Creativity runs rampant when it comes to budgeting, only political budgeting never starts with “How much do we have that we can responsibly spend?” or “What do we need and can we afford it?” No, political budgeting starts with “Here’s what we want, get a ballpark cost on it and then we’ll raise taxes by whatever is required as we know more.”
House Democrats Have “Lots Of Potential Targets For Higher Taxes” To Pay For Government-Run Health Care. “House Democrats have lots of potential targets for higher taxes as they aim to expand health care coverage to reach the roughly 50 million that experts say are uninsured. Also under consideration are higher alcohol taxes, increases to the Medicare payroll tax and a value-added tax, a sort of national sales tax, of up to 1.5 percent or more … The [other] tax options include: increasing the price of soda and other sugary drinks by 10 cents a can, applying a potential 2 percent income tax increase to single taxpayers earning more than $200,000 a year and households earning more than $250,000, a new employer payroll tax could target 3 percent of employers’ health care expenditures, taxing employer-provided health insurance benefits above certain levels … House Democrats planned to unveil a draft of their sweeping health care bill Friday … The draft, being released at a news conference … was not expected to mention the potentially unpopular tax options.” (Erica Werner, “House Eyes New Taxes As Senators Pare Health Bill,” The Associated Press, 6/19/09)
A “sort of national sales tax, of up to 1.5 percent or more”. Well, that pretty much hedges the bets, doesn’t it? I guess even if you do a 6% national sales tax it still is a true statement.
This is a cheap shot but raising the price of soda by 10¢ a bottle is… a regressive tax! Yahoo!
NBC’s Chuck Todd: “The honeymoon is coming to an end for President Obama, but it’s not personal. It’s professional, as now the public appears to be judging the president on some of his actions.” (NBC‘s “Nightly News,” 6/17/09)
They’re JUST NOW judging him on his actions? Oh yeah, they’re in bed, all right.
THAT’S the religion of peace I know so well!
Neda Soltan, Iranian innocent bystander, shot to death next to the car she had been riding in. Bled to death on the street.
Why shot? Because the peace-lovin’ religious leaders in Iran decided that people demanding some level of self-determination was a Bad Thing. So they shot these criminals, these lovers of freedom and peace.
Her family scheduled a memorial service to be held in a mosque in northern Tehran, but the government forbade ceremony. She was buried quietly at Tehran’s Behesht Zahra cemetery on Sunday with only her family present, says Soona Samsami, executive director of the Women’s Freedom Forum, who has been relaying information about protests inside Iran to international media.
All mosques were given a direct order from the government barring them from holding any memorial services for Neda, and her family was threatened with grave consequences if anyone gathered to mourn her, said Samsami.
In all but the rarest of instances, look for religion to be used as a tool to control people. I am not anti-religion. I’m anti-humans-controlling-religion.
Speaking of taxes, apparently her brain was fairly taxed just keeping her body breathing.
A teenager who claimed 56 stars were tattooed on her face while she slept has admitted she lied and was awake the whole time.
London’s Daily Telegraph reported Kimberley Vlaminck, who said she fell asleep after asking for only three stars, lied because her father was “furious.”
“I asked for 56 stars and initially adored them,” Vlaminck told a Dutch TV crew. “But when my father saw them, he was furious. So I said I fell asleep and that the (he) had made a mistake.”
Let this be a lesson kids. If you’re thinking of getting a tattoo on your face, think about what people will say. Then get one of a naked lady.
Boxer gets all the respect she deserves. It was in the PatriotPost today.
Here’s a rosy picture of California’s plight.
When you hear Gov. Schwarzenegger say something like this… it’s… not good.
Our wallet is empty. Our bank is closed. And
our credit is dried up. – Gov. Schwarzenegger
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