Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Haters gonna hate. But they plan to vote Republican.

Washington Post ^ | 12/17/13 | Sean Sullivan, Scott Clement 

Meet the haters.

We’re talking about the voters who’ve had it with all Washington politicians: President Obama, congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats. Despite their distaste for, well, everyone, when push comes to shove, these voters are lining up squarely behind GOP candidates for Congress.

It’s encouraging news for a Republican Party eyeing midterm elections now only about 11 months away. Why? Because it suggests the image problems the party’s congressional members have experienced — which have been worse than those suffered by Obama or congressional Democrats — don’t translate to a death knell at the ballot box.

Seventy-two percent of voters who disapprove of the job Obama, congressional Democrats and congressional Republicans are doing say they’d vote for the GOP candidate for U.S. House in their district if the election were held today, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Tuesday. Just 14 percent say they’d vote for the Democrat.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...

MUSLIM POPULATION TIMELINE


  1. As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens.
  2. At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs.
  3. From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves along with threats for failure to comply. At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.
  4. When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris, we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam.
  5. After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues.
  6. At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare.
  7. From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels.
  8. After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in Bangladesh — Muslim 83%, Egypt — Muslim 90%, Gaza — Muslim 98.7%, Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%, Iran — Muslim 98%, Iraq — Muslim 97%, Jordan — Muslim 92%
  9. 100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in: Afghanistan — Muslim 100%, Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%, Somalia — Muslim 100%, Yemen ---Muslim 100%.

Breaking: Microsoft Next Sucker to take over Healthcare.gov rescue!

Hot Air ^ | December 17, 2013 | ED MORRISSEY 

Everyone who loves Internet Explorer and Windows 8 will rejoice at the latest appointment from the White House to rescue its core policy from incompetence. The rest of us will just marvel at the irony:
The White House is tapping the private sector for its next point man to fix the troubled Obamacare website.
The administration is set to announce that Kurt DelBene, an executive at Microsoft, will succeed Jeff Zients in leading the overhaul of the embattled HealthCare.gov, according to four sources with knowledge of the decision. But DelBene isn’t just a Microsoft executive. He’s also the husband of a Congresswoman. Guess which party?
DelBene is currently the president of the Microsoft Office Division and has been with the company since 1992. He is also the husband of freshman Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.). Other than being the husband of a Democratic Representative, DelBene doesn’t dabble much in checkbook politics, according to Open Secrets. Over three election cycles, he’s donated $16,540 to Democratic candidates, with a little over half of that coming in the 2014 cycle. His bio shows why he’s at least more qualified than Zients to take charge of a web-portal disaster:
As president of the Microsoft Office Division, Kurt DelBene is responsible for driving Microsoft’s global productivity strategy for information workers. DelBene oversees the engineering and marketing functions for a wide range of productivity products and services, including Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio.
Previously, he served as the senior vice president for the Microsoft Business Division, responsible for the development of client and server software that collectively delivers to organizations and individuals a holistic productivity experience, including authoring, collaboration, communications, information sharing, and project management. In this role, he oversaw development teams in the Office engineering organization including Office desktop applications
(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com ...

Rep. Steve Stockman: Give my campaign $10, and you’ll get an Obama barf bag!

washingtontimes.com ^ | 12/17/13 | Tom Howell 

Rep. Steve Stockman, an outspoken Texas conservative who recently announced a bid for the Senate, wants supporters to chip in $10 for his campaign in exchange for an “Obama barf bag.”
The Republican’s pale-green bag, unveiled Tuesday, has President Obama’s smiling likeness on it.
“Obama’s socialism makes me sick! And I have the barf bag to prove it!” Mr. Stockman wrote in an open letter to people who visit his campaign website.
Mr. Stockman this month launched a last-minute primary challenge to Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, Texas Republican, by portraying him as a “liberal Republican” who needs to be replaced next year with a true-blood conservative.
Yet some conservative groups quickly said they’ll stick by Mr. Cornyn, and private GOP polling obtained by Politico says Mr. Cornyn leads Mr. Stockman by 44 percentage points.
Mr. Stockman has hawked products with outrageous slogans before, including a campaign bumper sticker that says, “If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted.”
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...

