Deep Thoughts by SharpRightTurn


Have you ever noticed that the types of people who want Christ removed from the Christmas season or those who argue that “the rich” should pay more taxes ….are the very same types, respectively, who take advantage of their pay without working on CHRISTmas and don’t freely offer up to pay more taxes themselves?

They like to think they are “inclusive” and “non-judgmental” but they wish to control the freedoms of Christians and “the rich”.

Warren Buffett flunked simple math


In mid-August, after the debt ceiling debacle, Warren Buffett made the announcement that the “super rich” should pay more in taxes.

Buffett is speaking in Obama “class warfare”-ese these days.   But, as with most wealthy class warfare preachers, he has not practiced what he preaches.

Buffett has money to spare, apparently, but has never taken the lead on the issue and written that EXTRA check to the IRS to get the ball rolling.  As a matter of fact, he even admits to using the tax “loopholes” that he now he believes are immoral or something.

And one would presume that Buffett believes that our federal government can spend and invest that money more wisely than those who earned it.

But if Buffett believes that taxing the “super rich” would make a dent in our debt (short or long term), then I seriously question the “brilliance” of this man.

At Verum Serum (with help from the Tax Foundation), the numbers have been crunched and Buffett’s proposal makes little sense in taming a debt that is out of control.

Suppose Mr. Buffett got his wish and loopholes and deductions were eliminated, making it possible to tax the “super-rich” (those earning $1M – $10M per year) at an effective rate of 50%.

The result is it would theoretically (in reality people would find ways to protect their money) bring in enough to drop next year’s deficit by 8%. This amounts to 1% of our current debt. But Buffett also envisioned a super-tax on those making over $10 million a year. It’s an easy sell since few of us are so fortunate but what would it accomplish? Again, the Tax Foundation crunched the numbers and found that a 100% tax rate on these individuals would reduce the deficit by 12%.

Obviously it wouldn’t take long for a 100% tax rate to lead lots of very rich people to relocate overseas. You could probably only do this for a couple years, but apparently Buffett hasn’t thought this through very carefully.

So taking half of the yearly income from every person making between one and ten million dollars would only decrease the nation’s debt by 1%.  Even taking every last penny from every individual making more than $10 million per year would only reduce the nation’s deficit by 12 percent and the debt by 2 percent.

Even if we go to ridiculous extremes, i.e. 100% tax rates, Buffett’s plan could at most reduce the deficit by 20%. The other 80% has to come from cuts in benefit programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare. This is a classic 80-20 problem.

So does Buffett really want to give away 100% of his wealth to the government?  Yea, well…I didn’t think so.

So what drives a supposedly lsmart man like Buffett to propose such an idiotic way to solve the debt problem in Washington?

For starters, just look at the picture on this post.  He’s cozy with Obama.

Other than that….you make the call:

Buffett is a social progressive who supports the President. Like Obama, he knows that increasing taxes is more significant as a political point than as a solution to our debt problem. His recommendation has little practical value but much rhetorical value to the left. Either Buffett is acting as a partisan or he can’t do simple math. Your call.

Something to consider: A snapshot-in-time of YOUR country


As I’ve read and listened to the new just over the last several days, I just keep wondering what our country is and has been transforming to. 

As I’ve stated before, I no longer believe the fight in this country is between Republicans and Democrats or liberals vs. conservatives, per se. I believe our fight is clearly one on many fronts: good vs. evil, anti-Capitalists vs. Capitalists, immoral vs. moral, and haters-of-Americans vs. America lovers, and freedom suppressors vs. freedom lovers. This includes clear assaults on our markets, upon Christians, upon patriots, our military, and our system of laws. 

Much of the most recent news gives a great glimpse into the country we are becoming and have become. As you read these examples, think to yourself if this is the country you want now and one you wish to leave to your kids and grandkids. 

We’ve sat on the sidelines for far too long while we’ve allowed these assaults on our institutions to fester and grow. It is a sad state of affairs.  And the current administration and Congress has done virtually nothing to make it better and almost everything to make it worse. 

I give you, my fellow citizens, a snapshot of your country in the Spring, 2010: 

Patriotism no longer accepted:  Students sent home for wearing American flag to school on Cinco de Mayo 

Students from Live Oak School in California

 

A group of California students who dared to wear the American flag on Cinco de Mayo learned a hard lesson about the corruption of citizenship and sovereignty this week. 

They were sent home for their show of U.S. patriotism. 

  

No bounds to immorality and perversion:  It’s official: Cher’s gender-swap son Chaz Bono is legally a man   The disgusting details: 

Chaz Bono as man....formerly Chastity Bono

 

Bono started undergoing gender-reassignment surgery in March 2009 – soon after turning 40. 

