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  • Income Inequality, are Dems serious?

    05/03/2015 8:51:00 AM PDT · by asinclair · 12 replies
    Vanity
    Income inequality -- most Democrat-proposed solutions don't give any incentive to the employee, at all levels, to work better and more productively in order to earn more money by their effort. I propose here extending the "bonus pool" to all employees, and show how government can help make that happen.
  • Oops: Bill Clinton 'Mistakenly' Misreports Taxable Income as Tax-Free Donations

    05/02/2015 6:37:35 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 1, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Once again, mistakes -- passive voice -- were made: Clinton Foundation mistakenly listed payments to Bill from Chinese developer & US-Islamic Conference as donations. http://t.co/UNAP89ipu9 — Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) April 30, 2015 The foundation has also come under scrutiny for failing to clear all foreign government donations through an agreed-upon State Department vetting process when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, and for failing to identify foreign government donations on tax returns. Fact-checkers this week challenged the foundation’s claims that it’s barred by Canadian privacy laws from revealing the names of more than 1,000 mostly foreign donors to a...
  • Soros Uses His Foundations to Dodge Taxes

    05/02/2015 4:18:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 1, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    While Obama Inc. targets conservative groups, it isn’t going to annoy the guy who bought its boss his spot in the White House. Soros’ wealth increased tremendously during Obama’s time in office. And much of it came from dodging taxes. You know, the taxes he insists that middle class peons and small business owners need to be socked with. George Soros likes to say the rich should pay more taxes. A substantial part of his wealth, though, comes from delaying them. While building a record as one of the world’s greatest investors, the 84-year-old billionaire used a loophole that allowed...
  • Clinton Charities Raked in Millions of Taxpayer Dollars (greedy parasites sucked-up $7.4M)

    05/01/2015 4:02:08 PM PDT · by Liz · 13 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 5/1/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Embattled Clinton Foundation and Clinton Health Access Initiative its major health-related offshoot received over $7 million from the US government in recent years, according to an analysis of public records conducted by the Washington Free Beacon. The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), chaired by Bill Clinton and run by the former president’s long-time associate Ira Magaziner, has received $6,010,898 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2010. CHAI, the biggest arm of the Clinton family’s charitable efforts, accounting for 60 percent of all spending, received $3,193,500 in fiscal years 2010, 2011, and 2012, according to federal contracts,...
  • Apple says EU probe of Irish tax policy could be ‘material’

    05/01/2015 5:26:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:44pm EDT | Devika Krishna Kumar
    Apple Inc. said the European Commission’s investigation into Ireland’s tax treatment of multinationals could have a “material” impact if it was determined that Dublin’s tax policies represented unfair state aid. Apple said that if the EU’s investigations concluded against Ireland, the company could be required to pay past taxes for up to 10 years “reflective of the disallowed state aid.” The EU began a formal investigation against Ireland in June last year for alleged state aid to Apple. …
  • George Soros May Face a Monster Tax Bill

    04/30/2015 10:50:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    4/30
    George Soros May Face a Monster Tax Bill (Bloomber News can only be linked to)
  • Ted Cruz ‘hitting on a lot of cylinders’ in presidential campaign: Insiders say rollout exceptional

    04/29/2015 8:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s month-old presidential campaign has won strong reviews from GOP insiders in key states who say he’s managed to tap into the anti-establishment sentiment of primary voters, and his allies have proved they have the ability to raise tens of millions of dollars to boost his bid. The Texan’s presidential aspirations hinge on his ability to lay claim to being the chief conservative alternative in the race, which means he’ll have to find a way to expand beyond the tea party and social conservative base that he begins with. “He is expanding his base, and he is right...
  • Funeral taxes: California takes its cut from the dead

    04/29/2015 2:48:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 29, 2015 | By Steve Rubenstein
    Death and taxes are just as certain as ever, except that now even more of death could be taxable. Specifically, a death or “memory” DVD. It’s big business these days in the funeral business. So the state Board of Equalization, which interprets tax law, wants to make sure California is getting its 8.25 percent cut. The board gave preliminary approval this week to new tax rules about products and services such as memory DVDs and memory books that are increasingly part of modern funerals. The state gets to collect sales tax on such personal property. So a $25 souvenir death...
  • Marco Rubio Vows Never to Raise Taxes as President

