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  • Glenn Beck Goes Off: ‘I Was Diane Sawyer’s Little Bitch,’ ‘She Became A Bigot’

    08/01/2013 9:30:56 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 62 replies
    Mediaite ^ | , July 31st, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    On his radio show this morning, Glenn Beck not-so-fondly recalls the time he was employed by ABC News and became Diane Sawyer‘s “little bitch” before their working relationship soured and “she became the biggest bigot I’ve ever seen.” According to Beck, during his brief stint as an ABC contributor, Sawyer was fond of him and would call him up frequently to discuss what sorts of ideas she had for improving television. “I was Diane Sawyer’s little bitch,” he told his co-hosts today, recalling how she’d call and e-mail him so frequently his wife became concerned. However, he alleged, Sawyer stopped...
  • GOP mission: Name 3,000 things after Reagan (Mount Reagan, Grover Norquist)

    05/14/2014 8:05:39 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 13, 2014 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Conservative activist Grover Norquist wants to name 3,000 things after Ronald Reagan. His next target is a small mountain in Democratic Sen. Harry Reid's home state. The would-be Mount Reagan, at 3,366 feet, is not nearly the highest peak in Nevada. But it does overlook Las Vegas and, as such, would remind all who visit and live there of the former two-term California governor who went on to become president and lodestar of the Republican Party.
  • Why do Freepers have a problem with Glen Beck?

    07/25/2014 8:27:27 AM PDT · by MNDude · 176 replies
    I've seen some negative comments about conservative talk radio host "Glen Beck" in here lately. Wasn't he the one that brought a million conservatives to a rally in Washington DC? So I'm just curious, if there is one thing you don't like about Mr. Beck, what is it?
  • Bobby Jindal pledged no new taxes, raised taxes, then denied doing it(Not ready for primetime Gov)

    03/24/2015 7:12:54 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    am thinker ^ | 3/24/15 | Newmachete
    Governor Bobby Jindal of Lousiana, who pledged not to raise taxes, has raised taxes, aided by the radical Islam loving Grover Norquist. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was caught in a jam. He had to plug a $1.6 billion projected deficit for next year — 20 percent of Louisiana’s general fund — and he had to do it without violating an anti-tax pledge he made to Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the influential conservative group headed by Grover Norquist. Jindal’s solution: eliminating $526 million in tax rebates, most notably for the state’s business inventory tax. Norquist’s group blessed the decision, concluding...
  • Grover Norquist Stars in Daytona 500 Ad Promoting More Immigration (George Soros funded)

    02/21/2015 6:35:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 21, 2015 | Tony Lee
    Grover Norquist stars in a pro-immigration ad that a George Soros-funded pro-amnesty group is running this weekend at Daytona International Speedway during the Daytona 500. The National Immigration Forum ad promotes increased immigration. “Immigration is part of the secret sauce that makes America work,” Norquist says in the ad. “More people are a resource, they’re an asset; they’re not a liability.” Ali Noorani, the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, said that, “at the end of the day, immigration is about people, not politics. “We need to welcome immigrants and afford them the opportunity, skills and status they need...
  • Grover Norquist's Alleged Islamist Ties Threaten Reelection to NRA Board of Directors

    02/19/2015 7:44:25 AM PST · by maggief · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 19, 2015 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) president Grover Norquist has written a letter to several members of the NRA’s board of directors fervently denying allegations of his ties to Muslim Brotherhood leaders as “conspiracies.” Norquist is currently facing re-election for his position on the NRA’s board of directors, all while these accusations against him have come under renewed attention—and could dominate discussion of his NRA role in the coming weeks. In the letter obtained by Breitbart News, Norquist accuses Center for Security Policy (CSP) president Frank Gaffney, a former official in Ronald Reagan’s Pentagon, of being a “stalker” he has had...
  • Report: ’16 GOP Fundraisers to Push Amnesty with Grover Norquist, Bloomberg Group

    02/15/2015 7:57:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 13, 2015 | Tony Lee
    Top GOP fundraisers will reportedly join Grover Norquist and Michael Bloomberg’s Partnership for a New Economy group on a conference call next week to push for comprehensive amnesty legislation. According to a BuzzFeed report, the GOP fundraisers on the Tuesday call will include Mitt Romney’s “former finance director Spencer Zwick; California-based fast food CEO Andrew Puzder; and billionaire health care executive Mike Fernandez.” Fernandez is reportedly leaning toward Jeb Bush, who has said that illegal immigration is an “act of love” and has not backed down for his support of a comprehensive amnesty bill, while Puzder and Zwick are unaffiliated...
  • Be a Rock Star... Start Hating Big Government

