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:finger: Pelosi! I'd love to see Pelosi loose her job, that skank plastic surgery B!tch!

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Here we go again:
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Sources: Trial lawyers expect tax break from Treasury Department
BY JOHN O'BRIEN
VANCOUVER, Canada (Legal Newsline) - The nation's trial lawyer group, the American Association for Justice, revealed Tuesday that it expects the U.S. Department of Treasury to soon give its members a tax break on contingency fee lawsuits.

The tax break could be similar to proposed legislation that didn't make it through Congress last year. That proposal, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., would have allowed attorneys to deduct fees and expenses up-front for filing contingency fee lawsuits.

John Bowman, the Director of Federal Relations for the AAJ, said in response to a question from a state delegate regarding recruiting new members that an administrative order from the Treasury Department could come as soon as tomorrow, sources told Legal Newsline.

The Treasury Department cautioned the AAJ not to go public with the information yet, according to Bowman, sources also said.

Last year, an opinion piece from the Washington Legal Foundation criticized Specter's bill.

"If Sen. Specter's proposed modification of the Internal Revenue Code succeeds, the federal government will, for all intents and purposes, share in the cost and risk of bringing the initial litigation," it says.

"Under current and certainly potential future tax laws, this could be as much as 40 percent of the cost of bringing litigation."

http://www.legalnewsline.com/news/227944-sources-trial-lawyers-expect-tax-break-from-treasury-department
And the rewarding of special interest groups continues..........

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The lying and bullshit continues.......
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Obama policies saved millions of jobs: White House

By Caren Bohan and Alister Bull Caren Bohan And Alister Bull – 10 mins ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama's economic policies have significantly boosted U.S. growth and hiring this year, the White House said on Wednesday as it seeks to counter sagging confidence in his economic leadership.

A quarterly White House report estimated Obama's $862 billion economic stimulus package, which he signed last year, has so far lifted employment by between 2.5 million and 3.6 million jobs, while giving growth a big boost.

"The impact of the fiscal stimulus suggest that the (Recovery Act) has raised the level of GDP as of the second quarter of 2010, relative to what it otherwise would have been, by between 2.7 and 3.2 percent," the report by the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) said.

"Real GDP growth is expected to remain steady in the second half of 2010 and throughout 2011."

The first official estimate for second quarter growth is released on July 30.

Growth in the first quarter was 2.7 percent, continuing a gradual recovery from the worst recession since the 1930s, which has yet to dramatically cut a painfully high unemployment rate that stood at 9.5 percent in June.

Vice President Joseph Biden said the economy "would be barely growing at all" without the emergency spending.

Biden and CEA Chairwoman Christina Romer presented the report's findings and Romer is scheduled to testify in Congress on it at 2 p.m. (1800 GMT) on Wednesday.

But in another sign the recovery has slowed recently, sales at U.S. retailers fell for a second straight month in June due to weak receipts at car dealers and gas stations.

The report comes a day after a pair of opinion polls raised red flags for Obama and his Democrats, who appear vulnerable four months before congressional elections in November. Republicans are seeking to overturn Democratic dominance in both houses of Congress.

A survey by the Washington Post-ABC News showed 54 percent of Americans disapproved of Obama's leadership on the economy. In a CBS News poll, only 40 percent of Americans said they approved of Obama's handling of the economy.

On Wednesday, one of the most influential U.S. business groups accused Obama of neglecting job creation and sowing economic uncertainty with burdensome tax and regulatory policies.

In an open letter to the president, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Obama and Democrats in Congress "took their eyes off the ball" on the goal of creating jobs.

