Friday, 31 August 2012
Not surprisingly the GOP stands firmly against tax cuts for people making less then $250,000/yr. 46 of 47 republican Senators voted against S3412 Middle-class tax relief. The 1 republican that didn't vote no, Senator Mark Kirik, didn't actually vote. It passed 51/48 with one abstaining.
Reason for this? The republican's will not pass this bill, which benefits all American's by providing tax relief for the first $250,000.00 of income, because they want further tax cuts for people earning over $250,000.00/yr.
Do you find this right? Should rich people get even more tax breaks then poor people? Already our tax code allows the rich to pay significantly lower tax rates then low and middle income earners by providing many tax shields and incentives that are only accessible by the wealthy. Tax breaks that Mitt Romney exploits to the fullest often moving income over seas to evade taxes here.
If you had an income of $100,000/yr do you think it would be nice if you could shield it from taxes by moving the income over seas? Who would pay for our schools? Who would pay for our roads? Who would pay for our emergency services? Who would pay for our wars?
The GOP blame President Obama for the current rate of unemployment. Saying "his [Obama] economic plan has failed". Yet every time President Obama tries to implement any plan he is confronted with this partisan blockade. Obama has made some hard compromises and brought spending increases to a low not seen since 1953. Obama policies, many implemented by executive order because republican congressmen refuse to vote for any bill that might make make the President look good., stopped an unemployment rate that was rising into the double digits.
President Obama has said all along that the recovery is coming to slow. That it isn't good enough. That we still have a lot to do. He's made hard compromises in hopes the republicans would also make similar compromises but at every opportunity republicans refuse. Even to compromises they agreed to in the past.
They want to privatise education giving more support to rich families sending their children to private schools at the cost of low and middle income families, that can not afford high priced schools, to attend schools that get even less funding per student. Choice is easy for those that can afford it. I sent my son to a private school up until year 8. That was my choice and that choice didn't rip funding away from public schools in the process. How does the GOP expect a low income family that is struggling to put food on the table to be able to come up with more money to send their kids to a school that is properly funded? A school which is probably further away then their local public school. A school which may have many other hidden costs like uniforms and "building fees". How do they expect struggling families to come up with thousands of dollars more a year for each one of their children when the GOP plan to take away safety nets like food stamps. When the GOP plan to roll back the Affordable Health Care Act leaving the low income families with no affordable medical insurance and no guarantee that if they do keep their health insurance that the insurance company won't drop them as soon as someone in the family gets ill?
If you vote for the GOP this coming election be assured that the unemployment rate we saw at the end of the Bush administration will only be the start. The GOP are great at saying democrats hate America but the GOP only like the rich and they'll lie to all the low and middle income Americans to get into power.
The phrase "I'm proud to be an American" will be a joke unless you are in the top 2%.
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How does Obama stack up to other presidents?
Regan's 1st term - 8.7%
Regan's 2nd term - 4.9%
Bush Snr - 5.4%
Clinton's 1st term - 3.2%
Clinton's 2nd term - 3.9%
Bush Jr's 1st term - 7.3%
Bush Jr's 2nd term - 8.1%
Obama 1st term - 1.4%
Do you really trust that The GOP will make the cuts needed? Oh they'll make cuts.
They'll make cuts that will cost seniors $6,500 more a year in out of pocket expendatures do to allowing insurers to refuse coverage which increases the strain on Medicare forcing out many seniors from even recieving benefits.
They'll shift medicare onto the states that isn't designed to keep up with actual health care costs.
They'll repeal the Affordable Care Act and let the insurance companies go back to business as usual where they can deny you coverage when ever they want which would effect tens of millions of Americans not to meantion the more than 30,000,000 Americans who would loose their coverage right away.
They'll slash education. Ryan and Romney won't tell you where exactly they'll make the cuts within education but the reduction is there...they just don't want to be pin down to so they can claim make claims like "Pell grants don't have to change". But the truth of the matter is that cuts would have to be made some where.
They'll slash programs for the very poor and disadvantage. Programs like food stamps. Programs that help poor children get the nutrician they need.
They'll also make the rich get richer. 3 Trillion dollars in tax cuts that will benifit only the top 2%. Mitt Romney would end up paying less then 1% in taxes under the Romney-Ryan plan. Ironically 1% might be more then Romney has paid in some years in the last decade. But until he releases his tax returns we'll not know.
Thursday, 30 August 2012
So what is the truth? The $716 billion dollars isn't taken from benifits unless you consider things like duplicate payments to insurance companies "benifits". So let get this clear the $716 billion dollars is from cost savings like slowing the inflation of medical costs, eliminating waste, fraud, abuse and stopping over payments to private insurance companies under the Medicare Advantage program.
Romney wants that $716 billion dollars to stay when in the end the only people they benifit is people, including corporations, defrauding the system.
Romney claims that President Obama is cutting the work requirement for welfare. This is out right false and even after being shown it Romney and his campaign answer is to continue the lie with as much advertisement as possible.
Romney wants to put in over 5 trillion dollars to tax cuts for the rich. Those tax cuts have to be paid for and they will be. They will be paid by low and middle income earners paying higher payroll taxes. By teachers, fire fighters, policemen loosing their jobs. By students paying higher costs for university. By Seniors paying an average of $6,500 a year more, out of their own pocket, for medical care because Romney wants to go to a voucher system.
Note that the lies are not only being spread by ads endorced by Mitt Romney but by Mitt Romney when he stands on the podium when he gives speeches. This isn't an add produced by someone else, not endorced by President Obama and run only once.
