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When the most recent battle over gun control was scuttled in the Senate, President Obama called it “shameful.”  And the old media went a bit berserk.  Our own local paper here in South Florida, the Sun-Sentinel, said it was disgraceful, disgusting and gutless.

Those opposed to the bill were painted as heartless villains who don’t care about the young children murdered in CT, even though the bill would not have changed what happened there if it had been in place at the time.  The truth played no part in this.  The bill was so overreaching that it was doomed from the first moment.  The proponents of the bill knew that.

But passing the bill was never the objective.

The current incarnation of “immigration reform” is following the same pattern.  The bill is completely outrageous.  It contains every dream come true for the progressive left and is anathema to conservatives.  It too is doomed to fail.

But passing this bill is not the objective.

So then, what is?  According to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) it’s all about the politics.

“President Obama does not want an immigration bill to pass.  I think that the president wants to campaign on immigration reform in 2014 and 2016. And I think the reason that the White House is insisting on a path to citizenship for those who are here illegally is because the White House knows that insisting on that is very likely to scuttle the bill.”

When the immigration bill fails, or is simply put away on a shelf somewhere in Harry Reid’s office, the same cry as we heard after the gun control bill failed will go out.

Shameful.  Disgraceful.  Disgusting.  Gutless.

Those heartless conservatives hate people who don’t look like them.

And the campaign for 2014 is set.  Conservatives – angry, old white guys, clinging to their guns and their religion, who have KKK hoods in the back of their closets – need to be defeated.  The truth won’t matter.  The Sun Sentinel, like most of the media will run wild with it.  It will all be done in an effort to sway the low information voters to give President Obama what he really wants –

Democrat control of the House again, with our old friend Nancy Pelosi back in the driver’s seat.

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From Politico:

“Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential  talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance  exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health  care overhaul, sources in both parties said.

The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential  for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law  to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out  for months, sources said.”

Well, why would they want to be exempted?  Obamacare is great!  These are the people who told us so.

Full Politico story here.

-Kathy

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While the rest of us were eating, drinking and making merry (or turning in early) the drama queens in Washington were burning the midnight oil.  They haven’t done their job all year, so we all had to endure the theatrics of the past several weeks with their climactic high drama last night.

And it’s still not over.  Although the old media is talking as though all this is done, the House has still not voted on the bill.  Stay tuned.

I don’t know all the details of it yet.  Lots of info is swirling around.  There’s more money for unemployment benefits in it.  And most of us won’t see our taxes rise.  Except that we will.  The payroll tax cut was allowed to expire, so all our take-home is going down.  It’s being reported that for every dollar in cuts in the bill, there are $41 in new taxes.

That’s what they call a balanced approach in Washington.

It doesn’t matter.  As expected, this bill is small and punitive, just like those who crafted it.  It won’t make much difference in our financial situation.  And in several weeks it will play out all over again when the same inept leaders are faced with what to do about our debt ceiling.

To be fair, the House (led by republicans) did get their work done.  They passed a bill last summer that would have avoided raising anyone’s taxes.  Sadly, the Senate (led by democrats) never took the bill up.  Senate Leader Harry Reid filed it with all the other bills and budgets passed by the House in some bottom drawer, never to be seen again.

But the republican leadership is so weak, not many people know this.  The old media certainly doesn’t report it and but for a handful of conservatives, the republicans are simply lousy at making their case.  Their leaders fear the dishonest media.

What has gone on in recent weeks, this circus side-show act called the fiscal cliff, is a tiny window into the bigger problem we face.  There are opposing forces competing for the very soul of America.

One side is true to our nation’s founding and core principles.  It believes in the smallest government possible, with liberty, equality and opportunity for all.

The other prefers an all-powerful government which dictates its own version of equality and redistributes wealth to achieve their vision.

This is the great question of our day.  Who do we want to be?  Were our Founders wrong?  Do the Greeks actually have it right?

Washington is currently being run by the latter group, the redistributionists.  They have the support of our dishonest media and so they are very powerful.  How else do you explain President Obama’s speech yesterday afternoon?  It was small, arrogant and confrontational.  An honest member of the press would ask, “Mr. President, you have been calling for civility and mutual respect for years.  Why then, sir, do you speak so arrogantly and disrespectfully about the opposition party?”

