Thursday, July 22, 2010

“Lame Duck”, “Son of Cap and Tax”, “Tax Tsunami”, “Friendly Fire”, “Servitude” and more..

Help Stop Lame-Duck Threat > Demand states that seat their electees as soon as they are elected do so! Given the number of extremely tight votes in the Senate and the controversial agenda that could be considered in the lame duck, even one or two additional Republicans could make an enormous difference. Moreover, as a matter of principle, there is simply no good reason to allow unelected senators to stay on when their duly elected replacements are available. Candidates in the states where a case can be made for immediate seating should therefore make stopping this far-left agenda in the lame-duck session a selling point with voters and demand to be seated in time to do it. Read it all…

Obama's Failing Presidency - Process without progress will bury us! [ Please read this article in its entirety! – JS ]

AMBUSH Watch! Son of Cap and Tax - The destructive fine print in Harry Reid's energy bill.
Amid this fire drill, cap and tax seems unlikely to obtain 60 votes, even with the truncated debate Mr. Reid has scheduled before Congress adjourns in August. The fallback is an energy bill focused on tax credits and other honest-to-Gia priorities like home weatherization. This is marginally less harmful than a full-dress climate bill, though it would include something known as a "renewable portfolio standard," or RPS, which might be nearly as destructive.
  An RPS is a mandate that power companies generate a minimum percentage of electricity from sources like wind or solar that account for about 3% of U.S. net generation today. (Nuclear does not qualify.) The targets are arbitrary—20% by 2020, 25% by 2025, etc. Consumers already subsidize these energy sources as taxpayers, and RPS would force them to subsidize it as ratepayers too.

The Obama Tax Tsunami is Here > Senate rejected efforts to end the Death Tax!
  For two generations after post-war reconstruction, Europe and America have pursued different economic models, and accordingly,  moved in different economic directions. The American model was low tax, low spending and small government. It favored growth, income and vibrancy. The European model is high tax, high spending and big government. It favored fairness, equality and stability. It also featured unemployment rates double those of the United States, often hovering around 10 percent. Now that is no longer the case. Under Obama’s economic leadership, U.S. unemployment rates are surpassing Europe’s.
  Last night’s vote was just the beginning of a larger choice the American people must make: do they want to continue down the Obama path of high taxes, high spending and high unemployment? Or do they still believe in American exceptionalism, in limited government and in a vibrant U.S. economy? Last night’s vote was a step in the wrong direction.

Friendly Fire on the Hill - Democrats are saying unkind things about the White House. Describing the White House last week, Congressional Democrats used words like "ineptness," "neglected" and "disconcerting," and phrases like "isn't aggressive enough." President Barack Obama has only himself to blame for these protests. Read more…

"Government is saying to the average citizen every January 1: 'For the next five months you’ll be working for us, for goals we shall determine. Is that clear? After May 5 you may look after your own needs and ambitions, but report back to us next January. Now move along.' ... If nearly half of what you make is spent by someone else, that means that half your work time is spent working for someone else. Call me a radical, but I think that comes dangerously close to being a form of indentured servitude." -- Richard Armey