Did Romney Just Commit Political Suicide?

February 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm (1%, 2012 Election, 99%, Conservative, Fair Share, Fairness, GOP, Mitt Romney, Occupy, Occupy Wall Street, Republican, Taxes)

Mitt Romney spoke in Arizona today and somehow had his speech taken over by a Bizzaro Romney – essentially selling his tax plan by calling on the “top 1%” to “pay their fair share”.

Apparently Romney’s been smoking the same thing they indulge in down at Occupy Wall Street.  Playing the class warfare card and actually invoking the rhetoric of the President and the handout-loving Occupiers?

Does this mark the death knell for a man seeking the GOP nomination with a base of voters who are already wary of his flip-flopping, Massachusetts liberal ways?  By demonstrating and reiterating that he is the most liberal member of the pack?

Via Buzzfeed:

Mitt Romney embraced the language of the Occupy movement in order to sell his tax policy today, saying he wants to maintain the current progressivity in the tax code, while lowering rates for all.

“I am going to lower rates across the board for all Americans by 20%. And in order to limit any impact on the deficit, because I do not want to add to the deficit, and also in order to make sure we continue to have progressivity as we’ve had in the past in our code, I’m going to limit the deductions and exemptions particularly for high income folks. And by the way, I want to make sure you understand that, for middle income families, the deductibility of home mortgage interest and charitable contributions will continue. But for high income folks, we are going to cut back on that, so we make sure the top 1% pay their fair share or more.”

Romney also appropriated the term “fairness” to sell his plan, taking a page from President Barack Obama’s playbook.

Invoking the playbook of the most economically inept President of our time is not exactly a way to endear yourself to conservatives, Mitt.  Even the establishment Republicans had to roll their eyes whilst their ‘inevitable’ candidate spoke in Obamanomics.

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Happy Anniversary! 1,000 Days Since the U.S. Senate Passed a Budget

January 24, 2012 at 8:50 am (000 Days, 1%, Anniversary, Budget, Congress, Democrats, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, President Obama, Sandy Adams)

Celebrate responsibly…

How very fitting that this is the day Obama has chosen to present his State of the Union address.  An anniversary symbolizing the incompetence of government.

The Heritage Foundation has provided some fantastic information regarding the happenings during the 1,000 days in which the Senate has failed to pass a budget:

As the 1,000th day nears, here are some facts about America’s budget and why the Senate must take action to be stewards of the people’s money as the Constitution requires:

  • The last time the Senate passed a budget was on April 29, 2009.
  • Since that date, the federal government has spent $9.4 trillion, adding $4.1 trillion in debt.
  • As of January 20, the outstanding public debt stands at $15,240,174,635,409.
  • Interest payments on the debt are now more than $200 billion per year.
  • President Obama proposed a FY2012 budget last year, and the Senate voted it down 97–0. (And that budget was no prize—according to the Congressional Budget Office, that proposal never had an annual deficit of less than $748 billion, would double the national debt in 10 years and would see annual interest payments approach $1 trillion per year.)
  • The Senate rejected House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) budget by 57–40 in May 2011, with no Democrats voting for it.
  • In FY2011, Washington spent $3.6 trillion. Compare that to the last time the budget was balanced in 2001, when Washington spent $1.8 trillion ($2.1 trillion when you adjust for inflation).
  • Entitlement spending will more than double by 2050. That includes spending on Medicare, Medicaid and the Obamacare subsidy program, and Social Security. Total spending on federal health care programs will triple.
  • By 2050, the national debt is set to hit 344 percent of Gross Domestic Product.
  • Taxes paid per household have risen dramatically, hitting $18,400 in 2010 (compared with $11,295 in 1965). If the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire and more middle-class Americans are required to pay the alternative minimum tax (AMT), taxes will reach unprecedented levels.
  • Federal spending per household is skyrocketing. Since 1965, spending per household has grown by nearly 162 percent, from $11,431 in 1965 to $29,401 in 2010. From 2010 to 2021, it is projected to rise to $35,773, a 22 percent increase.

In an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel, U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams explains that the lack of a budget was inexcusable during the Democrats control of both houses.  He writes:

Could you imagine not doing a family budget for 1,000 days, or businesses going that long without one?

The previous Democrat-led Congress had ample time to do so. With President Obama in the White House, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi had the power to implement any budget they chose. Unfortunately, they punted on their responsibilities, choosing to pass legislation creating a national energy tax and an unpopular health-care law instead.

And  here is a GOP ad highlighting the momentous achievement.  The trailer highlights the fact that January 24, 2012 marks 1,000 days since Senate Democrats passed a budget, and that President Obama’s policies have hurt job growth and made our economy worse.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce Occupy a Hospital, Promptly Lock Out the 99% Vermin

January 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm (1%, 99%, Beyonce, Blue Ivy, Jay-Z, Mic Check, Occupy Wall Street, Unwashed Masses)

Oh hypocrisy, thy name is Jay-Z.  Remember when hip hop artist, Jay-Z was feigning support for the Occupy Wall Street movement by selling t-shirts… And then keeping the proceeds?

Well, his true colors have reared their ugly head again…

Via Fox News (h/t Michelle Malkin):

She’s not even two days old, but Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new baby girl is already proving to be a diva thanks to the over-the-top security measures afforded to her famous parents at the Manhattan hospital where she was born.

To accommodate the influential couple’s demand for privacy at Lenox Hill Hospital, other new and expecting parents said they were essentially put on “lockdown” and even booted out of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) — on the same floor as Beyonce’s delivery “suite” — so the pampered songstress and her party could come and go unencumbered.

“They just used the hospital like it was their own and nobody else mattered,” raged new dad Neil Coulon, whose efforts to see his premature, newborn twins in the NICU were disrupted by the birth of little Blue Ivy Carter.

Read the article to find out how they came up with the name Blue Ivy.  Rumor has it ‘Mike Check’ would have been the preference had it been a boy.

Published reports had the tab for occupying an entire floor of the hospital at $1.3 million, and that it had been revamped with bullet-proof glass and populated with body guards.

The New York Post added:

Last night, at least four security guards stood watch at the hospital’s fourth-floor elevator bank, where new parents and grandparents were still voicing their frustrations over security measures that delayed or completely prevented them from visiting.

“People are really upset and complaining,” said the hospital worker, noting that the medical staff has to “shut down” whenever there’s movement on Beyoncé’s part.

Don’t let that fool you, they’re still just one of the unwashed masses…

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