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  • NFL owners sack taxpayers, line own pockets

    09/22/2015 12:37:10 PM PDT · by oh8eleven · 22 replies
    The Wahington Times ^ | 21 September 2015 | Drew Johnson
    The winners are the NFL’s 32 team owners, who managed to scam taxpayers out of $7 billion over the last 20 years to subsidize stadium construction and renovation schemes, according to a new report by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance. That leaves taxpayers as the losers, forced to fork over their hard-earned money in a perverse corporate welfare scheme that amounts to welfare for billionaires.
  • Meet Solyndra 2.0: This US-Taxpayer-Subsidized Spanish "Renewables" Firm Is Collapsing

    08/04/2015 9:00:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/04/2015 | Tyler Durden
    News that bonds and stocks of Abengoa SA - the Spanish renewable-energy company - plunged after a plan to shore up capital failed to reassure investors that it can stop burning cash is likely to have passed many by. But coming just one day after President Obama unleashed his Clean Power Plan, the fact that the company - that is now facing significant liquidity concerns - received over $230 million in US taxpayer subsidies in 2014 - despite two ongoing federal investigations - may raise an eyebrow or two as images of Solyndra's government-sponsored farce come to mind... as...
  • Audit finds 22 of 23 taxpayer-backed ObamaCare co-ops lost money in 2014

    07/30/2015 8:54:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 30, 2015
    Under resident Barack Obama's overhaul, taxpayers provided $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going, but only one out of 23 -- the one in Maine -- made money last year ... Another one, the Iowa/Nebraska co-op, was shut down by regulators over financial concerns. The audit by the Health and Human Services inspector general's office also found that 13 of the 23 lagged far behind their 2014 enrollment projections. The probe raised concerns about whether federal loans will be repaid, and ... Just last week, the Louisiana Health Cooperative announced it would cease offering coverage next year
  • Growing tax burden will push people out of Cook County and Chicago

    07/17/2015 8:53:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ted Dabrowski
    City officials are pushing property-tax hikes, sales-tax hikes, and even a commuter tax and financial-transaction tax. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s wish for a $474 million sales-tax increase to help pay for the county’s growing pension debt has been granted. The hike pushes the sales-tax rate back up to 10.25 percent in Chicago – the same as it was when Preckwinkle took office in 2010. And that’s not the only new tax residents have to face. Preckwinkle is just the latest local leader to usher in a tax increase. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel created a new tax earlier this...
  • Reality Check: Trip To Pluto Cost Less Than Vikings' Stadium

    07/16/2015 12:14:27 PM PDT · by Colonel_Flagg · 32 replies
    WCCO-TV ^ | July 15, 2015 6:39 PM | Pat Kessler
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — NASA scientists and planet lovers everywhere are cheering the Pluto space probe, which is now sending images of the dwarf planet back to Earth. The cost of the 10-year voyage is raising eyebrows, but not for the reasons you might think. (snip) The edge-of-the-solar-system breakthrough cost $720 million. That’s less than the cost of the $1 billion Vikings stadium. And less than half the $1.7 billion price tag of the Southwest Rail Project.
  • Chinese-owned NH solar project costs ratepayers $1.22M

    06/16/2015 6:05:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Watchdog ^ | June 16, 2015 | Tori Richards
    New Hampshire utility ratepayers will pay a Taiwanese company $1.22 million to build the state’s largest solar installation so that a small town can save about $500,000 in power costs over the life of the project. Taiwan’s Walsin Lihwa, parent company of Borrego Solar, will use Chinese-made solar panels in the 3.5-acre project, which is supposed to be finished in July. It will supply power to several municipal buildings in the area but only some of the time: the town of Peterborough (population: 6,284) gets only 197 sunny days per year. “What a great project,” deadpanned David Kreutzer, a senior...
  • This Taxpayer-Funded Video Tribute to Eric Holder Brought to You by the DOJ

