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  • Mass Exodus From High-Taxes - Which States Did Americans Leave In 2016?

    01/22/2017 5:59:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/22/2017 | Submitted by Johnny Kampis via The Foundation for Economic Education,
    Submitted by Johnny Kampis via The Foundation for Economic Education,Migration patterns for 2016 show that Americans tended to move away from high-tax states and into states where residents keep more of what they earn.United Van Lines, the nation’s largest moving company, recently released its annual movers study report showing that South Dakota overtook Oregon as the top inbound destination. Generally, more people moved toward the West, and states in the Northeast saw the largest exodus of residents. The top four outbound states in 2016, in order, were New Jersey, Illinois, New York, and Connecticut.(Photo: Tax Foundation)The Tax Foundation pointed...
  • Ashely Judd Rants About Tampons and Her Period - Women’s March in D.C.

    01/22/2017 11:38:17 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 92 replies
    You ^ | 01/21/17 | Mark Dice
    Ashley Judd’s “Nasty Woman” speech at the Women’s March in Washington D.C. today is being celebrated by crazed feminists and beta males who cheered her on as she ranted about her period and for having to pay tax on tampons. Media analyst Mark Dice has the story.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6Ech3hTSKU  
  • Donald Trump will not be releasing his tax returns

    01/22/2017 11:20:34 AM PST · by conservative98 · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 22, 2017 | Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON — President Trump won’t be releasing any of his tax records now that he’s in the Oval Office. “The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns,” Kellyanne Conway, a top White House adviser, said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care. They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: most Americans are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like.”
  • California unveils sweeping plan to combat climate change (Idiots running the asylum alert)

    01/22/2017 10:05:38 AM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 20, 2017
    California released an ambitious plan to cut the state's output of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions on Friday, the same day that newly-minted Trump administration signaled it will undo federal U.S. carbon regulations. [Snip] The plan includes an extension of the state's controversial carbon cap and trade program ...
  • Where the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Goes

    01/19/2017 6:51:59 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/15/2017 | James Hohman
    What if the Legislature and governor hike gas and vehicle registration taxes to fix the roads, but then hardly any extra money goes to fix the roads? Drivers started paying those higher taxes this month, though they were enacted near the end of 2015. But at least in the short term, the main effect of these tax increases appears to be higher spending on schools and Medicaid, not road repairs. The 7.3-cent-per-gallon tax increase motorists began paying on Jan. 1 and the 20 percent increase in the vehicle registration tax are expected to cost road users an additional $460 million...
  • GOP-Hating Rep. John Lewis Didn’t Pay His Real Estate Taxes

    01/19/2017 6:33:25 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 59 replies
    Independent Sentinel.com ^ | Jan 18, 2017 | S. Noble
    GOP-Hating Rep. John Lewis Didn’t Pay His Real Estate Taxes Instead of finding fault with the new president, maybe Rep. John Lewis should worry about paying his real estate taxes. The well-paid congressman didn’t pay taxes on his nearly $1 million posh D.C. townhouse on Capital Hill. Rep. Lewis said Donald Trump isn’t a “legitimate” president, same thing he said about George Bush, but he’s not a legitimate taxpayer. Public records show he avoided paying property taxes on his DC townhouse at 219 3rd Street SE on Capitol Hill, Got News reported. Click the link for Got News to see...
  • BREAKING: Trump-Hating Democratic @RepJohnLewis DIDN’T PAY TAXES On His Nearly $1 Million...

