Obviously, we didn’t understand him the first time. This deserves to go viral.
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.
A penalty that’s really a tax. So decreed the Supreme Court about Obaminablecare this past Thursday. But President Walking Eagle still decrees the tax is just a penalty.
Could have fooled me.
If it’s not a tax, O Self-Proclaimed Smartest President Ever, then why is the IRS ramping up its ranks by some 16,000 agents and preparing to go through your personal life far beyond just your income? Why does it now matter to them how many people live in your house? If someone living in your house for whom you have no legal responsibility (for example, a roommate), refuses to get a health insurance policy, why does this have the potential to impact YOUR taxes? While they might not be willing to say so now, you can bet dollars to a cop’s donuts that the day will come when the IRS will seize YOUR assets in order to pay for someone else’s choice to not pay for what some government bureaucrat mandates as “adequate” health insurance coverage. Not to mention the ugliness of the whole snitch aspect of enforcement.
It’s incomprehensible to regular folks just how Justice Roberts managed to squeak out justification of the mandate as a tax when the progressive liberal Democrats insisted from Day One it was merely a “penalty” and continued to argue it as such during the hearing. Even if they had argued it as a tax, it falls into neither category by which Congress can levy a tax. Mark Levin put it this way:
“What kind of taxes are permitted under our federal constitution? Well, there’s a tax that is called a direct tax or capitation tax…it is a tax on the individual. The Constitution requires direct or capitation taxes (a head tax if you will) to be apportioned among the states…
Then under the Constitution you can have an excise tax. But excise taxes require some sort of action or activity on the part of the individual. So surely this tax can’t be (an excise tax).
What about an income tax under the Sixteenth Amendment?
Even John Roberts doesn’t attempt to justify the (Obamacare) penalty as an income tax.”
Some are arguing that this can’t go forward because tax legislation must originate in the House. But they are forgetting that the Senate essentially gutted a House bill to use as the container in which to create their version of Obaminablecare. So although one might well and should argue this as both an immoral and unethical tack (often) done deliberately to deceive, this wicked legislation did “originate” in the House.
But passed under reconciliation, it may also be repealed (cue liberal progressive squeals of “unfairness”).
This is yet another horrible example that our government is simply and utterly out of control. When 60% of Americans do not want Obaminablecare, yet the government is forcing it upon us through outright lies and backroom deals, we are living under the same situation that created the War of Independence: taxation without representation. We have one election left before we become simply Amerikka the USSA. If we use it wisely, we can begin to drain that swamp in D.C. and, like other unconstitutional Supreme Court decisions (Dred Scott, anyone?) we can not only repeal Obaminablecare in its draconian socialist entirety, we can seat justices who rule based on the Constitution, not what they think others might think of them.
“If you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters.
If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.”
(Barack Obama, DNC Convention, 2008)
As summer draws near and temperatures begin to soar, the stench of desperate Democrats begins to waft across America’s political landscape. Three and a half years into this most unfortunate presidential term, the average American has come to the realization the hope and change promised by a rank unknown in 2008 smacks too much of the socialism that more astute eyes and ears caught from the beginning of his meteoric takeover of the election spotlight. Put simply, President Lame Duck’s snarky presumption of great intelligence and endless finger-pointing campaigning have now begun to bear fruit and the taste is far from sweet.
Instead of realizing that leadership is something requiring more effort than bowing to foreign rulers in the Middle East and sucking up to Islamic extremists, playing golf, appearing on late-night television shows and Hollywood fundraisers or checking off names on a kill list, The Abonimable One has doubled-down and alternately continues to blame his predecessor for the results of his failed policies while attempting to rule by executive fiat.
Obligingly, his poll numbers drop correspondingly.
This doesn’t bode well for someone who wants to rule the world…errrr…serve another term in office so word on the street is that the Chicago machine is frantically sharpening its claws in preparation for what they hope will be an early takedown of the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.
