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Monday, September 26, 2011

Taxes and Job Creations - Really

The Wall Street Journal ran this article last week and the article sums up the Obama tax scheme better than any publication I have read. The Journal has a lot of really good financial articles on their web site. If you don't read it just 'log on'.

The writer does a great job describing the current 'jobs growth program' our President is in the process of selling to the public. Below is a really clear picture on this NEW Jobs Program. As I was reading the article I found myself wondering,
will there ever be an end to our president's 'spreading the wealth around' with taxing cons…? There are some other clips and history thrown in for good measure.

I hope you will find the article(s) helpful.

WSJ

President Obama unveiled part two of his American Jobs Act on Monday, and it turns out to be another permanent increase in taxes to pay for more spending and another temporary tax cut. No surprise there. What might surprise Americans, however, is how the President is setting up the U.S. economy for one of the biggest tax increases in history in 2013.

Mr. Obama said last week that he wants $240 billion in new tax incentives for workers and small business, but the catch is that all of these tax breaks would expire at the end of next year. To pay for all this, White House budget director Jack Lew also proposed $467 billion in new taxes that would begin a mere 16 months from now. The tax list includes limiting deductions for those earning more than $200,000 ($250,000 for couples), limiting tax breaks for oil and gas companies, and a tax increase on carried interest earned by private equity firms. These tax increases would not be temporary.

What this means is that millions of small-business owners had better enjoy the next 16 months, because come January 2013 they are going to get hit with a giant tax bill. Let's call the expensive roll:

• First comes the new tax hikes that Mr. Obama proposed on Monday. Capping itemized deductions and exemptions for the rich would take $405 billion from the private economy for 10 years starting in 2013. Taxing carried interest would raise $18 billion, and repealing tax incentives for oil and gas production would get $41 billion.
• These increases would coincide with the expiration of the tax credits, 100% expensing provisions and payroll tax breaks in Mr. Obama's new jobs program. This would mean a tax hit of $240 billion on small business and workers. That's the downside of temporary tax breaks and other job-creation gimmicks: The incentives quickly vanish, and perhaps so do the jobs.

So even if the White House is right that its latest stimulus plan will create "millions of jobs" through 2012, by this logic a $240 billion tax hike on small businesses in 2013 would cost the economy jobs. This tax wallop would arrive when even the White House says the unemployment rate will still be 7.4%.

• January 2013 is also the same month that Mr. Obama wants the
Bush-era tax rates to expire on Americans earning more than $200,000. That would raise the highest individual income tax rate to about 42%, including deduction phase-outs, from 35% today. Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation found in 2009 that $437 billion of business income would be taxed at higher tax rates under the Obama plan. And since some 4.5 million small-business owners file their annual tax returns as subchapter S firms under the individual tax code, this tax increase would often apply to the same people who Mr. Obama is targeting with his new tax credits.

The capital gains and dividend taxes would also rise to an expected 20% rate from 15% today. The 10-year hit to the private economy for all of these expiring Bush rates: about $750 billion.

• Also starting in 2013 are two of ObamaCare's biggest tax increases: an additional 0.9-percentage point levy on top of the 2.9% Medicare tax for those earning more than $200,000, and a new 2.9% surcharge on investment income, including interest income. This will further increase the top tax rate on capital gains and dividends to 23.8%, for a roughly 60% increase in investment taxes in one year.

The White House's economic logic seems to be that its new spending and temporary tax cuts will so fire up investment and hiring in the next 16 months that the economy will be growing much faster in 2013 and could thus absorb a leap off the tax cliff. But this requires its own leap of faith.

WSJ Editorial board member Steve Moore on President Obama's plan to pay for temporary tax cuts by hiking income and business taxes over the long haul.
The White House also predicted a similar economic takeoff from the 2009 stimulus that was supposed to make a tax hike possible in 2011. Then last December Mr. Obama proposed new tax incentives only for 2011 because the economy was supposed to be cooking by 2012. Now it wants to extend those tax breaks so the economy will be cruising in 2013.

All of this assumes that American business owners aren't smart enough to look beyond the next few months. They can surely see the new burdens they'll face in 2013, and they aren't about to load up on new employees or take new large risks if they aren't sure what their costs will be in 16 months. They can also reasonably wonder whether Mr. Obama's tax hike will hurt the overall economy in 2013—another reason to be cautious now.

