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.)”
IRS issues final rules on Obamacare’s ‘individual mandate’
The rules announced on Tuesday offered good news to employees getting health coverage through a union-sponsored plan. They clarify that these employees will not be penalized, said tax lawyers who reviewed the rules on Tuesday.
Rest of article from Reuters-
Once again we are just sitting idle while The Commander In Chief, El Presidente, bypasses Congress to get what he wants.
“Obama administration officials promise that the tax would end in three years after the FCC filled its coffers with $6 billion, but gave no details on how the government would prevent potential cost overruns or measure the program’s progress.”
Read more from this article in The Daily Caller-
MANY THANKS to Candy Parker for chronicling the Tea Party Meeting With Ted Yoho!
Saturday’s Tea Party meeting with our district’s Congressman Ted Yoho was informative, encouraging and motivating. Many thanks to the Gainesville Tea Party, the Gilchrist County Tea Party and the North Central Florida Tea Party for hosting this event. And last, but certainly NOT LEAST, many thanks to Countryside Baptist Church for allowing these patriots to use their church and for the great support given by Countryside’s Pastor Bill Keith.
Congressman Yoho opened with a reminder that he campaigned on the view that people have ‘Had Enough’. He is honored to be in Washington to serve as our vehicle of change.
BIG votes coming next for the House:
The Nutritional portion of the Farm Bill
Continuing Resolution(s) on the debt – aka ‘Band-Aids’.
Charlie Perez of the Gilchrist County Tea Party did a great job of organizing and moderating the questions offered by the crowd of over 200 people present.
**NSA – Rep. Yoho said that the efforts of Rep. Justin Amash came within 7 votes of those needed to “bring down a rule” for consideration of an amendment not favored by Republican leadership. This in itself was a significant victory. Rep. Amash accomplished this even though he was removed from many committees at the start of his second term in the House apparently for no other reason than his determination to stick to
his principles. When Rep. Yoho asked him how he did it, he said “I have a loud voice even in the background”. Rep. Amash’s amendment would have prevented the NSA from storing (for 5 years) the information they are collecting on Americans unless the NSA has probable cause. Rep. Yoho, like so many other Tea Party approved members of the House, believes that our Rights come from Our Creator and not from men. He and 11 other Florida Representatives voted for this amendment.
**IRS – Rep. Yoho feels that this is a very scary situation about which everyone should be very concerned. He said that never before has the IRS been used to target regular Americans. It has been improperly used in the past by political opponents. But the head of the IRS refused to cooperate when President Nixon tried to use it in the same manner.
**FARM BILL – Rep. Yoho described the drama and posturing of both sides and said that these theatrics serve no one. There are NOT 50 million people starving in America (unless it is getting close to breakfast, lunch or dinner…) During the high inflation and high unemployment of the Carter years, Ted Yoho and his wife Carolyn were both between jobs at the same time and used Food Stamps for a month. He believes that Food Stamps should exist as a safety net, but NOT as a life-style. Laurie Newsom, Gainesville Tea Party, later added that charity is the responsibility of individuals, charitable organizations and churches – NOT the government.
**THE FAIR TAX – Rep. Yoho stands for it and promotes it. He believes the House is ready to look at it. The people want it. Interestingly industry hasn’t helped. Corporate America is ready to ‘settle’ for a 25% flat tax. Rep. Yoho recommends we ‘lock in’ a 20% tax. He asked 7 captains of industry (collectively,
employers of a large percentage of Americans) if they had actually studied the Fair Tax for themselves. – They had not – Rep. Yoho encouraged them to look at
it. The problem is most of them are going on what they’ve heard about it therefore it is poorly understood and subject to a lot of misinformation. Rep. Yoho said it would be a ‘great time for us to write’ Rep. Dave Camp, head of the House Ways & Means Committee and ASK HIM TO LOOK AT the Fair Tax. Rep. Camp is signed on as a supporter and now may be a great time for some encouragement.
**BENGHAZI – Rep. Yoho feels it is marked by a lack of leadership and misdirection. He asked Hillary’s question: “Why does it matter?” and answered it this way: The integrity and character of the US government is at stake. If the American people aren’t able to trust our government to do the right thing then no one else will either. Our present Administration is not trusted…OR RESPECTED and that’s not good for America (my paraphrase). Rep. Yoho remains confident that Reps. Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz along with others will not let it go.
