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Every Senator steps forward on his first day in office, puts his hand on the Bible and then utters these words…..

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;

The Fourth Amendment, considered by most to be part of the Constitution states the following……

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

These are those following who allowed unwarranted wire tapping by the government to continue….. five more years. It was voted in 2008 to expire on Monday.

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The world didn’t end after 2008… It may not end now in 2012.. but estimates are currently that over 10,000 Americans have been picked up and held like Joe Padilla somewhere without access to an attorney, without access to communication, without access to due process, because of the Patriot Act.

One day we will ask how this could happen. Who was too blame? Who could have stepped up and stopped it, but instead, chose to turn away?

This will be their answer.

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The number is staggering. $15 million to Newt Gingrich, $70 million to official Republican entities, and reportedly $65 million to dark shady political shell organizations. All, being thrown up against the current President, the man who won.

Rumors floated up that this was in support of Netanyahu and the side of Israel that invests in settlements. It appears that Romney’s fervant support of Netanyahu was the result of his ties with this man… Not long after their first $10 million meeting, Romney restated his support for one of Adelson’s top priorities — his fervent backing of Israel’s conservative government and his opposition to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Romney’s first foreign trip after his meeting with Adelson included a late July visit to Israel, which included a Jerusalem fundraiser that Adelson famously attended.

However other fundraisers are now saying differently…

Adelson is reportedly to have said he planned to spend about $100 million or “as much as it takes” to defeat Obama and help Republicans in Congressional races. Adelson’s personal wealth has been pegged at $20.5 billion by Forbes, making him one of the world’s richest men and enabling him to open his checkbook wide without worrying much about his bottom line…..

During the election, Adelson told Politico that the Justice Department investigation, and the way he felt treated by prosecutors, was a primary motivation for his investment in Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and other GOP candidates…

In dark money he shelled out:

40 million to Karl Rove’s Crossroads.
15 million to a grassroots foundation run by the Koch Brothers.
5 million to the US Chamber of Commerce.
6.5 million to the Republican Jewish Coalition. (close to 100% of its entire funding.

It was a disappointing election for Adelson. His nemasis whooped him bad.

In SuperPac money Adelson gave $5 million to Boehner, and $5 million to Cantor and his allies. Which is why, he was in Washington today, meeting with Congressional Republicans to devise methods to disrupt any new tax on his estate… The Sands.

The primary reason for the meeting, is he wants these charges dropped. The Justice Department investigation, and the way he felt treated by prosecutors, was a primary motivation for his investment into the campaign of the Republican presidential nominee. Federal officials are looking into potential money laundering by two shady high rollers at his Las Vegas casinos.

The money laundering investigation, led by the U.S. attorney for Los Angeles, is probing whether the casino broke the law by failing to report to the government millions of dollars of potentially laundered funds that two gamblers transferred to its casinos. (Tax evasion: the same thing that brought down Al Capone.)

One of the two gamblers, Ausaf Umar Siddiqui, is being probed about over $100 million of his transactions through the casinos. Separately, he was arrested in 2009 and pleaded guilty to accepting illegal kickbacks in his job as an executive with Fry’s Electronics in California. He is now serving a six-year jail term.

The other big gambler in the probe is Zhenil Ye Gon, a Chinese-born Mexican-based businessman, who reportedly transferred $85 million to Sands casinos several years ago. Ye Gon was indicted in 2007 for dealing in illegal drugs, but the charges were dismissed in 2009.

So the largess of Sheldon Adelson’s giving experienced the Republican party, was part of the $185 million in laundered money it got from these two people, leaving a cool $35 million in profit. Seen this way, it didn’t cost Sheldon a thing.

Another inquiry by Justice and the SEC has been under way for about two years. It involves allegations that Adelson’s lucrative casinos on the Chinese island of Macau may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by paying bribes to Chinese officials to expand its operations there.

