Which of Obama’s Friends DON’T Have Tax Problems?

This makes at least five Obama cabinet nominees with tax troubles.

Of course they are all “unintentional.”

From Michelle Malkin,

Knock me over with a feather. Another Obama nominee made “unintentional” errors, meaningless goofs, nothingburger mistakes on her tax returns.

It’s HHS nominee Kathleen Sebelius. Via Brian Montopoli of CBSNews:

Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama’s nominee to become Health and Human Services secretary, said in a letter obtained by the Associated Press that she made “unintentional errors” on her taxes and has corrected her returns from three different years.

In the letter, which was sent to senators and dated today, Sebelius wrote that she had made changes related to charitable contributions, business expenses and the sale of a home, according to the AP.

The wire service reports that she and her husband paid just over $7,000 in back taxes, along with $878 in interest, for the years 2005-2007.

Hey, where’s that stamp? Oh, yeah. There it is.

Published in: on March 31, 2009 at 11:01 pm  Comments (2)  

Government Takeover of Food

Eau Claire Farmer's Market, Wheatfield Hill Organics peppers

Eau Claire Farmer's Market, Wheatfield Hill Organics peppers

Kiss your fresh and local, farmer’s market bread, jam, peas and carrots, goodbye?

The push is on for the “Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009.”  Also known as HR 875 and SB 425.

As an avid consumer of local and organic foods- and a lover of freedom- this really sets off the alarms for me.

Our representatives in Washington don’t see fit to stop at politicizing our health care decisions, the level of our thermostats, and the cars we drive.  Now some want to control even the food we eat.

From WorldNetDaily,

Building on the Salmonella outbreak linked to nine deaths from peanut products late last year, a study released last week by the Trust for America’s Health (in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) called food safety in the U.S. “plagued with problems.” The study found that the American economy lost $44 billion in medical care and lost productivity because of unsafe food and called on the Obama administration to create a new Food Safety Administration and double (from $542 million in FY 2009) federal funding to insure food safety.

Not coincidentally, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., introduced HR 875 to establish a new Food Safety Administration

to “protect the public health” and “ensure the safety of food.” Rep. DeLauro believes that the FDA is not effective enough with the current laws governing food safety, so HR 875 grants broad new powers to the new FSA. DeLauro is a former chief of staff to Sen. Chris Dodd. Her husband, Stan Greenberg, is a leftist consultant whose corporate clients include (food giant) Monsanto.

This bill – if passed – would give FSA inspectors the right to enter, anywhere in the world, any premises of any food establishment to inspect and determine whether the product of that food establishment should be sold to American consumers.

HR 875 defines “food establishment” (among other things) as any “facility … that processes food or a facility that hold, stores, or transports food or food ingredients.” The bill also defines “food production facility” as “any farm, ranch, orchard, vineyard, aquaculture facility, or confined animal-feeding facility.” The bill empowers the new FSA to promulgate regulations further defining what “food” is, and regulating the manner of its growth, processing and delivery to the consumer.

The companion Senate Bill (SB 425) introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, sheds more light on the true goal of all this. Her bill requires “traceability” in these words:

The traceability system shall require each article of food … to be identified in a manner that enables the Secretary to retrieve the history, use, and location of the article through a recordkeeping and audit system

Small farmers and food processors (jams and jelly folks, for example) would be out of business if these bills are passed into law. Ditto farmers’ markets, and, potentially any individual who sells or even shares the bounty of a home garden.

If these bills pass into law, Big Ag Biz would increase its stranglehold on the food business, and big government would expand its swarm of officers bedeviling every private pursuit of happiness.

I aked Jenny Dubiel, a local small farmer who supplies my family with delicious organic and free-range eggs, how this would affect her.

“…this would essentially just take me out.  There is no way I would set myself up for these regulations and inspections.

I have always told my customers, that THEY are the inspectors and are welcome at my farm any time to even gather their own eggs, and to see how the chickens are raised.

We don’t need the government in here telling me how to run our farm.  Who would you trust?  Your neighbor or Uncle Sam, to ensure the safety of your food?

I don’t raise these chickens for eggs or meat to get rich, I do it to create a product I’m proud of and because I don’t want MY family eating anything less either.”

If you’re like me, and rely on local farmers for your eggs, meat, and organic produce, or you simply care about the freedom of these farmers to stay in business, now’s the time to call your representatives.  Contact info here and here.

To sign an online petition to stop HR 875 go here.

