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Buffett Rule Didn’t Make It Through

Yesterday evening the democratically led senate voted on the much controversial Obama Buffett Rule. Sadly, and stupidly the bill didn’t pass. It had fifty-one votes in favor of it with only forty-five votes opposing it. So while the Buffett Rule is important and there should have been more votes in favor of it the real travesty is how our U.S. senate works. See in order for a bill to be passed in the Senate the bill needs sixty in favor votes. So technically majority rules but the majority can not simply be a simple majority.

Every bill has a long a journey before it even becomes voted on in the Senate. First it’s thought up and then it’s drafted into bill form. Then it reaches some place where they look over the bill and see if the bill is actually worth spending time and money voting on it. Then it reaches the U.S. House of Representatives where a simple majority is all a bill needs to be passed on over to the mighty powerful U.S. Senate where a bills fate is finally decided. In the Senate people have the possibility of obstructing the voting on a bill, which is called a filibuster, and that’s perfectly. In fact in the past two years we have seen the most filibusters ever. So just because a bill makes it to the senate that doesn’t mean it will get voted on. So, with the legal obstruction of progress and the lack of a simple majority needed it’s surprising that any bill gets passed.

But, in a country where majority rules a majority of the time why is there a special rule for the U.S. Senate only. I mean I could understand the lack of a simple majority if it were like that in the House Of Representatives or in the Electoral College but it’s not like that. The Senate is special and there is no reason why. Maybe the congress should fix the way they operate and then maybe we’d be able to get more done as a nation.


Who Doesn’t Pay Income Taxes?

I was on yahoo before the State of the Union speech reading an article about what Obama might talk about during his speech. One of the things the author of the article thought the President was planning on talking about were the poor tax codes in this country.

As usual people were quick to talk mess about Obama. Saying the usual things like “Odummer is at it again.” or “Obuma is spreading his class warfare again.” Those weren’t that surprising but it’s funny because it’s the poor white people defending people like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. The most intriguing comment by far though, said “If Obama wants everybody to pay their fair share why doesn’t he make the 51 % of the people that don’t pay income tax, pay income tax.”

This guy has a very valid point. If Obama wants every body to be equal and pay their fair share why doesn’t he make every body pay income taxes. We have to look at everything though. It’s one of those things again that when you don’t have all of the numbers it makes everything around the situation look bad.

First, the number of Americans that don’t pay income tax is actually around 46%. The forty-six percent is roughly seventy-six million American households. Of those seventy-six million households, half of them are actually poor and cannot afford to pay an income tax, but that doesn’t mean they are exempt from any taxes just income taxes. That means thirty-eight million American households that can afford to pay income tax don’t.

See this is where that guys question has some validity. Not only because these people who can afford to pay income tax aren’t pay income tax but because of how much they make. It’s the people who make 75,000 to 100,000 who aren’t paying a federal income tax. Why, don’t these people who are firmly in the middle class not pay an income tax? I don’t know. I’ve looked about every where, did about three hours of research and I couldn’t find a solid answer to why these people are not paying an income tax.

This leads me to have to agree with Obama and many democrats. Let’s get these people to pay their fair share. My dad is a diabetic and suffers from many other diseases. He makes what the average American worker makes and after taxes he barely he has enough money to cover for groceries let alone his many medications. I’m not saying he shouldn’t pay an income tax because I believe he should. I am saying that congress should make sure that every American is paying at least a minimum of income taxes.

Free Speech With Consequences

Recently GOP State House Member, Mike O’Neal, sent out two emails. One calling Michelle Obama Mrs. YoMAMA and another he sent referenced a prayer from the book of Psalm. This bible verse is very suggestive to say the least. The verse reads at Psalm 109:8 “Let his days be numbered and let another take his place in office, let his children be fatherless and his wife a widow…” and so on. The verse continues on and it is a prayer for a man in office to pass away. Congressman O’Neal rejoices at the end of his email stating “At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!”. However, when the email went public he said the verse referenced in his email wasn’t meant to be taken literally but in his email he says “… Look it up – it is word for word!…”.

Of course people came to his defense and said it’s his First Amendment right to say what he wants so he shouldn’t be punished or reprimanded. What those people fail to realize is, while the First Amendment allows you to say what you wish, it doesn’t protect from punishment. Others asked “Why should Congressman O’Neal be punished when there is a bumper sticker that says the same thing?” The answer to that is, Congressman O’Neal is held to higher a standard. He is not a businessman making a profit. He is not a person working underneath the public eye. He is a representative of the United States. He is some one who people can look up and find in another country. And if some one in another country looks him up and finds this is his stance on Obama then what will they think of the state of our country.

Do I agree with the statements of Congressman O’Neal? Absolutely not but, do I believe he had the right to the say them absolutely. Do I believe he should have said them? Of course not, not because I like Obama but, because Obama is our president and also because I have never or will I ever wish death upon anyone. It’s silly that politics has become what it is what it is and that won’t change until we get the dumb out politics.

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Congress Should Morph Like Starburst

There is a new hilarious Starburst commercial. Instead of this woman asking this man to morph into something better it should have a group of people asking congress to morph into something better.