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Shouldn’t You Put Your Own House in Order Before You Start Blaming Others? by The Elephant's Child

Obama’s major speech theme so far in this campaign season is that all Americans, especially the rich, should pay their “fair share” of taxes. We have heard endlessly about how Warren Buffet pays a smaller percentage of his income in taxes than his secretary.  It’s not fair for an office worker like Mr. Buffet’s secretary to dutifully pay her taxes while other people with bigger incomes and better education end up paying a smaller tax rate.

How embarrassing for Mr. Obama, when a new report from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama’s executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes.  Did they pay any taxes?

Previous reports have shown that Mr. Obama’s White House staff is well paid. Four hundred and fifty-seven aides gathered in more tan $37 million last year. Nearly one-third of Obama’s aides make more than $100,000, with 21 being paid the top White House salary of $172,000 each. This report is part of a required annual agency report on federal employees’ tax compliance.  So a lot of people being paid by the taxpayers, are not paying their own taxes.

The report finds that thousands of federal employees owe the country more than $3.4  billion in back taxes. That’s up 3% from last year.

The offenders include employees of the U.S. Senate who help write the laws : they owe $2.1 million. Workers in the House of Representatives owe $8.5 million. Department of Education employees owe $4.3 million and 4,697 workers at Homeland Security owe around $37 million. Active duty military owe more than $100 million.

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner famously had to pay $42,000 in back taxes before being confirmed, but 1,181 employees at Treasury owe some $9.3 million. The Post Office has the most workers who owe the most — almost $270 million. The country’s chief law enforcement agency, the Department of Justice has 2,000 who are about $17 million behind in taxes.

The IRS attempts to negotiate back-tax payment plans with all delinquents, whose names cannot be released. But according to federal law, the only federal employees who can be fired for not paying taxes are IRS workers. Ordinary citizens are threatened, fines accumulate, but this doesn’t sound like these government workers are being pursued by an aggressive IRS. That’s a lot of back taxes. I never understood how Tim Geithner’s $42,000 in back taxes were not disqualifying.  It’s good that he ponied up, but he was being placed in charge….

ObamaCare Summed Up in One Sentence! by The Elephant's Child

Oh, Please, Help this to go viral!

Dr. Barbara Bellar, Candidate for the Illinois State Senate, District 18 accurately sums up ObamaCare in one long sentence.

The Hope and The Change — The Official Movie Trailer by The Elephant's Child
September 3, 2012, 6:53 am
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Why Are Liberals So Angry? by The Elephant's Child

From the Archives: August 8, 2010.

Liberals control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives.  Their efforts are extolled and celebrated by the national media.  Hollywood churns out movies and TV shows that portray the liberal view of the world.  Congress can pass whatever bills they want, confident that the president will sign them.  They have the power to do whatever they want, and since they are there —our elected representatives — one can assume that they have the approval and good wishes of the people of the United States.

So why are Liberals so angry?  If the recent revelations from JournoList, the e-mail list of about 100 liberal/left journalists mean anything, the most notable fact is the depth of their hatred for conservatives.  And not just conservatives in general, they hate conservative individuals.

There is plenty of evidence of this.  Those of us on the right have seen it — frothing at the mouth, red-in-the-face, not just disagreement, but hatred.  Back in the 1980s when Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union “an evil empire,” liberals were enraged.

A  JournoList participant, a public-radio reporter, expressed her personal wish to see Rush Limbaugh die a slow painful death — and nobody objected.  A Daily Kos editor dreams of liquidating opponents like “Steven Milloy and his buddies” with a Soylent Green assisted suicide, because they commit the crime of opposing global warming alarmism.  Howard Dean, never shy about expressing his hatred for Republicans, said “In contradistinction to the Republicans, Democrats don’t believe kids ought to go to bed hungry at night.”  Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) said “I want to say a few words about what it means to be a Democrat.  It’s very simple: We have a conscience.” Oh please!

When you comb through the evidence, it becomes apparent that Conservatives are hated specifically because — they disagree. Liberals life-long dream of government controlled health care has been realized.  And the Republicans had the colossal nerve to oppose it.  It was, liberals are sure, the right thing to do, to make health care more affordable and everybody healthier, and the Republicans started in with their studies and evidence and history and convinced the poor ordinary folk out there to oppose it too.

Progressivism is a bit of a religious experience — everything is politics and politics is everything.  And when they got to be in charge, to control the levers and the power of government, liberals would show everyone just what “hope and change”really meant. Equality, social justice.  Things would be fixed.  The rich would be brought down, business would be forced to stop preying on poor people just to make a profit.  Profit would no longer be allowed. Life would be fair.

Of course they have tripled the deficit that Obama claims daily was left to him by George W. Bush.  They have really, really tried to fix the economy. They have paid people to buy cars, purchase homes, pay off their mortgages, weatherize their homes and put solar panels on their roofs. And it didn’t work. And the liberals are furious because the conservatives — disagreed.

Life is not fair. It just isn’t.  And you cannot make it fair.  Bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. Human nature is imperfect, unchangeable, and unfixable.  We make mistakes, and that is how we learn.  Sometimes we make horrible mistakes, and we try to fix them.  But if we do not learn from our mistakes, then we cannot grow. The greatest impetus for growth has always been liberty. Milton Friedman once put it rather well:

A society that puts equality— in the sense of equality of outcome — ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.  The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.

I’m repeating this because they are still angry, and it still applies.

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