For the White House, the policy calendar is dictated above all by the political necessities of the 2012 election. Mr. Obama will take his chances on 2013 if he can cajole the private economy to create enough new jobs over the next year to win re-election, even if those jobs and growth are temporary. Business owners and workers who would prefer to prosper beyond Election Day aren't likely to share Mr. Obama's enthusiasm once they see the great tax cliff approaching. Look out below.

WSJ

For many of us our time for gathering in life has passed and we are approaching the end game. We still have time to scatter the knowledge gained through a lifetime of success and failures.

Our history is always the prelude to what ever we are going to do next….So when we ask or wonder 'What's going to happen next' we should always look back…The trick is to look back far enough to a time that most people living have forgotten.

Here is yet another example of forgotten history:

"I think the analogy between the 1890s and today is better than the analogy with the Great Depression … that we often focus on,” said Hugh Rockoff, a Rutgers University economics professor. “One of the many similarities is the real estate crisis. There was a subprime mortgage problem in the 1890s that was very similar to what precipitated the recent crisis.”

Before 1893’s crisis, many farmers bought homesteads on the Great Plains with short-term “balloon” mortgages supplied by small local mortgage companies and banks. The borrower paid only the interest for five years – until the principal then came due.

Mortgage companies bundled those mortgages and sold them to investors in New York and London.

The bundles supposedly were insured – all very much like the securitization of mortgages that preceded our recent crisis – but they plunged in value, igniting an international banking panic.

“Industrial production fell … and unemployment rose to double-digit levels,” Rockoff recalled. “It took years to work our way out.”

Given the years of recovery from the 1890 crisis and the years of the great depression of the 1930 's you have to wonder with more people, bigger debt, no low end jobs to help out the unemployed, how long will this recovery take? Even if we had some business experience in our leadership? What a mistake we make when we elect people to public office who have never had to 'make' payroll week in and week out.

Let's not look so far back..How about the housing crisis in the seventies and the collapse of the saving and loan industry….There were about five hundred or so savings and loans banks that went under and the ones left were absorbed by other banks. Most loans were to marginal home buyers. This was part of the purpose and mission of the savings and loans business. Down turn, people lost jobs, couldn't pay mortgages, and in most parts of the country homes lost 40/50% of their value. It took six to eight years to work our way out. This was less than thirty years ago. You would think we would have remembered this crisis.

The worse question might be, with this level of spending along with the projected debt growth over the next decade can we work our way out this time? It seems that if we continue this irresponsible spending behavior by our government there will be a time of reckoning that can't simply be worked out. (Look where Europe has gotten to….can we be far behind?)

When we don't teach history, or worse know history and dismiss it, the price to us and the generation that follow simply gets worse as the population grows. A really good example would be all the young people who supported Obama in his election seem to have no idea they would be the ones who will work to pay the debt he is creating for most of their work life. They seem to have no idea of debt in general and certainly no idea of what 'interest on the debt' means but enamored of the idea of 'spreading the wealth' around. (I would like to say, "heaven help us" but I am embarrassed to ask Him.)

It would seem the educating these young voters through their college newspapers and other social media tools as to what these debts our congress/president are creating and the impact it will have on their lifves would be a good thing to do. We have a number of colleges in Mississippi that have newspapers created by students. ?????

Just for fun: The platform for the Communist Party in England in 1929 feels familiar in its reading…It's title was Class Against Class…(Nothing ambiguous about this….)

"With talk of class warfare in the air, it’s perhaps useful for the sake of context to re-examine the 1929 platform of the Communist Party of Great Britain, titled “Class Against Class” and representing an avowedly class warfare approach to an economic crisis. Here’s what they had to say on tax policy:

(1) Abolition of all indirect taxes.
(2) Exemption from all kinds of taxation for all wage-earners.
(3) Tax exemption for all working farmers.
(4) Graduated income tax starting with the incomes of £500 per annum, increasing gradually so that all personal incomes over £5,000 per year are confiscated.
(5) Abolition of the right of transfer and inheritance by confiscation of all individual fortunes over £1,000.
(6) Repudiation of the National Debt (special consideration to be given to the position of small investors, the Cooperatives, and trade unions).

