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Taxes on Big Banks

Tim Geithner, President Obama’s Secretary of the Treasury, now proposes a tax on big banks. Geithner says that the American people should be paid back for the bailout.

Mr. Geithner, who obviously does not pay attention to his bank fees, fails to appreciate that bank fees will increase on people who  have accounts. So, the reality becomes that the American people who pay taxes, live by the laws, and pay their bills will ultimately be responsible via their bank accounts for the bailout too.

This proposal is yet another example of the Obama administration taxing the responsible tax paying citizens for ill-advised expenditures. The imposition of this tax on banks is not a direct tax and therefore the Administration will be have cover to continue to blame banks. Do not be fooled: we will be responsible for this tax through increased fees.

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Friendly Security Reminder

Christmas 2009 brought the U.S. an unsettling reminder-airline security is not perfect. Unfortunately, the Obama administration fails to acknowledge, at least publicly, the words “terrorist” and “failure” of the security system. This morning, gossip and rumor, indicate that the bomber boarded that airplane without a passport. Seriously?

Mr. Obama’s policy of word parsing like many lawyers annoys and frustrates people who just want a facts and reality. In a courtroom, knit-picking and hair-spliting are perfectly acceptable behavior. Everyone in the courtroom, at least the lead actors, understand that the law is about the finer points of wording and phrasing. In the court of public opinion, however, the administration officials who dodge the use of the words terrorist and failure present as bobbing and weaving. Clearly, these people search for ways to avoid these words and fail to speak plainly.

Plain speech. Regular folks (those without law degrees or bureaucratic longevity) perceive that the administration is covering up something, hiding information and generally just lying to the public.

The Homeland Security Secretary said that the system worked because passengers stopped the attack. The general flying public is not charged with enforcing the laws of the skies. In fact, if the general public tried to enforce laws, they would be investigated and arrested because flight restrictions are so STRICT. The passengers reacted the way humans respond-fight or flight. Thankfully for the remaining passengers, some folks responded by fighting and self-sacrifice. Honestly, if the Obama administration’s view of success is relying on human nature, we’re all really in trouble.

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Crime, Crime, Everywhere Crime

Recently in Georgia, news broke that school officials from four counties altered the test answers of struggling students on standardized tests. These alterations boosted the test scores of those four schools and changed each school’s classification under no child left behind. The erasure marks on the score sheets led to an investigation by the State school officials.

Now, one legislator proposes a way to resolve the problem: criminalize the alteration of test responses. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the way to resolve failing schools and broken education systems is to create a new criminal charge. No, the Georgia General Assembly does not need to spend time focusing on repairing and revamping the State’s educational system and find more money to make these repairs. The General Assembly should spend time, money and energy creating a new crime which will be almost impossible to prove and burden an already underfunded, furloughed law enforcement system in this state. (Imagine getting a jury to convict a teacher of a crime like that!)

So, Dan Weber, spend more time fixing the state education system, Mr. Senate Education Committee chair, instead deflecting the issue to gloss over the real problem!

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Action and Reaction

As 2009 winds on, the expansion of the Federal government into the lives and homes of the American people is becoming more and more inescapable. In the Western United States, citizens respond with expansive gun legislation. At what point do we as voters and taxpayers draw the line? How do we draw that line? 

The Bush Administration slowly eroded the independence of states during that 8 year term in the name of education and the common defense against terrorism. In the last months since his inauguration, the Obama administration has created czars for every issue under the sun without any legislative oversight. These czars wield power and control over tax payer money without any recourse through the checks and balances of the Constitution.

How do we stop the expansion of government?

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Justice Debate

As we continue to wait for President Obama’s selection to replace Justice Souter, Stanley Fish discussed both sides of the law versus empathy debate in his NYTimes post. Read for yourself and decide, do you want someone who follows the established rules or someone who follows their feelings.

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Big tent, really?

Colin Powell called on the Republican Party to debate and broaden its base. Is that really a good idea? Perhaps the time has come for Republicans to create a platform-a realistic representation of the majority of membership. Those participants who disagree-too far left or too far right, it matters not–should leave and create a new stronger third party.

Can this group reasonably erect a tent big enough to cover fundamentalist Christians and social liberal Republican? Is this possible? The 2008 election shows that’s just not possible.

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When Reality Strikes!

The media, apparently still in love with President Obama, now recasts Mr. Obama’s policy shifts as “pragmatism” and being “unafraid to disappoint supporters.” News flash: Reality Bites. Reality struck the Obama administration squarely in the jaw. If Mr. Obama intended to keep the promises he made during the campaign, the real issues and impact of the promises have provided a rude awakening. Promises made to ivy tower, left leaning idealists have now been stopped short by the dirty, unclean reality of a world that fails to fit into the models and scientific methods of liberal ideal world.

One must consider however that perhaps the Obama campaign wave was a show. During the campaign, Mr. Obama’s speeches offered to please all of the people all of the time. No politician can agree with and support divergent opinions and keep everyone happy. Did Obama just tell people what they wanted to hear? Now, the President has stated that this country cannot continue to incur debt. Really, Mr. Obama, because you continue to propose debt based funding bills. Are you seeking to tax those of us who work at a higher rate to support our fellow citizen? Are you laying that groundwork? I hope not. Tea parties are just beginning of outrage for taxpayers. 

The other option: reduce the size of government. Is that what President Obama is seeking? We can only dream. But don’t hold your breath!

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