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  • IRS Targets Poor Americans, because Harassing Wealthy Too Costly

    10/12/2019 8:01:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Citizens for Self-Governance ^ | October 7, 2019 | Mark Meckler
    You might want to sit down for this one. If you thought the IRS was just a necessary yet uncomfortable part of American life, here’s some more evidence that it’s simply an arm of the United States government that deserves to be excised. The IRS just admitted that it audits the working poor at about the same rate as the wealthiest 1 percent. Here’s why, according to ProPublica: "…the IRS said, auditing poor taxpayers is a lot easier: The agency uses relatively low-level employees to audit returns for low-income taxpayers who claim the earned income tax credit. The audits —...
  • Why a “Billionaire” Wealth Tax Would Hurt the Working Poor and the Middle Class

    10/05/2019 7:56:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | 10/05/2019 | Mark Hornshaw
    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders wants to tax billionaires out of existence, or at least make them an endangered species. His proposed wealth tax of up to 8 percent per year would mean “the wealth of billionaires would be cut in half over 15 years,” he says.The progressive tax would start at 1 percent on retained wealth over $32 million, rising to 2 percent over $50 million, and so on, reaching to the top rate of 8 percent on wealth over $10 billion. Whatever is left would be taxed again the following year, and every year until it was gone.Let’s...
  • Douglas MacKinnon: What do Democrats have against poor working-Americans?

    06/14/2019 2:53:13 AM PDT · by gattaca · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 13, 2019 | Douglas MacKinnon
    To all the Democratic politicians tripping over themselves to give away the tax money of hard-working American citizens to illegal immigrants, I have two questions for you: First, have you ever been a poor American citizen? Second, what do you have against poor American citizens?
  • Chicago to Try Giving $1000 a Month to the Poor in Guaranteed Income Experiment

    02/11/2019 8:04:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/11/2019 | Rick Moran
    The idea of giving poor people cash with no strings attached in lieu of government welfare payments has been floating around the leftist fever swamps since the 1960s. It's called universal basic income and Chicago will apparently develop a pilot program to test it.WLSTV: Some Chicago families could start collecting a $1,000 check every month with no strings attached. That's the new proposal from a task force created by Mayor Emanuel. The idea is to break the cycle of poverty. The pilot program would give 1,000 struggling Chicagoans $1,000 a month.Supporters say people could use the extra cash to...
  • Dems’ Dangerous Ideas on Fighting Inequality

    01/30/2019 3:55:35 PM PST · by Twotone · 16 replies
    American Spectator ^ | Betsy McCaughey | Betsy McCaughey
    Leftist Democrats eyeing the White House in 2020 are plotting new ways to confiscate Americans’ hard-earned money and give it away. Claiming economic inequality is a national crisis, they want to take money from those they say have too much. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is pushing a first-ever wealth tax. Never mind that it’s unprecedented and unconstitutional. Warren says it would target only the richest one-tenth of a percent of the country. Maybe at first. When the federal income tax was imposed in 1913, it initially hit less than one percent of the country. Now half the nation pays it....
  • Students push CNU for free menstrual products at school bathrooms to end "period poverty"

    12/10/2018 9:49:08 PM PST · by csvset · 83 replies
    Pilotonline ^ | 10 December 2018 | Katherine Haffner
    NEWPORT NEWS A group of students at Christopher Newport University is pushing school leaders to provide free menstrual products on campus. The school's chapter of PERIOD, a national nonprofit that advocates for women on menstrual issues, has started a petition that calls on the university to provide what they argue are basic necessities and "end period poverty." It had 351 signatures as of Monday morning. "Interrupted studies. Missed classes. Stunted education," reads the petition. "This is the reality for so many students who menstruate, simply because they lack access to readily available and affordable period products." Rachel Applebach, a 20-year-old...
  • Why Are People Poor?