"They neglected America's number one priority -- creating the more than 20 million jobs we need over the next 10 years," said the letter, which the Chamber released ahead of a "Jobs for America" event that will bring together officials from the group as well as lawmakers and other policymakers.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100714/pl_nm/us_obama_economy

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Obama is breaking the law yet again:
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Congressman: Obama Admin Illegally Funding Pro-Abortion Kenya Constitution

by Steven Ertelt
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July 13, 2010

Washignton, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Despite denials by the office of Vice President Joe Biden and the U.S. embassy in Kenya, the leading pro-life congressman says the Obama administration is absolutely enraging in illegal funding of a campaign to get voters in Kenya to adopt a pro-abortion constitution.

As LifeNews.com reported on Monday, the United States embassy in Kenya issued a statement saying the administration of President Barack Obama is not spending taxpayer dollars funding a campaign to support a pro-abortion Constitution Kenya voters will consider at the polls next month.

But Rep. Chris Smith, one of three U.S. lawmakers who have requested an investigation into U.S. activities leading up to the referendum, tells LifeNews.com today he has evidence the Obama administration is funding the Yes campaign.

Smith says Obama is doing so by providing taxpayer dollars for the Yes campaign via organizations that are actively supporting it on the ground in the Kenya.

“There is no doubt that the Obama Administration is funding the ‘yes’ campaign in Kenya,” he said. “By funding NGOs charged with obtaining ‘yes’ votes, the Administration has crossed the line."

"Directly supporting efforts to register ‘yes’ voters and ‘get out the yes vote’ means the U.S. government is running a political campaign in Kenya. U.S. taxpayer funds should not be used to support one side or the other," he added.

As part of ongoing discussions with the Office of the Inspector General of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Representatives Smith and Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and California Rep. Darrell Issa received a chart listing USAID funding recipients and a summary of their agreements.

Two organizations are receiving over $150,000 form the U.S. government to “contribute to an ‘overrepresentation’ of the Yes voters,” and five organizations have been charged with registering a total of 100,000 “for a Yes vote” at the referendum.

Other Kenyan groups are being given funding for similar Yes vote efforts, Smith said.

Specifically, the Provincial Peace Forum, Eastern Providence received $97,633.33 in taxpayer funds to “gain buy-in for the new proposed constitution by educating the professional elites in Isiolo South Constituency about its benefits and getting their commitment to use their influence to ensure people register and vote YES at the referendum.”

* The Central Organization of Trade Unions, Kenya (COTU) received $91,106.66 to “marshal a coalition of pro-Constitution individuals, institutions, and organizations to drum up political support for the Proposed Constitution by organizing a public rally at the historic Kamukunji Grounds, Nairobi.”

* The Provincial Commissioner North Eastern Province obtained $99,220 for “one of a series of activities that aim to contribute to an ‘overrepresentation’ of the YES voters at the next referendum. Specifically, OTI will provide support to the office of the Provincial Commissioner (PC) in the form of transportation and fuel.”

* The Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance (KMYA) got $56,953.33 from the Obama administration for “one of a series of activities that aim to contribute to an ‘overrepresentation’ of the YES voters at the next referendum. Specifically, OTI will provide support to Kenya Muslims Youth Alliance (KMYA) in the form of transportation and communications.”

* The Provincial Peace Forum, Rift Valley Province received $94,193.33 to “build on previous activities in the North Rift as an entry point for a YES campaign on the constitution. Specifically, this activity will serve to gain buy-in for the new proposed constitution by getting the professional elites’ commitment.”

* The Inter community Peace Choir Organization obtained $38,600 for “one of a series of activities aimed at facilitating registration of approximately 20,000 in cosmopolitan areas occupied by IDPs for a YES vote at the next referendum.”

* The North Rift Theatre Ambassadors got $37,773.33 from Obama for “one of a series of activities aimed at facilitating registration of approximately 20,000 in cosmopolitan areas of Uasin Gishu, namely Turbo, Maili Nne-Chepkanaga, and Huruma divisions for a YES vote at the next referendum.”

* The Amani Peoples Theatre received $41,400 for “one of a series of activities aimed at facilitating registration of approximately 20,000 in Kachiliba and Psigor Constituencies-North Pokot for a YES vote at the next referendum.”

