Thursday, September 18, 2008

Two for Me and None for You

News flash: Joe Biden declared today "wealthy Americans must pay more taxes to show patriotism".

Just less than a week ago, the very same Joe Biden released his income tax return over the past 10 years. Despite income ranging from $210,432 - $321,379 over the ten-year period, the Bidens have given only $120 - $995 per year to charity, which amounts to 0.06% - 0.31% of their income.

Wait, Obama wants to raise taxes on the wealthy Americans. To his definition, those who make more than $250,000 should anchor the government's revenue, i.e. Mr. Biden is unfortunately in the so-called evil wealthy group.

Considering how little Biden has given to charity, it makes you wonder how enthusiastic he is about paying more taxes of his own.

Two for me and none for you.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Buying Votes

When I was a kid in Taiwan, often times I heard of the scheme of buying votes during election years. Certain candidates would stop by your house then ask for your vote. Before they left, they dropped an envelop, in the name of personal gratitude. That was the bad 'ole days when Taiwanese were untrained and unaware of the spirit of democracy. In spite of it, my parents taught me well about the values and principles that hold together a just society. When I learned about the vote-buying scheme, I dismissed such a conduct right away. Decades later, I'm in the United States, which is supposed to have a highly evolved and mature democratic society. The educated Americans are supposed to bury the vote-buying scheme, a disgraceful political maneuver, long ago. Unfortunately, it is still alive, and being massively utilized, only disguised under a very different form.

We call it Obama's tax cut.

Ladies and gentlemen, 30 years of Republican tax policy have now completely eliminated federal income taxes on the poor and lower middle-income Americans, and almost eliminated them on middle America. The data have shown that the top 1 percent of income earners now pay 40 percent of all federal income taxes, which is almost double their share of the national income. The top 10 percent pay 71 percent of federal income taxes, though they earn just 39 percent of the nation's pretax income.

However, Obama proposes new income tax cuts for the low and moderate income and middle class, which Reagan Republicans have already eliminated most of their income tax liability. What is Obama talking about? Essentially what Obama proposes is to allow the federal government to redistribute the tax revenue to those who either pay little or pay no income tax. It is not a tax cut. It is a giveaway, a federal spending program that hides in the tax code.

What's more is that Obama says he will cut tax for 95% of Americans. Sounds good? Let's dive into it a little deeper. He proposes $500 refundable income tax credit for all but the top 5 percent of income earners. Conveniently, the bottom 40% of income earners will all get another $500 check from the Uncle Sam, rather than a reduction in tax liability, which Reagan Republicans have eliminated long ago.

It is very clear that Obama's tax proposal is a shameful huge government spending program, rather than a tax relief. It is also a vote-buying scheme, which bribes low-income voters for their ballots. Hey, vote for me now then you will get a juicy check later. It is a disgrace to the human dignity and an insult to human intelligence.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

A Star Was Born

Sarah Palin, a small-town hockey mom with 5 kids, beat all the odds to rise to the top of our national political stage. She doesn't have the Ivy league credential, nor a prestigious bloodline. She, just like you and I, is a regular American. We Americans mind our daily business, we pay our taxes, we help each other, and most importantly we love our country. The American spirit is about that everyone has the opportunity to succeed, and it is that spirit to bring me to America from the other side of the Pacific Ocean. To me and many many other Americans, Sarah Palin's story is inspirational. She signifies the beauty of our system.

But the elite media think we are stupid, and they think Palin is stupid, too.

Elite media promote progression, period. They despise the traditional values, although they rose to fame through the traditional system. Irony? No, they want monopoly. Once they destroy the system, they will be in the position to dictate a new system, just like the hierarchical system in the Western Europe. What the elite media are afraid of is the very same rise of hard-working Americans. They simply don't want you to know that the system is still functioning. As long as they can convince you that the system is broken, they can advocate their system. Sarah Palin's story threatens them, therefore, elite media want to destroy her.

Wait a minute, how about Obama? Isn't his story also inspirational? How come media is on his side? Rudy Giuliani nailed it last night: Obama's rise is remarkable in its own right — it’s the kind of thing that could happen only in America. The difference between Palin and Obama is that Palin advocates the existing system while Obama opposes the exsting system, even though both came through the very same system. To use simple English, Obama helps media making the case, while Palin sabotages media's case.

Nevertheless, Palin gives America a hope. In these dark hours of American history, when American values are under siege and people are losing faith in our system, Palin's rising reminds us that the very same system is not yet broken and our values are still strong. For too long, inspirational American stories have been ignored. Partisanship has overshadowed our political landscape. Americans were in despair, impatient ones are longing for change just for the sake of getting out of this stagnancy.

Despair no more. A star was born.

Palin has demonstrated that:

1. Integrity can make a difference
2. Ability to govern is not dictated by the Y chromosome
3. Inspiration is not from celebrity nor fairy tale. It is from the ordinary people meeting their daily challenges
4. It's common sense, not the sophisticated academic advice, to fulfill our potential
5. Heroes are all around us but we take them for granted
6. God has purposes for everyone of us, no matter how insignificant we believe we are.

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