    05/09/2015 10:30:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/08/2015 | by HANS A. VON SPAKOVSKY & JOHN FUND
    When Attorney General Eric Holder’s reign at the Justice Department ended earlier this month, readers of National Review probably hoped it would mean the end of stories about Holder’s seemingly inexhaustible misbehavior and legal shenanigans. But apparently he could not leave without one last abuse of taxpayer funds. Holder is the only attorney general in history to be held in contempt of Congress. But that didn’t stop the Justice Department from releasing a nine-minute paean to him, which paints him as a cross between Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Theresa. It’s entitled “Attorney General Eric Holder: The People’s Lawyer.”...
  • Victory. Convicted murderer to get taxpayer funded sex change operation

    04/05/2015 5:17:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/04/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Some great news for the taxpayers of California. A man convicted of murder and currently serving time in state prison has managed to convince a judge that the state will pay costs of at least $100k for gender reassignment surgery since he’s suffering from gender dysphoria. A federal judge on Thursday ordered California’s corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex change surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state.U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco ruled that denying sex reassignment surgery to 51-year-old Michelle-Lael Norsworthy violates his/her constitutional rights. Her/His birth...
  • State Department To Fly Central American Children Into US

    04/02/2015 5:56:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 04/01/2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Potentially millions of current and former illegal immigrants now have the opportunity to fly their children to the U.S. with taxpayer dollars. Once they arrive, they will be eligible for benefits including a free education, healthcare and food stamps. The State Department and Department of Homeland Security will administer the program, ... Some of the benefits they will receive are a free education, medical care, living expenses and food stamps. ... The U.S. has already sent staff to the region and began accepting applications in December. If applicants don’t qualify for refugee status, they can be considered for parole status
  • Obamacare program costs $50,000 in taxpayer money for every American who gets health insurance

    01/27/2015 1:09:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/27/2015 | By DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR
    * Stunning figure comes from Congressional Budget Office report that revised cost estimates for the next 10 years * Government will spend $1.993 TRILLION over a decade and take in $643 BILLION in new taxes, penalties and fees related to Obamacare * The $1.35 trillion net cost will result in 'between 24 million and 27 million' fewer Americans being uninsured – a $50,000 price tag per person at best * The law will still leave 'between 29 million and 31 million' nonelderly Americans without medical insurance * Numbers assume Obamacare insurance exchange enrollment will double between now and 2025 It...
  • Gas Guzzler Tax Deduction Restored To $500K For 2014 By Budget Bill

    12/30/2014 4:18:02 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 30 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | December 29, 2014 | John Voelcker
    If politics is the art of successful compromise--defined as outcomes that make all parties equally unhappy--then the recent budget extension bill offers something for everyone. It extended the tax credits for electric-car charging stations and natural-gas-vehicle refueling stations, which should make owners of those vehicles happy. But it did not extend the generous tax credits for purchase or lease of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, disappointing advocates of that zero-emission vehicle technology. Those advocates include Toyota, Hyundai, and Honda. Now, it turns out, the often-reviled "gas guzzler tax deduction" was restored to its previous level by the budget bill as well. As...
  • Presenting The $303 Trillion In Derivatives That US Taxpayers Are Now On The Hook For

    12/12/2014 6:25:55 AM PST · by coloradan · 57 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 12/12/2014 | Zerohedge
    Courtesy of the Cronybus(sic) last minute passage, government was provided a quid-pro-quo $1.1 trillion spending allowance with Wall Street's blessing in exchange for assuring banks that taxpayers would be on the hook for yet another bailout, as a result of the swaps push-out provision, after incorporating explicit Citigroup language that allows financial institutions to trade certain financial derivatives from subsidiaries that are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, explicitly putting taxpayers on the hook for losses caused by these contracts. Recall: (more at link)
  • Cal Health Dept. ordering all insurance plans to cover elective abortion