* The Christian Community Services obtained $37,466.67 for “one of a series of activities aimed at facilitating registration of approximately 20,000 in the three Constituencies of Turkana South, Central, and North for a YES vote at the next referendum.”

* And the Pokot Outreach Ministries received $38,133.34 for “one of a series of activities aimed at facilitating registration of approximately 20,000 additional voters in the entire Constituency of Kapenguria for a YES vote at the next referendum.”

Smith said these Obama administration-funded grants for organizations actively involved in persuading Kenyan voters to adopt a constitution that will legalize abortions is inappropriate.

“The draft constitution, with its controversial provisions expanding access to abortion, is a matter for the Kenyan people to consider and decide,” Smith said. “The Obama Administration should immediately withdraw all U.S. taxpayer funding used to buy votes and influence the outcome on the referendum.”

While Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have lent their support to the voting process, they have carefully couched their language in terms of supporting the constitutional review process rather than urging support for the document itself.

The proposed new Kenyan constitution concerns pro-life and church groups both locally and around the world because provisions in it would overturn the current legal protections women and unborn children enjoy and would essentially authorize unlimited abortions despite the pro-life cultural views of most Kenyans.


The United States embassy in Nairobi said it is not providing financial support for the Yes campaign for the August 4 vote on the proposed constitution.

“These claims are categorically false, and those making such allegations are lying,” the statement said, according to APA News. “The US Government is supporting the constitutional review process as the centerpiece of the broad reform agenda agreed to following the post-election crisis."

That mirrors language coming last week from a representative of Biden.

After publishing a news story compiling the developments over the last two months that LifeNews.com has chronicled, Fox News received a response from Biden's office.

"Requests for comment sent to the vice president’s office were not initially returned, but following the original publication of this story, Biden's press secretary, in an e-mail stressed that while in Kenya the vice president reiterated that it is up the people to decide about their country's constitution," the television news station indicated.

That came after Biden told prominent Kenya government officials that passage will "allow money to flow" to the African nation.

"The United States strongly supports the process of constitutional reform. ... Dare to reach for transformative change, the kind of change that might come around only once in a lifetime," he said. "If you make these changes, I promise you, new foreign private investment will come in like you've never seen."

Whether the Obama administration directly supporting the constitution is a critical question because lobbying for or against abortion is prohibited under a provision of federal law known as the Siljander Amendment annually included in the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Act.

The amendment reads, “None of the funds made available under this Act may be used to lobby for or against abortion,” and violations are subject to civil and criminal penalties under the Antideficiency Act, 31 U.S.C. § 1341."

Obama himself has promoted the new constitution in an interview in early June with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).

He called voting for the document a "singular opportunity to put the government of Kenya on solid footing" and urged Kenyans to"take advantage of the moment."

Obama tried to couch his language in neutral impartiality, saying "Regardless of whether they vote Yes or No I just want to make sure that they participate,' but he extolled the virtues of the document to the KBC saying it will promote human rights

And in May, US Ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger called on the African nation's political leaders to rally the people to pass the referendum.

Ranneberger issued a statement praising the Kenya parliament for passing the proposed constitution and urging President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to rally support for it.

He also suggested the Obama administration would fund a national campaign to persuade the people to adopt the document.

Although the draft contains language advocating the right to life for unborn children, it contains a section with a health exception that essentially opens the nation to unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason.

Joseph Meaney of Human Life International weighed in on the constitution saying it violates the views of most Kenyans who are pro-life.

"Kenyans are pro-life," he said. "When we see the new articles added to the constitution and approved by parliament under heavy pressure from Western elites, we are seeing an assault on the very heart of the Kenyan people."

"Perhaps the greatest insult is that this attack is happening under the banner of 'improving women's health'. The only ones who believe that killing an unborn child is good for a woman's health are those who will profit from the slaughter, Western powers who are pouring untold millions of dollars into measures to keep Africa's children from being born," he told LifeNews.com.

