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Castro & the Congressional Black Caucus

Posted by Liberty on April 9, 2009

Every once in a while, elected liberals allow their real selves to show.  Remember when Maxine Waters talked about nationalizing the oil industry?  In a similar fit of honesty, the Congressional Black Caucus members who recently met with Fidel Castro [and his gracious wife] have been all over the media today lavishing praise on Castro.  By their active endorsement of Fidel Castro, they’re showing their true, Socialist-leftist colors.  Check out this excellent blog post from All American Blogger for more:

Congressional Black Caucus Praises Communist Cuban Dictator

The fact that these elected representatives: a) probably traveled to Cuba at taxpayer expense and b) are praising a murderous, racist, homophobic, Communist dictator who clearly presides over an abysmal failure of a country should outrage all who stand for liberty.  Castro’s disastrous policies have resulted in the death of countless Cuban citizens and poverty for all who live under his regime.  It’s time more people questioned the judgement of free Americans who express envy for the misery that is Cuban society.  This kind of praise for cruelty, oppression and totalitarianism ought not be tolerated from these ignorant nincompoops in the Congressional Black Caucus.  The CBC members can be contacted through the Congressional Black Caucus homepage.

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They really are turning over every rock to find more revenue…

Posted by Liberty on April 8, 2009

Senate passes bill hoping to lure ‘Twilight’ vampires

“The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill designed to make the area more attractive for television and film productions, like the teen vampire thriller ‘Twilight,’ which was shot in Kalama – though the popular book series actually takes place in the Olympic Peninsula town of Forks.

Speaking in favor of House Bill 2042, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, said she was disturbed that the ‘Twilight’ sequel is supposedly going to film in British Columbia to take advantage of the better deals producers can get there.

‘This has to do with making our state more competitive in motion picture production,’ Kohl-Welles said.”

Senator Kohl-Welles, our state could be more competitive in so many ways–not just motion picture production.  You could focus less on giving sweetheart deals to selected sectors of the economy and more on enabling Washington’s native industries.  Just a thought.

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Budget cuts are coming…so why are we paying for artists’ lofts and performing arts facilities?

Posted by Liberty on April 6, 2009

House capital budget priorities

From the Washington Policy Center’s blog, here’s a list of some expenditures listed in the Washington State Legislature’s capital budget.  I highlighted a couple that I found particularly ridiculous.  Does anyone else find it ironic that our lawmakers are threatening draconian cuts to public safety, public health, education and transportation [some may refer to these things as “priorities”] while throwing around millions for theaters, museum expansions and artists’ lofts?  [Speaking of those artists’ lofts, here’s a link to Artspace Everett.]

