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Today is Sunday, April 20, 2014

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David Camp tax reform bill is progressive, hits businesses, individuals making $200k plus

Taxfoundation.org says Rep. David Camp's (R-MI) tax bill would make taxes simpler and less expensive for lower income folks who already don't pay much in taxes and increase taxes on people who make more than $200,000 a year. The bill is bitterly opposed by investment bankers and Wall Street, which has turned off its campaign contributions to Republican candidates like Colorado's Rep. Cory Gardner who is expected to challenge Sen. Mark Udall. Few politicians are cheering Camp's bill, and it's dead on arrival for this year.

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Top line assessment of Camp's tax reform: Increases progressivity and taxes on business and investment. By William McBride & Scott A. Hodge, TaxFoundation.org

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/01/14 at 10:07 AM
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Mark Udall kills VA, Vets health benefits bill with pork, gimmicks

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) helped kill a senate bill that would have restored benefits to our veterans and ensured their access to health care for  medical problems related to their service. Udall and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) voted for the bill that died because it is full of pork and provisions that would have paid for veterans medical care that had nothing to do with their military service. Those provision would have made VA health care even more of a single payer plan and would have overwhelmed VA hospitals and clinics to the point that they would not be able to serve the veterans who need to have their military-related injuries and traumas treated. This is just another example of how Udall and Bennet let the most corrupt senate majority leader in history, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), lead them around like the lemmings and hacks that they are.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/01/14 at 07:36 AM
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Why are Americans and Washington bitterly divided? Big Government is Corrupt Government

 

Big Government and soaring government spending corrupt takers and their elected representatives in Washington. That makes makers despise the takers and fight bitterly to end the corruption and vote buying.

Washington has been divided by Moocher Nation Takers who demand more from Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Foodstamps, Student Loans, Child Credits, Home mortgage interest credits, State Income Tax Credits, Green but not Clean energy subsidies, Farm Subsidies, Pell Grants, Fed funding for K-12, Government contracts and huge Corporate Tax Loopholes.

TAKERS prevailed as long as the pie was growing. Now, thanks to the soaring debt and sluggish economy, the pie is shrinking. Collaboration no longer is so easy.

So now TAKERS are up against the taxpaying Makers, many of whom also are Takers.

MAKERS fear the multi-Trillion-dollar wealth transfer known as ObamaCare, fiscal stimulus, quantitative easing at the Fed, Soaring state and Fed taxes and the Bankrupting of America.

MAKERS are seeing their highly educated, hard working, bright kids going unemployed and facing unemployment, lousy careers and lives without loving partners because of ObamaCare, the EPA, NLRB and Obama's wealth transfer agenda. Fear has become hatred.

Hatred breeds fear on the other side.

We have the hater-in-chief spouting hatred and refusing to lead.

And we see a desperate House trying to stop what its members and their constituents see as an historic attempt to "transform" America into Italy, Portugal, France, Spain and the U.K.

The TAKERS' greed for money and political power is up against the MAKERS' fear for their incomes, wealth and futures.

As long as there are only slightly more TAKERS than MAKERs, we will be bitterly divided. And Washington will be dysfunctional.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 10/04/13 at 06:19 AM
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Iowa GOP suicide bombers don’t even want to run for the Senate; they know they’d be demonized

The Iowa GOP is having a tough time finding a candidate for the U.S. Senate who could win the party's nomination and the election. UPDATE: Rep. Steve King (R-IA) won't run.

Potential Iowa GOP Senate candidates who could beat a Democrat know they would be crucified by Rick Santorum social issues fanatics.

 

Santorum's fans and activists, unlike most liberal and Small Government Christians, are not only very Christian like a lot of liberal Christians, they're also nasty and vicious.

Anti-abortion GOP activists (as opposed to non activists) play dirty and try to silence their opponents. They're just like liars for Obama. 

So potentially strong, Small Government Iowa GOP candidates aren't running. We're likely to see the same thing happen in the Colorado Senate contest. Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) looks unbeatable.

The Iowa GOP base is all about making anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage statements, not about winning elections.

So why would a smart GOP politician waste time seeking his party's nomination?

