This is time of year we all get a little sentimental as we reflect on the accomplishments & failures of the year gone by. We’ve all done some good things (I hope) and also some things we wish we could have a do-over. I know I have, but we can’t turn back the clock.
I hope my good decisions have outweighed my poor ones. Sometimes, I wonder. I guess I’ll leave that to God.
Where else but in America can one just wake up one day & decide to do something like this. To be able to express myself & say virtually anything I like without fear of retribution. What a great country!
We are truly blessed to have been born here. If you’ve travelled outside the U.S., I’m sure you would agree. Lucky us.
With all our problems, we’re still the greatest country on earth. Small wonder people want to sneak in. I know I would.
If you’re out and about today, put a buck in the Red Kettle, say Merry Christmas; thank a veteran for their service. Spread some joy. Smile at folks and watch them smile back. Do what you can in your own corner of the world to make it better.
The upcoming year will be very interesting, so if you pray, please do so for our country.
I’m signing off for a day or so.
The following is the official transcript of the President’s remarks on the Social Security tax cut extension agreement. The one where Republicans caved again. Yeah, that one.
My remarks of the Liar-in-Chief are indicated by ‘EC’
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 22, 2011
Remarks by the President on the Payroll Tax Cut
South Court Auditorium
1:00 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Please have a seat. Good afternoon to all of you. Merry Christmas. Happy holidays.
We’ve been doing everything we can over the last few weeks to make sure that 160 million working Americans aren’t hit with a holiday tax increase on January 1st. We’ve also been doing everything we can to make sure that millions of people who are out there looking for work in a very tough environment don’t start losing their unemployment insurance on January 1st.
EC: Lie Number ONE. You haven’t been doing everything to help. You’ve been doing everything you can to disrupt & delay the extension of the Social Security & unemployment insurance. You did exactly what you and Harry Reid intended; beat the Republicans yet again. And put a smiley face on it.
Now, on Saturday, we reached a bipartisan compromise that would do just that — make sure that people aren’t seeing a tax cut the first of the year; make sure that they still have unemployment insurance the first of the year. Nearly every Democrat in the Senate voted for that compromise. Nearly every Republican in the Senate voted for that compromise. Democrats and even some Republicans in the House voted for that compromise. I am ready to sign that compromise into law the second it lands on my desk.
So far, the only reason it hasn’t landed on my desk — the only reason — is because a faction of House Republicans have refused to support this compromise.
EC: He is exactly correct, as long as we remember what the definition of compromise is. See above.
Now, if you’re a family making about $50,000 a year, this is a tax cut that amounts to about $1,000 a year. That’s about 40 bucks out of every paycheck. It may be that there’s some folks in the House who refuse to vote for this compromise because they don’t think that 40 bucks is a lot of money. But anyone who knows what it’s like to stretch a budget knows that at the end of the week, or the end of the month, $40 can make all the difference in the world.
EC: Another boldfaced lie and I’m sure he knows it. It is $40.00 if one gets paid every 2 weeks. It is actually about $20.00 per week. The Senate & presidential plan is for a 2-month extension. 20 X 4 weeks (2 months) = $160.00. The House Republicans voted & passed a full one-year extension. 20 X 52 = $1040.00. Those are the facts.
And that’s why we thought we’d bring your voices into this debate. So many of these debates in Washington end up being portrayed as which party is winning, which party is losing. But what we have to remind ourselves of is this is about people. This is about the American people and whether they win. It’s not about a contest between politicians.
EC: LIE! It is about a contest between politicians. Time now to drag the tried & true “Regular Folks”. Let’s see whom we can exploit today?
So on Tuesday, we asked folks to tell us what would it be like to lose $40 out of your paycheck every week. And I have to tell you that the response has been overwhelming. We haven’t seen anything like this before. Over 30,000 people have written in so far — as many as 2,000 every hour. We’re still hearing from folks — and I want to encourage everybody who’s been paying attention to this to keep sending your stories to WhiteHouse.gov and share them on Twitter and share them on Facebook.
EC: More lies. Let me reiterate; it’s not $40.00 per week, it’s 20. Let’s not quibble though. It’s only numbers. So what if he just purposely doubles the number. Next: 30,000 people have written in. But I thought it was as many as 2,000 per hour? Let’s do the math. The WhiteHouse.Gov hotline has been open for about 48 hours. At 2,000 per hour, that’s 96,000. Yes, I know he said as many as 2,000. He said it to make it sound greater than it is. Believe it! 2,000 per hour sounds like a lot, if you don’t do the math.
