By HARVEY GOLUB:
Over the years, I have paid a significant portion of my income to the various federal, state and local jurisdictions in which I have lived, and I deeply resent that President Obama has decided that I don’t need all the money I’ve not paid in taxes over the years, or that I should leave less for my children and grandchildren and give more to him to spend as he thinks fit. I also resent that Warren Buffett and others who have created massive wealth for themselves think I’m “coddled” because they believe they should pay more in taxes. I certainly don’t feel “coddled” because these various governments have not imposed a higher income tax. After all, I did earn it.
Now that I’m 72 years old, I can look forward to paying a significant portion of my accumulated wealth in estate taxes to the federal government and, depending on the state I live in at the time, to that state government as well. Of my current income this year, I expect to pay 80%-90% in federal income taxes, state income taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, and federal and state estate taxes. Isn’t that enough?
Others could pay higher taxes if they choose. They could voluntarily write a check or they could advocate that their gifts to foundations should be made with after-tax dollars and not be deductible. They could also pay higher taxes if they were not allowed to set up foundations to avoid capital gains and estate taxes.
What gets me most upset is two other things about this argument: the unfair way taxes are collected, and the violation of the implicit social contract between me and my government that my taxes will be spent—effectively and efficiently—on purposes that support the general needs of the country. Before you call me greedy, make sure you operate fairly on both fronts.
It was only three months ago that you could hardly open a newspaper without encountering columns full of growing predictions about the revolution sweeping the Middle East. Now the Arab Spring is swiftly becoming the embarrassing relative in the journalism family. The predictions as silly as crystal healing and alien visitations.
In Libya and Syria, the Arab Spring has become a slow grinding death match between the government and the opposition. And the Libyan rebel on the verge of taking Tripoli has become as much a myth as the Gay Girl in Damascus, who turned out to be just another American leftist cheerleader for the farce.
In Egypt, the revolution has been more like a realignment, with the army and Muslim Brotherhood sharing power. Tahrir Square is over. The Western backed leftists who were meant to benefit from the coup are hanging around foreign capitals giving speeches about the importance of a movement that has already made them irrelevant. El Baradei is a punchline in an Egyptian joke, and the only one who doesn’t get it is Thomas Friedman.
In Tunisia and Yemen, the Islamists have a clear path to power. And if Libya and Syria do fall, it won’t be to the enlightened forces of secular democracy, but to a populist Islamic state that will make the Taliban look like secular humanists.
Bahrain has been allowed to go on repressing the Shiites. Turkey’s suppression of Kurdish parties is one of those obscure things unmentioned by newspapers too busy running tourism ads urging Americans to travel to Istanbul.
The most repressive regimes in the region have emerged untouched
More importantly, the most repressive regimes in the region have emerged untouched.
Of course it is only a remarkable coincidence that the fallen or falling regimes were the least hostile to Israel but the regimes rabidly hostile to Israel are left unscathed, even seemingly immune, to the upheavals. Yup, just a crazy old coincidence. By the way, didn’t a whole retinue of western leftist radicals show up in solidarity with their muslim comrades in these very same ‘Arab Spring’ countries? You remember them because they ALL hate ‘apartheid’ Israel and love Castro, Chavez, Ahmadinejad and Assad. Just saying …
Posted by Walid Shoebat:
Muslims from Gaza launched multiple rocket strikes against Israeli population centers of Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beersheba, and smaller locations.
Such indiscriminate attacks against civilians are classified as war crimes during armed conflicts, much more so during hostilities short of war. No condemnations ensued from the UNSC, and the Israeli government continued supplying water and power to Gaza. Now imagine the outcry should we bomb Gaza’s residential districts.
The attacks were perpetrated by Hamas even though they were prompted by Israeli retaliation against the PRC, which actually violated Hamas’ orders to desist from breaking a de facto ceasefire with Israel. Hamas, to be sure, is the legitimate government of Gaza and so represents its people.
As usual, Israel swallowed the blows instead of bombing everything Hamas in Gaza out of existence.
Another Middle East thug regime falls to the jihadi Muslim Brotherhood [‘Out of the frying pan, into the fire’]
By Sterling Burnett:
Affordable energy is critical for a prosperous economy. Yet, despite the fact that the U.S. is still in the middle of a pronounced economic slump, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of proposing or finalizing a number of air-quality regulations that would limit energy choices and increase energy prices, thus seriously retarding the economic recovery.
