Friday, September 24, 2010

Obama-land: Home of the FREE---Tomorrow

"Welcome to Obama-land, Land of the FREE," opened the semi-tutorial of one of the local Hubbard EMS drivers named Elmo Bumpers who thinks he is pretty much expert on all things medical. Some folks at the Cafe think Elmo is just a front man for insurance tycoons like Scottie Anderson and Scott Riddle. At least that is what goes around at the Dairy Queen, filling station, post office, and drug store; the normal channels in Hubbard where public opinion flows. Anyway, this is what Bumpers had to say.

"This week this skinny little President celebrates the six month anniversary of all the neat things he has done for people with his health care plan---and he still says it is all free."

"First, Obamacare bans insurance companies from refusing to cover kids with pre-existing conditions."

"Next, he bans insurance companies from dropping coverage of policy holders."

"Then, he promises the insurance companies will cover preventive care at no cost."

"On a roll, Obamacare forces insurance companies to cover children (young adults) until age 26 on their parent's policies."

"The last provision he starts immediately is free immunization for all kids."

"For some strange reason many insurance companies have raised the premiums on their coverage by as much as 15-20% even though Obama says it is all free, and Obamacare really doesn't even kick in with the real costly stuff until in later years," Elmo seems to have learned how to be what he calls, sarcastic.

His newly learned sarcasm continued, "I know this increase can not be because of all these 'free' bans and stuff because the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, has warned insurance executives and State Governors that they could not raise premiums and blame Obamacare being the crooks that these business guys and Governors are, 'There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases,' Ms. Sebelius wrote. 'We will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections'," Elmo read this right off a page he had in his orange EMS coverall's main pocket.

Nothings better than some good old free basic protections from Washington, DC the capitol of the Land of the Free.

Billy Mack Waller, who runs the Country Kitchen in Hubbard, which is right across the street from the Hubbard City Cafe, has a sign over the front door:


Think about it,


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hubbard City Cafe's Contract With America

Billy Roy called a special afternoon coffee to publish the Cafe's Contract with America prior to the announced publication scheduled for tomorrow by the Republicans. BM said, "It was only fair to not copy nor second guess the Republicans." Folks in Hubbard think mostly about football this time of the year so BM kept his contract to six items:

1. Do not confirm the START Treaty, the UN Small Arms Treaty, or any other treaty agreed to by President Barrack Hussein Obama.

2. Enforce our current Immigration Laws immediately (period). Then, and only then, hold rigorous reviews of our current immigration laws and practices open to the public prior to making common sense changes.

3. Repeal Obamacare, and de-fund it until you can repeal it.

4.  Restore common sense regulation, spending, and taxing policies.  Specifically, hold politicians accountable for reducing government spending back to the levels when Reid and Pelosi took office in 2006, and freeze spending at these levels. Reduce taxes 10% overall including Corporate and Small Business taxes. Reduce government regulations on businesses by 20%.

5. Eliminate a minimum of two Federal Agencies and start the process by debating the value of the Departments of Education and Energy. (It goes without saying to eliminate all Czars.)

6. Congress should hold quarterly reviews showing respect to the country's military leaders requiring stated goals for each theater. Insure that our mission is clear, and our military voices are being heard for as long as we have our troops in harms way.

BM thinks there are other things to be done, or not done, but this should get the Calvary started when they arrive after November 2.


Local Oil Man Runs Off To Mexico

Jim Ray Hammer has been running the filling station located at the intersection and across from the Dairy Queen since before this writer graduated from High School in the year- a long time ago. I generally stop by to visit Jim Ray when I am in town seeing Mom. The last time I stopped by the "full service" pump (which adds about 5 cents a gallon, but I am a loyal guy) I was startled to find that JR's son answered that he had run off to Mexico.

The last visit I had with Jim Ray he told me that he was so far over the hill he didn't even know what the hill felt like anymore. So I am pretty certain he wasn't visiting the border for non-virtuous reasons. I immediately launched into some very penetrating questions regarding this shocking departure. The son called out his son, that being Jim Ray's grandson, as a witness so I knew this was going to be some story.