The responses we’ve gotten so far have come from Americans of all ages and Americans of all backgrounds, from every corner of the country. Some of the folks who responded are on stage with me here today, and they should remind every single member of Congress what’s at stake in this debate. Let me just give you a few samples.
EC: WOW! How did they get the people there so soon? It’s almost as if it were planned ahead of time. Who paid for their trips to be on the stage with the President? Let the exploitation begin.
Joseph from New Jersey talked about how he would have to sacrifice the occasional pizza night with his daughters. He said — and I’m quoting — “My 16-year-old twins will be out of the house soon. I’ll miss this.”
EC: Well Joseph, if money is that tight, why not save that 20 bucks a week & just spend some extra quality time with your girls. Take a walk, play a game. By the way, I thought Michelle Obama didn’t want us eating pizza? I think a head of lettuce is less than 20 bucks.
Richard from Rhode Island wrote to tell us that having an extra $40 in his check buys enough heating oil to keep his family warm for three nights. In his words — I’m quoting — “If someone doesn’t think that 12 gallons of heating oil is important,
I invite them to spend three nights in an unheated home. Or you can believe me when I say that it makes a difference.”
EC: Math time again. He gets an extra 12 gallons of heating oil every 2 weeks under the dems plan. That’s 6 extra gallons a week. The House plan would then equal 312 gallons, or 78 additional heated nights. Again, I ask; how did he get to Washington from Rhode Island & who paid for the trip?
Pete from Wisconsin told us about driving more than 200 miles each week to keep his father-in-law company in a nursing home — $40 out of his paycheck would mean he’d only be able to make three trips instead of four.
EC: What, more math? So Pete gets 200 miles from 20 bucks each week from the generous democrats. 200 miles X 8 weeks (2 months) = 1600 miles. Under the House republican plan, Pete would garner 10,400 additional miles. I was touched by Pete’s story so out of curiosity, I checked the distance between Madison, Wisc. & Washington DC. The distance, round trip is over 1600 miles. Pete just used up his 2-month gas allotment. Too bad for the father-in-law.
We heard from a teacher named Claire from here in D.C. who goes to the thrift store every week and uses her own money to buy pencils and books for her fourth grade class. Once in a while she splurges on science or art supplies. Losing $40, she says, would mean she couldn’t do that anymore.
EC: I’m almost certain that teachers in the DC school district don’t pay Social Security taxes. They have their own retirement plan separate for Social Security. A lot of school districts do that. So either Claire is a liar or is dumb as Sheila Jackson Lee.
For others, $40 means dinner out with a child who’s home for Christmas, a new pair of shoes, a tank of gas, a charitable donation. These are the things at stake for millions of Americans. They matter to people. A lot.
And keep in mind that those are just the individual stories. That doesn’t account for the overall impact that a failure to extend the payroll tax cut and a failure to extend unemployment insurance would have on the economy as a whole. We’ve seen the economy do better over the last couple of months, but there’s still a lot of sources of uncertainty out there — what’s going on in Europe, what’s going on around the world. And so this is insurance to make sure that our recovery continues.
EC: I think it’s Bush’s fault.
So it’s time for the House to listen to the voices who are up here, the voices all across the country, and reconsider. What’s happening right now is exactly why people just get so frustrated with Washington. This is it; this is exactly why people get so frustrated with Washington. This isn’t a typical Democratic-versus-Republican issue. This is an issue where an overwhelming number of people in both parties agree. How can we not get that done? I mean, has this place become so dysfunctional that even when people agree to things we can’t do it? (Applause.) It doesn’t make any sense.
So, enough is enough. The people standing with me today can’t afford any more games. They can’t afford to lose $1,000 because of some ridiculous Washington standoff. The House needs to pass a short-term version of this compromise, and then we should negotiate an agreement as quickly as possible to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance for the rest of 2012. It’s the right thing to do for the economy, and it’s, most importantly, the right thing to do for American families all across the country.
EC: I guess the people standing on the stage can afford to lose $840.00. That’s the difference between the democrat & republican plan.
This is not just my view. Just a few hours ago, this is exactly what the Republican Leader of the Senate said we should do. Democrats agree with the Republican Leader of the Senate. We should go ahead and get this done. This should not be hard. We all agree it should happen. I believe it’s going to happen sooner or later. Why not make it sooner, rather than later? Let’s give the American people — the people who sent us here — the kind of leadership they deserve.
