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  • Beer Excise Tax Payments

    11/24/2014 8:50:15 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 5 replies
    The Beer Institute ^ | November 24, 2014
    The federal excise tax was first imposed during the Civil War as a temporary measure to support the Union army. Brewers paid a tax for each barrel of beer sold. In 1990, as part of the effort to balance the budget, taxes on beer and luxury items were increased. For large brewers, the beer excise tax doubled, from $9 to $18 a barrel. Each year U.S. brewers, importers and distributors pay over $3.6 billion in federal excise taxes and almost $1.7 billion in state excise taxes. Ultimately these expenses are passed on to consumers. Today, over 40 percent of the...
  • Sharpton Disputes Tax Bill [satire]

    11/24/2014 8:42:51 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    The IRS claim that Rev. Al Sharpton owes more than $4 million in back taxes was challenged by the Reverend. “My share of the reparations the US Government owes for slavery has not been taken into account,” Sharpton argued. “The humiliation, the suffering, the oppression, and murder of African-Americans that has disgraced this country for over 400 years is a debt that can never be fully repaid.” “Instead of harassing me, the government should be making a good-faith effort to try to make payments on this unpayable debt,” Sharpton suggested. “Then, after 400 years we can reassess to see how...
  • Obama: Not Legitimate for Future Presidents to Lower Taxes via Executive Action

    11/23/2014 5:45:34 PM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    breitbart ^ | Nov. 23, 2014 | Tony Lee
    After unilaterally granting temporary amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants last week, President Barack Obama said it would not be legitimate for a future president to unilaterally lower tax rates. When asked on ABC's This Week if his successor could unilaterally act to lower taxes if Congress does not, Obama replied, "absolutely not."
  • What Makes Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker a Good Choice for 2016

    11/22/2014 8:48:52 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/20/2014 | Grover Norquist & Patrick Gleason
    After the GOP’s midterm-elections sweep, the Republican Party holds more U.S. House seats and controls more state houses than at any time since 1928. Having reached this goal, the GOP now needs to look for a 2016 presidential nominee to match this success. President Calvin Coolidge, who sat in the Oval Office from 1923 to 1929, would be a smart model for the party. He reined in spending and reduced tax rates at a time when it was as needed as it is today. President Ronald Reagan admired Coolidge so much that he hung a portrait of the 30th president...
  • Should Republicans Embrace the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine?

    11/21/2014 11:57:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    PowerLine ^ | November 21, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    The Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine holds that a president is not required to implement or enforce laws passed by Congress with which he disagrees. Obama’s use of the doctrine sets an interesting precedent for the next chief executive, who likely will be a Republican. For example, a Republican could adopt the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine with regard to corporate income taxes by directing the IRS to cease all efforts to enforce those portions of the Internal Revenue Code relating to income taxes payable by corporations. This would be great public policy. My law school tax professor once remarked that there is no...
  • Michigan Should Lower the Personal Income Tax Rate in 2015

    11/21/2014 7:51:27 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/20/2014 | James Hohman
    In 2007, Michigan's Legislature and governor hiked the state's individual income tax, extracting more from a struggling private sector in order to avoid government spending cuts. Now is the time to revisit that decision. Tax revenues have grown, the budget is balanced, and this state can afford to be less of a burden on its residents. There is never a good time to raise taxes, but extracting more from taxpayers is especially inopportune at the onset of a national recession, which was the case in late 2007. The state had already lost one out of every 11 jobs from 2000...
  • Most Legalized Illegals Will Have No Net Income-Tax Liabilities

    11/20/2014 9:24:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | November 20, 2014 | Avik Roy
    President Obama says that his executive order will ensure that currently illegal immigrants will have to “pay their fair share of taxes.” But the vast majority of undocumented aliens don’t make enough in income to have a net income-tax liability. As I note in Forbes, a 2006 analysis by the Century Foundation, a progressive think tank, concludes that “we can be virtually certain that illegal immigrants earned less than $24,000 per year, on average, probably much less.” That amounts to around $29,000 in 2014 dollars, well below the threshold where an American has a net income-tax liability. Legalizing this population...
  • Ted Cruz’s Plan for Internet Freedom? A Permanent Internet Tax Ban

