Patterico's Pontifications


Woman Tries to Buy iPads with Food Stamp Card

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:45 pm

First we had the ObamaPhone.

Now, the ObamaPad?

It goes without saying that even noticing this story is racist.

Vice President Hypocrite

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 2:26 pm

From the Vice Presidential debate:

MS. RADDATZ: OK, on to taxes. If your ticket is elected, who will pay more in taxes? Who will pay less? And we’re starting with Vice President Biden for two minutes.

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: The middle class will pay less, and people making a million dollars or more will begin to contribute slightly more. Let me give you one concrete example: the continuation of the Bush tax cuts. We’re arguing that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy should be allowed to expire. Of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, 800 million — billion dollars of that goes to people making a minimum of a million dollars.

Isn’t he the guy who negotiated this fiscal cliff deal with Mitch McConnell? Why, yes, he is. And was he pushing raising taxes only on people making a million dollars a year? Why, no, he wasn’t.

But of course, asking these people to stick with their promises is asking too much, isn’t it?

President Hypocrite

Filed under: General — JD @ 1:06 pm

[Guest post by JD]

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. . . . Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

Senator Barack Obama, 2006

Now, he refuses to debate the debt ceiling, and is proposing new tax increases, and taking investments off the table in spending debate. They are just getting started.

— JD

Senate Voted on Fiscal Cliff Bill Three Minutes After Receiving It

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:14 am

Because the Senate is the Great Deliberative Body, that cools the passions of the electorate and carefully weighs decisions of great moment.

The U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to approve legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff despite having only 3 minutes to read the 154-page bill and budget score.

Multiple Senate sources have confirmed to that senators received the bill at approximately 1:36 AM on Jan. 1, 2013 – a mere three minutes before they voted to approve it at 1:39 AM.

The bill is 154-pages and includes several provisions that are unrelated to the fiscal cliff, including repealing a section of ObamaCare, extending the wind-energy tax credit, and a rum tax subsidy deal for Puerto Rican rum makers.

Reuters has more detail on the goodies crammed into the last-minute legislation:

But senators also extended higher rum excise taxes to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and provided tax breaks to a wide range of other groups and interests, including motorsports entertainment complexes and mine rescue teams.

Among the other sweeteners:

* special expensing rules for certain film and TV productions

* tax-exempt financing for New York Liberty Zone, an area around the site of the World Trade Center.

* extension of American Samoa economic development credit

Thank God, we avoided the dreaded Dairy Cliff:

Also tucked in the bill, known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, are measures to avert the so-called “dairy cliff” – a steep increase in milk prices that would otherwise take place this year.

The measures would extend farm subsidy programs and prevent dairy subsidies from reverting to 1949 levels, which would have meant retail milk prices could have doubled to about $7 per gallon.

All hail government subsidies, without which we would be subjected to the working of the free market.

The composition of every post is becoming an exercise in making it to the end without using profanities.

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