None of them asked.

An honest member of the press would ask the president, “Mr. President, you promised to cut our deficit, get spending under control and have talked endlessly about a balanced approach.  Why is it then that this newest legislation cuts only $1 for every $41 in new spending?  How is that balanced sir, and what effect will in have on the deficit?”

None of them asked.

I have great faith in average Americans.  I believe most of us have a great love for our country as it was founded and have no desire to go the route of the failed socialist states.  But when people are fed constant lies piled upon lies, when reality is so distorted and the truth is so hard to find, is it any wonder that they become confused about who it is who actually has their best interests in mind?

We are at a cliff.  It’s not the one that’s getting all the play in the news, though.  It’s a choice that will have profound consequences for us all, and for our children and generations beyond them.

As the progressives gain more and more ground, the stakes become higher and the point of no return gets closer.  Are you still sitting on the sidelines?  Are you still expecting someone else to come along and stop them?  Are you content to continue stealing from your children and grandchildren?  Will you continue to willingly hand over your liberties and theirs?  Do you still think “someone” is going to fix all this?

“If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to.”

And good luck getting it back once it’s gone.

What we have all just witnessed – the fiscal cliff drama – was designed by a handful of those Washington elites that President Reagan spoke of, to keep us occupied while they rob from us our wealth, our liberty and our heritage.  If you’re ok with that, continue to do nothing and don’t dare speak up.

They’re counting on you.

-Kathy

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Last Thursday Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner visited Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to deliver the president’s proposal to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”  That proposal asked for $1.6 trillion in tax increases but had only vague suggestions of future spending cuts.  Obama also asked Congress to cede control of the debt ceiling and give that power to him alone.

It has been reported that Sen. McConnell’s reaction was to LOL.

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Later that day Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said it was up to republicans to offer a counter-proposal.

So yesterday, Sen. McConnell called their bluff, went to the Senate floor and offered an immediate vote on Obama’s plan.  Sen. Reid was not amused.  He called McConnell’s offer “a stunt” and shut it down.

Now, the republicans have been accused of obstructionism and not wanting to entertain the ideas of the democrats to the point that it’s like fingernails on a blackboard to hear it over and over and over.  But when they suggest a vote on the president’s own plan, they are accused of pulling “a stunt.”

The truth is that Obama’s plan is so ridiculous that even democrats in the Senate would not be able to vote in favor of it.

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And Harry Reid doesn’t want that vote on the record.

-Kathy

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Early in George Bush’s presidency the republicans wanted to cut taxes.  Democrats were opposed.  Republicans held a slight lead in Congress at the time and so were able to get the tax cuts passed.  They became known as “The Bush Tax Cuts” or more often “tax cuts for the rich.”

This always puzzled me, as my taxes had been cut by the legislation as had everyone else’s.  I knew I wasn’t rich and neither were most of the other people whose taxes were cut.  But the name seemed to have a catchy ring to it for the media and the rest of the left and they stuck with it.

Because the republican majority at the time was so slim, the tax legislation was passed by a process which included an expiration date for those cuts.  That expiration date came due in the first term of Barack Obama’s presidency.  By now, the democrats had a very substantial majority in Congress and were running the show.

The democrats could easily have let those “tax cuts for the rich” expire at the end of 2010, but by this time our economy was spiraling down the toilet and President Obama warned it was not a good time to raise taxes on the middle class.  Everyone, including the rest of the democrats, agreed and they passed a two-year extension and kept the “tax cuts for the rich” in place.

And now that two years is up and here we are again.  Fiscal cliff!  Fiscal cliff!  Like chickens who have just lost their heads, Washington is abuzz with the fiscal cliff.

Such drama.

Fingers are being pointed, accusations are flying, and the truth has left town.  It’s one of those times I warn you about often, when our elected officials break out the shovels and keep throwing stuff at us, hoping we’ll do what too many often do – turn them off, tune them out and allow them to do what they please.

Instead, let’s all take a deep breath (or more if necessary) and see what we know to be true.

