Speaker Boehner Asks But Doesn’t Answer

Speaker Boehner continues to ask Obama why the stimulus package has not created jobs and the answer is quite frankly it has. The last years of the Bush administration we were losing more jobs every month and after the stimulus package there was a direct reversal as the chart below shows.  The Republicans do not want to admit that slowing down the hemorrhaging of jobs is a positive step.  No one wants this high of unemployment, but without the stimulus package where would we be now?

My Question to Speaker Boehner and GOP

Mister Speaker, could you please justify this quote?

“What some are suggesting is that we take this money from people who would invest in our economy and create jobs and give it to the government. The fact is you can’t tax the very people that we expect to invest in the economy and create jobs,” said Speaker of the House John Boehner

Really !  The fact is tax rates have been at a forty year low for the last 10 1/2 years, so my question to you Mister Speaker is where are the jobs?  The truth is this trickle down economics history has proven to be bogus, which I will show below but I would argue it is even more flawed in this modern day world market.

There is nothing to say that the money the supper rich save with lower tax rates will even stay in this country and I would argue that it has been flowing out of this country to where ever the best ROI (Return on investment) can be found, and that is fine it’s their money to invest as they see fit, but don’t feed the American a bunch of BS and say raising the tax rate will kill jobs.

According to http://thinkprogress.org/

History doesn’t back up the GOP’s claim. In fact, as Center for American Progress Director of Tax and Budget Policy Michael Linden found, “in the past 60 years, job growth has actually been greater in years when the top income tax rate was much higher than it is now”:

For instance, in years when the top marginal rate was more than 90 percent, the average annual growth in total payroll employment was 2 percent. In years when the top marginal rate was 35 percent or less — which it is now — employment grew by an average of just 0.4 percent.

And there’s no cherry-picking here. Pick any threshold. When the marginal tax rate was 50 percent or above, annual employment growth averaged 2.3 percent, and when the rate was under 50, growth was half that.

In fact, if you ranked each year since 1950 by overall job growth, the top five years would all boast marginal tax rates at 70 percent or higher. The top 10 years would share marginal tax rates at 50 percent or higher. The two worst years, on the other hand, were 2008 and 2009, when the top marginal tax rate was 35 percent. In the 13 years that the top marginal tax rate has been at its current level or lower, only one year even cracks the top 20 in overall job creation.”

So Speaker Beohner or anyone else in the GOP how can you continue to tie lower tax rates to job creation when history does not support your claims?   And if lower taxes are the answer and we have been at the lowest rates in the last forty years for the last 10 1/2 years, then were are the jobs Speaker Beohner?

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to see higher tax rates on anyone, but I also don’t want to see cuts to Social Security, Medicare or the many other programs on the chopping block.  The sad facts are we will probably need to see cuts where I don’t want to see them, so then why are you also not willing to talk about raising revenue by closing tax loopholes and taking the tax rates back to where they were under President Clinton when the economy was strong?

So Mister Speaker now that you have been given a History lesson (which you already knew) lets get serious and stop this My way or the highway style of governing…  The President in my horror agreed to put the entitlement programs on the table, and you still can’t talk about raising taxes, even though you know it has nothing to do with job creation.

When are we going to Wake up America ?

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The China Plan for Dominance

The Chinese government thinks in decades and centuries, not hours and days like America. It has been over a decade since China realized they could take advantage of the American people’s and companies greed, and the American Governments stupidity, and they continue to do the same today.

First they were more than eager to step in when we Americans decided we could demand higher wages and profits year after year, yet at the same time demanding to pay the lowest prices for the goods we purchase therefore putting ourselves out of the manufacturing business and giving China with it’s low wage labor, no safety or environmental regulations all our business.

The Chinese government who either owns outright or at least a stake in most business then takes this hoard of money and turns around and buys America’s debt and now positions in American energy companies.

So now not only do they own America’s debt they are also positioning themselves to where they will be able to take the natural gas  being sucked from American land, liquify it and send it back to China… so let’s get this straight.

