Monday, September 29, 2008

Everyone in America, stop what you're doing.... and read this.

First, they stalled it, then they berated anyone who spoke out at Raines as a lynching crew...then they....just watch it yourself.

And the synopsis of the slow-motion-derailment..

Friday, September 26, 2008

And so, it all comes down to what we thought it would....

McCain schooled Obama. Proving that "Old age and treachery will overcome youth and enthusiasm everytime!!!!"
Now, don't get me wrong. Like a high powered dragrace in a car that has so much power you have to "feather" the accelerator to actually gain traction before you nail it...McCain came off the blocks slow. So much so, that I actually worried that he wouldn't "nail" Obama on the glaring lies that he told (the first one occurred in the first three minutes of the debate--when Obama said he'd actually voted for regulations on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac back in 2006. He actually did not vote, but his buddies Frank, Dodd and Schumer sure didn't vote to regulate.) thruout the debate.

When the subject actually moved to foreign affairs (you know, what the debate was SCHEDULED to have as a topic), McCain finally "nailed" it. And all Obama saw from that moment was taillights.

According to Obama, we should abandon the scenario that brought us initial victory over the Taliban and just go apeshit all over "Pok-ee-ston". Forget that if we win the hearts of the local tribes there, and facilitate an entry with their blessings...thereby making the job so much easier and , more importantly, produce far less casualties.

There were so many other smaller chapters that McCain actually lived thru , that Obama clearly began to sweat in front of America. With the removal of his teleprompter, he was reduced to a stammering kid who knows it all, and if you ask....he'd tell you.

He gleefully stepped into the Kissinger comment, whereupon McCain pulled a Benson on him.
"I knew Jack Kennedy, and you're no Jack Kennedy" was all I could think of when McCain offered that he'd known Kissinger for thirty five years, and that he might indeed confer with Kissinger about Obama's statement. (35 is waaayyy more than 3/4 of 44 isn't it?)

All in all, I sincerely hope that John McCain now realizes that Obama will lie, talk down to anyone who doesn't stop him from doing it, and has absolutely no regard for the finer points used in civil discussions by gentlemen. And in the next debates, that he'll cut him to the quick before Obama tries it on him.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Because it bears repeating, In light of Barney's RUBBLE


Mr. President, this week Fannie Mae's regulator reported that the company's quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were "illusions deliberately and systematically created" by the company's senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal. The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight's report goes on to say that Fannie Mae employees deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets in order to trigger bonuses for senior executives. In the case of Franklin Raines, Fannie Mae's former chief executive officer, OFHEO's report shows that over half of Mr. Raines' compensation for the 6 years through 2003 was directly tied to meeting earnings targets. The report of financial misconduct at Fannie Mae echoes the deeply troubling $5 billion profit restatement at Freddie Mac. The OFHEO report also states that Fannie Mae used its political power to lobby Congress in an effort to interfere with the regulator's examination of the company's accounting problems. This report comes some weeks after Freddie Mac paid a record $3.8 million fine in a settlement with the Federal Election Commission and restated lobbying disclosure reports from 2004 to 2005. These are entities that have demonstrated over and over again that they are deeply in need of reform. For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac--known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs--and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO's report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO's report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay. I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole. I urge my colleagues to support swift action on this GSE reform legislation.

Quick Info S. 190 [109th]: Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005 Last Action: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. Status: Dead

WHO KILLED IT? DEMOCRATS(most specifically Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and Barry Obama.--so how are they qualified to be the very folks working on it now?)

As it turns out...Country First wasn't just a slogan

I knew this all along, of course. But to anyone watching, who hadn't already made up their mind, and those "reasonable" folks, this is a reinforcement of that moment during the Republican Convention when McCain's speech indicated exactly what "Country First" meant.
As we're approaching an economic crisis that must be solved within the next four days, McCain puts his campaign on hold. The move is a risky one. But it's not really a "gray" area to McCain.

What is Obama's response to the crisis? He wants to keep on track to a debate where the topic is "foreign policy". Let's examine priorities here for a second. We're having an economic meltdown right now, and he wants to continue into a debate for foreign policy??

This is EXACTLY why I'd never sit thru an Obama presidency. He is alot like the democrats who've run for the post more recently. Like his predecessors, he is more apt to put a finger in the wind to see which way it is blowing, than to plant his stake, speak his mind, and lead his troops. Most of the problem with him at his age can be attributed to inexperience. He's a new player in Washington, having only been here for three years. What has he learned in the short time he HAS been here?? He has elevated himself to the number two position on "most money recieved from Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac" right after 20 year "fatcat" Chris Dodd, for one.

