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Debt ceiling battle exposes the lie of those that claim most low income Americans don’t pay federal income taxes

File under the category that a rose by any other name smells as sweet

Outside Martha’s Vineyard, Americans are suffering the natural result of super-majority Democratic Party economic policies. Natural Law and history compel the expectation of one party Republican rule in Washington after next year’s elections, but only GOP super-majorities would have the power to repeal ObamaCare and other anti-job creation policies passed the first two years of President Barack Obama’s Administration.

One way to ensure that conservatives will not maximize their opportunity to duplicate the historic 2010 Republican landslide is to antagonize lower income workers generally favorable to the Democrats by continuing to insult their intelligence by insisting that they “don’t pay any federal income taxes.”

Paul Ryan, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity et al need to cease and desist from their semantic game, especially after the debt ceiling battle exposed the Social Security Trust Fund as a fiction and before the expected debate on tax reform begins as a means to avoid the sequestration of national defense when the Super-Committee is inevitably deadlocked on Thanksgiving Day.

Yes, presidents and congresses since the 1980s have incrementally exempted more and more income from federal income taxes. But the federal government taxes every dollar earned by low income workers under the “FICA”, i.e. Social Security rubric (as well as Medicare) and commingles those dollars with the “Federal Income Tax” dollars and other government receipts (and borrowed funds) to pay for all domestic and defense spending as well as Social Security payments.

There simply is no difference between the two and it is long past time for Republicans to quit talking out of both sides of their mouth on the issue.

Money taken out of one’s paycheck by Washington is no less taken out by differences in labeling. Those that continue to do so insult the working poor and qualify as Gore Lock Box Know Nothings.


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Conservative fealty to the U.S. Constitution in the Age of ObamaDems’ Great Depression II and the Race for 2012

The occasion of America’s first great depression saw the exponential growth of a heretofore limited central government that was thought to have been a key ingredient of the 1789 Miracle at Philadelphia that had made our country exceptional.

The post-WWII military retrenchment remained unrecognizably large by pre-Hoover standards and has been growing ever larger ever since. That inexorable growth sparked a conservative movement intent on domestic retrenchment of the national government and a return of Tenth Amendment power to the states.

Conservatives claim a fealty to the Rule of Law instead of men, which requires resort to a source of absolute authority, i.e. The Constitution of the United States which also just happens to advance the principles that produce wealth enough to buy superior arms and a middle class dominating a Fruited Plain.

America now languishes in the longest dire economic circumstance since the 1930s. Then, as now, massive Democratic Party-ordained deficit government spending is not proving remedial, as Republicans frequent Iowa cornfields as the first step in the process of choosing their champion to reverse course.

Kill bad policy at the ballot box

Yet, a disturbing number of Grand Old Party musings from the Hawkeye State do great violence to the great document that replaced the Articles of Confederation, thus allowing a great nation to secure its manifest destiny.


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Non-severed portions of health care law are destroying the private health insurance industry now and even if a President Romney could grant waivers to all businesses in America, that destruction would continue.

DeVine Law is happy with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals:

The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also ruled that the rest of the wide-ranging law could remain in effect.

The legality of the so-called individual mandate, a cornerstone of the 2010 health care law, is widely expected to be decided by the Supreme Court. The Obama administration has defended the provision as constitutional.

The case stems from a challenge by 26 U.S. states which had argued the individual mandate, set to go into effect in 2014, was unconstitutional because Congress could not force Americans to buy health insurance or face the prospect of a penalty.

DeVine Law is not happy with ObamaCare regulations that require private health insurers to cover more applicants and at lower prices than risk assessments deem prudent, but it is not the courts’ role to correct supposed Congressional mistakes, unless those mistakes are unconstitutional. Even a court filled with my fellow Federalist Society lawyers understand that Congress has the power under the Commerce Clause to regulate interstate commerce.

In fact, one of the great anomalies of the United (Regulatory States) of America, founded circa 1933, is that Congress has not used their power to break up state health insurance monopolies. One of the main reasons that the Founders scrapped the Articles of Confederation soon after winning our Independence was to draft a constitution that would unite the states economically.

