Why Democrats Are The Party Of Slavery And Victimization

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Hat/Tip to Alfonzo Rachel at PJ Media.

Alfonzo Rachel speaks truth to power and lays it on the line. He isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade, and he can back up all his words with facts.

Take the time to watch this video, you’ll be glad you did.


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Beer Warfare: Our Progressive Tax System In ‘Beer Summit’ Terms

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President Obama has been waging his class warfare ever since he took office in 2008. Of course, he ramped it up just before the 2012 Presidential Election, in anticipation of campaigning against his preferred candidate, Mitt Romney. And with the 2016 elections just around the corner, I thought that it would be a good time to revisit and explain our progressive tax structure in beer summit terms.

beer warfare 001Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100.
If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. ‘Since you are all such good customers,’ he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beers by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.’

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected.

They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’ They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before and the first four continued to drink for free, but once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. “I only got a dollar out of the $20,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, “but he got $10!” “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got TEN times more than I!”

“That’s true!!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison. “We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!”

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The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something very important….they didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works.

The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

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Now I don’t know who the original author of this little parable is. It has been floating around the internet for quite some time, in fact I think I have gotten it in various forms in my emails several times.

No matter who first penned it, this piece is quite accurate and it strikes at the heart of progressivism and our very progressive income tax system.

Remember, one of the 10 Planks of Communism as described in Marx’s Communist Manifesto is a “heavy progressive” income tax.

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Progressive View: Socialize Debt To Grow The Economy

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Socializing debt is certainly not a new concept. Who among us. who has ever bought a house, did not take advantage the mortgage interest deduction when itemizing our tax returns? What a great deal! Those who rent and the rich who buy theirs house for cash are forced by law to help us payoff our mortgages. The real estate industry lobbies hard in support of the mortgage interest deduction by arguing the housing industry is a main driver of our economy.

Now, as reported by Investors Business Daily, we learn that the paragon of progressive virtue and faux indian princess, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, has introduced a bill to have the taxpayers share the burden of paying off the mountain (over a trillion dollars) of student loans. Here is her “brilliant” argument:

Warren argues the new government entitlement will be great for the economy: Student debt is “keeping young people from buying homes, starting families, starting small businesses and growing our economy.”

Yup! The ol’ take money out of one part of the economy and stick in another part of the economy and call it growth. Pffft! If Lizzy believes that, then she must also believe that if she put a barrel full of water next to her flower garden and stood there all day taking a dipper of water from one side of barrel and putting back on the other side of the barrel that pretty soon the water will overflow the barrel and irrigate her garden. Good luck with that, Lizzy!

Of course,  Barry has jumped on Lizzy’s bandwagon; just ike he did on Lizzy’s “You didn’t build that” meme. But, not because he thinks the bill will pass. He’s sure it won’t pass. But, it gives him the perfect opportunity to go into full Alinskey Class Warfare mode just in time for the coming elections. Barry says the cost of the bill can be paid with a “millionaire’s tax”. And, as usual, he dares the Republicans to vote in favor of the millionaires and against the middles class:

“I want Americans to pay attention to see where their lawmakers’ priorities lie here: lower tax bills for millionaires or lower student-loan bills for the middle class?” Obama said. “This should be a no-brainer.”

Well, we have to admit that Barry is the undisputed expert on “no brains”.

What if the bill should pass? The Republicans are not called the Stupid Party without reason.  And, if it does pass, where does the nonsense end? Why not a bill to socialize the sub-prime auto loan debt? After all, getting more people to buy cars is good for the economy and supports those high paying auto-worker jobs. And, why not go for the golden ring? Consumer spending accounts for about 70% of the GDP, in America, right? So, let’s socialize credit card debt!

As Lizzy and Barry will tell you, the rainbow-colored unicorns are just over the horizon.

I wonder what unicorns do with those big screws coming out of their heads? … Ouch!

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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500 Teens Riot in Chicago, Claims of Racial Motivation Made

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Chicago is liberal central-you have Rahmbo as mayor,  class warfare reigns, and they have some of the strictest gun laws in the country.  In light of that, I guess what Doug Ross is posting shouldn’t come as a big surprise…  After all 500 teens riot in Chicago.

CBS Channel 2 calls the rioters “mischievous”.

The warmest day of the year so far brings hundreds of mischievous teens to Michigan Avenue… [But] Police are calling it ‘mob action’.

