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Showing posts with label Bush. Show all posts
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Taxman: GOP Plans Via Politifact (And The Taxman)

Taxman! Cos I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman....

Says his plan would cut taxes without increasing the deficit.
— Donald Trump on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 in the third GOP primary debate.

Donald Trump's false claim that his tax plan wouldn't increase the deficit

Before we proceed allow a repost of the following to ensure you understand the basics of the so-called "flat" tax.

As you look over the following graphic, you may want to ask,"why would any US politicians espouse and campaign on a flat tax. Moreover, why would the GOP to the person seek to instill such a tax system in our nation?

Flat Tax


A system that applies the same tax rate to every taxpayer regardless of income bracket. A flat tax applies the same tax rate to all taxpayers, with no deductions or exemptions allowed. Supporters of a flat tax system propose that it would give taxpayers incentive to earn more because they would not be penalized with a higher tax bracket. In addition, supporters argue that a flat tax system is fairer because it imposed the tax on all taxpayers regardless of income.
In the United States, a progressive-rate tax system is used. In 2010, for example, people who earned up to $8,375 fell into the 10% tax bracket; people who earned greater than $373,650 fell into the 35% tax bracket.

In a progressive tax system, individuals who make more money are taxed at a higher rate. Many of the countries that have imposed a flat tax rate system on individuals and businesses, including Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, have experienced economic growth since adopting flat tax rate policies.
Read More at Investopedia.

  No personal income tax   Flat personal income tax
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The Tampa Bay Times, Politifact, recently published a review of GOP candidate tax plans. We have posted below graphics related to each plan. We highly encourage clicking the link to the Politifact page for much more detail. 

Herewith is a summary excerpt from the piece with brief snippets regarding each plan (with an exception for those who have not detailed a plan).

But many of the candidates’ own claims about their tax plans were not grounded in facts. What’s more, experts said, the idea that you could cut taxes without blowing up the federal debt is mathematically and politically impossible.

Donald Trump’s not-so revenue neutral tax plan

Trump, the GOP frontrunner, released his formal tax plan in September, which aims to (you guessed it) "make America great again" through a variety of tax changes:

The hole in Ben Carson’s tithe-based tax planCarson, the former neurosurgeon, has yet to release a formal tax plan. This is what he has proposed so far:

Marco Rubio’s tax plan and the working classFlorida Sen. Marco Rubio has seen an uptick in the polls thanks to his performance in the CNBC debate. He has proposed the following:

Ted Cruz’s growth promiseDuring the debate, Texas Sen. Cruz touted what his plan would accomplish for the economy. Here are some of its features:

Jeb Bush’s tax plan and the middle classFormer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s proposal emphasizes streamlining the tax code. Here’s the plan:

We remind the Politifact link provides a rating for each tax plan claim.  Hint: Not one of the delineated plans rates above half-true.

    Let me tell you how it will be There's one for you, nineteen for me Cos I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
    Should five per cent appear too small Be thankful I don't take it all Cos I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman
    If you drive a car, I'll tax the street If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat If you get too cold I'll tax the heat If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet
    Taxman! Cos I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman.....


Monday, October 19, 2015

Sunday Morning With Your GOP (Video)

Yet another Sunday morning full of GOP presidential candidates. The Three Stooges would have been much more informative while providing far more relevant information.

Let's start with the obviously out of his league Ben Carson. 
George Stephanopoulos Baffled When Dr. Ben Carson Claims Energy Independence Could Have Led to bin Laden's Capture
Posted by Mediaite on Sunday, October 18, 2015

