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Congressional Insanity 90% Tax on Bonuses

March 19, 2009

The Associated Press said that the 90% tax passed the House….

The bill will take 90% of any bonus money paid to employees of companies, like AIG, who have accepted bailout money….

The vote was 328-93.

Said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “We want our money back and we want our money back now for the taxpayers.”

Republicans called it a legally questionable ploy to paper over Obama administration missteps.

Punishment by tax is unconstitutional becaue that is the kind of trickery pulled to punish our Founders the colonists: by the King of England.

There could be a legal challenge to this bill: telling us again that rushed legislation is often bad legislation….Like the stimulus….

So are the Democrats sure they want to vote on a 90% tax for AIG and others like them?

Guess who loves this good thinking?  Nancy Pelosi and Charlie Rangel.

These guys are eating my lunch….

Second idea; the Democrats want to rush this to a vote in the House: the same kind of brainless conduct that brought us the stimulus and the AIG bonuses in the first place.

“Give me a f *&$%# ing break.”

Pelosi, Rangel rushing to tax AIG and other bonuses 90%; This caused a revolution once…

Associated Press says the House passed the 90% Tax:

Economic Recovery? “These guys are eating my lunch”

Lawmaking by Stampede Made the Stimulus, Now We’ll Tax ‘Bonuses’ the Simulus Allowed?
Obama On Geithner Sounds Like “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”
Pelosi, Rangel rushing to tax AIG and other bonuses 90%; This caused a revolution once…

AIG Bonus Snafu: Boomeranging Into the Faces of Democrats?

“Dodd The Dodge” — Senator Weasels Away The Truth; And Not Artfully

Obama the centrist, pragmatic problem-solver is gone: now liberal spendathon, no accountability
News at eleven followed by Jay Leno and Barack on the National Barack Channel….

Obama, Pelosi: Anything to Win



Obama: Crisis is time of ‘great opportunity’

March 7, 2009

President Barack Obama on Saturday challenged his country to see its hard times as a chance to “discover great opportunity in the midst of great crisis.”

By Ben Feller, AP

“That is what we can do and must do today. And I am absolutely confident that is what we will do,” Obama said in his weekly radio and video address, taped a day earlier at the White House.

The work week ended on more down news, with the report of 651,000 more American jobs slashed and an unemployment rate climbing to 8.1 percent. That is the highest rate of people out of work in more than 25 years, as the recession continued to put enormous pressures on families and industries.

Obama recapped the work of the latest hectic week in his young presidency. His goal was to reassure the country that he and his team are taking specific steps to create jobs in the short term and begin to address huge issues such as health care.

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Democratic Attacks On Limbaugh Boost His Ratings — But He’s Not The Problem

March 7, 2009

Democrats already control the White House, House of Representatives and the Senate.  But to make sure the Democrat dominance continues for the forseeable future, Democrats have alredy nominated and elected their next opponent from the Republican Party: Rush Limbaugh.

As Jonathan Mann writes for CNN:

As Republicans adapt to the role of an opposition party and search for a new opposition leader, Limbaugh may be emerging as their champion.

“The Democrats would love it,” writes Mann.  “They think that Limbaugh, 58, is the very personification of an ugly Republican stereotype: he’s a small-town college drop-out, an angry white man, who they believe offends the ethnic, urban and educated Americans the Democrats want to attract.”

But it is not that easy.  And what many Democrats seem to be missing by demonizing Limbaugh is this: more than 45% of Americans did not vote for Barack Obama and already Limbaugh has energized a very vocal and angry Obama opposition — which is probably not going to make Limbaugh a candidate but will spread his ideas and opinions.

As Howard Kurtz wrote in the Washington Post on Friday, “By one measure, Rush Limbaugh is a clear winner this week: His ratings have nearly doubled since his feud with the White House burst into the media limelight.”

What seems to make perfect sense just now to Democrats, pummeling Limbaugh, seems to me and other conservatives like the childish beating administered by a baseball team upon a member of the other team’s cheering section.  Limbaugh isn’t an elected politician or really a member of the media: he is a voice on radio now given even more listeners who just want to find out what all this ruckus is about.

Democrats are, in fact, enouraging people that never, ever listened to Limbaugh to give him a chance.  The fact that CNN and the Fox News Channel both broadcast Limbaugh’s remarks before the CPAC last week was in part fueled by the Democratic attacks.

It seems to me that the Obama Administration, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are already busily juggling hand grenades including the economy, health care, ecucation, the envoronment and energy — and don’t gain a lot from going on the offensive and creating an uproar.

Unless Democrats just want voters to look the other way.  After all, real legislation and governing really is a lot like making sausage….

Rush Limbaugh is the anti-Obama?

Kurtz, Washington Post:

Rush Limbaugh: Whether or not you agree with him he's something to hear.

Rush Limbaugh: Whether or not you agree with him he’s something to hear.

