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Re: Lying Politicians
9/19/2008 7:15:22 AM
I don't believe in gay marriage, and I don't agree with abortion as you describe either. I do believe in a woman's right to choose. I believe victims of rape and incest should not have to carry their abusers child if they don't want to. I believe in birth control over abortion any day. But, I do not believe that the government should have the right to choose for a woman. What does the government know about the anguish of an assualt victim? What do you know of it? Why should the government be allowed to choose the fate of the victim; the focus should be on the victimizer.

I believe that religion and polictics should remain separated. Period. To elect a person based on their religious beliefs is discriminating against all those who believe differently. Remember the Inquisition? Wars are fought in the name of God, which is in direct conflict with the commandment, 'Thou shalt not kill.'

Religion and polictics should not be mixed. Ever.
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Re: Lying Politicians
9/19/2008 3:43:37 PM
Dave I know you think that feelings lie, but if that is true why did I have such a bad feeling about Obama when he first came on the scene and before I know what I know now? I've always heard it called woman's intuition. The first inkling I had was seeing the video of him not saluting our flag and the second was learning he had been going to a hate teaching/preaching church for 20 years and only left because it was having a negative effect on his campaign. Just these two things makes me wonder how people can support him to be the leader of our country. It is just beyond my comprehension.
I would like to share something I got in an email today:
This is long but well worth reading . . . . . 

This is pretty heavy duty, but ya know....I completely agree.  
Now that the two primary Presidential candidates are clearly identified, with major differences in their experience, background and platform, it is important to look back to see if history is destined to repeat itself.

