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Breaking Down The Policy of Taxing

In 2012 Presidential Election, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Republican Party, U.S Congress on December 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm

During the 2012 political campaign we got to hear a lot about the tax policy and how unfair the United States taxing system is supposed to be. We also heard the slogan “Tax the rich more” several times. All this talk about the inequality of taxes levied on the citizens in this country made me dig a little deeper into the tax system to find out what was really going on. Who needs to be taxed, what tax breaks should be eliminated, who is not paying and why is our focus not on changing the tax policy?

How is it that tax rates have gone up and down over the years but it has never been enough to fix the budget or the economy. That leads us to draw the conclusion that somewhere the money is not coming in. Someone is not paying the fair share.


A study done by Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez examines the progressiveness of the U.S Federal Tax System. The research which was published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives found that the most dramatic changes in the federal tax system almost always has taken place within the top 1 percent of income earners, with relatively small changes occurring below the top percentile. The research also suggests that any debates within the Congress on the topic of tax and tax policy also affects the top 1%. Topics like permanent reduction in tax rates for capital gains and dividends and repealing of the estate tax all concern the top income level of the society. In essence, the tax issues of the marginal voter never gets discussed making the policy of taxing in the United States extremely unfair. An opinion post on Bloomberg online carries the headline, Forget the Fiscal Cliff, Fix the U.S Tax System. The post talks about all the things wrong with the U.S Tax System and provides some ideas as to how we could fix those issues. Authors of the post, Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers argue that, “The real danger, is not that we’ll fall off the cliff. It’s that Congress will solve the problem badly, missing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to design a better tax system.” The study done by Piketty and Saez only proves their [Steven and Wolfers] point. Read the rest of this entry »

Another page added to history, one more step towards change; DADT is repealed!

In 2012 Presidential Election, Democratic Party, Presidential Debates, Republican Party, Tea Party, U.S Congress on September 23, 2011 at 5:13 pm

At 12:00 am on September 20th 2011, one of the most discriminatory policies existing in the United States military ceased to exist. The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy is now officially history. For the past decade and more the idea of letting LGBT As per the December 21, 1993 Department of Defense Directive 1332.14, it was legal policy (10 U.S.C. § 654) that homosexuality is incompatible with military service. Any person engaged in homosexual acts or stated that they are homosexual or bisexual were to be discharged.  The Uniform Code of Military Justice, passed by Congress in 1950 and signed by President Harry S Truman, established the policies and procedures for discharging service members.

The one thing I love about America is how as a country we have learnt so much from our past and made changes. Slavery, civil war, civil rights, assassinations, integration, wars and finally 9/11. Every event has had a devastating impact on the American society and we always learnt something valuable from it. That learning is what made and makes the United States such a strong country and by strong I don’t just mean hard power. I am talking about social and structural power. The mistakes we made us stronger and a better country. So why is the whole sexual preference concept so alien to the American community? As a culture America is perhaps the most open and progressive culture in the western world. Popular cultural trend is mostly set by America and American institutions/people. The question mark is still on the sexual preference being such a taboo. In a free country like this, how can the people discriminate against someone who has a different sexual preference? How can you discriminate against Americans who have sacrificed their lives and are on the battlefield fighting your security or maybe even your pride?

Herman Cain is one person on the GOP hopeful roster who you’d think would be against any kind of discrimination. Considering he is a “representative” of the African-American community he would know not to discriminate a fellow human being on any basis. Cain has supported the military’s ban on homosexuals and says he would have never repealed it as president. As for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA – a proposed bill that would prohibit “discrimination” against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity), the conservative commentator explains that he “would veto that relative to special rights to homosexuals.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Future of The American Jobs Act

In 2012 Presidential Election, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Republican Party, U.S Congress on September 19, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Warren Buffet has gone on record saying that his secretary pays higher taxes than he does. President Obama just released his jobs plan which he has been promoting an awful lot these days. He also has said that he is ready to work out the tax code with both Republicans and Democrats. The American jobs act was released to the public sometime ago. Let’s weigh in on the key points of the plan:

  • Cuts payroll taxes: The President’s plan will cut in half the taxes paid by businesses on their first $5 million in payroll, targeting the benefit to the 98 percent of firms that have payroll below this threshold. Perhaps, Perhaps! The only point that both Republicans and Democrats might agree when this bill comes to a vote. Republicans LOVE tax cuts and this is a perfect opportunity building up to 2012 making the point that the GOP isn’t opposed to tax cuts for the middle class. Democrats have been pushing for payroll tax cuts for a long time now. It has been extended temporarily for a while but President Obama. Experts say that this might create 8-10 millions jobs in this painful economy.
  • Tax cuts for veterans:  A “Returning Heroes” hiring tax credit for veterans; This provides tax credits from $5,600 to $9,600 to encourage the hiring of unemployed veterans. Veteran unemployment is at 12% and this tax breaks would go a long way in helping veterans seeking a life after the military.
  • Tax credit for employers, employing: A $4,000 tax credit to employers for hiring long-term unemployed workers. Prohibiting employers from discriminating against unemployed workers when hiring. Expanding job opportunities for low-income youth and adults through a fund for successful approaches for subsidized employment, innovative training programs and summer/year-round jobs for youth.
  • Modernizing public schools: The President is proposing a $25 billion investment in school infrastructure that will modernize at least 35,000 public schools – investments that will create jobs, while improving classrooms and upgrading our schools to meet 21st century needs. Read the rest of this entry »

