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Date: July 14, 2010

Iowa Tea Party Billboard

The North Iowa Tea Party put up a billboard in Mason City, Iowa last week. The billboard compares President Obama to Hitler and Lenin.
At the bottom of the billboard, the statement is: “Radical Leaders Prey on the Fearful & Naive.”
I find that humorous.  Isn’t that what the Tea Party group that put out the billboard is trying to do – prey on the fearful and naive? Isn’t that what the entire right wing has been doing for the last ten years in this country?

That said, the best part of the billboard is the fact that even members of the Tea Party… find it to be wrong: “That’s just a waste of money, time, resources and it’s not going to further our cause,” said Shelby Blakely, a leaders of the Tea Party Patriots, a national group. “It’s not going to help our cause. It’s going to make people think that the tea party is full of a bunch of right-wing fringe people, and that’s not true.”
At least it wasn’t MY money they wasted.

A Train Wreck Waiting to Happen

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have not only patched up their differences, but they’ve become engaged.  Now, while I normally wouldn’t say anything about someone else’s relationship, I am truly worried about this young couple.  They had a child out of wedlock in front of the entire nation – that can’t be easy.  According to the article, they’ve been engaged for two weeks and they haven’t even told their parents.  I could see not telling Sarah Palin, she hasn’t been home much, but they haven’t told his parents?  That doesn’t bode well for a good start to a relationship.

And, then the cynic in me pipes up and wonders, are they being pressured by Sarah to get married?  She’s ramping up for a run at the Presidency – no matter what she says – and having an unmarried mom for a daughter doesn’t do much to shore up her base.

While I hope Bristol isn’t being pressured into marriage either by her own parents or even Levi, I hope she knows what she’s doing.  Marriage is a 50-50 crap shoot in excellent circumstances and with the huge spotlight that is following her, the chances for failure go much higher.

I hope they’ve both thought long and hard about this.  They’re both minor celebrities due to no fault of their own and marriage is a tough road.  Being a divorced single mom isn’t any better than being a never married single mom.

Cut spending, cut taxes – solve unemployment and debt problem – Really?

Republicans want to convince America that cutting taxes (especially those taxes that affect the rich) and stopping spending will put an end to our growing national debt and deficit problems.
Well, the numbers just don’t add up.
Placing less money into the government coffers is not going to make the debt go away.  We have to cut spending and leave our taxes the way they are.  The money we save from spending cuts needs to go to pay off our huge government debt.  Putting less money into the coffers isn’t going to solve anything.  It will most likely put us in worse shape, not better.
Republicans love to tell the public that tax cuts help the economy.  It simply is not true.  The 2010 tax rates are the lowest they’ve been since 2000.  I believe they are the lowest since 1960, but I couldn’t find the data to back that up, so we’ll just go with 2000.
A married couple earning a net income of $45,000 paid 28% of their income in taxes in 2000.  In 2010, they will pay 15% – a difference of 13%.  A single person earning $45,000 in 2000 paid 28% in income taxes.  In 2010, they pay 25% – a savings of just 3%.
Not that any politician would put their political life on the line to say to their constituents, we need to stop cutting taxes, but it is the truth.  We need to stop.
In case you’re wondering, I’m in the 25% bracket.  I pay 10% more in taxes than a married couple for the same amount of money.  Between Cheryl and I, we will pay 40% of our 2010 income in federal taxes and you don’t hear us complaining about it.
Enough with the phony cut taxes talk. I want to hear that what we stop spending will be used to pay off our debts.
Who’s with me?

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