Quick Hits

Trump is a Jerk:
Donald Trump supporters have met an official ballot deadline in Texas, paving the way for the business mogul to become a third-party candidate there, a source close to Trump tells The Blaze. Trump himself acknowledged the filing in a statement.

According to an email sent by the source to The Blaze on Sunday night, Trump supporters filed paperwork on Friday to create the “Make America Great Again Party,” giving Trump the opportunity — should he take advantage of it — to be on the primary ballot.

Attribution: The Blaze

Background checks up Again:
According to the FBI, over 1.5 million background checks on customers were requested by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in December. Nearly 500,000 of those were in the six days before Christmas.

It was the highest number ever in a single month, surpassing the previous record set in November.

On Dec 23 alone there were
102,222 background checks, making it the second busiest single day for buying guns in history.

The actual number of guns bought may have been even higher if individual customers took home more than one each.
Explanations for America’s surge in gun buying include that it is a response to the stalled economy with people fearing crime waves. Another theory is that buyers are rushing to gun shops because they believe tighter firearms laws will be introduced in the future.

The National Rifle Association said people were concerned about self-defense because police officer numbers were declining.

A spokesman said: “I think there’s an increased realization that when something bad occurs it’s going to be between them and the criminal.”

Attribution: UK Telegraph

Occupy the Classroom:
Does getting pepper-sprayed count as extra credit?

Columbia University is offering a new course on Occupy Wall Street next semester — sending upperclassmen and grad students into the field for full course credit.

[Just a little editorial side note. The cost, per credit at Columbia is between $2000.00 & $3800.00. That does include room, board, transportation, books, etc.]

The class is taught by Dr. Hannah Appel, who boasts about her nights camped out in Zuccotti Park.

As many as 30 students will be expected to get involved in ongoing OWS projects outside the classroom, the syllabus says.

The class will be in the anthropology department and called “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement.” It will be divided between seminars at the Morningside Heights campus and fieldwork.

On her blog, Appel defends OWS, arguing that “it is important to push back against the rhetoric of ‘disorganization’ or ‘a movement without a message’ coming from left, right and center.”

Attribution: NY Post

Just Say NO, to Ron Paul

Federal Reserve:

I absolutely agree with Ron Paul. Shut down the Federal Reserve. Woodrow Wilson created it. I need to consider nothing more. Anything enacted by the Wilson administration is de facto, bad for the country.

Abortion:

Mr. Paul has stated he is firmly pro-life. I believe him. He also says it is not the purview of the Federal Government. The congressman believes life begins at conception but reluctantly says it is a States Rights issue, citing the Tenth Amendment.

I wasn’t aware that the murder of innocents was an issue at all. Who but a psycho would be in favor of murdering innocent people? If you believe life begins at conception, and when else would it begin, you can’t also believe that a State has the right to pass it’s own law condoning murder. It’s kind of a Ten Commandment issue, which trumps even our Constitution.

Death Penalty:

Ron Paul admits he was pro-death penalty & is now opposed to the death penalty, chiefly out of fear than an innocent person may be sentenced to death.

Michael Moore, He's right on every Issue!

I am pro-death penalty personally. I have yet to hear a compelling argument against it. Could a mistake be made? Absolutely! Humans are not perfect. Overwhelmingly the evidence against a death row inmate is so compelling as to prevent the mistake. Many have said my position is inconsistent. How could anyone be pro-life & pro-death penalty? What about the whole, “Thou shall not murder [kill]”? Abortion is the taking of an innocent life. The death penalty is not.

Illegal Immigration:

I agree with Paul, that illegal immigration should be attacked economically first. Stop all federal funding for illegals. No welfare, food stamps, free hospital care, etc. If you give things away, you’ll have more people lining up for the giveaways. Take away the incentive to stay here & they’ll leave.

He is against amnesty. I agree with that.

He does not support deportation. I support deportation. The Congressmen stated, “Sending twelve to fifteen million illegals home–isn’t going to happen and shouldn’t happen”. I disagree. By taking away the financial incentives, that number would be reduced greatly.

Foreign Policy:

This is the biggie. I am not at all a fan of Ron Paul’s foreign policy. It’s not only flawed, but also dangerous. I concur that troops should come home, but not for the same reasons. I also think our troops should leave Afghanistan immediately.

