Another of Obama’s Team that Doesn’t Pay Taxes

Tom Daschle doesn’t pay his taxes either.

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ABCNews:

The controversy deals with a car and driver lent to Daschle by a wealthy Democratic friend — a chauffeur service the former senator used for years without declaring it on his taxes.

It remains an open question as to whether this is a “speed bump,” as a Democratic Senate ally of Daschle put it, or something more damaging.

 

Luckily, he’s a Democrat, and they don’t have to pay taxes. It’s just a “common mistake”. Other prominent Democrats that have made this “common mistake”: Charlie Rangel (House Ways & Means Cmte) and Tim Geithner (Obama’s Treasury Secretary).

Are any of Obama’s appointments not corrupt?

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Published in: on January 30, 2009 at 6:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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We Have Michael Steele

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Michael Steele is now the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. A conservative is a good move for the Republicans and this will certainly help them come back in 2010.

Published in: on January 30, 2009 at 5:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Stupidity Has Passed in the House

The Democrats passed the pork bill in the House, and it’s headed to the Senate.

In a swift victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House approved a historically huge $819 billion stimulus bill Wednesday night, filled with new spending and tax cuts at the core of the young adminstration’s revival plan for the desperately ailing economy. The vote was 244-188.

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178 of the no votes were from Republicans. Not even one caved to the Democrats. I’m actually impressed. They need at least two of them to cave in the Senate to get this passed. We will wait and see.

Published in: on January 28, 2009 at 5:57 pm  Comments (1)  
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Boehner Just Says No

From The Politico:

House Republican Leader John A. Boehner and his No. 2, Whip Eric Cantor, told their rank-and-file members Tuesday morning during a closed-door meeting to oppose the bill when it comes to the floor Wednesday, according to an aide familiar with the discussion. Boehner told members that he’s voting against the stimulus, and Cantor told the assembled Republicans that there wasn’t any reason for them to support the measure, according to another person in the room. Cantor and his whip team are going to urge GOP members to oppose it. 

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Obama doesn’t need Republican support. This pork stimulus bill can easily pass and be signed into law without the Republicans. The reason he wants them so badly to support it is so that when it fails, and it will definitely fail, we can spread the wealth around. Oh, excuse me, spread the blame around.

Published in: on January 27, 2009 at 5:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Poor Lending Practices Rewarded With $12 Million


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On Oct. 27, the FDIC and Massachusetts bank regulatory officials, alleging poor lending practices and executive-compensation abuses by OneUnited, slapped it with a strong enforcement action, a cease-and-desist order. Among other things, the officials told the bank to get rid of a 2008 Porsche being used for executives use.

Rep. Barney Frank spoke with a federal regulator to ask that OneUnited be given consideration for TARP money. Frank cited the fact that it was the only bank in the state owned by African-Americans. He was quoted as saying “We did say, yes, I thought it would have been a social tragedy if the one minority bank in Massachusetts that has been working so hard and had been overextended into housing was to be wiped out by a federal action, the Fannie-Freddie preferred [shares] thing, and that’s why I think it was important to try to help them.” 

This came as a result of the attorney for OneUnited Bank complaining to Frank and Rep. Maxine Waters that the action by the Treasury Department had hurt the bank. Naturally, their poor lending practices didn’t hurt the bank, only getting caught at it did. Further, it just so happens that up until last spring, Rep. Waters husband Sidney Williams was a OneUnited Director. No conflict there right?

I really can stop writing here because of course you have to know what next happened right?

Yes, folks that is correct! on December 19, OneUnited received $12 million dollars from the US. Treasury. Regulatory officials sight them for poor lending practices and then less than two months later they reward them by infusing millions of dollars so they can continue on with their poor practices. It all makes sense, right? Or does it smell of favoritism with a little racism added in mixed with conflict of interest?

This whole TARP fund things is bogus, the money is being given out in ways that will not even begin to help us consumers or make a dent in this economic crisis we are in. We have Representatives like Barney Frank using the financial crisis as an excuse to shore up a politically favored bank in his district and not using it as a stimulus.

Now they want to pass through another $800 Billion? Good Grief!

Published in: on January 26, 2009 at 4:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I Need a Time-Out

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George McGovern, the 1972 loser of the Presidential election, has written an opinion piece in the Sunday edition of the Washington Post:

As you settle into the Oval Office, Mr. President, may I offer a suggestion? Please do not try to put Afghanistan aright with the U.S. military. To send our troops out of Iraq and into Afghanistan would be a near-perfect example of going from the frying pan into the fire. There is reason to believe some of our top military commanders privately share this view. And so does a broad and growing swath of your party and your supporters.

True, the United States is the world’s greatest power — but so was the British Empire a century ago when it tried to pacify the warlords and tribes of Afghanistan, only to be forced out after excruciating losses. For that matter, the Soviet Union was also a superpower when it poured some 100,000 troops into Afghanistan in 1979. They limped home, broken and defeated, a decade later, having helped pave the way for the collapse of the Soviet Union.

So basically, what he suggests is that we lay down our arms and formally surrender in Iraq and Afghanistan, then he cites the example of the Brits and the Soviets failure in Afghanistan, but he fails to recognize the difference in their campaign and ours. Those two empires tried to pacify the countryside by destroying everything they saw. The United States is busy rebuilding schools, roads, and giving medical supplies while terrorists attempt to destroy everything. Big difference.

