Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Great John McCain...

McCain's "Consistency" and "Integrity"?

Hmmmm.

http://www.redcounty.com/orange-county/2008/01/california-debate-mccain-remin/

A Billion...

I don't know who wrote this, but it was good to read. Makes you think:

This is too true to be very funny

The next time you hear a politician use the
word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about
whether you want the 'politicians' spending
YOUR tax money.

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend,
but one advertising agency did a good job of
putting that figure into some perspective in
one of its releases.


A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in
the Stone Age.

D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on
two feet.

E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20
minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

While this thought is still fresh in our brain, let's
take a look at New Orleans It's amazing what you can
learn with some simple division . .

Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D), is presently
asking the Congress for $250 BILLION to rebuild New
Orleans. Interesting number, what does it mean?

A. Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of
New Orleans (every man, woman, child), you
each get $516,528.

B. Or, if you have one of the 188,251 homes in
New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.

C. Or, if you are a family of four, your family
gets $2,066,012.

Washington, D.C .. HELLO!!! ... Are all your
calculators broken??

Tax his land,
Tax his wage,
Tax his bed in which he lays.
Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes is the rule.
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirts,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.

Tax his booze,
Tax his beers,
If he cries,
Tax his tears.

Tax his bills,
Tax his gas,
Tax his notes,
Tax his cash.

Tax him good and let him know
That after taxes, he has no dough.

If he hollers,
Tax him more,
Tax him until he's good and sore.

Tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he lays.
Put these words upon his tomb,
'Taxes drove me to my doom!'

And when he's gone,
We won't relax,
We'll still be after the inheritance TAX!!
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Perm it Tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax),
Liquor Tax,
Luxury Tax,
Marriage License Tax,
Medicare Tax,
Property Tax,
Real Estate Tax,
Service charge taxes,
Social Security Tax,
Road Usage Tax (Truckers),
Sales Taxes,
Recreational Vehicle Tax,
School Tax,
State Income Tax,
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),
Telephone Federal Excise Tax,
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax,
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,
Telephone State and Local Tax,
Telephone Usage Charge Tax,
Utility Tax,
Vehicle License Registration Tax,
Vehicle Sales Tax,
Watercraft Registration Tax,
Well Permit Tax,
Workers Compensation Tax.

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago,
and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.

We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest
middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to
raise the kids.

What happened? Can you spell 'politicians!'

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

No wonder McCain is lying about Romney....

...his advisors are feeding it all to him! Maybe because they really hate Mitt Romney, and are the type of people that will say anything about the opposing candidate to get their candidate to win, or maybe just because they have not done their homework. I tend to think it's the former. Either way, the McCain Camp will stop at nothing to discredit Romney, and they will pull out every tactic in the book to stop him. Here's some interesting comments from John MCCain's senior advisor, John Weaver:

"[I]f Romney wasn't born on third base," Weaver told the Washington Post, "if he had to campaign and fundraise like everyone else, I'm sure he wouldn't be here anymore."

Then here is Hugh Hewitt's response:

"George Romney never graduated from college, rose through the ranks of the auto industry, and while he lived a comfortable upper-middle class life as head of American Motors before becoming governor of Michigan and Secretary of HUD. He was not a wealthy industrialist who began with a vast inheritance or a trust baby, and neither is Romney.

Mitt Romney earned his money, and if that constitutes being born on third base, lots of Americans who hit triples are going to be surprised to learn that Team McCain has contempt for their efforts."

I am really trying to see what people like about John McCain. I really am. I looking at it through biased glasses, as everyone does. Everyone fashions their views from their upbringing, their surroundings, and their own views. I will immediately admit that Mitt Romney is not perfect. However, I think it incredibly unfair that the vast majority of people that dislike him feel so inclined because of one reason...they have not done their homework. Even a highly paid senior advisor to a presidential candidate makes completely uneducated statements. If he is uneducated about it, shame on him. Why is he a senior advisor if he is so inept as to make statements that he knows nothing about? If he is making the statement simply as a lie to mislead people, is this the type of person who you would want advising the president?

Sometimes I wonder if I am right on this. I question my thoughts - are they just an emotional response? Do they make sense? It is a logical conclusion? Then I realize that yes, it is an emotional response, but it is an emotional response based on sound principle. So I am comfortable with that decision. I just question why others don't see the facts. Call me biased. I guess I'm biased to truth, wherever it may come from.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

From Rudy to Romney

Another great piece...