In an interview last year, he said undergoing the surgery was ‘the best decision I’ve ever made’. 

He said: ‘I feel so much more comfortable than I’ve ever been. 

‘I’ve felt male as far back as I can remember. Life is short and life is precious. This is who I am. I need to finally be who I am.’ 

He explained that the entire  transition from female to male will take about four to five years. 

So far, his breasts have been removed and he has received hormone treatments to deepen his voice. And to his delight, he now has to shave his face. 

As one commenter in the news article stated clearly: 

What should be discussed as a psychiatric disorder is instead being celebrated, at least by this nutty girl and a few like-minded gawkers. 

And another: 

“Anyone can be confused and uncomfortable, have pieces removed and foreign pieces sewn on, and take hormones to change all sorts of things. It does not change what you were created to be. It only creates an illusion.” 

Intolerance of Christianity and free speech:  National Day of Prayer ruled unconstitutional  & Franklin Graham disinvited to speak at Prayer event because of his views on Islam

Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted Muslims. 

“It looks like Islam has gotten a pass,” he told reporters. “They are able to have their services, but just because I disagree … I’m excluded.” 

Franklin Graham

 

Kudos to Graham for defending his beliefs and Jesus Christ and hanging tough amidst his Biblically prophetic outright persecution.  Since when is it not OK to profess the Christian faith and belief? Maybe since Obama said, “We are no longer a Christian Nation“. More Graham: 

He (Graham) said he doesn’t believe “all religions are equal” and that there is only “one way to God” — and that is through Jesus. 

Asked if he still believes Islam is evil, he said: “I believe the way they treat women is evil, yes I do.” And, can he understand how some of his comments would be offensive to Muslims? “Oh, I’m sure,” he said. “But I find what they teach and what they preach and what’s on the Internet — I find that to be offensive, too.” 

Another moment in the press conference, he said people shouldn’t be offended because it’s simply a disagreement in what people believe. 

Last time I checked, Franklin Graham runs an organization for helping the poor, downtrodden, and abused.  They are active in Haiti, Chile, Nashville and more currently helping with disasters.   He comes from perhaps the most ethical of families but is persecuted for calling evil what it is.  Islam is not a religion of love and helping fellow man, but is an authoritative one of suppression, threats, and violence and one that condemns those who disagree with its tenets.  

Franklin Graham prays for Muslims with whom he disagrees.  But in Islam, Graham is an infidel and worthy of death.  Can the contrast be any more stark? 

More snapshots  of your country in the news including High Unemployment, Immorality, boycotts for border laws, Presidential power grabs, entitlements run amok and sports star and Hollywood depravity: 

Of course, not all is lost in America.  I hold out great hope that the uprising of American patriots will turn back the tide of this assault on America. 

But reality is reality and these headlines are but a snapshot in time of our country right now.  Would the founders even recognize us anymore?  Just ponder the thought and think/pray about what it is that you might be able to offer to our country to change it back to what it was meant to be.

Happy Tea Party Day!


Tulsa Tea Party 2-27-09

Happy Tea Party Day!

Attend your nearest Tea Party today if at all possible. 

Let’s continue to show our leaders that we believe in individual freedom and responsiblity, lower taxes, cutting the deficit, and sticking to Constitutional principles!

“An unlimited right to tax, implies a right to destroy.” —- Daniel Webster, February 22, 1819

Information about Obamacare you must KNOW and pass on to everyone you know


In this post, I am compiling some of the latest data,opinion, and information for which every American should be aware.   This Obamacare bill is a monstrosity of anti-freedom, big government and must be stopped….read and be informed.  This is but  a small part of th information, but a good grasp of the current issues.

Pass the link of my post to your friends and family.

What will passage of the bill mean?

What House Passage of the Senate Bill Means for America (Hint: it’s not good)

If Obamacare Passes, Our American Experiment may be at Code Blue

Clyburn: We are laying the Foundation (for universal healthcare government takeover)

 

Costs:

Democratic Health Care Plan Means $520 Billion Cuts in Medicare & $200 Billion in Taxes on Individuals & Small Businesses

CBO: Obamacare will cost over $2 Trillion 

Health Insurance Premiums will Rise, not Fall

Caterpillar Health bill will cost $100 Million in first year alone!

16,500 NEW IRS agents will be needed to enforce Obamacare (ie more bureaucracy and more jobs created in the public sector while the private sector is stifled)

Corruption and Bribery:

Obama Corruption: Buying Obamacare votes with judgeships?

