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Supporters

Okay, pay attention, because this doesn’t happen very often. I am going to admit that I was wrong and, no, it doesn’t make me feel any better. But, here’s the thing, yesterday I was on Huffington Post and I saw a comment that said:

These posters are amazing. With Michele Bachmann you have a well-educa­ted and accomplish­ed woman who happens to be conservati­ve. Because she does not fall into the liberal profile, posters demonize and disparage her. Amazing and disgusting at the same time.

I know I shouldn’t have responded the way that I did, but I wrote:

You think Michele Bachmann is a well-educa­ted and accomplish­ed woman? You’ve been spending too much time paying attention to Sarah Palin.

Let’s face it – it was a cheap shot. I don’t agree with Bachmann’s politics, but comparing her to Palin really isn’t fair. So, after the commenter responded with his/her own cheap shot about how I must only watch left leaning media (why does it always come down to the media in these types of discussions?), I responded with:

Well, it just goes to show that whenever someone on the right doesn’t have a valid response, they blame the media. Oh, and it is lopsided – not lop-sided. I’d like to hear about an acomplishm­ent. She says that she’s been a fighter in Congress, but all 38 bills that she sponsored never left the committee. She’s serving on the House Intelligen­ce since Jan. I guess that would be an accomplish­ment. I read her interviews and she’s always spouting off about how she’s fighting for the American family, but she never says how. I’ve never once heard or read anything that says, “I fought for this bill and we passed it.”

A little mean, I think, but still, I’m asking for the person defending Bachmann to post an accomplishment. Give me something with which to work. Maybe, if you open a dialogue, we could have a discussion about Bachmann’s abilities. Admittedly, I’m still not going to vote for her, but maybe I could come to respect her. Wouldn’t a Bachmann supporter want that? Uh, no. Apparently, not. Because this is the response:

As a quote from another article said, “Michele is 50 times smarter than the people who say she is stupid.” That says it all.

Well, great, now you’ve pissed me off. Rather than spend two minutes researching Bachmann’s accomplishments, you’ve decided that insulting me is the way to go. Granted, I probably deserved it to an extent, but give me a break. At least come up with a witty, original response. So, being the smart ass that I am, I wrote this:

Well, thanks for the laugh and the oh so helpful debate. I cannot tell you how much you witty comebacks have changed my mind about Congresswo­man Bachmann! It is clear to me that you clearly have a grasp on the issues facing the nation, as well as a desire to have a debate. NOT!

It’s good to know that while I’m wondering about Bachmann’s “many” accomplish­ments, you decided to use your time wisely to look up someone else’s insult. You’ve just blown me away with your lack of ability to speak on your own. Why don’t you try this (and I’ll type it slow, so you can understand­): List just one of Bachmann’s many Congressio­nal accomplish­ments. But, don’t list her being on the Intelligen­ce Commitee, as I know about that. If she’s so accomplish­ed and has done so much – Prove it. It should be easy for you.

What? Too mean? Did I go overboard? Apparently, for the Bachmann supporter, it was.

That dialogue will get us nowhere & shame on you. Have a great day.

I consider this a battle won. Obviously, I have more wit than the poster, but I consider this a war lost. It doesn’t matter that the poster was a Bachmann supporter, this is happening on both sides of the aisle.  We need to start discussions.  I should’ve started with list Bachmann’s accomplishments instead of taking the low road.  I was wrong and just because the poster was wrong, doesn’t make me right.

Our country is in a terrible mess and we can point fingers of blame all over the place.  But, if we don’t start actually having dialogues, we’re not going to get anywhere and it is only going to get worse.

So, for any Bachmann supporter out there, please list an accomplishment.  I’d really like to know why I should throw away my future with a vote for her.

Taxes and More Taxes

The election is over and now it is time for the lame duck Congress to get back to work. But, even though it won’t do any good, I wanted to bring up taxes.

Everyone thinks – Warren Buffett the exception – that they pay too much in taxes. Because I have an extra taxable amount added to my normal salary this year, Cheryl and I have been paying a lot of attention to just how much we’ll owe in taxes come April 15th. By my calculations, between the two of us, we’ll owe a grand amount of $12,126, a tax rate of 13.40%. For a fun time, I thought, “Hey, what if we could file our federal income taxes jointly?” So, I used the IRS Withholding Calculator and did just that. If we were married, our tax amount would be $11,281, a tax rate. That is a tax rate of 12.47% and a total of $845 less. It makes me mad every time I think about it.

What is it that Cheryl and I receive from the federal government that is worth the extra $845? Do we have extra rights? Extra protections? Will the government take care of us when we’re old and gray in a better manner than a straight, married couple?

No, no and – I know you’re shocked – no.

We receive NOTHING for the extra dollars removed from our paychecks every single year. And, if Paul Ryan gets his way, it will only get worse. (Check out Paul Ryan’s Roadmap for America and you’ll see his plan for two tax tiers.)

By denying gay couples the legal right to marry at the Federal level, the nation is over-taxing approximately 770,000 couples in this country.  Let’s make a big assumption, because I don’t have actual figures on incomes, that our over-taxed amount is what every other gay couple pays more than straight couples.  That works out to an extra $650,650,000 in the nation’s tax coffers.

Do we get a thanks for that?

No, we don’t.

Maybe, that’s the real reason why the right-wing doesn’t want us to get married.  That’s a lot of dough!

As a gay person, I purpose that in the next election, we come together to fight for our marriage rights.  We fight for equality.  We’re paying a lot of money to be considered second class citizens.

Who’s with me?

Below is a video I made last August.

The Whole Package

Now, my boss said to me that he believes when you associate yourself with liberals that you have to buy into the whole liberal package. You can’t support the war in Iraq, you don’t support Israel, etc. He has based this belief on watching liberal rallys on C-SPAN and seeing signs in the crowds supporting topics that aren’t even being discussed at the rally.

Well, I’m not going to argue with the boss. That’s just a good way to make enemies in high places. Besides, I have my own blog where I can voice my own opinions.

Maybe, right wingers hold more organized and controlled rallys than liberals. Since I have a very busy life, I don’t spend anytime watching political rallys on C-SPAN. Not that I think it is a bad idea, just not one I have time to participate in. I’m sure that right-wing rallys are more to the point. So, no argument there, but…

I don’t believe that the whole package deal is just on one side of the conservative – liberal aisle. If you are on the conservative side, you are forced into supporting the war in Iraq, the president’s energy policy and tax cuts for the wealthy.
For example, I happen to be a pro-life person, yet, when I try to join pro-life organizations, I seem to find the same thing — no to abortion, yes to death penalty — and a crossover of people who are against gay marriage.

So, what is a liberal conservative suppose to do?

I wish I had a nice and neat answer, but I don’t. I really, really don’t. If you do, I’d like to hear it — write to me.
God Bless,

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