Obama Knows More About Judaism Than Any Other President – Just Ask Him

May 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm (Chicago, Conservative, Israel, Jewish, John Boehner, Judaism, Mitch McConnell, President Obama)

At a meeting with 20 conservative Jewish leaders yesterday, President Obama laid claim to having more knowledge of Judaism than other previous President.  What does the President cite for his breadth of knowledge?

He read about it.

By this logic, I once read the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting, thus apparently making me a zen master of all things childbirth.

The Weekly Standard reports:

“Obama … stressed he probably knows about Judaism more than any other president, because he read about it,” Haaretz reports. “[He] wondered how come no one asks Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner or Senate minority leader Mitch McConnel [sic] about their support to Israel.”

Similarly, he said to the group, “I [am] not going to tell you again how I even feel about Israel, but why [are] we still talking about it?”

He then suggested that he should not be questioned about his commitment to the Jewish state because “all his friends in Chicago were Jewish – and at the beginning of his political career he was accused of  being a puppet of the Israel lobby,” Haaretz reports.

Huh?

Do not question his commitment because his friends in Chicago were Jewish?  He was also friends with Bill Ayers, should we not question his commitment to domestic terrorism.  His pastor for decades was Jeremiah Wright, should we not question his commitment to anti-American racists?

And how do we know he read about Judaism anyway, did he take a college course on the topic?  We’ll likely never know.

It’s a shame he didn’t read up more on basic economics or capitalism.  Perhaps then he’d be an expert on those topics as well.

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Residents Fleeing Tax-Happy New York in Droves

May 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm (Economy, Estate Tax, Florida, Income Tax, Inheritance Tax, IRS, Migration, New York, Revenue, Tax Rate, Taxes)

More proof that higher taxes actually leads to lower revenue here in the Empire State.

The Tax Foundation has developed an interactive tool known as the “migration calculator“, which uses data from the Internal Revenue Service to chart the number of individuals moving between states each year.  It also calculates the effect these migrations have on tax revenue.

New York it seems, has hemorrhaged residents at an alarming rate, and despite it’s exorbitant tax rates to generate revenue, has actually lost $45.6 billion in income because of the migration.

According to CNSNews, New York accounted for the largest number of residents lost between 2000 and 2010, with 3.4 million leaving the state for greener pastures.  During that same period, 2.1 million people came to New York, resulting in a net loss of 1.3 million residents.

The result?  Nearly $50 billion in lost income.

The article reports that a majority of New Yorkers set out for Florida, taking advantage of the fact that the Sunshine State does not impose an individual income tax, an estate tax, or an inheritance tax.

Here is a summary of what New Yorkers endure tax wise:

New York State has a progressive personal income tax rate ranging from 6.45 percent to 8.82 percent for those earning over $2 million. Sales varies by county, and is between seven and eight percent.  In Manhattan, the sales tax is 8.875 percent.

According to the Retirement Living Center, which examines tax burdens by state for those nearing retirement, New York also levies a gasoline tax at 49.0 cents per gallon and a cigarette tax of $4.35 per pack, along with an additional $1.50 per pack in New York City.

New York is also one of 17 states plus the District of Columbia that collects an estate tax, with a $1 million exemption and a progressive rate from 0.8 percent to 16 percent.

And yet progressives in New York continue to call for higher taxes, particularly on the rich, meaning fewer people will remain and wealthy entrepreneurs will take their businesses with them.

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President Obama Manages to Piss Off an Entire Nation … And This Time It’s Not the US

May 30, 2012 at 11:00 am (Death Camp, Holocaust, Jan Karski, Nazi, Poland, Poles, President Obama, Warsaw)

While trying to honor the famous Polish war hero, Jan Karski, with a Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Obama may have ended up creating a scandal.  During the ceremony, the president’s poor choice of words ignited a firestorm of controversy in the nation of Poland.

In reference to a Nazi death camp yesterday, Obama failed to define the Warsaw location as German-operated in occupied Poland, and instead referred to it simply as “a Polish death camp.”

The gaffe leaves the impression that it was Poland who had created and operated the death camp.

While the comment drew little attention here in the States, it made headlines all across Poland, eventually prompting the Polish Foreign Minister to blast Obama, saying that his “ignorance and incompetence” had upstaged an important ceremony.

A report in The Economist explains why Poland takes exception to the reference:

Few things annoy Poles more than being blamed for the crimes committed by the Nazi occupiers of their homeland. For many years, Polish media, diplomats and politicians have tried to persuade outsiders to stop using the phrase “Polish death camps” as a shorthand description of Auschwitz and other exemplars of Nazi brutality and mass murder.

Unfortunately this seems to have escaped Barack Obama’s staff.

Many things escape the Obama administration, but this one seems to have upset an ally to the United States.

Obama must issue an apology to quell the incident that a majority of the Polish media is calling ‘scandalous’.

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Poll Results – Gay Marriage a Non-Issue In Coming Election

May 30, 2012 at 9:00 am (2012 Election, Campaign, Gay Marriage, Issues, President Obama, Same Sex Marriage)

If President Obama was under the impression that his gay marriage flip-flop-flap was a game changer, readers of the Mental Recession would beg to differ.  Our recent poll seems to indicate that people simply don’t care about this social issue, and rank it well below other major problems facing our country today.

We asked:

Is gay marriage an important issue in the 2012 election?

And you said:
  • Extremely Important – 30%
  • Don’t care – 67%
  • Undecided – 2%
This highly scientific poll can not be disputed in it’s accuracy.  Because we said so… so there.

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Jay Carney Poetically Explains The Difference Between Solyndra and Bain Capital

May 30, 2012 at 7:00 am (Bain Capital, Jay Carney, President Obama, Solyndra)

Carney is normally a wordsmith, in that he can say words in a certain order that give off the appearance of actually providing a thought.

In other words – he lies well.

But words failed Mr. Carney yesterday when he tried to explain to a reporter the main difference between Obama’s investment of taxpayer money in Solyndra, and Romney’s past investment of private money in Bain Capital.

The question:

Last thing. If that’s the argument, how is that different from Romney’s argument on Bain Capital, which is that many succeeded and a few failed?

And here is a screen capture that pretty much summarizes the ensuing explanation…

That look of complete bewilderment led to this explanation:

Look, there, there, there is the… the difference in that… your overall view of what your responsibilities are as president, and what your view of the economic future is. And, and the president believes, as he’s made clear, that a president’s responsibility is not just to, uh… those who win, but those who, for an example, in a company where there have been layoffs or a company that has gone bankrupt, that, you know, we have to make sure that those folks have the means to find other employment, that they have the ability to train for other kinds of work, and that’s part of the overall responsibility the president has.

Ohhhh…  Now we get it.

Thanks for the clarification…

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