    12/27/2014 6:31:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The self-proclaimed “Robin Hood of Rock” is beginning to sound a little more like Grover Norquist than a traditional pop-culture leftist. The U2 frontman, Bono, recently praised Ireland’s extraordinarily low tax rate, while claiming that the move has brought unparalleled prosperity to the Emerald Isle. According to the UK Independent, Bono boasted about the tax-policy’s ability to bring wealth to Ireland for the first time in centuries:“We are a tiny little country, we don’t have scale, and our version of scale is to be innovative and to be clever, and tax competitiveness has brought our country the only prosperity we’ve known.”He even...
  • Grover Norquist, then and now on "washed up" Jeb Bush

    12/12/2014 1:39:33 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | Adam Smith
    The Wall Street Journal's Beth Reinhard chatted with Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist about Jeb Bush's refusal to sign Norquiest's pledge never to raise taxes and his comments a few years ago that he could support a deficit reduction deal that entailed $1 in tax increases to every $10 in spending cuts: ....Mr. Norquist said the 2012 hearing came at a time when “Republicans were all holding out on not raising taxes, and he was a guy from Florida, a former, washed-up politician from Florida not involved in that fight…and he jumps in says, ‘I’d raise taxes.’ You’re either...
  • Grover Norquist: What makes Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker a good choice for 2016

    11/22/2014 8:01:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 20, 2014 | Grover G. Norquist and 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...
  • Is Rand Paul Becoming Just Another Republican? (ACLU & Grover Norquist now advisors)

    09/08/2014 8:26:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | September 4, 2014 | Lincoln Mitchell
    For several years Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky and the son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, has been one of the most interesting politicians in his party and in congress as a whole. At a time when new ideas have become increasingly scarce, and the policy bandwidth increasingly narrow in Washington, Mr. Paul, whether speaking about US intervention and foreign policy or more recently about militarization and the police, has been one of the few politicians with views outside of his party’s mainstream. With the 2016 presidential election approaching, this has made Mr. Paul one of the most...
  • Grover Norquist — yes, that Grover Norquist — makes ‘new friends’ at Burning Man

    08/30/2014 7:21:01 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 32 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    The GOP just keeps getting weirder.
  • Gloves Are Off w/ Rand Paul and His “Immigration Reform” Freak Fest. Where're This Man’s Priorities?

    06/14/2014 9:44:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | June 14, 2014 | Isabel Matos
    “Rand Paul Talks About Amnesty With GOP Infiltrator Norquist While Sarah Palin Calls for Humanitarian Action for ‘Man-caused Illegal Immigration Disaster”. That could have been the title but it really is the story of the week – that is if you are enjoy seeing dirty politicking and corruption by weak-knee’d phonies like Rand Paul exposed. We have been telling you so! That picture above is a scene from the Rio Grande yesterday. Watch how Rand Paul has dealt with this critical issue.After all is said and done more is said than done. Rand Paul is no exception. It was...
  • This prominent conservative says immigration reform isn't necessarily dead

    06/11/2014 4:53:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 10, 2014 | BY BETSY WOODRUFF
    Tuesday might have been a bad night for immigration reform -- but not necessarily. That's the message from Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform. He favors the kind of immigration reform -- including a large guest worker program and more legal immigration -- that many Tea Party activists vehemently oppose. But it’s not guaranteed, and it depends on the media narrative that emerges, he added. “Give it ten days,” Norquist said. If a consensus emerges that Cantor’s stance on immigration lost him his seat, then that’s a big problem for reform proponents. “If the narrative hardens that...
  • Laura Ingraham fights ‘whining’ Grover Norquist

    05/20/2014 3:57:58 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Radio host Laura Ingraham and Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist engaged in a heated exchange on immigration reform on Ingraham’s show Tuesday. At one point, Ingraham, a Fox News contributor, accused anti-tax advocate Norquist of “whining” over the discussion on the show. After Ingraham said allowing more immigrant workers to come into the U.S. would be “obscene to the American experience,” Norquist cut in.
  • Immigration Overhaul Backed by Growing Number of Tea Partyers (Video)

