Posts Tagged ‘taxes’

NRO’s Mark Hemingway uses Sacramento Bee as example of ‘why newspapers are dying;’ paper removes editorial initially ridiculing voters for voting down tax increases

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

NRO:  The title of all-new Sacremanto Bee editorial is “Editorial: Time for reform – not for blame now voters have judged leaders; how will leaders take their rebuke?” Title of original editorial (content taken down at paper’s Web site, but NRO has the text):  “You did it! Uh, so what now?”

Hodge at Race42012: Republicans must bring back to the table a federal balanced budget amendment or other Congressional super-majority spending limitations

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Hodge’s first article at Race42012:  “Giving the Temporary Majority Unlimited Authority to Increase Taxes and Debt Has Failed.”

To jump forward to today:  if the Republican Congress of the mid-1990s had merely passed a Constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority of Congress in order to increase the national debt, the Obama-Specter stimulus bill would not have passed, at least without first forcing Congress to increase taxes.

If one half of a marriage repeatedly spends money without permission, the marriage will not be a success.  And when one gives a limitless credit card to a 15-year-old, it should be no surprise when the privilege is abused.

Long-term, America will fail if 52% of the citizens continue to wildly spend the money owned by the other 48%, and if the cost of federal programs can continue to casually be passed down to future generations.  Rather than merely focusing on the individual programs to which we object, I find it more effective to focus on the total size of the purse.

When given a Constitutionally-instructed limit, Congress will be forced to prioritize, and we will begin to see permanent, meaningful reform with regard to the size and scope of the federal government.

The Star: Sebelius answers written questions on abortion, taxes

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Sebelius, to summarize:  “Do as I say, not as I do.”

The Star:

The tax answer repeats what she’s said before, but here’s her responses to abortion questions (the full document is attached below):

I am personally opposed to abortion, and my faith teaches me that all life is sacred. Throughout my career as a public official I have tried to reduce unwanted pregnancies, and thus curtail the need for abortion. In Kansas, the abortion rate dropped over 10 percent during my administration. I also signed into law bills to support adoption…

In over two decades of service as a public official in Kansas, I have never recommended altering the laws regarding abortion. Congress has the power to make laws, and my job, if I am confirmed as Secretary, will be to implement them within the parameters of the courts‘ interpretation. Reproductive rights issues have been extensively debated in Congress and litigated in the courts, and I do not foresee a situation where related regulatory action would be taken absent congressional or court action. As Secretary, I will focus on common ground on this issue and will work with Congress to leverage the assets of the Department to reduce unintended pregnancies.

Poll: 57% Plan To File Income Taxes Electronically

Saturday, April 11th, 2009


The majority of Americans (57%) say they plan to file their taxes electronically this year rather than by mail, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Thirty-one percent (31%) will file the traditional paper way through the mails, and 12% are undecided.

Women (61%) are more likely to file electronically than men (52%). Younger voters are far more likely to file their taxes that way than their elders.

Roughly seven-out-of-10 Americans who earn more than $60,000 per year say they will file electronically. Lower-income earners are less likely to do so.

19 Georgia legislators late on taxes

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Atlanta Journal Constitution:

The report on the alleged tax dodgers, with names and Social Security numbers redacted, has been forwarded to Republican and Democratic leaders of the state House of Representatives and Senate.

“Leaders of both parties have made it clear this will not be tolerated,” state Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs), chairman of the House Ethics Committee, said in an interview late Thursday night.

Wilkinson said House and Senate leaders are now discussing what should happen to the 16 House members and 3 senators in wake of the disclosure.

Wilkinson said he requested the report from the Department of Revenue after another House member was found delinquent on his tax returns.

There apparently is no provision in state law to keep the Legislature from seating members who are behind on their taxes, Wilkinson said. But he said both chambers do have the right to expel members who fail to hand over taxes to the government.

HT Ben Cunningham.

Sebelius a drama queen

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

But as reported on this blog (Sebelius’ Proposed Cuts Not Likely Enough, Kansas Governor Not Facing Reality of Budget Crisis) and in other places, this crisis was solely of the Governor’s own making.

Her budget proposal for fiscal year 2009 from January met the legal requirement she faced, but came nowhere near facing the economic reality. Had she proposed a reasonable budget in January, this crisis — such as it was — could have been avoided.

Instead, Governor Sebelius left it to the legislature to come up with a bill that met economic reality. Is that leadership?