Republican Health Care Plan: Don’t get sick! If you do, die quickly [VIDEO]

In 2012 Presidential Election, Barack Obama, Elections, Health Care, Republican Party, Ron Paul, Tea Party on September 13, 2011 at 1:08 am

I was watching the Republican debate tonight on CNN and there was an odd moment. While Ron Paul was explaining his stand on health care he was posed with a hypothetical question. The question to him was, “Let’s say there’s a guy who’s doing well and earns a decent income. He doesn’t want to pay $200-$300 a month for insurance because he thinks he’s never going to get sick. Then something bad happens and he needs treatment for 6 months at a stretch. He goes into a coma for instance. What do you say to him then? What happens to him?” Ron Paul has a very idealistic answer. He says the person should have had a heath insurance or a medical plan. He was then reminded by Wolf Blitzer, the event’s moderator that he doesn’t have it or didn’t deem necessary. Basically Ron Paul didn’t have an answer to it. So he came up with something like, he should have had it. Does he think that the state was going to pay for his medical bills or the church should take care of him. At this point Blitzer asked him whether the state should just let him die. Although Paul didn’t say it the audience did. There were cheers like, ‘YEAH!’ and ‘Let him die’. It was a terrible moment and probably the most sickening thing I’ve heard from an audience in a Republican debate so far. There are people who want to wait and watch a fellow American/human being die. Rep Alan Grayson (D-Florida) rightfully said, “It’s sadistic.” Paul interjected to offer an explanation for how it was, more-or-less, the root choice of a free society. He added that communities and non-government institutions can fill the void that the public sector is currently playing. He said that while he was working in the medical line the “churches never turned anyone away.” He added, “We have given up on this whole concept that we might take care of ourselves, assume responsibility for ourselves, that’s the reason the cost is so high.” Read the rest of this entry »

Rick Perry on the issues [VIDEO]

In 2012 Presidential Election, Elections, Republican Party, Tea Party, Texas, U.S States on September 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I just wanted to post this video. I think this says it all about the capability of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s handling of crucial issues. I bet he is as fickle minded when he was governing Texas and hence the Texas mess we see today..

First one bits the dust, Tim Pawlenty drops out [VIDEO]

In 2012 Presidential Election, Republican Party on August 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm

It was made formal by T-Paw on ABC’s ‘This Week’.

I’m announcing this morning on your show, that I’m going to be ending my campaign for president. But I’m very, very grateful for the people of Iowa, the people of this country, who I had a chance to make my case to, my supporters and staff and friends who have been loyal and helpful. I really appreciate all of them. I wish it would have been different.

Pawlenty finished third in the Iowa straw poll on Saturday. “I’m from a small state and I don’t have a big national financial network, a political network, so measure of us was can you get some lift out of Ames if you will to get to the next round and that didn’t happen unfortunately. I wish it would have,” Pawlenty told ABC’s Jake Tapper.

Pawlenty’s success chart started looking bleak the day candidates like Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul joined in. He was hoping to be the other option to Mitt Romney which at the time sounded plausible as Romney was and will always be anything but the Republican blue-eyed boy. His polling numbers and his media presence plunged and it didn’t help when his campaign started taking on Bachmann and her migraines. In fact he lost a lot of Evangelic conservative support after taking on his fellow Minnesotan. To his credit he did try to show Mitt Romney down by playing the Romneycare card. He fell flat on his face when he was asked to respond to his comments in the first Fox debate. Tim Pawlenty was caught on the wrong foot and could barely slide away from the question while Romney stood across the isle with a smile on his face. His other comments to stir up his base failed even when he criticized Obama or the Democrats. His very casual and dispassionate approach and an absolute lack of media handling skills made him an unfit candidate, specially when he was up against media/spotlight hogging Bachmann, Perry (now), Romney and Palin (maybe). Read the rest of this entry »

Another one on the bus; Presenting Rick Perry!

In 2012 Presidential Election, Elections, Texas, U.S States on August 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm

THIS is the moment I was waiting for. Since the run up to the 2012 presidential race began I was hoping for this man to come on board and make covering politics even more fun. I can foresee that the final two contenders for the Republican nomination will be Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Expect a huge battle between these two players as each will try to outdo the other in a grand way. Rick Perry (R), Governor of Texas formally made the announcement on Saturday. Perry’s spokesman Mark Miner said the governor would make his intentions known on Saturday while visiting the crucial early primary states of South Carolina and New Hampshire. This was a very strategic move as the Rick Perry news kind of overshadowed the Iowa straw poll, which was on the same day. Perry announced his candidacy the day that eight candidates, including Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, were to appeared on stage during a nationally televised debate.

Perry who recently concluded the controversial stadium prayer event will jump onto the bandwagon polling second only to front-runner Mitt Romney. The funny thing about Rick Perry is that he is majorly unpopular in his state of Texas. A Public Policy Poll (PPP) shows that Perry carries a favorability of 42 (for) – 50 (against) at home. The country elected George W. Bush Jr who was also the governor of the same state and here comes this guy who is unfavorable in his own state and is hoping to pray his way out of economic turmoil. Texas at the moment is in a financial muck and it’s governor is busy with a Christians only stadium prayer events to solve the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Do you REALLY know your 2012 presidential candidates well?

