Posts tagged "Taxes"

Reasonable people who don’t follow politics closely can be forgiven for dismissing Democrats’ focus on the Koch brothers as just a political tactic– not unlike the Republicans’ attacks on George Soros. They’re all rich and politically active. So what? 

Senator Bernie Sanders begs to differ–and so should we. Sanders points out that the brothers are worth 80 billion dollars (including an increase of 12 billion in the last year alone), and he points to the extent of their involvement in the political process–and the degree to which they have used their enormous resources to misinform and confuse, most recently funding political spots that flat-out lie about the Affordable Care Act, which–along with Medicare and Medicaid– they are intent upon repealing. (I guess when poor people get health care, it offends their peculiar version of justice.) 

David Koch ran as the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 1980. And Sanders suggests we take a look at the platform on which he ran: 

  • “We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.” 
  • “We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.” 
  • “We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.” 
  • “We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.” 
  • “We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.” 
  • “We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages governmental surveillance of private correspondence. Pending abolition, we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal service.” 
  • “We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.” 
  • “We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.” 
  • “As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.” 
  • “We support repeal of all laws which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.” 
  • “We advocate the complete separation of education and State. Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.” 
  • “We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.” 
  • “We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.” 
  • “We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.” 
  • “We support abolition of the Department of Energy.” 
  • “We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.” 
  • “We demand the return of America’s railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.” 
  • “We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so-called “self-protection” equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.” 
  • “We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.” 
  • “We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.” 
  • “We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.” 
  • “We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.” 
  • “We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.” 
  • “We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.” 
  • “We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.” 
  • “We support the repeal of all state usury laws.” 


The Koch brothers want to repeal every major piece of legislation that levels the playing field or protects the middle class, the elderly, children, the sick, and the most vulnerable in this country, and thanks to Citizens United and McCutcheon, they can spend unlimited amounts of money to buy the American government they want. 

They’ve realized that the Libertarian party can’t deliver their particular version of “liberty”–but properly funded, they hope the GOP can. 

They may be right.

H/Y: Sheila Kennedy at Peacock Panache

bspolitics:

There’s a video at the link.

A religious leader literally preaching to kiss the wealthy’s ass. There is something so incredibly disgusting about this.

Plus, I really don’t think Mr. Christ would approve …

NOTES: 
- Southlake, Texas-based Gateway Church, the home church of Pastor Robert Morris and where the Lamb family attend, also airs a show called The Blessed Life on the aforementioned Daystar, TBN, and a few other religious channels.

h/t: John Burnett at NPR

h/t: Jennifer Bendery at Huffington Post

H/T: Miranda Blue at RWW

The American Family Association is demanding that the House move to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder for the supposed crime of treating legally married same-sex couples … as legally married.

United States Attorney General Eric Holder, this week, has again overstepped the boundaries of the law when he arbitrarily ordered that homosexual couples will now receive government benefits reserved only for natural marriage status. This applies even in states that have laws defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.

Taking a nod from the playbook of his boss, President Barack Obama, Holder wielded his own pen and paper, trampling on states’ rights and disenfranchising voters in states defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.

It is time for Eric Holder to go!



It is the sworn duty of every member of Congress to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Allowing Eric Holder to remain in office unchallenged is a violation of that duty. Action must be taken to stop the abuse of power in the attorney general’s office.

Urge your representative to press for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder for high crimes and misdemeanors.

In a sample email​ for members to send their congressmen, the anti-gay AFA claims that Holder’s pro-equality move violates their “rights and freedoms”:

There is no room for political corruption in government and when it is discovered, it is the duty of Congress to take immediate and swift action against it.



The American people desperately need leaders we can trust. Our district deserves representation that will firmly stand and defend our rights as citizens. And when rights and freedoms are being threatened through poor leadership at the Department of Justice, it is your sworn obligation to take steps necessary to protect our state and its citizenry.

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

A member of the Missouri House of Representatives has filed articles of impeachment against Governor Jay Nixon (D) for ordering Missouri’s Department of Revenue to accept joint tax returns filed by same-sex couples who have been legally married in other states.

According to Missourinet, Representative Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) has filed two articles of impeachment charging that Gov. Nixon issued an executive order that is a “direct violation” of Missouri’s Constitution. Further, Marshall says Nixon “misstates and misrepresents the meaning and requirements under Missouri’s constitutional and statutory law and thereby misleads the citizens of this state.”

In November of last year, Gov. Nixon issued an executive order stating that Missouri must accept such joint returns because Missouri’s tax code is tied directly to the federal government, and the state requires married couples who file joint returns to also file state taxes jointly. The office of Attorney General Chris Koster (D) has stated that Nixon’s order appears to comply with Missouri law.

Marshall, in his filing, alleges that Nixon’s order was based upon “a knowing omission of key statutory language.”

A section of the Missouri tax code that defines terms reads that terms used shall have the same meaning as when they appear in federal tax code. Rep. Marshall seized upon an additional phrase which states “unless a different meaning is clearly required by the provisions of” the Missouri tax code.

“Missouri law says a husband and wife who file a joint federal tax return shall file a combined return here in he state of Missouri,’ Marshall said. “The condition precedent for that is that they are husband and wife, and you have to ask yourself, ‘Well, how do you define husband and wife?’ You may not use the federal definition. That’s not allowed because Missouri’s Constitution does not allow you to recognize same-sex marriage.”

In 2004, Missouri voters approved Constitutional Amendment 2 which changed the definition of marriage in the state constitution as being between a man and a woman.

Nixon won’t be impeached. More MOGOP idiocy. 

h/t: Tom Boggioni at The Raw Story

NRA board member Ted Nugent says he is willing to support a proposal to close the gun show loophole, but only if in return people who pay no federal income taxes are banned from voting. In 2013, about 43% of households owed no federal income tax, but the vast majority of households did pay federal taxes in the form of the payroll tax, along with state and local taxes.

Of course, closing what Nugent calls the “federal voting loophole” would bar nearly half of all Americans from voting, including millions of gun owners.

 

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

h/t: Fox2now.com

h/t: David Mildenberg at Bloomberg

If you’ve seen the #GrowMO ads on your TV recently in the State Of Missouri (and surrounding states that have a portion of Missouri in their media markets in them), then you’ll be not surprised to learn that Grow Missouri (#GrowMO) is just another right-wing front group with VERY close ties to that state’s Club For Growth and Americans For Prosperity chapters.

Elizabeth Crisp at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch blog Political Fix:

Missourians could soon see television ads urging them to support a tax cut measure that Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed.

Two of the state’s business groups — the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Associated Industries of Missouri — announced today that they will start airing commercials throughout the state on Monday, asking people to reach out to their lawmakers and push for an override of Nixon’s veto.

The two 30-second spots direct viewers to GrowMissouri.com if they want more information on the tax bill.

Grow Missouri is a political action committee created earlier this week. The PAC reported today that it had received $1.3 million from political mega-donor Rex Sinquefield of St. Louis.

In a 10-part veto message last month, Nixon called the tax cut legislation an “ill-conceived, fiscally irresponsible experiment that would inject far-reaching uncertainty into our economy, undermine our state’s fiscal health and jeopardize basic funding for education and vital public services.”

Here’s a couple of ads by Grow Missouri that are in circulation on TV:

So-called “small business” (really pro-corporatist) group National Federation of Independent Business endorses #GrowMO:

(Cross-Posted from Daily Kos)