Saturday, January 5, 2013

Wash Post - Obama plans broad gun ban measures

Basically to Obama, gun owners and sex offenders are on the same level. Gun owners are being put on notice.
The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration’s discussions.

A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.

To sell such changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association that one source said could include rallying support from Wal-Mart and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses. White House aides have also been in regular contact with advisers to New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I), an outspoken gun-control advocate who could emerge as a powerful surrogate for the Obama administration’s agenda.

The Biden group, formed last month after the massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that killed 20 children and six adults, plans to submit a package of recommendations to President Obama this month. Once Obama’s proposals are set, he plans to lead a public-relations offensive to generate popular support.

“They are very clearly committed to looking at this issue comprehensively,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, who has been involved in the discussions. The proposals under consideration, he added, are “a deeper exploration than just the assault-weapons ban.”

The gun-control push is just one part of an ambitious political agenda that Obama has pledged to pursue after his decisive reelection victory in November, including comprehensive immigration reform, climate-change legislation and long-term deficit reduction. Obama also faces a reshuffling of his Cabinet, and a looming debate over the nation’s debt ceiling that will compete for his time and attention in the coming months.

In addition to potential legislative proposals, Biden’s group has expanded its focus to include measures that would not need congressional approval and could be quickly implemented by executive action, according to interest-group leaders who have discussed options with Biden and key Cabinet secretaries. Possibilities include changes to federal mental-health programs and modernization of gun-tracking efforts by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Publish names of food stamp, welfare, section 8 housing participants

The public has a right to know where our tax dollars are going at all times and its for the public good because it will keep people's hard earned dollars from falling to fraud.

Journal News gun map puts prison guards in danger.

Since we can make a map of anything with public records how about we make stuff up from issues that the left believe are sacred and out of bounds? Fair is fair.
Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco said his office has 1,600 cable locks. There are 16,998 permit holders in Rockland, a county of roughly 315,158 people, according to the U.S. census. Of those permits, 3,907 are current and the rest have had no activity for at least five years, according to the county’s database.

The safety-lock program would make as many as four available to each county household as long as supplies last. Individuals would need to provide proof of residence.

Public safety was also at the root of much of the outrage stemming from The Journal News report. Falco said some county correction officers have been approached by inmates who said “they know where they live.”

Wieder brought a check and a completed pistol-permit application to the news conference and presented it to County Clerk Paul Piperato.

“I have never owned a gun, but now I have no choice,” Wieder said. “I have been exposed as someone who does not have a gun, and I will do anything to protect my family.”

Obama to nominate Chuck Hagel to stick it to Israel and America.

There is nothing about Hagel that says he is good for secretary of Defense other than his disdain for Israel and views that to the left of mainstream American military thinking. This is the true Obama coming out in his second term is all I can think of at the moment on why he would push forward.

TPM - White House Plans To Overwhelm Gun Owners With Rapid Victory

The original title had NRA over it because the White House and the DEMS want to use the NRA as a focal point to ban guns from Americans. Its the old demonization of your enemies all over again.
The White House and gun control supporters are gearing up for a whirlwind month, with plans to pass reform legislation before outrage over the Sandy Hook massacre has a chance to fade.

While the fiscal cliff has dominated Washington’s attention in recent weeks, lawmakers and activists are laying the groundwork for their big push. Vice President Joe Biden, tasked with heading a commission to investigate gun violence, has been quietly meeting with experts, interest groups, and public officials and is expected to release a set of recommendations within weeks. Boston mayor Thomas Menino, co-chair of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told the Boston Herald this week that an optimistic Biden had assured him that Obama would sign legislation “by the end of January.”

“We had been led to believe their report would come by end of January, but we’re hearing they may want to have something out by January 15, even quicker than expected,” Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told TPM.

Friday, January 4, 2013

USATODAY - Obamacare may mean less hiring in 2013

Shocking that businesses will be looking to cut costs. Who saw this coming?
Many businesses plan to bring on more part-time workers next year, trim the hours of full-time employees or curtail hiring because of the new health care law, human resource firms say.

Their actions could further dampen job growth, which already is threatened by possible federal budget cutbacks resulting from the tax increases and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff.

"It will have a negative impact on job creation" in 2013, says Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics.

Under the Affordable Care Act, businesses that employ at least 50 full-time workers — or the equivalent, including part-time workers — must offer health insurance to staffers who work at least 30 hours a week. Employers that don't provide coverage must pay a $2,000-per-worker penalty, excluding the first 30 employees.