In fact, the more one examines Obama (in realtime...not in prose), the more one discovers that he IS just like the Washington Insiders he publicly derides. He, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd shouldn't be anywhere near the committee that is deciding the bailout. They should be testifying before it.

John McCain left partisan politics aside, and went to Washington to shoulder a load with fellow Republicans, as well as Democrats...both working on a bipartisan "TEAM" to fix our economy.
There is no "I" in TEAM, but evidently, Obama found a "ME".

Friday, September 19, 2008

Without a doubt, Obama has a conflict of interest when the subject is Fannie Mae

Once it was revealed that in his short tenure in the Senate, Senator Obama has moved into the second highest postion of recieving money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- right after Chris Dodd , (D)of Connect-a-dot, who has had a greater number of years to amass a larger take from the quasi-Government entities... It became apparent to me (but obviously not him) that he should probably shut up while he was ahead.("ahead" is such a hard place to define, but in this instance, be very sure that if the alternative has jail time or a dive in the polls, then...he's ahead)

Even worse is the Obama Campaign pointing at former lobbyists in the McCAin Camp, all the while sitting on top of the two former executives that cause large portions of the Fannie and Fred failures. Creative bookkeeping just doesn't begin to describe what these folks did.

I can see Obama getting down on his knees and praying "Not yet...PLEASE don't let it fail, YET!!! Not until January 2009!!!

So , excuse me if I just have to shake my head when he walks out onto a stage with a straight face. The man has NO economic experience, so he takes his direction directly from two men who together ruined the foundation that holds the rest of the house up. How is this "change"??

Update: Ace of Spades throws gasoline on this one!
"If the federal government were guaranteeing a trillion new dollars for no-money down car purchases with no credit checks or proof of employment or income, what do you think would happen to the price of cars?
They'd triple. For a while.
Housing market turns into dangerously overinflated bubble. Which is what always happens when a trillion fresh, cheap, easy dollars flow into a sector and begin chasing the same limited pool of goods."
Regarding Barney Frank...Obama , and Dodd
"They have no idea how money is made or how services and goods are exchanged. All they know is they want to distribute those services and goods more "fairly."
He doesn't agree with the basic idea that People who don't have enough money to afford a house shouldn't have one. He honestly believes that idea is "unfair."
Everyone should have a house. People who can't afford them most of all.
And if you tell him doing so will cost the government another 1-2 trillion in ten years, and will put the economy in crisis again, he'd say, "Fine." It's a fair trade as far as he's concerned.
Because who's paying that 1-2 trillion? People who have money. If provoking a crisis is the only manner to get the wealth distribution he craves, that's fine by him. "

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

E-mail-Gate. Finally something we can relate to...

Governor Palin's private e-mail account was hacked, much like Frank Wolf's e-mail was hacked sometime ago. Now, on the one hand, I kinda like this information in front of all Americans, because it demonstrates the desperation of Obama's minions. It lays it all out there , and shows in full display the depths that whackjobs will go to in their effort to wrestle control from those who WILL change the status quo in Washington.

Then, the buzz starts off about the Governor possibly using the private e-mail to conduct State business outside of her official e-mail address. Not at issue is her using her official e-mail for personal uses...but the reverse. The thoughts expressed on this were that she could effectively mask certain actions by using her private e-mail to facilitate them.

Around April of this year, here in Loudoun, we had a VERY similar occurence when the noteable Sally Mann FOIA'd Jim Burton's and Scott York's public office e-mails. That later turned into a FOIA of their private e-mails as well, when what Ms. Mann was looking for wasn't found in the public accounts. District Court Judge Dean Worcester found that all of the e-mails in both accounts were open, because these officials sometimes inadvertently mix account uses.

Judge Thomas D. Horne heard the appeal of Burton and York, and ruled that all e-mail correspondence was NOT to be the subject of FOIA requests. In his opinion, he stated :"the list of groceries to pick up on the way home from work electronically mailed by a spouse to a supervisor at his or her office and utilizing the County mail system would not be subject to production."

Horne ruled that only private e-mails where PUBLIC BUSINESS was addressed were to be included as FOIA searchable, and went on to define public business as "those matters over which the public governmental body or agent of the government has supervision, control, jurisdiction or advisory power."

More recently, Greg L. at Black Velvet Bruce Li got some comments on private/public e-mail after a piece he did.