Ten years ago, republicans wanted to lower taxes permanently.  Democrats were opposed, so we got a temporary tax cut.  The cut applied to everyone.  But democrats were working on a class war and gave us the “tax cuts for the (evil) rich” label.  The mainstream media, being a functioning arm of the democrat party, spoon fed this to the people day after day, week after week, year after year.

I recall Senator and later President Obama going on TV and talking about the “tax cuts for the rich.”  I recall Nancy Pelosi doing the same.  And Harry Reid and Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Chuck Schumer and virtually every member of the democrat party and their supporters.  Yet I can’t recall a single time a member of the mainstream media said to one of them, “But everyone got a tax cut.”  You can’t either, can you?

Today our situation is this – a democrat president, a democrat controlled Senate and republican controlled House.  All spending initiates in the House, so democrats need to have the cooperation of those republicans in order to do what they want.  The two groups are opposed on what to do about the tax cuts.  Republicans want to keep them in place for everyone.  The democrats want to keep “the tax cuts for the rich” in place for the middle class only and raise taxes on the rich folks.

How do you find a solution?  Well, if you live in Washington you go on TV and you lie.

If you’re President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chuck Schumer or virtually any member of the democrat party or their supporters, you go on TV and speak about how good those tax cuts you once vilified are for the average American.  You say that you feel compassion for the plight of the middle class and that you intend to fight, fight, fight on their behalf.  You say that republicans don’t care about the average hard-working American, that they only care about rich people and that they don’t care if taxes go up for middle class folks.

And as a functioning arm of the democrat party, the mainstream media will not call them out on their deception.  They will not ask a democrat to explain how “tax cuts for the rich” benefit the middle class.  The media will perform their duty to the party and repeat the narrative that republicans are evil, just like the rich people.  They will tell you that the republicans have no plan and that they simply want to protect their wealthy friends.

It’s important to know how the game is played.  It’s important to figure out who is lying.  That’s not hard to do.  Often you only need to watch the evening news.  Whichever side the press is championing is usually the side telling the biggest whopper.  And you need to pay attention to what they say.  Is it the same as what they said last week, last year or even ten years ago?  Or did the elected official in question simply choose the lie which is working best this week?

Republicans have been set up to take the blame no matter how all of this plays out.  They have been out-maneuvered.   We have been told that the fiscal cliff may as well be the end of the world and going over it will be the fault of the right.  Yet, from what I see, the left isn’t too concerned about going over.  They know the media will blame republicans either way.

And if republicans fold and give the democrats what they want in an effort to avoid that fiscal cliff – all the better.  Then, when the democrat plan fails, as we know it will, the democrats will be able to say to republicans, “Well, you voted for it.”

-Kathy

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was born into a very poor family.  He has spent almost all his adult life in the public sector, his current annual salary being $193,400.  Even so, his net worth is somewhere around $10 million.

And yet he has the nerve to run around calling other people corrupt, most recently claiming an imaginary friend told him that Mitt Romney hasn’t paid his taxes in ten years.

The Obama campaign and their supporters in the media like to tell us that Republicans don’t care about average Americans, that since they gained the majority in the House in the 2010 election that they have stood in the way of job creation.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

House Republicans have passed dozens of bills that would help get people back to work.  Every single one of them have been delivered to Reid for consideration in the Senate.  Not one of them has gotten to the Senate floor.  They sit on Reid’s desk collecting dust.

It is Reid who is standing in the way of American prosperity.  He has to go.  And the only way to do that is to put a Republican majority in the Senate.  And please don’t take this as an endorsement for Mitch McConnell for Majority Leader, because it’s not.  McConnell lacks the spine required for the daunting task ahead of us.

We need new blood, new eyes and bold thinkers in Washington.  The same old crowd isn’t going to get the job done.  They’ve proven this to us.

But the first step is to rid ourselves of Harry Reid.  That first step is what we do tomorrow.  The good people of Nevada are free to keep him in office for as long as they like, but we must put him out of his powerful position as Majority Leader.  We do this by electing enough Republicans to the Senate to give the party the majority.

Again, choose wisely tomorrow.  All our futures depend on these choices.

-Kathy

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Word is out.  Harry Reid hasn’t paid his taxes.

See how easy that is?