Transcript detailed remarks follow. The interaction even reads worse than the actual video segment. Select transcript comments. 
STEPHANOPOULOS: Donald Trump also suggested that George W. Bush has to share in the blame for 9/11 because it happened on his watch. 
What do you make of that? 
CARSON: I would probably ask him what he meant by that. I seriously doubt that he's saying that -- that George W. Bush is to blame for it. And -- but beyond that, I would ask him. 
STEPHANOPOULOS: You're the only Republican... 
CARSON: I certainly -- I certainly don't think so.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You are the only Republican, the only major candidate who opposed President Bush's decision to invade Afghanistan after 9/11. 
And I want to show what you said at the debate.
ABC ran the clip; the hosts took up the conversation:
STEPHANOPOULOS: That's what you said he should have done. 
But how would that have worked? 
How would you have gotten the moderate Arab governments to turn over Osama bin Laden in two weeks? 
He'd already been expelled by Saudi Arabia. He was already an enemy of those moderate governments.
Notice what takes pace during this exchange. Carson literally mixed talk of Afghanistan wth comment about Saddam Hussein.  
CARSON: Well, I think they would have been extremely concerned if we had declared -- and we were serious about it -- that we were going to become petroleum independent, because it would have had a major impact on their finances.
And I think that probably would have trumped any loyalty that they had to -- to people like Osama bin Laden. 
STEPHANOPOULOS: But they didn't have any loyalty to Osama bin Laden. The Saudis kicked him out. He was their enemy. 
CARSON: Well, you may not think that they had any loyalty to him, but I believe otherwise. 
STEPHANOPOULOS: So you believe that had President Bush simply declared energy independence, they would have turned over Osama bin Laden. 
How would they have gotten him out of the tribal areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan? 
CARSON: I think they would have known where he was. You know, there were indications, for instance, during the Clinton administration that -- that they knew exactly where he was but didn't necessarily pull the trigger. 
If -- if we could tell where he was, I'm certain that they knew where he was. 
STEPHANOPOULOS: But at that point, we had some idea, but we didn't know for sure. 
I simply don't understand how you think this would have worked. 
CARSON: Well -- well, here's the point -- here -- here's my point. My point is, we have -- we had other ways that we could have done things. I personally don't believe that invading Iraq was an existential threat to us. I don't think Saddam Hussein was an existential threat to us. 
It's a very different situation right now.
Now, we have global jihadists who want to destroy us and our way of life. 
STEPHANOPOULOS: But sir, I wasn't... 
CARSON: And that is a completely different situation. 
STEPHANOPOULOS: I wasn't asking about invading Iraq, I was asking about invading Afghanistan, which had been harboring Osama bin Laden. 
CARSON: Well, I was primarily talking about Iraq. You know, I wasn't particularly interested in going into Afghanistan but I do think that we should have taken aggressive action. And I think, you know, creating a base that did not require tens of thousands of our troops, that required a -- a group. 
And I think we probably have that number pretty close to right now, about 10,000 or so, and being able to use our drones and being able to use our intelligence and things of that nature, I think that's probably all that was necessary in Afghanistan. 
STEPHANOPOULOS: But, sir, when we look back at 9/11, 3,000 people dead on that day. We knew Afghanistan was harboring Osama bin Laden. Ninety percent of the American public supported taking military action, every member of Congress but one. 
If that is not a case where you would order retaliation, what is? 
CARSON: Well, I just said, I do believe that we should have taken aggressive action. I just don't think necessarily putting tens of thousands of our troops was the correct way to do it.
But, you know, we're talking about things that are in the past. We will never know the answer to that.
And we really need to be concentrating on what are we going to do now to deal with the global jihad threat. 
STEPHANOPOULOS: And you've said that you would maintain the military presence in Afghanistan, as President Obama announced this week? 
CARSON: Yes, I would. I think we saw what happened in Iraq when we precipitously withdrew. I don't think that we want to make that mistake again. And I'm very happy to see that we have a learning curve there. 
STEPHANOPOULOS: And just before I move on, though, I just want to be clear here. So you're standing by the statement that, had President Bush simply declared energy independence back after 9/11, that would have caused the moderate Arab governments to turn over Osama bin Laden? 
CARSON: I think they -- I think they would have been extremely concerned about what the ramifications of that would have been. And I believe they would have been considerably more cooperative.
Gifted Neuro-Surgeon, "yes"; ready for national leadership "No." 

A Sunday Morning smorgasbord of GOP ridiculousness.
Chuck Todd interviewed Ted Cruz on Meet the Press today. He surprisingly challenged Cruz with several inconvenient truths. At times Ted Cruz temporarily seemed like a deer in the headlights.
Posted by Join the Coffee Party Movement on Sunday, October 18, 2015
Jeb Bush continues to wave his brothers foreign policy and "Lept Us Safe" Mantra. Posted by NAME DELETED on Sunday, October 18, 2015

Andrea Mitchell corrects a GOP Benghazi Committee member who tried to lie about Clinton's email: "I cover the State Department. That is just factually not correct."Posted by Media Matters for America on Monday, October 19, 2015
Thank the Heavens the morning is over at Noon!


