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Republicans Sue the IRS

Below is the email I received from the Republicans this morning. I love the part where they refer to the IRS as Obama’s IRS. Who do they think they’re fooling? Oh, right, their ill-informed followers.

There isn’t an IRS scandal. They were doing their jobs. Apparently, the Republican National Committee doesn’t like the IRS to do its job.

Now, they want to waste our tax dollars to find nothing.

Oh, and it’s President Obama, Reince.

(Someone thought it would be funny to sign me up for Republican emails. I reply back and tell them how wrong they are, but I think I’ve found a better outlet. I’ll post them here.)

Julie,

We are suing the IRS.

Obama’s IRS targeted, harassed and discriminated against tea party and conservative groups because of their values and beliefs.

This is an outrage and an unprecedented abuse of power. Principled conservatives should not be the victims of an administration that allows the IRS to go after its perceived political enemies.

Obama’s bureaucrats tried to silence our voices and deny us our constitutional rights—but we won’t let them. That’s why we’ve been fighting to expose the truth.

We just filed a lawsuit against the IRS, demanding they turn over the documents we legally requested.

Over 226 days ago, we filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the IRS to uncover the truth, but they are illegally stonewalling our legal requests for information.

We’ve had enough of the Obama administration’s denials, delays and deceptions. And we won’t stop fighting until we get to the bottom of this unprecedented targeting scandal.

But to ensure our voice is heard, we need you to speak up. Join us, and thousands of conservatives, in the fight to hold them accountable.

We will not stand for this abuse and we will fight until we get the truth.

Add your name in support of our lawsuit against the IRS.

Thanks,

Reince

U.S. Constitution and the Individual Mandate…

Oh, come on, the Republicans are getting a bit ridiculous!

I’m reading this story on Huffington Post about the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the Individual Mandate in the Health care law.  The article supports the notion that there are a lot of things the government mandates that everyone must do.  The example used is Medicare.  If you work, you pay into Medicare – you have no choice.

But, here’s what really got to me:  Mark Hayes – “former chief health counsel for the Republican staff of the Senate Finance Committee” states:

“Congress used more clearly defined constitutional powers when it created Medicare. “The power to tax and the power to spend…” “‘Here, with the individual mandate, it’s a different question – regulating interstate commerce. This is a novel question from a legal standpoint.'”

How is that novel?  Article I Section 8 Clause 3 states:

“To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;”

Novel question? Um, I don’t think so. The word Novel, when used as an adjective and not as a noun means:

  1. new and not resembling something formerly known or used
  2. original or striking especially in conception or style

Um, if the Commerce Clause has existed in the Constitution since the beginning, how is Congress being able to use it now a “Novel” question?

I’m just wondering.

Jon Stewart Takes Apart the Republicans on Moammar Gaddafi’s death

I love Jon Stewart.

Republicans

Republicans should be totally ashamed of themselves.  In the states where Republicans rule, the order of the day is attack public workers and cut funding for birth control or let’s all carry guns and hate gays.

In Congress, the order is let’s not deal with the President on the debt ceiling (or anything else for that matter).  They’ve learned that a failing Congress usually gets Republicans elected.  If they “do nothing”, they can blame President Obama.  Except this time, they’re wrong.  Failing to act can mean that the US will default on its loans.  This not only ruins our economy, but it can take down the rest of the world.  Think about it, Europe is panicking because Greece might default and Greece is only worth 2% of the European economy.  Can you imagine what would happen in the world if the US defaults?

Worse than that, President Obama has handed the Republicans nearly everything they want – including major cuts to Social Security and Medicare – and they want to take their football and go home.  They are playing politics with our futures and the futures of our children and they’re turning their backs on $3 trillion dollars in spending cuts.  $3 trillion.  And, all because they want to protect the richest people in the nation.  You know, the ones that have summer homes and take expensive vacations, while the rest of us are struggling to pay our mortgages.  The ones who can afford to take Paul Ryan out for dinner and order two bottles of $350.00 wine, while complaining that liberals don’t like rich people.