Canada to phase out home mail delivery to cut big losses

Rooters ^ | 12-11-13 | David Ljunggren 

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Canada's postal service will phase out urban home delivery within five years and hike the cost of postage stamps to try to stem soaring losses, the post office said on Wednesday. Canada Post, like the U.S. Postal Service, is suffering as customers switch to digital communications. In August it said it was on track to run short of cash by the middle of 2014 unless major changes were made. The government-owned corporation - which has a mandate to be self-financing - last month reported a third-quarter loss of C$109 million ($103 million) before tax and said mail volumes had fallen 7.3 percent from the same period in 2012. It must also deal with a C$6.5 billion deficit in its pension plan.
(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...

200 MPH On A Texas Toll Road, In A C7 Corvette

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John Hennessey, high-performance impresario and creator of many entertaining ViperClub comment threads, has done it again.

In what he claims is a first-ever trip to 200mph by a tuned C7, JH “tests” the Ez-Tag system by blowing past it at more than double the already-enthusiastic 80mph toll-road speed limit. Interestingly enough, the factory speedometer in the LCD display appears to be dead-on accurate.
“The road is smooth as silk, easy-breezy,” Hennessey indicates, in a phrase that will no doubt launch at least a dozen imitators.

Drive Safely This Holiday Season

Drive Safely This Holiday Season
With the holidays upon us, I would like to share a personal experience with you all about drinking and driving after a "social session" with friends.

Well, this past Saturday, we were out on a pre-Thanksgiving evening with long-lost friends. I had a few cocktails, followed by a handful of glasses of vintage red wine. Despite the jolliness, I still had the sense to know that I was over the limit. That's when I decided to do what I have never done before: I took a cab home.

Sure enough, there was a police road block on the freeway but, since it was a cab, they waved us past. We arrived home safely without incident. This was both a great relief and a surprise because I had never driven a cab before. I don't even know where I got it from and, now that it is in my garage, I don't know what to do with it.

Hillary Satan

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Democrat

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Rectally Inserted

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They fell for it!

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Straight Pride

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Unified vs Divided

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Messages

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Ditch your mom!!!

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Hot Blonde

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What Selfie?

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Second Term

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The Obama Hockey Stick

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Pay Back!

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War on Christmas?

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Almost as bad as cancer!

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MSNBC anchor: ‘So many people consider President Obama to be the first gay president’

Daily Caller ^ | Dec 16, 2013 | Brendan Bordelon 

MSNBC host Thomas Roberts said Monday that “many people consider President Obama to be the first gay president.”

Roberts was speaking to Shawn Gaylord of Human Rights First, a group fighting discrimination against homosexuals and other sexual minorities. The organization is pushing the White House to defy Russia’s harsh anti-gay laws by sending openly gay delegates to next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“It’s not about asking for special protection,” Roberts claimed. “It’s about asking and seeking equal respect. We do know as we look at the larger picture here, Shawn, that LGBT rights is just one of the points of friction between our country and Russia right now.”
“How do you think that the president can balance all the delicate foreign policy issues but take a decisive stand on human rights,” Roberts asked earnestly, “because so many people consider President Obama to be the first gay president?”
Gaylord smirked but did not take the bait, instead noting the situation for homosexuals in Russia was becoming “very frightening.”
(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...

It’s a Man’s World, And It Always Will Be!