    11/20/2014 4:29:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    NextGov ^ | November 20, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    Sen. Ted Cruz is lobbying hard to prevent government regulation of the Internet, but one measure the Texas Republican supports is expected to create a sizeable budget hole for his state. Cruz, a likely presidential candidate in 2016, spent ample time last week promoting a permanent extension to an expiring ban on federal, state, and local taxation of Internet access that is currently being considered in Congress. The measure, which passed the House earlier this year, is popular in both parties and considered a lame-duck "must pass," as the ban is set to lift on Dec. 11. But a lesser-known...
  • Al Sharpton Criticizes New York Times Report on Unpaid Taxes

    11/20/2014 1:23:17 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/19/2014 | RUSS BUETTNER
    The Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday sharply criticized a New York Times article that explored his history of unpaid taxes, rent and other bills, calling the report “misleading and totally out of context.” During a news conference at the headquarters of his National Action Network in Harlem, Mr. Sharpton sought to refute the article’s assertion that there were $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens outstanding against him and the for-profit businesses he controls. He said that the liens had been paid down, although he declined to say by how much, and that he was “current on all taxes”...
  • President Obama Changing The Rules On Illegal Immigration (O'Reilly's "Humane" comment bites back?

    11/20/2014 12:40:41 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 16 replies
    Bill O'Reilly (The O'Reilly Factor) ^ | 6/15/2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    In a very political move, the president has announced new rules for a specific group of illegal aliens. If your parents brought you to America when you were under 16, if you have completed high school, or served in the military, and if you are under the age of 30 now, then you are most likely going to stay in America. ... As for the policy, how can you blame kids when they are dragged to the US? It's not the child's fault that laws were broken. Thus the new policy is humane, and the President believes it will make...
  • Venezuela increases luxury taxes to bolster state coffers

    11/20/2014 10:52:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 19, 2014 | by Brian Ellsworth
    Venezuela will increase taxes on luxury goods, alcohol and tobacco to help shore up the government's finances, the top tax official said, as falling oil prices threaten the OPEC member's coffers. Buyers of luxury goods, including cars worth more than $30,000, will pay an excise tax of 15 percent, up from 10 percent, tax chief Jose David Cabello said late Tuesday during a televised ceremony with President Nicolas Maduro. The measures, part of a package of 28 laws Maduro decreed to bolster the country's economy, increase tax rates on products such as wine and cigarettes while eliminating some tax benefits...
  • WSJ/NBC Poll Finds Americans Want Parties To Work Together

    11/20/2014 6:25:11 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 68 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/19/2014 | Patrick O'Connor
    Some 63% Want Candidates Elected This Year to Broker Deals With Lawmakers From Across Aisle Americans are largely pleased with the outcome of this month's midterm elections but have little faith that Republican gains in the House and Senate will prompt the two parties to work more closely to solve the nation's problems, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. Weeks after Republicans recaptured the Senate and tightened their grip on the House, roughly three-fourths of poll participants said this month's midterm results woul produce "just some" or "not that much" change in a country that most believe has...
  • Leona Sharpton

    11/20/2014 5:25:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 11-20-14 | Editorial
    The Rev. Al Sharpton is perhaps best known these days for his MSNBC show. This provides viewers with a daily diet of its host misreading his teleprompter and egregiously overusing the phrase, “I mean, what is he talking about?” But there is much more to Sharpton than his left-leaning political worldview and unimpressive TV skills. He rose to national prominence in the 1980s when he falsely accused white law enforcement officials of raping a teenage African-American girl. After that, he moved on to incite anti-Semitic violence in Brooklyn and Harlem. This was his preparation for a later bid for the...
  • Who's really stupid?: What Jonathan Gruber got wrong about ObamaCare

    11/19/2014 5:14:09 PM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 11, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Academics often believe they are the smartest people around, and they like to tell others how best to live their lives. Add the government’s power to control people’s lives and you have a dangerous combination. Americans got a taste of this elitism when MIT’s Jonathan Gruber mocked "the stupidity of the American voter." But American voters aren’t the only ones who make mistakes. Time after time, the “architect" of ObamaCare underestimated costs and overestimated how many people would be covered. Like so many Ivory Tower academics, Gruber doesn’t understand how the real world operates. Could it be that those “stupid”...
  • Half of those living in Chris Christie’s state want to leave