    04/29/2015 12:09:01 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 41 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 04/29/15 | Sahil Kapur
    Rubio follows fellow Republican nomination aspirants Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, both of whom signed the pledge last week. His move could put fellow Floridian mentor-turned-rival Jeb Bush in a difficult position in the brewing 2016 presidential contest.
  • ObamaCare's Tax Shock Is Far Worse Than Predicted

    04/29/2015 8:33:06 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 47 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/29/2015 | Staff
    Health Reform: Providing still more evidence of how ObamaCare is "working," most enrollees learned this year that they had to pay back a huge chunk of their insurance subsidies. So much for "affordability."
  • The Blue-City Model

    04/29/2015 6:13:13 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | April 28, 2015
    The Blue-City Model Baltimore shows how progressivism has failed urban America. April 28, 2015 You’re not supposed to say this in polite company, but what went up in flames in Baltimore Monday night was not merely a senior center, small businesses and police cars. Burning down was also the blue-city model of urban governance. Nothing excuses the violence of rampaging students or the failure of city officials to stop it before Maryland’s Governor called in the National Guard. But as order starts to return to the streets, and the usual political suspects lament the lack of economic prospects for the...
  • Lessons from a happy place: Limited government and low taxes make Switzerland improbably successful

    04/28/2015 7:09:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/28/2015 | Richard Rahn
    Geneva, Switzerland — What is the happiest place? Last week in its annual “World Happiness Report,” the United Nations reported that Switzerland was No. 1. The United States ranked No. 15, and the African country of Togo came in last, at number 158. Switzerland is arguably the world’s most successful country — and most improbably so. It is landlocked and without much in the way of natural resources. It has four official languages, many different religious groups, and is surrounded by warring neighbors. Yet, it has remained an island of peace and prosperity. The last armed conflict on Swiss territory...
  • Martin O’Malley’s Terrible Fiscal Record

    04/27/2015 8:02:08 PM PDT · by yuffy · 11 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | April 27, 2015. | By Chris Edwards
    ormer Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is readying himself for a White House run. His recent rhetoric on economics shows that he will run to the left of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. After two terms of an unpopular left-wing president, that is surely the last thing the country needs. The good news is that O’Malley has a record we can examine, so voters will have more to go on than promises of “hope and change.” For fiscal policy, Cato grades the governors from “A” to “F” every two years in its “report cards.” One thing stands out about O’Malley’s record: his...
  • The IRS vs. The Church

    04/27/2015 9:33:46 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 27, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The IRS targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups prior to the 2012 election was an unconscionable abuse of power for which accountability and punishment have been noticeably absent. But this was and is not the only use by the Obama administration of the power to tax to attempt to destroy its political opponents. The IRS is also involved in targeting what President Obama has called “less than loving” Christians through the mandates of ObamaCare and its attack on the free exercise of religion through the attempted coercion of mandated health insurance coverage This administration’s war on religion is...
  • Bill de Blasio, Streaking Buck Naked

    04/27/2015 5:04:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    I caught New York Mayor Bill de Blasio streaking along Manhattan’s waterfront—and it wasn’t the first time.“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true,” writes author Nathanial Hawthorne in his classic novel, “The Scarlet Letter.” Mayor de Blasio has finally reached complete bewilderment over who he is as a politician. Is he a champion of the poor and oppressed? Or is he the oppressor? In his confusion, he has taken to metaphorically streaking in public, giving us clues to his...
  • Scott Walker Imposes Drug Testing for Government Aid, Liberals Lose Their Minds

    04/27/2015 12:53:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    YC - Young Conservatives ^ | April 25, 2015 | Derryck Green
    But when you take a look at the organizations these religious leaders represent, you’ll see that these religious types are political progressives who’re using the cover of religion for their political activism. The websites of these organizations who oppose Walker’s drug-testing legislation all, in some form or another, uses words or phrases immediately identifiable with progressive- rather than religious- causes. Such terms and phrases found were “social” and “economic” justice, “peacemaking,” “solidarity,” and “human community”; “restorative justice,” “united for justice.” One website even had a “living wage campaign” and “resources for justice seekers.” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently proposed a...
  • Scott Walker Imposes Drug Testing for Government Aid, Liberals Lose Their Minds