    05/16/2014 10:20:24 AM PDT · by kristinn · 42 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Wednesday, May 14, 2014 | Emma Dumain
    Updated 5:11 p.m. | House Republican leaders are mum on a timetable for advancing immigration overhaul legislation and have so far been noncommittal on moving on the issue before the end of the 113th Congress. But a group of mayors and business leaders from across the political spectrum is determined to prove that momentum is growing for a rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws — even among conservatives. The coalition, Partnership for a New American Economy, on Wednesday held the first in a series of monthly conference calls moderated by Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and featuring public...
  • Tea Party Express Co-Founder Backs Immigration Overhaul Efforts (Teams w/ Grover Norquist)

    05/14/2014 7:07:17 AM PDT · by kristinn · 66 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Wednesday, May 14, 2014 | Emma Dumain
    SNIP Sal Russo of the Tea Party Express broke the news in an op-ed titled “Conservatives Need to Fix the Broken Immigration System,” published by CQ Roll Call early Wednesday morning. In that piece, the longtime GOP operative and consultant argued that “conservatives should be at the forefront of reform so the law reflects the just interests of the United States, not misty-eyed ideals of some of the liberal do-gooder reformers.” That means no special pathways to citizenship that allow undocumented immigrants to cut in line, Russo cautioned, but rather some reasonable procedures that require “the 11 million people who...
  • Immigration Overhaul Backed by Growing Number of Tea Partyers (Grover Norquist again)

    05/14/2014 1:39:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Roll Call's 218 ^ | May 14, 2014 | Emma Dumain
    More Republicans are pushing for an immigration overhaul.House Republican leaders are mum on a timetable for advancing immigration overhaul legislation and have so far been noncommittal on moving on the issue before the end of the 113th Congress. But a group of mayors and business leaders from across the political spectrum is determined to prove that momentum is growing for a rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws — even among conservatives. The coalition, Partnership for a New American Economy, on Wednesday held the first in a series of monthly conference calls moderated by Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist...
  • Grover Norquist: FAIR Immigration Pledge Will Divide GOP

    05/08/2014 8:20:49 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Courtney Coren
    The problem with the pledge recently crafted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which asks lawmakers to vow not to support immigration reform that would include amnesty, is that it's not an issue that all Republicans can get behind, says Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. In 1986, Americans for Tax Reform put together a pledge for lawmakers to sign promising to "vote against and oppose all efforts to raise taxes."
  • Exposing Tea Party Express Co-Founder's Amnesty Ties

    05/15/2014 3:12:52 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 122 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | Chris Chmielenski
    Sal Russo, co-founder of the Tea Party Express, announced his support for amnesty on Wednesday, reversing his organization’s statement from a year ago that it would not take a position on immigration reform. If you take a look at Russo’s background, this isn’t exactly the revelation that some in the media are making it out to be. What’s interesting, though, is the dichotomy between Russo’s position and the principles of the organization he helped to create. The Tea Party Express bills itself as anti-establishment, but Russo’s immigration proposal is nearly identical to the principles pushed by GOP House Leaders --...
  • THE GLENN BECK RADIO PROGRAM, Live 9am-Noon weekdays ET, Mar 26, 2015, Thursday

    03/26/2015 5:26:25 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 35 replies
    www.GlennBeck.com ^ | Mar 26, 2015, Thursday | Glenn Beck
    Listen To Glenn Beck Now, on The Blaze Radio Network on www.iheart.com . Or, listen on http://www.glennbeck.com/publish/live_player/ Truth Lives Here Known for his quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality, Glenn Beck has attracted millions of viewers and listeners throughout the United States with The Glenn Beck Program. His radio show, The Glenn Beck Program, is heard on over 400 stations and is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. It is the third highest-rated national radio talk show among adults ages 25 to 54. Looking for audio and video from the radio program? If you’re a TheBlaze TV Subscriber you...
  • Beck Beginning to Unravel Norquist/Rove/Muslim Brotherhood Connections

    03/26/2015 6:28:38 AM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 13 replies
    Glenn Beck Show ^ | 3/26/15 | Glenn Beck
    I'm listening right now 9 AM/3/26. Norquist backed out of Beck's Show. Beck had offered to let Norquist answer Beck's allegations regarding Norquist's ties to Muslim Brotherhood. Beck said that in his research, he's uncovered donations to Norquist's foundation from Rove. Beck said that this investigation reminds him of the early days of his Van Jones investigation.
  • Is Grover Norquist an Islamist?