Back in 1949 Adlai Stevenson said this
“If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.”
and it is more true today then ever. The GOP thinks it is hateful for the democrats to point out their lies. What do you think? Mitt Romney's ads and speeches show they they either don't understand how Medicare works or are wilfully making shit up or even worse...both!
Saturday, 25 August 2012
- Talking to the members of the chambers of commerce - I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. - Jan 2012
- Trying to pander to middle Americans - I'm not concerned about the very poor. - Jan 2012
- Trying to pander to a group of unemployed in florida -I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed. - June 2011
- When asked about tying his dog to the roof of his car and not stopping to let the dog go to the toilet -PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air. - 2007
- Trying to show how he's an average guy that likes motor sport - I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners. - Feb 27, 2012
- Talking to some supporters from a local bakery - I'm not sure about these cookies. They don't look like you made them. No, no. They came from the local 7/11 bakery, or whatever. - April 17, 2012
- Talking to supporters in Michigan - I love this state. The trees are just the right height. - Feb 2012
- At a speech in Harrisburg - he [Obama] spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps, or maybe just not enough time actually working in the real world - April 2012
note: that Romney was at Harvard longer and got 2 degrees while he was there, Obama paid his way through Harvard like most American's using student loans and worked as a community organiser for an organisation with a annual budget of $400,000 a year for 13 staff and the projects they ran.
Well who cares. Obama was born in Hawaii. Has legitimate short and long form birth certificate authenticated by officials in the state of Hawaii. Just because nut bag conspiracy idiots within the GOP keep lying and claiming that Obama isn't a real citizen of the United States of American, even when shown the evidence to the contrary. One would hope that Mitt Romney would try to distance himself from those nut jobs. But instead he's kept those nut jobs close. Accepting untold amounts of money from them and now he's jump squarely in bed with them spouting the same shit as they do.
The hypocrisy here is amazing. No one has asked Mitt for his birth certificate but will he release his tax returns for the last 10 years? Nope! Mind you this is a tradition his father started back in 1968. The only 2 years of tax returns he did release showed that he paid taxes at rate of less then 15%. That he used banks in the Cayman islands and Switzerland to shield income from taxes to not only the USA but other countries like Italy. Don't get me wrong. To date nothing he's done appears to be illegal. He's just manipulated the system which is geared to making it easy for rich people to pay very little in taxes.
The official tax policy that the republicans want to push through is even worse. Mitt Romney would end up paying less then 1% in taxes. The GOP wants to push through 5 trillion dollars...that is $5,000,000,000,000.00 in tax cuts that are exclusively for the top 2% of American's. The GOP currently won't extend tax cuts that would benefit all Americans until they get further tax cuts to those Americans that earn over $250,000.00 a year. Get this straight. ALL Americans would benefit by the tax cuts Obama wants to push through because it covers all income up to $250,000.00. But this isn't good enough for the GOP. They want more tax breaks that only benefit people that earn more then $250,000.00 a year.
Where do you think the GOP's tax cuts for the top 2% would come from? Who's going to pay for it? This is something they don't like you to know. It comes from killing Medicare. Independent economists predict that Medicare collapse within 4 years if Romney was elected and implemented his tax plan. Taxes to low and middle income Americans would got up. Finally services like police, fire and education would be cut back so that the rich can get richer.
What the President really says from his own mouth.
What the President really says from his own mouth.
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Congress has gone on recess with the Senate not voting on the tax cut bill because republicans refuse to act on it unless the richest 2%, not only get the tax cut everyone gets for the first $250,000.00 of income but, get further cuts on any income above $250,000.00.
The republicans are the party who is putting forward a presidential candidate who refuses to release more then 2 years of his tax returns, in contradiction to the standard that his own father set back in 1968 and which every other candidate since then has followed.
Do you want a president that knows what it is like to be an average American who finally paid off his university bills just over a decade ago or do you want a president that has never known what it is like to struggle and for the last 2 years still paid a lower effective tax rate then you have and may not even have paid taxes at all, for some years, in the last decade?
Do you want a president that is for helping 98% of American's in need or do you want a president that is for helping 2% of American's and hoping that 2% lets some of that aid trickle down to the rest of us even though we've seen that policy fail miserably already.
Do you think a small business is a Mom & Pop shop, that hires a few local people to staff the store, needs some help with their taxes or do you think 2 Brothers that are hedge fund managers, making millions of dollars a year working on Wall street that employs 1 or 2 secretaries, needs help from the government more?
Do you think the government should help keep further education beyond high school affordable for all Americans or do you think that only the rich should get the chance for a proper education?
Do you think the government should aid low income earners get health insurance is the right thing to do or do you think it is "free stuff" and more important to keep the tax laws that let a multi-millionaire's wife have the government flip the bill for their horse to the tune of over $70,000 in just one year?
Do you believe that Americans deserve to know who is paying to get a candidate into the highest office of the nation or do you believe it is ok for millionaires and billionaires to secretly bank roll a candidate and produce false advertisements with out any accountability?
Do you believe that women have a right to proper preventative health care or do you think that an employer should be able to stop a woman from getting that health care?
Do you want a president that has been open about his economic plan or do you want a president that basically says that he'll implement tax cuts but never tells you how the country will pay for those tax cuts?
You decide. You can vote for someone that supports the average American or you can side with the party that acts like a rich spoiled little brat that isn't happy unless they can push their way through a line just because they are rich and think they are better then every body else.
Are you part of the 2% that thinks that 98% of people just shit out of luck? Are you part of the 98% that wants to screw over the rest of the 98% in the vain hope that you will some day be part of the 2%? Or are you that part of America, regardless of your income, that believes America was built on the ideal that all Americans deserve a country in which they can succeed!