Other than repealing ObamaCare, Congress could take better action that would lead to lower medical costs and insurance premiums than to allow the selling of health insurance policies across state lines. Neither tort reform, nor medical malpractice reform comes close to the positive effect of ending state monopolies, but I digress.

The better conservative position for a judge is to rule as narrowly as one can to resolve a case and to respect the acts of elected representatives in as broad a fashion as possible. In that regard, the fact that ObamaCare did not include a “severability” clause is irrelevant, and it was right for the federal appeals court not to impose one since the separate provisions are not interdependent in their operation.


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A so-called ObamaDem-dubbed “tea party downgrade” would have occurred before, not after, the debt ceiling was raised.

Standard & Poors cites “weakened effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policy-making and political institutions” as reason for historic downgrade of America’s credit rating.

The credit downgrade did not occur when tea partier Republican congressmen made known their preference for not raising the debt ceiling. The downgrade did not occur when the House passed Cut, Cap and Balance and Boehner I.

The tea partiers favored $4T in spending cuts. S&P stated before the final compromise bill was signed by President Barack Obama, that a bill cutting at least $4T would prevent a downgrade. The bill signed by President Barack Obama didn’t come close to meeting tea partier and S&P demands.

No, the downgrade occurred after the passage of a bill opposed by many tea partiers.

So, are we to believe the description of the S&P downgrade by Obama adviser David Axelrod and Senator John Kerry as precipitated by tea partiers? Upon what basis? Was it the tea partiers that promised default on two different dates, months apart, during which time there was and would always have been more than six times the cash on hand in the U.S. Treasury needed to pay bondholders and thus prevent default?


Of course not.

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The Tsu-nami admits culpability in death and destruction near shorelines but claims airtight hemispheric alibis concerning jobs killed further inland and asserts that The Obama-nami is responsible for compensated-labor homicides across the, now, Less-Fruited Plain.

The lawsuit was precipitated by the following exchange that took place last Thursday between White House reporters and President Barack Obama’s Press Secretary Jay Carney, who is thought to be an un-named co-conspirator in the Jobs Murders Case, when the Dow was down over 350 points and on its way to the ninth largest one day decline (512 points) in history:

Q:  I believe the Dow has gone down — and obviously the day is not over — but I believe the Dow has gone down now more than during the controversial TARP vote. And analysts are saying that the reason that this is happening is because of uncertainty about the American economy, that we are entering a double-dip recession, or at the very least a period of real softness and weakness for the U.S. economy. What is the administration doing to prepare for that?
CARNEY:  Well, the analysis I saw today did not — was not about the American economy, particularly in terms of what’s happening, but there are obviously — there are a lot of global issues that affect the global economy and that obviously affect the American economy.
We strongly believe, as I’ve said, that we will continue to grow and we will continue to create jobs and we need to take the measures necessary to do that. We have encountered in this calendar year a number of economic headwinds that could not have been foreseen — the tsunami — earthquake and tsunami in Japan that disrupted global supply chains, the unrest in the Middle East, which had an impact on oil prices, and the situation in Europe.
So obviously that has hurt the economy globally and has slowed growth and job creation, but we believe that growth and job creation will continue.

The accused, Barack Hussein Obama-nami had earlier pled the Fifth Amendment concerning allegations that its economic policies had economic effects but, curiously, also blamed his predecessor, George W. Bush for job deaths after he left office.


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Because all know that funds are, and will always be, available to pay interest on bondholder debts

President Obama’s default drop dead date  pronouncements  could precipitate a financial crisis that is unjustified based upon the actual funds available to pay interest on the debt.

The holders of U.S. Treasury bonds care about one thing: Being paid interest owed to them on time. They know that the U.S. Treasury receives approximately $200B in tax receipts each month and they know that debt service interest payments due each month are approximately $29B each month, or less than 15% of total cash on hand.

Further, these creditors know that there exists no “default” date, after which America would automatically and inevitably default on debts owed to them. So why would the Moody’s credit rating agency threaten to lower the supreme AAA credit rating that the United States of America has maintained throughout its history? Why would world financial markets go wobbly as Timothy Geithner’s faux August 2 default date approaches?

Could it be that Moody’s and the holders of T-Bills have lost confidence in the maturity and good judgment of President Barack Obama?