The so-called employer mandate to offer health coverage doesn't take effect until Jan. 1, 2014. But to determine whether employees work enough hours on average to receive benefits, employers must track their schedules for three to 12 months prior to 2014 — meaning many are restructuring payrolls now or will do so early next year.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Farm Bill - Cuts in food stamps avoided for 9 months

Terrific and by the end of the nine months it will be up to 50 million freeloaders getting welfare stamps.

NAACP Ben Jealous rips Senator Tim Scott as a cornball brother.

The whining about Scott is against civil rights is because Scott doesn't believe in the government is your mommy and daddy to wipe your ass and give you freebies like the NAACP wants all blacks to believe it should be now.

Chris Christie whining over Sandy relief bill means he doesn' give a shit

...about the fact the 60 billion dollar bill has only 20 billion of actually Sandy relief money and the rest is pork. But since the American people have made it clear they don't give a shit about the economic health of America. Fuck it. Vote the bill in and move on.

Duh - er tells GOP he’s done with one-on-one Obama talks

It only took him 4 years to figure out Obama is a lying scheming piece of...politician.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is signaling that at least one thing will change about his leadership during the 113th Congress: he’s telling Republicans he is done with private, one-on-one negotiations with President Obama.

During both 2011 and 2012, the Speaker spent weeks shuttling between the Capitol and the White House for meetings with the president in the hopes of striking a grand bargain on the deficit.

Those efforts ended in failure, leaving Boehner feeling burned by Obama and, at times, isolated within his conference.

In closed-door meetings since leaving the “fiscal cliff” talks two weeks ago, lawmakers and aides say the Speaker has indicated he is abandoning that approach for good and will return fully to the normal legislative process in 2013 — seeking to pass bills through the House that can then be adopted, amended or reconciled by the Senate.

"He is recommitting himself and the House to what we've done, which is working through regular order and letting the House work its will,” an aide to the Speaker told The Hill.

Jason Farago demands speech he hates gets banned from twitter.

Leftists love to dress up their own disdain for views they dislike as helping to make society more "civil" Jason Farago tries it again.
Here, we’re taught from an early age to be absolutist in our defense of free speech. But increasingly, the first amendment of the US constitution is looking a lot like the second amendment: an American exception so broad and so holy that it prevents us even from thinking about how to prevent harm.

The EU, Canada, Australia, and almost every other mature democracy recognize that words can be a weapon. But we don’t regulate weapons of any variety in this country, and our kneejerk response to even the slightest intimation of limits to speech is a Voltaire-style refusal even to consider them. A few years ago, the late Christopher Hitchens melodramatically shouted “Fire!” in none-too-crowded theater, to demonstrate that even those few exceptions Americans admit to freedom of expression can be done away with.

If only this were still the 18th century! We can’t delude ourselves any longer that free speech is the privilege of pure citizens in some perfect Enlightenment salon, where all sides of an argument are heard and the most noble view will naturally rise to the top. Speech now takes place in a digital mixing chamber, in which the most outrageous messages are instantly amplified, with sometimes violent effects…

Digital speech is new territory, and it calls for fresh thinking, not the mindless reapplication of centuries-out-of-date principles that equate a smartphone to a Gutenberg press.

AP- Despite 'Cliff' Deal's Cuts, Your Taxes Are Going Up

While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013.

That's because the legislation did nothing to prevent a temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. In 2012, that 2-percentage-point cut in the payroll tax was worth about $1,000 to a worker making $50,000 a year.

The Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan Washington research group, estimates that 77 percent of American households will face higher federal taxes in 2013 under the agreement negotiated between President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans. High-income families will feel the biggest tax increases, but many middle- and low-income families will pay higher taxes, too.
Annual income: $20,000 to $30,000

Average tax increase: $297

Annual income: $30,000 to $40,000

Average tax increase: $445

Annual income: $40,000 to $50,000

Average tax increase: $579

Annual income: $50,000 to $75,000

Average tax increase: $822

Annual income: $75,000 to $100,000

Average tax increase: $1,206

Annual income: $100,000 to $200,000

Average tax increase: $1,784

Annual income: $200,000 to $500,000

Average tax increase: $2,711

Annual income: $500,000 to $1 million

Average tax increase: $14,812

Annual income: More than $1 million

Average tax increase: $170,341

Obama's fiscal cliff deal adds $4 Trillion dollars to federal deficits.