    01/18/2017 5:32:51 PM PST · by blueyon · 80 replies
    GotNews ^ | 1/18/17 | GotNews
    "BREAKING: Trump-Hating Democratic @RepJohnLewis DIDN’T PAY TAXES On His Nearly $1 Million Fancy DC Townhouse" Trump-hating Democratic Georgia congressman John Lewis didn’t pay property taxes on his nearly $1 million fancy Washington, D.C. townhouse on Capitol Hill, despite being in Congress for decades, where the salary for a Representative starts at $174,000 per year. Lewis was in the news recently for saying he doesn’t see President-elect Donald J. Trump as “a legitimate president” because of the #RussianHackers Democratic conspiracy theory. Public records show he avoided paying property taxes on his DC townhouse at 219 3rd Street SE on Capitol Hill:
  • Andrew Cuomo breaks his tax pledge yet again

    01/17/2017 9:00:31 PM PST · by 198ml · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/17/17 | Editorial Board
    Gov. Cuomo kept his new budget hush-hush all Tuesday, and one reason is obvious: His call to extend the millionaires tax (again) shows his rank hypocrisy. Again. “No new taxes. Period,” Cuomo declared in 2011, nixing any extension of the “millionaires tax.”: “You are kidding yourself if you think you can be one of the highest-taxed states in the nation, have a reputation for being anti-business and have a rosy economic future.”
  • Jerry Brown Wants 42% Gas Tax Hike to Bail Out CalPERS

    01/15/2017 9:58:11 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 114 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 15, 2017 | by CHRISS W. STREET
    Despite tax collection increasing by 50 percent in the last 9 years, California’s public pension insolvency is forcing Gov. Jerry Brown to propose a dangerously unpopular 42 percent increase in gasoline taxes and a 141 percent increase in vehicle registration fees. Breitbart News reported on January 9 that Gov. Brown announced that for the first time since 2012, California’s $122.8 billion General Fund Budget is in deficit by $1.6 billion. Despite a near bankruptcy during the financial crisis, California’s tax revenues have increased by about $43 billion in the last 9 years. Brown on Monday only suggested relatively painless spending...
  • Obamacare IRS Penalty Letter

    01/14/2017 11:08:42 AM PST · by bethtopaz · 36 replies
    Yahoo News, AP ^ | January 14, 2017 | bethtopaz
    FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2014 file photo, tax form 8962 is seen in Washington. If you haven’t signed up for health insurance this year, you may be getting a nudge from the taxman. The IRS is sending personalized letters to millions of uninsured taxpayers that they’re potentially on the hook for hundreds of dollars in fines. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — If you haven't signed up for health insurance, you may soon be getting a not-too-subtle nudge from the taxman. The IRS is sending personalized letters to millions of taxpayers who might be uninsured, reminding them...
  • Philadelphia mayor blames retailers, not new tax, for increased soda prices

    01/13/2017 6:46:36 PM PST · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 43 replies
    The Extract ^ | 1.13.17 | Editor
    Despite backing what became one of the nation’s first successful soda taxes, Mayor Jim Kenney is now blaming businesses for the resulting spike in the cost of sugary beverages. “They’re gouging their own customers,” he said of retailers who have been passing along some of the costs associated with the new tax.
  • How Nevada politicians violate the state constitution’s taxpayer protections

    01/13/2017 12:21:52 PM PST · by VegasVictor · 2 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | January 12, 2017 | Victor Joecks
    Legislators have been skirting the Nevada Constitution to pass tax increases for 20 years, and it’s time to expose their scheme. They’re violating the Gibbons’ Tax Restraint Initiative, a voter-approved constitutional amendment that requires the support of two-thirds of lawmakers (or a majority vote of the people) on any bill that “creates, generates, or increases any public revenue.” Nevada’s local governments already can’t raise taxes unless the Legislature approves first. That should provide state taxpayers with a double firewall against local tax increases. But big government worked out an end-around. After the initiative went into effect in 1996, the Legislative...
  • Mayor Passes Massive Soda Tax, Blames Business For Rising Prices