Time ^ | 12/16/2013 | Camille Paglia 

If men are obsolete, then women will soon be extinct—unless we rush down that ominous Brave New World path where females will clone themselves by parthenogenesis, as famously do Komodo dragons, hammerhead sharks, and pit vipers.
A peevish, grudging rancor against men has been one of the most unpalatable and unjust features of second- and third-wave feminism. Men’s faults, failings and foibles have been seized on and magnified into gruesome bills of indictment. Ideologue professors at our leading universities indoctrinate impressionable undergraduates with carelessly fact-free theories alleging that gender is an arbitrary, oppressive fiction with no basis in biology.
Is it any wonder that so many high-achieving young women, despite all the happy talk about their academic success, find themselves in the early stages of their careers in chronic uncertainty or anxiety about their prospects for an emotionally fulfilled private life? When an educated culture routinely denigrates masculinity and manhood, then women will be perpetually stuck with boys, who have no incentive to mature or to honor their commitments. And without strong men as models to either embrace or (for dissident lesbians) to resist, women will never attain a centered and profound sense of themselves as women.
(Excerpt) Read more at ideas.time.com ...

ACA Navigators Coax Applicants to Lie, Get Subsidies

newsmax ^ | 12/16/13 | Greg Richter 

Obamacare navigators aren't trying to help people find a good insurance plan, Rep. Darrell Issa says; they are trying to enroll people in Medicaid and highly subsidized insurance plans.

"They're not there to sell the merits of the insurance. They're there to sell the subsidy," Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Monday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity."
"This is basically just another form of community organizing, paid for with your tax dollars. Acorn revisited, if you will," Issa said.
Issa and Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, were in Dallas on Monday for a congressional hearing on the subject. Their committee issued a report that the navigator program is putting Americans at risk of identity theft.
Sessions told Hannity that navigators don't follow any of the rules insurance agents have to follow. They are not bonded and don't have to show their driver's licenses – "anything that would cause you to know that they're not felons and identity-theft perpetrators."
(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...

Tales from the Whipped: ObamaCare Sign-up Nightmares

Tales from the Whipped: ObamaCare Sign-up Nightmares


In our last DUFU, we heard from Will the Shill Pitt how wonderful and easy signing up for ObamaCare is--even though he hadn't, uh, exactly completed the process. Well, today's DUFU will tell a different tale, i.e., "Tales from the Whipped: ObamaCare Sign-up Nightmares." We visit this THREAD by DUmmie Demo_Chris, "9 HOURS in and Healthcare.gov still wont let me look at the actual PLANS."

Fortunately it won't take us 9 hours to look at the actual comments of the DUmmies, in Bolshevik Red, while the commentary of your humble guest correspondent, Charles Henrickson, wondering if William Rivers Pitt will be able to get signed up within 24 business hours, is in the [brackets]:

9 HOURS in and Healthcare.gov still wont let me look at the actual PLANS

[If you like to see plans, you can keep . . . waiting. Patience, my child.]

8 hours and a hundred crashes to get this far.

[Crash of the Type-ins.]

It's impressively and spectacularly bad. It is a freaking marvel of fail, the cirque du Soleil of incompetence.

[Jirque DU Delay.]

Right now my wife is so frustrated by the experience that she is ready to drop kick her computer out the window.

[The Defenestration of Prog.]

So we CALLED the 800 number to get it straightened out. To be precise, I called the 800 number while my wife sat in our darkened bedroom, crying and clutching her cat and occasionally shrieking out random ACA induced profanities.

["I hope this isn't going to take long. My pussy's been locked up for eight hours."]











The guy on the phone, after taking down all my information and typing it into his computer yet again, reached the exact same place the system had hung up before, and he ran into the same error message we had encountered. . . . He informed me that he had tried hitting enter three times. This was apparently the limits of his troubleshooting skills.

[Three strikes and you're out . . . of luck.]

He politely offered to hit enter for me a few more times, but I assured him I could do this myself. I asked what I was supposed to do now, and he did not know. He said, and this is close to a quote "Yeah, it's a mess, it pretty much does this kind of thing all day. Maybe you can try back some other time, that might fix it."

[You know, Demo_Chris, your "Cirque du Soleil of Incompetence" comment earlier was pretty good. Sooo. . . . If you like your Kewpie Doll, you can keep your Kewpie Doll. It's in the mail.]

Jackasses like Limbaugh or Paul Ryan say that government is the problem. It's a sentiment that I oppose. . . . That said, we just handed them a six-hundred million dollar example to point to.

