A fresh look at Arizona’s “Birther bill”

posted at 6:00 pm on April 17, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

This past week saw old stories becoming new again as the state legislature of Arizona passed what has been commonly referred to as the “birther bill,” and sent it to Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk for signature. This immediately raised many of the same hackles on both sides of the aisle regarding President Obama, a fight I have no interest in rehashing here today. However, it does bring up some important questions, both in terms of common sense and constitutionality, which merit a fresh look.

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Why Democrats Should Fear the Tea Party

You can tell that someone feels threatened by you when they publicly degrade and poke fun at you.    Given that standard, the Tea Party has been under the skin of Democrats from the day that it sprung to life a little more than 2 years ago.  As recent as the current budget battle, Harry Reid blames the Tea Party for not allowing Republicans to compromise on the Federal budget and perpetuate the excessive government spending.   Thanks Harry.  That’s the nicest thing you’ve said about the Tea Party in recent memory.


But why does the Democratic leadership actually fear the impact of the Tea Party?  Yes the Tea Party is on the other side of the ideological spectrum from the Far Left wing of the Democratic Party.  Clearly the Tea Party is fiscally conservative, believes in constitutionally limited government, and favors free market solutions.   However those positions are an accurate description of most conservative voters’ beliefs so that isn’t what is under the Democratic leaders’ skin.

The average Tea Party member is over 35 years old.    That fact aligns with the  typical  conservative voting demographic that  includes individuals over 35 Continue reading

Who’s Turning U.S. Into The Third World?

Posted 04/15/2011 06:58 PM ET

Economy: President Obama says Republicans, if they get their way, will turn the U.S. into a “Third World” nation. Has he looked recently at the course he’s set us on? As psychologists say, it sounds like projection to us.

One of the cheapest tricks in political rhetoric is to accuse your opponents of doing something bad that you yourself are doing. That’s exactly what President Obama did when he charged that GOP efforts to restore fiscal responsibility would turn us into “a nation of potholes, and our airports would be worse than places … that we used to call the Third World.”

Never mind that most of what he’s talking about — like “potholes” and airports — have always been local priorities. And Obama is U.S. president, not U.S. mayor.

But what stuck in our craw was that “Third World” crack. Excuse us, isn’t that the way we’ve been heading under Obama? Consider for a moment these trends:

• Real earnings have fallen for five straight months, and are down 1% since the end of last year.

• Consumer price inflation is growing at a 6.1% annual rate over the last three months, while producer prices are rising an even-faster 13%. According to John Williams of the Shadow Government Statistics website, if we measure consumer prices the way we did before 1992, inflation is now running at 10% a year.

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Does Obama really believe what he says?

He’s Kidding, Right?

By on 4.14.11 @ 6:07AM

President Obama put all his cards on the table yesterday. He made his big announcement on his response to our current fiscal crisis and festering national debt.

He wants to raise taxes (Quelle surprise!) and will not touch any entitlement program to reduce uncontrollable spending.

He has got to be kidding, right? Wrong. The President is hunkering down, pushing for a raft of new taxes, passing off more cuts in discretionary spending (necessary but hardly sufficient) and going into campaign mode for the 2012 re-election campaign.

Americans for Tax Reform, beating to quarters, excoriates the President for combining the worst of his 2012 tax increases and those also proposed by the Simpson-Bowles commission and the Gang of Six, the bipartisan group of U.S. Senators who are supposedly working on a proposal of their own.

According to ATR, the Obama plan would raise the tax revenue from 18-19 percent of the economy, the historic average, to 21 percent. Of course, this 21 percent is on top of state and local taxes which cumulatively burden workers and their families.

In addition, the President would raise taxes, oh, $1-3 trillion over the next decade. He also de-accelerates from the GOP plan put together by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan. He, Obama, supposedly cuts $4 trillion over 12 years versus 10 years as proposed by Ryan while raising taxes substantially.

There will also be tax hike “triggers,” an increase in taxes on capital gains and dividends from 15 percent to 23.8 percent and a boost in the death tax rate from 35 to 45 percent with a corresponding cut in the exemption from $10 million to $3.5 million. All this is on top of the 20 new or higher taxes that came along with Obamacare.

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Death Trap Democrats


Death Trap Democrats

Despite November’s New Deal magnitude political earthquake, surviving House Democrats just laughed off their historic 63 seat loss and reelected ultra-left San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi as House Minority Leader, a position she will now apparently hold for life. Somehow Democrats are convinced that the American people will come to realize the error of their ways and turn to embrace taxation that seizes most of their money for the government to spend, rejecting traditional American prosperity. Good luck with that.

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Obama’s Soak-the-Rich Tax Hikes Won’t Work

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Income tax revenues have been remarkably stable at 8% of GDP, regardless of tax rates. The way to increase revenue is to grow the economy.


President Obama’s response to congressional efforts to curb runaway federal spending is to emphasize, once again, his resolve to greatly increase tax rates on married couples whose joint incomes are above $250,000. This insistent desire to raise taxes—which he repeated in a speech yesterday while complaining about “trillions of dollars in . . . tax cuts that went to every millionaire and billionaire in the country”—is a distraction. It won’t solve our nation’s fiscal problem.

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Obama the “Great Divider”

Did someone move the 2012 election to June 1? We ask because President Obama’s extraordinary response to Paul Ryan’s budget yesterday—with its blistering partisanship and multiple distortions—was the kind Presidents usually outsource to some junior lieutenant. Mr. Obama’s fundamentally political document would have been unusual even for a Vice President in the fervor of a campaign.

The immediate political goal was to inoculate the White House from criticism that it is not serious about the fiscal crisis, after ignoring its own deficit commission last year and tossing off a $3.73 trillion budget in February that increased spending amid a record deficit of $1.65 trillion. Mr. Obama was chased to George Washington University yesterday because Mr. Ryan and the Republicans outflanked him on fiscal discipline and are now setting the national political agenda.

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