CBS 2 is learning about multiple incidents in at least four different locations along the Magnificent Mile and in the Gold Coast, yielding a slew of arrests.

Things got pretty bad, very quickly with many innocent shoppers and tourists caught in the middle of a very chaotic situation… Hundreds of teens littered Michigan Avenue and State Street near Chicago… Things started to go bad around 6:00 p.m. Saturday, with teens purposely bumping into people, and causing fights among themselves.

… “You had a group of teens, close to maybe 500. They assaulted a Chicago police officer that was on a mounted on a horse and all of a sudden they assaulted a citizen walking the streets, just a normal citizen shopping and enjoying the weather,” said [an eyewitness].

Later that night, a man was attacked around 10:45 p.m. while walking near Chicago and Dearborn. Sources tell us he was jumped and punched in the face by a group of teens. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

In a separate incident, a group of woman say they were attacked by a mob of girls on the CTA Red Line. The women reported a robbery once they got off the train at the State and Monroe station. Eleven females were arrested—10 juveniles and one adult—and charged with battery. Two of the teens were charged with strong- armed robbery. 

According to commenters at Chicago police blog Second City Cop, not only isn’t national media covering the story, even the local media isn’t telling the whole story:

TOURISTS BEWARE: You are not getting the whole story. I was coming home from work at 7:30. The savages were randomly attacking people. Go to Woodfield if you want to shop. Chicago is not safe.

You’d think such vicious racially motivated hate crimes would receive wide-spread national media attention, but they don’t. As a rule, reporters and prosecutors ignore the racist motivations of black-on-white mob attacks. In news articles like this one the thugs are invariably described only by their age — “kids” or “teenagers” — while any mention of their race is studiously omitted, as if it had nothing to do with the crimes.

This is the result of liberalism.  Their policies create and maintain poverty.  Their racism targets minorities and causes increased poverty for them, which they promptly blame on others via class warfare.  Then, when violence does break out,good people are left unarmed and unable to defend themselves.  Then, the MSM covers it all up, so the rest of the country is none the wiser.  We have major problems, and they are eventually going to erupt into even more widespread violence.  And the useful idiots that voted for the liberals will suffer accordingly, many good people will be hurt as well.

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Happy Halloween, Obama Style

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Steven Crowder applies Obama’s class warfare…to Halloween!

It appears that our leftist friends have much more work to do in their brainwashing efforts.  These kids sounded more and more like Tea Party members than the good, brain-dead Marxists that the public school are designed to create.

H/T: The Blaze

 

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Obama Supporters vs Romney Supporters

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In debate after debate with people about the upcoming election I am seeing two clear differences between how those who are voting for Romney are approaching this election and those who are voting for Obama are approaching it.

When I am critical of President Obama, my criticisms are almost always about results- I feel that as President he has done a bad job in his job. I use statistics and facts and data to demonstrate that his policies have made our nation less prosperous, less free, and life less protected. I point to the dramatic rise in debt, budgets that he has proposed that increase spending even further, efforts by his to increase the number of people on government programs, his blocking of reform efforts in major programs, and his policies with regards to the Middle East. It is about results and policies and doing a job for me- and Obama isn’t getting the results and is doing a poor job.

Likewise, my support for Romney and my voting for him is grounded in his ability to get the job done- saving the Salt Lake City Olympics, as a successful Governor of a liberal state, amazing success in private business, etc. I’m not in love with Romney and don’t know if I would sit down for a beer with him and don’t love everything that he thinks about inside his head- but I’m not voting in November for the job of ‘best friend’ or ‘wife’ or ‘savior’- I’m voting for him to be President. He is good at getting things done and especially has demonstrated the ability to save institutions that are in crisis- and I want those results.

On the other hand, those people who support Obama do not talk about results- instead they have a long list of reasons why the results have been poor under Obama, usually citing facts that are in fact not true (for example, most Obama supporters say that Obama’s lack of results are because of a ‘right wing Congress’, but this ignores that the Democrats controlled Congress for Obama’s first two years and passed whatever he wanted them to pass and that even today the Democrats control the Senate). Supporters of Obama like him- some even love him and worship him as a cult figure- because they like what he represents and what he thinks. They don’t care about results- they are voting for a friend in government and someone who they think thinks like them.

