When Olympic medals are taxed, you know our government has gone too far. But apparently, it does, and it has. The United States Olympic Committee gives bonuses to our medal winning athletes — $25,000 for a gold, for example — for these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The IRS, sensing an Olympic-sized windfall, taxes these unique achievements made through a lifetime of single-minded dedication, hard work and unthinkable sacrifice armchair experts cannot begin to comprehend; often toiling in obscurity in sports that require them to have "real" jobs (if they can find one these days). Most big stars donate those bonuses back to the USOC or their sports' governing federation. Either way, they're being taxed on the medal itself, not the "income." Taxing something that brings the immense pride to the entire country sure isn't in the Olympic spirit. Americans rejoice in winning the medals table. The federal government drools over the money it brings in — a new slant on earned income (not to mention the skyrocketing price of gold in this so-called "recovery"). During ancient times, the Greeks used the games as a period to halt war. Maybe the feds should stop waging war on our income. So yesterday, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a bill that would exempt Olympic medal winners from this unpatriotic tax (see Washington Times). Then, as our athletes are doing from London, he tweeted about his bill. It scores a perfect 10 in my book. By the number of retweets as of last night, a bunch of Americans think so, too:
We've been told repeatedly since 2008 that Barack Obama is a genius. He is the smartest man ever to hold the presidency. Sure enough, he proved it almost immediately after he was sworn into office — he won the Nobel Peace Prize! (Even though he couldn't deliver the Olympics for his hometown of Chicago.) Yes, he is fawned over by the elite. Chris Matthews told the nation he gets a "tingling sensation up my leg" when Mr. Obama speaks. His adorers consider him the "anointed one" or some type of secular "messiah." He even has the power to redefine "success," as he continues to label his "stimulus" bill even though it has saddled us with debt and the loss of four million jobs. He is worshiped and glorified by people who have no frame of reference. He does nothing wrong. Except say the U.S. has 57 states (YouTube.com), confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day or any number of other gaffes that would've left Conan O'Brien in business if it was a conservative president making the embarrassing pronouncements. Now comes this: We know he can't give a speech without a teleprompter, but a teleprompter can't pronounce words for you. So, just the other day, even with the 'prompter working, the commander-in-chief showed his ignorance of the military he leads by mispronouncing "corpsman" as "corpse-man." Watch and hear for yourself. With what kind of feeling does it leave you?
He's commander-in-chief, but can he create a new rank? Maybe a "corpse-man" buries the dead?
Thanks to the alert by our friend Tea Party Jim, we now know the winner of the Public Option Please propaganda, graffiti, Obama adoration, uhh, "art" contest. As Jim writes us:
The sickness of this kind of thinking is what is destroying this country. The thought that Washington, D.C., is the lifeblood of the nation is simply idiotic, but not surprising.
And apart from the misattribution of the quote, the doublespeak of the supposed Jefferson quote is nearly hilarious. "Without Liberty no happiness can be enjoyed by society" as the money quote to sell government rationed health care is simply Orwellian.
I can't add much more to that. Well stated, Jim. Gabriel Malor has something to say, too, at Ace of Spades HQ.
The winners are (although we thought liberalism doesn't have winners and losers, and that it makes everyone equal and happy):
First place and People's Choice winner, to an Amy Martin, with the perfectly understandable idea that our country is great because of Washington, D.C.:
Second Place, to Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (there's always a Tatyana involved in socialism, isn't there?), but lacking nothing in staged propaganda heart strings, and a bone to underappreciated photographers out there:
Finally, a disappointing, I'm sure, third place to the POTUS, represented by a Michael Cuffe, but it's my personal favorite, as well, and takes second to nothing in human adoration, if that's any consolation to him. After all, the bronze here is better than what he got at got at on his Olympics bid:
Annotations & Elucidations The Late And Washington Post Poll Edition
The big news was from the Washington Post this afternoon, when it releases its latest poll showing all three Republicans — Bob McDonnell, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and Senator Ken Cuccinelli — leading their respective races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general by nine points. The other big news today concerning the statewide races is that Cuccinelli's opponent for attorney general, Democrat Delegate Steve Shannon, tried to emulate his gubernatorial ticket mate Creigh Deeds in question dodging (see Tertium Quids below). Who does it better? You watch. You decide.
Other than that, the debt is at third world levels, the CBO says BaucusCare is nearly as expensive, the Supreme Court hears a religious liberty case, and a more ineffective "jobs programs" is on its way. The good news is that we have some superior insights from Larry Kudlow, Michelle Malkin, Bobby Eberle, Michael Barone and Lisa Fabrizio on ObamaCare, his Olympic flame-out and political weakness, and how to create real and plenty jobs.
