Saturday, March 01, 2008

A challenge for the Chairman...


Is there "Change" in the air for Republicans in Virginia???

Virginia Virtucon has a post about the RPV race...

While Augusta Free Press has info about a local race...

Thursday, February 28, 2008

SM-3 missile... Several "Direct" hits....

Rich Lowry makes several good points about the recent incident where a SM-3 missile was used to take out a disabled spy satellite. This example of missile technology also sent other messages to some...

"The Chinese commitment to "outer space security" was recently exemplified by their shooting down an aging weather satellite with no warning, then denying that they had done it for two weeks, and doing it at an orbit so high that 1,600 pieces of space debris will clutter Earth's orbit for years".
"The real agenda of the Russians and the Chinese is to keep us from ever putting missile-defense interceptors in space. That would enhance our capability against their intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) arsenals."
"They want to have the option of launching ICBMs out into space where they will travel undisturbed until they re-enter Earth's atmosphere on their way to visiting untold devastation on a target. The Chinese could make a genuine gesture toward peace in space by ending their rapid buildup of ICBMs, but their true interest is in preventing us from checking their missile threat to us and our allies."
"Space isn't a pristine last frontier unsullied by human competitiveness and ferocity, but an extension of our flawed world down here below. It can be dangerous, which is why it's a comfort that we are building defenses against threats more serious than a tank of hydrazine."

Monday, February 25, 2008

Hillary, Obama, Sam, - The game and the World are changing...


Hillary, Obama, and even Sam have been busy talking up the “negatives” of the economy and their perceived inequities of incomes of the American people. Attacking the “Rich” has always been a proven vote getter from those who feel it just isn’t fair how others have more than they do, but by ignoring the facts as the candidates are doing, only shows that these people care more about their election to office than the peoples well being.

Hillary has already made it clear that she intends to “redistribute the wealth” as soon as she can and give it to those who vote for her. “When John robs from Peter to give to Paul, John can always count on Paul’s vote”…

"Many of you are well enough off that [President Bush's] tax cuts may have helped you. We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to have to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
(Hillary to her fellow liberals in a speech in San Francisco; 6/28/2004.)

Obama has been quick to attach Hillary to the NAFTA agreement and the perceived damage that it has done to industrial areas such as Michigan and other active campaigning states. Hillary can’t run fast enough from her alleged support of NAFTA while she tries to capture the same “Union” vote that most Democrats cling to as well as cater to…

"I think it's important to note that Senator Clinton was a cheerleader for NAFTA for more than a decade," Mr. Obama said at a press conference where he accepted the endorsement of a regional chapter of the United Auto Workers. Obama statement in “Obama attacks Hillary on NAFTA” Washington Times

We have a local fellow here in Virginia who has also been trying to capitalize on the income disparity between workers in America. Sam has been quick to point out that the top 1% of income earners now earn over $348,000 but yet fails to note the upward income mobility of most Americans during the same period. He fails to note that many people have moved up out of the lower income brackets into the middle class as a result of the Bush tax cuts and millions more of lower income people now pay NO income tax at all. This being another “hand-up” to the new or lower income worker to improve themselves which data has shown has happened during the same period when all income groups improved. Our local democratic candidate, like Hillary and Obama, are quick to point out that many are doing better in life but they fail to note that because of the citizens efforts to improve their skills, invest in their futures, and sacrifice now for a better tomorrow, is a big part of the reason. It is easier to claim that others are doing so much better and are not “Paying their fair share” and that is why you should vote for them to make things “Fair”…

Our Democratic friends point out how unfair it is for some to have so much and others so little but offers no solutions and just wants you to know they “feel your pain”. What is the solution? Tax the rich more? Tax the corporations more? Some people complain that there is no money left to invest like the rich people do but yet these same people have top of the line cell phones, HD television, vehicles that are no longer worth the amount remaining financed on them, cable, on-line charges, and outstanding “Rent-to-Own” payments to be made. Many people are in the situations that are the result of their choices and not the result of those who made wiser choices in life. There are those who need help from the government, local organizations, churches, and citizens who are willing to help their neighbor and that help is out there and available. Lets not punish those who have succeeded. We should reward those who have worked hard, sacrificed, and invested in their futures.

