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In New York's primary vote today, voters decided to return corrupt and morally bankrupt Charlie Rangel to be the Democrat candidate for the House in the newly formed 13th district. This despite his 22-term history of shady dealings, tax evasion, spending campaign funds on vacation homes in the Caribbean, and other misdeeds:

"Rangel was convicted of 11 ethics violations in 2010, including failure to pay some taxes and using congressional resources to raise money for an academic center bearing his name."



So, New York, 46 years in office isn't enough for you?

 
 
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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”.


 
 
Americans are constantly hearing the refrain from the Democrats that we need to "make the rich pay their fair share". Without going into all the reasons that the rich already pay more than their fair share, which has been explained countless times by others we will make the arguement, with the help of Donald Trump and the CEO of Blackhawk Partners, why we need to help and encourage the rich in America., rather than demonize them
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The Donald, in one of his better interviews we've seen, dismembers Obama apologist George Stephanopoulos like a lion eating an antelope when asked about the administration's rhetoric regarding "the rich". Mr. Trump describes what would happen if the Obama regime tries to balance the budget by overtaxing the rich:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: As part of a deficit reduction package, would you be willing the pay, assume for a second you pay Warren Buffet's rate, 17 percent.  Would you be willing to pay 25 percent instead of 17 percent--

DONALD TRUMP: See, I would be willing to George, but a lot of people wouldn't be.  A lot of people would leave the country.  I'm talking about big people, job-producing people….A lot of people will say, "No thank you, I'm going to Switzerland.  I'm going to Germany.  I'm going to here, I'm going to there."  There are a lot of places you can go to.  And these are business machines.  I know them.  They went to Harvard.  They went to Wharton.  They went to the great schools.  They're total business machines….And they're going to say, "Thank you very much, George.  I appreciate you letting us know, we're moving to Switzerland."

And then you know how much you get? 
Nothing.

How much clearer could it be? People do not have to stay here, they make choices when it comes to their businesses, and how much they are willing to pay. The United States has one of the highest business tax rates in the world.
The CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Ziad K. Abdelnour, has a very good article about how wealth is created, and the people who create it. It is a great explanation for those who read about "the rich" but do not actually know any of them personally. On the difference between socialists and capitalists he says this:

"Socialist regimes try to guarantee the value of things rather than the ownership of them. Thus socialism tends to destroy the value, which depends on dedicated ownership. In the United States, on the other hand, the government normally guarantees only the right to property, not the worth of it. The belief that wealth consists not in ideas, attitudes, moral codes, and mental disciplines but in definable and static things that can be seized and redistributed is the materialist superstition.

It stultified the works of Marx and other prophets of violence and envy. It betrays every person who seeks to redistribute wealth by coercion. It balks every socialist revolutionary who imagines that by seizing the so-called means of production he can capture the crucial capital of an economy. It baffles nearly all conglomerateurs, who believe they can safely enter new industries by buying rather than by learning them. Capitalist means of production are not land, labor, or capital, but minds and hearts.

The wealth of America isn't an inventory of goods; it's an organic, living entity, a fragile, pulsing fabric of ideas, expectations, loyalties, moral commitments, visions, and people."

He continues and confirms what Donald Trump said today on Good Morning America:

"If the majority of Americans smear, harass, overtax, and over regulate this minority of wealth creators, our politicians will be shocked and horrified to discover how swiftly the physical tokens of the means of production collapse into so much corroded wire, eroding concrete, and scrap metal.  They will be amazed at how quickly the wealth of America is either destroyed, or flees to other countries."

Read the entire article here.