McDonnell Widens Lead in Virginia Governor's Race (Washington Post)
WaPo Poll: McDonnell, Bolling, Cuccinelli all +9 (Tertium Quids Blog)
Democrats beg Deeds for positive message (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Democrats vowing to hold strong in fight for governor (Northern Virginia Daily)
Deeds avoids Obama, embraces Warner (Washington Times)
Videos Highlight Dueling Images (Washington Post)
Meanwhile, at the AG Debate . . . (Tertium Quids Blog)
Delegates candidates speak at Henrico forum (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Contrasting Candidates Enter Final Month In Race For House Of Delegates (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)
Hurt will seek GOP nomination to challenge Perriello (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sharp debate at high court over cross on US land (AP/GOPUSA.com)
CBO: Budget deficit triples to record $1.4T in 2009 (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Health bill would cost $829B, cover 94 percent (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Bill increases spending on food stamps, nutrition (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Lawmaker: Cost of presidential copter tripled (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Obama huddles with Democratic leaders over jobs (AP/GOPUSA.com)
The Mundell-Laffer Solution (Larry Kudlow/GOPUSA.com)
Weak Himself, Obama Draws Strength From Bush (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)
O-lympics (Lisa Fabrizio/GOPUSA.com)
Couldn't the 'Men in White Coats' Just Take Obama Away? (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
Spin Doctors For Obamacare (Michelle Malkin/GOPUSA.com)
Obama's 'No I in Team Syndrome (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
Annotations & Elucidations Virginia Borrows Now; IOUs Next?
Who said Virginia isn't for borrowers? We've always prided ourselves on being different than the federales. In Virginia, we balance our budgets. In Virginia, we don't use gimmicks. Of course, states can't print money, but they sure can borrow it. In Virginia's case, it's more than $1.2 billion worth, or the size of a potential Creigh Deeds tax increase. Whatever happened to the "Best Managed State"? This is what Senator Deeds wants to "continue"? First, it was California-style state employee furloughs. Now it's federal government-style borrowing. What's next? Left coast-style IOUs?
If that wasn't enough, the Dems in Washington now are considering shielding banks from state laws. So much for federalism and that constitution thing. Finally, be sure to check out Michelle Malkin's exclusive on the President Obama's friends and their Olympic connections. Nothing like having a friend in high places lobby your case for the Olympics.
Va. To borrow up to $1.27 billion for unemployment payments (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Bolling Vows Fiscal Reform (Harrisonburg Daily News-record)
Polls find competing results for campaigns (Northern Virginia Daily)
A Tug of War For Women's Votes in Race For Governor (Washington Post)
Holton backs Deeds; Republicans talk mental health (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Deeds happy with Holton endorsement (Roanoke Times)
Paths diverge over budget, roads in 17th District debate (Roanoke Times)
November election voter registration deadline nears (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
5th hopeful from GOP runs for 5th (Charlottesville Daily Progress)
More thorny challenges ahead for health overhaul (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Dems debate sheilding banks from state laws (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Virginia's Regional Divide on the Issues (Jennifer Agiesta/Washington Post Voices Blog)
In Virginia Culture Wars Look Very Much Alive (Stuart Rothenberg/Rothenberg Political Report Blog)
All The President's Olympic Cronies (Michelle Malkin/GOPUSA.com)
Health Care and the Constitution . . . Remember that Document? (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
Coming: The Economic "W" (Dick Morris and Eileen McGann/GOPUSA.com)
Is Disagreement With Obam Racism? (Walter E. Williams/GOPUSA.com)
Pittsburgh Protest Promoters (Brent Bozell/GOPUSA.com)
A couple of nights ago, as I nervoulsy was cheering on whatever American individual or team on the brink of elimination or medal at the Olympics, I got a call with a pleasant sounding woman on the other end. She wanted to know if I'd participate in a survey regarding the presidential campaign. I obliged, but wanted to know who was conducting it. She said she could tell me at its completion, and so we started. Here are the question predicates pretty much verbatim (they each had a scale or a modifier at the end, which isn't relevant here). I scribbled them down as soon as I hung up:
- Are you following the presidential campaign closely?
- Who are you likely to vote for?
- How likely are you to vote for that candidate?
- If not, would you vote for Barack Obama?
- In the U.S. Senate race, are you more likely to vote for Jim Gilmore or Mark Warner?
- Are your neighbors ready for a black president?
- Is experience or change more important in a presidential candidate?
- (This was a long winded push-poll question about the evils of pro-life candidates ruining women's lives versus the freedom loving pro-abortion, uhhhh, "pro-choice" candidates.)
I live in a very liberal, pretty upscale area, smack dab in the middle of Governor Tim Kaine's former fiefdom of Richmond's Fan District (when he was a Richmond city councilman just a few years ago; you know, at the same time Obama was an Illinois state senator). So I found the question about my neighbors' attitudes on a potential black, pro-abortion president, interesting. Surely the pollsters know what neighborhoods they are calling.
Surprise! At its conclusion the nice woman identified the poll as being paid for and authorized by . . . drum roll, please . . . "The Democratic Party of Virginia."
Well, I'lllllllllllllllllllll be. If it's all such a slam dunk, why are Tax Governor Warner and his apparatchiks so concerned?