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11 April 2010

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street, if you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat,

If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat, if you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.

Sound familiar?

It’s a taxing issue, and it sickens me to think about all the taxes we now pay in this country.  But fasten your seatbelts, folks, because it’s only going to get worse.

Now, politicians are talking about a VAT tax (Value Added Tax). A VAT tax is a tax on the estimated market value added to a product or material at every stage of manufacture or distribution.  I like to think of it as a hidden tax, because we, as consumers, don’t see it.  We just know prices are higher.

We have to stop all these taxes… or we’ll be taxed to death.

But how can we stop these politicians from raising our taxes?

The best way I can think of is to get out there and vote to get the politicians out of office who support higher taxes.

But how can we tell who these honest politicians are?

First and foremost, we have to educate ourselves about who the candidates really are.  We have to do our homework to find out what their voting record shows and what they really stand for.  If they’ve lied in the past, they’ll do it again.

Another thing… why is it that ordinary citizens can’t get away without paying taxes, but some elite politicians, celebrities and other VIP’s seem to do just that and get off scot free.  Are these people above the law?  It certainly seems so.  Perhaps they grease the palms of certain people in power, who then look the other way.

Did you know that when you earn money at your job you pay:

  • Federal Tax
  • State Tax
  • Social Security Tax
  • Medicare Tax

When you purchase something you pay:

  • Sales Tax
  • Luxury Tax

When you own property you pay:

  • Property Tax

When you inherit a deceased person’s estate you pay:

  • Inheritance Tax
  • Estate Tax

When you buy gasoline you pay:

  • Gasoline tax

Some people like the idea of spreading the wealth.  They like the thought of being a nanny state and taken care of by big government.  They think that a more socialistic government is the answer to all of our problems and that the U. S. should adopt these policies.

I feel privileged to live in the best country in the world, and I’m proud to say I’m an American, but we have to work to keep our freedom and our quality of life before they’re taken away from us.

Let’s just hope that the Beatles weren’t right when they wrote the lyrics to Taxman:

Let me tell you
How it will be.
There’s one for you,
Nineteen for me,

Should five percent
Appear too small,
Be thankful I don’t
Take it all.

Don’t ask me what I want it for,
If you don’t want to pay some more.

And my advice to
Those who die,
Declare the pennies
On your eyes.

‘Cause I’m the taxman. Yeah, I’m the taxman,
And you’re working for no one but me.

(excerpt from the Beatles song, Taxman)

I’m just calling it like it is, and this is The Pulse Now.

Java Journalist

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4 February 2010

piggybank_1Okay … let’s talk facts here!  The White House is saying that Wall Street Banks haven’t paid back their TARP money, that they’re making money hand over fist, giving out huge bonuses to their executives, and that they should be penalized – not only for not paying the money back, but for actually thriving in today’s economy.

I did some research and found out that the big banks on Wall Street have, in fact, paid the TARP money back.  It’s mostly small, local banks who haven’t repaid the federal assistance money they were given.

Here’s a list from The New York Times that shows which banks had paid back their TARP money as of last June.

Someone’s nose is getting a little longer… hmmmmm… I wonder who?!!

I don’t think it’s Pinocchio this time!

So, why did the White House encourage these banks to take the money when the banks are saying they didn’t need it?  And why is this Administration villainizing big banks to begin with?

Perhaps it’s the game of … “I’ll scratch your back and you scratch mine.” Or, maybe it’s the game of “Aggravation” or as I call it “Dirty Marbles”, where your opponent can knock you back 10 squares.  Or… could it be the game of “Pit”? – the  fast-paced card game designed to stimulate an all-out bidding war for commodities, where the stock market and the economy can be controlled by the cards the players are dealt and whomever rings the bell the fastest.

According to a New York Times report last June, several of the larger banks claim they didn’t need the money in the first place.

J.P. Morgan’s Chief Executive, Jamie Dimon, commented on the company’s plan to repay the TARP money in a memo to JPMorgan employees.

“We accepted TARP funding because we believed it was in the best interests of our financial system and our country, even though our company did not need the capital.  But now as markets have begun to stabilize, we believe that it is best for strong and well-capitalized institutions like ours to pay back these funds early to the hard-working American taxpayers whose money was used for TARP.”

The banks basically don’t like the strings attached to the bailout, saying they were anxious to give back the money so they could get rid of the Big Government oversight and the limits on executive pay that came along with it.

One thing is for sure, if you penalize big banks and Wall Street, you penalize average Americans, because everything filters down from the top and affects every individual – I don’t care how rich or poor they are.  The financial institutions are not … I repeat… ARE NOT going to absorb the extra fees or charges imposed on them.  They will just pass them along to you and me.

So, I say let’s not villainize big banks or Wall Street, because what happens on Wall Street happens on Main Street.

I’m just calling it like it is and this is The Pulse Now.

Java Journalist

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19 January 2010
Battle of Lexington and Concord

Battle of Lexington and Concord

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

 ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


A single shot heard ‘round the world rang out in Massachusetts today – a shot proclaiming the beginning of a war – a war for freedom.


This could be a reference from the history books about The Revolutionary War or what just happened in the great State of Massachusetts.


Massachusetts voters have sent a resounding message to Washington. 


