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Jim DeMint Assails GOP “Fiscal Cliff” Plan

FINALLY … AT LEAST ONE “REPUBLICAN” WHO ISN’T SELLING OUT THE  TAXPAYERS While his fiscally liberal “Republican” colleagues are rushing to embrace tax hikes, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is standing firm against the GOP’s ongoing betrayal of its low tax principles. The fiscal conservative champion issued a stern rebuke to the…

FINALLY … AT LEAST ONE “REPUBLICAN” WHO ISN’T SELLING OUT THE  TAXPAYERS

While his fiscally liberal “Republican” colleagues are rushing to embrace tax hikes, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is standing firm against the GOP’s ongoing betrayal of its low tax principles.

The fiscal conservative champion issued a stern rebuke to the “fiscal cliff” compromise tendered this week by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner – a plan which includes $800 billion in tax hikes.  Boehner’s plan is a counteroffer to the $1.6 trillion tax hike proposal being pushed by U.S. President Barack Obama.

“Speaker Boehner’s $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny,” DeMint said in a statement.  “Republicans must oppose tax increases and insist on real spending reductions that shrink the size of government and allow Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money.”

Indeed … if for no other reason than that’s what the situation calls for.

Seriously … the best way to get rid of our deficit is to get rid of unnecessary government and pump that money into the economy – like former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul proposed.

Ironically the 2012 GOP platform called for a constitutional amendment that would require a super-majority of the U.S. Congress to approve any tax increase – “with exceptions for only war and national emergencies.”  It also included a modest spending cap “so that future Congresses cannot balance the budget by raising taxes.”

That platform was approved less than four months ago, people …

Good for DeMint – one of the few Republicans in Washington, D.C. who is actually holding the party accountable to its stated beliefs.  And shame on U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) for supporting job-crippling tax hikes … again.

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61 comments

Crooner December 4, 2012 at 11:10 am

Dude:

If you’re agreeing with this idiot it’s past time to re-evaluate.

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BigT December 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm

FITS: See what these LEFTWING nutjob @$$-kissers REALLY think of you…if you are what you claim to be…LMAO…

You better get back down on your kneews…Suck em or face their hatred…Hahahaha…

I love it when a moderate play-pretty “libertarian”-Liberal, like FITS,and and a classic Leftwing Idiot Clash…LMAO….

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Ken E. December 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

Someone posted on your Tom Rice thread yesterday, and it still holds true: How do tax increases destroy jobs, but massive spending cuts don’t?

This is the same group that three weeks ago was saying “OMG. Obama gutted $716B out of Medicare!! Be afraid!” Now they’re saying, “We need to cut all that and more out of Medicare and Medicaid.” I believe Sen. Bob Corker said that the cuts to Medicare must be “painful”. But God forbid we raise taxes a couple of percent to pay for anything.

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Smirks December 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

Of course, after the election we get to see what they really want to protect. Taking an axe to old and poor people is negotiable, but making the rich pay up isn’t? Priorities, priorities.

Tick tock. Once we’re over the cliff, Obama only has to negotiate tax cuts for the working class and maybe a few additional cuts. Republicans will have absolutely no leverage then, any opposition at that point would be opposing tax cuts for the middle class. If Obama’s smart, he’ll stick to his guns.

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? December 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm

“How do tax increases destroy jobs, but massive spending cuts don’t?”

The Austrian viewpoint is that gov’t spending takes capital out of the pockets of private industry that would supply more jobs for the same amount of capital.

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Ken E. December 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

And since federal taxes are at the lowest point in 40 or so years and private industry is holding onto trillions of of capital, when is the Austrian viewpoint going to work in practice for this downturn?

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Ohmaar December 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm

It’s simple, really: any dollar a business owner sends to Washington is a dollar that’s not being spent expanding the business or paying an employee.

Just look at the historical evidence. Tax revenue was rising year-over-year from 2003 through 2007. When Democrats took control of Congress in 2007, business owners knew it would result in increases in government spending and subsequently higher tax rates. Business owners, leery of the unexpected, began shifting to a “hold” strategy, protecting assets and scuttling investments that could fail from unexpected economic turns.

