Archive for September, 2009

Chinese Nationalism

Posted in Humor, Politics, Society on September 23rd, 2009

Chinese nationalism and collectivism is a wonder of the world – not a good and glorious wonder, but a wonder-none-the-less. China’s hive mind of collectivism under their Communist regime might not be quite so pervasive as they would wish the Civilized World to believe though. 😉

political pictures for your blog
I Love China…Or Else.

Of course it’s easy for the Evil Old Men in Beijing to coerce their population into at least mouthing harmony with the regime’s agenda and ant-like collectivism. When the “or else” in question is having your vital organs harvested by the State, it’s amazing how tractable people become.

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It’s A Tax, Idiot!

Posted in Politics on September 22nd, 2009

During President Obama’s Sunday morning talk show blitz he bitterly rejected the criticism that his proposed mandate that all Americans must by law carry health insurance coverage would burden the American people with yet another new tax, something that the President has promised during his campaign not to do.


President Obama Says a Tax Isn’t a Tax

The truth of the matter at hand can be found in Subtitle D – Shared Responsibility of Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus’s proposed America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009.

Excise Tax. The consequence for not maintaining insurance would be an excise tax. If a taxpayer‘s MAGI is between 100-300 percent of FPL, the excise tax for failing to obtain coverage for an individual in a taxpayer unit (either as a taxpayer or an individual claimed as a dependent) is $750 per year. However, the maximum penalty for the taxpayer unit is $1,500. If a taxpayer‘s MAGI is above 300 percent of FPL the penalty for failing to obtain coverage for an individual in a taxpayer unit (either as a taxpayer or as an individual claimed as a dependent) is $950 year. However, the maximum penalty amount a family above 300 percent of FPL would pay is $3,800.

The excise tax would apply for any period for which the individual is not covered by a health insurance plan with the minimum required benefit but would be prorated for partial years of noncompliance. The excise tax would be assessed through the tax code and applied as an additional amount of Federal tax owed. No excise tax will be assessed for individuals not maintaining health insurance for a period less than or equal to three months in the tax year. However, assessed excise taxes for those not insured for more than three months include the entire duration the individual was uninsured during the tax year.

–  Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)
America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009

Leaving President Obama’s snideness, bitterness, and obviously growing desperation aside for the moment, this was one of his more stupid lies, reminiscent of his prevarications about key support for ObamaCare. He really should stick to well-nuanced disingenuousness about Americans being able to keep the healthcare if they like it, abortions not receiving federal subsidies, and illegal immigrants not getting expanded coverage.

ObamaCare mandates that every individual American must purchase health insurance and the “Baucus Bill” would institute a tax – specifically an Excise Tax – on anyone who failed to do so. It’s a tax, idiot! It’s even called a tax in the bill in question.

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Southern Gentlemen

Posted in Politics, Society on September 18th, 2009

If you’re White and from the South, especially if you’re a middle class or better White man, the Liberals will always see you as a racist no matter what your views or deeds are. That’s just the way it is because that’s how they’ve been indoctrinated for generations.

The Leftists' view of the evolution of the Southern gentlemen by Joe Pett
To the Left It’s Always Racism – If a White Does It.

So the question devolves to what, if anything, should be the response of Whites, especially Southern gentlemen? Quietly dismiss the claims and claimants as not worthy of response? Try to defend ourselves against allegations that have no metric by which to gauge them? Counterattack by pointing out that it’s the liberals who both think in terms of race and continue to foster a slave mindset among Blacks? Teach them a lesson by showing them what racism actually is?

You’ll be branded a racist no matter what you choose to do as long as you don’t wholeheartedly and without reservation support President Obama, the Liberals in government, and their agenda. So what are you going to do?

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