Obama's real one-point plan

His plan to revive the economy? Give government more money

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“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

– Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals

Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote a college thesis on radical Saul Alinsky’s model. But at times, Barack Obama seems to be the embodiment of it.

Ridicule, after all – one of Alinsky’s main tenets – is the secret sauce of both Obama’s stump speeches and his debate performances.

For instance, he takes challenger Mitt Romney’s oft-repeated five-point plan and derisively calls it a “one-point plan” to help the rich.

It’s quite the opposite, actually. It’s Obama who has the one-point plan.

Romney does have a five-point plan for the economy that encompasses many elements: energy independence; a focus on education and job skills; fair trade, more trade with Latin America and a crackdown on unfair trade; cut the deficit; and champion small business.

Within the “cut the deficit” category alone, Romney makes several important and encouraging proposals:

• cut non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent;

• cap federal spending below 20 percent of gross domestic product (it’s close to 25 percent today);

• let states take over programs they can do better (that’s already the law, under the 10th Amendment);

• consolidate federal agencies;

• and tie federal worker compensation more closely to private-sector wages.

Meanwhile, Mr. Obama demands even more details – although he doesn’t even have an overall plan of his own with which to store a few details himself.

Except to tax the rich, that is. That’s his one-point plan.

Let’s look at Mr. Obama’s one-point plan.

He wants you to think that the problem with the economy is that rich people aren’t paying enough taxes. That’s all he can talk about.

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating, since taxing the wealthy seems to be the sum total of the Obama one-point plan: The federal government and the economy aren’t the same thing. You can’t improve the economy and grow jobs by raising taxes. All you’ve done is sucked money out of the economy.

Once again, things are quite the opposite of what the president posits: Higher taxes are a drag on the economy.

Yet, he wants you to believe he can solve your family’s problems by taking money from someone else’s.

Neither a free country nor a free market work that way, Mr. President.

So, compare plans. You decide which one makes sense and will help save the country and its economy.

Of course, you’ll need to look past the mockery and sarcasm.

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faithson
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faithson 10/23/12 - 12:04 am
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so, social and women's issues are just sideline fodder...

sorry, but I'll take a tax on the 1% over a misguided social policy based upon ayn rand's philosophy of 'rugged individualism' and a retrograde motion on women's rights issues. Way, way to much righteous moral engineering incorporated in the republican platform for my and what I hope will be the majority of 'Ohioans' taste.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/23/12 - 04:35 am
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"Of course, you’ll need to

"Of course, you’ll need to look past the mockery and sarcasm." Well, there goes Rush, Coulter, Hannity, Beck, Faux News, Malkin, and every other right wing talking head, plus the AC editorial board. I don't think we'll miss them one little bit.

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Riverman1 10/23/12 - 05:13 am
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Opposites

The opposite of Ayn Rand's philosophy of "rugged individualism" would be what? Socialism? Complaining about a retrograde motion on women's rights issues equals telling the Catholic Church it must pay for birth control pills for 30 year olds. The opposite of righteous moral engineering means what? Amoralism? But wait, I thought Obama's entire class warfare was based on the concept taking from the rich to give to the poor is a moral, fair play issue? It certainly is not based on economics.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/23/12 - 05:49 am
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Rand was an atheist who, when

Rand was an atheist who, when not so rugged in later life, had no problem going on Social Security and Medicare. In modern day America there is no such thing as rugged individualism. It is a myth. Well, maybe a there are a few oddballs in Alaska. We are an interconnected society. You get to your job on roads built with taxes. There's a good chance your water and sewerage are supplied by facilties built by taxes. Unless you hunt for meat, grow all of your own vegetables, weave, etc., you rely on the work of others to make your clothing and grow your food. Even then, these products get to the store by, you guessed it, roads built with taxes. We ceased to be individualists long ago. Unless we understand that we have to work together and look out for each other when times are hard, this nation will crumble into some odd sort of dystopia.

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wayne2410 10/23/12 - 05:53 am
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A one point plan is all Obama
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A one point plan is all Obama has the intelligence to think of at one time, his abilities are severely limited. The same must be true for anyone who would vote for him, if you can't see how bad he is for this country you either have reality issues or you want the country to fall. Neither would be something to be proud of unless you are a liberal of course.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/23/12 - 06:31 am
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"Unless we understand that we

"Unless we understand that we have to work together and look out for each other when times are hard"

That statement would be fine if everyone pulled their fair share but we have some who are doing all the work looking out for each other and those who sit back and watch. Eventually the workers have no more to give and give up.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/23/12 - 07:16 am
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"a retrograde motion on

"a retrograde motion on women's rights issues."

You mean like the Obama admin paying women staffers 17% less.....is that the retrograde motion you are talking about?

