Obama Is Eying Your Savings!

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Obama Is Eying Your Savings!: Our Contributor Jim, living in a communist dictatorship, knows all to well how this pans out…

Remember when President Obama said “there comes a point when a person has earned enough”? Well, it should be a surprise that he also feels that people have saved more than they need for retirement. Mr. Obama has given new meaning to the word “arrogance”.

With this scandal a day administration, it is no wonder some of their plans to get their hands on more of your money slip under the radar.

On Aril 12, 2013, the Wall Street Journal wrote:

How many times have you read financial-advice stories lecturing you to max-out on your IRA, save as much as you can in your 401(k), and even pay taxes now to change your regular IRA into a Roth IRA that will be tax-free until you die?

Well, be careful how much you save.

Assistant OpinionJournal.com editor Allysia Finley on President Obama’s attack on tax deferred retirement accounts.

A lot of job-switchers are ignoring what may be one of the best options to get the most out of their retirement: Moving their savings into their new employer’s 401(k). MarketWatch’s Jim Jelter explains the benefits.

That’s the message in President Obama’s budget for fiscal 2014, which for the first time proposes to cap the amount Americans can save in these tax-sheltered investment vehicles. The White House explanation is that some people have accumulated “substantially more than is needed to fund reasonable levels of retirement saving.” So Mr. Obama proposes to “limit an individual’s total balance across tax-preferred accounts to an amount sufficient to finance an annuity of not more than $205,000 per year in retirement, or about $3 million for someone retiring in 2013.”

On April 14, 2013, the Independent Sentinel wrote:

THEY ARE COMING FOR YOU NEXT, make no mistake about that!. They already proposed it back in 2008. The government is on the hunt for more money to support its spending problem. President Obama wants more “revenue” – “taxes” – so he can make more “investments” as he spreads the wealth around.

You need to be afraid, very afraid!

Americans have $17.5 trillion in savings with 25% of it in IRA’s. It is a future source of revenue for the government if they can get their hands on it.

President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget plan estimated that retirement tax deductions taken by employers and individuals over the next five years add up to $429 billion in “lost” tax revenue. The government believes your savings is their lost revenue.

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See how that works? Because you take a legal tax deduction, the government is getting screwed. Never mind that the original idea was to give citizens an incentive to save. Further along in the Independent Sentinel article we find this:

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Arrest Warrant Issued After Husband of Dem State Senator Caught On Tape Stealing Campaign Signs

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Hat/Tip to Jason Howerton at The Blaze.

The desperation of the Democratic Party is palpable, and it’s manifesting itself in many different ways…

Police in Middletown, Delaware, issued an arrest warrant for the husband of state Sen. Bethany Hall-Long on Wednesday after he was caught on video allegedly stealing campaign signs put up by Republicans.

The suspect, identified as Dana Armon Long, has been charged with a Class A misdemeanor for theft under $1,500. He faces up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,300.

On Wednesday, Republican campaign volunteers reportedly set up a camera at the location in Middletown where dozens of their political signs kept disappearing. Some of the signs apparently read, “Fix the Economy! Vote Republican.”

“We got you, brother! We got the license plate, your face, and everything,” one of the volunteers says in the video.

Watch the footage below:

 

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Delaware State Senator Bethany Hall-Long and her husband, Dana

Hall-Long confirmed that the man caught on video stealing the signs is her husband. She released the following statement on Wednesday:

“My husband is the man depicted in the video. The video shows him removing a handful of signs this morning. He turned them over to the Democratic Party and asked that they be returned to the Republican Party about six hours after they were taken up,” she said. “Sadly, this race has become tough and personal. My husband is my high school sweetheart and he loves me very much. I was not aware that he had allowed his frustration over the campaign attacks to get the better of him. Of course I’m disappointed and wish that it had not happened.”

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#Ferguson: What do we know so far?

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I’ve been waiting to discuss the events that have occurred in Ferguson, MO.  Like any emotionally charged situation, there are claims and counter-claims.   I tend to wait a bit and summarize what is known.  So, here is what we know about the situation in Ferguson.

The “victim” in this situation is Michael Brown, aged 18.  Mr. Brown was seen on video robbing a local store.

Here is a video, from FOX News, shown at the linked DC article…

Here is more footage, from CNN…

And, we also now know that this video was available for some time, but had not been released at the request of the DOJ.  Breitbart has more…

The shooting took place on Saturday, August 9 and it took until the Friday the 15th for the surveillance video to be released. Since the shooting occurred, Ferguson has been wracked with  riots, destruction of property and looting every night.

The significance of the surveillance video has understandably led some to wonder, why on earth did the police not release it sooner?

“What upsets me is that it should have been all over the news,” said Tatinisha Wheeler, a protester who lives in St. Louis. She said she was confused why the police wouldn’t have immediately said Mr. Brown had been allegedly involved in a crime. “Now they’re going to say it’s a robbery?” she asked.

