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Please note. At the beginning of this legislative session, Jack Markell kept all the tax increases in, except one, for those making over $60,000. There was a lot of talk about the need for a higher bracket, talk that perhaps in Delaware it should start at $1 million. It could then be accurately called a millionaires tax. Delaware’s Gatsby Tax has a nice ring to it….

This year, their rate was shifted from 6.95% down to 6.75%, then in future years it drops to 5.95%. Per every $100 million assessed in income, that is a loss of $1 million dollars coming in. Based on Budget estimates this tax cut will cost Delaware $68 million a year… This all happened at the beginning of the session.

Now with 6 days left in this year’s session, today, we get the announcement that we need $80 million dollars in new taxes.
Gov. Jack Markell has offered (mighty nice of him) legislators a selection of more than $80 million in tax and fee increases to spend on roads, beaches, parks and waterways, but already legislators are rejecting some of the ideas. Markell included a 5-cent increase in the gasoline tax…

Other ideas including upping document fees charged when Delawareans purchase a car (aka a sales tax on new car purchases), expanding the hotel accommodation tax so it applies to beach rental properties, and increasing vehicle registration fees and highway tolls. Excerpt from News Journal (why bother linking to it; most of you don’t subscribe anyways). See Real News at Delaware Liberal.

This had to be planned all along! Cut the tax on the wealthy at the top, wait for the last minute, then call an emergency and slap regular people with $80 million dollars worth of fees… just averaged out to every Delawarean,(including every child so per family it is much higher) that is an increase of $80 dollars spread out over the year… If your take home pay was say, $30,000, it will now effectively be $29,920…

You are losing $80… Why? Because the General Assembly was USED. Tricked by a switcheroo….

Here is what should happen. The Democratic Majority in anger against being made into a fool by their governor of the same party, should ramrod over the dead bodies of Republicans, a 10% marginal tax rate on all those making over $1 million a year! And put it defiantly right on Markell’s desk to sign, (thereby almost guaranteeing everyone of them re-election into the next session. Woo Hoo)

Markell will either have to sign, put the state in arrears, or back down and compromise.

That is how you teach a trickster a lesson.

Yesterday, after being confronted directly in the courtroom by one of his victims, and being accused of ruining that person’s entire life, Jerry Sandusky, on trial for sexual deviancy, said “he’d only ever had intercourse with his wife, and that began only after they were married.”

His Etch A Sketch had just gotten shaken again….

What was interesting, was when his vocal audio was broadcast over WDEL, it did sound believable. Anyone who had no knowledge of matters, and who possessed the slightest skepticism that such a mature man could do such heinous acts, could come away from that take, believing in the man, and feeling he was victimized.

Yet, to those in the courtroom, who had shared reality with that man over the past 6 months, his words of denial were breathtaking. How could he even think that? Does he really think that? Or is he just playing up his insanity to get a different trial?

Invariably one questions: does he not remember everything that just happened, moments before?

The Republican Party is in the exact same denial. Candidates not only think they can say anything, but their campaign chiefs, even boast to the media, that they CAN say anything. “We’ll just shake the Etch A Sketch.” They are not accountable. They are a commercial for themselves.

At first thought, I can almost buy that argument. How many times over my lifespan have I heard one toothpaste is the “best” toothpaste? “Best” as determined by whom, I realized after I became adult that I should always ask. Because advertisements are allowed to exaggerate. (There would be no late night infomercials if that were not the case.)

But if I’m serious about toothpaste, there is always Consumer Reports, to give me a side by side comparison.

In campaigns, one sees a lot of different people. For example one can talk to a group of women who want to keep birth control untouched. Later that afternoon one can talk to a room full of celibate men in white collars who want sex to be used only when it is time to have a child. Being someone trying to please, it is understandable that a candidate would try to identify, and show he has similar thought process as his current audience. I think the English language actually has a word for that: it is pandering.

But the president of the United States of America is not a toothpaste. He is one person who affects billions. It is not the toothpaste situation of a billion boxed choices that affect one. We have to get this choice right.

Like it or not, our world is based on gambling. We gamble when we buy a house or car. We gamble when we choose an employer. We gambled that Obama/Biden was better than McCain/Palin. (Palin tipped the balance, for sure). We are gambling that our next president can give us four good years. Can we trust a person whose past record is to tell Israel, sure if you attack Palestine, we will support you with ground troops, then turn around and tell Palestine, if you get attacked, we will come to your defense with ground troops. Of course such actions embolden both to engage in war, and we find ourselves attacking and defending ourselves against each other?

Of course, the other side says that is what “staff” is for. They analyze data, they make the decisions and not the president. Well, why are we electing a president who can’t make decisions? Why are we electing a president who makes Jimmy Carter look decisive?

What has happened to the candidates of the Republican Party, is that they have now become like Sandusky, empowered to feel that reality is what is in their own head.

How else can we get: everyone will get a 20% tax cut, rich and poor; then get “the wealthy will not pay less in their share of taxes?” How else can we get “I’m pro choice; I will sign a bill outlawing abortion?” Sometimes in the matter of minutes? As occurred yesterday in Des Moines where the campaign had to issue a correction against the candidate’s own utterances?