Due to the business “freeze”, revenues fell from 2008 through 2010. The “conservative revolution” of the 2010 midterm elections offered business owners a bit of relief, and revenue expanded in 2011, but the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare caused business owners to return to the flight from risk and even begin downsizing their labor force to stay under new limits imposed by Obomacare.

The expiration of the “Bush tax cuts” (even if only on the highest income-earners), enactment of new Obamacare regulations and further uncertainty caused by GOP wavering on core conservative principles will turn out to be a trifecta of economic doom in 2013.

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? December 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

“And since federal taxes are at the lowest point in 40 or so years”

And that makes sense given we haven’t balanced a budget for that long, still…I always like links…all that aside ABCT suggests that the consummption of dollars by gov’t actually crowds out private capital(and expenditure naturally). So the issue of taxes while important is one dynamic in extreme complexity that can’t successfully be managed by a central authority.

I’m not going to give you the whole run down but if you’re truly interested in a differing viewpoint you can read “Economics in one lesson” by Hazlitt. Getting a little deeper you can reference “The Mystery of Banking” by Rothbard but for some technical analysis “Prices & Production” by economics Nobel Prize winner Friederich Hayek.

From that perspective the “solution” is to both cut gov’t and taxes.

“and private industry is holding onto trillions of of capital”

That is a blanket statement with no regard to the history of capital held nor the reason(if increasing-which you didn’t claim) why companies are doing so.(I don’t know too many people running around with $5 in their checking account)

If you want to explain your statement further I’d be happy to try to answer anything you want further, but the “solution” from Austrian perspective I’ve noted above-obviously most disagree with it.

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MountainPenelope December 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

We don’t, thank God, live in Austria with all the wealthy ex-(or, not so ex-)Nazis, nor should we adhere to their version of economics.

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CNSYD December 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

Yawn!! National reaction to anything DeMinted says.

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Trevor Bauknight December 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

The only real problems with the idea that we’re going to cut “unnecessary government” and “shovel the money we save into the economy” is that 1) we’d mostly be cutting necessary government, not the unnecessary and grandiose burning of cash that goes by the name of the Defense Dept. and 2) we’d mostly be shoveling money, not into the economy, but into the foreign bank accounts of sociopaths like Mitt Romney, like the handful of men that have managed to accumulate more wealth than two thirds of their fellow countrymen combined.

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Trevor Bauknight December 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

And Ken, the Republicans had the same $716 billion in Medicare cuts that the Dems had. They just choose to give the money “back” to the insurance companies, while the Obama plan would allot it to some other government (AKA you and me) purpose.

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Smirks December 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

“Speaker Boehner’s $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny,”

Earth to DeMinted, we have a trillion dollar deficit per year to pound down before we can reduce our national debt “by a single penny.” And yes, there are three things that are causing the trillion-dollar deficit: the state of the economy, spending too much, and insufficient revenue. The deficit WILL NOT disappear without all three being addressed. Given the economy will eventually recover, what we can do now is fix the other two issues to at least shrink the deficit.

Which means giving up the tax cuts for the rich and closing loopholes abused by the large corporations, and not just until the economy recovers. DeMint doesn’t want this. While he’s perfectly fine with butchering just about any program that helps Americans, he urges his fellow Republicans to not give the upper crust a taste of the very same medicine.

I bet DeMint is smart enough to realize that it would require taking a chainsaw to just about every program that Americans hold dear to close the deficit and start paying down the debt without tax hikes, and that would guarantee the GOP’s demise.

Plus, who is DeMint kidding? Republicans want more funds freed up to engage in more wars and increased defense spending, along with corporate subsidies for industries that donate generously to them. The GOP doesn’t want to fix the deficit or the debt. They never did. That’s exactly why they created huge deficits during the Bush administration, their cuts caused tax receipts to drop and they raised spending anyways. Now they want to undo one, but not the other?