In 2012 Presidential Election, Democratic Party, Republican Party, Tea Party on July 27, 2011 at 6:22 am

2012  Presidential elections will be a very interesting one specially for us bloggers, political journalists, political pundits and enthusiasts. A lot of things have happened since the 2010 house/senate elections. Decisions have been made, major bills have been passed and now some governors are being put on recall.

In this post we’ll be looking at these presidential hopefuls and what they bring to the table very critically. If you want a sweet report on your favorite candidate you can always go to their website or look at their campaign video. You’ll find enough nice lofty idealistic ideas and anti-Obama statements from them. Here we will be digging deep into the dark side of each of these guys. I can guarantee you that there would be AT LEAST one person who don’t know on this list. And if you do then Congratulations! You’re THE informed one.

First up…

Michele Bachmann (R)

Queen of the Tea Partiers and polling second to Mitt Romney as the possible Republican candidate, Bachmann is a three-time Congresswoman from Minnesota and the current chair of the Congressional Tea Party caucus. If you didn’t know here’s something interesting. Bachmann started off her life as a Democrat. In fact she met her husband at former President Jimmy Carter’s campaign. Later in life she turned Republican. Michele Banchmann’s 2012 campaign video ends with, “I-WILL-NOT-VOTE-TO-RAISE-THE-DEBT-CEILING”. Her second campaign video begins with, “I-WILL-NOT-VOTE-TO-RAISE-THE-DEBT-CEILING.” Notice how she doesn’t say I will not until or unless XYZ. The stand is simple. Let’s just go into default. Who cares right? Ms Bachmann recently made the news because of the controversial ‘Marriage Vow’ pledge. The vow condemns divorce, polygamy, homosexuality, Shari-law and PORNOGRAPHY? She’s condemning porn? I mean what…why…ugh…???!!!???? Reproduction is praised as “beneficial to the U.S. demographic, economic, strategic and actuarial health and security.” 

“Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President,” the Marriage Vow said.

After the vow was criticized for implying that African-Americans were better off under slavery than they are today, the Family Leader removed the statement from the preamble. The group said the statement was being “misconstrued.” Bachmann immediately stepped up and said the she only signed onto the preamble and not this. Oh well. We all know her fascination with slavery don’t we.

Anyhow that’s not just one of the things she has said so far. Oh! And during an interview with Glen Beck she was explaining her crazy view on the census. She made Glen Beck shake his head in disapproval. That should account for something right? I mean Glen Beck eager to get her off the screen. Watch it here.

Here are some more Bachmad quotes:

“I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann, April 2009. Actually Ms Bachmann the 1976 Swine Flu outbreak that happened when Gerald Ford, a Republican was president.

“Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2009

“That’s why people need to continue to go to the town halls, continue to melt the phone lines of their liberal members of Congress, and let them know, under no certain circumstances will I give the government control over my body and my health care decisions.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).

A pro-lifer who completely missed the irony of using the same slogan as the pro-choice movement in arguing against health care reform.

And the list could go on and on and on. Michele Bachmann is known to say some very crazy things on national television. She also instead of taking it back double’s down on it. Remember, “slavery was ended by our forefathers?”

Herman Cain (R)                                          

Aah! Herman Cain. The former CEO of a mafia themed pizza chain. In 2000, Mr Cain briefly ran for the Republican presidential nomination but lost to George.W.Bush. He called it, “More about making political statements than winning the nomination”. He added about GWB that, ” He was the chosen one, he had the campaign DNA that followers look for.” However, Cain went on to state, “I believe that I had a better message and I believe that I was the better messenger.”

In 2004, Cain ran for Senate but got only 26.2% votes and lost to Johnny Iskasen who managed to bag 53.2%.

Mr Cain’s view about Social Security:

“In order to fix Social Security, we must restructure it so that we continue to provide for our Nation’s seniors that are approaching retirement age, but allow for younger taxpayers to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in private accounts.”

But Mr Cain. Social Security is already in surplus of $2.6 trillion. It’s far from bankrupt so it really doesn’t need extreme reform that urgently.

Herman Cain also is known for having anti-Muslim views. When asked whether he’d be comfortable with a Muslim in his Cabinet, Cain said, well, no, not really. He elaborated, but it was too late. The die had been cast. Recently, he got into more trouble for saying that communities had the right to lash out against mosques.

Newt Gingrich (R)

Does he really an introduction? Sometime ago this guy was all over the news. Making comments, taking back comments, releasing statements, retreating statements, creating controversy and trying to cover it up. Just the usual Gingrich stuff. Gingrich is uncertain about some major political and social issues. Why do I say that? Because he is THE master of flip-flops. Former speaker of the house during the Clinton presidency Gingrich was blamed for the then government shutdown. Mr Gingrich recently was forced to change his opinion on the Paul Ryan kill Medicare plan after he called it, “right-wing social engineering” on NBC’s Meet the Press. He then blamed it on the liberal media and said he was misquoted. No misquote sir. You said those exact words. See here. He also changed his position on the Libya war saying that, “This is a moment to get rid of him. Do it. Get it over with.” As soon as the no fly zone was imposed he changed his position to,“No No! This is all wrong” on the Today Show that very evening.

Most recently, Mr Gingrich’s senior campaign staff just upped and left one day. It happened because of this. Gingrich vanished from the campaigning scene and was spotted between Greece and Turkey on a HOLIDAY!!!!! What a time huh..

