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Archive for December 30th, 2010

Dr. Walter Williams: Why government central planning equals tyranny

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2010

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Dr. Walter Williams: Healthcare is not a right

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2010

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Music Video: I’m in Love with Friedrich Hayek

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2010

One of the greatest economists and social scientists in human history…. and leftist academia makes sure he isn’t taught in any regular curriculum.

 

Special thanks to The Republican Heretic!

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Democrat Politicians Stingy on Charitable Giving – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2010

UPDATE – John Stossel on who gives more? Republicans or Democrats?

There have been several studies on this issue and the results are always the same, Republicans, especially religious Republicans, donate much larger amounts of their income to charity.

This bears out in tipping as well. In 1992 while I was working part time as a driver for a pizza chain I was delivering to students on the Notre Dame campus. After the transaction was completely done I asked the payer who they were supporting in the upcoming election (Bush41 or Clinton). As it worked out 76% of Republican voting customers tipped and only a small fraction of Democrat voting customers tipped (7% or 17% – I don’t recall which one as this was 1992). I talked to Rush Limbaugh about my experience as tipping was a frequent subject that week on his show. WSBT heard my call and was incredulous. They managed to track me down and had a very skeptical reporter follow me around the next night on deliveries. I followed the same procedure and the numbers worked out again within a percentage point. When they did the TV spot on me I said it was because conservatives are more compassionate than liberals and as I recall the WSBT anchor delivered that news with some degree of scorn in her voice.

 

 

This is nothing new.

FLASHBACK:  Palin gives more to charity in 1 year than Biden did in 8 and she has less income.

So what about the rest of them?

Liberals Give ‘Til It Hurts (You)

By Ann Coulter

Liberals never tire of discussing their own generosity, particularly when demanding that the government take your money by force to fund shiftless government employees overseeing counterproductive government programs.

They seem to have replaced “God” with “Government” in scriptural phrases such as “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

This week, we’ll take a peek at the charitable giving of these champions of the poor.

In 2009, the Obamas gave 5.9 percent of their income to charity, about the same as they gave in 2006 and 2007. In the eight years before he became president, Obama gave an average of 3.5 percent of his income to charity, upping that to 6.5 percent in 2008.

The Obamas’ charitable giving is equally divided between “hope” and “change.”

George W. Bush gave away more than 10 percent of his income each year he was president, as he did before becoming president.

Thus, in 2005, Obama gave about the same dollar amount to charity as President George Bush did, on an income of $1.7 million — more than twice as much as President Bush’s $735,180. Again in 2006, Bush gave more to charity than Obama on an income one-third smaller than Obama’s.

In the decade before Joe Biden became vice president, the Bidens gave a total — all 10 years combined — of $3,690 to charity, or 0.2 percent of their income. They gave in a decade what most Americans in their tax bracket give in an average year, or about one row of hair plugs.

Of course, even in Biden’s stingiest years, he gave more to charity than Sen. John Kerry did in 1995, which was a big fat goose egg. Kerry did, however, spend half a million dollars on a 17th-century Dutch seascape painting that year, as Peter Schweizer reports in his 2008 book, “Makers and Takers.”

To be fair, 1995 was an off-year for Kerry’s charitable giving. The year before, he gave $2,039 to charity, and the year before that a staggering $175.

He also dropped a $5 bill in the Salvation Army pail and almost didn’t ask for change.

In 1998, Al Gore gave $353 to charity — about a day’s take for a lemonade stand in his neighborhood. That was 10 percent of the national average for charitable giving by people in the $100,000-$200,000 income bracket. Gore was at the very top of that bracket, with an income of $197,729.

When Sen. Ted Kennedy released his tax returns to run for president in the ’70s, they showed that Kennedy gave a bare 1 percent of his income to charity — or, as Schweizer says, “about as much as Kennedy claimed as a write-off on his 50-foot sailing sloop Curragh.” (Cash tips to bartenders and cocktail waitresses are not considered charitable donations.)

The Democratic base gives to charity as their betters do. At the same income, a single mother on welfare is seven times less likely to give to charity than a working poor family that attends religious services.

In 2006 and 2007, John McCain, who files separately from his rich wife, gave 27.3 percent and 28.6 percent of his income to charity.

In 2005, Vice President Cheney gave 77 percent of his income to charity. He also shot a lawyer in the face, which I think should count for something.

In a single year, Schweizer reports, Rush Limbaugh “gave $109,716 to ‘various individuals in need of assistance mainly due to family illnesses,’ $52,898 to ‘children’s case management organizations,’ including ‘various programs to benefit families in need,’ $35,100 for ‘Alzheimer’s community care — day care for families in need,’ and $40,951 for air conditioning units and heaters delivered to troops in Iraq.”

(Rush also once gave $50 to Maxine Waters after mistaking her for a homeless person.)

The only way to pry a liberal from his money is to hold tickertape parades for him, allowing him to boast about his charity in magazines and on TV.

Isn’t that what Jesus instructed in the Sermon on the Mount?

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do … But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:2-4)

In my Bible, that passage is illustrated with a photo of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

At least the hypocrites in the Bible, Redmond, Wash., and Omaha, Neb., who incessantly brag about their charity actually do pony up the money.

Elected Democrats crow about how much they love the poor by demanding overburdened taxpayers fund government redistribution schemes, but can never seem to open their own wallets.

The only evidence we have that Democrats love the poor is that they consistently back policies that will create more of them.

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Lame Duck Congress Abuse of Power. Passes More Laws than Any Congress Since ’60′s & Most of that During Lame Duck Session. UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on December 30, 2010

So what is the problem you ask?

Well first of all the 20th Amendment was enacted in part to prevent this exact type of abuse of power. It also shows how much respect the Democrats (and a few Republicans) have for the will of the people.  There was no way that the hyper flawed START Treaty would have been approved before the election or this mountain of legislation that was passed. The Democrats even attempted to pass a new 1.2 trillion dollar spending bill at the last minute. Thankfully it was pulled in the Senate.

“Christmas tree” bills filled with pork, goodies and favors, a return of the overwhelmingly unpopular Death Tax at 35%. The bill preserving the tax rates should have been passed long ago. A food regulation bill that is just a huge federal power grab to control the industry and pick winners and losers, gifts to the trial lawyers to gin up more lawsuits…. more rules, regulations and “easter eggs” we still haven’t seen yet will likely be popping up as they are discovered.

There is no doubt about it, this was the Democrats sticking their finger in your eye and yet another violation of the intent of the Constitution once again. These people do not respect the limits of the law, or any limits on their power. And this past election should just be the first step of what we, the American people, are going to do about it.

Of course the elite media raced to see who could parrot the Democratic leaderships talking points with the most flare. That little 20th Amendment thing and the spirit behind it, not worthy of a mention….. will of the people, forget it as the elite media holds you in almost as much contempt as Nancy Pelosi does.

 

UPDATE - Congresswomen Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) Will Move To Ban Lame Duck Sessions Of Congress as they violate spirit of the 20th Amendment.

Posted in 2012, Big Bizz Loves Big Govt, Chuck Norton, Corporatism, Energy & Taxes, Obama and Congress Post Inaugration, Post 2010 | Leave a Comment »

 
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