If the video had come out right away, the gentle giant narrative would never have been able to take hold in the way it did.

Now we know the reason for the delay.

The Holder Justice Department pressured the Ferguson Police Dept. not to release the tape showing the latest left-wing cause celeb to be a violent criminal.

Via NBC News:

The Department of Justice urged Ferguson police not to release surveillance video purporting to show Michael Brown robbing a store shortly before he was shot and killed by police, arguing the footage would further inflame tensions in the St. Louis suburb that saw rioting and civil unrest in the wake of the teenager’s death.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson released the video Friday, telling reporters that he had no choice because the media requested the release under the Freedom of Information Act. The Department of Justice, which is conducting its own investigation into Brown’s Aug. 9 death, has had a copy of the footage all along and never considered releasing it to the public, the source said.

Then, the 6*4″ 290 (plus) Brown leaves the store.  And is soon confronted by a police officer, who was called and alerted to Brown’s description.  Donald Douglas at the American Power Blog has more…

And then Dana Loesch has the interview with the friend of Officer Wilson, who explains that Brown assaulted Wilson at the police car, walked 35-feet away, and then turned and launched into a crazed “bum-rush” toward the police car, via Gateway Pundit, “EXCLUSIVE: Friend of OFFICER DARREN WILSON Speaks Out on Shooting of Mike Brown (AUDIO)“:

He pulled up ahead of them. And then he got a call-in that there was a strong-arm robbery. And, they gave a description. And, he’s looking at them and they got something in their hands and it looks like it could be what, you know those cigars or whatever. So he goes in reverse back to them. Tries to get out of his car. They slam his door shut violently. I think he said Michael did. And, then he opened the car again. He tried to get out. He stands up.

And then Michael just bum-rushes him and shoves him back into his car. Punches him in the face and them Darren grabs for his gun. Michael grabbed for the gun. At one point he got the gun entirely turned against his hip. And he shoves it away. And the gun goes off.

Well, then Michael takes off and gets to be about 35 feet away. And, Darren’s first protocol is to pursue. So, he stands up and yells, “Freeze!” Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him… And then all the sudden he just started bumrushing him. He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something.”

Go straight to the radio interview here, “Josie On The Dana Show 8-15-14.”

Additionally, there is video of the aftermath of the story.  This comes from the Conservative Treehouse.  On the video is audio of witnesses discussing the situation.

And just for another perspective…

Now, it is important to know that these videos and information were NOT available at the time of the incident.  It’s only since Friday that this new information has been trickling out.

Since the death of Michael Brown, there has been rioting and looting every night in Ferguson.  For “justice,” of course…

 

A simple search engine query will return hundreds of images of vandalism, looting, and destruction.  Because, apparently, “justice” means destruction.

But there is more.  This story also emphasizes that the police have become too militaristic.  When you see pics of cops, and then of armed soldiers, and you cannot tell the difference, there is something wrong.

Then, we still have to ask if the government was trying to get a riot going by withholding key information, like the video of Michael Brown stealing the cigars?  Did they want the mobs rioting a looting, and using the false narrative that Brown was shot in the back as a justification?

I have seen some bloggers state that the new information represents a “change in narrative.”  I would stress that the narrative will not change.  I say this in reference to Trayvon Martin.  If you would recall, Trayvon Martin was in the process of bashing in George Zimmerman’s skull when he was shot in self defense.  No matter what evidence came out, it was still clear that the only way for “progressive justice” to have taken place was for Trayvon Martin to have killed George Zimmerman.  Had that been the case, it would have been a local story, and the world would have been deprived of it’s very first “White Hispanic.”   This case is much the same.  Had Michael Brown been successful in further assaulting, or even killing, officer Wilson, there would be no public outcry.

It is possible that even more information might come out.  In that case, I will do my best to keep up with it.  Don will be back on duty for Tuesday, at which point, I will go back to more spiritual pursuits.

In the meantime, I will pray for peace, and actual justice in this situation.

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Story Update: Woman’s Tax Refund Stolen By Government for Something She Did Not Owe

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In what appears to be the next IRS scandal, the government is stealing tax refunds from people-even if they do not know if the targeted person actually did anything wrong.  Greta covered that recently.


 


We know that government, and especially the left, believes that all wealth and income belongs to them-not you. The honestly believe that government, as “god,” determines what, if any, of your income that you GET to keep. Given that belief, it should be no surprise that this is happening.  And, if they have to tax you into poverty, they’ll do it.  If they have to steal your tax refund to do it, that’s OK too.  And if you end up being poor, so be it.  If’s fairness and social justice!

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IRS Intercepts Tax Returns!