"This is nothing but population control, an imperialist assault intended to rob Africa of its future by eliminating her children. It is a disgrace," he said.

A poll conducted March 21–26 by the polling firm Synovate, formerly known as Steadman, shows the citizens of Kenya are overwhelmingly pro-life.

“Thinking about abortion, which of the following is closest to your view?” the firm asked respondents.

Some 69 percent of Kenya residents are against legalizing abortions while just 9 percent support it. Another 16 percent say it doesn't matter while 6 percent said they had no opinion.

Answering the question, “When do you believe human life begins?” 77 percent of Kenyans stated that life begins at conception, while 19 percent stated that human life begins at the time of birth.

Respondents were also asked about their views concerning the new Kenyan Constitution and the question found only 19 percent support it as currently written, while a majority, 52 percent, want Parliament to revise the document before passage.

Scott Fischbach, the director of MMCL Go, an international pro-life outreach, provided the polling results to LifeNews.com.

"Currently, advocates of abortion are using the issue of maternal mortality and illegal abortions to argue for legalization of the procedure. However, the answer to illegal abortions and high maternal mortality rates is very simple: provide hope, opportunity and support for pregnant women by insuring a clean water supply, clean blood supply and adequate health care," he said.

"Kenya is a pro-life country and ought not to head toward an abortion-on-demand policy in its new Constitution," he added.


http://lifenews.com/int1593.html
It looks like Obama isn't satisfied with just killing babies in the United States. He wants to kill babies all over the world.

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Does anyone know on the Kenyan thing whether it was to get a constitution or get one with abortion legal? Sometimes these things are a side effect of getting a stable gov't. Just saying he may have not even cared what that piece said, ie his intentions weren't for or against abortion.

Intentions aside... he should have cared and this is appalling.

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Steensn, does it matter? The point is that it's against the law to influence elections in foreign countries. Obama is clearly breaking the law yet again.

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Steensn, does it matter? The point is that it's against the law to influence elections in foreign countries. Obama is clearly breaking the law yet again.


Technically, no... regarding legality absolutely not. What I am always weary of is painting some things as a "he did it full knowing the legal issues because he hates babies." It can come across that way sometimes and maybe make the person unfairly seem worse or knowingly "badder." Not an excuse, just a note.

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You know, the majority of Kenyans also support female genital mutilation.

EDIT: Anyway, I doubt the intent of DC is to get the constitution passed just because it allows abortion. Why would they care? There must be some larger interest at work, namely the constitution allowing some sort of US control over the country. Which of course is nothing new, we've been influencing other countries for a hundred years.


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EDIT: Anyway, I doubt the intent of DC is to get the constitution passed just because it allows abortion. Why would they care? There must be some larger interest at work, namely the constitution allowing some sort of US control over the country. Which of course is nothing new, we've been influencing other countries for a hundred years.


Essentially my point.

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Even Europe is growing tired of Obozo's bullshit:
The Times wrote:
Europe warns Obama: this relationship is not working
Times Online ^ | July 15, 2010 | Charles Bremner David Charter and Giles Whittell

Europe’s disappointment with Barack Obama’s presidency is laid bare today as the EU’s most senior figure calls for a dramatic effort to revive transatlantic relations.

The President of the European Commission told The Times that the new era at the White House was in danger of becoming a “missed opportunity” for Europe.

José Manuel Barroso said that the EU-US relationship was “not living up to its potential” and was being marred by fundamental disagreements on how to deal with the economic crisis, climate change and trade reform.

The feelings of a deepening rift are mutual. Senior US figures said last night that Mr Obama could never live up to Europe’s sky-high expectations.

Mr Barroso revealed his frustrations with Washington during a wideranging interview with The Times in which he also admitted that the euro had acted like a “sleeping pill”, luring some countries to the edge of economic disaster with an “illusion of prosperity”.

