack Obama is going to cut taxes on 95% of Americans when 45% of these Americans don’t pay income taxes in the first place? You should already know the answer to this question … but if you’ve been listening to too much sports talk radio, here you go. It’s very simple. Obama will just pass a series of new tax credits for the Americans. Tax credits — sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Those tax credits will lower taxes for just about everyone! Well … there are a few things you need to know about these so-called credits.
First … these tax credits will not be available to the evil high income earners who we rely on to create the new jobs that will help our economy grow. The tax credits are only for people who might be likely to vote democrat.
Secondly … they’re not just tax credits, they’re “refundable” tax credits. In other words, they’re a fraud. As we know, about 45% of Americans don’t pay income taxes. A tax credit is not useful to someone who owes no income taxes … unless, that is, it is a “refundable” credit. Now what does that mean? It means that if you do not make enough to pay income taxes, the government will simply write you a check equal to the amount of the credit you can’t use! Do you know what we used to call this? Welfare, that’s what. Barack Obama’s promise of a tax cut for 95% of Americans is really nothing less than a promise of a new welfare income redistribution program.”
Remember Neil Boortz is a talk show host, not a reporter, so he doesn’t have to be balanced 🙂
“Secondly … they’re not just tax credits, they’re ‘refundable’ tax credits. In other words, they’re a fraud. As we know, about 45% of Americans don’t pay income taxes. A tax credit is not useful to someone who owes no income taxes … unless, that is, it is a ‘refundable’ credit. Now what does that mean? It means that if you do not make enough to pay income taxes, the government will simply write you a check equal to the amount of the credit you can’t use! Do you know what we used to call this? Welfare, that’s what. Barack Obama’s promise of a tax cut for 95% of Americans is really nothing less than a promise of a new welfare income redistribution program.”
Wikipedia – Tax Credit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refundable_tax_credit)
“Tax credits may be characterized as either refundable or non-refundable, or equivalently non-wastable or wastable. Refundable or non-wastable tax credits can reduce the tax owed below zero, and result in a net payment to the taxpayer beyond their own payments into the tax system, appearing to be a moderate form of negative income tax.”
If you’ve never heard of Neil Boortz before, you should visit his website at http://www.boortz.com.

Now the reality of this is that there are almost one million people who, under Obama’s tax plan, will start receiving money from the government as tax refund credits. These are people who have not paid any income tax. Even if they all receive the smallest of Obama’s proposed refund, it will cost the taxpayers of America $500,000,000,000. Yes that is 500 BILLION DOLLARS! If you start to consider and add in the possibility of a $1000 refundable credit for couples and a $4000 refundable credit for college tuition, we are looking at an added tax burden that could reach a couple of trillion dollars. Remember, this is only considering the one million recipients who already pay no taxes.
A $1,000 ‘Making Work Pay’ Tax Credit. For 95 percent of workers and their families—150 million workers overall—the ‘Making Work Pay’ credit will provide a refundable tax cut of $500 for workers or $1,000 for working couples. This credit will benefit over 15 million self employed workers and for 10 million low-income Americans, will completely eliminate their federal income taxes.”
150million workers x $500 = 75 trillion dollars.
Ok, now lets think about this. We’ve just told 10 million “low-income” Americans, “you don’t make a lot of money, so here, Uncle Sam will give you some that he’s taken from those hard working people that live in that nice neighborhood up the road. They make plenty of money anyway.” Hmmm. Do you think that will make the “low-income” earning Americans want to work harder so that they too can give extra money to Uncle Sam?
Eliminating Capital Gains Taxes for Entrepreneurs and Investors in Small Business. Barack Obama understands that small businesses are the engines of our economy, and he will eliminate all capital gains taxes on investments in small and start up firms.”
Please notice that he says nothing about cutting taxes for small businesses. Go ahead, read it again real carefully. He’s eliminating capital gains taxes for people (the investors) putting money into existing small companies and new companies. This isn’t a bad idea, but it does nothing to directly help the day-to-day operations of thousands of existing small businesses.
Cutting Corporate Tax Rates for Firms that Create Jobs in America. Barack Obama will repeal tax breaks and loopholes that reward corporations that retain their earnings overseas, and will use those savings to lower corporate tax rates for companies that expand or start operations in the United States.”
Why are corporations moving operations overseas? Just think of the last time you moved from one house or apartment to another. What part of that was easy or fun? You have to; find a new place to go, secure that place, pack all your things, move them all to the new place, cancel all the previous contracts with service providers and landlord from the old place, unpack everything at the new place, hook up all the new services and many other tedious details. Can you name one person that has done this for fun, or simply to spite someone? Typically someone moves due to a major life decision. Often it’s for a higher paying job. That is exactly what these companies are doing when they “move jobs overseas”. There is a lot more involved in moving a business (especially a large one) than there is when a family or individual moves. It wouldn’t be feasible for a company to do this if there were not major financial benefits. Those benefits are created because of America’s high corporate tax rate and many other labor laws that make doing business in America restrictive. How would you feel if your realtor or landlord said, “I don’t think moving away for a better job and more money is a good enough reason. You’re going to be penalized for that. We’re going to take the money we get from you when you move and give it to someone who moves back into the neighborhood because they’re a team player.” That’s essentially what Obama plans to do. Why not create a tax atmosphere within the United States that promotes business. How nice would it be to hear that Honda is moving all their factories to the United States? This would be a good time to plug the Fair Tax, because it would make us the number one tax haven in the world for business. More details are available at their website http://www.fairtax.org.

