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Holy crap. I agree with Pundette about the headline. “Once considered unthinkable.” Makes one tighten their sphincter.

With budget deficits soaring and President Obama pushing a trillion-dollar-plus expansion of health coverage, some Washington policymakers are taking a fresh look at a money-making idea long considered politically taboo: a national sales tax.

Common around the world, including in Europe, such a tax — called a value-added tax, or VAT — has not been seriously considered in the United States. But advocates say few other options can generate the kind of money the nation will need to avert fiscal calamity.
[. . .]
The federal budget deficit is projected to approach $1.3 trillion next year, the highest ever except for this year, when the deficit is forecast to exceed $1.8 trillion. The Treasury is borrowing 46 cents of every dollar it spends, largely from China and other foreign creditors, who are growing increasingly uneasy about the security of their investments. Unless Congress comes up with some serious cash, expanding the nation’s health-care system will only add to the problem. [Emphasis and Bold mine]

I wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to a National Sales Tax. If it was in lieu of the income tax. But a value added and an income tax? No thank you.

For more on VAT’s and how they work, click here.

Hat tip to P & P and The Other McCain.

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You have to see this to believe it. It’s political correctness gone absolutely mad.

http://cbs11tv.com/video/?id=42570@ktvt.dayport.com

Here’s the full story but here’s the meat of it:

A woman with a daughter in Iraq and other members of the military in her family hangs up an American flag in her cubicle in an office in the hospital where she works just before Memorial Day. Another woman at her office takes it down and throws it on the floor, claiming that if offends here. And, oh yeah, the complaining woman is not American, she’s an immigrant from Africa. And, oh yeah, the higher-ups at the hospital where this woman works back the “offended” woman.

Eventually the hospital corporate officials got involved and said that the woman could hang her flag.

Obviously, the woman who took the flag down needs a reality check. I guess that you don’t have to love a country that opened its doors for you and gave you the opportunity to work in what seems to be a pretty good job. But how about some respect and tolerance for those who were born here who do love their country and have loved ones putting their lives on the line to protect it?

Perhaps she didn’t know any better. But for the administrators at the hospital to be so scared of offending anyone about anything to side with her, shame on them.

(h/t to E Pluribus Unum at Red State, who also has a good rant about it)

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(Thanks to Jana)

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From his campaign trail news conference in New Mexico.

“We can’t keep on just borrowing from China,” Obama said at a town-hall meeting in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, outside Albuquerque. “We have to pay interest on that debt, and that means we are mortgaging our children’s future with more and more debt.”

Holders of U.S. debt will eventually “get tired” of buying it, causing interest rates on everything from auto loans to home mortgages to increase, Obama said. “It will have a dampening effect on our economy.”

No s#!t, Sherlock. For those of you who have been paying attention, that has been the unifying message of the Tea Parties (The President is echoing the cries of so called ‘Right Wing Extremists‘? Who knew?). Stop the massive increase of national debt.

But did Obama really get the message? I have my doubts. Others do too:

That is to say, if we assume that this speech about “unsustainable” debt signals a new theme that will become part of the administration’s economic policy, Obama can only be laying the groundwork for massive tax hikes:

  • A. We can’t keep borrowing money, because that will “have a dampening effect on our economy”;
  • B. However, we can’t cut entitlement spending, because that would hurt poor people and old people who are dependent on federal aid;
  • Ergo . . .

  • C. We must raise taxes on “the rich,” who “aren’t paying their fair share.”

Nice game Obama has going on. If he was serious, he could immediately curtail any and all of the so called ‘Stimulus Bill’ and re-draft his budget. Which will happen as soon as a radioactive spider will bite me enabling me to climb walls.
H/T to R.S. McCain who has much more about it.

Cross posted At The Point of a Gun.

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Liberty 101

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Liberty 101.

Doing the education the public schools won’t do.

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Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.

David Shuster and Anderson Cooper had some fun with the term, ‘Tea Bag’ around April 15th. It was almost as if kids from junior high were writing their copies. I’m not even going to start about Rick Sanchez.

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(Cartoon via Jim Treacher)
What needs to be done is to point back at them and laugh. They are not the smartest people in the world because they have a camera pointed at them. Journalism school is where most college washouts end up.

With Arlen Specter switching parties to be a Democrat (which he voted with most of the time anyway. Unless it was an election year and needed something to show to the Republican voters), it appears that Obama should have cart blanche for whatever he wants to do.

And this is before the Filibuster proof Senate too.

And this is before the Filibuster proof Senate too.

Does it look bad? Yes.

Should we as Americans give up the fight? Hell no!

After the unified voice of the Tea Parties that happened on April 15th, Pres. Obama noticed what was going on.

“Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, Obama said, “let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security.”

“But,” Obama continued, “let’s not play games and pretend that the reason [for the deficit] is because of the Recovery Act.”

Right.  Stimulus had nothing to do with it.

Right. Stimulus had nothing to do with it.

He finally admits he heard about the protests and promptly ignores the unified voices of “Stop Spending”. If he doesn’t want to hear the rants, make him hear the laughter.

Point and laugh at the President when Sen. Harry Reid tells of an old conversation he had with the then Sen. Obama.

“‘That speech was phenomenal, Barack,’ I told him. And I will never forget his response. Without the barest hint of braggadocio or conceit, and with what I would describe as deep humility, he said quietly: ‘I have a gift, Harry.'”

And the very day Obama can’t even read his speechwriters words off of the teleprompter. That’s some gift.

Never in recent memory has there been an administration where the staff desperately needed to be made fun of. The head of the IRS has tax issues. The head of Homeland Security didn’t know how the 9/11 hijackers came into the country. The Chief Diplomat giving a big red button to a country we were trying to prevent them pressing their button during the Cold War.

As Jake Tapper said on his twitter feed the other night, Joe Biden has given Jason Sudeikis of SNL four more years of gainful employment.

The Tea Parties are a bipartisan organization but the Republican Party has worked tirelessly to make themselves irrelevant these last few years. I didn’t intend for this to sound so anti-Democrat but why beat a dead elephant? At the national level, the Republicans are officially absent. The Democrats have a filibuster proof Senate and a hundred plus majority in the House. If a bill is voted down in Congress, it will be because of a bipartisan effort.

Pres. Bush did help start the catalyst before he left office. By his own admission, he “abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system“. Pres. Obama is continuing in the same direction but at a much faster pace.

Besides, Obama is an astute disciple of the rules. If anyone cares to study John McCain’s campaign, you will see that it worked.

Surely Obama can hear the laughter with those ears of his. If he has thin enough skin where he can’t handle a little bit of criticism from the American people, how in the hell can he expect to go toe to toe with the little despot in North Korea?

Read the rest of the rules here. Learn them. Know them.

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