Thank you to everyone who has submitted an â€œAsk Fredâ€ question. I have very much enjoyed the exchange of ideas. Here are a few of my responses. Go here to submit your own â€œAsk Fredâ€ question.
Obamacare And Voting
Q (from 23669): Did you know that if you sell your house after 2012 you will pay a 3.8% sales tax on it? That’s $3,800 on a $100,000 home, etc. When did this happen? It’s in the health care bill and goes into effect in 2013. Why 2013? Could it be to come to light AFTER the 2012 elections? So, this is “change you can believe in”? Under the new health care bill all real estate transactions will be subject to a 3.8% Sales Tax.If you sell a $400,000 home, there will be a $15,200 tax. This bill is set to screw the retiring generation who often downsize their homes. Does this make your November and 2012 vote more important? Oh, you weren’t aware this was in the Obamacare bill? Guess what, you aren’t alone. There are more than a few members of Congress that aren’t aware of it either.
A: That’s right. We’re finding out what’s in Obamacare. And don’t forget you pay that 3.8% even if you have no gain on the sale. And if you do have a gain your cap gains tax is going up from 15% to 20% PLUS the 3.8.Â Have a nice day AND VOTE
Q (32210): Will you be making ads for Mitt Romney? Â I certainly pray that you will.
A: Be happy to if they ask.
On Running for President
Q (from 38451): Mr. Thompson, Please run for president. I know there would be a land slide. I don’t want Obama in again because there will be no USA. Please help us.
A: I ran 4 years ago and there WAS a landslide. Unfortunately, I was standing on it! Seriously, thank you and stay in touch.
Q (13850): With so many smart people in the House and Senate, why are they unable to start to come up with solutions ranked by priorities…the budget being the first? We all have to manage our personal budget and stick to it…
A: Actually, smart has nothing to do with it. Harry Reid doesn’t want Democrats to have to vote on tough votes. The answer is a Republican senate. I guarantee you they would have a budget.
Politics Is Not A Cause
Q (39483): I am very concerned about Mitt. He has never really sounded close to being as conservative as i would like. You are a southerner, you know how close to the heart conservative we are. I wish you had stayed in the senate, or run for president, I think you would have won. God Bless you Senator Thompson and keep you sheltered in His arms.
A: Let’s remember that politics will never be perfect. Politics is not a cause. Our country is our cause and politics must be used to advance our cause. That involves sometimes accepting things that we don’t totally agree with. And I say this as a committed conservative–one who is very concerned about the possibility of another 4 years of Obama.
Why Donâ€™t We Fight Back?
Q (63135): How can we get the “RNC Talking Heads” to fight back with smart comebacks like (for instance) ..this stupid Bloomberg who wishes to police our eating habits when we have issues of sex slavery and child porn traipsing across America from east to west, north to south and every which way in between! Â We have mothers making meth in bathrooms of Walmart! What is so infuriating to me is that these stupid political spokespersons of RNC ads or comebacks to Democrats are not shouting loud enough!!! Â about what is really happening to our children, our veterans, our soldiers (male and female), our allies or whats left of them. Â When some progressive idiot tells us we eat too much sugar, make a retort about one of these other issues. Â Shut their mouths with truth of reality! Hello! … Is anybody out there who really cares?
A: As Hannity would say “let not your heart be troubled” The part of the country that has any sense is laughing at those bozos in New York.
Obamaâ€™s White House
Q (38556): Why does Barack Obama get away with stating, “my White House”? Â Last week was the 2nd speech we have heard him make this claim. Â The White House is property of the American people.
A: Which will be explained to him clearly in November.
Q (79720): Do you think Mitt Romney will pick Marco Rubio as his running mate, and if so, do you think Republicans will start pushing the whole Amnesty thing on us again?
A: Iâ€™m guessing Portman of Ohio.
Are You A Member Of An Organization For A One World Government?
Q (37214): Are you a member of the CFR, Trilateral Commission, Bildbergers, Club of Rome, Masons, or any of the organizations that are for a One World Government?
A: No, but I did serve a brief time as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lawrenceburg, Tn.
The Sad Truth About The Flat Tax
Q (33043): There are so many pundits in the media and representatives in congress that support a flat tax. Â Why is this not a conservative mandate? Â It makes so much sense. Â I have my own theories. Â I’m curious what yours are.
A: Any major tax reform like the flat tax will bring people out of the woodwork against it. It’s opponents will run ads showing winners and losers and will demagogue the devil out of it. Politicians know this and avoid having to spend all their time defending all of the many charges against it, even tho it would be a heck of a lot better than what we have. Sad but the truth.
Why I Am Not President
Q (33404): Just wanted to say I thought you were great int he movie â€œFlight of the Intruderâ€ but you were at your best when talking to randy weaver over the killing of his family at Ruby Ridge all those many years ago. Can we blame Rich Galen for not getting you elected President? haha.
A: Thanks so much. Yep, it was Galen’s fault. We spent too much time laughing in the back of the bus.
- Fred Thompson