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Middle Class Would Pay Less Under McCain Tax Plan….know before you vote.

Middle Class Would Pay Less Under McCain Tax Plan – from Guinevere Nell, The Foundry (The Heritage Foundation)

http://blog.heritage.org/2008/11/03/middle-class-would-pay-less-under-mccain-plan/

Posted November 3rd, 2008 at 3.52pm in Ongoing Priorities.

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A closer look at the Obama and McCain tax plans for the reveals that it is not just the “rich” taxpayers earning more than $200,000 that would face higher rates under Obama than under McCain’s tax proposal.

The reason for this is simple: McCain expands the exemptions families can take under both the regular and alternative minimum tax schedules. Obama offers nothing new to this group. Our analysis shows that for an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $50,000 or more, a household would face a higher rate under Obama’s tax plan than under McCain’s. That is hardly a “rich” household. Adjusted Gross Income is the pre-exemptions and deductions income reported on tax forms, and many middle class households would have AGI of at least $50,000.

Obama claims that most households would get a break under his tax plan, while none but the rich would get a break under McCain’s plan. Somehow the lower tax burden created by McCain’s expansion of exemptions doesn’t count in Obama’s world.

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This Election Will Be Closer Than You Think….So Get Out And VOTE!

I’ll Say It Again, This Election Will Be Closer Than They Think

http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/11/03/frj_1103/

It is painless and safe to make public predictions months away from Election Day. But on November 3rd, there’s nothing safe about it.

Yet if there’s any value in handicapping political outcomes beyond the lure of self-promotion—and I think there is—why are so many analysts hiding now?

I include myself in this gang of suddenly-quiet pundits. In both private conversations and on-air, I’ve wiggled out of many pleas for prophecy. I’ve learned to respect polls as a snapshot in time of a given population and to look beyond them as insufficient barometers of what the sum of voters will do behind the curtain. We mostly hide, or become uncharacteristically nuanced, on November 3rd because we simply don’t know what will happen, and the chances of people remembering our ignorance is just too high.

But today I’ll throw caution (and self-defense) to the wind in the name of the greater good and towards a more honest post-election analysis of where we are as a nation and what matters to us. Once again, if I am reading this correctly, I will repeat what I said on October 16th — the 2008 election will be closer than many polls are saying it will be on the eve of the election.

Today The Huffington Post prominently and proudly displays two of the newest and last polls of the election season, drawing samples from Saturday and Sunday polling results: CBS News gives Senator Obama a thirteen point lead among likely voters and USA / Gallup puts Senator Obama up by eleven points in the same group. Three days ago The New York Times also gave Senator Obama an eleven point lead nationally.

These polls understandably tempt journalists to suggest the race has been “clinched” by Senator Obama (as John King did recently did on CNN). — I hope such predictions won’t affect anyone’s interest in voting.

Here are my reasons for believing the race will be closer than these polls indicate:

1) According to varied professional sources with whom I have spoken, there exists a proportionally high number of potential voters who are refusing to be polled or express their opinion publicly. In a historic, high-octane race like 2008, I believe there are more reasons for a McCain supporter to stay silent than for an Obama supporter. It is understandable to imagine McCain supporters fearing labels such as “racist,” “homophobe,” “single-issue-voter,” “warmonger,” or “against change,” even if the voter is none of these.

2) Similarly, pollsters have reported higher than usual numbers of undecided voters or voters still capable of changing their minds. People know Senator McCain. Do they know Senator Obama well enough to break for him this late in the game?

3) Most importantly, in 2004, pollsters were caught by surprise by the amount of voters who left the polls saying “social issues” were most influential in determining their vote. In 2008, the media has been mostly silent on these causes, focusing instead on the economy and Iraq. This focus ignores an important reality. The “Value Voters” block of mostly Evangelicals and a good percentage of conservative Catholics and others, may indeed be wrapped up in these urgent headlines, but there is no convincing data to suggest they have inverted their voting priorities, turning away from abortion, traditional marriage, limited government, etc. If Senator Kerry’s policy proposals were enough to get this voting block to the booth, Senator Obama’s policies should bring them out in droves.