Surely they know that Obama and Geithner are proficient at basic arithmetic, Obama’s still-hidden Ivy League academic record and Geithner’s personal income tax transgressions notwithstanding. Yet, they hear the Chief Executive and his Administration playing a game of chicken with Republicans in Congress over, not just their debt service payments, but even refusals to guarantee payments Social security payments to the nation’s elderly, disabled and orphan survivors.

We know that there are, and always will be, for the foreseeable future, more than enough funds to pay monthly costs for:

  • Interest on the national debt ($29B);
  • Social Security retirement, disability and survivors benefits ($49B);
  • Medicare and Medicaid ($50B);
  • Military personnel ($3B); and
  • Veterans Administration obligations ($3B), with tens of billions ($37) to spare for federal law enforcement, border patrol and what remaining government functions the Obama Administration deems essential, even if the debt ceiling is not raised.

Yet, this is the same administration that threatened not to pay the armed forces in the case of a government shutdown last Spring unless funds were restored to Planned Parenthood abortion mills.

Yes, everyone on Capitol Hill, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and in foreign banks knows that there are no dates on, before or after August 2, 2011 when America will not have the money to pay its bills. But they also are beginning to suspect that the man responsible for actually writing the checks is willing to precipitate financial disaster on his own country merely for his own political purposes.

There are consequences to putting community organizers in charge of the nukes and our money. We the People are reaping the whirlwind of an ObamaDemRecession aftermath, already devastating for the unemployed, underemployed and small businesses whose customers have no money with which to buy their goods and services.

It can get worse and it appears that if Obama doesn’t get his way, he is willing to make it so. In fact, whether we had this debt ceiling issue or not, the fact of the huge debt we already owe could cause markets to dump American dollars any day. The laws of Nature have not been suspended.

But when you add to Nature’s laws an unnaturally irresponsible actor in the role of the most powerful man on Earth, prepare for the deluge.

I just hope that Congressional Republican leaders will begin to educate their constituents, especially including seniors, from whom the threat to their welfare and security comes: Barack Hussein Obama

Mike “gamecock” DeVine

Legal Editor – The Minority Report

Atlanta Law & Politics columnist for

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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Bible Belt baseball and the American journey

Last week, these United States celebrated the 235th anniversary of its birth in 1776. Next week, barring an aberrant losing streak, the Atlanta Braves will celebrate its 10,000th major league baseball* victory, the first of which took place in 1876 with the creation of today’s National League, five years after their 1871 founding** in Boston  and only a year before President Rutherford B. Hayes would bring an end to post-Civil War Reconstruction.

Even then, the way was being paved for the Braves’ move to a New South and the rise of an America that would one day save the world from tyranny three times and make America’s Past Time, Japan’s.

What hath God wrought

But what has any of that to do with this year’s 400th anniversary of the first printing of the King James Bible, you might ask. Would there have been Puritans and Pilgrims to flee the Old World for the New World absent the explosion of a priesthood of believers no longer content to bow to the Church of England? Would there have been a Declaration of unalienable rights endowed by their Creator?

Would there have been a Christian Abolitionist, Union soldier and future faux Father of Baseball named Abner Doubleday to fire the first shot back from Fort Sumter? Would there have been Rev. Martin Luther Kings readying the City too Busy to Hate for the cry for Hammerin’ Hank Aaron to Play Ball!

Several weeks ago we first learned that the oldest franchise in Major League Baseball had made up 526 games in 20 years of the Bobby Cox Era to stand at 9,982 wins and 9,982 losses to reach a .500 winning percentage for the first time since 1923.

The impending reality of a Braves’ 10,000th victory caused us to shed our long-standing prejudice against arbitrary milestones based upon consecutive zeros. Big Head Bonds notwithstanding, Aaron changed the history of baseball with the number 715, with nary a zero to be found in the number. But 10,000 has more zeroes than we are used to… especially during  an ObamaDem recession, but I digress.

The Pilgrims landed on a Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts in 1620 and after the Indispensable Nation ended involuntary servitude, **Harry Wright disbanded the first professional baseball team he formed in Cincinnati in the 1860s and landed the Red Stockings that would become the Braves in Boston, Massachusetts in 1871 to form baseball’s first professional league, the National Association of Professional Baseball Players.