Friday, October 2, 2015

Mass Murder: Bush and Trump "This Stuff Happens!" (VIDEO)

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When the US conservative moves to exhibitions of "I wanna be cool" we know we are int eh midst of a campaign season. 

Jeb Bush. "Cool" is the anathema of US conservatism. It is horrifying to see people who want for nothing based on their financial wherewithal play the "Gia me five game" when most people know their hearts are as far from cool as the devil.

Watch as Donald Trump and Jeb Bush react to questions of this week's mass killing.  In essence "shit happens."

Donald Trump

"Stuff happens?"

Even if conservative politics ordains absolute indifference to such killings, how is it presidential candidates can show this extent of callousness and indifference to an issue that is an affront to humanity?


Thursday, September 17, 2015

GOP Debate II (CHECK-IN) Bush Tip Toed!

Tippy Toes Jeb?

Watch as Bush leers down the line to assess the height of another candidate. Just gotta stand tall and cannot settle for his already tallest on the stage stage. Well, Actually he must have been competing against a guy from the "Kiddie Debate:" Pataki (who is much taller). Now, this seems to be tellingly disingenuous. But, I will add.... not surprising. All about fake.

Watch this:

The sadness of it all. Bush actually appeared to move back out of immediate peripheral vision , (while seeming to move back to release a shot of flatulence) to falsely portray his physicality.

Kudos to the Vine (and Talking Points Memo).....

On anther debate front, Politifact and Fiorina's Sarah Palin moment. The video she referenced are highly edited and there was no validation of scenes allegedly from to Planned Parenthood.  And, Fiorina knows such!

Mostly FalseFiorina  One of the Planned Parenthood videos shows "a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, 'We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.' "
— Carly Fiorina on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 in the CNN debate

More on Fiorina's ploy from TPM.

Fiorina drew raucous applause for her graphic, outraged description of a Planned Parenthood video that shows a fetus with "its heart beating, its legs kicking."But no such footage actually exists.

Monday, September 7, 2015

The TPI Morning Gazette: Palin, Trump, Bush, "Speak American", Department of What?

Non-Progressive News...

A few days back CNN validated itself as an entertainment entity  vs, a viable and credible new organization. Jake Tapper, every bit the conservative had Sarah Palin on air and actually provided a platform for a ratings garnering carnival act the once rivaled that of the more nascent GOP political show: Donald Trump. 

Palin spoke about immigrant use of their native language vs speaking :American." Is there a soul out there who thinks Palin actually speaks American English? She also mentioned getting rid fo the Department of Energy if appointed to head the US Cabinet position. 

As I think of Palin's rambling and inchoate on camera appearance, I think about a comment from a Facebook Friend.

"I guess when 'god' decides to 'bless you' with scrambled eggs instead of brains, your best friend will probably not be a microphone."
Maekong Mike (Friend of the TPI).

Palin actually told a CNN host she would welcome an appointment in the Trump Administration (yes, that fantasy of fantasies) as Head of the Department of Energy.
"I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby, oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind's use, instead of relying on unfriendly foreign nations for us to import their resources," Palin said. 
"And if I were head of that," she said of the department, "I would get rid of it."
Lets start our exposure to Palin with a quick 20 second video segment from  Zaibatsu News.

Sarah Palin set the Internet on fire today with this explosion of dumb via @TomAdelsbach @Bipartisanism— Zaibatsu News Ⓜ️ (@ZaibatsuNews) September 7, 2015
How about a drill-down on the essence of that 20 seconds via The Vine?

Another Facebook Friend posted as follows. 

Poor dear Sarah, so when are you going to learn correct English? When you done with that, you need to speak the language of the indigenous country Alaska, " Aleuts, Northern Eskimos (Inupiat), Southern Eskimos (Yuit), Interior Indians (Athabascans) and Southeast Coastal Indians (Tlingit and Haida)."from the native Alaskan Center here is the languages" Ahtna. Aleut. Alutiiq / Sugpiaq. Dena'ina. Deg Xinag. Eyak. Gwich'in. Haida. Hän. Holikachuk. Inupiaq. Koyukon. Tanana. Tanacross. Tlingit. Tsimshian. Upper Kuskokwim. Upper Tanana. Yup'ik, Central Alaskan. Yupik, Siberian. ..." How many the governor has learned and hypocritical baboon!!!!