So there you have my November 3rd take.

And if I’m right and the vote is close in 2008, when the Democratic Party has every political reason to wipe out the Republicans, it will mean our country rejects major elements of Senator Obama’s plan to revolutionize important American values, beginning with the right to life. Then the Democratic Party may see the benefit of freeing itself from the stranglehold of the culture of death, forced upon it by extreme, and extremely powerful, interest groups. What a relief it would be for “Values Voters” to have a viable alternative to the very imperfect Republican Party.

And what is your November 3rd prediction?

God bless,

Father Jonathan

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Ohio Coal Association Says Obama Remarks Make It Clear: Obama Ticket Not Supportive of Coal

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/Ohio-Coal-Association-Says-Obama/story.aspx?guid=%7BDFD1EBEB-73EC-4661-B8BA-40D8EBD7D93D%7D

Last update: 10:42 a.m. EST Nov. 3, 2008
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov 03, 2008 /PRNewswire–USNewswire via COMTEX/ — Mike Carey, president of the Ohio Coal Association (OCA), today issued the following statement in response to just-released remarks from Senator Barack Obama about the nation’s coal industry.
“Regardless of the timing or method of the release of these remarks, the message from the Democratic candidate for President could not be clearer: the Obama-Biden ticket spells disaster for America’s coal industry and the tens of thousands of Americans who work in it.
“These undisputed, audio-taped remarks, which include comments from Senator Obama like ‘I haven’t been some coal booster’ and ‘if they want to build [coal plants], they can, but it will bankrupt them’ are extraordinarily misguided.
“It’s evident that this campaign has been pandering in states like Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana and Pennsylvania to attempt to generate votes from coal supporters, while keeping his true agenda hidden from the state’s voters.
“Senator Obama has revealed himself to be nothing more than a short- sighted, inexperienced politician willing to say anything to get a vote. But today, the nation’s coal industry and those who support it have a better understanding of his true mission, to ‘bankrupt’ our industry, put tens of thousands out of work and cause unprecedented increases in electricity prices.
“In addition to providing an affordable, reliable source of low-cost electricity, domestic coal holds the key to our nation’s long-term energy security – a goal that cannot be overlooked during this time of international instability and economic uncertainty.
“Few policy areas are more important to our economic future than energy issues. As voters head to the polls tomorrow, it is essential they remember that access to reliable, affordable, domestic energy supplies is essential to economic growth and stability.”
The Ohio Coal Association (OCA) is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of Ohio’s underground and surface coal mining producers. The OCA represents nearly 40 coal producing companies and more than 50 Associate Members, which include suppliers and consultants to the mining industry, coal sales agents and brokers and allied industries. The Ohio Coal Association is committed to advancing the development and utilization of Ohio coal as an abundant, economic and environmentally sound energy source.
SOURCE Ohio Coal Association

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From Thomas Sowell…”Ego and Mouth” (Obama Presidency = All the ingredients for a historic meltdown.)

From Thomas Sowell, magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University (1958), who went on to receive his master’s in economics from Columbia University (1959) and a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago (1968).

Read more from Thomas Sowell at http://townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell?bio=t

After the big gamble on subprime mortgages that led to the current financial crisis, is there going to be an even bigger gamble, by putting the fate of a nation in the hands of a man whose only qualifications are ego and mouth?

Barack Obama has the kind of cocksure confidence that can only be achieved by not achieving anything else.

Anyone who has actually had to take responsibility for consequences by running any kind of enterprise– whether economic or academic, or even just managing a sports team– is likely at some point to be chastened by either the setbacks brought on by his own mistakes or by seeing his successes followed by negative consequences that he never anticipated.

