Ventura: ‘If You Don’t Work, We Shouldn’t Have to Pay Taxes’

Former Governor slams political ‘gangs’ Dems, GOP over shutdown

Steve Watson
Oct 2, 2013

Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura smacked down members of Congress in a CNN appearance Tuesday, saying that the two parties are nothing more than political gangs feeding off the American people.

Appearing on Piers Morgan’s show, Ventura declared that Democrats and Republicans have essentially “legalized bribery” in the American legislature, and that the only way to fix the system would be to elect independents to office.

Commenting on the government shutdown, Ventura said “That should mean we shouldn’t have to pay any taxes, right?”

“I think it’s time for a revolt in this country. I’ve been advocating a revolution for years now.” Ventura said, adding “revolutions don’t have to be violent, but we need one, and I would tell everyone here, vote them all out of office and don’t vote in a new Democrat or Republican, vote for anyone BUT Democrats and Republicans.”

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The Important Things We DON’T Have Money For, And The Crazy Things We DO Have Money For…

Michael Snyder
Economic Collapse
July 30, 2013

In an age of “belt tightening” and “budget cuts”, you would think that government officials would be trying to spend our money wisely.  Unfortunately, when it comes time to cut spending our politicians tend to do everything that they can to protect their own interests and their own pet projects, but they don’t seem to mind implementing cuts that deeply hurt military families, the poor and the elderly.  The facts that you are about to read will likely upset you very much.  The federal government and our state governments are wasting money in some of the most ridiculous ways imaginable.  Meanwhile, we are being told that we don’t have any money for a lot of really important things.  Our hard-earned tax dollars are being horribly mismanaged, and the American people deserve to hear the truth about this gross negligence.

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Senate approves Democratic budget after marathon ‘vote-a-rama’

Published March 23, 2013

WASHINGTON –  An exhausted Senate approved its first budget in four years early Saturday, calling for almost $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade while sheltering safety net programs targeted by House Republicans.

While their victory was by a razor-thin 50-49, the vote let Democrats tout their priorities. Yet it doesn’t resolve the deep differences the two parties have over deficits and the size of government.

The nonbinding but politically symbolic measure caters to party stalwarts on the liberal edge of the spectrum just as the House GOP measure is crafted to appeal to more recent tea party arrivals.

Late Friday afternoon, the Senate then began a marathon session of votes on dozens of amendments to the 2014 budget proposal. Many of the proposals were offered in hopes of inflicting political damage on Democratic senators up for re-election in GOP-leaning states like Alaska and Louisiana.

The two main budget proposals produced by Senate Democrats and House Republicans are miles apart. The Senate plan does not attempt to balance the budget at all, though it does claim to reduce the deficit by imposing nearly $1 trillion in tax increases on top of more than $600 billion in higher taxes on top earners enacted in January. It also includes $875 billion in spending cuts, generated by modest cuts to federal health care programs, domestic agencies and the Pentagon and reduced government borrowing costs.

The House plan — by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., his party’s vice presidential candidate last year — claims $4 trillion more in savings over the period than Senate Democrats by imposing major cuts in Medicaid, food stamps and other safety net programs for the needy. It would also transform the Medicare health care program for seniors into a voucher-like system for future recipients.

“We have presented very different visions for how our country should work and who it should work for,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who chairs the Senate Budget Committee. “But I am hopeful that we can bridge this divide.”

Congressional budgets are planning documents that leave actual changes in revenues and spending for later legislation, and this was the first the Democratic-run Senate has approved in four years. That is testament to the political and mathematical contortions needed to write fiscal plans in an era of record-breaking deficits that until this year exceeded an eye-popping $1 trillion annually, and to the parties’ profoundly conflicting views.

“I believe we’re in denial about the financial condition of our country,” Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, top Republican on the Budget panel, said of Democratic efforts to boost spending on some programs. “Trust me, we’ve got to have some spending reductions.”

Though the shortfalls have shown signs of easing slightly and temporarily, there is no easy path to the two parties finding compromise — which the first months of 2013 have amply illustrated.

Already this year, Congress has raised taxes on the rich after narrowly averting tax boosts on virtually everyone else, tolerated $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, temporarily sidestepped a federal default and prevented a potential government shutdown.

By sometime this summer, the government’s borrowing limit will have to be extended again — or a default will be at risk — and it is unclear what Republicans may demand for providing needed votes. It is also uncertain how the two parties will resolve the differences between their two budgets, something many believe simply won’t happen.

Both sides have expressed a desire to reduce federal deficits. But President Barack Obama is demanding a combination of tax increases and spending cuts to do so, while GOP leaders say they won’t consider higher revenues but want serious reductions in Medicare and other benefit programs that have rocketed deficits skyward.

Obama plans to release his own 2014 budget next month, an unveiling that will be studied for whether it signals a willingness to engage Republicans in negotiations or play political hardball.

In a long day that began Friday morning, senators plodded through scores of amendments — all of them non-binding but some delivering potent political messages.

