Framing the Dialogue

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Despicable…YOU!

You gotta love the chutzpah of FOO (friend of Obama) Warren Buffet who again called for increased INCOME taxes on the rich like him.  He is certainly the media darling for his continued support of Obama and was amply rewarded when friend Obama nixed the Keystone XL Pipeline.  It seems that now all that oil has to be hauled by rail;

“Whatever people bring to us, we’re ready to haul,” Krista York-Wooley, a spokeswoman for Burlington Northern, a unit of Buffett’s Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), said in an interview. If Keystone XL “doesn’t happen, we’re here to haul.”

Then & Now

This was forwarded by a friend.  I have had to make some format changes and couldn’t help make a few comments of my own…

Here is our change from January 2009 to today!

SOME WILL APPRECIATE THIS AND SOME WILL NOT. HOWEVER, ALL OF IT IS TRUE.

After three years of Obama ….Here’s your change!

• Avg. Retail price/gallon gas in U.S.

2009: $1.83

Today: $3.44 (this was several weeks ago and the average price is over $4.00)

 • Crude oil, European Brent (barrel)

2009: $43.48

Today: $99.02

Parsimony – Taxing Effort

I find it very interesting that a good number of these posts use an Associated Press story as the baseline for my commentary. I don’t seek out AP stories, but it often seems like their reporting often shows the bias of the mainstream media.

First the headline (with a link to the original story)…

GOP moves toward slashing, nixing states’ income tax

…Now the story

OKLAHOMA CITY — A year after Republicans swept into office across the country, many have trained their sights on what has long been a fiscal conservative’s dream: the steep reduction or elimination of state income taxes. [So far so good]

Update – Rich Man Poor Man

About two years ago I wrote a post about what “poor” really means in America and what amenities many of those below the poverty line have.  I don’t want to delve back into that because you can read the original post at this link.  I was somewhat perplexed by the fact that the poverty line in the United States seems rather static in that we always have a certain percentage of folks below the line and I believe that there is political incentives to always have the poor.  The poor seem to be a handy voting block for whoever will promise them the most entitlements.  I generally stopped there in my deep thoughts, but there is more.

News Briefs – Volume XXIX Land of the Free

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories.  This edition is all about America the land of the free.  The “free” used to refer to our God-given freedoms outlined in our founding documents, but the term has mutated over decades of nanny-state policies to mean what the government “gives” us for free.  There is perhaps no better continuing example of the progressive, left-winged, drive-by, main-stream media’s collusion with Democrats than its continuing dumbing down of Americans.  Although the scarier part is that many accept, even crave the handouts.

Kick the Rich Down the Road

Politicians succeed by engaging us with truths (usually only half truths) to get us riled up for their cause which is ultimately about getting them reelected. Few politicians care about anything more than achieving this goal. They avoid the tough decisions while decrying that the other side won’t make the tough decisions. The good news for American citizens is that we have a free press that sorts out complex issues and will not let politicians get away with the half truths. Okay that was dripping with sarcasm, but I am a dreamer and that is the way our country is supposed to work.

Patriotic Millionaires??

“And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.  And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.  And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury.”

Mark 12:41-43

America Unlimited

Most of this book review will consist of excerpts from this inspirational and thought-provoking book by Eric Johnston.  My hope is that many of you will pick up and read this timely book as we wade through our current problems.  I wish that I could reasonable reprint all of the passages that I have highlighted as I read America Unlimited

As you read the passages think about succinct Mr. Johnston’s comments are.  I should mention that he was a businessman and the president of the United States Chamber of Commerce.  He also had the opportunity to travel at the behest of the President of the United States.  At the risk of sounding like an chain e-mail, please read to the end (or skip ahead if you are that impatient) for a rather surprising fact. 

Social Security “Trust” Fund

Social Security wisdom passed along by Rich:

History Lesson on your Social Security Card that you won’t see in the main-stream media–now or ever.  Learn these facts–they’re relevant!!!

  •  Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes.  Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to  use it anyway and the message was removed.  I compared my SS Card with my daughters and the note regarding it not to be used as identification has been removed.