    04/27/2015 12:25:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    YC - Young Conservatives ^ | April 26, 2015 | Derryck Green
    But when you take a look at the organizations these religious leaders represent, you’ll see that these religious types are political progressives who’re using the cover of religion for their political activism. The websites of these organizations who oppose Walker’s drug-testing legislation all, in some form or another, uses words or phrases immediately identifiable with progressive- rather than religious- causes. Such terms and phrases found were “social” and “economic” justice, “peacemaking,” “solidarity,” and “human community”; “restorative justice,” “united for justice.” One website even had a “living wage campaign” and “resources for justice seekers.” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently proposed a...
  • Three Reasons Scott Walker Is Still The Likely Nominee

    04/24/2015 7:19:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 23, 2015 | Christian Whiton, “Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War”
    In this election, the mainstream media — always subconsciously eager to remain the palace eunuchs in the Democrats’ Forbidden City — will back Hillary or whomever the Democrats nominate. Should a Republican win the White House, the shrill cries over the miniscule “sequestration” cuts to domestic spending in 2013 will be but a mild preview of what’s to come. The Obama legacy and these challenges are why many Republicans want to nominate an experienced governor to run — preferably one with a revolutionary flair and serious political skill.Jeb Bush announced his exploratory PAC in mid-December, and led most Republican polls...
  • When the FCC came knocking ...

    04/23/2015 7:42:19 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-21-15 | Eric Cope
    The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted a plan to regulate the Internet like the phone companies of the 1930s. The decision is wrong for countless reasons, including an imminent reduction in investment and innovation. To undo these burdensome regulations, Congress should work together in the coming months to pass a law that both ensures the desired consumer protections everyone favors but forgoes the antiquated 1930s-style public-utility regulations. Let's take a step back. The FCC initially proposed last year to adopt a simpler set of rules guaranteeing that the Internet remains open and available to all users. This type of regulation...
  • Clinton charities now re-filing years of tax returns after Reuters found 'errors'

    04/23/2015 7:22:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/23/2015 | Ed Lasky
    Clinton rules mean they feel entitled to …well…everything. Now that Hillary Clinton has announced her candidacy, even the mainstream media has started to raise questions regarding the Clinton Foundation. In the wake of reports of pay-to-play donations made to the foundation from rogue nations and Iranian sanction busters, Reuters has investigated the disclosures made by the foundation for years and found them wanting. From Jonathan Allen: Hillary Clinton's family's charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation...
  • You Can’t — and Shouldn’t — Abolish the IRS [A critique of Ted Cruz's proposal]

    04/23/2015 7:05:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2015 | by PATRICK BRENNAN
    ‘Completely unworkable,” “irresponsible,” “happy talk,” “a disservice to the political process.” That’s just a sampling of what tax experts, most of them right of center, told me they think of one of the most popular lines from Ted Cruz’s stump speech, his promise to abolish the Internal Revenue Service. Senator Cruz has been talking about the idea for a couple of years now, but it got a bit more attention when he mentioned it in the speech he gave at Liberty University to officially launch his presidential campaign. You can expect the idea to get even more popular in light...
  • Colorado lawmakers start work on marijuana refund proposal

    04/22/2015 10:52:54 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Albuquerque Journal News ^ | 4-22-2015 | Kristen Wyatt, AP
    Colorado lawmakers started work Wednesday on a proposal to ask voters to keep some $58 million in marijuana tax collections. Colorado voters already approved the taxes on recreational pot sales in 2013. But because that ballot measure didn’t account for a quirk in state law related to new taxes, the money will have to be refunded unless voters again approve the 10 percent sales and 15 percent excise taxes. Colorado voters approved the taxes the first time by a 2-to-1 margin. The new ballot measure has broad bipartisan support, with lawmakers calling the measure a do-over of what voters already...
  • Apparently, no one at MSNBC pays taxes

