Above linked is some useful commentary from Ken Blackwell illustrating the need to clear the old RINOs out of the Senate. It mentions the aptly named LOST treaty, which pretty much signifies in one acronym, the effect on the United States. We really do not need the UN choosing a tribunal to govern the sea, given its track record in support of corruption and human rights abuse.
Pharmer had cause for worry when Sen John Kyl of Arizona decided to retire shortly after warning us about the START treaty and its negative effects on U.S. self defense.
On the other hand, Lugar was known to have favored this give away, unilateral disarmament, which surely made Vladimir Putin’s whole year. While Hoosier Tea Partiers likely remain less aware of LOST, (possibly due to being a land locked state), knowledge of START has been fairly common.
Richard Lugar was being praised by Obama as a foreign policy Rock Star. That was a signal even to the soccer moms who don’t keep up with international affairs. 😉
Pharmer’s understanding is that every American, who is employed by another, pays this tax. This leaves the self employed to be screwed by the gas tax with no offset. This latter group has been abused too much by the government. Also the payroll tax is the funding vehicle for social security. Is it a good idea to raid the mechanism for paying social security (which is already in the hole) without reducing social security outlays first?
Lugar’s solution was for the government to make a sin tax for gasoline use, to discourage our dependency on oil, and to encourage fuel alternatives. Always a government tax solution for every problem …… he has been in Washington too long.
For one, the FCC has Democrat support for its effort to regulate the internet. Mainly the Dems would like you to believe that they opposed the Net Neutrality rules with which the FCC wanted to regulate the cable and phone companies. That’s not really the case, and while you are busy with snow and holidays, job or job hunting, the push for more government control is taking place.
Even the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts (meaning your taxes will remain the same for two more years) was packed with Democrat spending, and a compromise to extend the unemployment funding. Though the Dems and media present STATIC TAX RATES as cost to the government, it would be good to remember that only the spending portions added to the extension bill fall in this category. It is not a cost to the goverment to allow you to keep the same proportion of your income for another two years.
An attempt to pass an Omnibus Budget Bill, written long ago by Sen Dan Inouye, (in anticipation of Democrat defeat in November) failed in the Senate over the weekend . Harry Reid has pulled the bill. This is the bill most noted for a large pack of old spending earmarks, for which Dems can claim most of the credit.