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  • Romney: 'If You Want to Learn More About My Church, Talk to My Church'

    06/08/2011 2:18:47 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 71 replies
    ABC The Note ^ | Emily Friedman
    In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, the second part of which aired tonight on the network, presidential candidate Mitt Romney pushed back against the host's questions about how his Mormon faith might influence his policy should he win the White House in 2012. Asked whether it's actually possible to separate his faith from his job as president should he be elected, Romney responded, "Absolutely. You don't begin to apply doctrines of a religion to the responsibility of guiding a nation or guiding a state." Romney explained that he opposes abortion rights and that he is in favor of gay...
  • Hawaii governor ... Obama's birth 'exists in archives' but can't produce the vital document

    01/20/2011 6:58:33 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 147 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/20/2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Pressure was mounting on Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie today amid increasing confusion over whether President Obama was born there. Abercrombie said on Tuesday that an investigation had unearthed papers proving Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961....frpa ... 'It actually exists in the archives, written down,' he said.
  • Taxes and Federal Contractors,deficit

    12/19/2010 7:26:28 PM PST · by mo · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 16th, 2005 | Griff Witte
    "Thousands of federal contractors working for civilian government agencies together owe more than $3 billion in unpaid taxes, according to a report to be released today by a Senate subcommittee. "
  • State Treasurer Hasn’t Paid Taxes In 10 Years (Massachusetts)

    09/01/2010 9:49:52 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 27 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 1, 2010
    Following the steps of the nation’s Treasury Secretary and a powerful New York congressman, a two-term state treasurer who portrays himself as a vigilant custodian of public money has failed to pay taxes over the past decade. Massachusetts Treasurer Timothy Cahill, a gubernatorial candidate, owes the state about $15,000 in taxes for income his campaign committee account has earned from investments in the last ten years. Like the other high-profile public servants who failed miserably to fulfill their civic duty, Cahill only agreed to right the wrong after the media exposed the crime. Cahill has raised millions of dollars for...
  • The Berwick Evasion

    07/07/2010 8:14:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    wsj ^ | 7/7/10 | editor
    Obama dodges a Senate debate on his ideal Medicare chief. White House respect for the public's health-care views dropped another notch yesterday, if that's possible, with its recess appointment of Donald Berwick. Circumventing Senate confirmation to appoint the new Medicare chief is part of the same political willfulness that inflicted ObamaCare on the country despite the objections of most voters. Even Max Baucus, the Senate Finance Chairman, issued a statement critical of this end-around. President Obama claimed Republicans were stalling the appointment "for political purposes," but Mr. Baucus hadn't scheduled hearings and the nomination paperwork wasn't even finished 11 weeks...
  • UK: New Disclosure Opportunity (UK Tax Authority's Youtube Video Threatening Offshore Tax Dodgers)

    11/03/2009 1:07:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 289+ views
    HM Revenue & Customs via Youtube ^ | 1 November 2009 | Dave Hartnett Permanent Secy of Tax HMRC
    Offshore tax dodgers are being warned by HMRC that they have one final chance to come clean, or face the consequences. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7qb8Y8RvE0
  • Mayor Responds to to Sexually Explicit Photo Scandal (Old gray mayor ain't what he used to be)

    09/25/2009 6:11:44 PM PDT · by tlb · 22 replies · 1,733+ views
    WJW-TV ^ | September 25, 2009 | Kevin Freeman
    LEVELAND -- East Cleveland Mayor Eric Brewer responds to racy photos sent to various media outlets. "Are you all part of the Eric Brewer for governor campaign? You need a sex scandal if you want to get to the next level," Brewer said to reporters as he arrived at his campaign headquarters on Euclid Avenue for a Thursday morning news conference. Mayor Brewer answered no questions, but talked to reporters about potentially embarrassing pictures released to the media days before the city's mayoral election on Tuesday. "I apologize to the residents of East Cleveland for the embarrassment my opponent's gutter...
  • Ex-N.Y. Mets Pitcher Will Do Time For Tax Evasion (Jerry Koosman gets 6 months behind bars)

    09/09/2009 5:01:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 1,081+ views
    CBS 4 ^ | 9/04/09
    Ex-N.Y. Mets Pitcher Will Do Time For Tax EvasionFederal Judge Sentences Former Major Leaguer Jerry Koosman To 6 Months Sep 4, 2009 11:38 am US/Eastern MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced former major league pitcher Jerry Koosman to six months in prison for not paying his taxes. Prosecutors say Koosman, a former All-Star who helped the New York Mets win the 1969 World Series, didn't pay federal income taxes for 2002, 2003 and 2004. He pleaded guilty in May to willfully failing to file taxes for 2002, a misdemeanor, in a deal with prosecutors. U.S. District...
  • REV. AL'S HALF-PRICE DEAL ON $1.8M TAXES