    12/10/2014 2:07:29 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    California State Senate 36th District ^ | 12/10/2014 | Joel Anderson
    Senator Joel Anderson California State Senate, 36th DistrictHon. Jerry Brown Governor, State of California State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814Dear Governor BrownMy constituents and I are deeply troubled by the Department of Managed Health Care's (DMHC) assault on the religious liberties of 38-million Californians.DMHC's August 22nd decision ordered all insurance plans in the state to immediately begin covering elective abortion procedures. According to DMHC, elective abortions must be covered under a 40-year-old state law requiring health plans to cover "basic health services." This new, unprecedented interpretation of 40-year old language creates a mandate that violates the free exercise rights of churches,...
  • New Law Would Make Taxpayers Potentially Liable For TRILLIONS In Derivatives Losses

    12/07/2014 4:30:18 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 28 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | December 7th, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    If the quadrillion dollar derivatives bubble implodes, who should be stuck with the bill? Well, if the “too big to fail” banks have their way it will be you and I. Right now, lobbyists for the big Wall Street banks are pushing really hard to include an extremely insidious provision in a bill that would keep the federal government funded past the upcoming December 11th deadline. This provision would allow these big banks to trade derivatives through subsidiaries that are federally insured by the FDIC. What this would mean is that the big banks would be able to continue their...
  • It is Time to END Farm Subsidies

    12/04/2014 12:32:05 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 25 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | December 3, 2014 | Jon E Dougherty
    How much does it cost to run a country? Each year federal, state and local governments confiscate more than $5.7 trillion from the economy, based on 2013 figures. Of that number, $1.1 trillion is eaten by local governments; state governments take in $1.6 trillion, and the federal government consumes more than $3 trillion. And still runs a deficit of hundreds of billions each year. Part of the problem is that We the People have developed quite a voracious appetite for OPM – other people’s money. Federal aid and entitlement programs consume the lion’s share of the budget; this is called...
  • Welfare Abuse in America

    11/19/2014 5:50:41 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/1/2013 | MisterYouOkay
    Welfare Abuse in America 30 year old Kiara of Baltimore been on welfare for 12 Years. She is one of the welfare recipients who feel entitled for services on are tax payers dollar
  • JW Files Taxpayer Lawsuit to Stop Congress from Participating in D.C.’s Small Business Exchange

    10/16/2014 7:27:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | OCTOBER 15, 2014
    Documents Show Congress Submitted False Information to Participate in Exchange. Though restricted by law to small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, D.C. Exchange allows Congress to provide health insurance to 12,359 members of Congress, staffers, spouses, and dependents. Judicial Watch today filed a taxpayer lawsuit against the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority to stop Congress from participating in D.C.’s “Small Business Exchange.” At least 12,359 members of Congress, congressional staffers, and their spouses and dependents currently purchase health insurance in D.C.’s “Small Business Exchange” even though Congress far exceeds D.C. law’s 50-employee limit for participating in the...

    10/06/2014 8:08:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Powerline ^ | 10/06/2014 | John Hinderaker
    While strong cases can be made for both Benghazi and Fast and Furious, most voters consider Barack Obama’s misuse of the IRS to be his administration’s worst scandal so far. But, as we wrote last year, targeting of conservative non-profits for harassment is not the only dimension of the IRS scandal. In addition, there is strong reason to believe that one or more White House political appointees have illegally accessed private taxpayer information and used it for political gain.Austan Goolsbee directed Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and later chaired his Council of Economic Advisers. In August 2010, Goolsbee conducted...
  • Billions In Taxpayer Dollars Spent On ´Lyrical, Poetic´ Embassy Architecture Overseas

    07/09/2014 11:41:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jonathan Strong
    Under the Obama administration, embassy construction costs have exploded even while security – a major issue in the Benghazi scandal – has grown worse. Now we know why. A video released by the State Department in 2012 shows exhibits the philosophy behind a campaign begun under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to build fancy buildings overseas to enhance the nation´s reputation. The video opens with a narrator explaining the “universally understood language of diplomacy” including “art, design and architecture” that “communicate our ideals...without speaking a word.” From there, a series of high-profile architects use embarrassingly flowery language to explain
  • Campaign Contributions Ensnare Udall in IRS’s Missing Emails Scandal ( Colorado )

