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Posted by Liberty on March 16, 2009
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.
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Liberalism, Redistribution of wealth, Social engineering, Socialist economics, Stupid legislation, Taxes, Washington State | Tagged: Budget, Government spending, Liberalism, Redistribution of wealth, Socialism, Taxes, Washington State, Washington State Legislature | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 22, 2009
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?
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Conservatism, Future of the GOP, Innate hypocrisy, Just plain dishonest, Liberalism, Main Stream Media, National Security, Obama, Redistribution of wealth, Slavish media bias, Social engineering, Socialist economics, Stupid legislation, Taxes | Tagged: Daschle, Deficit, Geithner, Government spending, Killefer, Liberal hypocrisy, Market, MSM, Obama, Socialism, Solis, Stimulus, Tax cheats, Tax increase, Useful idiots | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 19, 2009
Posted in Liberalism, Redistribution of wealth, Socialist economics, Taxes, Union Thuggery, Washington State | Tagged: Government spending, Income tax, Sound Politics, Taxes, Unions, Washington State | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 18, 2009
“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.
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Liberalism, Redistribution of wealth, Social engineering, Socialist economics, Taxes | Tagged: California, Government spending, Over-regulation, Redistribution of wealth, Taxes | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 7, 2009
Nancy Pelosi, quoted in an October 28, 2008 KGO-TV article:
“Elect us, hold us accountable, and make a judgment and then go from there. But I do tell you that if the Democrats win, and have substantial majorities, Congress of the United States will be more bipartisan.”
From a November 6, 2008 Boston Globe article:
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday pledged that the Democratic-controlled Congress would take a bipartisan approach in working with the incoming Obama administration, saying Democrats need to ‘govern from the middle’to accomplish an ambitious agenda on the economy, energy independence, and healthcare.”
Speaking of the immigration bill in an interview with Al Hunt, re-printed on Real Clear Politics June 15, 2007:
“…we’ll work together in a bipartisan way. This bill affects too many people over a long period of time. We want it to be bipartisan and comprehensive.”
“In a statement sure to rile Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday dismissed calls for bipartisanship as ‘process’ arguments extraneous to passing a stimulus bill — and warned Senate Democrats against slashing proposed increases to education spending.
Pelosi — speaking to reporters on the second day of her retreat with House Democrats at a swank Williamsburg, Va., golf resort — was clearly annoyed with Senate attempts to slash up to $100 billion in spending from the $819 billion package the House passed last week.
At the same time, she urged the need for speed in passing the package — and stopped short of saying that she’d insist on her demands during upcoming conference negotiations with the Senate.
‘Washington seems consumed in the process argument of bipartisanship, when the rest of the country says they need this bill,’ the California Democrat said, seeming to sweep aside the Obama administration initial desire to have broad GOP support for the plan.”
Democrats only like bipartisanship when Republicans cross the lines and vote like Democrats! They like to pretend that they’re just naturally more open-minded and cooperative [ie. bipartisan] than Republicans but it’s a myth. The word “bipartisan” has become misconstrued to mean “Democrats getting their own way.”
I say, it’s time to chuck the concept of bipartisanship. Our elected Republicans [with the notable exceptions of Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Arlen Specter] should be reveling in their new-found strength and mentally deleting the word “bipartisan” from their vocabularies.
I appreciate how the majority of Republicans in the Senate have hung together in opposing this shameful pork-packed “stimulus” bill. If the stimulus is such a great and necessary piece of legislation as the Democrats claim, why don’t they just pass it themselves and get it over with? They have the votes, especially with human jellyfish pseudo-Republicans like Snowe, Collins and Specter on their side. Better yet, why don’t they write it up as an Executive Order and Obama can just sign it all into law with a stroke of his mighty pen? [Picture this…Obama signs the Executive Order to socialize…I mean, “stimulate” the economy and then he turns to Greg Craig to ask what exactly is in the bill.]
The answer is, of course, that the Democrats don’t want to own the consequences of this massive spending plan. They don’t want the American people to blame them when the economy gets worse instead of better. They don’t want the electoral consequences when the voters figure out that the stimulus has less to do with fixing the economy and more to do with paying off Democrat supporters like unions, bureaucrats, community organizers and abortionists.
Republicans have probably had about as much influence as they will get over what goes into this bill and how much is spent. The only thing to do now is to take a principled stand against the stimulus. We’re going to lose this argument but at least we can go down fighting.
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Conservatism, Future of the GOP, Innate hypocrisy, Liberalism, Obama, Redistribution of wealth, Social engineering, Socialist economics, Sticking to their guns, Stupid legislation, Taxes | Tagged: Bipartisanship, Collins, Conservatism, Democrat, Government spending, Human jellyfish pseudo Republicans, Hypocrisy, Nancy Pelosi, Obama, Payback, Republicans, Snowe, Socialism, Specter, Stimulus | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 5, 2009
I intended to post this reminder earlier this morning but I wanted to make sure that I practiced what I preach first. Whether it’s a futile gesture or not, you need to call your Senators [for Washington, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray] to let them know your opinion of the Capitalism-killing pork plan that they’re currently debating.
You can reach the main Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121.
Find your Senator’s direct line here.
Maria Cantwell’s direct phone number is 202-224-3441.
Patty Murray’s direct phone number is 202-224-2621.
As of about an hour ago, nobody answered either of those numbers. My call went to voicemail for both Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray. And both voicemail boxes were completely full.
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Liberalism, Redistribution of wealth, Socialist economics, Stupid legislation, Washington State | Tagged: Government spending, Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray, Pork, Senate, Stimulus, Washington State | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on January 29, 2009
Rush has a great op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal!