•    Apple Awards (for schools) – $250,000
•    Washington State Historical Society – $12,250,000
•    Eastern Washington State Historical Society – $1,939,000
•    Admiral Theatre-No Theatre Left Behind – $140,000
•    Artspace Everett Lofts – $1,000,000
•    Building a Foundation for Discovery – $250,000
•    Campus Consolidation (Cornish) – $375,000
•    Convert Key Bank To Everett’s Plaza Theatre – $500,000
•    Cottage Renovation (Hedgebrook) – $20,000
•    Downstairs at the 5th – $800,000
•    Federal Way Performing Arts Center – $325,000
•    Gateway Center (Lummi) – $150,000
•    James Ctr for the Performing Arts (Sequim) – $150,000
•    Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center – $475,000
•    Legacy Project (Imagine) – $200,000
•    Modular Classrooms for Dance (Gladish) – $30,000
•    Museum Expansion (Maryhill) – $1,500,000
•    New Hands On Children’s Museum  – $1,000,000
•    Phase II Renovation (Mt. Baker Theatre) – $1,000,000
•    Reconstruction of First Stage, Issaquah – $400,000
•    Seattle Opera Center – Phase I Design – $650,000
•    Stage Two (Whidbey) – $450,000
•    Vashon Arts Center – $1,115,000
•    Visual Arts Education Center (Sno Co.) – $1,000,000
•    Viva Vera Capital Campaign – $70,000
•    WA Hall Acquisition and Rehab – $400,000
•    A Home for Opportunity – $325,000
•    Building the new Eastside Clinic – $1,900,000
•    Community Center for Sand Point Housing – $350,000
•    Donald G. Topping HOPE Center – $1,934,250
•    Dove House – $240,000
•    Duvall Multi-Service Center – $617,985
•    East Central Community Facilities Expansion Project – $231,500
•    El Centro de la Raza Safety & Systems Improvements -$250,031
•    Emmanuel Family Life Center – $400,594
•    Eritrean Community Center Expansion – $300,000
•    Family Services Center – $1,265,000
•    Ferndale Boys & Girls Club – $752,847
•    Giant Step – $520,761
•    Greenbridge Early Learning Center – $1,419,281
•    High Point Neighborhood Center – $2,000,000
•    Highline YMCA – $2,000,000
•    Milgard Work Opportunity Center – $1,850,000
•    Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood Education and Training Center – $881,847
•    Northeast Community Center Expansion – $1,800,000
•    Pierce County Therapy Center – $128,000
•    Rainier Vista & Rainier Valley Teen Center – $3,906,000
•    Repurposing Daybreak Star – $87,500
•    Riverwalk Point Community Building – $79,253
•    Rotary Support Center for Families – $3,500,000
•    Technology Access Foundation Community Learning Space – $1,500,000
•    The Keller House Services Center – $600,000
•    YMCA/YWCA Central Spokane Facility – $3,500,000

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Socialized medicine and prescription prices

Posted by Liberty on March 16, 2009

Canadians Pay 2X As Much For Generic Drugs

Take a look at Carpe Diem today.  If more people did, socialized medicine would never be imposed on the American people.

“The evidence suggests that generic retail drug prices are higher in Canada than they are in the United States because of various provincial and federal policies in Canada that are not found in the US.”

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Obama’s poll numbers interpreted

Posted by Liberty on March 15, 2009

Obama’s Poll Numbers Are Falling to Earth

“It is simply wrong for commentators to continue to focus on President Barack Obama’s high levels of popularity, and to conclude that these are indicative of high levels of public confidence in the work of his administration. Indeed, a detailed look at recent survey data shows that the opposite is most likely true. The American people are coming to express increasingly significant doubts about his initiatives, and most likely support a different agenda and different policies from those that the Obama administration has advanced.”

While I agree that it is simply wrong for commentators to keep gushing about Obama’s popularity [while ignoring the growing unpopularity of his socialist policies] it probably isn’t going to stop.  After all, some may say that it was wrong of the MSM to whitewash Obama’s record as the most liberal Senator.  What about ignoring his radical associations with people like Reverend Wright, Father Pfleger and William Ayers?  How about not investigating his career prior to being elected to office?  The MSM has displayed more curiosity about Michelle Obama’s biceps than about the real Barack Obama and how his left-wing policies will affect America.

“Polling data show that Mr. Obama’s approval rating is dropping and is below where George W. Bush was in an analogous period in 2001. Rasmussen Reports data shows that Mr. Obama’s net presidential approval rating — which is calculated by subtracting the number who strongly disapprove from the number who strongly approve — is just six, his lowest rating to date.”

Did you catch that?  Lower than George W. Bush!

“Overall, Rasmussen Reports shows a 56%-43% approval, with a third strongly disapproving of the president’s performance. This is a substantial degree of polarization so early in the administration. Mr. Obama has lost virtually all of his Republican support and a good part of his Independent support, and the trend is decidedly negative.”

And suddenly, I’m feeling positive.

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The dichotomy that is Obama policy

Posted by Liberty on March 13, 2009

Should we believe Obama’s words or actions?

“President Barack Obama calls for an end to earmarks and then signs a budget for the rest of this year containing over 8,000 such congressional raids on taxpayers’ purses.