Likewise, most of Obama’s supporters are critical of Governor Romney not because of his results of what he would do as President, but because of what they think he will do as President and what they think that Romney thinks. Conspiracy theories, class warfare, ‘the 1%’, and ‘secret meetings with millionaires’ dominates their criticism of Romney- they don’t like what they think is in his head and disagree with his personal opinions and that pisses them off. They want to control his thoughts and control his opinions and care less about what he actually does and the results of his policies.

Personal attacks, name-calling, and hyperbole might barely carry this election for Obama- but it is probably better for American that instead we all vote for a moderate results-oriented guy who was able to govern in a liberal state and saved the Olympics.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

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Democrat Operatives Engaging in Stalking and Intimidation?

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We’ve know for some time that a favorite tactic of democrats is to stalk the homes of their opponents.  The intent is simple, ranging from the typical, “that’s a nice house you have there-be a shame if something were to happen to it,” to the more ominous, thinly veiled, “now people will come to harass your kids.”  Now, it appears that this tactic is being used on a much larger scale.  Politico has more…

Politicians recognize they give up a degree of privacy when they run for office.

But Democrats are testing the outer limits of that understanding with a practice that raises questions about when campaign tracking becomes something more like stalking.

While most serious campaigns on both sides use campaign trackers — staffers whose job is to record on video every public appearance and statement by an opponent — House Democrats are taking it to another level. They’re now recording video of the homes of GOP congressmen and candidates and posting the raw footage on the Internet for all to see.

Once again, this isn’t about trying to catch a candidate saying something stupid, like suggesting that there are 57 states.  This is  about sending a message.  Come to think of it, it’s like sending more of a threat.

Allahpundit has more, and some interpretation…

But no. Turns out they knew, and they’re totally fine with it.

That ratcheting up of the video surveillance game is unnerving Republicans who insist that even by political standards, it’s a gross invasion of privacy. Worse, they say, it creates a safety risk for members of Congress and their families at a time when they are already on edge after a deranged gunman shot former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords 18 months ago…

In [Reid] Ribble’s case, a clip of his northeastern Wisconsin home appeared online June 18. The soundless video — which lasts 38 seconds — is taken from a car sitting just outside the house. The shot pans across the large home, showing it from several different angles…

“House Republicans have spent this entire Congress trying to hide that they’re protecting benefits for millionaires and perks for themselves instead of protecting the middle class, but we won’t let them keep it secret any longer,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Jesse Ferguson wrote in an email.

Democratic officials said placing the videos on the DCCC’s website and YouTube serve a useful purpose, most notably making the footage available to friendly outside groups for use in TV commercials. That way, they don’t violate laws against coordinating with those groups.

Says New York mag, “So it’s creepy and undermining-campaign-finance-laws-y. Impressive.” I’m not posting the vids but you’ll find links at the Politico piece up top if you’re curious. The one of Ribble’s place does indeed look like stalker video, something you’d shoot if you were casing a place; the home itself is nice but not especially large or impressive, which tells you how seriously you should take the “exposing Republican wealth” excuse. (If they’re intent on crude panders aimed at class resentment, they could have stuck with publicizing their opponents’ estimated net worth.) The goal in posting this, obviously, is to intimidate, notwithstanding all the precious rhetoric devoted last January to “tone” after a horrible incident that actually had nothing to do with tone. I’m tempted to accuse them of hypocrisy, but that would require believing that the “tone” nonsense was ever meant as anything more than an opportunistic political bludgeon. Oh well.

While I would guess that Allahpundit is being a tad bit sarcastic when stating that the democrats are “totally fine with it,” it seems, like in all things, there is a double standard.  Here is how democrat/regressive characters react to cameras…

Yep, camera’s are great, depending on who is holding them, I guess.

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Top 400 Wage Earners Paid More in Taxes Than the Bottom Half! Leftist Meme Shattered

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If you listen to the occupods, the mythical 99% are being completely fleeced by the equally mythical 1%.  Class warfare is a stubborn thing, but reality always wins in the end.  Bunkerville has the meme bustage…

Just thought this would be a factoid worthy to report. Reality can be difficult to deal with. Not mentioned is not only do the non-payers not pay, but get money back from the 400. I don’t think 400 come to  “The one percent” do you?