Even Warren Buffet thinks the rich don’t pay enough in taxes.  I’d like to take this opportunity to point out that the rich and wealthy are paying the lowest amount in Federal income taxes since the 1950’s and, yet, they aren’t hiring.  Imagine that.  The real problem in this country are companies that make huge profits and do not hire anyone, along with the ones that close American plants and open ones overseas.

Meanwhile, Republicans are attacking Planned Parenthood – God forbid a woman is able to buy birth control at a low price – and Presidential Candidates are signing pledges against individual rights.  Lincoln freed the slaves, but he would never get elected now if he supported marriage equality.  Roosevelt supported the protection of our national parks and resources, but Republicans would kick him out of the party.  Nixon supported clean air and water and created the EPA, but these Republicans of today consider it a hindrance to make sure we have clean air to breathe and good water to drink.  Even Reagan raised taxes – twice – but the Republicans of today have rich donors to their campaigns to support.

Republicans have a long and proud history of doing good in this nation, but this modern breed of them are a huge disgrace to the Republican past.

What happened to the Republican Party that supported individual rights?  Where did the reasonable Republicans go?  They certainly aren’t here.

Republican Candidates

I’m just going to say it now, I’m voting for President Obama in 2012.  There isn’t ONE viable Republican Candidate out there who could possibly make me believe for one tiny little second that they would be good for this country.

I thought, perhaps, Newt Gingrich.  Alas, the man let me down.  He attacked Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan – which honestly I don’t have an opinion on, yet – and then he lost his nerve and his cajones and APOLOGIZED after being attacked by the far and not so far right for being honest.  The man gave an honest answer to a question and then backed away from it, which sucks because Gingrich is a centralist and now he doesn’t stand a chance.  <sigh> Here are two of your Republican 2012 Candidates.

Michele Bachmann – Bachmann wouldn’t know the truth if it bit her on her ass and stayed there.  She is the new Sarah Palin – someone pretty that just distorts the truth.  Unfortunately, people who like her don’t bother to go and check to see if she’s telling the truth.  Want an example? According to both FactCheck.org and Politifact.com, “on Saturday, March 26th, 2011 in a speech at the Conservative Principles PAC Conference”, Bachmann said the following:

“One. That’s the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office.”

And, she’s wrong. She’s not just wrong by a little, like she said one and there was really 3 or 4. That I would call a mistake. She’s off by at least 199. That’s a lie. A baldfaced lie made to get her followers all up in arms and mad at President Obama.  Why wouldn’t you want to get your followers all up in arms about something Obama really did that burned your butt?  Nope, Bachmann relies on lies and distorted truth to get her point across.  I know there are smart women in the Republican Party, so why don’t one of them run?

Tim Pawlenty – Pawlenty just announced this past weekend.  Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about him.  So, I did what I always do and I started looking him up on the Internet, find out who his was (former Governor of our neighbor to the north Minnesota) and where he stands. I found a video on CNN.com where Pawlenty is speaking to CPAC.  I’d like to see the whole video, but I’m sure I can find it somewhere.  But, here’s the part that bugs the hell out of me:

“Our freedom is the very air we breathe and make no mistake, the policies of the left encroach everyday on the very freedom that has made this country great. We will never ever ever stop fighting for our freedom.”

Now, I understand that Pawlenty was speaking to a conservative group, so he’s going to lean very far to the right. However; over the last thirty years, (maybe more) the Republican Party has spent more time taking away your rights then they have spent protecting them. Just a couple of examples:

  • They have made it harder and harder to get an abortion. Perhaps you agree with that, but I’m sure if you do, you’ve never been in a spot to need one.
  • The Patroit Act – no comment needed
  • Um, Gay Marriage anyone?
  • Oh, and isn’t it the Republican Governors who are taking away worker’s rights.

