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Praying with Matt Lauer

Why I watch The Today Show religiously. Plus: Joe the Plumber Pleads His Case.

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
October 17, 2008

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Praying with Matt Lauer

Praying with Matt Lauer
Why I watch The Today Show religiously

While waking up from yesterday
I sip some joe and greet Today.
From Matt, Ann, Meredith and Al
I learn what I should know.

I have to watch the news each dawn
to find out all that has gone on
while I've been comatose to life
asleep upon my bed.

In Asia, markets have declined.
In Munich, prisoners once confined
successfully escaped from jail
and now are fugitives.

In Ireland, a deadly bomb
killed five young children and their mom.
And off the coast of Haiti,
there's a hurricane in sight.

What happens while I'm fast asleep
amounts to more than counted sheep.
The world can change in eight short hours.
That's why I stay informed.

But with the sadness everywhere,
I watch the news and say a prayer
in which I ask God's will be done
on earth just like in Heaven. 


Joe the Plumber Pleads His Case
Making a case for the small business guy

Joe the Plumber has a point.
"Why spread the wealth around?"
Obama's plan to tax success
is totally unsound.

Yes, Plumber Joe and small business
deserve the chance to thrive.
They don't deserve what liberals seek
with aims to socialize.

Free enterprise will not be served
by spreading wealth around.
What motivates us to achieve
is hardly level ground.

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elm from 98801 writes:
October 18, 2008
Reply to: "Praying with Matt Lauer" & "Joe the Plumber Pleads His Case" -

Dear writer: The rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer is not my idea of equality. How about: "To whom God giveth much, much is expected."

Possibly you're getting too many ZZZZ's and not enough true information. McCain is trying to spook entrepreneurs, sending out a false message and false interpretation of Obama's proposed tax. Let's call it what it REALLY is: McCain is lying. MCain is swiftboating. Fewer than 2% of small business owners would pay more under Obama's plan.

Neutral Tax Experts have done the math, 98.6% - would be unaffected by Obama's proposed tax rate." "Fewer than 2% of small business owners - would pay more under Obama's plan. Includes: "Joe the plumber who isn't a licensed plumber.

The National Federation of Independent Business found only 14% of small business said they had $200,000 or more in annual income.

Len Berman of Tax Policy Center reported "most owners of small business don't make over $250,000 a year.

So, who are the top percent that owns over 80 percent of all wealth in 2008? In 1998, upper class groups owned 83 percent of all wealth in the U.S.

Who would be the bottom class , less than 20 percent, of those having zero wealth, no assets or their debt equals or exceeds their asset? Most likely, the bottom percent have no savings?

The U.S. tax structure is much more behind than any other advanced industrial countries when it comes to wealth and income inequality. We have much lower taxes than almost every Western European country, have a less progressive tax system than almost every Western European country and the rich in this country manage to retain a much higher share of their income than they do in other countries, and this enables them to accumulate a much higher amount of wealth than the rich in other countries where inequality is addressed through tax policy?

A separate tax on wealth actually exists in a dozen European countries and helps to lessen inequality in European countries. Tax should reflect a family’s ability to pay; a family’s ability to pay is a reflection of their income and wealth holdings. A broader equality tax not only produces more desperately needed tax revenue, but is a fairer tax which in turn helps reduce the level of inequality in this country where the -- "the rich get rich and the poor get poorer.

Barack Obama is not only a careing well-educated man with a dream -- but a man ahead of his time.

McCain and Palin live in another political dimension, back when candidates took their dirty politics from the Karl Rove playbook, useing every dirty trick in the book to confuse voters and distract from the true facts -- to win. The unmitigated gall of both of them is astonishing!

The angry McCain/Palin campaign and it's dirt isn't flying with voters across the states. Thank God for that!

Voters are hungry for a change. Obama Rally in Saint Lewis today drew a crowd of 100,000 people.

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