As the President travels all around the country begging,,,uh, asking for Congress to pass his "Jobs" bill, some astute observers are asking their own question. "Mr. Obama, your party has the majority in the U.S. Senate, why haven't you just asked Mr. Reid - D (USSR), who leads the Senate, to put the bill to a vote and pass it?"
So this week we hear from little Dickie Durban - D (North Korea) that, well, you see, we, um, we, uuuuh...don't have the votes to, uh pass, ummm, the bill. HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ANYWHERE? They don't have the votes in their own party!
So the next time you hear some Democrat or reporter (but we repeat ourselves) complaining that the Republicans are holding up Zero's bill, just remember exactly who it is holding up his agenda.
Hat tip to Mark Levin www.marklevinshow.com
Retired multi-millionaire and ex-Google executive tried to be oh-so-cute with the Big Zero at a silicon valley campaign stop, oh, I mean “town hall meeting” last week. Doug Edwards, who is enjoying the really good life as an evil rich person, tried to pretend to be one of the great unwashed, saying he is “not working”, implying that he has suffered the same fate as millions of Americans in being laid-off or otherwise losing their job.
Sir, you should be ashamed of yourself. That is an insult to all those who lost their job through no fault of their own.
He then says he is “voluntarily unemployed”, twisting the knife in the fresh wound of all those who are "involuntarily" unemployed, or in oldspeak, fired.
Then the millionaire boot-licker begs for his taxes to be raised. What a tool.
We don’t begrudge Mr. Edwards his fortune, in fact we wish we had the foresight to go to work for the internet start-up back in the early days. We applaud his daring to leave his secure job at the San Jose Mercury News to go work for a new search engine when there were already several big-boys up and running: Yahoo, Alta Vista, Lycos, Ask and Excite.
So our complaint is not that Mr. Edwards has made his fortune, but that he prostrates himself, while basking in a life of luxury, and asks that the federal government take more, not only from him, but from all.
Neal Boortz says it better than we can:
Now before we get to Obama’s answer, let’s talk about the question itself. If Doug Edwards is “unemployed by choice” this must mean that he doesn’t pay income taxes. It’s hard to have taxable wages when you aren’t working. We must assume, then, that when Doug Edwards asks for his taxes to be raised, he is talking about capital gains taxes.
Here’s the big secret for people like Doug Edwards. Well … apparently it is a secret, because these footstools don’t seem to realize this. The Treasury Department accepts checks. You don’t actually have to OWE the IRS money to write a check to the Treasury Department. If you feel so inclined, you can simply take out your check book and write away! Any amount will do! One dollar? Fine! One million dollars? Knock yourself out! You don’t have to ask Dear Ruler to raise your taxes .. you can set your own tax rate! The tax rate quoted by the IRS is a minimum! There is no maximum. You can even borrow money to pay over 100% of your earnings if you care to! So just DO IT AND SHUT THE HELL UP!
Now Mr. Edwards doesn’t have a history of being cheap, in fact, since 2000 he has contributed $300,000 to political campaigns. All of it to Democrats. And his former employer Google is #5 on the list of biggest Obama contributers at $814,000 during the 2008 presidential race. So it is interesting to see how Mr. Edwards and Chairman Zero pretend not to know each other.
See if you’ve heard this somewhere before:
“I would like very much for our country to continue to invest in things like Pell grants, infrastructure, job training–programs that made it possible for me to get to where I am. It kills me to see Congress not supporting the expiration of tax cuts that have been benefiting so much of us for so long.”
We find it interesting how he parrots the exact talking points spoken by Ms. Warren in the past week while acting like he just showed up at the event at the "invitation of a friend" (his words, not ours). Maybe if he funded a few Pell grants with the $300k he contributed to politicians, we’d be better off.
A response to Warren's screed about the joys of the totalitarian state, from thebootleg.com:
“You built a factory out there? Good for you,”
“Built a factory” is a summary for a lot of work. Put up equity, designed a business, took risk to buy land, get permits, pay property taxes and use taxes and permit fees. Then, bought a bunch of equipment and had it installed …and paid sales taxes. Hired some employees and paid them a bunch of money and paid payroll taxes on top of that. Bought a bunch of raw materials from companies that paid a bunch of salaries and a bunch of taxes. Building a factory is a huge private investment that pays the public a lot of taxes for the right to be built.
