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NYPD Gives Occupiers the Boot in 1 AM Raid

                AP/Ken Rodriguez photo
 Last night at 1am, more than 1000 NYPD officers were summoned for what was said to be a training exercise near Zucotti Park, the home of the Occupy Wall Street protesters for the past few months. In a hint of what was to come, the NYPD instructed the officers to bring their hats and bats, as in riot gear.  In a sign of the times, the NYPD actually made up flyers to pass out that explained why they were cascading down upon Zucotti Park at 1am on a Monday night. The flyer read as follows: 

Note the political correctness in the flyer that says the Occupiers may return to the park, but now must actually obey the rules of no tents, sleeping bags, etc.? They could have avoided this whole mess if they had simply demanded that the rule of law was obeyed in the very beginning of this debacle. Meanwhile, they have let the community and businesses suffer unnecessarily for months on end due to the filthy unsanitary conditions that prevented the real 99% of the community from using the parks/city streets/subways safely.  So after months of the media painting this scourge as some kind of an innocent youth protest, during which we have seen rapes, drug overdoses, murders,massive theft and overall filth that produced a lice epidemic and two verified cases of tuberculosis,  they have finally been given eviction notices by the NYPD. It’s about damn time! 
What brought on this sudden decision to enforce the rule of law, that the politically correct cowards (the Mayor of Oakland comes to mind here) across America refused to do right from the beginning ? It turns out Mayor Bloomberg had to answer calls about the posters around town that announced that the Occupiers would be closing down The New York Stock Exchange at 7am on…Tuesday! Bloomberg had to announce that the Stock Exchange will be open for business as usual and promised them that they will be able to get to work on Tuesday, rest assured.  The protesters were also promising to Occupy the subways in all five boroughs of NYC at 3 pm, and “Take the square” referring to Foley square, with posters of the infamous Tiananmen square revolt for the public’s comparison.  A small group of businessmen also appeared at city hall on Monday to express their disgust at how their rights to earn a living were being denied by letting this lawlessness continue unabated. Bloomberg finally got up the courage to take back NYC from the .001% ! Excuse me if I do not congratulate the Mayor here. This should have been stopped months ago. I hope Bloomberg and the other mayors across America that encouraged this lawlessness are made to pay restorations to all the businesses that lost money, and also pay for the massive cleanup of their cities...out of their own pockets, not the taxpayers account.
Seeing as to how the Occupy Wall Street, Zucotti Park movement is considered to be the originator of this movement that spread across America and the world, seeing them evicted for being the non-paying, irresponsible, filth-inducing, lawless  bunch of dis-respectable people they truly are will surely spell the end for all of the Occupy Park Benches protests.  The new movement of kicking the Occupiers out should be called the “Taking back the rights of the true 99% of Americans to go to work unmolested and enjoy clean, sanitary cities across America movement.” 
PS: Last time I checked, the Tea Party movements were never evicted from anything. They protested within the law, and then cleaned up and went home. Can any of the lunatics in the media that try to equate these filthy Occupiers with the Tea Party movement, be counted on to show the honesty and integrity to report on the total cost to the working taxpayer these protests will be found to have incurred as cities across America start cleaning up and disinfecting the Occupiers mess? Don’t hold your breath.  Occupy Wall Street, Portland, Seattle and others are already shut down. The rest will be soon to follow.
UPDATE:  5:30 am NYPD reports an initial arrest total of around 70 protesters. Dumpsters now moving in to start hauling away the massive amount of tents and trash.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words: North Korea vs South Korea

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this one may be worth more.  As a humble blogger, I can tell you it’s not hard to type 1000 or even 2000 words, but it is difficult to make them compete with a picture like this:

This is the difference between North and South Korea on a given night.  The South, a shining example of prosperity.  The North, a comparative wasteland.  Maybe “wasteland” is a harsh choice of wording, but which one would you rather live in?  The country with companies that (successfully) compete with America, or the country that shoots you for trying to leave?

