In another debate held yesterday for theMassachusetts Congressional District 4 seat,Sean Bielat (Republican) and Joe Kennedy III(Democrat) met to discuss the issues. The debate was only an hour but it was crystal clear at the end the differences between the candidates. Kennedy believes that government is the solution and Bielat believes that people are the solution. Kennedy will raise taxes and grow government while Bielat will shrink government and keep taxes low. Those are pretty typical of Democrat vs. Republican issues. Democrats have a history of growing government and raising taxes while Republicans have a history (well normally) of keeping government small and taxes low.
What really struck a chord was when one of the panel members brought up the stark difference between Kennedy and Bielat when it comes to their financial disclosures. Kennedy is a multi-millionaire while Bielat has a mountain of student loan debt. It’s nice that Kennedy’s family left him millions of dollars; most families would love to have the privilege of doing that. It’s great that both Bielat and his wife have furthered their education to further the well-being of themselves and their family; many people continue their education even with the astronomical costs of higher education these days.
Kennedy’s resume is extremely short. He has only ever held a ‘real job’ for 2.5 years and that was in the public sector. He’s never worked one day in the private sector. Kennedy touts his stint in the Peace Corps in a foreign country but why didn’t he join an organization in the United States and help Americans? Kennedy has never worried a day in his life how he will pay the rent, the mortgage, the oil bill or if he’ll have enough money to put food on the table. Kennedy has never had to choose between paying the electric bill and paying the car payment. As much as he likes to pretend he is ‘for the working man’, he has no clue the struggles of any working men or women.
Bielat is part of the middle class. Not only is he a Marine Reservist fighting for the United States but he wants to continue fighting for Americans in Congress. Bielat understands the struggles of working men and women because he is one of them. He understands how difficult times are right now and knows what it will take to truly change the economic environment from the cliff Obama and Democrats have put it on. Bielat’s years of experience as a leader in the private sector show that he knows what drives business and what a good economy means for families across the country and in his district.
Bielat is the only candidate in the 4th Congressional District who will fight for the working and middle classes. There are already too many ‘Kennedy types’ in Congress – those who are multi-millionaires and make laws increasing the size of government and raising taxes without realizing the massive ramifications that ideology has on the very people they claim to represent. If Kennedy’s last name was Smith, he wouldn’t even be in this race.
On ‘dress down Friday’ in a Philadelphia high school, a 16 year old sophomore decided to wear a pink Romney/Ryan t-shirt. Unfortunately for the student, Samantha Pawlucy, she has a Geometry teacher who doesn’t like Romney; doesn’t agree with freedom of speech or expression and doesn’t know history. The teacher humiliated the young girl in class by telling her to ‘get out’ or change her t-shirt. The teacher, who is black, told Pawlucy that her wearing that shirt would be like the teacher wearing a KKK shirt. Apparently the teacher doesn’t know that theKKK was started by the Democrats.
What is missing in most of the stories that have been published is this teacher’s obviousracism. Had a white teacher done this to a black student wearing an Obama/Biden t-shirt, all hell would have broken loose and it would somehow be the Republican Party’s fault. The race of the teacher hasn’t even been widely reported – why is that? The story is bad enough but it’s far worse that this teacher is black and she specifically used racist terms as an analogy against a white student simply showing her support for a candidate; a candidate the teacher clearly isn’t supporting.
There should be no other alternative than for this teacher to be fired. Children shouldn’t be afraid to exercise their free speech rights in school when those rights are completely reasonable. Teachers probably see many articles of clothing that they disagree with but keep their mouths shut because that’s the right thing to do. This teacher lacks the civility, respect and historical knowledge to be further supported with taxpayer dollars in our school systems.
Over and over and over and over again we hear how the Bush tax cuts added to the deficit. This falsehood is utterly and entirely UNtrue. It is basic Accounting 101 and you don’t have to be an Accountant to grasp the concept. Since I happened to be an Accounting Major, it’s pretty simple for me to understand; however, there seems to be an entire block of society (the Left) that clearly cannot think through logic and numbers at the same time. So I decided to write this blog and attempt to explain in very, very simple terms that even a 5-year-old can understand about how tax cuts do not increase the deficit.
Scenario 1 – Balanced Budget
You earn $100
You spend $100
$100 – $100 = $0 This is a balanced budget. You spent exactly what you earned.
Scenario 2 – Deficit
You get a pay cut and earn only $80
You spend $100
$80 – $100 = -$20 This is a deficit. You put the $20 on your charge card because you don’t have enough cash to pay the entire amount.
Scenario 3 – Spending Reduction
You still have your pay cut and earn only $80
You cut your spending to $80
$80 – $80 = $0 This again is a balanced budget. You spent exactly what you earned.
The pay cut didn’t cause the deficit – the spending over the amount earned caused you to use your credit card; therefore, creating debt that you did not have before.
As you can see the concept is quite easy and anyone should be able to grasp this. If you reduce what you take in (tax cuts) you MUST reduce spending to go along with it or you will have a deficit. I don’t know how to explain these facts in any simpler terms other than maybe to change $100 to $10? I cannot grasp the concept of millions of people NOT understanding this basic math. Do they not have checking accounts? Do they not have credit cards or not get pay checks? The tax cuts do not cause the deficit – it’s the spending stupid.
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Some Americans actually don’t know why we celebrate July 4th.
In what should be deemed disturbing by any American, in the video below you’ll see that there are actual Americans who do not know why we celebrate Independence Day. No, these are not 3 year old children, they are adults that have absolutely no clue why Americans, year after year, celebrate July 4th. Mark Dice – author and activist – decided to hit a San Diego beach and ask people if they knew why we celebrate 4th of July. What should be a ‘no brainer’ answer turns out not to be for some. Is it that this isn’t being taught in public schools? Or is it that Americans simply no longer care about the history of our country so they simply forget about it? Whatever the reason, it is abhorrent that every American doesn’t understand why we celebrate July 4th.
Not surprisingly, in a report by the New York Times, only 1 in 4 high school seniors passed civic exams with a score of ‘proficient’.