Using this finding, if Palin was indeed using her private e-mail address to address the public business in any way, it is then subject to FOIA law. But there is a right way and a wrong way to obtain the e-mails. The hack job was the wrong way, and those who bypassed the legal system in obtaining those e-mails won't pass it up when the authorities find them.

Volunteers to phone Republican call sheets needed .

We need volunteers for phone banks. You can call Melinda Davis in the Sterling location at (703) 340-0702, or e-mail her at The office in Sterling is located at
46950 Community Plaza, Unit 201 A, Sterling, VA.

For those in the West, or closer to Leesburg, call Ken Reid at (703) 779-8777 , or e-mail him at

I ran across the MOST interesting tidbit Monday.

I walked into the Republican McCain office over in Sterling...and saw a bumper sticker on the wall that reaches out to the Black Americans among us. It states, very simply:

Martin Luther King was a Republican.

I had to have it. I needed to display it.
Look, for the first time that I'm aware of, our local Republican Party here has an Ethnic Outreach Chairman and Committee. The new Chair of the LCRC and all around nice guy, Glen Caroline, encouraged the Committee's creation.
We recently had Don Scoggins at the Loudoun County Republican Committees' August 26th meeting . Don is President of Republicans for Black Empowerment and founder of The Frederick Douglass GOP Forum. He strongly encouraged us to try to achieve a 35% Black membership .

This is yet another step in the right direction that Mr. Caroline has helped us take. There are many more steps, but we are definitely headed in the right direction of "the Big Tent".

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Obama tries to turn a bad day for America into a good day for him

This post was initially written yesterday as I watched the coverage of the 500 point fall of the DOW, but really beefed out after I heard what Obama wanted to weave it into. Shiplap, over at beat me to the punch on this one, but we appear to have both seized upon the actual situation.

That somehow, somewhere, Obama wanted to emphasize that McCain didn't know how to deal with these losses. Well, here , in McCain's own words, as he addressed the Senate back in May of 2006, is the proof that Johnny was on the Spot even back then. And that Obama didn't listen to the man, and voted the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005 into a sudden DEATH.

John McCain warned on that date.... "If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole."

Sorry, are Johnny-come-lately on this endeavor.

Update: Sorry's worse than we thought.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The VERY apparent bias in the liberal media

Look, I know that most journalism classes are also taken in conjunction with more liberal fields of study...but this is rediculous.
Lately, EVERY liberal media spin cycle has gone off the deep end investigating the junior member of the Republican ticket. They've wasted a full two to three weeks of what should have been Obama's campaign to show his own strengths against McCain. The press SHOULD have had the sense to at least appear to remain unbiased and professional. They have all pointed out her Mayoral skill set (inaccurately) and outright ommitted the fact that as Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin was responsible for an $11 BIL budget, and all of 156,000 employees.
Right now, even, the rank and file of the Far Left is rolling up the real estate beneath their "Messiah" and throwing it at the Palin wall to see how much of it sticks. A quick trip to quickly sets the misinformation right... It IS the year 2008, after all.

Speaking of the ability to instantly access such information via a computer...The Obama campaign stepped in another pile last week as they put it forth that McCain is somehow less technical than the youth because of his age. Given that this played to the masses at large, and that by the very demographics of those who actually vote in elections, Obama just dissed the larger demographic when he tried to embrace the smaller and younger one.
And in the end, even the facts backfired on them here. McCain is recognised as one of the most technically abreast fellows in the legislation, and that's proven by his numerous committee positions in the matter.

What is the actual end-game, here? (Not the one that the liberal press wants, I'll guarantee you)
That everyday Americans, honest working class people....get tired of the smear, and they see the liberals for what they are. They let it all hang out for the past three weeks, and in front of America....they cannot put that jack back in the box.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Loudoun County fiscal conservatives -let me rephrase the approach

After recent discussions with a few people I won't identify, it has come to my attention that there are too many cooks fussing over how this pot of beans gets cooked.
LCSB has their thumb all over the selection of one school over another, often working behind the scenes to get statements withdrawn, or reports that they've seen buried, so that the direction they want taken is the only one available to the lesser informed.
I've also seen evidence that yet another party will not take no for an answer when groups of people reject this particular party's rhetoric. That's steering from both sides, and it does all of us citizens a great injustice.

