3 cheers for the ‘1-percenters’ – by Congressman Allen West – Opinion Contributor

by Rep Allen West 12/14/11

Perhaps the most conspicuous symbol of wealth is a mega-yacht. Only those “millionaires and billionaires” among us can attain these magnificent vessels, measuring 100 feet or more in length.

These mega-yacht owners are the same “1 percenters” now vilified by both the Occupiers of Wall Street and one particular occupier of the White House.

These occupiers resent mega-yachts as a symbol of ill-gotten gains — of wealth stolen from others and squandered needlessly.

But I want to ask those occupiers some questions. What about the mechanics, dock hands, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, welders and fiberglass laminators who build these yachts? What about the crews, captains, cleaners and caterers who serve on them?

Are the livelihoods of these “99 percenters” frivolous and expendable? Do the occupiers care at all about “the workers”?

Evidently not. When the 1 percenters are asked to pay their fair share with a “luxury tax” on their yachts and decide, maybe, they won’t buy a yacht after all, who suffers the most? Those who build, service and provision mega-yachts — skilled workers paid an hourly wage, or small family businesses and local retailers.

South Florida’s marine industry supports more than 200,000 workers. Each superyacht built requires more than 1,000 workers to complete.

Ten percent of the purchase price of each yacht goes into maintenance each year, performed by 99 percenters, including mechanics, dock hands, cleaners and other service staff. In two years, we will have the best mega-yacht facility in the world, when Rybovich opens for business in Riviera Beach, Fla.

This year, I went to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, for a congressional summit with members of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

I toured a breathtaking 165-foot vessel with a $50 million price tag. It would take $5 million each year to maintain this impressive yacht’s seaworthiness — and roughly $125,000 just to fill the gas tank.

In every way, this boat exemplified the greatness of America’s free-market capitalist system. First, that people have the capability to purchase and maintain a vessel like this. Second, that we have the capabilities here of production, manufacturing, investment, innovation, ingenuity and craftsmanship to build them in the first place.

As I walked along the floating docks, speaking with yacht builders and vendors, it was easy to get a sense of their pride in America. Many vendors are family businesses that have long histories and will be handed down to the next generation — unless policies like high estate taxes continue to ruin the American dream of building a business and passing it on.

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Excellent Article “Has Our “System” Failed, Or Has Our President” by Austin Hill

by Austin Hill via TownHall.com

The system has failed.”

Have you heard this comment lately? Does it express how you feel about America?

This one sentence, vague as it is, nonetheless captures a common sentiment about the current condition of the United States.

With the “occupy” protesters disrupting civic life around the country and President Obama publicly bonding with them, we’re seeing that magical phrase – “the system has failed” – being used in increasingly ambiguous ways. So it makes sense that the rest of us should ask a couple of important questions: What “system” are they talking about? And in what sense has that system “failed?”

At times it would appear that the occupiers are decrying our American system of constitutional, elective and representative government. “Our voices aren’t being heard,” many of them will say, implying that they are being trampled-upon by an abusive dictatorial regime.

But if you probe deeper and ask “what do you mean by that?,” it often becomes apparent that what the occupiers are really saying is “my policy ideas were rejected,” “the election didn’t turn out the way it should have,” or “I disagree with the outcome of the legislative vote (the congressional rejection of the Obama tax hikes is a perfect example of this).”

Thus, the claim that “the system has failed” implies a very self-centered, narcissistic view of the world – “the system is not producing the policies that I want, so therefore the entire system is wrong.”

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ONE NIGHT ONLY – GBTV – Exposing Occupy Wall Street – 5PM EST

Tonight on GBTV, Glenn Beck wil expose the Occupy Wall Street movement

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Pitting Us Against Each Other by Walter E. Williams via Townhall

By: Walter E. Williams  

President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party have led increasingly successful efforts to pit Americans against one another through the politics of hate and envy. Attacking CEO salaries, the president — last year during his Midwest tour — said, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

Let’s look at CEO salaries, but before doing so, let’s look at other salary disparities between those at the bottom and those at the top. According to Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list for 2010, Oprah Winfrey earned $290 million. Even if her makeup person or cameraman earned $100,000, she earned thousands of times more than that. Is that fair? Among other celebrities earning hundreds or thousands of times more than the people who work with them are Tyler Perry ($130 million), Jerry Bruckheimer ($113 million), Lady Gaga ($90 million) and Howard Stern ($76 million). According to Forbes, the top 10 celebrities, excluding athletes, earned an average salary of a little more than $100 million in 2010.

