It’s Not Real Money Now, Is It?
Democrats in Congress – all of whom voted “Bah Humbug” on the tax cut bill which President Trump described as a Christmas gift to the American taxpayers – and various of their more strident constituencies have boldly stated that a $1000 – $2000 tax cut wasn’t real money to poor and middle-class American families.
The funny thing is that $1,000 a year, or about $40 a paycheck, was real money back in 2011 when Obama lambasted House Republicans for refusing to extend the payroll tax cut.
Ending the payroll tax cut will cost the typical family making $50,000 a year about $1,000 a year, which is a lot of money for struggling families. President Obama explained today:
Our failure to do this could have effects not just on families but on the economy as a whole. Itâ€™s not a game for the average family, who doesnâ€™t have an extra 1,000 bucks to lose. Itâ€™s not a game for somebody whoâ€™s out there looking for work right now, and might lose his house if unemployment insurance doesnâ€™t come through. Itâ€™s not a game for the millions of Americans who will take a hit when the entire economy grows more slowly because these proposals arenâ€™t extended.
That $1,000 a year works out to about $40 a paycheck that families wonâ€™t have to spend or save. Although opponents of the payroll tax cut might say $40 isn’t much, we know thatâ€™s not the case.
— Barack Obama
What Does $40 Mean to You?
It sure seems that $1000 – $2000 a year was really real money when Obama was President. Back then, it seemed to mean a whole lot to a lot of people in every state in our country. It’s just not real money now when it’s the GOP giving it back to the people, at least not in the minds of the Left and their politicians.
“Hillary-ian” or some more grammar-positive version thereof should be added to the lexicon as an adjective denoting unparallelled and/or unrivaled hypocrisy and chutzpah.
It’s My Turn! And I Am A Vagina!
At her first official campaign event, held at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, ID, Clinton identified campaign finance reform as one of several pillars of her 2016 presidential campaign.
We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all — even if it takes a constitutional amendment.
— Hillary Clinton
She proclaimed this mere days after announcing her latest candidacy and stating that she was looking to raise as much as $2.5 billion to fund her latest bid to be POTUS.
To put that in perspective and context, in 2008 Obama spent $748 million vs McCain’s $352 million, and in 2012 Obama spent $722 million vs. Romney’s $450 million. Indeed, the totals expenditures by all candidates were approximately $1.68 billion and $1.33 billion respectively in the total course of the 2008 and 2012 election cycles.
So Hillary is looking to garner and spend in this election approximately 188% of the money that all the candidates together spent in the last presidential election.
But don’t worry! Hillary, once she’s had her turn, is committed to campaign finance reform and getting money out of politics.
OK, as all students of real and accurate American history know, Big Labor, i.e., labor unions, have always had a complex and often antagonistic relationship with Blacks. This has changed little over the last century. The only change has been the unions choosing to catch wayward Blacks and keep them on the unions’ plantations rather than clubbing them down in streets as they used to do.
But oh how the unions hate it when the Blacks leave the plantation. How dare those “uppity niggers” accept monies from individuals that the unions and their paid-for politicians fear and loath such as the Koch brothers.
A powerful government workersâ€™ union will end its support for the United Negro College Fund after the group accepted $25 million from the conservative powerhouse Koch brothers and the college fundâ€™s president appeared at a Koch event.
In a letter made public Thursday, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said it will no longer partner with or raise funds for the fund, known for its iconic motto, â€œA mind is a terrible thing to waste.â€
Naturally, the AFSCME’s President, Lee Saunders wasn’t satisfied with merely refusing to further support the United Negro College Fund. He also had to take UNCF’s President and CEO, Dr. Michael Lomax to task for his uppitiness.
AFSCME President Lee Saunders said the actions of the college fund’s president “are not only deeply hostile to the rights and dignity of public employees, but also a profound betrayal of the ideals of the civil rights movement.”
Saunders’ may be too politically correct and savvy to speak frankly, but there’s no real doubt that his personal attack upon Lomax was anything but a dog-whistle for “Oreo,” “Uncle Tom,” “Sell-Out,” and/or “Race Traitor.” It’s pretty obvious that Saunders and the AFSCME can’t abide by Blacks who aren’t beholden to them.
Of course, the funny side of this is that Saunders and the AFSCME don’t have much of a whip to crack over the backs of the UNCF. They’ve donated between $50,000 and $60,000 annually to the UNCF for its AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholar Program over the last 11 years and the Koch Brothers just gave the UNCF $25,000,000 – 38 times that total amount.
It’s an old axiom that a sufficiently advanced science is indistinguishable from magic. A corollary to this would be that a sufficiently advanced scientist is indistinguishable from a magician or other magical entity.
There are, in the latter case, ways to distinguish the scientist from the magician or other magical entity…
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Yep! The only magic scientists and researchers have is mendicant magic in that many of them do seem to be able to conjure funding out of the aether…as long as they are practicing orthodox, “white magic” at least. Those following a purer path don’t do so well at all.