Gulag America

Gulag America.  Senator Schumer (D-NY) must have been re-reading his communist history. After WW II, eastern Europe was losing population to the west. Rather than live in the Communist paradise, Eastern Europeans fled to escape the oppression. The communists retaliated. Churchill named the creation of that retaliation the Iron Curtain. A few years later they added the Berlin Wall.  If anyone was captured (rather than killed outright) trying to leave, they were sent off to the Gulags where no one was able to escape. That is what Senator Schumer and Senator Bob Casey want to create—Gulag America where no one can escape. Paying taxes, that is.

Schumer has introduced a bill, called the Ex-Patriot Act by some, that would punish anyone who gives up US citizenship to save their asset from Schumer’s taxman.  Schumer doesn’t mind people leaving. In fact in bill prohibits them from returning.  No, he just wants them to leave their money behind…at least 30% behind.

Why is Schumer doing this? Because Eduardo Saverin, the co-founder of Facebook, renounced his U.S. citizenship last year and moved to Singapore. If he make a few billion off the Facebook IPO, Saverin would pay taxes in Singapore, where there is no capital gains tax.

The nerve of Saverin! Leaving the country just to preserve a few billions of dollars. It’s immaterial that Saverin pays taxes in Singapore. No, Schumer wants this non-citizen, who doesn’t live in the US, to pay US taxes.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., accompanied by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday after unveiling legislation inspired by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin's scheme to renounce his U.S. citizenship in order to dodge taxes on profits he will collect when Facebook goes public. The bill will harshly tax people like Saverin should they depart America to save on business taxes.

Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.) announced legislation on Thursday designed to punish people who renounce their citizenship in order to dodge taxes.

Their bill, the Ex-Patriot Act, is a direct response to Eduardo Saverin, the co-founder of Facebook, who renounced his U.S. citizenship last year. The news became public last week.

“Eduardo Saverin wants to de-friend the United States of America just to avoid paying taxes. We aren’t going to let him get away with it,” Schumer said at a press conference Thursday where he announced the new legislation.

The citizenship move will save Saverin, who was born in Brazil and now lives in Singapore, an estimated $67 million to $100 million in taxes. That amount could increase if Facebook’s stock price rises.

Schumer called Saverin’s actions “outrageous.”

“Saverin has turned his back on the country that welcomed him and kept him safe, educated him and helped him become a billionaire,” Schumer said.

Casey called Saverin’s plan an “insult to the American people” that “cries out for some basic justice.”

Under the bill, anyone who renounces their citizenship and has a net worth of $2 million or an average income tax liability of $148,000 over the last five years will be presumed to be trying to dodge taxes. The person can appeal that designation to the Internal Revenue Service.

But if the IRS determines a person gave up their passport for primarily tax reasons, all of the person’s U.S. assets will be taxed at 30 percent, double the usual rate of 15 percent.

The person will also be barred from ever entering the United States again.

Instead of punishing Saverin and others like him who are leaving the US for better tax waters, perhaps Senators Schumer and Casey should be asking themselves WHY people are leaving this People’s Paradise?  Perhaps if they would try to resolve that question people wouldn’t have a need to leave.

How about that Chuckie, old boy?

Nah, you’ll never do that, will you Chuckie. You’d rather be a Socialist elite.  After all, it’s the State’s responsibility to control the economy. It worked so well for the Soviets.

The Call of the Mild

Chris Muir’s Day-by-Day has a great cartoon today. It presents the more important issue in Washington, the roll-over of the Republican Establishment.  Barack Obama is still the more dangerous person in the country, but numbers two and three are John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

Obama is dangerous because he wants to overthrow our Constitutional government. His actions of this last week are only the latest instances in a series of acts that he has done to by-pass Congress.  Boehner and McConnell aid and abet Obama’s act by doing nothing in opposition.  Now it appears the ‘Pub establishment is about to ram another rubber stamp by the name of Mitt Romney down our throats.

I have heard that the Tea Party is running a candidate against Boehner in Ohio.  We must remove Boehner and all the rest of the ‘Pub establishment before the country is irrevocably damaged…if it isn’t already.

The Missouri ‘Pub establishment has closed the Missouri Caucus.  I hope they don’t sell us out like the ‘Pub establishment in Washington, DC, has done.

Graph just says it all.

From Rasmussen…

Here’s a pictorial of Obama’s term so far. It starts with the wild optimism of the dupes, followed by the realization that the nation had been defrauded and ending with the revulsion of the now apparent Marxists infesting the White House and democratic leadership. The graph just says it all.