When this news broke his senior campaign staff quit and not just in one state but in all the important primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The New York Times reporting on this found that several of his advisers pleaded with Mr.Gingrich not to go on the trip. “But Mrs. Gingrich wanted to go. We have a spouse who controls the schedule,” said an aide, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the internal workings of the campaign. As of today Mr Gingrich’s campaign is in a state of limbo. Many say that his presidential run is pretty much over. His poll numbers have plummeted and his visibility on national tv is diminishing.

Jon Greenspon (R)

47-year-old ex-Marine who is a self-professed Jeffersonian/Regan Republican. Greenspon believe that’s Barack Obama was a bad choice for the president of the United States. Yeah! Of course he thinks that way. In a interview with the European Union Times he said, “In America, we take free speech for granted. We have Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Howard Stern as proof of that.” He also added, “I think that it is entirely within reason to say that “free speech” can be given realistic limits, such as restricting profanity during family television time.”  And he thinks GLEN BECK and RUSH LIMBAUGH are the champions of ‘free speech’ and restricting profanity? Woah!!!  Wonder how this guy hasn’t made national t.v yet.

When asked his views about the debt/economic crisis in the country Mr. Greenspon says, “I think one of the first things the United States needs to do, from a local standpoint, is put itself on a firmer financial footing. This includes halting some of our reckless spending, and balancing our budget. Part of this “Balancing Act” needs to include paying off debt that has spiraled outward to other countries.” Huh!! Anything new? Let me check. Uh uh uh. NOPE! Same old same old. So why is he different? Why -o-Why should we not vote for let’s say….Ron Paul? Mr Greenspon explains that ‘blame game’ on everything wrong with the U.S now, on previous administration doesn’t yield any result. Very impressive sir. So, you’re saying that you’ll not blame Obama when/if you take office and feel the pressure? So essentially you’re saying…Oh so what if the Bush Tax Cuts caused the majority of this problem! Carry on and forget about them. Let them be. Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be…whisper words of wisdom….

Pardon me. Back to the topic.

Jon Huntsman (R)

Oh-Oh-Oh! Before I begin to talk about him you must watch this video. This video is courtesy my favorite anchor/broadcaster and also my mentor Rachel Maddow. Thank You Rachel for a wonderful insight into this candidate.

So Jon Huntsman! Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has had quite a show before he finally declared his candidacy for the presidential race. Even on the day he declared his presidential bid things started going south very quickly. Here’s a list of things that didn’t go as planned. YES! There’s a list 😀

  • His campaign announcement was supposed to be with a backdrop of the statue of Liberty in the background. Original? Absolutely not. This is a rip off of the Regan speech which also had the statue of liberty in the background. 
  • Unfortunately just before Mr. Huntsman could come to the stage and give his speech a passenger boat docked right behind him. That probably ruined the Regan speech feeling huh. Since they couldn’t ask the boat to move they just went with it. You can see the boat in the 1st picture on the top right.
  • Apparently the crowd was so to say ‘very thin’. The reporters outnumbered his supporters if there were any.
  • After his 30 minute speech Huntsman left for his next campaign event in New Hampshire. A flight was organized for the media. The press boarded the flight and found that it wasn’t going to New Hampshire instead it was going to…wait for it. SAUDI ARABIA!!!
  • 12 minutes before the announcement the generator died. Everything was shut off. They got it back just in time for the event to commence.
  • The best part is this. The campaign organizer for Jon Huntsman printed their own candidate’s name wrong. The press pass given to the media spelt his name as John Huntsman with a H. Common! How good are things going when your own campaign staff print YOUR name wrong?

Fred Karger (R/I)

Fred Karger goes by the campaign slogan of ‘Fred Who’? Using his anonymity to his advantage this 61 years old Republican is the first openly gay aspirant. Karger is an active member of the LGBT community. In 2006 Karger founded Save the Boom!!!, a grassroots campaign to save the oldest gay bar in the Western United States, the landmark Boom Boom Room and Coast Inn in Laguna Beach, California. Karger supports ending the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

Karger is vehemently against republican candidate for president Mitt Romney and openly accused him of voter fraud. Karger describes himself as an “old opposition research campaign consultant.” Karger filed a complaint Monday with the State of Massachusetts, asking that Romney be investigated for registering to vote from an address that he did not live at.

All in all Fred Karger’s dream of being elected is a pretty long shot from where he stands right now.

Mitt Romney (R)

MITT ROMNEY! The man who has the Republican party up in arms against him, the man who is topping all polling charts, the man who implemented somewhat of a similar health care plan in Massachusetts as Obama did on the federal level?

Mitt Romney looks the man who might just take the Republican nomination to run against president Obama in 2012. He took a lot of heat from the Republican party because of his health care issue which now is fondly referred to as ‘Romneycare’. Mitt Romney now distances himself from ‘Romneycare’ as it is a very liberal heath care policy and also because it is similar to president Obama’s health care plan which came under heavy fire from the right. If you’re a Republican candidate the last thing you want is something that puts you on president Obama’s side. Apparently the stars of this GOP class are those, who blame Obama for everything. You’re the class president, if somehow, you can manage to blame Obama for the steak which you were trying to cook but ended up with a burnt one.