He calls for a new era of fiscal responsibility and then sends to Congress a ten-year plan for deficits as far ahead as the eye can see.
He calls for sacrifices from all and then proceeds to give 95% of American families a tax cut. He promises to revive the housing industry and then asks Congress to reduce the deductibility of mortgage interest.
He calls for the reform of the education system and then signs a budget that eliminates funds that keep a few poor kids in private schools, and out of the clutches of the Washington education system’s bureaucrats.
Confused or cunning? I report, you decide.”

Check out this article by Irwin Stelzer in the D.C. Examiner.  I heard this guy interviewed on the radio this morning.  He presents a pretty articulate list of issues where the things that Obama says and the things that he does differ.

 

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Victor Davis Hanson on why Wall Street is still worried

Posted by Liberty on March 12, 2009

Obamafusion

Just a few of the money lines:

“A redistributive economy in which government ensures an equality of result is Wall Street’s worst nightmare.”

And:

“Given the amount of debt the US is incurring (and the decades needed to pay it off), given the loose talk about the ‘rich’, and given the rumors about nationalization, investors are unsure whether the United States will remain a safe haven for investment, or even offer a climate for profit-making, since it would either be taxed to the point of seizure, or its beneficiaries would be culturally and socially demonized.”

And:

“There is much talk about Obama merely returning to the tax rates of the Clinton administration. But that is misleading for two unfortunate reasons: (1) Clinton did not tamper with FICA ceilings and other deductions in addition to the income tax hikes; (2) he had spending limits imposed by the post 1994-Congress, so at least his income tax increases led to a balanced budget. But Obama is not only raising taxes far higher in aggregate than did Clinton with the present trillion-some spending hikes, but ensuring that we will still end up with astronomical deficits. So we get the tax hikes of Clinton — but without the balanced budgets; and we get far higher deficits than under Bush — but sans the tax cuts.”

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Have a drink on me

Posted by Liberty on March 11, 2009

Found this on Seattle talk radio host Dori Monson’s blog.  [He’s on 97.3 KIRO.]  How would you like to have a vanload of beer delivered right to your apartment?  And what if you didn’t have to pay for the beer?  Jackpot!  And if you didn’t have to pay for the apartment either?  Double jackpot!  Chronic boozers in Seattle don’t have to go out to the bar or the convenience store these days…they’re drinking and living on the taxpayer’s dime.  1811 Eastlake is a housing project especially for alcoholics funded by various government entities such as HUD and the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.  Rehabilitation is not a high priority at 1811 Eastlake–the residents [all of whom have alcohol issues, to put it mildly] are allowed to drink in their apartments.

Seattle drunk house project gets beer delivery

According to the Downtown Emergency Service Center’s website, the drunks in this housing project are offered social services including mental health and substance abuse counseling, on-site health care and meals plus field trips to local food banks.  This facility can’t be cheap to keep running.  In this era of hard times for the taxpayers, could we at least cut off the free beer?

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Stimulating the Washington DOT

Posted by Liberty on March 8, 2009

Where’s that federal “stimulus” money going?

Great post from Sound Politics…just in case you’re curious how stimulus money is going to be spent in Washington State.  I especially like the part about how stimulus money is being used to fund projects that Washingtonians have already been funding with our gigantic gas tax.  So…technically, we’re paying twice.

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The legislature just doesn’t get it!

Posted by Liberty on March 7, 2009

From Joe Turner’s Political Buzz, here’s a nice list of the tax increases that the Washington State Legislature is considering. 

Here are tax hike options for lawmakers (and voters?)

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Even partisan Democrats are beginning to acknowledge Obama’s lurch to the left

Posted by Liberty on March 7, 2009

Opposition to Obama is forming up fast

“As a lifelong Democrat, I am concerned that President Obama could come out of his first 100 days decidedly weaker than when they began. His November victory was not as strong as anticipated, given the unpopularity of the outgoing Bush administration, a weakening economy, and an often inept McCain-Palin Republican ticket. Yet Obama has proceeded as if he were a landslide winner, like Lyndon Johnson in 1965 and Reagan in 1980, and has pushed forward a costly and ambitious domestic agenda even though we remain in a severe economic downturn.

