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Tax Reforms Should Include Removal Of Automatic Tax Exemptions For All Types Of Churches

A critical, though long-ignored, source of revenue which should be addressed by this committee is the removal of the automatic tax-exempt status provision for churches as well as for synagogues, mosques, and other similar places of worship. This discussion is vital if tax reform is a truly legitimate goal of this Congress, as both Democrats and Republicans have stated on numerous occasions.

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The 30 Craziest Palin Quotes

Does Sarah Palin make dumb statements? You betcha! But which one takes the prize of being the dumbest of all time?

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GDP Growth Is Critical For Deficit Reduction, And Requires Spending And Taxes

In deficit reduction talks over the past several weeks Congress and the President have been debating spending cuts and tax hikes. However these two deficit ‘bandages’ merely echo the symptoms of a weak economy; they do not address the root cause of the deficit and debt.

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President Obama’s ‘Compromise’ – or “Why We Should Never Negotiate With Terrorists”

Though I am grateful we have avoided default, I can’t help but feel as though our economy was taken hostage by extremists, Obama negotiated with the terrorists, and we are grateful the hostage was freed safely.

Examining The Debt Deal

Examining The Debt Deal

Last night, I was very angry about this deal. I felt that it didn’t represent a true compromise that President Obama and the majority of the American people demanded. Today, I’m less reactionary, and more interested in examining the pros and cons of the deal, and who wins and loses. First, let’s examine the meat of the deal.

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Kick ‘Em To The Curb

Tea Party Caucus. The caucus chairman is Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. As of March 31, 2011 the committee has 60 members, all Republicans.

Are Wealthy Americans Always Conservative?

Are Wealthy Americans Always Conservative?

To some liberals, it may appear that the GOP and the upper class are in a loving marriage with each other. But does the upper class truly love the GOP?

Climbing the Mt. Everest of American Debt!

Climbing the Mt. Everest of American Debt!

As you all are aware of by now, the conservative/Republican brand is allegedly more determined than ever to tackle this mountain of U.S. debt, especially if you let them tell it! Now that sounds respectable on the surface, but it smells deceptively inaccurate underneath, at least to my political nostrils it does.

Right Wing and Debt Ceiling Extortion

Right Wing and Debt Ceiling Extortion

The debt ceiling is a procedural vote to raise the official ‘Debt Ceiling’ to match the level of debt incurred through previously passed legislation. Or in other words, this vote merely allows the U.S. to raise it’s debt ceiling to match the costs already accrued. The raising of the debt ceiling is not a ‘blank check’ for new spending.

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There Are Also Christian Terrorists…

While it has been a popular Christian past-time to brand Muslims and others from other religions as mistaken, confused and other terms that are less than endearing, it is becoming apparent that the very Christians who use this divisive activity are themselves becoming violently restless and I would like to point this out to those who have not been paying attention.

Why saying ‘I’m in the Tea Party’ is the same as saying ‘I eat glue and like it’

Why saying ‘I’m in the Tea Party’ is the same as saying ‘I eat glue and like it’

Does anyone else have that same moment of “what did you just say?” when a member of the “Tea Party” opens their mouth? Does anyone think they even understand what they are saying when they open their mouth? Does anyone else agree that they seem to have a Rupert Murdoch/Koch […]

President Obama is Like George W in Fairy Tales and Right-Wing Fantasies

President Obama is Like George W in Fairy Tales and Right-Wing Fantasies

Okay, I’ve had it, I’ve really had it, with people – including some ‘progressives’ – who continue to beat that boring and nonsensical drum that President Obama is just like George W. ‘OBusha?’ Really?

Trickle-Down Economics, Rich Uncle Pennybags, the Debt Ceiling Debate, and You…in 15 minutes.

Trickle-Down Economics, Rich Uncle Pennybags, the Debt Ceiling Debate, and You…in 15 minutes.

Have you ever known of a business owner to lay off employees because they couldn’t pay their income taxes? Alternatively, have you ever known of a business owner to create jobs for people to sit around all day long and read the newspaper, drink free coffee, and loot the office supply room? (And I am not referring to politicians and pundits here)

Credit Where Credit Is Due: Some People Need Reminding

Credit Where Credit Is Due: Some People Need Reminding

Now, in an eleventh hour panic, the House announces – nay, the House tells the President to invoke the ambiguous 14th Amendment option, something that has never been tried before and may be impeachable.

Republicans Continue Their War Against The People Of Wisconsin

Republicans Continue Their War Against The People Of Wisconsin

As if the people of Wisconsin haven’t been punished enough by Governor Scott Walker and the Republican controlled legislature, the GOP has unveiled a plan to keep voters from acquiring the required voter identification cards and a plan that would confuse and deter voters from going to the polls.

Will The Real “Job Creators” Please Stand UP!

Will The Real “Job Creators” Please Stand UP!

Republicans have created the myth the rich are the ‘Job Creators’. I’ll grant you they are but one ingredient to the recipe, for they offer the supply of jobs. But this does not mean that they, in and of themselves, solely create jobs. No matter how cheap a product may be produced or how cheap a service may be rendered, without demand for those products and services no additional jobs will ever be created.

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Just Waiting for the Great White Hope

These people stopped listening to the President ages ago, and along with the likes of John Boehner, Eric Cantor and various members of the White House press corps, treat him with open disrespect – reckoning him naive, incapable, incompetent, spineless and shallow, when he affects calm in a stressful situation, and stoking that well-known fear of ‘the angry black man’ when he shows passion and frustration.

Tea Party Shows Its Anti-Gay, Bigotry Hand

Tea Party Shows Its Anti-Gay, Bigotry Hand

For over a year, Tea Party supporters, activists and demonstrators have touted their supposedly pro-America, anti-Big-Government-taxes sentiments as being the fundamental keys to their masses. Yet, over and over again, evidence has piled up against the Party for its racist, homophobic and religiously-intolerant rhetoric even as they claim such evidence does not exist.

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Congressional & Senate Reform Act of 2011

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971…before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.
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Republican Hostage Taking – or ‘I Thought We Don’t Negotiate With Terrorists’

No compromise! Absolutely no raising of taxes! Slash Social Security and Medicare! Meet our demands and give us $1 trillion or we will blow up the economy! When did the Republican Party turn into Dr. Evil from Austin Powers?