WHERE is our President? Our Israeli friends have the courage to stand up for what they believe. Back up what they believe, and not be deterred by political pontificating from around the world.
There is a rare opportunity here that the Israelis alone have taken on. The United States and the world know that many terrorists groups percolate in various countries in the Middle East. The Israelis bravely have taken the stand that enough is enough. Why isn’t the United States and other countries supporting them militarily and taking this opportunity to once and for all rid the world of these evil groups? It’s common knowledge that these terrorist groups are executing Jews and Christian almost daily. Instead, our President releases 4 really scary terrorist for one half-baked American that from what I have read is not all that American. Our President naively indicates that he would prefer to negotiate a cease fire. Seriously? Would that solve anything other than temporarily only to have some tragedy occur somewhere else?
The world has been terrorized for far too long by these sinister groups and it is time to “man up” and take this opportunity to stand with Israel. These terrorist groups in whatever country they reside (including ours) should be put on notice that we are coming for them. We should close our borders and throw them out. We should show these evil groups that we will not allow our children to grow up wondering when and where the next terrorist attack will take place in our country or the world.
I stand with Israel and hope that our President would interrupt his golf game and fund-raising to do the same.
c 7/2014 Nancy Buffington
I heard on the news yesterday that Obama paid about $12,000 in federal taxes on a $680,000 income. Hmmm. Let’s see, that’s figures out to be less than 2% income taxes. I’m all for tax deductions up the nose for business leaders, job creators, and the general population, especially if it may help curb the runaway spending in the federal government.
I have also read the articles that say nearly 47% of the people pay no income tax. Of the remaining tax paying households, the Congressional Budget Office data showed the poorest fifth of households paid an average of 4% of their incomes in federal taxes in 2007 (the latest year for which this data are available.) Data from the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy showed these same people paid a stunning 12.3% in state and local taxes in 2011. That would be a total of 16.3% in taxes paid from the poorest fifth of our households.
The leader of the free world paid less than 2%. Ghandi probably paid more in taxes. These are taxes that would help fund his Obama Healthcare Plan. It seems he is also exempt from any payments into the plan because he is covered by some other executive health care plan that we pay for.
So let me see if I have this right. The leader of our nation wants to leave a legacy of providing health care for everyone in the nation, to be paid for by the taxpayers. And if 47% of the people pay no income tax, then the remaining 53% of us will be footing this bill. Of the 53% of tax-paying citizens, roughly 10% of them are the poorest people in the nation. The poorest 10% of the people are paying twice the federal income tax that our President is paying. Now that’s what I call leadership.
Does Obama really think it’s OK for the poorest taxpayers to pay twice what he is paying to cover his health care agenda and then he not contribute in any meaningful way? Where’s his commitment to this plan? Doesn’t it seem reasonable to expect a Commander-in-Chief to lead by example? I guess he’s more of a “do as I say and not as I do” kind of a President. Now there’s a legacy.
c 4/13/13 Nancy Buffington