    03/28/2009 5:46:56 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 22 replies · 1,092+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 27, 2009 | Chuck Bennett and Lois Weiss
    The Rev. Al Sharpton owed at least $1.8 million in back taxes before striking a sweetheart deal with the feds last summer that chopped the bill almost in half and kept him out of the slammer, The Post has learned. A series of federal liens -- the most recent of which was filed earlier this month -- provide a window into the massive tax debts the firebrand activist incurred since 2002 as he remade himself into a millionaire media personality, newly released documents show. Treasury Department officers say Sharpton owed $351,798 from 2007, according to a document filed March...
  • Minister won't confirm belief in evolution

    03/18/2009 7:31:56 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 145 replies · 1,733+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | March 17, 2009 | ANNE MCILROY
    Canada's science minister, the man at the centre of the controversy over federal funding cuts to researchers, won't say if he believes in evolution. “I'm not going to answer that question. I am a Christian, and I don't think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate,” Gary Goodyear, the federal Minister of State for Science and Technology, said in an interview with The Globe and Mail. A funding crunch, exacerbated by cuts in the January budget, has left many senior researchers across the county scrambling to find the money to continue their experiments. Some have expressed concern that...
  • Bronx Rep. Eliot Engel calls Maryland home for tax break

    03/14/2009 6:51:49 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 7 replies · 652+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/13/09 | Michael Mcauliff
    Bronx Rep. Eliot Engel may call himself a life-long Bronx resident, but he has also called Maryland his primary residence for years to get a local tax break that state officials have just squashed. Engel, who rents an apartment back in his district, also owns a $1 million house with his wife in the well-off Washington suburb of Potomac, Md. - a property that has been afforded $7,000 in tax breaks since he bought it in 1993, The Associated Press reported. To get the state and county paybacks, he had to list the property as his primary residence on county...
  • (Christian counselor) Kidwell Found Guilty Of All Counts In Tax Evasion Case (Dumber than Rangel?)

    02/03/2009 4:50:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies · 727+ views
    Chattanoogan ^ | 2/03/09
    Kidwell Found Guilty Of All Counts In Tax Evasion Caseposted February 3, 2009 A federal jury late Tuesday morning returned guilty verdicts on all five felony counts on tax evasion charges against Christian counselor Chris Kidwell. He remains free on bond, and a sentencing date has not yet been set. The counts carry up to five years in prison, but his sentencing range is expected to be between 21 and 27 months. The charges also carry a possible fine up to $250,000. Defense attorneys had contended he did not report large chunks of his income because he is lost when...
  • Is it Still Patriortic to Pay Your Taxes?? Ask a Democrat.

    02/01/2009 8:45:12 AM PST · by o_zarkman44 · 37 replies · 1,100+ views
    self | 012-01-2009 | o_zarkman44
    With the recent revelation that Cabinet contender Tom Daschal has a tax problem can we see a trend? If Paying Taxes are only for patriotic people, then we have a huge problem in our government. And the problem isn't going away soon. Are these examples of government gone bad too big to fail? We have Charlie Rangel, New York congressman with his tax evasion problem. Nazi Pelousey was going to get to the bottom of his investigation "very soon" last year. Timothy Geithner, the Treasury Secretary "too important to lose during this financial crisis", can't do his own taxes correctly....
  • Snipes Trial Offers IRS Perfect Script

    01/29/2008 1:06:35 PM PST · by george76 · 72 replies · 171+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2008
    <p>Even Hollywood couldn't have written a more ideal script for the Internal Revenue Service than actor Wesley Snipes' tax-fraud trial.</p> <p>At a time when millions of Americans are buckling down to prepare their taxes, Snipes is being cast as a villainous example of the dangers of joining with Internet-fueled activists who claim the IRS has no authority to collect taxes.</p>
  • Professor Cites Bible in Faulting Tax Policies

