Why it seems like it was just yesterday that we here at ‘Cuppa” were whining about how the excitement over Income Tax Terrorism was part of the Tea Party/GOP plot to provide the American public with yet another reason to hate President Obama. Oh, yeah, it was yesterday. Well never mind yesterday, because today Tax Paying is Patriotic…and it makes El Presidente look like a sure thing in the upcoming elections.
A tax time hangover… Some months ago candidate Willard Romney told South Carolina voters that he wouldn’t release his tax returns out of fear the Obama campaign would pick them apart. GOP voters in that state weren’t happy with his explanation and promptly dealt him a devastating primary loss. Romney quickly released his 2010 return and 2011 estimated taxes. Now it appears that ol’ Willard was right. The Obama campaign has demanded that Romney release an additional 23 years of tax returns (since that’s what he coughed up to Sen. McCain back when Romney was vetted for consideration as a Vice Presidential candidate.). And they want to know more, more and more. More about his Swiss Bank account. More about his Cayman Islands investment fund. And more about his 13.9 percent tax rate.
GOP Flip-flopping at the Buffet table… The Los Angeles Times reports:
With Tax Day a week away, President Obama is turning up the volume on his call for “tax fairness,” a central part of his campaign message and a weapon Democrats hope to use against Republicans in Congress.
In a speech in Florida on Tuesday, Obama is slated to restate his argument that the rich should pay at least 30% of their income in taxes, a principle dubbed the “Buffett rule” after billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who has said that he pays a lower percentage in income taxes than his secretary.
Obama’s remarks will set the stage for a Senate vote on the Buffett rule on Monday, the eve of Tax Day. The legislation is all-but certain to be blocked by GOP senators, who claim the rule is a campaign-year gimmick that could hurt small businesses and harm the economy.
Here’s the video of President Ronald Reagan arguing for the “Buffet rule”.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
DeMaio’s campaign to make San Diego the Wisconsin of the West (updated)… Right about this time last year, Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio fired up local Republicans at a “Unity” rally by asking the The Question. The answer was; “yes, yes and yes! Please make us more like Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin”, they said. Now we get to share the latest news out of Cheeseland: Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) quietly signed three controversial bills Thursday. The legislation includes:
Severe restrictions on abortions, including a ban on abortion coverage in policies obtained through a set to be created under the federal health care reform law starting in 2014. Women seeking abortions must now undergo an exam and consult with a doctor alone, away from her friends and family. The doctor must determine whether someone is pressuring the woman into the procedure. Doctors who break the law could be charged with a felony.
Anti-contraception education rules, meaning that teachers in schools that offer sex education must stress abstinence as the only sure way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Declares that sex education teachers do not have to address contraception.
Repealing the state’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which had offered individuals legal recourse to fight wage discrimination based on race, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or other factors.
Somebody needs to ask Carl if his program for San Diego includes these measures. Certainly, he’ll need these planks to sync up with the Grand Old Party’s broad appeal to women voters.
Ask Carl? I think not!… From the Nathan Fletcher campaign comes this hard hitting video. Yeah, buddy, this is gonna be a great campaign! Order up some popcorn! http://www.youtube.com/watch?
At least Romney’s winning the nomination… A new tradition in political journalism is emerging; one that eerily parallels the Sport’s Illustrated curse on athletes… You know that Rick Santorum is out of the race this year because he’s made the cover of The Advocate, the dead tree journalism flagship of Gay media. And if Santorum doesn’t realize that he’s finished as a candidate, perhaps the $2 million ad buy that Romney’s made on the airwaves in Pennsylvania will drive that point home.