Patterico's Pontifications

10/13/2008

Rush Limbaugh mentioned Patterico today…

Filed under: 2008 Election — Karl @ 9:50 am

[Posted by Karl]

As Rush Limbaugh mentioned it, I thought it would be helpful to re-link to DRJ’s post on Obama’s Tax Plan and Small Businesses here on the front page.

Welcome, Limbaugh listeners! There’s plenty more to read here, so put your feet up and take a look around.

–Karl

46 Comments

  1. Cue the server melting in 3… 2… 1…

    Comment by Scott Jacobs (a1c284) — 10/13/2008 @ 9:53 am

  2. We’ve had a couple of brief interruptions of service, but so far, not bad. It’s more likely to get direct traffic if he posts it in the “stack of stuff” for website subscribers.

    Comment by Karl (1b4668) — 10/13/2008 @ 10:03 am

  3. I put a link to your post on my blog PajamaHadin after hearing about it on Rush. You’ve got some great info on your blog. I’ll be visiting often.

    Comment by Michael Marshall (4ec348) — 10/13/2008 @ 10:04 am

  4. There are few things as embarrassing as a shout out from Rush Limbaugh.

    Comment by Syracuse! (b8c7e2) — 10/13/2008 @ 10:06 am

  5. Oh, I don’t know… a shout out from Keith Olbermann comes immediately to mind.

    Comment by Karl (1b4668) — 10/13/2008 @ 10:07 am

  6. Just letting you know I’ll be adding your blog to my blog list also. One of the better conservative sites I have seen, and I like how you do your comments and they way you have laid out your page. Very cool

    Comment by Nancy (fc83d1) — 10/13/2008 @ 10:09 am

  7. I would burn my blog to the ground if I ever received praise from Olbermann…

    Comment by Scott Jacobs (a1c284) — 10/13/2008 @ 10:13 am

  8. Oh, I don’t know… a shout out from Keith Olbermann comes immediately to mind.

    Comment by Karl — 10/13/2008 @ 10:07 am

    LOL

    Comment by no one you know (1ebbb1) — 10/13/2008 @ 10:19 am

  9. There are few things as embarrassing as a shout out from Rush Limbaugh.

    One comes to mind. Being Mayor Daley’s bumboy.

    Comment by nk (f2ee58) — 10/13/2008 @ 10:20 am

  10. Comment by nk — 10/13/2008 @ 10:20 am

    Careful, you’re talking about the future President.

    Comment by Another Drew (1d7115) — 10/13/2008 @ 10:22 am

  11. If Olberdouchenozzle praised me, I would commit ritual Hari Kari.

    Comment by JD (f7900a) — 10/13/2008 @ 10:23 am

  12. I think Mayor Daley will be a very competent President. He really has done wonders with Chicago. Even the trains run on time.

    Comment by nk (f2ee58) — 10/13/2008 @ 10:26 am

  13. Comment by nk — 10/13/2008 @ 10:26 am

    Does he prefer his followers to wear brown, or black, shirts?

    Comment by Another Drew (1d7115) — 10/13/2008 @ 10:33 am

  14. Found you through Rush today. Love the blog and look forward to regular visits.

    Inside the Beltway Conservative

    Comment by Thomas M (13802e) — 10/13/2008 @ 10:36 am

  15. Congratulations to Patterico for the national exposure — and to DRJ for writing the post that got all the attention.

    Comment by Phil (6d9f2f) — 10/13/2008 @ 10:41 am

  16. There are few things as embarrassing as a shout out from Rush Limbaugh.

    Yeah, who would want millions of dedicated listeners coming here, just so you can raise your ad rates and make a little more money on this site? Eeeviiil capitalistic pigs!

    Comment by Dmac (cc81d9) — 10/13/2008 @ 1:48 pm

  17. BTW, although I’m not a listener, Rush consistently scores high in the TSL (time spent listening) numbers each quarter, which leads to a huge qualitative audience, when those numbers are correlated with his CUME (total audience). Almost as high as Paul Harvey’s numbers in his prime, and Harvey was only a 5 – minute broadcast.

    Comment by Dmac (cc81d9) — 10/13/2008 @ 1:51 pm

  18. Comment by Dmac — 10/13/2008 @ 1:51 pm

    Wow! That is pretty cool.

    As is being mentioned by…what’s he call himself… “el Rushbo”? Love how the guy doesn’t take himself too seriously, even though I hardly ever listen. (Wilkow Majority is on in that time slot.)

    Comment by Foxfier (15ac79) — 10/13/2008 @ 2:00 pm

  19. There are few things as embarrassing as a shout out from Rush Limbaugh.

    Comment by Syracuse! — 10/13/2008 @ 10:06 am

    Um…right — for you, maybe it would be embarrassing, but not for sane and clear-thinking people. Let’s see…Olbermann has already been mentioned. What about getting a shout out from the ladies on “The View”? …or from profanity-spewing Sandra Bernhard…or the shrieking “I will kick her %*#” Madonna?