China has taken the billions of dollars we have sent them for their cheap products, some that have poisoned our children and pets and reinvested it by purchasing America’s debt and companies…. they not only have leverage over America because of the debt they own, they are calling the shots with the companies that could be poisoning our water while searching for natural gas.  With China’s track record on the environment, why do I not believe them when they say Fracking is safe.

Why we would allow any foreign country to purchase oil, gas or coal from us when we should be using it here to become independent of foreign oil is beyond me!  We can’t be that stupid are we?

So now lets’ recap China Dominance over America…

Take the money we (China) get by selling the USA cheap products, some of which is painted with poison or tainted (food) and use it to poison their (USA) water, take their natural resources to use to make more cheap products and sell back the them (USA) so we can take the profits and buy up more of their debt and continue to have leverage over their economy.

Yes it will take us (China) decades to totally dominate their (USA) economy, but they (USA) will never see us coming, because they are focused on today, while we (China) focus on the next century.

Wake up America, before it’s too late.

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President Lincoln must be looking down crying tears of disbelief, wondering how the citizens of this great nation handed over total control of our Government to Corporate America.

He must wonder how we allowed the puppets of a corporate puppet master hijack and disgrace the terms “Tea Party” and “Patriots”.

The Tea Party of 1773 was an action taken because of a tax levied by the British Parliament, on American Colonists, therein was born the phrase “no taxation without representation”.  The modern day Tea Party, in the name of debt and tax reduction is trying to undo all social programs voted in by the American citizen over the last 85 years. These are not taxes levied by a foreign country but are the will of the people brought forth by our elected officials… in other words taxation with representation!

It is an insult to American history to allow these corporate goons call themself Tea Part Patriots, when in fact they do not represent the best interest of the majority of American citizens.

A true American Patriot would never support Tea Party favorite Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget which cuts between 4 – 6 Trillion dollars from social programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Planned Parenthood, food for pregnant women and children, as well as drastic cuts to education and environmental programs.

All this while not one mention of cuts for subsidies to oil companies or to close loopholes on Corporations that earn profits of 14.7 billion dollars and pay no federal income tax, as GE did last year.

These modern day self-proclaimed Tea Party Patriots want to re-write history and change Lincoln’s words from “A Government of the People, by the People, for the People” to “A Government of the Big Corporations, by the Big Corporations, for the Big Corporations”.

Don’t be fooled by any short turn victories to stop this nonsense, while the Democrats control the Senate and the Whitehouse… if the Tea Party builds on its midterm results and goes on to help the Republicans take the Whitehouse and the Senate in 2012, you will see sweeping changes in this country and they won’t benefit middle class Americans.

We can no longer be the silent Majority letting those in the minority that are willing to speak out and spew their corporate backed lies to take control of this Government… we the people… the real people that fight for individuals rights not Corporations rights need speak out!

This is your “Wake Up Call America” if we fail we will go backwards 85 years!

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Tea Party Budget Proposal Abolishes Medicare

The 2012 Tea Party lead budget proposal abolishes Medicare within 10 years and includes devastating cuts to Medicaid. They will try to sell this to the American people as Medicare reform to cuts costs, but as it stands now it is nothing short of privatization of Medicare.

The Republicans want to give seniors vouchers that would be paid to big insurance companies to cover health care therefore placing what is covered into the hands of big insurance companies and according to the Congressional Budget Office the vouchers aren’t enough to pay for current levels of care.

They are already on record in the 2011 budget to want to cut funding to K-12 education, Higher education, and cuts of at least $400 million from a crucial program that puts food on the table for pregnant women and small children, along with crippling the EPA, and completely eliminating funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

All these cuts while at the same time proposing to lower taxes even more on Big Business and billionaires.  To be fair they also include simplify and lowering tax rates for you and me… the simplification part is eliminating the few tax breaks the middle class can take advantage of, like interest paid on mortgages.   It is interesting though that they want to lower the corporate tax rate, but with no mention of doing away with the loopholes that already allow companies like GE to earn billions in profits without paying any Federal income tax, and even continue to earn future tax credits.

If they are serious about tax reform how about a flat tax on all income and profit over 25k with no loopholes.  As Warren Buffett, said “There is something wrong when a billionaire like me pays a lower tax rate than my secretary.”

