Archive for August, 2010

29th August
2010
written by JHiggins

545  PEOPLE–By Charlie Reese

                Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them..

                Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

                Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes,WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

                You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

                You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

                You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

                You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

                You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

                One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

                I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

                I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

                Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

                What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating  deficits…..   The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

                The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want.  If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

                It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal  government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to  exist.

                If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

                If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red ..

                If the Army & Marines are in  Iraq  and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan…

                If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

                There are no insoluble government problems.

                Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

                Those 545 people, and they  alone, are responsible.

                They, and they alone, have the power..

                They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

                Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…

                We should vote all of  them out of office and clean up their mess!

                Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando  Sentinel  Newspaper.

                What you do with this article now that you have read it……… Is up to you.
                This might be funny if it weren’t so  true.
                Be sure to read all the way to the end:
                Tax his land,
                Tax his bed,
                Tax the table,

            At which he’s fed.
            Tax his tractor,

            Tax his mule,
            Teach him taxes
            Are the rule.
            Tax his work,
            Tax his pay,
            He works for peanuts anyway!
            Tax his cow,
            Tax his goat,
            Tax his pants,
            Tax his coat.
            Tax his ties,
            Tax his shirt,
            Tax his work,
            Tax his dirt.
            Tax his tobacco,
            Tax his drink,
            Tax him if he
            Tries to think.
            Tax his cigars,
            Tax his beers,
            If he cries
            Tax his tears.
            Tax his car,
            Tax his gas,
            Find other ways
            To tax his ass.
            Tax all he has
            Then let him know
            That you won’t be done
            Till he has no dough.
            When he screams and hollers;
            Then tax him some more,
            Tax him till
            He’s good and sore.
            Then tax his coffin,
            Tax his grave,
            Tax the sod in
            Which he’s laid…
            Put these words
            Upon his tomb,
            Taxes drove me
            to my doom…’
            When he’s gone,
            Do not relax,
            Its time to apply
            The inheritance tax..
        Accounts Receivable Tax
        Building Permit Tax
        CDL license Tax
        Cigarette Tax
        Corporate Income Tax
        Dog License Tax
        Excise Taxes
        Federal Income Tax
        Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
        Fishing License Tax
        Food License Tax
        Fuel Permit Tax
        Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
        Gross Receipts Tax
        Hunting License Tax
        Inheritance Tax
        Inventory Tax
        IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
        Liquor Tax
        Luxury Taxes
        Marriage License Tax
        Medicare Tax
        Personal Property Tax
        Property Tax
        Real Estate Tax
        Service Charge Tax
        Social Security Tax
        Road Usage Tax
        Recreational Vehicle Tax
        Sales Tax
        School Tax
        State Income Tax
        State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
        Telephone Federal Excise Tax
        Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
        Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
        Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
        Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
        Telephone   State  and Local Tax
        Telephone Usage Charge Tax
        Utility Taxes
        Vehicle License Registration Tax
        Vehicle Sales Tax
        Watercraft Registration Tax
        Well Permit Tax
        Workers Compensation Tax

        
        STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

        What in the hell happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’

27th August
2010
written by Cactus Bill

Your government budget

Something to ponder when you hear about public employee pensions and the state or local government budget.

26th August
2010
written by JHiggins

Goldwater Institute Daily
August 26, 2010

Federal health care bill keeping job creation on hold
by Byron Schlomach, Ph.D.

The nation’s high unemployment rate has barely fallen this year, in part because many businesses are waiting for the other shoe to drop from federal health care reform.

At this point, business people can only guess at what new employees will cost in the near future. Already, health care benefits constitute almost 8 percent of the total cost of an employee. Though these costs were rising before, they did so predictably.

Now, the Arizona Department of Administration has warned of a previously unexpected 37 percent increase in state employee health care costs due to federal reform. That follows announcements by John Deere and AT&T of unexpected expenses of $150 million and $1 billion, respectively, also due to the federal health care bill.