    11/19/2014 8:04:34 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 47 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 11/19/2014 | Jon Dougherty
    How do you know you are the governor of a failed state? When more residents there want to leave than want to stay. And that’s the case in New Jersey; the state’s historic high taxes are making life miserable for most and if given the chance, most would vote with their feet.
  • Divisions, diversions complicate Nevada tax talk

    If you thought the overwhelming defeat of the Education Initiative Nov. 4 was the end of tax talk in Nevada, you couldn’t be more wrong. If anything, the election results were the start of a larger discussion. But that discussion is complicated by groups competing for primacy, differing priorities and a frustrating lack of specifics on the part of big players. And that’s even before we get to Carson City and meet the new speaker of the Assembly, who says taxes should be a last resort rather than a top priority. Let’s start with business. Starting immediately after the Education...
  • Under Obama, U.S. personal freedom ranking slips below France

    11/19/2014 6:52:42 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 18, 2014 | Jason Russell
    Under Obama, U.S. personal freedom ranking slips below France Americans' assessments of their personal freedom have significantly declined under President Obama, according to a new study from the Legatum Institute in London, and the United States now ranks below 20 other countries on this measure. The research shows that citizens of countries including France, Uruguay, and Costa Rica now feel that they enjoy more personal freedom than Americans. As the Washington Examiner reported this morning, representatives of the Legatum Institute are in the U.S. this week to promote the sixth edition of their Prosperity Index. The index aims to measure...
  • The FCC Plans to Increase Your Phone Bill to Build Better Internet in Schools

    11/19/2014 2:34:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/17/14 | Brendan Sasso
    The head of the Federal Communications Commission unveiled a plan Monday aimed at delivering high-speed Internet to classrooms and libraries around the country. To pay for the $1.5 billion proposal, the agency is planning a substantial increase in government fees on all monthly phone bills.
  • Congress eliminates child tax credit and EITC from tax code (Hoax)

    11/18/2014 8:53:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Richmond Voice ^ | November 18, 2014
    Congress has voted to remove the child tax credit, the earned income tax credit and the mortgage interest deduction from the tax code starting with the 2014 fiscal year. The move is almost assured to solidify the perception of the 113rd Congress of the United States as deeply disconnected from the struggles and desires of the populace it is supposed to serve. The move, long championed by entitlement reform advocates like congressman Paul Ryan R-Wisconsin and Ted Cruz R-Texas, will cut entitlement payouts by a staggering 177 billion dollars. 54.33 billion dollars in savings will be realized from discontinuing the...
  • Schumer: Feds should cover Ebola costs

    11/16/2014 5:20:37 AM PST · by wtd · 15 replies
    Leader-Herald ^ | 11/16/2014 | AP
    Schumer: Feds should cover Ebola costsALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal government should reimburse New York City and Bellevue Hospital for costs related to Ebola. The Democrat says Sunday that more than $20 million has been spent on tracking health professionals and others arriving from Ebola-stricken countries and treating Dr. Craig Spencer, a physician who recovered from the illness after receiving treatment at Bellevue.
  • Almost 1/2 Trillion in Illegal Immigration "Money Order" Transfers in 2012? (No taxes!)

    11/15/2014 6:13:58 PM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 48 replies
    NY Times ^ | 15 Nov 2014 | RACook
    Following excerpted from a 2012 NY Times article I found while looking for the actual amount of money (cash - non-taxed!) being sent overseas by our illegal aliens. Now, some of this money is obviously sent overseas by legal aliens, legal immigrants, and legal families. (Yeah, right sure.) Analysts expect the market for money transfers to grow. The value of cross-border transfers is expected to reach $437 billion in 2012, up from $387 billion in 2009, according to the Aite Group, a research and advisory firm. In the United States, this is led partly by a growth in transfers to...
  • USDA Christmas Tree Tax Takes Effect