This is all Obama's. How about he starts to own it?
In the controversy surrounding the "fiscal cliff" issue, it's easy to forget that the origin of the entire debate was a professed desire to reduce swollen federal deficits.

Whether the target was $4 trillion over 10 years, as proposed by the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction commission, or in the $2 trillion range, as tossed around by House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama, the idea was to rein in total debt that now tops $16 trillion.

By those standards, the bill passed by the U.S. Senate early on New Year's Day to avoid the cliff's automatic steep tax hikes and across-the-board spending cuts, looks paltry indeed.

The legislation, which as of Tuesday evening had yet to be passed by the House, would add nearly $4 trillion to federal deficits over a decade compared to the debt reduction envisioned in the extreme scenario of the cliff, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

This is largely because it extends low income tax rates for nearly every American except the relative handful above the $400,000 threshold.

and yes grammar police, I know the dollar sign before the four shouldn't be there but it looks better anyway.

Powerline take on fiscal cliff deal is naive.

Sorry but thinking the press will turn on Obama or the public who is too stupid or don't care as a whole how government works as long as they get their own share null and voids this opinion.
“It will soon become apparent that the fiscal cliff deal, including precisely the tax increases that Obama has been demanding for four years, makes hardly a dent in the deficit. At best, it will reduce the deficit by five or six percent. We will continue to run up deficits of close to $1 trillion a year, and the national debt will continue to grow, as Obama has always intended. This fact can’t be hidden; it will be reported. . . . All of this is another way of saying that, with the Democrats’ BS about raising taxes on the rich out of the way, we can have a rational debate about the country’s fiscal future. And that is a debate the GOP can win, as most voters continue to believe that it is better to cut spending than to raise taxes on them.”

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Fiscal Cliff Deal gives out tax breaks to Hollywood.

This is Hollywood paying their fair share.
The mix of tax perks covering the next year, but with budget implications for the next two years includes everything from incentives for employers to hire veterans to incentives for employers to invest in mine safety. But it also includes these:
•$430 million for Hollywood through “special expensing rules” to encourage TV and film production in the United States. Producers can expense up to $15 million of costs for their projects.
•$331 million for railroads by allowing short-line and regional operators to claim a tax credit up to 50 percent of the cost to maintain tracks that they own or lease.
•$222 million for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands through returned excise taxes collected by the federal government on rum produced in the islands and imported to the mainland.
•$70 million for NASCAR by extending a “7-year cost recovery period for certain motorsports racing track facilities.”
•$59 million for algae growers through tax credits to encourage production of “cellulosic biofuel” at up to $1.01 per gallon.
•$4 million for electric motorcycle makers by expanding an existing green-energy tax credit for buyers of plug-in vehicles to include electric motorbikes.

John Boehner needs to quit after fiscal cliff vote.

Helpless stupid and out of any ideas how to be creative in stopping Obama's agenda. He has to go now.

Fiscal Cliff: The American people have spoken and they are morons.

Lord help me but I agree with David Brooks for the first time.
Ultimately, we should blame the American voters. The average Medicare couple pays $109,000 into the program and gets $343,000 in benefits out, according to the Urban Institute. This is $234,000 in free money. Many voters have decided they like spending a lot on themselves and pushing costs onto their children and grandchildren. They have decided they like borrowing up to $1 trillion a year for tax credits, disability payments, defense contracts and the rest. They have found that the original Keynesian rationale for these deficits provides a perfect cover for permanent deficit-living. They have made it clear that they will destroy any politician who tries to stop them from cost-shifting in this way.

Most members of Congress are responding efficiently to the popular will. A large number of reactionary Democrats reject any measure to touch Medicare or other entitlement programs. A large number of impotent Republicans talk about reducing the debt, but are incapable of forging a deal that balances tax increases with spending cuts.

The events of the past few weeks demonstrate that these political pressures overwhelm the few realists looking for a more ambitious bargain. The country either doesn’t know or doesn’t care about the burdens we are placing on our children. No coalition of leaders has successfully confronted the voters, and made them heedful of the ruin they are bringing upon the nation.

So screw the whole thing. Go full hog and take what you can get and if it screws others so be it. Most likely it will be an Obama voter.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Obama points out why the fiscal cliff needs to happen

He is blaming Republicans and demanding tax hikes while the press slobbers over him. But this is good politics on his part because 98% of Americans are not feeling the effects of these ineffective tax hikes on the rich. Its all about shielding the rubes from their own stupidity. The spending is out of control but the rubes don't care.

