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  • Feds to return $107G they seized from NC business owner, attorneys say

    Lyndon McLellan fought the law -- and apparently, he won. The North Carolina business owner for months has been battling the federal government after IRS agents last fall seized $107,000 from him, under a controversial practice known as civil forfeiture. But his attorneys at the Institute for Justice announced Thursday that the IRS and Department of Justice have moved to dismiss the case and give him back his money. (snip) Two months ago, the government offered McLellan 50 percent of his money back and warned him against chasing publicity, even going so far as to suggest it would rile people...
  • Christie to propose overhaul of Social Security benefits (means-testing)

    04/14/2015 10:23:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 133 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 14, 2015 | Jill Colvin
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Framing himself as a politician who's unafraid to share "hard truths" with the American people, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is proposing an income cap on Social Security benefits as part of major restructuring plan announced ahead of a likely presidential bid. The Republican is set to deliver a speech Tuesday in New Hampshire outlining his ideas on reforming Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — so-called entitlement programs. As part of the plan, he'll propose phasing out Social Security payments for those making more than $80,000 in other income and eliminating them for those making $200,000...
  • Another Reason Why Decent and Moral People Are Libertarians

    10/27/2014 4:28:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies ^ | October 27, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I donÂ’t particularly care how people vote, but I do care whether they believe in freedom.ThatÂ’s why I periodically share stories that should convince everyone to believe in the libertarian philosophy of small government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility.The stories that get me most agitated are the ones that involve innocent people being robbed by bureaucrats.And when I say robbed, I use that word deliberately.Such as the case of an elderly couple who had their hotel stolen by government.Such as the case of the family grocer who had his bank account stolen by government.Such as when the government wanted to...
  • Even its Creators Want to Shut Down the Government’s Asset-Forfeiture Racket

    09/20/2014 7:40:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | September 20, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    If you ask me about the most wasteful department in the federal government, IÂ’ll state that there are lots of good choices, but if forced to identify the best candidate for elimination, IÂ’ll go with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.If you ask me about the entitlement program most in need of reform, IÂ’m tempted to say all of them, but ultimately IÂ’ll argue that we should first fix Medicaid by devolving it to the states, accompanied by block grants as a transitional funding mechanism.But if you ask me to identify the most evil and despicable thing that government...
  • Police steal $100’s of Millions from innocent Americans in “Stop and Seize” scams

    09/16/2014 10:10:36 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 47 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/16/14 | Doug Book
    After 9/11, the federal government “…called on police to become the eyes and ears of homeland security on America’s highways.” But if the new, more aggressive agenda of seeking out suspicious individuals was embraced by officers as part of their interdiction training by the federal government, their policing behavior turned out to be worlds removed from the mundane yet somehow historically reassuring promise to “protect and serve” the American public. For law enforcement officers throughout the nation were eagerly learning and practicing the fine art of “policing for profit,” that is, the barely legal method of confiscating money and assets...

    03/21/2010 8:57:30 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 37 replies · 1,440+ views
    National Review ^ | March 21, 2010 | Daniel Foster
          Sunday, March 21, 2010 We Were Warned   [Daniel Foster] After fifteen months, nobody can say that we went into this blindly:The foregoing and more from Paul Ryan can be found here.
  • Letters From Zimbabwe: Cathy Buckle

    03/20/2010 7:53:38 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 10 replies · 442+ views
    Letters ^ | March 20, 2010 | Cathy Buckle
    Holding handsSaturday 20th March 2010 Dear Family and Friends,South African President Jacob Zuma inspected a guard of honour at Harare airport at the end of his brief visit to Zimbabwe. The South African President's departure was shown on ZBC television and was one of the few parts of the visit not shrouded in secrecy. Presidents Zuma and Mugabe held hands as they walked along the line of assembled dignitaries and once Mr Zuma had gone up the stairs to the aircraft, Mr Mugabe raised both his arms and with fists clenched, punched the air a few times. It looked...
  • Letters From Zimbabwe: Cathy Buckle

    03/13/2010 11:17:48 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 29 replies · 1,060+ views
    Letters ^ | March 13, 2010 | Cathy Buckle
    Ten years to practiceSaturday 13th March 2010 Dear Family and Friends,As we come towards the end of our rainy season we hear the news that one in four Zimbabweans are in urgent need of food aid. We are not surprised. Since the start of the season 6 months ago, everyone has been commenting on the dramatic absence of crops on farms. Travel in any direction, towards any of our country's borders and you see grass, weeds and derelict farms. The best crops are those planted on roadsides and little squares of vacant land in urban areas. There has been...
  • Letters From Zimbabwe: Cathy Buckle

