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  • Obamacare Health Insurance Rebates: Who Gets a Check?

    07/18/2013 5:52:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    ABC ^ | July 18, 2013 | DEVIN DWYER
    An estimated 8.5 million Americans will receive rebates from their health insurers this summer thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which says companies that fail to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on health care must refund the difference to consumers. Obama today touted the benefit as part of his mid-summer push ... The amount of the individual rebates varies widely by state and insurance company, depending on whether a consumer's insurer was in compliance with the law. The largest average rebates will be seen in Washington state, where 3,007 consumers will receive an average $512 this summer. In...
  • Texas health insurance rebates are on the line

    01/14/2012 6:26:00 PM PST · by Dysart
    Startlegram ^ | 1-13-2012 | Mitchell Schnurman
    It sounds too good to be true, and if Texas regulators have their way, it won't happen. About 690,000 consumers are slated to get an estimated $160 million in rebates from health insurance companies by Aug. 1. But the Texas Insurance Department wants to slash that amount by three-fourths and phase in changes slowly. The department says the individual insurance market could be destabilized if companies have to make the payments and cut into profits. Consumer groups say that everything will be fine and that customers deserve their full refunds. A federal decision is expected within two weeks. The rebates...
  • Poison Pill: The New Senate Energy Bill

    08/02/2010 2:38:53 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies · 5+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 02, 2010 | Brian Sussman
    The latest Senate energy bill, quietly unveiled last week, looks like sweet compromise on radical measures like cap and trade, but buried within is a bitter poison pill that will could be swallowed in a vote that may come this week. Unlike the 1,200-page House of Representatives energy bill, which passed last year, this scaled-down proposal does not call for an 83-percent reduction in greenhouse gases (or any reduction in greenhouse gases) and contains no mention of a cap-and-trade scheme. Also contrary to the House bill, this one does not provide a family of four earning up to $55,000 with...
  • The Stimulus Didn't Work[Six Months After, We Can Look And See What Actually Happened]

    09/19/2009 5:08:14 AM PDT · by Son House · 22 replies · 1,287+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 | By JOHN F. COGAN, JOHN B. TAYLOR AND VOLKER WIELAND
    Administration economists cited Keynesian models that predicted that the $787 billion stimulus package would increase GDP by enough to create 3.6 million jobs....more modern macroeconomic models predicted only one-sixth of that GDP impact. Consider first the part of the package that consists of government transfers and rebates. The nearby chart reviews income and consumption through July (DPI)--the total amount of income people have left to spend after they pay taxes and receive transfers from the government--jumped. The increase is due to the transfer and rebate payments in the 2009 stimulus package. However, as the chart also shows, there was no...
  • Graham, McCain push ‘rebates’ from fund for nuclear waste site [Yucca Mountain]

    04/24/2009 12:44:31 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies · 430+ views
    They try ‘use it or lose it’ approach to stalled project in Nevada. BY JAMES ROSEN WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, backed by 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain, introduced legislation Thursday to provide “rebates” from a $30 billion fund to build the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste repository in Nevada. Because South Carolina has more nuclear reactors than most states do, its residents have contributed a disproportionately large share — more than $1.2 billion — to the Nuclear Waste Trust Fund for developing the Yucca repository. Graham criticized President Barack Obama for his decision to mothball the Yucca project,...
  • DEMS REALLY UNDERSTAND NOTHING ... I MEAN REALLY

    02/17/2009 12:28:55 PM PST · by andrew roman · 6 replies · 552+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 17 February 2009 | Andrew Roman
    Spread it out, and they will spend ... that's what Democrats say.Okay then.I'm ready to do my part by giving this economy a good swift kick in the pants.Let's see ... Eight dollars will almost get me a pack of cigarettes in New York City – and at some places in town, a full one. Eight bucks, however, will not be enough to get me across the Verrazano Bridge into Staten Island by car (that’s $10.00), but I would be able to take four subway rides. It’ll also score me a McDonalds double quarter-pounder value meal in Manhattan, or...
  • Obama's Tax Policies Are?A Fraud, Will Wreck Economy

    09/11/2008 11:08:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 327+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | September 11, 2008 | Herb Denenberg
    Here is Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in his own words that I find most revealing: "I probably always feel on some level I can persuade anybody I talk to." That's what he told Time on Feb. 20, 2006, and I happened to stumble across that quotation while browsing through a book by Lisa Rogak titled Barack Obama In His Own Words. I think it is revealing, because it displays a conceit and arrogance that reveals why he makes many of his most outrageous policy blunders. For example, he wants to negotiate without preconditions with the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo...
  • [President]Bush Says Tax Rebate Checks Start Going Out Monday

