For the 2016 Election – Time to Revisit the 10 Cannots

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The 2016 presidential election season has begun and already the left is attacking the Republicans.

walker dunceThey have already begun to tear down our more conservative presidential candidates. Popular Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has been atop most polls recently, is a perfect example, with the lefts lame attempt to cast him as a dunce due to not completing college. Evidently that has really hindered him as the chief executive of a large state.

Simultaneously, leftist insiders are feeding the press with what they believe to be winning issues for the Democrats. One such issue is income inequality, which we’ve already heard Obama pushing.

Last week the LA Times wrote a piece entitled “Income inequality emerges as a key issue in 2016 presidential campaign.” Has it really? Of course it has, because the left feels it’s a winning issue.

The Times writes that voters have noticed the income gap and cites a Gallup poll released the week prior showing “two thirds of Americans said they were dissatisfied with the way income and wealth are distributed in the U.S.” read more

To D.C. Homeless – Let Them Eat Brioche

by: the Common Constitutionalist:

Obama and the left love to travel the country making soap-box speeches bemoaning income inequality, yet right under their collective noses is a dichotomy of two vastly different economies in the District of Columbia. One is populated by “the connected”,  thriving in well-paying information and government jobs. The other is for people scrambling for even low-paying work.

rue Color ImageWe should be disgusted with that. Every high paying job in the DC area is attributed directly to government payroll or to servicing our bloated overseers. We all know this, and so do they in the “public sector,” but I’m sure they’ve convinced themselves, or been convinced, that their work is so essential, that they are the best and brightest, and therefore should be paid like kings.

According to the analysis by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, “the top 5 percent of households in the District averaged $473,000 a year…,” and that was 3 years ago. Gee – I wonder if it’s even more now?

In 2012, the Washington Post reported that the “District has one of the highest levels of income inequality among the nation’s cities, with the top fifth earning on average 29 times the income of the bottom fifth.

The city’s top fifth of all households pulled in $259,000 on average. In contrast, the bottom fifth had an average income of $9,100. read more

Government Doesn’t Know Better

from the American Spectator:

The year is drawing to a close and we are supposed to be happy that the lame duck Congress survived its usual year-end brinkmanship and threats of a government shutdown. Horrors! What would the helpless people do if politicians weren’t able to legislate, regulate, and dictate in the “public interest”? Why, the republic would collapse.

Not!

The traditional civics book notion of government at all levels is that the state does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. That’s typically seen as creating the framework for a free society—police, courts, defense, basic health and safety, “public” goods which otherwise wouldn’t be provided.  read more

Advocating for Illegal Driver’s Licenses

by: the Common Constitutionalist

A few days ago Amy Taxin at AP Los Angeles wrote an article about illegal immigrants obtaining driver’s licenses, and the troubles they may encounter. The article was entitled “Immigrants get Warning on Drivers Licenses.”

She begins by writing “While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the United States illegally are preparing to apply for long-sought driver’s license in California starting January 2, others are being urged to think twice.”

Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t everyone have a problem with that sentence? I know we’ve heard over and over, but I just can’t get over the fact that we’re going to reward criminals with driver’s licenses.

She continues: “Immigrant advocates say the vast majority should be able to get licenses without trouble, but they want anyone who previously obtained a driver’s license under a false name or someone else’s Social Security number to speak first with a lawyer, fearing a new application could trigger a fraud investigation.”

Now who exactly are these immigrant advocates? To what end are they advising these criminals and more importantly, who the heck is paying for the services? Are they volunteers, working for the good of mankind, or are they hacks being paid by some nonprofit organization that ultimately skims money from the government by means of a bogus federal grant or porkulus type spending provided by one of the leftist California Senators or Congressmen? read more

Congress – Just Do Something Positive!

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Ronald Reagan famously said of the government solution to everything: “If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.”

Everyone knows if you want less of something, tax it. And that is true not only of goods but also innovation.

Now I hold out very little hope that the next Congress will do anything positive. I think the illegal executive amnesty is a shell game where Congressman and Senators talk tough now but backroom deals have been crafted between the Dems and the Republicans to make it appear that they’re trying to stop our King, but nothing will be done. Yes, I admit, that’s rather cynical. I hope they prove me wrong.

