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The Tax Foundation – Basic Facts on Redistribution and the Impact of Obama’s Policies

Introduction

The debate over taxing high-income families to fund the expansion of health care coverage in America has renewed the broader question of government’s role in redistributing income through tax and spending policies. What is missing from this debate is some hard numbers on how much current tax and spending policies redistribute income from some Americans to others and how much the policies advocated by the Obama Administration will change the overall amount of redistribution.

The Tax Foundation’s “Fiscal Incidence” project has filled this void by first calculating how much current tax and spending policies are redistributing, then estimating how much President Obama’s policies—from taxes to health care to climate change—will alter that redistribution. Simply put, the Fiscal Incidence Model[1] compares the total amount of federal taxes families pay (such as income taxes, excise taxes, payroll taxes, etc.) to the total amount of government spending they receive (such as entitlement benefits, defense spending, public works, etc.).

How the Money Comes and Goes

We divide American families into ten equal groups by income level, and at the top end of the spectrum, we are able to break that 10 percent down into smaller groups. In general, as anyone would expect, families who earn more pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits while families who earn less receive more in federal spending than they pay in federal taxes. These individual results are then summed up into a national picture of how much tax and spending policies redistribute income from some American families to others.

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE:  The Tax Foundation – Basic Facts on Redistribution and the Impact of Obama’s Policies.

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Why most Americans are angry about approval of ObamaCare

In spite of heavy opposition from the citizens from sea to shining sea, the U.S. House of Representatives proceeded to approve the ObamaCare legislation by a vote of 219-212.  The bill was passed without the support of even one Republican.

Yet 34 Democrats joined with Republicans in voting no.

Rarely has any piece legislation so bitterly divided the citizens of this nation.  The clear majority in poll after poll shows that this bill is very unpopular and Americans by and large are very angry that their elected representatives in Congress would even consider such a thing, much less vote in favor of it.

read the rest here: Why most Americans are angry about approval of ObamaCare.

**This article was written by Anthony G. Martin, one of my FAVORITE

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Paul Ryan at his best! Remarks on House Floor in opposition of Majority’s Health Care Bill

In case you missed Paul Ryan in all his awesomeness on the house floor yesterday, here it is…

YouTube – Paul Ryan: Remarks on House Floor in opposition of Majority’s Health Care Bill.

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The Crisis by Thomas Paine

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.

Whether the independence of the continent was declared too soon, or delayed too long, I will not now enter into as an argument; my own simple opinion is, that had it been eight months earlier, it would have been much better. We did not make a proper use of last winter, neither could we, while we were in a dependent state. However, the fault, if it were one, was all our own [NOTE]; we have none to blame but ourselves. But no great deal is lost yet. All that Howe has been doing for this month past, is rather a ravage than a conquest, which the spirit of the Jerseys, a year ago, would have quickly repulsed, and which time and a little resolution will soon recover.

I have as little superstition in me as any man living, but my secret opinion has ever been, and still is, that God Almighty will not give up a people to military destruction, or leave them unsupportedly to perish, who have so earnestly and so repeatedly sought to avoid the calamities of war, by every decent method which wisdom could invent. Neither have I so much of the infidel in me, as to suppose that He has relinquished the government of the world, and given us up to the care of devils; and as I do not, I cannot see on what grounds the king of Britain can look up to heaven for help against us: a common murderer, a highwayman, or a house-breaker, has as good a pretence as he.

READ THE REST HERE  The Crisis by Thomas Paine.

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Tea Party Imposters? « Nevada News Bureau

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For those of you unaware, a third party called the Tea Party of Nevada just registered with the SOS.  I’ve been researching and emailing around ever since, and here is what I’ve come up with so far:

I cannot find any evidence that any of these principals have ever been involved in any Tea Party activities, until now.  I’ve emailed a number of Tea Party organizer-activists in the state and so far, nobody has ever heard of any of the principals – except for Barry Levinson because he is a Las Vegas attorney.

Here are some snippets from my research so far:

Barry Levinson was part of the “Bush Lied, People Died” cabal (very strange creds for a Tea Party guy).

Not really core to the story but one of the principals, Larry Lathum, appears to be a 9/11 Truther.  A number of sane Tea Partiers emailed me to say they are concerned about credibility and perceptions and are not happy to see Levinson’s and Lathum’s names on that principals list.

Also, here are some notes from a conservative blogger (Flopping Aces) who is on this as well, along with some “Freepers” who have been researching the principals.

via Tea Party Imposters? « Nevada News Bureau.

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Boehner Report on “Stimulus”: “Broken Promises, Bloated Government, and Wasteful Spending” | John Boehner

It’s been one year since President Obama signed into law the trillion-dollar “stimulus” spending bill opposed by Congressman Boehner. What have we gotten for all of this spending? More debt and fewer jobs.The Hill links to a report released by Boehner today that debunks the Administration’s claims that the so-called “stimulus” has worked “and touts Republican alternatives as better-suited to stimulate job growth.” Bloomberg News reports:

“Republicans released their own report, with House Minority Leader John Boehner saying the stimulus law’s first anniversary ‘marks one year of broken promises, bloated government, and wasteful spending.’

