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Another hard hitting piece by Bill Whittle from Pj Media and Declaration Entertainment…
As far back as the 1920s, a huge cut in the highest income tax rate — from 73 percent to 24 percent — led to a huge increase in the amount of tax revenue collected by the federal government. Why? Because investors took their money out of tax shelters, where they were earning very modest rates of return, and put their money into the productive economy, where they could earn higher rates of return, now that those returns were not so heavily taxed.
This was the very reason why tax rates were cut in the first place — to get more revenue for the federal government. The same was true, decades later, during the John F. Kennedy administration. Similar reasons led to tax rate cuts during the Ronald Reagan administration and the George W. Bush administration.
All of these presidents — Democrat and Republican alike — made the same argument for tax rate reductions that had been made in the 1920s, and the results were similar as well. Yet the invincible lie continues to this day that those who oppose high tax rates on high incomes are doing so because they want to reduce the taxes paid by high income earners, in hopes that their increased prosperity will “trickle down” to others.
H/T to Uncle Sam with thanks.
Bill Whittle Explains our Progressive Nightmare – Part 1 – 22:02 min.
Followed by Bill Whittle Explains the Conservative Solution – Part 1I – 39:42 min.
Bill Whittle Explains the Conservative Solution – Part 1I – 39:42 min.
…or Why Conservatism Works
Promotional tickets (free) are available for the Grand Opening Premiere of 2016 in Houston this Friday evening, 07/13/12, at 7 pm. Ted Cruz will be introducing Dinesh D’souza, the author of the book, 2016. See flyer here.
On July 13, 2012 Houston will host the Worldwide Release of this ground-breaking film. Edward’s Houston Marquee Stadium 23 will be the only theater in the nation with the film.
Edward’s Houston Marquee Stadium 23
7650 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77024
Please email me with the attendees names and an email address for contact information.
Other show times may also be available on Friday for those who cannot attend the 7 pm showing. Please let me know if you are interested in a different time, and I will track down the tickets, if possible.
Ted Cruz: The Tea Party Grassroots Republican Conservative Texans’ Candidate
by Robin H. Lennon
I have been supporting Ted Cruz since I first met him nearly a year and a half ago. The longer I’ve known him, the more I respect him, and the greater my belief that Ted Cruz is THE Senator Texas needs on the floor of the U.S. Senate this coming January.
Over time as Washington, D.C. became increasingly more spendthrift and progressive (excepting only a handful of stalwart warriors), the People of Texas have remained true to our principles but our elected officials have too often been politicians who forgot or ignored what our U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law were all about.
Tonight, however, I stood in a crowd of passionate constitutionalists like myself, listening to a man articulate our principles and values without apology. Like us, Ted Cruz knows that true self-esteem develops when individuals work hard to accomplish their goals or to overcome great obstacles. No one can give self-esteem to another; it is earned by hard work. Like self-esteem, property belongs to the individual who earned it. One’s right to the fruits of one’s own labor and the right to protect it are the marks of free men since time immemorial. As John Adams once said, “The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.”
Fighting today’s creeping anarchy and tyranny, Ted Cruz will stand shoulder to shoulder with Jim DeMint, Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, and Mike Hall, and all the other constitutionalists in the U. S. Senate who understand that as government increases, liberty decreases. When the government decides who will receive medical treatment, chooses which businesses succeed and which fail, or where we can drill for oil in Alaska or Texas, everyone’s freedoms are diminished little by little until freedom no longer exists.
The choice for Texans today is between two men. Lt. Governor Dewhurst, who undermined the passing of the TSA anti-groping bill in the Texas Senate because the Obama Administration threatened to declare the State of Texas a no-fly zone, says he cut spending even as Texas spending rose dramatically, and voted for an incognito personal income tax. The second, of course, is Ted Cruz who has a proven track record of fighting for conservative causes for Texans under Attorney General Greg Abbott even when the President of the United States stood with the U.N. against Texas.
As the race tightens up, and a runoff is almost certain, Lt. Governor Dewhurst has unleashed his hordes of dollars to jam the airwaves with more unfounded accusations that Ted Cruz favors amnesty and is against using E-verify to stem the flow of illegal aliens into our State. Dewhurst has refused to discuss the issues before the People of Texas over 30 times during this protracted Primary season, and now he accuses Mr. Cruz of being weak on State Sovereignty. Anyone who has been paying attention knows that Dewhurst is accusing Cruz of his own sorry record.
EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT: His earlier unfounded accusations were presented to Cruz supporters using Occupy-like tactics: shouting in our faces while holding cell phones in our faces to record our shock. My shock was that a supposedly conservative candidate would authorize, let alone pay such a princely sum to the three who crashed our green room where Jim and I waited for our turn to shoot a Ted Cruz commercial.