So many “Occupy” protestors and members of the Left talk about doing away with Capitalism, that I wonder if they’ve seen pictures like this.  I wonder if they’ve seen more of what goes on in Cuba than what Michael Moore tells them.  And I also wonder why they don’t just move to their non-captialism “paradises”, if they don’t like the United States.  Last time I checked, people risk their lives to move to the U.S. and South Korea, not Cuba and North Korea.

What do you think?  Is Capitalism overrated?  Should we replace it with some sort of pseudo-socialist utopia?  Or should we put pictures like this on billboards across North America until people get the point?  Let us know in the comments below.

No Whining

You barely turn your television or radio on these days without hearing about the latest antics of the “occupy” wherever group. Over the past few days, I have been listening and watching the group in Dallas.

The thing that first caught my attention was when it was reported that a registered sex offender (who did not update his info) raped a 14-year-old runaway that showed up at the camp. Within just a couple of days the local Fox News station tagged along with the Dallas Police department on a welfare check of a 9 month old child. While filming the officers doing their job, one woman from the camp told the cameraman not to film her (while she was filming with her camera) because, in her words, “I hate Fox”. While the cameraman did his job capturing the news, another protestor ran interference trying to block the lens with either his hand or his entire body.

[On a side note I would like to applaud the Dallas police officer on the way he handled the situation. He let the protestors know that the news crew had the right to be there and not to interfere.]

One of the biggest complaints from the Dallas group has been the fact that some of the homeless community has been blending in their camp in order to get food and find shelter in one of the tents. There was one comment on the stations website that I could not resist sharing:

“Oh the irony.

We’re protesting income inequality. It’s no fair that others have more than we have.

What? You don’t have as much as we have and you’d like some of ours? Go fly a kite you slacker bum!”

Perhaps “irony” isn’t the right word. Maybe the more appropriate term is “hypocrisy”.”

The protestors are supposedly protesting greed, yet they do not want to share. Is it just me, or do these protestors sound like a bunch of 3-year-olds?

In another incident, a crew from the same local Fox station was doing a piece early one morning from a distance away when one of the protestors came over and started unplugging the power supply to their lighting equipment. The crew told him not to touch their equipment while the protester kept repeating “Don’t touch me” and continually unplugged their equipment. Finally the police had to intervene and let the protestors know that they could not interfere with the news crew or they could be arrested.

Since the protesters are against capitalism, corporations and freedom in general it seems, why do most all of them have new video cameras, laptops, and all kinds of other high tech gear and toys? The Dallas group even showed off their “Media tent” that they had to protect during a few thunderstorms that rolled through.

These are just a few things that have happened in the group in Dallas, yet we hear similar and sometimes even worse stories from most of the groups associated with the “occupy” protests.  They gripe about “corporate greed” and unemployment, yet most everywhere I go in the DFW area I see help wanted signs. I say they quit squatting in every bodies way , find a job (even if it isn’t their dream job) and at least start on their way to being a productive member of our American society.

 

** A special thank you to CDN’s very own A.F. Branco for the use of his “revised” cartoon!”

Kill The TEA Party Zombies? Barack, Nancy Your People Are Calling

I find it interesting, although disgusting, that the “civil discourse” so championed by Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and their Marxist pals does not apply to the horrific video game, “Tea Party Zombies Must Die”,  and other violent references towards killing anyone Conservative.

Pelosi, Obama, and the rest of the Marxists in this nation condemned Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh over the shooting of the 9 people at the Gabrielle Giffords appearance in Arizona even though they had absolutely no connection to the violence that day.

Why is it that any violent act is blamed on Conservatives who have nothing to do with the act, while those actually committing the violence are egged on and praised by our esteemed leaders in the Democrat Party and the lame stream media as patriots expressing their political free speech rights?  The picture on the left is the “Glenn Beck “zombie from the Blaze web news article.

This new video, produced by RepublicanZombieDefense.com, is apparently intended to be comedic, although it is quite graphic. A description of the project (via a press release) reads:

“a humor-tinged Democrat activist website today released a controversial Halloween video portraying marriage equality opposition as brain-dead zombies. The comically bloody and graphic video is set on the White House lawn and features Obama 2012 activists beheading, exploding, and maiming politically conservative zombies with machine guns, grenades, garden shears, and chainsaws.”

