Monday, December 31, 2012
He even shared his religion with them explaining why he was not like the other soldiers, and did not drink, smoke or even use harsh language.
One day, they invited him to meet their grandfather, a wizened, cultured gentleman.
The grandfather greeted the foreigner warmly, and asked him to sit while they talked. In time, a traditional drink and two tiny cups were brought out to toast their new friendship. The grandfather explained that this was a special alcoholic mixture used to commemorate special occasions. The soldier thought it would be best to partake of this drink, not much more than a thimbleful, so as not to offend the gracious host, and to keep with the traditions of another land. And so he sipped, and then the whole room changed. The grandfather became cold, and the children silent. After some moments of discomfort, the soldier decided it was time to leave. Walking back to the post, the children were despondent, and wailed,
“Why, why did you take the drink? You said you never drank such things. Our grandfather said you were just like the rest, and now we can never see you again.”
President Obama, The White House, December 31 2012
“Keep in mind that just last month Republicans in Congress said they would never agree to raise tax rates on the wealthiest Americans. Obviously, the agreement that’s currently discussed would raise those rates, and raise them permanently.”
When you abandon your principles “for the greater good”, you leave yourself open to charges of “Thou hypocrite! Thou art no better than those who have no principles!”
Your reward is to be reviled by all, as one professing faith but lacking conviction.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
As one of his campaign promises, the President has called for increasing the tax rate for “the very rich”, so as not to be a burden on the lower classes. In a strong rebuke to the President, however, today the Supreme Court has called the law unconstitutional, because it fails to guarantee taxpayer equality.
In addition, he vows to “protect the middle class” and does not want any tax increases to have an adverse affect on them.
Vice President Biden feels the same way:
“We want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class doesn’t have to bear the burden of all that money going to the super wealthy. That’s not a tax raise, that’s called fairness where I come from."
Although there is no Economical, Moral, or Intellectual reason to raise tax rates on “the two-percent”, the Democrats call this an issue of “fairness.” If you assume there won’t be massive tax avoidance (there will be,) the tax is estimated to raise 60 billion dollars--while the deficit for this year is about 1, 300 Billion! And the current debt is over FIFTEEN THOUSAND BILLION DOLLARS.
President Obama is undeterred however, as he expressed his ideology during the Hillary/Obama debate. When it was explained to him that lowering capital gains taxes actually Increased revenue, he was only concerned that higher tax rates were more “fair.”
What I don’t get is, when did we become a country divided by “class.” Do we live in a caste system? Are some people better than others because of their income level? At what percentage of the population is it acceptable to disparage the minority? Why do we not want to “protect” the 100 percent, instead of only the 98?
Why can’t we be more like the French?
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
we’re gonna ask the wealthy to pay more "
want to let that trillion dollar tax cut
expire so the middle class doesn’t have to bear the
burden of all that money going to the
super wealthy. That’s not a tax raise, that’s
called fairness where I come from."