How to solve the problem of too much taxes, regulation and bureaucracy? Easy, just introduce more loopholes and pile on even more bureaucracy. This is typical #LiberalLogic. It is time the American people wake up.
What a tremendous legacy for President Obama and the usual suspects on the loony left. Medtronic, Walgreens, Pfizer and others are all moving their headquarters out of the United States by using mergers and acquisitions in order to save on corporate taxes. Now, this does not sit well with Senator Dick Durbin, the number two head honcho in the US senate and close ally to Obama. Senator Durbin has decided to introduce a bill that will grant about $1200.00 tax credit per employee to companies that keep their headquarters in the US. Un-freaking-believable!! I cannot believe the mindset of these Liberal Democrats. Just pile on more loopholes, red tape and bureaucracy. Never for a moment consider that the policies of the current people in power need to be checked. This is typical liberal logic. [see http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2014/06/25/senators-say-walgreen-domicile-move-like-giving-up-on-america/ ]
And then Senator Durbin has the gall to scold these companies, accusing them of “giving up on America” for a measly tax break.
No Senator Durbin IT IS YOU WHO HAS GIVEN UP ON AMERICA!! You and you liberal and progressive colleagues have given up on America many decades ago when you all have decided to try and remake America into something the Founding Fathers don’t even recognize anymore, a banana republic or a European-like socialist country.
You and your ilk have decided to not uphold the letter of the law and any decency left in America and have decided to trample on the very US Constitution. You liberals constantly try and try to pass laws that go against every ounce of decency. And if you can’t get your way legislatively then you go to the courts and cry and wail sometimes for years and years until you get your planted judges and supreme court justices to pass laws for you. This is what the Founding Fathers never intended the judicial branch to do. Thanks a lot, you lefties. If we ever get the general public to wake up and realize you liberals and progressives need to be voted out in the coming elections I will say to you good riddance. You, Dick Durbin and people like you must be utterly defeated in the arena of ideas if we are to ever have the hope of the American Dream again.
Cannes: Video of Hollywood Environmentalists in Anti-Fracking Sting Operation to Debut (Exclusive Video)
More ASTOUNDING BLATANT HYPOCRISY among environmentalists and the Hollywood left #StrangerThanFiction George Orwell would be proud to write this story except its REAL. Where is the outrage?
James O’Keefe says he duped Ed Begley Jr. and Mariel Hemingway into agreeing to get involved with an anti-fracking movie while hiding that its funding comes from Middle Eastern oil interests.
Journalist James O’Keefe, known for his controversial undercover sting operations aimed usually at liberals — is set to unveil at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday the first of a group of videos that he says will reveal hypocrisy among Hollywood environmentalists.
In the video, obtained exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter and embedded below, actors Ed Begley Jr. and Mariel Hemingway are duped by a man named “Muhammad,” who is looking to make an anti-fracking movie while hiding that its funding is coming from Middle Eastern oil interests.
Muhammad, accompanied by a man pretending to be an ad executive, seemingly has the two actors agreeing to participate in the scheme, even after he acknowledges…
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Spread the word! Uninstall Firefox. Go with Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera or anything but Mozilla Firefox. Boycott Firefox.
Do this, but not solely for the reasons that you might think that I am saying this. Delete Firefox to preserve liberty and to preserve tolerance. I am talking about the true sense of the true meaning of the word “tolerance.” The loony left have hijacked and changed the meaning of that word, just as Orwellian leftists have done to other words in the past. It’s what they do. It’s why I call them Orwellian. Actually, before I go on, I think Dennis Prager said everything else I wanted to say best, and with superior clarity on this subject in this article that he wrote last Tuesday.
In 31 years of broadcasting, and 40 years of writing, I have never advocated a boycott of a product.
Quite the opposite, in fact.