Democrats’ Use of “Slaughter Rule” is unprecedented  (despite what Democrats say)

Obama buys two more Democrat votes

Fraud, Treason and Violence

The Demcare Bribe List, Part III

Beltway Christmas: Cash for Corrptocrats

 Demcare bribe list, Pt. II

“A Reading Guide to the Senate Bill’s Backroom Deals”

Amnesty for Votes:  Hispanic Caucus supports Obamacare

If not Obamacare, then what type of legislation should we push for?

A Principled Path to Rational Healthcare Reform

Scott Brown — a one trick pony?


Well, I’m not really surprised, just disappointed that Scott Brown met my expectations as a RINO.  Scott Brown voted yesterday with the Democrats in a “jobs bill” procedural vote. 

This bill is nothing more than more borrowed government money being thrown at a gargantuan problem…and will get little to no results in providing jobs. 

Scott Brown wrote this on his Facebook page yesterday

“I came to Washington to be an independent voice, to put politics aside, and to do everything in my power to help create jobs for Massachusetts families. This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I am voting for it because it contains measures that will help put people back …to work. … I hope for improvements in that process going forward.” 

He is getting blasted in Facebook for his vote, as well he should. 

For a guy who campaigned on being the 41st vote, he is looking an awful lot more like the 60th vote already. 

Seem Mr. Brown was good for one thing…disrupting the Socialist healthcare debaucle in Congress.  One. Trick. Pony. 

(David L Ryan/Globe Staff)

He just drove his pick up truck over the notion of filibuster proof Senate. 

(Does that make him a One “Truck” Pony?) 

The Senate jobs bills is not perfect?  Well, I hate to inform the freshman Senator from Massachusetts but there is not “perfect” jobs bill because the government does not create jobs.  

You wish tax cuts were deeper and broader?  Well tax cuts will create the confidence for employers to hire again.  More spending and more messages from Congress that “temporary” help is on the way does not inspire confidence.   We are sailing in some pretty sloppy economic seas right now.  Now is not the time to “settle” on something that does more harm than good to our economy. 

Improvements in the process?  As Michelle Malkin points out this is business-as-usual from the get go

My next question is for Sen. Brown: You vowed to end business-as-usual in Washington. But Dingy Harry Reid bought off Voinovich with a business-as-usual legislative bribe. How is this change, Sen. Brown?…. 

……Moreover, as I pointed earlier this month, the Reid jobs bill is not the final version of the bill, but a “work in progress” that will inevitably be crammed with more pay-offs in backroom deals before the final vote. Republicans were not allowed to amend the bill. 

Smells like more of the same old, same old. 

I’m disappointed in Scott Brown, but really not surprised.  He is, after all, from liberal Massachusetts.  Which is exactly why he took the chance to vote yes on a liberal bill.  Gotta keep that liberal base happy in Taxachussetts. 

I hoped you would be more principled than that, Mr. Brown.  No such luck.

The nauseating nautical metaphor that is Obamacare


(source: flickr)There are certainly some unsettled seas in America right now and the American Thinker asks “Is Obama steering the ship of State toward the rocks?

Obama is now coming out with two contradictory messages.

Either… (a) He is set to drive Medi-Grab through Congress, regardless of American popular opposition, or… (b) He is ready to junk it. ………..

….Obama is steering his ship right between two rocky promontories, like Odysseus trying to navigate between the dangerous rocks of Scylla and the whirlpool of Charybdis. But then, Odysseus was a smart navigator.

I suppose one could also use the pirate metaphor. After all, according to Wikipedia, piracy is defined as a “war-like act committed by private parties government officials that engage in acts of robbery and/or criminal violence criminally bad ideology” (Ok so maybe I changed the definition up a little, but it is clear that this definition lands us somewhere on the map that defines the state of healthcare “reform” in America.)

The ascension of Government-run Obamacare from its death bed is big news this week. Seems so long ago that a long shot Republican named Scott Brown from MA put a major kink in the healthcare coup being attempted by Obama and the Dems. (It appears that may be all that Scott Brown was good for in fighting the anti-Americans in DC, but I digress)

Obama has asked Republicans to a “kabuki” health care summit on Thursday. I think Republicans should tell Obama where to take his healthcare and his summit and shove it. But I don’t work in Washington DC, nor do I care what the liberal media thinks of me.

And, of course, today Obama unveiled HIS healthcare “plan”. Guess what? His version appears to be more expensive with more taxes than the Senate version — something around $1 TRILLION — but it is hard to tell because even the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office could not score Obama’s “bill”. And his version has been labeled as “unsustainable”.