Techfan
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Techfan 10/23/12 - 07:24 am
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So there's a guy in Alabama

So there's a guy in Alabama who sits in front of his tv and collects a goverment check and that stops you from wanting to work? Yep, I'm gonnna give up my nursing salary so I can join him and get $400 a month from the government. Tax rates are the lowest they've been since the 1950's, which is an aberration during wartime (and a danged stupid policy) yet people didn't start complaining until Obama was elected. The AC wants taxes to be 20% of GDP when they were as high as 47.93 during WW ll. We've cut taxes to the point that payroll taxes bring in almost as much revenue as income taxes.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/23/12 - 07:34 am
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I'm glad you homesteaded your

I'm glad you homesteaded your land (although I'm not sure where you found land that wasn't owned by someone else or some entity), felled and hewed the trees for your cabin, killed your food by hand, tanned your own hides for your clothing, and are totally a rugged individual. How did you fell and hew the trees? Did you mine and smelt the ore, or did you buy an axe and adz that were the products of someone else's labor? Jump a deer and kill it by hand or use a gun that someone else made? You're pretty darn tough then, or not as rugged or as individual as you might claim.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/23/12 - 07:44 am
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The effective rate (or what

The effective rate (or what they really paid) for corporate taxes in the US was 12.1% in 2011.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/23/12 - 07:51 am
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Sixth highest corporate tax

Sixth highest corporate tax rate.
Spin it how you want....here's the actual facts.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-14/u-s-companies-pay-world-s-sixth...

Techfan
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Techfan 10/23/12 - 07:54 am
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What I'm saying is that we're

What I'm saying is that we're an intertwined society. We work together, or we don't succeed. No one in the US makes it as an individual.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/23/12 - 08:00 am
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From your source, "The study

From your source, "The study examined taxes as reported for book accounting purposes. That means it typically reflects tax obligations and benefits as companies accrue them, not as they are paid. It also doesn’t differentiate between taxes paid to governments in companies’ home countries and taxes paid to other governments." Check more than one source. Also look at US corpoarte taxes as percent of GDP, and corporate profits vs amount of taxes paid. Check historical and today. Been fun, later.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/23/12 - 08:29 am
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Say what you will,

but the direction we are headed is not working.

Obama knew nothing of Foreign Policy while campaigning in 2008.
He did OJT, this like most presidents have to do. Even after 4 years, despite his direction being highly questionable, he like any other president is formulating and reformulating policies and directions based on the World Political Chess game being played.

My major concerns are US National & Economical Policies.

Here I saw Romney make 3 good points:

#1 Work to modernize Latin America, not China. Support neighboring Democracies, not Socialist counties 1/2 way around the world.

#2 The USA is no longer the Global Industry based manufacturer we once were. We need to refocus, and develop viable jobs that fit American economy, not jobs long gone to other counties due negative ROI (return on investment).

#3 Energy independence - Use what we have here NOW. Cease the internal political wars limiting energy production hidden behind the EPA and others SIG's. Quit importing oil.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 10/23/12 - 08:27 am
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TECH ...we spend 200 billion

TECH ...we spend 200 billion as a society complying with our idiotic tax code. thru the years the tax rates has dropped on the federal level but so has the deductions..bowles /simpson recommended that/ rommney has a similiar plan..obama wants to take about 80 billion more in taxes out of the economy..quess what..that is money spent where real people have real jobs...the economy is not static...years ago a luxury tax was imposed on you quessed it.. DC deemed luxury items...it killed the yacht and private aircraft business that catered to those who had extra money..real jobs were lost...you cannot take money out of the economy and it not affect real jobs. DC driven jobs do not create wealth bit take it...money is also needed to seed new business..people with money seed real new business..with risk and loss..but the big thing is its NOT DC money..SOCIETY may have a collective interest in interstructure but taxes were paid to usually private firms to build roads etc..but unless their is a healthy private sector there is no interstructure look at third world countries..

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/23/12 - 08:56 am
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Agreed - the tax codes

need to be a simple code, not a collection of 74,564 pages of complex codes written to keep the Tax industry in business. To put this in perspective. Congress and the American people did not read 2500 pages and got ObamaCare. The Federal tax code is 29 times larger that ObamaCare.

A Fair Tax or Flat Tax and no income tax is a just tax.
If all "ALL Men are created equally...", why tax them equally?

The problem lays in politics.
If everybody paid the same rate:
* what would the class warfare group do for a meal ticket?
* what would lobbyists do?
* what would the CPA, tax lawyers and other tax industry related businesses do?
* Think of the suppliers of IRS printed forms, software and more.
* the list of affected people would fill pages.

True we need TAX Reform,
true our complex tax code is crippling America business, and it is true it is unjust.

But to toss it away overnight and you remove several hundred $billion$ out of the economy. Therefore, it needs to be done over a 8 to 10 years period. Wow, pretty much just as Romney has proposed. Another example of Business thinking vs. change you can believe in. Romney is looking looking at how solutions can have related problems and how to minimize the adverse impact on business.

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RMSHEFF 10/23/12 - 09:03 am
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One only need to look around

One only need to look around the world to see which system works and which does not. Look at Europe, a basket case, 75% of the folks in England are not property owners they are renters. Almost every detail of their live are controlled,even vacation time. Their medical system is a basket also, because its "free". There are very few dentist. Many Europeans are have to pull their own teeth. They have followed the Obama plan for many more years than we have. Just as Obama has a 1 point plan to raise taxes on the "evil" rich, France’s newly-elected Socialist François Hollande wants to impose a 75 percent income tax on citizens earning more than $1.3 million. This is the standard socialist response to overspending. These people are leaving the country as we speak. We are following in the Europeans footsteps in every area. That is Obama's real plan.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/23/12 - 09:33 am
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"So there's a guy in Alabama

"So there's a guy in Alabama who sits in front of his tv and collects a goverment check and that stops you from wanting to work? Yep, I'm gonnna give up my nursing salary so I can join him and get $400 a month from the government"

Techfan, when Mr. Alabama not only gets the $400 a month government check, but he always gets his rent paid, his groceries paid, his electricity paid, his phone free.........when my paycheck is taxed to the hilt and going higher until my paycheck isn't much more than Mr. Alabama's $400 government check, and I still have to pay my rent, pay my electricity, and pay for my groceries.....I'm thinking Mr. Alabama's couch is looking mighty comfy.

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Fundamental_Arminian 10/23/12 - 09:35 am
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Good post on taxation

OpenCurtain, thanks for your good words about taxation. Our current, complicated code forces us to resort to CPAs, tax-preparation services, and even tax attorneys to do what amounts to busy work. A simplified code would free up these people to devote themselves to productive jobs--jobs that produce goods and services which improve society by increasing wealth and improving our lifestyles.

When smart, talented people must devote themselves to jobs that merely satisfy government regulations, the whole society suffers.

Something else: it's a shame we can't lower our crime rate so that we need fewer people working in law enforcement (police officers, jailers, wardens, etc.). These jobs, while noble, don't improve society: they merely prevent criminals from making society worse.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/23/12 - 09:37 am
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How many times do we have to say it?

The wealthy people in this country already pay the majority of ALL the taxes.
The poor pay NOTHING!
The President wants the wealthy to pay more because he thinks they don't pay enough.
INSANITY!!!

Michael Ryan
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Michael Ryan 10/23/12 - 09:37 am
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Our editorial was written

Our editorial was written before the debate, and yet Mr. Obama was true to form, putting forth sarcasm rather than strategy. Says the London Telegraph today, " the President insulted, patronised and mocked his opponent rather than put across a constructive argument. His performance was rude and unpresidential."

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/23/12 - 09:39 am
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ICL

I agree! Lets go live on the Alabama guy's couch. He can afford to put us up.

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 10/23/12 - 09:41 am
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Earned benefits are OK

    Rand was an atheist who, when not so rugged in later life, had no problem going on Social Security and Medicare (TechFan).

If she had involuntarily paid Social Security taxes all her working years, why should she have felt bad about accepting the benefits she was entitled to? Let's not equate Social Security and Medicare with SSI, Medicaid, TANF, and food stamps.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/23/12 - 09:41 am
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open curtain

I want to know how you change font size and bold type. That's cool. I wish I could do it.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/23/12 - 09:43 am
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When a bunch
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of black boys running up and down a basketball court, or playing football, soccer, or a group of whining boys playing baseball for exhorbitant fees and their organizations are practically tax-exempt, we are in trouble. The nfl, mlb, mls and nba barely pay fed taxes because they are "entertainment" venues. Next you'll see keith olberman, soledad o'brien, candy crowley, rachel maddow, chris matthews, al gore, al sharpton, david axelrod, katie couric, oprah and their "unbiased" ilk recieving tax breaks for their "entertainment" value. Unions are killing America, whether it's a nursing union, pipe fitters union, teamster's union, teacher's union, auto worker's union, sports union, ref's and umps union. Everyone is ( sooner or later) going to have return to making their own goods, hunting for food and depending upon themselves because the Communist leeches are sucking the life from the everyday man and woman who are just trying to make it. These are the rantings of an old man who has seen it. Wonder what jimmy hoffa did wrong?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/23/12 - 09:47 am
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Put brackets <> around the
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Put brackets <> around the word "strong" before the type you want to be bold.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/23/12 - 09:48 am
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My appologies to whoever I
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My appologies to whoever I offended that got me kicked off....I wasn't aware that anything I posted was offensive.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/23/12 - 09:49 am
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Well thanks Angela

Did it work?

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/23/12 - 09:49 am
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COOL

Thank you so much Angela!!!!!!

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/23/12 - 09:53 am
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Angela

I have never seen you offend anyone. We have lively debates but that's all.

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