Hard right Rep. Steve King is the kind of GOP foot-in-mouth candidate Democrats love to demonize. He makes it easy. And maybe he knows that and doesn't want to waste his time, either? That's why he's still undecided.

It's a sad time for the Washington GOP establishment. It seems to have a death wish when it comes to backing candidates. As for the base Republicans who only vote for Rick Santorum suicide bombers, hey, you only live once.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 05/03/13 at 08:02 AM
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Who do we blame for ObamaCare, the unAffordable Care Act? Big Government corrupts

Who do we blame for soaring health insurance premiums?

You can blame AARP, health insurers, doctors and hospitals and the politicians that they paid with campaign contributions to distort the health insurance and health care markets.

And you can blame uninformed, unorganized and powerless voters for letting the Henry Waxmans of Congress and every president since JFK for making it all go wrong.

Health care is big money and big government.

Big government spends big money.

Big money in the hands of Big Government corrupts. 

Big government corrupts politicians, campaign contributors, drug companies, hospital administrators, physicians and regulators who have anything to do with distorting our health insurance and health care markets.

That's why America's huge government is and looks so corrupt. We're a third world country now.


Greed for power drives immigration reform

There is no greed like the greed for power that is driving the Republican establishment's push for "comprehensive immigration reform" even when it involves a "poorly crafted", dishonest, unworkable immigration bill that is unworkable and never would be enforced by President Obama or his successors.

The GOP's leaders like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Mexico) think that if they back the most flawed immigration bill since the 2007 immigration bill Hispanic voters will give more support to the party's Congressional and presidential candidates. I don't think Hispanics will vote GOP, because the GOP is not of supportive of the Moocher Nation as Democrats are. Like Obama and other hard left Democrats, Hispanics think the government's job is to feed them and give them free health care.

That is why I think that the WSJ and Murdoch are way off base on immigration reform. They're pushing Congress to pass a flawed, dishonest and unworkable bill that never would be enforced if it became law. Obama and previous presidents haven't enforced border security for decades, and there is no reason to believe Obama would enforce a stronger law. He doesn't believe in the rule of law or in the U.S. Constitution.

I'm for the one-issue-at-a-time approach. Anyone pushing "comprehensive immigration reform" doesn't want reform, because it would be impossible to get through the House, if not the corrupt Senate.

What I'm for is a bill that would allow the members of the 11 million illegal immigrants who have paid their health care and education bills, paid local and national property and income taxes directly or indirectly, and obeyed our laws to stay as permanent residents.

No one who has illegally immigrated by violating our border security laws and regulations should be allowed on a path to citizenship. We should not reward those who've immigrated illegally and corrupted our politicians, judges, lawyers, journalists and academics with citizenship.

As for workers, the only ones we want are those who are educated, trained and capable of supporting themselves and their families. We don't need the sick, weak, illiterate, uneducated recruits for food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

And we don't need illegal immigrants who think the S. W. USA should return to Mexico.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/29/13 at 03:04 PM
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House GOP in charge on fiscal cliff, debt ceiling; what it should demand from Obama

Divider-in-Chief Obama is sending America over the fiscal cliff he created and is trying to use to turn America into a one-party, Chicago style corrupt and bankrupt country. Sec. of Treasury Geithner, a leading liar for Obama, says the country will reach the debt ceiling on Dec. 31, 2012, Previously he had warned the ceiling would be reached in February.  All House GOP Members should sign a letter to Obama that says the debt ceiling will be raised for one year when: 

1. Obama/Reid present a budget for fiscal 2013 that cuts government spending to less than 19% of GDP and can pass through the House committees and House GOP. 
2. Obama/Reid present a budget with real and significant cuts in discretionary and entitlement spending and restoration of critical Defense Dept. budgets. 
3. Obama/Reid announce their support for the U.S. Constitution and pledge to enforce the Constitution and the separation of powers among the House, Senate, Supreme Court and WH. 
4. Obama/Reid present a budget that defunds ObamaCare exchanges, pork, powers to dictate and mandate health insurance benefits and makes all government agencies subject to Congressional oversight, budgeting and approval of top appointees to those agencies.
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