There are wars in all parts of the world whether one looks at the Middle East or Africa or the hills of Afghanistan, but no war entails the brutality and horror of that which is being waged in France upon the innocent people who happen to make lots of money. French President Francois Hollande is a noted SOCIALIST! And, what do SOCIALISTS do other than spending their days and nights thinking about schemes to take away the money of those who are JOB CREATORS? They impose high taxes upon the wealthy children of God! Hollande has pushed through a new tax plan that imposes a 75% tax rate on income over a million dollars. Oh my God! Think of the newly impoverished athletes who might be forced to live on a million a year! I suspect they will refuse to play at their top level of ability since they can not keep everything they were promised.
A bit of reality:
1. During World War II in the United States of America the top rate was 90%.
2. From 1945 until the 1970s the top rate in America was 70%. Believe it or not those were boom years for the middle class and for job creation.
3. Never underestimate the ability of wealthy folk to hire tax specialists who ensure they never pay more than 20%.
4. Just remember that Mitt Romney admitted to paying at a 17% tax rate!
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The war in Iraq is now part of our mysterious past, it happened so long, long ago, that memories of what was being told the American people have vanished into thin air. Ah, the famous “surge”led by the great General David Petraeus once filled our media with tales of defeating al-Qaeda and bringing peace and prosperity to the people of Iraq after their long nightmare under the tyrannical rule of Saddam Hussein. Remember how George and Dick and Don promised the people of America that once our forces had ended this cruel dictatorship then, somehow, democracy would emerge in the sad land of Iraq? There was certainty in their words,an aura of assurance they understood how to restore stability to the people of Iraq.
Yesterday, the current Shiite government of Maliki sent troops to arrest still another Sunni Iraq leader, Ahmad al Alawi and in the ensuing shoot out he died along with his bodyguards. This came after the former Sunni Finance minister and his bodyguards died at the hands of the government. And this came after the former Sunni Vice President, Tariq al-Hashemi was forced to flee the country for his life. The dictatorship of Saddam Hussein was replaced by the dictatorship of Maliki and his Shiite followers. Such was what we Americans brought to Iraq in the guise of “democracy.”
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Future historians will be writing books and articles concerning the spy policies of American presidents from Bush to Obama because a serious issue has become the greatest farce of modern times. Each day brings another example of the National Security Agency spying on this or that American ally. President Obama offers a serious face from which words emerge about another “study”to be made, and, perhaps, just perhaps, some action to be made about the right of America to spy on leaders who, allegedly, are our partners. The government of Israel is now furious over evidence the NSA spied on its leaders for years. Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz burst out with, “this thing is not legitimate. It is embarrassing between countries,” friendly ones, that is. I sometimes forget that we Americans are a “special people” who possess the right to spy on anyone who threatens “our security.” It is time for the United States to make a list of “special qualities” we possess that all nations of the world must respect.
For Israel, the issue is doubly upsetting. Thirty years ago, a man named Jonathan Pollard, spied for Israel in the United States, was caught, is still in prison and the government of Israel promised never again to spy in America. So, what is the end result, lock up for thirty years an Israel spy and then spy in the state of Israel.
Question: Does Israel get the right to lock up American spies and also receive a promise not to spy on them? Just asking.
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