Michael Fleisher, president of Bogen Communications in New Jersey, recently wrote of an unexpected and extraordinary 28 percent increase in his company’s health insurance premiums. “As much as I might want to hire new salespeople, engineers and marketing staff in an effort to grow, I would be increasing my company’s vulnerability to government decisions to raise taxes, to policies that make health insurance more expensive, and to the difficulties of this economic environment,” he wrote in the Wall Street Journal.

Similarly, Steve Wynn, the hotel-casino magnate, while discussing new ventures in China, told CNBC, “No one in the (U.S.) business community from one coast to another has any idea what’s next…The uncertainty of the business climate in America is frightening, frightening to everybody, and it is delaying a recovery.”

Add the many thousands of regulations yet to be written to the current almost-3,000 pages of health reform legislation. It’s no wonder that entrepreneurs are skittish. The certainty needed to inspire widespread job growth will only return when this “reform” is stopped.

Dr. Byron Schlomach is an economist and the director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the Goldwater Institute.

25th August
2010
written by Nelli Machi

Jonathan Paton hired perennialloser, Nathan Sproul, in the last few weeks of his campaign and guess what?

Nathan Sproul of Lincoln Strategies was brought in to siphon off a bunch of cash and deliver no results. When the consultant becomes the story the campaign is in trouble. Google Nathan Sproul and you’ll see some of his handy work.

What’ sad is Sproul has no investment in the candidates, no care in the outcome of the race or discernible political philosophy. I guess he’s perfect for politics.  When will the money backers who continue to spend for dismal results ever learn?

I’m sure we’ll see him in southern Arizona again soon, unfortunately.

From The Huffington Post:

John McCain’s campaign has directed $175,000 to the firm of a Republican operative accused of massive voter registration fraud in several states.

According to campaign finance records, a joint committee of the McCain-Palin campaign, the RNC and the the California Republican Party, made a $175,000 payment to the group Lincoln Strategy in June for purposes of “registering voters.” The managing partner of that firmis Nathan Sproul, a renowned GOP operative who has been investigated on multiple occasions for suppressing Democratic voter turnout, throwing away registration forms and even spearheading efforts to get Ralph Nader on ballots to hinder the Democratic ticket.

In a letterto the Justice Department last October, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers said that that Sproul’s alleged activities “clearly suppress votes and violate the law.”

That Sproul would come under the employment umbrella of the McCain campaign — the Republican National Committee has also separately paid Lincoln Strategy at least $37,000 for voter registration efforts this cycle — is not terribly surprising. Sproul, who has donated nearly $30,000 to McCain’s campaign, has been in the good graces of GOP officials for the past decade despite charges of ethical and potentially legal wrongdoing.

……

Indeed, Sproul’s history is filled with allegations of political misdeeds. During the 2004 election, Sproul & Associates (the former name of Lincoln Strategy) was accused of attempting to destroy forms collected by Democratic voters in Nevada. That same year in Oregon, Sproul & Associates allegedly instructed canvassers to only accept Republican registration forms in addition to destroying those turned in by Democrats.

25th August
2010
written by Nelli Machi

Business fights higher capital gains, dividends rates
Business Courier of Cincinnati – by Kent Hoover Washington Bureau Chief

Americans will invest less in U.S. businesses unless Congress prevents a scheduled tax increase on capital gains and dividends.

That’s the argument business groups are making as the calendar creeps closer to Jan. 1, when the tax rate on most capital gains is scheduled to increase from 15 percent to 20 percent. The tax rate on qualified dividends will increase from 15 percent to the tax rate in effect for each taxpayer’s ordinary income, which could range up to 39.6 percent next year.

In a letter to Congress, 453 businesses and trade associations urged Congress to maintain the current 15 percent tax rate on capital gains and dividends.

Increasing these taxes “could derail America’s fragile economic recovery,” the letter stated. The effects of such a tax hike “include deterring the use of capital in ways that will grow the economy and hence maintain and create jobs, incentivizing companies to use excessive debt financing, and discouraging businesses from paying dividends.”

 

Read more: Business fights higher capital gains, dividends rates – Business Courier of Cincinnati

25th August
2010
written by Arizona Kid

Isn’t there a Rio Nuevo audit coming out soon? – HERE

24th August
2010
written by Arizona Kid

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