I have believed for some time that military power is no solution to terrorism. The hatred of U.S. policies in the Middle East — our occupation of Iraq, our backing for repressive regimes such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, our support of Israel — that drives the terrorist impulse against us would better be resolved by ending our military presence throughout the arc of conflict. This means a prudent, carefully directed withdrawal of our troops from Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and elsewhere. We also need to close down the imposing U.S. military bases in this section of the globe, which do so little to expand our security and so much to stoke local resentment.

Let’s bring all of our troops out of the middle east and they will just leave us alone, right? The murdering islamo-fascists just want us out of the neighborhood and then everything will be fine. I definitely feel a headache coming on.

We cannot evade this reckoning. The British thought they could extend their control over Iraq even while pulling out their ground forces by creating a string of bases in remote parts of the country, away from the observation of most Iraqis. It didn’t work. No people that desires independence and self-determination wishes to have another nation’s military bases in its country. In 1776, remember, 13 little colonies drove the mighty British Empire from American soil.

In 2003, the Bush administration ordered an invasion of Iraq, supposedly to reduce terrorism. But six years later, there is more terrorism and civil strife in Iraq, not less. The same outcome may occur in Afghanistan if we make it the next American military conflict.

Well, we have military bases in Kuwait, Germany, and Japan nowadays. The civilian populace, upset that the evil U.S. doesn’t let them have their independence, attacks the base daily. Oh wait, no, they don’t.

And there’s more terrorism in Iraq, huh? The same Washington Post where your misinformed drivel is published has a story from October, 2008 citing “the lowest levels of violence since early 2004”.

So let me suggest a truly audacious hope for your administration: How about a five-year time-out on war — unless, of course, there is a genuine threat to the nation?

Time out? Someone get al Qaeda on the phone, I think George is on to something here. Unless there is a genuine threat? Didn’t a genuine threat present itself on September 11th, 2001 that originated in Afghanistan?

You can read the full editorial here if you so choose, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

Published in: on January 25, 2009 at 10:21 am  Leave a Comment  
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Pizza Delivery

From The Ledger:

Police say two teenage girls were arrested on charges of beating a Papa John’s delivery man and stealing dinner they allegedly ordered: pizza, wings and a cheese steak that cost $55.

No cheese sticks?

Published in: on January 25, 2009 at 9:36 am  Leave a Comment  

It’s Okay to Laugh

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Published in: on January 25, 2009 at 9:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Wish List for Obama

Newsweek writes about the “especially long wish list” that African Americans have for the new President. I find this interesting. While I sit here, not wanting anything from the government or the President besides protection from terrorists, and to stay out of my way, another segment of the population hopes and wishes to be the next contestant on the White House Giveaway Show.

There’s the “three-strikes rule” that lands more than its share of young African-American men in jail in many states. The tougher and longer prison sentences blacks receive for sometimes minor drug offenses. And the growing number of black women with the AIDS virus—now the fastest-growing segment of those infected. “Those are things I’m sure Bush didn’t give a hoot about,” says 34-year-old Lisha Crenshaw, a Chicago elementary-school teacher I ran into in D.C. “The number of jails we’re building to put our young men in instead of investing that money into their future and schools to educate them is so sad.

They want to get rid of the three strikes rule. Basically, if you commit a crime three times, you go to prison for a much longer time. Seems fine to me, and last time I checked, it wasn’t an exclusively black law. As for AIDS, I do believe President Bush gives a hoot about it.

Stop wishing, and start doing for yourselves. The President, no matter what color he is, can not take away all your problems. He is not going to pay for your gas and mortgage.

Published in: on January 24, 2009 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Treasury Secretaries Don’t Have to Pay Taxes

Jonah Goldberg, of National Review, has written a great article about Timothy Geithner, President Obama’s nominee for Treasury Secretary. You know, the guy that ‘forgot’ to pay his taxes:

Obama defends Geithner, saying that his was a “common mistake,” that it is embarrassing but happens all the time. My National Review colleague Byron York reports that, at least according to the World Bank, Geithner’s “mistakes” are actually quite rare. Indeed, it’s almost impossible to believe that the man didn’t know exactly what he was doing given that he would have had to sign documents, disregard warnings and all in all turn his brain off to make the same “mistake” year after year. And keep in mind, Geithner is supposed to run the IRS. So maybe sloppiness isn’t that great a defense anyway.

The bulk of Senate Republicans seem willing to green-light his appointment because, in the words of many, “he’s too big to fail.” Wall Street likes this guy and so does Obama. So, who cares if he breaks and bends the rules? Who cares that he took a child-care tax credit to send his kids to summer camp? He’s the right man for the job, no one else can do it, he’s the financial industry’s man of the moment.

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Whether Geithner is confirmed or not, I demand the immediate pardon of Wesley Snipes. He only made a “common mistake” by failing to pay his taxes. FREE WESLEY NOW. Did you see Passenger 57? This guy shouldn’t be in prison.

Published in: on January 24, 2009 at 8:10 pm  Comments (1)  
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