    12/26/2007 6:24:35 AM PST · by hripka · 6 replies · 248+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 12/25/2007 | DAVID CAY JOHNSTON
    At a time when some voters are asking how the religious views of candidates will shape their policies, a professor’s discovery of how little tax the biggest landowners in her state paid to finance the government has prompted some other legal scholars to scour religious texts to explore the moral basis of tax and spending policies. The professor, Susan Pace Hamill, is an expert at tax avoidance for small businesses and teaches at the University of Alabama Law School. She also holds a degree in divinity from a conservative evangelical seminary, where her master’s thesis explored how Alabama’s tax-and-spend policies...
  • Judge Blasts Snipes Ploy

    10/04/2007 2:46:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies · 788+ views
    the smoking gun ^ | OCTOBER 4
    With the start of his tax evasion trial three weeks away, actor Wesley Snipes just fired his high-powered legal team, a move that a federal judge yesterday blasted as a transparent ploy to secure a court continuance. Claiming that his five-lawyer team was incompetent, Snipes yesterday filed a motion to continue his trial, which is set to open October 22 in U.S. District Court in Ocala, Florida. Until Snipes fired him, William Martin--who represents Michael Vick and Senator Larry Craig--headed a five-lawyer team defending Snipes on felony tax and conspiracy charges. But Snipes's request for a trial delay was almost...
  • As trial goes on, he hunkers down

    01/18/2007 4:08:42 PM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 1 replies · 359+ views
    The Union Leader ^ | January 18, 2007 | Scott Brooks
    The government's case against a Plainfield couple who refused to pay income taxes for more than a decade has drawn the ire of tax protesters and militia members from around the country, including some who have pledged to defend the couple with firearms if necessary. Ed Brown has invited sympathizers, both armed and unarmed, to join him in an ongoing protest at his home in Plainfield. Brown has been holed up in the house for five days and says he has no plans to leave while his trial continues without him.
  • Ron Isley Gets 3 Years for Tax Evasion

    09/05/2006 11:21:33 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 35 replies · 2,201+ views
    http://www.comcast.net ^ | 9 5 06 | Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES - Ronald Isley has been sentenced to three years and one month in prison for tax evasion. The 65-year-old R&B singer was also ordered to pay $3.1 million in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Conte. Isley was convicted last year of five counts of tax evasion and one count of willful failure to file a tax return. During Friday's hearing, defense attorney Anthony Alexander argued that Isley should receive probation instead of prison time because of complications from a stroke and a recent bout with kidney cancer. Alexander also pleaded for...
  • Flag amendment closer to passage

    06/13/2006 11:44:31 AM PDT · by pissant · 237 replies · 1,909+ views
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | 6/13/06 | Margaret Talev
    WASHINGTON -- Sometime between now and the Fourth of July, the Senate plans to revisit what over the course of 17 years has become a seasonal rite of patriotism on Capitol Hill: a vote on whether to amend the Constitution to ban protesters from burning the American flag. Each time, the arguments on both sides are passionate. Each time, the support needed to move ahead with an amendment falls short. But this year could be different, as two important trends cross paths. For one, proponents of the amendment appear to have more support than ever in the Senate. They say...
  • Most Oppose Gay Marriage; Fewer Back an Amendment

    06/05/2006 9:54:35 PM PDT · by Sunsong · 41 replies · 812+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 6, 2006 | GARY LANGER
    An ABC News poll finds that most Americans oppose gay marriage but markedly fewer — especially those outside George W. Bush's core supporters — would amend the U.S. Constitution to ban it. Opponents, however, are far more likely to call it a make-or-break issue in their vote for Congress — a finding that explains Bush's renewed push for a gay marriage ban. Among all Americans, 58 percent say gay marriage should be illegal, but fewer, 42 percent, say it rises to the level of amending the U.S. Constitution. Among conservative Republicans and evangelical white Protestants, though, opposition to gay marriage...
  • Romney Stands Firmly in Support of Marriage Potection Amendment

    06/06/2006 1:49:22 AM PDT · by Jeff Fuller · 38 replies · 791+ views
    Governor Mitt Romney has sent this letter to every member of the Senate encouraging them to Vote "Yes" on this landmark peice of legislation--the Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA). A few excerpts are below: "Americans are tolerant, generous, and kind people. We all oppose bigotry and disparagement, and we all wish to avoid hurtful disregard of the feelings of others. But the debate over same-sex marriage is not a debate over tolerance. It is a debate about the purpose of the institution of marriage. Attaching the word marriage to the association of same-sex individuals mistakenly presumes that marriage is principally a...
  • Coulter Won't Buy Into Lauer's Liberal Logic