Here.

Ah yes, McCain is at it again, and it looks like the great people of Florida bought it all...

http://www.newsweek.com/id/105959

Good going, John! Way to keep that "integrity" you value so much and promise to have.

You Want to Know Why Romney Lost Florida?...

I can tell you the reason that Mitt Romney lost Florida to McCain, and it just goes to show that maybe his assumption that Americans are better people than to choose (or not choose) their candidate based on a religious test may just be a bad and overly optimistic view of the American public:

Here is a chioce interview from a voter in Florida...
(http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22896871/)

"Confidence in Huckabee
Sheridan Kernop, a legal assistant, said Huckabee “was absolutely the best choice. I’ve been researching my candidates pretty well and (Mitt) Romney was in the running when I thought Huckabee was not going to be an issue. I always liked Huckabee, but I didn’t think the country would get behind him. But now that the country is starting to get behind him, I think that is the way to go.”

Image: Sheridan Kernop

Asked whether she’d considered voting for Sen. John McCain, Kernop replied simply, “McCain’s too old.” The Arizona senator is 71.

She also rejected former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. “His views on same-sex marriage -- it’s just completely killing him,” she said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he pulled out of the race this weekend.”

Huckabee “has good Christian morals and that’s the reason I’m voting for him,” said Ann Heath, who works at the driver’s license bureau. Why did she not choose Romney instead of Huckabee?

“The honest truth? Because he’s a Mormon.”

Thursday, January 24, 2008

When you can't beat the pig, kick it's teeth in...

From the Deseret Morning News:

"...In today's editions, the New York Times also reported that Romney has become the most disliked candidate within the circle of GOP contenders.

"Never get into a wrestling match with a pig," McCain said this month to reporters when asked about Romney.

Huckabee's pugilistic campaign chairman, Ed Rollins, appeared to stop just short of threatening Romney with physical violence.

"What I have to do is make sure that my anger with a guy like Romney, whose teeth I want to knock out, doesn't get in the way of my thought process," Rollins said.

Campaign insiders and outside strategists point to several factors driving the ill will, most notably, the attacks by Romney against his opponents in television commercials, the perception of him as an ideological panderer and resentment about his seemingly unlimited resources as others have struggled to raise cash.

"I think it's largely driven by the fact that everybody's taught to tackle the guy on the field with the ball," Romney spokesman Kevin Madden, said.

"The glee the other candidates go after Romney with is really unique," said Dan Schnur, a Republican strategist who worked on McCain's presidential campaign bid in 2000 but currently is not affiliated with any campaign.

Schnur used a schoolyard analogy to compare Romney, the ever proper Harvard graduate, to McCain, the gregarious rebel who racked up demerits and friends at the Naval Academy.

"John McCain and his friends used to beat up Mitt Romney at recess," Schnur said."

I think Romney's spokesman hit the nail on the head...Romney has the ball. He has bee rising in the polls as the once great and stalwart McCain and Huckabee have hit their peak and are coming back to earth. What else do you think they will do? They'll get angry and try to kill the guy with the ball, instead of showing their own merits. It's pretty pathetic what they will do in politics. It's a shame, too. Seems McCain and Huckabee are beginning to show their true characters.



Tuesday, January 15, 2008

McCain's Misleading Mailer

John McCain at his best in trying to convince people not to vote for Mitt Romney...The sad thing is that people who get this in the mail will never take the initiative to check out the facts for themselves. We the people are more like sheep than free individuals when it comes to politics and information, and I think John McCain knows this and is counting on it.

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/mccains_misleading_mailer.html


McCain's Misleading Mailer
He faults Romney for "providing" state funding for abortions that Romney didn't seek, and courts ordered.

Summary

McCain is sending out a postcard mailing in South Carolina that is misleading on more than one point.

  • It says that "Romney provided taxpayer-funded abortions," a distortion. Romney's Massachusetts health-care plan faced a court order requiring abortions to be covered.

  • It says Romney "refused to endorse Bush Tax Cut Plan," but fails to note that McCain himself voted against it.

