John Dryden the England’s Restoration Period’s great literary poet and playwright once said, “It is better to shun the bait, than struggle in the snare” (1631-1700). I don’t think a quote could be more true for a period in our own history than that one is right now. We should heed Dryden’s cautious advice, to avoid the bait lest we find ourselves struggling against a tight and suffocating snare.
The American people are like a mischief of mice and the federal government, under Barrister Barack Obama, has found a way to lure the horde of us with a string laden with a chunk of stinky cheese and for some reason weâ€™re taking the bait.Â Like a hungry cluster of rodents we follow.Â What most mice donâ€™t realize is that the cheese is the decoy and following the gratification of gaining the prize, comes the quick snap of the trap and after we realize we are unable to escape its too late!
The Barack Bailout has done a fabulous job of baiting the people of this nation with a meager $13.00 a week.Â Â Â If I must â€¦that is a whopping $1.85 a day.Â Barry, with a straight face, on the news proudly announced that on April Foolâ€™s Day Americans will receive the windfall, middle-class tax cut; he promised them all throughout his campaign.Â Listening and watching him I couldnâ€™t believe my eyes or ears. I thought to myself, â€œIs this guy serious? Are there that many simple people out there?â€
The cheddar attached to the end of the string, which our benevolent leader has placed before us as a enticement involves more than a tidbit of change in our weekly check, which by the way couldnâ€™t even buy a pound of Jarlsberg.Â It involves the anticipation of sweet revenge being meted out to all those evil businesses, home mortgage company sharks, shyster car salesmen, banks and rich devils who will at long last get their due.
The Obama administration is proficient when it comes to justifying the doling out of our hard earned money to the indigent as a way of philanthropically â€œredistributing the wealthâ€.Â He is a master at nurturing equity as a means of gaining political power, fostering class warfare and painting the successful as the enemy.
Barack Obama is great at making those who he defines as the victims believe they are going to receive a full reprieve from all accountability and control, which upon biting that bait, those same beneficiaries find such a belief to be patently false.Â Kind of like when we found out the tax cut for the middle class came to fourteen cents less than two dollars a day.
So as you open your mouth to take your first taste of that Big Mac, which you purchased with an advance on the $1.85 per day that hasnâ€™t hit your paycheck yet.Â Take a good hard look at that cheese and before you settle into thinking that anything that the government provides for you comes without a price, think again!Â It would be best to remove the cheese from your burger to prevent yourself from stimulating an appetite for something you might not be able to resist.
Collect yourself and step away from the public trough.Â Letâ€™s learn from that horde of mice that got a whiff of some cheese and when intoxicated disregarded the snare as they rushed for the bait and too late found it impossible to either struggle free or survive.
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I was all excited this morning when I found out that I was getting $13.00 a week in tax rebates from the Obama Spend-a-Rama. I mean itâ€™s hard to not consider, when hearing numbers in the trillions, â€œHey, whatâ€™s in this for me?â€ This morning, upon rising, good news finally filled my â€œcatastrophically crisisâ€ filled head. I found out that I too was getting a cut of the â€œstimulusâ€ spoils. Running through my mind like a ticker-tape was a list of things I could get with all that money. My options ran from 1,300 pieces of penny bubble gum a week, to a Tom Cruise DVD of the movie â€œCocktailâ€, to a Hall & Oates in Concert CD. I mean it was just yesterday that I was humming the tune, â€œItâ€™s a Hard Knock Lifeâ€ from the Annie soundtrack today; it was â€œFortunate Sonâ€ by Credence Clearwater Revival providing the background music for these happy, dancing feet.
I felt like James Wilson Marshall when he struck gold in California 161 years ago. I mean in the Czech Republic, you can buy yourself a visit to the government funded socialism paid for doctor for $1.85. What could be better? So you can imagine my disappointment when I realized that the devil was in the details. The bill wasnâ€™t even off the press and my $1.85 per day was already being whittled away. I was thrilled about being able to go to 7-11, where I know Iâ€™ll soon be going for my own yearly checkups, for a paper and a coffee every morning with my stimulus booty. I knew I would have to budget carefully since the NY Post recently increased in price to 75 cents, which would leave me with only $1.10 for a cup of Joe. This meant that in order to come in under budget Iâ€™d have to downsize to a medium from a large, but Iâ€™m reminded that itâ€™s time for national â€œsacrificeâ€ so Iâ€™m more than willing to forfeit a couple of ounces of French Roast Java to exhibit my commitment to patriotism.
