Tom McLaughlin

A former history teacher, Tom is a columnist who lives in Lovell, Maine. His column is published in Maine and New Hampshire newspapers and on numerous web sites. Email: tommclaughlin@fairpoint.net

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Clueless Commander


Israel’s enemies and our enemies are the same. Why doesn’t President Obama know this? This guy is supposed to be brilliant? Either he’s clueless or he’s conspiring to turn our biggest ally in the Middle East over to our mutual enemies. I cannot think of any other reason why he would make a major speech saying Israel must return to its 1967 borders. Doesn’t he know this would invite still another invasion of Israel by the hostile, Arab-Muslim countries which surround it? They’ve already invaded three times: First in 1948, then again in 1967, and still again in 1973. These countries didn’t want peace with Israel. They wanted Israel gone.The Amin al-Husseini, Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem, cooperated with Hitler during WWII, recruiting Muslims to serve in Himmler’s SS to kill Jews during the Holocaust. During their attempted 1948 Arab invasion of Israel, Nazis were recruited to kill Jews again. At least some Palestinian Muslims were advised to get out of the way because the invaders intended to kill Jews and it would be nasty, so thousands left for Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt lest they get in the way. They expected to return when the Jews were all killed, but it didn’t work out that way. Those pesky Jews, with their backs to the wall and fighting for the first time in two millennia for their own homeland, prevailed over much larger invading Arab armies whose humiliation was intense. Afterward, they had all those Palestinian Arab refugees in their home countries to whom they’d bragged about their military prowess. These hapless Palestinians were now homeless and unwanted even by their fellow Arabs. Arab Muslim humiliation was so intense they invaded again in 1967, but again were defeated by scrappy Jews. This time though, Israel retained the West Bank from the invading Jordanians, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from invading Egyptians, and the Golan Heights from the invading Syrians. Even though those countries invaded Israel again in 1973, Obama wants Israel to give those strategic lands back to the invaders as a way to “achieve peace” in the region? What planet does he live on?Yours truly at the Temple Mount (taken from Palestinian East Jerusalem)

After 1967, Jews were in possession of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount - their holiest place - for the first time in 2000 years. Constructed on top, however, was the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, as an “in-your-face” gesture to Christians and Jews more than 1200 hundred years ago. Nonetheless, Israeli allowed Muslims to maintain control over their shrines on top, and were content to worship at the Wailing Wall below the Temple Mount in the back - all that remains of Herod’s Temple. Now President Obama expects Israel to give it all over to the radical Muslims in Hamas who are dedicated in their very charter to destroy the Jews. Is he crazy?Church of the Nativity

If Israel went back to the pre-1967 borders as Obama insists, not only would Israel become indefensible, Hamas would also control the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Old Jerusalem. Those are the holiest sites in Christendom, where Christ was born, where he died and where Christians believe he rose from the dead - sacred places for 1.5 billion people around the world. What could we expect with radical Muslim control of these sacred sites if it becomes a Palestinian state?Church of the Holy Sepulcher

In 2002, Muslims assaulted the Church of the Nativity - oldest Christian Church in the world and held it for 39 days. It is located in Bethlehem, of course, which is in the West Bank. Radical Muslim Palestinians shot it up, ransacked it, urinated and defecated inside and held Christian clerics hostage. When I was there in May, 2007, it still hadn’t been completely cleaned up.

Israelis know what their Muslim enemies have planned for them even if President Obama doesn’t, and they won’t go like sheep to the slaughter as they did under the Nazis. Radical Muslim Iran is building nuclear weapons to “wipe Israel off the map,” but Israel has had its own nukes for fifty years. Does Obama really think Israel is going to lay down and die to appease Muslim pride?

If he does, he truly lives in La-La Land. His proposals won’t lead to peace in the region. Instead, they’ll make a wider, more devastating war more likely. It’s time for Obama to become our former president.

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51 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...why he would make a major speech saying Israel must return to its 1967 borders."

He didn't. He said they should use them to start the negotiations.

