Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy Election Day

Hopefully everyone got out to vote today. We in NH are a battleground state so hopefully we can get some comments from our relatives in other battleground states, Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio. Over in Springfield:

Monday, November 3, 2008

Bellying Up To The Bar on Taxes

John Poltrack has included links to the tax calculators for the various campaigns race to the bottom to buy our votes. I saw a similar thing in a TV ad which showed how much more money you’d save voting for Obama than McCain.

My first problem with this whole strategy is that it is a cynical appeal to the most self-serving, narrow minded part of us. Without a doubt, I want to keep more of my money rather than send it to the government. On the other hand, I understand that my fortune is linked to the fortunes of everyone else…more so now than ever before. Having the government allow me to keep an extra $10 a week doesn’t really help me a lot when I don’t have a job. For me, the bottom line isn’t the dollar amount but the policy behind it.

The second, and possibly bigger problem, is that this is a promise that will never materialize. Mr. Obama's calculator says he's going to save me $1000. The truth is Obama is not going to cut my taxes one cent. In fact, I know he’s going to raise my taxes…a lot. 

I am so certain my taxes will go up I’ll make an offer to anyone who disagrees and is ready to belly up to the bar. Using my 2008 tax return as a baseline, I’ll promise to donate any amount my tax bill goes down in 2009 to the charity of your choice. In return, you’ll promise to donate the amount my tax bill goes up to my charity Grameen Bank. By taking me up on this challenge you’ll both earn my respect as someone who stands with the courage of their convictions and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’ll be donating to a worthy cause.

The ground rules:

  1. You commit to this on or before the results of the election are known
  2. Obama is elected President
  3. To make the comparison fair, the basis will be for the amount of taxable income I earned in 2008 (i.e. we’ll only compare the direct cost of tax policies, not the side-effect of the ruination of my business income). I don’t itemize my deductions, so there are really no other variables.
  4. Your chosen charity must be recognized by the IRS as a qualified organization.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Veterans for Obama

I was proud to stand with veterans in Peterborough tonight, awaiting a town hall meeting with John McCain.
Unfortunately the McCain campaign is assumed to be the most "veteran friendly" but nothing can be further from the truth. The misguided war in Iraq is the most egregious example. A war which was supported by McCain and opposed by Obama. As we have learned over time the 9-11 attacks had nothing to do with Iraq and that war seemed to have something to do with George Bush proving something to his father or some other psycho-drama. But I digress, standing and chatting with other veterans I was struck with how they were only there to demonstrate that it is possible to be patriotic without yelling and spouting meaningless chants about "Support our troops" without backing them up with actions. The Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America report card gave Barack Obama an "B" and John McCain a "D" for their congressional support of veteran issues. This war has brought such misery to so many people and the men I was with understood that cost.

As we stood in quiet testimony, an Uncle Sam on stilts wandered by who expoused some nonsense on genetic defects of Barack Obama. It was quite amazing to witness and shows the level of animonity that has occurred in this campaign. Uncle Sam of all people!

It would have been impossible to attend the meeting because the crowd was preselected, but I did watch it at home. I was happy to see that McCain in New Hampshire had returned to a level of civility not seen in the recent "events". I got the feeling we were seeing Gollum showing his Hobbit nature after breaking away from the Rovian spell that he has been afflicted by.

As I have posted in earlier blogs, I liked the McCain of 2000 before he was savaged by the very folks he hired for this outing. He showed some class tonight, but Obama is the better choice.

Let's get together

Is this any way to elect a President? The candidates must be exhausted, I know that I am....

John McCain is stopping in Peterborough, NH today. I went to see him on his last visit (he appears in the running slideshow on the right side of this blog). I'll probably swing by and see what's happening.

But I'm fatigued with all this, neither candidate is going to do half of what they claim and we'll be living in that reality. So I'm moving on and changing the subject to something we can all agree on .... MUSIC!

I've been intrigued with an organization called "Playing for Change" which is NOT connected with the Obama or any other campaign!

Here is a YouTube excerpt:

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Obama Tax Plan vs McCain Tax Plan (and a comment about H1-B)

Surprise surprise.... we haven't be getting the full tax story. In the interest of fairness I'm including a link to a comparison of the 2 plans. This won't affect my vote, but the Obama has the higher tax plan and the dread "redistribution of wealth".

I have an issue about both candidates support of the H1-B visa program which has been a threat for my employment for quite a while. Both candidates support this program which addresses the "problem" of not having enough skilled American workers. It allows employers to hire "foreign" workers to fill this supposed lack of skilled workers. These workers come at a great cost savings for companies and correspond with layoffs. It won't change regardless of who is elected, but I needed to vent a bit and show that I'm not completely in the tank for Obama

Here is the Tax Plans Link:

Wall Street Journal Comparison of Tax Plans of McCain & Obama

I'm gonna be RICH!

I have been approached with a certain business opportunity which will have a profound effect on my tax bracket. I have been in contact with Mrs. Ford about my tax obligations and quite frankly I'm wondering if I should now be supporting a McCain-Palin ticket.

I'd like to share the details of my new situation:

From Barrister.Mrs.Jenny Ford.

B .F Addo, Solicitors & Associates.
169.BD.F.H Biogny
Accra Ghana West Africa,

Good Day,

I am Barrister.Mrs.Jenny Ford,a solicitor in law.I am contacting you because you have the same surname of my late client a national of your country, who used to work with SHELL,an Oil Servicing Company here in ACCRA GHANA. Herein after shall be referred to as my client. On the 18th of December 2003, my client, his wife and their only daughter traveled to his wife country IRAN on holiday and unfortunately, they were involved in an Earthquake which occurred in Bam on the 26th of December 2003 in IRAN which claim about 25 thousand lives in the Earthquake .

Since the earthquake I have made several enquirers to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has proved unsuccessful.I am contacting you based on the fact that my client deposited one trunk BOX as a family treasure with a security company here in ACCRA GHANA, valued at US$9.2 million of which he handed over the CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT with me as his lawyer.And i also ask him then why he choose to deposit the fund/BOX in a security company rather than bank,

He told me that it was due to political instability in GHANA and that he was assured by the Manager of the security company that he can claim his BOX from any of their Branch Offices in EUROPE and ASHIA countries For the fact that I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives since the earthquake occurred, I hereby seek your consent to present you as the relative or the business partner to my late client, All i want from you is maximum co-operation to enable us make the claim of these Box to our benefit.

I have all the necessary information that will guide you to the successful claim of these BOX and legal POWER OF ATTORNEY that will make you the beneficiary of the BOX will be prepared by me as his attorney. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I to this effect.at the conclusion of this business you will be given 35% of the total amount,60% will for be for me,while 5% will be for any expenses both parties might have incurred during the process,

Please do send the following information of yours so that we can kick up this mutual business transaction

1.Full Name
2.Phone/Fax Number
6.Date of Birth.

Your immediate reply will be highly appreciated.

Awaiting to hear from you

Barr.Mrs.Jenny Ford. (Esq)