    06/06/2006 5:13:56 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 356 replies · 10,783+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein June 6, 2006 While considerable attention focuses on Ann Coulter's more superficial charms, from a conservative perspective Ann's real beauty is her absolute refusal to buy into liberal logic, no matter how pervasive. That independence of mind was on display this morning during her interview with Matt Lauer. Ann was on to tout her new book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, released today on . . . 6/6/6 - sign of the devil and all that. The first example came in the the context of President Bush's current push for a constitutional amendment that would prohibit gay...
  • Leave the Constitution out of this (gay marriage ban)

    06/06/2006 7:32:07 AM PDT · by AZRepublican · 117 replies · 1,479+ views
    Rocklin & Roseville Today ^ | 6/6/06 | Dale McFeatters
    In a year it is wrestling with an out-of-control budget, a war going badly, and one impasse on immigration and another on its own ethics, the Senate is taking time out to debate altering the U.S. Constitution by adding the Marriage Protection Amendment. The amendment is widely predicted to fall short of the needed votes to amend the Constitution for only the 23rd time in its 217-year history _ 13th if you omit the original 10, the Bill of Rights _ and well it should. At its gravest level, the amendment would make a significant incursion into federalism and state's...
  • Gay Marriage Ban Short of Votes in Senate

    06/05/2006 10:00:29 AM PDT · by kellynla · 332 replies · 5,117+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Jun 5, 2006 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush and congressional Republicans are aiming the political spotlight this week on efforts to ban gay marriage, with events at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue - all for a constitutional amendment with scant chance of passage but wide appeal among social conservatives. "Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society," Bush said in his weekly radio address. "Government, by recognizing and protecting marriage, serves the interests of all." The president was to make...
  • On gay unions, pandering rises above principles [Cynthia Tucker praises Bush/Cheney]

    05/28/2006 5:33:55 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 104 replies · 1,501+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 05/28/06 | Cynthia Tucker
    In 1964, just one congressman from the Deep South, Atlanta's Charles Weltner, voted for the Civil Rights Act. For all practical purposes, his righteous leadership on civil rights — he also supported the Voting Rights Act — cost him his congressional career. In 1966, he resigned his seat rather than sign an act of loyalty to the segregationist Lester Maddox, as Georgia Democrats insisted. But some analysts believe he would have lost the race for re-election. Doing the right thing is difficult because it often means losing. And the typical politician is willing to lose anything — honor, integrity, dignity...
  • Bush to back gay marriage ban amendment

    06/01/2006 2:28:31 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 116 replies · 2,087+ views
    The AP via Yahoo! News ^ | June 1, 2006 | Nedra Pickler
    President Bush will promote a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, a cause dear to his conservative backers, at a Rose Garden event Monday, the eve of a scheduled Senate vote on the issue. The amendment would prohibit states from recognizing same-sex marriages. To become law, the proposal would need two-thirds support in the Senate and House, and then be ratified by at least 38 state legislatures. It stands little chance of passing the 100-member Senate, where proponents are struggling to get even 50 votes. Several Republicans oppose the measure, and so far only one Democrat — Sen. Ben Nelson (news,...
  • Ex-Atlanta Mayor Convicted in Tax Evasion (MSM BARFFFF ALERT - No mention he's a DEM!)

    03/10/2006 7:17:58 PM PST · by rfp1234 · 14 replies · 651+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/10/2006 | HARRY WEBER
    Ex-Atlanta Mayor Convicted in Tax Evasion Saturday March 11, 2006 2:16 AM By HARRY WEBER Associated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) - Former Mayor Bill Campbell was acquitted Friday of lining his pockets with payoffs while guiding Atlanta through a period of explosive growth that helped secure its place during the 1990s as a world-class city. But the jury convicted him of tax evasion. Campbell, 52, could get up to nine years in prison and $300,000 in fines, but legal experts have said it's doubtful he would receive the maximum sentence. (...) But, Campbell said, he was vindicated by the ``substance''...
  • Vat benefits (India scraps Sales Tax for VAT due to evasion)

    10/07/2005 8:39:52 AM PDT · by SolidSupplySide · 122 replies · 1,388+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | Oct 07, 2005
    Jharkhand, the latest state to announce its decision to switch to the State VAT, must be commended. Despite being a BJP-ruled state at a time when the BJP leadership is preventing its states from joining the Vat regime, Jharkhand has chosen to do the sensible thing. It indicates either a change in the stance of BJP’s leaders, or some creditable independence on the part of Jharkhand’s leaders. This leaves six major states out of the system — Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and UP. Talks have been taking place with political leaders to get them to join in....
  • WSJ: Congress and KPMG - The fuzzy line between tax avoidance and evasion - shades of Andersen