I'm still all for watching the bottom line, but I think the only way we do this is to seperate the schools being discussed and argue each on it's merits. As an overall thought process, I want to see Lambert vetted properly (drop the $16 MIL horse plop) and also - probably more important- I'd like to see the financing of Lenah shot down, but also see a renegotiation on the property. ALOT has happened to the market in the past 15 months, and the sum of the current offer is assinine, given that developers are "lining up" to sell properties to the school board now that building houses on their parcels doesn't look promising. Greenvest is way out of line on the price, and the school board was way too generous with your dollars in negotiating with them.
Chime in....

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Obama's ACTUAL community organization skills

The left actually got up on it's low horse last week about those mean 'ol Republicans poking fun at Obama's community organizer entry on his "resume".

Michelle Malkin has a different take on Obama's organizing experience:

"Let me clarify something. Nobody is mocking community organizers in church basements and community centers across the country working to improve their neighbors' lives. What deserves ridicule is the notion that Obama's brief stint as a South Side rabble-rouser for tax-subsidized, partisan nonprofits qualifies as executive experience you can believe in.
What deserves derision is "community organizing" that relies on a community of homeless people and ex-cons to organize for the purpose of registering dead people to vote, shaking down corporations and using the race card as a bludgeon.Obama's community organizing days involved training grievance-mongers from the far-left ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now).
The ACORN mob is infamous for its bully tactics (which they dub "direct actions"); Obama supporters have recounted his role in organizing an ambush on a government planning meeting about a landfill project opposed by Chicago's minority lobbies.
With benefactors like Obama in office, ACORN has milked nearly four decades of government subsidies to prop up chapters that promote the welfare state and undermine the free market, as well as some that have been implicated in perpetuating illegal immigration and voter fraud. The group continues to garner scrutiny from law enforcement.
Last week, Milwaukee's top election official announced plans to seek criminal investigations of 37 ACORN employees accused of offering gifts to sign up voters (including prepaid gas cards and restaurant cards) or falsifying driver's license numbers, Social Security numbers or other information on voter registration cards.
Last month, a New Mexico TV station reported on the child rapists, drug offenders and forgery convicts on ACORN's payroll. In July, Pennsylvania investigators asked the public for help in locating a fugitive named Luis R. Torres-Serrano, who is accused "of submitting more than 100 fraudulent voter registration forms he collected on behalf of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now to county election officials.

Add to this that in July, a massive, nearly $1 million embezzlement scheme by top ACORN officials was exposed. ACORN's political arm endorsed Obama in February and has ramped up efforts to register voters across the country. Meantime, completely ignored by the mainstream commentariat and clean-election crusaders, the Obama campaign admitted failing to report $800,000 in campaign payments to ACORN. They were disguised as payments to a front group called "Citizen Services Inc." for "advance work."

I've followed Obama's ACORN ties for about 3 months now. The fact that the MSM (Mainstream Media) won't investigate this is quite close to negligence. How can they, in good faith, decide that they will not present this to the people of the Country , if only for closer examination?

From where I sit, when republicans become concerned over voting irregularities, there are an awful lot of deaf ears, but let a democrat cry voter fraud, and the mass media will roll out a whole battalion of rock-turners to look for the problems.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A time of reflection. EJ Andino has been gone two years.

Many of you knew that I lost my only nephew in Iraq two years ago to an IED under his humvee. His encampment was taking mortar fire , and when the call came for volunteers to complete a tactical response, he eagerly responded.
EJ had completed his training in tank school, excelled, and landed himself a prime position in his detachment. He would be inside a tank, which we all breathed relief upon learning...because in the words of some former tank guys..."he was as safe as a baby in it's mother's arms" as long as he was inside the tank.
What we SHOULD have known, and accounted for..was EJ's personality. He was a go-getter. He went after things that interested him at 100 mph. I feel guilt, as does his grandfather (we were among the male role models in his life) that we bestowed some of that life and work ethic in him. He was raised by a gracious woman, and he was instilled with a selfless value by her. He was rebellious in his teen years, but who among us wasn't?

I saw EJ mature into a fine young man and I had a great amount of pride in him when he found his purpose at 22 years of age. I wandered in and out among different stations in life and never really settled down until the late age of 26.
So EJ was ahead of me in his quest for his life to have meaning. And have meaning it did.

EJ recieved the Army's Achievement Award by the time he'd been enlisted a year. He pulled ahead of countless others in Tank School. This duck had found his pond. It was a natural progression for him, and he walked it comfortably.

I miss him terribly, but I am so proud that he was one of the many who's self-sacrifice paved the way to freedom and democracy for people HE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW.