Bribing the Chinese was a smart deal, if only the SEC and Justice Department hadn’t been so “hung up” on
regulations… (Can anyone else here a Romney campaign line here?) $700,000 went to a local attorney, Leonel Alves, who was hired by the Sands Chinese subsidiary while he was a government legislator in Macau. The lion’s share of Sands’ corporate revenues now come from Macau. That $700,000 bribe now yields a return of $326 million this past quarter…. As a business proposition, it made very good sense. Unfortunately there is one of those ridiculous regulations that hog-tie real business people called Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Republicans would simply look the other way as long as they were on the receiving end of millions. Obama’s Justice Department? Well, not so fast.

Hence the determination to throw money away on the flimsiest chance that doing so could defeat him.

Of the billion dollars spent in this past election, 15% of that came from one man. Now, I believe in America, a man should spend his money how he wishers. Had he chosen to give this to fight Breast Cancer, we would all hold him in high esteem…

And the law is so broad, after Citizen’s United, that it appears he violated no rules, no regulations, and all his giving to Republicans was legal and completely within the law….

Seen from hindsight, obviously his influence impacts candidates. Karl Rove was in his box during his election night meltdown. Some fundraisers are pointing fingers at Karl Rove for advising Sheldon not to invest in “their” dark money organization, simply leaving competing interests for Rove, out in the cold. Newt Gingrich out of nowhere came out with an uncharacteristically backing of Israel during the primary. We now know why. Netanyahu figured prominently in the third debate, far more than his importance warrants. We now know why. Republicans against their parties own self interest, are risking losing any loyality with the American middle class over their intransigence not to raise taxes a teeny bit upon the wealthy. We now know why….

Simply put, if you can’t get elected without the help of one man…. and that one man is in your office telling you what you should be doing, you are going to listen to him…

The losers of this method of campaign financing are the American people. In this battle between the wealthy and everyone else, the Republicans are siding with the wealthy for their own self interest…. and their political survival is a pretty darn big self interest. Which means the rest of us are only getting one option to choose from. One party rule will again dominate America, as long as dark money is allowed into politics and there are no caps on one person’s influence.. And that party… will be the one representing the 98%….. and any party, without being repeatedly challenged, inevitably becomes soft and corrupt.

Until soft money becomes dried up, we will continue to have Sheldon Adelson types dropping into Washington with open checkbooks, and the rest of us will suffer these childish posturing battles between Sheldon Adelson supporters, and the rest of America. More grandstanding is guaranteed to be forthcoming by the Republicans….

I’ll bet you $150 million on it….

If you listened to Rick roll over the increase taxes argument on yesterday’s show on WDEL, you heard his exasperation. Why are we raising marginal rates instead of closing loopholes?

We can do both but here is the argument why changing the top marginal rates must be done. If you want to soak the rich, i don’t think they will mind if you can also cap their deductions at 17,000. But if you keep the marginal rates low, then we have the same squalid economy we’ve had since 2000…

But this isn’t about soaking the rich. THIS IS ABOUT GROWING THE ECONOMY.

First one must realize, there is a very good reason why 47% of the people pay no taxes….. They make too little money…
So who is left to tax? The 53% who do have money.

That sounds so simple: I can’t understand why Rick Jensen can’t grasp that concept….

Here is why marginal rates are important, instead of deductions. If I have a cap on $17,000 of deductions, then I pay everything over that amount that my deductions were in the previous year. If I had $100,000 in deductions, I would get hit with $83,000 in additional taxes…. If this rate applied to $100,000 of income, ie. because before I was paying no taxes because I had 100% deductions, I seriously would be making only $17,000.. All the rest of my money would go to taxes… If this rate applied to $500,000, then with the deduction piece I would lose $83,000, but, I would be keeping $417,000. If this rate applied to $1 million, I would still lose the same $83,000 but I would still be keeping $917,000…. IF this rate applied to 100 million, i would still lose the same $83,000 but I would still be keeping $99,917,000…. if this rate applied to a billion, I would still lose the same $83,000 but I would still be keeping $999,917,000…. and we’ll stop at $100 billion: $99,999,917,000 still in MY pocket….