I bet DeMint is thanking his lucky stars that the best SC was able to come up with to go against him was Alvin Greene.

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Peanut December 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

“Seriously … the best way to get rid of our deficit is to get rid of unnecessary government and pump that money into the economy – like former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul proposed.”

As usual, Smirks’ comments and questions are among the most logical and non-political at the post. Yes, free-spending republicans are part of the debt crisis, and voters rejected Mitt Romney’s solution on November 6th. Bush and fellow republicans got us into America’s longest-lasting war, and his administration — specifically SEC Chairman Chris Cox — stood by as financial institutions misled millions into buying homes they could not afford.

Now thank goodness the democrats are winding down the war and passed the Frank-Dodd Act to prevent more irresponsible behavior by banks. DeMint wants to dismantle Frank-Dodd, increase defense spending when the DOD wants to reduce it, and maintain tax rates when voters rejected that.

And Ron Paul? Last time I checked, he didn’t make it through the republican primary and his best friend Mitt didn’t make it through the general election.

No, the party’s over, the lights are back on, and it’s time to get back to work and get real, Sen. DeMint.

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Old Bike Dude December 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Alvin is looking better everyday.

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SparkleCity December 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm

“Smirks” is the senior emeritis(sp??) poster on this blog.

he/she has earned my respect.

Speaking of “Deminted”

During the XM/Sirius acquisition/merger/whatever Rep. Cohen was the hot on the trail of the BS that Mel Karmazin and his cohorts were doing to “snooker” the FCC into allowing the merger/acquisition even though the FCC charter was for two SEPERATE satellite radio entities. Rep. Cohen and a number of consumer groups as well as terra radio broadcasting lobbys were opposed to the acquisition/merger.

All groups basicaly said the same thing; that having only ONE satellite radio company violated the charter, and would result in less competition,higher subscriber costs, and a decrease in quality programming – all of the warnings were 100% CORRECT.

At the time, I was a rabid satellite radio supporter (XM was my satellite radio service – at the time it was widely acknowledged that XM had the best programming and hardware)> I wrote Rep. Inglis, and Senators Grahmn and Demint. I got milktoast answers from Inglis and Grahmn about not being in favor of the merger. DeMint (by way of some kiss-ass aide0 sent a reply that Demint was in favor of the merger and NEVER opposed any mergers no matter what. later on after the merger/acquisition DeMint pubically and on record crowed how that the merger would result in more choices and would result in more “family-oriented programming”.

Demint basically used my letter as a template to say something on record that he knew little about or gave a rat’s ass about but used the merger to score points with the “family values” crowd

Everything I posted is 100% fact

There’s your Demint for you.

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Karolyn December 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm

You are so right! I can just see the thousands of homeless and hungry on the streets of Columbia now. Oh, my, how will our aristocratic republicans handle that? Send them to debters’ prison! Off with their heads! Maybe Demint should do what Neward, NJ mayor Cory Booker is doing – eating on $5 per day for a month, which is what the typical SNAP recipient gets for food. I seriously doubt he would do that. God forbid the PTBs have to do without!

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Colascguy December 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

Keynes vs. Hayek
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTQnarzmTOc
Yes it is way oversimplified if you need the full dose read “The Road to Serfdom”

Even Keynes did not believe in unlimited stimulus spending by governments

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BigT December 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

DeMint: One of the MOST respected and ethical men in America.

If DeMint is against it…it’s BAD policy…

DeMint is the de-facto Leader of the Conservative Movement in America. And technically much more of a LEADER than the Idiot using our White House to party and waste.

Heed DeMint’s advice, and you will survive…Ignore it and you need to move on…

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vicupstate December 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

There was an election. Senator Dimwit and his ilk lost. They need to face reality.

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President Bachmann December 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

The only accurate statement is DeMint is the de-facto Leader of the Conservative Movement in America.

Ethical? Respected? In the same fantasy world where you dream he actually looks like Ronald Reagan. You believe this and j.o.’d to it as well.