If you drop a frog in boiling water he will leap right out.  If you slowly heat the water he will be content until it's too late to get out.  That is exactly how history works.  It moves slowly and we never really see any danger until it's too late.
Remember how suppressed workers were before unions came along?  The unions leveled the playing field.  Unfortunately, over a long period of time the pendulum swung too far.  Slowly, businesses and factories closed and jobs left the country.  We were comfortable and didn't see the change coming.  We blamed everyone except ourselves for what happened.  We weren't alert to how slow things change over time.
World War II, and the Korean War, demonstrated how powerful a united nation could be.  Our nation, and our families, were united.  The father was the head of the family and the President was the head of the nation.  Both were highly respected.  We were content and happy.
We were good at fighting a hot war but we were unprepared to fight a cold war with the communists in the 50's. They knew they couldn't change us but they didn't care.  Their philosophy was to wait it out and capture the minds of our children.  They loaded our colleges with many of their professors and waited.  It didn't take long to see the results.
The 60''s ushered in the radicals, drug culture, student protesters, and the Vietnam War.  The aim of the cold war was to divide and conquer. They divided our families and the nation.  The secret to defeating a polite and respectful people is to scream.  The louder and longer you scream the better your chance of winning.  Radicals are masters at this form of attack.  They know if you constantly scream and repeat a lie it will eventually become the truth.
The media, and Hollywood , hammered us with hate America themes and stories.  Our service men, and women, were jeered, cursed, and spit on.  Even the people, who latter wanted to become their President, thrashed them.  We lost our first War in history.  There was no hero's homecoming for our fighting men and women.
The Reverend King, who was raised in the old school, peacefully changed the race issue and united the people.  When he died the new breed of leaders like the Jesse Jackson's, Lewis Farakon,'s Al Sharpton's, and Rev. Wright's put a lid on his efforts and turned racism into a money making machine.
Corporations were green-mailed by threats of protests, product boycotts, or endless lawsuits.  Every issue, large or small, became a race issue.  The public recoiled in fear of being called a racist.  Their voices were silenced because one word could cost you a career, get you fired, or get you sued.
Even politicians buckled under to the pressure.  The Florida legislature issued a formal apology for having slavery 200 years ago.  They were thanked by being asked for compensation.  There is no end in sight for this kind of nonsense.  America didn't capture slaves and bring them to America .  Their own people sold them to slave traders from several nations.  This knowledge doesn't stop the screamers.  History is what it is and you can't change it.  There have been many tragic events in history.  You acknowledge them and move on.
They divided our nation into two separate Americas .  We now have Americans, and African-Americans, although Africa has nothing to do with being an American.  You can be one or the other but not both.  You are what you were born to be.  You do not subordinate our country to any foreign nation.  It's equivalent to flying the African flag above the Stars and Stripes.  If you hyphenate two countries America always comes first.
This election year could be the turning point in our history because the frog theory has come into play.  It's time to step back and look at how the country has slowly changed since the cold war started.  Don't get caught up in all the hype.
George McGovern was the first Presidential candidate to test the waters with college students.  The Clinton 's played a big role in his campaign.  It was the worst campaign ever run.  He was crushed in the election.
Step two was to infiltrate all the information vehicles such as radio, newspapers, magazines, TV and movies.  They were quite successful at that.  Jimmy Carter was the first President to demonstrate the leadership skills of the far left.  Weak military, high taxes, runaway inflation, 19% mortgage rates, and plain incompetence ended his career in Washington .  Iran, a small country at the time, took American hostages and kicked sand in our face.  By negotiating from weakness Carter could not get the hostages released.
The big benefit of the Carter years is that they were followed by the Reagan years.  The nation got a clear look at the difference between a weak nation and a strong nation.  Every student should know this difference.  When Ronald Reagan took over the hostages were quickly released, taxes were lowered, inflation dropped, mortgage rates dropped, and the military was strengthened.  Russia quickly waved the white flag and waited for another Democrat term.
Clinton took over Carters uncompleted social programs.  He weakened the military and tried to pass large government programs.  An Intern derailed his Presidency.  While he was tied up with his personal problems his lawyers ran the country.  He passed up three opportunities to take out Osama Bin Laden.  This eventually cost us the loss of our Twin Towers , thousands of American lives, and got us involved in a war with Iraq .
By the end of his term the left had captured a large share of the media and it flexed its muscle in 2000.  The hate Bush campaign got off to a roaring start.  The brainwashing theory of repeating the same story over and over again was launched.
There were endless stories about our evil nation and its President.  Top-secret plans were leaked to the press and printed for the entire world to see.  Hollywood cranked out documentaries about the evil Bush administration and our evil military. They laid the groundwork for the next election.  The ACLU flooded the courts with lawsuits and the Democrat party became a law firm.  Almost every incumbent, or his or her spouse, is a lawyer.
They now have the perfect candidate because they can squash criticism by playing the race card.  If you don't like Obama, or criticize him, you are a racist.  They can hide his inexperience and background by turning him into a rock star and singing change and hope.  They don't tell us what kind of change, or how it will be done, only that you should hope for the best.  By keeping the hype going they don't have to put anything of substance on the table.
The only thing we really know about Obama is that his wife has never been proud to be an American.  They want us to believe that his liberal college professors, Rev. Pfleger, his ties to radicals Bill Ayer and Lewis Farakon, and listening to the Rev. Wright's hate talks for 20 years, had no influence on his thinking.  If they didn't, then who did?  He wasn't in business and didn't see fit to serve his country.  These people launched his political career and their organizations received earmarks in return for their campaign donations and political help. They must have had some influence.  Rev. Wright's church received over $15 million.  That's only one small local church.  Think on a national scale.
The change being promoted is a change back to the Carter years.  It started in 2006 when the lawyer party took over.  There have been endless lawsuits and investigations in retaliation for the Clinton years.  It keeps the lawyers busy but does nothing for the economy.  The economy has been in a downward spiral since they took over.
Returning to the Carter years of high taxes, high inflation, and a weak military is not the change we are looking for.  We cannot cower to a bunch of crazies whose only goal in life is to kill us.
The old sage's (over 50) will have to play a big role in this election.  The young people simply don't know what the aged know.  The advantage of aging is the knowledge you accumulated.  You know what United States means.  You know what the seldom-heard word respect means.  You know how wonderful freedom and independence is.  You know the difference between a strong and a weak nation; and you know what it takes to keep it strong.  You know history because you have lived it. 
Although the old guard is dying off, and getting too tired to fight, they have to muster one more charge.  If they don't, our children, and grandchildren, will never know the joy and freedom that is the bedrock of our country.  The heat is slowly being turned up and the water is getting hot.  The old frogs better start jumping before it's too late.
Dr. Larry J. Tracy
Re: Lying Politicians
9/19/2008 5:50:32 PM

Democratic Leadership ...

