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Tag Archives: Taxes

Revenge of the Carbon Tax

Above all else, I believe in pragmatism. Laws and policies should be evaluated not by ideology, but by whether (or not) they work. As such, it has been very interesting to see results from things like marijuana legalization in (first) Colorado and now Washington state, or the availability of free or low-cost contraception on teen […]

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Health Education

© Jen Sorensen What is going to happen as people realize that all the lies they have been fed about Obamacare aren’t true? Indeed, the only complaints about the ACA that are actually true is that a single payer system would have been far simpler, easier to implement, and cost less. But of course the […]

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Healthy Blowback

© Mike Stanfill I have an actual Obamacare horror story to add to this comic. In Michigan, Democratic senator Carl Levin is retiring, leading to one of the most hotly contested races for control of the Senate. Republican Terri Lynn Land has been leading in the polls against Democrat Gary Peters for the last couple […]

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Dust to Dust

Some of you may recall this case, which went all the way to the Supreme Court and resulted in one of their many controversial 5-4 decisions. But the real irony is in the ending. Back in 2005, pharmaceutical company Pfizer asked the City of New London, Conn to bulldoze a neighborhood. Pfizer had built a […]

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A rising tide lifts all boats

The whole theory of “trickle-down economics” was roughly based on the adage that a “rising tide raises all boats”. In other words, if you let the rich make lots of money, that money will trickle down to everyone else. But according to an amazing new study done by none other than the International Monetary Fund, […]

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The Irony of Being Rich

Oh my, the rich are feeling under attack again. Back in 2010 a proposal to raise the tax rate on big investors was compared to “Hitler invading Poland in 1939″. So I guess it was time for venture capitalist Tom Perkins to go into full whiney mode and complain that the rich are under attack […]

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Not for Profit???

Remember how I reported that NFL commissioner Roger Godell took home $29 million dollars in salary? It is actually worse than that. According to NFL tax returns, in the 12 month span that ended March 31, 2013, Goodell earned $44.2 million in compensation. Their head lawyer earned $7.86 million (with an additional $1.23 million in […]

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Freedom of Football

© Keef Knight I know there are many out there who think that football is included in the Bill of Rights guarantee of freedom of religion, but seriously, why is the National Football League given a massive tax break? In fact, some senators are trying to end the nonprofit status of the NFL, saying that […]

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Turnabout is Fair Play

© AccordingToDevin This was sent to me by a friend. I can’t decide if it is funny or what.

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Taxed Enough Already?

© Matt Bors Isn’t it the job of the IRS to investigate tax-exempt organizations to make sure they really are legal? I sure want the IRS investigating organizations who accept anonymous money and spend it to affect elections. Not to mention tax-exempt organizations who put up websites advocating overthrow of the US government or not […]

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Moving the Cliff

Congress acted slightly after the last minute tonight, with the House voting to approve legislation to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. Taxes will not go up on families earning less than $450,000. But the whole point of the “fiscal cliff” was so that Congress would be pressured into dealing with the long-term deficit. Which they […]

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Excessive Excavation

© Clay Bennett Taxes are at historic lows since WWII. And we did pretty well while taxes were high. Why is letting them go back up to where they were during the Clinton administration such a issue? Yes, our population is aging, and this will be a problem for Social Security and Medicare, but the […]

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Balance

© Tony Auth Republicans have already broken Grover Norquist’s pledge by offering to close tax loopholes, so why are they so dead set against letting the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire? Those tax cuts were never supposed to be permanent, and there are many wealthy people who think their taxes should go up. […]

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The Final Frontier

Great (and short) blog post from George Takai — “Tax Me, Please“.

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Irresponsible Reporting

From Michael Grunwald in Time Magazine. Finally someone called them out on this: It’s really amazing to see political reporters dutifully passing along Republican complaints that President Obama’s opening offer in the fiscal cliff talks is just a recycled version of his old plan, when those same reporters spent the last year dutifully passing along […]

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