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You thought that ObaminableCare was something which had to do just with people? Sorry, wrong answer: Karen noted that the 2.3% medical care device tax under the wholly misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is going to be imposed on medical devices which are used by veterinarians!

From William Teach:

Crazy Liberals Force Cancellation Of School Charity Christmas Concert

December 7, 2012 – 9:07 am
Remember, there is no war on Christmas. It doesn’t exist. Liberals keep telling us this. It’s supposed to be a fiction created by Fox, excuse me, Faux News

(Daily Caller) The Hawaii Department of Education canceled a beloved annual Christmas concert by the Moanalua High School orchestra only four days before the event, following legal complaints by an First Amendment advocacy organization.

Mitch Kahle, founder of the Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of State and Church, wrote a letter to the Department threatening a lawsuit because of New Hope Church’s involvement in the concert, according to Hawaii News Now.

New Hope Church manages ticket sales and sells tickets to the concert at its services, sending all proceeds to charitable causes.

More at the link. But it’s pretty simple; the secularist crazies have concluded that raising $60,000 for charity was a trifling concern when some public school student might have been proselytized!

William Jacobson noted that the United States Supreme Court will take up the subject of same-sex “marriage.” He also noted how the Sudanese government, if it can be called that, is up in arms and has captured a live Israeli spy.

Sister Toldjah noted the explosion in entitlements, linking to this article. One chart jumped out at me:

I guess that explains why President Obama was re-elected!

Sis concluded:

Big government is destroying this country – both literally and figuratively. And I blame Democrats for most of that.

As much as I’d like to blame the Democrats, there’s more than enough blame to be given to the Republicans as well. While President Bush was trying to forestall an even bigger giveaway by the Democrats, the huge expansion in Medicare benefits under Part D was passed by a Congress completely controlled by the Republicans and signed into law by a “compassionate conservative,” Republican President.

On the same subject is this article from The Weekly Standard, noting:

The amount of money spent on welfare programs equals, when converted to cash payments, about “$168 per day for every household in poverty,” the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee finds. Here’s a chart detailing the committee’s findings:

Much more at the link. But note: we spend more per family on welfare than the median income, and while working people’s income is subject to taxation, most welfare payments are not. Yet, even with all of that money spent to benefit welfare recipients, they are still living in a barely tolerable poverty, which raises the obvious question: just how much of this money we spend on welfare is consumed by overhead?

What a great government we have: it can’t even give away money efficiently!

Smitty notes that former Vice President Al Gore doesn’t seem to understand that our government was set up to provide only necessary services, and our Constitution exists to protect the rights of the individual from government, and not the other way around.

Jennifer from the Victory Girls writes about Egyptian Pharaoh Mohamad Morsi, and how predictable it was that he wouldn’t be much of a democrat.

More from Le*gal In*sur*rec*tion:

The progressive deification of Elizabeth Warren has started

Posted by     Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 11:09am

I’ve tried to lay a little low on Elizabeth Warren lately, saving my strength for when she gets sworn in and the entire media covers up her false claim to be Native American, among other things.

I was provoked (yes, provoked!) into posting today by these highlighted words in a column by Robert Kuttner at The American Prospect, The Importance of Elizabeth Warren:

It isn’t just that Warren is a resolute progressive. It’s that she knows so much about the financial industry, from her years as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the TARP, and before that as one of the leading scholars of bankruptcy and consumer abuses. And it’s that she’s incorruptible, as well as very smart…

… There are still a handful of senators who are both resolute progressives and effective legislators…. But there used to be many, many more. With Warren, we will get one of the best.

Incorruptible?

She cheated during her career by listing herself as Native American for employment purposes despite knowing she had no basis for claiming that status and didn’t meet the definition of Native American.  That definition almost certainly would have been on some if not all of the forms she signed, dating back to the mid-to-late 1980s when she first started claiming the status.  Not surprisingly, the progressive champion of transparency for others will not release those records.

More at the link.

Our friends on the left love Elizabeth Warren because they believe that she’s an absolute hammer with which to attack big business and the financial industry. Were they wiser, they’d realize that big business employs a huge number of Americans, and the financial industry is what propels our 401(k) plans to earn money. We would be poorer, much poorer, without them.

Of course, our friends on the left are wholly hypocrites when it comes to this subject. Thanks to a hat tip from Karen, I found this story:


Washington Post Co. to pay 2013 dividend early ahead of potential tax changes

By Associated Press, Published: December 7, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post Co. will pay its 2013 dividends before the end of this year to try to spare investors from anticipated tax increases.

The media and education company said Friday that its dividend of $9.80 per share is payable Dec. 27 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 17. The payout is instead of regular quarterly dividends next year.

And the Post’s biggest shareholder? Why it’s none other than Berkshire Hathaway, please-raise-my-taxes Warren Buffett’s investment company, with 1.7 million shares. Of course, Berkshire Hathaway owes the federal government over a billion dollars in back taxes, something the company says it shouldn’t owe, and is fighting. That was a big story in August of 2011, and a google search for berkshire hathaway paid taxes didn’t come up with any stories noting that the company paid those taxes since then.

Your Editor noted that there were plenty of other corporations paying dividends early, to avoid what they expect to be higher taxes for their shareholders, and such is a smart thing to do: corporations exist to make money for their shareholders, and an early distribution means that the shareholders will (probably) have a larger net profit out of their gross profits. But that The Washington Post is doing so, the same post which endorsed Barack Hussein Obama for election and re-election, is the rankest of hypocrisy. Not, of course, that we ever expect anything different from the Democrats.

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