Hillary has stated that she wants to take things away for the common good and the “evil” oil companies have been a favorite target for her. Like many from her side of the aisle they jump at the opportunity to trash the evil corporations but yet fails to mention the amount of taxes these corporations pay. A prior RightsideVA post shows that evil oil corporations pay over 45% tax now and who gets that tax revenue. Washington and Congress gets the money that they are so hungry for. How much do corporations pay in tax? NOTHING… taxes are passed along to the consumer in the cost of the product sold…

Hillary and company have been campaigning in heavily union industrial states and complaining how numerous manufacturing jobs have left the country in the last seven years. At the same time they fail to note that unemployment rates have been very low over the same period of time and corporate tax rates continue to decrease around the world. While campaigning in the “Auto Industry” state of Illinois Hillary complained about the 200,000 jobs that have moved out of the country but failed to address the obvious reasons. It has been reported that $4,000 to $5,000 of the cost of a new GM vehicle goes to paying for the medical benefit plan of current and past employees. The cost of burdening union deals has resulted in several American corporations from producing a quality and affordable product. This situation is not entirely the fault of the Unions but deals like this made by the American auto industry is why these companies can no longer compete in the world market. This and the 2nd highest corporate tax rate in the world has resulted in many of these jobs leaving the country…

The American Spectator (Feb 2008 issue) has a very good article “As the World Turns” that shows and explains why many of countries are now turning to “supply side” economic practices. It also shows how both the “game” and the world is changing… The article is written by Arthur Laffer & Stephen Moore. I had the opportunity to see Laffer at the recent “Americans for Prosperity”
event in Washington D.C.

“Senator Clinton says that she wants to repeal the Bush investment tax cuts, because they benefited the wealthiest 1 to 10 percent, And she’s the moderate of the Democratic presidential field. Barack Obama and John Edwards want to nearly double the tax on capital gains to 28 percent”

How will increasing the tax rate on those investing and risking their money in our markets benefit the economy? Can you tax an economy into prosperity?

“Two decades of slow growth and double digit unemployment in Europe have made it necessary to turn to the supply-side economics model they once disparaged”.

How will punishing or taking from corporations “for the common good” keep manufacturing jobs here instead of going to other economies?

“The U.S. now has the unflattering distinction of having the developed world’s second highest corporate tax rate of 39.3 percent (35 percent federal plus a state average of 4.3 percent) according to the Tax Foundation”.

Germany has seen the light and their economy and well being of the citizens has improved…

“So now, amazingly, Germany, which started the century with a 52 percent top corporate income tax rate, has sliced and diced that down to 19.8 percent.”

The Flat-tax is nothing but a theory, would it work anywhere?

“These onetime Soviet satellites endured suffocating economic controls and even real declines in living standards for half a century. Now they are capitalists and flat tax fanatics. In the late 1980’s there was one nation in the world with a true flat tax, and that was Hong Kong. Now there are 22 such nations, most of them in Eastern Europe, with new converts added by the month. The average flat tax rate is 20 percent, which has made the 40 to 60 percent tax rates of Old Europe unsustainable if it is to maintain its industrial base.”

Remember those who were dead set against the tax cuts by Kennedy, Reagan, and Bush 43?

“We call this Global Phenomenon Reaganomics 2.0. The supply-side economics model that the Gipper started to install with such great controversy 27 years ago is now the the economic operating system around the globe.”

“Under Reagan, tax rates went from 70 percent to 28 percent and the inflation rate from 13 percent to 3 percent, allowing the incentives for production, work, investment, and risk taking to explode.”

The results of rewarding hard work and investments benefits all:

“About $1.5 trillion more investment came into the United States than left, from 1982 to 2002. That meant two decades of new factories, technological investment, low priced imports, jobs, and rising wages and living standards.”

"Russia’s 13 percent flat tax generates more revenues than the old “Progressive” system with rates well over 50 percent”.

“Ireland is the classic case of a nation on the “correct side” of the Laffer curve. It has a 12.5 percent corporate rate, nearly the lowest in the world, and yet collects 3.6 percent of GDP in corporate revenues, well above the international average. The U.S. by contrast, with it’s nearly 40 percent rate, has been averaging less than 2.5 percent of GDP in corporate receipts.”

Very good article but not on-line. Well worth the cover price of The American Spectator…