Obama’s audacity — I consider it politically dangerous overreach — has energized Republicans and, in particular, conservatives as they would not have been had Obama followed the bipartisan, consensus path he promised on taking office. The politically polarizing economic-stimulus package and his proposed federal budget have done it.”

This brings one word to my mind this morning: hope.

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Unexpected honesty about Obama’s tax plan from ABC News

Posted by Liberty on March 3, 2009

Upper-Income Taxpayers Look for Ways to Sidestep Obama Tax-Hike Plan

Truly, I didn’t expect to find a story critical of Obama’s tax plan on the ABC news website but there it is!  It certainly comes off as vaguely critical of the messiah, Barack Obama.  The author, Emily Friedman, has focused on how Obama’s tax plan will impact people making over $250,000 annually.  The consensus among the interviewees is that they will do what is necessary to earn less to avoid Obama’s punitive taxes.

“Dr. Sharon Poczatek, who runs her own dental practice in Boulder, Colo., said that she too is trying to figure out ways to get out of paying the taxes proposed in Obama’s plan.

‘I’ve put thought into how to get under $250,000,’ said Poczatek. ‘it would mean working fewer days which means having fewer employees, seeing fewer patients and taking time off.’

‘Generally it means being less productive,’ she said.

‘The motivation for a lot of people like me – dentists, entrepreneurs, lawyers – is that the more you work the more money you make,’ said Poczatek. ‘But if I’m going to be working just to give it back to the government — it’s de-motivating and demoralizing.'”

Dr. Poczatek is absolutely right.  The demoralization that she’s feeling is a natural side-effect of redistributive economics.  The real unintended consequences of Obama’s tax policy will be the loss of productivity.  Think job losses now are bad?  Just wait.

“Obama’s budget proposal calls for $989 billion in new taxes over the next 10 years, most of which will be earned from increased taxes on individuals who make more than $200,000 and from families who make more than $250,000.

The expiration of the Bush administration’s tax cuts at the end of 2010 would garner an estimated $338 billion, $179 billion would come from the elimination of some itemized deductions for higher-income taxpayers and $118 billion would be brought in from a hike in the capital gains tax. The remaining $353 billion would come from taxes on businesses.”

Not many are talking about how the expiration of the Bush tax cuts will affect the economy but we should be.  The expiration of those cuts will equal a tax increase for the bulk of taxpayers.

The ABC news piece also features a poll.  The question is, “is it fair to reduce salaries to sidestep President Obama’s tax proposal?”  As of 8:08 this morning, the answer “Yes. I also would find ways to decrease my salary to avoid taxes” had a significant lead.

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What will Washington’s living wage be if all the businesses leave?

Posted by Liberty on March 2, 2009

Update 12:18 pm:
For those of you who don’t read the comments, I received a comment from Representative Miloscia regarding this post. I’d like to take the opportunity to make a correction to my earlier post. My statement that Representative Miloscia lacks private sector experience was inaccurate. He does, in fact, have quite a bit of private sector experience. He has run or managed a variety of companies and has served as a business consultant as well.
The last thing that I want to do here is base my arguments on false information. I’d like to thank Representative Miloscia for bringing this error to my attention and I’d like to apologize for mischaracterizing his work experience.
Liberty

A ‘living’ wage apparently is between $9.70 and $11.55 an hour

Great blog post by Joe Turner from the Tacoma News Tribune.  State Representative Mark Miloscia [that’s the porn tax guy] has put another bill on the table.

“Miloscia has introduced House Bill 1716, which would require ‘living wages’ be paid after Jan. 1, 2010 to anyone being paid under a contract let by the state Community, Trade and Economic Development Department.”

And:

“If the employee gets health coverage, those wages would be $9.70 an hour. Without health coverage, the pay would be $11.55 an hour.”

Washington State’s minimum wage just recently went up to $8.55 an hour.  While I’m sure Representative Miloscia has nothing but the best intentions for the workers of Washington State, a “living wage” dictated by state government is the last thing we need.  It doesn’t do much good to be perpetually legislating in favor of the workers if the same legislation discourages companies from doing business here in Washington.