    04/25/2008 7:57:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies · 473+ views
    KPIX-TV CBS 5 ^ | April 25, 2008
    President Bush said tax rebates will start going out Monday, earlier than previously announced, and should help Americans cope with rising gasoline and food prices, as well as aid a slumping economy. Democrats said they were glad the rebate checks were about to go out, but suggested that multinational oil companies were not among the businesses the stimulus package was originally designed to help. "Starting Monday, the effects of the stimulus will begin to reach millions of households across our country," Bush said Friday in remarks on the South Lawn of the White House. Those first rebates will be directly...
  • Rebates: Spend, Invest or Pay Off Bills?

    04/24/2008 7:22:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies · 75+ views
    Over the next several weeks, 130 million Americans will get some easy money, compliments of Uncle Sam. Well, it's actually courtesy of ourselves, the taxpayers. But Congress and the president decided that giving Americans rebate checks is a great way to boost the economy. The idea: Put some money back in the hands of Americans, who can be counted on to squander it. It's almost our patriotic duty to do so. But we don't have to go along with this idea. We live in a free country, after all. So we can take advantage of this opportunity to bolster our...
  • Stores await consumers' tax rebates [Charles Gibson provides reason to lower income taxes instead]

    04/18/2008 8:24:21 AM PDT · by Son House · 13 replies · 94+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 18, 2008 | By Jenn Abelson
    Merchants struggling with the slowdown in spending are stepping up promotions to court consumers who are expecting a cash infusion from federal rebate checks. Retailers are already planning major sales and big advertising campaigns in the fierce fight for dollars - even though the government won't start mailing out the checks until May. For merchants worried about a bleak year, this is like Christmas in spring. Store owners have good reason to expect a shopping spree. People plan to spend 40.6 percent, or about $42.9 billion, of the $105.7 billion the government is distributing in tax rebates, according to a...
  • Rebates OK: Democrats Admit Tax Cuts Work

    04/14/2008 5:39:46 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 11 replies · 75+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | April 14, 2008 | Gregory D. Lee
    President Bush proposed, and Congress quickly passed, an economic stimulus package in the form of tax “rebates” that could total $150 billion dollars back in the pockets of most Americans. The president and Congress agreed that as much as $600 would be returned to individual Americans, or $1,200 per couple, and even more to households with children. The reason given for the rebates is that it will give the economy a needed shot in the arm and likely avoid or lessen a recession. Does any of this sound vaguely familiar? The president’s proposal should forever end the debate whether or...
  • ****The Official Friday Silliness Thread****

    04/11/2008 6:37:46 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 156 replies · 363+ views
    Agggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...April 15th is coming.................aaaggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....   POINTS TO PONDER: If a lawyer and an IRS agent were both drowning, and you could only save one of them, would you go to lunch or read the paper? What's the definition of an accountant? Someone who solves a problem you didn't know you had in a way you don't understand. What's the definition of a good tax accountant? Someone who has a loophole named after him. For every tax problem there is a solution which is straightforward, uncomplicated and wrong. People who complain about paying their income tax can be divided into two...
  • Rendell seeks loan for highway, bridge work

    03/28/2008 8:59:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 421+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 27, 2008 | Tom Barnes
    HARRISBURG -- With a section of a Pittsburgh bridge dropping 8 inches and an Interstate 95 support pillar cracking in Philadelphia, Gov. Ed Rendell is turning up the heat under the Legislature to provide infrastructure repair funds more quickly. Mr. Rendell sent a letter to all 253 legislators yesterday urging quick passage of a $240 million "supplemental debt authorization." His program of borrowing would enable state officials to fast-track repairs on some of the state's 6,000 bridges classified as structurally deficient, along with fixing ailing highways, repairing "state-owned, high-hazard dams" and beginning flood mitigation projects. Also yesterday, Mr. Rendell called...
  • Seniors, vets to get stimulus rebates (Senate Dems back off extended unemployment benefits, etc.)