A look at a member of the State Media

A former reporter, editor and columnist of the Kansas City Star wrote this letter to a firm “sort of” applying for a PR position. This person is a well-known liberal, a bastion of liberal Kansas City politics. He was laid off from the KC Star some time ago but still writes a column for the Star on a free-lance basis.

Read and understand the mentality of the members of the dem’s State Media.

Here is the job description as posted.

Public Relations Specialist – (Firm Name)
(Identifying information about Firm), is looking for a bright, motivated individual to serve as its public relations specialist. Duties include but are not limited to writing news releases, pitches and other pieces …

(Description of normal PR duties snipped for space.)

Pretty much what you’d expect for an entry-level PR position. I’m going to delete the writer’s name. You can discover it with a little work.

From: (Name Removed)
Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2009
To: (Contact person)
Subject: job posting

(Contact,)

Saw your posting on the (Web site).

As a journalist for 30 plus years and a newspaper columnist the past 12 at The Kansas City Star, I am eminently qualified to be your public relations specialist — despite no paid experience in public relations.

Frankly, if there’s a pr person above the pr specialist, I’m probably qualified for that job, too.

After all, I’ve been dealing with public relations folks from the other side for three decades as a reporter, editor and columnist. Don’t get me wrong. Many PR people are skilled at what they do. Yet many others are simply nice but don’t have a clue how to sell a story.

The former are usually former newspaper journalists. The latter are not.

That said, I would be happy to submit an application, but I’d hate to be wasting your time and mine if it turns out this is some minor league position with a paltry salary.

Yes, I’m not supposed to mention money. But we’re both adults and recognize that, in the end, that’s what it comes down to. I still write a column at The Star. I make a decent salary. I’m not looking for a pay cut.

I could submit my resume, but doing so would imply that this is my job pitch. It’s not.

The job sounds enjoyable. But I’d also like to know that it’s a good fit.

Thanks for your time.

(Name removed)
Metro columnist
The Kansas City Star

PS. By the way, my wife and I (identifying info) haved great interest in many of the topics in your publications, (identifying information).. Our book on (identifying information) in KC will be published in September by the Kansas City Star book division. (Italics mine.)

Well, this didn’t go over too well. The company sent this response to the letter above.

From: (Contact)
Sent: Friday, August 07, 2009
To: (Name Removed)
Subject: RE: job posting

Hi, –

Thank you for your interest in the PR specialist position at (Firm). However, based on your e-mail below, I don’t think you would be a good match for the position at this time. While I appreciate your strong experience in the newspaper industry, public relations goes much deeper than simply pitching journalists.

Our pay may be equivalent to the minor leagues, but I can assure you that we are major-league caliber in every other way. And, by the way, I *am* the person above the PR specialist.

Best of luck on promoting your book and other future endeavors.

Best regards,

(Contact)

Rather than take the exchange above as a learning experience, the former KC Star reports responded with another letter.

From: (Name Removed)
Sent: Friday, August 07, 2009
To: (Contact)

Subject: RE: job posting

So you’re saying that I didn’t sell you with my sweet talk?
You’re right. I probably wouldn’t be a good match for the position. I’m much better as a writer/editor.

As you can tell, I’m new to this whole job search thing, having not been on the lookout for a new position since Reagan’s first term. Wouldn’t be now if the newspaper industry wasn’t in free fall.

Not that I’m wholly unpolished when it comes to sending out job letters. In recent months, I’ve sent out some rather upbeat sales pitches to potential employers. Even got a phone interview that seemed to go well.

I think my salary expectations did me in on that one.


Just for the sheer heck of it, I decided to try a different tact with you.

Didn’t work all that well, but it felt good to drop the phoniness (mine). I guess I’d much rather be writing/editing for one of your publications than promoting other people’s work.

Sorry if w, you misconstrued my point about “minor-league” position. I didn’t mean the company. I meant the position itself. Many public relations “specialist” positions I’ve seen advertised seem meant for relatively young, inexperienced folks with lots of energy but not all that much savvy.


Sorry. That’s me being honest again.


Good luck in your future endeavors, too. But here’s some advice for the person who does get the position. While pitching stories to reporters might not be all there is to the job, he or she had better be good at just that if they hope to get your brand the kind of ink or webspace it deserves.

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Cheers,

(Name Removed)

I’m reminded of a saying, originating after the Katrina cleanup. “Stuck on stupid.”
If you want to read the entire column, go here. It makes for interesting reading.