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How many times will Obama lie during the State of the Union address?

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Obama to call for new tax increases in State of the Union address

President Obama plans to call for billions in tax increases on top earners – including a hike in investment tax rates — in order to fund new tax credits and other measures the White House claims will help the middle class.

The president’s proposals, which also include eliminating a tax break on inheritances, are likely to be cheered by the Democratic Party’s liberal base when they are announced Tuesday night in his State of the Union address. However, the tax increases are all but certain to be non-starters with the new Republican majority on Capitol Hill.

The president’s address — his first to a Republican-led Congress — will call for $320 billion in tax increases over 10 years. Aside from funding new tax credits including a tax credit for working families and expanding the child care tax credit, the White House says that money would go to funding measures to make college more affordable and accessible, including the president’s recently announced plan to make community college free for many students.   

The centerpiece of the president’s tax proposal is an increase in the capital gains and dividends rate on couples making more than $500,000 per year to 28 percent, the same level as under President Ronald Reagan. The top capital gains rate has already been raised from 15 percent to 23.8 percent during Obama’s presidency.

Obama also wants to close what the administration is calling the “Trust Fund Loophole,” a change that would require estates to pay capital gains taxes on securities at the time they’re inherited. Officials said the overwhelming impact of the change would be on the top 1 percent of income earners.

While GOP leaders have said they share Obama’s desire to reform the nation’s complicated tax code, the party has opposed many of the proposals the president will outline Tuesday. For example, most Republicans want to lower or eliminate the capital gains tax and similarly want to end taxes on estates, not expand them.

Administration officials pointed to a third proposal from the president as one they hope Republicans would support: a fee on the roughly 100 U.S. financial firms with assets of more than $50 billion. Officials said the fee is similar to a proposal from former Republican Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, who led the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. Camp’s plan, however, was part of a larger proposal to lower the overall corporate income tax rate.

The Obama administration claims that raising the capital gains rate, ending the inheritance loophole and tacking a fee on financial firms would generate $320 billion in revenue over a decade. Obama wants to put the bulk of that money into a series of measures aimed at helping middle-class Americans. Among them:

–A credit of up to $500 for families in which both spouses work. The administration says 24 million couples would benefit from the proposal, which would apply to families with annual income up to $210,000.

–Expanding the child care tax credit to up to $3,000 per child under age 5. The administration says the proposal would help more than 5 million families with the cost of child care.

–Overhauling the education tax system by consolidating six provisions into two, a move that could cut taxes for 8.5 million families. Republicans have been open to the idea of consolidating education tax breaks.

The president’s address will also include calls for lawmakers to increase paid leave for workers and enact broad cyber security rules.

Obama’s call for higher taxes on the wealthy is likely to further antagonize Republicans who are already angry with the president over his vows to veto several of the party’s priorities, including legislation to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, make changes to the president’s signature health care legislation and block his executive actions on immigration.

Republicans say Obama’s veto threats are a sign of a president who didn’t get the message from voters who relegated his party to minority status in the November election. New Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the president still has a chance to change his tone.

“Tuesday can be a new day,” McConnell said. “This can be the moment the president pivots to a positive posture. This can be a day when he promotes serious realistic reforms that focus on economic growth and don’t just spend more money we don’t have. We’re eager for him to do so.”

Beyond rolling out new proposals, Obama’s address is also expected to focus on making the case to the public that recent economic gains represent a real and lasting recovery. The approach reflects the White House’s belief that it has been too cautious in promoting economic gains out of fear of looking tone deaf to the continued struggles of many Americans.

White House advisers have suggested that their restraint hindered Democrats in the November elections and helped Republicans take full control of Congress for the first time in eight years. But with hiring up and unemployment down, the president has been more assertive about the improving state of the economy in the new year. Tuesday’s prime-time address will be his most high-profile platform for making that case.

“America’s resurgence is real, and we’re better positioned than any country on Earth to succeed in the 21st century,” Obama said Wednesday in Iowa, one of several trips he has made this month to preview the speech.

Obama isn’t expected to make any major foreign policy announcements. He is likely to urge lawmakers to stop the pursuit of new penalties against Iran while the U.S. and others are in the midst of nuclear negotiations with Tehran. In a news conference Friday, Obama said legislation threatening additional penalties could upend the delicate diplomacy.