    02/07/2008 11:18:21 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 642+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/7/08 | Andrew Taylor - ap
    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats, under pressure from party colleagues in the House, agreed Thursday to an economic rescue package that would add checks for Social Security retirees and disabled veterans but leave out extended jobless benefits and additional business subsidies. The package would rush tax rebates of $500 for individuals and $1,000 for couples to most taxpayers and grant business tax cuts to revive the economy. Leaders in both parties and in both chambers of Congress had agreed by Wednesday night on the idea that 20 million seniors whose sole or main income is Social Security and 250,000 veterans living...
  • Democrats to force votes on who gets rebates

    01/31/2008 12:18:57 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 71 replies · 81+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 31, 2008 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats said today they would force votes next week on adding rebates for senior citizens and disabled veterans and heating aid for the poor to the House-passed economic stimulus package. The move marked a lapse in the broad bipartisan cooperation that sped the stimulus plan through the House, and set the stage for a contentious fight between Republicans who are balking at adding to the bill and Democrats who believe it should be larger. "Democrats have spoken on how this package can be improved," said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. He said the measure was still on...
  • Lou Dobbs alert: Illegal immigrants may get rebates

    01/30/2008 11:38:10 AM PST · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 82 replies · 171+ views
    Politico ^ | January 30, 2008 | Martin Kady
    January 30, 2008 Lou Dobbs alert: Illegal immigrants may get rebates In their bipartisan zeal to quickly cut a deal on an economic stimulus bill, GOP lawmakers overlooked something that will certainly inflame the conservative base _ illegal immigrants could receive a tax rebate check from the government.
  • Brown-Waite: Puerto Ricans 'foreign,' shouldn't get rebate

    01/30/2008 4:41:48 AM PST · by cll · 32 replies · 149+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 1/30/08 | Tamara Lytle
    WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite touched a nerve with Puerto Ricans on Tuesday when she called them "foreign citizens" in a news release. Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville, was complaining about parts of an economic-stimulus package when she referred to residents of Puerto Rico and Guam as "foreign citizens." ". . . The bill sends hundreds of millions of dollars to people who do not pay federal income taxes, including residents of Puerto Rico and territories like Guam. I do not believe American taxpayer funds should be sent to foreign citizens who do not pay taxes. Americans want an economic stimulus...
  • Tax Rebate Freebie for the Territories?

    01/29/2008 6:34:03 AM PST · by cll · 29 replies · 926+ views
    1/29/08 | Semi-Vanity
    I haven't heard a peep about this here, so here it goes. In all probability, Puerto Rico residents (I'm not sure about the other territories) will be included in the tax rebates that are part of the proposed federal stimulus package. Puerto Rico workers and employers pay Social Security, Medicare and Unemployment taxes but no federal income tax. Island residents would get their rebates at the same levels as the residents of the 50 states. The funniest part is that the notoriously corrupt current island administration is lobbying hard, and apparently is succeeding, in getting Congress to send them the...
  • Deal Reached on Tax Rebates for Stimulus

    01/24/2008 7:22:15 AM PST · by AbeKrieger · 169 replies · 970+ views
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/24/2008 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic and Republican congressional leaders reached a tentative deal Thursday on tax rebates of $300 to $1,200 per family and business tax cuts to jolt the slumping economy. Congressional officials close to the negotiations said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio reached agreement in principle in a telephone call Thursday morning. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the two wanted key members of their parties to sign off on the accord before any announcement. The accord came as the White House said Thursday an agreement was imminent. Pelosi, D-Calif., agreed...
  • Tax Rebates Deal Announced

    01/24/2008 11:36:46 AM PST · by wilco200 · 120 replies · 637+ views
    AP ^ | 1/24/08 | Andrew Taylor
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional leaders announced a deal with the White House Thursday on an economic stimulus package that would give most tax filers refunds of $600 to $1,200, and more if they have children. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress would act on the agreement -- hammered out in a week of intense negotiations with Republican Leader John A. Boehner and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson -- "at the earliest date, so that those rebate checks will be in the mail." The rebates would go to 117 million families, according to a Democratic summary. That includes $28 billion in checks...
  • Rebates Could Be in Your Hands by May

    01/26/2008 9:08:53 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 20 replies · 115+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 01/26/2008 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Most taxpayers could expect a rebate of up to $600 starting in mid-May under the economic aid plan set to go through Congress within weeks. Couples could get twice as much, with even more for most families with children. All that, however, depends on smooth sailing at the Internal Revenue Service, and the agency already is up to its eyeballs in filings and refunds. economy The Treasury Department says that despite the strains of tax filing season, the IRS will be able to begin delivering the payments within 60 days after President Bush signs the plan into...
  • Bush to say rebates are best stimulus

    01/18/2008 8:23:43 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 100 replies · 158+ views
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON - President Bush backs tax rebates as the best way to stimulate the economy, but will not detail how big they should be, an administration official said Friday. Democratic congressional leaders agree that one-time checks should be in the package, but are working on a broader measure that would also include aid targeted to the poor and unemployed. Bush planned to lay out his position publicly for the first time later Friday, first in remarks at the White House and later at a Frederick, Md., manufacturing plant. White House spokesman Tony Fratto said earlier that Bush also will outline...
  • Feel-Good Economics: We've tried tax rebates before. They don't work.