“Comically bloody and graphic”!!!  Well isn’t that just as quaint as it can be?  Finally a comedy you can really laugh at, a game you can let your pre-teens play.  These are the Obama supporters, you know, the ones Obama calls mainstream Americans, patriotic, etc.

Conservatives are blamed for the very violence that is openly and loudly called for by Democrats and their leftist media mouthpieces.  Where are the denunciations of this overtly violent video game calling for the murder of innocent people due to their political ideology?  Once again the hypocrisy of the left is glaring it its scope.  How can anyone accept this kind of attitude while denouncing those who espouse peaceful dissent?

Do you remember Barack Obama calling for his supporters to “get in the faces “of their Conservative friends?  Remember Obama telling his supporters to “take a gun to a knife fight” to get their way?  The funny thing about that last statement is that the very people Obama was addressing are the ones who believe owning a gun should be against the law.  Well, I guess it should be against the law for law abiding conservatives to own guns but permissible for the violent-prone to own a gun.

I find this consistent with the “Occupy Wall Street” gangs being praised by Obama, Pelosi, and the rest of the liberals, while denouncing the peaceful TEA Party rallies as violent, hateful mobs full of Nazis, homophobes, etc.  I also find it interesting that the hateful and violent TEA Party “mobs” left no damage, no arrest records, no threats towards Jews, and no litter at the end of their rallies….   I could go on.

Is this bunch of political hacks really so ignorant and blind that they think We the People cannot see the duplicity in their statements?  When 67% of the American people stand against this kind of attitude how can they possibly continue to spout such tripe unless they are just too stupid to see the handwriting on the wall?  Oh, that’s right, they never read anything, they just spout.

Patriots, we are in a war, not against Muslim terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, or anywhere else.  We are in a war against liberalism right here in America.  We are fighting the Democrat Party, the Marxist media financed by George Soros, illegal aliens who feel “entitled” to having their way, and the hordes of Muslim extremists being moved here by the government, using our tax money against us.  Unfortunately we are also fighting the mainstream of the Republican Party.  WE are fighting for the very soul of America.

The very people who think Tom & Jerry cartoons are too violent support this kind of murderous propaganda.  Where are the people who say corporal punishment is violent and unnecessary?  Where are the Democrats and media who demand “civility”?  They are too busy calling me and those like me racists, homophobes, Nazi’s, etc. to notice where the real problem lays.

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

 

Bob Russell
Claremore, Oklahoma
November 5, 2011

Occupy D.C. Protestors Resort To Nursery Rhymes… Sorta…

I know the title says the Occupy D.C. protestors “resorted to nursery rhymes”, but after watching these two videos, it might come off like I’ve given them too much credit.  It’s just that I couldn’t fit “Protestors In D.C. Stand Around In An Unorganized Fashion And Continuously Shout The Same Five Words Over And Over Again” into the headline.  So… “Resort To Nursery Rhymes” is the headline you got.  Here it is.  Check it out, check it outers.

By the way, that cluster (situation) in the videos above was taking place at the “Defending The American Dream Summit” in D.C. this weekend, a summit that just happens to be attended by members from this website.  Hopefully they’ll update us on some of the “occupy” action before the weekend’s over.  Until then, here’s a write up that CDN’s Brian Cook did on his experience there so far.

So what do you guys think?  Did I give the protestors too much credit? (I sorta think I did…)  Or do you think they were just a bunch of fine Americans, exercising their 1st Amendment rights, and I was too hard on them?  Let us know in the comments below, or you can just stand in front of my house and yell the same five words over and over again.  After all, it is a free country…

About Those Underpaid Union Teachers

While an amazing 57% of Americans were recently shown to believe that our teachers are underpaid and overworked… FACTS prove otherwise, much to the dismay of Obama and his Union bed-pals working to get him reelected in 2012. A new study by the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation finds that public school teachers receive total compensation more an astounding 50% greater than that of private sector employees. When studying the complete employment package that includes vacation time, benefits and job security, we see that unionized public sector teachers have really pulled the wool over the eyes of the American taxpayer when it comes to their often-stated “We are overworked and underpaid” soundbites.  

