Thursday, November 22, 2012

November 22, 2012

Study: By 2050, 60% of American Production Will Go to Government
by Ben Shapiro
November 21, 2012

According to Michael D. Tanner of the CATO Institute, America isn’t just headed for a fiscal cliff – we flew off it long ago like Thelma and Louise thanks to our out-of-control spending habit. Tanner writes: “federal spending is set to rise to 46 percent of GDP by 2050. When you add in state and local spending, government at all levels will be consuming more than 60 percent of everything produced in this country. We cannot long remain economically productive or personally free with a government of that size.”

That vast spending increase makes every “fiscally responsible” suggestion by President Obama into a laugh line. Obama’s $1.6 trillion tax hikes wouldn’t cover even one fifth of the projected deficit; it won’t even cover his proposed spending increases. And as for Social Security and Medicare, which are massive unfunded liabilities, that cost clocks in at a hefty $78.5 trillion to $128.2 trillion. “You could confiscate – not tax but confiscate – every penny belonging to every millionaire and billionaire in America,” says Tanner, “and still not have anywhere near enough money to pay for all that we owe.” And all that assumes that Obama’s assumption that higher taxes create higher revenues is correct. Every time that’s tried, though, tax receipts end up dropping off.

We don’t have a taxation shortage. We have a spending problem. And Obama and the Democrats don’t want to admit it, just like any other addict.

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Dozen arrested at Thanksgiving SEIU Los Angeles airport protest 
by Christopher Bedford
November 21, 2012

Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) protested at entrances to the Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday — the biggest travel day of the year — delaying people trying to spend time with their families and leading to a dozen arrests.

Union members blocked a busy intersection after their permit had expired, The Los Angeles Times reported, leading to their arrests.

“At least two of those arrested are City Council candidates,” the Times added in a separate report, listing Ana Grande and Ana Cubas of the 13th and 9th districts, respectively.

The union is protesting Aviation Safeguards, which they say illegally broke a contract. The company, which employs 450 people, denies the allegations, and says “52 percent of its workers voted to decertify the SEIU,” Fox News reports. “It also says employee pay has increased by more than $2 million since workers kicked the union out to compensate for changes in their health care policies.”

SEIU spokesman Ernesto Guerrero told Fox News that “we understand the inconvenience, but workers here are making the decisions of life.

“Unfortunately,” he continued, “[union members] are being forced to do these extreme measures because otherwise no one is listening to them. The airport is not listening to them. The mayor of the city is not listening to them. We are being forced to take these extreme actions.”

The news comes hours after Hostess — the maker of Twinkies — announced that it was unable to come to terms with the union representing its bakers, and will likely have to sell of its iconic American brands.

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What Should America’s Children Be Taught About Thanksgiving? These People’s Answers Might Shock You
by Jason Howerton
November 22, 2012

Even with a sluggish economy and painfully high unemployment rates, the United States of America is still undoubtedly the greatest nation on earth. Many Americans would argue that the Thanksgiving holiday is a great opportunity to teach children about the importance of coming together as one country and being, well, thankful.

But not everyone agrees with that assessment.

Revealing Politics conducted a number of man-on-the-street interviews and asked people what our schools should be teaching America’s students about Thanksgiving. In fact, some were asked what young kindergarteners should be taught about Thanksgiving. Their answers just might put a damper on your holiday spirit.

“What do you think we should teach our kindergarteners about Thanksgiving,” Revealing Politics’ Caleb Bonham asks in the video.

“The truth,” one man replies. “They need to know about the racism and the violence that went on.”

n response to the same exact question, another woman said we should teach kindergarteners that Thanksgiving is “totally meaningless” and “we massacred millions and millions of Native Americans.” Ouch. That’s quite a heavy kindergarten lesson.

“Well, our nation was founded on slavery, genocide, murder, theft and mass injustice and it continues to this day,” yet another female respondent said.

Some were asked to respond what “students” in general should be learning about Thanksgiving, while others were a little more indifferent to the holiday.

“Personally, I don’t really give a sh*t about Thanksgiving,” another man said. Another gentleman echoed his feelings, saying America should just do away with Thanksgiving all together.

The video’s producer Ben Howe, a RedState contributor and Revealing Politics creative director, told TheBlaze on Wednesday that the respondents in the video displayed “repulsive anti-Americanism and thought.”

“No nation on earth is blameless. No people are blameless,” he added. “Ideally something like Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to share in our common humanity not our common feelings of guilt.  But given that it is a uniquely American holiday, I guess these people just can’t pass up the opportunity to trash her.”

Howe went on: “I’m not saying we don’t bear any responsibility for any scars that were left in our history. Clearly America has had its moral failings. The point is that Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of coming together, but for these people and so many like them they just can’t let go and prefer to live in a world where blame always rests on the shoulders of someone else.”

Exit Question: What do you think we should be teaching America’s children about Thanksgiving?

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