BTW, don’t ever disrepect Ronald Reagan like that again. He wouldn’t bother with trash like this guy.

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Jan December 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Which advice? His advice from September or his advice today. He is a real Romney wannabe. Flipping and flopping like a fish out of water.

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south mauldin December 4, 2012 at 11:57 am

This asshole supported the Iraq War. How does he wish to pay for that, and the thousands of disability claims being filed by veterans of that war?

And if you think he still doesn’t to run for President in 2016, you’re kidding yourself. Go ahead and get on the bandwagon, T.

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SparkleCity December 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Demint is a “Chickenhawk” from WAY back.

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Bumpkin December 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I remember Demint voting for the Iraq war. Now we’ve got 18 veterans committing suicide every day — http://www.armytimes.com/news/2010/04/military_veterans_suicide_042210w/.

Don’t believe Demint’s kids attended that particular war.

Since the VA isn’t part of the DOD, I presume Demint has the VA on the chopping block as an unnecessary, frivolous, do-nothing agency. Chop, chop, chop.

I suppose Demint would ax the Veterans Crisis Line http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/index.asp as all of those suicidal veterans are a burden to society.

He’s for more aircraft carriers, stealth bombers, submarines and military bases the military says we don’t need, but fuck those veterans, right?

Country Joe & The Fish
Vietnam Song (Live From Woodstock)

Intro Spoken
Give me an “F! …”F”!
Give me a “U”! …”U”!
Give me a “C”! …”C”!
Give me a “K”! …”K”!
WHATS THAT SPELL? …”FUCK!” (x5)

Well come on all of you big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again,
He got himself in a terrible jam, way down yonder in Vietnam,
Put down your books and pick up a gun, we’re gunna have a whole lotta fun.

CHORUS
And its 1, 2, 3: What are we fightin for?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
The next stop is Vietnam,
And its 5, 6, 7: Open up the pearly gates.
Well, there ain’t no time to wonder why.
WHOOPEE! We’re all gonna die.

Now come on Wall Street don’t be slow.
Why man, this’s war a-go-go!
There’s plenty good money to be made
Supplyin’ the army with the tools of the trade.
Just hope and pray that when they drop the bomb, they drop it on the Vietcong.

CHORUS

Now come on, generals, let’s move fast.
Your big chance is here at last.
At night you go out and get those reds ‘cuz the only good commie is one that’s dead.
You know that peace can only be won when you blow ’em all to kingdom come.

CHORUS

(Spoken)- Listen people. I don’t know you expect to ever stop the war if you can’t sing any better than that. There’s about 300,000 of you fuckers out there. I want you to start singing!

CHORUS

Now come on mothers throughout the land, pack your boys off to Vietnam.
Come on fathers, don’t hesitate.
Send your sons off before its too late.
Be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box!

CHORUS

Alrite !!!!!!!

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Recovering Lobbyist December 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I am personally routing for the fiscal cliff. I will take a beating on my taxes, but the combination of tax increases and spending cuts will result in an 80 percent reduction in the Federal deficit in 4 years. I think all of the hand wringing about a recession is crap. The economy will slow a bit initially, only because Federal spending will slow, but there will be a long-term stimulative effect to a Federal government that pays its bills without whipping out the credit card.

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? December 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm

“the combination of tax increases and spending cuts will result in an 80 percent reduction in the Federal deficit in 4 years. ”

So where do you get that number? Link please.

Or are you referring to cuts to spending increases?(as most pols do)

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Smirks December 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Letting the tax cuts expire for the middle class would actually be pretty bad. That’s probably the worst part of the fiscal cliff, though.

Besides that, sequestration is nice, but we could afford to cut more.