Thank you, everybody. (Applause.)
There’s nothing worse than a Doctor’s Receptionist who insists on full diclosier of your ailment in a room full of other patients.
A 75-year-old man walked into his doctors office. He entered the crowded waiting room and approached the reception desk.
The Receptionist said, “Yes sir, what are you seeing the Doctor for today?”
“There’s something wrong with my penis”, he replied.
“Why not, you asked me what was wrong and I told you,” he said.
The Receptionist replied; “Now you’ve caused some embarrassment in this room full of people.”
“You should have said something like, there is problem with my ear or something and discussed the condition further with the Doctor in private.”
The man replied, “You shouldn’t ask people questions in a roomful of strangers if the answer could embarrass anyone.”
The man walked out, waited several minutes, and then re-entered.
The Receptionist smiled smugly and asked, “Yes?”
“There’s something wrong with my ear,” he stated.
The Receptionist nodded approvingly and smiled, knowing he had taken her advice.
“And what is wrong with your ear, Sir?”
“I can’t pee out of it,” he replied.
The waiting room erupted in laughter.
I’ve long advocated that illegal immigrants steal jobs away from American citizens.
Enforcement of federal immigration laws and the deportation of the millions of illegals would open up over 1 million jobs for Americans which would be a huge boost to the countries sagging economy.
Those that support illegal immigration claim that they fill a niche in the work place by taking jobs that Americans won’t take because of the nature of the work.
When Alabama first enacted their tough anti-illegal immigration laws, opponents to the laws were quick to point out that a number of businesses and farmers felt an immediate negative impact as thousands of illegals left their jobs and the state. They said that the illegal workforce had become a vital necessity in the business world.
But the latest figures to come out of Alabama are demonstrating the negative impact of illegal immigration.
In September, Alabama’s unemployment rate was at 9.8%. In October, the unemployment rate fell to 9.3% and in November, it plummeted below the national average to 8.7%. That’s a 1.1% drop in the state’s unemployment rate in just two months, and it’s not over yet.
When researched, it was discovered that employers were hiring American citizens to fill many of the jobs vacated by illegals. Plain and simple, no sugar coating, as the number of illegals decreases the number of US citizens getting jobs increases.
One example is Marshall County, Alabama that has a population of 95,000. In November, they saw their county unemployment figures drop from 8.1% to 7.4% as over 600 county residents found jobs that were once taken by illegals.
This should be a wake-up call to every person in America, especially those without jobs. It is estimated that there are between 12-15 million illegal immigrants in the US taking at least 1 million jobs away from American citizens.
Using Alabama as the example, imagine what it would do to the American economy if the illegals were all sent back to their own countries.
Perhaps a million more Americans would find a job, provide for their families, pay taxes (the illegals don’t pay taxes). It would be a huge boost to the economy that could well lead to a recovery.
But instead of acting on the positive results of tough immigration laws and helping out working class America, the Obama administration is fighting harder than ever to repeal state immigration laws. They have established a number of programs to support illegal immigration and its negative impact on our economy.
Rather than run with the proven positive, Obama continues to push for the negative. If he really cared about America and creating jobs and spurring the economy, he would take Alabama’s example and impose it nationwide.
I truly believe the real reason Obama continues to push those programs that are proven to have a negative impact is because it’s all part of his plan to create a total financial meltdown in this country.
A financial collapse is sure to create massive social unrest and Obama would have no recourse but to declare martial law. Once he does that, he establishes himself as dictator and disbands Congress and elections.
This is why it is so important to stop him as soon as possible.
A married couple had been out Christmas shopping at the mall for most of the afternoon.
Suddenly, the wife realized that her husband had disappeared.
Husband: “Darling do you remember that jewelry shop where you saw that diamond necklace? You totally fell in love with it. I didn’t have the
money at that time and said, Baby, it’ll be yours one day?”
Wife, with a smile blushing: “Yes, I remember that my Love.”
Husband: “Well, I’m in the bar next to that shop.”
RINO Republican Senators, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Dean Heller of Nevada, Richard Lugar of Indiana, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine called on the House to stop being principled & agree with democrats on the payroll tax holiday extension.
“The House Republicans plan to scuttle the deal to help middle-class families is irresponsible and wrong”, Senator Brown said in a statement. “The refusal to compromise now threatens to increase taxes on hard-working Americans and stop unemployment benefits for those out of work.”