“Congress should be aware that if this diplomatic solution fails, then the risks and likelihood that this ends up being at some point a military confrontation is heightened — and Congress will have to own that as well,” he said.

The president also is expected to cite his recent decision to normalize relations with Cuba, as well as defend the effectiveness of U.S. efforts to stop Russia’s provocations in Ukraine and conduct air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/01/18/obama-to-call-for-tax-increases-on-wealthy-in-state-union-address/

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Are we still a Judeo-Christian Country?

Originally posted on The Samiam60 Report:

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BILL OF RIGHTS

 Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an Establishment of Religion, or…

 ( Prohibiting the Free Exercise thereof )

or abridging the

Freedom of Speech,

or of the press;

or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Are we still a

Judeo-Christian Country?

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We always have been my friends

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Something New is Coming to Voting American…

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 Something new is coming to Voting American blogs as we transition from the disaster of the Obama years to the Restoration of these

United States of America

The Samiam60 Report will be coming to Voting American Blogs January 1, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR AMERICA

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 The Restoration of America begins…..

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AYN RAND on America

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Ayn Rand was a Russian born novelist and philosopher who came to the U.S. with just $50 in her purse. After choosing the pen name Ayn Rand, Rand moved to Hollywood. She worked odd jobs as she learned English and wrote numerous plays, short stories and even a novel. Her big break came with the publication of “The Fountainhead” in 1943. It created an instant stir, but nothing like “Atlas Shrugged”

Date of Birth: February 02, 1905
Date of Death: June 03, 1982

Ayn Rand’s quotes on America

 
I can say—not as a patriotic bromide, but with full knowledge of the necessary metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, political and esthetic roots—that the United States of America is the greatest, the noblest and, in its original founding principles, the only moral country in the history of the world.
 
Since the golden age of Greece, there has been only one era of reason in twenty-three centuries of Western philosophy. During the final decades of that era, the United States of America was created as an independent nation. This is the key to the country—to its nature, its development, and its uniqueness: the United States is the nation of the Enlightenment
 
America’s founding ideal was the principle of individual rights. Nothing more—and nothing less. The rest—everything that America achieved, everything she became, everything “noble and just,” and heroic, and great, and unprecedented in human history—was the logical consequence of fidelity to that one principle. The first consequence was the principle of political freedom, i.e., an individual’s freedom from physical compulsion, coercion or interference by the government. The next was the economic implementation of political freedom: the system of capitalism.
 
The most profoundly revolutionary achievement of the United States of America was the subordination of society to moral law. The principle of man’s individual rights represented the extension of morality into the social system—as a limitation on the power of the state, as man’s protection against the brute force of the collective, as the subordination of might to right. The United States was the first moral society in history. All previous systems had regarded man as a sacrificial means to the ends of others, and society as an end in itself. The United States regarded man as an end in himself, and society as a means to the peaceful, orderly, voluntary co-existence of individuals. All previous systems had held that man’s life belongs to society, that society can dispose of him in any way it pleases, and that any freedom he enjoys is his only by favor, by the permission of society, which may be revoked at any time. The United States held that man’s life is his by right (which means: by moral principle and by his nature), that a right is the property of an individual, that society as such has no rights, and that the only moral purpose of a government is the protection of individual rights.
 
It took centuries of intellectual, philosophical development to achieve political freedom. It was a long struggle, stretching from Aristotle to John Locke to the Founding Fathers. The system they established was not based on unlimited majority rule, but on its opposite: on individual rights, which were not to be alienated by majority vote or minority plotting. The individual was not left at the mercy of his neighbors or his leaders: the Constitutional system of checks and balances was scientifically devised to protect him from both. This was the great American achievement—and if concern for the actual welfare of other nations were our present leaders’ motive, this is what we should have been teaching the world.
 

To the glory of mankind, there was, for the first and only time in history, a country of money—and I have no higher, more reverent tribute to pay to America, for this means: a country of reason, justice, freedom, production, achievement. For the first time, man’s mind and money were set free, and there were no fortunes-by-conquest, but only fortunes-by-work, and instead of swordsmen and slaves, there appeared the real maker of wealth, the greatest worker, the highest type of human being—the self-made man—the American industrialist.