It has been a fractious few months for EU-US relations, culminating in a fundamental clash of ideas at the G20 summit between Europe’s austerity strategy for ending the economic crisis and Mr Obama’s call to maintain fiscal stimulus.

Speaking days before David Cameron visits the White House, Mr Barroso said: “The transatlantic relationship is not living up to its potential. I think we should do much more together. We have conditions like we have never had before and it would be a pity if we missed the opportunity.”

The US defended itself forcefully against claims that it had neglected Europe. “Expectations were probably so high that they could not have been met when you looked at the European response to the election,” a senior official in the Administration told The Times.

The view from Washington is that communication with Europe on a range of crucial issues is difficult because the EU still lacks “a clear foreign policy apparatus”.

Richard Haass, head of the Council on Foreign Relations, an influential think-tank in Washington, criticised Brussels for the appointments of Herman Van Rompuy as President of the European Council and Baroness Ashton of Upholland as High Representative for Foreign Affairs.

“Europe created these posts to speak for the collective as a whole. But from the perspective of many Americans, rather than building up someone of the stature of [the former Nato Secretary-General] Javier Solana, it looks as though Europe has retreated,” he said.

Downing Street said that the relationship between Europe and America had always been built on dialogue and co-operation. “If Mr Barroso thinks that we should see more of that, we’d agree.”

A senior aide to President Sarkozy of France said: “Obama does not come from the same tradition as his predecessors. He is interested in Asia and Russia, not Europe. There is no sense of a privileged relationship. They seem to take us for granted sometimes.”

A German government official said: “If our austerity cuts lead to street demos, the protesters will be shouting out phrases they heard from Obama. How do you think that makes us feel?”

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former Foreign Secretary, tried to put the cooling of ties into an historical perspective. “We won the Cold War, so of course the problems of Europe cannot be as high a priority as in the past. But that’s a consequence of success, not failure,” he said.

Asked how he planned to reach out to Mr Obama — who visited Europe six times in his first year in office but was said by US analysts to have nothing to show for it — Mr Barroso said: “Of course it is a question of how the Americans are going to reach to us as well because the relationship should be perceived as mutual.”

Analysts said that the EU was naive to expect a sea change in US foreign policy just because George Bush had been replaced in the White House.

Hugo Brady, of the Centre for European Reform, said: “Obama was always overblown as a symbol because US foreign policy interests tend not to change. The US does not understand the need for everyone to be around the table at the EU, which they find as frustrating as a mini-UN where people want to talk about the good things they have done.”

Sorry, but I have no link. The Times in the UK requires registration to read their articles, so I lifted this from a post on Free Republic.

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Let's waste some more money, shall we?
ABC News wrote:
Signs of the Stimulus
Some Call it Transparency, Others Another Example of Government Waste

By JONATHAN KARL and GREGORY SIMMONS
July 14, 2010

As the midterm election season approaches, new road signs are popping up everywhere – millions of dollars worth of signs touting "The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act" and reminding passers-by that the program is "Putting America Back to Work."

A look at where the stimulus money is going.On the road leading to Dulles Airport outside Washington, DC there's a 10' x 11' road sign touting a runway improvement project funded by the federal stimulus. The project cost nearly $15 million and has created 17 jobs, according to recovery.gov.

However, there's another number that caught the eye of ABC News: $10,000. That's how much money the Washington Airports Authority tells ABC News it spent to make and install the sign – a single sign – announcing that the project is "Funded by The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act" and is "Putting America Back to Work." The money for the sign was taken out of the budget for the runway improvement project.

ABC News has reached out to a number of states about spending on stimulus signs and learned the state of Illinois has spent $650,000 on about 950 signs and Pennsylvania has spent $157,000 on 70 signs. Other states, like Virginia , Vermont , and Arizona do not sanction any signs.