“Barack Obama will keep taxes low for everyone, while working to reform our tax code and make sure that everyone pays their fair share,”
You must be joking Mr. Obama! Merriam-Webster.com describes the adverb “everyone” as : every person : everybody. I would assume Senetor Obama was referring to all American citizens when he used the word “everyone” above. The word “everyone” includes the super rich and big corporations. You’re gonna keep their taxes low? Oh, and “fair share” would be an equal amount for all taxpayers, not a heavy progressive or graduated income tax, as is called for in the communist manifesto. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_manifesto)
“Obama also believes that…it is vital for candidates to put forward specific ideas on how they will pay for their proposals. That is why he has called for…repealing a portion of the tax cuts passed in the last eight years for families making over $250,000.”
Sounds fair, doesn’t it?
“Our tax code is riddled with special interest loopholes that allow some corporations and wealthy individuals to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. As President, Obama would move aggressively to close inefficient loopholes.”
There he goes using the word fair again. Just so we’re all on the same page, m-w.com describes fair as : marked by impartiality and honesty : free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism. And if you think the corporations and wealthy individuals are paying their fair share, look at the table below that lays out exactly who pays what taxes

For Tax Year 2006

Percentiles Ranked by AGI
AGI Threshold on Percentiles
Percentage of Federal Personal Income Tax Paid
Top 1%
$388,806
39.89
Top 5%
$153,542
60.14
Top 10%
$108,904
70.79
Top 25%
$64,702
86.27
Top 50%
$ 31,987
97.01
Bottom 50%
<$31,987
2.99
Note: AGI is Adjusted Gross Income
Source: Internal Revenue Service

The bottom 50% pay less than 3% of the total Federal Personal Income Tax. Sounds “fair” right?

The top 1% of wage earners pay more than ten times (10 x) the taxes of the bottom 50% combined!

“Eliminating special tax breaks for oil and gas companies: including repealing special expensing rules, foreign tax credit benefits, and manufacturing deductions for oil and gas firms.”
How do you think that will help with gas prices?
“Cracking down on international tax havens: According to a recent Congressional investigation, offshore tax abuse costs this country up to $100 billion each year. Barack Obama has been a leader in the Senate on designing efforts to crack down on tax havens by requiring greater disclosure of financial transactions in tax secrecy jurisdictions. As President, Obama would work with Congress to enact meaningful legislation to ensure that the Treasury and IRS have the tools they need to close down the use of international tax havens for improper tax avoidance or tax evasion. This will save the United States tens of billions of dollars each year.”
Any consumption tax system (hopefully the FairTax) would completely eliminate this problem, because all taxes would be collected at point of sale for new goods and services. There would no longer be any incentive for companies to hide money offshore. On top of that, drug dealers, prostitutes, illegal aliens, and tourists will all pay federal tax under a consumption tax plan every time they buy something.
These are just the points of Senetor Obama’s tax plan that stuck out to me. I encourage you to read his full plan, as well as Senetor McCain’s, so you can make an informed decision about who will bring this country in the right direction. On November 4th, we will all have a chance to cast our vote. These are some of the most important decisions we make throughout our lives. We all have spare time if we choose to find it. Please make time. Turn off the TV and hop on the internet and research the two candidates. You cannot base your decision on just what the news media will tell you, and you definitely can’t base it solely on what talk radio hosts or I say. We all have to know, within ourselves, what we stand for and believe in. I believe in the American dream. That dream is Freedom and Liberty. God Bless America.

Senetor Biden wins vice presidential debate vs. Governor Sarah Palin

Calm, cool and collected,  Senator Joe Biden exuded confidence and experience during tonight’s vice presidential debate vs. Governor Sarah Palin .  Palin lacked the fire she has exhibited previously in this campaign. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for her to stir the fire and hammer the points that are so vital to her ticket.  But that didn’t happen.  She hit the nail on the head when she said “government needs to learn to be more efficient”, only to leave the nail sticking out of the plank. The McCain Palin ticket needs to step it up in the following weeks and build a rock solid platform in order to gain the full support of Americans.

Tax talk gets me all fired up.  As many of you know I’m a big Fair Tax man myself. Someone please explain to me how its fair to tax corporations and the super rich, as the Obama ticket proposes, and cut taxes for everyone else.  I wish Palin would have elaborated on the logic behind McCain’s proposed tax breaks.  Do Americans really think the oil companies are evil for making huge profits? Profits that grow our ecomony. If my company was making huge profits, even huge by my standards (which surely isn’t billions….yet 🙂 ) I wouldn’t want to be taxed as highly and unfairly as these oil companies.

Past the 10:00 mark of the debate, I think the momentum started to drop off quickly. Still, Senator Biden can’t compete with Palin when it comes to connecting with the American people.  She knows how to inspire when it comes to reform and to, as she said “Put government back on the side of the American people”.  Overall, neither candidate had any home runs, but both gave plenty of typical “unanswers” to many of the questions. You know the ones. I don’t think any politician can give a direct and straight answer if their life depended on it.

I only hope every U.S. citizen will wake up, do their research and stay connected. It is the only way to make an educated decision in November. Who will bring this country back to it’s foundations of freedom and liberty? Surely not Obiden 🙂