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Archive for October 2nd, 2007

Clarence Thomas Speaks

Posted by Ryan on October 2, 2007

60 Minutes aired the first interview of Justice Thomas on Sunday and my interest in him was piqued.  When I heard that he had a ninety-minute interview on Rush (before all the “phony soldiers” nonsense) and then an exclusive interview with Sean Hannity, I was excited.  I heard the 60 Minutes interview and the Hannity interview.  I was absolutely glued to the screen.  It was almost surreal thinking that, “wow, this is really Clarence Thomas,” conservative justice, the only African American justice, the fourth vote to toss out Roe v. Wade, and always very far from the spotlight– more than any other justice in my lifetime. 

I remembered the confirmation hearings back in 1991– and that’s about it from Justice Thomas.  I remember the Anita Hill hearings, I remember the lambasting that Thomas gave the Senate committee for their behavior during those confirmation hearings, but I didn’t remember what his voice really sounded like, who he is as a person, and that there’s something behind being one of those nine black-robed figures that interpret the Constitution on the issues of the day.  I knew he was conservative, but not how he became a conservative.  These strong of interviews help illuminate who this highly influential man is– a strong black man who rose through the ranks to be one of the nine most powerful people in our nation.  It’s an amazing story worth checking out.

Pic from the Image Library.

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The New Democrat War Tax

Posted by Ryan on October 2, 2007

The Left loves taxes– taxes mean central government control and handouts for votes which is all they really understand.  Democrats hate war.  Of course, nobody seriously loves war in their heart, but being consistent, the Democrats hate THE war we’re in right now.  Representative Charlie Rangel wanted a draft— not to actually help the war effort, but to stir public outrage against it.  Now, Representative David Obey from Wisconsin wants a special “war surtax” to directly piss off every taxpaying American rather than simply approving an emergency supplemental to keep our troops funded.  By the way, that supplemental will be paid for by the government, ie through taxes, anyway.  While we’re at it, why don’t we change the rules and charge the American people once a year for their federal government tax bill?  Revolution would ensue quickly thereafter.  So, direct taxes like this are just meant to irk us.

Hence, this proposal does nothing to help the war effort and would only create more division amongst the populace.  Obviously this ploy will be shot down, even by the Democrat leadership.  I’m also glad that John Boehner is speaking out against this proposal, reminding us that the Dems love taxes.  The Democrats never saw a tax they didn’t like.  Sometimes our government has to invent new taxes, like Obey is doing here, but the have a habit of sticking around.  Realize that the 3% Spanish-American War telephone surcharge on long-distance calling stuck around until 2006 (that’s 108 years after the war ended) and that was a Republican proposal!  Just imagine if the Dems sweep next year– they’d knock the troops and raise our taxes with impunity.

Pic from a South Plainfield, NJ, AARP tax preparation group.

Posted in Election 2008, Politics, The Iraq Front | 1 Comment »