Before President Obama released his gun control proposal on Wednesday, opponents of the gun control plan were taking action. On Monday, Attorney General Edwin Meese like others before suggested that the president could be impeached for such actions. The National Rifle Association also was busy releasing their ad that asked views, “Are the President’s Kids More Important than Yours?”which made comparisons between placing armed guards at school and the Secret Service detail assigned with protecting Sasha and Malia Obama. The ad called the president an “elitist hypocrite.” Not only has the president receives more than 30 death threats a day, Sasha and Malia have also been threatened as well I guess it comes with the territory. The NRA and its board of directors are not much different as they have also received death threats.
However, the NRA has a large financial stake in the game so no surprise they are hitting below the belt. The organization pulled in $227.8 million that includes $100 million in memberships and $71 million in contributions and grants many from gun manufacturers. The firearm manufacturers have a lot to loss with Obama’s proposal about $4 billion to be exact, bit I agree with AOL that going after his children who have nothing to do with this gun fight is ridiculous. The NRA and for that matter the gun manufacturers should be putting their efforts towards a long term solution not a lazy one. The problem here is not only gun and in a matter politicians with their fingers in several pies that only benefit them, but the need to re-examine the whole system and process in buying guns. Let’s face it NRA and gun manufacturers, regardless of whatever regulations are put into place people are still going to buy guns and unfortunately Obama and Congress no matter what gun measures you put into place like in all of these mass shooting if there is a will there is a way whether legal or illegal to get guns. This is what should be the focus to stop that.
This is a very scary and almost real future for 37 out of the 50 states since single party rule makes it easier to pass these tax reforms. Some states are heavily considering eliminating the income tax for the state and replacing it with higher sales tax which critics say and I agree would burden the poor and middle class since hello most of their money goes to these taxed goods. The hope to overhaul the federal tax system on the national level is fading but some state capitals have decided to do it themselves by experimenting with their state. We are all guinea pigs apparently and we have no say until next election or removal. Across the U.S. South and Midwest, Republicans have consolidated control of state legislatures and governorships, giving them the power to test long-debated tax ideas. Nicholas Johnson, a state tax expert with the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, gave the chances of sweeping tax changes taking hold a low probability. Still, he said he worried the efforts in the states could move the tax discussion in a direction harmful to middle- and low-income taxpayers and make balancing state budgets harder.
My fear is that the state governments have way too much control over this. With the unemployment rate so high and the fact Americans are struggling to get back on their feet, this would be a total setback for everyone. People will buy less and conserve more not spur the economy like these government officials think. Again as I have said before, let greedom ring people again it is about short term solution that benefit the government not the people and no long term solution. Next election in whatever state you call home please think carefully about who you vote for and investigate the facts before you vote not what the snake oils salesmen are telling you.