Published in: on March 31, 2009 at 10:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Your Daily Dose

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Published in: on March 31, 2009 at 9:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

“El Rushbo to New York- Drop Dead”

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Rush Limbaugh announced Monday that he’s packin’ up his second- and rarely used- home in New York and heading for lower ground.  Lower tax ground, that is.

New York Governor Paterson and the state legislature came to an agreement on extreme tax hikes over the weekend. Limbaugh refuses to pay an income tax increase of 31% on money made when he does his radio show from New York City.  And he thinks others are going to do the same.

Limbaugh says he will seek an income tax-free state – like Texas- as a second home to escape to when hurricane season hits his south Florida home.

Full transcript of Monday’s monologue here.

Published in: on March 31, 2009 at 1:36 am  Leave a Comment  

R.I.P. Gipper

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It was 28 years ago today, on a Monday afternoon, that the first attempt was made on President Ronald Reagan’s life.

From WorldNetDaily,

From The Reagan Diaries, an entry from Monday, March 30, 1981.

“My day to address the Bldg. & Const. Trades Nat. Conf. A.F.L.-C.I.O. at the Hilton Ballroom – 2 P.M. Was all dressed to go & for some reason at the last min. took off my really good wrist watch & wore an older one.

Speech not riotously received – still it was successful.

Left the hotel at the usual side entrance and headed for the car – suddenly there was a burst of gun fire from the left…”

John Hinckley hit Reagan with a bullet as he approached his limousine. But Reagan, 70 at the time and only in office for 69 days was tough as nails. He recovered and went on to change the lives of not only all Americans, but the lives of millions upon millions worldwide. You can learn much more about our 40th president at the Reagan Library website: ReaganLibrary.com.

Published in: on March 30, 2009 at 9:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Right to Raise Your Child

Who has it?  You, or the government?

Watch out for the liberal push to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.   This treaty was approved by President Bill Clinton, but opposed in the Senate and never signed.

With the Democrats in power, it’s been revived.  And it threatens your rights to parent your own children as you see fit.

Some members of Congress, acting in defense of American families, are proposing a constitutional amendment that would protect parental rights from threats such as the UNCRC.

From WorldNetDaily,

Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., who introduced a parental rights amendment by himself last year, told the Agence France-Presse that he will be joined by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., on Tuesday as they renew the fight.

According to a statement released to AFP by Hoekstra’s office, the amendment “would clearly outline in the U.S. Constitution that parents, not government or any other organization, have a fundamental right to raise their children as they see fit.”

“At a time when government at every level seems to encroach upon the ability of parents to choose the best for their children,” Hoekstra writes on his website, “it is important to preserve parental rights into the Constitution.”

According to ParentalRights.org, an organization dedicated to seeing the amendment passed, this year’s effort, in addition to senatorial support from DeMint, has recruited 65 U.S. representatives who have committed to joining Hoekstra in co-sponsoring a parental rights amendment.

J. Michael Smith, president of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, says,

“It’s possible that in the near future, the United States may significantly weaken the rights of parents to raise their children,” Smith wrote. “Crucial decisions that parents are accustomed to making, such as what our children read, who they associate with, what kind of discipline is used, whether we take them to church, or whether we homeschool, all become decisions for the state if the United States ratifies the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

He continued, “By allowing the government to define and determine what is in the ‘best interests of the child,’ outside the context of abuse and neglect cases, the UNCRC in effect diminishes the parental role, replacing it with government supervision.”

Rep. Pete Hoekstra on Parental Rights:


Published in: on March 30, 2009 at 8:59 pm  Comments (1)  

“Policy Changes” = No Enforcement

From the Washington Post,

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has delayed a series of proposed immigration raids and other enforcement actions at U.S. workplaces in recent weeks, asking agents in her department to apply more scrutiny to the selection and investigation of targets as well as the timing of raids, federal officials said.

In other words, enforcing the law is on hold for now.

“Raids that break up families in that way, just kick in the door in the middle of the night, taking [a] father, a parent away, that’s just not the American way. It must stop,” Pelosi added at a Capitol Hill conference on border issues sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

But Obama also faces pressure from conservative lawmakers and many centrist Democrats, who say that workplace enforcement is needed to reduce the supply of jobs that attract illegal immigrants, and that any retreat in defending American jobs in a recession could ignite a populist backlash.

When the White House announced plans last week to move more than 450 federal agents and equipment to the border to counter Mexico’s drug cartels, lawmakers warned Napolitano against diverting money from workplace operations.

Rep. Lamar Smith (Tex.), ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said the administration “appears to be using border violence as an excuse” to undercut immigration enforcement in the nation’s interior.

All part of the political chess game.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which seeks to reduce immigration, said Obama aides are trying to manage the issue until an economic turnaround permits an attempt to overhaul immigration laws.

