After Election Day Massacre, Dems Shift to Avoid Further Bloodshed

It hasn’t even been two weeks since the midterm elections, but already the winds of change are blowing across the Capitol. And it’s not just the Republicans who are shaking things up; Democrats are chipping away at their own agenda after watching voters come out in droves to break the liberal chokehold on our Congress.  And they are beginning, thank God, with ObamaCare.

According the Hill’s Healthcare blog http:// Democratic Senator and Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus is calling for the repeal of a healthcare law provision that shackles small businesses with additional 1099 filing requirements. To Baucus’ credit, he had tried before to scale back the provision, but his efforts–along with those of Republican Mike Johanns of Nebraska and Florida Democrat  Bill Nelson–were shot down by the more liberal Dems who had no inclination to comprise.  

Now that so many of their brethren have been handed their walking papers by the American people, they are singing a different tune.  Obama called the measure “probably counterproductive”, and even Nancy Pelosi stated that this one of the few aspects of the healthcare law on which both parties could agree. Maybe they should have spent more time a) reading the bill and b) listening to others before rammining the whole thing down everyone’s throats.

Baucus’ announcement has come not a moment too soon. The article below, which was published by the Patriot Post on October 15, outlines the liberals’ plan to expand the 1099 requirements to include individuals who own rental property.

Will Rental Property Owners Have to Fill Out 1099s?

While many of us are still scratching our heads as to how the innocuous-sounding Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., ObamaCare) was passed, Congress is trying to add yet more layers of bureaucracy that will separate us from our freedom and our money. Congress has handed Barack Obama the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, which expands the reporting requirements on IRS form 1099 to include individuals who own rental property. Currently, ObamaCare mandates that small businesses file a 1099-MISC for goods valued at over $600. Under the new bill, property owners would be considered to be “engaging in business” and as such would be required to report any goods or services — valued at over $600 in a 12-month period — associated with the property.

This may sound simple, but for the 10 million Americans affected, it will be anything but. Ryan Ellis of Americans for Taxpayer Reform illustrated it perfectly: “So imagine that you’re renting out your starter condo. You pay a property manager, a plumber, a repairman, a locksmith, a condo association, etc. Imagine having to get a taxpayer identification number, order 1099-MISCs from the IRS, fill them out by hand, keep a copy for yourself, send a copy to each payee (from whom you had to get a tax ID number and other information), and then finally take your legitimate rental deduction. Then the IRS finds some hiccup somewhere, and you get audited — all to placate an insane Congress.”


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I’m With Rove

There has been much ado on both sides of the aisle about Sarah Palin’s reality show, set to air on TLC this Sunday. Most notably, former Bush advisor (and Palin’s fellow Fox contributor) Karl Rove said the show proves that Palin “lacks the gravitas” to be president. The ad for the show has been running for weeks, and despite my support for Palin in the past (and my continued support of her as a champion of the conservative movement), I must admit I cringe every time I see it. In other words, I’m with Rove on this one.

I defended Sarah Palin throughout the 2008 campaign, when she was viciously attacked–especially by women here in NYC and particularly those who self-identified as “feminists”.  For those who advocate choice for all women, they couldn’t seem to respect any of Sarah’s, whether it was her decision to have her baby even though she knew he had Down’s Syndrome, or when she supported her pregnant, unwed daughter Bristol. I was disgusted and appalled by the treatment of her, to the point that I snapped at a 23-year-old intern in my office who called Palin a “bad mother”, both for bringing a “challenged” baby into the world, and for running for Vice President (and thereby neglecting her family altogether). I had built up a decade of disillusionment with the feminist movement, and I hit that intern over the head with it. And while I would defend Palin’s decision to do a reality TV show as another personal choice, I must admit this is one choice I don’t understand.

Of course this is moot if she never runs for public office. Being an advocate for conservative candidates is a far cry from running herself. But if she does run, one can just imagine her opponent’s ads! Because while Palin’s recovery from the left’s 2008 smear campaign is nothing short of miraculous, one thing I don’t think the American people would overlook is a presidential candidate who says she’d rather be out kayaking than running the county from a “stuffy old political office”.

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The Many Shades of the Right (Must Unite)

“You can’t be a fiscal conservative and not be a social conservative.” This from Senator–and some say, 2012 Republican presidential candidate– Jim DeMint.

With all due respect to Mr. De Mint, it is this sort of either/or mentality that has perpetuated the stereotype of Republicans as hard-hearted, judgmental and out of touch with the common folk. Whereas the left tries to force Big Government upon us, several on the right often do the same with their particular brand of morality. This has only served to marginalize women and minorities who may agree with conservatives on a host of issues but feel left out and judged by them as a whole. Indeed, Democrats have laid claim to entire segments of the population–LGBT community, to name but one–for exactly this reason.  There is no longer room for this type of thinking when what is at stake is not only the current economy, but our American way of life, as we head into this new chapter in politics (and hopefully a new administration in 2012).

I speak on this from experience as a pro-choice Republican. When I go to the polls and pull that lever for the fiscally conservative but pro-life candidate, I am okay with that because the prospect of losing the right to choose is (at this point) theoretical. But what if it weren’t? What I were forced to choose between a Democratic candidate who wants to exert control over my paycheck and a Republican who wants to exert control over my body?

In that case, I just may feel compelled to pull that other lever or–even worse–just stay home.

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