Amid all the scandals showing the corruption and incompetence of the Obama regime, we have before us an opportunity to actually do something many of us have been wanting for years. In particular, the illegal harassment of conservatives by the Internal Revenue Service has opened the door and given credibility to those looking for a major overhaul of our impenetrable tax code.
It’s not just that these individuals and groups have been inconvenienced, but that they were effectively prevented from organizing and spreading the truth about Obama’s destructive impact on our country. Democrats, after seeing their losses in the 2010 election, appear to let their fear prompt them to do just about anything to keep their president from the same fate.
Lois Lerner of the IRS even admitted that they took a closer look at people regarded as Barack Obama’s enemies. Her boss added that, while it may not have been a good idea, it certainly was nothing illegal. Perhaps he thinks, as some have in the past, that if the government does something, it’s not illegal.
There is an old rule in politics that when dealing with limited dollars, you fund the lowest priorities first, then come to the people for more money to pay for the things that are truly essential. People will rollover for unscrupulous politicians to preserve schools, fire departments and police departments. They won’t be too concerned about funding hair brained academic research about the reproductive practices of extinct mammals… especially if the money is going overseas.
Using this principle, the Obama regime has no problem sending boat loads of borrowed money to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt while they are hawking the disastrous impacts of sequestration and the Republican reluctance to facilitate the continued economic rape of the American taxpayers. The fact that the sequestration amounts to a miniscule reduction in the increase in spending gives lie to the Armageddon-like tales coming from the White House and it’s minions.
Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, has been spreading really scary tales of extended waits as we see cutbacks in the number of TSA molesters that make sure no three year olds get on our planes with assault teddy bears. Unfortunately for the administration, reporters could find no evidence that her dire predictions were even close to materializing. Lines were no longer than usual, neither were wait times. One of the unexpected consequences may just be that the peasants may just realize we don’t need all the “protection” we are paying through the nose for.
Recently I received an angry response to one of my postings where I took the government to task for attempting to be the supplier of everything we need. This person said that he, too, was a Christian and that I was like so many others on the “religious right” who were more interested in politics than in meeting the needs of the poor in our nation. This person said that, like me, he was opposed to abortion and homosexual marriage, but that supplying the needy was of greater importance to him.
This got me to thinking. My degree is from a fairly liberal university near Philadelphia where the likes of Tony Campolo and Ron Sider were elevated for the students to see and emulate. I even had a theology prof who did not believe in hell or the wrath of God. All these arguments I had heard before, but the number of people who profess to be Christians who follow the ways of, what is essentially, an anti-Christian government astounds me. It is for these people that I write this article.
We are told that God’s Word talks far more about helping the poor than the social issues that fight for every day. This is true. I cannot argue about the importance of reaching out and helping the less fortunate. James 1:27 tells us “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” We do have a call to look after those in need. However, it is a personal obligation – not something we can pass of to others to do.
Did you ever notice that whenever Barack Hussein Obama gets himself all worked up about congress not giving him more and more of our dollars to fritter away, he always falls back on threatening the same people. These are voters who legitimately depend on government checks to live. There are the folks on social security, military and federal retirees, and the ever present police, teachers and firemen (if you will forgive the politically incorrect term).
It seems that the only places the Democrats and some Republicans can come up with to save money is in areas they know the people will reject. It is not only dishonest, which is not surprise nowadays for members of the political class, but this approach also insures our country will never see any progress in returning fiscal.
I would like to suggest to both parties that there are far more productive paths that can be followed to more economical government. They are never suggested because the inside the beltway crowd knows that the people will embrace the cuts and a part of the gravy train will end for the connected class.
Washington, DC – President Obama’s proposed “American Jobs Act” will repeal charitable tax deductions for certain taxpayers. Eliminating tax deductions would allegedly raise approximately $400 billion to support Obama’s government stimulus bill and would, in turn, significantly decrease the amount of charitable donations, while increasing government glut. Charities play a significant role in the every-day functioning and survival of Americans nationwide, and Obama is essentially seeking to replace those charities with more government.