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Think you’re getting a tax return?  Well, maybe not, if the IRS has their way.  IOwnTheWorld has more…

Marc Fisher reporting in the Washington Post:

Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who are expecting refunds this month are instead getting letters like the one [Mary] Grice [of Takoma Park, Md.] got, informing them that because of a debt they never knew about — often a debt incurred by their parents — the government has confiscated their check.

The Treasury Department has intercepted $1.9 billion in tax refunds already this year — $75 million of that on debts delinquent for more than 10 years, said Jeffrey Schramek, assistant commissioner of the department’s debt management service. The aggressive effort to collect old debts started three years ago — the result of a single sentence tucked into the farm bill lifting the 10-year statute of limitations on old debts to Uncle Sam.

No one seems eager to take credit for [the provision]…

Remember that Farm Bill that no one read?  Yeah, that’s what you get when you elect fools to office.

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Horrific Video: Man Punches 8 Year-old, Steals iPad: Good Samaritan Chases him Down

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Just when you think that scumbags can’t sink any lower, they find a way.  Take a look at what one man was willing to do to score himself an iPad…

 

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police say cell phones and other mobile devices are being stolen more often, but a violent robbery involving an 8-year-old boy had some people shaking their heads and a Minneapolis man leaping to action.

Last Thursday, a boy was punched and the iPad in his hands was stolen outside a Minneapolis restaurant.

Aaron Stillday, 32, was arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated robbery. Police caught him after a good Samaritan chased him down.

“Poor kid,” said Mohammad Armeli, the man who chased down the robber. “I can’t believe it, the blood was all over his face. Could have broken his nose.”

Surveillance video shows the 8-year-old following his aunt out of a day care building. What happened next left Armeli’s blood boiling.SHOCK VIDEO: Man Punches 8-Year-Old Boy In Face, Steals iPad… Reagan Bush Shirt

“This is the scum of the earth,” he said. “You cannot hit a child like that. Don’t hit him for his iPad, or for anything.”

Armeli, who works at a Greek restaurant nearby, heard the commotion and went after the robber. While talking to 911 on his cell phone, he chased Stillday for more than a half-mile.

At least there was one man there that was willing to do what was needed to get the perpetrator is this crime.

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Porn Professor Attacks Teens Protesting Abortion

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Seems that a certain professor, of porn, of all things, cannot tolerate being exposed to the realities of abortion.  See what happened when a student protest is disrupted by the porn prof!

There is one visual a University of California, Santa Barbara, professor who teaches porn can’t handle: photos of abortion victims.

You would think Mireille Miller-Young, pictured right, who also teaches queer theory and sex work at UCSB, would have a hardened brain and eyes by now, but apparently the reality of abortion overcomes her. From The College Fix, March 12:

A department of feminist studies professor has been accused of going berserk after coming across a campus prolife demonstration that used extremely graphic displays, leading a small mob of students to chant “tear down the sign” before grabbing one of the signs, storming off with it, then allegedly engaging in an altercation with a 16-year-old prolife protestor who had followed the educator to retrieve it.

Much of the scuffle was recorded on a smartphone by the 16-year-old, Thrin Short. The yet-to-be-released video is now in the custody of Santa Barbara law enforcement officials, who are investigating the March 4 incident.

IMG_3169Short, pictured right, was with a group of 13 from Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust when Miller-Young allegedly absconded with one of their 3×5 signs and ran off with it. What happened next, according to the Survivors:

She paraded across the campus with two female students carrying the sign.  Joan [Short, Thrin’s sister] and Thrin followed, Thrin video-taping and Joan on the phone with the police.

The parade weaved through two buildings and entered an elevator in the third.  Thrin attempted to get on the elevator with them, but Young blocked the doorway.  Thrin stuck her foot in the door, but Young pushed it out with her foot.  Tenaciously Thrin put it back.  This happened several times as Thrin pleaded with the students to not get involved.  “The police are on their way,” she told them, “you don’t want to be with Professor Young.”

Suddenly Young reached out and pushed 16 year old Thrin. “Don’t touch me!”  Thrin cried, startled. Young’s long fingernails scratched Thrin’s arm.  Young pushed Thrin twice more and each time Thrin kept the door from closing with her arm.  Finally, Young got out of the elevator, and tried to pull Thrin away from the elevator door.  Thrin held onto the elevator with her other hand, the one holding the camera.  Realizing that students were trying to take the camera out of her hand, Thrin let go of the elevator.

The elevator doors closed.  Professor Young let go of Thrin, leaving several scratches on her arms, and got on another elevator.  Then the police arrived.

The police did not seem overly concerned about the incident until they saw the video and realized how violent the professor had been. Police identified the assailant and found the remains of the sign – it had been destroyed. UC Santa Barbara police are completing their report to be submitted for prosecution.

Here is the video, which was released in an update to the original post…

Violence with a smile, just like liberals all over.   And, like so many other feminists, she appears, shall we say, rather offending to the eye?