Now since that was so long, let me must show the marginal rate change on that top number only….

How does a 5% increase sound? Like from 35% up to 40%? We know the economy can prosper under that tax level, because that is the level that fueled the longest period of continuous growth ever in our nation…..

(Remember we got $83,000 from decreasing deductions). 5% of $100 billion is……(drumroll and rimshot)….. $5 billion… Instead of $83,000, we got $5 billion…..

That is why John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Grover Norquist and Rick Jensen are banging their heads against the wall to hold the line on marginal tax rates….

Just for the record, if that money $5 billion were applied solely to reduce the deficit? That amount of interest alone which would not then appear on our balance sheet the next year, would be….$250 million dollars….

So cutting deductions gains us $83,000. Raising the top marginal rate a teensey, teensey bit…. gains us $5 billion, and the future savings of $250,000,000 in interest savings every single year thereafter, …. as far as the eye can see…….

Please, call up Rick (302=478-9335) between the hours of 1:10 and 3:50 this afternoon, and tell him to read this article… He is such a valuable state resource, it would be a shame for him to lose credibility among his audience, when help is only a mouse click away…..

In business it is one of the traits we try to teach.. It is not a natural tendency. The natural tendency is to point the finger elsewhere, as is well known by anyone who has raised little children. Sometimes their excuses are hilarious. And sometimes those of adults are even funnier.

But in business we teach those coming up that accepting the blame does many things. It stops the investigation process. Life gets back to doing everyones job to the best of their ability.

Secondly, the person most responsible, is now in charge of finding how and why the mistake happened. Most of what we experience takes place between our two ears. For someone else to guess at what is going on there, makes a hearing sound like the comments running mad of an inane post on some blog somewhere… Everyone is an expert on what the head hancho was thinking. Better to let the person who actually knows what thought processes went down, determine the weakness and broken links, then offering it up to pure speculation…..

Third, as soon as the acceptance of accountability is made, the story, if a negative, starts to go away…. The usual formula is that on the break of the next day, the scandal is half as bad, and the next day after that, it is again half as bad or one fourth as bad as originally, and that ratio continues until soon, no one really cares.

One would think a business man at the head of the Republican Party would know this. (But then, he was only an investor; not a business man.) This moral characteristic compared to that of our current commander in chief, echos the thoughts of most Americans, …. we chose the right man to be in charge.

But here, is why, Mitt Romney says, he lost the election.

It was Governor Christie’s fault after Hurricane Sandy.

It was the GOP Primary Debate Moderators.

It was the 47% who get things for free and don’t want to do an honest days work.

It was Hurricane Sandy’s fault.

As long as it wasn’t Romney’s fault.

Forget: unemployment dropped to 7.8 the weekend after the debate.
Forget: Detroit should go bankrupt.
Forget: They are closing down all Jeep plants in the USA and making them in China.
Forget: My Vice President can’t tell the truth. Even about a marathon he ran 20 years ago.
Forget: My convention was built on a twisted lie concocted by misrepresenting the words of the President.
Forget: My bright shining moment of royal entitlement, was usurped by an empty chair.

As long as it wasn’t Romney’s fault.

Bottom line, America sensed that, or more properly put, a majority of American’s sensed that. And that is why, a commander in chief, who says, “I’m responsible for Benghazi, the buck stops here,” is always preferable to having someone who has no regard for the collateral damage his bomb throwing may cause, … because…. it is always someone else’s fault……

exit polling data
Courtesy of Washington Post

More than three percent of the electorate told exit pollers they were more liberal in 2012 than they were in 2008.

Currently liberals are at their highest ranking since Roosevelt in 1936. Whereas Conservatives showed little gain, Liberals climbed at the fastest rate on the chart.