What’s more, Obama sided with Israel on several key points. It was the Palestinians, he said, who “walked away from talks.’’ He warned that “efforts to delegitimize Israel will end in failure.’’ And he said Palestinians must give a credible answer to the question posed by the presence of Hamas in a unity government: “How can one negotiate with a party that has shown itself unwilling to recognize your right to exist?’’

http://articles.boston.com/2011-05-23/bostonglobe/29574922_1_president-obama-palestinian-state-final-status-negotiations

5/25/11, 7:06 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Don't bother pointing out the truth to Tom. If it doesn't fit his view he disregards it and makes up his own truth. I only had to read part way through the first paragraph to notice that Tom would be basing another whole column on untruths.

Too bad the Weekly World News went out of business. Tom may have found his niche writing about aliens and batboy and other fantasy stories that he seems to love so.

Hold on kids, a real teacher is on the way in September!

5/25/11, 7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom has been spending too much time listening to Hannity -(baaaa, baaaaa -like a good little sheep) and not enough time dealing with reality. Does he have ANY idea what Obama really said in his speech or did he just take Hannity's word for it?

What really sums up Tom's sophmoric writing, void of original thought, simply rehashed spin and untruths that others have spouted before him, is the return of the photoshopped Obama flipping the bird! I can picture him giggling like a little school girl as he pastes the photo. Tee hee....a picture that does not show the truth to go along with words that don't tell the truth. How perfectly fitting.

5/25/11, 7:27 AM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

Thanks Guys. It's satisfying to see that I've annoyed all the right people so quickly with this one. It's the best way know I've written an effective piece.

5/25/11, 9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. McLaughlin - you are right and your detractors are wrong. The Arabs want Israel gone and even though three wars taught them nothing, they are determined to erase Israel. Obama is a too-willing dupe in the mix, trying to "win the hearts" of his fellow Muslims.
Please keep up the great work!
Dan P.

5/25/11, 9:14 AM  
Anonymous JOHN R said...

TOM WHEN YOU LEAVE THE BRIDGTON NEWS YOU CAN ALWAYS GET A JOB WITH THE JEWISH PAC. YOU ALREADY ADHERE TO THEIR B/S. PEOLPLE ALL OVER THE U.S. ARE BECOMMING AWARE OF BEING DECEIVED OVER THE ISREAL/PALESTIAN
SITUATION SINCE FOREVER.HOW ABOUT,SINCE THEY DON'T WANT OUR ADVISE WE STOP BEING A PATSY FOR THEM AND LET THEM DEAL WITH THEIR PROBLEMS ON THEIR OWN.

5/25/11, 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Winston Smith said...

Wow. I don't know where to begin. First, Obama did not insist on anything. Why make things up? Second,did you happen to catch israel's prime minister giving a speech in front of congress yesterday? You would have thought congress was applauding OUR president, but no, they gave Netenyahu 39 standing ovations !!! 39!! What? Where does this reverence come from? maybe it's because AIPAC owns half,of congress?? Do you realize the power Israel wields in this country? Unprecedented and sickening. I am fed up with my tax dollars going to Israel!! Do you realize the amount of money we give them for their freakin' military every year? Billions!!! They should be paying taxes!! Remember the Israeli flotilla that killed Americans and we just said, "oh well" it's Israel, our true leader, our puppet master, nothing happened. Tell me something Tom , why do you give a s@¥¥? Personally I don't care. It is not an issue that the USA needs to pay attention to. We have more than enough tom take care of here, in this country...Terrorism? Nope, sorry' don't buy it. Oil? Nope.
Israel violates more human rights than any other country on the planet. But because the christains tell you to care about Israel you do. They truly are the 51 state of the union. The money Tom ! Ya think we could use it here?
How can Obama make speeches about the great " Arab spring" while ignoring the shooting of unarmed Palestinians last week. The hypocrisy is staggering...it's time to end this fixation with Israel. There is absolutely no reason to throw billions of dollars at a country the size of rhode island that gives absolutely nothing in return..enough. This is beyond ridiculous and your blind support, with very selective historical context, is anything but american. Seriously, I know Jews who cannot stand the Zionist movement.. I wish I cold find the video clip of two teenagers israel bragging about how there ancestors killed Jesus..brainwashed much Tom? And if you really believe. Obama is going to shun Israel you don't get it..remember AIPAC? They own congress!!!!! Hmmm, I wonder how they get support of their country from American congressmen?
I mean really, it made me sick to watch our congress cow towing to Netenyahu yesterday...sickening ....