This is strikingly different from a modern progressive agenda. In the CPGB’s framework, the source of income is all-important. Gilbert Arenas is a “wage-earner” and thus should be exempt from all taxation, but a successful small businessman would see his income capped at about £200,000 in today’s money.
This wasn’t a big concern for the CPGB because they were also proposing to “nationalize the banks, the land, the mines, the railways, land and sea transport, electrical industries, broadcasting stations, engineering and shipbuilding industries, post and telegraph, chemical, cotton and woolen textile industries, flour milling, boot and shoe industries and building materials, all of which are ripe for running as national industries, untidily owned and controlled by the workers.”
(Wonder why they didn't want to nationalize their auto industry? They may have overlooked it.)

In 1929 these were still fairly new ideas. Almost a hundred years later, dressed up in a different suit, watered down slightly, these ideas have resurfaced. Minority groups against the majority groups, young against old, poor against rich, workers against business, and liberals against conservatives. Our President spends his day campaigning for his reelection. In every speech he searches for ways to divide the citizens of the nation.

When and if jobs are created they will be created by young small business and mostly started by young men and women. They will not be created by congress, the President, our Aunt Tilley…Few, if any jobs, will be for manual workers. Our core chronic unemployed will become more unemployable.

How many people are left (that aren't on the left) still believe that Obama's goal is to do what is necessary to create jobs? How many people believe that Obama's goal is for government to control every aspect of our economy? How many people believe that Obama believes in a government for and by the people and that governments governs at the consent of the people?

Mr. President, in fifty eight weeks the people are taking you and a whole bunch of your supporters to the woodshed.

Ron

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Lunatic Fringe

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles…The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who at his worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

In this nation's history there have been many times of crisis where citizens came together to protect and serve the country. These groups have often been referred to as 'Grass Root Movements', always seen by the sitting government and the liberal media as the 'lunatic fringe.' Always discounted…Always demeaned…

Once again the nation is in crisis and once again the people have come together under the banner of the Tea Party….In a short time the Tea Party has impacted the House of Representatives and to a lesser degree the Senate. The establishment in Washington has responded in a way that establishment have in the past. They lash out. Recently our Vice President called the Tea Party members terrorist. We are taking away their power and I am sure that does terrify them and we ain't done…...

Like our vice president, our current president misjudges, it seems, who Americans are, what they believe, what they value, and the size of their hearts….He says we are not exceptional as a people or American exceptionalism in general. It sad that we have elected a man to the most powerful office in the world who appears to be actively weakening the nations standing throughout the world…Weakening the American economy..Financially weakening the core group of middle America. Taking away hopes of the lower economic population through social programs and educational system.

I think for some personal reasons, he and his wife need to see America and its people as less than exceptional. I know they are wrong and I take personal offense.

I'm going to take a minute to explain to them, remind myself, and others who we Americans are:

We
We are the rising of the rivers
We are the wind on the fields
We are the faces on the moon
We are the dust in the air
We are the tempest in the sea
We are the thunder on the mountains
 
We
We are the ones before
As the ones before
And before
 
We are the now
We are the light in the darkness
We are the darkness in the light
We are the river
We are the pathways
We are the moon and the mountains
 
We
We are the ones before
As the ones before
And before
 
We are the ticking
We are the back-when
We are the forgotten moments
We are the anger
We are the pain
We are the remembered
 
 
We
We are the ones before
As the ones before
And before
 
We are the first love
We are the smile
We are the warmth
We are the laughter
We are the joy
We are promise
 
We
We are the ones before
As the ones before
And before
 
We are the alpha
We are the givers
We are the passers-on
We are the builders
We are creative-deconstruction
We are omega

We
We are the ones before
As the ones before
And before
 
We are we
We are hope
We are doubt
We are the wish
We are the thought
We are the forever
 
We
We are the ones before
As the ones before
And before
 
We are spring
We are summer heat
We are august moon
We are winter’s night
We are transition
We are time
 
We
We are the ones before
As the ones before
And before
 
We are
We are the warrior
We are the war
We are the transgressor
We are the transgressed
We are continuum
 
We
We are the ones before
As the ones before
And before
 
We are
We are the children
We are the grandchildren
We are the parents
We are the grandparents

We are we

RN

We are the exception... There is no other group of people like us and never has been…History is strewn with foreign governments, state and national politicians, and presidents testing our courage, beliefs, and faith, over and over, each and all to their demise. (Jimmie Carter comes to mind along with many others.) I sense, maybe hope is more appropriate...Obama will not see a second term in office. For sure many of his cohorts will not be reelected.

