Liberal Craziness

So sad: Rob Delaney is racist and sexist

Posted on July 2, 2015. Filed under: Liberal Craziness, Political Candidates |

He’s intentionally ignored the minorities in the GOP column – doesn’t care about women, Indians, Latinos, Blacks…

But someone replies:

Best response is noted.

Why is it that liberal racists and feminists get a pass?

Rob Delaney’s wiki here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Delaney_(comedian)

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Are you an Idler? Nanny State promotes Idle Behavior

Posted on December 7, 2011. Filed under: Liberal Craziness |

As a Conservative American, I tend to believe that the money I earn should mostly still be mine. I work hard and don’t mind paying reasonable taxes. For a quick definition of reasonable, I’d like to suggest that they should be for the needs specified in the Constitution and should not be used for supporting people who can support themselves. If they need support, there should be a quick ‘wean’ process – this way, people do not stay under the care and feeding plans of the government. I will pay taxes and expect to keep most of my income because I work hard. If I did not work at a ‘real’ job, I’d mow lawns, do garden design, write, run errands or something else for revenue. I’m not going to sit on my tail for long – I know I need an income to live with the lifestyle I’ve developed. Plus, I want to improve my station in life.

I see that many people are completely comfortable gaming the system of welfare. I recall the days when I worked in “Winn Dixie” (Grocery in the SE US). I would see people (mostly women) come in with several children in tow. They’d fill a cart with processed foods (not healthy stuff), chips, crackers, cookies, soda and so on. They’d pull out a stack of food stamps (they’ve upgraded the system from the old fashioned stamps since then) and pay for the groceries. Then they’d pull some cash out and buy some smokes (after all, they are affordable now that the food has been purchased by the government dole). As an employee, it was one of my jobs to help people with groceries in the parking lot. Quite a few times, not the majority, but many times – I would push the cart loaded with groceries to a Cadillac with customizations (I would guess that these were paid out of pocket and not by the government’s generosity), or another type of ‘nice’ vehicle. I understand that with a few kids in tow they’d need something that would transport people in safety. I’d unload the groceries into the spacious trunk (oft filled with fast food wrappers and empty soda cans) and glance over at my own beat up VW. I “guess” that the money saved on food by the use of stamps (nanny state handouts) enables them to buy a nicer car than I could afford.  I was unafraid of asking questions in those days (still have little fear, just a bit more courtesy now). I’d often ask the folks what they did for a living, where they got the ‘great’ car, and even “Wow, how cool is it to pay for food with food stamps!”?  I recall the answers pretty much fell into a pattern: Unemployed and proud of getting food stamps.

I’ve been unemployed a few times and each time, I itch to get to work. I don’t like sitting around. I don’t like being idle. Even when I lost a job in high tech through layoffs, I made myself busy by installing a rather complex irrigation system for my landscaping at my new house. I was lucky I was able to borrow some money needed to pay for mortgage once near the end of my unemployment period. Otherwise, I’d have likely needed to sell and get an apartment. Nonetheless, I work hard. I have had tough times but I manage to muster through and life teaches me things. I try to look through the lens of another person’s life and still find problems with sitting idle and continuing to take money from the government for not working.

Lincoln wrote a letter, years back, that made a lot of sense to me when I read it. I’d like to share it to help underscore my concern: Maybe more people should be taught to fish rather than given a fish. And, if they can fish, they should fish and not get free fish from the government for not fishing.

From  a letter:

Abraham Lincoln letter to John Johnston, 24 December 1848

Dear Johnston:–

Your request for eighty dollars, I do not think it best to comply with now. At the various times when I have helped you a little, you have said to me, “We can get along very well now,” but in a very short time I find you in the same difficulty again. Now this can only happen by some defect in your conduct. What that defect is, I think I know. You are not lazy, and still you are an idler. I doubt whether since I saw you, you have done a good whole day’s work, in any one day. You do not very much dislike to work, and still you do not work much, merely because it does not seem to you that you could get much for it. This habit of uselessly wasting time, is the whole difficulty; and it is vastly important to you, and still more so to your children, that you should break this habit. It is more important to them, because they have longer to live, and can keep out of an idle habit before they are in it easier than they can get out after they are in.