The following quote was given to John Heilemann by an Obama campaign advisor on how they plan to win over racists. You know, those “bitter clingers”, “teabaggers” and others who believe the Constitution is not equal to Charmin, live responsibly and expect others to do the same.
“[Romney is] not likable. He’s not trustworthy. He’s not on your side. You live in Pittsburgh and you’ve got dirt under your fingernails, who do you want to have a beer with? It ain’t f***ing Mitt Romney. You’re like, ‘S**t, I’d rather have a beer with the black guy than him!’”
Yes, indeed. They intend on putting the finest of their crude, inner-city Chicago on full display; the same kind of low-class divisive act that cost the Democrat-backed unions Wisconsin and California earlier this month.
Americans aren’t as stupid as Herr Barry thinks.
All too soon, President Lame Duck will take to the airwaves in that annual tradition Americans know as the State of the Union address. As a service to you, dear readers, we thought we’d give you a sneak preview so you can use that time to do something more productive – like give your cat a bath.
“Our economy sucks.”
“It’s Bush’s fault.”
“I’ll be on the road campaigning all year. Except when I’m bypassing Congress to issue an unprecedented number of Executive Orders.”
“It’s Bush’s fault.”
“Rich people (except for me and Da Mooch, of course) are greedy bastards who owe you the fruits of their risks and labor.”
“Anyone who doesn’t agree with me is a racist.”
“It’s the GOP’s fault.”
“I will be on the campaign trail all year.”
“We’re going to continue to encourage the Islamist extremists to play nice in the sandbox by giving them control over more of the Middle East.”
“Illegal immigrants are good and deserve everything we can give them. That’s why I appointed someone who used to head up La Raza to head up the Domestic Policy Council.”
“Anyone who doesn’t agree with me is a racist.”
“It’s Bush’s fault.”
“Look at all the goodies you’re going to get from the new health care law this year. Doesn’t matter if we don’t have any money to pay for it. The Supreme Court is gonna see things my way.”
“I’m going to promise again that I’ll reduce the size of government because it’s a good way to get you to vote for me.”
“It’s the GOP’s fault.”
“I’ll be out campaigning all year while Congress does nothing.”
“It’s still Bush’s fault.”
End to great applause and a standing O.
Last November Americans voted to flip the House over on its progressive liberal head and put grownups in charge of the nation’s purse strings. They also put a serious conservative tilt on the Senate.
To anyone with a modicum of common sense the message was clear: hope and change means the American dream, not working your ass off so someone else doesn’t have to.
But finally, with someone at the helm who has made a living off the taxpayer teat his whole life and spent the first two years of his presidency throwing the Constitution under the bus, America has now finally gotten up the courage to stare straight into the eyes of the monster birthed by progressives some 76 years ago: we’ve run out of other people’s money. So the topic of the day has been the debt ceiling and the games have begun.
But like most of what we pay Washington politicians to do, it’s pointless. There is no need to default on our debt, nor on things like Social Security and Medicare payments. What we wouldn’t be able to pay for are all the unnecessary services that have accumulated like rats in a dumpster over the last 76-odd years, the vast majority of which are unconstitutional anyway.
Here is a chart put out by the administration’s bailout buddy, AIG, that demonstrates this in black and white:
To us regular folks (who can’t possibly understand or be bothered with something as Big And Important as the national debt) the chart points out the obvious: decisions have to be made on how to spend the money left over after we pay the mortgage and utilities. Do we opt out of that daily cuppa joe at Starbucks (grants for “cowboy poetry”) or do we skip a trip to Kohl’s for clothing we don’t really need anyway (Marie Antoinette…errrr…Michelle Obama’s staff)? The choices are endless and some decisions save us more money than others but like Dave Ramsey is fond of saying, it’s “beans and rice and rice and beans” until you get your debt paid off so the non-essentials have to go.
President Walking Eagle repeatedly scolded we should eat peas we can’t afford on our rice-and-beans budget and threatened to withhold Social Security checks but as the chart shows it’s just an empty threat and the kind he makes solely try to and gain political points. I don’t think the American people are buying it, though, because the more he tries to blame those who’ve taken the time to put a budget down in black-and-white the more his approval rating continues to plummet and it now sits happily below his disapproval rating, earning him the new monicker of President Lame Duck. And the American people aren’t missing the fact he’s illegally using federal property to film campaign ads, either. Nor does it go unnoticed that we’re paying his bloated staff to help run his 2012 re-election campaign.
Another sign of what is either cluelessness or simply willful ignorance from those “best and brightest” in Washington of the people’s intentions in the November election is Tax-Cheat Timmy’s statement that he “never thought they would take it [raising the debt ceiling] this close to the edge”. Is it because when a Democrat-majority Congress fails to pass a budget for well over 800 days you get used to seeing the limit raised on the credit card without any questions?
I don’t expect Tax-Cheat Timmy expected the nation’s credit rating would be downgraded when the debt ceiling was raised without addressing the underlying issue of continued overspending, either. So remind me again: exactly why is this clueless man in charge of the Treasury?
Oh yeah, for the same reason President Lame Duck threw off his Jimmy Carter cardigan and danced at a reelection campaign fundraiser he called his 50th birthday party. Said party paid for in part, of course, by our hard-earned tax dollars.
Demonstrating yet again that the only thing first class about progressive liberals is their hypocrisy.
They haven’t passed a budget for 798 days, but today the Senate voted to give President Walking Eagle (and any other wanker that follows him) more czar power via the S. 679, the “Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011“. Not only is this an abdication of their oversight responsibilities, but they have effectively allowed this and any president the ability to add to the taxpayer burden in the form of salaries and benefits for these cling-ons.
Though it doesn’t stand a chance of passing the House, the bill passed with help from the following RINOs:
Lamar Alexander, TN
John Barrasso, WY
Roy Blunt, MO
Scott Brown, MA
Thad Cochran, MS
Susan Collins, ME
Bob Corker, TN
John Cornyn, TX
Michael Enzi, WY
Lindsey Graham, SC
John Hoeven, ND
Kay Hutchison, TX
Mike Johanns, NE
Mark Kirk, IL
Jon Kyl, AZ
Richard Lugar, IN
John McCain, AZ
Mitch McConnell, KY
Lisa Murkowski, AK
Robert Portman, OH
Pat Roberts, KS
Jefferson Sessions, AL
Richard Shelby, AL
Olympia Snowe, ME
John Thune, SD
Patrick Toomey, PA
Roger Wicker, MS
Lots of familiar faces; faces that need to be sent back to obscurity during their next election cycle.
When you are trying to get yourself out of credit debt, the first thing every advisor tells you is to sit down and write out a list of your expenses and your income, and from that create a budget that allows you to pay off your debt and live within your means. For many of us, it’s a bit of a shock to see we exactly how much more we spend than we make but being unable to raise our personal debt ceilings we then gird our proverbial loins and scrimp along on beans and rice for however long it takes us to get out of debt.
And once the credit habit has been broken, most people don’t pick it up again.
The fact that the United States has not had a budget in place since April 29, 20o9 tells us one thing: Congress critters are not normal people. They don’t live in the real world but instead think Washington, D.C. is the place where some kind of magic fairy dust turns the sweat of the laboring worker paying their taxes into “federal money” and that federal money can be pulled from thin air.
Even though it is one of Congress’ primary responsibilities to budget America’s money, Senate Majority Leader Harry (the Grinch) Reid told the Los Angeles Times recently, “It would be foolish for us to do a budget at this stage.” And Kent Conrad, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, told reporters that he planned to “defer” work on a 2012 budget indefinitely.
‘Scuse me? You are going on the record saying you flat-out REFUSE to do your job?
