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Global Taxes? 75% Top Tax Rates? Think it can’t happen? You haven’t been paying attention

The failed policies of the past are all around us.  In Greece, France, California, Illinois and more.  You can’t keep giving away free stuff.  Someone has to pay for it all.  That someone, eventually is you.  No matter who you are.  You’re delusional if you think a 1% UN GLOBAL TAX would stop at ‘billionaires’.  Once that “Pandora’s Box” is opened, it would never get shut.  And you’re equally confused if you think 45-75% tax rates can’t happen to the middle class.  The looter class in Europe riots every time $5 Euro is cut from a budget so the politicians raise taxes.  The people they tax move, the cycle repeats.

It is a GLOBAL spending problem.  Every nickle that gets collected just goes to finance old spending or support new spending or justify more spending.  IT NEVER REDUCES DEBT.  The only answer is to CUT SPENDING.  

And disband the UN – or at least kick them out of NYC.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/27/as-un-opens-its-general-assembly-session-it-is-already-thinking-up-new-global/#ixzz27mYPhpa6

A 1 percent tax on billionaires around the world.  A tax on all currency trading in the U.S. dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound sterling.   Another  “tiny”  tax on all financial transactions, including stock and bond trading, and trading in financial derivatives.  New taxes on carbon emissions and on airline tickets.  A royalty on all undersea mineral resources extracted more than 100 miles offshore of any nation’s territory.

The United Nations is at it again:  finding new and “innovative” ways to create global taxes that would transfer hundreds of billions, and even trillions, of dollars from the rich nations of the world — especially the U.S. — to poorer ones, in line with U.N.-directed economic, social and environmental development.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/28/us-france-budget-idUSBRE88R0AK20120928

President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government unveiled sharp tax hikes on business and the rich on Friday

To the dismay of business leaders who fear an exodus of top talent, the government confirmed a temporary 75 percent super-tax rate for earnings over one million euros and a new 45 percent band for revenues over 150,000 euros

Business will be hit with measures including a cut in the amount of loan interest which is tax-deductible and the cutting of an existing tax break on capital gains from certain share sales – moves worth around four billion and two billion euros each.

“The government is impeding investment and so will block innovation,” Entrepreneurs Club head Guillaume Cairou said of the preference for raising taxes rather than cutting spending.

“France is sick because of the model it has … but is choosing to preserve it.”

Obama eCard – Obamacare and birth control

If I were Romney, I would use this ad, created by Obama, in my ads – I don’t have fancy graphics, but I included my two ecard replies below:

Dear Daughter – Thank God you didn’t send this to your father.  BTW, it costs $9/mo at your local pharmacy, what exactly are you doing that requires $18K? – Love, Mom

Dear American Tax Payer – I need to raise your taxes $18,000 to pay for her birth control.  Turns out the affordable care act wasn’t affordable after all.  Apparently obamacare drives costs up, care goes down and since I am expanding coverage to everyone including illegal immagrants we actually need need over $1T in new taxes over the next decade  – Hugs, Barry  p.s., don’t forget to donate $3 to my campaign!

Obama Lied – Administration knew within 24 hours Embassy attacks were terror attacks. More bumps in the road ahead…

I have said this before, but it is important so I will repeat it:  In the past two weeks, the man asking to be re-elected President has knowingly lied to the American people, apologized for American values and has utterly failed to defend Americans and our values. 

During the infamous “F**k off” email exchange between Buzzfeed and the State Department over the 9.11 embassy attacks (the entire exchange is available in the Atlasshruggedtoday archives), the Buzzfeed reporter put a question to State: You are either incompetent or lying.  Now we know the answer was – BOTH.

As of today, the only arrest made over the murders of four Americans was of the film maker.  The FBI is STILL not investigating the crime scene two weeks later because the area is not ‘secure’.  Thankfully CNN got in there and recovered Chris Stevens diary.  For two weeks the administration told the world, these were mob riots over a film gone bad.  They did this despite the President of Libya stating that there was “no doubt that this was pre-planned, determined.  They did this in the press, at fund raisers and at the UN.  They also did this in the briefing they gave Congress immediately following the attacks. – oops.

