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We live in the age of the internet… Most of you have seen clips from the speech with which Obama eulogized the gunned down Rev. Pickney in Charleston, South Carolina…  But being the age of the Internet, I bet only a handful of you have watched the full 45 minute speech in high definition….
That is because 45 minutes is too long for us  to focus on one thing…  But we can read on the Internet for hours… Why?  Because every word is new and thus engages our brain far more sharply than a video presentation…..

This eulogy is just one of many our commander in chief has given… All of them far more eloquent than other presidents were wont to give.  But this one will probably be read by our grandchildren, and great grandchildren, as are three of the speeches once uttered by Martin Luther King, Jr.

For that reason… I wanted to put it up in print…   Where most can read it in less than 15 minutes, instead of the 45 no one ever has time for…..

College of Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

2:49 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Giving all praise and honor to God.  (Applause.)

The Bible calls us to hope.  To persevere, and have faith in things not seen.

“They were still living by faith when they died,” Scripture tells us. “They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on Earth.”

We are here today to remember a man of God who lived by faith.  A man who believed in things not seen.  A man who believed there were better days ahead, off in the distance.  A man of service who persevered, knowing full well he would not receive all those things he was promised, because he believed his efforts would deliver a better life for those who followed.

To Jennifer, his beloved wife; to Eliana and Malana, his beautiful, wonderful daughters; to the Mother Emanuel family and the people of Charleston, the people of South Carolina.

I cannot claim to have the good fortune to know Reverend Pinckney well.  But I did have the pleasure of knowing him and meeting him here in South Carolina, back when we were both a little bit younger.  (Laughter.)  Back when I didn’t have visible grey hair.  (Laughter.)  The first thing I noticed was his graciousness, his smile, his reassuring baritone, his deceptive sense of humor — all qualities that helped him wear so effortlessly a heavy burden of expectation.

Friends of his remarked this week that when Clementa Pinckney entered a room, it was like the future arrived; that even from a young age, folks knew he was special.  Anointed.  He was the progeny of a long line of the faithful — a family of preachers who spread God’s word, a family of protesters who sowed change to expand voting rights and desegregate the South.  Clem heard their instruction, and he did not forsake their teaching.

He was in the pulpit by 13, pastor by 18, public servant by 23.  He did not exhibit any of the cockiness of youth, nor youth’s insecurities; instead, he set an example worthy of his position, wise beyond his years, in his speech, in his conduct, in his love, faith, and purity.

As a senator, he represented a sprawling swath of the Lowcountry, a place that has long been one of the most neglected in America.  A place still wracked by poverty and inadequate schools; a place where children can still go hungry and the sick can go without treatment.  A place that needed somebody like Clem.  (Applause.)

His position in the minority party meant the odds of winning more resources for his constituents were often long.  His calls for greater equity were too often unheeded, the votes he cast were sometimes lonely.  But he never gave up.  He stayed true to his convictions.  He would not grow discouraged.  After a full day at the capitol, he’d climb into his car and head to the church to draw sustenance from his family, from his ministry, from the community that loved and needed him.  There he would fortify his faith, and imagine what might be.

Reverend Pinckney embodied a politics that was neither mean, nor small.  He conducted himself quietly, and kindly, and diligently.  He encouraged progress not by pushing his ideas alone, but by seeking out your ideas, partnering with you to make things happen.  He was full of empathy and fellow feeling, able to walk in somebody else’s shoes and see through their eyes.  No wonder one of his senate colleagues remembered Senator Pinckney as “the most gentle of the 46 of us — the best of the 46 of us.”

Clem was often asked why he chose to be a pastor and a public servant.  But the person who asked probably didn’t know the history of the AME church.  (Applause.)  As our brothers and sisters in the AME church know, we don’t make those distinctions. “Our calling,” Clem once said, “is not just within the walls of the congregation, but…the life and community in which our congregation resides.”  (Applause.)

He embodied the idea that our Christian faith demands deeds and not just words; that the “sweet hour of prayer” actually lasts the whole week long — (applause) — that to put our faith in action is more than individual salvation, it’s about our collective salvation; that to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and house the homeless is not just a call for isolated charity but the imperative of a just society.

What a good man.  Sometimes I think that’s the best thing to hope for when you’re eulogized — after all the words and recitations and resumes are read, to just say someone was a good man.  (Applause.)