Progressive liberalism is a code word for socialism…America is a representative democracy not a socialist democracy… The two descriptive terms look similar but are worlds apart. (People govern the government or government governs the people.) Over the past forty years our congresses and our presidents have, through small steps, moved our nation towards a socialist democracy. The tipping point into a pure form is socialism is no farther away than the 2012 elections.

We have had many TURNING point elections in our short history but 2012 has a unique place in elections because it is so directly tied to America and the American way of life…This is our shinning city…These are our freedoms…This is our home…

One last thought: We all want to believe our President wants this economy to turn around and he wants the unemployed to be employed. Old wisdom says that we should watch what a person does not what they say…In our history it has been in times of crisis that the federal government has grabed more controls over the people and the states.

In November of 2012 no deals will be struck and no quarters given. Mr. President, the people are coming….

Ron

PS: The opening quote was from a speech Teddy Roosevelt gave at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1910 and so apropos today….
 
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Homeland

9/14/2011: Let's start with a bit of good news. TWO GOP folks just got elected to Congress. One out of New York and one out of Nevada….Is there a message in this? IF so, for who?

Lets look at money: Meaning our Tax Dollars

Mississippi received more that 455,000,000.00 since 9/11/01
2003 to 20007 another 27,500,000.00

Last ten years Mississippi has received grants of yet another 120,000,000.00

Another 108,000,000.00 (Disease Control.)

Also, and thank goodness, DeSoto County got an explosive-detecting dog with a Homeland Security grant. ( Money well spent by any measure.)

These grants from Homeland Security and Center for Disease Control are just the starting point….Our two senators have pork-barrels much more than these grants over the last decade.

We are also informed that Mississippi is at the bottom of these grant lists and that many states have gotten ten times these amounts. (I can't imagine what those other state dollar numbers might be.)

It would take years of research to discover how all this money was spent and for what. The question buried in all of this IS: If Mississippi hadn't gotten this grants along with the pork barrel money what would our State's finances have looked like?

Let's leap to a bigger picture of the last ten years to the national level. If we factor out Government spending for the last ten years the net results would have been a loss of 1% of GDP per year. So instead of 'doing well' as our government has been reporting to us with the support of the liberal media the country has been in a decline and the voters have been in la-la-land

Meanwhile the First Regional Library system in Mississippi is crowded with students and others trying to use the library and mainly the computers. DeSoto County library says it has had to make appointments for computer use. The Regional system wants another 1,417,896.00 so they can update and replace their older computer some well over four years old. (Also, many of the libraries need more parking space. Oxford got some more parking a few years back.)

As a percentage of the overall population the citizens who use the libraries are fairly small but so important to them and to the state. Here in Oxford the library is mostly busy all the time.

Our learning centers should be at the top of our money distribution chain. (?)

Blowing in the wind:

There are many changes coming our way and one of the most important ones to me is people spending people's capitol and doing the things that need doing and shutting government out of the loop.

Oxford has a person, recently hired, to organize communities activities her name Kelly Shannon. She hit the ground running and on short notice she organized a group of about 175 people to this past weekend: To pull weeds, lay mulch, pack boxes for The Pantry, and a whole slew of other stuff that needed doing around Oxford.

I have a belief that people want to participate, they want to contribute, they want to feel they are a part of something greater than themselves. The above is one example. Now let me give another…

About three or so years I came across a web site called KIVA. (Some of you may know it. If you don't, go to the KIVA web page and read what their mission is.)
KIVA operates outside this country and arranges microloans for people around the world. When I first found them they had a number of thousand of loans in the poor parts of the world. Now, just a few years later, they have millions.

Below is a link so you can see in a very visual way what they have accomplished.
Click on the link: A picture of the world will open and in the lower left hand corner you will a chart that list colors. Read this chart so that you will have an idea of what you are seeing as the video runs. It takes some time for the video to load so just give time.

http://vimeo.com/28413747

It is people's and people capitol who will change our world, not governments spending our tax dollars. It is people's capitol that is helping to make a difference in these elections. The New York congressional seat just won by a Republican has been a Dems seat since, I think, before the country was founded. This was really loud message to all who would hear.