*The National Association disbanded in 1876 and the Boston team joined Albert Goodwill Spalding’s National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, and Major League Baseball was born.

After iterations as the Beaneaters, Nationals, Doves and Rustlers in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, they emerged as the Miracle Braves of 1914 with their first World Series championship.

Spahn, Sain, praying for rain and bean eating made brave men men thirsty, so they took the bus to Milwaukee for some brewskis and ended up staying and making that city even more famous by defeating the New York Yankees for their second championship of the known baseball world.

Welcome South Brother, move over pigskins

After half of King James Version-reading Dixie voted for John F. Kennedy, The Powers that Be noticed that Ike’s interstate highways intersected where Atlanta Crackers sold out Ponce de Leon Park. Atlanta was not, after all, Gone with the Wind! And after all, College is out in the Summer and its too hot for football anyway.

Reconstruction finally ended when Ted Turner’s team became America’s Team on TBS and went on to put Atlanta on the map for more than just Sherman’s March and changing planes.

Braves beat Indians in 1995  for franchise World series victory #3, but, more importantly, The Deep South’s first major pro sports championship. Tinker, Evans and Chance of the Chicago Cubs, also founded in 1876, wouldn’t have had a chance against Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine.

As of the date of the posting of this column, the franchise Harry Wright left Cincinnati to found has 9,998 wins and the King James Bible is the best-selling book of all-time.

Praise God in the Land of the Free and the Home of the…Braves!

P.S. from Braves-Gamecock: Beat the Phillies!

Mike DeVine

Legal Editor – The Minority Report

Atlanta Law & Politics columnist for

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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Republicans need to get over their historical aversion to playing the “moral card” against the Democratic Party.

Remember the budget debate last Spring when the Commander-in-Chief held our Armed Forces hostage to federal funding for abortion-provider Planned Parenthood? President Barack Obama and his Democrat Senate majority declared that unless the Republican House majority continued to fund that organization, he would force a government shutdown during which he would deem soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines to be “non-essential government employees” he would press into involuntary servitude without pay.

The All-American morality of Obama’s unemployed food stamp nation

Summertime now finds President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats as arbiters of all that is moral and “American” in the present budget battle over the raising of the debt ceiling:

In his opening remarks, speaking on the current Congressional budget negotiations, President Obama framed the battle as a matter of making “the tough choices,” and posed a question:

“Do we retain tax breaks for the owners of corporate jets and oil companies making hundreds of billions of dollars at the cost of cutting food safety, college scholarships, medical research or medical care for our most vulnerable?”

The President later added, in response to a question from a reporter, that “food safety may be compromised” if the GOP fails to come to an agreement on tax breaks…

And I’ve said to some of the Republican leaders, you go talk to your constituents, the Republican constituents, and ask them are they willing to compromise their kids’ safety so that some corporate jet owner continues to get a tax break.

As far as we know, parenthood-planning abortions do not take place on corporate jets, but I digress.

The sun rises in the east, the sun sets in the west, Democrats accuse Republicans of not caring for the vulnerable and Republicans politely disagree with their “honorable” Democrat friends. Were the President’s press secretary and Vice President honorable last week:

CHIP REID, CBS NEWS: “This weekend, when the Vice President was laying out all the things that you have to do and how much — when he said you have to ask those who are struggling in this economy to bear the burden and let the most fortunate among us off the hook, he said that borders on being immoral. Does the President agree with that?”

JAY CARNEY, WH PRESS SEC: “Why, I think he does. Yes.”

Its worse than just that Obama, Carney, Clyburn (GOP is un-American”) and Schumer dishonorably lie.  Its worse than that every Democrat was a hypocritical supporter of the corporate jet tax subsidy now held up as proof of immorality. Its even worse than that they and their media friends always define “caring” as being for whatever particular spending increase Democrats are for at the moment. Its even worse than if the Democrats are actually the ones that are immoral and un-American in their hearts.

Let them eat moral “caring” or corporate jet hatred tastes great?

What is worse are the actual results of Democrat economic policies in their effects on kid’s safety, the elderly and the poor.

