You guys want a reason to vote Republican? Look how fucked up California is. Ran by Democrats, when the whole nation went right in the 2010 midterms California inexplicably went even further left.
Put this in your pipe and smoke it. We used to be the 5th largest economy in the world. Last count we're now 8th. And I shudder to think where we are now. Our roads are shit. I go to Texas, Colorado, AZ and in the larger cities the roads so far are pristine. Our roads are fucked up in all of the major cities.
With the 8th largest economy in the WORLD we spend 49th most in the nation on Education. Where the fuck is all our money going? Even that, we're perennially in the red with deficit spending up the yin yang.
Why is California's unemployment rate 3 points higher than the rest of the nation? Because we have attracted no business investment since 2000. Businesses are fleeing our state. We are ran by Democrats. Read this unbiased article (no mention of any party) to see the numbers and facts about our plight.
The Long Stall by Wendell Cox, City Journal Autumn 2011
#2 reason to vote Republican. Barack Obama. Guy is terrible. He is perfect for Congress. He should have stayed there. He's a terrible leader. He had no executive experience and it showed. He's real smart but you don't need someone smart, you can surround yourself with smart people. Jimmy Carter's intelligence was touted. Look what happened there. John Kerry was supposed to be smarter than George Bush but nobody ever told us Kerry's grades were worse than Bush's. But we heard ad nausea about Bush's grades. Higher intelligence in the Oval Office is vastly overrated.
Snowolf, I think that Reagan clip shows how he would fit right in with this current GOP. He called for a closing of loopholes while also calling for a lower tax rate which we got. He worked with Congress for bipartisan solutions. That's exactly what Paul Ryan proposed earlier this year with his budget proposal where he said let's close loopholes and then lower the tax rates down to 25%. That would be revenue neutral. Reagan lowered the top rates from 70% down to the 30's. He's very much in line with the tea party. Reagan closed loopholes, lowered rates, and eliminated a lot of rampant tax shelters.
By the way, what Obama wants is not a closing of "loopholes' It's just a tax surcharge. Huge difference. It's just a higher rate.
A loophole would be the current rule where a hedge fund manager can make millions but only pay capital gains taxes (15%) by classifying it as carried interest. That is a loophole. And that should be closed. They should pay ordinary income rates, same as everyone else.
Also note that Buffett himself disagrees with the Buffett rule.
Some guy making 50 million here playing baseball, his taxes won't change. Make $50 million a year appearing on television, his income won't change. But if they make a lot of money and they pay a very low tax rate, like me, it would be changed by a minimum tax that would only bring them up to what the other people pay."
The Buffett rule proposed by Obama just raises taxes on everyone over $1 million. Much further than what Buffett and Reagan called for.
Reagan is definitely more pragmatic than currently portrayed however. Many things he did defy his conservative image portrayed today. He just got shit done. IF you think about it him and Clinton are quite similar. Someone (maybe it was Maddow)called Clinton out for kowtowing to the Conservatives. Because a bunch of shit he did was Conservative as well. He shot back, that he just got shit done. He doesn't care about left/right when youre leading. You just did what you need to do for the people.