During the 2012 presidential campaign, when the left attempted to destroy Chick-Fil-A for its owner’s views on same-sex marriage, I suggested on my radio show that the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, stand in front of a Chick-Fil-A restaurant while enjoying some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. In that way, I argued, he could show one of the great moral differences between the right and the left. Though Ben and Jerry are leftists, we conservatives do not believe that company owners’ views should matter to consumers. We believe that products should speak for themselves. If the ice cream is good, despite whatever repugnance we might feel regarding the views of the makers of that ice cream, we will still purchase it.
The left does not see things that way. The left is out to crush individuals and companies with whom it differs. This is especially so today on the issue of same-sex marriage.
Perhaps the most dramatic example of this took place last week. The governing board of the widely used browser, Firefox, forced the company’s CEO, Brendan Eich, to resign. The Firefox board had learned that in 2008, Eich donated $1,000 to the Proposition 8 campaign in California. Proposition 8 amended the California Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In classic Communist fashion, gay rights organizations demanded that Eich publicly recant. When Eich did not, gay rights and other leftist organizations called for a boycott of Firefox. Firefox immediately forced Eich out.
All these years, the left, after coining the term “McCarthyism” in order to disparage the right, had fooled most people into believing that it is the right that suppresses liberty. The truth, of course, has been the opposite. Worldwide, with the exception of Nazi Germany (which was a uniquely race-based totalitarianism, neither left nor right — while it rejected Marxist class-based struggle, it supported socialism (“Nazism” was short for National Socialism), every genocidal totalitarian regime of the 20th century was leftist. And domestically, too, the left has much less interest in liberty than in forcing people to act in accord with its values. A totalitarian streak is part of the left’s DNA. How you think matters and what you do away outside of work matters: More than 20 states prohibit judges from being leaders in the Boy Scouts — because the left deems the Boy Scouts homophobic.
During the McCarthy era, the left (and not only the left) screamed when people were falsely charged with supporting Stalin and Communism, one of the greatest evils in human history. But the left also screamed when people who really did aid and abet Stalin were dismissed from their jobs. In other words, for those on the left who celebrate Eich’s ouster, it was evil to deprive a man who supported Stalin of a job, but it is right to fire a man who supports the man-woman definition of marriage. Such is the left’s moral compass.
It is important to further note that gay employees at Firefox acknowledge that Eich never discriminated against gays, whether in employment, benefits or any other way. But that doesn’t matter to the left because a totalitarian streak is part of the left’s DNA.
As Princeton Professor of Jurisprudence Robert George warned on my radio show, today the left fires employees for opposition to same-sex marriage. Tomorrow it will fire employees who are pro-life (“anti-woman”). And next it will be employees who support Israel (an “apartheid state”).
The reason to boycott Firefox is not that it is run by leftists. Nor is the reason to support the man-woman definition of marriage. It is solely in order to preserve liberty in the land of liberty. If Firefox doesn’t recant and rehire Eich as CEO, McCarthyism will have returned far more pervasively and perniciously than in its first incarnation. The message the gay left (such as the Orwellian-named Human Rights Campaign) and the left in general wish to send is that Americans who are in positions of power at any company should be forced to resign if they hold a position that the left strongly opposes…
SPOILER ALERT, I thought I would get that out first lest you hate me for revealing too much, but I don’t think I really give a way enough to spoil anything. This is not necessarily a review of this movie but this post is more or less about the thoughts that I had during and after watching this movie.
First of all I was not planning to go and watch any movie at all but at my eldest son’s insistence, and my wife’s insistence that our 15-year-old and his Daddy have a little one-on-one Daddy-time, we decided to spend part of our Martin Luther King Jr day off from work and school watching this thriller. Turns out I really did enjoy the film, we both did, another reboot and re-imagining origin story about the characters that Tom Clancy first created years ago. Plus I really enjoy all of the actors in their past roles and now in this movie too.
Briefly, the premise of the movie is that it is about an ultra-secret plot within the Russian Government to undermine and destroy the US economy to create a devastating and worse second Great Depression. This is the world of this spy-thriller fiction, but, compare that with the fact that in reality there is an ultra-secret plot within the American Government to undermine and destroy the US economy, namely in the real-life person of evil, socialist, multi-billionaire, George Soros and his backing, especially financial backing, of the current President and the current radicalized Democrat party. The only reason it is ultra-secret in real life is because the main-stream media is merely an extension of the current radicalized Democrat party.