Economists estimate that just four of these dozens of rules could alone cost the economy trillions of dollars annually. In addition, the rules will cost millions of jobs and raise energy prices, and all with little or no public-health benefit.
Hollywood actor Jon Voight visited Soroka Hospital in Beersheba Sunday in an effort to cheer up victims of the recent violence from Gaza – Thursday’s terror attacks as well as the still ongoing rocket attacks that followed.
Voight, the father of starlet Angelina Jolie, is a longtime friend of the state. He has previously conducted visits in honor of Israel 60th Independence Day as well as two other occasions.
The celebrity visited critically wounded patients and their families, and was shocked to learn that the hospital was also treating Palestinians.
Voight said the world should know Israeli hospitals were treating terror victims alongside Palestinian patients from Gaza and Hebron, despite the shortage of medical resources.
To suggest that modern science had a Christian beginning would seem to most folks as absurd. This is true for several reasons. First we are propagandized daily with the “fact” that science and religion have nothing in common, but mix like oil and water. Second, the educational system in America leaves many of its victims totally incapable of critical thinking, thanks to progressive education icon John Dewey. Third, the complete trashing of religion in general, and Christianity in particular, has become an enormous goal of the secular culture, with much success currently.
And yet, it was well-known that in the groundbreaking science fellowship—London’s Royal Society—sat an unusual number of Puritans and other deeply religious persons. Further, some of the greatest scientific minds of early modern science’s age were profound Believers. And now we have a source explaining some of this apparent contradiction. A recent book suggests modern science was a direct result of a Christian worldview. Further, and more remarkably—that early scientist’s desire to regain the Adamic knowledge from the Garden was their chief aim. This is the subject of this essay.
by Madeleine Morgenstern:
Militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip bombarded southern Israel with rockets and mortars Sunday, striking an empty school and a score of other targets, as diplomats scrambled to keep a new convulsion of Israeli-Palestinian violence from escalating.
Senior Israeli officials met late into the night to discuss how to proceed with retaliatory operations against Gaza militants, who they say triggered the latest round of hostilities Thursday with a roadside ambush along the Israeli-Egypt border that killed eight Israelis.
by The Right Scoop:
This is a great clip of Rove passionately taking it to Obama and Bill Burton, but he also dishes a little out to Bret Baier as well.
As this clips starts, Baier is asking Rove about rigidity in the Republican Party based on his 10-1 cuts vs taxes question in the last debate. Rove doesn’t hold back his thoughts and tells Baier that it was a lousy debate question and would have been better if he had asked it of the candidates individually.
Rove, countering Burton’s charge that Republicans are holding progress back, points his fiery finger directly at Obama to show that’s where the real rigidity is in our political system, citing Obama’s infamous 2009 “I won” comment to Eric Cantor. He continues to point out that Obama had the votes in 2010 to get a clean debt ceiling vote, but instead wanted Republicans to have ownership in the deficit and purposefully delayed the vote until the Republicans were in the House.
Revolutionaries, by the very nature of their task, face a peculiar challenge that creates inherent risk in their enterprise, and thus necessitates that they be ready to change tactics frequently.
It is easy to understand why. To achieve their goal of overthrowing the government or ruling system, they must have a public campaign to persuade the masses, yet everything they do publicly may also be used against them by the government which they oppose.
If they give up the public campaign and just wage a private battle, they are almost certainly doomed to failure by their own small numbers and the brute strength of entrenched power. Yet if they go public, they expose themselves to the risk of arrest or even death in the worst-case scenario, or the more subtle risk of public rejection should their revolution prove to be unpopular with the “downtrodden masses.”
Just such a choice confronted the Students for a Democratic Society back in 1968 when they were seeking to overthrow the U.S. government and the capitalist system. For a while it had seemed like the propaganda of the street would win the war. Americans grew= their hair longer. They wore their skirts shorter. They enjoyed the fruits of free love and readily available psychedelic drugs. Even Mrs. Robinson was ready to throw caution to the winds. The button-down generation had come unglued.
But then something strange happened. Nixon got elected. The Vietnam War continued. Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix died. Charlie Manson killed. Maybe the revolution wasn’t quite as ready for prime time as Bill Ayers and his fellow conspirators in SDS had hoped.
It was around this time when Ayers, fresh from being named “Education Secretary” for the new radical branch of SDS, went underground in the Weatherman organization, along with his girlfriend Diana Oughton, his future wife Bernardine Dohrn, and a small cadre of dedicated revolutionaries.