Seems Jim Ray had recently found the internet and had linked up (connected) with a guy he called the "internet guy" who had what JR thought to be the perfect retirement plan. Well, to shorten this down some, Jim Ray loaded and fully serviced his truck and has headed for Brownsville to meet up with the "internet guy" and his family with what Jim Ray's folks say is the FULL SUPPORT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

Here is how it all happened.  Seems they sent a letter to Obama.  Here is a copy "the internet guy" wrote with Jim Ray's additions in LARGE PRINT.

Dear President Obama:

I'm planning to move my family and extended family (THAT WOULD BE JIM RAY HAMMER) into Mexico for our health, and I would like to ask you to assist me.

We're planning to simply PARK OUR TRUCKS AND walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico, and we'll need your help to make a few arrangements. We plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws. I'm sure they handle those things the same way you do here. So, would you mind telling your buddy, President Calderon, that I'm  (WE) on my way over?

Please let him know that I will be expecting the following:
1. Free medical care for my entire family (NO PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, PLEASE).
2. English-speaking government bureaucrats for all services I might need, whether I use them or not.
3. Please print all Mexican government forms in English (SMALL WORDS/LARGE PRINT).
4. I want my grandkids to be taught Spanish by English-speaking (bi-lingual) teachers (I'M GOOD JUST STICKING WITH ENGLISH).
5. Tell their schools they need to include classes on American culture and history (AND REAL FOOTBALL).
6. I want my grandkids to see the American flag on one of the flag poles at their school.
7. Please plan to feed my grandkids at school for both breakfast and lunch.
8. I will need a local Mexican driver's license so I can get easy access to government services.
9. I do plan to get a car and drive in Mexico but I don't plan to purchase car insurance, and I probably won't make any special effort to learn local traffic laws (WE KNOW ENOUGH ALREADY) .
10. In case one of the Mexican police officers does not get the memo from their president to leave me alone, please be sure that every patrol car has at least one English-speaking officer.
11. I plan to fly the U.S. flag from my house top, put U. S. flag decals on my car, and have a gigantic celebration on July 4th. I do not want any complaints or negative comments from the locals (CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG).
12. I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes, or have any labor or tax laws enforced on any business I may start (I'LL NEED A SMALL BUSINESS LOAN FOR MY FILLING STATION).
13. Please have the president tell all the Mexican people to be extremely nice and never say critical things about me or my family, or about the strain we might place on their economy (LET'S KEEP THINGS POSITIVE).
14. I want to receive free food stamps.
16. I'll need Income tax credits so although I don't pay Mexican Taxes, I'll receive money from the government.
17. Please arrange it so that the Mexican Gov't pays $4,500 to help me buy a new car (DOUBLE THAT TO INCLUDE MY TRUCK).
18. Oh yes, I almost forgot, please enroll me free into the Mexican Social Security program so that I'll get a monthly income in retirement. (REMEMBER THAT WORKING AT RETIREMENT IS A FULL TIME JOB)

I know this is an easy request because you already do all these things for all his people who walk over to the U.S. from Mexico . I am sure that President Calderon won't mind returning the favor if you ask him nicely.

Thank you so much for your kind help. You da man!!!

The Internet Guy and JIM RAY

Well, of course I immediately ran to Billy Roy Mitchum to see what in the world had happened to Jim Ray Hammer.  BM said, "Jim, there are some of us that are only shadows of our former selves."  Well, I guess Jim Ray had lost quite a bit of weight, and it probably has gotten him off center a little bit.

It is something for all of us to think about,


Monday, September 20, 2010

How Are Obama's Promised Tax Cuts Working For You?

Butch Jackson, unlike many of the political elite, doesn't think Barrack 'O-bomb-a'  is very smart, "The economic ignoramus in the White House, and most of Congress, do not understand these fundamental facts: Tax rate cuts, like the Bush cuts which are expiring at year end, cause tax revenue to go UP, not down. Lowering tax rates encourage economic activity, create jobs, and therefore increase the amount of profits and wages that are subject to taxation. This ain't rocket science and anybody with half a brain knows this."