If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose—because it contains all the others—the fact that they were the people who created the phrase “to make money.” No other language or nation had ever used these words before; men had always thought of wealth as a static quantity—to be seized, begged, inherited, shared, looted or obtained as a favor. Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created.

America’s abundance was not created by public sacrifices to “the common good,” but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. They did not starve the people to pay for America’s industrialization. They gave the people better jobs, higher wages, and cheaper goods with every new machine they invented, with every scientific discovery or technological advance—and thus the whole country was moving forward and profiting, not suffering, every step of the way.

In its great era of capitalism, the United States was the freest country on earth—and the best refutation of racist theories. Men of all races came here, some from obscure, culturally undistinguished countries, and accomplished feats of productive ability which would have remained stillborn in their control-ridden native lands. Men of racial groups that had been slaughtering one another for centuries, learned to live together in harmony and peaceful cooperation. America had been called “the melting pot,” with good reason. But few people realized that America did not melt men into the gray conformity of a collective: she united them by means of protecting their right to individuality.

The major victims of such race prejudice as did exist in America were the Negroes. It was a problem originated and perpetuated by the non-capitalist South, though not confined to its boundaries. The persecution of Negroes in the South was and is truly disgraceful. But in the rest of the country, so long as men were free, even that problem was slowly giving way under the pressure of enlightenment and of the white men’s own economic interests.

Today, that problem is growing worse—and so is every other form of racism. America has become race-conscious in a manner reminiscent of the worst days in the most backward countries of nineteenth-century Europe. The cause is the same: the growth of collectivism and statism.

The Americans were political revolutionaries but not ethical revolutionaries. Whatever their partial (and largely implicit) acceptance of the principle of ethical egoism, they remained explicitly within the standard European tradition, avowing their primary allegiance to a moral code stressing philanthropic service and social duty. Such was the American conflict: an impassioned politics presupposing one kind of ethics, within a cultural atmosphere professing the sublimity of an opposite kind of ethics.

This country—the product of reason—could not survive on the morality of sacrifice. It was not built by men who sought self-immolation or by men who sought handouts. It could not stand on the mystic split that divorced man’s soul from his body. It could not live by the mystic doctrine that damned this earth as evil and those who succeeded on earth as depraved. From its start, this country was a threat to the ancient rule of mystics. In the brilliant rocket-explosion of its youth, this country displayed to an incredulous world what greatness was possible to man, what happiness was possible on earth. It was one or the other: America or mystics. The mystics knew it; you didn’t. You let them infect you with the worship of need—and this country became a giant in body with a mooching midget in place of its soul, while its living soul was driven underground to labor and feed you in silence, unnamed, unhonored, negated, its soul and hero: the industrialist.

A dictatorship cannot take hold in America today. This country, as yet, cannot be ruled—but it can explode. It can blow up into the helpless rage and blind violence of a civil war. It cannot be cowed into submission, passivity, malevolence, resignation. It cannot be “pushed around.” Defiance, not obedience, is the American’s answer to overbearing authority. The nation that ran an underground railroad to help human beings escape from slavery, or began drinking on principle in the face of Prohibition, will not say “Yes, sir,” to the enforcers of ration coupons and cereal prices. Not yet.

It was a European who discovered America, but it was Americans who were the first nation to discover this earth and man’s proper place in it, and man’s potential for happiness, and the world which is man’s to win. What they failed to discover is the words to name their achievement, the concepts to identify it, the principles to guide it, i.e., the appropriate philosophy and its consequence: an American culture.

America has never had an original culture, i.e., a body of ideas derived from her philosophical (Aristotelian) base and expressing her profound difference from all other countries in history.

American intellectuals were Europe’s passive dependents and poor relatives almost from the beginning. They lived on Europe’s drying crumbs and discarded fashions, including even such hand-me-downs as Freud and Wittgenstein. America’s sole contribution to philosophy—Pragmatism—was a bad recycling of Kantian-Hegelian premises.

There have never been any “masses” in America: the poorest American is an individual and, subconsciously, an individualist. Marxism, which has conquered our universities, is a dismal failure as far as the people are concerned: Americans cannot be sold on any sort of class war; American workers do not see themselves as a “proletariat,” but are among the proudest of property owners. It is professors and businessmen who advocate cooperation with Soviet Russia—American labor unions do not.