Bottom Line: A small group of 400 of America’s most successful earners in 2009, about the number of residents living in a typical apartment building in Washington, D.C., paid almost as much in federal income taxes as the entire bottom half of America’s 138 million tax filers, which is a population equivalent to the combined number of residents living in America’s 29 least populated states, plus the District of Columbia.

We hear all the time that the “rich don’t pay their fair share of taxes” (123,000 Google search results for that phrase).  Here’s an analysis using recent IRS data that suggests otherwise.

Get over to his place to see more, including a handy graph.

Um, how to we get these people to pay, “their fair share,” when they’re already paying more than 138,000,000 people already?  Or, is this just another liberal scam to vilify success and install communism?  I think you all know the answer to that.

Of course, under a Marxist regime, the 400 would be put to death, as well as a few million of the 138,000,000, but if you want to make an omelette, you have to break some eggs, right?

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Chuck Schumer Channels Nazi Germany, Goes After Americans Attempting to Escape Taxes

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We’ve talked about taxes quite a bit here.  We covered that when Maryland passed a special tax on millionaires, one third of their millionaires disappeared, and the state ended up losing money.  When NY passed oppressive cigarette taxes, New Yorkers found ways to evade it, and the state missed their income projections by several country miles.  And, we covered that the early 90’s luxury tax cost tens of thousands of jobs, and then the government ended up paying more for unemployment benefits than they collected in revenue.  In short, tax increases kill jobs, and result in the creation of new and different means to evade them.

I’ve often joked that the liberals will eventually want to “build a wall” to keep people from escaping their “paradise.”  Apparently, Chuck Schumer (Douchenozzle, NY) has taken this a bit too seriously, and has proposed legislation to create a “tax wall,” of sorts.  God Father Politics has some more…

For centuries, millions of Europeans came to the United States to escape the oppression of tyrannical regimes. Others came for expanded economic opportunities. With the rise of Nazism in Germany, many Jews saw the handwriting on the wall and got out with their possessions before it became illegal to do so. Most didn’t. Gary North’s comments put a fine edge on the point:

The hypothetical Jewish family in question should have done a lot more than sew gold coins into their clothes in 1939. The head of the household should have sold his house and his business. He should have transferred all of the family’s assets to Switzerland, England, or the United States. Then he should have directed the family to pack their bags and follow their money. After August 31, 1939, this became illegal. World War II broke out.

Sen. Chuck Schumer and some of his fellow Democrats want a new law placed on the books. It’s called “Ex-PATRIOT”: “Expatriation Prevention by Abolishing Tax-Related Incentives for Offshore Tenancy.” The proposed law is in reaction to Eduardo Saverin’s decision to renounce his American citizenship which Democrats like Schumer believe is a “scheme” to “help him duck up to $67 million in taxes.”

So then, Mr. Saverin wants to escape taxes in the era of Obama’s class warfare.  Then, just as he’s about to get away, Schumer wants to consfiscate his wealth, just like the Nazis did with the Jews.

Isn’t it funny, in a tragic, history-is repeating-itself kind of way?  The administration, as well as OWS, creates the class warfare to vilify people that create wealth-just like the Nazi’s did with the Jews.  Then, Schumer proposes legislation to does just what the Nazi’s did to the Jews.  Once again, we see that the 30’s are being repeated before our eyes.

And, then again, OWS doesn’t like Jews either.

Linked at Doug Ross.  Thanks! 

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Content with Caligula’s Coin

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It is the nature of man to try and get as much as he can in reward for as little effort as possible.  This same drive, practiced in two separate ways, can define two distinctly different people.  On one hand, the desire to get much for little can spur a responsible fiscal business person to stay ahead of his competitors in a capitalist market place.  One the other hand, it can push one to the street with open but idle hands.

Politicians know the power behind these two distinct groups.  The former is courted for the power of their money and influence; the latter, for the power of their numbers and open schedule.  Few will make it very far in politics without one of these groups supporting you.  Wooing both would be ideal, but they are counter weights on the scale of partisan power.  You must choose a side, abandon both, or fool both of them into think you are their official.

Caligula wasn’t a fan of his predecessor Tiberius (few were) in Rome.  When Tiberius died (likely helped along by the hand of Caligula), he began to reverse the policies and practices of Tiberius.  As disgusting a human as Tiberius was, he was fairly successful as emperor and secured a very substantial treasury.  Having this monetary security, Tiberius began to pursue the former of that second group – the commoner (That is not to say that commoners are all lazy public leeches – most are hard-working self-sufficient individuals.  I am simply using the term out of convenience.).