[Demo_Chris, I think you are on your way to becoming a conservative jackass just like us! Watch out, you may have to change your name to Repuke_Chris! For now, though, prepare for a beatdown from your fellow DUmmies . . .]

This sounds suspicious. . . .

[Are you suggesting that Demo_Chris might be a . . . LOUSY FREEPER TROLL???]

Why would your wife sit in a darkened room crying and clutching her cat, etc.?

[Maybe she heard Obama say, "If you like your cat, you can keep your cat."]

I would be pushing to find someone who could help me resolve the situation. . . . I would demand to talk with his supervisor.

["Yes, this is his supervisor. . . . You say you've waited nine hours, and your wife is crying and clutching her pussy?"]


















The deadline for coverage on Jan 1st. It had been December 15th but was changed to the 23rd.

[How about changing the whole thing to the 12th of Never?]

You should turn the lights on in the bedroom.

Yeah, at least let the woman have some light while she's shrieking & clutching. Maybe it's the cat that's shrieking b/c she's clutching him too hard.

[Puss in Boudoir: Shriek Forever After]

Maybe try it at 2 in the morning when traffic is low?

[Better yet, try it at 3 in the morning. You may get right through.]












I've heard that starting over with a new email address & user name can get you out of whatever code-induced dead end you are apparently in.

[The cure for the common code.]

anonymous, unverifiable anti-ACA posts, even absurd creative writing fails like this one, should normally just be ignored.

[No criticism of Obamassiah allowed! To the iggy list with you! No, on second thought, TO THE HAGUE!!]

A wave of quiet melancholy seeped from the darkened space where his one true love sobbed quietly. Out in the chaos of the beast-maddened world, the sneering and sarcastic acolytes of the Magical Priest King laughed heartily at the family's pain - they blocked up their ears as if with wax at any sadness, lest the Magical Priest King be considered less glowing. They crowded about, pointing and laughing. Always pointing and laughing....

[Hee! Hee! Very good, DUmmie alcibiades_mystery! I'm going to break the rules here and give YOU a Kewpie Doll, too!]

I don't understand your reference to "unverifiable". I gather that the next DUer who applies should have two witnesses (not immediate family members) in the room with him or her at the start of the process. These witnesses should note when the effort begins, when it ends, and what the results were. They should report their findings in sworn affidavits, which will be notarized. Any post complaining about any ACA difficulty must include the PDF of each affidavit, along with each witness's full name, address, telephone number, and email address, so that the reports can be verified.

[NOTARY-VERIFIED SIGN-UP REPORTS! DU IT FOR ANDY!]

I for one am prepared to believe that someone like Demo Chris, with more than 4,000 posts, is not a Limbaughite who's put that much effort into setting up a DU persona just to pave the way for lying about Healthcare.gov problems. I'm especially prepared to believe it when this admittedly "unverifiable" account is completely consistent with what many other people have reported.

[I BELIEEEEEEVE!!!!!!!]

I've been trying since October 1st. You would not believe what I've gone through with the ACA website.

[YOU WOULD NOT BELIEEEEEEVE!!!!!!!]

For $768/month presently, we get a $400 deductible, $2,000 out of pocket, $20 doctor co-pays, $10 drugs, and dental and vision. I doubt the ACA can beat that anyway. I sure don't want to save $150/month on premiums and have a $6,350 deductible. That would be dumb.














I entered into the website and it said: "You have tried too many times. Wait 24 hours and try again."

[That's 24 ObamaCare hours, which is like 7 dog years.]

My wife has been trying to sign up since Oct. It has been a nightmare. . . .

[Nightmare on Health Street]

What's weird is that the GOLD level plans seem worse than the SILVER plans they are offering us.

[Silver and gold
Silver and gold
Cost so much more when I ran
Numbers and old calculations
On every healthcare plan . . .]

I see the "attack anyone who complains" brigade is all over you here. . . . Question something you're told or point out inconvenient realities and the knives come out. . . . And some wonder why Obama's approval has fallen to the upper 30's, right along with approval for the ACA. Who wants to be on the side of a bunch of arrogant reactionaries who deny reality and demand that you do as well. . . .