Put it anyway you like, but it isn’t the Democrats encroaching on my life. It’s the Republicans.

I’ll review a couple more Republican Candidates soon. It’s gonna be one LONG year until the election.

Let’s talk about spending

I’m going to make this quick. The comments I’ve seen on facebook and here regarding my tax cuts blog basically say the samething. We need to cut spending. I agree. We do need to cut spending. I haven’t looked at all of the spending cuts in Paul Ryan’s plan. Although, changing medicare for those under 55 to a subsidized insurance plan will most likely make the insurance companies rich. If we cut spending to the Health care plan and we don’t make sure these companies offer some federally mandated minimums, I think Ryan’s plan will save the government money by shifting costs to the parts of society that can ill afford them.

I found figures that in 2008 we spent $12 billion per month in Iraq and, in 2006, we spent $6 billion per month in Afghanistan. If those figures hold for 2011, that’s a grand total of $216 billion we’re spending somewhere else. Perhaps we could put all of this “tax cutting” talk aside and bring our troops home.

Granted, the national debt grows by 4.07 billion per day, so at the end of the year, we’re at – roughly – $1.4 trillion dollars. $216 billion isn’t going to make that large of a dent, but it would be a start. There’s an old joke I’ve heard: a million here, a million there and pretty soon you’re talking real money.

Anyway…

Does it really make sense to borrow money to fight two wars? I’d, also, like the government to spend a million or two and investigate just where all that money is going. But, that’s taking us in the wrong direction.

Back to the tax cuts: we can’t afford them. We can’t make a law that will add to the burden. You can’t cut your income and expect to pay off debt. It just won’t happen. Quite frankly, at our current tax levels, we’re really hurting. We should make the Bush tax cuts, which were extended by Obama, go away. The little raise won’t hurt any of us.

That said, going back to pre-Bush levels shouldn’t mean new spending, that money should go to paying off the debt and balancing the budget. Republicans love to toot their own horn and erroneously claim that they’re for the working people, the middle class. They aren’t. All of these tax cuts throughout the years have done more harm than good for this country. Reagan’s tax cuts went too far and the tax cut Republicans that have followed him don’t understand that. There are government programs that people actually don’t want touched. Truth is, if you want to keep your Social Security and your medicare, you’re going to have to pay a little more in taxes. It’s just that simple. If you don’t want to keep these programs, then we can cut taxes.

If you want a smaller government, then the only thing we should have the government pay for is defense. No federal money for roads, health care, education, farm subsidies, bailouts, green energy research, bank bailouts, unemployment, NPR, etc. The list goes on and on. If you like these things, then we have to be willing to pay for them. If we, as a nation, decide that we’re not going to pay for them, then we can cut them all, put thousands of Americans out of work and everyone of us will scramble to pay for college without government loans and grants. We will have to find a way to put enough money aside to pay for our own retirement. When we lose a job, well, you better have 8 months of savings set aside because there will be no help coming. And, you can kiss public schools goodbye because the feds give 70% of the support to our local school systems.

But, you can have a hefty tax cut for the rich people who don’t have to worry about any one of those things. They have the cash to do it all. They earned that cash on our backs. It’s our labor that makes them that money.

It’s just something to thing about this morning.

Reducing Debt

The GOP plan – written by my Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan – will NOT reduce our deficit until 2040. That’s 29 years from now. I understand that it took more than 29 years for us to get into this debt ridden mess, but I think we can do better than taking 29 years to get out of it. If the Republicans are truly concerned about the National Debt and the deficit, let’s see them remove the tax cuts for the rich.

The businesses bailed out by TARP are run by… Anyone? No? Okay, the wealthy, the rich. The people who led our companies into this mess. And, what will we do as a nation? Cut their taxes by 10%. And, while we do so, we will raise taxes on the middle class – all in the name of “fairness” and deficit reduction.

Well, it’s crap.