 

Unions pay big money to elect political bed-pals, who then turn around and approve fantasy-land salary and benefits packages for Union teachers that result in the collapse of state budgets across America. As we see here, 92% of all Union cash since 1990 has went into Democratic campaign coffers: 

Since 1990, labor unions have contributed over $667 million in election campaigns in the United States, of which $614 million or 92 percent went to support Democratic candidates. In 2008, unions spent $74.5 million in campaign contributions, with $68.3 million going to the Democratic Party. Already, unions have contributed $6.5 million to the 2010 elections, and $6 million has gone to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C.

The NEA and the AFT Teachers Unions are big players in Obama’s reelection campaign, and this is the main reason for his current “pass my Jobs Bill right now” temper tantrum, in which he wants to “create or save” millions of Union teacher jobs with Federal tax dollars. FACT: In doing my own research, I have yet to interview one child who could tell me that they showed up for school this year and found no teacher there to teach the class. NOT ONE. Incompetent, or unnecessary teachers should be sitting at home, not being paid federal tax dollars to overburden state budgets.

The Obama Administration has said that it wishes to make greater federal funding for education a priority during the years ahead, and has shown no willingness to support school choice in the form of vouchers. This is directly related to campaign donations of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers which from 1990 – 2008, have contributed more than $50 million to support Democratic candidates running for office. Teachers unions also spent record amounts to elect Democrats in the 2010 elections, but common sense Americans, along with the Tea Party spoiled those plans. That is the reason we see Unions protesting common sense state budget cuts across America: Many states now have new, common-sense conservative Governors and legislatures that mean business as far as obeying state laws that require them to balance their budgets are concerned.

Both of the above-mentioned unions have been strong supporters of increased federal aid to public schools and have strongly opposed school voucher programs. Of course they are against school vouchers, and this is also known as feeding the goose that is laying the golden eggs to fill Democratic campaign coffers which in turn, allows Liberal-fake-Democrats to remain in power. It is a never-ending vicious cycle of irresponsibility that keeps repeating itself….until the taxpayer money-pit runs dry, that is.  See Wisconsin, Ohio, and California for blatant examples of how Union teacher and other public sector employee pensions, healthcare and bloated salaries end up killing state budgets.  Over the course of the last four decades, states have used budgetary gimmickry to hide the trillions of dollars of unfunded pension liabilities.  Eventually, the truth comes out that there just isn’t enough money to pay all the state pensions that have been promised and agreed to by irresponsible politicians  begging for reelection. The folks who have put in 20 or 30 years of service don’t want their pensions cut, while the current batch of Union employees do not want to contribute enough money to the pension funds to keep them solvent in the very near future.

So much for Union solidarity there. Meanwhile we have the Occupy Wall Street protesters shoulder to shoulder with big labor unions in condemning American “greed.” The very same greed that teachers are shown to have an abundance of, raking in 50% more in total compensation than private sector workers, and still claiming to be underpaid.  How about that OWS protesters? Will we see signs condemning teachers union greed any time soon? I won’t hold my breath.

 

 

"Golden Parachutes"

“Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you are not rich, blame yourself!”   Herman Cain

One (of the several) messages from the Occupy Wall Street gang (or occupy wherever) is that corporate CEOs are making too much money, that they should “share the wealth.” And they decry so-called “golden parachutes” that CEOs receive.

And here is a quote from the OWS Manifesto: “They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.” One of the manifesto’s closing statements is: “Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.”  [both emphases mine]

So, OWS gang, which is it? Even though y’all are trying, y’all can’t have it both ways. CEOs, whether y’all like them or not, are employees.

Corporations attract talent that doesn’t grow on trees by offering “golden parachutes” to potential CEOs, usually in the forms of severance pay and stock options. It is the responsibility of the corporation’s Board of Directors to identify, select, and compensate CEOs. If a CEO doesn’t work out, why blame him (or her) for exercising for what he bargained? Perhaps I am incorrect (and if so, please let me know), but the “blame” for golden parachutes should rest with Boards of Directors. And the Boards of Directors are elected/appointed by stockholders. So, ultimately, who controls CEO compensation and golden parachutes?