“But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for.”
Between fuel taxes, license fees, tolls and various taxes on transportation related activities, the roads budget is smaller than the total tax take.
"..you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate;"
No, you did not educate them. You babysat them for 12 years. Then I hired them, taught them how to be responsible and show up for work, taught them how to communicate in clear sentences, taught them that there are rights and wrongs and (unlike with your schools) wrongs have consequences in the workplace. Then paid for extended education for my employees so they could continue to improve themselves and better add value to what we do around here.
“You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.”
Funny, my factory has 24/7 security guards because the last time it was broken into, the police did not even bother to take a report, they just said “call your insurance company”. As for fire? The closest fire department is 10 miles away. My insurance company requires that I have a full wet sprinkler system to qualify for insurance because there is no local fire protection.
“You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.”
Well, that is not exactly true. When the AFL-CIO tried to unionize my workforce, they staged three days of noisy protests outside my factory. The police forces just stood around and watched as the protesters intimidated my workers, vandalized their cars and destroyed my property.
You say “we” like the government and society are the same. They aren’t. My company and my community and you politicians are not “we”.
Hat Tip: www.moonbattery.com
No thanks to the folks at the Dept. of Energy, who we now find out attended meetings at Solyndra, they have wasted that money, which never should have been extracted from the economy to begin with. Oh, we forget, we have no money, so it was printed out of thin air.....Or borrowed from China......we forget.
At least the nice people at Pajamas Media have simplified the whole ordeal so that even Tea Party members can understand it:
"...I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours, very sincerely and respectfully, A. Lincoln
Amen, Mr. President, amen....
We'll be honest with you right from the start.
We didn't listen to the President's speech.
We didn't have to. It was billed as a speech about "saving or creating jobs". It was really all about saving Obama's job.
But a President who has NO experience in the private sector, who has never held a position where he had to meet a payroll, or hire and fire employees, has nothing to say about creating jobs. Because he has no clue. He is an empty suit when it comes to the economy and job creation.
He has nothing of substance to say about it because, as one of our favorite commentators says, "You could take everything Obama knows about the economy, shove it up an ant's behind, and it would rattle around like a marble in the Superdome."
And it isn't just the President. His Cabinet is filled with like-minded people who come primarily from academia, where all of our job creators come from (that was a joke). Just look at the makeup of his cabinet when compared with other Presidents:
So why exactly are we supposed to believe anything this guy or his advisors and Cabinet say about how to get us out of this mess? Right, we're not. So we don't.
What time is the game on?
Perhaps we were a little premature in announcing the fact that California has lost it's collective mind.
We apologize to you and to Rep. Ammiano.
In just the latest example, some knucklehead named David Benson is trying to put an initiative on the ballot that would make home ownership a right under the California Constitution.
As it is described in this story, a mortgage lander would be unable to foreclose on a property even if the borrower has defaulted on the terms of the agreement!
"If enacted, the initiative would state a finding that “foreclosure has become a method of increasing a lending institution, loan servicer, mortgagee, trustee and beneficiary’s bottom line and profits by turning borrowers out of their homes.”
Um, no Mr. Benson, the foreclosure process is a way for lenders to recoup the money THEY ARE OWED from borrowers who don't make the payments THEY AGREED TO MAKE.
Yes, it is true that sometimes people find themselves in difficult financial situations and it sometimes is through no fault of their own (layofs for example). But that is no reason to target the lender who had made a financial transaction agreed to by both parties and to fundamentally change the business relationship.
Perhaps we are seeing the just what it really means when some people voted for the guy who talked about "fundamental transformation" of America...
Let's see, if I own a mortgage company, and I lend you $200,000 to buy a house, and you don't make the payments, and I am not able to foreclose, take possession of the home and re-sell it to recover the money, I'm probably not going to be in the mortgage business in California.
Sounds like a brilliant plan...just as mortgage companies are in the midst of massive defaults by homeowners, lets run them through with a sword.
Goodbye real estate market! Goodbye Realtors! Goodbye Mortgage lenders!
We're moving. This place is hopeless.