    I can think of many, many more endorsements that would be far more embarrassing than one from the most-listened-to talk show host in America.

    Comment by Ann (b83a0f) — 10/13/2008 @ 2:02 pm

  20. Congrats Patterico. Heard Rush today refer to your great website. Hope the traffic is off the dial. You deserve it.

    Comment by eaglewingz08 (98291e) — 10/13/2008 @ 2:10 pm

  21. For those interested, it appears the site got swamped under for an hour or two — presumably when Limabugh updated his site after the day’s show (that’s my theory, not being a Limbaugh 24/7 subscriber). But between the Rush mention and an Instalanche of the satirical post on “Obama’s Rallies Turn Ugly,” it looks to be a very busy day here.

    Comment by Karl (1b4668) — 10/13/2008 @ 2:23 pm

  22. There are few things as embarrassing as a shout out from Rush Limbaugh.

    – A sober person voting for Obama comes to mind.

    Comment by Icy Truth (1468e4) — 10/13/2008 @ 2:24 pm

  23. There are few things as embarrassing as a shout out from Rush Limbaugh.

    – ‘A sober person voting for Obama’ comes to mind.

    Comment by Icy Truth (1468e4) — 10/13/2008 @ 2:25 pm

  24. “…and an InstaDitto-lanche of the satirical post…”

    There Karl, fixed that for you.

    Comment by Another Drew (1d7115) — 10/13/2008 @ 2:29 pm

  25. I call Bull*hit on the $250,000 annual receipts for small businesses. I owned a place called CJ’S Tavern in Wheaton Illinois. It was 1700 square feet. I had 4 employees and I grossed $272,000 a year for 13 years. I believe I fell under $250,000 maybe 2 of those years. My annual salary? About $30,000. Now I own Tumbleweeds Bar and Grill. I have about 20 employees and my gross annual receipts are a tad over 1 million. My salary now? About $60,000. No way in hell could a small business survive with gross receipts of $250,000 a year. How much is rent? Electricity? Insurance? Product? Business licenses? Monthly sales tax?

    Here’s a list of operating costs not including any product like beer liquor or food

    Yearly labor $275,000 (right there I’m over the limit)
    Rent: $6,000 a month
    Insurance: both liability and workmans comp $18,000 a year
    Various licenses $5,000 a year
    Electricity/gas: $4,500 a month
    montly sales tax: $5,500

    Those are just the big ones. I spend more than $15,000 a month on food. $5,000 a month on liquor, and $10,000 on beer.

    Once again I don’t believe for a second any viable small business can stay afloat with a measly gross receipts of $250,000 a year!

    Comment by Capitalist Infidel (f9d1c1) — 10/13/2008 @ 2:39 pm

  26. I agree with your premise, Capitalist Infidel, which is why I hope Obama is referring to net receipts. Even then, I think there will be a significant number of small businesses that will be impacted by Obama’s plan to raise taxes.

    Comment by DRJ (c953ab) — 10/13/2008 @ 2:45 pm

  27. Capiliast Infidel:

    How about a consultant who runs a one-man shop? I woud love to have $250K per year in gross reciepts. Since I have very limited expenses, it’s basically all profit.

    Comment by Dr. K (0580a0) — 10/13/2008 @ 2:48 pm

  28. DRJ

    That would be impossible. You can’t quantify “net receipts.” If you did every single company on earth would be “0.” If there is anything (net) left over I pay myself what that number might be so it goes into “labor.” It has to be taxed on gross receipts, it’s the only number that can’t (not nearly as much as net anyway) be manipulated.

    Comment by Capitalist Infidel (f9d1c1) — 10/13/2008 @ 2:50 pm

  29. Adjusted gross income would be a more precise term. In other words, income less costs.

    Comment by DRJ (c953ab) — 10/13/2008 @ 2:53 pm

  30. K

    Ok, I’ll only speak for the millions of small business owners who work outside of their homes. Those who pay rent.

    Comment by Capitalist Infidel (f9d1c1) — 10/13/2008 @ 2:54 pm

  31. That would still be $0. Any extra just goes into labor. I’ve never had a year, in all 16 years, that my adjusted gross income or income less expenses that was a positive number. It was either 0 or a net loss.

    Comment by Capitalist Infidel (f9d1c1) — 10/13/2008 @ 2:57 pm

  32. Capitalist, you didn’t include the monthly payoff to the Daley bagman so I guess you are out of the city. When I was growing up, my father had a neighborhood tavern in Chicago (It is still there although he has been dead 39 years) and I learned about the local cops coming by for the weekly fee. Among other benefits, it assured your customers that the parking meters in front of the bar were never checked and the cars were not ticketed.

    Just one more cost of doing business in Chicago.