According to The Wall Street Journal Survey of CEO Compensation (November 2010), Gregory Maffei, CEO of Liberty Media, earned $87 million, Oracle’s Lawrence Ellison ($68 million) and rounding out the top 10 CEOs was McKesson’s John Hammergren, earning $24 million. It turns out that the top 10 CEOs have an average salary of $43 million, which pales in comparison with America’s top 10 celebrities, who earn an average salary of $100 million.

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Video – Victoria Jackson Goes to Occupy Wall Street – What are you protesting? She asks…

She spent two days with the “Occupiers.” Most were college students and uninformed but passionate. Many were “high.” The improv comedienne/radical environmentalist had never heard of Ian Plimer. The M.D. likes Obamacare but has just changed professions. An angry black woman shouted about “Troy.” Union people marched by with identical T shirts and signs. Free food and medics were provided. (By whom? Soros?)

Great video found by my friend John Swetland!!

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The Focus-less & Faux Occupy Wall Street Protest – A Gift to Republican Candidates – Debbie Georgatos

By Debbie Georgatos

We are a short twelve weeks or so away from the beginning of the serious Republican Presidential primary elections.

Polling at this time shows Mitt Romney in the lead for the nomination, and the punditry world says that the race is down to three candidates: Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Herman Cain. There is still some chance that Gingrich, Bachmann or Santorum could surge in these remaining weeks. The unexpected is not impossible.

Each of these six serious Presidential contenders must look for opportunities to stand out and send the signal to the millions in the waiting conservative masses “I am the leader you are looking for.” Few such opportunities will likely arise, but one is staring them in the face right now.

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is an opportunity for one or more of the candidates to step into the lead by offering a message that will resonate with a broad swath of American voters.

Calling out the OWS movement for the falsity that it is, and more importantly, putting this faux protest into stark political context would offer the Republican(s) who address it the opportunity to show their free-market supporting, pro-American values credentials, and simultaneously to link this nutty protest to the Obama administration, which has expressed support for it.

Herman Cain’s willingness to refer to the OWS protesters as “jealous” and as people who “want to take someone else’s Cadillac,” is, in this writer’s opinion, the most significant reason for his recent rise in the polls. And that is not a criticism of Herman Cain, who is actually saying a lot of things that conservatives want to hear.

Conservatives and Republicans are waiting for the candidate who will speak in broad terms, beyond specifics on the many issues we face, and give voice to their deep concerns that the country is heading down a very far left and very wrong path. The OWS movement has provided an opportunity to make that case.

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WORTH READING – “Violent racist teabaggers?” by Steve Macoy

That’s been the predominant shorthand for how the left feels about the tea-party movement: two lies and a pejorative. In reality, the tea party is neither violent nor racist (for evidence of its lack of racist tendencies, check out the ethnic background of tea-party heroes Herman Cain and Allen West). “Teabaggers” refers to a seriously deviant sexual practice most tea-party members, we suspect, have never tried and wouldn’t even know how to perform without the aid of a manual.

But let’s probe the “violent” part. Tea-party rallies tend to be energetic but well-ordered, and participants have acquired a reputation, grudgingly acknowledged even on the political left, for tidying up their venues (or “redding up,” as we used to say in Pittsburgh, I know not why).

If anyone can provide a confirmed, bona fide example of tea-party types making threats of violence or suggesting they’d relish some bloodletting, let me know. And never mind the Jefferson quote about the blood of patriots. That isn’t a tea-party staple, as far as I know.

On the other hand …

Wednesday night, I was driving on Interstate 84 between Southington and Waterbury, listening to the University of Hartford radio station (WWUHFM 91.3). What can I say? The radio in my car doesn’t work very well. The station, which often plays very good music but is hard to pick up east of Waterbury, was airing a tape of an interview between a far-left college professor and an interviewer, presumably a student, who was lobbing softball questions.

Before the interview had gone very long, the professor was calling the tea party the Ku Klux Klan without the robes. (Wonder what Imperial Wizard Herman Cain has to say about that.) He also predicted another civil war; apparently, the first one wasn’t violent or bloody enough for his taste.

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