    01/12/2017 4:26:57 AM PST · by kevcol · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | January 11, 2017 | Steve Birr
    Mayor Jim Kenney, who lead the charge for the passage of his city’s “soda tax,” is lashing out at the business community over higher prices, even accusing retailers of attempting to stir up resentment for the tax in the community . . . The 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary drinks is implemented at the distribution level, meaning that retailers must choose how much of the cost to pass onto consumers at the shelves. . . . “From Jan. 1, it’s been completely dead,” Mohammad Alqtaishat, owner at Roxborough’s M&M Market, told Billy Penn. “I’m not making money at...
  • Understanding Your Most Fundamental Rights: Part 2

    01/05/2017 9:04:42 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 1/4/17 | Bill Norton
    Suppose you, as a good neighbor, noticed an imbalance between a couple of families down the street. The Smiths — husband and wife, no kids, yet they have two cars. Then there is the Jones family — husband and wife, five kids and no car. A difficult life the Joneses have, hard to get to work or to the store, difficult to get the kids to school. You would like to help, because you are a kind, compassionate and merciful individual, but you only have one car for yourself, your wife and three kids. You decide one day to talk...
  • Paul Ryan on Trump’s protectionist program: No, we won’t be raising tariffs, just Tax reform.

    01/04/2017 3:47:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/04/2017 | AllahPundit
    Who’s “we,” kemosabe? Twenty-four hours ago, over Ryan’s own objection, House Republicans were all set to revamp the Office of Congressional Ethics. Then Trump logged into Twitter and, three hours later, the plan was scrapped. Members of Ryan’s caucus were eager to reassure the media yesterday that it wasn’t Trump’s influence that made them reconsider, it was the barrage of angry phone calls their offices were getting from grassroots Republicans, but that seems to be a partial explanation at best: OVERHEARD in the Speaker's lobby: "The guy puts out a tweet and half our conference goes nuts. What are...
  • Place for Tax Woes: 9 MSNBC Personalities Had Tax Liens Filed Against Them

    01/04/2017 12:10:36 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    Heat Street ^ | January 4, 2017 | By Jillian Kay Melchior
    MSNBC’s hosts have a tax problem. A Heat Street review of public records show that a total of six current, prominent MSNBC pundits have recently settled federal or state tax liens, while one still has tax problems. Moreover, at least two other hosts who recently left the network have also had massive tax liens filed against them. MSNBC declined to comment, and none of the current or former tax debtors responded to requests for interviews sent through an MSNBC spokesperson. The Rev. Al Sharpton — MSNBC’s Sunday morning host — easily comes in first place when it comes to “issues”...
  • Let’s Stop with the Carbon Con Already

    01/04/2017 11:14:27 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/17 | Selwyn Duke
    Rejecting “carbon” talk. As for those knowingly using the term for propaganda purposes, they should have a huge carbon footprint placed firmly on their carbon-based posteriors The side that defines the vocabulary of a debate, wins the debate. So we could ask: as we fight the global-warming scam, why are we using the language of the scammers? It’s harder to combat “carbon” taxes, “carbon” credits and callow “carbon” appeals if we accept that at issue is “carbon.” Calling CO2 “carbon” is like calling H2O “hydrogen.” Carbon is about as useful to a plant aspiring to photosynthesize as a tank of...
  • Blue-state lawmakers want to keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns

    01/03/2017 2:37:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | January 3, 2017 | Fenit Nirappil
    Lawmakers in several deep-blue states want to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the ballot in those states, a sharp rebuke of President-elect Donald Trump's ongoing refusal to make his tax records public. A pair of Maryland Democrats on Tuesday announced they would introduce a bill mandating the release of five years of tax returns, mirroring similar proposals in New York, Massachusetts, California and Maine. If approved, the proposals could keep Trump from appearing on some ballots in 2020 if he continues breaking with the decades-long tradition of financial transparency and decides to...
  • Massive New Soda Tax In Philly Is Leaving Residents In Shock

    01/03/2017 6:59:43 PM PST · by kevcol · 76 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | January 3, 2016 | Steve Birr
    The contentious soda tax secured passage in June but consumers in Philadelphia are still flabbergasted by the price increases the tax is sparking. In some cases, shoppers found that they were paying more for the soda tax than the actual product they were purchasing. The 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary drinks is implemented at the distribution level, meaning retailers must choose how much of the cost to pass onto consumers at the shelves. A 12-pack of Lipton Diet Green Tea at a Save-A-Lot in the city is now priced at $8.03, instead the $4.99 it costed in December,...
  • Is Trump’s Tariff Plan Constitutional?

