Another Obama pick can’t pay taxes correctly

Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama’s nominee to become Health and Human Services secretary, said in a letter obtained by the Associated Press that she made “unintentional errors” on her taxes and has corrected her returns from three different years.

In the letter, which was sent to senators and dated today, Sebelius wrote that she had made changes related to charitable contributions, business expenses and the sale of a home, according to the AP.

Ok lets be fair here, perhaps the tax code is just too complicated for these people.  Maybe a flat tax would help them sort things out.  Just saying.


Cigarette tax, expect more

The assault on the American working public continues.  Now we have the largest tobacco tax in history.  The federal government will increase the tax on tobacco by over 200%.  There are groups that claim a high tax hike during an economic downturn is a great incentive to stop smoking.  But is that the real reason for the hike.  The government claim is that this hike will be used for medical cost of young children.  Am I missing something here?  Are there more young kids smoking now?  It that a health problem or simply one more “it’s for the children” tactics. 

I don’t smoke cigarettes and only an occasionally smoke a cigar or pipe.  This tax won’t have much affect on me directly but what worries me is elitist that believe their way of living is how we all must live combined with the governments continual desire for more of our money.  Big governments ability to create more laws without regard to personal rights is growing. Granted, taxing something that is addictive (cigarettes mainly) is a great way to create a revenue stream that won’t end.  They really don’t want you to stop smoking, they just want more money. 

This goes right alone with the seat belt laws.   While I wear a seat belt every time I drive and I wouldn’t think of not having my son buckled up how did the federal government get the right to decide my day to day decisions for me?  Along with camera stop lights this is purely revenue enhancement for those that want to give our money away. 

You see the problem is these laws don’t affect those that make them.  Just look at how many congressmen can’t pay their taxes or have ethical issues.  We are letting the worst in our society decide for us how to live. Is that a good idea?  Shouldn’t government be limited? 

If conservatives and libertarians would have remembered this the last eight years maybe we wouldn’t be facing so many assaults on our liberty that we see today.  I fully expect things to get much worse before we finally decide it’s enough.

You did not toe the party line Mr. President

The European Union’s current President, Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek of the Czech Republic seems to have a definite rebel streak.  I like this guy. 


E.U. President Calls U.S. Stimulus ‘Way to Hell’

BRUSSELS — Transatlantic tension over the handling of the global economic crisis intensified on Wednesday when the prime minister of the Czech Republic, which holds the European Union presidency, described the U. S. stimulus measures as the “way to hell.”…

…Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek argued that the Obama administration’s fiscal package and financial bailout “will undermine the stability of the global financial market.”…

…While Mr. Obama in recent weeks has pleaded with European partners to stimulate the economy, countries including the Czech Republic that endured decades of Communism are deeply suspicion of state intervention….

…One E.U. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said the comments reflected that, unlike other East European countries such as Hungary, the Czech economy has proved relatively resilient.

“He is sitting in the Czech Republic,” the official said “where growth is holding up relatively well and a fiscal stimulus makes no sense.”…

Martin Schulz, leader of the socialist group in the European Parliament, said that the description of the Obama recovery plans as “the road to hell” was “not the level on which the E.U. ought to be operating with the United States.”

“You have not understood what the task of the E.U. presidency is,” Mr. Schulz told the Czech prime minister. …

Why are we depressed? Victor Davis Hanson sums it up.

Thoughts About Depressed Americans

I was always an advocate of informality, of casualness, but now when on a plane, in a restaurant, at Starbucks, I am struck by the rare well-dressed person who does not crowd. How odd the extra-polite woman, who conducts herself with charm and grace at the counter, or the gentleman who opens doors, says excuse me, and whose intelligent conversation I enjoy listening in on—like a dew drop to someone thirsting in the desert. In contrast, when the punk walks by, with radio blaring, mumbling obscenities, flashing the ‘I’ll kill you’ stare,” it all leaves me in depression.

Worse still, on the opposite end of the scale, is the master of the universe who elbows his way onto a plane while he blares on the telephone and blocks the aisle. I feel creepy after walking through an electronics store and seeing some of the video game titles and covers.

In short, I don’t want to hear any more Viagra or Cialis ads, no more douche commercials—please no more talking heads about penises that are enlarging, hardening, stimulated on the public air waves.

The sum of these foul parts is smothering us. I don’t want to know that there is a new sex clinic opening in Fresno, or hear another ad about how I can skip out on my credit card debt, or that some sort of food is stuck to my intestinal walls like spackle and paste unless I buy some gut cleansing product.

At some point, we need to say enough is enough, and try to find some sense of honor and decorum in these times of crisis. My god, the entire country has become some sort of Rousseauian nightmare, as if the Berkeley Free Speech Area circa 1970 is now the public domain, as if the culture of the Folsom cell block is now the national ethos.

I can’t argue with anything he says.

Do we really want to trust their results? Global Warming?

Explorers On Global Warming Expedition Stranded in North Pole by Cold Weather

Look I feel for these guys.  I’ve never been to the North Pole but I hear it’s kind of cold up there.  I was however stationed in Alaska so my sympathy only goes so far.  What I do know is that I don’t want any global warming conferences held here in Colorado right now as I’m ready for spring and I don’t really want anymore cold right now.

There is simply too much to comment on

In the past I would look through the news and find something that interested me and make a comment.  These days there is so much that makes no sense that to comment seems irrelevant.  If I say anything about the AIG bonuses I really need say something about the payouts to the AIG creditor foreign banks.  But will it matter?  Nope.  Hell Fannie Mae seems to be doing the same thing.  So much for congressional oversight on those bail outs.  

I could comment on the many Administration appointees that have Tax issues or plain-ass criminal issues but it never ends.  I mean, are there no qualified people to work in Government these days?  It would seem not. 

I bought a new car recently and noticed the dealership was packed.  So I wonder what is up with this economic downturn?  It’s not that I don’t think there is one but WTF.  How can so many be buying new cars when all we hear is how bad the auto business is these days. 

So I’m just going to have a drink (as I wait for my Macanudo Maduros to arrive) sit on the side and ride out this strange “hope and change” ride we are on.


Oh and Glenn Beck is not a wacko as the left would have you believe.  But he is funny.

Not all banks failing,

It seems Alaskan banks are doing pretty well in the downturn.

According to regulatory filings at the end of last year, all of the state’s major banks exceeded federal regulators’ threshold for maintaining enough financial backing to cover the risk of failed loans. And that includes the three banks — Wells Fargo, Key Bank and Alaska Pacific Bancshares — that accepted money from the U.S. Treasury as part of its Troubled Asset Relief Program, otherwise known as the national bank bailout or TARP.

Credit unions also seem to be doing OK, though they say they are affected by the financial woes of their customers.

"Most credit unions in Alaska are well capitalized but these are tough times," said James Wileman, president of the Alaska Credit Union League.  

Damn who is that Governor up there?  I think it’s a women to. 


No I don’t think Sara Palin is the reason Alaska’s banking seems to be doing ok but still.