The kind of self-righteous self-confidence that has become Obama’s trademark is usually found in sophomores in Ivy League colleges– very bright and articulate students, utterly untempered by experience in real world.

The signs of Barack Obama’s self-centered immaturity are painfully obvious, though ignored by true believers who have poured their hopes into him, and by the media who just want the symbolism and the ideology that Obama represents.

The triumphal tour of world capitals and photo-op meetings with world leaders by someone who, after all, was still merely a candidate, is just one sign of this self-centered immaturity.

“This is our time!” he proclaimed. And “I will change the world.” But ultimately this election is not about him, but about the fate of this nation, at a time of both domestic and international peril, with a major financial crisis still unresolved and a nuclear Iran looming on the horizon.

For someone who has actually accomplished nothing to blithely talk about taking away what has been earned by those who have accomplished something, and give it to whomever he chooses in the name of “spreading the wealth,” is the kind of casual arrogance that has led to many economic catastrophes in many countries.

The equally casual ease with which Barack Obama has talked about appointing judges on the basis of their empathies with various segments of the population makes a mockery of the very concept of law.

After this man has wrecked the economy and destroyed constitutional law with his judicial appointments, what can he do for an encore? He can cripple the military and gamble America’s future on his ability to sit down with enemy nations and talk them out of causing trouble.

Senator Obama’s running mate, Senator Joe Biden, has for years shown the same easy-way-out mindset. Senator Biden has for decades opposed strengthening our military forces. In 1991, Biden urged relying on sanctions to get Saddam Hussein’s troops out of Kuwait, instead of military force, despite the demonstrated futility of sanctions as a means of undoing an invasion.

People who think Governor Sarah Palin didn’t handle some “gotcha” questions well in a couple of interviews show no interest in how she compares to the Democrats’ Vice Presidential candidate, Senator Biden.

Joe Biden is much more of the kind of politician the mainstream media like. Not only is he a liberal’s liberal, he answers questions far more glibly than Governor Palin– grossly inaccurately in many cases, but glibly.

Moreover, this is a long-standing pattern with Biden. When he was running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination back in 1987, someone in the audience asked him what law school he attended and how well he did.

Flashing his special phony smile, Biden said, “I think I have a much higher IQ than you do.” He added, “I went to law school on a full academic scholarship” and “ended up in the top half” of the class.

But Biden did not have a full academic scholarship. Newsweek reported: “He went on a half scholarship based on need. He didn’t finish in the ‘top half’ of his class. He was 76th out of 85.”

Add to Obama and Biden House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and you have all the ingredients for a historic meltdown. Let us not forget that the Roman Empire did decline and fall, blighting the lives of millions for centuries.

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Obama campaign rep STUMPED on legislative accomplishments

Obama not ready for Presidency.  Watch the You Tube post as Sen. Kirk Watson tries to support Obama.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGeu_4Ekx-o&feature=related

Chris Matthews grills Sen. Kirk Watson on Obama’s accomplishments.  Watson comes up empty.  He says Obama offers the ability for America to be a leader in the world again.  What?  “Offers the ability”?  Just because Obama can deliver a speech does not mean he is ready to lead this country.  You can’t lead unless you’ve been tested.  Based on what I know of Obama’s experience, he hasn’t lead or done much to have been tested.  He did however, spend many years sitting in a pew inside Reverend Wright’s hate filled church.  He did spend time with Bill Ayers, kicking off his political career in the guys living room.  He did have many dinners at the home of pro Palestinian supporter Rashid Khalidi.  He had Khalid Al-Mansour, a Black Muslim and Black Nationalist who was a “mentor” to the founders of the Black Panther party at the time the party was founded in the early 1960s, pay for his Harvard education.  He did and does have a relationship with the vote fraud enterprise otherwise known as ACORN. He did lie about campaign finance, breaking his promise to accept federal funds for the general election and observe the federal spending limit of $84 million.  And most importantly, Obama lied about running for the Presidency.  When Obama was elected US Senator in 2004, he pledged to the voters of Illinois that he would not run for President in 2008.  This is what Obama said on the subject in 2004:

“Look, I can unequivocally say I will not be running for national office in four years.”

