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READY SET PANIC – 2% Federal Cuts Loom Yet MNHIX Funding Still Hollow Promise

Monday, February 25th, 2013

The White House released forecasts of what state budget line items they will cut if “Sequestration” happens this week. The fear mongering is designed to make Minnesotans think they will have to pay more to prevent cuts to carefully selected services. Obama(‘s auto pen) signed the Sequestration plan into place on New Year’s Day. This last minute fear mongering rings a little hollow to me since he has had 2 months to work with Congress to avoid this.

You will not hear the end of the cuts this week, but there’s far more dangerous budgeting happening closer to home. Please bear in mind that this is $85 Billion dollars out of a $3.8 Trillion budget. The idea that safetynet health insurance for the poor and firefighter jobs or whatever other tear jerking crowd of backdrop standings Obama can find … a pathetic excuse of leadership.

The homegrown version of Obamacare: The Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange” has a far more dangerous design flaw that will cost Minnesotans far more. Mark Dayton and Senate Democrats made this their very first agenda item this session. Senate File #1.

This program is so poorly designed that it has a $75 million donut hole each and every year. The fact is Government run programs require permanent funding to run. They are inventing a new system and this will require a whole new set of bureaucrats to administer the program. And please don’t lose sight of how this is simply to manage something almost every Minnesotan already has.

So while their is much thumping on their chests for what seems to add up to just $20 million is potential lost Federal monies, Democrats in Minnesota are trying to install an unproven, top down, and bloated bureaucracy to facilitate your health care.

Maybe we should be a little more concerned about where the rubber meets the road here in Minnesota, and not be distracted by some veiled threats from the White House.

Here A Tax, There a Tax, Everywhere A Tax Tax – Dayton’s Trucking Tax

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Another great bit of journalism from the Duluth News Tribune on the Mark Dayton sales tax plan and how it would actually affect Minnesota’s economy.

The trucking association, however, is focusing on the fact that — if Dayton’s proposed budget is passed — the 5.5 percent tax would be added every time a product is shipped by truck.

For example, if a truck is hauling lumber, there would be a tax for trucking the raw material out of the woods and to the mill, Hausladen said. It would be taxed again to haul it to a plant. It would be taxed yet again to haul it to the distributor, he said, and finally, it could be taxed if it’s trucked to the person purchasing the lumber to build something.

Why that almost sounds like a Value Added Tax. Problem is, we have the full slate of other taxes.

The point is, this Sales Tax plan of Mark Dayton will devastate the manufacturing industry in Minnesota by ratcheting up the cost of good and services which will lead to less jobs down the road by making Minnesota suppliers less competitive to out of state ones.

Best Frenemies?

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

I don’t understand how one could so quickly switch teams.

Let the past stay past

In 2010, Brian McClung, a former Gov. Tim Pawlenty staffer, was leading Minnesota Forward, a group that spent $1.6 million largely to make sure that Dayton was not elected governor. And Chris Tiedeman was chair of Minnesota’s Future, which spent millions with the same aim. But now, McClung and Tiedeman are sending out releases on behalf of public relations clients offering Dayton some support for his budget. McClung, on behalf of three metro area chambers of commerce, shared his clients’ praise for Dayton’s focus on transit investment. And Tiedeman, on behalf of AARP, the SEIU health care union and the Long Term Care Imperative, sent out some praise for Dayton making senior care a “priority.” Asked about the switch both seemed to recognize the irony of the situation — and continued to pitch their clients’ stories.

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Here A Tax There A Tax Everywhere a Tax Tax

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Old Mark Dayton had a 2008 page farm…

ST. PAUL — Tucked inside Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget are less-heralded changes that would alter how Minnesota residents pay for and interact with their government from cradle to grave.

These fine-print details won’t provoke the clashes of the governor’s controversial sales or income tax plans, but they could dictate how the state tackles childhood obesity, stretches the availability of broadband Internet and disposes of old paint and carpet.

Alternate headline: There’s a Tax for that.

Try Again?

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Today’s America is seemingly looking and feeling much more like the Colonies that were once ruled by a King.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Andy Aplikowski – January 16, 2013

Welcome To The USSA

Monday, January 7th, 2013

These United Socialist States of America that is.

Tax Code May Be the Most Progressive Since 1979

Published: Saturday, 5 Jan 2013 | 8:52 AM ET

WASHINGTON — With 2013 bringing tax increases on the incomes of a small sliver of the richest Americans, the country’s top earners now face a heavier tax burden than at any time since Jimmy Carter was president.

The last-minute deal struck by the departing 112th Congress raised taxes on a handful of the highest-earning Americans, with about 99.3 percent of households experiencing no change in their income taxes. But the Tax Policy Center estimates that the average family in the top 1 percent will pay a federal tax rate of more than 36 percent this year, up from 28 percent in 2008. That is the highest rate since 1979, at least.

Heck of a job John Boehner.

Why do I dare demean America by calling us socialist? Because “Progressivism” is somewhere between socialism and communism.

 

From The INBOX: Grrrrreeeeeaaaaattttt

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Got an email from someone’s HR about the new tax rates.

My response.