One state brags it posts signs but manages to keep the process cost-effective. The Tennessee Department of Transportation boasts, "There are a total of 324 signs statewide for a total cost of $12,931 and an average of $37.67 each." The reason for the small cost, they say, is that their signs are small-- about equal to a speed limit sign.

In response to questions by ABC News, Jill Zuckman of the Department of Transportation said, "The best estimate is that states have spent about $5 million of the $28 billion spent on road projects on signs – or less than .02 percent of overall project spending."

Still, some Republicans are crying foul. Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Earl Devaney, Chairman of the Recovery Act and Transparency and Accountability Board, requesting an investigation to "determine the scope and impact of the Obama administration's guidance" regarding signs to stimulus recipients.

Rep. Issa writes that the passage of the Stimulus Bill, "has provided an opportunity for the Obama administration to claim political credit for the various projects around the country that have been funded by this redistribution of taxpayer dollars."

At the center of the controversy are a series of guidelines provided to stimulus recipients. In the letter, Rep. Issa cites what he calls "perhaps the most overly political guidance on stimulus advertising" involving the Department of Housing and Urban Development and a stimulus recipient. According to investigators from the oversight committee, HUD provided the Office of Native American Programs with information on "signage requirements." The document suggested a sign template informing the public the projects had been, "Funded By: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Barack Obama, President."

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) has joined the chorus of Republican outrage over stimulus signs and claims at least $20 million has been spent on them. He told ABC News, "I think it's a bit of an oxymoron to spend tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money, borrowed money, on a bunch of signs to tell them how we are spending their taxpayer money."

Schock's office provided ABC News with administration guidance on stimulus signs sent to him from a constituent. The document, dated March of 2009, outlines the "General Guidelines for Emblem and Logo Applications." The Recovery Act logo which was provided not only looks oddly similar to the Obama logo from the 2008 campaign but its stated purpose, according to the document, is to act as "a symbol of President Obama's commitment to the American people to invest their tax dollars wisely and put Americans back to work."

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And the legend of President Two Faced continues to grow......
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Obama cannot cover the radical Islam with political correctness when talking to Africa
July 15th, 2010 | Author: Ellie Velinska

Surprise!

After 18 months in office President Obama finally called the radical Islam – radical Islam.

… what you have seen in terms of radical Islam is an approach that says that any efforts to modernize, any efforts to provide basic human rights, any efforts to democratize are somehow anti-Islam. And I think that is absolutely wrong. I think the vast majority of people of the Islamic faith reject that. I think the people of Africa reject it.

America gasped. Beautifully said! Did he finally change his policy? Can we all now say ‘radical Islam’?

The political correctness is not the thing that Africa cares about when people there are being killed by terrorists so President Obama had to speak the truth.

President Obama was not talking to America so he didn’t have to do the dancing and the twisting around the truth. He was giving an interview to the South African Broadcasting Corporation. What do you expect Obama to say to Africa:

Those bombs are probably an isolated incidents?!?!

Let’s not jump to conclusions?!?!?

It is a law-enforcement issue!?!?!

Those man-caused disasters are causing problems?!?!?

Our overseas contingency operation is trying to deal with them?!?!?

The folks in Africa would have said: Are you still on cocaine? What are you talking about? The radical Islam terrorists just killed 74 people in Uganda, man! The folks were watching soccer. Al Shabab claimed they did it.

See, in Africa they don’t care about political correctness when discussing mass-murdering terrorists. Those folks want factual correctness.

If President Obama says to Africa: ‘We will help you with the contingency operation’ – the people there will say: ’Thanks for that, but what are you doing about the War on Terror?’

President Obama didn’t have time to give Africa a crash-course on the code words his administration came up with to avoid saying the words: radical Islam. So he had to call white-white and black-black and radical-radical so the people around the world can understand what he is talking about.


Thank you, Africa! We love you!