Obama’s “jobs bill” would mean that taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes over $250,000 for married couples filing jointly (or $200,000 for single taxpayers) may deduct only 28 percent of the value of the charitable contribution. The limitation would affect itemized deductions and certain other tax expenditures that would otherwise reduce taxable income in the 36 or 39.6 percent tax brackets. A similar limitation also would apply under the alternative minimum tax. This section would be effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2013.
If most people are asked why our founding fathers broke away from Great Britain, the usual answer is “taxation without representation.” While this was certainly one of the reasons listed in the Declaration of Independence, it was far from being he singular driving force that led these brave men to pledge their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.
It would be helpful to review some of the list of grievances that led them to take this drastic action and risk everything they had, including the families and their own lives.
He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
The British monarch refused to take care of issues important to the colonists. Problems needed to be addressed.
Why are liberal-progressives so insistent about raising taxes, despite the risk of prolonging and deepening unemployment?
Liberal-progressives outraged by the failure of Democrat/Socialists to win direct tax hikes on “the rich” in the recent debt-ceiling deal assert that such tax increases are necessary, not only to reduce the deficit, but also as a matter of moral principle. What is the basis of that assertion of moral principle?
Morality has to do with the principles by which a society or a religion determines the difference between right or wrong conduct.
Judeo-Christianity, in the Old Testament and the New, teaches that acquiring wealth is acceptable conduct, if done legally and ethically. But the wealthy are to see themselves as the beneficiaries of God’s grace and to regard themselves as stewards of what God has bestowed upon them. They are to deal fairly and charitably with widows, orphans, the infirm, and others who have fallen on hard luck. The Judeo-Christian ethic is an individual one. Each person is answerable to God for his own conduct. Read more of this article »
Years ago, Wendy’s ran a commercial emphasizing the fact that they filled the hamburger bun while others gave more bread and less burger. The public loved it and picked up on the phrase “Where’s the beef” for the next few years. They understood that substance was more important than form. They understood that giving value was the important – that keeping the promise of a delicious product in a size that satisfied the consumer was the key to success.
The little man in the White House could learn a lesson from the nice old ladies looking for some substance in their food. Even those with impaired judgment who voted for him deserve to have a leader who will lead. Jon Stewart wondered if the President quit when he pre-empted the Bachelorette from his imperial hallway and all he could do was complain that no one – not the Republicans or the Democrats could come up with a plan that satisfied his lust for taxing the “rich” and borrowing money from anyone foolish enough buy our paper.
His solution to the impasse was not to lead and show us the way out of the mess that has his fingerprints all over it. Instead of showing us what we need to do, and convincing us that it will work, he complained that people just aren’t giving him his way, and he asked his Obamazombies to call their congressman. I guess it’s the only way he can communicate with capitol hill now that that leaders in both houses have decided to go work things out for themselves. Read more of this article »
In a letter to President Thomas Jefferson in 1805, John Adams wrote, “All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in the Constitution or Confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, as much as downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.” Thomas Jefferson would later write, “I sincerely believe that banking institutions are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” Jefferson would also warn, “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.”
Today, our nation is sinking into bankruptcy, insolvency, and a serious financial reckoning day because our political class in Washington DC continues to load our posterity with perpetual debt and servitude. Most Americans are distressed, perplexed, and confused because of their “downright ignorance” of sound money principles enshrined in our US Constitution and the evils of central banking. In 1910, a secretive cabal of Wall Street and international bankers conspired to create the Federal Reserve System, which became our nation’s central bank in 1913. Our Founding Fathers were well acquainted with the evils of central banking (beginning with the Bank of England in 1694), and they diligently sought to enshrine hard money principles into our Constitution. In 1913, our national debt was $2.9 billion dollars and today it is $14.5 trillion dollars—an incomprehensible 400,000% increase! According to our US debt clock below, our unfunded liabilities now exceed $115 trillion and each taxpayer is on the hook for over $1 million dollars!
The news this morning reported some Republican senators, John Cornyn and John McCain in particular, have indicated they would be agreeable to some government revenue increases. This is why the Republicans find it difficult to push through any kind of smaller government agenda. There are always those in their number who want to appear reasonable and not rock the boat too much.