5/25/11, 10:23 AM  
Anonymous WimstonSmith said...

http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/8904260-antichristian-jew-mocks-jesus-on-israelitv-video

Explain this one Tom??

5/25/11, 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Winston Smith said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa_lWcPnWyg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Warning!! Warning!!! This video contains bad language..

Caution!!! Watch at own risk!!!

If you want to know how Zionist Israel views Christians and Muslims please watch.

This is real classy stuff from a country we give billions to every damn year!!!!!

5/25/11, 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One day one of these modern day 'Prophets' will be right and it will start in the so called Holy Land. Nobody owns anything, we are just borrowing this earth, it will go on without us. Maybe the next time around things will be done better.

As a footnote, my verification word is 'Fable', what an amazing coincidence...

5/25/11, 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Winston Smith said...

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/05/24/protester-who-heckled-netanyahu-in-congress-allegedly-beaten-arrested-at-hospital/

Sorry...last one promise...again, Israel and hypocrisy.

Please watch as an American Jew heckles netanyahu then pays for it..in the hospital.....amazing...

5/25/11, 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Winston Smitj said...

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e1842edc4f

Apologies..this was up posed to be the link to the second video..the one with the warnings for language...this is it...I hope it works..

WARNING. BAD LANGUAGE

5/25/11, 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

"Thanks Guys. It's satisfying to see that I've annoyed all the right people so quickly with this one. It's the best way know I've written an effective piece."


Yes, we know. It is quite obvious that the main reason for your writings is not to inform people, not to take a side on an issue and rationally discuss it, but simply to annoy people. Tes, Tom, we know liars are annoying people. Being a man (and I use that word loosely) whose integrity and word mean nothing is not something one usually brags about, but if that is your kick, congratulations, you certainly have been effective at proving yourself to be a lying scumbag.

I notice you are not even trying to defend your lies again.

lol

5/25/11, 11:25 AM  
Blogger John N. Frary said...

"...why he would make a major speech saying Israel must return to its 1967 borders."


'He didn't. He said they should use them to start the negotiations."

This may be in some kind of code. It makes no semantical, logical or analytical sense. If ti is an attempt at argument, it is well that the author remains anonymous, although the nom d'Internet "Ridiculous" would be more suitable.

5/25/11, 11:32 AM  
Anonymous John Frary said...

"...why he would make a major speech saying Israel must return to its 1967 borders."

"He didn't. He said they should use them to start the negotiations."

It's clear why the author prefers to remain anonymous, although "Ridiculous" would be a more suitable nom d'Internet.

5/25/11, 11:36 AM  
Anonymous John Frary said...

"...why he would make a major speech saying Israel must return to its 1967 borders."

"He didn't. He said they should use them to start the negotiations."

It's clear why the author prefers to remain anonymous, although "Ridiculous" would be a more suitable nom d'Internet.

5/25/11, 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables." -
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Poor Tom. Everything he believes in is based on lies. How truely pathetic.

5/25/11, 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama's words:

The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states...."

He then explains what “mutually agreed-upon swaps means:

"By definition, it means that the parties themselves -– Israelis and Palestinians -– will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967."


Do you see, John? Tom? He clearly states that the border would be DIFFERENT than the 1967 border. That is a far cry from insisting that the boundries must be the same as 1967.

Just let me know if you need more comprehension help.

5/25/11, 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy you guys are spring loaded to the "pissed off position". You missed it all together. This was a set-up for Benjy. Obama knew he would erupt. Then he could pull out his escape clause, "negotiated swaps" and say "What's new here? Just like always." Then there is the fact that O stated it preemptively, when a couple days would have enabled it to have been made jointly, in proper context w/ Benjy by his side. O has a history of slighting Israel and Benjy.

Spend some time learning about Islam and the Koran would be good for many in this country. It's the only religious doctrine I know of that is a totalitarian theocracy that wants to kill those that don't convert. Those are Mohammad's words, not mine.

5/25/11, 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's the only religious doctrine I know of that wants to kill those that don't convert."


I guess you didn't know about these ones:

Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)


If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him. (Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB)


They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)

5/25/11, 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Winston Smith said...

"It's the only religious doctrine I know of that wants to kill those that don't convert."