Mitt Romney’s problems don’t end on ‘Romneycare’. Massachusetts law defines a residence as “where a person dwells and which is the center of his domestic, social, and civil life.” Mitt Romney has been accused several times of not living in the state but citing Massachusetts as his home state. He doesn’t own a property in Massachusetts but his registered address in state is his son’s basement. Romneys live in a California house that they purchased in 2008 and spend summers at a New Hampshire home they purchased in May 2009.

Unfortunately for Mr Romney his job creation record which he plans to run on is not the very best. Even his Republican counterparts who were governors had a better job record than him. Romney’s jobs record was nearly flat, based on a comparison of annual employment totals for the year before he took office and the final year of his term, the method recommended by the Center for Labor Market Studies. For Romney, whose term began in 2003, those years would be 2002 and 2006. Federal data show that during that time Massachusetts added a scant 13,800 jobs—a 0.4 percent increase. And that’s not all. Romney opposed the bailout of GM, Ford and Chrysler. In an op-ed Wednesday in The New York Times, Mr. Romney argued that the Big Three should not get the bailout they are seeking, writing that “Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.” He also argued that “If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.” Well it seems like things didn’t quite go as Romney has thought it would. GM, Ford and Chrysler not only did did not perish, Chrysler repaid their loan 6 years in advance. Both companies have shown signs of a comeback. GM has posted two straight profitable quarters and is expected to conduct an initial public offering later this year that would help the U.S. reduce its 61 percent stake in the company. Chrysler, placed under control of Italian automaker Fiat, has narrowed its losses and is considering a public stock offering sometime in 2011. So Romney should be ashamed right? He did say it out loud that the federal government should let the American car manufacturing industry die instead of helping them. But NOPE!. Romney continues to defend his opinion that the automakers should have gone through bankruptcy. In fact, he takes credit for giving the Obama administration the idea. “I think the Obama administration finally did what I told them they had to do” to save General Motors and Chrysler in 2009, Romney told the Detroit Free Press“The auto companies that were in distress needed to go through bankruptcy.” Romney conveniently leaves out the details of how they were to get funding to successfully emerge from bankruptcy as they have done. WOW! What nerves.

When Mitt Romney attacks Obama for being a failure  to create more jobs he forgets that during his term his state ranked 49th in job creation.

Gary Johnson (R)

The former Libertarian governor of New Mexico does not attend church, is pro-choice, anti-big government, pro-immigration and an outspoken critic on the war on drugs. He favors legalizing of marijuana. POT? He wants to legalize POT? OH YEAH!! Now we’re talking. Wohoo!! 😀

In an interview with the Atlantic, Johnson explained his views on marijuana legalization, before he spoke to a small group of students at American University, one of many colleges he visited in the past year. “Well, it turns out that half of what we spend on law enforcement, the courts and the prisons, is drug related, and to what end? Now this is where I came from it initially, and I have smoked marijuana in my life also, so I’ve never really thought it criminal — I’ve never really thought it warranted jail sentences.”Is he a liberal, is he conservative? No! He’s Libertarian.

Although Ron Paul proved it in 2007 – 2008 and showed the libertarians could raise significant money online , but for the Johnson  the road doesn’t seem all that smooth specially when you don’t know which side he is on.

“I would say that his chances for the Republican nomination would be remote,” said former RNC chairman and current GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli. “That being said, I think it’s great to get as many candidates in the race who have many viewpoints on things …

“If Gov. Johnson is going to be running as a social and economic libertarian, I say more power to him. I don’t know how much mileage he’s going to get on the social libertarian message, as opposed to the economic libertarian message.”

Gov. Johnson was one of those Republicans who were ‘outraged’ by the ‘Marriage Vow’ signed and endorsed enthusiastically by Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum. On the Johnson campaign’s “Truth For Change” blog, Johnson calls the pledge “offensive and unrepublican.” He also went on to say, “Government should not be involved in the bedrooms of consenting adults. I have always been a strong advocate of liberty and freedom from unnecessary government intervention into our lives.”

Although he is a long shot candidate but for these nominations it’s not always about winning. Ron Paul for instance made a huge impact on the political scene in 2007-08 and brought forward the libertarian ideology.

Andy Martin (R)

Martin is a self-professed People’s Attorney General. If the name doesn’t strike an immediate chord you might also know him as ‘The Birther King’. That’s right ladies and gentlemen. He was one of those cartoon characters who stormed our t.v sets for nearly a month with questions about Obama’s birth certificate. He however got overshadowed by the Donald ‘Duck’ Trump. Martin solely credits himself for starting this dubious ‘birther movement’ and feels that the White House release of Obama’s long form birth certificate was a ‘triumphant victory’ for the birthers. Sometimes while watching television I couldn’t make up my mind. Who is more insane. This guy, Trump or Charlie Sheen? Anyhow for all of them it was WINNING!

There is nothing more about this man. He has no policy ideas, he doesn’t have an opinion on the debt, he has nothing to say about health care, gay rights, abortion and all the issues that the Republicans hold dear to their heart. He launched his campaign just to challenge Obama based on his birth certificate. OK! Good luck Mr Martin.

For his part, Martin doesn’t plan to drop his own campaign to challenge Obama for president. “I’m running as the guy who now forced Obama” to release his birth certificate, Martin says triumphantly. Then he adds without elaboration: “Our god is stronger than Obama’s god, whatever his god is.”

