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  • just a conservative girl 1:09 PM on 11/02/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Senator Harry Reid Edition 

    “Romney’s fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ‘severely conservative’ agenda is laughable”

    Wait, I thought it was the republicans that were obstructionists?  I must be confused.

    • SignPainterGuy 1:11 PM on 11/02/2012 Permalink | Reply

      I share your confusion !

    • Don 4:03 PM on 11/02/2012 Permalink | Reply

      I cannot wait for Harry “Body Odor” Reid to say that his goal is to make Romney a one-term president.

      • SignPainterGuy 4:49 PM on 11/02/2012 Permalink | Reply

        Don, I am shocked I tell ya that you would even imagine the Cowboy Poet and Pomegranate Farmer would ever stoop to such incivility !

        Did you hear his proclamation today that ObamaScare would NOT be repealed !?

  • just a conservative girl 3:37 PM on 09/21/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Oh Harry and Nancy – Romney Releases Tax Returns 

    Senator Harry Reid went the despicable route and accused Mitt Romney of paying no taxes for ten years on the senate floor.  The reason he did so was because while talking on the senate floor he can’t be held accountable for his slanderous remarks as he is constitutionally protected (and people say the constitution is no longer relevant) from being criminally or civilly charged.  Romney today released tax returns and a notarized letter from PriceWaterhouseCoopers testifying to their truthfulness.

    • In 2011, the Romneys paid $1,935,708 in taxes on $13,696,951 in mostly investment income.
    • The Romneys’ effective tax rate for 2011 was 14.1%.
    • The Romneys donated $4,020,772 to charity in 2011, amounting to nearly 30% of their income.
    • The Romneys claimed a deduction for $2.25 million of those charitable contributions.
    • The Romneys’ generous charitable donations in 2011 would have significantly reduced their tax obligation for the year. The Romneys thus limited their deduction of charitable contributions to conform to the Governor’s statement in August, based upon the January estimate of income, that he paid at least 13% in income taxes in each of the last 10 years.

    Nanny Pelosi had joined in with her statement attesting to the statements by Reid that “someone” gave him this information.

    “Harry Reid made a statement that is true. Somebody told him. It is a fact,” Pelosi told The Huffington Post in a Sunday interview. “Whether he did or not can easily be disposed of: Mitt Romney can release his tax returns and show whether he paid taxes.”

    Well, I guess it can still be “fact” that someone told him that, but they were wrong.  I am sure the next line of defense will be that middle-income America is paying a higher rate than the Romney’s are.  Ok, lets talk about it.

    Income taxes:  A family of four in the exact middle of the income spectrum will pay only 5.6 percent of its 2011 income in federal income taxes, according to a new analysis by the Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center. [3]  Average income tax rates for these typical families have been lower during the Bush and Obama Administrations than at any time since the 1950s, as Figure 1 shows.  (As discussed below, 2009 and 2010 were particularly low because of the temporary Making Work Pay Tax Credit.) From the left leaning Brookings 

    The Romney’s are in the top 80% of tax payers.  He is not paying a lower rate of taxes then the average American.  President Bush lowered the taxes for middle and lower-income Americans.

    Federal income taxes on middle-income families have declined significantly in recent decades.  In 2000, the yearbefore the 2001 tax cut enacted by President Bush and Congress, the median-income family of four paid 8.0 percent of its income in individual income taxes, according to Tax Policy Center estimates — a smaller share than in any year since 1967 (except for 1998 and 1999).[4]

    The Bush tax cuts further reduced middle-income tax obligations.  This year (i.e., when people pay income tax on 2011 income) the Tax Policy Center estimates that the median-income family of four will pay 5.6 percent of its income in federal income taxes.

    It is a fallacy that the rich don’t pay their “fair share”.  They pay a much higher rate of taxes than the majority of Americans.

    I will be expecting an apology from Harry and Nanny in 3..2..1  (or maybe never)

    This is an important discussion to have, most people have no idea what their tax rates are and who is paying what.  This just begs for a more flatter system that doesn’t allow for all these deductions that allows the politicians to manipulate us with the lies that they tell us of who is paying what.  This flatter tax system is part of the Ryan budget.  It lowers the rates, gets rid of the many of the loopholes that many large corporations, such as GE, use to get out of paying any taxes at all.  The “rich” already pay their fair share, what we need to do is reduce spending and learn to live on what we take in.  We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.

