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Posts Made By: Russ Carroll

March 4, 2012 09:05 AM Forum: Sports

Talk About not Living Up to One's Name...

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"And, yes, two of the players targeted in the [cart off] program were Brett Favre and Kurt Warner."

...Come on, Drew, get control of your defense.

March 10, 2012 03:33 PM Forum: Sports

Very Tragic

Posted By Russ Carroll

March 13, 2012 10:35 AM Forum: Politics

Come Visit us While we Still Exist

Posted By Russ Carroll

"Many Americans fear the federal fiscal train wreck will turn us into Greece. But, barring major change, they need look no further than California to see what this future portends. Relying on ever-higher taxes to fund payments to an outsized population of benefit recipients is a recipe for exporting prosperity. That is one California trend that other states emulate at their peril."

"Now, the bill is coming due. After running a $5 billion deficit last year and another likely deficit this year, Gov. Jerry Brown's budget increases spending next year by $7 billion and finances the higher spending with income and sales-tax hikes. Specifically, he's proposing a November ballot initiative raising the state's top income tax rate to 12.3%, making it the nation's highest, and raising the basic state sales tax rate, already the nation's highest, to 7.75% from 7.25%."

"No wonder many Silicon Valley CEOs say they won't expand in California because of high taxes and burdensome regulation. And no wonder net migration has recently reversed, with hundreds of thousands of workers and their families leaving the state in search of better opportunities."


March 22, 2012 10:31 AM Forum: Politics

Buffett = Fraud

Posted By Russ Carroll

"There goes the Buffett rule. Remember that political gambit, in which billionaire Warren Buffett pretended he was going to pay a much higher tax bill and President Obama pretended that raising rates on millionaires would make a dent in his hemorrhaging budget deficits?

In one fell swoop Wednesday, Congress's tax scorekeeper punctured both phony claims. The analysis from the Joint Committee on Taxation also showed less wealthy taxpayers why the Buffett ruse would eventually end up exposing them to higher taxes.

With Mr. Buffett's help, Mr. Obama promoted the fairy tale that millionaires pay lower tax rates than their middle-class employees (despite government data showing the opposite). The President then proposed to require all those making more than $1 million in adjusted gross income to pay a minimum of 30% in federal income taxes.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) quickly drafted legislation to turn this re-election posturing into law. Joint Tax dutifully studied the bill and has delivered the official score: This year, the Buffett rule would increase federal revenues by all of $1.1 billion.

That's less than one-tenth of one percent of the $1.2 trillion budget deficit Mr. Obama is scheduled to run this year. Through 2022 Joint Tax expects less than $47 billion in total new revenues from the Buffett rule while the government will be adding trillions of dollars to the national debt. Joint Tax even concedes, as it is rarely wont to do, that the rule will affect taxpayer behavior: By raising the effective tax rate on capital gains, the rule will encourage people to realize fewer capital gains.

Since Mr. Buffett has never been shy about touting his ability to avoid capital-gains taxes, the sage of Omaha was never going to take much of a tax hit himself.

As for America's nonbillionaire taxpayers, this week's news shows once again that Mr. Obama's plans to raise taxes on "millionaires and billionaires" can't come close to paying for his spending plans. To do that he'll have to go after the middle class, as we expect he'll do if he is re-elected.

If the Buffett ruse is ever enacted, expect it to become a kind of Super Alternative Minimum Tax, slowly grabbing less affluent taxpayers—perhaps even Mr. Buffett's secretary—as inflation and income growth push people into higher tax brackets. That's where the real money is."

March 26, 2012 09:10 PM Forum: Pet Pics

Kodi Getting Herding Certificate

Posted By Russ Carroll

He loves it!

March 27, 2012 09:18 PM Forum: Global Warming - REAL or NOT

Global Warming Confirmed

Posted By Russ Carroll

March 27, 2012 09:21 PM Forum: Politics

UK Gas Shortage

Posted By Russ Carroll

Damn those speculators!

March 28, 2012 08:36 AM Forum: Religion

A Just God in an Unjust World

Posted By Russ Carroll

The book of Obadiah; Panned by the Atheist, unknown by many Christians. An incredible message on behalf of the oppressed and weak.

March 30, 2012 10:28 AM Forum: Politics

Obama's Greatest Ally

Posted By Russ Carroll

"Let’s do the accounting. In addition to canceling the Polish/Czech missile-defense system, Obama gave the Russians accession to the World Trade Organization, signed a START Treaty that they need and we don’t (their weapons are obsolete and deteriorating rapidly), and turned a scandalously blind eye to their violations of human rights and dismantling of democracy. Obama even gave Putin a congratulatory call for winning his phony election.

In return? Russia consistently watered down or obstructed sanctions on Iran, completed Iran’s nuclear reactor at Bushehr, provides to this day Bashar al-Assad with huge arms shipments used to massacre his own people (while rebuilding the Soviet-era naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus), conducted a virulently anti-American presidential campaign on behalf of Putin, pressured Eastern Europe and threatened Georgia.

On which of “all these issues” — Syria, Iran, Eastern Europe, Georgia, human rights — is Obama ready to offer Putin yet more flexibility as soon as he gets past his last election? Where else will he show U.S. adversaries more flexibility? Yet more aid to North Korea? More weakening of tough Senate sanctions against Iran?

Can you imagine the kind of pressure a reelected Obama will put on Israel, the kind of anxiety he will induce from Georgia to the Persian Gulf, the nervousness among our most loyal East European friends who, having been left out on a limb by Obama once before, are now wondering what new flexibility Obama will show Putin — the man who famously proclaimed that the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century was Russia’s loss of its Soviet empire?

They don’t know. We don’t know. We didn’t even know this was coming — until the mike was left open. Only Putin was to know. “I will transmit this information to Vladimir,” Medvedev assured Obama.

Added Medvedev: “I stand with you.” A nice endorsement from Putin’s puppet, enough to chill friends and allies, democrats and dissidents, all over the world."

March 30, 2012 03:00 PM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

Take A Guess

Posted By Russ Carroll

at what this is: