From my WorldNetDaily.com column today.
I have just returned from a Hawaiian vacation where I had a fabulous time, except for the part where I was robbed by an ice-pick wielding surfer dude who swiped my husband's size-11 tennis and my purse. I was quite disappointed because I needed my credit card to charge a family trip on Obamatours.com, which visits all the block homes in which Obama grew up, since I felt especially connected to my president on the island of Oahu. I wanted to see for myself where young Barry formed his opinions on how socialism worked. Instead, I found myself on the beach, dawdling over the tiresome paperwork required to get a back. I realize I feel victimized at several levels, let me tell you. Not just because of the cash and credit I lost, but because of the future stick-ups by the Obama administration.
Some news outlets are reporting that Obama's budget has $1 trillion in new taxes. The real number is something north of $1.6 trillion, and the counting isn't complete. Grassfire.org has the breakdown. Obama is robbing Americans of the Bush tax cuts by increasing income tax rates from 36 percent to 39.6 percent for over $200,000 (single) $250,000 (married.) In addition, Barry Hussein Obama is planning on phasing out personal exemptions, limiting itemized deductions such as charitable giving and imposing a 20 percent capital gains tax. That doesn't begin to include the Global Hoaxing tax as well as any number of hocus pocus programs that Al Gore acolytes in the new government are scheming up. These numbers are taken straight from the budget summary.
This Haole is howling over the crime spree taking place in this country. Erik Erikson, editor of RedState.com, picked up on the innocuous-looking report, pointing out that "the tax increases would raise an estimated $318 billion over 10 years by reducing the value of such longstanding deductions as mortgage interest and charitable contributions for people in the highest tax brackets. Households paying income taxes at the 33 percent and 35 percent rates can currently claim deductions at those rates. Under the Obama proposal, they could deduct only 28 percent of the value of those payments."
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RedState looks at how this heist is going to disproportionately affect conservatives:
"Arthur Brooks, now the president of AEI, wrote a book called "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism." In the book, Brooks notes that conservatives give more to charity than liberals. George Will, in a column last year about Brooks' book, wrote:
- Although liberal families' incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household ($1,600 per year vs. $1,227).
- Conservatives also donate more time and give more blood.
- Residents of the states that voted for John Kerry in 2004 gave smaller percentages of their incomes to charity than did residents of states that voted for George Bush.
- Bush carried 24 of the 25 states where charitable giving was above average.
- In the 10 reddest states, in which Bush got more than 60 percent majorities, the average percentage of personal income donated to charity was 3.5. Residents of the bluest states, which gave Bush less than 40 percent, donated just 1.9 percent.
- People who reject the idea that "government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality" give an average of four times more than people who accept that proposition.
So, am I saying that liberals and the socialists in Obama's administration are cheap when it comes to their personal income? You're darn tootin' I am. And am I saying that these same socialists are giddy as piranha in a pond of pork with taxpayers' money? You betcha.
Vice President Joe Biden is a perfect example of a socialist gone wild. His tax records show that he and his wife gave an average of $369 a year to charity. Last year, they went all out and gave a whopping $995 in donations from their $319,853 income. That's 0.3 percent.
President Bush last year gave almost 18 percent of his income to charity.
Biden thinks paying higher taxes is patriotic. Bush thinks people should keep their hard-earned dollars. Next, the Obama-Biden cabal will tell us that they are generous to us workers for returning to us the money they should never have taken in the first place.
I have recovered from the bandits in Hawaii, and now I'm hoping that Americans stop the bandit from Hawaii before he bankrupts our country and sends her the way of the Titanic.