America: Bad for Business

Or should I say, American Government: Bad for Business:

A new study from the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research group in Washington, shows that most American states tax job providers at a higher rate than any other country in the developed world.

Iowa is at the top of the list (congrats, Jeremie). Gotta love that Tom Harkin, fighting for the working man.

Scott Hodge, the author of the study, said this: “If federal lawmakers are serious about making the U.S. corporate tax system more competitive globally, they will have to partner with state officials to lower the nation’s overall corporate tax burden.”

Let’s face it, this isn’t going to happen.

Consider the presidential nominee-to-be, John McCain. All he talks about is raising taxes — mostly due to bogus and/or misdirected attempts to stave off climate change. McCain believes that corporate America has a ton of money to spare. And this is the Republican candidate.

I don’t even want to talk about what Obama and/or Clinton would do. Once thing for certain is that McCain’s calls for tax increases would pale in comparison to what Obama and/or Clinton will need to cover the cost of their lofty ambitions that are doomed to failure.

In spite of data presented in studies such as the one above, all the candidates continue to parrot the empty rhetoric of a need to “fix the economy,” and call on tax increases to do so.

As I’ve always said, the U.S. government complaining about the economy and unemployment is like the Menendez brothers whining about being orphans.

Yet Another Dingell-berry Idea

Michigan Congressman John Dingell, who has been stuck in government so long even Castro is calling him a power hog, is proposing a 50-cent per gallon hike in the gas tax. Thanks, dickweed.

Why? Because incredibly high prices will cut gas consumption — consumption that of course leads to the global warming that’s harmful to the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny, and Santa Claus.

Here’s proof of Dingell’s senility — he delivered a radio address in 2005, where he said, correctly so, that high energy prices drive of the price of everything. Dingell then of course castigated oil company profits on high gas prices.

I think I’ve nailed down Dingell’s thinking here: If you’re paying $4 a gallon for gas, and 25 cents of that is oil company profit, and only $1 of that is government taxation, that’s bad for the American economy and the environment.

But… if you’re paying $5.50 for a gallon of gas, and only 5 cents is oil company profit, but $2.50 is government taxation, the economy and the environment are better off.

The obvious truth is that Dingell’s whining about the cost of gasoline has nothing to do with the price — just with who’s getting the profit.

The brain-dead voters in Dingell’s district who keep sending him back to Washington so much that we’ll have to perform a Carbon-14 test to find out how many terms he’s been there all agree.

Name That Toon: Are We Winning the War on Terror?

The above question is asked often, but I can only answer in the affirmative — especially when the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, just (allegedly) sent out a five-minute message to the world and spends part of it complaining about friggin’ cartoons. They don’t call it “March Madness” just because of college basketball.

Bin Laden didn’t elaborate on the specific cartoons that offended him so much, but we can surmise a guess that they were either the Danish Mohammed cartoons, or the famous Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd “What’s Opera Doc?” cartoon that once even made this reporter shudder at the Western decadence:

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Manning the Battle Station Against Obama

You may have heard the words of the anti-Obama Reverend James David Manning of the ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem played on talk radio and the news shows, but only the video can do it full justice, complete with “Obama girl” bashing.

Watch the people sitting behind Manning, the pastor who may remind you of George Jefferson on steroids, remain fairly stoic as the Reverend says some fairly outrageous and sometimes hilarious things. I’d have been rolling on the floor if I’d been sitting back there. It’s not often you hear a pastor say “tits,” and that in two years Mexicans will be signing your paycheck.

In the second half of the video Manning really nails it on what an insult Affirmative Action should be, along with other blunt points. This may anger Obama fans, but Manning doesn’t look like the kind of guy who’s going to be convinced to change his mind easily.

Shameless Political Distraction of the Week (So Far)

Melanie Phillips has a good column today in which she observes that Obama is a person who is trashing his own grandmother to gain the presidency. Now that’s character!

How did Obama trash dear ol’ grandma?

In Obama’s “speech on race,” the presidential candidate distanced himself from his racist reverend and spiritual advisor by saying, essentially, “hey, lay off — my white grandmother is a racist too.” He’s now hoping that a tie goes to the runner:

I can no more disown him (Rev. Wright) than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother — a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.

What a stupid honkey cracker peckerwood Barack’s grandmother is! Reverend Wright has a reason to hate white people.

Is that the reaction Obama was going for? Too late for that, Barack. Grandma wants you to shine her shoes — and don’t get any rib sauce on ’em this time!

Symbolism Over Gross Substance

There’s something oddly symbolic about this story as it relates to how Homeland Security operates in airports in the U.S.

Somebody got into the Minnesota Homeland Security office in the middle of the afternoon, defecated in several rooms, and left. Police are baffled at how the man could have gone in several rooms (it’s being called the “magic feces theory”). I suspect there was a second pooper, but I digress.

In the meantime, the Department of Homeland Security plans to expand their color-coded alert system to add smells to warn us of the likelihood of similar incidents.

Incidentally, Homeland Security didn’t notice the security breach at the office of the government department charged with making sure nobody breaches U.S. security because they were busy monitoring Muslims frisking old nuns at the airport. This Sister didn’t have a bomb. Whew!

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Crisis averted… this time

If He Were the Reverend Imus, Would He Have Been Okay?

Barack Obama had some strong words for a racist recently:

“There’s nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. He didn’t just cross the line, he fed into some of the worst stereotypes…”

This wasn’t said about his racist, anti-American reverend and spiritual advisor, Jeremiah Wright. Oh no. Obama has deflected Wright’s comments in spite of having sat through them on several occasions.

Actually, Obama made the above comments last year about Don Imus after his “nappy headed hos” comment.

I guess Imus should just start calling himself a “reverend and spiritual advisor” and he’d be safe from Obama criticisms.

It looks like Barack Obama is ready for big-time politics. He’s already developed an enormous appetite for double-standards.

Help Spread the McCain Thrill

ReluctantVoter.com nicely captures the conservative excitement with John McCain’s candidacy via the following bumper sticker:

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This is a good thing, because I need to replace the “McCain… yeah, probably” sticker on my car, not to mention my “Because you probably have nothing better to do that day” refrigerator magnet.

Remember, fighting apathy and indifference is as important as fighting terrorism. McCain ’08!

I haven’t felt this alive and optimistic since the Dole campaign in ’96.

Meet the New Guv, Same as the Old Guv

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned recently after it was revealed he was spending over $5,000 a pop for prostitutes (if you’ve always wondered why the government thinks $900 for a hammer is a fair price, now you know why).

Well, David Paterson, the man replacing Spitzer to become the first blind governor in U.S. history, has admitted to marital infidelity as well. Paterson’s wife also had an affair.

It’s always nice to see a couple that has similar interests.

If you think about it, this would be the perfect set up for a politician if properly played. When she’s cheating, he can say he never saw it, and when he’s cheating, he can always claim he thought the chick he was having sex with was his wife.

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“Tell him to hurry up and take the picture… my wife’s coming back soon.”

“I am your wife”

“Oh. Heh heh… yeah… I know… just kidding honey”