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Looking out for the ‘middle class’

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Barack Obama likes to slam McCain for not mentioning the ‘middle class’ during their first debate while touting his erroneous claim that 95% of all Americans will see tax cuts under his administration.

Although he champions himself as the hero of the working class, Obama doesn’t mention that under his tax plans, one- and two-earner families, even those with no children, making $200,000 a year will see a nearly identical reduction in their income taxes as they would under McCain’s plan.  Obama has shifted his class definitions before, but I’m not sure that too many people would consider $200,000 a year (even for a four-person household) to be ‘middle class.’

Why is Obama pushing tax cuts for the wealthy while bashing McCain for planning the same cuts?


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September 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Why the bailout is wrong

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Although some commentators have held their noses and decided to support the Bush administration’s corporate bailout plan, I’m not budging.  This plan is still socialism, is still too costly and still will not ultimately solve the problem.

A Harvard economist details why the bailout plan won’t work.

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September 30, 2008 at 9:38 am

Patriotism now haunting Republicans

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Remember when Democrats and leftists bemoaned Republican and conservative questioning of their patriotism for not supporting the Iraq war and/or war on terror?

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve had Democrats pull the same line on Republicans, except it’s not lack of support for the military and national defense that makes one unpatriotic.  Rather, it’s not backing increased government intrusion into the market and higher taxes.

First Joe Biden said it was patriotic to pay higher taxes.  This past weekend Nancy Pelosi called Republicans ‘unpatriotic’ for not attending a bailout bill meeting (a meeting they weren’t invited to, mind you).

What a telling difference between how the two sides define patriotism.

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September 29, 2008 at 5:49 pm

YouTube censoring mortgage video

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YouTube’s leftwing censors are at it again.  The video posted earlier on this site and viewed by over a million people that documents Democrat culpability in the subprime market problems has been pulled off the site.

Allegedly the video was pulled because it violates music copyrights.  Yeah right.  In a matter of minutes, I could find a number of videos with copyrighted music set to largely unrelated video.  I wonder if YouTube got some complaints from the Obama campaign.  But maybe they didn’t need it.  Obama is pretty popular at Google, which owns YouTube.

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September 29, 2008 at 5:42 pm

CRA: The seed of bad fruit

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A University of Cincinnati professor has penned an excellent piece that details the Clinton administration’s fault in the subprime implosion.

The Community Reinvestment Act, which Clinton loved, is mostly to blame for getting the ball rolling.  The piece skewers the mind-numbed liberals who blame Bush for this situation:

The best thing that can emerge from the current financial crisis is the realization that the government needs to stop directing economic decision making.  In a sense, the government is putting out a fire it started when it both created the CRA and assessed lending institutions by how well they were doing in response to the program. When Clinton decided, in his usual arrogance, that he knew better than the market how banks should lend money, the seeds were sown for the current financial disaster.

If you want to blame Bush for the current crisis, it might make you feel good, reinforce your sense of how the world works, enable you to find a meeting of the minds when you next engage your liberal friends over wine and quiche, but like so many things you believe and which make you feel good, it has no correspondence to reality.

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September 29, 2008 at 5:27 pm

House votes down markets

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How did we get to this point, at which the impact of a vote in the United States House of Representatives is related directly to what is happening in the stock market?

From the AP: “In the House chamber, as a digital screen recorded a cascade of ‘no’ votes against the bailout, Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley of New York shouted news of the falling stocks. ‘Six hundred points!’ he yelled, jabbing his thumb downward.”

Unbelievable.  Somehow our government has become so ingrained with business that its votes make stocks go up and down.  Politicians, who should be protecting the private sector from government intervention, instead apparently see it as their job to move the markets with their legislative maneuvers.  Think about it.  A United States Representative is standing up in the House, blaming his counterparts for a decline in the Dow Jones.  Our leaders should not have this kind of power.  The only way to remove it is to deregulate, get government out of business.

The parties are now slinging blame on one another for the bailout bill’s failure.  What’s worrisome is that Pelosi’s partisan rant is being cited as a reason many Republicans voted ‘no.’  Let’s hope that’s not the reason.  Let’s hope that they voted this way as a ‘no’ to socialism and corporate welfare, and not simply as a ‘no’ against Pelosi.  Sure, her bilge was misinformed and unnecessary.  But I would like to think our leaders’ principles extend beyond politics.

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September 29, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Pelosi’s politicking

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Nancy Pelosi is a shameless witch.  Before the bailout bill vote, she took the floor and blamed Bush for the current economic crisis.  Ironically, she slipped in a line of praise for so-called Clinton surpluses.

How dare Pelosi lie to the American people at a time like this and play partisan politics?  Particularly when this problem was exacerbated by Clinton’s Community Reinvestment Act policies!  She is either painfully ignorant of history and the cause-effect relationships that led to this mess, or she is a dishonest, disgusting person.  I would venture to say it’s a bit of both.

Democrats like Pelosi have been playing politics with the war and using it to their advantage, so why would they not do the same with this issue?  They are the ones to blame for this crisis and their lie that Bush is responsible is deplorable – but not surprising.  Republicans need to grow some teeth and get out their with the facts – the fact that it was Carter and Clinton policies that led to risky lending and inflated home prices that underpinned the meltdown; the fact that Democrats like Barack Obama and Barney Frank dipped their grubby hands in the till of Fannie and Freddie campaign donations and turned around to oppose regulation that could have averted this mess.

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September 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm