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January 28, 2010

I Had an Epiphany Too Chris Matthews

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 1:32 pm

I think I have figured out why all the idealogues on the left claim that any dissent is racially motivated when it comes to our current president.  It is because they cannot get over the fact that the President is black.  While the majority of America has gotten past racial bias, and is starting down the road of tolerance by ambivalence (like that one?  I will explain in a minute), there are some on the extreme left that still see color.  They cannot fathom that most of us do not.  They cannot put down their own long-held stereotypes that tell them that anyone who is not like them must be a racist.  Instead of saying “I forgot he was black tonight for and hour”, most of us just say “I do not, nor did I ever, care that he is black.”

I am sure that most of you either saw it, or heard it, but just in case here is a link to what Chris Matthews said.  That was my epiphany, while driving home from the grocery store today.  Here is Chris Matthews, sitting at home, or wherever.  Chills up his legs for his savior who deigned to speak to us AGAIN on TV, and good ol Chris realizes he forgot the President was black.  Here is a clue Chris.  We did not vote against him because he was black, though some voted for him because of it.  (A very racist thing against BOTH candidates)  We do not dissent because he is black, many of us dislike our white congressmen and senators for the very same reasons we do not like the President.

That all is where tolerance through ambivalence comes in.  I am not racist because I do not care about race.  Not because I do not see it, or because I forgot about it.  I do not care what race anyone belongs to.  I believe that the majority of my fellow citizens, from all parties, is the same way.



  1. I guess those angry Tea Party protesters must be all millionaires upset about the expiration of the Bush tax cuts a year from now.

    Comment by rmwarnick — February 3, 2010 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

  2. Not really, the majority of Tea Party protesters (thanks at least for not using teabaggers like most, I give you credit for being civil) are just regular people like me. We don’t like any part of the tax system that is defrauded by those in power, unfairly balanced against those who strive to reach for the American dream, and falsely sold to the poor. Those that are really shafted by our tax system aren’t the uber rich, it’s the people who own small businesses and the entrepreneurs. They don’t have access to the credits and loopholes that the uber rich have, and they can’t get away with not paying like some of our politicians. They scrape and scramble, and work their butts off so that they can be their own bosses and then the government comes along and takes most of it away.

    Besides history has shown that every time the government raises taxes on the rich, let’s call them the middle rich, the government takes in less money because the rich stop working as hard.

    Comment by disgruntledpatriot — February 3, 2010 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

  3. Oh, and what did this entry have to do with Tea Party protesters? Did you just want to throw that in somewhere?

    Comment by disgruntledpatriot — February 3, 2010 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  4. I guess after reading your link I kinda get where you were taking this, but still a leap. Notice the paragraph in that article though that talks about gun toters at a town hall meeting, I guess truth through omission isn’t just an MSNBC thing. One of those gun toters in California, an anti-Obama protester at a town hall meeting, yeah he was black.

    Comment by disgruntledpatriot — February 3, 2010 @ 7:10 pm | Reply

  5. I just assumed you were a Tea Party guy because you made such a point of saying, “I am not racist.”

    As fr the idea that people can beat the tax system because they “stop working as hard,” where do you get that? Are you not familiar with how marginal income tax rates work? Here’s a quick primer.

    Comment by rmwarnick — February 3, 2010 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

  6. I just assumed you were a Tea Party guy because you made such a point of saying, “I am not racist.”

    As for the idea that people can beat the tax system because they “stop working as hard,” where do you get that? Are you not familiar with how marginal income tax rates work? Here’s a quick primer.

    The short version: more more money you make, the more you get to keep after taxes.

    Comment by rmwarnick — February 3, 2010 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

    • Sorry for the repeat post, had a glitch.

      Comment by rmwarnick — February 3, 2010 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

  7. I think that my point was, in general most people aren’t racists and don’t see color.

    As for the government making less when they raise taxes we only have to look at history. Here is one example And Another

    Comment by disgruntledpatriot — February 3, 2010 @ 8:37 pm | Reply

  8. Let’s be real. Raising the top tax rate ($200,000 and above, $250,000 for joint filers) by THREE PERCENT is not going to have any effect. All your income below $200,000 is taxed at a lower rate. I hope you can find a job this year. Assuming you do, is this going to affect you?

    Comment by rmwarnick — February 4, 2010 @ 12:17 am | Reply

  9. Of course it could effect me. Many of the people that make that kind of money are employers. If you raise their taxes, they have to cut costs, which means either cutting pay, or not hiring as much. The tax bracket you are talking about is already 33%. That doesn’t include all the other taxes, state, business, property, licensing, etc.

    None of this matters anyway if the government doesn’t stop spending more than they take in. Our debt is so high that you could tax every rich person in the country 100% of their income and you still wouldn’t pay it off. It is schedule to increase drastically over the next 10 years. Where are all the people that screamed and ranted about Bush spending too much? This President has topped all records in one year, and his term will set a spending standard that will rival several administrations combined. China owns so much of our debt that they will be able to start calling the shots now, and if we think it’s bad to owe money to banks here, now bad do you think it will be when we start having trouble paying back China? They are already talking about trade sanctions with us, closing off more imports, and we have kowtowed and reduced intelligence gathering when it comes to China operating here in the U.S.

    We aren’t going to fix the economy by raising taxes on the rich alone, it never has worked, so I don’t see how it can work now. We need to cut spending, cut programs that are over budget, maybe raise taxes on everyone (yes as much as we hate it it’s the only way if our government keeps this up), or implement a flatter tax. Imagine a tax on everything, but no income tax. Just a tax you pay when you buy something, higher than sales tax. First it would be easier and cheaper to collect, no filing, no fraud, no loopholes, no government officials embarrassing us all by not paying, no IRS, imagine the money the government would save. Then people would be happy because they could actually save the money they earn if they want to. Families that don’t earn much could at least spend the money where it’s needed most. The rich would still pay more because they buy more, but it would be fair because it would be voluntary. The left side of our government likes to talk about fair, but their beloved tax code is the least ‘fair’ program in this country.

    Comment by disgruntledpatriot — February 4, 2010 @ 6:49 am | Reply

  10. Marginal income tax rates on the top bracket have risen as high as 94 percent in this country. A mere 36 percent rate isn’t going to hurt. And capital gains are still taxed at a low 20 percent. If I were in Congress, I’d propose additional top tax brackets.

    I screamed about Bush’s deficits, the ones that Dick Cheney said didn’t matter. I’m still ranting about Bush, because President Obama inherited a $1.4 trillion deficit from the Bush administration.

    What to do? Well, our economy is still on the verge of collapse. State governments are cutting back, adding to the crisis. The federal government is going to have to spend money we don’t have in order to save and create jobs. That said, there is a lot of wasteful spending at the Pentagon that does not help the economy or even contribute to national security. Cut $200 billion or so, and the DOD’s $500 billion annual budget will still exceed military spending in all the rest of the world put together!

    Letting Bush’s tax cuts expire at the end of the year will save $4.4 trillion over the next decade (when the cost of additional interest on the National Debt is factored in).

    Comment by rmwarnick — February 4, 2010 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

  11. In all fairness the president only inherited an 800 billion dollar deficit when he took office, and it took Bush 8 years to create that, Obama will double it in less than two. It should also be said that Obama, as a Senator helped create that deficit. The President may ask for money, and sign bills, but congress is responsible for the purse.

    Government doesn’t create private sector jobs, FYI, that’s why unemployment is still rising as they keep spending. Sure there is wasteful spending all over government, but the numbers we are dealing with don’t matter when the real pigeons come home to roost. We have 126 T dollars in unfunded liability, money that is promised to be paid out but we don’t have, and that number climbs every year. Long before I am of retirement age there won’t be any money left in the social security trust fund, medicare and medicaid have already exceeded their operation costs and running on credit, and they are talking about another jobs bill when large sums of the other stimulus packages lie unspent. Freddie and Fannie have been given free reign to draw from Tarp, which has become a slush fund.

    There are sensible ways to fix our economy, and dumping temporary fixes into it isn’t working. The government needs to stop the ridiculous spending, give our marketplace a sense of stability, and we will recover. All the fake jobs created, fake districts receiving money, all of the criminals and frauds receiving stimulus money, all of it, and it starts with all of our government, on both sides of the aisle, getting their heads out of their butts.

    It is starting to look like a comedy show, they aren’t even hiding the fact that they are talking out of both sides of their mouths anymore.

    Comment by disgruntledpatriot — February 4, 2010 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

  12. I guess my job doesn’t really exist, because I work for a government contractor. 😉

    President Bush brought in a series of record deficits, resulting in more than doubling the National Debt from $5 trillion to $11 trillion. When he left office, the $1.4 trillion deficit for FY 2009 was baked into the cake, as they say in Washington.