During the last 48 hours the administration has started to change their message.  Obama did it first on the View where he admitted the attacks were more then just an unorganized mob.  How bold of you Sir.  Panetta and Clinton have followed this up with declarations these were actually terror attacks led by elements of Al Qaeda.  Cracker Jack work guys.

As I stated earlier this is both lying and incompetence.  Let’s start with the incompetence:

…the Government Accountability Institute. The group reported a jaw-dropper: President Barack Obama didn’t attend a single daily intelligence briefing in the week leading up to the anniversary of 9/11. In fact, he has attended a minority of daily briefings (44%) since becoming president, and a little better than a third over the last year. While skipping intelligence briefings, the president has enthusiastically campaigned and met with TV personalities.

http://spectator.org/archives/2012/09/28/obamas-intelligence-negligence

Maybe, just maybe if the President had attended some of these briefing he would have noticed some of the intelligence was in fact, actionable.  As reported in the WSJ:

  • On Friday, our WSJ colleagues showed that starting in spring, U.S. intelligence had been worried about radical militias in eastern Libya.
  • These armed groups helped topple Moammar Ghadhafi last year but weren’t demobilized as a new government has slowly found its legs.
  • Deteriorating security was no secret. On April 10, for example, an explosive device was thrown at a convoy carrying U.N. envoy Ian Martin.
  • On June 6, an improvised explosive device exploded outside the U.S. consulate.
  • In late August, State warned American citizens who were planning to travel to Libya about the threat of assassinations and car bombings.
  • Despite all this, U.S. diplomatic missions had minimal security.
  • The night of the Benghazi attack, four lightly armed Libyans and five American security offices were on duty.
  • The complex lacked smoke-protection masks and fire extinguishers.
  • Neither the consulate in Benghazi nor the embassy in Tripoli were guarded by U.S. Marines, whose deployment to Libya wasn’t a priority.
  • (Stevens) diary said he was concerned about the “never-ending” security threats in Benghazi and wrote that he was on an al Qaeda hit list.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444180004578018534242887950.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_AboveLEFTTop

Now onto the lying.  I have said many times in this blog, the President thinks we are all stupid.  He treats us like children and the press is complicit in this activity.  He has gotten away with terrible lies in the Fast and Furious scandal.  He has gotten away with lies around the economy, unemployment, his opponent and his lies around Obamacare are legendary.  Unless you think when he says it isn’t a tax is true, because in fact it is 20 taxes.  No, like a child that never gets punished, he gets more bold with his lies to the American people.

It’s an election year so there is no way after spending 3 days in Charlotte touting Osama is Dead that this Administration would stand in the Rose Garden and show pictures of the ‘mob’ holding “Obama we are all Osama” signs and admit this was a terror attack.  So they decide to create a false narrative.  Why not.  It has worked in the past.  They only need a week or so for the news cycle to pass.  The press will go along.  Feed them the talking points and send them on their way.  Heck, they even found a way to blame Romney.  Eventually the American people  will move onto the next story.

Except they didn’t.  Obama spoke at the UN Tuesday and blamed the video.  He didn’t use the word ‘terrorist’ or ‘terrorism’ once in a 2,000 word speech.  By Wednesday the truth was out.   The story continued to unravel and now we are in full blown scandal mode.  They’re briefing to Congress following the attack was full of lies.  So much so, even the Democrats are demanding answers.

high-ranking members of the President’s own party are now demanding answers. This includes the man most often cited as a likely Secretary of State should Obama win a second term, Senator John Kerry:

Senate Democrats joined Republicans Thursday in questioning the Obama administration’s handling of the fatal Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and why the administration refused for days to acknowledge that it was a terrorist attack linked to al Qaeda.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/09/27/Obama-Libya-Lies-Collapse-Sen-Dems-Demand-Answers

The article continues:

The false White House narrative blaming the murders on a protest gone bad over a YouTube video never really passed the smell test. But Obama maintained that illusion straight through to his speech before the United Nations two days ago, even as reports surfaced that our government knew al-Qaeda was behind the attack within 24 hours. Apparently, this has become too much to sweep under the rug for some of the mainstream press and Democrats.