[DUmmieland is the Reality-Erased Community.]

How many different ways can a person/family enroll in Obamacare ... ?

[There must be fifty ways to have your healthcare . . .]

Blind gullibility is bad enough, but the arrogance in attacking anyone who doesn't sing Obamacare's praises to your liking and hit all the right notes for you on the matter is about as appealing as dog vomit.

[The Pukingese breed.]

Real person experiencing a real problem and you and others jump all over him like he's some fox in your hen house.

[The quick brown dog vomit jumped over the lousy fox.]

It took me 63 days to get my application sent to the insurance company. A total of about 80 frustrating hours spent on the phone with the call center and trying to get my account established and visible on the website. I still cannot see my information on the website, other than my name, security questions, etc. I was twice told that my applications by phone had gone through, and then one of them got "lost", and with the other one, an error was made, (not by me), and I had to do a third application, once the application was declared done, like you, I was unable to see the plans on the internet. They told me they could not fix that, and refused to send me the plans by mail. And the call center reps could not pull up my plans, except that one of them said he had some plans become available, which I knew were bogus offers because they were way more expensive than the calculators indicated my plans would cost. So I told the call rep this, and he spoke with supervisors, and then came back and said, well, why don't I just take one of the plans he had previously offered? I got really upset at that point. The next day, another call center rep could not pull up my plans, so I asked to speak with a call center supervisor, and after I was on hold for a really long time, she answered and was able to pull up all 78 plans, and told me that the only way I could get insurance was for her to tell me the information about the plans over the phone. So I had to choose a plan without the benefit of being able to read, study, and investigate them in order to determine exactly which one was really best for me. I was on the phone with the call center for approximately 6 hrs that day. At $20 an hr for my time, and for cell phone bills, and pain and suffering, I figure the subsidies I receive for my premiums will just about cover the expenses for the time that I spent was struggling to get insurance through healtcare.gov. But, frustrated almost to the point of needing therapy, I chose a plan a plan over the phone, and it seems like a good deal. Unfortunately, the insurance company is claiming that Healthcare.gov sent them some wrong information. Healthcare.gov is claiming they sent the correct information. I sent the insurance company a premium payment, and have a policy ID number. But I am not sure if I will be covered on Jan 1, because of this information problem, which the insurance company will not allow me to correct personally, but are saying that Healthcare.gov needs to correct the information and send the corrected information to them. Healthcare.gov says it sent them the correct information in the first place, and that they cannot send them any more information, and that the insurance company has the accurate information and is not "accurately relaying correct information" to me. . . . My experience with healthcare.gov was in the top 5 most f***ed up things that I have ever experienced in life.

[Hey, DUmmie? Yeah, you, you who voted for Obama. Two words: OWN IT!]










Obama's Fall from Grace [a clown president]

The Amreican Thinker ^ | December 17, 2013 | J.R. Dunn 

"..........How does a serious president handle this? He steps out of the spotlight, curtails the golf games with celebrities, persuades the wife to postpone further multi-million dollar vacations, abjures any serious or epoch-making speeches or public efforts. He lets other, lesser figures carry the public load for awhile....
This strategy would very likely work for the current chief executive as well. But I ask you -- does any of that sound like Barack Obama?
He can't back out of sight because of a little thing called "ObamaCare." He let the help handle that and it didn't work. Now it's attached as firmly as a ball and chain, and since he lacks both the grace and wit to cut his losses, it will dog his presidency for all the time that's left to it.
There's also the fact that he's been carried by media, mentor figures, and more shadowy elements all the way back to his stint at Harvard. It's not that he's grown to believe his own PR, but that he's never believed anything else. There is no depth to Obama -- the public figure is all you get, and anything that threatens the image threatens the whole man. So he will flail, and protest, and posture -- looking more asinine all the time. Look for plenty of PR events -- momentous speeches, vast promises, attempts to pull on the mantle of greater men, mountains giving birth to mice.
And how should the opposition handle it? Nothing simpler -- hammer it. Don't let an opportunity pass. Don't let him get away with anything. This is a God-given rent in virtual armor that many thought was utterly impregnable. We need to take as much advantage of it as possible......
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


