By Jedediah Bila
- Are you currently reading a book you would recommend? – William; New York
I’m reading David Limbaugh’s Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama, and I highly recommend it. It does a fantastic job of exposing the dangers of this administration’s policies, as well as highlighting Obama’s broken promises and the truth behind his rhetoric: “In other words, seduce the people to vote for you with promises of hope and change and, once elected, enact transformational change the voters actually oppose” (53).
- Do you think Murkowski has a shot? – Meagan; Florida
I don’t. And shame on her for not stepping out of the race gracefully.
- Do you have any 2012 tips for President Obama? – April; Texas
— Stop lying.
— Stop hiding behind empty slogans and long-winded rhetoric that’s more fiction than fact.
— Get your FOX News OCD in check.
— Learn to take tough questions from those who don’t get thrills up their legs when you speak.
— Contemplate humility.
— Accept that you’re not running against George W. Bush.
— Take a quick course on why the TEA Party shouldn’t be thanking you.
— Stop spending my money.
— Rev up that teleprompter. We all know what happens when you don’t.
- What will the consequences be if the Bush tax cuts aren’t extended? – Jill; California
FOXNews.com reported some not-so-fun realities Americans will face if the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts and credits are allowed to expire:
— “For the family of four bringing in a combined income of $75,000, the expiration of all Bush-era tax cuts will amount to a tax increase of $2,143 next year, according to the Tax Foundation’s 2011 Income Tax Calculator.”
— “A single parent of one child earning $25,000 would see his tax liability rise by $955, decreasing his tax refund of $1,856 to just more than $900. A low-income family of five earning a total of $45,000 would see their taxes increase by $2,538, equating to a total tax liability of $1,028.”
— “A high-income family of four, meanwhile, with a combined income of $300,000 and $20,000 in itemized deductions, would see their taxes jump by more than $11,000 if Congress allows all of the Bush-era tax cuts to expire. That equals a total tax liability of $68,392.”
Everyone would be affected. Standard percent rates would rise universally, taxes on capital gains and dividends would increase, expanded tax credits would expire, and more.
In other words, it would be a disaster, plain and simple.
- Have you ever contemplated working for a candidate? What’s in store for you next? – Alan; New York
You never know, Alan. I just might do that. I’d really have to believe in someone – in his/her policies and personal integrity – in order to work for him/her. I’m not ruling it out, though.
As far as what’s next, I feel incredibly lucky to have had some new opportunities come my way. I haven’t made any final decisions yet, but I’ll keep you posted!
- Is there a piece of advice you’ve been given that you apply in your current political job and/or fits the current political climate? – Michael; Wyoming
There are a few.
When I was ten years old, a friend of the family said to me, “No matter what you do in life, there’s nothing more important than being one-hundred percent real.” I never forgot that. With me, what you see really is what you get. I don’t feign anger, disgust, sadness, excitement, or anything else. If it’s not genuine, I’m not interested.
Last week, that same family friend said this: “Sometimes I can’t recognize my country anymore. I just hope one day you’re not old like me talking about how America used to be the freest place in the world.”
I think that last one speaks for itself.
On to November!