He states, “There really is nothing for us to win in Afghanistan. Our mission has morphed from apprehending those who attacked us, to apprehending those who threaten or dislike us for invading their country, to remaking an entire political system and even a culture … This is an expensive, bloody, endless exercise in futility. Not everyone is willing to admit this just yet. But every second they spend in denial has real costs in lives and livelihoods … Many of us can agree on one thing, however. Our military spending in general has grown way out of control.”

I agree with him that most of the conflicts we’ve become entangled in are useless and unconstitutional. If however, the cause is Constitutionally justified, the cost should be immaterial. I hope he would agree.

Regardless of my agreement with him on a lot of domestic spending issues, his isolationism and stance on Iran and Israel absolutely disqualifies him for any consideration as the nominee.

While the President and Congress, together, control domestic issues, foreign policy is much more the authority of the Executive Branch and the Commander in Chief.

I could agree with Ron Paul’s stance on every domestic issue, but when I cannot trust the judgment of our Commander in Chief, he is eliminated from consideration, period.

A Little Birdy Told Me

From Newsmax:

Rupert Murdoch joined the Twittersphere to start off the new year, and one of his first tweets was a shout-out to Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

“Good to see santorum surging in Iowa. Regardless of policies, all debates showed principles, consistency and humility like no other,” the international media mogul tweeted from @rupertmurdoch, the Twitter account he opened on the last day of 2011.

The reference was to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s push before the Iowa caucuses Tuesday. A new Des Moines Register poll during the weekend put Santorum at 15 percent, trailing former Massachusetts’ Gov. Mitt Romney’s 24 percent and Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s 22 percent. Political observers say Santorum’s ground game in the Hawkeye State has given him even more momentum than the poll reflects.

Murdoch, who already has almost 40,000 Twitter followers, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, sent tweets not only about politics but also movies, how he spent his holidays, and, in a few instances, to plug his companies.

Obama may Release Detainees

In a demonstration of peace at any cost, the Obama administration is considering transferring 5 Guantanamo detainees to Afghan custody. Reuters has learned one of the detainees is a senior Taliban official suspected of major human rights abuses as part of a remote bid to improve the prospects of a peace deal in Afghanistan.

The potential handover of Mohammed Fazl, a “high-risk detainee”, held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison since early 2002, set off alarms on Capitol Hill and among some US intelligence officials.

As a senior commander of the Taliban army, Fazl is alleged to be responsible for the killing of thousands of Afghanistan’s minority Shi’ite Muslims between 1998 and 2001.

Senior Administration officials said their 10-month-long effort to set up substantive negotiations between the weak government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the

Taliban Peace Negotiators

Taliban has reached a make-or-break stage. They suggested “confidence-building measures”, such as the transfer of five detainees from Guantanamo, of whom Fazl could be one, and the establishment of a Taliban office outside Afghanistan.

Confidence-building measures? May I ask; confidence in whom or what? Confidence the terrorist organization, the Taliban, wants the same thing we do? I rather doubt that.

Critics of Obama’s peace initiative though, remain deeply sceptical of the Taliban’s willingness to negotiate.

“I can tell you that the hair on the back of my neck went up when they walked in with this a month ago, and there’s been very, very strong letters fired off to the administration,” an administration official said on condition of anonymity. “What is clear is the president’s order to us to continue to discuss these important matters with
Congress.”

Senator Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the senate intelligence committee, said
such detainees would “likely continue to pose a threat to the United States” even once
they were transferred.

In a surprising bit of candor (a surprise to me anyway) Michael Semple, a former UN official with more than two decades of experience in Afghanistan, said Fazl commanded thousands of Taliban soldiers at a time when its army carried out massacres of Shi’ites. He said, “If you’re head of an army that carries out a massacre, even if you’re not actually there, you are implicated by virtue of command and control responsibility”.

In February, the Afghan

Afghan Peace Council

High Peace Council named six men it wanted released as a goodwill gesture. The list included Fazl; senior Taliban military commander Noorullah Noori; former deputy intelligence minister Abdul Haq Wasiq; and Khairullah Khairkhwa, a former interior minister.

The “Peace Council” wants 2 military commanders & an intelligence officer freed.

Sounds about right.

Attribution: The Guardian

Santorum Picking up Steam

The latest poll provides confirmation of what everyone in Iowa is talking about — former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s timely surge.