    01/03/2017 5:57:32 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 101 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 3, 2017 | REBECCA M. KYSAR
    Among the first steps being floated by the incoming Trump administration is a 5 to 10 percent tariff on imports, implemented through an executive order. It’s the sort of shoot-first, ask-questions-later action that President-elect Donald J. Trump promised during the campaign. It’s also unconstitutional. That’s because the path to imposing tariffs — along with taxes and other revenue-generating measures — clearly begins with Congress, and in particular the House, through the Origination Clause. When presidents have raised (or lowered) tariffs in the past, they have tended to do so using explicit, if sometimes wide-ranging, authority from Congress. The founders thought...
  • Dems Plan To Use MILLIONS In Taxpayer Money To Keep Illegal Immigrants From Being Deported

    12/31/2016 3:12:32 PM PST · by ColdOne · 54 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/31/16 | Justin Caruso
    Democratic politicians, including mayors in three major cities, are looking to use millions in taxpayer funds to protect illegal immigrants in their cities from deportation. Mayors of Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco are looking to create funds to provide attorneys to illegal immigrants who face deportation, the Wall Street Journal reports. If these efforts succeed, the amount of taxpayer money set aside to protect illegal immigrants will easily be in the millions. California alone will consider a bill that may cost between $10-80 million per year. Los Angeles has already set aside $10 million for an immigrant defense fund.
  • NPR Lies to Donors: We Offer 'Unbiased Journalism' With 'Accuracy' and 'Civility'

    12/30/2016 4:11:50 AM PST · by kevcol · 36 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 29, 2016 | Tim Graham
    NPR fans received an e-mail with the subject line "Bold, unbiased journalism." That's pretty funny coming from a network that puts a loving touch on Barack Obama in interviews and never secured an interview with Donald Trump. . . . Dear Friend, As I said on the radio the other day,* journalism is at the heart of who we are at NPR. Facts matter. We strongly believe in and follow the core journalism values of accuracy, fairmindedness, integrity and independence. We are the public’s media. That is, we work for you....
  • Trump Tax Reforms Could Depend On Little-Known ‘Scoring’ Panel

    12/29/2016 10:10:03 AM PST · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 29 December 2016 | David Morgan
    President-elect Donald Trump’s goal of overhauling the U.S. tax code in 2017 will depend partly on the work of an obscure congressional committee tasked with estimating how much future economic growth will result from tax cuts. Known as the Joint Committee on Taxation, or JCT, the nonpartisan panel assigns “dynamic scores” to major tax bills in Congress, based on economic models, to forecast a bill’s ultimate impact on the federal budget. The higher a tax bill’s dynamic score, the more likely it is seen as spurring growth, raising tax revenues and keeping the federal deficit in check. As Trump and...
  • You have a few days left to dodge this 50 percent tax bill

    12/28/2016 3:01:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 75 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/28/16 | Kelli B. Grant
    Nearly a third of retirees are playing chicken with one of the steepest tax penalties out there — and they are running out of time. IRS rules on so-called required minimum distributions generally kick in once you reach age 70˝. For 401(k)s and other defined contribution plans, it's either when you turn 70˝. or you retire, whichever is later. If you've inherited an IRA, you might also be subject to RMDs, even if your own retirement is years away. How much you need to take is usually based on the account balance at the end of the previous year, and...
  • Harry Reid brags: ‘I’ve done stuff no one else will do.’ ...Like lie about Mitt Romney’s taxes!

