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Brit Writer on Rioters: ‘Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent, brutalised youngsters’
Listen to What These Rioters Have to Say: They’re doing it because it’s fun. Plus they don’t like the rich.
MAX HASTINGS-U.K. DAILY MAIL: A few weeks after the U.S. city of Detroit was ravaged by 1967 race riots in which 43 people died, I was shown around the wrecked areas by a black reporter named Joe Strickland.
He said: ‘Don’t you believe all that stuff people here are giving media folk about how sorry they are about what happened. When they talk to each other, they say: “It was a great fire, man!” ’
I am sure that is what many of the young rioters, black and white, who have burned and looted in England through the past few shocking nights think today.
It was fun. It made life interesting. It got people to notice them. As a girl looter told a BBC reporter, it showed ‘the rich’ and the police that ‘we can do what we like’.
f you live a normal life of absolute futility, which we can assume most of this week’s rioters do, excitement of any kind is welcome. The people who wrecked swathes of property, burned vehicles and terrorised communities have no moral compass to make them susceptible to guilt or shame.
Most have no jobs to go to or exams they might pass. They know no family role models, for most live in homes in which the father is unemployed, or from which he has decamped.
They are illiterate and innumerate, beyond maybe some dexterity with computer games and BlackBerries.
They are essentially wild beasts. I use that phrase advisedly, because it seems appropriate to young people bereft of the discipline that might make them employable; of the conscience that distinguishes between right and wrong.
STEPHEN MOORE-WALL STREET JOURNAL: Media reports in recent weeks say that Senate Democrats are considering a 3% surtax on income over $1 million to raise federal revenues. This would come on top of the higher income tax rates that President Obama has already proposed through the cancellation of the Bush era tax-rate reductions.
If the Democrats’ millionaire surtax were to happen—and were added to other tax increases already enacted last year and other leading tax hike ideas on the table this year—this could leave the U.S. with a combined federal and state top tax rate on earnings of 62%. That’s more than double the highest federal marginal rate of 28% when President Reagan left office in 1989. Welcome back to the 1970s.
Here’s the math behind that depressing calculation. Today’s top federal income tax rate is 35%. Almost all Democrats in Washington want to repeal the Bush tax cuts on those who make more than $250,000 and phase out certain deductions, so the effective income tax rate would rise to about 41.5%. The 3% millionaire surtax raises that rate to 44.5%.
BOSTON GLOBE: When the Massachusetts Legislature made health insurance mandatory five years ago, supporters of the first-in-the-nation law hoped it would keep patients out of hospital emergency rooms.
Patients with insurance, the theory went, would have better access to internists, family practitioners, and pediatricians, lessening their reliance on emergency rooms for routine care.
There is more evidence today that it did not turn out that way.
Three-quarters of Massachusetts emergency room physicians who responded to a survey last month said the number of patients in their ERs climbed in the last year.
They cited ”physician shortages” along with a growing elderly population as the top two reasons why more patients come to ERs.
The law ”didn’t create an infrastructure,” said Dr. David John, chief of emergency care at Caritas Carney Hospital in Boston. “Doctors offices are full to capacity.”
The number of doctors who responded to the survey by the American College of Emergency Physicians — 56 from this state — is small. But their responses echo findings from last July, when state health officials found that ER visits rose 9 percent from 2004 to 2008, to about 3 million visits a year.
Michael Moore says: Wealthy people’s money is not their money – “It’s ours. It’s a national resource.”
QUESTION: Is Michael Moore keeping his tens of millions of dollars? Or is he giving it all away?
QUESTION: Did Michael Moore raise money for his films by asking investors to invest? Did he show them why investing in his films would yield good return on their investment?
QUESTION: Did Michael Moore try to turn a profit with his films? And did the fact that some of his films turned a profit allow him to employ more people?
Glenn Beck compares Detroit to Hiroshima today. Asks: Which city really embraced the American dream?
In other words, liberalism is more destructive to a city than an atomic bomb.
Now Obama and the Left are fighting hard to do for all of America what liberals have done to places like Detroit and Washington, DC (another hell hole). Chicago has lost more than 200,000 residents in the last 10 years, more than 1,000,000 people since the mid-1950s. Chicago, too, is going the way of Detroit.
Obama and the Left seem to think businesses have no other option than to remain in the U.S.
Corporation after corporation, business after business, are moving operations to countries where the labor is cheaper, taxes lower and where business is not vilified by the political leadership — places like, well, Communist China.