Things to ponder.

Having a president called a liberal who is doing a marvelous job, cuts down on the pejorativeness of the word Liberal. Speculation is: people are no longer afraid to say they are, because Obama’s performance backs them up.

Second, having conservatives constantly embarrass themselves and the nation, every 24 hours making us look pathetically bad, would make one squeamish to tell a stranger, that they were conservative. I mean, people have pride.

Also, conservatives are dying every day, and liberals are being born. Without winning converts, that trend would continue.

But interestingly, over the past four years, people have decided they don’t mind being called a liberal… it also shows conservatives, that no matter how they process their message, even if they make the South Carolina beauty queen their official spokesperson, they lose. Conservatism is dead, unless it continues in a capacity that moderates will say, “oh, you said you’d keep out of women’s lives? keep taxes high on the wealthy? sure we’ll get back on board”. i can’t see Republicans going that far, meaning that Democrats and moderates will rule, “as far as the eye can see”….”

As of today Obama’s lead stands at more than 3.4 million votes – a victory margin a Republican presidential candidate hasn’t posted since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

The final results show Warren soundly beating Scott Brown by 8 percent.

Virginia! Tim Kaine ultimately won by 6 percent (over 186,000 votes). Meanwhile, President Obama won the state by 3 percent.

The Montana Senate race wasn’t called until late Wednesday morning, but the final tally has Democrat Jon Tester beating Republican Denny Rehberg by 4 percent! In Montana!

Today the story is of a Democratic House of Representative’s pickup. Democrats have already gained 6 House seats and are leading in 4 of 5 uncalled races.

It was no where near as close as election night pundits led us to believe.

I'm Mitch McConnell and I Approve Of This Message

BBC picked upon this… it’s awesome.

Obama: America needs a clear vision on how to approach the problems of the future.
Romney: America needs a clear vision on how to fix the problems of the past….

We voted, and thought we got one….

We are going to tax the wealthy and force them to invest in America to cut back on their taxes paid…….

But no… Despite the “clear vision we sent them” 332 to 206… We now got Double Vision. Some in the Republican Party are pretending the election so decisively decided against them, didn’t happen…

Of course anything can be said in a vacuum… or an echo chamber. But the realistic realization for Republicans on November 6th, was that “hello,(knock on wooden head)…you are in a little room all by yourselves. The rest of America is on to building the America WE want.. full of growth and prosperity for the Middle Class” The election had an audience. That audience needs to stay intact to collectively tell Mitch McConnell… “Sit down”.

Did you ever go to a town hall meeting? Where in the quiet of productive discussion, someone stands up and starts screaming, and the entire audience to a single person, says, “Shut up fool?”

Well, it is every American’s duty to do that now… We have work to do and we certainly don’t need any drunk clowns thinking they demand all our attention…. Right? We had an election, and WE, the People, decided the issue.

Please send this message to Mitch McConnell C/o his Senate Mailbox. http://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm

Fill out the form as a dutiful American citizen expressing your views. If time is important, feel free to copy and paste this message at the bottom of the form…

Dear Mitch:

Remember at those town meetings, the fool who always gets up to disrupt, and starts screaming against some inane point that was decided long ago and everyone tells him to shut up and sit down? Well, that’s you, dude when it comes to keeping the Bush Tax Cuts. Shut up and sit down. We got work to do.

Respectfully Yours:

Citizen of the United States of America

They say no to raising the top marginal rate. It must be raised. Here is why.

We have two problems not one. The fiscal cliff AND habitual 8% unemployment.

Here is what the American people said they wanted. Higher marginal tax rates on the wealthy. Even a majority of those supporting Mitt Romney, still supported tax increases on the top one percent… Put bluntly, 99% of the people want the 1% to pay more….

Here is what John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Tom Carper are proposing. Cut loopholes and stop tax breaks. On paper loopholes amount to roughly $1.1 trillion of uncollected money. The IRS says we actually collect $1.2 trillion dollars each year. Putting the two together, we should be collecting $2.3 trillion per year….