As in the NFL, you know the best time to get hot is at the end of the season, heading into the playoffs. Politically speaking, we’re heading into the playoffs.

Last weeks game no longer matters. You make it into the playoffs and you have a shot at the Superbowl. Iowa is the Wild Card game. Win, place well, or go home.

If Santorum does as well as the polls are now showing, he could provide the voters with something they haven’t had as yet — an articulate, socially conservative opponent who isn’t a moderate, a progressive or a cranky old man and has a picture-perfect family life to rival Romney’s.

He can’t be painted as a Washington insider despite the 12 years he spent there as a Senator. Why? Because he wasn’t a “deal” maker. He spent his time pushing conservative causes. Santorum sponsored the partial birth abortion bill, championed welfare reform and Federalist Society-approved judicial appointments. He’s a hawk on defense, favors lower tax rates and wears his faith proudly. What’s not to like?

Up until now, people questioned if he could win, citing his devastating Senatorial reelection loss by 18% in 2006. What they don’t account for, in 2006, is the overall animosity toward overspending republicans & the “throw them all out” mentality. Santorum simply got swept up with the trash. It was beyond his control. He has had a difficult time raising money & garnering support because of it.

He has also been unfairly tagged with the moniker that he is just the “Social Conservative”. His conservative stance on fiscal issues, defense, gun rights, the repeal of Obamacare, etc., has been overshadowed by his social conservatism.

Republican strategist Mike Murphy predicted on Dec. 29. “He can keep rising, could even catch Mitt.”

Given the expectations in Iowa, Santorum need only make it into the same sentence with frontrunners Romney and Texas Representative Ron Paul, whose cranky, conspiracy-prone and isolationist views should not carry him far beyond Iowa.

More recent good news for Santorum is that Rick Perry just launched a negative radio ad this week in Iowa, specifically targeting Santorum. One doesn’t waste funds on a commercial attacking a loser.

Santorum is so confident of emerging from the pile in Iowa that he just committed money for television ads in New Hampshire, which votes on Jan. 10.

Just a few days ago I wrote an election update stating Santorum’s bid could be over. Things are, shall I say, quite fluid.

Attribution: Bloomberg

Quick Hit News

DWB (Driving while Burka’d)

Police stopped a Muslim woman in France on Thursday and fined her for driving while wearing a burka because the garment “reduced her field of vision”.

The woman was told she was in breach of the country’s burka ban imposed last April, which outlawed anyone hiding their face in public, including in streets, shops, restaurants and cars on public roads.

The woman was handed an on-the-spot fine under article 412-6 of the French highway code, which states: “Field of vision must not be restricted by either passengers, objects being transported or by the position of non-transparent objects on the windows.”

Police spokesman Laurent Dufour added: ‘The officer who stopped her said she was driving hesitantly and clearly could not see properly. Looking out through a narrow slit in the fabric is as dangerous as driving while eating a sandwich, smoking or with an iced-up windscreen.”

France was the first country in Europe to outlaw Muslim headgear that hides the face. Similar laws have since being passed in Belgium and the Netherlands.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has described the burka as a “sign of debasement”. His immigration minister Eric Besson called it “a walking coffin”.

Leaders of Al Qaeda’s North African network have vowed to seek revenge on France for enforcing the law.

They wrote on an Islamic extremist website, “We will seek dreadful revenge on France by all means at our disposal, for the honour of our daughters and sisters.”

That Phone’ll Kill Ya

Afghans face death if they don’t have mobile phones playing defiant Taliban ringtones and messages.

They are being forced to show their loyalty to the insurgents at clandestine checkpoints by producing the chants romantisizng the war with the West.

Taliban ringtones include the titles “Teenager, Doomsday and Suicide Bomber. Lyrics for Doomsday include, “Its Judgment Day for the Satan of the West … the evening is blazing, blazing …”.

Prior to reaching a checkpoint, travellers often pop out their phones’ real SIM cards and replace them with ones containing insurgent-produced jingles.

Shopkeepers are doing a booming business in rebel ringtones at $2 an download.

A member of President Hamid Karzai’s government carries two SIM cards whenever he travels outside Kabul – one with all his contacts and the other for the Taliban.

The Taliban have 40 singers that produce on average of one 12-song album every month, a spokesperson for the group told the Wall Street Journal.

