You all know what a Stoopid tax is, right? It’s the difference between an informed purchase and one made at the mercy of a salesman. In the sales world these are usually levied by the sharks, the con artists, and the newly minted. They show up at your door after a big wind storm. They prey on women who need auto repairs, men who buy new boats, or anyone making a first-time new car purchase. The tax is everywhere, the sharks never go away. You can however learn to avoid them. It’s a simple fact of life that as we mature and fight our way into adulthood and, hopefully ,wisdom, we will face and have to learn from these experiences. It’s a choice to be ignorant.
In an article in RedState titled ‘Appeals Court Approves of Union Fining Member for Reporting Safety Violation’ the story is reported that a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers discovered a safety violation and reported it. The company he worked for investigated the report and found another union member had indeed violated safety rules, so the company suspended the violator for three days.
The union fined the whistleblower $2,500 for ratting on his union brother out, charging him with Gross disloyalty and Conduct unbecoming a member.
The whistleblower challenged the fine with the National Labor Relations Board who sided with him.
As a result the union appealed the NLRB action and had it overturned in Appeals Court. Here are the details.
There is no sense in this. It sounds suspiciously like a chapter from Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’.
Here is Col West responding to the budget deal. His response is what we have come to expect from a man of honor. What I would like to call your attention to is his response to the anthrax sent to his office.
President Barack Obama wants you to know that he is not a golf addict.
He spends so much time unwinding on the links because security restrictions mean he can’t go out for long walks or go to the carwash or the grocery store.
The president’s comments came during a session with editors and publishers from Hearst Magazines in which he described life behind the scenes in the White House.
The president said he loves his life in the White House but doesn’t enjoy some of the ways of Washington, such as the “kabuki dance” among political partisans before serious policy discussions begin. He also regrets his loss of personal privacy.
“I just miss – I miss being anonymous,” he said at the meeting in the White House. “I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks. I can’t take a walk.”
A lifetime spent striving for the white hot spotlight and now we are to feel sorry for him? His life was built around achieving fame and celebrity. It is his reason for existing. It is coded in his DNA but, boo hoo, he just wants to be anonymous.
This article is the rhetorical equivalent of Sean Penn punching out the paparazzi. Both devoted their lives to achieving fame. Both, then, piss and moan about the fame they got. Disgusting.
I mean other than usually smoking hot Scarlett Johansson’s makeup.
Can’t Scarlett even see the giant elephant in the room? She didn’t even mention abortion. I guess it isn’t very important, huh? Hell, if it is so unimportant that it doesn’t even bear mentioning, maybe Planned Parenthood could drop it. If it did drop it, all of the things Scarlett mentions would never be at risk of losing funding, right?
It is really amazing how they dodge the issue, isn’t it? They talk about everything abortion puts at risk without ever mentioning abortion once. The reality is, Scarlett is just releasing a smoke screen to provide cover and concealment for the real agenda: protecting the tax payer subsidization of the abortion industry.
Last week I posted two videos from Ann Barnhardt where she took on the Islamo-Fascists. Today’s American Thinker has an article about her as well. She seems to be getting noticed – and support is coming from all over. The AT article has a link to her website. I went there and found it to be powerful and unafraid. Here is an example:
You will enjoy Ann’s site. Below the fold is another image.
On his radio show Rush Limbaugh told a caller the following about the way Donald Trump is showing the way to victory:
Donald Trump is providing a lesson on how to beat Barack Obama. Donald Trump is showing that the way to do… You go after go after these people. Not just Obama. You go after the left, you go after the Democratic party. You don’t get timid, you don’t act defensive, and you don’t act afraid.”
He then went on to say that America’s concern about Obama’s citizenship stems from his, “Un-American attitude”
It is a big deal because unions, progressives and Democrats made it a big deal. They said it was a referendum on Scott Walker and public unions everywhere. They said it was the final battle against an “assault on human rights.” They called Republicans in Wisconsin Nazis and killers and said that the election of JoAnne Kloppenburg was the last chance to stop evil.
They went all in spending millions on an election that, in normal times, would have received little attention. When they thought they had won, they acknowledged these points. The left demanded that this election was a critical referendum. They said that it would indicate where Wisconsinites and Americans really stand on public unions.
This week Wisconsin Senate Minority leader Mark Miller explained. “Two nights ago, Walker’s good friend Supreme Court Justice David Prosser was defeated in his re-election effort–despite leading in initial polls by over 30%! Clearly the people of Wisconsin are standing up and rejecting Scott Walker’s agenda.”