But don’t for one minute think that “unsustainable” will deter Obama and the Dems.

According to Fox News via American Thinker, it is assumed that Obama is veering the ship to the Left:

……the most mentally fixated president in American history is going for an all-out Medi-Grab, regardless of the results for the country or the Democratic Party. Obama’s Medi-Grab is the biggest wedge the Democrats can drive into the body politic, intended to turn the U.S. forever into a socialist, Left-controlled zombie state, just like Europe.

Notice how the socialist label keeps being continually applied here. It is unbelievable that anyone is surprised by that label these days.

American Thinker calls this Left swerve “Obama’s Audacity of Desperation.”

Medi-Grab couldn’t pass the Senate when the Democrats were playing by the rules. But now Harry Reid, the electorally doomed Majority Leader, is said to be signaling his willingness to commit hara-kiri for Obama. If Reid can push through the “public option,” a 51-vote majority in the Senate will let the Democrats drive private insurance out of business with tax-subsidized Medicare for 330 million people, including illegals — even if it breaks the budget for decades to come.
This is Obama’s Audacity of Desperation.
And the more this healthcare bill is shoved down the throats and into the faces of the American people, we can see even more of what it is. We already know this is something the liberals have wanted for a VERY long time and they aren’t about to give up now…that is one part of why rational people can’t figure out this political suicide mission the Democrats are on.
Another fact coming into clarity includes the exorbitant costs and the medical personnel shortages that will, in fact, naturally (if not by fiat) produce a system where elitists on high will decide who gets what care…and whether that person is “worth” it….in other words “death panels.”
Obama’s Medi-Grab will break the Medicare system, because you can’t cover 330 million people, including illegals, just with the tax money currently dedicated to the elderly. Something’s got to give, and it will be Medicare for the elderly. But the elderly are the most medically endangered sector of the population. Does anybody see Death Panels in the offing?
 
Well, Robert Reich and Rahmbro Ezekiel Emmanuel have called for exactly that. They have told us the elderly are not worth the money to keep them alive.
Just for the record, I can’t stand “Death Panel deniers”. For those of you who deny that Obamacare ultimately ends in death panels — it is settled science. And its called supply and demand….or better yet, read the white paper on “Socialist Decisions by the Elite and their effect on Supply and Demand in the healthcare system”.
Clearly, this is a fight that freedom-loving Americans can not lose. Obama and the Dems are threatening to pass this bill through “reconciliation” if Republicans don’t bend to their will. In other words, they’ll try to pass it via (questionable) procedural rules with only 51 votes.
I’ll close this post with the last part of the American Thinker article.  When you get to the end….let me know if your horse is saddled up, you have your boots on, flag in hand and ready to ride.
Well, it won’t work. We can’t allow it to work, because it will zombify the country. It’s Obama the Vampire time. Europe is already zombified, as you can see by their inability to use common sense. The voters have been intimidated and bought off. They can no longer act in their own self-interest, and they are being sucked into the European Union against popular opposition. That’s the model.
Obama’s desperation pass makes 2010 the most crucial election year ever, more important than the 1980 election that pitted Ronald Reagan against Jimmy Carter. If the FOX News report is true, this is a suicide charge by the Left. They will try to drive in that solid wedge before voters get a chance to act, and let the consequences be damned.
It is therefore crucial to convince the Democrats that they will never be forgiven — by the Medicare population, for one — for driving a wedge through the heart of this country. The Left is counting on the fact that most Americans don’t pay attention to politics. But no sensible American can doubt that this is the most power-hungry, radical Leftist administration in history. Americans are waking up — slowly.
 
Obama’s Medi-Grab must be stopped immediately by a public uproar of unprecedented size and intensity. We know who they are, we know what they want, and we, the people, want to stop them. It’s time for a Megaton Tea Party.
 
Now we know why Evan Bayh is resigning. He doesn’t want to fall on his sword for the greater glory of Obama. He’s letting the hard Left go for broke, and when things fall apart, he can come back and pick up the pieces. Maybe.
But that doesn’t save the country from the mind-locked Fraudocrats who are now in power, determined to impose a Leftist Revolution from Above. The “Revolution from Above” is a Stalinist concept. It means permanent power for the control freaks. That is what the U.S. Constitution was designed to block.
 
But the Constitution can sink without voters who are alert to the danger from the radicals who control the White House and Congress today.
 
So it’s up to you. The bad guys are running the town. It’s time for the U.S. Cavalry to ride to the rescue.
 
That means you. 
(Source: Wikipedia)