With Tax Day still looming in our minds, I thought this video might ease the pain a little:
Remy channels One Direction to help us understand the tax code.
Written and performed by Remy. Music tracks and background vocals by Ben Karlstrom. Produced and edited by Meredith Bragg.
Approximately 2 minutes.
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April 15, 2015 by Alan Berkelhammer
Filed under 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Educational, Environment, First Amendment, Global Warming, Healthcare, Hot Topics, Immigration, National Info, Property Rights, Taxes, Tea Party
DIVORCE AGREEMENT – WRITTEN BY YOUNG COLLEGE STUDENT
First published May 28th, 2012 – 30 star rating. The person that wrote this is a college student. Perhaps there is hope for us after all.
Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al: We have stuck together since the late 1950’s for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.
Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let’s just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.
Here is a model separation agreement:
–Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a similar portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.
–We don’t like redistributive taxes so you can keep them.
–You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU.–Since you hate guns and war, we’ll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military.
–We’ll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and you can go with wind, solar and biodiesel.
–We’ll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street.
–You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless, homeboys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens.
–We’ll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO’s and rednecks.
–We’ll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood
–You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we’ll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us.
–You can have the peaceniks and Occupiers. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we’ll help provide them security.
–We’ll keep our Judeo-Christian values.
–You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N. but we will no longer be paying the bill.
–We’ll keep the SUV’s, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Volt and Leaf you can find.
–You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors.
–We’ll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right.
–We’ll keep “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “The National Anthem.”
–I’m sure you’ll be happy to substitute “Imagine”, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”, “Kum Ba Ya” or “We Are the World”.
–We’ll practice trickle down economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.
–Since it often so offends you, we’ll keep our history, our name and our flag.
read more at teapartytribune.com.
Hat tip: JC
Obamacare was signed into federal law on March 23rd, 2010. The edict was written in such a way so that most of its horrible provisions didn’t take effect right away, but rather gradually kicked in over time. This was done to allow the unknowing masses to get used to having Obamacare around and to prevent them from feeling the pain right away. Did someone say 2012 and 2014 elections?
Well, after five years, the time for the pain has come. So rejoice and celebrate higher deductibles, higher co-pays, higher premiums and and more taxes. And after you sober up, have another round and celebrate fewer doctors, fewer insurance plans to choose from, fewer working hours and in general, less access to care. But not to worry, just sit down and fine tune your NCAA basketball bracket sheets and everything will be fine. Click here to Show your pride!
Trevor Loudon, a New Zealand author, speaker and political activist, spoke at an event hosted by the Greater Orlando Tea Party on September 26th, 2014. In this short excerpt of his presentation, Mr. Loudon gives some poignant advice to a future 2016 Republican presidential hopeful (Ted Cruz).
February 26, 2015 by Alan Berkelhammer
Filed under Constitution, Educational, Executive Branch, First Amendment, Hot Topics, Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, National Info, News Articles, Taxes, Tea Party
BY ALAN CARUBA
The America that has existed from the days of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, when its sovereignty was acknowledged by a treaty with England 1783, and its founding in 1788 with the ratification of the Constitution is no more. The America for which thousands fought and gave their lives is no more.
That America ends on February 26 when the Federal Communications Commission, under intense pressure from the Obama White House and with the votes of its Democratic Party commissioners asserts government control over the Internet with a 332-page set of regulations, dubbed “Net Neutrality.”
Writing in the Feb 22nd Wall Street Journal, columnist L. Gordon Crovitz summed up what will occur saying “Obamanet promises to fix an Internet that isn’t broken…The permissionless Internet which allows anyone to introduce a website, app, or device without government review, ends this week.”
“The big politicization came when President Obama in November demanded that the supposedly independent FCC apply agency’s most extreme regulation to the Internet.” Of course Obama wants the Internet regulated and of course the Democratic Party will support this move to control who gets to put up a website or blog and, more importantly, who gets to say anything critical of the President.
The Democratic Party has been in everything but name the Communist Party in the United States for several decades. Obama was raised and mentored to be a Marxist. What we are witnessing is nothing less than tyranny replacing democracy.
Crovitz warned that “This week Mr. Obama’s bureaucrats will give him the regulated Internet he demands. Unless Congress or the courts block Obamanet, it will be the end of the Internet as we know it.”