You don’t have to be of high station to be a good man.  Preacher by 13.  Pastor by 18.  Public servant by 23.  What a life Clementa Pinckney lived.  What an example he set.  What a model for his faith.  And then to lose him at 41 — slain in his sanctuary with eight wonderful members of his flock, each at different stages in life but bound together by a common commitment to God.

Cynthia Hurd.  Susie Jackson.  Ethel Lance.  DePayne Middleton-Doctor.  Tywanza Sanders.  Daniel L. Simmons. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton.  Myra Thompson.  Good people.  Decent people. God-fearing people.  (Applause.)  People so full of life and so full of kindness.  People who ran the race, who persevered.  People of great faith.

To the families of the fallen, the nation shares in your grief.  Our pain cuts that much deeper because it happened in a church.  The church is and always has been the center of African-American life — (applause) — a place to call our own in a too often hostile world, a sanctuary from so many hardships.

Over the course of centuries, black churches served as “hush harbors” where slaves could worship in safety; praise houses where their free descendants could gather and shout hallelujah — (applause) — rest stops for the weary along the Underground Railroad; bunkers for the foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement.  They have been, and continue to be, community centers where we organize for jobs and justice; places of scholarship and network; places where children are loved and fed and kept out of harm’s way, and told that they are beautiful and smart — (applause) — and taught that they matter.  (Applause.)  That’s what happens in church.

That’s what the black church means.  Our beating heart.  The place where our dignity as a people is inviolate.  When there’s no better example of this tradition than Mother Emanuel — (applause) — a church built by blacks seeking liberty, burned to the ground because its founder sought to end slavery, only to rise up again, a Phoenix from these ashes.  (Applause.)

When there were laws banning all-black church gatherings, services happened here anyway, in defiance of unjust laws. When there was a righteous movement to dismantle Jim Crow, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached from its pulpit, and marches began from its steps.  A sacred place, this church.  Not just for blacks, not just for Christians, but for every American who cares about the steady expansion — (applause) — of human rights and human dignity in this country; a foundation stone for liberty and justice for all.  That’s what the church meant.  (Applause.)

We do not know whether the killer of Reverend Pinckney and eight others knew all of this history.  But he surely sensed the meaning of his violent act.  It was an act that drew on a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches, not random, but as a means of control, a way to terrorize and oppress.  (Applause.)  An act that he imagined would incite fear and recrimination; violence and suspicion.  An act that he presumed would deepen divisions that trace back to our nation’s original sin.

Oh, but God works in mysterious ways.  (Applause.)  God has different ideas.  (Applause.)

He didn’t know he was being used by God.  (Applause.)  Blinded by hatred, the alleged killer could not see the grace surrounding Reverend Pinckney and that Bible study group — the light of love that shone as they opened the church doors and invited a stranger to join in their prayer circle.  The alleged killer could have never anticipated the way the families of the fallen would respond when they saw him in court — in the midst of unspeakable grief, with words of forgiveness.  He couldn’t imagine that.  (Applause.)

The alleged killer could not imagine how the city of Charleston, under the good and wise leadership of Mayor Riley — (applause) — how the state of South Carolina, how the United States of America would respond — not merely with revulsion at his evil act, but with big-hearted generosity and, more importantly, with a thoughtful introspection and self-examination that we so rarely see in public life.

Blinded by hatred, he failed to comprehend what Reverend Pinckney so well understood — the power of God’s grace.  (Applause.)

This whole week, I’ve been reflecting on this idea of grace. (Applause.)  The grace of the families who lost loved ones.  The grace that Reverend Pinckney would preach about in his sermons.  The grace described in one of my favorite hymnals — the one we all know:  Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.  (Applause.)  I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind but now I see.  (Applause.)

According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned.  Grace is not merited.  It’s not something we deserve.  Rather, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God — (applause) — as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.  Grace.

As a nation, out of this terrible tragedy, God has visited grace upon us, for he has allowed us to see where we’ve been blind.  (Applause.)  He has given us the chance, where we’ve been lost, to find our best selves.  (Applause.)  We may not have earned it, this grace, with our rancor and complacency, and short-sightedness and fear of each other — but we got it all the same.  He gave it to us anyway.  He’s once more given us grace.  But it is up to us now to make the most of it, to receive it with gratitude, and to prove ourselves worthy of this gift.