There is going to be a lot of talk in the coming days about Mitt Romney’s just released tax return.  Here’s what you need to know:

The Romney’s are rich.  No surprise there.  They are generous.  They give millions of dollars to charities.  They have paid their taxes – lots and lots of taxes.

Most important to keep in mind is this – any discussion of tax returns fills airtime and prevents us from looking at what’s actually important – the disaster that is the Obama administration.

I don’t care how much money the Romney’s made.  I care about how much I’m making, my bank account, my home equity and my job security.

So as the obedient media does the bidding of the democrat party and ignores you and me and the things that matter to us, stay focused and don’t be discouraged.  We’re not as stupid as they think we are.

That’s our advantage.  And we get our chance in just a few weeks.

On November 6 we get to clean up this mess.

-Kathy

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The Romneys 2011 tax return was released this afternoon.  Harry Reid must have been surprised to learn that the Romney’s tax bill for last year was $1,935,708.  There’s such a big difference between paying nothing and paying $2 million.

According to Townhall, the Romney’s income was $13,696,951 and their effective tax rate was 14.1%.  They gave $4,020,772 to charity which works out to 30% of their income.  This seems like a good time to mention that VP Joe Biden’s usual charitable contributions are 0.2% of his income.  Since being elected VP, he’s upped his donations to 1.4%.  President Obama has also upped his donation since being elected.  His prior contributions were less than 1.5%.

The Romneys also released a summary of their tax returns going back 20 years.  During that 20 year period their average annual effective tax rate was 20.20%; the lowest rate for any year was 13.66%; they gave an average 13.45% to charity and their total average tax responsibility and charitable donations was 38.49% of total adjusted gross income.

It seems the Romneys have paid “their fair share” and then some.

Let’s take a little stroll down memory lane:

What a pathetic, little man Harry Reid is.

Something tells me he won’t be taking to the Senate floor any time soon to tell us he just made it all up.

-Kathy

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Senate Majority leader Harry Reid on the floor of the Senate 7/21/12:

On Wednesday, Reid gave an interview to the Huffington Post and talked about Romney’s taxes again.  He said that someone who had invested with Romney’s old company, Bain Capital, called him on the phone and told him that Romney had paid no taxes for ten years.  He refused to identify this person or how they came to know such intimate information about Romney.

On Thursday, Reid was back on the Senate floor and back to his story about Romney’s tax returns.

“Word’s out?”  Really Senator Reid?  Who put that word out?

You know, my original intent for this post was to begin with a wild headline involving a crazy story about Harry Reid and young boys.  I would go on tell how I had gotten a phone call from a former staffer who had knowledge of Reid’s indiscretions and that my informant told me of at least 10 instances that he knew of.

I would of course refuse to identify my source and I would end by saying that word’s out – let him prove he doesn’t molest little boys, because he does.

I decided it wasn’t a really good idea to have a headline like that on my blog.  I feared the Secret Service would be knocking on my door by mid morning.  After all, I’m not a United States Senator.  I can’t just run around making things up.  I’m accountable.

Now, did I get a phone call from one of Reid’s staffers?  Of course not.  I don’t know any of them.

Do I actually think Harry Reid molests little boys?  No, and he’s never given me any reason to.

Would my story have as much evidence and credibility as Reid’s?  Without a doubt.

Do I think Reid should have to defend himself against my claims and that the burden is on him to prove me wrong?  I don’t, but the senator seems to think that’s the way these things work.

I’ve been through this business of Romney’s tax returns here already.  (Mitt Romney Is Rich!)  I really didn’t plan to revisit the issue, but here we are.  I normally avoid these kinds of trash talk incidents, but this one is so egregious it cannot be ignored.  It’s gutter politics and it’s slimy and smelly.  And although I’m not a lawyer, I think it’s illegal.

Harry Reid is the Majority Leader of the United States Senate.  It’s time he started behaving like it.  If he has some evidence that Mitt Romney has committed a crime, let him bring his evidence to the IRS and then to the public.  If he has no such evidence he ought to apologize to Mitt Romney and to the rest of America, beg our forgiveness and then get back to the job he was elected to do and stop wasting the Senate’s time using that arena to campaign for the president’s reelection.

At a time when this country is in such dire need of leadership, he should hang his head in shame.

-Kathy

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