Obamacare: Seven New Taxes on Citizens Earning Less than $250,000

The first, and best known, of these seven taxes that will hit all Americans as a result of Obamacare is the Individual Mandate Tax (no longer concealed as a penalty). This provision will require a couple to pay the higher of a base tax of $1,360 per year, or 2.5% of adjusted growth income starting with lower base tax and rising to this level by 2016.  Individuals will see a base tax of $695 and families a base tax of $2,085 per year by 2016.

Next up is the Medicine Cabinet Tax that took effect in 2011.  This tax prohibits reimbursement of expenses for over-the-counter medicine, with the lone exception of insulin, from an employee’s pre-tax dollar funded Health Saving Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA).  This provision hurts middle class earners particularly hard since they earn enough to actually pay federal taxes, but not enough to make this restriction negligible.

The Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Cap, which will begin in 2013, is perhaps the most hurtful provision to the middle class.  This part of the law imposes a cap of $2,500 per year (which is now unlimited) on the amount of pre-tax dollars that could be deposited into these accounts.  Why is this particularly hurtful to the middle class?  It is because funds in these accounts may be used to pay for special needs education for special needs children in the United States.  Tuition rates for this type of special education can easily exceed $14,000 per year and the use of pre-tax dollars has helped many middle income families.

Another direct hit to the middle class is the Medical Itemized Deduction Hurdle which is currently 7.5% of adjusted gross income.  This is the hurdle that must be met before medical expenses over that hurdle can be taken as a deduction on federal income taxes.  Obamacare raises this hurdle to 10% of adjusted gross income beginning in 2013.  Consider the middle class family with $80,000 of adjusted gross income and $8,000 of medical expenses.  Currently, that family can get some relief from being able to take a $2,000 deduction (7.5% X $80,000 = $6,000; $8,000 –$6,000 = $2,000).  An increase to 10% would eliminate the deduction in this example and if that family was paying a 25% federal tax rate, the real cost of that lost deduction would be $500.

The fifth new tax on the middle class, and all Americans, is the Health Savings Account (HSA) Withdrawal Tax Hike.  This provision increases the additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10% currently to 20% beginning in 2013.  This provision actually sets these accounts apart from Investment Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and other tax advantaged accounts, all of which remain with a 10% early withdrawal tax.

Another regressive tax that is part of this law began in 2010 and that is the Indoor Tanning Services Tax, which places a 10% excise tax on people using tanning salons.  While some may regard this as insignificant, the broader implication is that this act of taxation is a blatant move by the federal government to control the behavior of citizens.  This provision, as does the Individual Mandate and as Justice Kennedy said during the oral arguments on the constitutionality of the law said, “….fundamentally changes the relationship between the federal government and the citizen.”

The seventh new tax that directly impacts the middle class, along with all citizens, is the Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans or the “Cadillac” Health Insurance Plan Tax.  These are plans that provide extensive coverage and that are generally fully paid for, or largely paid for, by employers.  This provision imposes a 40% excise tax on the employer-paid premium on taxpayers who are covered by such plans, beginning in 2018.  The reason it begins in 2018 is because most unionized workers are covered by plans that fall under this definition and a deferral was made to spare union members from this tax for at least a period of time.

via Obamacare: Seven New Taxes on Citizens Earning Less than $250,000.

Why Stand Your Ground Is a Must In Society.

Many people mistakenly believe one of the roles of government is to protect them from physical harm.   However, this is not the case.  One only has to look up the concept of “affirmative duty” to understand what the Supreme Court has defined as the role of any government entity in regard to protection of citizenry; both at Local/State and Federal levels.  In short it can be encapsulated as:

The burden to defend and or use deadly force, is a right that lies with you personally to act accordingly, and appropriately, should you fear for your life and/or limb.  The government does not have any affirmative duty to do this for you. 

In South v. Maryland, 59 U.S. (How.) 396, 15 L.Ed.433 (1856) – the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local law-enforcement had no duty to protect individuals, but only a general duty to enforce the laws.  This is a distinction which needs to be clearly understood.