The nasty secret is that too many Republicans just don’t subscribe to the smaller government thinking that our founders handed down to us. Unfortunately we have been unfaithful keepers of our heritage and have allowed smooth talkers in fancy suits to convince us that they are on our side then go back to DC and vote for more spending and more borrowing. They point to the President’s willingness to talk about spending reductions as indications that a deal is possible.
Yes, he has talked about billions in reduction in such things as Medicare and other such programs. First, he is talking about programs many people benefit from and arbitrary cuts would infuriate them… hopefully at the Republicans. He totally ignores all the governmental waste that only benefits the chosen few… the unions, foreign dictators, and academic hair brains and their esoteric experiments like treadmills for sea creatures. Read more of this article »
Watching Barack Hussein Obama’s press conference this afternoon, I saw him say basically, “We spent the money suckers, now you have to come up with the bucks.” Now those weren’t his exact words, but he was saying “The money has been spent!” Which is partially true. Much has been committed, but not has been spent. He, his gang of thieves, and the previous administration have committed and over committed the taxpayers to all sorts of bills that many of us were adamantly opposed to.
He is acting like there is no changing the commitments, when in reality there is. We are told that there are some discretionary expenses, and entitlements which cannot be touched. Here is where he is wrong! Giveaways were passed and they can be repealed… and they can be adjusted. Progressives act as if one of their foolish expenses, once passed, can never be changed. He and his socialist advisors cannot conceive of putting a stop to such foolish spending as giving our dollars, our borrowed dollars, to countries that hate us. They cannot comprehend cutting off funds for such foolishness as gay film festivals in foreign venues, or hair brained research by the academic community. Once again we are back to the “We spent the money already suckers… now you pay for it!”
He was talking about the so-called August 2 deadline when we will have supposedly reached the point where we cannot pay our bills as a nation. He cannot comprehend, he says, cutting back on any of the commitments of taxpayer dollars that he and his cronies have made. He would rather drive us deeper into debt than take the actions necessary to extract us from the pit of indebtedness. Read more of this article »
Washington, DC – Today national leaders signed a Freedom Federation letter that is being hand-delivered to all members of the U.S. Congress, urging them to balance the budget and lower the national debt. The letter asks for four things: that the national deficit be cut now by $500 billion, that spending caps be enacted, that there be no increase in taxes, and that a balanced budget amendment be passed. The letter states in part: “We believe that this is a moral, fiscal, and national security imperative” which needs immediate attention.
This letter is signed by national leaders of multiracial, multiethnic, and multigenerational faith-based and policy organizations representing over 40 million people, who are united by one or more core conservative values expressed in the Declaration of American Values.
Under the principle of supply and demand, the world’s available loans are being used at an unsustainable rate. As the supply of available finances dwindles, the cost of each loan increases. Without the necessary supply to accommodate the government’s incessant demand for capital, Congress will be forced to print money, which will cause hyperinflation. Our current trajectory indicates that we are headed toward a debt wall that could be reached in as little as two years. Read more of this article »
Superficiality is a necessary part of liberal-progressive-socialism. Without bothering to determine how deep the water or how many boulders lie just below its surface, liberal-progressives are ready to leap head first off the cliff into any pool that looks nice on the surface, from afar.
Liberal-progressive obsession with “taxing the rich” is another example of superficiality, or more often today, mendacious political posturing. Democrat-Socialists tell us that we can cover government’s gigantic spending deficits simply by repealing Bush-era tax cuts. The fact is, of course, that taxing 100% of income from “the rich” would cover only a small fraction of present and mandated future deficit spending.
The true conservative view is that economic efficiency requires slow, incremental experimentation by millions of individuals over long enough time periods to conserve useful aspects and to detect and correct flaws before great damage is done.