    06/21/2014 8:11:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | June 19, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    Top GOP officials are concerned that missing among the IRS’s internal emails are communications with Sen. Mark Udall and a dozen other Democrats who received campaign contributions from the federal agency’s union. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) first issued Freedom of Information Act requests to the IRS last year seeking all electronic and written documents between top officials there and the Democrats who received the campaign funding, but the attempts have been repeatedly stonewalled. Udall has accepted $13,000 in donations from the National Treasury Employees Union that represents IRS employees ... This is just another instance of Mark Udall...
  • Congressman introduces 'The Dog Ate My Tax Return Act'

    06/20/2014 7:47:57 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 49 replies ^ | June 20, 2014 | BOB UNRUH
    A statement released from the office of Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, says what’s good for the government should be good for taxpayers. So there might come a time in the future when a letter starting out, “Dear IRS, The dog ate my tax receipts,” would be a perfectly acceptable response to a government inquiry about those “health cost” deductions for a hot tub and the trips to the Bahamas. The word came from Stockman’s office on Friday after a contentious hearing in Congress where the chief of the IRS said there was no apology due for the agency’s loss of...
  • New Live Action project exposes Planned Parenthood’s illegal practices, urges Congress cut funding

    05/29/2014 7:29:14 AM PDT · by topher · 2 replies ^ | Wed May 28, 2014 15:49 EST | Dustin Siggins
    ARLINGTON, VA, May 28, 2014 ( -- Six years of undercover videos and phone calls show that Planned Parenthood engages in illegal and unethical behavior, according to the pro-life group Live Action's newest video and website project. Launched earlier today, Live Action's "Planned Parenthood EXPOSED" project calls upon Congress to stop taxpayer funding of the abortion giant. The organization has penned a letter to all members of Congress insisting that Planned Parenthood "should not receive even a cent of American taxpayers' income."
  • Planned Parenthood closes office after Kansas cuts off state funding

    05/24/2014 12:43:02 AM PDT · by topher · 7 replies ^ | Fri May 23, 2014 15:47 EST | by Ben Johnson
    HAYS, KS, May 23, 2014 ( – Planned Parenthood has announced it is closing its office in Hays, Kansas, after the state successfully defended a law that effectively cuts off state funds from the abortion provider. The Hays Health Center offered abortion referrals as well as the morning after pill, which can work as an abortifacient.
  • Planned Parenthood defrauds Medicaid with unnecessary procedures on incarcerated minorities: lawsuit

    05/22/2014 12:51:49 AM PDT · by topher · 18 replies ^ | Wed May 21, 2014 15:14 EST | Ben Johnson
    HUNTSVILLE, TX, May 21, 2014 ( – A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Texas bilked state and federal taxpayers for 10 years by performing unnecessary medical procedures on incarcerated teens, most of whom are minorities, according to a lawsuit filed by a whistleblower. “Planned Parenthood targets an incarcerated population of minority youth exclusively for unnecessary testing and fraudulent claim billing,” according to a lawsuit filed by Patricia Carroll, an Accounts Receivable Manager at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) from October 2007 until she resigned in October 2012.
  • States with the Best & Worst Taxpayer ROI(Return on Investment)

    05/15/2014 5:56:01 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 4 replies
    Wallet Hub ^ | May 2014 | John S Kiernan
    There is an obvious disconnect in the minds of taxpayers between the amount we fork over each April and what we ultimately receive from the government in return. Tax Day is a tangible, painful reminder of our investments in federal, state and local governments, but it’s difficult to discern the government’s precise role in our day-to-day quality of life and overall pursuit of happiness. Perhaps that’s why 52% of people feel they pay too much in taxes and most people think roughly half of their tax dollars are being wasted.
  • Ukraine Just Issued $1 Billion Bonds Backed By The US Taxpayer