The Republicans proposal is  radical, but they know it will not pass the Senate or have any chance of being signed by the President.  This is a sign of the future if the Republicans take control of the Whitehouse in 2012, you will see not only privatized Medicare, but also Social Security, therefore putting everyone’s future under control of Wall Street and Big Insurance companies.

The Republicans continue to say that the American people are demanding Government to balance its budget… after all we Americans must tighten our own budgets so why not the Government?

The problem is they are only willing to look at ½ the equation.  I don’t know about you, but if my family is running short of cash to support our chosen lifestyle, we have to options… cut expenses or raise more money and I will try to do both.

Don’t get me wrong, no one wants to pay more taxes, but if you make a profit of 14.7 billion, you should have to pay the country you are doing this business in, some sort of tax.  The tax laws should not be written in a way where a corporation earning 14.7 billion in profits pays 0%, but if I want to take my own money out of a tax deferred retirement account before I’m 59 ½, I will not only be obligated to pay income tax, but a 10% penalty for early withdraw, even though I am retired.

The laws in this country are unbalanced towards the wealthy already and the Tea Party lead Republicans are trying to tip these scales even further… what are you going to do about it?

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If the Tea Party is serious about a Government of the people, by the people, and for the people then this is my challenge.

If you truly want to give this Government back to the people then I challenge you to demand all Tea Part elective officials, both State and Federal to immediately introduce a bill that will make it illegal for government elected officials and their staff to work with, take money from or meet with special interest groups and or lobbyists without full discloser to the American people, by means of video recordings of every conversation that then will be made available to every American citizen viva the Internet.

This one law would change American politics and give the power of Government back to the people more than anything else you can do, including cutting taxes and budgets.

If you are truly serous about a government of the people, by the people, and for the people you will do this today, but I predict that your candidates will ignore your request.  I predict that Governor Walker of Wisconsin will not take his billionaire backers off his speed dial, no more than the Governor Corbett of PA will take the natural gas industry off of his.

I can hear you now, saying we can’t do this because it would infringe on these lobbyists freedom of speech… to this I say these lobbyists can continue to run their ads in the paper, radio and TV to get their message to the people that vote not directly to the politician. Why should they have an access to a Governor that I don’t have?

Then it is the responsibility of the FTC to use the truth in advertising law to make certain that these left and right wing organizations are telling the truth in their advertisements.  No more repeating half-truths and outright lies over and over again, playing the American people as fools.  The FTC needs to do their job and protect the American people from deceptive ads by shutting them down and issuing heavy fines on these organizations.

These changes would do more for America than any law passed in the last 25 years and would give the power back to the people.  Sadly I know that you will not take me up on this challenge, because your leadership will not allow it.

I will even go as far as to give you the benefit of doubt that in the beginning the Tea Party really did believe they were working to give the power of governing this country back to the individual, but I fear the Tea Party was shanghaied along the way by special interest groups looking to use this populous movement to further their grip on American politicians.

Now special interest is using your name to divide the working class in this country and pit middle class non-union workers against middle class union workers.  I know this goes against your belief that all American citizens have the right to the pursuit of happiness and The Right to Earn a Living given by our Constitution… Right?

I know you cannot truly be against Americans earning as much money as they possibly can and that you really don’t believe that Teachers are the blame for our countries financial difficulties.  I know that the propaganda being spread by the actual Wall Street bankers (that did cause this mess), to entice you to help them divide and conquer the middle class is not a true Tea Party agenda.

Although this might have not been your original intent, the Tea Party has been taken over by special interest groups and now their will is being served and sadly this means there will be NO government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  The Tea Part has lost its voice as a grass roots organization of common everyday people trying to make this country better. It has proven that what might have started as true democracy, has followed the path of the other two parties and has been bought out by those that have the most money to contribute.

You can prove me wrong by simply taking me up on my challenge and start introducing bills across America that takes our government back from the lobbyists and special interest groups. That is the only way our Government will ever be of the people, by the people, and for the people, and until this happens America will continue to be bought by the highest bidder.

So Tea Party are you up for the challenge, or will your inaction prove that you also sold out the American people that thought you might have been something different?

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