From the best we can gather President Obama’s and his minion’s attacks on Republicans as putting kid’s safety at risk is  based either on the GOP’s proposal to cut approximately 10% from the Department of Agriculture’s budget or his own veiled threat to use the discretion he would have in the event of a failure to raise the debt ceiling to prioritize spending.

As in the event of a government shutdown when only Obama would have the power to pay David Axelrod before General Petreaus and the troops, the President would be the only party responsible if debt service is not paid to bondholders. Bondholders know this. Bondholders know that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner would always have enough cash on hand from corporate jet owners to pay all of our interest payments.

But that same discretion also gives the Chief Executive the power to choose not to pay DOA food inspectors and thus shut down Big Agriculture. President Obama seems to be like the man on the ledge threatening suicide that would be blamed on those that don’t meet his demands. A “Stop me before I kill again” strategy?

Democrats think We the People are that stupid in their echo chamber that has already forgotten the GOP wave election landslide of 2010 but remember how a “present” voting community organizer was trusted with the nukes over John McCain.

Chattel slavery was immoral. So are job-killing policies that inflate food and energy prices. Say so!

The Grand Old Party was created for the purpose of making the moral case against slavery and its mostly Democratic Party apologists in a nation that declared its independence 235 years ago yesterday, based upon the proposition that all men are created equal.

Republicans now need to return to their underdog-championing roots to make the moral case against life, liberty and happiness pursuit deprivations born of the failed policies of their same old nemesis.

Are kids safer today than they were three years ago? Are kids safer now than when President Bill Clinton’s government spent far less on food inspections? Are the elderly cared for more by a party that wants no change to the existing unsustainable Medicare program?

No, no and no, and the GOP should say so.

Democrats that live to raise taxes on “the rich” always argue that they only want to raise rates back to the level during the Clinton (they always forget the role of the GOP congress) Boom 90s.

Yet, shouldn’t that logic also apply to Clinton era level spending? The fact is that the only logic the Democrats use is based on how many voters they can keep fooling that they care about anything other than their own hold on power and what they mean by morality.

Is it moral to pursue skyrocketing energy prices? Is it “American” to pretend all of America’s ills can be cured by taxing the “rich” owners of corporate jets? Who knew that my $250,000/year Dry Cleaner could fly me and grandma to Gamecock football games sans TSA underwear inspections? Does the Chinese Buffet guy also have a Cessna in his backyard?

Do kids, the elderly, the poor and the unemployed deem class warfare rhetoric more moral and preferable to actual safety, actual health care and a job?


Do ObamaDems deem recovery immoral?

Would that it were only the kids and grandmothers of corporate jet owners that suffer under ObamaDems. One in five American males have no job to go to on this day after America’s 235th birthday. Are they celebrating how much Obama cares for them today? What of those one in seven Americans on food stamps? Do they prefer dependence on Obama for crumbs over the Reagan Recovery boom times? Did they feel less cared for when unemployment averaged 5% under President George W. Bush and more cared for under Obama’s 9% unemployment stimulus?

Can we eat Obama’s “care”? No and we can’t make $15/hour drilling for oil with his “care” either.

Much more of ObamaDem all-American moral caring and the only people with jobs in this country that can afford Le Seuer peas over the generic store brand will be able to fit on just a few corporate jets owned by tax-payer funded GE, SEIU and the United Auto Workers.

Does America want another five years of this Democrat Party-style caring so that we can feel as cared for as did those unemployed millions that listened to reassuring fireside chats for eight years before Pearl Harbor? But at least our too-busy-to-meet-with-Boehner and McConnell dear leader killed Osama bin Laden. Thank God sharks in the Indian Ocean had a happy meal.

Much more of Obama’s caring and we won’t have to worry about the safety of food kid’s parents can’t afford.

This former Democrat left that party due to the results of Reaganite policies that defined the American Way out of poverty. We had had enough Democrat moral superiority to choke on our own rhetoric while inspecting human hearts to win victim-dependent votes.

Americans want their all-American lives, liberty and pursuits of happiness back. Save the care rankings for the real Messiah on Judgement Day. Get rid of the fake Messiah next Election Day.

Mike DeVine

Legal Editor – The Minority Report

Atlanta Law & Politics columnist for

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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