    12/28/2016 12:01:57 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/28/16 | Robert Laurie
    Grade-A scumbag. I can disagree with someone and still get along well with them. I don’t need to share your politics to believe you’re a good person. Aside from communists and fascists, I know, trust, and respect people from virtually every point on the political spectrum. So, when I say that Harry Reid is a repugnant, lying, worthless dirtbag, I want you to understand that it has nothing to do with his political beliefs. It has everything to do with his complete lack of character, honor, and integrity.
  • Why the Majority of Small Business Owners Chose Donald Trump

    12/27/2016 3:33:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Sonoran News ^ | December 27, 2016 | Frank Costabilo
    WOODBURY, Minn. – As a proud owner of a boutique public relations firm, I , like so many small business owners throughout the United States, had a feeling that the national election results might deviate from the suggested outcome of the aggregate polling data. I have represented a variety of small businesses’ public relations needs for over 20 years and can confidently say I have spoken directly to over 5,000 small business owners nationwide. My specialty is small business; I have not worked for the Fortune 500 crowd or represented their business needs in any way. For those that feed...
  • Want to know why US businesses are losing? Ask the World Bank

    12/26/2016 2:40:49 PM PST · by 198ml · 15 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 12/26/16 | John Gray
    On Monday, Bret Stephens wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal called “Doomed to Stagnate.” The article was predicated on a little-known annual survey by the World Bank known as “Doing Business,” a document that ranks the business climate of nearly every nation around the world. Most Americans might expect the largest capitalist economy in the world, the United States, to lead the pack — but they’d be wrong. In fact, most Americans might be surprised to learn that not only are we not on top, but we have become less economically competitive in the world since Obama took...
  • Millionaires, Drug Dealers And Senators Caught Using Food Stamps Illegally This Year

    12/26/2016 8:36:13 AM PST · by kevcol · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | December 25, 2016 | Thomas Phippen
    An Arizona Democratic lawmaker was indicted for illegally getting food stamps and falsifying her application to the program in June. . . . An Ohio millionaire descended from Iranian royalty was indicted for welfare fraud in December after prosecutors allege he fraudulently took $45,000 in Medicare benefits and received $8,400 in food stamps. Mahvi, 65, insists that he is innocent, that even though he has an 8,000-square-foot home, complete with horse stables, a swimming pool, and a garage where he parks his Lexus, his family gets very little income and lives off of loans from friends.
  • BENEFIT FARCE: ISIS fighters receiving unemployment benefits as they 'need assistance'

    12/24/2016 6:39:55 AM PST · by kevcol · 11 replies
    Express-UK ^ | December 24, 2016 | Rebecca Perring
    BARBARIC Islamic State (ISIS) fighters have continued to claim thousands of pounds in benefit handouts at the cost of the taxpayer, it has emerged. Denmark has discovered that 36 people who fled to join the terror cult have received handouts from the state that rack up to 672,000 kroner (Ł76,957). “If you travel to Syria to participate in war, to become an ISIS fighter, then you obviously do not have any right for benefits from the government.” At least 135 people have fled Denmark to join the sick terrorist regime. The country is thought to be the second European country...
  • China tycoon moves jobs to US, citing high taxes at home

    12/22/2016 11:41:38 AM PST · by grimalkin · 9 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | 12/22/16 | AFP
    Shanghai (AFP) - A Chinese auto glass tycoon has caused a stir by shifting part of his empire to the United States and setting up a factory in Ohio, citing high taxes and soaring labour costs at home. Cao Dewang's $600-million investment comes after Donald Trump threatened to declare Beijing a currency manipulator and slap 45 percent punitive tariffs on Chinese imports to protect American jobs. The 70-year-old tycoon's decision to open a glass factory in the eastern American state of Ohio in October -- a rare case of jobs being exported from China to the US -- triggered an...
  • Taxpayers Billed for Zombie Macbeth, Plays About ‘Privilege’