Attribution: UK Daily Mail

“M F” has a new Meaning


Wallstreet fat cats are all right wingers. Only the democrats are for the common man. Those rich republicans, making up the 1%, will rob & pillage the poor 99% for their own amusement.

The latest example of right-wing malfeasance is the MF Global scandal. You know, those evil, Tea Party loving robber barons. They steal the money from the poor unassuming public, drive the business into bankruptcy and then claim they can’t find the money they stole.

Wait…you mean none of these Wallstreet big shots is a republican? That can’t be. This completely shatters my worldview. Haven’t we been told, right = Sheriff of Nottingham, left = Robin Hood?

Well, the fact is that most of the so-called Wallstreet fat cats are democrat. It’s just a shame the general public isn’t aware of it.

As I just stated, take the MF Global scandal. The company is bankrupt & has misplaced 1.2 billion dollars. That happens to me every week.

MF Global declared bankruptcy Oct. 31 after telling regulators that the company had about $6.3 billion in debt from Ireland, Italy, Spain and other European countries and after credit ratings services downgraded the company’s status to “junk,” the company said in court records.

At the center of this firestorm is ultra-liberal democrat ex senator, ex-governor, Jon Corzine. He was the chieftain at MF global. Jon testified to Congress that he just doesn’t know where the money is. Good enough for me. Go in peace, Mr. Corzine.

Imagine, if you will, ex V.P. Dick Cheney testifying the same way. Cheney, “Really, gentlemen, I don’t know where the money went.” Congress, “Ok boys, grab that rope. Let’s string him up.” You know it’s true.

One that hasn’t gotten the press of Jon Corzine is Bradley I. Abelow. He was the President & COO of MF Global Holdings, Ltd.

Yes, it's true. Abelow is also Vulcan. Live long and Prosper!

Bradley too, testified in front of the Congress & Senate, repeating the Corzine line. He doesn’t know where the money is.

So he has nothing different to say. Why bring him up?

It turns out that Mr. Abelow has another job. Bradley is also a financial advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency. Yep. He’s the chairman of the EPA’s financial advisor board. That’s a laugh, eh?

EPA, “ Ok, Mr. Abelow, why should we hire you as our financial advisor?” Bradley, “Well at MF Global, I lost over a billion dollars.” EPA, “That’s good, but not good enough.” Bradley, “ I also know some important people.” EPA, “Now we’re talking. You’re hired. Sign here, here & initial here.”

Abelow has ties to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson through former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine. Each served at different times as the governor’s chief of staff. When Mr. Corzine lost his bid for re-election and later joined MF Global, Mr. Abelow followed.

The EPA says the financial advisory board members include, “prominent experts from all levels of government, including elected officials, the finance and banking communities, business and industry and national organizations.” That’s ok then, as long as they’re experts.

“EPA relying on Wall Street for financial guidance is like the blind leading the blind,” said Jeff Ruch, president of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in Washington. PEER is no right-wing group, for sure, but even they are asking questions.

Yet, no lawmaker broached the topic though. Not one Congressman or Senator saw fit to ask him a single question of his relationship with the Administration, nor did Bradley offer one.

Mr. Abelow did offer a heartfelt apology to the House & Senate committees. I’m sure the more than 2500 soon to be unemployed workers & the swindled investors will take solace & feed their families on that.

Attribution: Washington Times

It’s not my Fault, It’s the Tea Party

Sen. Dick Lugar said challenges by Tea Party candidates are partly to blame for the Republicans not having a majority in the Senate.

Yes, it’s our fault Senator. It has nothing at all to do with the total lack of support for the Tea Party candidates by the republican establishment. What the Tea Party stands for is enemy to both the left & right. Small, Constitutionally controlled Government.

Lugar, a six-term Republican senator from Indiana, is up for re-election in 2012 and facing a primary challenge from a Tea Party-backed Republican opponent.

In any other business, one would either retire or be retired after 36 years on the job. Notice I didn’t say 36 years of service. Term limits anyone?

Lugar told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that he’s the best chance for the GOP to hold on to his Senate seat, and that similar challenges by Tea Party candidates are part of the reason Republicans are the minority in the Senate.

Isn’t it rather revealing that these RINO’s will happily go on the lefty cable shows with a viewership of about 112, yet they would never dare be heard on Rush’s or Glenn’s radio show, where they could reach 10’s of millions.