I don’t know why I’m wasting my time and space on this guy. Ge’ez! Moving on

Thaddeus McCotter (R)

Hey guess what Mr McCotter and I have something in common. FINALLY! A candidate that I share a common ground with. 🙂

Thaddeus McCotter is a five times Rep from the 11th district of Michigan. He however is not very well know at the national level politics. “A decision hasn’t been made, but it will be made soon…. I’m not going to put a timeline on it,” he told the Daily Caller.

McCotter is the proud owner of a star-spangled Telecaster that he plays as lead guitar for the Second Amendments, a bipartisan rock band of House members that performs for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. McCotter has also been known to quote rock lyrics while on the House floor. One of his key stumping points in the 2012 elections was the repealing of the health care reform. Mr McCotter wanted his fellow congressman to join him in giving tax breaks to pet owners. Yes! You heard it right. Pets. So you want to tax break for yourself? Go get a dog, cat, hamster or maybe something exotic like a rocky python. He called it the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act.In 2006, McCotter defeated Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., for chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. But in 2010, he provoked an internal GOP struggle by proposing to shut down the committee and use its $360,000 budget to reduce the deficit. Then-GOP Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., stopped the plan and Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., took over the committee.

Ge’ez! Seriously, instead of concentrating on the crazy debt, unemployment, economy, ending the wars and bring back our military from foreign soil these guys are thinking about more tax breaks for absolutely useless reasons.

Jimmy McMillan (R)

This is the Rent is Too Damn High guy. Yes! Mr McMillan the rent indeed is too damn high. I get the rent but how about the debt Mr McMillan? How about the spending on war, tax cuts for the very rich and the highest profit reeling oil corporations? Aren’t they all a very high price average Americans have to pay? I mean why just single out rent?

McMillan has run for office at least six times since 1993, including in the 2010 New York gubernatorial election on the “Rent Is 2 Damn High” line. He declared on December 23, 2010 that he would run in the 2012 U.S. presidential election as a Republican.

Some of his finest moments:

On the deficit: “It’s like a cancer. It will heal itself.”

On negative campaigning: “As a karate expert, I will not talk about anyone up here.”

On gay marriage: “The Rent Is 2 Damn High Party feels if you want to marry a shoe, I’ll marry you.”

On… Jesus, I have no clue what prompted this one: “We plan to bulldoze some of those mountains in Upstate to make New York an independent state. I want my own cable company; I want my own telephone company.”

On the rent: Too damn high.

Huffington Post reporting on McMillan.McMillan urged Obama to call him up on the phone and invite him to serve in the administration. That scenario aside, McMillan said he would register as a Republican to avoid a primary challenge from the president, a man that he called “a good-looking young guy” that he admired. “I’m coming after his black ass,” he said of Obama.

Tom Miller (R)

Sounds like it could a good band name eh? The Tom Miller band. Would make for a real nice southern rock band name. Anyhow! Mr Miller is a career flight attendant and he like EVERY OTHER Republican feels that the country is being destroyed chiefly by a series of failed fiscal and immigration policies. He is for small government and basically is planning to run on that. I wonder how Mr Miller feels about GOP latest threat to slash airport staff and unions of the staff working in the airports all across the country.

Mr. Miller’s father was a decorated World War II Marine veteran. When visiting his campaign website and clicking on the link for his resume, a waving American flag appears. When The Post & Email asked Mr. Miller if that was intentional, he said, “That is my resume’, natural-born Citizen, over the age of 35 years and have lived within the U.S.A. for at least 14 years (I have never resided off of our soil). For those who can understand the respect that I have for the Office that I am seeking and what the true requirements are to be President, I thought that by showing the flag as my resume’ would make a bold and patriotic statement of who I am and what I believe in.”

A person who has never seen the outside world wants to take control of the most powerful country in the globe? So how would a person like this politically direct countries that seek support or look to U.S for military or political support. And to think of it he’s actually proud of the fact that he never travelled or lived or experienced other cultures. Of course by his comments it’s clear  he indirectly is pointing at president Obama and all that birther chaos. He thought that showing the American flag as his ‘resume’ he would make a bold statement, I say he sure is making a statement. Statement is, I’m not sure about what I should say about the major issues. The American flag would bring me all the support I need. Mr Miller people of America are very passionate about the soil, the flag, the national anthem and the national bird but we sure as hell aren’t stupid.

Ron Paul (R)

Now here is a man who has makes quite a statement. In the first Republican debate hosted by Fox news a majority of people declared Herman Cain as the winner of the debate. I beg to differ. In my humble opinion it was Ron Paul who stole the prize. The best part of his argument was when he supported legalizing of heroin. You could literally feel the emotions in the audience through your television screen. You could almost hear the deep sigh’s in the crowd.

Paul is almost a Republican with a little exception where he brings forth his libertarian values. You could say that he is a social and an economic libertarian unlike Gary Johnson who is pretty much just a social libertarian. Paul’s campaign slogan for 2004 was “The Taxpayers’ Best Friend!”. He would completely eliminate the income tax by shrinking the size and scope of government to what he considers its ‘Constitutional limits’, noting that he has never voted to approve an unbalanced budget. He has observed that even scaling back spending to 2000 levels eliminates the need for the 42% of the budget accounted for by individual income tax receipts. So with income tax gone and very low corporate taxes and with the lowest tax on the wealthiest American where does Ron Paul think the revenue would come from? All cutting and no revenue makes U.S.A a poor country with no money. Paul says that Social Security is in “bad shape … The numbers aren’t there”. Umm mr Paul. A little correction here. Social Security is in surplus right about now. To be precise $2.6 trillion in surplus funds.