I oppose any budget plan that includes a tax cut – especially those for corporations and the wealthy. Tax cuts are just the government reducing the amount of money it takes in. If we want programs to be funded, such as education or medicare, then we have to pay taxes to keep them funded. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t cut spending, we need to cut spending. I’m saying that we shouldn’t reduce taxes for the well-off at the price of the less well off.

I’m not liking the idea that – if you’re single and making $50,000 per year – you should pay 25% of your salary in federal income taxes, just like a single person who is making $100,000. Do you really think someone making $50,000 per year should be paying the same percentage as someone making double that?

I’m, also, not liking the idea of removing deductions. Hey, I realize that my mortgage deduction really equates the government subsidizing my home, but the government, also, subsidizes your kids, so we’re even. That mortgage deduction is the difference between me eating out a few times a month and eating at home. When I eat out, I keep my local restaurants in business. (Yes, when I eat at home, I keep grocery stores in business, but I’ll always have to buy food at a grocery store.)

According to the plan, the standard deduction will be $12,500 for singles and $25,000 for those people whose relationships are determined to be okay for tax deductions by the government: in other words, straight, married couples. That should keep a lot of people out of the 25% tax range – not for me and not for a lot of my friends. I had more than that amount in deductions, plus there will be no more pre-tax health care deductions, which will hurt the middle class even more.

This plan is NOT good for middle class America. If Paul Ryan and the GOP are truly serious about debt reduction, this isn’t the way to do it.

Paul Ryan & Republican Tax Cuts

Tax cuts sound like a good thing, don’t they? More money in your pocket. Except Paul Ryan and the Republican Party have finally shown their hand. They don’t plan on cutting taxes for me or for you. They’re sticking to their bread and butter: rich people and corporations.

They’re going to remove a great many of our cherished deductions. And, somehow, all of this will be good for America.

No, no it won’t.

The tax plan revealed today is nothing more than Ryan’s own Roadmap for America. In there, Ryan outlined a plan to remove the mortgage deduction. How much money did you think it’ll cost you in taxes without that deduction?

I can tell you what it will cost me… With my mortgage deduction, I paid $8,577 in federal income taxes last year. Without the deduction, I will have to pay $9,404. I did the math.

Now, I remember Ryan’s Roadmap plan, another item he had in there was single people would be taxed @ 25% if they made more than $50,000 per year.

Guess where I’m going to fall?

If that goes through, I’ll be paying $17, 851 in federal income taxes.

Guess what plan I’m against?

All of us single people should start rising up and demanding better goverment. I haven’t received enough goverment support to warrant paying 25% of my money in fed taxes. I’m not a rich fatcat.

Those of us who make the factories run, who write the reports, mop the floors, sell the cars, etc, we’re the ones who deserve a tax break – not the guys who all ready get the biggest piece of the pie.

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Walker’s Anti-Union Success

If the budget was all about balance and not destroying unions, then why – as a friend put it – did “Walker and his henchmen” pull the collective bargaining rights out and pass it?

I’ll tell you why. This isn’t about our great state. It is about Governor Walker making his friends over at Koch Industries happy. Watch who takes over our state owned energy assets and then ask yourself if this was about a balanced budget.

Worse – he campaigned on how he will create jobs. I don’t see anything in this budget that has created one job.

Can you say RECALL, boys and girls?

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Saving Unions in Wisconsin

Walker won’t negotiate and remove the ban on collective bargaining. This is not only wrong, but it is making a mockery of our great state. I saw an article on Huffington Post and now I know why he isn’t backing down.
His largest campaign contributor – Koch Industries – is anti-union. They, also, have the most to gain by the passage of this bill. The bill will “allow the state to sell or contract out any state-owned energy asset in no-bid deals with private corporations.”
Walker is going to sellout our state much like Scott McCallum did when he sold our tobacco settlement for pennies on the dollar.
I’m pushing for a recall of Walker and his bad ideas.
Who’s with me?

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