Now that President Obama saw it is possible to say the truth – the next step is: say it to America too and ask the Attorney General Eric Holder to try it.

http://www.bigbureaucracy.com/?p=1388

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More taxes? Say it isn't so:
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Democrats Seek to Tax the Internet
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07/15/2010

They’re baaaaack! The Democrats, in their persistent view that anything which possibly can be taxed should be, are again proposing federal legislation to impose sales taxes on interstate purchases made over the Internet.

The measure, H.R. 5660 sponsored by Rep. Bill Delahunt (D.-Mass.), has the Orwellian title of the “Main Street Fairness Act.” New-speak continues in the subtitle: “To promote simplification and fairness in the administration and collection of sales and use taxes; and for other purposes.” At least the last four words are accurate.

The “other purposes” in this case are the attempt to collect billions of dollars from consumers to plug states’ budget gaps while kneecapping Internet-based merchants for the benefit of brick-and-mortar stores.

The measure attempts to get around one reason that the Supreme Court, in the case of Quill Corp. v North Dakota, ruled against a state’s attempt to apply a “use tax” on items purchased by mail-order from an out-of-state vendor. Namely, that “many variations in rates of tax, in allowable exemptions, and in administrative and record-keeping requirements could entangle [a mail-order house] in a virtual welter of complicated obligations" and thereby burden interstate commerce.

The congressional money-grubbers’ response to this has been to create a Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, urging voluntary cooperation by the states and locales in simplifying relevant tax codes. Delahunt’s bill says that once ten states, representing 20% of the total population of all states which have a sales tax, join the SSUTA regime, those states can then require out-of-state vendors to “collect and remit sales and use taxes.” His hope is that the Supreme Court, in an inevitable challenge to these taxes, would rule that the new “simplified” tax regime lessens the burden on commerce enough to allow them to stand.

Unfortunately, he may be right. The Justices have said that Congress has the power to change rules regarding taxation of interstate commerce, implying that they will maintain the court’s supine position regarding scrutiny of economic regulation which they’ve held since the infamous “Footnote Four” in the 1939 Carolene Products case.

Supporters of Delahunt’s measure are who you’d expect them to be. The list of backers includes state retail associations, major brick-and-mortar retailers, national associations of governors, counties, and state legislatures, and even the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts—must make sure those retailers can pay their rent.

Opposition to the bill is currently being led by eBay. Other online retailers will likely join the fray against the measure. The Computer and Communications Industry Association opposes the legislation as destructive to the growth of the Internet economy, particularly to tens of thousands of “mom-and-pop” online businesses.

In a statement on eBay’s web site, the company’s deputy general counsel decried Delahunt’s bill: “Year after year supporters of increased Internet sales taxes recommend legislation that would impose significant new costs on hundreds of thousands of online small businesses and e-commerce entrepreneurs, which is sure to harm the economy and kill small business jobs.”

Republican congressmen oppose the measure. A spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner tells HUMAN EVENTS, “The last thing the American people need right now is more tax hikes to pay for Washington Democrats' out-of-control spending spree.”
Rep. Mike Coffman (R.-Colo.) adds, “I’m hardly surprised that instead of focusing on pro-growth economic policies, Democrats in Washington are looking for more ways to reach into the pockets of taxpayers.”

There is a lot of money at stake. The REIT group believes “over $10 billion a year annually” could be taken from consumers under the Delahunt plan. Delahunt’s statement suggests it could be twice that much: “From 2009-2012, this amounts to a loss of approximately $55 billion. In some cases, these revenue losses can comprise up to one half of a state’s budget shortfall.”

Democrats fantasize that the problem with budgets is always under-taxation, rather than the real world in which most of us live where “deficits” are caused by too much spending.

Trying to give states a way to avoid cutting back by digging even deeper into our pockets at a time when Americans can least afford it is the worst possible reason to support a tax hike.

Brick-and-mortar retailers argue, with some justification, that their competitiveness is hampered by having to charge sales tax whereas their online-only competitors usually don’t.