    04/22/2015 7:43:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/22/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Democrats are fond of accusing Republicans of being hypocrites on a variety of issues, but particularly when it comes to tax policy. The liberal comedian Bill Maher recently claimed that Republicans expose themselves to this critique when they champion the value of hard work and perseverance while simultaneously opposing the inheritance tax. “If the tough love of cutting off free money for the poor is the right thing to do, how can we stand by and do any less for the Conrad Hiltons of the world? They’ve never known the dignity of work either,” Maher insisted recently. “Shouldn’t we...
  • Minnesota's youth exodus spells trouble ahead for labor force

    04/21/2015 5:52:24 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Start Tribune ^ | 4-18-15 | Jackie Crosby
    Every year since 2002, Minnesota has been losing residents to other states. What’s worse: Young adults are leaving in the greatest numbers. Casey Sperzel is Minnesotan through and through. She grew up in Maple Grove, went to college at the University of Minnesota, and lived in both St. Paul and Minneapolis. But when the 27-year-old met with a job recruiter last year, she was set on the Pacific Northwest. “I don’t think I’ll be back,” said Sperzel, now with a Seattle ad agency. States are scrambling for young professionals like Sperzel to help offset the wave of baby boomer retirements....
  • Cuts in Social Security, Confiscation, or Wealth Redistribution?

    04/20/2015 5:05:31 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 26 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/20/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    If anything needs cutting or confiscating is the politicians' power and insatiable desire to spend the taxpayers' money The Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, gave a speech on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in which he proposed, among other things, raising the retirement age from 67 to 69. He stated that, “We should remember that Social Security at its core should be retirement insurance. I’m suggesting that Americans pay into the system throughout the course of their life, knowing that it will be there, if they need it, to support them in their later years, so seniors will not grow...
  • These Blue States Have Tried the Elizabeth Warren Model. Their Residents Are Fleeing.

    04/19/2015 7:09:31 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | april 19, 2015 | stephen moore
    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently appeared on one of the late night talk shows, beating the class warfare drum and arguing for billions of dollars in new social programs paid for with higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires. In recent years, though, blue states such as California, Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland and Minnesota adopted this very strategy, and they raised taxes on their wealthy residents. How did it work out? Almost all of these states lag behind the national average in growth of jobs and incomes. So, if income redistribution policies are the solution to shrinking the gap between rich...
  • Feds drop almost half million dollars to study 'first penetrative' gay encounter

    04/18/2015 5:13:23 PM PDT · by blueyon · 65 replies
    Examiner ^ | 4/17/15 | Timothy Whiteman
    Between the shrimp on a treadmill study and then the IRS's Star Trek-themed training films, there have been more than a few cries of outrage from taxpayers fed-up with their hard earned dollars seemingly wasted on hyper-frivolous reports and projects, the federal government doesn't seem to have gotten the message. Case in point would be the article published by The Washington Free Beacon on April 17, 2015, which details the government dropping nearly a half million dollars to study the levels of sexual satisfaction for men after their first "penetrative same-sex experience." With the impressive project title of FIRST AND...
  • Where your tax dollars go

    04/18/2015 9:31:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-14-15 | John Gray
    It's a question that naturally springs to mind when tax season rolls around: Where are all those tax dollars being spent? In total, Washington will spend $12,304 per citizen. Unfortunately, the government will collect only $10,878 in tax revenue per person. That means that, you, the American citizen, will be left with an additional tab of $1,426, on average. The $1,426-per-person represents this year's deficit of $455 billion. Perspective: Adjusting for inflation, the government spent $894 per person in 1940, $7,319 per person during the peak of World War II (1945), $6,026 per person in 1980 and slightly more than...
  • In Our Opinion: Don't fall for Cruz's IRS ploy

    04/17/2015 8:19:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Oneonta Daily Star ^ | April 17, 2015 | The Editors
    If you’ve recently finished running the gantlet known as income tax preparation, you might be particularly cheered by Sen. Ted Cruz’s suggestion to abolish the Internal Revenue Service. After all, few of us — except perhaps a few tax preparers for whom the practice provides a livelihood — enjoy navigating the increasingly arcane bureaucracy that governs our tax code. Every year, it seems, there are new rules, new deductions, new forms to fill out and new uncertainty about how all of it will affect one’s bank account. So when Cruz and fellow presidential campaigner Sen. Rand Paul began talking about...
  • Glenn Beck Tears Into Marco Rubio’s Proposed Tax Plan: ‘Let’s Just Vote for Barack Obama Again’