"Also, nobody ever mentions that Democrats, including then Sen. Obomba, never uttered the words Bush Tax Cuts during 2003-2009 without adding the bullshit qualifier---for the very wealthiest Americans. Now, they want to extend these Bush tax cuts for the middle class only and call them 'Obama's Tax Relief for the Middle Class'. You can't stack horse manure higher then this. Why is nobody asking how they can extend something that they claimed for almost a decade never existed in the first place? They just insult anybody with an ounce of intelligence which I guess excludes their voting base down at the drug store."

Butch knows pretty well how to get Billy Roy into most conversations, "Butch, you nailed the major issue. Even at a lower level it is ridiculous what Obomba is trying to pull. George Bush inherited Clinton's Internet Bubble Popping recession along with a tax system with 40% of the taxpayers not paying any taxes at all. Then the  graduated tax system in effect at the time had the bottom bracket earners paying at a 15% rate while the top bracket (those making individually over $200,000) paying 39.6% of their earnings in income taxes. George, being the nasty conservative that he was, decided to provide tax cuts AND to redistribute the wealth (Dems should have applauded him). In fact, in what the Dems called the 'Bush tax cuts for the rich', Bush reduced the lowest rate to 10%, a 33% reduction, while reducing the top bracket to 35%, a reduction of only 11.6%. These tax reductions stimulated economic growth enabling the financing of two wars and the spending of Pelosi and Reid in Bush's last two years. Jobs were created, wages and income went up, and the government collected more taxes. This economic growth continued for most of two Bush terms until the real estate bubble popped in his last year in office opening the door for the rape and pillage of the Obomba Chicago mob."

"Now Obomba wants to renew all tax rates except the highest bracket resulting in another redistribution of wealth creating a spread between the lowest and highest brackets of 29.6% (10%-39.6%). As politicians argue about whether to give an 'Obama tax cut for the Middle Class' what they really are doing is raising taxes on the highest bracket and increasing the redistribution of wealth which is Obomba's prime purpose in life right behind destroying the US economy, playing golf, taking vacations, and listening to himself."

Continuing what might be Billy Roy's longest speech ever, "And who are the people in this top bracket who Obama says 'don't need more money'? 93% of small business owners file individual returns and many are tax payers whose combined income is over $250k. 50% of small business income is generated by individuals who file joint individual returns over $250k. 30% of consumer spending is done by taxpayers who make over $250k.  These folks are the heart of our economic system.  We shut them down at our own peril.  Remember what Abe Lincoln said, 'You cannot help  the poor by destroying the rich'."

Scott Riddle doesn't miss much when he thinks someone is putting their hand into his pocket, "This guy, I can't bring myself to say his name, was not going to raise taxes by 'one single dime' for people that made under $200k as he gave tax cuts to 95% of Americans. How about this list of tax hikes going into effect:

l.  Raising the rates on the highest bracket from 35% to 39.6%
2. The dividends tax will rise from 15% this year to 39.6% impacting retirees
3. The return of the Death Tax in 2011 with a top rate of 55% from 0% this year
4. The 'marriage penalty' returns
5. The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1,000 to $500 per child
6. The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples
7. The dependent care and adoption tax credits will be cut
8. Your W-2 will be grossed up to show the costs (in many cases an additional $15-20k) of any health care your employer will provide
9. The capital gains tax will rise from 15% to 20% percent
11. There are over twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare
12. The Alternative Minimum Tax will ensnare over 28 million families, up from 4 million last year
13. Small business expensing will be slashed and 50% expensing of equipment will disappear
14. There are literally scores of tax hikes on business that will take
place. The biggest loss is the research and experimentation tax credit
15. Tax benefits for Education and Teaching are reduced
16. Charitable Contributions from IRAs will no longer be allowed

"The Heritage Foundation says Obama's Tax Hikes will destroy an average of 693,000 jobs every year while draining $726 billion from disposal income, $38 billion from personal savings, and $33 billion from business investments. They will cost the average non-farm small-business owner $3,500 more in taxes. Cost the 49% of all seniors with income below $250,000 $1,500 in higher taxes and $525 in additional dividend taxes. Cost the 25% of all seniors with income below $250,000 $742 in higher taxes.  I think they are underestimating the damage."

"The bigger the politician's mouth, the bigger his lies, and this guy's mouth is huge," Billy Roy tipped his hat and headed for his truck.

Think really hard about November 2,