America is the land of the uncommon man. It is the land where man is free to develop his genius—and to get its just rewards. It is the land where each man tries to develop whatever quality he may possess and to rise to whatever degree he can, great or modest. It is not the land where one glories or is taught to glory in one’s mediocrity. No self-respecting man in America is or thinks of himself as “little,” no matter how poor he may be. That, precisely, is the difference between an American working man and a European serf.

A European is disarmed in the face of a dictatorship: he may hate it, but he feels that he is wrong and, metaphysically, the State is right. An American would rebel to the bottom of his soul. . . . Defiance, not obedience, is the American’s answer to overbearing authority.

Civil disobedience may be justifiable, in some cases, when and if an individual disobeys a law in order to bring an issue to court, as a test case. Such an action involves respect for legality and a protest directed only at a particular law which the individual seeks an opportunity to prove to be unjust. The same is true of a group of individuals when and if the risks involved are their own.

But there is no justification, in a civilized society, for the kind of mass civil disobedience that involves the violation of the rights of others—regardless of whether the demonstrators’ goal is good or evil. The end does not justify the means. No one’s rights can be secured by the violation of the rights of others. Mass disobedience is an assault on the concept of rights: it is a mob’s defiance of legality as such.

The forcible occupation of another man’s property or the obstruction of a public thoroughfare is so blatant a violation of rights that an attempt to justify it becomes an abrogation of morality. An individual has no right to do a “sit-in” in the home or office of a person he disagrees with—and he does not acquire such a right by joining a gang. Rights are not a matter of numbers—and there can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob.

The only power of a mob, as against an individual, is greater muscular strength—i.e., plain, brute physical force. The attempt to solve social problems by means of physical force is what a civilized society is established to prevent. The advocates of mass civil disobedience admit that their purpose is intimidation. A society that tolerates intimidation as a means of settling disputes—the physical intimidation of some men or groups by others—loses its moral right to exist as a social system, and its collapse does not take long to follow.

Politically, mass civil disobedience is appropriate only as a prelude to civil war—as the declaration of a total break with a country’s political institutions.american-eagle

Well America,…Why are we here ? by AFVet

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Well America,…why are we here ?

We are less than 250 years old, amidst Countries that are thousands of years old, we are but a child.
Countries that have contributed to the history of the world over thousands of years and yet, we haven’t been here for 3 centuries.

There must be a reason for this !

Why do the people of other countries risk death to come here ?

It is because of the promise of liberty.
It is because of the promise of freedom.
It is because we don’t have barriers between the state boundaries with checkpoints that require your papers.

Our Constitution is the Law of this Country and it states that you are welcome if you follow the rules.
That also applies to congress and the president and the supreme court, no matter what they tell you.

America is the Shining City on the Hill.

President Obama is determined to make Her less of a beacon and more of a magnet for miscreants and the ones that would intend to destroy US from within.

The new congress that we just elected has the opportunity to stop Obama.
Will they do it, ?….time will tell.

Will the new congress roll back the onerous regulations that the Obama regime is imposing on this Country ?
Time will tell.

I feel that the renewal of this Country is on the horizon.
The last election is indicative of that.

People are tired, and frustrated
People are ready for a change in the direction that this Country is being headed toward in the last six years.

The pendulum is swinging back toward the conservative side because the liberal side has cost US dearly.

The next two years are essential to reconnoiter exactly where we be in 2016.

The election was just the beginning,………

Now we have the mission of completing the efforts we made in changing the congress.

Keep their feet to the fire, and don’t allow them to get away with ducking what we elected them to do.

Buck Up Me Hearties,……Yo Ho !

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AFVet is a Vietnam War Veteran and American Patriot

See the Timeline of Events as Russia/China Prepare for World War lll

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March 4, 2012

China and Russia Embark on Military Buildup as America Stands Down

https://votingamerican.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/china-and-russia-embark-on-military-buildup-as-america-stands-down/

April 27, 2012

RED DAWN: Russian Paratroopers to Invade CIA and Denver International Airport in War Games with US Troops

https://votingamerican.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/red-dawn-russian-paratroopers-to-invade-cia-and-denver-international-airport-in-war-games-with-us-troops/