Just looking at money, dollars for dollars, one might say why not? The reason is because higher marginal tax rates create lots of jobs,; getting rid of deductions, don’t….

At the core of this paradox is a very basic human principal. When you give people too much money, they become lazy. Once you get past the point where you possess more money than you can ever spend, getting tied up in the day to day running of business is beneath you. Instead you bet!.. You bet on hedge funds, you bet on stocks, you bet on Treasury Bonds, you bet on the Libor. You bet on real estate…. You bet on the fourth race in the Preakness…. But you don’t build a business from the ground up…. You don’t create new jobs…

Seriously, if you were handed a jackpot of $100 million, would you put it all into a new enterprise, where you might not see the return until 20 years? Or would YOU, put it in the first fund you found, and just live off the interest? I know which I’d do….

Bottom line, just handing people money with no strings attached, is very bad for the economy….

Now if you cut out a deduction, you change more than just the money you spend. For instance, if you cut out your mortgage deduction completely off your 2012 tax return, you’ve actually changed how much your house costs. It might be cheaper to rent, and never buy. The recovering housing market could collapse once again. So one has to be careful.

Likewise, a business getting a tax credit for hiring hard-to-hire workers, once it is gone, has no reason to do so. It becomes much harder for first time workers, or long term unemployed to get work. Why should a business risk them when for the same amount, they have someone already proven?

These tax cuts (deductions) are there to modify behavior. Playing with the deductions, also plays with the actions parties will soon take once they are gone.

Just curious, why is there animosity from these three politicians towards higher rates,and an attempt to circumvent the will of the American people who said, we want higher marginal tax rates?

They are trying to protect the Koch Brothers, and those like them. Here is how it works. If your income is a billion dollars, and the tax rate jumps 10%, roughly you will be asked to cough up an additional $100 million dollars. But if you instead, get rid of the mortgage deduction on your primary residence? …. Who pays $100 million dollars in mortgage expenses? You would need a billion dollar home. Most likely you have a $10 million dollar home. That means you lose $1 million dollars under the Boehner, McConnell, Carper plan, instead of the $100 million dollars under the American People’s Plan…. So, of course you don’t want rates to go up….

Now, look at us… Which of these two totals do we think we need to invest into our economy. Which would grow more jobs… $100 million reinvested, or $1 million reinvested. If you said $100 million, you just understood why John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Tom Carper are wrong. We need higher marginal tax rates!

The whole purpose of raising the tax rates, is to make reinvesting in America cheaper than investing in China and paying higher taxes…. When rates are high, you report less profits to make sure you pay less taxes… That other profit that went unreported, got funneled back into your business as an investment, which, incidentally grows quite a few jobs….

Tomorrow, is the day… like a wedding, can’t wait for it to finally be over so life can go on again…. But there is one last thing to do.

Look at the Republican Party. The only reason Romney is doing well, is because he pivoted in the first debate, and became a liberal. His past track record had almost pushed him to the point of no return, until he reinvented himself upon that first debate stage. In other words, Romney is now the more liberal candidate, if one just looks at what he has said since October 4th.