And it is not only Romney. It is Ryan ( who is worse); it is Akin; it is Scott Brown; it is now Rep Paul Broun.

Exactly like Sandusky, this party has no respect for truth. Truth is a meaningless commodity to them. Saying things first, then slanting, spinning, squashing them later, or simply saying something more outrageous so no one even remembers ones previous outrageous statement, all seem to be highlighted yellow in their playbook.

Ironically like Sandusky, this party has lived a lie all their life. That lie is that giving the wealthy all the breaks, will benefit those on the bottom too.. Exactly like Sandusky this party has lived a lie all their life; Keynesian economic policies don’t work. Exactly like Sandusky, this party has lived a lie all their life. That lower taxes create more investment. Exactly like Sandusky, this party has live a lie all their life. They really care about fundamentalist Christian’s beliefs, not that they just need their vote. Exactly like Sandusky, this party has lived a lie all their life. They really give a hoot for America; they don’t just want more money for themselves……

Obviously, like Sandusky, if they had told the truth, they wouldn’t keep getting hired. And they do,.. they keep getting hired. Like the athletic department of Penn State, the American people don’t see all the facts. They white wash the accusations of malfeasance as the whinings of some underprivileged kid. “He’s such a nice man. Those accusations can’t be true.” “Sandusky, are they true?” “Oh, no. Of course not.” “See, I told you they weren’t true.”

There are plenty of truth tellers out there. Google “Romney Liar” and you get 34,800,000 results in 0.20 seconds… So why are we talking about this bounce in the polls instead of how it was achieved? It is like commenting on the smile on Jerry Sandusky’s face, without asking him why. ” Gee, Jerry, you look so happy and upbeat today.”

America. We know we are being lied to. We know the price is high. We know the Big Fall will inevitably come.

Except in this race, it will be much bigger than the elimination of a Big Ten school from playoff competition. It may be the end of the world.

(Courtesy of Delaware Liberal’s Hot & On Top Reporting)

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that 5,600 Delaware residents will benefit from $1.8 million in rebates from insurance companies this summer, because of the Affordable Care Act’s 80/20 rule. These rebates will average $351 for the 5,300 Delaware families covered by a policy.

Obamacare is working!  Obamacare is saving people money.  They were at the mercy of insurance companies before.  Now, they have $1.8 million in their pocket.

It is not because of Republicans!.. They are the ones taking money out of your pocket, handing it to the insurance companies, and saying “don’t forget about that campaign contribution in October.”

No one can trust Republicans unless you are making more then 10 million a year. No one.

So when they say the first thing they want to do in January is repeal Obamacare,  and now you can see why.

That want insurance campaign contributions… and that is all.  They don’t give a fuck about you.

Only Democrats can right the wrongs… Do what you know you must.  Swear on a stack of Bibles, never, never,  never, never vote for a squirmy, sluggish, beetle-infested, putrid, maggotty, caterpillerish, centipedific, millipederishes, multi-lensed eyeballed, appendage ringed mouthed, stinger-embedded, infectious bacterial infested, food coveting, ooze secreting, spontaneously defecating  insect who swears allegiance to the Republican Party….

Spray them with insecticide instead…..

(Wow, what a great demo idea for the Republican National Convention……)

Sometimes after reading truth like this, you just want to walk into a room of thronging with roaches, pretend they’re Republicans and squish them each and every one ………

Life is old there, older than the trees, younger than the mountains….

Someone mentioned in conversation recently, which I believe was centered around music, that John Denver died too young…..

Sad to say, but with Tuesday’s primary results, he is perhaps better off not to have to forbear his association with that state right now.

Just in case you haven’t heard, West Virginia primaried a felon in prison against Obama, and the felon got 41% of the vote.

There is a thread over at Delaware Liberal whose comment stream should be read.

I’m sure West Virginians thought they were making a statement about Obama… When actually they were making a sad statement about themselves… I’m sure West Virginians were trying to say, we’d rather have a felon then have Obama.. They would be wise to remember their Lord and Savior, standing next to Pilate, was dissed by the very people he’d tried to teach and save, for a felon by the name of Barrabas. Instead, they made themselves, as did the Jews on the first Good Friday, look like laughingstocks among the stupidest people imaginable.

Emotions are transient, but a vote is permanent. Seriously, West Virginia? 41% of you would put a felon in the White House? What does that say about you? That you hate the United States of America so much, you don’t care if a felon gets in and steals everything? That you seriously don’t understand government to the point that you would vote in a felon, who himself is banned from voting, to run the country?
Are you seriously that stupid, to think, that voting in a felon sends a message? Well it does, and that message it sends, makes every incest joke, every hillbilly joke, every racist joke, every Goober joke, every hick joke, every dumbass joke, every West Virginian joke, a lot more believable now.

Those of us who’ve defended you, talking about your higher morals, your higher standards of ethics, you willingness to give others the benefit of the doubt, your deep religious nature, are now shutting the fuck up. You’ve made so just defending you, makes US the butt of jokes.. Well it ain’t happening here..

