For 9/20/2011.  My show from this morning.  You’ll get the gist with these, there’s about 10-12 minutes of unscripted talking in my show that you’ll miss.  If you’d like me to forward that to you I can.  Just send me a message on the boards with your email address. The notes won’t seem as cohesive as there are monologues and commercials sometimes in between paragraphs.

-Adam

So there’s all this talk about the president and his next four years, that is if he is granted those four years.  You know what?. I’m about ready to hang my right-wing, freedom loving, logic oriented, analytical, factual hat on the post. It gets harder and harder every day to be ont he right.  Why? Because government isn’t the answer to everything. It’s so easy being on the left.
Problem X: Solution? Government.
Problem Y: Solution? Government.
Notice a pattern?
When you ask about conservative policies for solving the worlds problem you have to bring out charts, graphs, economic data, and ancient political philosophy regarding natural law, the Federalist Papers, and John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government.
All to be told that you’re a draconian simpleton who can’t get out of old world thinking.  What’s funny, is that this “old world” thinking is what made this country the greatest country on the planet.
George Washington led a rag-tag, impoverished, demoralized, and bankrupt army against the most powerful military force the world had ever seen in an attempt to incubate the idea of the American dream.  Thousands died fighting to make this country independent of divine opression, high taxes, no representation in parliament, etc.  Just think on that for a moment. What in the world was the driving force of this group of a few thousand every day folks in Washington’s army with barely any food, barely any clothing, many of whom had no shoes for extended periods of time.  What was the big deal?
Freedom. Why is it becoming so hard to fight the battle for freedom?  I say it’s hard, but I don’t think fighting the intellectual battle for freedom is so much hard as it is complicated.  Thanks to the tremendous bubble we have built for ourselves in this country the American people don’t have a clue as to what real poverty is, or real freedom for that matter.  No one cares about facts, economics, or even politics for that matter.  As long as I can work my 9 to 5 and drink beer and watch football every evening and keep a roof over my family’s collective head that’s all most people care about.  For some people it’s watching American Idol, Glee, playing golf, watching sports, or whatever.  We have gotten disconnected from the political process, the founding documents, history. We have allowed over these last hundred years for the government and the underground socialist, progressive, marxist, whatever you want to call it, to creep into our lives and liberties.  Complacency will, can, and maybe even has destroyed this country. Here’s a quote from the esteemed Thomas Jefferson.
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
-Thomas Jefferson
Do you even know who he is?  Well, of course we all know OF him.  What can you tell me about him? He authored the declaration of independence. He was the third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia. He was the political nemesis of Alexander Hamilton, the man who has been described as one who “more than any other designed the Government of the United States.”  The two were great friends, but did you know they disagreed very much on the concepts upon which the country was founded?  Did you know that the founders even disagreed on anything? They did, a lot.  Alexander Hamilton was the son of a well to do Carribbean trader. A good writer at a young age his community collected money to send him to the states for education at what is now Princeton.  He fought in the revolutionary war and was responsible for several successes thanks to his determination to history and tactics on his own quickly earning the rank of Lieutenant and  then Captain.  You now know more about a couple of the founding fathers than 99/100 people walking around on  the streets. They were truly inspiring men with inspiring tales. Men we should know much about and learn much from.
Really. It’s time we woke up.  It’s time we read John Locke, Adam Smith, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Aristotle, and others.  Most people I’ve ever asked about Aristotle most of them tell me he was an astronomer. The guy was an anomaly for his time, born 384 years before Jesus Christ and the man was already talking about individual liberties, the natural rights of individuals, and republics.
If you haven’t read Benjamin Franklin’s auto biography you really should.  It’s a pleasant read and controversial in a sense.  Benjamin Franklin basically tells you his life story and how awesome he is. But he doesn’t tell you that to be arrogant, he tells you that as proof that if he can do it, anyone can. It’s all about the American dream. It’s about being free, learning, understanding liberty, individual freedom.
It’s time we woke up. Time the silent majority stood up and demanded our freedom.  Thomas  Jefferson once said: Periodic revolution, “at least once every 20 years,” was “a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”
Now Hamilton and Jefferson very much disagreed on this. But principally they agreed that  every 20 years people need to wake up and make sure their individual liberties are not being taken advantage of or forsaken on the premise of taking care of them.  Hamilton meant a revolution internally by the ballot box, and Jefferson sort of meant literally writing a new constitution.  Enslaving yourself under the guise of your protection is beyond tragic.  No one can take better care of you than yourself, and you know it. Deep down inside you know that no entity, no person will ever care for you as you care for yourself.
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Our president, the esteemed Barack Obama is proposing $1.5 Trillion dollars in tax hikes on the American people to pay for his political campaign. None of this garbage this demagogue is filling the airwaves with is ever going to pass the congress.  He is doing this for one reason. So he can say exactly this come campaign season next year: “Look at those obstructionist republicans. All I’m trying to do is fix the economy, make those millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share. They just want to stop progress for political reasons.”
Folks, the opposite couldn’t be more than true.
Obama Administration’s new tax plan is supposed to be a “very significant” tax hike on the rich, but even doubling the tax burden on millionaires would only raise $19 billion per year, a drop in the bucket compared with our multi-trillion dollar deficit. In other words, the Administration’s class-warfare rhetoric is probably just cover for a tax hike that will hit small businesses and people with far more modest incomes.
This from the Washington Post
As President Obama and congressional Republicans argue over how to rewrite the U.S. tax code, the debate has revolved around “loopholes” for corporate jets and ending “carve-outs” for well-heeled special interests. But if the goal is debt reduction, that’s not where the money is.
Broad tax breaks granted to millions of families at all income levels dwarf the corporate giveaways. Over the past two years, largely because of these popular benefits in the federal income tax code, the government has reached a rare milestone in tax collection — it has given away nearly as much as it takes in.
The number of tax breaks has nearly doubled since the last major tax overhaul 25 years ago, with lawmakers adding new benefits for children, college tuition, retirement savings and investment. At the same time, some long-standing breaks have exploded in value, such as the deduction for mortgage interest and the tax-free treatment of health-insurance premiums paid by employers.
All told, federal taxpayers last year received $1.08 trillion in credits, deductions and other perks while paying $1.09 trillion in income taxes, according to government estimates.
Only about 8 percent of those benefits went to corporations. (The write-off for corporate jets equals about .03 percent of the total.)
The bulk went to private households, primarily upper-middle-class families that Obama has vowed to protect from new taxes.
What’s that you say about honesty in the tax debate? Who’s that you say is not paying his fair share of taxes? Who’s that you say doesn’t fund the bulk of the federal government?