    12/22/2016 4:03:01 AM PST · by kevcol · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 22, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Endowment for the Arts released its latest round of grants, with new taxpayer-funded art such as Macbeth with zombies, cowboy poetry, a play about privilege, and a traveling gay men’s chorus. . . . This year’s grant will support the “world premiere of Monique Jenkinson’s ‘Delicate Material,’ which questions how society views gender and misogyny.” “Fauxnique made herstory as the first cissexual female to win a major drag pageant,” according to Jenkinson’s website. Other projects on gender identity and sex include the play Trans Scripts about six men who are now women, costing $50,000.
  • 9 Horrific Examples Of Gov’t Waste In 2016, Starting With Feminine Glacier Studies

    12/21/2016 4:55:10 PM PST · by kevcol · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | December 21, 2016 | Kathryn Watson
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) spent $412,000 for a paper encouraging a feminist approach to glaciology, the study of glaciers, according to a report earlier this year from Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford. “Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions,” the paper said.
  • Illinois losing 1 resident every 4.6 minutes

    12/21/2016 5:56:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 81 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | Dec 20, 2016 | Michael Lucci
    Illinois losing 1 resident every 4.6 minutes, could fall behind Pennsylvania in population Jobs + Growth / Article December 20, 2016 Illinois has record loss of 114,000 residents to other states in 2016 as population shrinks by 37,500. Imagine the entire population of Peoria, Illinois’ seventh-largest city, all picking up and moving across state lines in one year, never to work, pay taxes or create jobs in Illinois again. That’s equivalent to what happened to Illinois over the past year: New migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that from July 2015 to July 2016, Illinois lost 114,000 people,...
  • Walker asks Trump to allow Wisconsin to drug test food stamp recipients

    12/20/2016 1:16:18 PM PST · by kevcol · 79 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 20, 2016 | Kelly Cohen
    Walker has long supported drug testing food stamp recipients, a policy he and Republican lawmakers approved in 2015 that has since been blocked by a federal court. Federal law does not allow states to impose drug tests on recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, better known as food stamps. "We have been forced to delay our implementation and are optimistic your administration will give states like Wisconsin the flexibility to provide the accountability the taxpayers demand," Walker said in his letter.
  • Taxpayers Foot Bill for ‘Doggie Hamlet’

    12/20/2016 4:28:51 AM PST · by kevcol · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 20, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Endowment for the Arts is spending $30,000 for a series of dance performances, including Doggie Hamlet. The “conceptual art” features actors yelling and running at sheep in a field in Vermont. Dartmouth College received the funding in the latest round of NEA grants released this month. . . . “Doggie Hamlet recalls the bucolic impression of a landscape painting or a 3D pastoral poem,” the group said. “The sheep, the dogs, the human performers, and the earth’s surface are at once performing as themselves and as living symbols in this work.”
  • Trump should facilitate job creation with free market solutions

    12/17/2016 7:49:59 PM PST · by gabriellah · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/17/2016 | Gabriella Hoffman
    Trump’s predecessors in both parties enabled government to interfere with private enterprise. If Trump truly wants to drain the swamp, his incoming administration cannot pick economic winners and losers. It must create a pro-business climate virtually free of regulations and burdensome taxes to see true economic prosperity.
  • Obama Keeps Bragging About Low Gas Prices But He Didn’t Want Them

    12/16/2016 1:14:23 PM PST · by rhett october · 6 replies
    Resistance Feed ^ | 12-16-2016 | Rhett October
    Speaking at a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton in September, President Obama touted his economic record with these lines: “More Americans are working. More have health insurance. Incomes are rising. Poverty is falling. And gas is $2 a gallon.” First of all, the economic numbers he's bragging about are absolute smoke and mirrors. In November, Bernie Sanders told a crowd that Obama might be touting an unemployment rate of 5% or less, but that he could only claim that number when part-time jobs were counted the same as full-time jobs. According to Sanders, the real unemployment rate is over 9%....
  • Taxpayer-Funded Play Imagines Going Back in Time to Assassinate Christopher Columbus

