The 2012 Republican Platform calls for a complete overhaul of the federal tax system. No surprise there. But then it endorses a value-added tax or national sales tax as one possible solution to the nation's budget problems. This is shocking.
The VAT would be adopted only if it is accompanied by "the simultaneous repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment, which established the federal income tax," the platform states. A Republican-controlled Congress passed that amendment in 1909, and the states ratified it in 1913. The tax was aimed squarely at the ultra-wealthy, targeting the top 1% of wage earners.
Removal of the 99-year-old tax amendment is so unlikely that the platform plank seems facetious. As for the VAT, perhaps it was inserted in the document for yucks, too. A mere two years ago, "VAT" was an obscenity in GOP circles. The Republican National Committee, which produced the 2012 platform in 2010, vigorously attacked the value-added tax after Obama advisor Paul Volcker said that a VAT or a carbon tax might be needed to narrow the budget deficit. The RNC assumed that the Democrats would add the regressive VAT to existing taxes and consequently soak the middle class.
Here is the Youtube link for the Grassroots Press Conference held on 8/30/2012
"Meanwhile in “freedom and democracy” america, at their Tampa, Florida, nominating convention, the Republican Party showed its true colors. It is a Brownshirt Party.
The tyrannical Republican machine refused to allow Ron Paul’s name to be mentioned or his delegate count to be presented.
Reports from the Republican nomination convention read like reports of Stalin’s takeover of the Communist Party or the Nazi takeover of the German state. Rules adopted at the convention eliminate any grass roots input. The Republican politburo is supreme. The party is subservient, and the members’ voices are eliminated. Mimicking Lenin, the Republicans declared that Republican rule “means neither more nor less than unlimited power, resting directly on force, not limited by anything, not restricted by any laws, nor any absolute rules. Nothing else but that.”
What is going on here?, I don't trust this news but it seems like US has told Israel your on your own if you attack Iran,
Plus, hundreds of Israeli Pilots are urged not to follow orders in regards to attacking Iran, has Dissent begun there too?
Having enjoyed his speech again today a couple times, reading some of the response on the internet and remembering my own grandfather, it is clear Clint Eastwood is a genius. The media is all in a hissy over it, not talking about Romney. The left says he is senile and crazy, the Romney folks are on the defense distancing themselves from responsibility.
You know why it makes no sense to them? They think Clint is on the right. He isn't, he is an individual just like us. Libertarian. Forget the chair being Obama, the chair could be any anyone, he is attacking the corruption on the left and the right.
How embarrassing for Romney a rich multi-millionaire to be referenced as a lowly employee that should be fired if he does a bad job. Reminding people to vote for something more than someone who seems nice. What an introduction, the ultimate troll by Clint, like in all his movies. Watch it again and listen to the parts where Clint is talking, when he is not joshing, just being himself. Genius. He did not endorse Romney, he said there was a lot of work WE needed to do and Romney and Ryan could come along...
Edit: Video of the speech
"Mitt Romney’s mean spirited National Convention, run by a team who has refined exclusion and pettiness to an art, will now rely more than ever on the socialism and failed economy of Barack Obama to get their man elected. The door of their campaign is shut for anyone else to come in. At the RNC there was no generosity in victory, no forgiveness, no open arms, no calls for unity. Only scowls. It is payback time. To an unlikely combination of evangelicals, homosexuals and other targeted groups, the pain of the Romney’s will soon be unleashed upon them.
Quantify the Movement: The Case for Gary Johnson
Written by a Massachusetts Delegate
The Liberty Movement has a tremendous amount of momentum, and with the convention behind us we must set our sights on November and the next four years. We have made great strides in winning offices at the grass-roots level and must continue to do so if we are to affect change, but there is one thing we have not yet been able to accomplish, and that is to show the world exactly how big our movement can be in a general election. We all know there are droves of Ron Paul and Liberty-minded supporters who did not cast votes in primaries either because they are Democrats, Independents, or only interested in participating in a general election. By all casting votes for Gary Johnson we can in the course of just one day show the world how strong we truly are. I call this "Quantifying the Movement" and venture to list several rationales for a Johnson vote below.
The Case for the Republican Party: Often times, out of love, children must be disciplined to help shape them into better people. So is the case with political parties. It is no secret the Republican Party has gone out of their way, even breaking their own rules, to kick the sand in the face of the Liberty Movement. It is true we must transform the party from within in order to change this, but we must also show in no uncertain terms that the Republican Party needs to want and accept this change if it is to maintain and grow the support of such a critical wing of the party. The two agendas are mutually beneficial, not mutually exclusive.
After the convention John Stossel's show had 'Kennedy's View of the at RNC'. There's a little interview with Ron from the day he stopped by to see his delegates
The show will re-air tonight at 1:00 am ET and Saturday at 9:00 pm ET
Ron Paul on Gary Johnson:
"I think he's wonderful and I think he's doing a good job and people should look at him - and every individual should make up their own mind!"
"I'm okay with Santotum being squashed, I didn't like Ron Paul being squashed!"
Daily Show Exclusive: Michael Steele on RNC Treatment of Ron Paul - "Height of Rudeness and Stupidity"Submitted by jcpenicks on Fri, 08/31/2012 - 12:34
"What the Republican National Committee did to Ron Paul was the height of rudeness and stupidity for this reason: Why would you alienate an individual who has the ability to attract a new generation of voters, who are already skeptical of your institution but are willing to at least listen through the vehicle of this individual and the words that he is saying? Why would you alienate them, get on the floor and not let them speak? Not have his name go up on the board and see the number of electoral votes that he receives? This is crazy! ... They are afraid of that which they cannot control."
- Michael Steele, Former RNC Chairman
PETER SCHIFF INTERVIEW
Tom Mullen interviews Peter Schiff at the RNC on The Real Crash, Austrian economics and Ron Paul.
DOUG WEAD INTERVIEW
Rumors abound throughout Maine that the progressive/NWO/Rockefeller elements in the Maine GOP (led by former Senator and DEMOCRATIC Secretary of Invasion, Bill Cohen, and his lapdog Sen. Susan Collins, and CFR Sen. Olympia Snowe and her boy toy, State Party Chairman, Charlie Webster) are about to commit the ultimate treason and declare our entire PROPERLY OPERATED Maine State Convention thrown out.
What happened in Tampa is apparently JUST THE BEGINNING of the raping of Maine voters.
Colorado Delegate Speaks out on Morton Blackwell's Minority Report Blocked from Entering the Green ZoneSubmitted by GBAmerica on Fri, 08/31/2012 - 09:22
Tea Party Tribune, August 29, 2012 | Delegate from Colorado Jeremy Strand paid the Watchdog Wire Radio booth a visit today with some breaking developments inside the RNC's power grab through their new rules changes regarding delegates: Morton Blackwell, a seasoned expert and member of GOP Rules Committees, was allegedly intentionally delayed from getting to the Rules Committee meeting with his authored Minority Report, which would challenge the RNC's abrupt new rules that essentially undermine the party's original rules. Since he missed the meeting, he was not granted permission to submit the challenge.