    11/15/2014 5:42:24 PM PST · by PROCON · 87 replies
    breitbart ^ | Nov. 15, 2014 | Rich Tucker
    This year, your real Christmas tree will be more expensive than it needs to be. That’s because the Department of Agriculture is imposing a fee on each fresh-cut tree sold. A few months ago, the federal government created a national marketing program to advertise the virtues of real Christmas trees. It’s funded by a 15-cent surcharge that will be added to the cost of each tree sold. It’s not a tax, Washington insists -- merely a fee that you have to pay. “The Christmas tree industry requested this initiative to fund Christmas tree research and marketing, the program will be...
  • How One Man Could Obliterate Obamacare

    11/15/2014 11:14:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The National Interest ^ | November 15, 2014 | W. James Antle III
    Why an MIT health economist who was one of the health-care law's architects could cause its utter destruction. For five years, Republicans have been searching for the perfect messenger to speak out against Obamacare. They have finally found him. His name in Jonathan Gruber. Gruber is the MIT health economist who was one of the health-care law's architects. He also helped design the (now mostly defunct) Romneycare system in Massachusetts, which is currently being devoured by its federal progeny. He has also been single-handedly responsible for the biggest Obamacare-related gaffes since Nancy Pelosi said we'd have to pass the bill...
  • More Uninsured Will Resist Obamacare This Year (Will pay the increased fines, instead)

    11/13/2014 11:14:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 13, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Next year, 35 percent of uninsured people would rather pay the upped fine for not having health insurance than buy Obamacare coverage — up 6 points from this time last year, when the penalty was hundreds of dollars lower. According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, 55 percent of the uninsured said they’re planning on getting coverage in 2015, but 35 percent are fine with just paying the individual mandate’s tax on going uninsured. In November 2013, just 29 percent of the uninsured said they were willing to pay the $95 fine in 2014 for remaining uninsured. But in 2015,...
  • Like Your Cell Phone? That’ll Be An Extra 17 Percent

    11/13/2014 2:45:04 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-11-14 | Jonathon Hauenschild
    Since Americans have become more mobile the demand for wireless access has increased. However, high tax burdens on wireless services have made it increasingly difficult for consumers to pay their cell phone bills. In a recently released report, Wireless Taxation in the United States 2014, Scott Mackey and Joseph Henchman of the Tax Foundation highlighted the tax burdens facing wireless technology consumers. These tax burdens are significantly higher than traditional sales taxes and vary vastly from state to state, city to city. Mackey and Henchman note the overall tax burden—federal, state, and local—has increased to an average of 17.05 percent...
  • Buffett Set to Save More Than $1 Billion in Taxes With Duracell Stock Swap

    11/13/2014 11:56:25 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Bloomberg | November 13, 2014 | Noah Buhayar, Richard Rubin and Zachary Tracer
    No excerpt allowed from Bloomberg, story here
  • Clavell Jackson: Teabaggers Hate the Government, But Love Government Programs

    11/11/2014 10:02:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    EURWeb ^ | November 10, 2014 | Clavell Jackson
    *I am still recovering from the midterm election results, but I hope two years of a Republican-run Congress will convince voters to get off their asses and put a Democrat in the White House. I often find it hard to take Republicans seriously, because so many of their arguments fall apart under close scrutiny. Republicans are an odd bunch, some of their ideas show many of them have no idea how government works. During the rise of the tea party, there was an infamous quote from a woman at a rally, who said, “Take your government hands off my Medicare!”...
  • Kansas Slashes Revenue Forecast

    11/11/2014 8:41:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    KCUR Radio ^ | 11/11/14 | Andy Marso
    State revenue forecasters said Monday that the state can expect hundreds of millions of budget dollars less than previously thought to fund schools, social programs and highway projects. The consensus revenue estimating group lowered the official projections it made in April by $205 million. If accurate, the revised forecast means that Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators will have to raise taxes or make deep cuts in spending during the remaining seven months of the budget year to avoid a $278 million deficit. Additional cuts will be necessary to prevent a $435 million deficit in the next budget year, the analysts...
  • Can Liberals Talk About Standard-of-Living Stagnation Without Sounding All Socialist?