    08/30/2005 6:06:21 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 456+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 30, 2005 | Editorial
    KPMG avoided the fate of Arthur Andersen yesterday... over the marketing and sale of "abusive" tax shelters. But the price of survival was high. The accounting firm will pay $456 million in fines and restitution and has agreed to let a federal monitor look over its shoulder. At the same time, no fewer than eight former KPMG executives and an outside lawyer were indicted on conspiracy charges for designing and selling the shelters.... KPMG will survive this "deferred prosecution" by admitting wrongdoing. But it's easy to forget amid the righteous indignation over tax shelters with names like FLIP, BLIP, OPIS...
  • Sharpton Evades Police for 9 Miles

    08/29/2005 6:16:24 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 206 replies · 4,793+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8/29/05 | AP
    A driver for the Rev. Al Sharpton led Ellis County sheriff's deputies on a nine-mile chase at speeds up to 110 mph before state troopers stopped the car, authorities said. The driver was rushing Sharpton to the airport after his visit with anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan on Sunday at her camp outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford. The car carrying Sharpton and two other passengers was clocked doing 110 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 35 in Ellis County in North Texas, said Lt. Danny Williams. The car ignored deputies' attempts to stop it and continued speeding and...
  • Terri Schiavo Family Wants Info on Ashes - (Michael defies court order to provide info)

    05/09/2005 10:51:22 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 34 replies · 1,209+ views
    LAS VEGAS SUN.COM ^ | MAY 9, 2005 | A/P
    MIAMI (AP) - The family of a severely brain-damaged woman who died after her feeding tube was removed in March said Friday they still have not been told where her remains will be laid to rest. Terri Schiavo's parents and siblings, who waged a lengthy court battle over her end-of-life wishes, said on Fox's "Hannity & Colmes" show that her husband is keeping her remains from them. "They were supposed to tell us, and we still have not heard from ... Michael Schiavo where Terri's been laid," said Terri Schiavo's brother, Bobby Schindler. "Our family expected this. Michael has disobeyed...
  • Businessman Gets 6 Years for Unpaid Taxes

    04/13/2005 2:10:59 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 15 replies · 931+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | April 13, 2005 | Jim Wasserman
    Businessman Gets 6 Years for Unpaid Taxes By JIM WASSERMAN ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A businessman who refused to pay his income taxes and those of 10 employees, arguing that federal income tax laws were repealed in 1939, was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday. Walter "Al" Thompson, former owner of Cencal Aviation, a Shasta Lake manufacturer of aviation accessories and clothing, said before the sentencing that he should not have to serve any time. "I have not committed a crime and there's nothing to convict me on," he said. In January, a federal jury convicted Thompson...
  • Tax oddities among U.S.-based Chavez groups

    03/06/2005 4:11:41 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 193+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 5, 2005 | A.M. Mora y Leon
    Blogger Alek Boyd keeps a close eye on Venezuela's pro-Chavez propaganda groups actively operating in the U.S. He asks questions about their many claims and does his research. Today he's got a scoop on one of them, the loathesome Eva Golinger group called 'Venezuela Solidarity Committee' which, along with her 'VenezuelaFOIA' cooks up information about the CIA just doing its job into hysterical claims about its omnipotence. Naturally, the Associated Press and New York Times buy into this tabloid-quality tripe, but most responsible news organizations, including even Reuters, steer clear of this crew. Alek has learned that Eva Golinger's Venezuela...
  • The English Patient - The incurable Paul Krugman has a language all his own.

    03/05/2004 3:28:24 AM PST · by ReleaseTheHounds · 11 replies · 201+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 4, 2004 | Paul Luskin
    After all this time I've finally figured out exactly what's so difficult about reading Paul Krugman. It's not just that the New York Times columns by America's most dangerous liberal pundit are a parade of lies, errors, distortions, misquotations, exaggerations, and bias. No, the problem is that Paul Krugman doesn't write in English like the rest of us. He writes in Evasion English. So if you want to figure out what Krugman's really saying, you're wasting your time with Webster's. You need The Evasion English Dictionary by Maggie Balistreri. A simple example? In Evasion English, "but" means "because," as in:...
  • Tax Evasion Guru Claims Insanity (Irwin Schiff)