You are now in need of some ready money; and what I propose is, that you shall go to work, “tooth and nail,” for somebody who will give you money for it. Let father and your boys take charge of things at home — prepare for a crop, and make the crop; and you go to work for the best money wages, or in discharge of any debt you owe, that you can get. And to secure you a fair reward for your labor, I now promise you that for every dollar you will, between this and the first of next May, get for your own labor either in money or in your own indebtedness, I will then give you one other dollar. By this, if you hire yourself at ten dollars a month, from me you will get ten more, making twenty dollars a month for your work. In this, I do not mean you shall go off to St. Louis, or the lead mines, or the gold mines, in California, but I mean for you to go at it for the best wages you can get close to home, in Coles County. Now if you will do this, you will soon be out of debt, and what is better, you will have a habit that will keep you from getting in debt again. But if I should now clear you out, next year you will be just as deep in as ever. You say you would almost give your place in Heaven for $70 or $80. Then you value your place in Heaven very cheaply, for I am sure you can with the offer I make you get the seventy or eighty dollars for four or five months work. You say if I furnish you the money you will deed me the land, and if you don’t pay the money back, you will deliver possession — Nonsense! If you can’t now live with the land, how will you then live without it? You have always been kind to me, and I do not now mean to be unkind to you. On the contrary, if you will but follow my advice, you will find it worth more than eight times eighty dollars to you.

Affectionately your brother,

A. LINCOLN.

Author:

 

Abe Lincoln

Source:
The Project Gutenberg eBook, Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865, by Abraham Lincoln, Edited by Merwin Roe
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Remember, we have a Republic in the US – Not a Democracy

Posted on November 1, 2011. Filed under: Conservative Issues, Government Transparency, Liberal Craziness |

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A Conservative/Liberal test

Posted on November 1, 2011. Filed under: Conservative Issues, Liberal Craziness | Tags: , |

I really wish I knew who to credit for this text. I received it in an email and it was a hit. I hope everyone appreciates the sharing.

“A rather gentle explanation of the difference in thinking between people with opposite outlooks.

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs.

The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Audrey doing?”

She replied, “Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.”

Her wise father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.”

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!”

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “Welcome to the conservative side of the fence.”

If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and Jesus silenced.

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.”

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How Modern Liberals Think

Posted on October 28, 2011. Filed under: Liberal Craziness |

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How to tell if You’re a Liberal

Posted on October 26, 2011. Filed under: Liberal Craziness |

Ok, I have to post this link. I found this information hilarious. But, shame of the laughter is that so much of it is true.

You know you’re a liberal…

 

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A comparison of Local Taxes

Posted on October 26, 2011. Filed under: Conservative Issues, Liberal Craziness |

So, We’ve been following the Orange County (NC) Tax Referendum to increase the local sales tax. Here’s what was recently said in there Annual Financial Report: “The Board …reflects their desire to not increase the burden on the citizens during these difficult times. The County’s financial condition remains strong and stable.”

So, why are they using an off-year election cycle to get a Sales Tax increase? They spent Taxpayer funds to publish a school advertisement to convince everyone to vote in favor of the tax increase saying it’s “For Education.”

  • Orange County commissioners are asking voters for a $2.5 million sales-tax increase at a time of high unemployment.
  • Twice before Orange County voters rejected tax increases. Just last November, rural county voters rejected a sales-tax increase by 2 to 1.
  • Vote manipulation for this also costs county taxpayers an extra $85,000 to open rural precincts.
  • Promises to spend the increased tax money for schools and economic development are attempts to gain support of special-interest groups and motivate them to vote for the tax increase.

