Classless Warrior Without A Clue

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you know that the U.S. economy isn’t in good shape. Some doomsayers are even predicting that we’re headed for or already in another recession. What’s the proper tax policy when dealing with a fragile economy? Let’s see what Obama had to say on the subject two years ago.

That’s right, the last thing you want to do is raise taxes in a recessionary environment, because it would suck demand out of the economy and put businesses further in a hole. So, what did cynical Captain Clueless announce today?

Obama proposes new taxes on wealthy for half of debt plan

President Obama made a defiant call on Monday for $1.5 trillion in new taxes as part of a plan to find $3.2 trillion in budget savings over the next decade, issuing his most detailed proposal yet to tame the soaring federal debt.

Abandoning earlier compromises, Obama adopted a posture that cedes far less ground in cutting the nation’s social safety net and demands much more in terms of new levies on millionaires, other wealthy Americans and some industries.

See also:
Obama says raise taxes for the rich to help cut huge deficits; GOP says that’s class warfare
Boehner on Obama deficit plans: Tells Fox Business, “I don’t think I would describe class warfare as leadership”
Old debate over raising rich’s taxes plays out on new landscape
Tax the rich, Obama says; class warfare, says GOP
Analysis: Deficit plan not class warfare, Obama insists
Obama: “This is not class warfare — It’s math”
Obama campaign takes on ‘class warfare’
Obama Yokes Benefit Cuts to New Taxes
Obama links entitlement cuts to tax changes
Obama proposes tax hike on wealthy to close deficit
Higher taxes for the mega-rich
Obama’s deficit proposal marks a move away from compromise

What a brilliant idea, let’s tax the [expletive deleted] out of the rich, you know, the same people who spend and invest money and create the jobs that we need to grow the economy out of the hole we’re in now. Of course, Obama knows damn well that his proposed tax increases will never pass through Congress. Even most Democrats aren’t stupid enough to vote to raise taxes in the face of a weak economy.

But Obama still proposed the tax increases anyway, even though he knows they’ll never see the light of day, why? Because it’s a cynical political ploy to shore up his lefty base in a futile attempt to salvage his ever decreasing chances of winning reelection. When Obama says it’s not about class warfare, you can be damn sure it’s all about class warfare. Hey Obama, you want everybody to pay their “fair share”, how about the 50% of Americans that don’t pay any taxes at all?

Obama doesn’t give a [expletive deleted] about the economy and whether his words and actions make a recovery harder to achieve. The only “job” he cares about is his own. He’s basically abdicated from the last 14 months of his first term as President to campaign full time for a second term, the rest of the country be damned.

Obama is like a $4 trillion ton drag, jumping up and down on the back of the economy. I can guarantee you that the second it’s a done deal that Obama’s on his way out, the country will breathe a huge, collective sigh of relief and the economy will take off like gangbusters again.

/until the elections, I think it’s best that we just ignore Obama and practice a policy of fiscal and regulatory containment

War By Any Other Name

China is at it again, waging a back door war against the West. Usually, they just try and steal our technology, now they’re going to try and cripple our technology production.

China Signals Further Rare-Earth Cuts

Chinese officials are signaling plans to further reduce rare-earth exports next year, sustaining its controls of the metals—key ingredients in high-technology batteries and defense products—that have already severely frustrated foreign governments.

Reducing the export quotas is under consideration, but it’s too early to talk about any reduction rate,” Lin Donglu, secretary general of the Chinese Society of Rare Earths, told Dow Jones Newswires on Tuesday. The state-run English-language China Daily on Tuesday quoted an unnamed Commerce Ministry official suggesting that cuts of as much as 30% from already-trimmed 2010 levels are possible. A Commerce Ministry official declined to confirm the report and the ministry didn’t reply to faxed questions Tuesday.

Speaking at a conference on rare-earth elements in southeastern China on Tuesday, Chinese officials, including a Commerce Ministry deputy director, Jiang Fan, highlighted their concern about aggressive development of the country’s resources, attendees said. One official there suggested China, by far the world’s largest producer and consumer, could even become an importer.

“Their main thrust was China needs to work to protect its rare-earth industry,” said Nigel Tunna, managing director of Metals Pages Ltd., host of the conference.

China’s decision in recent months to impose tougher quotas on rare-earth metal exports has sparked outcry from Tokyo to Washington.

China, which uses around half of its output of the elements and produces around 97% of world supply, says its limits—which this year aim to cut exports around 40% from 2009—reflect its growing environmental awareness, are perfectly legal and won’t be used as a policy tool.

Yet, foreign importers worry reductions are designed to lift their metals import costs, undermine their high-technology industries and unnerve their defense departments. The metals, 17 chemically similar and expensive-to-mine elements, are critical to the manufacture of products from iPhones to smart bombs.

See also:
China reins in rare earth exports
China to Cut Rare Earth Export Quotas by Up to 30%, Daily Says
Report: China to Reduce Rare Earths Exports
China Halts Shipments to U.S. of Tech-Crucial Minerals
China Reins in Rare Earth Exports
China Official Says No Plans to Cut Rare Earth Quotas
UPDATE 1-US checking if China halted rare earth shipments
China-Japan Rare Earth Fracas Continues
Japan Looks for Rare Earth Alternatives
Kan Says Japan Should Consider Stockpiling of Rare-Earth Metals
Decline in Rare-Earth Exports Rattles Germany
China’s Rare Earths Gambit
More on Rare Earths: Looking for a Way out From Under a Monopoly

Obviously, this isn’t a good development because there’s not a hell of a lot we can do about it unless we want to start an all out trade war. They’re got most of the rare earth metals and we’re dependent on it.

/at a minimum, expect prices to rise for any technology that requires these metals