For too long, we were blind to the pain that the Confederate flag stirred in too many of our citizens.  (Applause.)  It’s true, a flag did not cause these murders.  But as people from all walks of life, Republicans and Democrats, now acknowledge — including Governor Haley, whose recent eloquence on the subject is worthy of praise — (applause) — as we all have to acknowledge, the flag has always represented more than just ancestral pride.  (Applause.)  For many, black and white, that flag was a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation.  We see that now.

Removing the flag from this state’s capitol would not be an act of political correctness; it would not be an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers.  It would simply be an acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought — the cause of slavery — was wrong — (applause) — the imposition of Jim Crow after the Civil War, the resistance to civil rights for all people was wrong.  (Applause.) It would be one step in an honest accounting of America’s history; a modest but meaningful balm for so many unhealed wounds.  It would be an expression of the amazing changes that have transformed this state and this country for the better, because of the work of so many people of goodwill, people of all races striving to form a more perfect union.  By taking down that flag, we express God’s grace.  (Applause.)

But I don’t think God wants us to stop there.  (Applause.)  For too long, we’ve been blind to the way past injustices continue to shape the present.  Perhaps we see that now.  Perhaps this tragedy causes us to ask some tough questions about how we can permit so many of our children to languish in poverty, or attend dilapidated schools, or grow up without prospects for a job or for a career.  (Applause.)

Perhaps it causes us to examine what we’re doing to cause some of our children to hate.  (Applause.)  Perhaps it softens hearts towards those lost young men, tens and tens of thousands caught up in the criminal justice system — (applause) — and leads us to make sure that that system is not infected with bias; that we embrace changes in how we train and equip our police so that the bonds of trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve make us all safer and more secure.  (Applause.)

Maybe we now realize the way racial bias can infect us even when we don’t realize it, so that we’re guarding against not just racial slurs, but we’re also guarding against the subtle impulse to call Johnny back for a job interview but not Jamal.  (Applause.)  So that we search our hearts when we consider laws to make it harder for some of our fellow citizens to vote.  (Applause.)  By recognizing our common humanity by treating every child as important, regardless of the color of their skin or the station into which they were born, and to do what’s necessary to make opportunity real for every American — by doing that, we express God’s grace.  (Applause.)

For too long —

AUDIENCE:  For too long!

THE PRESIDENT:  For too long, we’ve been blind to the unique mayhem that gun violence inflicts upon this nation.  (Applause.) Sporadically, our eyes are open:  When eight of our brothers and sisters are cut down in a church basement, 12 in a movie theater, 26 in an elementary school.  But I hope we also see the 30 precious lives cut short by gun violence in this country every single day; the countless more whose lives are forever changed — the survivors crippled, the children traumatized and fearful every day as they walk to school, the husband who will never feel his wife’s warm touch, the entire communities whose grief overflows every time they have to watch what happened to them happen to some other place.

The vast majority of Americans — the majority of gun owners — want to do something about this.  We see that now. (Applause.)  And I’m convinced that by acknowledging the pain and loss of others, even as we respect the traditions and ways of life that make up this beloved country — by making the moral choice to change, we express God’s grace. (Applause.)

We don’t earn grace.  We’re all sinners.  We don’t deserve it.  (Applause.)  But God gives it to us anyway.  (Applause.) And we choose how to receive it.  It’s our decision how to honor it.

None of us can or should expect a transformation in race relations overnight.  Every time something like this happens, somebody says we have to have a conversation about race.  We talk a lot about race.  There’s no shortcut.  And we don’t need more talk.  (Applause.)  None of us should believe that a handful of gun safety measures will prevent every tragedy.  It will not.  People of goodwill will continue to debate the merits of various policies, as our democracy requires — this is a big, raucous place, America is.  And there are good people on both sides of these debates.  Whatever solutions we find will necessarily be incomplete.

But it would be a betrayal of everything Reverend Pinckney stood for, I believe, if we allowed ourselves to slip into a comfortable silence again.  (Applause.)  Once the eulogies have been delivered, once the TV cameras move on, to go back to business as usual — that’s what we so often do to avoid uncomfortable truths about the prejudice that still infects our society.  (Applause.)  To settle for symbolic gestures without following up with the hard work of more lasting change — that’s how we lose our way again.

It would be a refutation of the forgiveness expressed by those families if we merely slipped into old habits, whereby those who disagree with us are not merely wrong but bad; where we shout instead of listen; where we barricade ourselves behind preconceived notions or well-practiced cynicism.