But instead of trying to equally handicap other sellers, retailers should consider pushing back against the persistent upward creep of sales-tax rates around the nation. According to Vertex, Inc, 2009 gave us a nationwide record-high average combined sales-tax rate of 8.629%. From 2000-2009, there have been 2,631 new sales and use taxes levied, plus an additional 5,242 changes to existing taxes. If sales-tax rates were lower, people would not go to such efforts to avoid paying them by shopping online. Perhaps some Laffer Curve thinking should apply to sales taxes as well as to income taxes.

In the hands of the people who earned it, the billions proposed to be taxed away could be used as consumers see fit, which would have more net economic benefit than throwing it down the rat hole of bloated state budgets and into the corrupt coffers of bloated public-sector unions.

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=38065

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Hi there..
The Russians are still spying on us, even though Hillary tried to press the "reset" button on relations.That's bad..

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Did you know that you can't spell LIBERALS without L-I-E-S?
Yahoo wrote:
Obama casts Republicans as party of the rich
By Alister Bull Alister Bull – Sat Jul 17, 6:08 am ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama stepped up criticism of Republicans on Saturday for blocking jobless aid, hammering home a Democratic election year attack line that casts the opposition as the party of the rich.

"Too often, the Republican leadership in the United States Senate chooses to filibuster our recovery and obstruct our progress. And that has very real consequences," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address.

Senate Republicans have blocked at least three Democratic initiatives to extend unemployment insurance, citing the need to curb government spending amid a record budget deficit.

"Think about what these stalling tactics mean for the millions of Americans who've lost their jobs since the recession began. Over the past several weeks, more than two million of them have seen their unemployment insurance expire," the president said.

Obama has made job creation his top domestic priority and has traveled repeatedly to the U.S. heartland to tout policies that lift hiring, including to Holland, Michigan, on Thursday for the groundbreaking of an electric car battery factory that has received federal dollars.

U.S. growth has resumed after the worst recession in decades, thanks in part to a $862 billion stimulus plan Obama signed last year.

But this recovery has been slow to produce new jobs, and his Democrats risk punishment by voters in congressional elections on November 2 unless he can start to curb unemployment now running at 9.5 percent.

Time is running out. A recent poll showed confidence in Obama's economic stewardship has flagged, and Democrats could lose control of the House of Representatives in November. All 435 seats in the House are up for grabs, as well as 36 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate.

Frustratingly for the White House, its proposals to extend unemployment insurance, cut capital gains taxes on investments and set up a fund to boost lending to small businesses have been repeatedly blocked on Capitol Hill.

BUDGET DEFICIT

Senate Republicans say the country cannot afford more taxpayer-funded government spending, on top of Obama's emergency stimulus package, an argument that taps into public disquiet over a record budget deficit and rising debt.

But the White House, which says the deficit should be tackled in the medium term once the labor market has properly healed, calls this politically motivated obstruction and says Republicans are siding with the rich.

"They say we shouldn't provide unemployment insurance because it costs money," chided Obama.

"So after years of championing policies that turned a record surplus into a massive deficit, including a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, they've finally decided to make their stand on the backs of the unemployed," he said.

The White House is particularly scornful of Republican criticism of the deficit, which is forecast to hit a record $1.56 trillion in the current fiscal year.

Obama's Republican predecessor George W. Bush inherited a surplus from Democratic President Bill Clinton, but handed Obama a $1.3 trillion deficit eight years later, which his White House blames on Bush-era tax cuts and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that were funded with deficits.

"They've got no problem spending money on tax breaks for folks at the top who don't need them and didn't even ask for them; but they object to helping folks laid off in this recession who really do need help," Obama said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100717/ts_nm/us_obama_republicans_3
The truth of the matter is that Pelosi and Reid keep adding other crap onto those bills to where the Republicans can't or won't support them. Try telling the truth for once, numbnuts.

I swear, every Saturday morning radio address he gives sounds like a campaign speech instead of a factual account of what is actually happening in the country.

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