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Girl Power and American Exceptionalism versus Referees and Obama

President Gerald R Ford
“A Government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.”

The Obama team could learn a thing or two from the United States women’s World Cup squad. On July 10th, during a humid night in Germany, the US side won against Brazil in spectacular fashion. The US team played 3/4 of the 2nd half and the entire overtime period one lady down. Losing 2-1 and close to the last minute of play, (after 90 gruesome minutes of regulation soccer, and 28 1/2 minutes of overtime) the ladies scored a goal for the ages to tie the game and take it into a penalty kick shoot-out. Our goalie (Hope Solo–only in America folks) made a great save, our penalty shooters were 5 for 5, and the rest is history. Had the game ended in a loss, the postgame talk would have been focused on back to back egregious calls against the US side that led to Brazil’s first goal, and a missed offside call that ended up on the front end of the opposition’s second score.

But we aren’t focusing on the “woulda, coulda, shoulda’s” of this match. We aren’t dwelling on the what- might-have-been stories because these ladies overcame all odds and won this game. They made every red blooded (and maybe even a few blue blooded ones too) American want to stand up and yell “USA, USA, USA!”

The girls didn’t quit. (Don’t write us and lecture us about calling them “girls”. That’s what they are. Girls, women, ladies, call ‘em what you wish. They were spectacular.). They demonstrated true grit.

Every once in a while, justice actually prevails, and when it happens to be accompanied by an indomitable American spirit, it’s all good!

So the stage is set in this summer of contrasts. We have a field full of young women who have spent the last 15 years of their lives playing club, high school, college, and (some) professional soccer. They have come together to play for their country. They represent the best the United States has to offer. When they go on the field of play, they are ready to risk everything to win. And if they bring home the World Cup, no one can take it away from them.

Contrast that to the disaster that is our White House and Senate majority leadership in Washington. These people are doing everything in their power to kill off the spirit that creates young people such as those women on the US World Cup team. These democrats yearn to create a society that kills entrepreneurs. In their vision of utopia, there will be no rewards for risks taken. There will only be penalties for success. For those who watched the game, you will appreciate that the referee was just an athletic replica of Presdient Obama. She appeared hell bent on finding a way to cure the American squad of its desire to excel. But at the end of the day, the ladies prevailed.
And in 2012, so too must we!

The current debt ceiling/deficit debate in Washington threatens to take politics to a new low. (We know, you are thinking that is not possible.) The democrat’s public posture is a fraud.
The President and his pitchmen continue to insult the American people with their bankrupt math and pandering populist politics.

Addressing this transparently fraudulent approach to solving our economic woes, Marco Rubio (US Senator from Florida) gave the necessary practical address on the Senate floor on July 7. Among other things, he opined:

“Let’s stop talking about new taxes and start talking about new taxpayers, which means jobs. This debt is the No. 1 issue on everyone’s minds and rightfully so. It is a major issue, but everywhere else, in the real world, the No. 1 issue on people’s minds is jobs. And I tell you, every other problem facing America — a mortgage crisis, a home foreclosure crisis, this debt problem — all of these issues get easier to deal with if people are gainfully employed across America. And the impact that unemployment is having across this country is devastating.

We don’t need new taxes, we need new taxpayers, people who are gainfully employed, making money, paying into the tax system and then we need a government that has the discipline to take that additional revenue and use it to pay down the debt and never grow it again.

So you look at all these taxes that are being proposed and here’s what I say: I say we should analyze every single one of them through the lens of job creation, issue No. 1 in America. I want to know which one of these taxes they’re proposing will create jobs. I want to know how many jobs will be created by the planes tax. I want to know how many jobs will be created by the oil company tax that I’ve heard so much about. How many jobs are created by going after the millionaires and billionaires that the president talks about? I want to know! How many jobs do they create?

I have never met a job creator who told me that they were waiting for the next tax increase before they started growing their business. I’ve never met a single job creator who has ever said to me ‘I can’t wait ’til government raises taxes again so I can go out and create a job.!’ I’m curious to know if they say that in New Hampshire because they don’t say that in Florida. So my view on all that is, I want to know how many of these tax increases the President proposes will create jobs, because if they’re not creating jobs and they’re not creating new taxpayers, they’re not solving the problem.”

And from the July 11, 2011 Wall Street Journal-

“Keep in mind that Mr. Obama has already signed the largest tax increase since 1993. While everyone focuses on the Bush tax rates that expire after 2012, other tax increases are already set to hit the economy thanks to the 2010 Affordable Care Act. As a refresher, here’s a non-exhaustive list of ObamaCare’s tax increases:

• Starting in 2013, the bill adds an additional 0.9% to the 2.9% Medicare tax for singles who earn more than $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000.

• For first time, the bill also applies Medicare’s 2.9% payroll tax rate to investment income, including dividends, interest income and capital gains. Added to the 0.9% payroll surcharge, that means a 3.8-percentage point tax hike on “the rich.” Oh, and these new taxes aren’t indexed for inflation, so many middle-class families will soon be considered rich and pay the surcharge as their incomes rise past $250,000 due to tax-bracket creep. Remember how the Alternative Minimum Tax was supposed to apply only to a handful of millionaires?

Taxpayer cost over 10 years: $210 billion.

• Also starting in 2013 is a 2.3% excise tax on medical device manufacturers and importers. That’s estimated to raise $20 billion.

• Already underway this year is the new annual fee on “branded” drug makers and importers, which will raise $27 billion.

• Another $15.2 billion will come from raising the floor on allowable medical deductions to 10% of adjusted gross income from 7.5%.

• Starting in 2018, the bill imposes a whopping 40% “excise tax” on high-cost health insurance plans. Though it only applies to two years in the 2010-2019 window of ObamaCare’s original budget score, this tax would still raise $32 billion—and much more in future years.

• And don’t forget a new annual fee on health insurance providers starting in 2014 and estimated to raise $60 billion. This tax, like many others on this list, will be passed along to consumers in higher health-care costs.

There are numerous other new taxes in the bill, all adding up to some $438 billion in new revenue over 10 years. But even that is understated because by 2019 the annual revenue increase is nearly $90 billion, or $900 billion in the 10 years after that. Yet Mr. Obama wants to add another $1 trillion in new taxes on top of this.”

The President continues to wage his meaningless class warfare for one reason. The polls tell him some 60% of the American public think wealthy Americans should pay more taxes. So he whinges incessantly about an issue that will not even put a dent in our deficit, because his pollsters tell him the people will back him. He very conveniently does NOT talk about all the tax pain he has ALREADY inflicted.

Opine Needles does not beat around the bush on this topic. The 60% of Americans who support this nebulous notion of taxing our wealthy (aka, successful, hard working, entrepreneurial, risk takers) is comprised of two factions:

1) Those who rely on the government (we the taxpayers) for sustenance, and

2) idiots and suckers!

That’s right. We apologize if you are a reader and you consider yourself part of the 60%. Because if you aren’t in category 1, well, go figure. You’ve been dropped in the biggest bowl of mumbo-jumbo gumbo ever concocted and served up to the American electorate.

So here are some props for the US Womens World Cup team. Let’s give it up for them and their fighting spirit that represents the best of America.

Winners take risks. If all reward is removed from the process, the winners will go somewhere else to take their risks. May our elected representatives learn from our athletes and lead accordingly.

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