I’m not defending you. I can’t. No one can. What you did was so stupid, you’ve probably damaged your state more than you will ever know…

Think about it. You just ruined WVU… From this point forward, at every televised game, every announcer will jump on the crack your state almost voted in a felon, and an ugly one at that, to be president of the United States of America. It doesn’t matter how good your football team is. Everyone is going to be talking about how stupid people in West Virginia are. How backwards. How retarded. How ridiculous.

It will of course, be blamed, (as it always is by Jay Leno), on you guys fucking your cousins, making them pregnant, then marrying them and inbreeding 18 children who will then repeat the process. But after your decision, in people’s minds, it’s the only way that rational people will be able to explain what you’ve done.

And when your pride and joy, WVU competes for top notch players? Put yourself in a prospective player’s shoes the minute after he tells his girlfriend he’s going to WVU. What young man wants to be labeled as a dumb hillbilly? Not me. I’ll take Clemson. or Duke, or Kentucky… I won’t play for a team carrying the name of a state that voted for a felon to be president of the United States of America. Without top notch players, how will your team win? Without winning, who is going to pay big television money to watch. West Virginia used to the the brunt of sports jokes. I remember back when Penn State beat them 50 times in a row? Well, get used to that again.

Do you realize your action probably cost your state university, WVU, at least $400,000,000 over the next ten years? It will take that long before people finally forget, or stop blaming you, and move on.

And what corporate interest is now going to move into West Virgina. What business will want your state’s name on their corporate letterhead. “Yes, our headquarters are in the state that voted 40% to put a felon in the White House”. Do you realize you’ve probably cost your state a minimum of $10 billion over the next ten years for your action?

What were you thinking? That this would embarrass Obama and make you look tough?

Well, it backfired. Everyone is talking instead about how stupid you are. About how idiotic, dumb, hateful, disgusting, sick, creepy, unDeliverancable, (even the word suck-ass was used) you are…

Sorry, … you guys did it. You must now live by your actions. Don’t waste your breath trying to defend your stance here or elsewhere. You just cost WVU the National football title. You just lost any hope of economic recovery. Whatever it was you thought… it is now your problem.

There were less harmful ways. You could have not voted. You could have written in. But your choice, to vote for the stupidest looking person on the face of the planet, and a felon to boot, as your choice for President… well, you will have to lay in the bed you made.

It didn’t hurt Obama. It actually helped. Everyone who supports Romney, is now being identified with you… and if they’re seeing in that picture what we’re seeing, they don’t want be in the same room with you, on the same team as you, or in the same political tent as you…

Ewwwwwwwww…. You are so disgusting. Don’t even want to look at you. Get back in your hole.

The Commanding Officer Women Would Love To See
This Awesome Live-Action Photo Courtesy of Jesebel

Rick Santorum Says Women Aren’t Fit for Combat Because They’re Just So Emotional

Apparently Rick Santorum said on CNN’s John King:

“I do have concerns about women in frontline combat. I think that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved. And I think that’s probably—you know, it already happens, of course, with the camaraderie of men in combat. But I think it would be even more unique if women were in combat, and I think that’s probably not in the best interest of men, women, or the mission.”

Jesebel digresses further, far better than could I….

Can you be more specific about exactly which of the well-known lady emotions will be compromising the mission? Is it the lusty kind of emotion that leads us to give out BJs in the backseats of tanks when we’re supposed to be shooting people? Or is it our ‘fraidy cat emotions that cause us to start crying when things go boom? Or worst of all, is it those “time of the month” emotions which make us so bitchy that we refuse to take orders from our commanding officer? Or maybe it is some witches’ brew combination of all three? Or, even more terrifying, maybe it’s the men that are the problem. Will they be so concerned with being chivalrous that they’ll do something dumb, like try to be a gentleman and hold the helicopter door open for us? There are just so many “feelings”.

140 women have been killed while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. You’ll have to run that through your own special logic machine, but here in reality, where most of us live, it seems like if women are brave enough to die for our country, then we should be good enough to fight for it.

As Florida heats up, I couldn’t help but reminisce four years ago, when the race between Obama and Clinton was equally hot and heavy….

One giant, notable difference was striking…

As Mitt and Newt each hammer at negatives as to why the other is morally contaminated and bankrupt, and SHOULD NOT be president, I could not help but juxtapose that against the Clinton-Obama contest,… where each candidate was arguing his own positives, as to WHY THEIR personal qualities would make THEM the better president….

It’s a difference of arguing “I’m bad; but not THAT bad”… versus “She’s good, but I’m so much better….”

Why would anyone want to vote for a party that can’t even pull it’s own top candidate,.. out of the gutter…?

The Penn State disaster again teaches us the lesson as to why… moral behavior must be a human being’s number one guiding principal.

Looking away a decade ago, and not doing the right thing then, now erases away all the successes that Penn State has accomplished over the entire career of Joe Paterno.

The man walked on water. None of that means a damn thing now, nor will it, ever again.

It is just sad.

My only hope is that, when rocking the boat looks like an unsurmountable obstacle, that this lesson and seeing its ramifications, will maybe help others make the “right” decision the next time, and not fall for the “easy” one.