    03/26/2015 7:17:12 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 23 replies
    Daniel Pipes ^ | Apr 14, 2005 updated Feb 22, 2015
    Paul Sperry, author of the new book, Infiltration, in an interview calls Grover Norquist "an agent of influence for Islamists in Washington." When asked by FrontPageMag.com why a Republican anti-tax lobbyist should so passionately promote Islamist causes, Sperry implied that Norquist has converted to Islam: "He's marrying a Muslim, and when I asked Norquist if he himself has converted to Islam, he brushed the question off as too 'personal.'" As Lawrence Auster comments on this exchange, "Clearly, if Norquist hadn't converted to Islam, or weren't in the process of doing so, he would simply have answered no." Indeed, Norquist married...
  • Glenn Beck and Grover Norquist Finally Meet for On-Air Battle Over Alleged Ties to Radical

    03/26/2015 4:40:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/26/15 | Erica Ritz
    Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, appeared on The Glenn Beck Program Thursday to defend himself against accusations that he is an “agent of influence” for radical Islamists. Norquist set up the Islamic Free Market Institute roughly 20 years ago, and through the organization, Beck said, he crossed paths with a number of controversial figures, including two now-imprisoned terrorists. “When we set up the Islamic Free Market Institute in the mid-nineties it was because I had seen in Afghanistan and Pakistan during the end of the war against the Soviet Union, this radical strain of anti-Americanism and...
  • Glenn Beck Exposes Grover Norquist

    03/26/2015 10:23:22 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 59 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/26/2015 | Glenn Beck
    Some interesting background about Grover many people should take the time to at least learn about this man and his influence and connections in the GOP. On Glenn Beck's TV Show TheBlaze.com, Beck gave a one hour overview of Grover Norquist's Terrorists & Muslim Brotherhood connections. Video in link.
  • Glenn Beck to NRA: It’s Norquist or Me

    03/16/2015 5:26:04 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 16, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    Glenn Beck to NRA: It’s Norquist or MePosted By Robert Spencer On March 16, 2015 @ 12:21 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 12 Comments Glenn Beck has declared that he will leave the National Rifle Association (NRA) if Republican Party kingmaker Grover Norquist remains on the Board of Directors.This is long overdue: it has now been over eleven years since FrontPage Magazine first published revelations about what David Horowitz described as Norquist’s “alliances with prominent Islamic radicals who have ties to the Saudis and to Libya and to Palestine Islamic Jihad, and who are now under indictment by U.S. authorities.”...
  • Federal Income Tax Reporting - A Political Non-Issue?

    03/31/2015 8:49:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Hank Adler
    The Internal Revenue Code is a mess. In this, most agree. Marco Rubio has announced his plan to reform the Internal Revenue Code and each Republican candidate will undoubtedly follow quickly with their own particular plan. As a former tax practitioner and a current tax professor, while I will like some plans more than others, unless the FairTax makes an untimely reappearance, I will believe that each plan is far better than the current Internal Revenue Code. (I co-authored a book entitled The FairTax Fantasy that in retrospect deems the FairTax flawed in ways so similar to Obamacare that it...
  • Most Americans Hate The Tax Code, But For The Wrong Reason

    03/25/2015 5:36:57 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/25/2015 | Staff
    Tax Reform: The good news is Americans are fed up with the current code. The bad news is most think the biggest problem is that corporations and the rich don't pay enough.
  • The Lee-Rubio tax blueprint

    03/18/2015 12:48:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 17, 2015 | Allen West
    Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida have released a blueprint for federal tax reform called “The Economic Growth and Family Fairness Tax Plan.” First, we should not embrace the language of progressive socialism in believing tax reform should have as a goal to advance “family fairness.” The plan should simply be entitled “The American Growth and Opportunity Plan.” That said, the Lee-Rubio plan is a great improvement over the current system. For the individual tax structure, the plan introduces a two-tier system to replace the current seven tax brackets. This plan moves America from a...
  • Bobby Jindal's approach to the state budget is 'insane' [blind allegiance to Norquist]