None of that is part of the educational matrix that shaped President Obama’s view of the world. His paradigm is shaped by the philosophical and secular religious views spawned in 1789 French Revolutionary socialism, nurtured in Hegelianism and Marxism of the German Empire universities, and imported thence to America’s elite universities in the late 1800s. The finishing touches were applied by the revolutionary agenda of student anarchists of the 1960s and 70s, people like Obama’s friends and advisors Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. Read more of this article »
The Wisconsin capitol has been besieged by hundreds of teachers and other public union members protesting proposed legislation that would limit the ability of such unions to loot the public treasury. To hear union members tell their tale of woe, one would think they would be turned out of their homes and their children would die of starvation if they were to loose their “negotiated” advantages. This tax payer supported mob is angry that they may no longer be able to disrupt essential public services if the taxpayers don’t cater to their demands. Unlike the rioting in the middle east, this is not an uprising of the working class against a corrupt government. This is an uprising of the privileged class with the support of a corrupt national government.
This is a strike that has closed public schools in the liberal bastion of Madison and several other counties around the state. The events show that these teachers have infected their students with their socialistic propaganda to the point where the young skulls full of mush have joined them on the picket line. They have apparently convinced their idealist charges that they are standing up to “the man”. The idea that tax payers who are already hard pressed by the economic downturn should be hit up once again for more money to keep these unionized government employees in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed is just plain wrong. Read more of this article »
Often times the truth is best explained through humor. Penn & Teller cut right to the heart of Barack Hussein Obama’s economic policy and explain why Milton Friedman was right when he said, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.”
Enjoy, but take the message to heart. Have a great weekend!
We might have done nothing. That would have been utter ruin. Instead we met the situation with proposals to private business and to Congress of the most gigantic program of economic defense and counterattack ever evolved in the history of the Republic. We put it into action… No government in Washington has hitherto considered that it held so broad a responsibility for leadership in such times.
Sounds like something coming out of the White House, Congress or the Treasury Department during the waning days of the Bush Administration. If you close your eyes, you can most likely imagine the words spilling from the mouth of Hank Paulsen. You would be wrong! They came from Herbert Hoover during his 1932 presidential campaign. They did not get Hoover re-elected.
His Republican administration was replaced with a Democratic regime… as was George W Bush’s. Like Bush’s successor, Hoover’s built on his profligate spending, using it as a spring board to further governmental excesses and intrusion into the citizen’s lives. What followed the Hoover-Roosevelt economic fiasco was a depression on a scale never before seen in the United States. What catastrophes await our great nation under the hostile hand of a man who is still a community organizer at heart, agitating for redistributionist schemes, only time will tell. Read more of this article »
Today is the day all the economic and governmental theories come together to impact each of us personally. This is the day the waste in Washington and in the state capitols around the country comes out of our pockets. It is no longer an abstract concept that is the domain of academics with no real world experience. It is the day dollars are taken from your pockets and bank accounts and put into the hands of those who have not earned them.
For those not perceptive enough to be impressed by the destruction of our economy or even our health care system, there is a lot more involved in Pelosi’s rape of the American taxpayer. While these concepts may be too broad for non-political junkies, here are a few, less earth shattering consequences of the bill… an appropriate term in more ways than one. One of the major tax preparation companies came up just a few of the changes that the unbelievers should take note of… as harbingers of things to come.
Each may each seem small, but they indicate a pattern of tightening the screws on the American people. But then, our entire tax systems is geared to having us distracted by scratching and digging for dollars by the hundred while the political class and their friends take it by the millions, billions and trillions.
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health care Spending Accounts (HSAs), two of the tools we can use to take control of our own health care decisions are beginning to be drawn down. They start in 2011 by eliminating bandages, aspirins, over-the-counter drugs and the like from reimbursement leaving only prescription drugs and insulin. Penalties for unqualified distributions will be doubled from 10% to 20% and more importantly, contributions to FSAs are dropping from the current $5000 to $2500. Read more of this article »
Trying to mock traditional Americans, Norman Lear put words in Archie Bunker’s mouth that accidentally echoed some areas of truth. For those readers to young to have known Archie and Edith, enjoy this little introduction. They came into our homes every week with a generous dose of working class wisdom.
[Editors note: while we ran a story on this yesterday, this is an American tragedy that we should not simply set aside as one more guy gone off the deep end. We need to remember Joe Stack and learn from him.]