    12/05/2018 9:05:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/04/2018 | Michael Tanner
    Why are people poor? Conservatives and liberals offer very different explanations.Conservatives point to a “culture of poverty” and suggest that much deprivation is the result of flawed choices and behavior by the poor themselves. They point to a strong correlation between poverty and a failure to follow the so-called “success sequence”: finish school, get a job, get married, and only then have children. Relatively few people who do those things end up in poverty. Liberals, on the other hand, say that that is all very well, but choices are always constrained by the circumstances in which people live. Therefore, conservatives...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis's 3 Top Oppressors of the Poor Whom he Supports

    11/19/2018 4:32:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Catholic Monitor ^ | November 18, 2018 | Fred Martinez
    Pope Francis's 3 Top Oppressors of the Poor Whom he Supports Yahoo News, on November 18, reported Pope Francis saying: "The cry of the poor daily becomes stronger but heard less." Sadly, the Pope needs to point his finger at himself. Why does Francis supports these 3 oppressors of the poor? 1. Francis supports the Chinese Communist regime against the poor Chinese underground Catholics by his forcing these powerless Catholics to be ruled and oppressed by totalitarian Marxist controlled bishops. 2. Francis supports the Venezuelan Dictator by meeting him and refusing to condemned the dictatorship while it starves the...
  • 7 Things I'd Do if I Wanted to Keep Poor People Poor

    08/28/2018 5:51:12 AM PDT · by vannrox · 30 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | Sunday, August 26, 2018 | Brian Balfour
    If I wanted to keep poor people poor, there are several government policies I would favor. Let's count them down.1: An Expanding Welfare State For starters, I would advocate for a robust and ever-expanding welfare state—programs like Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, etc.I would recognize that an effective recipe for keeping poor people poor is to create incentives that push them into decisions that prevent them from climbing out of poverty.Rather than help individuals, the perverse economic incentives created by the “social safety net” trap aid recipients on welfare. Case in point: A 2012 study by Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Public...
  • Brett Kavanaugh may become the ‘poorest’ Supreme Court justice

    07/10/2018 1:27:03 PM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 44 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 7/10/18 | By Steve Goldstein
    As of Dec. 31, Kavanaugh had between $15,001 and $50,000 in an interest-bearing Bank of America BAC, +0.04% account, and less than $15,000 in Vanguard funds within a 401(k) plan offered by the Employee Retirement System of Texas, according to his financial disclosure form. He has fully paid off a loan from a thrift savings plan, as well as a credit-card account from JPM, -0.62% that appeared in a previous disclosure plan. Not every Supreme Court justice has such a bland portfolio. According to watchdog group Fix The Court, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito...
  • Study: The No. 1 Reason Any Americans Are Poor Is They’re Not Working [Captain Obvious Alert]

    05/25/2018 9:15:29 AM PDT · by fwdude · 45 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 24, 2018 | Joy Pullmann
    Despite popular depictions of subsidy recipients as the deserving poor or people hardly able to feed themselves or their children without help, the statistics tend to show another picture. A recent economic study highlighted the shocking fact that essentially nobody in the United States will be poor if he or she merely works full-time at the minimum wage, even if that person has children. “The main reason people are poor is because they aren’t working,” said study author Peter Ferrara, a senior fellow at the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, in a press release accompanying the study. “The welfare...
  • America before and after welfare handouts

    05/09/2018 7:32:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/9/2018 | Walter Williams
    Before the massive growth of our welfare state, private charity was the sole option for an individual or family facing insurmountable financial difficulties or other challenges. How do we know that? There is no history of Americans dying on the streets because they could not find food or basic medical assistance. Respecting the biblical commandment to honor thy father and mother, children took care of their elderly or infirm parents. Family members and the local church also helped those who had fallen on hard times.
  • Report: Obama’s Civil Rights Warriors Distraught as DOJ Shutters Project That Funded...

    02/04/2018 12:18:41 PM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2/2/18 | Ian Mason
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has “quietly” put an end to most work at the Office for Access to Justice (ATJ), one of the lesser initiatives of the Eric Holder era, according to a Thursday New York Times report.The tiny ATJ was founded in 2010 under then-Attorney General Eric Holder. Its last published organization chart, from 2015, shows only three appointees and their support staff. ATJ distributed grants and drafted “statements of interest” aimed at supporting the right to competent legal representation for the poor and indigent secured by the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court’s famous 1963 decision in...
  • Mesnard wants to lessen impact of tax reform on Arizonans