Radio Host Mark Levin says it best (click here for audio):

This is a historic moment.  The push back against this Administration and this Congress by the people, by a spontaneous grass-roots uprising, is absolutely magnificent and is well within the traditions of this nation—it’s just been so long coming.  You know, you can push the people and push the people and torment them and torment them, and at some point there’s going to be reaction.  All these secret meetings.  All these sleazy behind-closed-door deals.  All these lightweight politicians who most of us never heard of before, telling us how we’re gonna live, where we’re gonna live, when we’re going to live, what we can drive, how much electricity and gasoline we can use, what doctors we can take our children to, whether we’re going to have access to medicines, and on and on and on.  And we look at them and say, ‘Hey, a-hole, this is America!  You don’t get to tell us how to live, what to do and when to do it!  What the hell do you think this is?  Who the hell do you think you’re talking to?  This is America, and we’re Americans, and we’re gonna throw your asses out of office!  And that’s exactly what’s happening!'”   ~Mark Levin

I think it’s time we come together and stand up for what we believe in – not divided – not as Republicans or Democrats or Independents – but as Americans who love and cherish our freedoms.  I’m sure if I was in a room filled with people representing many political parties and asked the question “Who loves their freedom and wants to keep it?” every single hand in the room would go up in unanimous agreement.   


That said … why can’t we just fight for it?!!


The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.
~Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Convention, 1775


I’m just calling it like it is, and this is The Pulse Now.


Java Journalist

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dollar_big_green_movingSo… what’s all the fuss about Congress voting to spend all this money on stuff? It’s only money!


I’ll tell you what the fuss is about. It’s about BIG GOVERNMENT taking what’s ours! We might as well kiss our hard-earned greenbacks bye-bye for the next several decades or at least until I’m dead.


I recently saw a list of the trillions of dollars Congress has spent on various programs, and it chilled me to the bone.


I have trouble imagining how much a million dollars is, but when members of Congress talk about billions and trillions of dollars they’re tagging for Stimulus Packages, the AIG Bailout, Fannie and Freddie bailouts, the GM/Chrysler Bailout, billions they just gave the unions, and the proposed Trillion Dollar Healthcare Bill… geez, Louise, enough already! What do they think this is – a game of Monopoly, where the money isn’t real?!! If it is Monopoly, then I think Congress should GO STRAIGHT TO JAIL, DO NOT PASS GO AND DO NOT COLLECT $200. I think we’re being duped, and I think the Washington elites have landed on Broadway and Park Place and have dozens of hotels planted there, just waiting for us to land on them.


It seems once you have a spending program in place in Washington, that program never goes away, and once you have a “temporary” tax increase, that stays. There’s no way Congress will forego the revenue from all of this spending once they’re used to receiving it.


Someone recently compared it to building a toll road. The state imposes a toll so that they can build a road, but the toll never goes away, once it’s built.


This mad spending is violating every single aspect of the U. S. Constitution, and I’m not talking about the battleship.


I’m just calling it like it is, and this is The Pulse Now.


Java Journalist

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6 December 2009

USMAPDIVIDED3Does anybody really care about what’s happening in America today?


It seems to me that these United States of America are quickly becoming the Divided States of America. Does that ring true for anyone else or am I way off in right field?  I feel as though Americans are divided and fighting about healthcare, energy, taxes and even political affiliations.


Our forefathers spent decades trying to bring together “One Nation Under God.”  But I think we’ve forgotten these principles and how they fought in bloody wars and lost their lives just so there could be freedom for all individuals.


I don’t know about you, but I feel as though my freedoms are slipping away – little by little.  My freedom to keep the money I work hard to earn is slowly vanishing. We are being taxed at such exorbitant rates that there’s barely anything left, so that means we have to work ten times as hard to make enough money just to live on after all the taxes are taken out.  It’s an outrage!


We are being divided by politicians who claim they want what’s best for America. BULLCRAP!


What I’m seeing is that the majority of politicians want what’s best for them — what’s best for their campaign — so that they can continue to feast off the fat of the land in Washington and never have to worry about their healthcare.  They fly around in their gas-guzzling jets, dine in fancy restaurants and are driven around by chauffeurs in fancy limos.  Who wouldn’t want their job?  They run for office, get elected and then you see their true colors.  They seem to change their tune and become power hungry.  Or perhaps, they were power-hungry all along and just said what they thought voters wanted to hear just to get elected.  Then, once elected, they would never have to worry about where their next paycheck or where their next meal is coming from, with the hopes of a lifelong “CUSHY” job in Washington.   They don’t have a clue about real people who are suffering on a daily basis — real people who don’t jet-set around the country — real people who don’t get free meals from lobbyists trying to buy their vote — real people who have to work hard to pay their bills and provide for their families — real people who believe in Capitalism and that if they work hard, they can achieve success.  Is this still possible – that if we work hard, we can achieve success?  I feel as though we’re going backwards in today’s world.  People are struggling just to pay their bills and seem to be fighting a losing battle.  The government is taking more and more of our money, and hard-working people who actually pay their taxes on time have little or nothing to show for their hard work.


So, if you think you’re living in the United States of America, think again.  The last time I looked we were becoming more divided by the minute.  After all, wasn’t it Aesop who was attributed for saying, “United we stand, Divided we fall?”  Let’s just hope he was wrong because we don’t seem to be as “United” as we once were.


I’m just calling it like it is, and this is The Pulse Now.


Java Journalist

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