The news is replete with recent CEO failures and their golden parachutes. Yet we never hear about successful CEOs, ones who do NOT utilize golden parachutes. Here are five successful CEOs who have not utilized golden parachutes.

You can see 25 more by visiting this site.

A recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) of 1110 boards of directors found that compensation committees should pay close attention to three factors. Eighty-three percent of respondents said directors need to (1) make sure a firm’s peer companies (those they compare their CEO pay to) are realistic. Eighty-two percent said boards need to (2) reevaluate compensation benchmarks, and 65 percent said (3) minimum stock ownership guidelines could be a suitable approach to keeping pay issues in check. Interestingly, none of these issues are directly dealt with under the Dodd-Frank legislation.

Many directors also disagree with the usefulness of investor say-on-pay votes, with 82 percent of those surveyed stating they did not believe that investors should have a ‘say on pay.’ “Directors inside a boardroom know how complex it is to structure compensation,” said Catherine Bromilow, partner in PwC’s Center for Board Governance. “In a director’s mind, it is difficult for a shareholder to understand the total elements of a CEO’s pay package.”

Please don’t misunderstand me. I have personally lost money because of failed CEOs. But, I have forfeited my right to vote for boards of directors. By doing so, I also forfeited my right to complain about the failed CEOs. So what do I personally do? I ask the current boards to be more careful when vetting potential CEOs and/or vote to have board members who selected failed CEOs replaced.

But that’s just my opinion.

BREAKING: OWS Protestors Talked Out of Hating Corporations

Ezra Dulis, from Ataaaaack Waaaaaaaatch fame, went down to Times Square and talked to some “occupiers” recently, and you’d be surprised at what he found.  He found two clean cut kids who actually had a coherent conversation with him.  It was kind of impressive.  He even talked them into admitting that corporations aren’t the “evil death factories” that most occupiers have portrayed them to be.  You’ll have to see it to believe it. (Profanity warning… there is one “F-Bomb” in the beginning of the video)

One thing that I noticed is that these kids were too clean to be living in tents.  They were really friendly too.  If I had to guess, they’re not “true” occupiers, but they’re part time occupiers, or maybe just “occupier sympathizers”.  Still, it was pretty impressive that they were willing to be so cordial with Ezra (a very conservative man with a video camera).

What do you guys think?  Was it refreshing to see some kids admit that corporations aren’t “pure evil”?  It’s not as if they said they “love” corporations, but it could be a step in the right direction.  Or… do you think these kids weren’t even hardcore enough to be considered “real” occupiers, and that this (almost) pleasant exchange doesn’t even count?

Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.  Or you can tell my sister when you pick her up to take her to the movies.  You’re still doing that, right?  My sister is really looking forward to it.  Just make sure she’s home by 10, or my mom will worry.
Ok… Let us know what you think about the protestors in this video.  …and my sister, if you want to, but keep it classy.

Is Higher Ed to Blame for the Plight of the Occupiers?

While speaking at a recent EDUCAUSE Conference, higher ed journalist, Anya Kamenetz, commented that “Occupy Wall Street is a referendum on the value of higher education.” Even though the rest of her presentation was rather interesting, this statement went on to occupy my thoughts.

The OWS crowd is angry. The 20-somethings in that movement resent the fact that they have college degrees, a tremendous amount of student loan debt, and no job. They want someone to blame for their frustration. Politicians push them to blame the banks and corporations or to blame the government, but there is also a tangible amount of frustration being directed at higher ed. After all, these institutions have promised that acquisition of a college degree will earn them a “better job” or “brighter future.” The academic experience should instead be marketed as what it really is: an enlightened path to the life you are ready to earn.

Beyond this fallacy in marketing, academic institutions are being improperly blamed. When looking at the recent college graduate who is struggling to jump-start his life, one must consider more than the possession of a college degree. Employers also look at level of workplace skill, industry knowledge, work ethic, reliability, diversity of experience, professional and personal references, and general likeability. All of these characteristics can be developed during college, but many students choose not to do the necessary work.

