Another Obama song

The Tax man cometh!
Let me tell you
How it will be.
There’s one for you,
Nineteen for me,

‘Cause I’m the taxman.
Yeah, I’m the taxman.

Should five percent
Appear too small,
Be thankful I don’t
Take it all.

‘Cause I’m the taxman.
Yeah, I’m the taxman.

If you drive a car,
I’ll tax the street.
If you drive to city,
I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold,
I’ll tax the heat.
If you take a walk,
I’ll tax your feet.

Taxman!

‘Cause I’m the taxman.
Yeah, I’m the taxman.

Don’t ask me what I want it for,
(Uh-uh, Mr. Reid.)
If you don’t want to pay some more.
(Uh-uh, Mr. Obama.)

‘Cause I’m the taxman.
Yeah, I’m the taxman.

And my advice to
Those who die.
(Taxman!)
Declare the pennies
On your eyes.
(Taxman!)

‘Cause I’m the taxman.
Yeah, I’m the taxman,
And you’re working for no one but me.
(Taxman!)

The Beatles were not my favorite sixties band – but their lyrics were right on in this case

A little Mao – won’t we all be required to study it now?

A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.

“Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan” (March 1927)

The socialist system will eventually replace the capitalist system; this is an objective law independent of man’s will. However much the reactionaries try to hold back the wheel of history, eventually revolution will take place and will inevitably triumph.

“Speech at the Meeting of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR in Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution” (November 6, 1957)

Taken as a whole, the Chinese revolutionary movement led by the Communist Party embraces the two stages, i.e., the democratic and the socialist revolutions, which are two essentially different revolutionary processes, and the second process can be carried through only after the first has been completed. The democratic revolution is the necessary preparation for the socialist revolution, and the socialist revolution is the inevitable sequel to the democratic revolution. The ultimate aim for which all communists strive is to bring about a socialist and communist society.

“The Chinese Revolution and the Chinese Communist Party” (December 1939)

Flat tax or Fair Tax – either would work

Skip at GraniteGrok explains why Democrat Moonbats like CSP want to keep the current income tax while Jeb Bradley believes replacing the current tax with either a flat tax (as championed by Steve Forbes as a Presidential candidate) or the FAIR tax (championed by Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee). Having looked closely at both plans and talked to Forbes, Huckabee and others I do believe that the flat tax would be easier to get passed through some future Congress.

Skip seems to be a little off on the description of the Forbes flat tax. He says it would be a consumption tax, possibly a VAT. The flat tax as proposed by Forbes would essentially be an income tax with one rate (therefore flat) and virtually no deductions. It would not eliminate the IRS (but neither would the FAIR tax). It would not eliminate the need for employers to report income and there would be a need for tracking incomes and ensuring compliance. The difference is that it would eliminate the ability of Congress to meddle in the code – doing the social engineering they seem to love so much. But it would still be an income tax, but filing would be much simpler and you would not need a tax preparer and there would be no need to keep all those receipts and records – take the total income, multiply by the tax rate (Forbes suggested about 17%) and that is the tax. Since it is very unlikely the Congress would do away with Social Security and Medicare tax withholding by employers the process would probably be the employer simply withholds the 17% and there is no need to file at all for most taxpayers.

The FAIR tax is as Skip says a consumption tax or sales tax. It is envisioned as taxing all consumption at the retail (end user) level. So it would eliminate several layers of tax on corporations. Raw materials would not be taxed. The profits of suppliers would not be taxed. The thinking is that the tax (again estimated at 17% by some) would actually result in lower prices and therefore the end user’s cost would be the same – ie: GM now builds a car selling for $20,000 under the FAIR tax GM would not be taxed on their profits, they don’t have to hire hunderds or thousands of people to track their tax obligations or manipulate the corporation’s activities to minimize tax obligations, they could pay their employees less since the employees would not be sending 25% or 35% of their income in taxes, their suppliers profits are not taxed, and the theory is that the price of the car GM produces would drop to $17,100 – the customer would pay the $17,100 plus the 17% – $20,000. Would it be that simple? Hardly likely, but the point is the consumer gets to choose how much they pay in taxes because they decide what they buy (and under most explanations I’ve seen – used items would not be subject to the tax so he could buy a used car and pay no tax, buy used clothes, buy used furniture, etc).

The clinker in the whole thing is that you have to get over 50% of the US House, 61 Senators and the President all on board with one plan in order to get either plan through. Also the FAIR tax would virtually require a Constitutional amendment preventing an income tax or you would assuredly have both. The flat tax would also probably require an amendment preventing Congress form adding back in all the loopholes and social engineering.

The only real possibility I see of either being implemented would be if a Presidential candidate – who can win without that as a major issue – taking it on as a secondary issue. Forbes focused on the flat tax and even with all his money could get no traction. Mike Huckabee had most of his campaign wrapped around the FAIR tax and although the FAIR taxers were almost as rabid as the Ron Paul crowd he did not gain enough traction.