I looked into Miloscia’s background [from his campaign website] and discovered that he appears to have no private sector job experience.  He was an Air Force pilot [and thank you for your service, Representative Miloscia], a substitute teacher, director or executive director for a couple of non-profits and a utility district commissioner.  Perhaps if Representative Miloscia had run his own small business and had to meet a payroll, he would have a better understanding of the burdens employers already face.


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Seattle Tea Party Pictures

Posted by Liberty on February 28, 2009

Seattle Tea Party Protest

Yesterday was a day of tea parties.  While I wasn’t able to attend one in person, believe me, I was there in spirit.  And, I was delighted to find these pictures on Byron Dazey’s blog this morning.  You’ll see that Conservatives are great at protesting, despite the fact that most Conservatives don’t smoke dope, have never been arrested for “the cause” and are gainfully employed.  The photos are awesome and the signs are so clever!  Here’s just one teaser–you’ll have to check out www.myownside.com for the rest!

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Paid for by the people

Posted by Liberty on February 27, 2009

The Obama Revolution

“In the closing weeks of last year’s election campaign, we wrote that Democrats had in mind the most sweeping expansion of government in decades. Liberals clucked, but it turns out even we’ve been outbid. With yesterday’s fiscal 2010 budget proposal, President Obama is attempting not merely to expand the role of the federal government but to put it in such a dominant position that its power can never be rolled back.”

This WSJ editorial shines some much-needed light on Obama’s budget and verifies what anyone with a brain already understands–tax increases are on the way and not just for the mythical wealthy.

“The falling deficit also assumes the largest tax increase in U.S. history, starting in 2011 with the repeal of the Bush tax rates on incomes higher than $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples. The White House says this will yield upwards of $1 trillion, if you choose to believe that tax rates don’t affect taxpayer behavior.

In the real world, two of every three tax filers who fall into this income category are small business owners or investors, who are certainly capable of finding ways to invest that allow them to declare less taxable income. The real impact of this looming tax increase will be to cast further uncertainty over economic decisions and either slow or postpone the recovery. Ditto for the estimated $646 billion from a new cap-and-trade tax, which no one wants to call a tax but would give the political class vast new leverage over the private economy. (See here.)”

And:

“Democrats will want to rush all of this into law this year while Mr. Obama retains his honeymoon aura and they can blame the recession on George W. Bush. But Americans are only beginning to understand the magnitude of Mr. Obama’s ambitions, and how much of their own income will be required to fulfill them. Republicans have an obligation to insist on a long and considerable debate on all of this, lest Americans discover in a year or two that they live in a very different country.”

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From the Big Hollywood Blog–the link between Obama’s negativity and your 401k statement

Posted by Liberty on February 27, 2009

The Anti-Churchill: Obama Talks, The Market Drops

Great blog post from Ernie Mannix.

“All through the campaign Barack Obama told us not to listen to the ‘politics of fear.’ These are the ways of the old guard, the naysayers, the negative ones – he said. Those who won’t sit and talk with the bad men are the warmongers – he called them. These are the guys who created our enemies, he inferred. Don’t listen when they use words like ‘terrorist’ and ‘disaster’ and ignore the call to be vigilant. It’s a neo-con ruse. It’s a plot to scare you.”

Lo and behold, now we’re finding ourselves the victims of Obama’s own brand of domestic terrorism–his continual negativity on America’s economy.

“So what has our president been saying lately? The economic slump is a ‘continuing disaster,’ he told us. He said the economy is ‘in crisis.’ Back in December he told us it was ‘going to get worse.’ Recently he warned of a ‘national catastrophe’ if the stimulus bill wasn’t passed. He kept his speech before the joint session somewhat more positive in a stylistic sense (style points count when you blow off your promise about not tolerating any earmarks). But still, again down goes the Dow.