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njoying it December 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm

SIC-Lets see now- republican platform includes ability to raise taxes for war or national emergency. If this isn’t a national emergency I really hope I never see one. And we did have “wars” on two fronts under the last republican administration that were fought with tax breaks for top earners in place. Not a real good idea, eh? So now we have to pay up for that failure that spent at minimum of 2 billion per week on making sure those “weapons of mass destruction”
the Iraqis did not have were found. Can anyone say Haliburton or Blackwater? I know numerous law enforcement and ex-milatary types that worked for those companies that made two years salary for a two month gig with Blackwater. The USA fights wars with mercenaries?? Yep we did. All while the poor fuckers that were doing the real fighting aren’t making shit. Pisses me off til this day.

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Bill December 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Jim the “DeMinted,” is so crooked and so full of Koch Brother’s PAC money, that when he dies. They will have to screw him into the ground!!

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Billionaire Bob December 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Hey Senator Jim DeMint, I’m a billionaire. When do I get that blowjob you promised me?

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? December 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

GOP Lucy: “Come on Charlie Brown, kick the ball I’ll hold it for you.”

Charlie Brown-R: “No Lucy, you do this every time, I’m not falling for it this time.”

GOP Lucy: “No, I swear I’ll hold it for this time. I’m putting on a big show against the “evil” Dems to show you I’m committed to holding this ball for you.”

Charlie Brown-R: “Alright Lucy, you’ll hold it this time, right?”

GOP Lucy: “Yes Charlie Brown, I promise.”

Chalie Brown: Tries to kick the ball and Lucy pulls it away and he slips and falls on his back. “Why do I fall for this every time?”

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Smirks December 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Reminds me of this:

robertariail.com/2012/11/30/peanuts/

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? December 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

That’s pretty cool Smirks, similar concept…different sucker(the average Joe Sixpack was mine, he uses the GOP leadership).

Truth be told though, we both borrowed it from Schultz. :)

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Old Bike Dude December 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

My covert plan to deal with this turd. Gonna add Melanotan to his Alprostadil. He will be defeated in a landslide.

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jerome ennis December 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm

We need to shrink the Size, Power and Expenditures of the U.S. Government Bureaucracy by about 80 to 85 percent, all of which are Unconstitutional and Worthless to begin with.

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SCBlues December 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Anything that Jim DimWit is for – I am against.

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Robert December 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I watched interview with Warren Buffett last week. I think he knows more about economy and money than any of the idiots in Washington.

He believes taxes should be raised on earners of $500K and up. And change the dividend laws. And says this notion that taxes will kill investment or jobs is bull.

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BigT December 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Buffet just wants to keep making billions off of of Dumb F^&ks like you…

He’ll tell you Stupid Son of a B!*ches anything you want to hear, as long as you keep filling his pockets w/ that gold, he thinks he can take w/ him to the grave…

Dumb@$$….

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? December 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Warren Buffett is a crony capitalist and direct benefitter of gov’t largese via bailed out banks. In fact, he made the move into them right before the bailout.

He wasn’t always this way.

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Tom December 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm

So now you are bashing Buffett for taking making a risky investment in the middle of a crisis and winning.

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? December 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

“risky investment”?!?!

LMAO!

They had the backing of the printing press and you call it a “risky investment”?

Seriously, are you joking?

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Karolyn December 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Big T – Buffet is a real American philanthropist. Remember when he called on fellow billionaires to pay more taxes? Did he get any bites? Nooooooo. As long as they’re snug as bugs in their rugs, they could care less what happens to us peons. the tax rate on the highest bracket was 95% in 1945 for the war effort. Now it’s 17%? Give me a break! In 1918 it was 70%+-. They’re doing really well on our backs!

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Robert December 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Buffett admits he has made a buttload of money via our dumbass corporate laws.

I suppose if he took a firm stance and said fuck everyone but himself, he would be a fine patriot.

He pays an effective rate of about 15%. All legal. Immoral, but legal.

But he is so dumb he made millions more while the economy and stock market tanked. Yea, he is a real phony.

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Ohmaar December 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Buffet pays 45%. 30% corporate rate plus an additional 15% in capital gains. (Of course, the fact that he DOESN’T pay his own corporate taxes seems to escape the public discourse.)