Lets just say, since we are just chatting, we win the House again, the Senate, and the Presidency. Then what? (Besides breathing a sigh of relief.) Then what is the heart of the issue.

They, them, those elected people (new hires) cannot set things right. They can help. They can do their part but when grandchildren get tucked in each night know that it's we who run this country. This is our watch….So, we must be clear about what we want done. It is we who must frame the discussion. It is we who must point the way. Then it is then their job to 'get-her-done.'

One of my friends, Steve Hopkins, in the MS Tea Party sent me a response to a idea I posted on the Tea site:
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Steve:

Well 1st I totally agree with the last email I read. ALL aid to foreign countries MUST STOP until our financial house is in order and for most of those countries aid should never be given again.
 
Next Abolish ALL Federal Grants and for those who immediately start crying about that punishing the education system needs to read these examples below.
 
#1 A total of $3 million  has been granted to researchers at the University of California at  Irvine so that they can play video games such as World of Warcraft.  The  goal of this "video game research" is reportedly to study how "emerging  forms of communication, including multiplayer computer games and online  virtual worlds such as World of Warcraft and  Second Life can help  organizations collaborate and compete more effectively in the global  marketplace."

#2 The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the University of New Hampshire $700,000 this year to study methane gas emissions from dairy cows.

#3 $615,000  was given to the University of California at Santa Cruz to digitize  photos, T-shirts and concert tickets belonging to the Grateful Dead.

#4 A professor at Stanford University received $239,100  to study how Americans use the Internet to find love.  So far one of  the key findings of this "research" is that the Internet is a safer and  more discreet way to find same-sex partners.

#5 The National Science Foundation spent $216,000 to study whether or not politicians "gain or lose support by taking ambiguous positions."

#6 The National Institutes of Health spent approximately $442,340 to study the behavior of male prostitutes in Vietnam.

#7 Approximately $1 million  of U.S. taxpayer money was used to create poetry for the Little Rock,  New Orleans,  Milwaukee and Chicago zoos.  The goal of the "poetry" is  to help raise awareness on environmental  issues.

#8 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spent $175 million  during 2010 to maintain hundreds of buildings that it does not even  use.  This includes a pink, octagonal monkey house in the city of  Dayton, Ohio.

#9 $1.8 million of U.S. taxpayer dollars went for a "museum of neon signs" in Las Vegas, Nevada.

#10 $35 million  was reportedly paid out by Medicare to 118 "phantom" medical clinics  that never even existed.  Apparently these "phantom" medical clinics  were established by a network of criminal gangs as a way to defraud the  U.S. government.

#11 The Conservation Commission of Monkton, Vermont got $150,000  from the federal government to construct a "critter crossing".  Thanks  to U.S. government money, the lives of "thousands" of migrating  salamanders are now being saved.

#12 In California, one park received $440,000 in federal funds to perform "green energy upgrades" on a building that has not been used for a decade.

#13 $440,955 was spent this past year on an office for former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert that he rarely even visits.

#14 One Tennessee library was given $5,000 in federal funds to host a series of video game parties.

#15 The U.S. Census Bureau spent $2.5 million  on a television commercial during the Super Bowl that was so poorly  produced that virtually nobody understood what is was trying to say.

#16 A professor at Dartmouth University received $137,530 to create a "recession-themed" video game entitled "Layoff".

#17 The National Science Foundation gave the Minnesota Zoo over $600,000 so that they could develop an online video game called "Wolfquest".

#18 A pizzeria in Iowa was given $60,000 to renovate the pizzeria's facade and give it a more "inviting feel".

#19 The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave one enterprising group of farmers $30,000  to develop a tourist-friendly database of farms that host guests for  overnight "haycations".  This one sounds like something that Dwight  Schrute would have dreamed up.

#20 Almost unbelievably, the National Institutes of Health was given $800,000 in "stimulus funds" to study the impact of a "genital-washing program" on men in South Africa.
 
The money for Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare IS ALREADY THERE! Our corrupt politicians are just sending it to other countries and for idiotic research !
 