“I think their calculus is, how do they keep Hispanic groups happy enough without angering the broader public so much that they sabotage health care and their other priorities?” Krikorian said.

Published in: on March 30, 2009 at 7:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Thanks, Angie.

Obama and his posse of 500 (traveling on your dime) were expecting a slobbering welcome at the G20.

They’ll be lucky if they aren’t iced out and sent packing.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has doused the flames of a “Global New Deal”- an idea tossed around by the UK’s Gordon Brown and President Obama- before it even got roaring.

From The Times Online,

“I will not let anyone tell me that we must spend more money,” Merkel said.

The Spanish finance minister, Pedro Solbes, also dismissed new cash being pledged at Thursday’s London summit.

“In these conditions I and the rest of my colleagues from the eurozone believe there is no room for new fiscal stimulus plans,” he said.

The assault by European Union leaders also represents a defeat for President Barack Obama, who is desperate for other big economies to copy his $800 billion stimulus plan.

Watch for more EU leaders to tell Obama they won’t be pushed around on the G20 world stage.

Was this what Joe Biden was talking about on the campaign trail, when he said,

“Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

Published in: on March 30, 2009 at 6:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

President Obama- CEO, Government Motors

He’s the boss, applesauce!

From Michelle Malkin,


Photoshop credit: George of Elegant Memories

The Obama administration is swaggering over its firing of GM CEO Richard Wagoner and its demand for more restructuring concessions from GM and Chrysler before they dole out more money.

But the bottom line is, despite their threats to withhold the funds, the feds will eventually give them the billions of dollars in taxpayer money they need to prop up their failing businesses.

Barack Obama rose from community organizer to auto company usurper. Only in America.

Ed Morrissey points out that Obama has also cooked up a new government-backed warranty program:

Vehicle owners can expect the same kind of efficiency and expertise they receive there in handling warranty issues with their vehicles. Instead of working with dealers on the warranties, the government will now have to get involved, which will mean extensive paperwork for every warranty claim as the Directorate of Auto Warranties will have to account for every single penny, or at least those pennies that don’t get earmarked for Auto Warranty Bike Paths by Rep. Jim Oberstar.

And let’s not forget what this will do for Detroit’s competitiveness. Now that warranties will get funded by Uncle Sam, what do you suppose will happen to them? They’ll get shortened, and if they become uncompetitive, it will literally take an act of Congress to get longer warranties offered by Detroit. But that’s not what will really happen. If the Directorate of Auto Warranties discovers that the competition offers longer and more robust warranties, the Directorate will simply get Congress to pass laws outlawing them. After all, we can’t have a bunch of furriners undercutting Uncle Sam, can we? Why, that would be downright unpatriotic!

Published in: on March 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm  Comments (1)  

“The Mirage of Green Jobs”

From Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey,

Barack Obama promised that his cap-and-trade energy policies would fund an explosion of “green jobs” as government pushes for mass-production-capable alternative energy sources.  Spain used to think the same thing, but Bloomberg reports that the explosion turned into an implosion (via Barcepundit):

Subsidizing renewable energy in the U.S. may destroy two jobs for every one created if Spain’s experience with windmills and solar farms is any guide.

For every new position that depends on energy price supports, at least 2.2 jobs in other industries will disappear, according to a study from King Juan Carlos University in Madrid.

U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2010 budget proposal contains about $20 billion in tax incentives for clean-energy programs. In Spain, where wind turbines provided 11 percent of power demand last year, generators earn rates as much as 11 times more for renewable energy compared with burning fossil fuels.

Spain wound up paying $775,000 for every green job they created through subsidies since 2000.  That’s almost $100,000 per year per job, and that cost only includes the created jobs.  The cost of the 2.2 jobs lost would hike that cost considerably, as well as the lost tax revenues, the increased government assistance, and the opportunity costs for pulling capital out of the markets.

Why did the jobs disappear?  In part because of the higher capital confiscation of the government, and in part because the green policies pushed industry out of Spain.

In the US, we could see a massive flight, and not just in manufacturing.  High-tech industries that rely on cheap energy could be forced to find less expensive environments.  Bloomberg’s economist notes that Microsoft and Google have already relocated their servers once to get cheaper energy.  The Internet is flexible enough to allow employers to go almost anywhere in the world to host their servers, and in this economy, there will be plenty of competition for them.

Before we buy into the “green jobs” argument, we’d better make sure existing jobs don’t disappear into a wormhole at a faster rate.

Published in: on March 28, 2009 at 1:58 am  Leave a Comment