Reverend Pinckney once said, “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history — we haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.”  (Applause.)  What is true in the South is true for America.  Clem understood that justice grows out of recognition of ourselves in each other.  That my liberty depends on you being free, too.  (Applause.) That history can’t be a sword to justify injustice, or a shield against progress, but must be a manual for how to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past — how to break the cycle.  A roadway toward a better world.  He knew that the path of grace involves an open mind — but, more importantly, an open heart.

That’s what I’ve felt this week — an open heart.  That, more than any particular policy or analysis, is what’s called upon right now, I think — what a friend of mine, the writer Marilyn Robinson, calls “that reservoir of goodness, beyond, and of another kind, that we are able to do each other in the ordinary cause of things.”

That reservoir of goodness.  If we can find that grace, anything is possible.  (Applause.)  If we can tap that grace, everything can change.  (Applause.)

Amazing grace.  Amazing grace.

(Begins to sing) — Amazing grace — (applause) — how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind but now I see.  (Applause.)

Clementa Pinckney found that grace.

Cynthia Hurd found that grace.

Susie Jackson found that grace.

Ethel Lance found that grace.

DePayne Middleton-Doctor found that grace.

Tywanza Sanders found that grace.

Daniel L. Simmons, Sr. found that grace.

Sharonda Coleman-Singleton found that grace.

Myra Thompson found that grace.

Through the example of their lives, they’ve now passed it on to us.  May we find ourselves worthy of that precious and extraordinary gift, as long as our lives endure.  May grace now lead them home.  May God continue to shed His grace on the United States of America.  (Applause.)

END
3:28 P.M. EDT

Amen, and Amen. 

When General Grant was first given command of the Northern Army, he rushed into battle at the Battle of the Wilderness… After three days of hard fighting with great numbers of casualties, the two armies separated. The Northern troops, used to their previous commander, began to bivouac to regroup and lick their wounds…  Allegedly  two men were digging embankments and the General rode up on them, asked them what they were doing.  “Setting up camp” they told him.  “We’re not camping” he said, “Tell the men to prepare to move out. Johnny Reb is wounded; time to chase him down for the kill…”

The life and energy that rippled though those troops is now legendary.  Such is the duty and obligation of a leader….

Today, when the internet surprised me with the completely unexpected news that my commander in chief had decided the most hated of entities, Comcast and Verizon, were now going to be under government control, I understood the awe and appreciation that those men in a muddy Virginia swamp must have felt… Instead of licking wounds from Tuesday, this man says: what are you doing?  We got to fight.  We got work to do.  We got to turn this thing around… and if we rest, we lose. We aren’t resting…

Let’s take on these broadband providers, you know? These guys who keep you waiting 45 minutes on the phone to talk to someone whose thick Indian accent you can’t understand… you know? Just so you never get what you wasted 45 minutes for…..

And while we are at it Mr. President, can we please have our Justice Department use our courts to smash both major Telecoms into pieces, break them up like we did Ma Bell which made telephone so much more competitive and cheaper and led to what it is today?

So instead of feeling helpless, beat up, forlorn, defeated… our president instead says the equivalent of: “Let’s hunt some Orc….. ”

Instantly rejuvenated,  we answer:  YEAH!!!!!!   The Internet shall always belong to ‘We, The People’, first….. That is worth spilling blood …..

The top 0.1% (consisting of 160,000 families worth $73m on average) hold 22% of America’s wealth, just shy of the 1929 peak—and almost the same share as the bottom 90% of the population.

A tidbit upon which historians will agree, was ultimately why the Democrats were not able to capitalize on the phenomenal results of today’s thriving booming American economy.

Republican policies created this imbalance.  But it is Obama who as CEO, gets the blame for its residual effects.

How to fix it?  A marginally accurate 73% tax on incomes over $73 million would turn the tables nicely with no residual effect to the other 99.9% of the population…..

It is common among politicos that after an election we once again take notice of our surroundings … Like sleeping in the back of a car while someone else is driving, we wake up and before saying something idiotic, we quietly look around.  Here is what I saw.

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Corporate profits are at record highs… Higher than in 1929… Capitalism at its best ever. More than 200,000 jobs are being added every month. Unemployment is under, under 6%.