Tough negotiations would then follow on the chief sticking point of the battle: whose taxes should go up. Democrats want them to go up for those making $250,000 or more. Discussions have involved the possibility of raising that figure to a $400,000 threshold, along with a push to keep estate taxes low; Democrats have said they might be open to one such scenario, but not both.

But many Republicans have opposed any increase in tax rates. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, suffered a political setback by offering a compromise -- a $1 million threshold for the higher rates to kick in -- that his GOP House colleagues refused to support.

Extending unemployment insurance was on the table in Senate negotiations under way Sunday, and the estate tax was under debate, according to a source familiar with the talks.

Negotiators worked late Saturday night, but not through the night, the source said.

Republicans argued Sunday that the resistance to Obama's plan is based on his refusal to adequately limit spending.

"The president is doing nothing about the addiction that his administration has to spending. He's the spender in chief," Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California echoed those remarks. "Even if you put back all the revenue you would get from those higher taxes, you still have a deficit. That's what we're trying to change," he said.

Obama rejected such complaints, telling NBC that he has cut more than a trillion dollars in spending. "I offered over $1 trillion in additional spending cuts so that we would have $2 of spending cuts for every $1 of increased revenue," he said on NBC.

The president also emphasized that he had campaigned on "a balanced approach" which would increase taxes on the wealthy -- and that the majority of Americans have made clear they support such a plan.

$1 Trillion Obamacare Tax Hike Hitting on Jan. 1

Happy New Year Obama voters.
On January 1, regardless of the outcome of fiscal cliff negotiations, Americans will be hit with a $1 trillion Obamacare tax hike.

Obamacare contains twenty new or higher taxes. Five of the taxes hit for the first time on January 1. In total, Americans face a net $1 trillion tax hike for the years 2013-2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The five major Obamacare taxes taking effect on January 1 are as follows:

The Obamacare Medical Device Tax: Medical device manufacturers employ 409,000 people in 12,000 plants across the country. Obamacare imposes a new 2.3 percent excise tax on gross sales – even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year. In addition to killing small business jobs and impacting research and development budgets, this will increase the cost of your health care – making everything from pacemakers to artificial hips more expensive.

The Obamacare Flex Account Tax: The 30-35 million Americans who use a pre-tax Flexible Spending Account (FSA) at work to pay for their family’s basic medical needs will face a new government cap of $2500. This will squeeze $13 billion of tax money from Americans over the next ten years. (Currently, the accounts are unlimited under federal law, though employers are allowed to set a cap.)

There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children. There are several million families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education. Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year. Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs education. This Obamacare tax provision will limit the options available to these families.

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Why Americans must fight Obama and Democrats on gun control

Pretty simple. Obama and the Dems ultimate goal is to ban all guns. This drive to ban "assault" weapons(which is whatever the press deems) and increased background checks is the first step. If it passes then along the way something happens with what is left legally. "outrage" happens and those guns get ban and so and so. It is an incremental game by the liberals to take out the 2nd amendment.

It cannot happen.

Meet the Press: Obama to go for gun bans in 2013

Just disregard that bullshit about mental health and entertainment. He has zero desire to deal with the mental health aspect of crazies because its not politically correct and hollywood are his biggest donors. Its about trampling all over the 2nd and disarm the American population.
President Obama on Sunday said he would make gun control a priority in his new term, pledging to put his “full weight” behind passing new restrictions on firearms in 2013.

“I'm going to be putting forward a package and I'm going to be putting my full weight behind it,” said Obama in an interview aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I'm going to be making an argument to the American people about why this is important and why we have to do everything we can to make sure that something like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary does not happen again.”

The president in the wake of the mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn. school has launched a White House task force led by Vice President Joe Biden to present proposals in January to help stem gun violence. Obama has said that he would seek a broad approach to the problem addressing the role of violence in entertainment and measures to improve mental health care.

But he has also called on Congress to move quickly to reinstate the federal assault weapons ban and a ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines.
Obama said that he expected even firearm owners to understand the need for new regulations in the wake of the Connecticut shooting.

“I think there are a vast majority of responsible gun owners out there who recognize that we can't have a situation in which somebody with severe psychological problems is able to get the kind of high capacity weapons that this individual in Newtown obtained and gun down our kids,” said Obama.

So because of one guy, disarm everyone else. Good idea.