Buffett is counting on the public’s ignorance of his actual 45% effective tax rate to foment your misguided class envy. In the end, you screw yourselves and every law-abiding business owner. Buffett and his cronies laugh all the way to the bank.

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Karolyn December 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Ohmaar – Whose class envy? Not mine! Neither would I, nor could I, be so greedy and selfish as so many of the rich are. I would never sell my soul for the almighty dollar. I am also very glad that I do not share your jaded view of everyone. I do not believe Buffet is the bad person you make him out to be. At least he is a great philanthropist. How many of his fellow billionaires answered his and Gates’ call to pay more in taxes? I believe it was ZIP! At least he tries.

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Ohmaar December 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm

“I do not believe Buffet is the bad person you make him out to be. At least he is a great philanthropist. How many of his fellow billionaires answered his and Gates’ call to pay more in taxes? I believe it was ZIP! At least he tries.”

LOL!! He tries?! If he’s such an advocate of the rich paying more in taxes, why does he owe the IRS over $1 billion in unpaid taxes? Why would someone who WANTS to pay more in taxes fight the IRS for over 10 years to KEEP from paying those unpaid taxes?

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Jan December 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Ohmarr, you obviously know nothing about taxes. Get a tax advisor.

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Ohmaar December 6, 2012 at 7:46 am

LOL!! Great to know my cover is still intact. ;-)

Tell me, Ms. Tax Wizard Jan, if tax rates for the highest income earners double, will this finally make Mr. Buffett pay a higher tax rate than his secretary?

Answer: No it won’t. In fact it will have absolutely no effect on Mr. Buffet, since his annual salary of $100,000 falls WELL below the $250,000 threshold.

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BigT December 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Conservative-R: Jim DeMint

Liberal-D: Alvin Greene

And how F*#kin’ Stupid do you feel now if you did NOT vote for DeMint???

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jerome ennis December 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Bureaucracy 101: The ABC’s Of Bureaucracy– Any time that a governmental Agency, Bureau, Commission or Department is formed to deal with a “perceived” problem, the “perceived” problem, social or otherwise, is guaranteed to worsen and the number of victims, problems, etc. to solve or serve will grow exponentially as the size, expenditures, and power of the Bureaucratic Machine grows.

Governmental Agencies, Bureaus, Commissions and Departments become their own Self-Perpetuating Empires, and like all Empires, they become Despotic and will never willingly and peaceably relinquish their power.

The current so-called Health Care Bill will add hundreds of new agencies, bureaus, commissions, and departments, and of course the bureaucrats to man them. For example, the IRS, who is going to oversee this Monstrosity is adding 16,500 new Gestapo to Enforce the Forced Purchase of Health Care or To Collect Fines If you Refuse to obey.

Wake Up America, this is one more nail in our Constitutional Rights. Are you all going to sit back and wait for the Brown Shirts to kick down your door??

Thanks—God Bless America—Jerome Ennis

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SparkleCity December 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Demint also threw a number of downtown Greenville small business & property owners under the bus when they were ‘condemning” property to make way for the Camperdown Way project.

There is a guy named Billy Martin who owned a music store/stereo shop (something like that)in the affected area who spits on the ground anytime Demint’s name is mentioned.

He’ll tell you all about DeMint being an “ethical/honest” man for the business community

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Upstate_Tea December 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

A little more info on this: Billy Mitchell (not Martin) was awarded a lot of money for that falling down building (around $2mill, about 3-4 times the appraised value, IIRC). It was a record store for about 50 years. He just didn’t want to sell at any price. I don’t blame him, but the writing was on the wall as soon as the city turned it’s eyes to South Main.

Thing is, if the city had waited a while longer, the building would have ended up in the Reedy River anyway…it was falling down.

We all need to remember 1 thing: we don’t “own” any property. Just try not paying your taxes (or stand in the way of a city’s plans) and you’ll see what I mean.

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SparkleCity December 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

UpState_Tea:

Thanks for the clarification. I knew it was Billy Martin/Mitchell but couldn’t remember which one – The baseball dude or Gen. Billy Mitchell who was court-martialed for calling BS on backward CONSERVATIVES over the attributes of airpower after WWI.