    03/11/2015 8:36:18 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 03/09/2015 | Julia O'Donoghue
    State Rep. Jay Morris, R-Monroe, recently sent an email out to his supporters criticizing Gov. Bobby Jindal's approach to closing Louisiana's projected $1.6 billion budget gap, accusing the governor of being too beholden to a national anti-tax group. "I'm no psychologist or psychiatrist but in my opinion what is going on as we approach session is insane. The insanity has its roots in the Governor's pledge to the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the taxpayer advocacy group based in Washington, DC headed by its founder, Grover Norquist," wrote Morris in a mass email. Morris said administration officials made it clear...
  • GROVER NORQUIST’S ALLEGED ISLAMIST TIES THREATEN REELECTION TO NRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    02/19/2015 12:23:20 PM PST · by LSUfan · 23 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 19 Feb 15 | Matthew Boyle
    Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) president Grover Norquist has written a letter to several members of the NRA’s board of directors fervently denying allegations of his ties to Muslim Brotherhood leaders as “conspiracies.” Norquist is currently facing re-election for his position on the NRA’s board of directors, all while these accusations against him have come under renewed attention—and could dominate discussion of his NRA role in the coming weeks. In the letter obtained by Breitbart News, Norquist accuses Center for Security Policy (CSP) president Frank Gaffney, a former official in Ronald Reagan’s Pentagon, of being a “stalker” he has had...
  • TIA talks highway funding, tire registration at event

    02/12/2015 10:10:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    RubberNews.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Miles Moore
    WASHINGTON—Highway funding, tax reform and tire registration were the big issues tire dealers, repair shop owners and association officials discussed with Capitol Hill staffers during the Tire Industry Association’s Federal Lobby Day on Feb. 5. Approximately 55 representatives of the tire retailing and auto repair industries participated in the event, which began with speeches from current and former members of Congress and progressed to one-on-one meetings with key staff persons in the offices of several top Washington lawmakers. With the Highway Trust Fund set to run out of money in May, passage of a multi-year transportation funding bill was the...
  • Remember When Taxes Used to Cause Revolutions?

    02/11/2015 3:37:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    With a few strategic policy proposals, King George encouraged Americans to sign a document that later became known as the “Declaration of Independence”… Indirectly, of course. In the year of 1765, the King of England managed to do the Obama equivalent of signing Obamacare. With a stunning amount of short-sighted arrogance, the Kingly gentleman from England thrust America into a frenzy of anti-English sentiment. (Racist colonists!) On November 1st, in the year 1765, Britain implemented the Stamp Act. Defending the American colonies during the French and Indian War, as well as the Pontiac’s Rebellion (no-one liked Pontiac then either, apparently),...
  • Swiss Bank Irritates Governments by Helping Clients Avoid Taxes

    02/10/2015 7:29:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    The Swiss arm of HSBC Holdings Plc private banking division has been accused of helping wealthy international customers avoid taxes and conceal millions of dollars from local revenuers… So, when I make my millions, remind me to bank with HSBC.Information leaked (read: stolen) by a former IT employee of HSBC’s private banking division in Switzerland has already been used by authorities to track down potential tax dodgers; and now it is being used to cast partial blame on the financial giant. France is anxiously combing through the illegally obtained information, and has even forwarded the information on to other countries… The...
  • Huff Post Panics Over "Anti-American" Profits

    02/03/2015 9:33:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    The Huffington Post is beside itself with indignant rage over companies moving their headquarters overseas to avoid paying the highest corporate income tax in the industrialized world. Feeling that Secretary Jack Lew was onto something when he accused companies of being economic traitors for reducing their tax burden, the HuffPo let loose a string of economic illiterate ramblings about the indecency of corporate profits.…the drug firm Mylan stomped on the Stars and Stripes as it ditched America for the Netherlands. Then, the drug company AbbVie similarly renounced America. For 30 pieces of silver, it will become Irish. Medical device maker...
  • Déjŕ vu Budget: Obama Asks for Tax Hike on Evil Capitalists