    01/18/2008 7:59:00 PM PST · by Aristotelian · 4 replies · 79+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 19, 2008 | BRUCE BARTLETT
    With remarkable speed, Congress, the White House, Republicans, Democrats and even the Federal Reserve have come to a consensus on the need for economic stimulus to moderate and perhaps forestall a recession. It seems certain that the final stimulus package will contain a tax rebate. The underlying theory for the rebate idea traces back to the British economist John Maynard Keynes. He believed that spending was the driving force in the economy. It didn't matter whether the spending was done by businesses on capital equipment, by governments on public works, or by consumers -- spending is spending in the Keynesian...
  • Bush considering $800 tax rebate to boost US economy: report

    01/18/2008 12:50:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies · 504+ views
    Breitbart ^ | January 18, 2008
    President George W. Bush's administration is considering an individual tax rebate of up to 800 dollars as a short term measure to help boost the sagging US economy, a media report said Friday. The Republican leader was to unveil a fiscal stimulus plan later Friday, amid grim economic news that has united lawmakers and the Federal Reserve chief on the need to revive flagging US growth. The White House has said Bush would propose policies, not dollar amounts, because details of the plan must be hammered out with the Democratic-controlled Congress. "Privately, the White House has discussed its support for...
  • Bush, Congress discuss $150 billion lift to economy (I'm holding out for a $1000 rebate or No Deal!)

    01/17/2008 8:00:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 8,976+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/17/08 | Donna Smith and Caren Bohan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush told lawmakers on Thursday he wants tax rebates for families and breaks for businesses in a rescue plan for the struggling U.S. economy that could total up to $150 billion. Amid worries that the United States may already be in a recession, Bush held a private conference call with leaders of the Democratic-led Congress and their Republican counterparts. A delicate set of negotiations took place and the president shifted gears from his initial plan to outline an economic stimulus plan on his own. Instead, he agreed to hammer out the details of the...
  • N.J. needs $2B loan to pay its bills

    08/31/2007 6:36:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 25 replies · 706+ views
    north jersey.com ^ | August 24, 2007 | ADRIENNE LU
    Like a cash-strapped shopaholic reaching for a credit card before payday, New Jersey is planning to borrow $2 billion to cover expenses over the next few months – including those record-high property tax rebates.  But given the state's financial situation, some wonder if it's a wise move.   The state already owes an estimated $29.7 billion to creditors. Debt service alone is costing taxpayers upward of $2.5 billion a year. And employee pension funds are at least $25 billion behind where they should be to cover projected future costs. Overall, money is so tight that Governor Corzine is looking at...
  • Officials Say Kerik Faces a Second Investigation (Rudy appointee used gov't $$$ for phone sex)

    08/04/2006 12:47:49 PM PDT · by Liz · 9 replies · 614+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | August 4, 2006 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    Former NYC Police Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik is under federal investigation for possible financial improprieties .....focused on a foundation affiliated with the city’s Department of Correction during Mr. Kerik’s tenure.....Last month, Kerik pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors....Under an agreement that allowed him to avoid jail time and a felony conviction, he admitted accepting $165,000 in apartment renovations from a company accused of having ties to organized crime...... The foundation....came under scrutiny in early 2003..... a former high-ranking Correction Department official was arrested and later pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges, admitting that he stole more than $137,000 from the fund....
  • 5% casg back credit cards

    01/04/2006 6:37:51 PM PST · by PeterPrinciple · 4 replies · 368+ views
    What is going on that I can get a 5% rebate on credit card purchases for gas, grocery and restuarants? I thought the fees charged to vendors was only 3-4%. There is a scam in here some place can anyone explain to me how the deal works.
  • Lawmakers propose gasoline tax rebate

    04/19/2005 3:16:57 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 8 replies · 672+ views
    ABC15.com and AP ^ | 04/19/2005
    PHOENIX (AP) -- Legislators' latest idea for tax relief is a three-month gasoline tax rebate. House Republicans proposed the rebate in a new bill packaged with 17 recycled budget bills previously vetoed by Gov. Janet Napolitano but reintroduced for reconsideration with changes. The gasoline-tax bill (HB2781) would let people claim a rebate of 10 cents a gallon -- for a total rebate of up to $200 -- for gasoline taxes paid between Memorial Day, May 30, and Labor Day, Sept. 5. Only motorists who drive a lot would qualify for a $200 rebate. For a vehicle that gets 20 miles...
  • Action Needed to Help Beleaguered Taxpayers [Possible Scandal in California]