“Keynesian economists believe government spending on ‘shovel-ready’ infrastructure projects — schools, roads, bridges — is the best way to stimulate our staggering economy. Supply-side economists make an equally persuasive case that tax cuts are the surest and quickest way to create permanent jobs and cause an economy to rebound. That happened under JFK, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. We know that when tax rates are cut in a recession, it brings an economy back.
Recent polling indicates that the American people are in favor of both approaches.
Notwithstanding the media blitz in support of the Obama stimulus plan, most Americans, according to a new Rasmussen poll, are skeptical. Rasmussen finds that 59% fear that Congress and the president will increase government spending too much. Only 17% worry they will cut taxes too much. Since the American people are not certain that the Obama stimulus plan is the way to go, it seems to me there’s an opportunity for genuine compromise. At the same time, we can garner evidence on how to deal with future recessions, so every occurrence will no longer become a matter of partisan debate.”
“Fifty-three percent of American voters voted for Barack Obama; 46% voted for John McCain, and 1% voted for wackos. Give that 1% to President Obama. Let’s say the vote was 54% to 46%. As a way to bring the country together and at the same time determine the most effective way to deal with recessions, under the Obama-Limbaugh Stimulus Plan of 2009: 54% of the $900 billion — $486 billion — will be spent on infrastructure and pork as defined by Mr. Obama and the Democrats; 46% — $414 billion — will be directed toward tax cuts, as determined by me.”
Rush’s plan is that once both approaches have been implemented, we will then compare the results. Once and for all, there would be definitive evidence as to what works: increased government spending or tax cuts. Note, the comparison would be of results, not intentions. So much of what liberal Democrats [and government in general] do is guided by intentions, not results.
Posted in Future of the GOP, Innate hypocrisy, Liberalism, Obama, Redistribution of wealth, Socialist economics, Stupid legislation, Taxes | Tagged: Bipartisanship, Capitalism, Government spending, Obama, Rush Limbaugh, Stimulus, Tax cuts | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on January 15, 2009
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation is hard at work compiling their list of the biggest spenders for the 2009 legislative session.
“Thanks to Initiative 960’s transparency provisions, the 2008 session was the first time taxpayers had the opportunity to know how much a new law would cost them before it passed. EFF used the cost projections from the Office of Financial Management to add the cost of each bill by sponsor and co-sponsor. We then ranked legislators from the highest to the lowest for their costly new legislation.”
I think it’s important to really publicize what our legislators in Olympia are doing. They seem to have enjoyed a certain degree of anonymity over the years but thanks to groups like EFF, maybe we can remind them that their actions are subject to public scrutiny.
Incidentally, here’s the link to last year’s ranking of the biggest spenders:
Posted by Liberty on January 10, 2009
In the editorial section on the [doomed] Seattle P-I’s web page today, this headline caught my eye. We do have a new session of the Washington State legislature beginning January 12. With a huge budget gap looming, the potential for new taxes is something we need to be on the lookout for. The economy undoubtedly has some role in the budget crisis but the main problem is spending. Of the Governor’s budget, House Minority leader Richard DeBolt said that it was a good start but that the problem lies with spending, not revenue.
Rather than facing the spending problem, however, Democrats are doubling down on the policies that have brought Washington to a $6+ billion deficit.
“At a briefing last week, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, said legislators need to look for more alternatives to the governor’s budget. House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, even added spending ideas, talking about new transportation partnerships and health care. ‘We’re serious about keeping the state’s promise to have health care coverage for every child by 2010,’ he said. On top of that, Democrats will propose an economic stimulus package this week.”
Of course, the P-I editorial board supports quite a bit of the Democrat spending agenda–especially the bit about health care coverage for children. How could anyone say no to the children, after all? [How about opening up competition in the health insurance market so more parents could afford to take responsibility for insuring their children themselves?!] At the end of the article, they do mention the idea of trimming the scope of the state government. I think this is where the real solution to the budget crisis is at but unfortunately, the P-I treats the issue more as a symbolic measure than a concrete one.
“The state budget picture is going to grow worse (we can only imagine what December’s sales tax figures will look like) and the Legislature is not going to succeed if the discussion centers on cutting budgets. There should be an emphasis on strategy before numbers. Can state agencies and programs be combined? Are there more programs that can be eliminated entirely? (For example, commissions and boards don’t add big numbers to the budget, but they are symbolic about the many branches of government. Trimming them would a clear way to signal a leaner government.)”
I think the P-I may be headed in the right direction here but let’s get past the symbolism and more to the substance, shall we? By all means, dump the boards and commissions, along with all of the time, manpower and money that they waste. And continue cutting from there!
Posted in Bureaucratic ineptitude, Liberalism, Main Stream Media, Redistribution of wealth, Socialist economics, Taxes, Washington State | Tagged: Budget, Government spending, MSM, Redistribution of wealth, Taxes, Washington State | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on January 8, 2009
“President-elect Barack Obama warned of dire and long-lasting consequences if Congress doesn’t pump unprecedented dollars into the national economy, making an urgent pitch Thursday for his mammoth spending proposal in his first speech since the election.”
I thought we only had one president at a time…why doesn’t his foreign policy cop-out apply to the economy?
“The president-elect cast blame on ‘an era of profound irresponsibility that stretched from corporate boardrooms to the halls of power in Washington.’ But he added, ‘The very fact that this crisis is largely of our own making means that it is not beyond our ability to solve.'”
Obama went on to call for more alternative energy production, “green” upgrades to federal buildings, electronic medical records, expansion of broadband internet and upgrades to schools and universities. If someone who actually has a clue about economics could explain to me how this ridiculous spending will revive our economy, feel free. Obama spoke the other day about eliminating earmarks and pork spending. From what I’ve seen, his entire “economic recovery” plan is pork.