The actions of the current leaders shows that there is a plot to destroy the American economy. Due to the current actions of our current leaders we have the slowest job creation since the Great Depression, a number of failed stimulus packages, the highest sustained energy prices ever, the over regulating of business, the never-ending over spending, the failed Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, and a failing economy overall. Simply look at the fact that this current administration has acquired more debt than all previous presidents COMBINED. During the upcoming state of union address President Obama will not surprisingly do very little more other than continue to propose more spending and more economy-killing tax hikes.
Kenneth Branagh’s character, financial mogul, Viktor Cherevin, reminded of real-life, financial mogul, George Soros.
More on George Soros:
Shoot, my social media clout is so great that I probably just spoiled any of the Oscar award hopes that this movie ever had. 😀
Bear with me but I wanted to update this post and include a horrifying excerpt from Soros: Republic Enemy #1: http://web.archive.org/web/20101027070859/http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/14700
Remember this is Obama’s and the Democrats’ most fervent backer, including financial backer, and is embraced, albeit somewhat secretly, by the current US political leaders:
“The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.”—George Soros…György Schwartz, better known to the world as George Soros, was born August 12, 1930 in Hungary…The Schwartz’s, who were non-practicing Jews, changed the family name to Soros, in order to facilitate assimilation into the gentile population, as the Nazis spread into Hungary during the 1930s. Soros is an Esperanto word meaning “to soar.”
In 1944 Hitler’s henchman Adolf Eichmann arrived in Hungary, to oversee the murder of that country’s Jews. The Soros children were all given fake identity papers, and were shipped out to various Christian families. George Soros ended up with a man whose job was confiscating property from the Jewish population. Soros went with him on his rounds.
Soros has repeatedly called 1944 “the best year of his life.”
In an article in the Wall Street Journal, Joshua Muravchik notes that, “70% of Mr. Soros’s fellow Jews in Hungary, nearly a half-million human beings, were annihilated in that year. They were dying and disappearing all around him, and their numbers no doubt included many whom he knew personally. Yet he gives no sign that this put any damper on his elation, either at the time or indeed in retrospect.”
During an interview with “Sixty Minute’s” Steve Kroft, Soros was asked about his “best year:”
KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who
swore that you were his adopted godson.
SOROS: Yes. Yes.
KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.
SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.
KROFT: I mean, that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the
psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?
SOROS: Not, not at all. Not at all.
KROFT: No feeling of guilt?
Of course he didn’t feel guilty. Soros has the moral depth of a clam. Nonetheless, he has said, “my goal is to become the conscience of the world.”
The U.S. government has just passed a new law entitled “The Affordable CAR Act” declaring that every citizen MUST purchase a new car by April, 2014.
These ‘affordable’ cars will cost an average of $54,000-$155,000 each. This does not include taxes, tags, registration, fuel, maintenance, or repair costs.
This law has been passed because, until now, typically only wealthy and financially responsible people have been able to purchase cars. This new law ensures that every American can now have an ‘affordable’ car of their own, because everyone is ‘entitled’ to a new car. If you purchase your car before the end of the year, you will receive four ‘free’ tires (does not include mounting).
In order to make sure everyone purchases an ‘affordable car,’ the cost of owning a car will increase on average of 250-400% per year. This way, wealthy people will pay more for something that other people don’t want or can’t afford to maintain. But, to be fair, people who can’t afford to maintain their car will be regularly fined and children (under the age of 26) can use their parents car(s) to drive until they turn 27, after which date they must purchase their own car.