    05/14/2014 12:22:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5/14/14 | tyler durden
    The bailout floodgates are open and the US taxpayer is footing the bill once again - whether through IMF loans or more directly. Today saw Ukraine issue $1 Billion 5-Year Notes at a stunningly low risk of only 28bps above US Treasuries and dramatically cheaper than the cost of capital in the public markets (and from the IMF) which yield over 10%. The reason for the 1) low cost, and 2) actual ability to raise debt... the bond is guaranteed by the US Agency for International Development and "assures full repayment of principal and interest" based on the full faith...
  • Ruben Wills, Queens city councilman, busted in corruption investigation ( NY Democrat )

    05/11/2014 5:18:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 8, 2014 | Barry Paddock , Kenneth Lovett
    The politician was charged with misusing tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds — even spending some of the money on a $750 designer handbag. ... A city councilman's career is going to hell in a Louis Vuitton handbag. Councilman Ruben Wills, 42, of Jamaica, Queens, was arrested Wednesday on charges of stealing $30,500 in government money, and using some of it for shopping trips to Nordstrom and Century 21 and the purchase of a $750 Vuitton bag at Macy’s. Wills, a Democrat, was slapped with a dozen charges, including scheming to defraud, grand larceny and falsifying business records....
  • The influence pedlers in D.C. don't want the IRS code changed

    . Is it possible that the people in Washington D.C. who sell their influence and the rest of the people in Washington D.C. that are buying that influence don’t want to solve the problem? Senators and Representatives often talk about simplifying the tax code but it never happens. The very complexity of the tax code creates an enormous opportunity for special interest lobbyists in Washington. Given the large campaign war chests amassed by incumbents from special interest lobbyists and the companies they represent I think that we can correctly surmise why the tax code exists as it does.
  • Their Right to Your Money

    03/23/2014 11:37:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | March 23, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Thirty-three hifalutin members of Colorado’s political elite — state legislators, former legislators, board of education officials, city and county politicians, and assorted insiders — have locked arms in whining solidarity as plaintiffs in what’s called a federal case. Why? They lost an election . . . way back in 1992! Now, as the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals put it, “Plaintiffs claim that they have been deprived of their power over taxation and revenue.” Boo hoo. Back in 1992, the pesky people of Colorado petitioned the Taxpayer Bill of Rights onto the ballot and passed it, against the objections...
  • US Taxpayer "Bailed Out" BNP Paribas Probed By DoJ & Fed On Sudan, Iran, Libya Deals

    02/13/2014 11:24:58 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/13/14 | tyler durden
    TARP Recipient BNP Paribas got $4.9bn of bailouts from the U.S. Taxpayer - Today, as the WSJ reports we learn BNP Paribas has been funding transactions in Iran, Syria and other countries subject to U.S. Sanctions since 2002. The bank set aside $1.1 billion to settle investigations by the Department of Justice and the Federal Reserve but as the NY Times reports, investigations are playing out on multiple fronts - centering on whether the firm did "a significant amount" of business in "blacklisted" countires (and routed the deals through the US financial system). Via WSJ, “ internal probe conducted over...
  • Whoah! Obama´s Opulent StateDinners Cost The Taxpayer AboutHalf A Million Dollars Each

    02/11/2014 8:32:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 2/11/14 | Soopermexican
    Obama is having a grand old time with his socialist buddy President Francois Hollande of France on his visit, and for the first time ever, Americans will get a view of just how much a State dinner costs them. It took thirteen months for the State Department to respond to the request for the costs of such dinners, but here they are! CBS News has obtained the Office of Protocol’s expense calculations for the first five state dinners of the Obama presidency. Nov. 24, 2009 – State dinner for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India. $572,187.36 May 19, 2010 –...
  • Thinking of Employee Evaluation Forms for Incumbent Elected Officials