    11/11/2014 2:36:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Slate ^ | November 10, 2014 | Ben Mathis-Lilley
    Much of the discussion of last Tuesday's election results has addressed voters' ongoing dissatisfaction with what, by the numbers, is an improving economy. Commenters like Slate's William Saletan noted that Republicans won by using liberal-sounding economic rhetoric to play on income-stagnation angst. President Obama talked about the issue in a press conference, citing the dearth of high-wage jobs amidst the recovery. Today Josh Marshall of the progressive news and commentary site Talking Points Memo and Derek Thompson of the Atlantic poke deeper into the issue. They really poke the heck out of the issue, I tell you! Marshall's piece is...
  • Merchants say cigarette tax is a business-killer (War on Small Business)

    11/10/2014 3:28:04 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 11/10/2014 | SOLOMON LEACH & REGINA MEDINA,
    --SNIP-- "It's really bad right now. We're in real bad shape," he said, adding that the decrease in cigarette sales has had a ripple effect on the rest of his business. He has let go of four employees in the past month. "Now it's just me, my wife and my sister." Martinez isn't alone. Other store owners and distributors in the city said they have seen a dramatic drop in revenue since the tax was added, causing them to wonder what the collateral damage will be on their livelihoods. "It's detrimental all over the city. There are probably over 2,000...
  • No plan B for Pueblo police, fire unions after tax fails ( Colorado )

    11/10/2014 6:49:06 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    KRDO ^ | Nov 09, 2014 | Michelle San Miguel
    Voters reject half-cent sales tax by 74 percent. Pueblo police and fire union members don't plan to lobby city council for more money in lieu of a public safety tax failing.
  • Democrats lose super-majority in CA Assembly (and Senate)

    11/08/2014 9:28:56 AM PST · by fifedom · 9 replies
    Cal Watchdog ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | John Hrabe
    Republicans, who have already blocked a Democratic super-majority in the California Senate, have also succeeded in defeating a Democratic super-majority in the Assembly.
  • Fracking Can Now Begin In Illinois

    11/06/2014 1:54:52 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-6-14 | John Eick
    Big news today out of Illinois: fracking can soon begin. Today, the 12-member Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules adopted regulations that govern hydraulic fracturing within the state, which will be made public by November 15th. Oil and gas companies can start applying for permits later this month. The rules will require such permits to be approved within 60 days. Many in southern Illinois have long been pushing for hydraulic fracturing, citing a number of potential benefits, including increased tax revenue, high-paying jobs and additional investment. According to a study released two years ago by the Illinois Chamber Foundation, the...
  • If you do not currently live in a red state, you probably will soon

    11/05/2014 8:19:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    RARE: America's News Feed ^ | 11/2/2014 | Merrill Matthews
    NOTE: THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE NOV. 4, 2014 MIDTERM ELECTIONS.... ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ If you do not currently live in a red state, you probably will soon. Either you will (1) flee your blue state to a red one, or (2) you and your fellow blue-state citizens will get so fed up with the high taxes and fiscal irresponsibility that you will vote out the blue-state politicians and replace them with red-staters. U.S. Census data confirms that voters are leaving blue states for red ones. The top 10 destinations are North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma,...
  • Voters in Berkeley overwhelmingly pass nation's first 'sugar tax' raising the price of sodas

    11/05/2014 10:48:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 5, 2014 | Michael Zennie
    Berkeley, California, one of the most liberal cities in the nation, have overwhelmingly approved the nation's first 'sugar tax,' which will raise the cost of sodas and energy drinks by one penny per ounce. A similar tax in neighboring San Francisco, which would have levied two cents per ounce, failed to pass - gaining 55percent of the vote, short of the two-thirds majority needed. The Berkeley tax would raise the cost of a can of Pepsi from $1 to $1.12, but bigger fountain drinks would get hit harder. A large Coke from McDonald's would go from $2.29 to $2.61. A...
  • NJ, Tea Party Vote "NO" to the Ballot Questions, 11-04-14

    11/03/2014 10:31:23 AM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies
    Important Questions on the ballot, next Tuesday, November 4 There are two State questions that are proposed constitutional amendments. One relates to your right to bail and pretrial release, and the other is on Open Space. If you are in Morris County, there is a third question that is also about Open Space.   Please use this information to inform your friends and family, and tell them it is critical for them to get out to vote! Public question No. 1 - End the Right to Bail !!!! A “yes” vote on this constitutional amendment would END your current right...
  • Wind PTC is Redistribution to the Rich