Mediocrity is rampant in classes I teach: students who repeatedly miss classes and deadlines, who refuse to purchase required textbooks, and many who disengage but never even bother to withdraw from the class (thereby forfeiting scholarship – i.e., someone else’s – money). They spend more time defending or making excuses than it would have taken to do the work. If these students are lucky enough to meet the bare minimum requirements, they finish the class with a C. They move on to the next class, where they will repeat the same behaviors, ultimately making mediocrity a habit.

Eventually, this C student graduates and then competes for a job against a student who worked harder and applied herself more and, as a result, graduated with a better chance of employment. The former student lacks motivation, work ethic, and sufficient knowledge, while the latter is more responsible, more motivated, and probably has numerous faculty recommendations to vouch for these traits.

What it comes down to is how hard the individual is willing to work. Yes, the cost of a college degree is a challenge and can seem inhibiting for many. But the existence of post-graduation debt and financial instability isn’t based solely on the high cost of a college degree. Plenty of students graduate with manageable debt or no debt at all. They are the ones who worked their way through college, did the work to identify scholarship resources while still in high school, or participated in work study programs. Their financially-frustrated counterparts wanted the full “college experience” but wanted to pay for it later, thereby accumulating immense student loan debt.

Having a college degree doesn’t guarantee we will be debt-free and gainfully employed any more than having a gym membership guarantees we will be thin and healthy. There is real work and sound decision-making that goes on behind the scenes to ensure that one leads to another.

I would encourage the Occupiers who want a career and financial security to get to the business of making that happen. They can start re-appropriating the time, energy, and voice being wasted in trash piles of city parks all over this country to begin to earn their place in the world of work. More directly, to the 15% of OWS protesters who are unemployed, I would say this…

Study the organizations you want to work for, and market yourself to them. Earn some solid recommendations from people whose opinions a potential employer will value. Take on an internship or volunteer in the industry in which you intend to work (the research shows internships almost always lead to full-time employment). Begin making connections with the movers and shakers in the business world instead of scorning them with chicken scratch on 99 cent poster boards. Earn their respect, and you will earn your future position.

As an added bonus to this hard work and sound decision-making, you will likely find yourself in a better position to pay down your debt and better equipped to manage your personal finances going forward. It’s about choices. Make the choice to better your situation instead of waiting around for someone else to fix it for you. And rather than dismiss your college experience as a waste of time, reflect on the intellectual return on investment you’re experiencing. Oh wait, that’s a free-market metaphor, and you probably skipped that class.

We Can NEVER Stop Combating The MSM – Rich Already Pay "Fair Share" of Taxes

MSM, OWS, Obama Administration

The OWS gang and President Barack Obama want the “rich” to pay their fair share of taxes. With that “fair share” statement in mind, let’s (again) look at income taxes and who pays them. Why again? Because the MSM covers the OWS and Obama administration and promotes the “fair share” message. We can never stop broadcasting the truth! Combating the MSM can never stop because the MSM never stops.

Taxes

While it is true, as the OWS gang claims, that the “rich” are making more of the income (20%), they are also paying most of the income taxes (38%). Since 1980 the rich’s share of income has doubled, but so have income taxes. Those making at least $114,000 in 2008 (the last complete year from the IRS), earned 45% of the nation’s income, and paid 70% of all taxes. The top 25% of earners, those earning at least $67,200, took in 67% of the income, and paid 86% of the income tax total. The average income tax rate paid by those in the bottom half of the income scale is only 2.6%. Couple those facts with the fact that, in 2010, 47% of households paid no income tax. In fact, some in that group will be getting money from the federal government.