    04/17/2015 4:54:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Apr. 14, 2015 | Erica Ritz
    Glenn Beck on Tuesday said the tax reform plan proposed by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is “bizarre” and an “absolute jobs killer.” Rubio announced he will be running for president in 2016, and Beck said his tax plan is so bad, Americans may as well “just vote for Barack Obama again.” According to Politico, Rubio’s plan is designed to “reward families with children while slashing levies on business and investment income but keeping a top rate personal income rate of 35 percent, far higher than many Republicans would like.” Though 35 percent is a slight cut from the current top...
  • Obama's Big Lie That Wealthy Americans Aren't Paying Their "Fair Share" In Taxes Is Exposed

    04/17/2015 4:15:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - The American people are overtaxed by a waste-ridden government whose grotesquely swollen budget could be shrunk by hundreds of billions of dollars without harming its necessary functions and programs. We know this is true because of years of shocking audits produced by Congress's Government Accountability Office that have exposed massive levels of waste, inefficiency, duplication, mismanagement and thievery throughout the federal bureaucracy. Keep this in mind the next time you hear the Democrats in Congress and President Obama proposing that we raise taxes on wealthier Americans who, they say, "aren't paying their fair share." It's one of the...
  • Finally: Congress is Trying to Abolish The Death Tax

    04/17/2015 12:28:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    They say there are two things that are certain in life: death and taxes. If you're a Democrat, you can add death taxes to that list. The death tax, which was being phased out by President Bush from 2001-2008 but revived by the Obama administration in 2009, currently sits at 40 percent. More background from Heritage: Estate tax (death tax) repeal. The Bush tax cuts phased out the death tax. It was supposed to be completely eliminated after 2009. However, after being dormant for one year in 2009, the 2010 deal between President Obama and Congress brought it back to life at...
  • Adam Carolla ‘Supports’ Ted Cruz, Thanks Him for Anti-IRS Stance

    04/17/2015 11:27:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 17, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Comedian and radio personality Adam Carolla is apparently a big fan of Sen. Ted Cruz. During a Friday morning interview with the Texas Republican, Carolla approved of the presidential candidate and personally thanked him for wanting to outright abolish the Internal Revenue Service. “Thank you so much for wanting to eliminate the IRS,” Carolla began the conversation. “It’s driving me nuts.” “I think that is a powerful populist issue and today is the day when its on people’s minds,” Cruz said, reminding listeners that Wednesday was Tax Day. Carolla argued that taxes are an important issue that gets overshadowed by...
  • House quietly passes tax exemption for megadonors

    04/17/2015 10:12:21 AM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 16 April 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Hillary Flynn
    Major contributors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer would get a break on gift taxes to secretive non-profit groups. The House on Wednesday with little fanfare passed legislation that would protect major donors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer from having to pay gift taxes on huge donations to secret money political groups. The legislation, which now heads to the Senate, is seen by fundraising operatives as removing one of the few remaining potential obstacles to unfettered big-money spending by nonprofit groups registered under a section of the Tax Code — 501(c) — that allows them to shield...
  • Which Companies Paid The Most Income Tax In 2014

    04/17/2015 9:25:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/17/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Apple's market capitalization of $730 billion may now be more than double that of Exxon Mobil, but when it comes to taxes paid to the US government, it's no contest: the company with record profitability that so many progressive hipsters adore and for whose products they line up with annual regularity is billions of dollars below its "fair" contribution to the US Treasury. Ironically, it is eclipsed by that other company that so many progressives love to hate: Exxon Mobil, which paid $4 billion more in tax than Apple, yet whose valuation has been cut by 15% over the past...
  • PERS reform bill author touts alternative to pensions (Nevada)