Cathartic. You mean as in a medicine that causes the bowels to move or
a : purification or purgation of the emotions (as pity and fear) primarily through art
b : a purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal or release from tension
c: elimination of a complex by bringing it to consciousness and affording it expression

It would be somewhat like “c” if there was a pubbie plan or voice or anything in the organization having any merit at all or vision of anything but more of the same. There is no change. The politicos don’t want it. They will not change and must be expunged. We are at that awkward stage. Things don’t hurt enough people badly enough for change to be forced.

Federal Income Tax Rates for the Year 2013 (Merry Christmas!)

Vanity | 12/16/13 | Self 

You can check this for yourself. Search "top tax rate 2013" read and think just a little. It is just numbers and that seems to make the eyes of most people glaze over. Heck, a huge number don't even pay taxes.
Welcome to the USSA. This is hope and change obastard style. This is sharing the pie. This is more fat cat politicians controlling you, more government employees, more TSA, more homeland security, more navigators, more food stamps, section 8 housing, and LESS FREEDOM and LESS HOPE.
The new top tax rate will be a whopping 47.2%
39.6% (top marginal rate) + 3.8% (net investment income tax) + 2.9% (both sides of medicare / medicade) + 0.9% (medicare surtax) = 47.2%
plus whatever state and local taxes there are. This is how you get to the 60% Hannity is always talking about.
This compares with the previous total top rate of 35% + 2.9% = 37.9%
The increase in $ of taxes to pay is 47.2% / 37.9% = 24.5%
Long term capital gains taxes are going from 15% to 20% + 3.8% = 23.8% and the increase in $ of taxes to pay will increase by 23.8% / 15% = 58.7%. Let that soak in. It is nearly a 60% increase in money to the Federal Treasury for money earned by people risking it in a company or their own business.
I'm not sure what, if any, example will hit home but let't try one. Say you have worked for 10 years to save up enough to go to Vegas. You scrimped and scraped and worked odd jobs to accumulate $100k. You are only allowed to play one hand of cards and the house stakes are $100k. This is high stakes but the gain is limited to 25%, $25k. That's all. You bet your hard earned $100k and walk away with nothing or $125k minus taxes. The taxes are 47.2% on everything over your base earned income so it is 47.2% of all your increase from winning this one hand of poker. This is your choice: a) Put your hard earned $100k in the bank and keep it and earn a little and pay taxes on that gain or b) Play one hand of poker where you can walk away with ZERO or pocket $100K + $25k - $25k x 0.472 = 113.2K and uncle sugar gets $12.8k for doing nothing so he can give it to the crackhead in the parking lot that is going to not only rob you but may kill you.
Even this example does not come very close to what a businessman has to do when he invests his money in a company. He also has to WORK to put his money at risk.
Almost nobody cares about the "rich dude" paying taxes at this rate but they should and they will, in time. Top earners are being hammered on taxes and they will respond somehow. I will not be surprised if many "Go Galt". The tax rate didn't go up just a few percent. On an equal basis investment income tax went from 35% to 43.4%. That, boys and girls, is a 24% increase in taxes paid. It is the same as a man making $100k a year and paying $25k in taxes now paying $30k in taxes. $75k take home vs. $70k take home. A new 3.8% tax is being assessed on investment income and that includes any gain on your house when you sell it. That is a tax on the profit on money you have already earned and decided to invest and take a risk that you may not get the money back. Doesn't matter? Not now but people who have money will think a lot harder about how they invest. They will sideline their money or demand a higher rate of return for their investment. In the first case the economy will stagnate. In the second case the cost of everything will go up.
While you draw your next breath and blabber about all the "juicy deductions" the rich get. Bite your tongue. Many of them are going away and there was not much left anyway.
You don't have to be "rich" to get into these rates and risk. A guy who buys a truck and eventually puts more than a couple $million at risk with 8 or 10 trucks is now "rich" enough to pay these taxes. How do you think he likes uncle obastard taking almost half of the profit he makes?
You may not make enough money to pay these taxes but how hard do you want to work to be able to pay this kind of taxes? How many 16 to 18 hour days and no vacation years will you give up to keep 50% or less of the gain you make?
Welcome to the USSA. This is hope and change. This is sharing the pie. This is pulling the top down to make poverty a little better but it will still be poverty. Reagan said that it is sharing the misery. He was right. There is no hope in mediocrity.