Electing members like Jeb to Congress who are willing to support either plan will help but it is only one step on the path. There are too many current members of Congress (in both parties I have to admit) who want to keep the ability to manipulate the tax code. Without a truly viable candidate at the top of the ticket willing to take on the battle it will not happen.

It can happen and electing Jeb and others like him is the right thing to do.

Biofuel vs Food – Stop putting Corn in my Gas

I’ve been ranting for a long while (since before I started blogging) that turning corn into a “fuel” was bad policy and stupid economically (except for “Big Corn”).

Turns out  other people have finally come to the same conclusion.

At a weekend conference in Washington, finance ministers and central bankers of seven leading industrial nations called for urgent action to deal with the price spikes, and several of them demanded a reconsideration of biofuel policies adopted recently in the West.

Food prices are skyrocketing,  world food experts are touting potatoes as the savior of the starving populations (Did that really work out well for my Irish relatives? Hmmm…)

How about this – drill in ANWR and off the coastlines, use that oil to reduce the dependence on foreign oil, cut the cost of refined fuel by allowing new and more efficient refineries in this country, use the reduced cost of fuel and reduced false demand for corn to reduce the costs of most ag products, stop paying farmers to not grow products and encourage them to grow produce that will actually be consumed.

Yeah, I know politically it will never happen – not with the current make up of Congress.

Neal Boortz to attend Wilmington Fair Tax Rally

Congressional Candidate Will Breazeale is staging a 10 county Barnstorming tour of the 7th Congressional District in NC on April 15th to highlight his position on the Fair Tax and against the income tax.

The final stop is 6:00pm at the Wilmington Airport where Neal Boortz, talk show host and author of the “Fair Tax” book is also to fly in in his own plane while Breazeale pilots his.

The rally will take place in the hanger of the Air Wilmington Terminal.

Here is the schedule of stops:
08:00 am-Elizabethtown Airport(Bladen County)
09:00 am-Fayetteville Airport(Cumberland County)
10:00 am-Laurinburg Airport(Scotland County)
11:00 am-Lumberton Airport(Robeson County)
12:00 noon-Whiteville Airport(Columbus County)
1:00 pm-Clinton Airport (Sampson County)
3:00 pm-Kenansville Airport(Duplin County)
4:00 pm-Wallace Airport(Pender County)
5:00 pm-Brunswick County Airport(Brunswick County)
6:00 pm-Wilmington Airport (New Hanover County)

Democrat Pride marches on in Concord!

Last July I wrote about Sylvia Larsen and the NH DEMs bragging about their “accomplishments”:

this Legislature met a court deadline to define an adequate education, a significant step on the path to finally solving the problem of education funding.

Well, ain’t that just so special – they bent low before the all mighty court and passed a “definition” of adequate education which she and the Senate Dems just priced out at just shy of a Billion dollars. (A little over a million people in the state, about a thousand dollars each, so a family of four will owe an extra $4000 a year).

We raised the minimum wage, giving a much needed boost to working families.

They raised it what – a buck? $40 more a week times $50 weeks- well I guess those minimum wage earners can handle that – as long as they are single.

We put a stop to smoking in restaurants and bars, so restaurant workers don’t risk their health to keep their jobs and customers can breathe easy knowing they won’t be subjected to second-hand smoke when they eat out.

Who will be going out to these smoke free establishments? Not taxpayer families trying to scrounge up that extra 4 grand.

We also made important investments in our environment, finally restoring funding to the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program to help communities preserve valuable open space and historic buildings. We’re finally paying for much-needed improvements to our beautiful state parks and promoting renewable energy by requiring our electric utilities to buy a growing percentage of their energy from renewable energy producers.

So to make the parks, many of which charge a fee to enter, nicer thanks to the taxpayers, who while trying to save up to pay the adequate education taxes, get to pay higher energy rates because the electric company has to buy renewable energy. Oh, Sylvia, you must be very proud!

We’re getting more New Hampshire children covered with health insurance under Healthy Kids.

So the program was not generous enough by subsidizing health insurance for families up to 4 times the poverty level? Will you rename it the “Healthy millionaire’s kids” program – I remember figuring out that in 2002 it covered families earning as much as $90,000 a year – what did you jack it up to now? And how much will that struggling taxpayer family pay in taxes so all these new kids get subsidized insurance?

We’ve increased spending for our universities and colleges.

More money from the taxpayer to the colleges and university system? So tuitions will come down and poor strapped taxpayer family can afford to send their kids off to UNH or the Tech colleges? OH? tuition is still going up? What a deal – so are the administrators and over paid professors sucking it all up? Proud Sylvia, you must be very proud!

We’ve made a new commitment to increasing our high school graduation rate by expanding programs for at-risk students and raising the drop-out age.

Oh, yeah, I read about how Gilford is adding to their alternative programs for these kids, sounds like a nice program – they neglected to say how much it will cost. With most school systems costing $10,000 or more per student and special alternative programs for a small group certainly costing more – just how much will this really cost? Ask the taxpayers next spring – after the school budgets are written. It won’t be cheap! Wonder how much that will add to the $4000 our taxpayer family is already facing along with their higher costs for energy and college.