I can’t remember a president in my lifetime who out of the gate, has been so pessimistic and directly affected the markets so negatively. This man sits in the most powerful position on the globe. His words BOOM above every other chief on the planet.  A president says it – the world listens. He keeps telling us he inherited this problem. No sir, you wanted this problem. You ran on it, with it and for it. Time to stop the blame and deliver on your promises, deliver on your hope. The markets need some.

Now, say for instance you have several million dollars and are thinking about investing in a start up business but you turn on the tube and the leader of the free world is saying words like ‘disaster’ and ‘crisis’ and other doom gloomy tidbits. Maybe you put your dinero back in your pocket? I think so.”

Mannix goes on to make several more really great points such as the utter foolishness of Obama and the Democrats demonizing “big business” while meanwhile, people all over the U.S. are losing their jobs.  He goes on to contrast the way Winston Churchill sought to inspire Britons as Hitler’s bombs dropped with Obama’s class warfare mongering and economic negativity.  Definitely check out his blog to read Churchill’s uplifting speech rewritten in the style of Obama!

Footnote:

Speaking of Churchill and Obama, did you hear that Obama sent a bust of Churchill back to the British? 

Barack Obama sends bust of Winston Churchill on its way back to Britain

The bust was loaned by the British government to President George W. Bush after the September 11 attacks. 

“A bust of the former prime minister once voted the greatest Briton in history, which was loaned to George W Bush from the Government’s art collection after the September 11 attacks, has now been formally handed back.

The bronze by Sir Jacob Epstein, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds if it were ever sold on the open market, enjoyed pride of place in the Oval Office during President Bush’s tenure.

But when British officials offered to let Mr Obama to hang onto the bust for a further four years, the White House said: ‘Thanks, but no thanks.'”

Evidently Sir Winston Churchill is not the kind of hero that Obama wants to see in the Oval Office every day.  This article does say that Obama has replaced the Churchill bust with a statuette of Abraham Lincoln–a supposed hero of Obama’s.  Obama has been trying to draw parallels between himself and Lincoln and they could not be less similar.  Lincoln was a man of principle.  Enough said.

Once Obama has finished exploiting Lincoln’s image for his own gain, I would look for that bust to be slyly replaced with a statue of Saul Alinsky, Che Guevara or Karl Marx.

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Glad to know I’m not the only suspicious one…

Posted by Liberty on February 24, 2009

From the Seattle P-I this morning:

Why voters are suspicious of a state income tax

“Here is the conversation starter a state senator suggested in a recent Op-Ed piece distributed around Washington: It’s time to start a discussion about this state’s tax structure and add an income tax.

Here is the conversation finisher Washington voters, consumers and taxpayers have had in the past about diddling with the state’s tax system:

No.

Washington state’s antipathy to an income tax has been so long-established and deeply ingrained in its political tradition that the passage of one was considered as improbable as the adoption of a sales tax in Oregon.

Yet the proponents keep trying.

An income tax, they have argued, would be more progressive, or fairer, or promote social justice (or whatever the euphemism of the moment happens to be for redistributive economics). Or it would provide more balance to revenue collection for state government. Or it would be better for the state’s economic and business climate.

The proponents haven’t abandoned those philosophical arguments, but in the meantime they’ve seized on a much more basic, practical and straightforward justification.

We want more money because we need more money.”

Good on the P-I and Bill Virgin for running this column.  But, to paraphrase one person who commented on this story on the P-I’s site, “where the hell were you guys in November?”

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Obama’s budget plan calls for increased tax enforcement…just not within his own cabinet

Posted by Liberty on February 22, 2009

Obama’s First Budget Seeks To Trim Deficit

So many things to write about within this article but so little patience for all things Obama!  He knows a lot of  people are outraged about the deficit spending stimulus plan.  By unveiling this latest plan to reduce the deficit, he’ll at least fool some of the huddled masses into thinking he’s not a big spender.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the useful idiots in the MSM are continuing their laudatory, incurious coverage of Obama.