Earlier this week, as reported by Giuseppe Macri in The Daily Caller the FCC’s two Republican commissioners, Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly, asked Chairman Tom Wheeler “to delay the vote and release his proposal to the public. ‘We respectfully request that FCC leadership immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow the American people a reasonable period of not less than 30 days to carefully study it.’”
There is some evil at work here because, as the Republican commissioners point out, “the plan in front of us right now is so drastically different than the proposal the FCC adopted and put out for public comment last May.”
Shades of ObamaCare! Even the Democrats who voted that monstrosity into law had not read it. Now neither Congress, nor the rest of America is being permitted to see regulations that will determine what can and cannot be posted to the Internet, the greatest instrument of free speech ever invented since the printing press.
Commissioner Pai says that the FCC is “adopting a solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist using legal authority we don’t have.” He estimates that the regulations will add up to $11 billion in new taxes on Internet access.
In a commentary, “Neutralize Obama’s Hijacking of the Internet”, Judi McLeod, the editor of CanadaFreePress.com, said “Forget NSA, the FBI, the CIA, and all warnings sent by Edward Snowden. They’ve got nothing on how Net Neutrality will silence you.”
“Someday in the near future when you type in the words “Islamic terrorists” in an Internet post, you will be knocked off the Net and find it all but impossible to climb back on again.”
Do I think the Congress will exercise its oversight responsibilities and stop this tyrannical power grab? No. Do I think our court system will do anything other than bow to precedent set by earlier FCC regulations? Yes.
As a nation founded on and devoted to freedom of speech, I think February 26, 2015 will go down in the history books as the day when that freedom came to an end in America [bold type, mine].
Thanks to a National Security Agency we no longer have any privacy regarding anything we say using telephones, the Internet or any other form of communication.
If the Democrat-controlled FCC has its way, the Internet will slow your access and could eliminate access [sic] countless sites that provide news and express opinions the federal government finds offensive. That’s what tyrannies do.
© Alan Caruba, 2015
From Foxnews.com: Marc Thiessen, former speechwriter for George W. Bush, was on “The Kelly File” to discuss the newly surfaced video where ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber reveals that a “lack of transparency” helped pass the health care law.
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass,” Gruber said in the video.
“If it takes lying to us to get what they want done, they’re willing to do it,” Thiessen said.
Thiessen described Gruber as so condescending that “he actually wrote a comic book to explain ObamaCare because of course we’re not smart enough to read chapter books.” Thiessen noted that the book describes the individual mandate as “the spinach we have to eat in order to get the dessert that is fairly priced health insurance. “
Megyn Kelly said that she invited Gruber back on the show to defend himself tonight, but he said he wasn’t interested.
“You know what? We’re no longer interested in you, Mr. Gruber, and 28 Democrats who voted for that health care law just got fired by the American people because eventually they realized they had been lied to […] one by one, the misrepresentations have come out and the American people have had their say.”
The midterms are over, but the fight has just begun. Hold Republicans’ feet to the fire.”The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” – Thoms Jefferson
Jim DeMint / @JimDeMint / November 05, 2014
With the midterm elections just behind us, Americans might think they can finally stop worrying about politics for a while. Not so fast! Now is when they need to be more vigilant than ever.
Although dozens of politicians were replaced with fresh faces on Election Day, the losers don’t have to vacate their offices for two months. That means they can keep on voting in a “lame duck” session of Congress.
While “lame duck” is the standard parlance in D.C., I prefer the more colorful term “Zombie Congress,” popularized in recent years by George Will and others. It more aptly conveys the peril of the situation. Zombie legislators are those unhappy senators and representatives who have been voted out of office, yet still stagger dutifully back to Washington for a month or so before Christmas break. ‘Tis the season when they are most dangerous.
Unlike their B-movie counterparts, these zombies don’t seek brains, though they could probably use some. With no electorate to appease, the newly politically “deceased” members have no incentive to restrain their more base urges to feast upon the hard-earned tax dollars of the living.