    The Republican proposed budget would eliminate Social Security and Medicare. How far do you suppose they will get with that?

    Comment by rmwarnick — February 4, 2010 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  13. Don’t know but I would like to see it happen. It may shock some but there are a lot of people out there that would rather see that money go into private funds for our own retirement. I know it couldn’t be eliminated right now, but I would be willing to give up Social Security and Medicare if they instituted some sort of secured retirement account and put the money in there. That way I am not working for someone else’s retirement and benefits but my own.

    Notice how I said private sector jobs, government can create public sector jobs, but those jobs don’t contribute to the economy the same way private sector ones do. Sure you spend money, and pay taxes, but the vast majority of public jobs don’t produce anything that can be traded or sold.

    Again your deficit figure is off, the deficit reached that number during Bush’s last year, but over 500 billion was paid back before he left office. It still doesn’t change the fact that the deficit is also squarely on the shoulders of the congress, which Obama was a part of, and Democrat controlled during the record deficit years. A President can propose a budget, but congress doesn’t have to spend the money, and they don’t have to add to it like congress always does. That figure for 2009 was hardly locked in by Bush, he didn’t pass the second stimulus which effectively doubled the deficit from 2008.

    Comment by disgruntledpatriot — February 4, 2010 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

  14. The Bush administration followed a pattern started by Reagan. Charge everything on the national credit card, and let the next Democratic president figure out how to pay the bills.

    I like your theory about every member of Congress being held responsible for everything done by Congress. That makes Rep. John Boehner just as responsible for the 2010 deficit as President Obama.

    Comment by rmwarnick — February 4, 2010 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  15. It sure does, they are all responsible. The problem is they are playing a game on us and we are marching along to the tune. While we fight and squabble about which side is right, and which party is better, they both shaft us. Honestly I don’t care which party did what, and who says who is responsible, what I want to see is an across the board change in the way things are done. We need to start demanding that politicians meet their promises, or don’t make them. That they own up to their lies, their crimes, and their abuses of power. There are some good politicians out there, not many, but there are a few both Democrat and Republican. They are the few that have the same vision of what this country should look like in the future, and they believe that our founding documents are a road map of how to get there. We need to stop thinking how great it would be to have this program, or that entitlement, we need to stop voting with our wallets. We need to look at the vision that a politician has for the future of this country, not the road, but the destination. If that destination doesn’t look like America then we don’t vote for them.

    I am tired of hearing what a politician WILL do when they get elected, we should be smart enough to realize they are all empty promises because one man or woman can’t do anything in government. The President can’t promise to change anything because he has to deal with the other branches, so they need to stop campaigning on promises. They have all broken promises that should never had been made, and we should never have bought into. The saddest thing is this last time so many people did buy into it. They really thought that Obama would sweep through Washington and everything would be so great. Nearly every campaign promise has been broken now in just a year, promises that should never have been made, and that everyone should have realized were empty.

    Give me a candidate that says “I will try” instead of “I will”, maybe I will believe him. Give me a candidate that focuses on what he will try to do right, not what the last guy did wrong. Have some honor, stop the games, that’s the kind of politicians we need.

    To me it doesn’t matter anymore who did what, it’s time for the ones we voted in to fix it. They keep trying to appease people with stupid things like a spending freeze that will save us less than what they paid a New York firm to study the smoking habits of potheads, in ten years. Don’t they see this as a joke? They will only freeze it for three years, but in ten years it would save us a whopping few billion dollars. They have overwhelming evidence that people don’t want the monster health care bill, but they will pass it anyway, or try to at least. They tell us that we have to spend money to save money, how does that work? Doesn’t work in my household, I know the numbers are much higher but the mathematical principles are the same. You can only Make money if you spend money, but only if you invest it. Government doesn’t invest money, that’s obvious from recover.org. That’s obvious from every single, stinking entitlement program that’s over budget.

    You have me, and many like me in total agreement that everyone in government is responsible for this mess. We have to get together though in demanding that they fix it, in ways that make sense, and actually work. Our children will pay the price for this problem, and I just can’t stand the idea of my son facing a national debt of over 24 Trillion dollars when he graduates from college.

    Comment by disgruntledpatriot — February 4, 2010 @ 10:52 pm | Reply

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