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The Lost Irony in the Tax Debate | RedState.

There is an uncanny irony that has emerged from the bowels of the tax fight – one that is lost in all the banal details of the pitched battle.  Democrats have fallen in love with the Bush tax cuts, which they fought so vociferously to block in 2001 and 2003.

While the Democrats are demanding that we raise taxes on the rich, they are stridently demanding that we extend the Bush tax cuts for the rest of American taxpayers (or non-taxpayers).  The irony is that Democrats spent several years during the Bush years protesting how the Bush tax cuts were nothing but handouts for the rich.  Now, they are correctly asserting that if we don’t extend the Bush tax cuts, low and middle income earners will be severely hit.  Woops!

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Next to abortion, “Tax The Rich” has become the second tenet of the left wing faith…

The Golden Calf of Increased Tax Rates | RedState.

If you worship at the altar of a bigger government this may make you uncomfortable and you may not approve but I regret to inform you that the people avoiding paying rates, which they view as detrimental to them, don’t care. They are not going to ask you for your opinion on the matter and will allow you to continue to bluster while they move their money and wait you out. Don’t fret, the money will return when the rates are cut and tax revenue will increase, just not on your watch. To further drive home the point, the largest amount of revenue ever collected by the U.S. government, in inflation-adjusted dollars, was in 2007 under the current tax rates which some now clamor to raise.

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While George Will was teaching on mandates he spoke the truth on the fiscal cliff. The Republicans have been out maneuvered since last year and they don’t see it yet…
Will Schools Brazile on Mandates: Almost Every House Republican Won By Much Bigger Margin Than Obama

You showed the clip a moment ago of Patty Murray saying, as a negotiating ploy, go off the cliff. Let me give you another theory. For 40 years, the Democratic Party’s activist base has had two goals: substantial tax increases and substantial defense cuts. Going off the cliff implements the Democratic Party’s agenda.

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Battle Of The Victim Classes

Politically Correct Poker – Ezra Levant.

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@CNN Suckered Again By Pali Fauxtography

When one source is thought to be enough…

Elder of Ziyon: Dead child cradled by Egypt’s PM was killed by Hamas! (UPDATED).

Via Breitbart

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Fauxtography On CNN

Incompetent or biased. Neither option looks good for CNN…

CNN Uses Faked Palestinian ‘Casualty’ Video in Coverage.

On November 15, Anderson Cooper hosted a report by CNN correspondent Sara Sidner. During the wind up to her report Cooper played a few video snippets of “victims” being dragged off the streets of the Palestinian held areas.

But one of those “victims” wasn’t a victim at all but was instead a man merely acting injured all for the benefit of western cameras.

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Following the usual script…

Israeli Civilians Under Fire; Hamas Fakes Casualties on Twitter.

They got caught and deleted the tweet, here is the pic in question…

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And…

Barely one day into the fighting in Hamas-run Gaza, the locals are hard at work playing the victim for the world’s press.

Footage from the BBC captured by watchdog group Honest Reporting shows a heavy man lying on the ground and being carried away by residents, apparently after being injured by an Israeli attack.

Moments later, that same man again fills the frame, except he is walking about and obviously unhurt.

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Katrina On The Hudson*

When the media is busy chronicling a General’s pussy wars this is what doesn’t make the cut…

No Red Tape? Non-Union FEMA Crews, Water and Other Supplies Sit Idle Thanks To Unions & Red Tape | RedState.

It’s been two weeks since Hurricane Sandy killed 113 people, wiped out portions of towns, and knocked out power to millions. It has also been two weeks since Barack Obama pledged, “No bureaucracy. No red tape.”

However, according to multiple public and private sources, unions and union-related red tape are causing workers from out of state to be turned back, as well as workers contracted by FEMA, as well as tons of supplies, already in New York and New Jersey to sit idle—at a cost of millions to taxpayers.

*Instapundit

So: late warnings, confused and inadequate responses, FEMA foul-ups and suffering refugees. In this regard, Sandy is looking a lot like Katrina on the Hudson. Well, things go wrong in disasters. That’s why they’re called disasters. But there is one difference.

Under Katrina, the national press credulously reported all sorts of horror stories: rapes, children with slit throats, even cannibalism. These stories were pretty much all false. Worse, as Lou Dolinar cataloged later, the press also ignored many very real stories of heroism and competence. We haven’t seen such one-sided coverage of Sandy, where the press coverage of problems, though somewhat muted before the election, hasn’t been marked by absurd rumors or ham-handed efforts to push a particular narrative.

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“Forward” To What?

Old Soviet jokes become the new American reality.

The six contradictions of socialism in the United States of America

  • America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.
  • Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.
  • They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.
  • Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.
  • The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
  • They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

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Ayn Rand was right…

Death spiral: Hours cut, workers pushed to part-time due to Obamacare; ‘They keep cutting my hours’ | Twitchy.

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