Archive for February 2nd, 2010

As reported previously on The Liberty Journal, several big supporters of the Teal Party Movement has already pulled out.

Fox new is reporting the following..

Over the past few weeks, several sponsors, speakers and volunteers have backed out of the convention, scheduled Feb. 4-6 at Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., after learning that the convention organizer, Tea Party Nation, is a for-profit company. Some activists and outsiders alike are questioning the motives of Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips.

Phillips originally said profits from the convention would fund a tax-exempt, “527” political organization that would air ads to promote conservative candidates.

But Phillips later told Politico that plans for the 527 group may not fly.

The event’s main sponsor, American Liberty Alliance, dropped its sponsorship after learning that those who purchased tickets paid for them through PayPal accounts linked to an e-mail address belonging to Phillips’ wife.

National Precinct Alliance has canceled precinct strategy workshops. Meanwhile, American Majority scrapped plans for two sessions at the convention and withdrew its sponsorship.

The national convention that began as a way to unify tea party activists from across the country is now threatening to divide them. Some of Tea Party Nation’s own volunteers and members have rejected the convention because they see profiteering and fear a Republican Party takeover.

Something just doesn’t smell right here. I think Scott Boston summed it up pretty well..

“It seems to me like it’s going to be a bunch of people who want to stand in front of our movement and lead it as parade leaders rather than being somebody who wants to walk with us in the parade,” said Scott Boston, member of Bowling Green Ohio Tea Party Patriots.

Sara Palin is still planning on being the keynote speaker at the event. At $349 to hear Palin and $549 for the full event, I don’t see the average Tea Party activist attending.  This kind of thing runs counter to the fiscal sensibility of Tea Party activists.

It’s a shame it had to come to this. The Tea Party movement deserves better.

This is not a Democrat-Republican issue. This is not about the fact that since KIrk is still voting, why couldn’t the Senate go ahead and ram healthcare legislation through Congress.  This act is about an unrepresentative Congress. Perhaps some Massachusetts voters could argue that Kirk’s vote still represents their views, but it doesn’t change the fact that this one vote affects how every American is represented in Congress.

Breitbart’s BigGovernment covers the issue very well here. It is spelled out that once Scott Brown (R-Ma) was elected, Kirk became a non-member of Congress. Regardless of the support or opposition to whatever legislation Kirk is voting on, members of both parties should have not allowed the vote.

Logic leads one to conclude that the Republicans have not opposed Mr. Kirk’s voting because it allows some of them to actually not have to vote yes on unpopular and insane legislation that they really support.

The Southern Avenger hit it on the head here.  These sentiments are shared by many of us liberty and freedom loving Americans. These deranged, slimy, multi-tentacled creatures will hopefully be purged from the GOP (or any political party for that matter), but I’m afraid that they will fight to retain power. I say they take the GOP down in flames, and try to dilute the Tea Party activists’ influence and support.

The Tea Parties will succeed nationally as a result of the Neo-Con’s hijacking of the GOP. That is, as long as we can keep them from hijacking the Tea Party Movement.

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I did not raise one tax, not one!

That’s what Obama will say. And technically he may be right. But he’s going to let a lot of tax cuts expire.

The targeted tax provisions were enacted under the Bush administration’s Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001. Among other things, the law lowered individual tax rates, slashed taxes on capital gains and dividends, and steadily scaled back the estate tax to zero in 2010.

If the provisions are allowed to expire on December 31, the top-tier personal income tax rate will rise to 39.6 percent from 35 percent. But lower-income families will pay more as well: the 25 percent tax bracket will revert back to 28 percent; the 28 percent bracket will increase to 31 percent; and the 33 percent bracket will increase to 36 percent. The special 10 percent bracket is eliminated.

Investors will pay more on their earnings next year as well, with the tax on dividends jumping to 39.6 percent from 15 percent and the capital-gains tax increasing to 20 percent from 15 percent. The estate tax is eliminated this year, but it will return in 2011 — though there has been talk about reinstating the death tax sooner.

Backdoor taxes to hit middle class

Aptly phrased I think

Middle-class families also will find fewer tax breaks available to them in 2010 if other popular tax provisions are allowed to expire. Among them:

Taxpayers who itemize will lose the option to deduct state sales-tax payments instead of state and local income taxes;

  • The $250 teacher tax credit for classroom supplies;
  • The tax deduction for up to $4,000 of college tuition and expenses;
  • Individuals who don’t itemize will no longer be able to increase their standard deduction by up to $1,000 for property taxes paid;
  • The first $2,400 of unemployment benefits are taxable, in 2009 that amount was tax-free.
  • Teachers should stop using their own money to supply the classrooms and tell little johnny and sally that it’s Obama’s Fault.

    Parents should make their college kids get a job and some burger joint to make up for the taxes they have to pay for their tuition, tell them it’s Obama’s Fault

    The Unemployed should know who’s fault it is they have to pay taxes on the benefits they receive, it’s Obama’s Fault.

    The parallel is striking though.

    These were tax cuts put in place by the Bush Administration during the last decade. those tax reductions helped led to some of the strongest growth this nation had (in spite of the speculative bubble that was created by relaxing investment rules). So we are now in an unprecedented economic downturn, and instead of taking the example from History of how tax cuts generate growth. The liberal leadership want to tax and spend us to prosperity. Well they have been trying this for 2 years now, hows that working out for us?

    I guess even some in the liberal press don’t buy Obama’s budget gimmicks. Jack Cafferty concludes that Obama must think Americans are morons to swallow this budget BS hook, line, and sinker.