Detroit, MI -       1st on the poverty list - hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961
Buffalo, NY -      2nd -   hasn't elected one ... since 1954
Cincinnati, OH   3rd - .... since 1984
Cleveland, OH   4th - .... since 1989
Miami, FL -        5th -      has never had a Republican mayor
St. Louis, MO -   6th - .... since 1949
El Paso, TX -      7th -      has never had a Republican mayor
Milwaukee, WI   8th - .... since 1908
Philadelphia,     9th - ...  since 1952
Newark, NJ -      10th  ...   since 1907

Einstein once said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results."

It is the disadvantaged who habitually elect Democrats, yet are still disadvantaged. Why is this?  Are they just ignorant enough to not know better, or do they vote based on a criteria of entitlements, or race, or both?

In any case, the poor keep voting Democrat, and they're still poor. And the Democrat's want to do for the entire nation like they've done for the great cities of our nation.


Re: Lying Politicians
9/19/2008 5:51:43 PM

California Activist Proposes Wealth Tax and Probably Unconstitutional Exit Tax

Earlier this month, a California activist began gathering signatures to put a state wealth tax on the ballot. The measure would impose a new 35% income surtax (in addition to federal taxes and the existing 10.3% top state rate), and penalize people who leave the state by seizing 55% of assets exceeding $20 million. The money raised would be used to eliminate the state's budget deficit and for purchasing controlling shares in large corporations.

The 17.5% surtax is unusual because it would be on a taxpayer's total (not marginal) income whenever it exceeds $250,000, with another additional 17.5 percent tax on total income (for a total additional 35 percent tax) whenever it exceeds $500,000. In the case of single taxpayers or taxpayers filing as head of household, these additional taxes would be levied on incomes greater than $150,000 and $350,000 respectively.

So say someone has adjusted gross income of $1,000,000 and taxable income of $750,000. Today, their tax bill would be:

Federal Income Tax (35% top rate):


State Income Tax (9.3% top rate):


Payroll Taxes:


Total Income and Payroll Taxes:


Effective Tax Rate:


With the new surtaxes, it would look like this:

Federal Income Tax (35% top rate):


State Income Tax (9.3% top rate):


Proposed Initiative Surtax (35%):


Payroll Taxes:


Total Income and Payroll Taxes:


Effective Tax Rate:


The same person faces an effective tax rate of just 28% if they lived in neighboring Nevada. Being able to cut your taxes in half by moving to the next state over is probably not an incentive California wants to offer. Staying would also mean your tax bill going up by over 74 percent. Marginal rates this high would undoubtedly curtail capital formation, productive investment, and economic activity.

The initiative's sponsors have an answer to this too: hit people leaving with a hefty exit toll. The creatively named "Hasta La Vista Tax" of 36.8 percent is imposed when an individual dies or moves out of California. This exit tax would be on both recognized income and unrealized appreciation in asset values over $5 million. Since this tax inhibits commerce and burdens the right to travel, it is probably unconstitutional.

In addition, existing California residents who stay are hit with a one-time tax of 55 percent on assets in excess of $20 million.

Such enormous wealth and income taxes would probably be the best news Arizona and Nevada could get, because the exodus of capital and entrepreneurship will probably head their way.

The sponsor has until January 2, 2009 to gather the 694,354 signatures needed to place the initiative before California voters.

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Re: Lying Politicians
9/19/2008 9:18:40 PM
Hi Mary,

Thank you for such a great post.  Dr. Tracy's points are very accurate and founded on solid ground, backed up by many years of history.

Unfortunately, far too few people will take the time to be students of history, preferring, instead, to rely on their own uneducated opinions and intelligence, which is a huge mistake.  History is the very best tool we have to tell us WHY things are going the way they are, today, and WHY many of the ideas we hear presented WILL NOT work.  It is one thing to be intelligent, but it is quite another to use that intelligence wisely and put it to work finding and analyzing the facts.

Regarding your feelings, I would suggest that it was not the feelings that were telling you that something was wrong, but rather it was the knowledge that something was wrong that gave you the bad feelings!

Seeing a man who refuses to acknowledge his country's flag running for president of that country should be, by itself, enough to send any loyal citizen of that country RUNNING in the opposite direction!

From where I'm sitting, with the VAST amount of information available EASILY, thanks to the internet, I am absolutely ASTONISHED that ANY loyal American would vote for Senator Obama.  I believe that America under his leadership, more than any other candidate in history, Republican OR Democrat, would be headed for disaster.

God bless,



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