Seriously--do you realize how hypocritical and inane that comment is??? NO tot mention that what you say is a lie!!! NIt is you who needs the religious education..

All of the major religions share the same basic tenants. Don't kill your neighbor, treat one as you want to be treated, etc., etc., ..Obviously, you do not remember the crusades? Anyone can manipulate ANY religious work to their intent. History has proven that. It is time to put aside these creation myths and grow up.

5/25/11, 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shouldn't this column have been titled "Clueless Columnist"?

5/25/11, 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God does not care.

5/25/11, 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It’s time for Obama to become our former president."

Don't worry, after honest, rational people (those that can follow a simple presidential speech) re-elect him, you'll have your wish in 2016.

In the meantime, strap on a pair, find some integrity, and start worrying more about the truth instead of obsessing over being an annoyance.

5/25/11, 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Rick said...

Tom's main goal is reaching the level of a mosquito - an annoying little nuisance that is easily swatted away!

Atta boy, Tom - aim high!

5/25/11, 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a second here...Where do you think Israel originally got "their" land from?? Was it given to them? No. Was it taken? Yes. You call yourself a history teacher? Really? There is a reason the jews were kicked out of every society they ever tried to infiltrate throughout history..Not to mention the hypocrisy of murdering and stealing in the name of religion!! Amazing!! And people support this?

5/25/11, 5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WILL ALL OF YOU JUST SHUT UP!??!?!? Sure, you can all have opinions, and you can all voice them, but what use is there to bash Tom's opinions? He won't go around crashing your blog, and telling you that you are a horrible person! And I am sure he is a perfectly fine teacher, Brian!

5/25/11, 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Jock MacGregor said...

I always like the writers who hide their lack of historical knowledge behind some other name besides their own.

The Arabs have been consistent, since Isreal was formed, they want Palistine to go back to its pre- 1947 borders (which were wrested from the Jews at the time of Mohammed). During that period the Arab/Muslims armies conquered much of the world surrounding the Mediterrian.

If the Arab/Muslim claim to Palistine prior to 1947 is valid because they took it from the Jews by combat, then the Jews have every right to reclaim their lands from the Arab/muslim interlopers.

What I think really upsets the Muslim world is the fact that tiny Isreal defended its partial restoration against Arab/Muslim armies that were vastly superior in numbers and equipment in 1947.

In 1967 and 1973 the Israelis again defeated the armies of Jordan, Syria and Egypt and regained more of their historical homeland.

Now, apparently, several of you writers and the President would have the Jewish people give back their ancient homeland, won by their courage, determination, sacrifice and military skill, to the very same people who took it from them in the first place.

You might consider viewing the forest of history, a little more, as your vision seems to be limited by the trees of current propaganda.

As for quoting Biblical sources to refute Koranic sources, you should really view them in real time and see how the exponents of Judaism, Christianity and Islam view their holy writings today.

Christians and Jews no longer stone people to death for infractions of theology; they don't behead people to make a point; they don't have honor killings; they don't treat woman as chattel; they don't teach that it is holy to have Jihad against non-believers (the Crusades ended 900 years +/- ago) and they don't teach that, if a Jihadist dies in battle, he will receive 72 virgins for his pleasure when he reaches heaven (women are now blowing themselves up for Jihad - what do they get when they reach heaven).

I have always wondered about that virgin thing, like what happens to the virgins once their virginity is gone and do the Jihadist get to trade them in for new virgins. But, I digress.

The Palistinians won't even admit that Isreal has a right to exist. They will not be satisfied until they get back to the pre-1947 border and Isreal no longer exists (check out Arafats refusal to accept victory at the Wye Plantation meeting with President Clinton).

Lastly, the Palistinian Jihad is only one act in a multiple act play. The final act is the re-establishment of the Caliphate and domination of the Western World (including America).

5/25/11, 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Rhonda said...

The people who are called "Palestinians" today are Arabs whose ancestors were from Syria and Lebanon. When the Romans conquered Syria and Israel ca 93 BC they nicknamed Israel "Palaestina". There may have been some Arabs living there but the population was mostly Jews, as it was their homeland. It is still their homeland, and it will always be their homeland. There can be no going back. There will never be peace in the Middle East as long as Islam wants another Holocaust.