    11/03/2014 4:46:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2014 | Zachary Huffman
    Democrats are famous for pushing the idea that the rich don't pay their fair share of taxes. So, why are many of them lining up to support tax breaks for Big Wind's millionaires?Under the leadership of Harry Reid, lawmakers are pushing to extend the wind-energy industry's cash cow subsidy, the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC). Created in 1992, the Wind PTC was scheduled to expire at the end of last year. Now, wind industry cronies and their friends in the Senate are leading the charge to revive the PTC by ramming an extension package through Congress during this year's lame-uck...
  • U.S. Has Highest Capital Gains Rate in World: Independent Accountants

    11/03/2014 4:32:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The Overwhelming Case against Capital Gains Taxation According to the bean counters at Ernst and Young, the United States has one of the highest capital gains tax rates in the world.But if you donÂ’t trust the numbers from a big accounting firm, then you can peruse a study from the pro-tax Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that reaches the same conclusion.But does this really matter? Is the United States harmed by having a high tax rate?The Wall Street Journal certainly makes a compelling case that high tax rates on capital gains are self-destructive.And this remarkable chart shows that workers...
  • [Satire] Philadelphia Cracks Down on UberX

    11/03/2014 8:56:21 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    Lee Rudakewich’s car was impounded and held for $1,000 ransom by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. His crime: offering to drive a willing customer to his chosen destination. Vince Fenerty, the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s Director, rejected the argument that the provided transportation occurring between consenting adults was no business of the City government. “In this city it is not sufficient that private individuals are satisfied with a transaction of this sort,” Fenerty said. “How a person uses his own car is within the purview of our authority. We do not approve of these unregulated uses.” Fenerty contended that “the privilege of...
  • Tom "Tax and Spend" Wolf's $1 billion myth

    Tom Wolf's $1 billion myth By David Spigelmyer Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 8:55 p.m. Tom Wolf's pledge to add a severance tax on energy producers is irresponsible and does not take into account the downside for most Pennsylvanians and the communities where they live. His potential job-crushing energy tax on shale development would harm Pennsylvania's economy, cost jobs and shortchange the potential benefits for the long-term success of our state. New and higher energy-tax advocates wrongly assume that capital investments being made by the natural gas industry won't be impacted by such a tax. Wolf, the Democrat candidate for governor,...
  • What Liberals Think

    10/31/2014 5:31:20 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/31/14 | James Sharpe
    The list goes on. And the liberal drumbeat goes on right along with it. I know, that’s a good one, isn’t it? As a conservative, it is impossible to get inside the mind of a liberal. But think about it for a minute. What makes these people tick? What makes a person believe in every kind of cockamamie idea known to man – and profess these ideas as gospel? The even bigger question is this: How can a reasonably well-educated person fall lockstep into an ideology that supports everything from abortion-on-demand to policies that allow every Tom, Dick & Harry...
  • Colleges want more Public/State Funding

    10/31/2014 7:21:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 19 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 30, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Running out of funds and ideas, colleges want more public funding to help keep them afloat. During a recent panel discussion at the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, speakers praised President Barack Obama’s higher education push for performance-based pay and incentives for colleges and universities. Ted Mitchell, , U.S. Department of Education undersecretary, complained about today’s higher education funding environment, telling the audience, “There has been systematic disinvestment by states throughout the Great Recession in higher education,” adding that it “really does disadvantage students” from low-income neighborhoods and backgrounds. He felt the state governments, by not funding state...
  • New Report Card Highlights Misspending in K-12 Education

    10/30/2014 1:22:50 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-30-14 | Rudy Takala
    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has released the 19th edition of its annual Report Card on American Education, where it ranks states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies, and digital learning opportunities. Its findings highlight an old fact: more spending does not translate into better outcomes for K-12 students. States spend an average of $11,153 per pupil on education. The District of Columbia topped the list at $29,029 per student – nearly triple the national average – yet achieved only mediocre results....
  • Frederick-based Bechtel’s move to Reston [Virginia] upsets Marylanders