Caligula was known to throw money out to the people for weeks at a time.  He would use the treasury to assist people who had lost their homes in disasters, build giant public buildings for games and events, and throw extravagant banquets to celebrate his reign.  That isn’t to say that he was a commoner himself.  He used those same funds to build two of the largest vessels and most extravagant party barges in the world, and threw them in Lake Nemi for his pleasure.  He built a temporary bridge with pontoons across the Bay of Baiae just to flaunt himself (and to defy a soothsayer).

His generosity with the empires money, however, made him a hero among the masses.  His policies began to center around gaining their support.  He increased the pay of the empire’s employees, instituted democratic voting (thumbing the face of the republic), and threw a lot of money into public gestures.  Philo tells us that he had thrown the entire front row (which is where the wealthy Romans sat) into the arena to be killed by the animals – much to the pleasure of the poorer individuals.

It is no surprise that his money ran out.  The public hero lost his luster when famine hit the empire could no longer throw money from the balconies.  In his first year Caligula wasted the entire treasury that Tiberius had saved up during his reign.  This forced Caligula to wage war on the wealthy Romans.  He seized their property, rewrote their wills in order to make him the beneficiary, he raised taxes, forced others to give him loans, and openly rob travelers.  Still, he couldn’t escape the financial crisis.  It took a short reign (Claudius was assassinated) and many good works by the Senate and Claudius to restore Rome to some extent.

Our current circumstances aren’t much different than that of Rome’s during the time of Caligula.  We have a President (among other politicians on both sides) who live lavish lifestyles on the public dime, but stay in power by persuading the poor that they are their advocates.  This is why they have supported the “Occupy Movement”, the stimulus packages, the health care bill, increases in minimum wage, increases in public assistance, and expansions of public services.  This is why they have attacked the wealthy, blamed them for the nation’s struggles, and seized more and more of your/their wealth.  They are desperate for their power and know how to keep it, but their end is demise.  If you are fool enough to follow the nonsensical, and dense enough to support the senseless, then you will follow their corruption to its ultimate failure.

History is trying to teach us a lesson.  You can either open your ears and adjust, or ignorantly praise your leader with an empty stomach while you feed Incitatus his golden oats.

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal

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When They Can’t Find Class Warfare, They’ll Make it up

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There are times when it is advisable to wait on a story.  Sometimes, something unbelievably freaktastic comes up, and you just want to write about it.  But if you’re not careful, you’ll get zapped when the freaktastic story turns out to be false, or even worse, a hoax.  The lefty blogosphere stepped in it big time yesterday, when they picked up on a rather nasty message left on a restaurant receipt.   For more, here is an excerpt from The Gateway Pundit…

Only dumb leftists would believe that “rich” bankers are this obnoxious and horrible.  A Newport Beach restaurant receipt where a “banker” recently dined was a forgery.

It was Photoshopped.

Of course, Huffington Post and CNN ran the hoax as a real story. It fit their far left bias.

The Smoking Gun reported:

The restaurant receipt that a California banker purportedly used to denigrate a waitress–while also leaving her a one percent tip–was wildly “altered and exaggerated,” according to a spokesperson for the Newport Beach restaurant where the businessman supposedly dined earlier this month.

A photo of the receipt (seen at right) has gone viral in the past few days, fueled by a back story claiming that the measly tip was the imperious financier’s way of provoking a member of the lowly “99%” who was not sufficiently solicitous. The claim about the tip–and a photo of the receipt–first appeared last week on a blog that is now offline (along with a related Twitter account).

In fact, a spokesperson for True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach told TSG that the eatery was able to locate the actual “merchant copy” of the February 16 credit card receipt and it reveals that the online version has been Photoshopped.

As usual, when the point can’t be made in reality, they’ll resort to fantasy…or flat out fiction.

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Debt Deal Reached: Who Wins and Who Loses?

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I just saw that a debt agreement had been reached.  So, rather than quote just the usual sources, I thought I’d tale a look at what a liberal sources had to say.  First off, here are the details of the agreement from Talking Points Memo…

The deal works like this:

It guarantees the debt limit will be hiked by $2.4 trillion. Immediately upon enactment of the plan, the Treasury will be granted $400 billion of new borrowing authority, after which President Obama will be allowed to extend the debt limit by $500 billion, subject to a vote of disapproval by Congress.