It's time for a pro America pro Israel president, and 2012 can't come fast enough.

5/26/11, 4:40 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

I have no problem with people voicing their opinions, it is people giving information as facts when they are not true. And doing so with their students! Every week Tom makes statements that simply are not true and that he can't back up.

This, in my opinion, makes him a dishonest hack and a bad teacher. If anybody would care to say why they think it is ok for him to lie to his students and readers please do so.

5/26/11, 8:28 AM  
Anonymous John Bradford said...

I'm fine with Mr. Mclaughlin's spin. What columnist doesn't twist information to best get their point across? How interesting would a column be that describes the reality of Obama'a speech? How would that rile up fellow conservatives? Besides, looking at the bigger picture, Obama must be defeated in 2012. If it takes a distortion of relality to do so, fine. The ends justify the means. Keep up the good work, Mr. Mclaughlin.

5/26/11, 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Emmanuel Goldstein said...

I am dumbfounded at the automatic allegiance to a tiny country that we pur BILLIONS into every year with NOTHING in return. They are essentially a US outpost.
Remember the flotilla last year? Israeli soldiers would have no problem shooting any of you non Jews. Keep that in mind as your tax dollars skip across the Atlantic.
We need all the help we can get in america to get back on our feet and the last thing we need is Israel dragging us down. We do not need them. We have real issues to fix right here at home....think some of those billions would come in handy in Joplin, Mo.? Oh that's right, you'd blindly give away your money to a people who don't give a shit about you,....Americans, huh? I'm not so sure.

Watch the videos posted above..in particular the two drunken Israeli boys harassing settlers --your tax dollars at work...

5/26/11, 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What columnist doesn't twist information to best get their point across?"

A) An honest one
B) A good one
C) One with integrity
D) All of the above


I believe the correct answer is D

5/26/11, 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a name for Tom's kind of writing:

spin journalism

Here is the definition from an online dictionary.


Part of Speech: n
Definition: news and information that is manipulated or slanted to affect its interpretation and influence public opinion

5/26/11, 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Jock MacGregor said...

I would take brian and several anonymous writers a little more seriously if they would throw out an example or two of Tom's egregious misrepresentation of facts. Remember the old saying "engage your brain before you put your mouth in gear".

5/26/11, 7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It must be nice to be such a recognized blogger.... *sigh* so cool....

5/26/11, 9:28 PM  
Anonymous Alexander from Bartlett said...

To Jock MacGregor who wonders about that virgin thing. Thanks to recent advances in Quantum Theology, this puzzle has been finally solved. Every martyr indeed receives 72 virgins, but he has to return them all back as virgins. Oops!

5/26/11, 11:05 PM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

Been out working my other two jobs so I can pay taxes and support all those Democrats on the public dole.

The 1967 lines are a "starting point" In negotiations? Okay. So without the West Bank and Golan, with what will Israel negotiate? It's the ultimate non-starter. It's what Obama's old friends Edward Said and Rashid Khalidi have always wanted, not to mention his buddies in CAIR, that unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation, terrorist-funding trials, that close friend of Hamas.

Netanyahu schooled our clueless commander on the basics of Middle East History the other day in the oval office, in front of the press, and the Clueless One was fuming. Did any of you watch it?

I gave Obama the benefit of the doubt by suggesting he's clueless. The alternative is that he's siding with our enemies - which are the same as Israel's enemies as I said in my opening line.

It's quite evident that the above posters are ignorant of that very basic fact. Israel is the canary in the coal mine in this global war on terror. Obama's radical friends call it the "Little Satan." They call us the "Big Satan." If Israel falls to the radicals, we're in big trouble, and Obama's policies are leading in exactly that direction.

Israel isn't going to lay down meekly either. If our enemies want another Holocaust, they'll very likely get one - and many of them will be incinerated along with their intended victims. The world as we know it - the cushy existence we've all become so accustomed to - will be fundamentally altered.

The situation over there isn't anything like community organizing. This is the Big Leagues and Obama is out of his. You folks elected him and we'll have to live with that at least until 2013. If he's still in the oval office beyond that, we're all screwed.