And, I have to wonder, isn’t porn a product of the “rape culture?”  And, by being a porn prof, isn’t contributing to that “rape culture?”

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Target Targeted: Credit Card Information of Millions Potentially Stolen

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According to the Secret Service, the credit card information of millions were potentially stolen from Target around the time of Black Friday.  I caught this story over at WTAE..

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) —The Secret Service is investigating a reported credit card data breach at discount retailer Target.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary confirmed the investigation Wednesday evening. He declined to comment further.

Leary’s comments came following a report from respected security researcher Brian Krebs that Target had suffered a data breach around the time of Black Friday last month “potentially involving millions of customer credit and debit card records.”

Target did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday evening.

Krebs reported that the breach apparently targeted customers at stores rather than online shoppers. The thieves reportedly gained access to data on the magnetic strips of shoppers’ cards, potentially allowing them to produce counterfeit versions.

So, if you shopped at Target on or around Black Friday, you might want to pay attention to further updates.

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Racial Violence Update: The Attempted Beating Cover up in Schenectady, NY

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It seems that now, there is pressure on local media to not discuss racial violence.  That might explain why I haven’t been seeing as many reports.  But, here is the latest, from Schenectady, NY.

But that is what happened: The beat down. And the denial.

It took a while for the story to come out, but in June, an unidentified 46-year-old man and his two daughters were watching White House Down when a large group of black people in the theater started making a lot of noise.

The Times-Union picked up the story, minus the racial details, about the movie-goers who:

ran up and down the aisle yelling and banging a plastic garbage can near the entrance to the theater.

As the credits rolled at the end of the movie, one of the young men accosted the victim from behind, punching him in the head, District Attorney William Sanderson said. A second male did the same thing, he said.

After the second punch, the man stood and blocked the third punch before the whole group attacked him, the prosecutor said.

They knocked the man to the ground, repeatedly punched and kicked him and dragged him on his knees, Sanderson said.

When one of the victim’s 15-year-old twin daughters tried to help her father, she also was hit. One of the assailants ran off with her cellphone.

It’s unclear how long the assault lasted, but no one inside the theater tried to help the victim, Sanderson said.

The victim suffered a concussion, a broken nose and an eye injury that is causing vision problems, said the Times-Union.  “The concussion has caused him headaches, memory loss, and difficulty in his day-to-day work,” said Sanderson.

Eight black people were arrested and charged with assault after the victim’s daughter identified several of the alleged assailants as people who also attended her high school.

If you look at the rest of the article, you see that it took months for the news of this attack to come out.  It seems that local business leaders were upset with the local media for reporting this, as it might prevent more people from patronizing their establishments.

We’ve been relying on local media to get these stories out so we could relay them to you.  However, it might be a pattern that even local media outlets are being pressured to not report the news.  I plan on staying on these stories, because the truth is too important to ignore.

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Obama Is Eyeing Your Savings!

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Remember when President Obama said “there comes a point when a person has earned enough”? Well, it should be a surprise that he also feels that people have saved more than they need for retirement. Mr. Obama has given new meaning to the word “arrogance”.

With this scandal a day administration, it is no wonder some of their plans to get their hands on more of your money slip under the radar.

On Aril 12, 2013, the Wall Street Journal wrote:

How many times have you read financial-advice stories lecturing you to max-out on your IRA, save as much as you can in your 401(k), and even pay taxes now to change your regular IRA into a Roth IRA that will be tax-free until you die?

Well, be careful how much you save.

Assistant OpinionJournal.com editor Allysia Finley on President Obama’s attack on tax deferred retirement accounts.

A lot of job-switchers are ignoring what may be one of the best options to get the most out of their retirement: Moving their savings into their new employer’s 401(k). MarketWatch’s Jim Jelter explains the benefits.

That’s the message in President Obama’s budget for fiscal 2014, which for the first time proposes to cap the amount Americans can save in these tax-sheltered investment vehicles. The White House explanation is that some people have accumulated “substantially more than is needed to fund reasonable levels of retirement saving.” So Mr. Obama proposes to “limit an individual’s total balance across tax-preferred accounts to an amount sufficient to finance an annuity of not more than $205,000 per year in retirement, or about $3 million for someone retiring in 2013.”

On April 14, 2013, the Independent Sentinel wrote:

THEY ARE COMING FOR YOU NEXT, make no mistake about that!. They already proposed it back in 2008. The government is on the hunt for more money to support its spending problem. President Obama wants more “revenue” – “taxes” – so he can make more “investments” as he spreads the wealth around.

You need to be afraid, very afraid!

Americans have $17.5 trillion in savings with 25% of it in IRA’s. It is a future source of revenue for the government if they can get their hands on it.

