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California tries to destroy its economy once and for all

The Eagles were ahead of their time with Hotel California.  “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!”  From TaxProf:

A California activist is trying to gather the 694,354 signatures needed to place a tax initiative on the ballot that would:

  • Impose a new 35% income surtax (in addition to federal taxes and the existing 10.3% top state rate) — 17.5% (on all of the taxpayer’s income) when income exceeds $150,000 (single)/$250,000 (joint), and an additional 17.5% (again, on all of the taxpayer’s income) when income exceeds $350,000 (single)/$500,000 (joint).
  • Impose a one-time 55% wealth tax on assets exceeding $20 million held by a California resident or held in California by nonresident.
  • Impose an exit tax of between 36.5% to 54.3% on both income and unrealized appreciation in asset values over $5 million when a resident dies or leaves California.

Let that sink in for a moment: you are incredibly successful, living in CA, and one day you’ve decided that you’re tired of being taxed through the teeth to fund the deadbeats living off the public teat in Californiastan.  So, you do what got you rich in the first place (hint: it’s not marrying a ketchup heiress): you use your noggin.  Economic literacy tells you that it makes better sense to move to less tax-oppressive states that don’t want to punish you for being successful.  CA’s response?  “How dare you!  We’ll tax you through the nose on your way out!”

Until the people of Californiastan get their collective heads out of their Marxist backsides, they will continue their seemingly unstoppable slide into bankruptcy.  And I, for one, will laugh myself sore when it happens.

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August 27, 2008 Posted by | big government, California, economic ignorance, socialism, taxes | 5 Comments

Obama’s Zeus-like temple setting

But hey, don’t go thinking that the guy is a narcissistic egomaniacal elitist with a God complex and a gi-normous sense of entitlement, m’kay?  From Rick Klein of ABC News’ blog:

So all the buzz today was supposed to be about two big Wednesday speeches — Bill Clinton’s and Joe Biden.

Why, then, is everyone in Denver talking about stagecraft?

It’s simple: Reporters got their first glimpse of the stage where Barack Obama will deliver his speech tomorrow night at Invesco Field. Reuters described the set as similar to a “Greek temple.”

Thus a legend — not the good kind — was born.

Said one Democrat: “This is a disaster of mythical proportions.” Said another: “It’s not enough that he wants to be president — he wants to be Zeus.” Said the first: “Will he send down thunderbolts from the mountain?”

Those are the Democrats — though assuredly not Obama partisans. Cue the Republicans: The RNC blasted around an e-mail referring to the “Temple of Obama.”

“Tomorrow you’re going to see Obama come down from Olympus to be among us mere mortals,” Michael Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, told reporters in Denver.

If The One is Zeus, then I suppose that moonbat old bag he’s married to is Hera.

You know, it’s probably a good thing he moved his speech to Invesco Field: I doubt any indoor facility would be big enough to house that massive ego of his.

August 27, 2008 Posted by | Obama, shameful | 5 Comments

Quote of the day, “Hope” and “change” and “unity” edition

From the Obamination’s spokesdude:

Obama campaign chief of staff Jim Messina slams McCain in a meeting with Iowa Democrats.

Speaking of McCain’s home state of Arizona, says: “If Senator McCain continues to be the schmuck he’s being, we’re going to play there, you know, and go tell some truth.”

Not very Messiah-like, is it?  Or am I racist for pointing out that Sen. Hopenchange’s resorting to name-calling is not exactly what you would call a diplomatic way to campaign?

Maybe by using the word “schmuck”, Barry O’s trying to display his Jewish street cred AND appeal to the moonbat base that makes up the bulk of his party, all at the same time.  Friggin’ brilliant, O.

August 27, 2008 Posted by | McCain, Obama, quote of the day, shameful | Leave a comment

Dem brownshirts have ABC reporter jailed

Someone remind me again how Bush is the one who is the heavy-handed tyrant?  Man, those Dems sure are thin-skinned these days, aren’t they?  Anywho, from ABC News:

Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic Senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel.

Police on the scene refused to tell ABC lawyers the charges against the producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the ABC News investigative unit.

It was two hours later when Denver police arrived to place Eslocker under arrest, apparently based on a complaint from the Brown Palace Hotel, a central location for Democratic officials.

During the arrest, one of the officers can be heard saying to Eslocker, “You’re lucky I didn’t knock the f..k out of you.”

Eslocker was released late today after posting $500 bond.

Eslocker and his ABC News colleagues are spending the week investigating the role of corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors at the convention for a series of Money Trail reports on ABC World News with Charles Gibson.

Exit question #1: Is it a violation of Godwin’s Law to compare these tactics to a certain party in 1930’s and 1940’s Germany?  Just sayin’…

Exit question #2:  Is this blatant disregard for the First Amendment, as well as the tendency to want to sue/jail a perceived political threat, what we can expect from Senator Hopenchange should he get elected?

August 27, 2008 Posted by | corruption, shameful, tolerance | 5 Comments

Pelosi: “Can we drill your brains?”

San Fran Nan, as boorish as she is ditzy.  From Politico:

House Democratic leaders and protesters waving McCain signs had a war of words Tuesday at a press event outside an old train station. The demonstrators interrupted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with chants of “Drill here! Drill now!”

Pelosi paused and asked the group, “Right here?”

Seeming to enjoy the back and forth, she followed with another question: “Can we drill your brains?”

She went on to refer to the protesters, who continued to chant sporadically, as “handmaidens of Big Oil.” Arguing that increased offshore drilling would reduce gas prices by only a couple of pennies a decade from now, she referred to the demonstrators as the “2-cents-in-10-years-crowd.”