Anyway, you do agree with me that the darling of the TEA party (Jim Demint) is no better than any other FAKE who says one thing and does another (by his personal actions and not his worthless words). Don’t you?

The only way I would vote for Demint is as DHEC’s hands on inspector for the STD/VD department.

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Upstate_Tea December 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm

No prob. Mitchell chose to fight when most would have just caved…I can respect that. It was a losing battle from the beginning, though.

I don’t know that Demint is any worse than all the other politicians in DC (and Columbia)…don’t they all “say one thing and do another”? At least he says he’s conservative AND votes that way. You don’t really have to guess how he’ll vote. I’m not sure he is a good representative of the people of SC, though.

He’s retiring after this term, right? We won’t have to deal with him anymore, so I wouldn’t worry about him too much.

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Jan December 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm

DeMint must have gone to the Romney school of politics. This quote from a September 21, 2012 Bloomberg article.

“You can’t get a deal with Obama without raising taxes on [top income earners],” said South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, a leader of the limited-spending Tea Party movement. “We might as well cut a deal,” he said. “If Republicans want to maintain the defense, we’re going to have to give tax increases to Obama.”

Wow that was a whole three months ago. Oh well, so much for the “most respected man in America.” I guess he is just another politicain saying whatever he thinks is best for him at the time he says it, and attacking others for taking positions he has already taken.

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Bob December 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm

What was the lead on this article again? “AT LEAST ONE “REPUBLICAN” WHO ISN’T SELLING OUT THE TAXPAYERS.” Not so much I guess. When will these guys learn that in the era of the Internet shaking the Etch-a-sketch is a thing of the past.

Nothing to see here, just another lying politician.

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Logan December 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Hypocrite.

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Martha Washington December 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Yes, DeMint is positioning himself to look like a Ron Paul cousin. He is not.

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linda December 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

What we need, IS- A ELECTED PERSON- TO STOP THE ALLOWING THE ROBBING OF HARD WORKING AMERICAN -CITIZENS- BY EVERY WAY POSSIBLE, BY THE CORRUPT LEADERS IN THIS COUNTRY!
Illegal aliens!~
WE ARE FORCED TO FOOT THE COMPLETE COST OF THESE ILLEGALS; made to be- criminals/ OUR TAX DOLLARS- used in aiding them.
CORRUPT ELECTED LEADERS- HAVE CAUSED FINANCIAL RUIN TO OUR COUNTRY! AND, AMERICA.
A CLEAR ABUSE BY ALL ELECTED, CORRUPT POLITICAL POSITIONS.
GET TO WORK AND HAVE THE GUTS TO PURGE THE ILLEGAL ALIENS- OUT!
DO NOT REWARD- IN ANY WAY- THE ACTS OF THESE- CRIMINALS.
NO MORE FAKE WORTHLESS MONEY- PRINTED TO AIDE ILLEGAL ALIENS/CRIMES/ OR OTHER COUNTRIES.
AMERICA AND IT’S TAX PAYING CITIZENS- ARE FIRST!
IT IS TIME TO TAKE CARE OF AMERICA AND THE AMERICAN TAX PAYER CITIZENS.
CUT OFF FREEBIES- TO COUCH POTATOES AND LAZY SLUGS!
WE TAXPAYERS ARE TIRED OF FOOTING THE BILLS FOR THESE ‘THINGS’,AS WELL.
USE our tax dollars to the best possible to HELP AMERICA- AND IT’S TAX PAYING CITIZENS, ONLY.
THE ABUSE OF AMERICA- MUST STOP!

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lawzoo December 5, 2012 at 8:49 am

I would be eager to bet that Jim DeMinted’s I.Q. is not in three digits. The man is an idiot.
I know someone who was in his class at Wade Hampton HIgh in Greenville (right wing Republican) who said he was the dumbest person in his Class. Wade Hampton 1969 i believe,

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