All of us are now aware of the Texas man who yesterday flew his private plane into a 7-story Austin office building. Apparently, he intentionally crashed his plane into the building to target the IRS offices that were housed inside the facility.
As I am writing this column just hours after the event took place, there has not yet been a lot of time for the major news media talking heads to spin the story. By the time this column is released on Friday, however, I’m sure we will all have been inundated with copious references to this man, Joe Stack, as being “off his rocker,” or similar assertions. Perhaps our friends at DHS will label Stack a “right-wing domestic terrorist.” However, Mr. Stack apparently left behind a “suicide manifesto” explaining his actions. After carefully reading Stack’s manifesto, I am quite convinced that he was not crazy, and he was not a “terrorist.” However, he was angry.
A lot of us are angry–and for many of the same reasons that Mr. Stack was angry! While I would certainly take exception to some of the things Stack says in his manifesto, he said things that many of us are feeling. Read more of this article »
When Joe Stack piloted his small, single engine plane into the Austin, Texas IRS building, it was the culmination of half a lifetime of fighting the organization and the government that controls it. Mr. Stack was not the only one to work at building something for himself and his family, then have it snatched away through ill-conceived government actions and policies. Yet he is the only one who acted on the impulses many have when dealing with an isolated, uncaring bureaucracy.
Reading his final thoughts, (available at http://www.politicalchristian.org/docs/joestack.pdf), one can’t help but feel the anger and frustration of a man who feels his life has been wasted and his dreams thwarted by a system designed and run by the powerful and self-indulgent. Some of his thoughts are beyond comprehension, but for the most part, one can sympathize with this man, while not agreeing with his solution. I, too, was hurt by Section 530 of the Revenue Act of 1978 that singled out computer programmers and engineers to not receive the same favorable tax treatment given to other professionals.
Regarding his treatment by the Internal Revenue Service, one can only look at the philosophy behind their charter. They, and their congressional masters, believe that the taxpayers money is their money and it is by their good will, that the taxpayer can keep any at all for themselves. Men of good will could argue that because of their possessive attitude and hostile treatment of the taxpayers, that there is not a single IRS office around the country that is undeserving of such an attack. Yet, we need to look at what was accomplished. Read more of this article »
Democrats, desperate for votes, have taken to promoting the idea of legitimizing illegal immigrants under the guise of adding them to the rolls of taxpayers and getting them to pay their share. This idea appeals to the many hard working Americans who do their jobs and pay their taxes… just happy to get some kind of a refund rather than having to dig deeper into their already depleted pockets to give our “betters” in Washington more money to waste.
While the tax code is somewhat public knowledge – as much as any set of rules that massive can be, most of middle America is blissfully unaware that not only do the bottom 50% pay no income tax, many actually receive appreciably more than they pay into the system. Through the magic of what the IRS calls refundable credits, such as earned income, child and child care credit, it is not unusual for someone in these tax brackets to receive a refund two to three times the amount that was withheld for taxes.
This may seem incredible to the average taxpayer, but it is a truth we are living with and paying for. Some will say we should not begrudge these people the extra cash in their pockets as they don’t have too much. There is an element of truth for those of us who care about those around us and individually we should do all we can for them. However, when done as a matter of national policy, what it amounts to is something near and dear to the hearts of progressives through out the land… and that is the transfer of wealth from those evil folks who earn their pay and have the audacity to want to keep it. This wealth transfer is their time honored technique for using taxpayer money to buy the votes that keep themselves in office. Read more of this article »
This video, while done in fun, illustrates the two primary competing economic theories in the world today. John Maynard Keynes is revered by the progressives as they both teach that government intervention will solve all our economic woes. If problems aren’t solved, it just means that they have not manipulated the system enough. Spend and put money in the hands of the little people. Encourage them to spend… not save! We are told by this administration that despite the fact that this spending is digging us a financial hole that we may never climb out of, everything thing will be fine. The question is… fine for whom? We the people or them, the controllers?
