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Monday, October 17, 2011

Ya Gotta Do Better Than This

How upset is Roanoke, Virginia?

Not very, it appears.

That much anticipated "Occupy Roanoke Va" movement assembled yesterday.

On a street corner.

It was difficult to ascertain the size of the crowd but it was somewhere between thirty and thirty.


Occupy Roanoke?

How about Occupy Phone Booth?

Surely there are more loons living in Southwest Virginia than this.  We need to scour the homeless shelters, flop houses, drug dens, insane asylums, ... and college campuses.

Where are all those lefty professors over at Virginia Tech?  Aruba?  Cancun?  Cozumel?

Come on, all you Che Guevara wannabes!  To the ramparts!

Uh Oh

The Washington Post finds out that the "99%ers" out there protesting wealth are all white kids.

See "Occupy movements across the country look to diversify their efforts as the movement grows."

Somehow the math just doesn't work, does it?

Which means: What's 99% minus all black Americans and all Asian Americans and all Hispanic Americans and all Aleut Americans and all Native Americans and all ...

NY Times Lament: Where's the Global Warming Tax?

Ours is the only country on the planet that now chooses to ignore the "solidifying" science that drives the global warming debate.

So says New York Times contributor Elisabeth Rosenthal.  See "Where Did Global Warming Go?".

And how did she decide that?

Because many other countries have raised taxes.

Say what?

Higher taxes reduce global warming?

In the eyes of those who believe government can resolve issues like this, YES.

This fading of global warming from the political agenda is a mostly American phenomenon. True, public enthusiasm for legislation to tackle climate change has flagged somewhat throughout the developed world since the recession of 2008. Nonetheless, in many other countries, legislation to control emissions has rolled out apace. Just last Wednesday, Australia’s House of Representatives passed a carbon tax, which is expected to easily clear the country’s Senate. Europe’s six-year-old carbon emissions trading system [which involves, depending on the circumstances, a hefty tax] continues its yearly expansion. In 2010, India passed a carbon tax on coal. Even China’s newest five-year plan contains a limited pilot cap-and-trade [i.e., cap-and-tax] system, under which polluters pay for excess pollution.
Why would governments around the world raise taxes to do that which experts have told them won't do what they intend? Because they can. And because they want to.

It has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to do with governments starving for cash and seeing a way to replenish coffers.

The U.S., to its credit, has chosen - with a whole lot of public insistence - to not play that game.

Here's to the USA.

Yeah, That'll Work, Bernie

How feckless does this strategy strike you?

Bernie Sanders Calls For Boycott Of Big Banks To Support Occupy Wall Street

Like those maggot-infested protesters have money to invest?

They can't afford a pot to poop in. They're going to take their investment portfolios somewhere else?

What a beanbrain.

Headline of the Day

Sunday Reflection: Protestors should try occupying reality for real change.

Apparently Hosting For NBC Requires No Intelligence

Tell me the dude who brings us "Meet the Press" doesn't understand there's a difference between state taxes and federal taxes.  Can it be?

See for yourself.  Instapundit relays this bizarre exchange between host David Gregory and presidential candidate Herman Cain:
David Gregory doesn’t seem to understand the difference between state taxes and federal taxes. Here’s what he said:

MR. CAIN: We replace capital gains tax. We replace the payroll tax. We replace corporate income tax, replace personal income tax, and replace the death tax. It is a replacement tax structure.

MR. GREGORY: But where do state taxes go? You’re saying they’re going to be repealed?

MR. CAIN: If you–with the current structure, you have state taxes, right? So with this new structure, you’re still going to have taxes–state taxes. That is muddying the water.

MR. GREGORY: How so?

MR. CAIN: Because today, under the current tax code, state taxes are there if they have it. If they don’t have a state taxes, they don’t have it. It has nothing to do with this replacement structure for the federal tax code.

MR. GREGORY: But that doesn’t make any sense to me. If I’m already paying state taxes, and I have a new Cain administration national sales tax, I’ve got more state taxes.

No, you don’t have more state taxes, you have the same state taxes — unless, that is, you don’t know the difference between a sales tax and a state tax, which would seem to be the case for Gregory. If Sarah Palin made such an error, it would be seen as proof that she was unfit for the national stage. For Gregory, well . . . draw your own conclusions.
Even after Cain gently tries to remind Gregory that there's a universe of difference between state taxes and federal taxes Gregory says, "But that doesn’t make any sense to me."

Is David Gregory that ignorant?