Important Digression: Yes, I left Hannity out. While I believe him to be personally conservative, I also believe he is a republican apologist. He won’t challenge the establishment due to his need for guests on his television & radio shows. Does he really think Karl Rove, “The Architect”, has the same interests as we? Rove is a big government progressive, just like his former boss ‘W’ & a major reason some of the Tea Party candidates lost last time. He personally torpedoed them. To this day, many think that Sharon Angle & Christine O’Donnell are idiots, thanks to him. Sean thinks he’s great & loves his insight. Those kinds of things are disqualifiers for me.

“Republicans lost the seats before in Nevada and New Jersey for example and Colorado where there were people who claimed that they wanted somebody who was more of their Tea Party aspect, but in doing so they killed off the Republican chances for majority,” he said. “This is one of the reasons why we have a minority in the Senate right now.”

If we only just had reasonable people like Senator Lugar, or Snowe, or Brown, or McCain, or McConnell. That would be great. We would control the Senate. Then what? Then nothing would change except for the control flips to other side of the same coin.

Remember presidential advisor Carroll Quigley’s quote:

“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideas and policies is a foolish idea. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can throw the rascals out at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. Then it should be possible to replace it every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.”

“Well, I’m not certain it — that I’m the most vulnerable and I’m not sure it just happened,” Lugar said. “In other words, I would just say that our campaign has already enlisted hundreds of volunteers from all the backgrounds that I’ve talked about. We’ve made 517,000 calls already, just to the spectrum of people who might vote in the Republican primary.”

I think Lugar is clearly worried and he should be.

Job number one is to rid ourselves of Obama. Job number two (and it’s a close second) is to dump these RINOs. They will never come over to our side, so they must be defeated.

We’re coming for you, Dick.

Attribution: Patriot Update, Cowboy Byte, Newsmax

Political quick Hits

Santorum may end bid:

Santorum will quit the race for the republican presidential nomination if he finishes at or toward the bottom.

That’s a real shame. He is one of two real conservatives in the race. The other, of course, is Bachmann.

Santorum told News Radio 1040 WHO-AM in Des Moines, Iowa, “My feeling is we have to exceed expectations,” he said. “And the expectations right now for us are pretty low based on a lot of the national polls. So I feel like we need to do well. We need to be right in the mix. Obviously, we’d love to win it. Our intention is to win it. And we’re doing everything we can to try and finish first. And somewhere in that middle of the pack and up we’d feel very, very good though.”

“Look if I finish dead last — way behind the pack — I’m going to pack up and go home, but I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he declared.

Gingrich gets a key endorsement:

Republican presidential primary candidate Newt Gingrich received a key endorsement from economist Arthur Laffer.


“Newt has the best plan for jobs and economic growth of any candidate in the field,” said Laffer, the renowned economist who is the father of The Laffer Curve and supply-side economics. He was the architect of Ronald Reagan’s economic plan.

Laffer went on to say, “Rebuilding the America we love requires returning to job creation and economic growth. We need big changes to fix the economy, and I am ready to stand up to Barack Obama’s class warfare rhetoric to make the case that letting the American people keep more of what they earn is the best way to create jobs.”

Romney Heralded:

Candidate Mitt Romney received the endorsement of the Boston Herald Newspaper.

“There is only one candidate in the Republican field with the integrity, the experience, the organizational strength and the intelligence to beat Barack Obama and that man is Mitt Romney,” the Herald wrote.

Being that Romney is the former Governor of Massachusetts, they continued, “Now we are more aware than most of our former governor’s reputation for being, well, a bit stiff. But this is a contest for what we used to call Leader of the Free World [before Barack Obama downgraded the job], not Mr. Congeniality or the guy you’d most like to have a beer with.

In short, the newspaper declares, “Mitt Romney can get the job done — the job of running for president and the job of governing. And the Herald is pleased to endorse his candidacy.”

Attribution: Newsmax

Harry Reid’s Unicorns: Fact Checking A Whopper

From Paul Roderick Gregory, Contributor, Forbes.com:

Tax policy should be serious business carried out by serious politicians using real facts and figures. This is why we have the Library of Congress and the Congressional Budget Office, among other expert institutions.