Tax Rates

One thing the MSM and Democrats love to focus upon is how tax rates have fallen for the “rich.” The latest manifestation comes in the form of the “Buffett Rule.” “[Last year] what I paid was only 17.4% of my taxable income — and that’s actually a lower percentage than what was paid by any of the other 20 people in our office,” wrote Buffett. Obama chimed in, “Middle-class families shouldn’t pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires. That’s pretty straightforward.” That is what the MSM reported, but they did not report WHY Buffett paid a lower rate. There are two fundamental reasons. Buffett makes a lot of money from investments, which are taxed at a lower rate than wages. And the Social Security tax applies only to the first $106,800 in wages.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, chairman of the DNC, said that we’re at the lowest tax rate since the 1950s. When Wolf Blitzer of CNN (no bastion of conservatism) pointed out to her that the “rich” pay a huge chunk of the federal income tax, Wasserman-Schultz responded, “But they’re still at the lowest tax rate since the 1950s.”

As can be seen in terms of who pays taxes, there is a big difference between taxes paid and tax rates. Besides, if some of the “rich” want to pay higher taxes in the form of gifts, they are free to do so.

The Deficit and “Tax the Rich”

To partially offset his massive overspending, Obama proposes to raise taxes on the “rich.” His class warfare plan can take him only so far since the rich don’t earn enough to make up the difference for all the spending he plans. The proposed Obama tax hikes, in the next ten years, will take almost $700 billion from taxpayers. That is only 8 percent of the nearly $9 trillion President Obama’s budget adds in debt over that same period. Low tax revenues are not the cause of the debt explosion, spending is.

Bush Tax Cuts

The MSM and Obama administration never tire of demonizing the “Bush tax cuts.” They contend that the tax cuts put more of the burden on the backs of the middle class and the poor. But that is simply not true. An analysis of Treasury Department data shows that the “rich” are paying more than they would have paid, not less, after the Bush tax cuts.

And they like to maintain that the “Bush tax cuts” favored the “rich.” In a static world that is true. But the world isn’t static, it’s dynamic. There was more investment, more hiring by businesses, and a stronger stock market. Comparing taxes paid under the old system with those paid after the Bush tax cuts, the rich actually paid a higher proportion of income taxes. The latest IRS data show an increase of more than $100 billion in tax payments from the wealthy by 2005 alone. Why can’t Obama and his economic advisors learn this one fact? But I guess it’s easier to promote “class warfare” by mixing apples and oranges, a static world with a dynamic world.

They also maintain that gains by the rich come at the expense of a declining living standard for the middle class and poor. Again, that is simply not true. The middle class (defined as those between the 40th and the 60th percentiles of income) isn’t falling behind or disappearing, it is actually getting richer. The lower income bound for the middle class has risen by about $12,000 (after inflation) since 1967. The upper income bound for the middle class is now roughly $68,000, $23,000 higher than in 1967. A family in the 60th percentile has 50 percent more real income (buying power) than 30 years ago. And the same thing is happening to the “poor.” Real income levels of the poorest 20% of Americans have actually risen. Economics professor Steve Horwitz explains why this is true.

Conclusion

The rich aren’t paying their fair share, they’re paying their unfair share. But the MSM, OWS gang, and the Obama administration ever let facts or the truth get in their way. And have you noticed that they (MSM, OWS gang, Obama administration) never cite references or analyze data? All they can do is repeatedly play the “class warfare” card.

But that’s just my opinion.

Repeat After Me: “I am a Marxist Puppet Preacher from NYU.”

      NYU Economics Professor, Preaching Marxism at OWS

 

Watch this short video. Is it any wonder these many of these college age student-bots you see here can not get a job in the real world?

 

 Meet professor Richard D, Wolff,  (preaching at OWS above) who[supposedly] teaches college students economics at NYU.  Mr. Wolff believes he has come up with a new plan to promote Marxist ideology from within the United States educational system. Mr. Wolff, like all Marxist professors, is trying to re-write the history of Marxism in an attempt to make it more appealing to America’s youth under the guise of “ a new approach to the political economy.”