**MASSIVE AMMUNITION PURCHASES and the Militarization of Police Forces – Rep. Yoho read from an informational letter that these purchases are for continuing target practice and readiness. However, he is supporting an amendment by Rep. Mark Meadows to require a report of how it will be used and why it’s necessary BEFORE funds will be provided for future purchases. (The citizen discussion after Rep. Yoho left reflected the continued doubts of experienced shooters that “hollow point rounds would be used for target practice”).
**War on Hydrocarbons& Fossil Fuels – Rep. Yoho feels that if we don’t give some relief to our economy via the Keystone Pipeline and protections for the Coal Industry we are in for some very bad economic times. He pointed out that the progressives are after Coal Ash now. Coal ash is used in the manufacturing of dry wall and its loss will cause the struggling construction industries even more harm.
**The 10th Amendment – Rep. Yoho stated they are trying to turn the responsibility for more issues back to the States. Rep. Steve King wrote a bill based entirely on the 10th Amendment. Federal Government needs to stay out of Common Core, Egg Production best management practices and an endless array of other things that people want the power of the Federal Government to force on their neighbors or competitors; per Rep. Yoho those are the types of issues we citizens should be taking up with our State legislators.
**The Tea Party – He says we are a force and we are being listened to. The Democrats are committed to having Rep. Pelosi continuing as Speaker of the House. The splintered nature of the Republican Party is hampering the success for stopping that agenda. We need to unite around what we are able to agree on for this battle.
**The Grassly Amendment (Would have prevented Congress from exempting themselves from Obamacare – what applies to the people would apply to Congress.) Rep. Yoho agrees that one of our big problems is that we’ve been ‘taken over’ by agencies like the EPA and are being policed by unelected bureaucrats. He recommended a book by Daniel Hanna, The New Road to Serfdom.
**OBAMACARE – Rep. Yoho stated that it has been deemed a TAX and should be treated as such. Constitutionally, TAXES must originate in the House – not the Senate as the Obama-Tax was. Rep. Yoho supports measures to “make it go away” on Constitutional grounds. He also personally feels that “we will defund it and it will go away.” There are 21 separate taxes in the Obama-TAX. He is supporting Rep. Tom Price’s bill, HR2300, to replace it. Medicine needs to remain between the doctor and the patient, not moderated by IPAB bureaucrats and their statistics. He told a story of a 35 year-old survivor of colon cancer who was a supporter of Obamacare until he pointed out, that if it had been up to the IPAB, she would not have been able to get the colonoscopy at age 35 that saved her life. Her doctor would have been penalized if he had granted her pleas for the test.
**IMMIGRATION – The sentiment in the House is NO forward movement until the border is secure; and, can be independently verified to be secure on an annual basis. He said to assume that they will secure it – after immigration reform is passed -is a joke and an insult to the American people. They have not enforced the laws on the books since the Reagan years so why would they enforce provisions of a new bill that they don’t like? There are four bills in the House now intending to deal with border security, guest worker programs and such. Rep. Yoho stated, “I don’t want them to stop coming; I want them to come legally”. (A single terrorist is known to have brought more than 1,500 other terrorists over the southern border in the last few years.)
**One of the problems faced by the Republicans is the lack of unity amongst the members of the House. That splintering of support for any particular issue makes the very near miss of the Amash amendment even more encouraging by indicating a move towards solidarity.
**What do Congressmen listen to the most? Rep. Yoho says that letters, emails and phone calls are tabulated for them. This gives them an idea of what issues are important to people. There are many issues supported by one member or another, and Rep. Yoho may be in agreement with them, but he finds the issue of Economic Freedom to be more important than many other things that he can spend his time on. His focus is still strongly on the strengths that built this nation: Free Markets and a Constitutionally Limited Government. He also extends much credit to his wife, Carolyn, on whom he continually relies to keep his focus sharp.
Rep. Yoho left to a standing ovation, shaking hands on the way out.
The meeting continued after his departure with a discussion to determine which issues were top priority and all were encouraged to write letters expressing each opinion.
CONGRESSMAN TED YOHO SAID LETTERS ARE IMPORTANT SO WRITE YOURS TODAY!