The affirmative duty to protect arises not from the State’s knowledge of the individual’s predicament, or from its expressions of intent to help him, but from the limitations which it has imposed on his freedom to act on his own behalf, through imprisonment, institutionalization, or other similar restraint of personal liberty.

If you are under the care or custody of the ‘state’ then, and only then, do they have a specific duty to protect you from harm.   Or, if the ‘state’ has diminished your capacity to protect yourself, then they “may” arguably be in a position of affirmative duty, but only to the extent the state has diminished your capacity to act on your own behalf.

In all other considerations the “state” only has the duty to enforce the law.

If law enforcement has no affirmative duty to protect the citizenry, which they absolutely do not, and the police have argued numerous times in court to prove they are under no responsibility to protect a person from physical harm, then why should the group without affirmative duty be espousing that an individual remove their legal and constitutional right to protect themselves.?

via Unwilling To Be Victimized – Vancouver Woman Whoops Two Teenage Attackers | The Last Refuge.

The Replulicrat Fawning Begins

I’m having fun sitting back watching all the repubs fawn over Romney.  The architect of Romneycare in mass.  Anyone who thinks he’s going to be massively different than Obama is in for a rude awakening.  I’ve been listening to Rush and he’s leading the fawning..it’ll be interesting to hear him try to cover tracks much like the Obamabots are trying to do right now..:)  It’s even more fun due to local folks i know and local pols are also doing fawning…trotting out the same lesser of two evil arguments.  If you vote the lesser of two evils you are still voting for evil.  Blaine Young also tried the “he has business experience” tack when I was able to call in but that doesn’t matter.  Look at his political record..Romneycare.  Obamacare(barring the Supremes doing something unconstitutional…aka..striking down the law) isn’t going anywhere.  If the law gets struck or gutted Romney will be there to replace it with something more onerous.  Romney is going to be Obama without the citizenship fraud and dark skin.

U.S. presidents above the law?

Through our nation’s history, our youth were always taught in school that the U.S. legal system was the most honest in the world, and that “no one is above the law.” Indeed, even grownups were inclined to swallow this Kool-Aid. Perhaps it was our egocentric arrogance that resulted in this self-delusion – a delusion that has become more apparent with each passing year in the country’s 236-year-old history.

Surely, at the dawn of the new republic and for many decades if not the greater part of a few centuries thereafter, the ethics, morality and, to put it simply, our sense of right and wrong were more strongly developed than they are today. The inherent spiral downward that followed has, however – I am sure we all can agree – reached cataclysmic proportions during the last 20 years, coinciding with the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and now Barack Hussein Obama.

During the Clinton years, Bill and Hillary, who I dubbed the Bonnie and Clyde of American politics, committed more than 40 major scandals, ranging from Chinagate to Filegate to Travelgate and Interngate. Indeed, Monica Lewinsky was the least of this criminal duo’s criminal misbehavior, as they sold out American high technology secrets to the communist Chinese in exchange for bribes, a clear act of treason. It was only a sex scandal of the Monica Lewinsky variety that caused the mainstream media and even Fox News to veer away from the real crimes of Chinagate and the misuse of confidential FBI files against the Clintons’ perceived adversaries.

During the Bush years, W. ceded nearly total authority to his dictatorial Vice President Dick Cheney, whom he lovingly called “Vice.” Cheney went on to order not only illegal warrantless wiretaps on American citizens and the jailing of American citizens without a right to legal counsel, but also was instrumental in committing U.S. troops to a senseless nine-year war in Iraq – which war resulted in more than 4,000 American deaths, more than 45,000 GIs maimed, all under the ex post facto manufactured precept that the United States, having admirably ridden the world of Saddam Hussein, needed to install democracy in an Arab state. Of course this was folly; the Arabs don’t know and, even after the so-called Arab spring, don’t want democracy as we know it. They want Islam to rule over the world, and to this end they have now installed radical Muslim Brotherhood-like terrorist financed regimes throughout the Middle East. Iraq, for instance, is now run by Shiite leaders loyal to the Islamic Republic of Iran, not the United States. So much for so-called Arab democracy and “Vice’s” fraudulent and stupid world vision. And so much for having sacrificed American lives and well-being and our nation’s hard-earned dollars for this “Arab cause.” Dick Cheney, W’s “Vice,” led brave Americans to their senseless slaughter and lifelong disfigurement.