    01/29/2014 10:46:36 AM PST · by Howie66 · 7 replies
    Vanity | 29 January, 2014 | Self
    Living in TEXAS, I have been hearing campaign ads being aired by Senator John Cornyn that really are irritating me. In these ads, one would not know that Senator Cornyn IS the Senate Minority Whip or that he's been in the Senate for almost a full 2 terms (11 years). Further, he paints a self portrait as being a Real Conservative just like me. In light of this, I am preparing to fill out an Employee Performance Evaluation form and then send it to him. Can anybody recommend a good and comprehensive form with which to do this? I'm also...
  • The Taxpayers’ Happy Thanksgiving

    11/27/2013 9:36:53 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-28-13 | Ben Wilterdink
    We all know there is nothing scarier than taxes, but with Halloween behind us, taxpayers have much to be thankful for this holiday season. ALEC’s recently released 2013 State Tax Cut Roundup highlights the 18 states that significantly cut taxes in the 2013 legislative session. Here are some of this year’s top picks that highlight how much reform minded legislators can save taxpayers. North Carolina’s 2013 tax reform package is one of the most successful tax reform efforts in the last decade. Although it was contentious, the final plan is estimated to save taxpayers $500 in the first two years...
  • Obamacare may need a taxpayer bailout: Ex-HHS head

    11/19/2013 7:53:41 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 53 replies
    The rollout of Obamacare has been "absolutely chaotic," said Tommy Thompson, who served as U.S. Health and Human Services secretary under George W. Bush. But worse, he added, the new law is flawed and needs dramatic changes. "It's actuarially unsound," the former Republican governor of Wisconsin said on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Tuesday. "If you don't have the healthy young people involved, ... Obamacare cannot function. It's going to require a huge infusion of tax dollars or huge cuts." One of the cornerstones of the new health-care law is that healthy young people will pay for medical insurance that they...
  • Miami Dolphins Owner Recruits Puppet Candidates for State

    08/03/2013 9:34:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    MT ^ | August 01, 2013 | James Taylor
    Stephen Ross, the billionaire owner of the Miami Dolphins, is recruiting tax-and-spend puppet candidates to challenge fiscally conservative Florida Republican state legislators in the 2014 Republican primaries. The New York real estate investor’s actions are the latest in his campaign of personal destruction against fiscal conservatives who voted against massive taxpayer subsidies for Ross’ Sun Life Stadium. Ross, a real estate investor from Michigan who now lives in New York, owns 95 percent of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium. Ross sought funding this year from Florida state and local taxpayers to cover much of the expenses for $350...
  • President Obama's Taxpayer Funded UAW Event ( Tennessee )

    07/29/2013 3:41:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jul 29, 2013 | Scottie Hughes
    Under the cover of Obama’s campaign to sell his budget .. it is no coincidence that his visit is occurring at the same time Volkswagen is being pressured to accept the UAW into its Chattanooga factory. The United Auto Workers have tried every other option at this point including calling in a favor with the union that resides in Volkswagen’s home plant in Germany. ... it doesn’t look like the UAW’s normal campaign of propaganda seems to be succeeding; therefore, it’s time to call in the big dog himself and hope their investment of $148,967 into the reelection of President...
  • Prison with benefits: WI inmates collect $600,000 in unemployment

    07/12/2013 6:03:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-11-13 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — Who says you can’t collect unemployment in prison? The law. But that didn’t stop hundreds of inmates from cashing in on hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal unemployment payments, according to information obtained by Wisconsin Reporter through an open records request. There were 593 cases of “overpayments,” or jobless benefits paid in the names of Wisconsin prisoners between July 2012 and this month — to the tune of $616,248, according to state Department of Workforce Development records. Crime Pays? 593 inmates collected a total of $616,000 in unemployment benefits over the last year, according to the Department...
  • Tea Party group founder to Congress: I am outraged by the accusation we are subsidized

    06/04/2013 8:11:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    This is an important point because Democrats like to pretend that if you have tax-exempt status that you are being subsidized by the taxpayer. But Laurens County Tea Party group founder Dianne Belsom, who says she’s outraged by the accusation, corrects the record and points out that donations her C4 group receives are not tax deductible and have already been taxed when they were earned. The point, she says, of C4 is to ensure those donations don’t get taxed again at the end of the year.
  • The Taxpayer's Share (There's been a rash of Americans who have been renouncing citizenship)