    04/17/2015 8:18:25 AM PDT · by redreno · 1 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | April 15, 2015 - 1:41pm | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — A state lawmaker pushing for major changes to the state public employee retirement plan told a committee Wednesday that long-term workers would do better under his proposal than with the current defined-benefit pension plan. Assemblyman Randy Kirner, R-Reno, testified in support of his Assembly Bill 190 in front of the Ways and Means Committee. The bill would establish a new hybrid retirement plan for public employees hired as of July 1, 2016. The bill is fiercely opposed by public employee groups who argue the existing Public Employees Retirement System plan is well-managed and does not need to...
  • On Met Council, we get cronyism, not reform

    04/16/2015 8:01:39 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 4-15-15 | DAVID OSMEK
    In January, the 89th Legislature convened to begin its work. With the elections behind us and the House under Republican leadership, we opened the session with a renewed sense of bipartisanship. Many suburban legislators, myself included, had high hopes for one particular bill that would inject some common-sense into a major concern of local city councils — the Metropolitan Council. The Met Council is an unelected body that has the power to tax and spend over $1 billion every year and inject itself regularly into local government decisions. It has the authority to dictate (among other things) where new trains...
  • Love it or Hate it, Voters are Aware of Tax Hike Proposal

    04/16/2015 1:37:27 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/15/2015 | Jack Spencer
    If either side in the battle over the Proposal 1 sale tax increase on the May 5 ballot is hoping for an unusually low voter turnout they're likely to be disappointed. A poll commissioned by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy shows that the number of Michigan voters aware of and planning to vote on the measure is substantial. “It’s clear that a lot of people are interested in the upcoming election, and very few of those who are interested have made a conscious decision not to participate,” said Mark Grebner, president of Practical Political Consulting, which conducted the poll....
  • Should meat be taxed like alcohol and cigarettes?

    04/16/2015 12:37:12 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 95 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 4-16-2015 | Heather Moore
    <p>At this time of year, the last thing anyone wants to think about is paying more taxes. But there's one tax I'm in favor of - and you should be, too, if you care about your health and the health of the planet: a sin tax on meat, cheese and other animal-based foods.</p>
  • Would You Let the I.R.S. Prepare Your Taxes?

    04/16/2015 7:28:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/16/2015 | Farhad Manjoo
    Around this time every year, Joseph Bankman, a professor of tax law at Stanford Law School and a longtime advocate of using technology to simplify tax filing, gets on the phone with reporters to explain what is wrong with how we do our taxes in the United States. Every year he says pretty much the same thing: No other industrialized country asks its citizens to jump through as many hoops to calculate their taxes as ours. It isn’t just lawmakers or the hapless-seeming Internal Revenue Service that is perpetuating the annoyance of tax time, he adds. Instead it is the...
  • Chicago: Economic Death Spiral After 84 Years of Democratic Control

    04/16/2015 4:22:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Larry Elder
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, after winning reelection, pronounced Chicago "the greatest city in America." Run by Democrats for more than eight decades, Chicago should serve as a showplace that reflects the wonderful world of "progressive policies." Public schools are a mess, and the city's finances place their bonds at near junk level. In 2013, the city averaged 36 homicides a month, with the majority of them unsolved. CNN aired a series on Chicago called "Chicagoland," starring the city's dynamic mayor. Presumably, Emanuel thought it would show off the mayor as he tackled the city's problems. Why, if the man his...
  • Fraud and the IRS

    04/15/2015 5:07:37 PM PDT · by lyby · 27 replies
    lyby ^ | 4-15-2015 | lyby
    I have believed for close to 20 years that the 16th amendment was never properly ratified and that the IRS and all the shenanigans we citizens go through every year is ILLEGAL. For all of my adult life, I have spent 6 months dreading tax season and then 6 months worrying if maybe I had done something wrong when filing them. This year, when our tax preparer (for the first time in my adult life, we actually hired a preparer as I believed that a citizen should NOT have to pay someone else to do their taxes, as it should...
  • So What Happens if the May 5 $2 Billion Tax Hike Fails?