The behavior of Obama and Secretary of State Clinton over the past 14 days is a scandal of the highest order. Lies, cover ups, and neglect for security of American intelligence and personnel that borders on criminal.

For national security, it is important we get to the bottom of this story.  For the nation during an election, it is important we finally see this administration for what it truly is: two faced liars pursuing a progressive agenda both at home and abroad.  Obama speaks of terrorists in calming tones.  He speaks of his fellow Americans in vile tones.  He wants to redistribute wealth at home and American influence abroad.

He has been the most bitterly divisive president in modern history.  His campaign is not about his ideas or plans for a second administration.  No.  he spends his time talking about what awful, hateful, unpatriotic people the Republicans are.  His surrogates have called Republicans Nazi’s or worse.  They hate women, and more.  He has been openly hostile to every religion except Islam.  Obama says when he wins his second term – Republican opposition will “pop like a blister”.   That is how he sees you my friends.  As a blister.  As an irritant to be eliminated, not a counter voice in our democracy.  You will be popped, you will be broken.  You are nothing more than a bump in the road.

Press bias? You decide. Reuters / AP run inappropriate pictures of Iraeli PM Netanyahu

OK, this is an easy one.  I am going to show you two pictures of Netanyahu at the UN today.  The first picture from Foxnews.  The second both the AP and Reuters used.  Bias?

Foxnews:

Now AP and Reuters: (pic is Reuters, AP’s is same pose slightly off center)

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/shock-photos-netanyahu-un-ap-reuters_653149.html

So, Fox shows the Israeli Prime Minister making his case for a non nuclear Iran so clear, even the morons in the UN can’t miss it.  Unfortunately for Fox, they use the AP photo in the body of their news story.

The AP and Reuters decide to show him in a pose that can only draw comparisons to Nazi Germany.  Individuals at these ‘news’ agencies actually thought that picture was appropriate.  Either they are chronically stupid and / or have an agenda.  Draw your own conclusions.  I have already made mine.

Hillary Clinton Suggests Embassy Attacks Were Al Qaeda – After Two Weeks of Lying

In the past two weeks, the man asking to be re-elected President has knowingly lied to the American people, apologized for American values and has utterly failed to defend Americans and our values.  But hey, he was on Letterman and he was (self-described) ‘eye candy’ while on the View.  HE HAS FAILED YOU.

There has not been a shred of honesty out of the Obama campaign this year.  None.  Strawmen, false narratives.  Selective amnesia on when he assumed responsibility for our economy.  Fast and Furious.  It is truly obscene.  The last week has taken this to a new level.  The administration knew within 24 hours this was a terrorist attack, coordinated with the anniversary of 9/11, planned by Al Qaeda.

Yet, the President stood in the rose garden, went on countless talk shows, went to the United Nations and told everyone it was just a bunch of kids having some fun that got out of control.  You know, it’s Friday, you’re at a party, someone brings RPG’s, automatic weapons, Diesel bomb but the movie you rented isn’t good so the next thing you know you’re invading the American Embassy, killing 4 and flying an Al Qaeda flag.  Those crazy kids.

There is more.  They had clear security warnings from multiple sources prior to the events.  These warnings apparently include some from Chris Stevens directly.  Not only were no additional security precautions taken, existing security was substandard.  Obama actually said at one point the Marines wouldn’t have been able to stop the attacks.  That from your commander in chief.  I don’t know, armed Marines can be pretty persuasive.  My money is on the Marines.  Not Obama.

