Obama: ‘I’ll Let You Keep Your Money, But Not Those People’

September 23, 2010

President Obama has made it clear in the last few weeks that he opposes extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthier (those making over $250,000), yet he supports extending those for the “middle class” (those making less than $250,000). Why the distinction?

If you ask him and those like-minded, they will tell you it is because the wealthy do not need, and would not miss, the money they would be forced to give to the government should their cuts expire. Those making below the magic number of $250,000, however, need the money and would spend it in better ways than those above that amount would — so the argument goes. He recently told ABC News that, “There are a whole bunch of better ways to spend the money,” adding that tax cuts to the rich was most likely “the least efficient way of giving the economy a boost.”

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=obama+tax+cuts&iid=9786890″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9786890/president-obama-speaks-the/president-obama-speaks-the.jpg?size=500&imageId=9786890″ width=”234″ height=”180″ /]But lost in this argument is indication of why it should be government that decides who needs or does not need their own money (which is what tax money is – the taxpayer’s money, not the government’s). What gives Obama and his compatriots in government the wisdom to decide whose money to take and whose to not take?

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Supreme Court Justice: Right to Burn Koran Not Settled

September 19, 2010

Before the ink could even dry on our Constitution back in the late 1700s, attempts were already made at distorting its meaning or flat-out ignoring it. A prime example was the passage and enforcement of the Alien and Sedition Acts, part of which enabled the federal government to criminalize criticism against government officials. It flatly went in the face of the Bill of Rights, yet many of the same people who had a part in passing the First Amendment also supported the Sedition Act. Perhaps the clear words of the First Amendment sounded good to them at the time, that is until they themselves came to power in government. Then those words became a stumbling block to their agendas.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=stephen+breyer&iid=6650877″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/6650877/supreme-court-justices/supreme-court-justices.jpg?size=500&imageId=6650877″ width=”156″ height=”201″ /]The plain words of the Constitution have always been misinterpreted, stretched inappropriately or outright ignored over the years by government officials. With this background in mind, it maybe should come as no surprise that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer recently told ABC News that the right of individuals in this country to burn Korans, which has been taken as a given by most in the recent media coverage of the cancelled plan to do so by a Florida pastor, is still something the courts may end up ruling on in the future.

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Pay as You Go … on Some Things

February 15, 2010

Much has been made about a new rule signed into law called “paygo.” It is seen as a way to rein in federal spending and will require that any spending increases be paid for (read: cut somewhere else or raise taxes).

At first, it sounds good. The problem, as this short ABC News story notes, is that the rule would exempt “Most other benefit programs, including Medicaid, Social Security and food stamps ….”

This chart on federal spending demonstrates the bulk of the federal budget that Medicaid and Social Security make up:

It’s hard to control spending when you exempt such large portions of the budget. Not only that, but the same bill also included an increase in the federal debt limit.

* A graphic showing President Obama’s latest budget by department/office was included in this previous post.