However, after reading an AP report, upon arriving at work with my pre-stimulus provided Sumatra, I found out, much to my dismay, thatâ€¦
The $500-per-worker credit for lower- and middle-income taxpayers that Obama outlined during his presidential campaign was scaled back to $400 during bargaining by the Democratic-controlled Congress and White House. Couples would receive $800 instead of $1,000. Over two years, that move would pump about $25 billion less into the economy than had been previously planned.
Officials estimated it would mean about $13 a week more in people’s paychecks this year when withholding tables are adjusted in late spring. Next year, the measure could yield workers about $8 a week. Critics say that’s unlikely to do much to boost consumption.
“The most highly touted tax cut in the original proposal now translates into $7.70 a week for middle-class workers,” said Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky (AP, Economic stimulus package on track for final votes, Andrew Taylor, Feb 12/09).
I was flooredâ€¦my $1.85 per day, $13.00 per week, $52.00 per month, $624.00 per year tax rebate, on average, had suffered a 40% decrease in rebate plunder between home and work! I nearly burst out crying when I realized that I was reduced to having to trade in my $13.00 â€œCocktailâ€ purchase, for an alternate $7.70, â€œDragon Talesâ€ DVD appropriately entitled, â€œYes We Can!â€ What a shock to my â€œhopeâ€ and â€œchangeâ€ system. The Democratic Congress and our newly elected President were just about convincing me that the promise of upper-class, $250K earner pillage awaited me in the years to come and that my $13.00 rebate was just a teaser for the treasure that was about to befall me.
Itâ€™s hard to believe that in less than eight hours my daily rebate has been reduced to $1.10, which works out to a rousing $400.40 dollars a year. I was grateful though because my $7.70 a week, with gas at $2.10 per gallon and going up, had provided me the means to buy four additional gallons of gasoline per week. This subsidized gas money comes in very handy at this time in our economic history because I live only about a mile from my job. With the help of this stimulus bill I can get back and forth to my place of employment where I toil awayÂ in anticipation of my income tax rates going up.Â My job assures me that I have ample means to cover the cost of the very bill, which provided me with the $7.70 in the first place.
When I regained my composure and tempered my out-of-control ebullient gratitude toward my new President and his economic team I realized that my bottom line might be lacking following the impending expiration of the Bush tax cuts, which have been promised to be dropped by President Obama’s senior economic adviser. It was quite a wake-up call when I realized that the tax rebate I was lauding in the a.m. may very be the death knell to my yearly income in the p.m. According to Larry Summers, any idea of renewing the Bush tax cuts, set to expire in 2010, is a â€œdead issueâ€. Summers, a former Treasury secretary and head of the White House’s National Economic Council, made clear to â€œMeet the Pressâ€ host David Gregory that, â€œObama is committed to allowing the tax cuts to dieâ€ (Newsmax, Summers: Bush Tax Cuts Wonâ€™t Be Extended, 1-25-09).
While it is true that I had been granted a campaign promised â€œdistribute the wealth, punish the richâ€ tax refund I quickly realized that if my calculations were correct my tax proceeds may still leave me owing the federal government money at the end of the year! The thought of it changed my choice of beverage from a medium French Roast at 7-11 to a pricey dry Martini with an olive.
Thanks to the Bush tax cuts, my husband and I presently profit from about $3000.00 extra dollars per year in our pockets. Now, if my math is correct, even with my new Obama-Rama yearly tax rebate of $400.40 I will still owe the federal government approximately $2599.60 a year after 2010. If Iâ€™m correct this works out to $50.00 less per week in my paycheck! This morning I was ahead by $13.00 per week and tonight Iâ€™m down $50.00. Now thatâ€™s a major plummet from the heights of promised riches. The â€œhope and changeâ€ tax rebate gives me $7.70 dollars a week, which means that after my tax rebate expires in 2010, Iâ€™ll only have to pay $50.00 per week instead of an exorbitant $57.70? Is that how it works? Wouldnâ€™t it be better for me to be allowed to keep my $57.70 and Obama gets to keep his magnanimous $7.70? Fifty-seven dollars and seventy cents a week provides me with a much more formidable $8.25 a day, which more than covers a coffee and a paper.
So this afternoon Iâ€™m just sitting drinking burnt, cold coffee from a flimsy Styrofoam cup, purchased from the local deli, reading a copy of yesterdayâ€™s paper I found in the trash. The realization is harsh when I realize Iâ€™m no longer the appreciative recipient of the 1 trillion dollar Obama-Share-a-Rama that I was this morning but rather just another cash-strapped casualty of a big government Obama-Tax-a-Rama.
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