President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget plan estimated that retirement tax deductions taken by employers and individuals over the next five years add up to $429 billion in “lost” tax revenue. The government believes your savings is their lost revenue.

See how that works? Because you take a legal tax deduction, the government is getting screwed. Never mind that the original idea was to give citizens an incentive to save. Further along in the Independent Sentinel article we find this:

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Cyprus Bank Robbery, Government Taxes all Bank Accounts: Media Silent

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It seems that socialists all  over the world are watching Cyprus, because it is a test case.  Essentially, the government there decided to rob their citizens, literally over-night.  It’s what I call the great Cyprus Bank Robbery.  New Zeal has more…

Very few things give me nightmares… Yesterday’s event in Cyprus was one of them and the media is conspicuously silent. What do you get when you combine worldwide Marxist elitists, bankers and the media? A worldwide depression and a new dark age. The IMF (in case you are wondering who they are) is using Greece as a proving ground for the rest of us. It is a fascist Petri dish. They just implemented an across the board tax on all bank accounts over a holiday with no warning and no recourse. 9.9% if you have over 100,000 Euros in the bank, 6.75% is you have less than that. This is money being seized by the IMF, the European Union and the government of Greece to attempt to cover some of their debt. It is theft and it could have been a lot worse. The IMF had proposed a 40% haircut on all accounts

Get over to New Zeal to see more.  Trevor Loudon also quotes the Daliy Mail…

The Daily Mail:

Cash machines EMPTIED across Cyprus and 60,000 British savers face losing MILLIONS after £8.7bn EU bailout imposes tax of up to 10% on all bank accounts

  • Lines formed at ATMs as people scrambled to pull their money out

  • Word spread that rescue package included a one-off levy on deposits

  • Restrictions stopping people emptying accounts or moving money abroad

  • Up to 3,000 British service personnel are based on the bankrupt island

  • President Nicos Anastasiades agreed to raid with European finance chiefs

  • Said country in ‘state of emergency’ and not acting would be ‘catastrophic’

  • But expats accused the island of ‘plain theft’ as violent protests sparked

  • Britons have about £1.7b of deposits on island and could lose up to £170m

  • Parliamentary official: Vote scheduled for today pushed back to tomorrow

  • G. Osborne: This is what happens if you don’t show you can pay your way

OK, so what does this tell us?  It tells us that any government can hit their people with such a THEFT on a whim.  It means that  these governments will steal from their citizenry.  It says that they’ll throw the stolen money right down the same hole that all the other money went.  And, since they won’t kill their nanny states, they’ll be back for more.

To me, this is a terrifying sign, and if people don’t wake up, it can happen here.   Come to think of it, that’s why the media is silent.  No need to get those low information voters all stirred up with facts or anything, right?

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Warning: ObamaCare Tax Hikes Strike in 2013

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My opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare)  was based on the fact that it used the state to seize property from citizens and use that property to abort babies and encourage old people to die already all while lessening an individuals choices in their own healthcare. Because of its attack on life, liberty, and property rights, I opposed it, in addition to believing that it was unconstitutional and unaffordable. It remains all of these and more, and in addition billions of very real tax hikes hit a range of Americans starting in 2013, which are going to cost my family several thousand dollars.

From Forbes article In 2013, Millions Of Americans Face Obamacare Tax Hikes:

…On January 1, 2013, a 2.3-percent excise tax on the total revenues of medical-device companies — regardless of whether they turn a profit or suffer a loss — will take effect. The tax will hit everything they sell, from x-ray machines and pacemakers to surgical tools and artificial hips. The levy could extract as much as $29 billion over the next 10 years.

That money will have to come from somewhere; device firms won’t simply swallow the tab. So they’ll likely raise prices for patients and slash their workforces. In fact, economists at the Manhattan Institute project that the tax could eliminate as many as 43,000 jobs — and over $3.5 billion in employee compensation….

…Because of the tax, medical-device firms will also have less money to invest in research and development. My colleague Benjamin Zycher estimates that the industry will scale back investment in new products by 10 percent through 2020. That translates to a $2-billion decrease per year…

…Individuals with annual incomes higher than $200,000 and couples who make more than $250,000 a year will face two new taxes — a 0.9-percent increase in the 1.45-percent Medicare levy on earnings above those income thresholds and a new 3.8-percent tax on investment income. Together, these two taxes are expected to raise about $318 billion over the next decade — roughly half of the law’s new tax revenue.

The structure of these taxes penalizes married couples in particular. According to the New York Times, two unmarried singles who made $200,000 each would not owe any additional Medicare tax. But if they were married, they’d owe $1,350.

Meanwhile, the 3.8-percent tax on unearned income, like capital gains, dividends, and interest, will discourage saving and investment

…The law raises the floor for the deduction of medical expenses, from 7.5 percent of income to 10 percent. So only expenses beyond 10 percent of a person’s income will be deductible. This change could add hundreds of dollars to the tax bills of those struggling with major medical bills.

