May 18, 2012

AP Reported Obama as Kenyan-Born — in 2004

BizzyBlog readers who clicked through to the graphic linked at the third item at yours truly’s “Lickey-Split LInks” post on October 28, 2009 already knew this.

The question I asked at the post was: “This must all be some kind of misunderstanding …. right? Note at the very bottom of the story that it is purportedly from the Associated Press.”

Well, as carried at Infowars John Charlton shows that it is from AP, and has other pertinent questions, the most of important of which is:

“Just when did Obama begin to publically (sic) claim he was born in Hawaii?” This question is distinct from the question, “Just where in fact was Obama born?”, and from the other question, “What do official documents say about where he was born?”

The answer appears to be “sometime in 2007.”

CEOs lose their jobs when they have been found to have fibbed about substantive matters on their resumes. Just sayin’.

IBD on Obama Admin’s ‘Bold-Faced Lie’ on Reagan’s White House Bio Page

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:24 am

It may be that the Obama administration’s insertion of self-congratulatory “Did You Know?” items at the White House biography pages of 13 of the past 14 presidents is the one thing which might turn many otherwise Koolaid-drinking, cult-of-personality Obama worshippers into critics. There’s a line you don’t cross, and these guys jumped over it with both feet in vandalizing what should be historically accurate and objective pages designed only to describe who our past presidents have been and what they accomplished.

Of course, the truthfulness of many of the “Did you know?” items  leaves much to be desired, perhaps none moreso that one concerning Ronald Reagan’s tax policies and positions, as an Investor’s Business Daily editorial observed Thursday evening:

Obama Lies About Reagan Endorsing Buffett Rule

The president’s narcissistic self-insertion into official presidential biographies would have us believe the Great Communicator would agree with the Great Teleprompter Reader on taxes. Well, there he goes again.

Not willing to wait until his visage is enshrined next to actor and donor George Clooney on Mt. Rushmore, President Obama’s helpers have notoriously inserted their fearless leader into the official White House biographies of virtually every former president back to Calvin Coolidge, except for Gerald Ford.

The White House defended the practice of appending presidential biographies by saying it is common Web practice to provide links to ease navigation and increase traffic. [*] What we have here is an Orwellian rewriting of history akin to the fictional Winston Smith doing it on a daily basis for the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s novel “1984.”

Inserted into the official bio of the late President Ronald Reagan was this lie: “In a June 28, 1985, speech, Reagan called for a fairer tax code, one where a multimillionaire did not have a lower tax rate than his secretary. Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.”

As Reagan’s son Michael told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly recently, “Ronald Reagan was talking about lowering the effective tax rate on every working American. At the same time he was talking about closing the loopholes for all those tax deductions. That’s what he was talking about. He wasn’t talking about raising taxes on the wealthy. He was talking about lowering everybody’s taxes. And for Barack Obama to once again just take this out of context, and try to play the Ronald Reagan card, to try to get people to support his positions, is just a bold-faced lie.”

Indeed it is. Rather than raising the capital-gains tax on successful investors or punishing wealthy people — which are Obama’s priorities — Reagan wanted full-bore pro-growth tax reform that would slash rates for everyone, simplify the tax system with only two brackets and eliminate tax shelters that allowed people to avoid paying any taxes at all.

As Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post has pointed out, what Reagan actually said in that June 1985 speech was, “We want to cut taxes, not opportunity. … By lowering everyone’s tax rates all the way up the income scale, each of us will have a greater incentive to climb higher, to excel, to help America grow.”

Economic guru and IBD contributor Larry Kudlow notes that Reagan, who lowered the cap-gains tax from 28% to 20% in his first term, actually wanted to cut it to 17.5% in his second. By slashing the top income-tax rate from 70% to 28%, Reagan unleashed our entrepreneurs and risk-takers, allowing them to create an unprecedented economic boom.

President Obama and his Buffett Rule would take us in a completely opposite direction. By increasing taxes on the wealthy, you discourage wealth creation.

If Obama indeed doesn’t get reelected, cleaning up after him is going to be an arduous task on many levels.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051812)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:15 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Young activists swell the ranks of Canada’s 15th March for Life

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Ottawa, Canada:

May 15, 2012 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Canada’s 15th annual National March for Life has broken attendance records by a dramatic margin, due in part to rising youth participation in the country’s pro-life movement.

“It’s been growing every year by thousands. Last year we had 15,000, and this year we had 19,500,” Campaign Life Coalition National Coordinator Mary Ellen Douglas told CNA on May 14.

“It is a significant increase,” she said, noting that the pro-life movement was “constantly growing” in Canada. The May 10 march to Parliament Hill was part of a three-day event in Ottawa, which also included a candlelight vigil, prayer services and Masses, banquets and a youth conference.

Local marches also took place in at least four other provinces, protesting the 1969 legislative act that made abortion legal in Canada as well as the 1988 decision that left the country with no abortion restrictions.

“Over 60 percent of the people who attended the march were under 30,” Douglas said. “It was alive with young people, with lots of enthusiasm, and with other people who are long-term veterans.”

In addition to the remarks delivered by pro-life and religious leaders, 17 members of Parliament also addressed the crowd. Population Research Institute President Steve Mosher, a prominent opponent of China’s one-child policy, gave an address at the Rose Dinner on Thursday evening.

On that same evening, an 800-strong crowd attended the youth banquet with an address by Reformed Presbyterian minister Reverend Patrick J. Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition. A day-long youth conference followed on Friday.

“It’s getting the attention of the media, who are shocked by the numbers,” Douglas observed. “Even though they try to diminish them all the time, they notice. They know that we’re there in force.”

Douglas, a 40-year veteran of the movement, said the timing of this year’s march was “providential,” coinciding with a motion in Parliament by Conservative MP Steven Woodworth.

“This motion is calling on Parliament to bring together science and the law – because the law of Canada says you’re not a human being until you’re fully emerged from the womb.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.