Paying for Obama’s jobs bill with 5.6% tax on millionaires

As far as I can tell, President Obama’s newest federal stimulus boondoggle job-killing bill relies exclusively on a 5.6 percent surtax on millionaires. Supporters and the CBO are telling us the surtax will pay for the $447 billion in spending in 10 years. These are the numbers you need to look at … these are the questions that should be asked.

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Symptom of the Disease: $600 million in benefits paid to the dead

Six hundred million in the past five years. The AP story claims the federal government and the Obama administration are working to clamp down on the unearned payments, but there is no mention of prosecutions or attempts to recover the cash.

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Symptom of the Disease: Solyndra “spending money left and right”

When – over a period of decades – we allow the federal government to get intimately involved with contracts and government-backed loans for companies like Solyndra in an effort to push worn political and environmental agendas, we’ve got nobody to blame but ourselves.

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Effort to make Coltsville a national park is dash for federal cash

It’s not about the designation. The Coltsville district in Hartford, Conn. was pronounced a National Historical Landmark in 2008, and there are now efforts to have the area designated a National Park. You know, similar to Yellowstone.

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Symptom of the Disease: Atlanta public school educators cheat to improve student test scores

Teachers, school administrators and principals were directly involved with various efforts – including outright cheating and changing student answers – to increase the Atlanta school systems student performance scores. Some even held “erasure parties” on weekends to change answers.

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Symptom of the Disease: $6.5 billion in SSI disability overpayments in 2009

Oh heck … only $6.5 billion? When you have a centralized federal government program designed to hand disability payments directly to individuals, it’s kind of like having the executive leadership of General Motors changing the oil in your SUV. It’s an unsuitable arrangement, and as such, a symptom of the disease.

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Obama wildfire response in Texas – compared to Mexico and other disasters

How did the Obama administration’s response compare when reviewing the wildfire response in Texas that burned 2.5 million acres (3,900 square miles) of land as compared to a recent Mexico fire that burned about 390 square miles? How about other disasters?

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Symptom of the Disease: Governors begging for cash from the feds

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (D) headed to Washington, DC with many other governors not to check out the National Mall or Lincoln Memorial, rather they headed into town to beg for cash and schmooze with those who hold the purse strings hoping they can pick up $100 million here, or $50 million there, to help fund state expenses.

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Symptom of the Disease: Journalist thinks Connecticut governor must “win” money for state

Yes, I understand the current political climate requires town finance managers to beg for money from the state, and state leaders must beg for money from the federal government, but can we agree this is a problem? Actually, it’s incrementally grown from a small issue to what any well-informed TEA Party member would refer to as the problem.

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The federal government is too BIG – hands out $1 BILLION to dead people

They don’t just see dead people, they give them cash, and lots of cash. During the last decade, about $1 billion has been handed out by the federal government to the dead. Subsidies, prescription drugs, wheelchairs, and payments for heating bills are just the start. Medicare even paid $92 million for treatments prescribed by dead physicians.

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