I especially like how he’s made a couple of financial policy announcements this weekend–when the markets are closed.  Could it be that Obama has realized that the markets don’t seem to have much confidence in his abilities?  How much has the Dow tanked since America’s first true socialist president took office? 

Obama’s budget calls for higher taxes on businesses and the wealthy [a smart recession move, eh?] and spending cuts.  Of course, Obama has not targeted wasteful spending, layers of bureaucracy and redistributive programs–those things will only grow throughout his administration.  Obama’s spending cuts will be from our ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  More for food stamps, more to keep uncreditworthy buyers in homes they can’t afford, more for health care [but only if the government deems it cost-effective] and less for defending America against Islamic terrorism.  The bright side of all of this nonsense is that at least Obama is making it easier for Conservatives to make the distinction between their policies and those of the socialist liberals currently in charge.

The real kicker for me in this article was this quote:

“Obama also proposes “a fairly aggressive effort on tax enforcement” that would target corporate loopholes…”

Now why is it that he cares whether or not corporations pay their fair share of taxes while nominating a bunch of tax cheats for positions in his administration?  Geithner, Daschle, Killefer, Solis…those are just the ones we know about so far.  Hypocrisy, any one?

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On transparency and Olympia

Posted by Liberty on February 22, 2009

Stiffing the public on the big budget issues in Olympia

“As a reporter, I always try to imagine what questions my audience might have. In the case of the state budget crisis, the two obvious questions seem to be: what are lawmakers going to cut and what might a tax hike package look like? Good luck getting a straight answer to either question.

Now, I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck. I know that politics dictates that politicians not reveal their strategic plans to the opposition party, voters or, God forbid, reporters. Nonetheless, the state is in a crisis and there’s a big lack of straight-talking going on in Olympia.”

I found this article on Crosscut this morning.  For some reason, it’s a little comforting to know that Conservatives aren’t the only ones feeling stymied by the closed door processes of our state Capitol.

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Homeowners Hit the Lottery

Posted by Liberty on February 22, 2009

From The Motley Fool:

Homeowners Hit the Lottery

“Of all the government measures to right the economy, President Obama’s plan to aid homeowners seems like the most irresponsible to date.

Why? Not because it helps individuals rather than big banks. Given the choice, I’d much rather help average Joe nine-to-fivers than, say, Citigroup or Bank of America. Anyone would. No one doubts that losing your home is a personal tragedy. I have a heart, thank you very much.

Nonetheless, the proposal to spend $75 billion refinancing mortgages that wouldn’t otherwise be given the time of day is quite literally the epitome of subsidizing failure, without asking for anything in return.”

The author [Morgan Housel] points out the fact that the bank bailout money came with the stipulation that it eventually be paid back.  This mortgage plan does not carry the same requirement.  Housel also mentions that Obama claims the money will not go to speculators or house flippers.  The interesting point is, what really constitutes a speculator?

“What do you call people who bought houses that exploded in value in the previous few years with a ‘subprime and exotic loans with exploding terms?’  I’d call them speculators. What do you call people who bought homes without setting aside enough savings to cover an economic downturn? I’d call them speculators. What do you call people who bought homes that didn’t fit their income profile? By golly, I’d call them speculators.

No matter. We’ve been aiding Wall Street speculators for months now. But — and this is an important but — every dime of taxpayer money injected into failing banks, be it Goldman Sachs or Wells Fargo or AIG, is money demanded to be repaid to the best of their ability, and it came with equity warrants that offer taxpayers upside potential if and when markets recover.

This homeowner aid package has no such clause. Home prices fell after a period of undeniable gluttony (like they do in all markets) and now taxpayers are bailing out speculators (yes, I’m calling them that). Yet if home prices rise in the future (and they will), the bailed-out homeowner keeps the upside. Heads, they win, tails, you lose.”

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The nanny state as your backseat driver

Posted by Liberty on February 20, 2009

AP Interview: Transportation secretary says taxing how much we drive may replace gasoline tax

“Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn — an idea that has angered drivers in some states where it has been proposed.”