Regardless of the county commissioners’ promises, all of the new sales-tax revenues would be available for spending on any legal purpose. Taxpayers have no legal recourse if the commissioners break their promises.

Here’s a sample of local sales taxes for neighboring States:

State Rate State Rate
Virginia 5% Georgia 4%
South Carolina 7% Tennessee 2.75%
Kentucky 6% Florida 6%
Alabama 4% West Virginia 6%

Here’s the real shocking fact: Our sales tax is already 7.75%. If this referendum passes, then we will have an 8% sales tax!

If the North Carolina rate is ALREADY higher than our neighbors, does it make sense to make it even HIGHER? Perhaps we should consider what the County (and State) governments are doing with our tax money in the first place. It’s time they start getting more efficient. Makes sense, especially if other States are already doing it.

If this continues, what will the sales tax be for our kids and grand-kids as they become full-fledged consumers in our State? Don’t let the government get away with bad planning and decision-making. Vote against the tax increase. It’d be nice if the various County Commissioners learned to use the funds made available to them more wisely and eliminate inefficiencies first.

I’m going to delve into the State income taxes next. Maybe the Property tax rates would be fun for scrutinizing…

Fact finder info:

Georgia Taxes

Virginia Taxes

Tennessee Taxes

Kentucky Taxes

South Carolina Taxes

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Barack Obama – Speaks out against Government Irresponsibility!

Posted on October 26, 2011. Filed under: Conservative Issues, Liberal Craziness |

The Quote of the Decade:
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America ‘s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America ‘s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, “the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

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The problem with Over-taxing Capital Gains

Posted on October 1, 2011. Filed under: Conservative Issues, It's My Money and I want it yesterday!, Liberal Craziness | Tags: , , , , , , |

Full Disclosure: I am not rich, by any means. In fact, I still verify that I have enough money in my checking account each month before I set up my automatic bill pay for my mortgage. I admit, this may mean I have more money than many people. But, I also believe I represent the majority of Americans (who are homeowners).

I’ve been hearing a lot of banter lately on the media (radio and TV) with regard to everyone paying ‘their fair share’. My immediate reaction is, “yeah, richer folks (I mean insanely rich, like 2,000,000 or more in net income) can afford to pay more in taxes.” I further listen to the debates and realize that there’s a very important component missing in information being shared by the media: Taxing Capital Gains Hurts middle America too!

Here’s my logic:

I’m earn an income (less than $100,000 per year in the household). From that gross, I pay a huge portion in taxes to Federal government (they take it from me before I even have a chance to complain) and the State government (same complaint). I then take a small percentage out of each paycheck and place the money in a savings account since I have no health insurance coverage and I believe in personal responsibility first. I also believe people should use local support when needed and not rely upon the Federal government (which should be busy worrying over our country’s safety, borders, etc. instead). I end up saving a small amount of money each month which goes into savings. Over the years, I’ve pooled this savings and used it in a trading (stock) account. Through careful research and education, I’ve been able to do both short term and long term trades which have resulted (mostly) in a very good gain. I’ve had plenty of losses, but the wins have helped me to a good net gain. Until this big craziness over increasing the Capital Gains tax, I’ve been doing reasonably well to stay ahead of an overall net loss (due to taxes). If I consider the tax bracket in which I sit and the gains which I am able to earn in my stock trades, I am not rich – but I am not poverty level. My income is still under $100,000 but life is good.

Here’s where the fun begins. The ‘Class Warfare’ issue brought on by the administration in Washington and the self-deprecation from Warren (the big Berkshire Hathaway) has led the mainstream media (read this as folks like Chris Mathews and Ed Schultz, among others) to vilify anyone who wishes to make any income with “capital gains”. I’m  now in that category and I am NOT rich. As I’ve said to my friends, “Heck, I am just trying to make a living here. What did I do wrong?”