President Obama Challenges Darrell Issa And Congressional Oversight

Political Realities ^ | 12/17/13 | LD Jackson 

Darrell IssaThere is one thing that is abundantly clear about President Obama. He does not like to be challenged on anything he is doing. If he sets a policy, he expects to have the final word. Thus, you can imagine how he feels about Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his chairmanship of the House Oversight Committee. From the time Issa took over the position when the Republicans won the House of Representatives in 2010, he has been focused on asking some very pointed questions of the Obama administration. He has been aided by none other than the Obama administration itself. Given the fact that they have provided Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS, the seizure of the AP phone records, and now the disaster known as ObamaCare and its failed website, there has been plenty of fodder for Issa's oversight cannons.
Remember how Paul Ryan challenged President Obama on the health care law that would become ObamaCare? The President was doing what he does best, holding summits and pontificating on how great and wondrous the law as going to be. Paul Ryan showed him how his statements were false, pointedly using Obama's own numbers against him. The President responded by going into his own diatribe and ignoring everything Ryan said. Standard operating procedure for Obama. We now see the President doing much the same thing against Darrell Issa.
There is one other thing the Obama administration is known for. If it suits their purpose, they are overly fond of leaking sensitive information. Because it looked so good for their fearless leader, they released the information about the raid that killed Bin Laden. As a result, some members of Seal Team Six were killed for their part in the attack. Obama and company really didn't care about that, as long as it served their political purposes. And this isn't the first or last time they have leaked information that should have been redacted from the public. Regarding those leaks, they are now accusing Darrell Issa of the very thing they are guilty of themselves. Hmmm, that sounds like a familiar liberal tactic. Accuse your opponent of the things you are guilty of yourself.
The Hill - The long-simmering feud between the Obama administration and Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Ca.) boiled over Monday amid charges and counter-charges that each side was failing to safeguard sensitive ObamaCare information.Issa conducted a field hearing in Dallas to promote a new report criticizing the ObamaCare “navigators,” saying they had failed to adequately protect Social Security numbers and other private consumer data.
The White House and Democrats responded with an aggressive counter-attack accusing Issa of recklessly handling sensitive material.
The White House general counsel went around Issa in a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), asking he intervene to prevent further leaks.
In addition, seven House Democrats, all of them committee heads, contributed to the administration’s effort by sending a similar letter to Boehner. All of these letters were sent to the press in one convenient package.
And these weren’t the only examples of the administration pushing back against Issa on Monday. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote an op-ed in the Dallas Morning News that ran ahead of his field hearing in Dallas over security flaws in the navigator program.
In the op-ed, Sebelius lashed out at Issa for “demonizing,” “demoralizing,” and attempting to deter the navigators.
If you recall, one of the most serious complaints about the ObamaCare website has been its lack of security. It has been pointed out, on more than one occasion, that the website is anything but secure. It is missing the most basic elements of Internet security and some of the information entered on the website has been released to people who had no business being privy to said information. It would almost be funny, were it not so seriously flawed.
If this were to happen to a private business, such as Amazon, eBay, or any other online market, customers would abandon the website in droves. But this is Healthcare.gov. The President believes we should trust what he says and the misinformation his administration is putting out. After the track record they have established for the last five years, I think not. Looking at the facts available to me, I believe I'll side with Darrell Issa and hope he raises enough of a stink to get to the bottom of exactly what the Obama administration is doing with the power they wield. That's why it's called Oversight.