    03/07/2010 9:51:34 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 55 replies · 173+ views
    Letters ^ | March 6, 2010 | Cathy Buckle
    All are welcome Saturday 6th March 2010 Dear Family and Friends, They say that a picture speaks a thousand words and the one I picked up on the roadside this morning certainly did. I'm not generally in the habit of picking up litter on public roads but this was different. It was the remains of a poster that had been torn off a street light pole. From the scraps of bright coloured paper left clinging to a number of other poles, it was obvious that a line of the same posters had all been torn down recently. I had travelled...
  • Class Warfare's Next Target: 401(k) Savings

    02/18/2010 8:03:31 AM PST · by Red Badger · 114 replies · 4,337+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2-17-2010 | By NEWT GINGRICH AND PETER FERRARA
    You did the responsible thing. You saved in your IRA or 401(k) to support your retirement, when you could have spent that money on another vacation, or an upscale car, or fancier clothes and jewelry. But now Washington is developing plans for your retirement savings. BusinessWeek reports that the Treasury and Labor departments are asking for public comment on "the conversion of 401(k) savings and Individual Retirement Accounts into annuities or other steady payment streams." In plain English, the idea is for the government to take your retirement savings in return for a promise to pay you some monthly benefit...
  • The Little Red Wagon That Can...What I saw at the Tea Party

    04/29/2009 5:53:15 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 2 replies · 771+ views
    City Journal ^ | April 17, 2009 | Andrew Klavan
    I’m not sure—I’m no prophet—but I think I just saw something genuinely profound, genuinely amazing, and cool that could be the tidal wave of the future. Here’s the setup. It was Tax Day. Thousands of self-organized protesters had gathered around the nation to protest the irresponsible, incredibly rapid expansion of government under the current administration. The Democratic Party and the elite media had done everything in their power to first ignore, then discourage, ridicule, and belittle this grassroots movement. Theoretically respectable journalists were reduced to making double-entendre sexual jokes about tea bags. These are the same people who rushed en...
  • YOU thought 'KELO' was abusive...?

    11/09/2008 3:30:58 PM PST · by Seadog Bytes · 101 replies · 679+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | November 9, 2008 | Robert Vatuone
    ...So YOU thought KELO was abusive...??? KLEPTOCRACY 201 - Today's Lesson Today, class, we will learn how to exercise 'eminent domain' without that pesky need to pay the owner ANYTHING for the property... ...and using this new method, you can not only strong-arm the property away from its rightful owner, but you STILL get to keep shaking down the "property owner" for all those great  PROPERTY TAXES on the parcel, AS WELL! ...WHAT could be BETTER than THAT???!!! ...It's a Kleptocrat's DREAM!!!
  • SoCal man won't get refund of support for child that isn't his

    06/22/2007 10:29:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 51 replies · 1,619+ views
    LOS ANGELES—A Torrance man cannot be reimbursed for thousands of dollars he was forced to pay to support a child he did not father, an appeals court ruled. State laws do not allow Taron James to demand repayment of the money he supplied before a DNA test confirmed that the child of a former girlfriend was someone else's, the state 2nd District Court of Appeal said in a ruling published Tuesday. James, 38, said he will appeal to the state Supreme Court. James said he has been in "financial hell" since the case began. "The fight is to keep this...
  • Richland County residents could get booted off their front yards (SC)

    07/11/2006 5:19:34 AM PDT · by looscnnn · 95 replies · 1,314+ views ^ | July 10, 2006 | Maggie Alexander
    Richland County residents could be fined for parking in their front yard. Erica tanks wants to see it happen. "We want everyone to have pride in their neighborhood and that's not what we see here," says Tanks. Richland County Council is considering a ban on parking in front yards. One councilman tells News 10 it's his biggest complaint. But not everyone sees it as a problem. Another neighbor, Terry Smith, says "as long as it ain't a nuisance and you're keeping your yard up I think everyone should mind their own business." Under the ordinance, anyone living in the unincorporated...
  • SAUNDERS: Another government taking

    02/05/2006 8:12:29 AM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 1,306+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/5/6 | Debra J. Saunders
    CONAWAY RANCH is a 17,300-acre spread north of Davis. On property that sidles up to I-5 and provides a fine view of the Sacramento skyline, owners grow rice and alfalfa, boast rights to 50,000 acre-feet of water and extract natural gas. The gray sky and Sierra runoff are home to countless birds -- ducks, egrets and hawks -- some of which the owners hunt. Yolo County wants the land. In 2004, county supervisors voted to seize the ranch by eminent domain. "We want to keep it from being developed," explained Supervisor Mike McGowan. The owners are fighting back, and they're...
  • DeLay declares 'victory' in war on budget fat (Barf!)