Cut her a little slack for talking about drilling.  She hasn’t been “drilled” since the Nixon administration!  No doubt she thinks that the 70% of Americans who support drilling must need lobotomies, too.

Besides, her “2-cents-in-10-years” is another shining example of that Marxist moonbat’s economic ignorance.  Only a fool would think that talking about drilling would drop the price of oil over $30 a barrel and nearly 50 cents a gallon (which it has, in just over a month) but actually getting oil would reduce the cost of gas by only two cents in a decade.

Her dog-washer Steny Hoyer weighed in, too:

Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer swiped at the demonstrators, too, saying that “sophomoric chanting” won’t solve the energy crisis and that “all thinking Americans know” — stressing the word “thinking” and looking at the crowd — that America doesn’t have a quarter of the word’s fossil fuels yet uses a quarter of the world’s energy.

I wonder if Hoyer considers the 70% of Americans who support drilling as “thinking Americans”.  While “sophomoric chanting won’t solve the energy crisis”, apparently Hoyer thinks that tire gauges and begging the Saudis for more oil will solve it.

August 27, 2008 Posted by | economic ignorance, oil, Pelosi | 1 Comment

Bubba undercuts Obama at convention

Excuse me, waiter?  Could I get an extra large Awesome burger, with extra Awesome sauce, and a jumbo order of Awesomely Awesome fries?  From The Hill:

Bill Clinton appeared to undermine Sen. Barack Obama again Tuesday. 

The former president, speaking in Denver, posed a hypothetical question in which he seemed to suggest that that the Democratic Party was making a mistake in choosing Obama as its presidential nominee.

He said: “Suppose for example you’re a voter. And you’ve got candidate X and candidate Y. Candidate X agrees with you on everything, but you don’t think that person can deliver on anything. Candidate Y disagrees with you on half the issues, but you believe that on the other half, the candidate will be able to deliver. For whom would you vote?”

Then, perhaps mindful of how his off-the-cuff remarks might be taken, Clinton added after a pause: “This has nothing to do with what’s going on now.”  (Of course not!  Who could possibly conclude such a thing? – Ed.)

Heh.  Here’s another laugher from the former intern-diddler-in-chief:

The former president talked about the importance of a politician being able to deliver on his promises following an electoral victory and how voters factor in that ability to deliver when picking their candidate.

Yeah, Bubba was all about those campaign promises.  You know, like “if elected, I’ll give the middle class a tax cut”, only to tell them after he was elected that said tax cut “couldn’t be afforded…sorry about that!”  Then there was the whole “gays in the military” thing he was going to allow, only to (thankfully) cave on that one.  Yessirree, Bubba is a fine one to talk about “delivering on promises” after getting elected.

Finally, here’s another bit:

Now in a convention that continues to be racked with stories and questions about how unified the Democratic Party truly is, Clinton’s appearance Wednesday — and his tendency to go off the teleprompter — has some Democrats very nervous.

I don’t know how to break it to those Mensa types at the DNC, but if there’s anyone they need to fear straying from the teleprompter, it’s their gaffe-tastic nominee.

Anywho, someone pass the popcorn.  This whole “unity” facade is more entertaining than playing a game of “pin the bacon on the Koran at Gitmo”!

August 27, 2008 Posted by | Bill Clinton, Obama | 3 Comments

Obama allows mob-loan dude to speak at his convention

Look who gets a speaking slot at the DNC convention!  From Ed Morrissey:

I wrote about this strange and murky story last September at Captain’s Quarters.  [Illinois state treasurer Alexi] Giannoulias approved millions of dollars in loans from his family’s bank to Michael “Jaws” Giordano after the latter got convicted on federal charges relating to bookmaking and prostitution in 2004.  The loans paid for a casino fleet in Florida in 2005, an odd risk to take for someone who had a record as a pimp and a bookie.

Giannoulias got such a bad reputation that even senior Illinois Democrats refused to endorse him when he won the nomination for his position.  However, Obama — the supposed “reform” politician — not just endorsed him but helped him to victory.  Obviously, Giannoulias wants to return the favor.

Yet another example in a long line of examples of “superior judgment”!

Predictable exit quip: “This is not the mob-connected loan officer I thought I knew.”

August 27, 2008 Posted by | corruption, Obama | 2 Comments

Christian AND pro-choice?

Last week, San Fran Nan opined that the Catholic church didn’t quite understand abortion properly.  She attempted to set the church straight, but as her colleagues demonstrated, she is either woefully uninformed or lying through her teeth.

This begs the question: can a person be a born-again Christian and pro-choice?  Well, quite simply…no!

Hey, I understand the reality that abortion is legal, and it likely will be legal for quite some time.  To the best of my knowledge, the only way to make the practice illegal is either by (a) passing a constitutional amendment banning abortion (highly unlikely, given the supermajorities needed for that); or (b) passing a law banning it, having the law declared unconstitutional, and getting the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade on appeal (highly improbable, but probably slightly more doable than the former option).  In other words, abortion is going to be legal for the foreseeable future.

Having said that, you cannot be a born-again Christian and be pro-choice.  A politician that claims to be both is a false prophet and bears “rotten fruit” (spiritually speaking).  Just because the world says it’s OK doesn’t mean that God does.  The Nuremberg defense won’t work on Judgment Day.

If you’re not a Christian, then this fact shouldn’t bother you.  And if you’re a true born-again Christian…then this fact shouldn’t bother you, either.

August 27, 2008 Posted by | abortion, Christianity, Pelosi | 4 Comments