    02/14/2013 7:53:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/14/2013 | Jon N. Hall
    Taxes have been in the news of late even more than usual, and not only in America. France's new socialist president has proposed a 75 percent top tax rate, causing the investor class to seek sunnier tax climes than dreary old Gaul. Actor Gerard Depardieu took up residence in Belgium, while former French President Sarkozy plans to move to jolly old England. Citizens of the United States, however, can't just absquatulate to some foreign country to avoid taxes. You see, the U.S. is the only major nation that taxes its non-resident citizens on income they earn abroad (see chart). Consequently,...
  • IRS Loses Lawsuit Challenging Authority to Regulate Tax Preparers

    01/22/2013 5:55:26 AM PST · by tired&retired · 20 replies
    Accounting Today ^ | JANUARY 18, 2013 | MICHAEL COHN
    In a stunning blow to the Internal Revenue Service’s efforts to regulate the tax preparation profession, a federal judge struck down the IRS’s licensing requirements for tax preparers on Friday, including testing and continuing education. U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg ruled against the IRS and in favor of the tax preparers in enjoining the agency against enforcing its Registered Tax Return Preparer requirements. “Today’s ruling is a victory for hundreds of thousands of tax preparers across the country and the tens of millions of taxpayers who rely on them to prepare their taxes,” said lead attorney Dan Alban....
  • (Channel 2 D.C.)Investigation Finds Obama Financing Mosques Worldwide With U.S. Taxpayer Dollars

    09/19/2012 4:32:38 PM PDT · by ResisTyr · 27 replies ^ | Sept. 14, 2012 | Pat Dollard
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Channel 2 Action News investigation found that the State Department is sending millions of dollars to save mosques overseas. This investment has received criticism as the United States makes an effort to slash nearly $4 trillion in government spending.Plenty of outrage following the announcement made Thursday afternoon by a government commission that suggested huge cuts to the budget, including eliminating the interest education for home mortgage. This juxtaposed with the United States investing millions to refurbish mosques as a good-will effort in Muslim countries has upset many taxpayer groups.
  • "Thank the Taxpayer" Campaign

    09/19/2012 4:27:02 AM PDT · by Jess Kitting · 2 replies
    September 19, 2012 | Everyone
    It's time to stop demonizing the taxpayers and start thanking them. They are the ones who are paying for all the benefits so generously given out in this country. Here is the start of a list of of slogans we can send to the Romney campaign. Keep them simple and positive, as much as possible. 1. Thank me. I'm a taxpayer. 2. The government didn't build that. The TAXPAYERS did. 3. Thank me. I'm paying for your benefits. 4. Who's going to pay America's bills when the taxpayers are all gone? 5. (I'm a) Taxpaying American. How about a little...
  • The Democrats’ GM Fiction (No, "Government Motors" is NOT Thriving)

    09/10/2012 7:24:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/10/2012 | The Editors
    The Democrats have decided to run in 2012 as the bailout party. It is an odd choice — the 2008–09 bailouts were deeply unpopular among the general public, and even their backers were notably conflicted about the precedent being set and the ensuing moral hazard. But Democrats have nonetheless made one of the most abusive episodes in the entire bailout era their economic cornerstone: the government takeover of General Motors. The GM bailout was always an odd duck: The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) was created in order to preserve liquidity in the financial markets by heading off the collapse...
  • American Patriot Proves Obama Tax Pays For “Free” Illegal Alien Health Care