    02/08/2004 1:24:06 PM PST · by Mark · 4 replies · 1,354+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News Tax evasion guru claims insanity E-mail points to ruse in case of federal income levy foe By David Cay Johnston The New York Times Saturday, February 07, 2004 - Irwin Schiff, the nation's best known promoter of claims that no law requires the payment of income taxes, suffers from delusions including a fantasy that he alone can properly interpret the tax laws, according to papers that he had his lawyers file in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas. The filing, made Jan. 23, is highly unusual, especially in a civil lawsuit. The document asks a judge...
  • What's the harm in higher taxes? [originally "Tax Evasion"]

    01/26/2004 7:20:53 AM PST · by artemiss · 49 replies · 316+ views
    The New Republic ^ | January 26, 2004 | Jonathan Cohn
    Everybody knew Howard Dean's proposal to repeal the Bush tax cuts would prove controversial in the general election. But during the Democratic nomination fight, too? Over the last few weeks, rivals have attacked Dean for saying that, as president, he would rescind even those parts of the Bush tax cut that are not directed at the very rich. "Some in my party want to balance the budget on the backs of the middle class," John Kerry declared recently, in a typical broadside. "Too many middle-class people are getting pummeled everywhere they turn." Several polls suggest that most Democrats agree: The...
  • Here they lie, the heroes of evasion

    04/14/2003 6:08:47 AM PDT · by bedolido · 9 replies · 207+ views
    www.smh.com.au ^ | 04/14/03 | Paul Sheehan
    The Information Minister and Greenpeace share the same mask of deceit, writes Paul Sheehan. It's time somebody came to the defence of Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, the Minister for Information for Saddamistan. Despite his new ironic cult-hero status as the world's most deluded clown, he was one of the shrewdest and most successful operators of the Iraq war. Seriously. Yes, by our standards his daily media briefings were absurd: "Our initial assessment is that they will all die ..."; "We're giving them a real lesson today. Heavy casualties doesn't accurately describe the level of casualties we have inflicted ..."; "We have...
  • Enron Aggressively Bent Tax Code

    02/13/2003 9:04:27 AM PST · by coloradan · 3 replies · 190+ views
    Reuters, via Yahoo ^ | Feb. 13 2003 | Susan Cornwell
    The study by the Joint Committee on Taxation said Enron's management viewed its tax department as a profit center and was assisted by outside advisers that included major accounting firms, investment banks and lawyers. Now-bankrupt Enron also paid just $325 million in federal income taxes for the period 1990 to 1995 and $63 million for the 2000 to 2001 period. Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee which requested the report, said the Internal Revenue Service (news - web sites) was "kept in the dark and out maneuvered." "Enron not only engaged in accounting...
  • Voluntary Alternatives to Taxation

    01/11/2003 7:34:51 PM PST · by ultimate_robber_baron · 13 replies · 746+ views
    The Hawaii Reporter ^ | April 16, 2002 (what a date!) | Stuart K. Hayashi
    Voluntary Alternatives to Taxation Stuart K. Hayashi Most Americans believe paying taxes is a patriotic duty. Yet this very nation was founded upon people evading taxes in 1776. When individuals don’t pay taxes, the government goes after them with guns, even though they haven’t used force on anyone else. Thus, taxation is an initiation of physical force against the individual’s right to life, liberty and property. Because taxation is forcible extortion, it violates your right to property. If you don’t pay taxes, you can be jailed, hence depriving you the right to liberty. And if tax “evaders” fight tax...
  • LIVE THREAD: Hillary on Hardball -- 9 PM EST

    11/20/2002 5:31:45 PM PST · by Howlin · 765 replies · 617+ views
    MSNBC | November 20, 2002 | Freepers
    Have at it.
  • A Busy Week for the U.S. in Its Pursuit of Tax Rebels

    11/09/2002 8:40:35 AM PST · by ppaul · 14 replies · 727+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 11/9/02 | DAVID CAY JOHNSTON
    The Justice Department this week moved on several fronts against tax evasion and the promotion of evasion schemes. Such moves had become so rare in recent years that promoters boasted about not paying taxes and won clients with claims that the government's not coming after them proved that taxes are voluntary. The most significant development came in Las Vegas, where an eight-year prison sentence was imposed on Max C. Tanner, 55, a former Internal Revenue Service lawyer who evaded $2 million in taxes on profits from a stock swindle. Mr. Tanner, who was taken directly to prison, was also fined...