It's all about getting our Fiscal House in order. Then Implement the "FAIR TAX" where everybody who spends money in the United States is not only paying taxes but paying to support our government. Right now criminals like drug dealers and prostitutes pay NO TAXES, Illegal immigrants pay NO TAXES, Tourists pay NO TAXES. Under the fair tax system all of the above would pay taxes. The fair tax system also provides for refunds for the elderly and disabled, but for those on welfare um well they have to pass a drug test monthly to receive both welfare and fair tax refunds to assure that abuse doesn't take place the way it does under the current system.
 
I have much, much more Ron, I could give a 3 day speech on it.
but my fingers are getting tired so I'll stop,  HA.

Steve Hopkins

So, Steve has created the beginning of our bucket list of changes for the new congress and the administration. These are the first 20 let us grow this list. They can put all of these simple changes in one bill, have no debate and BAM this craziness starts to fall away. In this list hopefully our leaders will begin to learn what kind of things are no longer acceptable to us.

The more ideas we send the more can get done.

Mr. President did you hear the Dems lost two more congressional seats yesterday?

Ron
 
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Friday, September 2, 2011

The Plantation

Hundred of articles a day are written about what our President is doing, saying, and spending…..I have no idea why this latest bus tour, which is clearly campaigning on taxpayer dollars, is such an affront…Maybe these daily Presidential affronts are reaching some threshold… Couldn't he have, at the very least, bought a bus made in America? With the economy in such bad shape you would think there would be some embarrassment in this bus buying behavior.

"President Obama has been barnstorming the heartland to boost US jobs in a taxpayer-financed luxury bus the government had custom built -- in Canada, The New York Post has learned.

The $1.1 million vehicle, one of two that Quebec-based Prevost sold to the government, has been tricked out by the Secret Service with state-of-the-art security features and creature comforts."

So if you read the above news release the writer doesn't say that IF this cost of the busses weren't enough of a burden for the poor American taxpayer the Air Force One plane always must be following along with the President at a cost of 345,000.00 per hour.

Now the real insult is that these busses were only used for three days…..!

My disappointment with this President is even greater than my disappointment with Jimmy Carter…Is it too much to hope that the voters will they deal with him in the same way they dealt with President Carter? ???? Certainly the Tea Party members are working to make it happen… IF we can't replace him, hopefully we will replace enough House and Senate people to tether him somewhat. Well maybe.

Today we are including an article written by a young black women…I had never heard of her before. I found her article on a blog while I was searching around the country reading articles. I liked what she has to say and I hope you will also.

Star Parker - Syndicated Columnist
 
Six years ago I wrote a book called Uncle Sam’s Plantation. I wrote the book to tell my own story of what I saw living inside the welfare state and my own transformation out of it.
 
I said in that book that indeed there are two Americas -- a poor America on socialism and a wealthy America on capitalism. 
 
I talked about government programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS), Emergency Assistance to Needy Families with Children (EANF), Section 8 Housing, and Food Stamps.
 
A vast sea of perhaps well-intentioned government programs, all initially set into motion in the 1960s by Democrats that were going to lift the nation’s poor out of poverty.
 
A benevolent Uncle Sam welcomed mostly poor black Americans onto the government plantation. Those who accepted the invitation switched mindsets from “How do I take care of myself?” to “What do I have to do to stay on the plantation?”
 
Instead of solving economic problems, government welfare socialism created monstrous moral and spiritual problems -- the kind of problems that are inevitable when individuals turn responsibility for their lives over to others.

The legacy of American socialism is our blighted inner cities, dysfunctional inner city schools, and broken black families.
 
Through God’s grace, I found my way out.  It was then that I understood what freedom meant and how great this country is.
 
I had the privilege of working on welfare reform in 1996 which was passed by a Republican controlled Congress. 
 
I thought we were on the road to moving socialism out of our poor black communities and replacing it with wealth-producing American capitalism. 
 
But incredibly, we are now going in the opposite direction. 
 
Instead of poor America on socialism becoming more like rich American on capitalism American on capitalism is becoming like poor America on socialism.
 
Uncle Sam has welcomed our banks onto the plantation and they have said, “Thank you, Suh.” 
 
Now, instead of thinking about what creative things need to be done to serve customers, they are thinking about what they have to tell Massah in order to get their cash. 
 