It turns out the people of Wisconsin are doing no such thing. And here is the deal for Senator Miller to chew on: He can’t have it both ways. It was either a referendum on Scott Walker’s policies and agenda or it was not. Earlier this week he was insistent it was a referendum. He wouldn’t change his story now, would he?
Of course we are spending about $77 billion a week. I am writing this at 7:30 am on Saturday. At the rate we are spending, we will spend another $39 billion by supper time on Tuesday.
We are adding about $50 billion a week to the national debt. If we apply this whole year’s worth of cuts to the coming week, we will add $11 billion in new debt this week and then return to adding $50 billion in new debt in all of the following weeks.
They will never fix this. They are going to monetize it. There is no other way. Inflation is the only possible answer.
I don’t understand how so many Americans can be blind to this. They demand their bread and circuses and are deaf to any and all logic. It is unsustainable and it will either collapse or be paid for with inflation. Of course inflation is a giant cut too.
The thing about inflation, however, is that they will index the bread and circuses to inflation. That way, recipients of government largess will still feel like they are getting a good deal from the government. It will, however, come at a cost. EVERYTHING else will cost much more. If prices quadruple, it is as if the government taxed everyone 75% in addition to the taxes they already pay. Only it won’t be a tax on the rich only. It will be a tax on everyone. It will be a tax on the poor, the elderly, the homeless, the middle class… everybody.
How do these people demand that government spending be maintained at this level and then look into the eyes of their children and grandchildren? They are stealing their futures for their own use today. These are the people that have the audacity to call us selfish.
Just an hour before a midnight deadline, House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) announced that he had a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and President Barack Obama.
Congress quickly passed a short-term funding measure to keep the government running for a few days while details of the broader agreement were settled, with a vote on the final package coming by midweek.
No commentary at this point, though of course I do have my opinions. Just thought to get the news up and out.
SOCIAL SECURITY The government would continue to make Social Security payments to the 53 million beneficiaries. “We will continue to process applications for benefits, but it might take longer if a shutdown does occur,” said Mark Hinkle, a spokesman for Social Security. “Our local offices will open for limited services. We are working on the specifics.”
A huge backlog of applications for Social Security disability benefits would grow even larger, agency officials said.
HEALTH CARE Medicare, the program for people who are 65 and older or disabled, would continue to pay doctors and hospitals for several weeks, using money from its trust funds…
PASSPORTS As a national security agency, the State Department would continue operations, but some activities, like issuing passports for travelers and visas for foreigners coming to the United States, could stop or face significant delays. Emergency consular services would continue.
POSTAL SERVICE Post offices would maintain their regular hours and mail delivery would continue.
FOOD STAMPS Since the government makes the money available to states by the beginning of each month, advocates for food stamp recipients predicted no immediate impact on benefits. “They should be O.K. for the month of April,” said Stacy Dean, a food stamp expert at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
MILITARY Active-duty personnel would continue to work and earn pay during a shutdown, but would generally not receive paychecks until Congress appropriated money at some later date. While troops in combat zones and assisting Japanese earthquake relief would continue operations, they might not be paid until a new budget was approved….
PARKS AND MUSEUMS National parks would be closed and the Smithsonian Institution’s museums are planning to close.
WELFARE (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Benefits have been authorized through the end of September, so experts predicted that cash assistance payments would not be affected. States share in the costs and could substitute their own money to make up for delays in the arrival of federal dollars.
“Our expectation is that it’s not going to have a big impact,” said LaDonna A. Pavetti, of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Yep, that is certainly the moral equivalent of dismembering the bodies of children with high explosives. /snark
Mary Katharine Ham takes on Obama and school choice in DC. Watch this.
This conclusion is inescapable: Obama is undermining a successful educational method in order to serve public unions and his deeply held general socialist principle that an equality of failure is preferable to an inequality of success. He isn’t just a bad president. He is a disaster for America.
The United States may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international ground force that could aid the rebels, according to the general who led the military mission until NATO took over.
Army Gen. Carter Ham also told lawmakers Thursday that added American participation would not be ideal, and ground troops could erode the international coalition and make it more difficult to get Arab support for operations in Libya.
Ham said the operation was largely stalemated now and was more likely to remain that way since America has transferred control to NATO.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday explicitly ruled out deploying U.S. ground troops into Libya, saying the U.S. will act as part of an international coalition if Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi does not comply with the UN resolution.
“We are not going to use force to go beyond a well-defined goal, specifically the protection of civilians in Libya,” he said in a televised speech.
“Particularly at a time when our military is fighting in Afghanistan and winding down our activities in Iraq, that decision is only made more difficult,” said Obama, referring to the use of military force.