    02/02/2015 9:50:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    It takes a very specialized economic ignorance in order to come up with some of the policy prescriptions proposed by the folks at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In what I can only assume is a plan to continue his pattern of proposing budgets that get soundly rejected by Congress, Barack Obama is proposing a slew of new business taxes to fund (a portion) of his $4 trillion budget.Concerned over the rate at which businesses have been fleeing high US corporate tax rates, Obama has proposed a plan: Tax companies a little more. (Only a Democrat would think we could solve the...
  • Snyder’s Road Tax Reforms is a Bad Path for Michigan

    01/30/2015 6:09:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30,2015 | Gannon LeBlanc
    After the 2014 midterm elections, a lame-duck session of lawmakers got together to strike one final blow against the citizens of Michigan who voted them out. They are pushing for a new tax reform that would tie Michigan for having the second-highest state sales tax in the country at 7 percent. The lawmakers claim that the revenue is needed to fund government services like and local schools and roads despite the fact that it would also double Michigan’s fuel tax, making it the highest in the country. For the sake of the Great Lake State’s economy, Michiganders should reject such...
  • Obama's Tax Reform Flip-flop

    01/28/2015 4:15:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    First, the basics of the presidentÂ’s new tax proposal: Obama presented his 529 tax plan during his last State of the Union address. The plan consists of raising $1 billion over 10 years by taxing capital gains realized in withdrawals from 529 savings accounts. According to surveys cited by the White House, 70 percent of 529 account assets are held by families earning over $200,000 per year. But what exactly are 529 savings accounts -- and who usually invests in them? Glenn Reynolds explains: Though millions of Americans have been putting money into "tax free" 529 plans to save for...
  • Senator Cruz on tax reform: Abolish the IRS

    01/18/2015 5:23:37 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 50 replies
    1/18/2015 | johnwk
     SEE: Cruz: Abolish the IRS January 13th , 2015 ”Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday that Republicans should take advantage of their control of Congress to abolish the Internal Revenue Service. “We need to pass fundamental tax reform making our tax code simpler, flatter, fairer,” he said Monday at Heritage Action’s 2015 conservative policy summit. ”And I’ll tell you, the single most important tax reform, we should abolish the IRS.” What is discouraging is, the above article goes on to say that Senator Ted Cruz ”… acknowledged it’s not really possible to abolish the IRS or adopt a flat tax...
  • Dems double down on liberal populism, push bolder wealth redistribution

    01/14/2015 12:13:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 12, 2015 | S.A. Miller and David Sherfinski
    House Democrats, fresh off massive election losses, say the problem is they didn’t make a bold enough case for tax increases and wealth transfer to the poor. They rectified that Monday with a speech by Rep. Chris Van Hollen proposing tax increases on the wealthy with the money going straight to tax cuts for the poor and middle class. The plan uses tax laws to encourage employee wage increases, reduce tax breaks for Wall Street and slap another fee on financial transactions. The government would dole out $1,000 tax credits for most workers and increase a slew of other tax...
  • Obama willing to work with GOP on tax overhaul

    12/19/2014 6:20:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2014 2:27 PM EST
    President Barack Obama says he will try to undertake an overhaul of the tax system with the new Republican majorities in Congress. He says the “devil is in the details.” He says the tax system needs to be simpler and fairer. He says some corporations engage in tax avoidance while others pay full freight. He also says he would like to combine tax changes with money for capital works projects. …
  • Juncker seeks to bypass vetoes on tax reform (European Union breaking its own rules again)

    12/10/2014 9:38:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/10/14 @ 18:39 | Honor Mahony
    European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has indicated he will try and get around member states’ veto powers over fiscal issues when he proposes new laws to clamp down on tax avoidance. In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, he said he may use a majority vote to get a forthcoming law on the automatic exchange of tax rulings (letters that give companies favorable tax conditions) passed. “I have not excluded that we change the rules using a qualified majority (of member states). I will leave the technical and legal aspects aside now, but it would affect aspects of administrative...
  • Embarrassment Alert: America’s Tax System Ranks Below Italy, Greece, and Mexico

    09/16/2014 11:27:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    ’ve complained over and over again that America’s tax code is a nightmare that undermines competitiveness and retards growth.Our aggregate fiscal burden may not be as high as it is for many of our foreign competitors, but high tax rates and poor design mean the system is very punitive on a per-dollar-raised basis.For more information, the Tax Foundation has put together an excellent report measuring international tax competitiveness.Here’s the methodology. The Tax Foundation’s International Tax Competitiveness Index (ITCI) measures the degree to which the 34 OECD countries’ tax systems promote competitiveness through low tax burdens on business investment and neutrality through...
  • Harry Reid’s Kingly Tax Dodge

