‘Extreme Taxpayer Makeover’

6 Feb

As Orange County citizens may or may not recall, 96-year-old Tax Collector Earl K. Wood passed away in October of 2012, just prior to the nonpartisan election for that office, which was held in November.

This proved to be a great opportunity for Scott Randolph, chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party, to jump into the race, win and settle into the $151,000 per year position.

Meanwhile, OC Mayor Teresa Jacobs had commissioned a Tax Collector Task Force to determine the feasibility of doing away with the office all together, but this didn’t stop Mr. Randolph from doing his own “Extreme Taxpayer Makeover” of our Driver’s License Offices.

Pictures say it all, don’t they?
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Is Marco Rubio’s Anti-Poverty Proposal about States’ Rights?

9 Jan

I have not gotten a chance to  hear Senator Marco Rubio’s entire anti-poverty speech at A.E.I., but the preliminary response from the conservative community is not entirely favorable. BuzzFeed reports that a Heritage scholar is slamming the two proposals Rubio set forth.

Reached for comment by BuzzFeed immediately after the speech, senior Heritage scholar Robert Rector trashed Rubio’s proposals, saying the wage subsidy “doesn’t really change much of anything,” and calling the flex fund “an extraordinarily bad idea.”

While Rubio argues that states should have the flexibility to address their own unique problems — “The poverty found in rural areas has some characteristics that are very different from the poverty found in inner cities,” he said — Rector contended that giving states power to create their own programs would simply enable local bureaucracies, particularly in liberal states, to undermine reforms.

“The idea that what you want to do is collect money at the federal government level and hand it out to states is the exact wrong way to produce conservative policies,” he said.

Rector went on to argue that the success of the 1996 welfare reforms — which he played a key role in crafting — was due to the federal requirement that “states run aggressive work programs.” He worried Rubio’s plan would give too much money to states without strict guidelines as to how it can be used.

While I agree that the wage subsidy is just a matter of re-branding the same program, I am not ready to dismiss the idea of a “flex fund” because I think giving the states more control is a step in the right direction. But, it does make you wonder why the federal government gets to tax the citizens first,then makes the states jump through ridiculous hoops to get that money back! I think we need to re-think the whole notion of the federal income tax! Perhaps Marco Rubio is heading in the right direction.

Let’s see how the libertarians weigh in…

Obama and Rubio: War on Poverty

7 Jan

In Sunday’s  Washington Examiner, political columnist Byron York wrote President Obama and the Hill Democrats, working with labor unions and activist groups, will launch a new campaign to raise the minimum wage.

The democrat narrative will be that a raise in the minimum wage will help people move out of poverty. However, they will ignore facts and use cleverly crafted phrases in their campaign because even they know history shows hikes in the minimum wage is in fact a job-killing policy. In the midst of a jobless recovery, this will be a blow to the unemployment rate in an already weak economy.

York explains how democrats are launching this campaign as a “wedge issue”  in the upcoming 2014 election. Rather than initiating a fact-based debate on policy, democrats are initiating an emotionally driven narrative absent of reality.

In fact, York points out that back in 2006, even then-Senator Obama conceded that economists could be correct that “any big jumps in the minimum wage discourage employers from hiring more workers,” when he laid out his best case for raising the minimum wage: “when the minimum wage hasn’t been changed in nine years and has less purchasing power in real dollars than it did in 1955, so that someone working full-time today in a minimum-wage job doesn’t earn enough to rise out of poverty, such arguments carry less force.”

However, York explains that Obama’s 2006 argument doesn’t still stand for the following 3 reasons:

1. the minimum wage was increased in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

2. The value of today’s minimum wage is higher in real terms than various points in history.

3. A full-time minimum wage worker earns more than the federal poverty level.

Democrats will rely on emotion-driven arguments and avoid all debate about the policy. This feels like the right thing to do, never mind the facts!