5/27/11, 6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would take Jock a little more seriously had he bothered to engage his brain and actually read all the replies over the last several weeks before spouting off. Two weeks ago Tom was actually given a list of lies he couldn't back up:

"Tom must be overwhelmed by all the different lies he has been called on here, so let me sort it out for him:

*The couriers name was gotten through waterboarding.

*Soldiers can not fire back at civilians firing at them

*Detainees must be released after 96 hours

*Officials in the Obama administration claim that waterboarding had nothing to do with finding Osama"


Last week it was the matter of Obama tripling the defecit. This week it was claiming Obama insisted that the boundries must be the same as the 1967 ones NONE of these have proven to be true. The thing is, Tom KNOWS he is lying and so doesn't try and stand behind his statements when called on them...he leaves that to his flock of sheep who believe automatically what he says, but all they can do is complain about Tom being called a liar - they fail to defend his lies as well.

Dishonest people who's word means nothing is a personal pet peeve...obviously it doesn't bother some other people the same way.

5/27/11, 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Tom, I have been working as well so I can pay my taxes and support all those Republican fat cats getting their corporate welfare.


Words have meanings, Tom. The words "The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps" are vastly different than the words "Obama insisted that Israel must return to its 1967 borders." Your stating otherwise was dishonest, no two ways about it. Spin, pure and simple, because without it wyou have nothing.

5/27/11, 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom whines about his taxpayer money going to "democrats on the public dole, but ignores corporate welfare. Typical hyocracy.


Corporate welfare continues unabated

By Douglas Turner

One of the best places to see the hypocrisy of the Republican deficit reduction plan is in the GOP's treatment of "corporate welfare." A case in point is the $6 billion a year that taxpayers surrender in subsidies for ethanol at 45 cents a gallon, almost all of which goes to refiners who blend the stuff with gasoline.

The subsidy comes in the form of a tax credit. That expense comes off the top of the dollars that a company otherwise owes Uncle Sam. The plan of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to slash the deficit has a section on "cutting corporate welfare." Somehow Ryan sees the laws the Democrats passed to restrain Wall Street crooks as corporate welfare, and he is very specific about wanting investment banking restored as the "oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York." (From "Guys and Dolls," not Ryan.)

While Ryan's plan details how it will kill Medicare and smother Medicaid, it really offers nothing about tax credits, which some analysts say cost the federal treasury a trillion dollars a year.

There are tax credits that benefit individuals, such as write-offs for a new home furnace and for replacement windows. Some aid families, like Sen. Charles Schumer's college tuition tax credit, and some help manufacturers and homeowners, like the solar panels credit.

But the ones that have the most disastrous effects on federal budgets are credits for fabulously profitable global oil and gas businesses. The Congressional Research Service found that eliminating just one of several goodies enjoyed by the oil and gas exploration business would provide up to $6 billion in new revenue in the next four years.

They're nothing more than boondoggles that have no positive effect on employment other than feeding the armies of lobbyists and special interest lawyers who help keep the racket going.



Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/Corporate-welfare-continues-unabated-1352268.php#ixzz1NYxq1xPr

5/27/11, 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Winston Smith said...

You are working two jobs because all of our tax dollars go subsidizing israel's military. Wow, now that's American. Tom, there is no terror threat. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but the military industrial complex that runs this country now has told you that so they can keep invading tiny foreign countries. There are no terrorists. At least not in the capacity they would like you to believe. We do not owe israel anything. Especially not billions a year while our own suffer!!!! You fool.

Any American who is proud of the way Netanyahu embarrassed our president should be asked to leave the country. I cannot stand Obama. But I cannot stand watching this countries leaders cow tow to another. It shows americas true colors. The standing ovations Netanyahu received in congress should tell you all you need to know: America is merely a puppet of Israel. We do as they say. And people like you tom support this. Utterly anti-American.

Again Tom, there is no war on terror. Israel is not the canary in the coal mine..my god, do you just believe everything you read and see?

So the only conclusion to draw is that you are an anti American war mongering pro Jew. By all means leave for Israel.

If ever there were a time to take stock it is now. And it is plain to see that supporting Israel is something we can no longer do. There is a reason, Tom, that no one else does it..remember france? They used to. But now it's our burden??? Nope. No more.