Link to the lies: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/27/clinton-suggests-libyan-consulate-attack-was-work-al-qaeda-affiliate/#ixzz27dW4JewP

From today’s WSJ, note I edited some of the details for format not content.  I encourage you to read the entire article:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444180004578018534242887950.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_AboveLEFTTop

Imagine the uproar if, barely a month before Election Day, the Bush Administration had responded to a terrorist strike—on Sept. 11 no less—in this fashion. Obfuscating about what happened. Refusing to acknowledge that clear security warnings were apparently ignored. Then trying to shoot the messengers who bring these inconvenient truths to light in order to talk about anything but a stunning and deadly attack on U.S. sovereign territory.

Four Americans lost their lives in Benghazi in a terrorist attack that evidence suggests should have been anticipated and might have been stopped. Rather than accept responsibility, the Administration has tried to stonewall and blame others. Congress should call hearings to hold someone accountable for this debacle.

  • On Friday, our WSJ colleagues showed that starting in spring, U.S. intelligence had been worried about radical militias in eastern Libya.
  • These armed groups helped topple Moammar Ghadhafi last year but weren’t demobilized as a new government has slowly found its legs.
  • Deteriorating security was no secret. On April 10, for example, an explosive device was thrown at a convoy carrying U.N. envoy Ian Martin.
  • On June 6, an improvised explosive device exploded outside the U.S. consulate.
  • In late August, State warned American citizens who were planning to travel to Libya about the threat of assassinations and car bombings.
  • Despite all this, U.S. diplomatic missions had minimal security.
  • The night of the Benghazi attack, four lightly armed Libyans and five American security offices were on duty.
  • The complex lacked smoke-protection masks and fire extinguishers.
  • Neither the consulate in Benghazi nor the embassy in Tripoli were guarded by U.S. Marines, whose deployment to Libya wasn’t a priority.
  • (Stevens) diary said he was concerned about the “never-ending” security threats in Benghazi and wrote that he was on an al Qaeda hit list.

Obama Recovery? GDP Revised down…Again.

Obama’s favorite economic narrative is that “we underestimated the size of the economic troubles”.   Right there, that one line, is the most telling line of why you don’t elect a community organizer with zero real world experience to the Presidency.   First, why the hell did you spend almost $1T on a stimulus if you didn’t understand what was going on.  Second, no one knows where that shovel money went.  Well, not true, Paul Ryan does.  that money “was borrowed, spent and wasted”.  Finally, did you really need to run deficits of $1T+ a year to keep GDP on a recessionary track and unemployment at 8%.   Are these bumps in the road Mr President or an admission YOU can’t change Washington from the inside?

The ONLY bit of truth you will find in the Obama campaign this year is his admission he is an ineffective leader.  Do we need another 4 years of economic stagnation and Trillions in debt before the American people realize he is awful at his job?

For those that missed the news this morning – it may not be your fault as bad news for Obama isn’t widely reported – GDP was revised down again.  From 1.7% to 1.3%.  1.25% actually, I rounded up.  This is awful.  Period.  The President would have us all believe it is merely a coincidence he is the occupant of the White House during the worst economic recovery in history.  That it has nothing to do with 4 years of redistributing money from productive parts of the economy to non-productive crony capitalism and public union schemes.  Nope.  Can’t be the strangling regulations his administration has implemented.  Or the fact they neither signed nor negotiated ANY new trade agreements in four years.

The chart below tells a clear story.  Nobama inherited a terrible economy.  Absolutely.  But we were on our way to recovery.  Why did it stop?  It was his arrogance, overconfidence and pure misunderstanding of how the economy works during the first two years of his Presidency that have led us to this point. Look at that chart.  Bush wasn’t President in 2010, 2011 or 2012.   This is the OBAMA ECONOMY.  His.  Period.  Borrowing from future generations and having the Fed print money haven’t worked.  When he speaks of the failed policies of the past – he is only partially right.  Those policies are his.  So is the accountability.

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/gdp-growth

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/27/Recession-Looms-GDP-Collapse-Durable-Goods

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/27/us-gdp-idUSBRE88Q0S020120927