One of my fellow supporters at tonight’s event told me that what strikes him the most about Ted Cruz is that Ted knows what he believes and why he believes it. Having memorized and studied the Constitution during middle school and speaking on it as well as on the thoughts of Hayek, and Mises at Oratory contests through high school, Ted learned young what many of us are learning late in life—that the Founding Fathers formed our government to protect us from government run amok, and with good reason. We need his principled leadership and constitutional authority on the floor of the U.S. Senate next January.
Ted Cruz is supported by FreedomWorks; the Tea Party Express; by the Texas Patriots PAC; Grassroots America We the People; the Advisory Board members of the Kingwood TEA Party, Inc.; as well as Tea Party leaders all across the State. It became even clearer that Ted Cruz is the Tea Party candidate for U.S. Senator from the great State of Texas when former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed him last week (halfway into the poll that shows the Lt. Gov’s lead dwindled to less than 10 points).
However, Mr. Cruz, is much more than just the Tea Party candidate. He is also the candidate of grassroots Republicans across Texas, and of constitutionalists across the State. So many local Republicans who have been fighting the good fight in the trenches for years are welcoming us newer Tea Partiers to fight along side of them as we work to bring our country back to the Rule of Law and its foundational Truths of Liberty, Temperance, and blind Justice for all. We stand united behind Ted Cruz.
But he won’t be able to go to Washington to join the fight for constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, free markets, and individual liberty unless Texans stand united and brush off the ennui of the long Primary season and VOTE for Cruz today.
Donate to the Cruz campaign for our freedom, our children’s freedom, and for the hope of freedom today and in the future. On second thought, don’t vote alone, take others with you to the polls to support Texas’ own Ted Cruz. Every dollar donated will go to media to counter the Lt. Governor’s scurrilous attack ads. Jim and I are donating today; I hope you will, too!
Florida has Rubio and Col. West. Now it’s Texas’ turn!
Join us in sending the BEST Senatorial candidate to the U. S. Senate to fight for Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, and Free Markets so American Exceptionalism is once more a reality!
VOTE! DONATE! TELL OTHERS ABOUT TED!
JoAnn Fleming, Chair of Advisory Committee to the Texas Tea Party Caucus, Executive Director of Grassroots America We the People, explains how 101 Republicans were definitely not a conservative majority in the 82nd Texas House.
Mark Levin, “Obama Is an Imperial President,” audio posted on Real Clear Politics (emphasis & formatting mine–rhl)
“Obama, it would seem, wants to deny to others what he will not deny to himself.
He wants to deny to the children of others what he will not deny to his own children.
He wants to amass riches, but he doesn’t want you to amass wealth.
He doesn’t mind private school for his own children, but he minds it for your children.
He doesn’t mind eating whatever he wants to eat, but he minds what you eat.
He doesn’t mind taking that 747 one frivolous trip after another, one self-serving fundraising after another, but he minds what you drive and how much fuel you use. And we can go on and on.”
Listen to Mark Levin’s entire segment on Real Clear Politics.
Original Article by George Will
Commentary by Robin Lennon
“(NASHVILLE, TN) Bokhari bought a black Lincoln sedan and began offering cut-rate rides — an average of $25 — to and from the airport, around downtown and in neighborhoods not well served by taxis. After one year he had 12 cars. Now he has 20, and 15 independent contractors with their own cars, and a Web site, and lots of customers. He also has some enemies, including the established taxi and sedan companies and a city government that is, as interventionist governments generally are, devoted to regulations that protect the strong by preserving the status quo.
With the quiet support of the taxi companies, which have not raised rates since Bokhari and some similar entrepreneurs went into business, the limo companies got regulators to require a $45 minimum charge for any ride. Not content with that gross injury, government added crippling insults: It limited the age of cars and number of miles on them — regardless of the cars’ condition — and forbade dispatches via cellphones, which is how start-up limo companies operate.”
This happened with UPS and Fed Ex, Solyndra, GM. It’s why all the major companies and banks kowtow to the government and why the cost of living continues to rise along with the tax burden on productive Americans.
Our freedoms that had been slowly eroding over the last century are being destroyed by leaps and bounds. And now, we have POTUS continuing to escalate racial tensions. Dare I even say it, hoping that violence and intimidation will result. Of course since his army of anarchists and black revolutionaries will be at the center of this mob, none of it will be considered criminal by our Attorney Generalissimo and his Department of Injustice.
Things are escalating, and now I hope that the majority of Americans are praying with me, not just hoping, that this President fails at bringing anymore “Hope and Change” to America.