There is some kind of irony that this is all happening under our first black president on the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln.
 
Worse, socialism seems to be the element of our new young president. And maybe even more troubling, our corporate executives seem happy to move onto the plantation. 

In an op-Ed on the opinion page of the Washington Post, Mr. Obama is clear that the goal of his trillion dollar spending plan is much more than short term economic stimulus. 
 
“This plan is more than a prescription for short-term spending -- it’s a strategy for America’s long-term growth and opportunity in areas such as renewable energy, healthcare and education.” 
 
Perhaps more incredibly, Obama seems to think that government taking over an economy is a new idea.  Or that massive growth in government can take place “with unprecedented transparency and accountability.”
 
Yes, sir, we heard it from Jimmy Carter when he created the Department of Energy, the Synfuels Corporation, and the Department of Education.
 
Or how about the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 -- The War on Poverty -- which President Johnson said, “...does not merely expand old programs or improve what is already being done.  It charts a new course.  It strikes at the causes, not just the consequences of poverty.”
 
Trillions of dollars later, black poverty is the same. But black families are not, with triple the incidence of single-parent homes and out-of-wedlock births. 
 
It’s not complicated. Americans can accept Barack Obama's invitation to move onto the plantation.  Or they can choose personal responsibility and freedom.
 
Does anyone really need to think about what the choice should be? 
 

Star Parker

Well writ…If only the black community would read and understand what she is saying about the destructiveness these social programs has had on them... Over decades many black leaders have spoken to the issue in the same way as Star Parker. The older leaders weren't listened to by congress or the black community, nor will Star be listened to.

History, I believe, will look back at this time and this mire of social programs as being more destructive to the back community than slavery. The long and short of it is this is not just a black community problem. This social program problem is rapidly spilling over in larger and larger sectors of white communities.

Not long ago, in one of our article, the question was asked, "How many families can one paycheck feed?" Every day, on average, ten thousand American citizens enroll in one federal social program or another….

Yesterday our government announced it was raising the monthly food stamp program. So if you will multiply forty million people X 122.00 per person plus the newly announced increase you will come up with a number that the recipients in Mississippi are receiving. ..(Note: This amount, 122.00 dollars, is the amount each person in the family on the food stamp program in Mississippi receives. A family of four would be 122.00 x 4 = 488.00 per month or there about. ) Who's paycheck does this money come out of? The answer, of course, is everyone's paycheck along with everyone who receives money from any source such as SS, state and federal pensions, business retirement plans, 401 K plans, interest on saving accounts, and IRA accounts.etc. To qualify for food stamps your income (if any) can be up to 130% of the current poverty level as set by the federal government.

Also, what was interesting, the person in charge of the Food Stamp Program just announced he was going to do this and didn't need anyone's approval except our president.

When Bill Clinton first ran for president in 1992 he ran against the senior Bush and Ross Perot. The NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) agreement was a center piece of that campaign. Ross Perot warned in every one of his speeches that if NAFTA was passed we would hear a great sucking sound as all of the low end jobs would be sucked out of the country. The American people did not understand what he was talking about and the liberal press pooh-poohed it. The Senate passed the NAFTA agreement 61 to 38…34 Republicans and 27 Dems voted for it and it went into effect January 1994.... These were the jobs that many people who are in our social network programs were working in or could be working today, IF the work was still being done in this country. (Lott and Cochran were our Senators at that time. According to the Senate's voting record both voted YEA on this bill and Cochran is still our Senator. Bless his heart. The point of reciting this litany is to remind ourselves that most if not all of the problems we are struggling with as a nation were created by our government because of our silence.

No more silent majority… No more not making waves...No more broken promises …No more will we reelect you …

It is time for the shout out….And that is being done by a group in the Tea Party and their goal is to Move the House. (Go to the MS Tea Party site an see what we are up to. ) The goal is to directly help elect enough new conservative members to control the House of representatives in Mississippi. Nothing less. Republicans control the Senate and it looks like we will have another Republican governor. If we can replace about ten House members with new conservative House members then we have the opportunity to start getting our state back in some order. Join the "Move the House" group by logging on MS Tea site . (And, by the way, we need some money.)

Shout out to all members of the Mississippi House of representatives : Pack your stuff… The House Mover are coming.

Ron
 
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