Monday, April 23, 2012

Obama’s Lowlights (4/23/12)

Obama’s Fairness - "So these investments -- in things like education and research and health care -- they haven't been made as some grand scheme to redistribute wealth from one group to another," the president said in a speech at Florida Atlantic University. "This is not some socialist dream," Obama added, as he called for tax increases on millionaires to pay for those investments. How is this not socialism or redistribution of wealth?

DOJ - The Justice Department filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Apple and major book publishers, charging that the companies colluded to raise the price of e-books in 2010.

War on Women - According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).

Harvard Law – They are offering a new class “Understanding Obama”.

Ann Romney – The attacks on Mitt Romney’s wife have started as Obama advisor Hilary Rosen claimed Ann Romney had never "worked a day in her life," dismissing her work to raise five children. Remember when President Obama officially repeated the liberal idea that staying at home to raise children isn't real "work," and tried to portray himself and Michelle Obama as victims who couldn't "afford the luxury" of Michelle Obama not "working," when their daughters were born. Of course, Bill Maher chimed in “But what [Hilary Rosen] meant to say, I think, was that Ann Romney has never gotten her a$$ out of the house to work.”

The American Dream - Obama's Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis, claims government services and handouts are the American Dream.

Voter Fraud - Attorney General Eric Holder may say voter fraud isn’t a problem, but some in the city of Vernon, Calif., would disagree. The city’s Chamber of Commerce says nearly 30 percent of the registered voters in the city don’t actually live there, and charges of widespread voter fraud are plaguing the city’s recent election.

Post Office – For years Post Office accounting measures kept expenses low and revenues high by ignoring or hiding the benefit costs of retirees. Now, the Post Office is forced to consider retirement costs beforehand and not as a pay-as-you-go-model. This has exposed the Post Office as needing serious reform – both in policy and leadership.

Obama’s Tax Rate – Obama paid an effective tax rate of only 20.5% last year on nearly 800,000 dollars of income (down from 5.5 million in 2009 and 1.7 million in 2010). At his current income level (under 1 million) Obama would be exempt from the Buffet Rule. Also, many complain about the 15% tax rate paid by Romney, but he gave an additional 17% of his income to charities. Romney has given more to charities in one year than Obama will give in his lifetime. And yes, Obama did not pay any extra taxes (he took all his deductions). How’s that for leading by example?

Natural Gas - President Obama signed an executive order establishing a high-level task force charged with coordinating federal oversight of domestic natural gas development. Essentially, Obama has once again caved to environmentalists who fear fracking technology.

Syria - The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved the deployment of the first wave of U.N. military observers to monitor a fragile cease-fire between the Syrian government and opposition fighters.

Lobbyists – A review of campaign donations and White House visitor logs shows that special interests have had little trouble making themselves heard. Many of the president’s biggest donors, while not lobbyists, took lobbyists with them to the White House, while others performed essentially the same function on their visits.

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