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  • I am (Not) the 47% ( I did not choose my tax bracket )

    09/28/2012 9:34:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/28/2012 | Linda B.
    I can't take it anymore! It's time to set the record straight: I am, officially and categorically, in the infamous 47% tax bracket. You know, the one everybody assumes are moochers, users and takers. The main factor that has not been incorporated into the argument is choice. As you cannot choose your tax bracket, I did not and cannot choose mine. What I pay doesn't and shouldn't brand my integrity. Both parties have liberally slathered my character as a usable calculation to their cause. Do the Democrats think that by dangling 'freebie carrots' they have my vote? Why do the...
  • We're spending more, but making about the same ("Fact Check" this, wages are lower under Obama!)

    09/28/2012 7:21:10 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    nbc ^ | 9/28/2012 | staff
    Consumer spending rose in August, thanks to higher gas prices, while incomes barely budged, government data showed Friday. The Commerce Department said consumer spending rose 0.5 percent in August from July, the biggest jump since February. The increase was led by a 1.7 percent surge in purchases of nondurable goods, reflecting the sharp 28.2 cents per gallon rise in gas prices during the month. Spending on durable goods rose 0.3 percent, helped by gains in auto sales. Spending on services rose just 0.2 percent. Income rose just 0.1 percent in August, reflecting the weak job market. Taking into account inflation,...
  • As the UN opens its General Assembly session, it is already thinking up new global taxes

    09/28/2012 7:54:03 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    fox news ^ | 9/28/2012 | By George Russell
    A 1 percent tax on billionaires around the world. A tax on all currency trading in the U.S. dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound sterling. Another “tiny” tax on all financial transactions, including stock and bond trading, and trading in financial derivatives. New taxes on carbon emissions and on airline tickets. A royalty on all undersea mineral resources extracted more than 100 miles offshore of any nation’s territory. The United Nations is at it again: finding new and “innovative” ways to create global taxes that would transfer hundreds of billions, and even trillions, of dollars from...
  • France taxes rich and business to slash deficit

    09/28/2012 7:22:20 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/28/2012 | Daniel Flynn and Leigh Thomas
    President Francois Hollande's Socialist government unveiled sharp tax hikes on business and the rich on Friday in a 2013 budget aimed at showing France has the fiscal rigor to remain at the core of the euro zone. The package will recoup 30 billion euros ($39 billion) for the public purse with a goal of narrowing the deficit to 3.0 percent of national output next year from 4.5 percent this year - France's toughest single belt-tightening in 30 years. But with record unemployment and a barrage of data pointing to economic stagnation, there are fears the deficit target will slip as...
  • Romney muddies his tax message

    09/28/2012 7:21:23 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    TheHill ^ | 9/28/2012 | Bernie Becker
    Mitt Romney has muddied his message on the GOP's signature issue of taxes at a time of growing frustration in the party about the direction of his campaign. Now struggling in the polls, the Republican nominee said this week that President Obama had not raised taxes and downplayed the tax relief in his own proposal... "It's not a particularly compelling message to tell people you're not going to see much of a tax cut in the way most people think of tax cuts," said Jim Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute... Larry Kudlow, a prominent supply-side commentatot said he was...
  • Hillary Clinton: Raise Taxes on Rich Everywhere

    09/28/2012 7:04:30 AM PDT · by Innovative · 22 replies
    CNBC/Yahoo Finance ^ | Sept 28, 2012 | John Carney
    It's no secret that the foreign policy of the United States tends to reflect the world views of the occupant of the White House. "One of the issues that I have been preaching about around the world is collecting taxes in an equitable manner - especially from the elites in every country," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in her speech at the Clinton Global Initiative Monday. What Clinton meant by "contribute to growth" was revealing. She listed contributing to building schools and hospitals rather than domestic business investment, which is the conventional meaning of contributing to growth.
  • Fox News poll: 79 percent say all Americans should pay income taxes (63% agree w Romney)

    09/27/2012 4:50:06 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | 09/27/2012 | Dana Blanton
    A large majority of likely voters believes all Americans should pay some federal income tax -- even if it is as little as one percent of what they make. Seventy-nine percent say everyone should pay something, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday. That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 83 percent of independents and 71 percent of Democrats. According to the IRS, last year approximately 41 percent of tax filers did not pay federal income tax. The Tax Policy Center estimates that will increase to 46 percent this year. Most voters (73 percent) are at least somewhat familiar with...
  • Fox News poll: 79 percent say all Americans should pay income taxes

