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Hypocrisy

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hypocrisy |hiˈpäkrisē|
noun ( pl. -sies)
the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.

Textbook example No. 1
Former Democrat Presidential Candidate John Kerry, sitting Senator from Massachucetts, gives us a wonderful example of the definition of the word ‘hypocrisy.’ Take a look:

Senator Kerry, like most good Democrats, is decidedly in favor of popular liberal strategies to increasingly ‘tax the rich’ to make them share even more of the burden off the hard working middle and lower classes. Senator Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz, have inherited great wealth and are definitely in the financial category the Democrats target when they say ‘tax the rich.’ The Kerrys live in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Recently the Kerrys took delivery of a new $7 million yacht. There’s nothing wrong with that, and I certainly won’t hold that against them. They’ve inherited great wealth, and it is their right to spend it how ever they see fit. However, it is interesting to note that they took delivery of this new yacht not in Massachusetts where they live, but it was delivered to them and is berthed in Newport, Rhode Island instead. Why, I wonder?

Although Senator Kerry has not provided an explanation, one very good reason may be that Rhode Island repealed its Boat Sales and Use Tax back in 1993 and has therefore become a haven for luxury yacht owners. Massachusetts, Kerry’s home state, on the other hand (in the effort to force the rich to pay their fair share) imposes a 6.25% Sales Tax and an annual excise tax on yachts. So, by taking delivery and by keeping his new toy berthed in Rhode Island, the good Senator saved approximately $437,500 in sales tax and an annual excise tax of around $70,000.

I don’t hold it against Senator Kerry for doing the logical thing and using existing statutes in an effort to save some of his inherrited-through-marriage money by avoiding taxes. That’s only prudent. But I definitely will remember this the next time I hear of him or one of his fellow ‘tax the rich!’ Democrats (like Vice President Biden) make the claim that ‘paying more taxes is patriotic,’ or that we need to soak the rich to make them pay their fair share.

In a statement issued by Senator Kerry after this story broke in the news, he claims that the yacht is currently in Rhode Island only ‘for repairs.’ But if that is true, then why does it have its home port of ‘Newport’ painted on it? Humm…

And further, why did the Senator, who is on the record supporting policies which would punish companies who outsource jobs to overseas locations, order his luxury yacht from a company which built it in New Zealand instead of from a company employing American workers?

Textbook example No. 2
In his award winning prophesy of environmental gloom and doom, Al Gore strongly emphasized as ‘undisputed’ the ‘fact’ that ocean levels are on the rise, and will eventually reclaim huge land masses which are now ocean front lands. Then why, in April this year, did he spend nearly $9 million of his hard earned money on an ocean front villa in Southern California?

Doesn’t seem very logical, does it? I’m just sayin’ …

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Written by jb

July 29, 2010 at 10:38 am

Promises Shomises

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall anything in the Health Care Bill about the individual mandate (tax) being limited only to those who earn more than $250K per year.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/18/health/policy/18health.html?_r=1&ref=politics

Same here. While this is still just a legislative proposal, don’t lots of peeps making less than $250K hold shares in funds which profit by engaging in currency trading?
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-a-budget/109869-currency-tax-a-way-to-invest-in-our-future-rep-stark

And here, on Cap and Trade. Anyone living in the US who consumes ‘energy’ or products which require energy use in their creation will ‘necessarily‘ see tremendous increases in the cost of everything. There will be no escaping these ‘new tax increases’ even if you make less than $250K.
http://www.americansolutions.com/energytax/2010/07/punishing-you-for-bps-spill.php

I’m so sick of politics. And especially tired of political promises. Why don’t we hold politicians responsible for what they promise? Those who continue to allow them to skate on their bold promises have essentially taken that over-used Clinton era mantra and modified it to “it’s only about politics.” Come on, folks: Get your heads out of the sand…

Written by jb

July 21, 2010 at 11:30 am

Respect for Congress?

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Most Americans have a rather low level of respect for our politicians in Congress. And that’s no surprise. Much of what has fueled this lack of respect is a feeling that those we have sent to Washington to represent us are simply ignoring us, instead.

Here is a good example of why we have that feeling. A good indication that the feeling is well founded.

Some time back, I sent a message to my Congressman and my two Senators in Washington. I submitted my message from the submission forms on their own websites, thinking that would be the most reliable way of actually being heard (use the system they have in place, for that purpose). Not long after that, I received responses, and while these generally appeared to be more “form letter” responses than ones which specifically addressed the issues I brought up, I at least felt that my voice had been heard.

The message I sent dealt with a number of issues I am concerned with, but the key points I addressed were 1). don’t vote on any bill you haven’t read, and 2). stop spending money we simply don’t have. Yesterday, I received another Email message from one of my Senators, Senator Bob Corker. His message began with “Thank you for taking the time to contact my office about S. 688, the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act. Your input is important to me, and I appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts.” His message went on to tell me how he has “cosponsored three pieces of legislation aimed at helping those with breast cancer,” and “the information you’ve provided in your letter will certainly help my staff and me more effectively look into this issue.” He also explained that he has sent a request to “the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services asking that they provide adequate funds to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).” Uhh.. more money we don’t have.

Not once in my message did I mention S. 688 (the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act), or Cancer research or treatment, or government funding for it. While government spending on Cancer treatment and research may very well be a good thing, the bottom line is that I didn’t mention it. Yet here is his message thanking me for contacting him about it. This response certainly does not engender a feeling that my voice has been heard. It also does not increase my level of respect for Congress. What a bunch of of yahoos these guys are, this current group we have in Washington.

Senator Corker is obviously not listening to me. Not only did he not take note of what I did write him about, but it appears that he has used the submission of my message as an excuse to add my name under a category which he feels needs more public support, even though I never once mentioned (what must apparently be) a pet project of his (since he has cosponsored three bills on it, and requested additional funding for it). It’s no wonder that so many Americans are feeling the need to show up at Town Hall Meetings and yell in order for their voice to be heard.

What this experience does is to move me even more to the side of feeling that we just need to vote out the incumbents. Unfortunately, Senator Corker won’t be up for reelection until 2012. And I even agree with his stance on a number of issues, but then there’s this question of not respecting the People.

I sincerely hope that one good outcome of the massive public dissatisfaction with the performance of our current crop of elected representatives will be that in the next election, we will have people running who are sensitive to the fact that the People need to be heard and respected. Give me a candidate who respects the People, and who can genuinely demonstrate a willingness and ability to work across Party lines to get things done, and I’ll vote for that guy, regardless of where he/she stands on individual issues.

Written by jb

September 5, 2009 at 1:27 pm