They voted in favor of giving states more powers to collect sales taxes on online purchases their citizens make from out-of-state Internet companies, and to endorse the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that is to pump oil from Canada to Texas refineries.

They also approved amendments voicing support for eliminating the $2,500 annual cap on flexible spending account contributions imposed by Obama’s health care overhaul, and for charging regular postal rates for mailings by political parties, which currently qualify for the lower prices paid by non-profits.

In a rebuke to one of the Senate’s most conservative members, they overwhelmingly rejected a proposal by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to cut even deeper than the House GOP budget and eliminate deficits in just five years.

The Democratic budget envisions $975 billion in unspecified new taxes over the coming 10 years. There would be an equal amount of spending reductions coming chiefly from health programs, defense and reduced interest payments as deficits get smaller than previously anticipated.

This year’s projected deficit of nearly $900 billion would fall to around $700 billion next year and bottom out near $400 billion in 2016 before trending upward again.

Shoehorned into the package is $100 billion for public works projects and other programs aimed at creating jobs.


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Democrats plan another $1 trillion in taxes

Pelosi says last week’s $620 billion ‘is not enough’

You may notice a smaller total in your first paycheck for 2013,


because the “fiscal cliff” deal allowed a tax break for working people to end, and Social Security taxes to rise. It was part of the $620 billion in increased taxes Barack Obama was given by Congress just last week.Critics warned at the time he’d be back for a lot more of your paycheck.

 Now Obama’s party has confirmed that, with several members explaining their demands for another $1 trillion in tax increases on Americans.

“We’ve done about $2 trillion. I thought $4 trillion is the goal we should reach. I think we’re about halfway there. We need another $2 trillion,” said Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., a member of the Finance Committee, in a report in The Hill.

He explained what already was done, claiming a $917 billion cut in spending under the Budget Control Act from 2011, and last week’s $620 billion in new tax revenue. He said the interest and related numbers affected makes that package add up to about $2 trillion.

He said another $2 trillion is needed, of which $1 trillion needs to be in additional taxes.

The report said Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat from Montana who won a close re-election in November, has called for similar numbers.

In a report in Politico, ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., noted Americans simply aren’t paying enough. The $600 billion-plus “is not enough on the revenue side.”


Abyss of debt still threatens America even though fiscal cliff has been avoided

No one is celebrating after America pulled back from the fiscal cliff, because it is obvious how bad the problem still is.

President Barack Obama, right, speaks as U.S. Vice President Joseph

President has threatened more tax increases, warning: “If Republicans think that I will finish the job of deficit reduction through spending cuts alone they’ve got another thing coming.” …….Photo: BLOOMBERG  –  American Way: Mark McKinnon

If the infamous fiscal cliff in America was averted, why is no one celebrating? Because the abyss below just got deeper.

Near the midnight hour on New Year’s Day, 2013, the US House of Representatives passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, by 257 votes to 167.

The bill had already been approved in the Senate. Its intent: to avert the largest tax hike in American history.

So, why no hoopla? No “Huzzahs”? Surely these members of Congress acted heroically. Were Americans simply too hung over from their holiday parties to notice? Or, more likely, were they too weary of Washington to care?

The threatened $500 billion in tax increases had been designed, by this very same Congress, to be triggered automatically on Jan 1 if an agreement could not be reached on other ways to reduce the US government’s deficit spending.

But they represented only one facet of the fiscal threat that might have plunged the fragile American economy over the proverbial edge, where only further joblessness would gain a foothold.

More than $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts over 10 years, half of that from the defence budget, were also part of the “compromise” deal struck by Congress in August, 2011. That was during the last crisis du jour, the debt-ceiling negotiations.

As is so often the case in Washington DC dialect, words do not mean what you think they mean. That agreement was called the Budget Control Act, but did not include a budget, did not control spending, and the only act required of Congress was to delay hard decisions.

That kick-the-can-down-the-road “act” temporarily raised the nation’s debt ceiling, or borrowing limit, by $2.1 trillion, in return for some to-be-determined-later solution to Washington’s overspending addiction. If none was found by Jan 1 this year, the tax increases and spending cuts would kick in – and the combination would send the economy over the cliff.

So, here we are today. Phew! A deal was reached in the final moments of the 112th Congress and the fiscal cliff was averted, right? Well no, not really.

The Taxpayer Relief Act did indeed bring some relief: it made made permanent the tax cuts on income, capital gains, and dividends first enacted under President George W Bush and renewed under President Barack Obama, for individual taxpayers with incomes up to $400,000, or $450,000 for married joint filers. It will spare the average family from a tax increase of $1,250 this year. This is good.

But it increases federal tax on the top two per cent of earners from 35 per cent to 39.6 per cent, limits their deductions and credits, and taxes some of their dividends and capital gains. This is, sadly, necessary.

