Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Quick Quips – 3/30/10

Generic Congressional Ballot: Republicans 46% Democrats 39%... support for both up after health care vote ...

Via The Heritage Foundation: After a dead cat bounce, Gallup's latest poll shows a majority of Americans believe the passage of Obamacare is "a bad thing" and nearly two-thirds of Americans say the health care overhaul costs too much and expands the government's role in health care too far.

Where Do Jews and Christians on the Left Get Their Values? Leftism .. must be understood as a religion

Sowell: 'Change' Is Not New - huge [climate] changes have been going on long before human beings appeared: When ancient fossils of creatures that live on the ocean floor have been found in rock formations at the summit of Mount Everest, that ought to give us a clue that big changes in the earth are nothing new, and that huge changes have been going on long before human beings appeared on the scene. Read more…

Rich Can't Pay for ObamaCare - BHO to squeeze $1.2 T from tiny sliver of taxpayers. Won't work!: In short, the belief that higher tax rates on the rich could eventually raise significant sums over the next decade is a dangerous delusion, because it means the already horrific estimates of long-term deficits are seriously understated. The cost of new health-insurance subsidies and Medicaid enrollees are projected to grow by at least 7% a year, which means the cost doubles every decade—to $432 billion a year by 2029, $864 billion by 2039, and more than $1.72 trillion by 2049. If anyone thinks taxing the rich will cover any significant portion of such expenses, think again.The federal government has embarked on an unprecedented spending spree, granting new entitlements in the guise of refundable tax credits while drawing false comfort from phantom revenue projections that will never materialize. Read more…

Tax Police and the Health-Care Mandate - Americans .. may soon get a lesson in the power of the IRS. In his appearance before Congress, Mr. Shulman stated he was still working on "the proper resources" the IRS would need to handle the tax provisions of the health-care act. Maybe that won't mean 16,500 new agents. If the Republicans do manage to take back Congress come November, however, it should mean hearings in which Mr. Shulman provides the American people with specific answers about how much bigger the IRS is going to get because of this bill—and how exactly the IRS will deal with Americans who don't pay the penalty tax. Then again, that's something Congress might have done before passing the bill.
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Lady Gaga Versus Mideast Peace - Are settlements more offensive than pop stars?  There may well be good reasons for Israel to dismantle many of them, assuming that such an act is met with reciprocal and credible Palestinian commitments to suppress terrorism and religious incitement, and accept Israel's legitimacy as a Jewish state. But to imagine that the settlements account for even a fraction of the rage that has inhabited the radical Muslim mind since the days of Qutb is fantasy: The settlements are merely the latest politically convenient cover behind which lies a universe of hatred. If the administration's aim is to appease our enemies, it will get more mileage out of banning Lady Gaga than by applying the screws on Israel. It should go without saying that it ought to do neither.
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