Then there is the regime of Barack Hussein Obama. Having defrauded American voters that he is eligible to be president, given that he is not a “natural born citizen” as required by the Constitution, for “good measure” he spent the next four years not only foisting his evil socialist, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, pro-Muslim agenda on our nation and Israel, but also compromising the national security of both countries. His latest criminal atrocities include, but are not limited to, releasing into the public domain highly classified national security information about how we spy on Iranian nuclear sites, select drone targets to eliminate terrorists, how we killed Osama bin Laden, how we used cyber-warfare to attack Iranian atomic bomb plants, how we plan to wage war against Iran if we are drawn into a unilateral Israeli attack on the nuclear bomb plants and a host of other outrageous national security breaches and acts (such as not destroying the drone that fell into Iranian hands), which were intended or have the affect of aiding and abetting foreign enemies of the United States. These treasonous acts – undertaken not just to boost his re-election prospects but obviously also to help his Muslim brothers in Iran and elsewhere – are so severe that even hapless and two-faced members of the Washington establishment club, like Republican Sen. John McCain, have been forced, thanks to my and your outcries, to finally speak up in protest – having been largely silent for the better part of Obama’s presidency. Obama’s treasonous acts are the most serious and damaging in American history!

In this context, consider that while the U.S. legal establishment has never seen fit to indict, try and convict a president, many other countries – nations which we believe incorrectly are less ethical and legally minded than ourselves – have done so. Western democracies like France and Italy have in the recent past charged their presidents and prime ministers, such as Jacque Chirac and Silvio Berlusconi, with high crimes and misdemeanors for bribery and misuse of their office. And, Israel, our only ally in the Middle East and a bastion of Judeo-Christian heritage and law, recently indicted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for bribery and other crimes while he was mayor of Jerusalem. If this is not insulting enough to the so-called American legal system’s fraudulent claim that it holds “no one above the law,” consider that even countries like Brazil, Pakistan, Karachi, Turkey, Croatia, Taiwan and Liberia – to name just a few – have held their nation’s leaders and former leaders accountable to the rule of law by criminally charging them.

via U.S. presidents above the law.

The Teacher’s Union Gets Paid The Students Loose

This school board caved to the teachers.  First they are doing this work to contract stuff and now through their temper tantrums they get over 6 million more in pay..and the students loose not only people but needed programs that help them.  This is insanity.  It’s time for the BOCC to tell these clowns you won’t get any more money than what’s allocated last year..period.  The fact that spending increased nearly in lockstep with teacher’s pay is disgusting.

 

The elimination of media assistants was one of several cuts the school board made while building its spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The budget — which represents a $6 million increase over fiscal 2012 — also includes less money for supplies and school materials and a deferal of $1.9 million in textbook replacements.

In exchange for these cuts, school officials were able to avoid class size increases and furlough days for staff — which had been proposed in earlier versions of the spending plan.

The adopted budget allocates $1.2 million to support enrollment growth and building expansion, $861,000 for the opening of the new Carroll Creek Montessori Charter School and $2.6 million to continuation of existing programs and services.

The budget also includes a $6.8 million resource pool dedicated to salary increases, which serves as a placeholder while the school board completes negotiations with its three employee unions.

via Gazette.Net: Frederick eliminates school media assistant positions.

When the President Ignores the Law That’s Ground for Impeachment

I won’t happen because right now the American people won’t stand up for our nation’s Constitution and laws….but if they would it’s time for this lawbreaker to get removed.  Keep in mind that when you remove Barak his next in line(Biden) won’t be any better.  I can’t for sure about the current speaker but i wouldn’t be surprised if he got removed too.