So is the expiration of the temporary two per cent cut to payroll taxes, enacted in 2010, which lowered employees’ contributions towards the social security programme. This will affect all earners, but will be most painful for middle and low-income households which depend on every dollar in every paycheck.

As a result, the average family will see about $1,000 less in income this year – a tax rise that went through quietly, with no mention by President Obama in the national address he delivered after the deal was finally struck. But, as families in real America receive their first paychecks in coming weeks, expect discontent to be loudly voiced.

And while other murky details of the deal emerge – including, oddly, millions in tax breaks for Hollywood, NASCAR stock car racing, and the wind-energy industry – the White House calculates that $620 billion in new tax revenues will be raised.

So did the deal fix the fiscal mess we face?

No. Focusing on a hangnail but not the severed hand misses the point of triage. The deal included only $1 in spending cuts for every $43 in new tax revenue. So, the abyss of debt remains – and it’s inky red and deep.

What lies ahead then for the 113th Congress, newly sworn in on Thursday? And for the President, who will be inaugurated for his second term on January 20?

Another shutdown showdown is likely in less than 60 days, because at $16.4 trillion in debt and a debt-to-GDP ratio unseen in 70 years, the federal government has once again reached its borrowing limit.

It will run out of operating funds, and a default looms in the next two months unless Congress agrees to the President’s request to raise the debt ceiling once again.

The delayed $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts begin in March, with the defence budget still bearing most of the burden – some $50 billion this year alone. Entitlement programmes already soak up nearly 62 per cent of all federal spending, and Medicare and social security, the two benefits aimed mostly at elderly Americans, are nearing insolvency: 10,000 ageing baby boomers are becoming newly eligible every day.

Meanwhile the President has threatened more tax increases, warning: “If Republicans think that I will finish the job of deficit reduction through spending cuts alone they’ve got another thing coming.”

The abyss of debt deepens. And the political divide widens. Democratic and Republican lawmakers are united on one front only: each hopes the other side will go over the edge first.


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Tea Party Leaders Outraged Over House Passage of Fiscal Cliff Bill Read

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Tea Party Leaders are expressing outrage and disappointment over the House passing a bill late New Year’s Day that allows President Obama and Congressional Democrats to raise taxes on wealthy Americans with no guarantee of future spending cuts.  –  By Paul Stanley

“Sadly, our New Year’s predictions have all come true,” said Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots. “Congress and the president had all year to do their jobs and be fiscally responsible – and, just like we said they would, they waited until the last possible moment to fail their nation miserably with a ‘fiscal cliff’ scheme to raise taxes and keep overspending.

The issue for those who believe the nation has a spending problem and not a revenue problem suddenly became a nightmare when 85 Republicans in the House joined 172 of their Democrat colleagues in supporting the measure that was sent over in the wee hours of the morning on New Year’s Day.

For the past 17 months the fiscal game of chicken rarely changed. Obama and liberal Democrats demanded higher taxes on families making over $250,000 annually and Republicans, led by House Speaker John Boehner with some assistance by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, wanted to extend the Bush-era tax cuts and reduce spending, especially on the big entitlement programs of Social Security and Medicare.

But in the end it was Obama and his team that got Boehner to go off the road as opposed to risk getting blamed for raising taxes on most every American taxpayer.

The final version that President Obama is expected to sign will extend the tax cuts for some taxpayers but individuals making over $400,000 and families over $450,000 will owe Uncle Sam more money in 2013 and beyond.

Additionally, estate and capital gains taxes will go up for the same group. The bill also extends jobless benefits for one-year and cuts Medicare reimbursements for doctors.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill will add almost $4 trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years.

Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation is even more outraged that some Republicans – including Boehner – voted in favor of the bill.

“The Republican Party has now cast itself as the Official Tax Collector for the Great Obamacare State,” Phillips wrote in an email to The Christian Post early Wednesday morning.

“Once again Republicans have surrendered their position of strength and given in to everything the Democrats wanted. This bill punishes Americans with new taxes that go not to reducing the deficit but for even more government spending. Today the Republicans stand under John Boehner’s freshly laundered white flag of surrender and America loses.”


Bozell Talks Fiscal Cliff on Fox: Where’s the Focus on the ‘Fiscal Insanity’ In DC?  –  By NB Staff

MRC founder and president Brent Bozell appeared on the Fox Business Network on Thursday to address the gridlock in Congress over a fiscal-cliff deal. Varney suggested it was “hard-core conservatives” like Bozell who would be blamed if there is no agreement. Bozell insisted there’s no focus on spending cuts, only on taxes.

Bozell slammed the “absolute dishonesty on both sides. No one wants to address the fiscal insanity that’s going on in Washington, DC.” Varney also asked Brent for his opinion on the coverage of the pro-Obama media (video below):


“They’re coddling Barack Obama.This guy is filing his nails while the Republicans twist themselves into knots. The media are giving Obama a complete pass on this one. They’re not holding his feet to the fire on anything. And they’re keeping the gunfire on the Republicans at all times.”