Obamacare also halves the maximum contribution to flexible spending accounts (FSAs), from $5,000 to $2,500. Many consumers use FSAs to cover routine medical expenses, like vision care, orthodontia, and prescription drugs….

…By neutering FSAs, Obamacare deprives patients of control over their own health care — and puts insurers and government in the driver’s seat. Instead of paying for routine care with pre-tax dollars, individuals will have to purchase expensive insurance that covers routine care. In the end, patients may end up paying more

My family uses our FSA to cover costs of sending our children to school so that we can go to work. We won’t have nearly as much money to work with in 2013- personally this will cost my family between $500-$1000 that will be cut from investments or savings for college for our children- thank you Obarfo.

Although it is possible that Obamacare may result in some good for our nation, we know for a fact that it will result in our nation going farther in debt, will result in jobs being lost, will result in less saving and investment, will result in increased fees and taxes on rich and poor alike, and will result in health care being more expensive for everyone in America.

Possibility of small gain for America, certainty of massive losses for America = Obamacare.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

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Another French Revolution? Gerard Depardieu Goes Galt

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What if there were another French Revolution.  And this time, it was led by creators refusing to be robbed by the nanny state?  Well, one is beginning.  Earlier this year, the French foolishly elected socialists, and their PM decided that a really great way to raise revenue for do-goodery was to tax the evil rich at very high levels.  And, creators, like famous actor Gerard Depardieu have decided to vote with their feet, and leave France.  The Socialist PM fired off that the refusal to be robbed was “pathetic.” 

Depardieu shot back and, in an open letter to Monsieur Ayrault, wrote, “I’m leaving because you think success, creation, talent and anything different should be punished. I am sending you back my passport and social security, which I have never used.” The French actor claims to have “paid 85 percent taxes on his revenues this year [2012] and estimated that he had paid €145m ($189m) in total since he started work as a printer at the age of 14.”

The lessons from Monsieur Hollande’s debacle should be obvious. The rich are a mobile lot and there are plenty of countries that will welcome them with open arms. The British Prime Minister David Cameron, for example, has promised to “roll out a red carpet” for the French tax refuges. Moreover, as my colleague Alan Reynolds reminds us, high tax rates on income may discourage many wealthy people from remaining in the labor force, since, to use economic jargon, their elasticity of taxable income is much higher than that of low and middle income earners. Translated into English, people like me have to work even if our tax rates go up, because we have to come up with money to pay our mortgages, student loans, etc. The rich people don’t.

Keep it up socialists!  Because, as we know, 75% of nothing is nothing, and guys like Depardieu, and all the jobs they create, and all the taxes they formerly paid, are all gone now.    Great job!

But, Marian L. Tupy, writing at CATO, nails it perfectly (emphasis added)

The French government was warned of the negative consequences of tax increases. It chose to ignore those warnings. Instead, the French socialists assumed that they could go on plucking the golden goose indefinitely. (Then again, the socialist grasp on reality has never been very good.) Of course, when idiotic policies backfire, politicians feign surprise and then shift the blame onto others. Thus, French Labor Minister Michel Sapin asked in a radio interview “What is more normal than those who earn enormous amounts of money paying lots of tax?” The French Culture and Communication Minister Aurelie Filippetti bemoaned Depardieu’s action by stating that “We shouldn’t be receiving moral lessons from people who abandon the battlefield when we need everyone to be mobilized.”

This is so incredibly true.  This has happened before, and because high taxes make rich people go away (and take their money with them), you would think they would learn.  But, they don’t, because they are too busy blaming everything else under the sun except for the actual cause, which is their own policies.

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Stupid is as Stupid Does:Three Stories

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With all that is going on in America and in the world that has impact our lives and the futures of our children, it is not surprising that a lot of news passes under the radar, sort of speak. Sometimes I have to wonder if there is a conspiracy within the MSM to keep some news under the radar because they don’t want the world to know just how outrageously stupid Americans can be at times.

We have come to expect people in government to do stupid things. In fact that is the norm and it is not just an American phenomena. Two of today’s stories have to do with government. But, we generally tend to think that the people in charge of major corporations would likely be very smart people. The first story today will prove that this theory doesn’t always hold up.

China Dupes General Motors Again

From a recent American Thinker article we learn

It’s  déjà vu all over again!  GM again caves to Chinese pressure.  In  September it was the electric car.  In April it was the  Cadillac.

Allow me to explain what is going on. To do business in China, like many socialist countries, a foreign company like General Motors must have a cinese partner. In this case, the Chinese partner is a company that goes by the accrmym of SAIC. But, not only does GM have to take on a Chinese partner, they are required by the Chinese government to share all of their technology with the partner. And, what does SAIC do with that shared technology? Well, they go off and build a wholly owned factory of their own and produce a clone to compete directly with General Motors.