“We must stop spending trillions of dollars overseas on foreign wars,” Paul wrote. “There is no point in debating a foreign policy we cannot afford. It no longer matters what neoconservatives want. Our interventionist foreign policy is financed on credit, and our credit limit has been reached. Our economy would be infinitely better off if those trillions of dollars had never been removed from the private economy or added to our debt.” Ron Paul told the Digital Journal.

In the third Republican debate on June 5, 2007, Paul said about the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy:

“I think the current policy is a decent policy. And the problem that we have with dealing with this subject is we see people as groups, as they belong to certain groups and that they derive their rights as belonging to groups. We don’t get our rights because we’re gays or women or minorities. We get our rights from our Creator as individuals. So every individual should be treated the same way. So if there is homosexual behavior in the military that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. But if there’s heterosexual behavior that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. So it isn’t the issue of homosexuality. It’s the concept and the understanding of individual rights. If we understood that, we would not be dealing with this very important problem.”

On almost every poll Ron Paul is always at number 5-7 barely making it to double digits. The latest CNN poll but Ron Paul at 8% at 6th position.

If someone could really give president Obama some competition it could have been this guy. Mainly because he can draw the attention of the independents and get them to his side. To bad the GOP is not considering Ron Paul as a strong option. It would have been a good fight in 2012.

Tim Pawlenty (R)

The former Governor of Minnesota now is frequently being referred to as Mr 2%. A lot what Tim Pawlenty has said over the past few days has been dismissed by both parties and media. As per the latest CNN poll Mr Pawlenty is polling in single digit with 3% at number 9. Good news for him is that he’s doing better than McCotter, Huntsman and Johnson. His recent comments where he tried to sling mud at Michele Bachmann regarding her supposed migraines didn’t quite go down well for him. As a matter of fact any thing he is saying right now is not going in his favor. Mr Pawlenty very enthusiastically supported the recent Minnesota shutdown along with fellow candidate Michele Bachmann. Really Mr Pawlenty? You’re seriously happy when government workers in your state are not getting paid and when all government-run services are shut down? You’re happy putting people through misery?

Tim Pawlenty has been an outspoken critic of president Obama’s and Mitt Romney health care plan at the federal and state level. In various tv and print interviews he tried to show down Mitt Romney as much as possible. Everybody was psyched up for the first presidential debate hosted by Fox where both Romney and Pawlenty were present. As soon as the question popped Tim Pawlenty could not accuse his counterpart anymore. He very meekly side tracked the question and when the camera focused on Romney, you could see him with a cheeky grin on his face. And since then Pawlenty has lost out on both poll percentage’s and people’s and the media’s interest.

Pawlenty course of action in 2012 is to run as a fiscal conservative.  In almost all of the speeches he gave recently Mr Pawlenty likes to boast about his financial record. “I drew a line in the sand,” he says, pointing out that he vetoed every tax increase and demanded that state government officials “live within our means just like families, just like businesses, just like everybody else.” A close scrutiny of the former Governor reveals a whole new picture of Minnesota during his time in office. Pawlenty did veto almost all proposed tax increases, apart from one on cigarettes labeled a “health impact fee.” He curbed the rate of growth in state spending — though not growth overall. Most importantly, he left the state with a $5-billion projected deficit, one of the highest in the nation as a percentage of the state’s general fund, only slightly trailing California’s massive gap.

The L.A Times reported on this saying:Pawlenty blames the deficit on Democrats in the Legislature who he said ignored his requests for permanent budget trims and insisted on continued spending. But Pawlenty’s critics fault him for what one called “sleight-of-hand budgeting” and a failure to work with a Democratic-controlled Legislature before he left office in 2011.“Tim Pawlenty’s philosophy of fiscal management can be summarized as ‘kick the can down the road,’ “ said former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson, a Republican, referring to what he calls Pawlenty’s pattern of “engaging in heavy borrowings and shifting costs to local governments, including school districts, while not confronting the state’s serious challenges.”

Overall he started off pretty good polling very high and was expected to be the second best option after Mitt Romney. As of today some polling agencies are planning to remove him from their list because of his decreasing popularity.

Rick Santorum (R)

The man who cannot be Googled. Googling Santorum give all out kinds of weird results. Urban Dictionary describes Santorum as “The sometimes frothy, usually slimy, amalgam of lubricant, stray fecal matter, and ejaculate that leaks out of the receiving partner’s anus after a session of anal intercourse.” Oh dear Lord. No wonder nobody wants him.

The former U.S Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum is very low on every poll. And I mean very low. Santorum became involved with a series of sontroversy primarily regarding homosexuality. The Santorum controversy arose over Republican former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum’s statements about homosexuality and the right to privacy. In an interview with the Associated Press (AP) taped on April 7, 2003, and published April 20, 2003, Santorum stated that he believed consenting adults do not have a constitutional right to privacy with respect to sexual acts. Santorum described the ability to regulate consensual homosexual acts as comparable to the states’ ability to regulate other consensual and non-consensual sexual behavior, such as adultery, polygamy, child molestation,incest, sodomy, and bestiality, whose decriminalization he believed would threaten society and the family, as they are not monogamous and heterosexual.