If you already have a car, you can keep yours (not really). If you don’t want or don’t need a car, you are required to buy one anyhow. If you refuse to buy one or can’t afford one, you will be regularly fined $800 until you purchase one, or face imprisonment. If you cannot (or don’t want to) purchase an ‘affordable car’ from a private business, you can buy a starter car from the U. S. government ‘affordable car exchange.’ Such a car will have the basic necessities and will only cost ‘slightly more’ than a similar car purchased from a private business. Plus, since your tax dollars will subsidize the purchase of a car from the U. S. government’s ‘affordable car exchange,’ it will appear that you are getting a good deal.
Failure to use the car will also result in fines. People living in areas with no access to roads are not exempt. Pre-existing conditions such as age, motion sickness, experience, knowledge, nor lack of desire are not acceptable excuses for not using your car.
A government review board will decide everything, including when, where, how often, and for what purposes you can use your car, along with how many people can ride in your car. The board will also determine if one is too old or healthy enough to be able to use their car, and will also decide if your car has out lived its usefulness or if you must purchase specific accessories like spinning rims or a newer and more expensive car.
Those that can afford luxury cars will be required to do so … it’s only fair. The government will also decide the color for each car. Failure to comply with these rules will result in fines and possible imprisonment.
Government officials are exempt from this new law. If they want a car, they and their families can obtain cars free at the expense of tax payers. This includes lifetime maintenance and automatic adjustments for fuel charges.
Unions, bankers, and mega companies with large political affiliations ($$$), Muslims and Amish are also exempt.
This video, Wealth Inequality in America is painful to watch because it makes me realize that the thinking behind it is far too prevalent in our society today. Also equally painful is that many who come across it and see these ideas perhaps for the first time are probably going to buy into it, and actually believe that we should adopt a socialist form of government. Very sad.
I disagree with the whole premise of this video. This study assumes a false premise that all of America’s wealth is nothing but a huge horde of cash, a huge pile of wealth that everyone is sitting on and that this pile of wealth is distributed very unequally, therefore we should all adopt socialism so that this pile of wealth will be distributed equitably. Wonderful socialism that includes, in the name of fairness and angelic, pure intentions; so therefore we are going to break into private homes and businesses and seize parts of their giant horde of the people that are in the upper 20% and then help distribute it among the lower classes, and then your benevolent government will only skim a portion of these seizures to pay for expenses of course (and maybe just a little more…wink, wink)–but I digress. The socialist people that created this video wrongly believe that economics is a zero sum game; that if one American or group of Americans succeed in acquiring more wealth that means that someone else or some other group of Americans are losing their wealth. But this line of thinking is truly a foolish way to think about how economic distribution works.
If you take for example the “Parable of the Bags of Gold” (or the “Parable of the Talents” but the NIV says “Bags of Gold”). Read Matt 25:14-30. http://www.bible.com/bible/111/mat.25.14-30.niv (click on a blank area on the side of that web page) This study in this video above assumes that every person in America acts like that third servant and just buries and sits on what they have and that therefore the upper 20% or upper 1% acquired their horde unjustly. But this study does not take into account how economics truly works or how free enterprise or the capitalist system works. America’s wealth hinges on the actions of the 1st and 2nd servants in the parable. America’s wealth is dynamic and in a constant state of flux through investments and the buying and selling of goods and services and especially through creativity and the innovations that constantly improve those goods and services. The constant drive to make a better mousetrap so to speak. Steve Jobs used to say, regarding his and Apple’s constant creativity and innovations, “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
But if you try and equal things out as the makers of the video suggest, if you try and apply socialism even in just little bits, history has shown many times that that takes away the drive to make a better mousetrap, it takes away innovation and creativity and therefore it also ultimately takes away the wealth. The very thing that you wanted to distribute equally in the first place. If a socialist system is adopted it puts everyone in equal misery and equal poverty and we will not only lose the upper 20% or upper 1% but instead we will create a small fraction of a fraction of 1% that will end up as the ruling class and the only ones that have any kind of wealth and power. And this wealth and power of the ruling class is truly gained on the backs of the poor, what socialists wrongly tell you that all wealth is. Ultimately if we lose the top 1% shown in the video then we truly lose the most innovative and most creative among us, we lose people like Henry Ford, Sam McLaughlin, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and even people like Earl Bakken. Earl is the guy that founded Medtronic where I work. Oh and incidentally if it weren’t for the innovations of Earl Bakken and his company Medtronic not only would many tens of thousands of people like me not have a means to provide for our families but also many lives would have been much shorter on this earth, among their loved ones due to the lack of Earl’s and Medtronic’s medical breakthroughs. But unfortunately many people just see Earl as some rich fat cat living it up in Hawaii.