Legally, President Obama has reiterated the principle that he can pick and choose which U.S. laws he wishes to enforce see his decision to reverse the order of the Chrysler creditors, his decision not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, and his administration’s contempt for national-security confidentiality and Senate and House subpoenas to the attorney general. If one individual can decide to exempt nearly a million residents from the law — when he most certainly could not get the law amended or repealed through proper legislative or judicial action — then what can he not do? Obama is turning out to be the most subversive chief executive in terms of eroding U.S. law since Richard Nixon.

via Are We in Revolutionary Times? – By Victor Davis Hanson – The Corner – National Review Online.

My Contributions Statement

I Will NOT accept any kind of monetary or financial contributions towards my campaign for city council.  If you want to assist you can help me by getting the word about me and my campaign.  This is going to be a verbal, word of mouth campaign only.  As far as I’m concerned this is the purest way to run a campaign and that is how I intend to go about this.  It’s how I advertise my business and I’m not going to change that for my City Council run.  Also I’m not going to be posting any direct links to my business on any post in regards to my run.  This is my personal blog and if I am elected no official posts will appear here.

A Run For City Council

I never thought i would do this…but i’m going to run for Brunswick City Council.  Not that anything is really wrong…but I would like to get more involved.  I currently run my own business, Emmanuel Computer Consulting and I work for a lawn mowing company that does a number of lawns in the city Mike’s Mowing.  3 days a week i’m around the city cutting fellow citizen’s lawns.      I’ll be posting more about my reasons for running and my concerns in subsequent days.

I don’t know about ritalin..but this one paragraph lit a light bulb in my head…

Now i’m not sure about ADHD but this below paragraph is very fitting for me:

As an ADHD kid myself, and father to two more, this may also explain something I have found troubling my whole life. I don’t react well to praise. Tell me you like this article and I may just shrug it off. Tell me you hate it and we can have a good argument — well an argument at any rate. Praise doesn’t give me the hit it gives you — I need a lot of it to feel it.

 

Here’s some more to provide context:

What they found was the ADHD people had fewer of these cells, meaning our brains are less capable of processing dopamine, the chemical “attaboy,” than other people. It’s all gone into theJournal of the American Medical Association.

If you don’t have many cells that process dopamine, the best way to get a healthy dose in your brain is to flood it with chemicals that produce dopamine. Stimulants. That’s why Ritalin andAdderall help ADHD kids. These same chemicals overstimulate a brain with a normal load of dopamine receptors, which is why your kid just gets high on them.

But the study also explains a lot more. Eating stimulates dopamine, so fat ADHDers are self-medicating in the same way as their cousins who try benzedrine or other drugs. So does exercise, which may be why Michael Phelps stays in the pool all day.

This may also be why ADHD “poster boy” Robin Williams reported that, when he used cocaine, he felt quiet, normal, and sane. Cocaine also stimulates dopamine. This may also be why he later became an alchoholic. Alcohol helps stimulate the natural release of dopamine.

This may also be part of what drove Williams to be a comic and actor. Loud applause stimulates dopamine. It may explain why so many other ADHDers are so ambitious, so driven to succeed at their passions. We need more real attaboys to stimulate our limited dopamine receptors.

How interesting.  gives me something to think about in terms of how my own brain works..and about one other person as well…

via Now we know why Ritalin works | SmartPlanet.

Some feelings of mine….especially towards “fellow christians”

I wonder how many of your own people you have to destroy before you’ll realize you are only advancing the agenda of Satan with your attacks on each other. I wonder how many more destroyed lives the churches will allow before the pastors grow a set and start enacting biblical discipline on their congregations. I wonder many more destroyed fellowships have to be endured before Pastors will start taking their flocks to task. I wonder how many congregations will continue to play the power and mind games they play before they realize they aren’t being Godly but Satanic?  How many individuals faith do you have to destroy for your own satisfaction?   I wonder how many congregations being destroyed it will take for these people to stop being Satanic and start being godly?