Given that the GOP has only control of the House, it was never realistic to not raise the limit.  Though the thought of borrowing more is disgusting, it can’t be avoided right now.

That initial $900 billion will be paired with $900 billion of discretionary spending cuts, first identified in a weeks-old bipartisan working group led by Vice President Joe Biden, which will be spread out over 10 years.

In all reality, don’t count on anything ever being cut.  The Democrats have not, in at least recent history, ever lived up to any agreement to make spending cuts.

Obama will later be able to raise the debt limit by $1.5 trillion, again subject to a vote of disapproval by Congress.

With control on only one House of Congress, there is little chance that this will be cleanly shot down.  In fact, I would predict that this gives the Democrats yet another opportunity to engage in class warfare.

That will be paired with the formation of a Congressional committee tasked with reducing deficits by a minimum of $1.2 trillion. That reduction can come from spending cuts, tax increases or a mixture thereof.

Here’s yet another round of class warfare in the waiting.  I get the impression that the Democrats want a war of attrition over every detail of a plan.  Then, of course, the MSM will pile on, and with each engagement, attempt to wear down the GOP.

If the committee fails to reach $1.2 trillion, it will trigger an automatic across the board spending cut, half from domestic spending, half from defense spending, of $1.2 trillion. The domestic cuts come from Medicare providers, but Medicaid and Social Security would be exempted. The enforcement mechanism carves out programs that help the poor and veterans as well.

The Dems know that the GOP will not want to cut defense.  Then again, they aren’t going to want to cut domestic spending either.  Consider this yet another opportunity for class warfare attrition.

If the committee finds $1.5 trillion or more in savings, the enforcement mechanism would not be triggered. That’s because Republicans are insisting on a dollar-for-dollar match between deficit reduction and new borrowing authority, and $900 billion plus $1.5 trillion add up to $2.4 trillion.

However, if the committee finds somewhere between $1.2 and $1.5 trillion in savings, the balance will be made up by the corresponding percentage of the enforcement mechanism’s cuts, still in a one-to-one ratio.

Democrats say they’re confident that the enforcement mechanism is robust enough to convince Democrats and Republicans to deal fairly on the committee — to come up with a somewhat balanced package of entitlement reforms and tax increases. However, the White House assures them that if the committee fails to produce “tax reform” he will veto any attempt to extend the Bush tax cuts, which expire at the end of next year.

Here is Obama’s “nuclear option.”  If the GOP doesn’t raise taxes, he will himself.  Of course, at the end of next year, he will likely be lame duck Obama, so he wouldn’t mind a bit of scorched Earth to salt the fields for a new POTUS, and a new Congress.  Also, that would set up the first class warfare battle for the next POTUS.  If Obama wins in 2012, it won’t matter anyway.

As I look at this, it seems that the Democrats want repeated opportunities to engage in a war of attrition via class warfare.  Here’s how it will unfold:

1.  With every cut, the Democrats, and their fellow travelers in the MSM, will paint the GOP as serving the evil rich, hating the poor, and so on.  In other words, expect nothing different.

2.  I say that this is a war of attrition because the Democrats are losing approval points over this in a big way.  Obama is also taking a big hit, not only with the public at large, but with his own base as well.  Then, add to that the fact that he seemed almost irrelevant to the process, and the plan, as it is today, has no immediate tax increases in it-contrary to his many statements on the issue.  In other words, he seemed impotent and irrelevant.  That is as close to the truth as most Americans have seen.

3.  While they know that they’re taking massive political damage from their actions in the debate, as well as from the utter overall failure of their policies, the Democrats want to make the Republicans look WORSE.  Hence, the war of attrition.  They hope to place enough blame, play enough class warfare, and flat out lie enough to make the people think that Obama and the Democrats are nothing more than the victims of those “mean Republicans,” and their corporate masters.  I don’t see it being enough to save Obama, but that won’t stop them from trying.

Anyway, that’s my initial take on the situation.  I’m sure I’ll think of more as time wears on.  As this continues to unfold, I’m sure that there will be a lot more for bloggers to digest.  In other words, the fun is just getting started.

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