How can we take Congress seriously when the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, makes patently inaccurate, outrageous and bizarre claims on an important tax-policy issue without any heads being turned? I guess this is what we have come to expect of Congress. No wonder citizens with favorable opinions of Congress are as rare as unicorns, to borrow a phrase.

Harry Reid’s statement on December 6 on his proposed 1.9 percent surtax on million-dollar incomes has kicked up some dust. Here is his statement:

“Millionaire job creators are like unicorns. They’re impossible to find, and they don’t exist… Only a tiny fraction of people making more than a million dollars, probably less than 1 percent, are small business owners. And only a tiny fraction of that tiny fraction are traditional job creators…Most of these businesses are hedge fund managers or wealthy lawyers. They don’t do much hiring and they don’t need tax breaks.”

Taking their cue, National Public Radio launched a search for one millionaire job creator. They triumphantly announced:

“NPR requested help from numerous Republican congressional offices, including House and Senate leadership. They were unable to produce a single millionaire job creator for us to interview.”

Were it not for Google, I would have accepted Harry Reid’s unicorn story and NPR’s confirmation. Unlike Harry Reid’s office, I went to the IRS’s Table 1.4 “Sources of income, adjustments, and tax size of adjusted gross income, 2009” to check things out. (I summarize my sources in a separate blog posting). Here is what I found:

There are 236,883 tax filers with incomes of a million dollars or more. By Harry Reid’s count, only one percent, or 2,361 of them, are business owners, and a tiny fraction of them create jobs. I do not know what Harry means when he says “a tiny fraction of a tiny fraction.” If we let 5 percent represent Harry’s “tiny fraction,” we are left with 118 businesses owners who earn a million or more and create jobs. Yes, they are only slightly less rare than unicorns, if Harry is to be believed.

This leaves 236,765 million-dollar-plus tax payers, most of whom are “hedge fund managers and wealthy lawyers” who “don’t create jobs and don’t need tax breaks.”

My Google search for Harry Reid’s quarter million hedge fund managers and wealthy lawyers came up empty handed. I could identify at most sixteen thousand “wealthy lawyers and hedge fund managers,” not Harry Reid’s quarter million.

Well, Harry Reid’s numbers leave much to be desired, but maybe he is right that millionaire business owners do not create jobs.

What does the IRS have to say about this? Millionaire tax filers earn a total taxable income of $623 billion, on which they pay the highest average rate (30 percent) of any tax bracket. (Either Warren Buffet’s secretary has an incompetent tax accountant or Buffet has some pretty juicy tax breaks. I think the latter is more likely). A 1.9 percent tax surcharge on million-dollar-earners would yield $11 billion, assuming those shifty millionaires take no evasive action to avoid the tax.

Millionaire tax filers earn $221 billion – almost a quarter of a trillion — from business and professions, partnerships, and S-corporations. This is puzzling: If Harry Reid’s figure is correct (2,361 millionaire businesses), then the average millionaire-owned business earns almost a hundred million dollars, and all, except 118 of them, do this without hiring anyone. These super heroes do their own typing, selling, drafting. public relations, building, and manufacturing. They do not need employees. Remarkable!

To summarize:
Millionaire tax filers earn almost a quarter trillion dollars from their businesses. They must hire hundreds of thousands of employees to do so.

There are a trivial number of millionaire hedge-fund managers and wealthy lawyers (who, according to Harry, do not hire anyone and don’t need tax breaks). The millionaire tax surcharge is not aimed at them, but at the tens of thousands of millionaire business owners.

A 1.9 percent surcharge on millionaires would raise at most eleven billion dollars. By today’s standards, this is chump change, within the federal budget’s rounding error.
The millionaire’s tax is not about balancing the budget. It is about gaining political advantage through the use of envy and greed (two of the seven deadly sins).

Why would Harry Reid tell such whoppers, which are so easily disproved?
Ryan Streeter has hit the nail on the head. He writes that even bearded Occupy Wall Street misfits understand the difference between “earned” and “unearned” success. Those who earn success by creating value honestly are the true heroes in our economy. They should be lauded rather than targeted. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are heroes. Bernie Madoff and, now it seems, John Corzine are not, and everyone, irrespective of their political leanings, understands this.

Reid, in his clumsy way, is trying to portray Republicans as the party of dishonest millionaires, who have not earned their wealth, have not created jobs, detract rather than create value, and refuse to pay their fair share. Such class warfare will be the anchor of the Democrat election playbook.