“Since the measure was passed, ‘more than 3 million Americans have lost their jobs, unemployment is near 10 percent and the deficit is set to hit a record $1.6 trillion,’ Boehner said in a statement accompanying the Republican report, entitled ‘Where Are the Jobs?’”

The Dayton Daily News reports that “Ohio unemployment was at 9.5 percent in February 2009 and rose to 10.9 percent in December 2009, the last month for which federal figures are available. Also, the state lost 107,800 jobs from February- December, 2009, according to federal data.”

And NPR reports that all of the new government spending proposed by the Obama Administration means “the national deficit will crest at a record-breaking almost $1.6 trillion in the current fiscal year.” Boehner says taxpayers aren’t getting their money’s worth. According to CNN:

“’The American people took on record amounts of debt to fund Washington Democrats’ trillion-dollar ’stimulus’ and a year later the nation’s unemployment rate is near 10%,’ said Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the House’s top Republican. ‘Taxpayers aren’t getting their money’s worth from the trillion-dollar ’stimulus’ and struggling families and small businesses are rightly asking, ‘Where are the jobs?’”

To learn more about the “no cost” plan for creating new jobs supported by Boehner, click here.

via Boehner Report on “Stimulus”: “Broken Promises, Bloated Government, and Wasteful Spending” | John Boehner.

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Conservative vs. Liberal Beliefs

CONSERVATIVE vs LIBERAL BELIEFS

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CONSERVATIVES – believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense.  Believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals.

Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems.

LIBERALS – believe in governmental action to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all, and that it is the duty of the State to alleviate social ills and to protect civil liberties and individual and human rights.  Believe the role of the government should be to guarantee that no one is in need.  Believe that people are basically good.

Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve people’s problems.


THE ISSUES:

ISSUE CONSERVATIVE LIBERAL
Abortion Human life begins at conception.  Abortion is the murder of a human being. Nobody has the right to murder a human being.

Support legislation to prohibit partial birth abortions, called the “Partial Birth Abortion Ban” (partial birth abortion – the killing of an unborn baby of at least 20 weeks by pulling it out of the birth canal with forceps, but leaving the head inside.  An incision is made in the back of the baby’s neck and the brain tissue is suctioned out.  The head is then removed from the uterus.)

A fetus is not a human life.

The decision to have an abortion is a personal choice of a woman regarding her own body and the government should stay out of it.  Women should be guaranteed the right to a safe and legal abortion, including partial birth abortion.

Affirmative action People should be admitted to schools and hired for jobs based on their ability.  It is unfair to use race as a factor in the selection process.  Reverse-discrimination is not a solution for racism. Due to prevalent racism in the past, minorities were deprived of the same education and employment opportunities as whites.  We need to make up for that.

Support affirmative action based on the belief that America is still a racist society.  Minorities still lag behind whites in all statistical measurements of success.  Also, the presence of minorities creates diversity.

Death penalty The death penalty is a punishment that fits the crime; it is neither ‘cruel’ nor ‘unusual’.  Executing a murderer is the appropriate punishment for taking an innocent life. We should abolish the death penalty.  The death penalty is inhumane and is ‘cruel and unusual’ punishment.  It does not deter crime.  Imprisonment is the appropriate punishment.  Every execution risks killing an innocent person.
Economy The free market system, competitive capitalism, and private enterprise afford the widest opportunity and the highest standard of living for all.  Free markets produce more economic growth, more jobs and higher standards of living than those systems burdened by excessive government regulation. Favor a market system in which government regulates the economy.  We need government to protect us against big businesses.  Unlike the private sector, the government is motivated by public interest.  We need government regulation to level the playing field.
Education – school vouchers School vouchers will give all parents the right to choose good schools for their children, not just those who can afford private schools.  Parents (who pay the taxes that fund the schools) should decide how and where to educate their child. School vouchers are untested experiments.  We need to focus on more funding for existing public schools -to raise teacher salaries and reduce class size.
the Environment Desire clean water, clean air and a clean planet, just like everyone else.  However, extreme environmental policies destroy jobs and damage the economy.

Changes in global temperatures are natural over long periods of time.  So far, science has not shown that humans can affect permanent change to the earth’s temperature.

Conservatives don’t care about protecting the environment.
Industrial growth harms the environment.

Global warming is caused by an increased production of carbon dioxide.  The U.S. is a major contributor to global warming because it produces 25% of the world’s carbon dioxide.  The U.S. should enact laws to significantly reduce that amount.