    12/16/2016 5:43:31 AM PST · by kevcol · 38 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 16, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Endowment for the Arts is helping fund the production of a play about going back in time to kill Christopher Columbus. The agency recently awarded $10,000 to the Borderlands Theater, which views people living near or on the U.S. border as “citizens of the world,” for the production entitled “Shooting Columbus.” “A collaborative effort between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Arizona artists will combine elements from interviews with tribal elders and community members with movement, media, and traditional theater for a site-based, immersive, interactive performance,” according to a grant for the project. “The guest artists are members of the Shooting...
  • Republican Leaders to Oppose Trump Tax Cuts

    12/12/2016 6:07:17 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 119 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | December 12, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    You just knew this was coming… Republican leader Mitch McConnell warned today he will not pass Donald Trump’s tax cuts. Senate Majority Leader McConnell has a different plan. Bloomberg.com reported: President-elect Donald Trump’s race to enact the biggest tax cuts since the 1980s went under a caution flag Monday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned he considers current levels of U.S. debt “dangerous” and said he wants any tax overhaul to avoid adding to the deficit. “I think this level of national debt is dangerous and unacceptable,” McConnell said, adding he hopes Congress doesn’t lose sight of that when...
  • McConnell, Warning of ‘Dangerous’ Debt, Wants Tax Cut Offsets

    12/12/2016 4:14:17 PM PST · by madison10 · 64 replies
    Bloomberg | 12/12/16 | Steven T. Dennis & Sahil Kapur
    Link Only: https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-12-12/mcconnell-warning-of-dangerous-debt-wants-tax-cut-offsets
  • Tesla is playing the tax subsidy game, and winning

    12/11/2016 8:47:50 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 9, 2016 | Dan Morain
    In the never-ending competition among states for jobs, Arizona stung California by enticing Lucid, a Menlo Park-based electric car company, to build its factory in Case Grande. But as Deana Carrillo has concluded, “Every company has its black box.” They all have internal reasons for coming, staying or departing for greener tax-subsidized pastures. Carrillo is executive director of the entity within Treasurer John Chiang’s office that goes by the unwieldy name of the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority. The authority had offered a $44 million sales tax break to Lucid. However, the Arizona Commerce Authority offered $46.5...
  • CBO backs off plan to tax cars by the mile

    12/11/2016 7:20:24 AM PST · by kevcol · 40 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 9, 2016 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Congressional Budget Office this week backed away from the idea of taxing cars based on how far they drive in order to boost federal highway taxes, after initially saying the idea is one that could be explored. . . . The Obama administration and others have floated the idea of imposing a tax on vehicle miles traveled tax, or a VMT tax, which would charge people based on how far they drive. And in 2011, CBO put out a report that said this was a "practical" option in light of new technology that makes it easier to track cars...
  • Steve Novick's CEO tax wins close vote, putting Portland on world map

    12/07/2016 6:59:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | December 7, 2016 | Jessica Floum
    In a move that's drawn international headlines, Portland will launch a first-of-its-kind tax on public companies that pay their chief executives vastly more than they pay an average worker. Portland City Council approved the controversial plan 3-1 Wednesday, making a statement about growing income disparity in the United States while giving Commissioner Steve Novick a legacy piece in his final weeks in City Hall. The tax targets publicly traded companies whose chief executives report salaries at least 100 times higher than the salary of a median worker. Officials expect to raise $2.5 million a year starting in January 2017, with...
  • 65 Million Americans Should Threaten to Not Pay Taxes Until democracy is restored

    12/06/2016 6:26:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | December 6, 2016 | Mark Weston
    The approximately 65 million Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton should pledge that in the future if a Republican wins the presidency with fewer votes than a Democrat for the third time in our era, we won’t pay taxes to the federal government. No taxation without representation! Twice in the past 16 years, a Republican candidate who finished second in the popular vote has won the presidency. This year, Donald Trump won the electoral vote with about 46% of the popular vote, while Hillary Clinton received about 48%. If the parties stay this evenly divided, another electoral mishap is more...
  • Portland looks to cash in on high CEO pay