So, let’s say Washington (read that as Obama, Reid, et al.) get their way and the capital gains tax is raised across the board for everyone who earns it (yep, even if you only make a very small portion of your income in capital gains). I’ve suddenly lost the opportunity to have additional profits that are useful once the taxes take away a sizable portion of my gains. Further, the clever irony is that the money I used to invest in these equities is money which I received AFTER taxes were imposed. This means I’ve already paid taxes on the income. Now, I am going to pay much HIGHER taxes on the small gains I am able to make. Why should I even go to the extra trouble to 1) research various investments, 2) plan my investments, and 3) manage my accounts to make a reasonable return when the gains I used to count on to make it all worth while are now taxed to nearly nothing?

I’m fearful that the general population will fall victim to the demagogues who help them “feel good” about “being poor” since the “rich folks” will be punished with higher taxes on their gains. I’m pretty sure most people really have no idea what capital gains are. Therefore, they think, “Why not tax something I don’t have?”

I’m only one person. So, Barney Frank reading this would say, “Why should I care? It’s only one person. I’m concerned about the ‘fair’ [re]distribution of wealth to everyone!” Frankly (no pun intended), I really worked hard for my base income and I work hard for every bit of research in my capital investments. I know it’s my patriotic duty to support the Federal government. This I do. I don’t have to be happy with the way the taxes are spent (come on, why do we give money to any companies at all?). The reasonable amount of taxes (current rate of 15%) I pay on my investment income is really the only reason I can continue doing it – I am still not rich – yet. If my various sources of income keep disappearing in larger tax grabs, I am not sure if I ever will be rich.

At least I am happy to be an American!

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Obama: 150,000 road jobs: ‘Shovel ready’

Posted on October 14, 2010. Filed under: Government Transparency, Liberal Craziness |

http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2009/03/obama_150000_road_jobs_shovel.html

Posted March 3, 2009 11:20 AM
by Mark Silva

President Barack Obama claimed today that 150,000 jobs will be created or saved by the end of next year with the road-building provisions of the $787-billion economic stimulus that he signed.

“We are seeing shovels hit the ground,” Obama said in an appearance this morning at the Department of Transportation.

The number of jobs that will be created or saved by the highway construction program will exceed the number of jobs lost during the past three years by the Big-Three automakers, Ford, Chrysler and General Motors, combined, Obama said.

The Obama administration maintains that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will create or save 3.5 million jobs overall by the end of next year.

The president’s pitch for the jobs that his plan promises comes as the Department of Labor prepares to release, on Friday, a new picture of joblessness in America. In January, the unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent, the highest level since 1993, up from 7.2 percent the month before.

Yet Obama is promising no immediate turnaround in the economy. The president today acknowledged the precipitous slide in Gross Domestic Product during the fourth quarter of 2008 – a 6.2-percent falloff in the economy – and allowed that the first quarter of 2009 holds little promise of better returns.

But the road-building money in the stimulus bill should l pay immediate dividends in forestalling worse joblessness in the months ahead, the White House maintains.

“Transportation projects that were once on hold are now starting up again as part of the largest new investment in America’s infrastructure since President Eisenhower built the interstate highway system,” the president said today at the DOT, appearing alongside Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Some of the jobs are attributable to direct spending by the government on roads, bridges, schools, and other infrastructure, the White House says.

Part of that is the $28 billion dedicated for highway construction, with the money allocated to states offering “shovel-ready” projects.

“It is also worth noting that jobs in highway construction tend to pay better than average,” the White House said in a written statement.

“The typical, or median hourly wage for all jobs in the economy was $15.10 in 2007,” the White House said, citing Bureau of Labor statistics. “But for workers in the highway industry, the typical hourly wage was $18.31, a premium of over $3 per hour over the economy-wide median wage. ”

The government’s direct spending on construction of new roads and repair of older roads will provide for work for those who could have lost it due to spending cuts, the White House says — about 95,000 of the estimated jobs.

The secondary impact comes from what workers will have to spend on groceries, clothing and other goods, the White House maintains – an impact that promises an estimated 55,000 jobs.

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