Why do some white people actually believe that life in the United States commenced with the landing of the Santa Maria, the Pinta and the Nina and eventual colonization via the Mayflower (and company) and Pilgrim Mayflower Compact?  

If you are one who can stomach more then a few seconds of Palin, one who actually finds Palin entertaining, or one who for some reason actually credits anything that comes from her mouth, we offer the full CNN interview after, yes a television commercial).

CNN "Speak American" (SPEAK ENGLISH)

American Media, End The Palin Madness!...

On this holiday Monday, we are going to leave the bulk of our Gazette to Palin's and CNN;s insanity. As always the case Trump garners a few quick mentions (below). Pay particular attention to the carnival barker;s "university". The non-university and the classic circus tent rip-off. And, he is coming for your vote.

A TPI Gallery
Donald Trump says the US has 93 million people 'out of work.' That's way too high. False.
Posted by PolitiFact on Monday, August 31, 2015

This bully needs to be in jail.
Posted by Americans Against the Tea Party on Sunday, September 6, 2015
Trump Fails Foreign Policy Donald Trump doesn't think he needs to know foreign policy to be “good at the military.”
Posted by AJ+ on Friday, September 4, 2015

If you skipped over the TPI Gallery, you really must take a few minutes for unadulterated evidence of Trump's phoniness, manipulation and his penchant for practicing "an offense is the best defense." When asked the very first question he initially lied, and once he realized his "lie skirt" was showing he turned the interview against the radio show host.

The Daily Kos

These 55 Seconds May Be The Best/Funniest Takedown Of Trump Since He Began His Traveling Show


We’re the most highly taxed nation in the world."

In the middle of the pack, if not lower

More outsourcing to China

We will closeout this edition of the Morning Gazette with a couple of quick visits along the GOP campaign trail.

Pants on Fire!
Its main purpose is women's health

Jeb Bush
Yes it does, thousands

Yes folks, Scott Walker said it!

Walker: A US-Canada border wall is a "legitimate" consideration. Leahy: That idea is "crazy."

— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) September 1, 2015 


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The TPI Morning Gazette: Trump, Bush, Willie Horton Ad, Law Engforcement Mouthpiece

Non-Progressive News...

Did writers and producers at Fox News actually hand their on-air mouthpieces a script that included, "People are drunk on rights in this country." Has Fox placed a key trait of conservatism open for scrutiny? Conservatives are about as anti- personal rights an ideology as anyone could ever imagine.

GOP campaign ad wars!

Did that ad remind you of the highly racist and GOP trend setting Willie Horton ad against Michael Dukakis back in 1988?

Racism is so very ugly,

Trump deploys a bit of Jeb's Mother as ammo against his candidacy. You surely knew some guttural GOP candidate would use Jeb's mother's past frank remarks.

Bush fires back

Rand Paul punched Trump

Could the Wichita Oligarchs have given up on Scott Walker?

Posted by Mike Victor on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The rational person understands the person who makes the perfect stooge is not generally the brightest.

The Gazette would not be complete without a dose of law enforcement minstrel-ism.

If you are a Fox News viewers you know the Milwaukee Sheriff who seems to have issues with all things black in the United States. From President Obama to the right to protest cop abuse in the nation, The sheriff and all of his North Korean general like uniform trinkets is as network mainstay. 

 The Sheriff is noted for co-signing any negative Fox News comments about black protesters and I believe he has been observed at least one noted tea party event.  Although in the safe comfort of the Fox News studio, the Sheriff is insulted from natural disasters that could befall the generals.  Disasters such as lightening strike. 

As is always the case when the demagogue leaves the safe comfort of Fox News, he suffers a credibility hit comparable to lightening strike. Who better to deliver the strike than CNN contributor Professor Marc Lamont Hill.

Marc Lamont Hill puts sheriff David Clarke in his place after talking out line about police violence against black people

Republicans at work......Posted by United Americans on Monday, August 31, 2015
An inquiry into a Michigan political scandal found two Republican lawmakers committed misconduct and abuse in a failed effort to cover up an affair.Posted by NBC News on Monday, August 31, 2015