    • Ednar 11:11 PM on 09/21/2012 Permalink | Reply

      We also have a three stooges problem.
      Obama, Pelosi & Reid

  • Jill 2:14 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Reid lets truth slip: Hu is a dictator 

    Sen. Reid would be a lot funnier if he weren’t in a position of power. But anyway:

    “I am going to go back to Washington and meet with the President of China. He is a dictator. [Did I say that out loud?] He can do a lot of things through the form of government they have. [Luckeee!] Maybe I shouldn’t have said dictator, but they have a different type of government then we have [not that there’s anything wrong with that], and that is an understatement [phew!],” Reid said in the interview.

    “So we have to work in the system we have [dammit], the best system ever devised to rule the affairs of men and women,”  Reid continued. “And one of the few ways we get things done, in fact the most important way we get things done, is through compromise. It’s not a bad word, and that is how we get things done.”


    Talking about China must make the statist’s head spin. He can’t betray too much admiration, unless he’s Thomas Friedman, who lets the love flow freely from his pen.

    Exit question: Has Friedman been asked to the state dinner or will he have to pull a Salahi and walk on in without an invitation?

    Crossposted at P&P.

    • fuzislippers 2:18 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      The “dictator” thing doesn’t really matter to me; the fact that he expresses admiration for a tyrant’s ability to “do a lot of things” gives me pause. The back peddling is just that, back peddling.

      • fuzislippers 2:19 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, and I’m not crazy about the “rul[ing] the affairs of men and women” stuff, either. That is NOT the role of government. Not in our constitutional republic.

    • just a conservative girl 2:58 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      And we are giving a dicator a state dinner why?

    • Jill 3:57 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Jay Nordlinger:

      “Let me get a little corny on you: America is a nation that’s supposed to stand for something — for freedom, and human dignity, above all. We’re not supposed to be like every other nation. We’re supposed to be exceptional. Different. A beacon unto man.

      I’m not a babe in the woods, and I understand the necessity of getting along in a wicked world. But we don’t have to abase ourselves as we are doing now. We should not be honoring the PRC boss. We should be honoring, and standing with, the men and women in the camps and the cells. Are we America? (Does this sort of talk make you gag?) What is America? What are we supposed to celebrate on the Fourth of July? Is it just an excuse for fireworks and a picnic?

      American honor has been stained this week. A degree of shame rests upon this nation. We should hope that the prisoners and the strugglers — who want nothing more than what you and I are damn lucky to have — forgive us.”

      Read the whole thing.

    • Jill 4:17 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

    • pjMom 5:27 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      “He can do a lot of things through the form of government they have.”

      Torture, starve, maim opponents. To say nothing of forcing civil debate, no?

    • Jill 6:07 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Politico has the guest list. Friedman is on it.

      • pjMom 6:26 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

        I wonder if he’ll get a thrill up his leg, too.

      • just a conservative girl 9:09 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Isn’t that special?

        • zillaoftheresistance 3:49 PM on 01/20/2011 Permalink | Reply

          So sad, what this country has become. Do you think, even with a strong Republican POTUS, like even if Reagan himself came back in full heath, that there’s a way back from this? Do you think it will be possible to undo our ‘fundamental transformation’ two years from now? I’m asking because I’m not nearly as well educated as the rest of you, and because I’m worried. I was 8 years old when Reagan took office, I remember that it was BAD under Carter, but I’m pretty sure that where we are now is far worse.

          • Yukio Ngaby 6:01 PM on 01/20/2011 Permalink | Reply

            I don’t think it’s worse than Carter, it’s just different. I mean the economy could end up being worse in the long run, but it’s hard to say and a lot depends on the next couple of years and the 2012 elections. If ObamaCare is repealed, defunded, found to be un-Constitutional etc. then that would be a big help. The VAT, the Cap & Trade scheme, and massive “green energy” initiatives would be more monster hits, but those look dead for the most part. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have to go, but people are still avoiding the issue. And California and Illinois have to be allowed to correct themselves without fed bailouts, but that’s unlikely because both are big states with lots of Dem. voters, esp Ca.

            I think the US economy took a couple of real big punches under Obama, but it’s still standing. Japan (which has an especially strange economy), China and any European country would’ve toppled from these kind of hits. I think the US economy is resilient and will recover. I think the Salad Days of the ’80s and ’90s are going to be over for a while though. I could be wrong on that though.

            What do others think?

            • just a conservative girl 12:51 AM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

              I don’t remember a great deal about Carter. I do remember the gas lines, as my parents would grumble about them. The first vote I cast was for Reagan’s re-election. Those were good times for the most part. I didn’t hit a financial snag until Bush 41. These things come and go. But this has last longer and has been deeper than most.
              I am a believer in American Exceptionilsm and I do believe that enough people have woken up to the reality that the gravy train is over. We will survive. But there are going to some tough times for a while, and we have to accept that we all have to make tough choices and everyone will have to give up something to right our course.
              I am just hoping that enough people won’t be fooled by the move to the middle that Obama is making. He will be more left in a second term. Reagan was much more conservative in his second term than his first. You have no more elections to loose, you may as well push for the vision that you have. Obama will be no exception to that.