    07/08/2012 5:35:16 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 4 replies ^ | July 7, 2012 | Unknown
    llegal aliens are already benefitting from Obamacare, courtesy of the American taxpayer. Henderson, Nevada (United States) (OFFICIAL WIRE) July 6, 2012 Barack Hussein Obama repeatedly stated that his health care law does not pay for illegal alien medical expenses. But American Patriot has proven the fact that illegal aliens and the special interest groups that represent them are cheering the Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare because it does exactly that. Marcelo Rivera, representing the group Latinos Para La Revolución (“Latinos for the Revolution”), told the Chicago Civil Rights Examiner, “The individual mandate was the most important part of the...
  • NHS staff drive fleet of taxpayer-funded luxury cars

    07/02/2012 12:20:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 7/2/12 | Staff
    National Procurement, a branch of the NHS National Services Division, arranged for staff who are deemed to be "regular users" of cars for business to get the cars through a taxpayer-backed vehicle-leasing scheme. The role of National Procurement, which is funded by the Scottish Government, is to buy medical supplies for the NHS, and to "increase savings" for the health service. Figures provided by National Procurement in response to a Freedom of Information request showed that 40 employees, or one in eight members of staff, had used the 4x4s and convertibles to drive to work. Much of the
  • Help Us Stop Liberals From Spending Tax Payer Money on an Expensive Dinner Saturday

    04/25/2012 1:04:39 PM PDT · by rightjb · 2 replies
    Texas Trash Talk ^ | 4/25/2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    Want to Deprive a Liberal of An Expensive Taxpayer Dinner? Here's a way to IMMEDIATELY take out some of your angst | Texas Trash Talk is attempting to shut down the pilfering of Harris County Texas taxpayers who have been paying for a “fake” school district for nearly 50 years. These bureaucrats had the audacity to ask for MORE tax money after paying the former Superintendent (now Mayor of nearby KATY) $100K and trips to Four Seasons in Washington DC among other things. (They meeting PolitiJim went to the board had a catered lunch and jazz music if you...
  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects Wisconsin bid to ban transgender inmate treatments

    03/26/2012 9:48:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies · 12+ views
    JS Online ^ | 3-26-12
    Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider reinstating a Wisconsin law that banned hormone treatments or sex-change surgeries for transgender prison inmates. The justices Monday rejected the state's appeal of a ruling that the 2006 Wisconsin law, by withholding treatments that prison doctors deem medically necessary, violated the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments. Three Wisconsin inmates who are male-to-female transsexuals filed suit after prison doctors, who had diagnosed them as having gender identity disorder, stopped providing hormone treatments because of the law. "Refusing to provide effective treatment for a serious medical condition serves no...
  • Chu: I give myself an A-minus on managing taxpayer investments

    03/01/2012 11:07:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 3/1/12 | Ed Morrissey
    Consider this your spit-take moment of the day. After overruling Department of Energy auditors and losing $535 million on Solyndra, as well as a number of other green-tech flops, Energy Secretary Stephen Chu gives himself a pretty good grade as a steward of public funds. In fact, after Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) asks him to assign himself a grade, Chu goes one better than Barack Obama’s one-year self-assessment of a “good, solid B-plus”:
  • Officials Return From Western Gas Fields ‘Invigorated’

    02/04/2012 8:58:39 PM PST · by greenwill · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Rocket-Courier ^ | 01/19/2012 | RICK HIDUK
    Participants in a recent shale gas energy conference held in Hobbs, New Mexico, referred to a whirlwind trip to Lea County, NM, as “exhausting” but “enlightening.” Bradford County Commissioners Doug McLinko, Mark Smith, and Daryl Miller, Susquehanna County Commissioner Mary Ann Warren and Pennsylvania state Rep. Tina Pickett were among local elected officials to partake in discussions and serve as guests on informative panels.
  • Commissioners visit New Mexico for natural gas conference

    01/30/2012 8:59:55 AM PST · by greenwill · 1 replies
    THe Daily Review ^ | 01/21/12 | JAMES LOEWENSTEIN
    TOWANDA - While Bradford County has experienced extensive gas drilling for a few years, what will it be like after the drilling has gone on for decades? The three Bradford County commissioners and other local officials had a chance to get a sense of what could happen when they traveled last week to participate in a two-day conference in Lea County, N.M.