Dear (R) talking point writers: Obamacare already raised taxes 3.4% on 200k+ non-investment income
The 3.8% surtax applies to the lesser of you investment income the amount of your income over 200k (250k for married filing jointly). And I believe it is calculated BEFORE deductions. Until this week I didn’t realize this could apply to income and just ‘investment’ income. http://www.prisonplanet.com/top-five-worst-obamacare-taxes-coming-in-2013-read-more-httpatr-orgfive-worst-obamacare-taxes-coming-a7217ixzz27x5osjxx.html Republicans need to hammer this home during budget talks. OBAMA ALREADY RAISED TAXES ON THE EVIL RICH PEOPLE. | Read More »
4 Medicare talking points R’s are not making but need to
1. Medicare as we know it will end if we do nothing. Right now I think the projection is that it will be bankrupt in about 8 years, and currently it’s borrowing 40-50% of every dollar that it spends. So Medicare as we know it will end. I just saw an NBC poll that had 55% saying it could be solvent in its present form or | Read More »
If it’s a tax, can we get rid of it through reconciliation?
Turnabout is fair play of course. First, can the senate pass tax changes with just 50 votes? Second, if not we should be able to get rid of the mandate through reconciliation, which we should be able to pull off if we keep the house, get seats in the senate, and Romney wins.
Delayed Obamacare Ruling Indicates the Court is Striking Down Multiple Parts?
The Obamacare ruling is taking a long time to be delivered. Many people were expecting it today. I haven’t heard this anywhere, but I was just thinking that perhaps the delay in issuing the ruling is partly due to the fact that they are striking down large parts of the law and therefore it is a long and complicated opinion to write. If you recall, | Read More »
How Santorum Should Explain ‘Theology’ Comment and ‘Theocracy’ charges: Pay Attention Uneducated Media
I happened to watch some MSNBC today while flipping through the channels. Al Sharpton was in a fury over Santorum’s theology remark, claiming he was saying the President wasn’t a Christian and then walking it back and bringing up the whole line about ‘We aren’t a theocracy’. If Santorum is the nominee we a going to hear the ‘theocrat’ charge non-stop, and there is a | Read More »
Logical Fallacies of Jon Hunstman and the Elite Media
I am so sick of hearing the elite media and their favorite Republican call conservatives anti-science and pushing the idea that there is absolute consensus on global warming and evolution. On the most basic level, these appeals to scientific authority are only valid if the authorities are not significantly biased. http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/appeal-to-authority.html In the case of both global warming and evolution, the scientific establishment is EXTREMELY | Read More »
Six Powerful Arguments Republicans Never Make, In Sound Byte Form
Why are Republicans so bad at messaging? The Democrats know their talking points and repeat them over and over. The result is that people start to believe them, and democrat talking points end up framing the national dialogue. Here are six simple and powerful arguments Republicans can use as 10 second sound bytes, many of which I have NEVER HEARD: 1. The Stimulus package could | Read More »
Why Aren’t Dems Happy About a Keynesian Stimulus?
If I remember my macroeconomics class correctly, isn’t any tax cut a keynesian stimulus, just as any government spending is a stimulus. According to the theory, in both cases shouldn’t either one have some type of temporary multiplier effect on GDP as whoever gets the tax cuts spend the money on goods which then goes to pay workers which then spend the money, etc.? It | Read More »
Dear Fiorina and other Candidates: How to Answer Questions about Entitlement Spending
I just finished watching a rather pathetic interview of Carly Fiorina on Fox News Sunday. Chris Wallace kept asking how she would cut spending and reform entitlements and she kept dodging the question and wouldn’t give specifics. Now I understand Boxer would use it against her if she said she was going to cut Medicare, and the same is true of all the other candidates. | Read More »
Great interview with Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan interview excerpts: This whole debate has been a proxy fight about what kind of country America will be — whether we’ll become a cradle-to-grave welfare state or stay a free-market democracy. The Democrats who are being told that the worse is over should know that the battle has not even begun. It’s up to us to now bring the case to the American | Read More »
The Q nobody has asked until today: Amending Non-Existent Law In the House
Apparently the Rules committee is in Chaos over whether or not the house can vote on an amendment to non-existing law (the Senate bill). I have brought this point up a few times in comment threads, but I haven’t read any articles about what seems a very obvious point: If the Senate can’t start reconciliation until the Senate bill is law (since reconciliation must amend | Read More »
Why the Slaughter Rule MUST be unconstitutional
Consider for a moment what would happen if the House passed a reconciliation package, deeming the Senate bill passed, but the Senate was unable to pass a reconciliation bill. The president could then sign the Senate bill even though that bill, by itself, didn’t pass the Senate and couldn’t pass the Senate (Nancy Pelosi, in a rare moment of truth, just said her members don’t | Read More »
Why I have not seen this on the Front Page?
Freedomworks is coordinating a rally against Obamacare Tuesday, March 16th. I believe this has been advertised for at least a week. If there was ever a time to rally in DC it would be this week against Obamacare. It is not hyperbole to say that losing this battle could be the end of America as we know it. So why hasn’t this been promoted on | Read More »
Rally in DC, March 16th
FreedomWorks is working with the tea parties to storm the capitol March 16th. Event Information I fully support this, but I must say, if we want to put together some big rallies we need more time to prepare and plan. Why wasn’t anyone planning a rally in DC as soon as it was clear Obama was going to do reconciliation in mid-February? Let’s get our | Read More »
March on Washington #2
I am calling for another March on Washington on March 26, before the Easter recess, in order to kill Obamacare once and for all. Both the House and Senate plan to be in recess starting March 29: My best guess is that the first March on Washington drew a few hundred thousand people to DC, but was a failure due to the lack of media | Read More »
To R’s on Capitol Hill Today: Broad point to make regarding Govt healthcare
I’m currently watching the health care summit and I think one point desperately needs to be made OVER and OVER, and I have not heard it yet today or in anything any Republican has said regarding health care. And that is this: GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE IS INEFFICIENT BECAUSE IT CAN’T FAIL I wish Coburn had made this point when he spoke. He said that the fraud | Read More »
Park Service Crowd Estimate: 300,000 – 1.2 mil
USA Today published this graphic illustrating how the park service estimates crowds and showing the crowd sizes for various inaugural ceremonies: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-01-19-crowd_N.htm Based on images like this: http://reason.com/blog/show/136041.html it seems the crowd stretched from the captiol almost to the Washington Monument. I saw a better image showing that earlier, but I can’t find it now. So, if the crowd today was as dense as a | Read More »
How We Can Stop Obamacare
Like many of you, I feel frustrated and helpless as I watch the radical left race to destroy and bankrupt our country. The unfortunate reality is that once their new government programs are enacted they will be almost impossible to repeal. Not only do these government programs tend to stifle our economy and squash our freedoms, they also manufacture democrats by creating a culture of | Read More »
Truly Disturbing Attack on Freedom of Religion
I head about this case on the radio today and couldn’t find any news stories on it in Google News. This story should be headline news, and among other things it demonstrates why the right needs to develop our own online news outlets (like Huffington Post) and not just opinion outlets. http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/news/story.aspx?cid=4899 excerpts: DETROIT — Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund Center for Academic Freedom filed | Read More »
Obama – The Biggest White Collar Crook in History
I’m struck by the lack of outrage about Obama’s budget. The AIG bonuses received nonstop coverage for a week, but this budget is at least 100 times more outrageous and insulting to the American people. Obama’s budget puts us more in debt in the next five years than the cumulative debt from George Washington to G.W. Bush. The ratio of total debt to GDP is | Read More »