I ask that if you read this, you pray that God can lay his hand on EJ's mother and keep her thoughts on the great things that EJ achieved in a mere 23 years...that some men NEVER achieve even when they live to be 100.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Barack Obama isn't on the same page as McCain

So, the dems will be sitting there reading this and going ...duh!!

We all sat there last night watching John McCain explain what he meant when he coined the "Country First" message. It appears that Obama had already thought he'd figured it out. It was naturally-in his mind- an attack on his patriotic stance. Unfortunatly, in his self-absorbed and censorious-minded critique... he completely overlooked a much simpler examination of the slogan.

John McCain then wrapped up the slogan as he addressed the Convention. Part of me wonders if Obama was smart enough to feel any humility.
McCain was , as many of us are, self-absorbed once, too. Right up until the long months and years he spent after his capture. He intimated how allegiance to America, as well as embracing it just to piss off his captors, was instrumental in keeping him sane, and giving he and his fellow captives a purpose worth living for. This is probably where John McCain's first "maverick" tendencies came from, to be blatantly honest. "Keep hope alive, because it really infuriates my captors...."
But alas, let's get back to the definition of "Country First"...
What McCain meant with the phrase was, that after a beginning in life that was all about him...he was shown (by the grace of God??) that his Country was actually first. That he wasn't supposed to be worried about being served...but that he was supposed to be serving his country. It is this turning point , and his embracing a greater love for America than he had for himself.

And this is a mark that Obama has not reached. I hope someday he will...but it just hasn't happened yet. So he will continue to think that McCain is questioning his patriotism, when that was never the case. Look kids...maturity is not overrated. And you will find out firsthand -if you live long enough.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The left-leaning media does it again

I sometimes think that they don't even realize that they are deliberately slanting stories and coverage. But that's kinda like an oxymoron , isn't it??

Last night, an anchor on MSNBC said that we are going thru the worst economic time in the last seventy-five years.

I'm left to reason, then...that he arrived in the United States AFTER the recession of 1977-1982?? My father --who worked EVERYDAY of his life...was out of work for 6 months. The economy soured and his company trimmed their work rolls accordingly. (Dad still got up at 04:00 and made his way into the city to look for other work every weekday of that 6 months)

It's also documented that the unemployment rate was at 12-14%, and home and auto loans were going for 18%. THAT is a recession, folks. This market and economy is a mere hiccup compared to that.
I have stated elsewhere that I believe that over the last ten years , we lived too well. We spent too much to try to keep up with those we thought were better off than if it were a competition. There are folks who were allowed to lie about their earnings...and we gave them a house. The folks who were building in Loudoun saw square footage as a competition. If the last guy to build had 6000 sq. ft, some saw it as a mark to beat. They honestly thought that it made them better people.
The train of thought didn't really end with homes. The bigger and flashier the auto, the better. Gas prices...who cares (until they get to $4.00, and it takes 6 gallons just to get to work from out here)
So, it was quite natural...and I dare say, expected....when the market we had become accustomed to actually collapsed..and began to correct course, whether we liked it or not. With every large loss thru the past 5 months, we've seen a return over several days. This indicates that the market is trying to figure out where it should be realistically at this date...but the large losses of homes (both by greedy dishonest companies and dishonest individuals) is a complication we did not need. And messing with capital gains taxes won't help, should Obama prevail in November. Like Carter before him, we'll launch straight into a full blown recession when Bam Bam turns off the spigot that is 75% of all job creations in the private sector.

Unfortunately, the left and their media machine will never admit that whining about those who made their money the old-fashioned way (They earned it) and investing it to make more money just happens to make jobs for the rest of us. Don't begrudge them because they have more money than us...embrace the fact that the masses get a job as a by-product of that desire.

Loudoun Fiscal Conservatives.....What if?

If you are fiscally conservative (and after the fiasco of 2003-2007 and it's lasting effects, who isn't?) and you have school children who will need a new High School in South Riding so that they aren't sitting in each other's laps...
Let's say there was a piece of property that was closer than Lenah to the children it would serve.
Let's say it had much more acreage, but it costs less per acre than Lenah. Now, while we're dreaming....why don't we add the fact that it should also bring us much needed athletic fields as a by-product.
Sound like a tall order?

Introducing the Lambert Property for your consideration.

