• It's hard for me to come up with a proper superlative to express the disgust that I've got with President Obama and the Congress. The gamesmanship and stagecraft that they substituted for statesmanship by rushing through a last minute piece of legislation is going to cause 80 percent of Americans to pay more taxes. And it does absolutely nothing to deal with the real problem of runaway spending.

    Of course, since incumbents were sent back at a 94 percent rate in the past election, voters have to accept their responsibility in this disaster of a government.

    For those who actually believed President Obama's promise that if your income were under $250,000 you wouldn't pay one more dime in taxes, then you probably feel sucker-punched, because you're going to pay an average of about $1,600 more because of the payroll tax increase.

    Now since the person that you probably work for is going to pay that plus an additional 4.9 percent tax, I wouldn't count on a raise. In fact, a lot of Americans are simply going to lose their jobs.

    For the Hollywood liberals and the real billionaires like Warren Buffet who want us to pay more taxes even as their own lobbyists and attorneys make sure they keep their exemptions and their special loopholes, please spare me the self-serving nonsense that you want everyone to pay a "fair share."

    You see, if the country called on me to sacrifice more to stop evil, to build a better future for my grandchildren, or heck, to find a cure for dreaded diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's, or heck, for even male pattern baldness, I might say, "sure, count me in." But that's not what's happening with the increase in the taxes that we're paying.

    It's just more spending on stuff we can't afford and ultimately it'll be paid for by Americans not yet born since we're mostly borrowing the money that we spend.

    My wife and I spent some time during the Christmas break visiting the sacred grounds of real sacrifice for a real cause.

    On the Normandy beaches of D-Day, we stood where Americans, Brits, and Canadians mounted the largest, most ambitious and bloodiest amphibious invasion in history.

    I stood on a deserted, quiet, and peaceful Omaha Beach with the haunting memory that on June 6, 1944, the sand under my feet was red with the blood of Americans from my father's generation who if they survived the constant machine gun fire from Nazi gun nests,huddled against a seawall and eventually climbed those hills to liberate France and eventually save the world.

    As we participated in the flag lowering ceremony at the end of the day in the American Battlefield Memorial Ceremony at Omaha Beach, the carefully lined crosses represented the thousands for whom sacrifice was much more than a percentage of their income -- it was 100 percent of their own hopes, dreams, and lives, buried in France on land Americans proudly and respectfully oversee to preserve the dignity of the deaths.

    Stuart Robertson, a local historian who spent the day with us, took us to St. Mere Eglise, where American private John Steele parachuted as part of the airborne operation and whose parachute got caught on the steeple of the church in the center of the town a scene that was immortalized in the classic film "The Longest Day."

    What they came to fight was made clearer as we made our way to Poland, and there, visited the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau.

    To stand in the very room where more than a million and half fellow human beings were murdered in an attempt to annihilate the entire Jewish population was sobering.

    To be asked to sacrifice income to stop the Holocaust and the insanity behind it would be a noble thing.

    But we aren't being asked to sacrifice to make our country stronger. We're being asked to pay more to make it weaker. By making us a nation no longer focused on stopping evil and building real hope and faith for future generations, but simply spending money to give away for political paybacks and enriching the already privileged class at the very top and enslaving the dependent class at the very bottom.

    I'm inspired by what this country once did to stand for something; I'm just disgusted that we've now fallen for the lies and spinelessness of self-serving politicians.