Gun control The Second Amendment gives the individual the right to keep and bear arms.  Gun control laws do not thwart criminals.  You have a right to defend yourself against criminals.  More guns mean less crime. The Second Amendment gives no individual the right to own a gun, but allows the state to keep a militia (National Guard).  Guns kill people.  Guns kill children.
Health care Free healthcare provided by the government (socialized medicine) means that everyone will get the same poor-quality healthcare.  The rich will continue to pay for superior healthcare, while all others will receive poor-quality free healthcare from the government.  Health care should remain privatized.
Support Healthcare Spending Accounts.
Support universal government-supervised health care.  There are millions of Americans who can’t afford health insurance.  They are being deprived of a basic right to healthcare.
Homeland security Wary of parts of the Patriot Act Oppose the Patriot Act
Immigration Support legal immigration at current numbers, but do not support illegal immigration.   Government should enforce immigration laws.  Oppose President Bush’s amnesty plan for illegal immigrants.  Those who break the law by entering the U.S. illegally should not have the same rights as those who obey the law by entering legally.

If there were a decrease in cheap, illegal immigrant labor, employers would have to substitute higher-priced domestic employees, legal immigrants, or perhaps increase mechanization.

Support legal immigration and increasing the number of legal immigrants permitted to enter the U.S. each year.  Support blanket amnesty for current illegal immigrants.

Believe that regardless of how they came to the U.S., illegal immigrants deserve:
– U.S. government financial aid for college tuition.
– visas for spouse/children to come to the U.S.  Families shouldn’t be separated.

Illegal immigrants do the jobs that Americans do not want to do.

Religion The phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution.  The First Amendment to the Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”  This prevents the government from establishing a national church.  However, it does not prevent God from being acknowledged in schools and government buildings.

Oppose the removal of symbols of Christian heritage from public and government spaces.

Government should not interfere with religion and religious freedom.

Support the separation of church and state.  Religious expression has no place in government.

Support the removal of all references to God in public and government spaces.

Religion should not interfere with government.

Same-sex marriage Marriage is between one man and one woman.

Opinions differ on support for the creation of a constitutional amendment establishing marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Believe that requiring citizens to sanction same-sex relationships violates moral and religious beliefs of millions of Christians, Jews, Muslims and others who believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman.

Marriage should be legal for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples to ensure equal rights for all.

All individuals, regardless of their sex, have the right to marry.

Believe that prohibiting same-sex citizens from marrying denies them of their civil rights.  Opinions differ on whether this issue is equal to civil rights for African Americans.

Social Security The current Social Security system is in serious financial trouble.  Changes are necessary because the U.S. will be unable to maintain the current system it in the future.  Support proposal to allow a portion of Social Security dollars withheld to be put into an account chosen by the individual, not the government. Generally oppose change to the current Social Security system.  Opinions vary on whether the current system is in financial trouble.  Changing the current system will cause people to lose their Social Security benefits.

Support a cap on Social Security payments to the wealthy.

Taxes Support lower taxes and a smaller government.  Lower taxes create more incentive for people to work, save, invest, and engage in entrepreneurial endeavors.  Money is best spent by those who earn it. Support higher taxes and a larger government.  High taxes enable the government to do good and create jobs.  We need high taxes for social welfare programs, to provide for the poor.  We can’t afford to cut taxes.
United Nations (UN) The UN has repeatedly failed in its essential mission:  to preserve world peace.  The wars, genocide and human rights abuses of the majority of its member states (and the UN’s failure to stop them) prove this point.  History shows that the United States, not the UN, is the global force for spreading freedom, prosperity, tolerance and peace.  The U.S. should never subvert its national interests to those of the UN. The United States has a moral and a legal obligation to support the United Nations (UN).  The UN can be effective in promoting peace and human rights.  The U.S. should not have acted in Iraq without UN approval.  The U.S. should submit its national interests to the greater good (as defined by the UN).
War in Iraq This was a preemptive strike to protect the U.S.  All intelligence indicated that Saddam Hussein possessed and used weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in the past and was prepared to use them again.  He would not allow United Nations weapons inspectors to confirm his claim that he had destroyed his WMDs.
A democracy can succeed in Iraq if the people are given the opportunity to create one.  All people want to live in freedom.
This is Bush’s war for oil.  Saddam Hussein was no real threat.  We have not found weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), so Saddam did not have any.  President Bush lied about WMDs and the dangers posed by Saddam.  We should have given the UN more time.  We have alienated the rest of the world by our unilateral action (‘go it alone’ attitude).

A democracy can’t succeed in Iraq.  Not everyone wants to live in a democracy.

War on terror/terrorism The world toward which the Militant Islamists strive cannot peacefully co-exist with the Western world.  In the last decade, Militant Islamists have repeatedly attacked Americans and American interests here and abroad.  The terrorists must be stopped and destroyed. 9/11 was caused by America’s arrogant foreign policy.  America needs to stop angering other countries.  The threat posed by terrorism is exaggerated by President Bush for his own political advantage.
Welfare Oppose long-term welfare.  We need to provide opportunities to make it possible for poor and low-income workers to become self-reliant.  It is far more compassionate and effective to encourage a person to become self-reliant, rather than keeping them dependent on the government for money. Support welfare.  We need welfare to provide for the poor.  Conservatives oppose welfare because they are not compassionate toward the poor.  We have welfare to bring fairness to American economic life.  Without welfare, life below the poverty line would be intolerable.

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