Can somebody explain to me how this is good business for General Motors? I ask that question because here is what is going to happen. In exchange for some short-term profits (maybe), GM is going to give up its technology and eventually they are going to lose their market share to SAIC’s other company and SAIC will probably end up the proud 100% owner of the factory that GM built with its capital. I have to wonder if GM’s US partner, the US Government, has had a hand in these decisions. Whatever, it looks pretty stupid to me.

Abuse of Government Freebies

Here is a government freeby program that I had no idea it existed. Bid you know that the FCC  (I tried without success to find out when this program started) has a program called Lifeline for low-income folks to have phone service? Bruce McQuain at Questions and Observation has this story. The FCC Lifeline program was originally to provide low-income people with landline phone service in case there were emergencies that needed to be reported. Later on the program was extended to provide free cell phones and even free smart phones. Here is a quote from Arkansas’ Republican Congressman Tim Griffin

“People are not only getting [one free cell phone], they’re getting multiples. There are reports of people getting 10, 20, 30 — just routinely getting more than one, selling them, storing them up, whatever,” Griffin said

This freeby program is costing taxpayer about $1 billion per year.  You see, although government people are stupid , poor people are not so stupid. These phones come with 100 minutes or more of free use. So, what happens? A poor person goes to a participating store and they get their free smart phone. Then they go to another and another participating store and get more phones. They use up their free minutes and sell the phones and start the process al over again. So, Mr. McQuain has a question for you

…Ever wonder what that line on your bill that says “universal service fund” was all about?  Well, this is what it’s about.  Your government giving away cell phones with no apparent accountability and you paying for them.

Yup! We always pay for government stupidity, don’t we?

A Nanny Never Sleeps

I swear these people stay up nights divining problems that government must solve by creating another law. This low flying news also comes to us thanks to Bruce McQuain at Questions and Observations.  The Nanny in question is a  Kathy Webb, a state Representative from Arkansas. She thinks frying hamburgers is dangerous to the environment.

Webb has submitted Interim Study Proposal 2011-201, an act “to declare an emergency” over the alleged crisis. Frying hamburgers is now The People’s Business of the Highest Order.

Webb’s bill claims food grease presents an emergency risk of sewer overflows that threatens the environment. “It is in the public interest to establish a Fat, Oil, and Grease Advisory Committee to study the recommended measures to better ensure that the collection, transportation, disposal, and recycling of fat, oil, and grease are done in a manner that is protective of the environment,” reads the bill.

And, there is more

According to the bill, the state will appoint a 14 (!) member committee “with adequate staff and facilities” to study the frying-pan-grease emergency and recommend legislation, enforcement, and other emergency government action to fight food grease. Even after such action, the committee and its “adequate staff and facilities” will perpetually exist, convene, and soak up taxpayer resources.

Bruce has a response that is much better than anything I could come up with

Because that’s what government does.  It appoints “Grease Czars”, enthrones them in perpetuity “with adequate staff and facilities” and then wastes taxpayer money trying to enforce unenforceable laws passed by morons.

Yeah, stupid is as stupid does. Stupid is a commodity that we never seem to run short of.

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

Original Post:  Conservatives on Fire

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Shovel Ready? $11,000,000 Spent-two People Helped!

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For government work, that’s a bargain, apparently.  We said that when the porkulus passed, that there would be tremendous waste and corruption.  So, when the following came to light, I was not surprised.  Michelle Malkin has more on the shenanigans in Detroit.  

Part of an $11 million grant intended to provide business attire to 400 low-income job-seekers instead helped only two people, an audit of the city’s Department of Human Services has found.

The audit, conducted by the city’s auditor general for the period from July 2009 to September 2011, found the department failed to control the operations and finances of a boutique that was to provide the clothes.

The department did not safeguard grant funds or create an inventory for the clothing, the audit found.
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“The DHS was only able to provide the auditors with two referral forms signed by two clients documenting that they received clothing from the boutique,” the audit said. “Eligible Detroiters are not being served with available clothing being stocked in the boutique.”

The department did not give a reason for not reaching the goal of providing 400 people with clothes.

Detroit’s Department of Human Services must be a training ground forDepartment of Energy clean energy loan officers.

As rdbrewer pointed out at Ace of Spades, assuming the entire $11 million was earmarked for the job seeker “service center,” even if they met their goal of helping clothe 400 people in business attire, that would have still worked out to $27,500 per person. Where did they plan on taking these people to shop? Oscar de la Renta?

Yes, there you have it.  $11,000,000 spent to buy clothes for two people!  We probably shouldn’t go looking too hard for where all the money went, though it wouldn’t surprise me if some local Democratic party officials have nice new swimming pools and cars.