However the old message is still prevalent in Delaware’s Republican exoskeleton. Kovach who once was considered a decent person, is now a compromised decent person. Kevin Wade, is nothing more than a word to rhyme with suede. Jeff Craig wants us to believe that if you can run a 16 X 40 foot retail outlet buried in the middle of a Fairfax strip mall, you can run the entire state’s government. Greg Lavelle believes that if you trash your opponent hard enough, you will get elected. Cathy Cloutier believes that no one gives enough of a hoot, making it so simple that she can be endorsed by the pro choice and pro life movements in the same election. Evan Quietsch believes the United Nations has set up a secret outpost somewhere in the woods of the 11th District, and that his challenger is the Manchurian Candidate who is actually from Manchuria. Rick Jensen has to ignore 99% of a story to make his case in support of any Republican who shows up on his show. Dori Conner, is running “Go, Go William Penn” down in Cavalier Country. NCCE Blake has to put stickers on his campaign signs, that say “I’m not Tom Gordan.” Then there is DelawarePolitics.Net, which although it has great people, they all get their orders from Homer Simpson. There is Brian Pettyjohn who, whenever his name gets mentioned, reminds one of the Lollypop Guild soliciting a hooker on the side of the Yellow Brick Road… And then, there was Two Timing Booth, kicked out for…. oh my. Don’t even get me started on Bodenweiser…. And above all this mess, flies the green faced witch on her magic broom, saying 2014, 2014…..

What happened? Siegler, is this what happens when you put the NRA actually in charge of something?

From top to bottom this party is (I’ll bend over backwards and be very nice here)…. dysfunctional… It is time for it to go away….

I heard a caller put it very well on Al Masciti this morning. Business needs representation. With this party they don’t have it. What they do have is Jack Markell, Chip Flowers, and Beau Biden, working with them as well as representing “we the people” who simultaneously do the necessary work for these businesses as well as us who depend on their health to live well ourselves…..

Delaware works better as a single party state than as a two party one…. Why? Simply put, everyone is an individual again. There is no reason NOT to work with someone who’s viewpoint is different from yours… It is called “compromise” and with today’s Republican Party from the top down, that compromise gene is simply not in their chromosomes……

Now here is my argument… Any vote for any Republican, weakens our state. I’m guessing we need an 85/15 democratic majority to permanently make this party go away…. I’m worried that many in Delaware may not vote this time because our national election is a foregone conclusion, and really, there is no reason to suspect or worry that any Republican will win….

Here is why you must… Your vote against the Republican Party, is needed to make it be gone forever….. We need single party government now more than ever… WE need cooperation between workers and businesses, and only one party, the Democratic one, can provide that.

Some say we need another voice to balance out one party rule… We will have them. 21 separate voices in the Senate, and 45 separate ones in the House, but only if they are all Democrat … Every person is an individual, and every person has to represent their district. There are some conservative districts, there are some progressive districts. but it still will take a majority to get anything passed.

At least if there is only one party, they will get things done the old fashioned way. The conservatives will express their needs, the progressives will express their needs, and some type of compromise all can live with, will get hammered out….

That can’t happen if there are Republicans anywhere in government to mess things up…..

So do your civic duty… Vote Democratic or Libertarian, or any another candidate…. Just make Republicans go away…. I used to like watching cartoons on Saturday… Now, that I have to watch them 365 days at 24/7, it is too much…. (Now, where’s that Advil?)

Make them go away.

Harry Reid was right.  Bloomberg finally cracked the story…

Using a tax shelter called a CRUT (charitable remainder unitrust)  that was held by the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons),  Mitt Romney was able to pay zero taxes (legally) every single year from 1996 to 2009.  Why did he stop in 2009?  Because he would make public his 2010 tax return, that is why.

This tax loophole was killed by Congress in 1997.  However those including Romney that were already using it were allowed to continue it.   The way it works, is that Romney makes a “charitable” contribution to the Church of Latter Day Saints and the goes into a trust.  Since the trust is generated by the church, it is tax  deferred.  Any capital gains, are non taxed because of the charities status.  Like an annuity, the donor gets a charitable tax deduction and an stream of cash payments.  When Romney dies, the church accepts full ownership..

Bloomsberg’s attorneys estimate as the Romneys have received these payments, the money that will potentially be left for charity has declined from at least $750,000 in 2001 to $421,203 at the end of 2011…..

Romney has refused to answer any thing on this topic.  His campaign puts out that it was all legal….

Legal perhaps.  Ethical for the president of the United States?  Well, only if you want a crook running the country….   Imagine!   Legally stealing from your church!.