This tired retread of Marxist ideology/propaganda is being pushed as “new and improved” under the title,  Rethinking Marxism. For a glimpse of just what this NYU professor is teaching college students today, I point one chapter of “lessons” from the  Re-Treading Marxism  page linked above, by Mr Rick Wolff:

From Economic to Social Crisis: Deficits, Debt and a Little Class History by: Rick Wolff

Throughout its history, capitalism never succeeded in preventing recurring economic cycles or crises.  That’s right kids, evil capitalism is the reason you can’t get a job with your college degree in the liberal arts of Zimbabwe.  Not everyone can be a fluffed up, lazy, overpaid-for-producing-nothing-but-anti-American-rhetoric-academic like Mr. Wolff .  Here is what you get from these career college kids/academics like Mr. Wolff-  All fluff and no production, as in never worked a job in his life. He started out with a degree in History from Harvard, to Economics degrees from Yale, and Stanford, to a PHD in economics from Yale, all of them acquired in the 60’s when preaching Communism was cool, just as hordes of dope-smoking hippies and wanna-be Communists at the OWS protests are now parroting.

Combining economics with history studies can be a valuable combination, especially when you are attempting to cloud the true poverty-inducing history of Marxism as they do in Rethinking Marxism.  To quote Mr. Wolff: ”  The world is being held back by the capitalistic system.”  Do away with the evil “board of directors” he says, yet it is these very same types of evil boards of directors that have approved his lifetime of making money for his speaking engagements and being a visiting professor of economics around the country and abroad, such as when he was in France.  ( albeit for a very short period of time in 1994) Again, I emphasize that this Marxist professor has never done an honest day’s work in his life. He has never applied all of his supposed economic brilliance to actually earn a living, in say running a manufacturing company or an investment firm. What he has made a lavish living at is student indoctrination and societal manipulation, just as his apparent lifelong mentor, the Socialist revolutionary Carl Marx did.

The similarities between Marx and Wolff can be seen in the following short biography about Karl Marx:

Karl Heinrich Marx (5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) was a German philosopher, sociologist, economic historian, journalist, and revolutionary socialist who developed the socio-political theory of Marxism. His ideas have since played a significant role in the development of social science and the socialist political movement. He published various books during his lifetime, with the most notable being The Communist Manifesto (1848) and Capital (1867–1894), many of which were co-written with his friend, the fellow German revolutionary socialist Friedrich Engels.  Mr. Wolff relies heavily of retreads of Karl Marx’ book Capital in his current Rethinking Marxism propaganda campaign. If you look at the bio of Mr. Wolff here, you can see stunning similarities between his “career” and that of Karl Marx.

The last time I saw anything that parallels  the above video showing numerous adults parroting Marxism and anti-capitalism rhetoric was when I was in the second grade learning our pledge of allegiance:  The teacher would say repeat after me:  “I pledge allegiance to the flag…”   That example is of six-year-olds learning the words to our pledge of allegiance through repetition. Mr. Wolff is shown to be using the same form of “teaching” ( reprogramming is a more apt word for it) on ADULTS at the OWS protests to spread Marxist propaganda. How pathetic is that?  What is even more saddening is the fact that not one of those supposed adults listening to this bunk had the guts to call out the “esteemed professor.”  I know for a fact that if he had attempted this type of anti-American indoctrination at a Tea Party rally, he would have been denounced after the first Marxism-promoting line that came out of his mouth. The last thing Tea- Partiers are ever going to put up with is some self-important academic telling them, ” Repeat after me children, I hate America”  This is the difference between the Occupiers and the Tea-Partiers, and it is right out there for all to see. One group has a Patriotic love for America and the freedom she stands for and the other simply wants to tear her down and create some form of Socialist Utopia. Do you know which group is which?

 

Occupy LA Is A Shining Example Of How Clueless These Hippies Are

This has everything you could ever want in an “occupy” video.  I almost wonder if it was staged.  (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t)  Here’s what you can expect to see:

1.  A guy playing a flute into a TV reporter’s microphone, so he couldn’t conduct an interview.
2.  Protestors discussing $150 worth of food stamps.
3.  Public Yoga!
4.  An “occupier” who was busy last night “protesting police”.
5.  Protestors complaining about bureaucracy in the “occupy” camp. (and about “centralized planning”)
6.  The collective NOT working in the interest of the collective.
7.  And a lot of other random “hippie stuff”.

What do you guys think?  Was this the “perfect” “occupy” video, or were some things missing?  Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter, or Facebook.

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