Oh, no. That’s not what they meant. So what we got were games and more games. A forced up-or-down Senate vote on the House-passed budget (why debate to a legitimate compromise when you can later use the vote to – wrongly – claim the GOP wants to kill Grandma). A retaliatory forced up-or-down vote on President Walking Eagle’s budget vision to encourage entitlement mentality (one so badly conceived that even the left-wing progressives voted against it and it went down in flames, 97-0).
They are acting like college students who won’t give Mommy and Daddy back their credit card or pay the bill they’ve run up on it. Not only is this childish, it is dangerous. If you and I must live within our means while providing our country with the money required to fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities, then those in Congress must live within the means we are able to provide them and apply them first and foremost to those things that fulfill those Constitutional responsibilities. Like to our military and protecting our borders. Not using the sweat of our brows to allow more and more of the progressive left’s little pet “victims” to do nothing and allow those directing the flow of money to become rich doing so.
You cannot deserve what you have not earned. Congress, and this administration in particular, deserves nothing except a good knock upside its collective head.
It has been such an exciting week. With our Turncoat President off reassuring Great Britain that he has no clue (or class), our House was graced with the presence of a true statesman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Unfortunately, Bibi was forced to explain to those of us who don’t have the luxury of galvanting around the world at the taxpayers’ expense that for there to ever be peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the Palestinians must actually want peace, not the annihilation of Israel (a small fact that strangely seems to elude our self-proclaimed smartest. president. evah.)
It is safe to say that some of the difference between Bibi and BO stems from the way they grew up and, in particular, how they spent those crucial first years crossing over into adulthood:
The values set in place then are quite evident today and are rather like the difference between having oatmeal for breakfast versus Fruit-Loops. One is solid nourishment, the other sugary fluff with no real substance. Bibi’s speech, delivered with proper eye contact and with only a few notes for reference instead being read off a teleprompter, was interrupted countless times by heartfelt, spontaneous applause as he stated simple, real-world truths that a majority of Americans already understand. It was grand and it was glorious and it was a shame that President Walking Eagle would be conveniently absent to hear it.
And though it was somehow fitting our president would instead be mucking up a toast to the Queen of England, the truth is that it was actually rather embarrassing that a foreign head of state should be the one to provide such clear leadership to the American people.
If the previous administration had done this, the lamestream media and entire left wing would have been frothing rabidly at their collective mouths in claims of violation of human rights, but President Pantywaist continues down his predecessor’s path, following each step of its plan to the point our brave military is able to take out Osama bin Laden and what we get is the spin that death by assassination, much like death by abortion, is suddenly a Really Good Thing.
Now, this isn’t to say that bin Laden didn’t deserve his ignoble end. Whether he had a gun in his hand as the bullets rang out or whether he cowardly tried to use a wife as a human shield from the inevitable cessation of his raison d’être matters little when such inner evil is so penultimate it must be stopped by any means.
That our ignorant Golfboy In Chief has had no choice but to acquiese to those with real knowledge and experience in the ways of the real world but the great unwashed liberal masses believe him to have done something different and somehow something more heroic than President Bush and his advisors would be mind-boggling except for the fact that hypocrisy is the very foundation of progressive liberalism.
Senator Alan Simpson called America’s seniors the “greediest generation” for upholding their end of a bargain and paying into Social Security all their working lives and then expecting the federal government to uphold its end by returning that money when they retire.
Therefore this, from a man in Montana … who has just about had enough. (We’ve no idea of the source since it arrived via an email forward, but we like the sentiment.)
Let’s get a few things straight….
1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole for FIFTY YEARS.
2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).
3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero ambition losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would have made Bernie Madoff proud.
4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and your ilk pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your shill commission is proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.
5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now you morons propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because you idiots mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal money from Medicare to pay the bills.
6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you incompetent bastards spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spendingeven after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.
To add insult to injury, you label us “greedy” for calling “bullshit” on your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU.
1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?
2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?
3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?
4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or, as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?
It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators who are “greedy”. It is you and they who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers. And for what? Votes. That’s right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.
And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.