  • nosheepleshere 2:53 PM on 07/15/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ed Schultz, Harry Reid,   

    Harry Reid: Lend Me Your Balls Ed 

    A “big thanks” goes to Brian Maloney of Radio Equalizer for providing both the audio and a transcript of Ed Schultz’s on-air moment of wretched lunacy.  

    ED SCHULTZ (10:46): Do you think here in late July of 2010, after the 2008 election, almost two years, do you think the Democrats can finally get their freaking heads screwed on right and realize that the lefties put you in office TO DO SOMETHING! TO HELL WITH THE REPUBLICANS! THEY’RE ANTI-AMERICAN! THEY’RE PSYCHO TALKERS!  THEY DON’T CARE!

    SCHULTZ (11:25): How much focus has there been in the mainstream media about jobs being shipped overseas? Well, it’s happening on The Ed Show. I don’t know about anybody else’s on any other network or anywhere else. THAT’S THE STORY! THAT’S WHERE AMERICANS ARE RIGHT NOW!

    SCHULTZ (11:51): Look, Democrats, I’m your best friend. I’ve been across the country. I take thousands of emails. Our team works 16 hours a day. We do a TV and we do a radio show. I’M TRYING TO TELL YOU WHAT THE HELL’S GOING ON! But you sit back, and Harry, you are ball-less! You won’t do the nuke option for the American people and shove the Republicans into the ditch! SHOVE THOSE BASTARDS RIGHT INTO THE DIRTHOLE! This is about power! It’s about winning! It’s about saving American lives! *That’s* what this is about! And if I’m too excited or too passionate for you, I’m giving you the finger right now! Because I don’t give a damn!  [Emphasis mine.]

    Moonbattery’s Gregory of Yardale suggests that The Left is “Chernobyl-ling”—a meltdown of epic proportions.  November will be a long day’s journey into night.

    Read more at No Sheeples Here.

  • nosheepleshere 6:18 AM on 07/11/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Harry Reid, lame duck sessions,   

    Giving Lame Ducks A Bad Name 

    I’ll grant that “lame duck” sessions are never desirable. Defeated lame duck lawmakers, knowing they will not have jobs in the new Congress, either tend to “just go through the motions” while debating and voting on remaining important legislation or, in worse cases, attempt to hinder or even damage the lawmaking process.

    With political tempers already running hot, the temptation for lame duck members of the 111th Congress to vent their frustrations by working to turn bad bills into worse laws has become even more ominous.

    John Fund, writing for the Wall Street Journal opines that, “Democratic House members are so worried about the fall elections they’re leaving Washington on July 30, a full week earlier than normal—and they won’t return until mid-September. Members gulped when National Journal’s Charlie Cook, the Beltway’s leading political handicapper, predicted last month ‘the House is gone,’ meaning a GOP takeover. He thinks Democrats will hold the Senate, but with a significantly reduced majority.”

    The rush to recess gives Democrats little time to pass any major laws. That’s why there have been signs in recent weeks that party leaders are planning an ambitious, lame-duck session to muscle through bills in December they don’t want to defend before November. Retiring or defeated members of Congress would then be able to vote for sweeping legislation without any fear of voter retaliation.

    Conservative groups such as FreedomWorks are alarmed at the potential damage, and they are demanding that everyone in Congress pledge not to take up substantive legislation in a post-election session. “Members of Congress are supposed to represent their constituents, not override them like sore losers in a lame-duck session,” Rep. Tom Price, head of the Republican Study Committee, told me.

    It’s been almost 30 years since anything remotely contentious was handled in a lame-duck session, but that doesn’t faze Democrats who have jammed through ObamaCare and are determined to bring the financial system under greater federal control.

    Mike Allen of Politico.com reports one reason President Obama failed to mention climate change legislation during his recent, Oval Office speech on the Gulf oil spill was that he wants to pass a modest energy bill this summer, then add carbon taxes or regulations in a conference committee with the House, most likely during a lame-duck session. The result would be a climate bill vastly more ambitious and costly for American consumers and taxpayers, than moderate “Blue Dogs” in the House would support on the campaign trail. “We have a lot of wiggle room in conference,” a House Democratic aide told the trade publication Environment & Energy Daily last month.

    Many Democrats insist there will be no dramatic lame-duck agenda. But a few months ago they also insisted the extraordinary maneuvers used to pass health care wouldn’t be used. Desperate times may be seen as calling for desperate measures, and this November the election results may well make Democrats desperate.

    Read more at No Sheeples Here.

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