    04/08/2004 3:55:26 PM PDT · by Impeach98 · 12 replies · 223+ views
    National Tax Limitation Committee/Howard Kaloogian | 04/08/2004 | Howard Kaloogian/NTLC's Lew Uhler
    MESSAGE FROM HOWARD KALOOGIAN...and... State Controller Fails to Account for HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of Dollars Dear Friends, We’ve fought a number of battles together to make California and this nation a better place. I am writing to you today about a politician who seems to have forgotten that he works for us – and no, I am not talking about Gray Davis this time. Just like we forced Davis ally, Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, to call the special recall election when he was trying to weasel out of it, we now have to compel another state official to...
  • Forced to Play the Rebate Game

    08/19/2003 1:32:24 PM PDT · by FNU LNU · 27 replies · 437+ views
    Infoworld ^ | 8/14/2003 | Ed Foster
    Forced to Play the Rebate Game By Ed Foster, Section Columns Posted on Thu Aug 14th, 2003 at 09:23:26 AM PDT The problem with rebates isn't just those companies that don't want to pay up. For many readers, the biggest problem is just the fact that they are forced to play the rebate game at all. In a recent weblog entry, I asked readers for feedback on which vendor of IT products was the champ of deadbeat rebates. While there were plenty of nominations, the surprise was how many readers complained about feeling forced to participate in rebate promotions. Rebates...
  • Oklahoman Editorial: Demos' stimulus plan comes up short and Rewarding Success

    01/08/2003 7:40:27 AM PST · by PhiKapMom · 29 replies · 225+ views
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 7 and 8 January 2003 | Oklahoma Editorial Staff
    Oklahoman Editorial: Demos' stimulus plan comes up short 2003-01-08 Still licking their wounds from the November elections, House Democrats were determined to offer a stark contrast to President Bush's $674 billion, 10-year economic stimulus plan, unveiled yesterday in Chicago. Well, they succeeded. The Democratic alternative offered by new Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi could hardly be more different -- and, we think, inadequate. Where Bush's plan is bold and multi-layered, the Democrats' version is small and temporary. Bush's plan focuses on tax cuts for taxpayers -- more than $1,000 for 92 million Americans. The Democratic proposal cuts taxes (a little), even...
  • Demos' stimulus plan comes up short and Rewarding Success

    01/08/2003 7:24:36 AM PST · by PhiKapMom · 6 replies · 239+ views
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 7 & 8 January 2003 | Editorial Staff
    Oklahoman Editorial: Demos' stimulus plan comes up short 2003-01-08 Still licking their wounds from the November elections, House Democrats were determined to offer a stark contrast to President Bush's $674 billion, 10-year economic stimulus plan, unveiled yesterday in Chicago. Well, they succeeded. The Democratic alternative offered by new Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi could hardly be more different -- and, we think, inadequate. Where Bush's plan is bold and multi-layered, the Democrats' version is small and temporary. Bush's plan focuses on tax cuts for taxpayers -- more than $1,000 for 92 million Americans. The Democratic proposal cuts taxes (a little), even...
  • Energy rebate program approved

    06/07/2002 11:35:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 133+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 6/7/02 | Carrie Peyton Dahlberg
    <p>Summer residential power misers will see their bills reduced up to 20 percent.</p> <p>Millions of Californians will be able to shave up to 20 percent off their electric bills this summer by conserving power, under a "20/20" rebate program approved by state regulators Thursday.</p>
  • N.J. GOP Districts See More Payouts

    03/17/2002 12:11:00 PM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 5 replies · 587+ views
    The Daily Record, Morris County, NJ (Gannett Publishing) | Sunday, March 17, 2002 | MICHAEL SYNONS
    NJ SAVER property tax rebates going primarily to Republican areas, Treasury statistics showGANNETT STATE BUREAU TRENTON-- NJ SAVER property tax rebates, which may be pared back or suspended by Gov. James E. McGreevey in an effort to balance the state budget, are paid in greater totals to residents of Republican legislative districts than Democratic districts. Town-by-town rebate statistics from the state Department of the Treasury illustrate a little-known political backdrop for a program that last year paid $707 million to homeowners in 46 percent of New Jersey households to offset school taxes. The state data, combined with data from the...