And:

“The system would require all cars and trucks be equipped with global satellite positioning technology, a transponder, a clock and other equipment to record how many miles a vehicle was driven, whether it was driven on highways or secondary roads, and even whether it was driven during peak traffic periods or off-peak hours.”

Do you really want the government keeping tabs on your driving?  The idea of having a transponder in my car tracking when and where I’m driving is frightening.  They’ll sell this plan using the argument that they’re just replacing the tax revenue that’s shrinking as people choose more fuel efficient cars but social engineering is the real goal here.  They want to change your driving habits by making it more costly to drive where you want to go when you want to go there.  Because government knows best, right?

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Powerful forces at work to increase your taxes–public employee unions

Posted by Liberty on February 19, 2009

About that Looming Tax Hike

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Where’s Washington State headed?

Posted by Liberty on February 18, 2009

The Decline of California

“The Golden State — which a decade ago was the booming technology capital of the world — has been done in by two decades of chronic overspending, overregulating and a hyperprogressive tax code that exaggerates the impact on state revenues of economic boom and bust. Total state expenditures have grown to $145 billion in 2008 from $104 billion in 2003 and California now has the worst credit rating in the nation — worse even than Louisiana’s. It also has the nation’s fourth highest unemployment rate of 9.3% (after Michigan, Rhode Island and South Carolina) and the second highest home foreclosure rate (after Nevada).

Roughly 1.4 million more nonimmigrant Americans have left California than entered over the last decade, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council. California is suffering more than most states from the housing bust, but its politicians also showed less spending restraint during the boom.”

Please note that California has both a sales tax and an income tax.  Ask a Californian how that’s working out for them.

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State income tax analysis from EFF

Posted by Liberty on February 18, 2009

Will state income tax appear on November 2009 ballot?

We know that state senator Rosa Franklin [a Democrat…who else?] has again introduced her perennial bill that would impose a state income tax.  Anybody who would believe that a state income tax would be a straight across trade for the way we pay into the state coffers now is deceiving themselves.  Any alteration in taxes proposed by our dear Washington State Democrats will result in a raw deal for the taxpayers and more revenue for state government. 

It is my understanding that this measure would be have to be voted upon by us little people but sometimes, I have my doubts that my fellow Washingtonians could choose right.  At any rate, the better informed Conservatives are, the better we will be able to articulate our opposition to any more taxes.

“The bill has three major fiscal reform elements that would drastically change the state’s revenue structure. First, it proposes a graduated state income tax on individuals and businesses (except corporations). Second, it eliminates the state portion of the property tax. Third, it reduces the state portion of the sales tax from 6.5 percent to 3.5 percent.”

And a few points against it from the EFF blog:

“Legislators add the income tax as another category, thus allowing tax-creep in every category. 

The proposed income tax adds another layer of complexity and cost for citizens.

It would dramatically increase taxes for people who do not own a home or have children.

It would punish those who succeed financially by taking larger portions of their income as it increases.”

The EFF blog [www.libertylive.org] has details about the proposed income tax rates and also a few scenarios that help illustrate how an income tax would impact people.  Here’s a thought I’d like to throw out there.  Will this finally be the year?  Has the time finally come?  Are we here in Washington going to finally hit the breaking point as far as taxes are concerned?  I propose a Boston Tea Party-esque tax revolt.  Anybody in?

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Seize the perspective

Posted by Liberty on February 17, 2009

From Carpe Diem today:

Early 1980s vs. Now

Here’s a bit of an antidote for my last post about the plummeting stock markets.  It’s important to remember that, while our economy is bad, it certainly has been worse.  Some of us haven’t been around long enough to remember the last severe recession firsthand, so these statistics bear repeating.  In the early 80’s, America was still recovering from the failed presidency of Jimmy Carter.  How about 18.5% interest on your 30 year fixed mortgage?  It really was that bad in 1981.  14.8% inflation in 1980?  And 10.8% unemployment in 1982?  I’m not saying that we’re not headed there under Obama’s socialist policies but for the time being at least, it could be worse.

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