You could very well say that Mr Santorum is the male Michele Bachmann. Rick Santorum has a long, colorful history of making bizarre, inflammatory and just plain ridiculous statements about all sorts of important issues which has led him into a series of conflict with women and the LGBT community. I will feature some of his best towards the end of his section. Santorum proudly co-signed the controversial ‘Marriage Vow’ with fellow presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann. On the issue of jobs he voted ‘No’ to repeal tax subsidies to companies that move U.S jobs offshore. he obviously along with the complete  During these terrible financial times Santorum voted to not increase minimum wage from $6.5 to $7.5. And NOW for the ‘Greatest Hits’ of Rick Santorum.

In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be….If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.”  April 2003

Marriage is an institution that’s a bridge too far for too many African-American women and is not desirable among African-American males….I think [Obama] has to realize that flying to New York is…self-indulgent. Go down to the corner bar and have a drink, a shot, and a beer.”  June 2nd, 2009

I think the Democrats are actually worried [Obama] may go to Indonesia and bow to more Muslims.” March 23rd 2010

“I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people’. Rick Santorum on President Obama’s race and pro-choice beliefs, 1/19/2011

And like Michele Bachmann the crazy stuff  just keeps on coming. If you want more info on this man I suggest you have a look at the website Santorum Exposed. They really do expose most of what the right wing media tries desperately to bury in the sand.

Invoke Section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment?

In 2012 Presidential Election, Barack Obama, Debt Ceiling, Democratic Party, Republican Party on July 20, 2011 at 9:39 am

There seems to be a possibility that ‘IF’ before August 2nd a deal is not reached the President might invoke section 4 of the fourteenth amendment of the United States constitution. In an interview, former President Bill Clinton stated that he would invoke section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment in the debt ceiling crisis. Clinton stated that he would invoke the so-called constitutional option to raise the nation’s debt ceiling “without hesitation, and force the courts to stop me” in order to prevent a default, should Congress and the President fail to achieve agreement before the August 2 deadline.

Let’s be very clear of the statistics of the debt ceiling here. The debt ceiling was first set in September 1917. At that time, Congress authorized the issuance of about $7.5 billion in U.S. bonds and another $4 billion in certificates of indebtedness, under the Second Liberty Bond Act. In modern America. The debt ceiling was raised on 17 occasions under President Ronald Regan, nearly tripling from $935.1 billion to $2.8 trillion, raised on four occasions during President George H.W Bush’s one term and raised on seven occasions during President George.W Bush. Congress raised the debt ceiling more as a matter of fact rather than a serious concern ever. Why? Because it’s something that has to be done. I mean it HAS to be done. Then President Bush’s budget director Mitch Daniels (now Gov.Ind) called raising the debt ceiling, “regular house cleaning“. It’s time to really clean the house. Since we love charts here’s something interesting.

The red line as we can see is the debt limit and the yellow line is the actual debt. Looking at this chart even a 5-year-old can tell you that the U.S always raised the debt ceiling and never defaulted on its payments. So why all of a sudden is there a barrier from this Republican held House not raise the debt limit? In these past few days it’s becoming increasingly evident that Republicans in the house simply do not want to raise the debt ceiling. Initially it was about getting the Democrats and president Obama to agree to billions of dollars of cuts in the big three (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security). But now they have come to believe that this whole debt ceiling thing is a complete fake and nothing is wrong with the U.S government defaulting a little bit. Well it never happened in the past right? So a little default wouldn’t hurt anybody. Right?  Congresswoman (Minnesota) and Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann in a press conference said that it is a “misnomer” which the Obama’s government and the Treasury secretary are spreading among the American people. She believes that paying off the interest on the debt will help keep the full faith of the United States stable in the world market. Let’s quickly review what might happen if the U.S defaults in its payments. Here’s why an average American should be concerned:

  • There would be a rise in interest rates, prompted by a decline in the number of bidders for new Treasury bonds.
  • That would raise the costs of home mortgages, student loans, credit cards and auto loans.
  • Default in social security payments and veteran’s benefits.
  • It also would increase the federal deficit by raising interest rates on the debt.

It would most certainly guarantee us going back in recession. Rep.Mo Brooks (R) (Alabama) told the Washington Post that, “on the contrary our rating should improve by not raising the debt ceiling.” Rep Eric Crawford (R) Arkansas reportedly told the same news agency that, “it is an arrogant attitude to take, to say that the U.S defaulting on the debt for the first time in history would be any sort of economic big deal.”  Here’s a very interesting one from Rep.Louie Gohmert (R) Texas. He claims he figured out WHY August 2nd is the deadline. Gohmert said, “[W]e find out the President has a big birthday bash scheduled for August the 3rd, celebrities flying in from all over. And lo and behold, August 2nd is the deadline for getting something done so he can have this massive, the biggest fundraising dinner in history for a birthday celebration.” SO! The President made up this fake deadline so that he can have a bigggg birthday party. Speaker John Boehner has already made it clear that this whole raising the debt ceiling is the “President’s problem.” He should deal with it.

You see, it’s not the GOP pushing for a sweet Republican/conservative deal anymore. It’s these people who simply believe, DEFAULT? That’s sounds like FUNNN!!! While bond rating agencies such as moody and S&P has already issued a warning to drop America’s AAA rating, it is still unknown if President Obama will take the constitutional approach to step in and save the country from defaulting.