    09/27/2012 4:45:47 PM PDT · by Jean S · 24 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 9/27/12 | Dana Blanton
    A large majority of likely voters believes all Americans should pay some federal income tax -- even if it is as little as one percent of what they make.     Seventy-nine percent say everyone should pay something, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday.  That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 83 percent of independents and 71 percent of Democrats. According to the IRS, last year approximately 41 percent of tax filers did not pay federal income tax.  The Tax Policy Center estimates that will increase to 46 percent this year.   Most voters (73 percent) are at least somewhat...
  • Tax Policy Center's Analysis of Romney's Tax Plan Inaccurate

    09/27/2012 11:58:43 AM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-26 | Rhett Brooks
    The Tax Policy Center (TPC) released a report in March of 2012 detailing the effects of the Romney tax reform plan on taxpayers. The conclusion reached by the Tax Policy Center stated that the Romney tax reform plan would cut taxes for high-income taxpayers and raise them for middle and lower-income earners. Since the report was released, President Obama and his team have ran with it and used it to undermine the credibility of Romney’s plan. Senior Analyst in Tax Policy at the Heritage Foundation, Curtis Dubay, released his rebuttal of the TPC report yesterday which revealed many of the...
  • Fact Check: Is Romney's tax rate really lower than yours?

    09/26/2012 8:10:50 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 26, 2012 | Judson Berger
    President Obama's campaign, with a good dose of help from the media, is pushing a claim that millionaire Mitt Romney is taxed at a "lower rate" than someone making $50,000 a year. IRS data, though, shows that Romney's effective income tax rate -- that's what he pays as a percentage of his income once deductions and other benefits are factored in -- is actually far higher than what most Americans pay. Romney's rate in 2010 -- which was also about 14 percent -- was higher than what 97 percent of Americans pay.
  • Hey, Media, a $75K Mechanic Pays a Lower Tax Rate Than Romney

    09/27/2012 4:01:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2012 | Larry Elder
    If "journalism malpractice" were a crime, Nancy Grace would not be able to keep track of all the trials. ABC news reporter Jonathan Karl recently said: "Mitt Romney ... made $13.7 million last year and paid nearly $2 million in taxes. His effective tax rate -- 14.1 percent. That's a lower rate than an auto mechanic who made $75,000 in pay." Not again. Back in January, anchor Diane Sawyer teased "Mitt's millions" on ABC's "World News": "What Mitt Romney's taxes really show about wealth, taxes and fairness." Then correspondent David Muir informed viewers: "(Romney's) tax rate? In 2010, about 13.9...
  • Fewer US CEOs planning to expand, hire (It's the "fiscal cliff" stopping them)

    09/26/2012 11:13:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Bradenton Herald / The Associated Press ^ | September 27, 2012 | Christopher S. Rugaber
    A survey of U.S. chief executives shows a sharp drop in the number of large companies that plan to add jobs or hire more workers. The Business Roundtable said Wednesday that only 29 percent of its member CEOs plan to increase hiring over the next six months. That's down from 36 percent in June, when the group last released its quarterly survey. It's also much lower than the 52 percent of CEOs in early 2011 who said they planned to boost hiring, the highest percentage since the survey began in 2002....
  • Minnesota taxes 13th highest in US

    09/26/2012 7:09:32 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9--26-12 | bill salisbury
    Minnesota state and local taxes were 13th highest in the nation per capita in 2010, while the state ranked 15th highest in spending per person. Those were among the findings in a new Minnesota Taxpayers Association annual report on state and local taxes and spending that was released Wednesday, Sept. 26. It was based on recently released U.S. Census Bureau data for 2010. “The findings suggest that Minnesota’s moderate increases in tax collections were largely similar to the experiences of other states,” the report said. Minnesota’s state and local taxes per $1,000 of income increased 2.5 percent from 2009 to...
  • Dear Mr. Romney, Everyone Pays Federal Taxes