What hurts the most,
Is being being so close
having so much to say
watching you walk away

You never when
what could have been
not seeing that loving you
is what i was trying to do
(courtesy of rascal flatts)

Here is the full song and it nearly perfectly details my feleings about “fellow Christians”.

I can take the rain on the roof of this empty house
That don’t bother me
I can take a few tears now and then and just let em out

I’m not afraid to cry every once in a while even though
Goin’ on with you gone still upsets me
There are days every now and again I pretend I’m okay
But that’s not what gets me

What hurts the most
Was being so close
And havin’ so much to say
And watchin’ you walk away

And never knowin’
What could’ve been
And not seein’ that lovin’ you
Is what I was tryin’ to do

It’s hard to deal with the pain of losin’ you everywhere I go
But I’m doin’ it
It’s hard to force that smile when I see our old friends and I’m alone
Still harder gettin’ up, gettin’ dressed, livin’ with this regret
But I know if I could do it over
I would trade, give away all the words that I saved in my heart
That I left unspoken

What hurts the most
Is being so close
And havin’ so much to say
(Much to say)
And watchin’ you walk away

And never knowin’
What could’ve been
And not seein’ that lovin’ you
Is what I was tryin’ to do, oh
Oh yeah

What hurts the most
Was being so close
And havin’ so much to say
(To say)
And watchin’ you walk away

And never knowin’
What could’ve been
And not seein’ that lovin’ you
Is what I was tryin’ to do

Not seein’ that lovin’ you
That’s what I was trying to do, ooo

 

My inspiration for this post is a video on youtube.  Listen to his rendition and then read below after pondering the lyrics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk9ByJZ0vrQ

 

pastors, churches, congregations, PEOPLE it’s time for this lunacy to stop before we are relegated to an small… ineffective minority.  let’s not reject those with a passion for Christ..let’s embrace them.  it’s time for the destruction of each other to stop. If you truly want revival…when somebody cautiously enters your house looking for fellowship let’s welcome them as a member of Jesus’s family.  If you truly believed that it wouldn’t take nearly 10 years for someone to be truly welcomed.  The first act should be welcoming the person to your house of God…not immediately recruiting for whatever clique or fiefdom you have setup.  The first ongoing act should not be to see how this passionate person can be brought to heel….the correct way is to find out how that person can be plugged in and that god given fire been utilized to re-light the church’s beacon of Jesus’s light..not a systematic plan of attacks and whispers to keep the church’s light at a comfortable level that you can control.  how many churches are spiritually empty?  I’ve known quite a few and am currently worried about another one.  I could go on for much longer but most folks have already tuned out by now.  For those truly brave souls who have read through…and are truly moved to jump into your church and institute some change let me know you’ve found this inspiring.  As the Spirit inspires me i’ll post more here.

What is a friend? Beware our gov’t.

Somebody you know you can count on…not only to stand beside you when things are good but to stand beside you when either you screw up or when you are under attack through no fault of your own. I can count the number of friends i have on one hand. Friends are based on trust and frankly the number of people i inherently trust are few…with the recent attacks perpetrated against me and my family nobody gets a one step pass anymore.

Keep in mind folks…the gov’t isn’t here to help you anymore. they are looking to take control of every facet of your life. When Hitler took over want to know one of the first things he did? He nationalized healthcare. Once they can dictate how to keep you healthy they can dictate anything. Guess what we have now? Obamacare…guess who brought the blueprint into action? Romney. Anyone who thinks Romney is going to get rid of Obamacare or stop this country towards heading to a socialized government isn’t in their right mind or doesn’t have the self-thinking abilities needed to keep this country free.