Unfortunately, lame duck sessions have become more common in recent years and have been used to rush through liberal policies while most Americans are focused on the holidays. Obamacare was rammed through the Senate on Christmas Eve in 2009. Other lame ducks were used to pass bailouts, debt limit increases, big spending bills, special-interest tax breaks and even an ill-advised arms treaty with Russia.
Lame duck lawmakers could use this year’s post-election session to push through a costly omnibus spending bill … with total impunity. Those who want to further burden Americans by taxing their Internet purchases also are contemplating the chance to ram through the misleadingly titled “Marketplace Fairness Act.” The “fairness” here means you send more money to the government! Read more at dailysignal.com.
The company that runs the conservative Breitbart.com news site says the IRS has selected the network for an audit, in a move company executives suggest is politically motivated.
Breitbart News Network, a California-based company which runs several conservative websites, says the IRS recently audited its 2012 financial information.
“The Obama administration’s timing on this is exquisite, but try as they might through various methods to silence us, we will only get more emboldened,” Stephen K. Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News Network, said in a written statement. Read more at foxnews.com.
Related: Sen. Cruz Questions IRS About Decision To Audit Breitbart News
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today (Sept. 9th) sent the following letter to the Internal Revenue Service regarding its decision to audit Breitbart News Network, LLC.
The full text of the letter is available here.
On Your World with Neil Cavuto, April 15, 2014, former NY Lt. Governor, author and Obamacare expert Betsy McCaughey spoke about the financial myths of the Affordable Care Act. In this clip she discusses her prediction that over one million people will stop paying their premiums after they discover the real costs of the ACA.
Well, by the looks of this tweet from Healthcare.gov, the Department of Health
and Human Services just might agree.
We have posted these taxes several times but it can’t hurt to review them once again as 2014 is the year when so many of them are coming due. Please note that this is not a complete list, there are several more coming due in 2015 and 2016. This party ain’t over yet!
Dr. Gina Loudon, and Katrina Pierson join FBN’s Charles Payne to weigh in with the reasons why this IRS Scandal will continue to be an issue heading into next year. Note: While Gainesville Tea Party is organized as an LLC, and not directly affected by this ongoing travesty, we are very much concerned with issue. Our Founders are rolling over in their graves. An interesting fact: Liberty runs in the Louden family; Dr. Gina is Trevor Loudon’s cousin.
Read more about Dr. Gina Loudon HERE
Boehner Gets His Scalp
By Harold Callahan – December 11, 2013
The Speaker of the House of Representatives got a scalp today with the firing of conservative congressional staffer and stalwart Paul Teller.
For over a decade, Mr. Teller guided the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the most influential and important conservative group in Congress, as its Executive Director. The RSC came to prominence in the early 1990s when George Bush, Dick Darman and company attempted to force a tax increase on the American people. The group rallied members and ultimately defeated the first version of the tax increase in the House.
The group has always been an independent voice for conservatives in Congress. Through the Bush years — from sellouts on education and prescription drugs — the RSC and Teller held steadfast to their conservative views making life for the Leadership difficult.
Late last year, the Leadership engineered the election of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) to head the organization, fearing that his opponent Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) could not be controlled. Scalise kept Teller at the helm but the relationship was always tenuous.
When news broke that Rep. Paul Ryan and the leadership were engineering the repeal of the sequester, Mr. Teller went to work. He informed conservative groups throughout DC about the impending sell-out. While Teller never lost his nerve, Scalise did. He fired Teller, no doubt on the demands of the Speaker.
Any smart member of Congress would snatch up Mr. Teller and use his knowledge and influence to build conservative opposition to the Leadership. If no one is willing to stand up, at least Mr. Teller can leave Congress with his head held high. Mr. Scalise and the House GOP Leadership cannot.
His opposition to the Ryan-Boehner Budget Sellout was too much for the leadership to stomach.
Here is a good article that compares the rankings given to states as it pertains to taxes. Florida ranked quite well this year but can certainly do better. Why be happy with 5th place when 1st is within reach. Can you see any correlation between liberal progressive run states and those that aren’t?
“While taxes are a fact of life, not all tax systems are created equal. One measure, total taxes paid, is relevant but other elements of a state tax system can also enhance or harm the competitiveness of a state’s business environment. This reduces many complex considerations to an easy-to-use ranking. (Our report looks at tax burdens in states.)”