Oh it’s good to be Lois Lerner from the IRS with all the connections she needs to put the whole IRS scandal behind her.
Please click on the link below for the article from the American Spectator.
“The odds that Lerner will choose to rely on ace-in-the-hole Holder are enhanced by the fact that she, her lawyer, her superior Mr. Wilkins, and numerous others involved are all reported to be staunch supporters of (and generous campaign contributors to) President Obama. They share a common interest in doing what’s best for Team Obama, and they were listening when the President said that his administration will reward its friends.”
Thousands of patriots traveled from up and down the coast and even the Midwest – on short notice and in the middle of the work week – to come to the nation’s Capitol to attend a pair of tea-party rallies and make their voices heard.
They also came to hear a roster of conservative politicians and well-known figures including Glenn Beck, Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., as well as Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, Steve King, R-Iowa, Dave Camp, R-Mich., Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and Matt Salmon, R-Ariz.
Two topics dominated the day: investigating the IRS and stopping amnesty. But there was one theme: Take back America.
The rally that began at 9 a.m. on the lawn in back of the Capitol was organized by King and billed as a “press conference” on amnesty. Continue reading at wnd.com.
“Taxation: Unable to police the supposedly “rogue” agents it has now, the IRS wants thousands more to police your body under ObamaCare. Lawmakers should impose a hiring freeze instead.
The embattled agency is asking Congress for additional funding to hire as many as 16,500 more agents, auditors and other workers to enforce and implement ObamaCare. Over the next decade, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office figures the IRS could need up to $10 billion to do the job.”
Read More At Investor’s Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/060313-658637-congress-must-impose-hiring-freeze-at-irs.htm#ixzz2VGMP0tRr
BUT the perfect opportunity to “starve the beast”! A NO vote from Congress will do it. Let your Congressman know how you feel.
“The Senate voted 69-27 on Monday to send the Marketplace Fairness Act to the House for final passage.
Technically, it would not create a new tax. Consumers are already supposed to pay sales taxes directly to the government when they shop online. But some studies estimate that as much as $23 billion in online sales taxes go uncollected each year, because many consumers don’t realize this.
So the bill would require Internet retailers to collect the tax — just like their brick-and-mortar peers now do. The government sees this as a more efficient means of collection.”
“Millions of people who take advantage of government subsidies to help buy health insurance next year could get stung by surprise tax bills if they don’t accurately project their income.”
“Funny, I seem to recall Barack Obama swearing that he’d never raise taxes on the Sainted Middle Class. Just wait until they get their surprise tax bills in 2015! I’m sure everyone will have a good laugh about the whole crazy situation.”
Walmart Supercenter on Waldo Road
(Just turn off Waldo Rd. at Walmart and park on the left)
Let’s show which candidate in the race for Mayor cares about East Gainesville!
Crucial facts for opposing yet another tax on our citizens.
“As discussion continues over proposals like the “Marketplace Fairness Act” – which would change the way states can exercise tax collection powers over “remote” sales – several myths have cropped up. Here, NTU dispels them:”
Might this new tax be one of those that really don’t count, like so many other fees, assessments and benign taxes?
The Federal Communications Commission is eyeing a proposal to tax broadband Internet service. The move would funnel money to the Connect America Fund, a subsidy the agency created last year to expand Internet access.
“Within the 2500 pages of the comically-named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is cached the 2014 establishment of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Nominated exclusively by the president, the 15 members of the Board will ostensibly be tasked with “…prevent[ing] per-enrollee Medicare spending from growing faster than a specified target rate.”
How is all of this possible? According to the Cato Institute, “…by carving out a discrete list of limitations on the Board’s delegated powers, the [Affordable Care] Act implicitly gives IPAB otherwise unlimited power to exercise any enumerated congressional power with respect to any governmental body, industry, property, product, person, service or activity.” And just like Congress, the IPAB has been given the authority to appropriate federal funds and impose conditions for their receipt. This means “the Board could propose…to require states to implement federal laws or to enact new state laws in order to receive federal funding.”
Incredibly, Congress does not have the authority to do away with the IPAB until 2017, when a 3/5 vote by both Houses must accompany the signature of the President! Clearly, Barack Obama and the radically leftist, 2008 congress went to extraordinary lengths to shelter their conspiratorial overthrow of our constitutional Republic from standard methods of repeal.”