The thinking of F.A. Hayek and others in the Austrian school are not quite as well known and followed. The Austrian philosophy explains that the boom and bust economic cycles occur precisely as a result of the economic intervention of governments throwing money into the economy in an effort to pump it up in a effort to force perpetual expansion. The problem is that sooner or later the economic activity runs out of steam and the inflated economy comes crashing down further because of it was lifted up higher. Read more of this article »
Sometimes we see such large numbers, we have trouble comprehending their magnitude and relating them to other massive expenditures. This video puts the current debt and financial commitments of the Obama administration into perspective. Without this perspective, it is impossible to do more than say, “Wow, that’s a lot of money!”
With this perspective, it is possible to see the damage being done to our country. With this perspective, how can one sit back and do nothing as they say the honor our founding fathers. This massive debt, combined with the planned intrusions into our lives dwarfs anything the British monarch did in Patrick Henry’s day.
Look into the eyes of your children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces… then decide what you are going to do about this.
There has been a great deal of controversy over the ability to keep existing health insurance policies under the proposed government controlled plan. The president tells us that there we can keep existing insurance if we desire. Others who have looked into the the proposal tell us this is just not the case. So the question is, who is telling the truth? Could it be both are, and it’s just a matter of interpretation and perspective?
Even though the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the bill a week ago, with a hundred fifty pages of amendments, the copy is still not available. We can, however, check out the original version of the bill. This should give us a hint.
Bono-Mack, Castle, Kirk, McHugh, Reichert, Smith, LoBiondo, Lance – names of Republicans who voted with the Democrats to pass the abomination called cap and trade. The sad thing about this is that we have come to expect the party of Barack Hussein Obama to sell out their countrymen in the quest of power and control. We used to expect more of Republicans, but recent events have shaken our belief that the Republican Party was really the party of smaller government and free enterprise. These eight could have helped put some luster back on that image. They chose not to do so.
They chose, instead, to accept the unproven and highly suspect global warming theories and take an action guaranteed to ruin the economy of our once and future great nation. These house members, chose to leave their fellow party members to follow a fantasy. Some will say they showed courage and followed their consciences… doing the right thing and all that. That is what they often said about the party’s eminently successful presidential candidate last November.
There are areas where we can have differing view points, and there are issues that go the heart of who we are, as a party and as a nation. It’s like Jim Croce once wrote “After all it’s what we’ve done that makes us what we are.” What they’ve done is turned their backs on those who were supposed to be their allies and gave the victory to those who would rule over us. I will leave it to the reader to decide what that makes them. Read more of this article »
Recent polls show that we now have more people identifying themselves as Independents than as part of either of the major parties. In recent months, those identifying themselves as Republicans have slid from 29% to 22%. The talking heads have been reporting this movement with glee. What they have have not been telling us is that the Democrats have dropped from 39% to 33%. Since this doesn’t fit the New York Times template, this fact is not reported. Meanwhile voters identifying themselves as Independents has climbed to 39%. As Arte Johnson used to say, “Verrrry interesting.”
What does this tell us? It depends on what ax the interpreter has to grind. To the Republicans looking to drag the party to the middle, it means that the people are leaving the conservative base and so should the political class. They think that clinging to God and guns is costing the GOP support. This thinking may have some validity if the party were actually doing such clinging. The past years, when the party had control of both houses and the White House showed precipitous movement away from these traditional positions causing the fortunes of the party to plummet.
This does not really mean that the nearly two out of five Independent voters are hard core conservatives. It does show, however, that it is difficult to win elections when you alienate your base… your core supporters. The fact that the other party is experiencing a similar shrinkage, in spite of their victories may indicate a wholesale disillusionment with the partisanship and influence of special interests on legislators across the spectrum.
We also see people showing more anger toward their own party than toward the opposition. Both sides, but especially Republicans feel betrayed as they watch politicians renege on campaign promises to the detriment of their supporters and our country. It’s almost enough to give credence to the conspiracy theories of our leaders being controlled by the Council on Foreign Relations or the Bilderbergs. Read more of this article »
April 15th is the day the government has decided we should have our tax dollars in to their nefarious clutches. Tax day, 2009 is the day citizens have decided to gather to protest both the amount taken from them and the irresponsible manner in which it is spent. This is the day when citizen’s of today can join in spirit with our country’s giants of the past… names like Adams, Madison, Henry, Jefferson and Washington come to mind.