 Limbaugh: Meaningless Clown, “Entertainer” or de facto Republican Leader?

Nancy Pelosi Says 500 Million Americans Lose Jobs Every Month…?

February 4, 2009

Now we know why Nancy Pelosi favors birth control and abortion: she said that 500 million Americans lose their jobs every onth….


White House Encouraged Dems To Fight Pelosi on Stimulus

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Blagojevich, Obama, Jesse Jackson All Tied Together

December 11, 2008

Legally, some if not all will escape and remain free men.  But the fact that can never be denied is this: Illinois is the most corrupt state or a damned good competitor, according to the FBI.

My Dad, an FBI agent himself, used to say, “Buying politicians is the gift that keeps on giving.”

“If it is not the most corrupt state in the United States, it’s certainly one hell of a competitor,” said FBI Special Agent Robert Grant  during a news conference announcing the arrest of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Blagojevich: Wacko, Pathological, Grandiose and Narcissistic: But Criminal?

In Illinois, Corruption Often Expected, Accepted

This means Rod Blagojevich, Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson all come from the same gene pool.  The same Illinois and Chicago cesspool of corruption spawned the careers of all three men.  Each has a vast web of friends and helpers within this gene pool.

In this June 20, 2005 file photo, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D-Ill., ... 
In this June 20, 2005 file photo, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D-Ill., speaks as Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., listens during a news conference in St. Louis. Federal authorities arrested Blagojevich Tuesday Dec. 9, 2008 on charges that he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama to the
highest bidder. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)
Rod Blagojevich, Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson were all elected by the same voters: many of whom were duped and tricked and cheated by a long running system of corruption, bribes, influence peddling, quid pro quo and media manipulation.

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., pauses during his remarks at ... 
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., pauses during his remarks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. Jackson, a 7-term House member and son of a famous civil rights leader, said he is not a target of the federal investigation that led to this week’s arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, that he eagerly and openly sought the Senate appointment, but was not involved ‘whatsoever in any wrongdoing.’ (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Sounds like parts of Beijing to me.

The Illinois voters, therefore, are not to blame.  Unless they participated in the wrongdoing they were mostly taken for a ride.  Taken advantage of.

So now we know: the man to be elected President of the United States won his Senate seat by springboarding from one of the most corrupt political systems in the nation.  And the U.S. Senate seat he’ll vacate to become President of the United States went up for sale even before the leather chair was cold.

This doesn’t mean Rod Blagojevich, Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson are guilty of anything — other than growing up in the same fish tank and swimming with the dirtiest mutated sharks.

But it does mean that they have friends and aquaintences who are some of those mutated sharks — and that gives opportunity for wrongdoing in the White House, at the top of the State of Illinois, in the House of Representatives and perhaps, in the U.S. Senate.
Is this what we want?  

 In this Aug. 17, 2005, file photo Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, ... 
In this Aug. 17, 2005, file photo Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, left, laughs with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich during Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Ill. Blagojevich was roused from bed and arrested Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, after prosecutors said he was caught on wiretaps audaciously scheming to sell now President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat for cash or a plum job for himself in the new administration
(AP Photo/Randy Squires, File)

What is Happening In Illinois?

By Eamon Javers and Fred Barbash 
A visibly disgusted FBI special agent Robert Grant stood at a podium in Chicago during a press conference Tuesday announcing the arrest of Gov. Rod Blagojevich and hurling his contempt at the entire political culture of the state of Illinois.

“If it is not the most corrupt state in the United States, it’s certainly one hell of a competitor,” Grant said, his disheveled shock of black hair giving some indication of the dramatic and stressful events of the day.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald termed the events leading up to the governor’s early-morning arrest by the FBI, “a corruption crime spree,” and said it was “an appalling statement about what’s been happening in Illinois government.”

So just what is the problem with Illinois?

It certainly seems like Illinois has a particular sweet spot for corruption: Blagojevich’s own predecessor as governor, George Ryan, went to jail in 2007 in a 6-1/2 year sentence for corruption of his own.

And two other Illinois governors have faced legal trouble in modern times: Otto Kerner, who was mocked locally as “Blotto Otto,” and Dan Walker, who was charged in a savings and loan scheme involving fraudulent loans for repairs on his yacht, which was called The Governor’s Lady.

Fitzgerald, who is known as a crusading prosecutor for his role in the Valerie Plame CIA leak case, seemed to throw up his hands in despair, saying: “We’re not going to end corruption in Illinois by arrests and indictments alone.” He stressed that rooting out corruption would depend on the willingness of the people of Illinois to solve the problem.

In that, Fitzgerald may be on to something. It turns out that a state’s culture is at least as important to its degree of corruption as the aggressiveness of its law enforcement officers.

And it’s also true that some states are just plain more corrupt than others.

In an early attempt to explain why that is, the late Temple University political science professor Daniel J. Elazar argued in the 1960s that the United States can be divided in to three general political cultures, moralistic, traditional and individualistic.

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