We did all this without losing sight of the importance of a healthy business climate and avoiding a sales or income tax.

For now. No new sales tax or new income tax – for now. Of course when the cost of the adequate education is determined that can all change can’t it? Certainly there is not an extra billion a year in the state’s current revenue stream. You spent every dollar expected to come in under the existing taxes and you even inflated those revenues beyond reality, but now the cat is out of the bag – the revenues are not there are they? So what will you do Sylvia? Increase the state property tax? That will be popular. But Gov. Lynch has said he would veto a new income tax. Now did he say he would veto a new sales tax? Gee I don’t know about that one. No, my bet is on an income tax – and Lynch will flinch – forget to veto it and let it go without signature, that is the courageous way Dems like him and Jeanne Shaheen do those things – just don’t sign it, then the blame falls somewhere else – the buck never stops in the corner office when a Dem is in it!

Oh what a world….what a world! (Hey, anyone got a bucket of water handy – maybe an untaxed bottle will do!)

Will Breazeale, Brazil, Brazile, Breazeal, Brezele – aWILLtoWIN.com

It has come to my attention that some people may be having trouble spelling or pronouncing Will Breazeale‘s last name. The campaign is Breazeale for Congress.

Well, he pronounces it Brazil – just like the country in South America. In fact he tells the story of how he got in trouble as a kid for turning in papers at school spelling it Brazil.

Now I can sympathize with people who type faster than their fingers move and maybe miss a letter or add one. The result could be Breazeal, or Brezele or Breazele or Breezele or Breazeele or who knows what.

This is the reason he has web site addresses like aWILLtoWIN.com and VETSforWILL.com. They are much easier to spell.

The end result is the important thing, getting the information to the people who need it so they can learn about Will and vote for him in November.

Too Much Spending + Property Tax + Income Tax =

Pro-Income Tax Group wants to turn New Hampshire into just another state

Manchester – The New Hampshire Advantage Coalition (NHAC) today shines light
on an operation to impose an income tax on the citizens of New Hampshire.
The so called Granite State “Fair Tax” Coalition would strip away the most
honest and ethical thing most politicians do during their entire campaign,
enter into a contract with their constituents. With the pledge, a candidate
says I want you to know exactly where I stand on implementing any new broad
based taxes. History has shown us that adding a tax to lower a tax is an
equation that just doesn’t add up.

“I would agree with those who say their property taxes are too high; however
the equation of adding new taxes to lower other taxes just doesn’t add up.
What you get in the end is, exactly what every other state and municipality
that have tried this have gotten; higher taxes,” said Mike Biundo, Chairman
NHAC, he continued “What we need to do at both a local and state level is
get control of spending. Communities across New Hampshire have tackled high
property taxes and municipalities like Manchester are reversing trends by
applying fiscal discipline and passing tax cuts”.

NHAC plans to provide local communities with a spending cap mechanism on the
ballot in the fall. Out of control spending is a chief concern on the minds
of residents, NHAC grassroots team will be teaming with local taxpayer
groups, getting signatures and expecting people to speak loud and clear on
local spending concerns.

“It is apparent Mr. Henle is not aware of New Hampshire’s traditions or our
way of life. In every poll I have seen, somewhere around 70% of voters have
rejected broad based tax solutions, and the political graveyard is wrought
with aspiring politicians who tried similar tactics. Just ask Jeanne Shaheen
how her sales tax idea went over in her last senate race or Mark Fernald on
his income tax proposal when he ran for Governor. ” Continued Mike Biundo

“With a half billion in additional spending passed by this legislature and
signed by our Governor and a looming $150 million dollar deficit, it should
be clear if we cannot afford something, we shouldn’t propose it,” said NHAC
Spokesman Roger Wilkins, he continues “We need to be better managers with
public money, unfortunately Governor Lynch and the freshman leadership
running this state have a long way to go and maybe a few more classes to get
this right,” concluded NHAC spokesman Roger Wilkins

The last time a poll was conducted by ARG on the topic of a statewide income
tax the results oppose Henle’s radical view with 69% overwhelmingly opposing
the income tax as a way to fund education. New Hampshire has a significant
history of opposing this type of tax with an average of 70% in this decade.
The people’s voice is clear.

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The New Hampshire Advantage Coalition’s goal is to preserve and protect the
New Hampshire way of life with the underlying goal of local control, no
sales or income tax and electing representatives of the people who vow to
keep taxes low and limit spending. The New Hampshire Advantage Coalition
vows to make public those in Concord who move to destroy New Hampshire’s
traditions and our way of life

Note: the Granite State Fair Tax coalition is in no way similar nor related in any way beyond the name to the Fair Tax as proposed by FairTax.org

Breazeale signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Will Breazeale – Candidate for Congress in NC’s 7th district last night signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and had as witnesses Sen. Elizbeth Dole, Rep. Robin Hayes – who are also Pledge signers – and about 300 Republicans at the Reagan Dinner in Fayetteville.