Day: September 20, 2011

The Myth About Barack Obama, The Wealthy, And Taxes

The average American, if asked, would certainly say that George W. Bush is remembered for major tax cuts. After all, the term “Bush Tax Cuts” is a word in the political vocabulary often used.

So if one was told that actually Barack Obama cut taxes more, the reaction would be disbelief. But that is true, which even conservatives and Republicans try to hide from the American public!

Between the tax cuts in 2009 and 2010, over $900 billion in tax cuts will have been enacted in Obama’s term, almost double what Bush brought about in his first term by signing tax legislation!

Beyond the dollar amount, and accounting for inflation to raise the numbers for Bush, there is also the issue of WHO received the bulk of the tax cuts!

85 percent of the tax cuts under Obama are to the bottom 80 percent, while more than half of the Bush tax cuts went to the richest 20 percent!

And, finally, the Obama tax cuts are TEMPORARY, as compared to Bush, where it was meant to be PERMANENT, which is what has led to the economic disaster we now face!

With the growing responsibilities and problems this nation face, we all have to chip in and pay for the present and the future, rather than glorify greed and selfishness on the part of the wealthy!

And it is not as if the wealthy have not paid higher levels of taxes in the past, and it did no harm, as they still remained wealthy! The propaganda regarding this, how harmful it is to tax the wealthy, claiming they work so hard and are being penalized, is unjust when compared to how hard the average person works, and yet he is expected to contribute higher levels of taxation percentage wise than the rich. It is the great myth believed by millions of people who should know better!

Great Moment In Advancement Of Human Rights: The End Of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”!

Today, exactly two thirds through the term of President Barack Obama, marks the end of a discriminatory policy that not only hurts its victims, but also our national security!

Today, America joins many European nations and Israel in ending discrimination against gays and lesbians who wish to serve their country in the military, with their specialized skills and talents, to defend the homeland.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, adopted under President Bill Clinton, because he did not have the guts to do what President Harry Truman did regarding integration of African Americans in the military, simply declaring the end of discrimination by an executive order of the President, is FINALLY over!

But 13,000 people lost their military career, all due to prejudice and bias, despite the clear evidence that other nations had no issue arise that undermined their military forces.

Now people do not need to hide their private lives,or lie to others about who they love, and that is one of the greatest advancements of human rights in a long time, so this is a day to applaud and celebrate!

No matter what happens to Barack Obama in next year’s election, he will always be remembered as the President under whom discrimination ended, and human rights were advanced!