These men along with others named Lee, Franklin, and many more decided that they had been abused by Great Britain long enough and lifted their voices to demand an end to it. Today it is not a foreign government or colonial master confiscating the fruits of our labor, but our own government in Washington, DC.
It is essential that everyone who can possibly attend, be at one. For those who have voted for this unprecedented overreach of our government, it may put the fear of the voters in them. For those who have consistently stood strong against this financial madness, it will help give them courage to continue knowing they are not alone.
Beyond this, parts of Homeland Security have labeled those of us who would speak up at these rallies, a potential threat. We have truly come to a time when good is being called evil and evil, good. There is safety in numbers. Those who would be our masters can easily contain and control a few vocal malcontents… but they can’t contain the throngs of freedom loving Americans who want to stand together in hundreds of rallies throughout the nation.
A few of us can be ignored. Many of us may make those mad with power inside the beltway take the Biblical advice to “Consider your ways.”
If you don’t know where your local party is to be held, go to http://taxdayteaparty.com for complete information. As Arthur Fonzerelli would say, “Be there or be square”. Or, as I would say, be there or don’t complain when your country is turned upside and you, your children and grandchildren, are handed the bill.
On the evening of December 16, 1773 about 200 men disguised as Indians descended, whooping and hollering, on three ships anchored in Boston harbor. They threw the cargo of tea into the water, denying themselves and their neighbors one of the staples of colonial life. They understood the risk involved in their protest as it was a scant three years earlier that the Boston Massacre took the lives of five of their friends and neighbors. More important than the destruction of the ship’s cargo was the refusal to pay the taxes imposed by the British Parliament a world away in London.
The Stamp Act (1765) and the Townsend Acts (1767) were attempts by the British Crown to recoup the costs of the French and Indian War. Because the colonists raised their voices in protest, most of the taxes imposed were repealed. However, the tax on tea remained as Parliament desired to drive home the point that it, indeed, had the authority to tax the colonies. The colonists, with no voice in Parliament had other ideas. In spite of the risk involved in going against the most powerful empire on earth at the time, these colonists understood the larger problem of refusing to stand up to the Crown’s claim on them. They stood firm on principle and that is why we read about them today.
This year, on April 15… Tax Day… all around the country, modern day patriots will be gathering in parks and public squares around the country to protest irresponsible borrowing and profligate spending of the Federal Government along with the unheard of and unwarranted expansion of federal control on our lives. They are gathering because, to them, it is not right that our children and grandchildren be saddled with the debt of our generations errors in judgment. Read more of this article »
The government giveth and the government taketh away. That seems to be lesson we can take away from the recent events in Washington. The good congressmen and senators, eyes bloodshot with rage promised the American taxpayer that the outrage of AIG taking money from the government (read taxpayer), then giving millions of it out to their employees in the form of bonuses would not be allowed to continue.
We were told that these were retention bonuses that would keep these high performing employees on the job. These are the same high performing employees that produced the massive profits that led the company to come back to the taxpayers time after time – promising each time would be the last.
After nearly bursting a blood vessel and almost falling into an apoplectic seizure, Senator Dodd came back the next day and admitted that he had actually inserted a provision in the porkulus bill that specifically permitted these employees to receive the bonuses. So much for the claim of surprise! The man should get an Oscar for his manufactured rage as it’s difficult to be sincerely angry with someone for doing what you said was permissible. After more prodding the good Senator also remembered that that he had inserted the provision at the request of the Obama administration through the Treasury Secretary’s office.
So we have the public and much of our government going into a hissy fit over one more action of our new president. How did this come about? Are the people in the White House so inept or confused that one hand does not know what the other hand is doing? That would be the easy ,but not very comforting, answer. The answer could be more sinister. Could it be one more distraction to keep us from noticing the really damaging behavior of the Obama administration… kind of like the fuss about Rush Limbaugh. Read more of this article »
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