A property owner with about 190 acres just below South Riding (in the vicinity ofBraddock and Bull Run Post Office roads) has sent a letter to the BOS, offering to sell the land to the county for use as a school site. The price would be $75,000 per acre, which compared to Lenah's per acre price tag of over $200,000 -- is a terrific deal, even in our current market.

It's exciting because there appears to be a very strong chance that this site could serve as a home to HS-7, MS-5, as well as an elementary school. Compared apples to apples against the Lenah/Greenvest site of only 90 acres (too small for that elementary school) :(

Lambert is also closer to the main community it would serve, avoiding a scenario where large numbers of students are bussed long distances down Route 50 during rush-hour. Lambert is close to public utilities, too. Loudoun Water says that they would need an extra year to get utilities to Lenah/Greenvest over the time it would take them to do the hookup at Lambert.

Now, the best news yet.... a private firm has offered to buy 20 to 30 acres of the land to build a sports complex. So, the county can buy the land for about $14MIL, collect about $2MIL for that sports complex ....and end up saving $8MIL!

I'd expect that much money to be able to solve any remaining engineering problems, and maybe leave a bit behind to give back to the taxpayers. Whatd'ya think?

Call and write THESE guys to let them know if you think it's of the most importance to start saving YOUR money right now!!

Ed Hatrick 571-252-1000
Robert DuPree 571-233-4610
John Stevens 571-223-9810

I've decided that at least here, it's time to stop a head-to-head comparison , and go after each of the Dulles Schools on their individual merits and problems.
In other news.... Out West, we appear a step closer to WoodGrove.

Is Obama going to tax us all into oblivion?

0% on home sales up to $500,000 per home (couples). McCain does not propose any change in existing home sales income tax.
28% on profit from ALL home sales. (How does this affect you? If you sell your home and make a profit, you will pay 28% of your gain on taxes. If you are heading toward retirement and would like to down-size your home or move into a retirement community, 28% of the money you make from your home will go to taxes. This proposal will adversely affect the elderly who are counting on the income from their homes as part of their retirement income.)

15% (no change)
39.6% - (How will this affect you? If you have any money invested in stock market, IRA, mutual funds, college funds, life insurance, retirement accounts, or anything that pays or reinvests dividends, you will now be paying nearly 40% of the money earned on taxes if Obama becomes president. The experts predict that 'Higher tax rates on dividends and capital gains would crash the stock market, yet do absolutely nothing to cut the deficit.')

(no changes)
Single making 30K - tax $4,500
Single making 50K - tax $12,500
Single making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 60K- tax $9,000
Married making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 125K - tax $31,250

(reversion to pre-Bush tax cuts)
Single making 30K - tax $8,400
Single making 50K - tax $14,000
Single making 75K - tax $23,250
Married making 60K - tax $16,800
Married making 75K - tax $21,000
Married making 125K - tax $38,750
Under Obama, your taxes could almost double!
- 0% (No change, Bush repealed this tax)
Restore the inheritance tax
Many families have lost businesses, farms, ranches, and homes that have been in their families for generations because they could not afford the inheritance tax. Those willing their assets to loved ones will only lose them to these taxes.
New government taxes proposed on homes that are more than 2400 square feet. New gasoline taxes (as if gas weren't high enough already) New taxes on natural resources consumption (heating gas, water, electricity) New taxes on retirement accounts, and last but not least....New taxes to pay for socialized medicine so we can receive the same level of medical care as other third-world countries!!!
Certainly makes us wonder why Obama isn't crowing about these figures.

The Bulletproof one speaks....

I see an awful lot of factual misinformation about how Sarah Palin was actually vetted, by people who are speculating, and seem to live on another planet than Politicus. Some people accel at politics because they can wrap their brain around every issue, and some should just step back into their lives and get a real job, because...well...they suck at this one.
Such is the case with SEVERAL commentators who put it in their own heads that Palin wasn't vetted properly.
I saw one of the liberal press floating her as a last minute selection because we'd never seen her before he announced. McCain's team has looked at her long and hard, and the discussion was occurring at LEAST four months ago. She has been on the short list for at LEAST three months.What McCain INSISTED on was that her name not be revealed or leaked because it would destroy the effect of announcing her immediately after Obama addressed the DNC. THAT, and that alone was the reason her name was never revealed prior to that day. McCain's strategists were brilliant in the release....making many people not involved in politics respond "He did?" when they were informed that Obama had offered a speech the night before. In truth, she did tell McCain a number of things, and he did not find it to be a big MOST Americans. The Dems had better start acting like "everyman" if they really want to appeal to him.