U.S. gross national product growth is the best of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries..  The dollar’s value is at its strongest in this millennium.  Stock Market is at its all time record high.  Gasoline prices have finally fallen to where we think they should have been all along.

There is no inflation; yet interest rates are lower than they have ever been.

Dependence on imported oil is declining. Domestic oil production is climbing. the deficit is rapidly declining and the wealthy are still making considerable amounts of money.

In sharp contrast to the Bush years, America is leading the world once again and respected internationally  Obama brought soldiers home from Iraq, Afghanistan, and we killed Osama bin Laden.

This is the most successful Republican President, ever.

Yet this really did just happen.  Conservatives just voted in the party that got us into this mess and kicked out the party that dug us out….

That’s about it.

Time to crawl back into the shell of the next upcoming election….

It’s a job for Dad.  The girls are upstairs fighting over who knows what but it is in the stand off stage and like little girls, no blows have been thrown.  But the bigger, older sister has taken the stuffed animal and is holding it,…  You walk into the room….

That is Obama’s predicament.  How do you solve, diffuse, absolve a pie fight without far more serious ramifications stretching as far as the eye can see, from bubbling out from your best attempts?

Like a Dad, you have to realize they are just kids.  They are looking at you to solve the problem…

Like a Dad, it is what any dad of girls has to do from time to time……

A) First take control…   Ok, Give me the bear….

Obama with the world community behind him, needs to take temporary control of the divisive issue.  In this case, it is Crimea, or more particularly, who controls Crimea.  The US and international arbitrators need to take control over Crimea.  It can be handled like this… We put a neutral nation’s troops between the Ukrainians and the Russians. Second step is we ask both sides to stand down.  Russians to their side of the room, Ukrane’s to theirs.

B. Now we begin the talk…  Ok, Russia, you go first, Ukraine, you’ll have your chance, Don’t interrupt.  

Russia talks…

Now, Ukraine.  Your turn, Russia?  You got to say what you wanted without interruption, Now it’s Ukraines turn. If you have questions we will discuss them later…  Go Ukraine.

C.  Ok. we say.. Here is a list of what you disagree upon.

Recognize you agree on a lot, This is a small list.  Looks like we can do something here….

D. Discussion.

Are we agreed now on rules to keep the bear?

Yes?  OK, here it is….  follow the rule.

E. If I have to come here the next time, neither one of you are going to like it ….

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There are certain ways things should be handled. Even then, they don’t always work out to plan.  But if you execute the plan, knowing the plan works 95% of the time, and they still spiral beyond you, you did everything you could…

That is all that matters…  If it spirals outward, we then will deal with it, consequences be what they may….

In any regards, the absolutely wrong approach is to barge into the room screaming and yelling, throwing out idle threats with pure abandon, pointing fingers before anyone has a chance to talk, or picking sides without finding facts and feelings out first.  Yet a lot of parents act like this.  It is sadly why we have so many kids who act that way as well.  The United States should not be taking directions from our Conservatives and act like Ghetto mom.  The United States needs to continue to act like the Super-Dad it is….

  • One:  This is Gate’s retirement:  it needs to be big.
  • Two:  if this was a praise Obama book, it would sell very few copies.
  • Three:  Releasing the name-callings did it’s job:  this book is now hyped.
  • Four:  We are only seeing the parts released by the book’s propagandists.
  • Five:   Most of the statements are not news.
  • Six:  The Afghanistan Story was already told by Bernstein.  Gates replays the same conversations.
  • Seven:  It’s a book.  It’s about money. And we know that Gates did work well with Obama as he did with Bush W.
  • Eight:  We now know that Biden-Obama get along far better than did Bush-Cheney….

What is amazing is how quickly the extremists in the media raced to hype the slurs, as if they were given bonuses to make Obama look bad…   As for the rest of us… Yawn.  Based on what I’ve heard,  I don’t think I’m buying the book.  Are you?

Inequality or the 1% , is killing the human race.  That was the message from Pope Francis on the Sunday before Thanksgiving and from Obama last Wednesday.   Occupy Wall Street first brought this message to public consciousness in the Fall of  2011 and it has now in  just two years, risen to the top most important people in both the fields of government and religion.   Obama and Pope Francis.

This is huge.  The top of the pyramid is now aligned with the needs of the bottom of the pyramid….

But if you read or watch American media you would not know.  The American media tells you the pope wrote a paper and Obama gave a speech….