Obama gave a similar response to a question from a reporter that he dismissed as “silly”: “Guys, I’m a state senator. I was elected yesterday. I have never set foot in the U.S. Senate. I’ve never worked in Washington. And the notion that somehow I’m immediately going to start running for higher office, it just doesn’t make sense.”  

I’d like to know what changed Obama’s mind.  I’d like to know what the people of Illinois think about Obama, a guy that has basically only run a Presidential campaign while being Senator of their state.  Has Obama really served them?  No.  He used the position as a stepping stone to get to the Presidency, his goal all along.

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Read this on FOXNews.com…”For the second time in a week, a prominent Democrat has downgraded Barack Obama’s definition of the middle class.”

FOXNews.com – Friday, 2008-31-305Richardson Pegs Middle Class as Those Making Under $120,000

How Low Can It Go? 


For the second time in a week, a prominent Democrat has downgraded Barack Obama’s definition of the middle class — leading Republicans to question whether he’ll stick to his promise not to raise taxes on anyone making under $250,000.

 

The latest hiccup in the campaign message came Friday morning on KOA-AM, when New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson pegged the middle class as those making $120,000 and under.

Click here to listen to Richardson talk about Obama’s tax plan.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G88ebXY2uaI

“What Obama wants to do is he is basically looking at $120,000 and under among those that are in the middle class, and there is a tax cut for those,” Richardson said in the interview, according to a clip posted on YouTube.

There’s no indication that Obama has changed his tax policy, which states that anyone making under $200,000 would get a tax cut under his administration, and nobody making under $250,000 would be hit with a tax increase. Richardson actually recited that part of Obama’s plan correctly earlier in his radio interview.

But Sarah Palin accused Obama of shifting the threshold Friday afternoon at a rally in York, Pa.

“So now we’re down to less than half of the original income level,” she said, citing Richardson’s interview. “We can’t let this happen.”

And the Republican National Committee quickly blasted out an e-mail saying, “At this rate, it won’t take long until Obama is again raising taxes on Americans making as little as $42,000 a year.”

“When Barack Obama comes to your door this Halloween, there will be no treats — just taxes,” the e-mail said. 

Joe Biden caused headaches for the campaign Monday when he told a Scranton, Pa., TV station that Obama’s tax break “should go to middle class people — people making under $150,000 a year.”

John McCain said the tax threshold was “creeping down,” while the Obama campaign accused him of lying about Obama’s tax policies.

Please.  Obama’s campaign is whining that John McCain is lying about Obama’s tax policies?  How can he be lying when the Democrats themselves can’t keep it straight and change the BO’s tax policies every time they speak.  Let’s see, Obama’s definition of rich is now at…..$250K….$200K….$150K….no, it is now $120K!!!    So, if you make $120K, your taxes are going up.  Expect it folks.  Don’t be fooled.  And don’t be surprised when it happens. 

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Barack Obama and “The Butcher of Kenya” Video

From…..

The Political Pyro
Light For All Who Quietly Stand In The DarkGoing Viral: Barack Obama and “The Butcher of Kenya”

On October 5th, a chilling video exposing the real Barack Obama and his allegiance to Raila Odinga was posted on this site in hopes that it would go viral — just weeks before the election.

In the last three weeks, the video has gone from 1000 viewers to over 300,000 and was ’scrubed’ from YouTube. We got it Back thanks to MaggiesNotebook.

As the McCain campaign focuses its attention on William Ayers in its latest offensive against Obama’s radical past, I believe McCain would better serve the American people if he introduced the world to “The Butcher of Kenya”.

Watch this video and judge for yourself…. Then post it on your blog and help continue to spread the word

http://thepoliticalpyro.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/going-viral-barack-obama-and-the-butcher-of-kenya/

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