    04/15/2015 2:12:35 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/13/2015 | Tom Gantert
    While the impending May 5 election hasn’t quite kept the Legislature in a complete holding pattern so far this year, it can be said Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers have been toiling beneath its shadow. Approval or rejection of Proposal 1 by Michigan voters will likely set the stage for much of what happens in state government for the balance of 2015. Meanwhile, with the Legislature out of town for its annual spring break, Michigan Capitol Confidential asked some Lansing political observers about Proposal 1 and other topics. Q. If Proposal 1 — the $2 billion sales tax hike that...
  • 7 Things Every American Needs To Know About Taxes

    04/15/2015 1:13:16 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 12 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-15-15 | Will Freeland
    Today is tax day in America. As always, it features a lot of confusion with tax forms, some rushed trips to the post office and a whole lot of heartburn as taxpayers are reminded just how much they paid in taxes over the previous year. Despite the fact that every American constantly is affected by local, state and federal taxes, there is still a large number of Americans who don’t know about taxes. Here are seven things many every American should know about taxes. 1. Taxes Cost a Whole Lot Taxes on all levels consume over a quarter of gross...
  • CRUZ: More of Americans’ hard-earned wages should be able to stay in their wallets

    04/15/2015 12:49:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | April 15, 2015 | Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement marking Tax Day: "Tax day is upon us again. But this year it’s different. This year, on top of the frustrating reminder that Americans are giving too much of their income to fund too many wasteful government programs, families are now being forced to pay the Obamacare tax for the first time. "Instead of government-run healthcare that increases taxes, limits options, and puts the government between patients and their doctors, imagine a free-market system that enables healthcare to be personal, portable and affordable. Instead of a tax code that crushes innovation...
  • Get a job? Most welfare recipients already have one

    04/15/2015 9:53:04 AM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies
    http://finance.yahoo.com ^ | 04/15/2015 | By Eric Morath
    It’s poor-paying jobs, not unemployment, that strains the welfare system. That’s one key finding from a study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, that showed the majority of households receiving government assistance are headed by a working adult.
  • Smuggled, Untaxed Cigarettes Are Everywhere in New York City

    04/15/2015 7:49:04 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 25 replies
    Village Voice ^ | 04/07/2015 | Jon Campbell
    As six armed officers pour out of two unmarked Ford Explorers on a Long Island City street corner, you can see the confusion on the faces of gawkers and passersby. One woman looks up from her phone and does a sitcom-worthy double-take when she notices their windbreakers, embossed with the word "SHERIFF" in big gold letters, front and back. That might be because few have ever heard of the New York City Sheriff's Office. But those who have know what happens next. And, not surprisingly, when they burst into a corner store near 40th Avenue and 21st Street, the clerk...
  • Tax Day: A Good Day For a Class War

    04/15/2015 8:32:12 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-15-2015 | MOTUS
    So, it’s tax day.And you know what that means: it’s the day we celebrate the redistribution of wealth rather than its creation. It’s the day the government decides how much of what you make belongs to them - to give to somebody else. Or more to the point, it’s the day the ‘have lot’s’ ante up for the benefit of the ‘have gotz’.It should be interesting to see how President–in-waiting Hillary, champion of the proletariat, celebrates the day. She will most likely  emphasize the the income gap between the haves and the have nots because nothing stirs the heart to...
  • Is the American Tax Revolt Over With?

    04/15/2015 8:26:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    RCM ^ | 04/15/2015 | Robert Samuelson
    It's mid-April, and Karlyn Bowman - the astute public opinion analyst at the American Enterprise Institute - has noticed something significant. Tax Day "comes and goes without a ripple," she recently wrote. There's not much fuss. Discontent with the income tax has ebbed. To buttress the point, Bowman cited intriguing survey data. A recent Gallup Poll found that only 1 percent of Americans rated taxes the nation's top problem. In a Pew poll, respondents ranked "reforming" the tax system 16th out of 24 problems. Indeed, Gallup reports that roughly half of Americans think their income-tax burden is about right. Of...
  • Kill the death tax

    04/15/2015 8:24:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Times | 04/15/2015 | Thomas Fletcher
    With the federal budget debate underway in Washington, both political parties are certainly sparring over different fiscal visions for the country. There is, however, a chance for rare bi-partisan agreement: repealing the federal death tax. This unpopular tax has long had an adverse impact on small, family business owners who want the next generation to continue the family legacy. Currently, the federal government seizes over 40 percent of an individual’s estate when they die. While the President wants to destroy so many of those legacies and raise taxes, Congress has the chance to go in a different direction. Federal lawmakers...