Its just the beginning. Even Tom Petters & Bernie Maddow  know we are hosed as a country. We can’t even balance the budget in one year, let alone pay down the debt or liabilities.
Congress has 2 months to pretend its all ok. The next fight is the debt ceiling. If it doesn’t get increased, everyone will see massive tax hikes. We’re running over a trillion in the red. All of the tax increases passed on Tuesday don’t come close to bringing in another trillion. When they were talking people earning over $250K a year it ‘supposedly’ would be $82 Billion a year in revenue. They shrunk that pool so it won’t even come that close.    To quote Clint Eastwood “This is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people”
This “deal” will run its course in just weeks. The dangnamit Republicans should have let us go off cliff so cuts would have been made and everyone would have felt the pain of having to pay for kid in the candy store government. Instead everyone is just annoyed but still addicted to the government cheese. Don’t cut my program. Don’t raise MY taxes. Tax that guy over there and give it to me.
Good explanation of the 2% impact.

That’s because payroll taxes will increase on most workers after Congress decided not to reverse an expiration of a payroll tax cut – a development that was largely expected. Payroll taxes rose to 6.2% under the deal, from 4.2% last year.

The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates that 77% of Americans will see higher taxes because of the elimination of the payroll tax cut, meaning $115 billion less in disposable income. …

A household making $50,000 to 75,000 a year will make $822 less this year than last year, according to Rosenberg’s calculations. Those making $75,000 to $100,000 will see $1,206 less in their paychecks, while those making $200,000 to $500,000 will see a drop of $2,711 in their paychecks.

“Redistripublicans” The Republican Tax Hikes

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

With Republicans Like These, Who Needs Democrats? 

If Washington Republicans would spend a few weeks outside of the DC beltway and media cone of disinformation broadcasts from their propaganda machine, they’d realize that America was not salivating at the idea of permanently increasing taxes on our most successful people and businesses making the US less competitive for the best and brightest in this global economy we live in.

If only the Washington Republicans had just looked at the fact that Republicans will be selecting the next Speaker of the US House since they were sent back with a majority in 2012 by voters and the uber liberal Democrats were not…..

Only in the mind of a Washington Republican can  you believe that the same voters who allegedly gave Obama and Harry Reid mandates also reelected a Republican House Majority to sit in the corner and rubberstamp socialisms march in America.

Washington Republicans were so paranoid by the pressures of reelection or polling or something that they allowed the media confusion of the issues to force them to literally author a major plank of socialism, redistribution.

From each according to their ability to each according to their needs. 

For more bad news and why the McConnell/Boehner deal is so bad read this and this

Of course we also need to be reminded that Government is trying to solve a problem that Government actually created and here we are allowing them to try to fix it but sticking us with a bill for THEIR promises of free this and that.

Spending will continue to skyrocket under this “Republican Plan”. No cuts, no reforms, no sunsetting…. But tax increases are now the law of the land.

With Republicans Like These, Who Needs Democrats?

BREAKING: Fiscal Crisis Averted: Can FInally Goes Off Cliff

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Rather than keep kicking the can down the road, Obama and Republicans agreed to just kick the fiscal sanity can off a cliff once and for all.

Which is such great news America. Yep, taxes raised on the uber successful… er rich so they can pay “their fair share” which is exponentially higher and a larger share of the overall financial burden than the rest of Americans…. Which we also just saw in France has an equal and opposite result…..

Oh and spending cuts are not an option, and oh yeah, Obama will not take no on a Debt limit increase….

Which is of course, elevating the fiscal cliff America will continue to face…..

Facts have been withheld from this entire fiscal cliff debate. So have honesty and rationality.

America got screwed last night.

Washington avoided accountability for their decades of floating checks and promises for power and to win elections.

Need immigrant voters: Push amnesty and demonize anyone who just wants to secure our porous borders.

Need senior votes: Refuse to address the Medicare & Social Security insolvency problems and demonize anyone who wants to begin the necessary reforms to protect future generations.

Need young vote: Push gay marriage and demonize anyone who wants simply to define traditional marriage by painting them as the evil that wore white hoods and murdered people for their skin color.

Need hard core anti-Capitalist voters: Push for socialist redistribution tax rates and demonize anyone who wants to protect America’s greatest asset, its mighty  economy, from those who see it as its greatest evil.

The fiscal cliff was about un-sustainability in federal spending and liabilities. What happened last night did nothing to address either of those, just check off one of the political to-do’s of the radical leftist socialists.

Its very disappointing that the people who voted yes last night did so after taking an oath to defend this country from all enemies, foreign AND domestic.

Like Giving Whiskey And Car Keys To Teenagers

Friday, December 28th, 2012

P.J. O’Rourke knocks one out of the park.

 

P.J. O’Rourke: Dear Mr. President, Zero-Sum Doesn’t Add Up

Is life like a pizza, where if some people have too many slices, other people have to eat the pizza box?

Obama redistribio pizzaI wish I could also congratulate you on your conduct of international affairs. I do thank you for killing Osama bin Laden. It was a creditable action for which you deserve some of the credit you’ve been given. Of course the intelligence was gathered, and the mission was undertaken, by men and women who, although they answer to your comm

and, answer to duty first. And it is difficult to imagine any president of the United States who, under the circumstances, wouldn’t have ordered the strike against bin Laden. Although there is Jimmy Carter. Thank you for not being Jimmy Carter.

But even though it violates the insincere amity that creates a period of calm following national elections, no thank you for the following, and it is only a partial list:

Read the rest!