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Occupiers Wear Out Welcome at NY Churches

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It seems that no matter where they lurk, occupiers are wearing out their welcome.  The latest comes from NY City, where at least two churches were allowing occupiers to camp there at night.  FOX News has the predictable results…

  There’s no longer room at the inn at a Manhattan church that’s sheltering Occupy Wall Streeters after a holy vessel disappeared from the altar last week.

When the Rev. Bob Brashear prepared for Sunday services at West Park Presbyterian Church on West 86th Street, he noticed parts of the bronze baptismal font were gone.

In a fire-and-brimstone message to occupiers later that day, he thundered, “It was like pissing on the 99 percent.”

In Brooklyn, at another church housing OWS protesters, an occupier urinated on a cross, according to Rabbi Chaim Gruber, who has angrily abandoned the OWS movement.

In a letter last week to OWS obtained by The Post, the rabbi fumed, “The Park Slope church housing occupiers was desecrated when an occupier peed inside the building and the pee came into contact with a cross.”

It is important to note that, according to the FOX story, Rev. Brashear found part of the baptismal font in a small room connected to the church.

It has always amazed my that any Christian entity would openly cooperate with Occupy, or any other Marxist movement.   Since Marxism is inherently Godless, and is based on theft and complete subjugation of the populace, it makes little sense that churches would ally with them, or host them.  Of course, the pastors of the two churches mentioned in the story, learned the hard way, that the occupiers are exactly what we’ve been saying that they are.  And, they are behaving exactly as we have predicted.

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Occupy Whistle-blower Gets Banned From Spokes Council: Is OWS a Microcosm of a Marxist Regime?

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I’ve been noting for some time now, that OWS is a microcosm of the Marxist regime that they would prefer rule this nation.  Last month, I discussed the experiences if a feminist in at one of the European Occupy sites, and how she was threatened and silenced for pointing out inconvenient truths.  Now, we are seeing this being recreated at the mothership of the Occupy movement, Occupy Wall Street.

It seems that a female occupier, Nan Terrie, has been raising some uncomfortable issues for OWS, such as rape, robbery, and the suspicion that OWS funds are being misused.  The response by the leaderhip at OWS?  Ban her from the Spokes Council, the “governing body” of Occupy Wall Street.  Big Government has more…

The minutes of the January 20, 2012 Spoke Council meeting details some of the back-and-forth about excluding Ms. Terrie, who has been a vocal whistle-blower about theft, violence, and sexual assault, allegations that have been proven to be true as verified by outside reporting and police arrest records. Terrie has also asked for an accounting of money spent by the #Occupy movement. Further, she has alleged an organized coverup of violence and financial malfeasance by de facto leadership of the supposedly leaderless movement.

Ms. Terrie, an 18-year-old activist originally from Florida, was treated at the hospital for a concussion just two nights ago, after being hit in the head with a chair at a meeting.

Once again, historical parallels jump out at me.   I recall stories, from both the Soviet Union under Stalin, and Nazi Germany, of people reporting problems to the state, and abruptly disappearing.   In those nations, the state propaganda apparatus told the people, and the world, that everything was great and spiffy, and there were no problems with the great socialist system.  If there were acknowledged problems, they were the result of nefarious plots by Jews, imperialist Americans, Jews, evil capitalists, Jews, or Jewish bankers.  This set up a rather disastrous situation for those that pointed out problem with the spiffy system.

In the days before modern communication, it was rather easy for the state to control information.  If the state owned, or otherwise controlled the press, radio, television (if it existed), the population could be spoon-fed the approved propaganda of the day.  So, more often than not, the people bought into the message.  But, on occasion, a citizen would think the following; “Gee whiz, Comrade Stalin is so busy, perhaps he didn’t know that we are out of food, or our farm tractors are broken, and we have no spare parts.  Maybe I’ll write him a letter, and surely, he will help us.”  That poor soul would write a letter, and the KGB would get it.  The writer would be arrested, tried, and shot, or sent to a Gulag, or just taken out back and shot.  Why?  Because their sincere effort to elicit help contradicted the state’s position that everything was great and spiffy.  Going against the state’s position that everything was great was a crime, for “discouraging” the people, or creating dissent.  And, we all know how statists deal with dissent.  Dissent, and the dissenters must be marginalized, attacked, and otherwise silenced. That is what happened to Miss Terrie.

Of course, they did not kill her.  That would hit the media, and would be more bad press.  They don’t have sufficient control of information to cover up their activities, let alone a murder.  So, they settled for less, banning her from meetings, where her inconvenient truths can be ignored.  Also, it could be assumed that most of the occupiers are naive enough to think that they can install a Marxist government without killing millions of people.  So for now, they will settle for kicking out people that point out the obvious and predictable flaws in their system.  But what happens if they do manage to accomplish their goals, and people start dying of starvation, or there are massive riots, or when people simply refuse to be robbed of their property?

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