All the reasons you site for sporting them simply are not true. And I for one am miffed at your Zionist ambitions. How many Jews do you actually know? Not many I wou d guess. I know many. And more than a few are ant- Zionist.

our founding fathers would be anything but proud.

And, Tom, if you think Obama wasn't put in place then your knowledge of gov't is suspect and on par with the 12 year olds you teach..if you think Israel, via AIPAC, doesn't decide who our leader is than you live in a very simple world. AIPAC owns congress. Period. And you like that???

Watch the videos posted above Tom.

5/27/11, 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is obvious why Tom holds the position he does. It is the same reason he holds ANY position. The Hannitys and Becks of the world tell him to. He simply parrots the "information" they spoon feed him and he regurgitates it to his readers and, shamefully, his students. He knows this is annoying and, hey, that's his goal! He gets to annoy people without any effort or thought involved! Little does he know that most liberals have gotten totally over this type of hot air, blowhard media (and it looks like even cons are getting tired of the act - all their ratings are down) and now we just laugh at how their lies end up blowing up in their faces. I have fun pointing out Tom's goofy lies, I only wish he presented more of a challange.

As the saying goes:

I used to be disgusted, now I'm just amused.

5/27/11, 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Peter said...

Here is what Abraham Foxman, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, had to say about Obama's speech:


"I don't see this as the president throwing Israel under the bus," he told me. "He's saying with `swaps.' It's not 1967 borders in the abstract. It's not an edict. It's a recommendation of a structure for negotiations."

Foxman said that the broader characterization of the speech as anti-Israel by some on the right is also off base, citing its insistence on Israel's right to self-defense, its opposition to the Palestinian statehood at the United Nations, and other matters.

"The speech indicated to me that this administration has come a long way in better understanding and appreciating the difficulties facing both parties, but especially Israel in trying to make peace with the Palestinians," Foxman said.


Hmmmm, who should I listen to? An uber-partisan Con who is known for giving an anti-liberal knee jerk reaction to everything, or the head of the Anti-Defamation League who has devoted his life to Jewish survival, and to Israel's defense.


So when he declares that President Obama isn't anti-Israel, it's safe to believe him over Tom.

I wonder what Tom thinks Abraham Foxman's motivation is for statements. Or does Tom audacity to say that he is more knowledgable about these matters than this man?

5/27/11, 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Peter said...

Oh, the above statements from Abraham Foxman were made to The Washington Post - not to "me".

5/27/11, 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Emmanuel Goldstein said...

if you want the news without the corporate american agenda involved then please watch RT News.

RT is Russia Today---yeah, I know how it sounds. But watch it first then judge. I think it is refreshing and much much better than any cable or network american news.

Check em on the web RT America

http://rt.com/on-air/

They have NPR scared and the other "news" sources in america already trying to smear them...Great stuff please watch..It is on cable in Maine and also the internet

5/27/11, 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Peter said...

Thanks for the tip on RT Emmanual. I checked it out and found it interesting to get this perspective. I saw a good piece on income gap ignorance in the US. I'll keep an eye on it.

I think many Americans choose a political side and tend to shut themselves off from media that doesn't reinforce their beliefs. This can cause some real ignorance when you believe a story just because it is something that you would LIKE to believe.

I also agree with Winston - it is crazy for the masses to squabble back and forth while Big Business and the elite 1% take utter and complete control of our country. We need to redirect our anger.

5/27/11, 6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No comment on Foxman, huh?

lol

5/30/11, 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon, stop bothering Tom. Do you really think he has the time to defend himself against all these charges of dishonesty? Of course not, he doesn't even have the time to do a little research and figure out the truth when he first writes the columns.

5/31/11, 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job with the photos. That one with Obama and the middle finger cracked me up...again!! And that one with the funny chubby guy in Israel had me rolling on the floor!

5/31/11, 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Israel apparently has carte blanche to shoot at anyone anytime. Yeah, I get that ther protesters are crossing the border, or are very close, but they have NO weapons!!! Why are they being shot?

It's like us shooting mexicams as they crossed the border.

Wait didn't our president say we would not stand for a country firing on innocent people??? Oh right, this is Israel.
Where my tax dollars go to ammunition that shoots innocent people from stolen land..now I get it and it makes sense now that we should blindly support these people.

6/6/11, 11:24 AM  

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