The makers of this video above should have ultimately been with me and my family last Sunday morning as there was a great sermon at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Joe Rigney, author of Live Like A Narnian (more info on him here: http://bethlehemcollegeandseminary.org/index.php/academics/faculty/joseph-rigney) preached a great sermon titled “Winning the War Against Envy and Rivalry” When that sermon is available online I may post it on my blog, it was that good. I truly think that when socialists decry the injustice of economics I think that this is all due to the dangerous sin of envy on their part, and all the sins that go along with envy (You would know what I am talking about if you were to just listen to that sermon. That was a great sermon, by the way, among many things we learned the subtle yet important differences between jealousy, covetousness and envy–but I digress again).
We all also must realize that everything ultimately is not our own. Everything we have is on loan from the Master, the God of the universe. An important lesson from the Parable of the Bags of Gold and other parables, namely the “Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard,” and also many other passages in the Bible (see other parts of Matthew about the Widow’s Offering or the passage about not letting you left hand know what your right one is doing), anyway one important lesson is that we must not worry about who has what, or how much that person has or how little I have or how much more that person earns and in general how unfair life is. Everyone must realize that in real life, just like in the parables that the Master is coming back soon and each of us must give an account of what we did with our horde, our time and resources, lets not waste our lives, or our horde, in the envy of others.
***P.S. Here is that really good sermon I mention above: Part 1: http://willemdax.tumblr.com/post/67307834951/winning-the-war-against-envy-and-rivalry ***
***P.P.S. Here is Part 2: http://willemdax.tumblr.com/post/67596474565/learning-to-love-the-dance-of-grace-this-is ***
****P.P.P.S. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KENaWXPmBr0 <—This video is a direct response to Wealth Inequality in America video above.
This comic is very good summary of the ridiculousness going on in our government. I weep for our country. Our country’s government, like many governments in our world continually chooses actions that prove the utter fallen nature of the human condition. I wish that, at least sometimes, when it really counted, “substance” would prevail in the “style over substance” equation or cliché.
Raising the debt limit to solve the nation’s financial problems is like raising acceptable blood alcohol levels to solve alcoholism.
Would providing more credit cards with more available money to a compulsive shopper resolve that compulsive behavior?
Our government has a spending problem. Making more money available to a government that is a compulsive spender is not the solution to the problem.
When do we stop putting band aids on this wound and deal with the source of the problem?
Aside from the confusion, the notion that Conservatives should raise the debt ceiling without exacting some concessions goes against years of conservative orthodoxy. That’s because one thing true Conservatives agree on is that debt is a problem — and that fixing it will require entitlement reform or spending cuts.
At least 20 times since the Eisenhower Administration, Congress has used the debt limit as an opportunity for policy reforms. This includes the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings reforms, the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, the Congressional Review Act in 1996, and (most recently) the Budget Control Act in 2011.
Historically, Republicans thought the only way to get Democrats to agree to fix the debt problem would be to utilize the moment of maximum leverage — which is the debt ceiling increase. “That’s the moment when even liberal presidents like Barack Obama know they can’t play chicken,” says one Republican Senate aide.
I believe that Republican aide was WRONG.
All kinds of games are being played in this deal at the expense of the American people.
Here is the latest info on on what’s happening on this issue. This part of the article will be updated as events unfold.
Read more at http://janmorganmedia.com/2013/10/debt-alcoholism/#m0Rgmo2epbhJCHL3.99