There’s that magic word; Compromise.
Mr. Brown; You and your ilk have been the virus infecting the Republican Party for as long as I can remember. Squishy, scared little pansies, more concerned with their own power than doing the right thing.
Digression: Why is it that conservatives always have to compromise & that compromise always entails agreeing with the left? Have you ever heard a cry for lefties to compromise & move right on any issue? I didn’t think so.
Back to it.
Pete Isberg, president of the NPRC (National Payroll Reporting Consortium) wrote Monday to the key leaders of the relevant committees of the House and Senate, telling them that insufficient lead time to implement the complicated change mandated by the legislation means the two-month payroll tax holiday could create substantial problems, confusion and costs affecting a significant percentage of U.S. employers and employees.”
Translation: American businesses cannot do what the Senate has mandated. That’s not surprising though. Very few in the Senate have ever been involved in any real business. That’s not their problem. Politicians don’t need to worry about such mundane things. They say, we do. It’s that simple. Whether it’s possible to do, is our problem.
Isberg continued, “Many payroll systems are not likely to be able to make such a substantial programming change before January or even February. The systems affected tend to be highly complex, normally requiring at least ninety days for a change of this magnitude for software testing alone; not to mention analysis, design, coding and implementation.”
Details, details. Doesn’t this guy get that it is not at all about the continuation of the tax holiday, but entirely about the photo op.
Illinois representative Joe Walsh (no, not that Joe Walsh) said business groups have been adamant that a two-month extension would result in a crippling burden of form filling and red tape.
Walsh said, “Businesses tell us that what the Senate just passed over the weekend is beyond silly, it is just not workable, they can’t process the paperwork necessary to put a two-month extension of a payroll tax cut into play.”
And then, chiming in, we hear the sage of the House & wizard of smart, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee.
Lee said Tuesday that President Obama “absolutely” should use his executive power to continue the unemployment benefits and payroll tax cut extension and said she hoped to discuss the option with the White House.
“I consider leaving Americans without unemployment insurance for January and February a crime. I consider not extending the payroll tax cut … a crime”, Jackson Lee added. To be this dumb & be a member of the U.S. House of Representatives; now that’s a crime!
In her defense, Sheila has only been in Congress since 1995 so we can’t expect her to know how the government works or that the President lacks that power. A Dictator or King does, but the Presidency, in its current form, does not. King Barack. Has a certain ring to it.
If they really wanted to solve this, it would be very easy for Senate leader Reid to dispatch a few Senators to represent the whole, back to Washington & iron out a temporary agreement to continue the status quo until they reconvene. It has even been suggested by the House Leaders. He has rejected that because the talking point is much more important to Reid than doing the right thing.
See, the thing is, Conservatives or Republicans (rarely the same thing) can’t win the publicity war. So, my advice is just do the right thing, because it is the right thing, knowing you’ll be damned if you do or don’t. Then send out real Conservatives to speak directly to the people. Go on every show, do every interview. Keep pounding your position. Call out the liars from both parties, publicly. Pull no punches.
Attribution: Jake Tapper (ABC), RedState, Newsmax, The Hill
As offensive as this commercial is, it’s still pretty funny. Just imagine the RNC producing a commercial like this about Pelosi or Reid. The outcry would be deafening.
And lo, in the year 2011, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in the United States, and said:
“Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me.”
He gave Noah the blueprints, saying, “You have 6 months to build the ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights.”
Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard, but there was no ark.
“Noah! I’m about to start the rain! Where is the ark?”
“Forgive me, Lord,” begged Noah, “but things have changed.”
“I needed a building permit.”
“I’ve been arguing with the inspector about the need for a sprinkler system.”
“Then the Department of Transportation demanded a bond be posted for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the ark’s move to the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it.”
“Getting the wood was another problem. There’s a ban on cutting local trees in order to save the spotted owl.”
“I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls, but no go!”
“When I started gathering the animals, an animal rights group sued me. They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodations were too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.”
“Then the EPA ruled that I couldn’t build the ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood.”
“I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I’m supposed to hire for my building crew.”
“Immigration and Naturalization are checking the green-card status of most of the people who want to work.”
“The trades unions say I can’t use my sons. They insist I have to hire only Union workers with ark-building experience.
“To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I’m trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species.”
“So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark.”
“No,” said the Lord. “The government beat me to it.”