Senator Marco Rubio is taking the lead, starting a conversation with the American people. This is not an open-and-shut argument as Obama would like us to believe. With an evidence-based approach, Marco Rubio looks for solutions to poverty, check out this video he released recently:

January 8th, to mark the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of America’s War on Poverty, Senator Marco Rubio will deliver remarks on reforming antipoverty programs and improving income mobility in the US at the American Enterprise Institute.

Eleven States Slam Obama for Breaking Law on Obamacare Implementation; Florida Is Not Among Them

3 Jan

I’m glad to see that 11 state attorneys general are holding President Obama accountable for the unconstitutional delays, waivers, and unilateral changes to Obamacare (remember, “It’s the Law”). However, I am wondering why Florida AG Pam Bondi is not joining these states in this fight. Could it be that Governor Rick Scott doesn’t want to challenge the very law he ran against and has instructed Bondi to stand down?

Under Pressure Bob Newhart DUCKS out of Catholic Conference; He is no Phil Robertson

30 Dec

Rosary on BibleWhen you stand up to a bully, the bully moves on to find his next victim on the playground.

Having failed to intimidate Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, the sexual activists have set their sights on comedian/actor Bob Newhart.  According to the website for the high profile LGBTQA-advocacy organization known as GLAAD, Newhart has canceled his headlining appearance in Orlando, FL with Legatus, a networking organization for Catholic professional leaders.

An advocate with GLAAD describes Legatus as a “rabid anti-LGBT group” because it supports marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Perhaps GLAAD is not familiar with Catholic Doctrine, however Catholics who are faithful to Church teachings know that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is very clear on homosexuality:

Paragraph 2357: Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

Teaming up with GLAAD to intimidate Bob Newhart, is a Soros-funded group called Faith America that serves as the “religious form of Moveon.org”. The Daily Caller reports Faithful America was formed in 2004 by the left-wing National Council of Churches of Christ and kicked off with an ad on the Al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya networks condemning the Bush administration’s Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal. Soros was heavily involved that year in building the progressive activist and media establishment, deemed by writer Byron York as “the vast left-wing conspiracy,” targeting President Bush’s re-election effort.

But, Bob Newhart is no Duck Commander, and although he is a life-long Catholic, he quietly bowed out of the Catholic event where he would have shared the stage with Catholic Archbishops, tweeting the following:

As of the time of this post Legatus website still indicates that Bob Newhart is headlining their February conference. Other speakers are:

David Bereit, co-founder of 40 Days for Life
• Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput
• Physical fitness pioneer Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper
• Author and TV/radio host Michael Coren
Dr. William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
• Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gómez
Lou Holtz, football coach and motivational speaker
• Best-selling author and speaker Matthew Kelly
Curtis Martin, president and founder of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students
• Orlando Bishop John Noonan
Sen. Rick Santorum
• Motivational speaker Ross Shafer
John Smeaton, executive director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

It looks like this is not over yet. If you care to respectfully urge Bob Newhart to not turn his back on his fellow Catholics who remain faithful to Church teaching and Holy Scripture, you can contact him on Facebook or Twitter.

 

2017 and the End of Ethics

29 Dec

My post-Christmas Day tradition is to curl up and read all the articles posted at Real Clear Politics. One of my favorite columnist, Victor Davis Hanson, wrote a great piece questioning the future of journalism that is well worth checking out:

Will the Obama-era hypocrisy continue when the next president takes office?

By Victor Davis Hanson

Entire Article is found at the National Review Online HERE

Will there be a scandal if the new political appointees at the IRS sic their auditors on Moveon.org? What will the Washington Post say should the new president keep Guantanamo Bay open for five more years, quadruple the number of drone missions, or decide to double renditions? Will it say that he was shredding the Constitution, or that he found the terror threat too great to honor past promises?

Rev. Robert Sirico Comments on the Economic Views of Pope Francis

4 Dec

In response to Evangelii Gaudium, Rev. Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute clarifies points misrepresented by the liberal media and calls for further explanation of some of points raised. Watch this video:

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