    08/27/2014 6:19:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | John Ransom
    Harry Reid is in love with one of the easiest tax dodges out there. He’s been buying –-gasp!!—municipal bonds, which of course every investor knows denies federal income tax from being paid to the patriotic hardworking citizens of the United States via the U.S. Treasury on the income created from the interest rate carried on the debenture. I don’t know how long the government will put up with this loophole whereby the federal government allows some citizens, like Reid, to make really stupid investment choices in the name of tax-free investment, but I can say this: If you have reasonable...
  • How Barack Obama Killed Tax Reform in Its Infancy

    08/08/2014 2:06:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - There's a much bigger, largely untold story behind the renewed debate over U.S. corporations who merge with foreign firms to reduce their federal tax bills. The latest chapter in the story concerns Walgreen, the nation's largest drugstore chain, which plans to go ahead with a cash and stock purchase of a Swiss company that could have resulted in a big tax cut on its corporate profits. Walgreen, however, decided against moving overseas, saying it plans to keep its corporate roots in the U.S. But the back-story involves far more fundamental issues that the news media either played...
  • The IRS: A Public Monument to Sandra Fluke's Privates

    07/26/2014 4:54:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | John Ransom
    At 74,000 pages, the IRS code is a mind-boggling ode to lobbying, pork-barrel spending and graft. These are the only good things that I can say about the IRS. Ode may be too friendly a word, however. Let’s instead call it an incantation for our country. Because the code holds a country in thrall like the winged monkeys in Dorothy’s Oz were held. And until the witch is dead, we monkeys must do her bidding. Politicians, economists and ordinary citizens can’t follow the tax code, which has tripped up cabinet nominees, majority leaders and others who ought to know...
  • Tax Reform Useless Without Spending Reform

    05/20/2014 2:26:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Recently, Republican leaders in Congress unveiled a "tax reform" plan that they claimed would provide the American people with a simpler, fairer, and more efficient tax system. While this plan does lower some tax rates and contains some other changes that may make next April a little less painful for Americans, there is little in it to excite supporters of liberty. Taxes may even increase under this plan for some Americans, as it eliminates some of those tax deductions labeled “loopholes.” When I served in Congress I opposed bills that “closed loopholes” because closing loopholes is just a fancy way...
  • The influence pedlers in D.C. don't want the IRS code changed

    . Is it possible that the people in Washington D.C. who sell their influence and the rest of the people in Washington D.C. that are buying that influence don’t want to solve the problem? Senators and Representatives often talk about simplifying the tax code but it never happens. The very complexity of the tax code creates an enormous opportunity for special interest lobbyists in Washington. Given the large campaign war chests amassed by incumbents from special interest lobbyists and the companies they represent I think that we can correctly surmise why the tax code exists as it does.
  • Some Good News on Tax Reform (if You're a Fan of the Flat Tax)

    04/19/2014 5:58:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m ecumenical on tax reform. I’ll support any plan that rips up the internal revenue code and instead lowers tax rates, reduces double taxation, and cuts out distorting loopholes. And as I explain in this interview, both the flat tax and national sales tax have a low tax rate. They also get rid of double taxation and they both wipe out the rat’s nest of deductions, credits, exclusions, preferences, and exemptions. Dan Mitchell Commenting on the Obstacles to Tax Reform for Blaze TV You’ll notice, however, that I wasn’t very optimistic in the interview about the possibility of replacing the...
  • A Truly Absurd Tax Code Illustrates the Need for Rational Reform

    04/16/2014 6:52:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    RCM ^ | 04/16/2014 | Alex Brill
    Tax season is over for all but the greatest procrastinators among us. Two-thirds of taxpayers are celebrating their forthcoming refunds while tens of millions of others have grudgingly written a check to the IRS. Either way, this is the time of year when Americans are most acutely aware of the federal income tax system and all its flaws. Our tax code is extraordinarily difficult to navigate and it sometimes seems that it's more concerned with advancing social and industrial policy goals than raising the money needed to fund government. The plethora of preferential deductions and credits that narrow the tax...