    Anyone who has ever run a small business, even a medical practice, knows that the profit and the owner’s salary are the same thing. If they have never gone without a salary to make payroll, they have no idea what they are talking about.

    In the days when I was young, doctors ran small businesses (their practice) and voted Republican. Now they are all employees of groups and HMOs and vote Democrat. Medical students are all left wing except the few who are pro-life.

    People think Wall Street traders are Republicans. Look at the FEC reports sometime. The only Republicans left are small business owners. That’s why Obama will screw them.

    Comment by Mike K (f89cb3) — 10/13/2008 @ 3:04 pm

  33. Capitalist:

    That would still be $0. Any extra just goes into labor. I’ve never had a year, in all 16 years, that my adjusted gross income or income less expenses that was a positive number. It was either 0 or a net loss.

    Fine, then whatever you take as salary (or whatever is passed through your corporation if you’ve incorporated and made a Subchapter S election) is taxed on your income tax return. If you are fortunate enough to make over $200,000-$250,000 (whichever is Obama’s cut-off point for higher taxes), you will get hit. You may not be at that point but a lot of small business owners could be.

    Comment by DRJ (c953ab) — 10/13/2008 @ 3:06 pm

  34. DRJ

    I don’t think that’s correct. I believe Obama will tax everyone who’s gross receipts are over $250,000 which would be everyone. That’s what he is saying.

    Comment by Capitalist Infidel (f9d1c1) — 10/13/2008 @ 3:11 pm

  35. I certainly don’t rule out that possibility. It’s not clear to me what his plan provides, and I don’t think he’s made much of an effort to clarify it. And while it’s not everyone, I agree it would impact a lot of small business owners.

    Comment by DRJ (c953ab) — 10/13/2008 @ 3:14 pm

  36. “Capitalist, you didn’t include the monthly payoff to the Daley bagman”

    In DuPage county that would be known as “DuPage County Lodge 109.” And it would cost you at least $2,500 a year if you didn’t want all your customers getting DUI’s as they leave your establishment.

    Comment by Capitalist Infidel (f9d1c1) — 10/13/2008 @ 3:14 pm

  37. Comment by Capitalist Infidel — 10/13/2008 @ 3:11 pm

    Obama has been very deceptive in not defining that 250K threshold with any specificity.

    As I have stated before, I fully believe that he (and the Leftists running Congress) intend to institute a Federal Gross Receipts Tax starting at $250K of receipts.

    Comment by Another Drew (1d7115) — 10/13/2008 @ 3:18 pm

  38. Drew

    If that’s true there will be millions of small businesses going bankrupt. Either that or millions of people will learn how to cheat. Either way the government won’t be getting the money

    Comment by Capitalist Infidel (f9d1c1) — 10/13/2008 @ 3:19 pm

  39. I grew up in St. Charles during the 70′s, and it’s interesting that Wheaton has apparently transitioned quite quickly from an alcohol – free town into one that allows it on restaurant premises. Evanston made a similar transition, I believe at roughly the same time – they had no problems either, but it’s still difficult to get a liquor license there.

    Comment by Dmac (cc81d9) — 10/13/2008 @ 3:28 pm

  40. Hey Infidel…

    We get a special dish if we visit yer place and mention we saw you on Patterico’s? :) I take it your new place is in Wheaton? :)

    Comment by Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec) — 10/13/2008 @ 4:34 pm

  41. The idea that Baracky will lower taxes or reduce spending, is laughable.

    Comment by JD (5f0e11) — 10/13/2008 @ 4:43 pm

  42. JD, did you ever see that comment in “…election is over…”, #88 @ 10:00?

    Comment by Another Drew (1d7115) — 10/13/2008 @ 4:59 pm

  43. My old place is in Wheaton, my new place is in Monroe North Carolina. It’s called Tumbleweeds Bar and Grill.

    Comment by Capitalist Infidel (f9d1c1) — 10/13/2008 @ 6:23 pm

  44. Hmmm… NC eh? This makes it increasingly unlikely I shall be makin’ a stop by… :)

    Central IL here. Thank god you got out while you could…

    Comment by Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec) — 10/13/2008 @ 6:34 pm

  45. DMAC – Evanston, home of the Womens Christian Temperance Union, transitioned slowly in the 1980s. I believe the only liquor store opened in the latter half of the 1980s or early 1990s.

    Comment by daleyrocks (d9ec17) — 10/13/2008 @ 8:48 pm

  46. Heard the Rush mention tonight (I have to listen to podcasts when I work night shift). I was especially interested in lack of detail on the part of the Obama campaign on whether the $250K is gross, net, etc. But the gist of it is very few true small businesses fall into the below $250K barrier however you define it.

    In too many ways to count, Obama is an idiot and thinks we are, too.

    Comment by Peg C. (48175e) — 10/14/2008 @ 1:51 am

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