    09/26/2012 6:43:04 PM PDT · by kathsua · 40 replies
    Townhall ^ | September 25, 2012 | reasonmclucus
    How can a Republican ignore the fact that there are many more federal taxes than just the federal income tax? Republicans have long reminded people that businesses don't pay taxes, their customers do. Normally, I would expect Democrats to try to con lower income groups into believing that the fact they don't pay the federal income tax means they are not being forced to pay for extravagant federal programs. Workers making the minimum wage pay the Social Security and Medicare taxes based on their income. Winos pay federal liquor taxes on their cheap booze. The whiskey tax was one of...
  • County Governments Revolt Against Gov. Martin O'Malley

    09/26/2012 11:44:57 AM PDT · by 92nina · 8 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-25 | Matt Blumenfeld
    Throughout Maryland, county governments have begun to push back against the reckless fiscal policies of Governor Martin O’Malley. During Maryland’s first special session, this past summer, Marylanders saw their taxes once again increased and witnessed the state government passing the buck on teacher pension liabilities to the county governments. In addition, Gov. O’Malley has put into action a whole slew of new regulations on vehicles, rainwater run-off, and septic systems. With continuously diminishing authority over local government specific issues and even higher taxes, county officials are hoping to posture themselves in order to curb not only the authority of the...
  • The Fiscal Costs of Nonpayers

    09/26/2012 8:08:34 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Tax Foundation ^ | September 19, 2012 | Will Freeland, William McBride, and Ed Gerrish
    ... Our analysis finds that in the post-WWII era, there is a very strong connection between nonpayers and federal government transfer payments. Transfer payments are programs that give direct assistance to people such as unemployment insurance, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps. In fact, our model suggests that a 1 percentage point increase in the share of tax filers who are nonpayers (from 40 percent to 41 percent, for example) is associated with a $10.6 billion per year increase in transfer payments. Since the number of nonpayers has increased by 20 percentage points over the last two decades, our...
  • Romney: Obama 'Did Not' Raise Taxes (who nominated this idiot?)

    09/26/2012 3:30:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 141 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/25/2012 | Gregory J. Krieg
    Paul Ryan stood by helplessly, and in apparent pain, as Mitt Romney strayed from campaign talking points on President Obama's tax record during a joint "reset" rally today in Ohio. In the midst of remarks ridiculing the president's handling of the economy, Romney said: "I admit this, he has one thing he did not do in his first four years - he's said he's going to do in the next four years, which is to raise taxes." During the primaries, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul offered a very different view of the presidents record, when she told the L.A. Times: "President...
  • U.S. carbon tax could halve deficit in 10 years: report

    09/26/2012 3:38:58 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    U.S. carbon tax could halve deficit in 10 years: report Reuters – 2 hrs 10 mins ago WAHSINGTON, Sept 26 (Reuters Point Carbon) - Imposing a $20 per metric ton carbon tax in the U.S. could reduce the country's budget deficit by 50 percent over the next 10 years, a report by the Congressional Research Service said on Tuesday. Such a tax would generate approximately $88 billion in 2012, rising to $144 billion by 2020, the report said, slashing U.S. debt by between 12 and 50 percent within a decade, depending on how high the deficit climbs The U.S. budget...
  • If you want the rich to pay more tax, let them grow even richer

    09/26/2012 6:02:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/26/2012 | Allister Heath
    One of the most pernicious myths in the current political debate is that the rich don’t pay much tax. This is nonsense, as even a cursory analysis of the official statistics reveals. The top 1pc, who earn £156,000 or above, will pay a whopping 24.2pc of all income tax this year, a much higher contribution than their 10.8pc share of all income. The top 10pc of earners – those on at least £50,500 – will pay 55.3pc of all income tax, also far more than their income share. The most astonishing figure of all is that for the very wealthy:...
  • Supremes docket income tax challenge

    09/26/2012 4:42:57 AM PDT · by wesagain · 158 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Sept 26, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    "Colorado man's challenge to IRS says wages don't count"The government calls those who argue the income tax has no legal foundation “tax protesters” and labels their arguments “frivolous.” And usually judges toss their arguments out of court, assess them court costs on top of taxes, interest and penalties, and sometimes even threaten them if they file further cases. But now the U.S. Supreme Court – the nine judges who sit on the bench in Washington by virtue of their selection by presidents and confirmation by the U.S. Senate – has docketed exactly that type of case. The results? Who knows,...