  • It says, "Hillary tried to spend $1 million for a Woodstock museum" until "John McCain said NO." In fact, McCain wasn't present for the most important votes on the project.
Analysis
A copy of the mailer was provided to us by the Mitt Romney campaign at our request, after news accounts about it surfaced over the weekend.



It shows a smiling John McCain promising to "fight for lower taxes" and to "veto every single pork-barrel bill that crosses my desk." Fair enough. Those pledges sound very similar to promises Romney himself has been making. But the mailer goes on to draw a picture of Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts that is so distorted as to discredit McCain's claim to be the candidate of "straight talk."

Taxpayer-Funded Abortions?

One section says in bold letters: "Romney provided taxpayer-funded abortions." That's unfair and misleading at best and certainly leaves a false impression. Romney never pushed for taxpayer funding for abortions. The state law he signed provided greatly expanded state-subsidized health insurance for low-income residents, but it left decisions about what should be covered to an independent body, the Commonwealth Connector. It was that body, not Romney, that ruled that abortions would be covered.

In truth, the state had little choice but to cover abortions. The state Supreme Court had ruled in 1980 that the Massachusetts Constitution confers on Massachusetts women an even broader right to abortion than does the U.S. Constitution. It restated in a 1997 decision that the state must pay for medically necessary abortions if it pays for all other medically necessary procedures including services in connection with childbirth.

It is possible to argue (and some have done so)
that Romney might have put up a public fight to narrow the abortion coverage had he chosen to do so, or that the Commonwealth Connector decided to cover more than is "medically necessary." But it is simply false for McCain to claim that "Romney provided taxpayer funded abortions" when taxpayers had been ordered by the courts to pay for them long before Romney took office.

Stoning a Glass House

The mailer further says that Romney "refused to endorse Bush Tax Cut Plan," and there is more than a grain of truth to that.
As we've reported before, Romney was quoted in 2003 as telling his state's congressional delegation that he "won't be a cheerleader" for cuts that he doesn't agree with and that he wouldn't oppose the cuts in public because he "has to keep a solid relationship with the White House."

What makes the McCain mailer misleading is that McCain himself went way beyond quietly refusing to endorse the 2003 tax cut plan. He was one of only three Senate Republicans to vote against
it. The day after Bush proposed the cuts he criticized them as too generous to the rich. "It is middle-income Americans that have kept our economy afloat by buying houses and automobiles," McCain said on MSNBC's "Hardball." "I believe that they deserve the majority of the break, not the higher-income level of Americans."

By attacking Romney for not supporting the 2003 cuts, McCain invites readers to believe that he himself must have supported them, which isn't true.
Furthermore, McCain also voted against Bush's 2001 tax cuts, before Romney took office as governor.

Were You at Woodstock?

McCain's mailer somewhat inflates his role in killing a
proposal that would have allotted $1 million to New York state’s Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the proposed site of a museum celebrating the 1969 Woodstock music festival and its effect on American culture. It was, as the McCain mailing says, supported by Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton, as well as other members of the New York delegation. And strictly speaking, it's true that "John McCain said NO" to the proposal, in that he was one of three who cosponsored a proposed amendment to strip the project out of the appropriations bill.

But McCain wasn't present for the key vote or the floor debate on his measure. He was on the campaign trail.

$700 Million in Tax Increases?

We also have a small quibble with the mailer's claim that "Romney raised taxes by $700 million" in Massachusetts. That's not strictly true. Most of the added state revenue for which Romney was responsible came in the form of fees, not taxes. And not everybody agrees on the total.

According to an estimate by the Massachusetts Department of Administration and Finance produced by the Romney campaign, increases in fees amounted to $260 million a year, and elimination of corporate tax "loopholes" brought in another $174 million a year. But the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation puts the total of increased fees and corporate taxes at $740 million to $750 million per year.

McCain Comments

McCain denied that his mailer constitutes the sort of "negative campaigning" that he has complained about when aimed at him. On the campaign trail in Michigan, he told reporters that he was just responding to earlier attacks by Romney. As quoted by MSNBC, he said:
McCain: It’s not negative campaigning. I think it’s what his record is. ... [W]e will point out those matters of record. It’s a tough business. I said it in the debate the other night. It’s a tough business for all the candidates that are running. When millions of dollars are spent attacking us, we are going to have to respond.
Our judgment, however, is that McCain's "Straight Talk Express" took a wrong turn with this mailer.

-by Brooks Jackson