May 23, 2012

RED DAWN ALERT: MEDIA SILENT AS RUSSIAN TROOPS ENGAGE IN WAR GAMES ON U.S. SOIL

https://votingamerican.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/red-dawn-alert-media-silent-as-russian-troops-engage-in-war-games-on-u-s-soil/

July 9, 2012

Report: Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Intercepted Near West Coast…again!

https://votingamerican.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/report-russian-nuclear-capable-bombers-intercepted-near-west-coast-again/

October 21, 2012

Russia Conducts Largest Nuclear Exercise Since Cold War as America Stands Down

https://votingamerican.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/russia-conducts-largest-nuclear-exercise-since-cold-war-as-america-stands-down/

February 26, 2014

Hagel calls for shrinking Army to pre-WWII size

https://votingamerican.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/red-dawn-alert/

March 1, 2014

Flashpoint: UKRAINE

Could a Little-Known International Agreement With Ukraine Force U.S., Britain Into War With Russia?

https://votingamerican.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/flashpoint-ukraine-2/

September 20, 2014

Why is Russia Probing Americas Air Defenses?

Russian fighters intercepted by US near Alaska

https://votingamerican.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/why-is-russia-probing-americas-air-defenses/

November 15, 2014

Are China/Russia preparing for World War III ?

https://votingamerican.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/is-russia-preparing-for-world-war-iii/

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Is America Prepared for World War lll

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Hat tip to Bay Back Woman for these fact filled links:

His agenda is so transparent! take out all those in authority in the army that will not agree in the shooting of Americans and keep those that are traitors! Those in command that have been demoted or fired from the Armed Forces are against to usurper of the WH and they shall and will lead against him when the right time comes!

Article regarding the Military purge of our commanding generals, a must read: it coincides with your article:

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/11/11/330695/

The other article is from the New York Times on the overall military purge of our armed forces and captains, etc. getting pink slipped right on the battlefields, it has been going on for awhile now and is getting worse.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/13/us/cuts-in-military-mean-job-losses-for-career-staff.html?_r=0

This article from Veterans Today coincides with your topic on Russia making moves but this is in the Black Sea where US provoked them and notice US seamen resigned later. Very interesting factual article here:

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/11/13/aegis-fail-in-black-sea-ruskies-burn-down-uss-donald-duck/

From USA Today and many top international news sources wrote the same on this new topic which happened 3 days ago: Russia Flexing Musles into Gulf of Mexico

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/11/12/nato-russia-troops-ukraine/18905517/

I spent all day yesterday reading about Russia that is why I am so up-to-date and their ploy in Gulf of Mexico is a retaliation of our sub in the Black sea which backfired as you will see in the VT story http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/11/13/aegis-fail-in-black-sea-ruskies-burn-down-uss-donald-duck/
and research and continue studying BRICS and their new agenda. This is so important as it is the attack on our economy and our US$ which may collapse but it will definitely weaken substantially.

So I guess the answer to the question:

Is America Prepared for World Warlll  NOPE, were not!

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Can the GOP put America on the Right Track?

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After Tuesdays Historic Sweep of the House and Senate by the GOP new questions are being asked as to just how effective this new power surge will be in restoring these United States to her former glory.

We have all watched these past six years as Obama and the Democrats attempted to transform this country into a third world Socialist State but today we are all asking if the GOP is up to the task of turning this tide of destruction into a positive step forward for all of us who cherish our civil liberties and Freedoms.

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Many today are saying this huge win by the Republicans was a direct result of failed policies across the board coming from the Obama Administration. Many Democrats asked this President not to campaign for them and even more tried to distance themselves from President Obama and his failed policies during the campaign season of 2014.

This victory for the GOP has also ushered in a setback for the Hillary Clinton 2016 Presidential campaign which already seems to be underway.

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For right now all the Democrats can hope to do is damage control in the hopes that somehow, someway, the Republicans will fail in their Mandate to restore these United States.

In the meantime, the Democrats have to resign themselves to the fact that they have to reap what they have sown.

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This battle is far from over for U. S. Conservatives and we must continue our work in restoring these United States to its Founding Principals by weeding out those RINO’s  (Republican In Name Only)  in power and seeing to it that they never serve another term in our Government or any of our Government Agencies. This is the new mission for this Voting American Blog and all those who cherish these United States of America.

THE BATTLE FOR AMERICA CONTINUES…..

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