    10/27/2014 4:18:56 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    WJLA.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Brad Bell
    Bechtel Corporation, the company that built Metro’s Silver Line in Northern Virginia, is bringing hundreds of jobs to that area, but it’s coming at the cost of Frederick, where the global engineering and project management firm is based, a move that is sparking frustration and anger. The news hit Frederick like a ton of bricks. Nobody is happy about it—not politicians, not merchants.
  • Cato Institute Grades Governors on their Fiscal Record

    10/24/2014 2:48:17 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-24-14 | Kati Siconolfi
    When it comes to making their state’s economy more competitive, governors have a wide variety of policy options available. But which governors have the best track record on economic growth? The Cato Institute’s Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors analyzes each governor’s fiscal policies from January 2012 to August 2014. Governors who keep tax rates competitive and maintain reasonable levels of spending received an “A,” while governors who increased taxes and spending received an “F.” In this report, four governors earned an “A” for pro-growth policies: Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina, Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas, Governor Paul...
  • CDC Director Frieden Once Called Tobacco Execs “Mass Murderers”

    10/24/2014 9:11:03 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 28 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | October 24, 2014 | Charles C. Johnson
    "Says Frieden, who’s been fiercely vilified by the tobacco industry for his bluntly aggressive attack on cigarettes: “I was once quoted, accurately, as saying that during the years I spent fighting TB, my enemy was a micro-bacterial—tuberculosis—but now it’s an even lower form of life: tobacco executives! An executive from Phillip Morris actually wrote to me and complained, basically, that this was a form of hate speech, and I had to agree. So I no longer use that expression. Now I just stick to the facts and describe tobacco company executives as mass murderers.”
  • Ted Cruz Reveals What he’d do if Elected President – And it’s Even Worse Than You Thought

    10/22/2014 8:57:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    The Burnt Orange Report ^ | October 22, 2014 | Katie Singh
    With the midterm elections approaching, Texas senator Ted Cruz penned an editorial in USA Today this week detailing what he’d like a potential Republican-controlled Congress to prioritize in 2015. As you might expect, the list is full of Tea Party staples: repealing Obamacare, cutting taxes, and slashing funding for federal programs. What makes Cruz’s list of Congressional priorities interesting is that it essentially previews what a Cruz 2016 presidential campaign agenda might look like–and it’s not pretty. As Ted Cruz’s multiple trips to Iowa have suggested, Texas’ junior senator is all-but-confirmed to be running for president in 2016. Though his...
  • This Tax Proposal Could Be the Largest Obstacle to Growing Small Businesses Online

    10/22/2014 2:44:23 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-22-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    Dealing with federal, state and local taxes and regulations is already an incredibly burdensome task on startups and small businesses. But beyond complying with onerous regulations from the jurisdiction where businesses operate, there is a little talked about potential tax change that could make it much more difficult for small businesses to expand into the online marketplace. This complication is known as the Marketplace Fairness Act or MFA. Right now, traditional “brick-and-mortar” stores are required by states and localities to collect sales taxes from customers and remit those back to the states. This is because they have a physical presence...
  • A GOP Governor Tried A Radical Tax 'Experiment' — And Now He's Hanging On To His Political Life

    10/22/2014 2:17:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/22/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    WICHITA, Kansas — Everyone in Kansas will tell you the same metaphor to explain the state's tax policy. It's their own take on President Ronald Reagan's three-legged stool, specified for tax policy. The three legs: Income tax, sales tax, and property tax. If all three remain relatively even — if each is about 33% of the puzzle — the stool is balanced. The theory is that as long as the stool is balanced, the tax burden on Kansans will remain remarkably steady for a long period of time. It's relatively fair across income groups, and Kansans who support the policy...
  • Obama Tax Hikes Drive Federal Tax Revenue Above $3 Trillion for First Time Ever

    10/22/2014 7:14:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 10/22/2014 | Curtis Dubay
    The Treasury Department released this month figures showing that federal tax revenue exceeded $3 trillion in fiscal year 2014—the first time revenue surpassed that mark. Yet the deficit was still almost $500 billion. Clearly, the government continues to spend too much. We should tax enough to fund the legitimate functions of government, like national defense, homeland security, public health and others, but no more. The new record also shows us that, absent policy changes, the amount of revenue the government takes out of the private sector keeps getting bigger. Tax revenue grows as income grows, no matter what kind of...