    01/15/2018 4:47:02 AM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — One of the state's three Republican legislative leaders has vowed he won't let the Trump tax cuts have a negative ripple effect on Arizona taxpayers. House Speaker J.D. Mesnard acknowledged that the linkage between federal tax laws and the state tax code means that what is in the federal law affects the deductions that Arizonans are allowed to take when computing their state income taxes. The state Department of Revenue figures those changes would automatically take an extra $250 million a year out of the pockets of individual and business taxpayers. Mesnard said he will push for changes...
  • Republican Senator Has Best Response Ever When Hollywood Brat Asks If He’s Ever Been Poor

    12/01/2017 4:36:31 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 65 replies
    GP ^ | December 1,2017 | Joshua Caplan
    <p>On Friday, Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano urged her Twitter followers to watch Republicans debate the tax overhaul bill hours before its scheduled vote.</p> <p>“watching…..Senator Tim Scott “$100 a month is real money” to struggling families ? Is he F**KING kidding ? HOW MUCH does $100 buy in this day ? Costs me $50 to fill my f**king gas tank FFS,” replied Twitter user Cherl Criss.</p>
  • Seattle's Income Tax on 'the Rich' Has Collateral Damage: The Poor

    11/22/2017 11:22:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | November 22, 2017 | Brian T. Hodges
    Seattle’s City Council made national headlines earlier this year when it enacted a city income tax aimed at “high earners.” Immediately, politicians crowed that they had planted a flag of “resistance” to the forces of “Trumpism.” In a court hearing last week, the city defended its war on wealth against several legal and constitutional challenges. The briefing from both sides exposes an inconvenient reality for the levy’s defenders: its real, ultimate victims aren’t necessarily the plutocrats they claim to be targeting. In fact, just the opposite. Some background: there are few precedents from other parts of the country for a...
  • The Poor Will Be Worse Off: It’s not possible to design a truly egalitarian health-care system

    10/11/2017 8:16:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/11/2017 | By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    Editor’s Note: Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, a conservative writer and fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is writing a series of columns on uncomfortable truths about health care in America. Some will make conservatives more uncomfortable, others will make progressives more uncomfortable, but most should make everyone uncomfortable. ‘The poor you will always have with you,” says the Good Book. Jesus might as well have been speaking at a health-policy seminar. We don’t, mostly, speak about health-care policy in the cold language of efficiency, productivity, and resource allocation. We also use a moral language about fairness, justice, and righteousness....
  • Governor Approves Medicaid for Abortions [semi-satire]

    10/03/2017 11:44:18 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Oct 2017 | John Semmens
    This week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed legislation authorizing tax money to be used to fund abortions for poor people. This reversed a position he announced last April against such funding, but honors his 2014 campaign pledge "to ensure that poor mothers have the same ability to terminate unwanted children that their richer sisters have." Rauner brushed aside Republican arguments that individuals morally opposed to the murder of unborn children shouldn't be forced to finance it through taxes, saying that "individual matters of conscience cannot be permitted to impede the collective will of the people. I was elected on...
  • Facebook's underclass: as staffers enjoy lavish perks, contractors barely get by

    09/26/2017 11:17:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/26/17 | JC Wong
    The social network has an army of behind-the-scenes employees who can’t afford to live in an area with out-of-control housing costs... ....In May 2015, amid a nationwide movement to raise the minimum wage, the company established a $15 per hour minimum for its contractors, as well as benefits like paid sick leave, vacation, and a $4,000 new-child benefit. But those wages only go so far in a region with out-of-control housing costs. San Francisco and San Jose ranked first and third in the nation a recent analysis of rents, with one-bedroom apartments in San Jose going for $2,378. The extreme...
  • Why getting rid of grades would help rich students — and hurt poor ones

    05/13/2017 3:48:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Catherine Rampell
    Think grade inflation has made grades less meaningful? A consortium of 100 elite prep schools agrees. But rather than impose stricter grading curves, these schools plan to eliminate grades altogether. “People are nonstandard,” says D. Scott Looney, head of Cleveland’s Hawken School and founder and board chair of the new Mastery Transcript Consortium. “They grow and evolve in the world in nonstandard ways. Distilling that down to a simple common number like a GPA shaves off a lot of humanity in that journey.” These are not artsy-fartsy alternative schools; the consortium includes some of the most famous pressure-cooker private institutions...