    12/05/2016 5:13:25 AM PST · by kevcol · 31 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 5, 2016 | Joseph Lawler
    The city council in Portland, Ore., is set to consider a measure that would tax a company more if the CEO's pay is deemed too high compared to employees' salaries. It is a measure that may be too far-out right now even for famously liberal Portland, but it represents a way to use new CEO pay disclosure rules that advocates hope, and opponents fear, could be taken up by other cities or states. . . . Detractors are quick to point out potential flaws, especially that the policy would incentivize companies to leave Portland. "It's really easy to cross the...
  • Donald Trump Targets Second Plant Over Plans to Shift to Mexico

    12/03/2016 9:13:43 AM PST · by rhett october · 24 replies
    Resistance Feed ^ | 12-3-2016 | Rhett October
    This past Friday, Donald Trump focused on a second U.S. manufacturing plant that plans to move jobs from Indiana to Mexico due to the NAFTA trade imbalance and the highest-in-the-world corporate taxes of the United States at 35%. Paying the highest business taxes in the world makes it exceptionally difficult to do business in the United States compared to many other parts of the world such as Ireland where the corporate/business tax rate is 11%. Business has thrived in Ireland since the corporate tax rate was lowered to that percentage, resulting in large numbers of new jobs as businesses grew,...
  • Obama sneaks $4 billion for illegals in lame duck budget

    12/03/2016 4:42:33 AM PST · by kevcol · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 2, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    Specifically, $1 billion would provide "cash and medical expenses and social services" for illegals and refugees. Another $2.82 billion would fund the care of youths flooding across the border in historic numbers. "HHS is experiencing the highest number of unaccompanied children in care and the largest footprint of funded capacity in the program's history, and flows of unaccompanied children have continued to grow over the last months," said the administration's documents. That increase, which has shocked many immigration critics on Capitol Hill, is far more than the $1.4 billion increase the administration sought for veterans health care in the Fiscal...
  • (Gov Rahm) Emanuel Announces Immigrant Legal Fund

    12/02/2016 1:32:49 PM PST · by PBRCat · 56 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 2, 2016 | John Byrne
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday kept up his postelection push to position himself as a protector of immigrants against President-elect Donald Trump, announcing the creation of a $1 million "legal protection fund" to help those fighting possible deportation. The fund was created in partnership with the National Immigrant Justice Center to "provide immediate legal information, screenings, consultations and representation to individuals who may be at risk for deportation," according to a news release from Emanuel's office. The money will come from the $20 million the city set aside for Emanuel's property tax rebate program, according to city spokeswoman Jennifer Martinez.
  • Vice President-elect Mike Pence Says Trump Administration Plans Ambitious Agenda

    12/02/2016 12:05:29 PM PST · by rhett october · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 1, 2016 | PETER NICHOLAS
    CINCINNATI—Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Thursday that the incoming Trump administration is planning a burst of activity that would take aim at the gridlock in Washington, pressing forward with its goals to overhaul the tax code, health care and immigration laws.
  • New EPA rules push regulatory costs past $1 trillion, $3,080 per person

    12/01/2016 6:20:53 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/1/16 | Paul Bedard
    The new implementation of EPA rules on heavy trucks has boosted the 10-year regulatory burden on America past $1 trillion, 75 percent of which have been imposed by the Obama administration. That amounts to a one-time charge of $3,080 per person, or an annual cost of $540 ... each year every person, regardless of age, in the nation is responsible for paying roughly $540 in regulatory costs. These burdens might take the form of higher prices, fewer jobs, or reduced wages," said AAF's Sam Batkins ... The staggering amount is likely to surge even higher as President Obama scrambles to...