I also joke-a-hontashave little confidence that anything will be done about Obamacare. However, one thing that could be done now is repeal of the medical device tax. This tax has already done much damage to the industry and it’s just begun.

Heck, even Joke-A-Hontas, Elizabeth Warren, the Marxist of Massachusetts said the device tax “pushes companies of all sizes to cut back on research and development for life-saving products.” read more

Democrats Lie – They’re Too Arrogant Not To

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It seems that Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner has found a few choice quotes from Democrats, namely Bella Pelosi (I vant to suck your wallet) as the title of her article on Saturday would suggest: “Dems: Gruber wrote computer code, not Obamacare.”

Is that right. Well, he sure does have a lot to say and sure seems to have plenty of detailed strategic information for some guy tucked away somewhere pecking at a keyboard. That, or a very active imagination. Maybe he’s the inadvertent Edward Snowden of Obamacare, or maybe he’s a typical egotistical arrogant liberal who, like Obama, Pelosi, Reid, et al, think they can say anything and not be held to account, even when they’re caught on audio or video. “Are you going to believe me, or your lying eyes?”

Nonetheless, Susan writes that House Democrats contend that Jonathan Gruber was merely a computer code expert who was factually wrong in the assertions he made, regarding Obamacare.

By now most of us have heard that he was merely a computer “modeler, who wrote 15,000 lines of computer code.” And for this, writes Ferrechio, he “banked more than $1 million from the federal government and states by helping design and implement the Affordable Care Act.” Where do I sign up for that gig?

Susan reports that although Pelosi insists that he played no role in writing Obamacare, Gruber evidently visited the White House eight times. Now why in the world would anyone in the White House invite a mere computer programmer to meet with them just once, let alone eight times? Answer: they wouldn’t. read more

Merry Christmas – Now Pay Up

from: Breitbart

This year, your real Christmas tree will be more expensive than it needs to be. That’s because the Department of Agriculture is imposing a fee on each fresh-cut tree sold.

A few months ago, the federal government created a national marketing program to advertise the virtues of real Christmas trees. It’s funded by a 15-cent surcharge that will be added to the cost of each tree sold. It’s not a tax, Washington insists — merely a fee that you have to pay.  read more

Where Did All the Money Go?

You May Want To Be Sitting Down For This One – Maybe Have a Drink Or Two Or Three…

 

by: the Common Constitutionalist

What is the refrain of the left whenever anyone suggests tax cuts? Naturally it is, “How are you going to pay for them?”

And what about cutting government spending? Well, Democrats will cry, in unison, that there is no where to cut. By cutting spending, we will be ripping food out of the mouths of needy children, or some such nonsense.

Remember this statement – “There Is No Where to Cut“.

And we can’t forget the “Tried and True”, tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires will only hurt the middle class.

As a rather obvious aside: paying for tax cuts bugs the crap out of me. Why should we have to “pay” for a tax cut? It’s our money in the first place. But the government naturally treats our money as theirs first, and if there is anything left over, which they claim there never is, they will consider giving it back to us, the people.

Anywho, speaking of whining about tax cuts, there’s this from just a few months ago. A column written by Steve Benen entitled, “The Magical Cost of Tax Cuts“. read more

Dick Durbin Bullies Walgreen

from IBD:

Well, the thugs and bullies in the White House and on Capitol Hill have scored another victory — if you can call it that — over a major American company.

After a month of assaults and threats from the D.C. political class, venerable drug retailer Walgreen Co. announced it will remain headquartered in Illinois for the time being instead of entering a tax-inversion merger with Europe’s Alliance Boots that would move it abroad to lower its tax bill.

Good news for Washington, but the millions of Walgreen shareholders aren’t partying it up. read more

Lame Excuse Legislation

Texas Representative Steve Stockman introduced legislation today that would allow taxpayers to give the Internal Revenue Service the ‘same ‘lame’ excuses for not for handing over documents as the IRS is giving Congress.

If the IRS is allowed to claim that ‘convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction is sufficient justification not to produce specific, critical documentation,’ Stockman’s bill says, taxpayers should be able to, as well.

‘Taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to follow laws the Obama administration refuses to follow themselves,’ Stockman, a Republican, said in a statement announcing The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act.

‘Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama administration uses.’

Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, right, introduced tongue-in-cheek legislation today called The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act. Stockman is pictured here chatting with Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio before a House Foreign Affairs Committee in April

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