    09/13/2005 10:57:19 PM PDT · by Hank Rearden · 48 replies · 1,405+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/14/05 | Amy Fagan and Stephen Dinan
    House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an "ongoing victory," and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget. Mr. DeLay was defending Republicans' choice to borrow money and add to this year's expected $331 billion deficit to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief. Some Republicans have said Congress should make cuts in other areas, but Mr. DeLay said that doesn't seem possible.
  • Police departments fighting over Mixon's forfeited SUV

    05/11/2004 11:28:46 PM PDT · by ambrose · 124+ views
    AP ^ | 5.12.04
    Police departments fighting over Mixon's forfeited SUV The Associated Press - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 MINNEAPOLIS Two suburban police departments are fighting over a sports utility vehicle forfeited by Vikings defensive end Kenny Mixon after a recent drunken driving conviction. Under state law, Mixon's seized 2001 GMC Yukon Denali may be sold because of repeat drunken driving offenses. South Lake Minnetonka, noting that one of its officers pulled Mixon over in November, says it should get half the proceeds from a potential sale. But because Mixon's arrest occurred in Deephaven, police there say the SUV is theirs. South Lake Minnetonka...
  • Illegal Aliens Eligible for Social Security Benefits

    02/19/2003 8:55:02 PM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 57 replies · 2,534+ views
    Fox ^ | 2/19/03 | Matt Hayes
    <p>Annie was an ethnic Chinese born in Malaysia who had legally emigrated to the U.S. decades ago. She entered my law office with her mother, who clutched a well-worn copy of a Chinese language book called What You Need to Know About Life in America that is eventually encountered by most immigration lawyers.</p>
  • Country can't afford Bush's tax cut

    03/29/2003 10:21:10 AM PST · by RAT Patrol · 53 replies · 260+ views
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | March 27, 2003 | Phillip Brownlee
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted on Sat, Mar. 29, 2003 OUR VIEW: REALITY Country can't afford Bush's tax cut Good for the U.S. Senate for scaling back President Bush's tax-cut proposal. But given the cost of the war in Iraq, increased homeland-security needs, and the return of federal deficits, the total is still more than the country can afford. The Senate voted Tuesday to reduce Mr. Bush's tax cuts over the next decade from $726 billion to $350 billion. Then Wednesday, a narrow majority of senators rejected a series of amendments to restore some of the tax cuts. Mr. Bush is pushing the...
  • Klamath Convoy Tracy Rally

    09/30/2002 12:05:45 AM PDT · by Issaquahking · 15 replies · 418+ views
    Press Release From: Klamath Relief Fund ^ | September 29, 2002 | Diana Wunderle
    "If convoys of agrarian private property owners appear rebellious today at a regional rally in Tracy, don't fear. They have the rights of the common man and woman at heart," the Sunday Tracy Press reported. "The rebel cry is based on the Fifth Amendment, that all Americans should not be deprived of property without due process, and if property is taken by the government, there must be just compensation. Nowhere is this more highlighted than in the attempts by the Bureau of Reclamation in the Klamath Basin in Oregon and the Army Corps of Engineers in Florida's Dade County to...
  • jane deep hole, Arizona gubner

    08/25/2002 1:19:39 PM PDT · by HarryArmpitch · 12 replies · 269+ views
    e-mail from Jane Dee Hull | August 25, 2002 | Bruce Cannon & Governor Jane Dee Hull
    Below is the text of the e-mail I sent to Gubner Jane Deep Hole: "My goals as Governor are to improve education and ensure that Arizona remains one of the most attractive places in the nation to live, work and raise a family." I have brazenly included the above quote from your Web site. My 10-year-old son recently attempted to purchase a book at his school's "Scholastic Book Fair". He innocently proffered his 5-dollar bill for a $4.99 book, assuming he would receive a penny in change. This didn't happen. He was told he would have to come up with...
  • PBS tribute to heroes!

    08/10/2002 10:50:57 AM PDT · by WaterDragon · 20 replies · 224+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | August 10, 2002 | Larry Leonard
    Saturday, August 10, 2002 -- The PBS tribute to the police and fire fighters of September 11 is what set me off. It was just a notice between programs. But, I had been waiting for something to light the fuse ever since a local [Oregon] station official came on the screen and asked me to write them a letter about how Oregon Public Broadcasting has changed my life. He expects the letters to be about how much more wonderful life is for everybody now that public broadcasting's army of lefties is distorting history, generating racial divisiveness, mis-reporting the news, demeaning...
  • IRS Stock Option Tax Faces Challenge

    05/09/2002 5:42:18 PM PDT · by IncPen · 4 replies · 264+ views
    .c The Associated Press via AOL, no URL ^ | 5-9-02 | By CURT ANDERSON
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Corporate lobbyists and members of Congress are lining up to oppose a plan by the Internal Revenue Service to collect payroll taxes on stock options. The benefit is used by high-tech companies and others to attract and motivate millions of employees. Rules proposed by the IRS would impose the 15.3 percent tax, which funds Social Security and Medicare, on incentive stock options and employee stock purchase plans. That would reverse a 31-year-old IRS position on the issue. The rules would take effect Jan. 1. Opponents say this amounts to a new tax burden, never authorized by Congress,...