Property is key.  We talk about money a lot. Taxes a lot.

Money is simply a convenient transferable form of your individuality. Your individual labor produced that money. Not the collective work of everyone, but your share of the work, etc. Money is property. Tax on income is a tax on your personal property. Which is why the 16th amendment had to be passed under Woodrow Wilson to make income taxes legal.

(No capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.) (Section in parentheses clarified by the 16th Amendment.)

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Looks like the rich pay more than their fair share of taxes after all.
Scott Hodge of the Tax Policy Center Blog wrote today about newly released IRS statistics that show,
[T]he top 1 percent of taxpayers paid 40.4 percent of the total income taxes collected by the federal government. This is the highest percentage in modern history. By contrast, the top 1 percent paid 24.8 percent of the income tax burden in 1987, the year following the 1986 tax reform act.
Remarkably, the share of the tax burden borne by the top 1 percent now exceeds the share paid by the bottom 95 percent of taxpayers combined. In 2007, the bottom 95 percent paid 39.4 percent of the income tax burden. This is down from the 58 percent of the total income tax burden they paid twenty years ago.
To put this in perspective, the top 1 percent is comprised of just 1.4 million taxpayers and they pay a larger share of the income tax burden now than the bottom 134 million taxpayers combined. (Emphasis Added)
How dare those greedy rich bastards oppose tax increases!

Here’s Hodge’s final observation:
Some in Washington say the tax system is still not progressive enough. However, the recent IRS data bolsters the findings of an OECD study released last year showing that the U.S.—not France or Sweden—has the most progressive income tax system among OECD nations.
We rely more heavily on the top 10 percent of taxpayers than does any nation and our poor people have the lowest tax burden of those in any nation.
These statistics prove that Democrat proposals to further tax the rich are not grounded in principles of good public policy or simple notions of fairness, but rather are designed to pit one class of Americans against another in order to gain political advantage.
Democrats most recent efforts to convince the non-rich majority that the rich minority is the source of all their woes, is cynical, manipulative, and unoriginal.
But most of all it’s just bad for the country.

“There exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.”
– Alexis de Tocqueville –

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