I’ve been citified long enough

I’ve been trying to be “more civilized” the past few years…it’s gotten me more problems with folks who think they know more than me about many things they have no idea about.  The lid’s off now…:)  I’m going to express how i feel and if folks can’t handle it..too bad for them.  My loving wife likes to tell folks i’m a redneck…that hasn’t shown much…i won’t be vulgar or destructive but the filters are gone now…if i don’t like something..or you..you’ll know…right then.  I’ve had a better life when I’ve remained true to myself….it’s a hard lesson to learn..one I’ve recently been reminded of by a coward recently.  Now i have the Gov’t getting into my affairs.  It’s time for this lunacy to stop…and it’s time to get out of any kid of incorporated “city” entity…Frederick county isn’t rural enough anymore…because of Frederick city.  Their cancer is now spreading into the rest of the county..of course it’s a symptom of the state of Maryland being the way it is.  I’m looking for Kentucky or maybe Tennessee type rural area. Some folks are in for quite the awakening….i’ll leave those details as a “surprise”…watch for the rattlesnake..they tend to bite when tread upon..:)  My previous post with Aaron Lewis has some great lyrics:

 

I still live in the sticks where you wouldn’t go
In a town of 1200 off an old dirt road
And a country boy is all I’ll ever be

That’s where i’m going…as Charlie Daniels says at the end of the song:

I love my country…I love my guns.

I love my family…I lvoe the way it is now

And anybody that tried to change it has to come through me.

That should be all of our attitudes

Cause this is america and a country boy is good enough for me son.

AARON LEWIS – “Country Boy” (Official Video) – YouTube

Just how i feel about everything..not just the government..but about most groups of people as well….seeing as how many of them think they know how to run my life.  Get out and leave me and my family alone.  Even Brunswick is feeling too big these days…time to start praying for a change in homestead location.

 

AARON LEWIS – “Country Boy” (Official Video) – YouTube.

Well I grew up down an old dirt road in a town you wouldn’t know
My pops picked the place up for 1500 bucks back in 1964

My grandfather was a drinker back in the day he put em down
But a war is known to change a man and the whiskey is known to change a man

That’s not me
I rarely drink from a bottle but I smoke a little weed
I still live in the sticks where you wouldn’t go
In a town of 1200 off an old dirt road
And a country boy is all I’ll ever be

Now it’s been 12 years since I sold my soul to devil in L.A.
He said sign your name here on the dotted line and your songs they all will play

He set up shop on sunset, he put me up at the marquee
He said you wanna sell a million records boy better listen to me

He said change your style, whiten your smile, you could lose a couple pounds
And if you want to live this life, you better lose that wife, do you need your friends around?

And I said no, that’s not me
Cause the biggest things in life are your friends and family
[- From :http://www.elyrics.net/read/a/aaron-lewis-lyrics/country-boy-lyrics.html -]
And I like my jeans and my old t-shirts
And a couple extra pounds never really hurt
Cause a country boy is all I’ll ever be

Cause Hank taught me just how to stay alive
You’ll never catch me out the house without my 9 or 45

I got a big orange tractor and a diesel truck
And my idea of heaven is chasing whitetail bucks
And as a country boy you know I can survive

Now two flags fly above my land that really sum up how I feel
One is the colors that fly high and proud
The red, the white and blue
The other ones got a rattlesnake with a simple statement made
“Don’t tread on me” is what it says and I’ll take that to my grave
Because this is me
I’m proud to be an american and strong in my beliefs

And I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again
Cause I’ve never needed government to hold my hand
And I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again
Cause my family has always fought and died to save this land
And a country boy is all I’ll ever be

Louisianas bold bid to privatize schools | Reuters

Louisiana is embarking on the nations boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children.Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class kids will get vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at more than 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools.The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers that they can use to pay a range of private-sector vendors for classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools. The money can go to industry trade groups, businesses, online schools and tutors, among others.Every time a student receives a voucher of either type, his local public school will lose a chunk of state funding.”We are changing the way we deliver education,” said Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican who muscled the plan through the legislature this spring over fierce objections from Democrats and teachers unions. “We are letting parents decide whats best for their children, not government.”

via Louisianas bold bid to privatize schools | Reuters.