But what a paper and what a speech….

It pinpoints the biggest issue of our time…  Putting money over people…

The answer to this lesson can be found in business.  Those good businesses reinvest in themselves before they worry about profits.  Eventually there it nothing more they can invest and the profits come naturally, and keep coming forever.  Those that open to squeeze out every penny, soon close when the pennies run out…  Not good.

The easiest overall fix is to tax business more….  As soon as tax rates go up, it becomes cheaper for a business to not report income by investing it in itself,  than it does to record great profits and have it all go towards the tax increase….

There are great ways to hide money.  If you have a house, and put a new roof on it, should you sell your house will be worth more.  That new roof was not an expense; it was an investment….  It was just held in a non-cash form.

That is the same principal for a business.  When the business owner asks, should I give Mary a raise,  the answer is, “if I don’t, I’ll just have to pay it out in taxes”.  Mary gets her raise….

The beauty of using taxes to achieve good for society, is that it is so much simpler than using Marxism.  The result s are actually better with none of the problems attached…   The French tried a bloody revolution, so did the Soviets, and it messed them up for decades.  The US put in a high income tax, and we had the biggest growth and expansion in our history….

When you raise taxes, everyone does better….

That is the quickest way out of our mess.

Ok… so someday you hope to be making $250,000…

So you’re mad at the Obama tax cut which helps you now?…

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I suppose that is what happens when running a troubled campaign and one grasps at straws…  Sort of like a surprise VP nomination, right?

Four years of impulsive guesses does not make a viable strategy….

So shouts one of Delaware’s more respectable bloggers…

Oh, no. The depression sets in. It’s time to switch my party affliation for apparently Obama’s tax plan will cost us way too much…. Alas, he was doing so well….

But I wondered how that could be? For within the last week I had posted this chart showing exactly how Obama’s and McCain’s tax plans would affect each economic layer of taxpayers.

And what exactly is a Marginal Tax Rate, anyway… I had thought I had heard of everything by now?

The marginal Tax Rate is defined as the amount of tax you would pay on your last dollar of income…

If you make $25,000 it would be the rate you paid on that 25,000th dollar. The same if you made $50,000, $100,000 or $100,000,000. Whatever that last dollar is that you earned, the rate of tax is what is measured…

To see the silliness of this example, take Charlie Copeland’s first $250,000… On his first dollar he pays no tax… The pays very little up until he crosses $100,000. He then pays more after $150,000 and still more after $200,000. He then pays more on his last dollar as it crosses the $250,000 barrier. Darn, if only he had made 249,999 dollars instead…. 🙂

But Charlie doesn’t bother knowing all this… He just turns to the tax table in is IRS guide and pencils in the amount of tax his category is given… Of course someone in a land, far, far away used all those calculations to determine what that amount actually was, but……. in real life… there is no such thing as a marginal tax rate…. ( There actually is, but as you see, practically speaking, it is rather irrelevant..) You pay the averaged, or effective, rate…

So why is this even being brought up? The headline gives it away… It might swing votes for those unknowing as was I until just a few moments ago, as to what exactly a marginal tax rate…..was…

In truth, this figure was pulled because it was the only one which could be found, to support Palin’s and McCain’s assertion that Obama would cost more in taxes… The headline is BS; one our local poster should have caught…

Of course Obama will cost some people more in taxes… Thank heavens! But it will only be those that can well afford it… Isn’t it about time they finally ante up for once, and pay their fair share of the tax burden? Now, because of Republican policies, the rest of us today are just struggling to survive. We sure can’t help bail out our government that put itself into debt just to make those favorite few, wealthy beyond all dreams…..

You can tell a lot about a person by who they choose to have around them… Obama chose Biden; McCain chose Palin.

One choice was based on a rational reasonability. The other was a spur of the moment emotion.

I was reading today on Warren Buffet’s involvement in trying to stablize our crises…. He is doing a good job. He was mentioned as Obama’s pick to solve the bailout problem…

McCain’s economic advisor, until he called Americans a bunch of whiners: (“Boo Hoo… forty percent of my retirement is gone…”) just happen to be the one who created the environment allowing this mess to even happen at all… His sneaking through the Commodities Futures Modernization Act without a vote, is why we are today, scrambling to throw money we do not have, into a bottomless pit…

Yep, you can tell a lot about a person by whom they pick to have around them….