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  • Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

    Ronald Reagan


    When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence.

    Gary Lloyd


    We have a system that increasingly taxes and subsidizes nonwork.

    Milton Friedman


    The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money

    Alexis de Tocqueville


    Those of us who manage the public dollars will be held to account to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and our government.

    Barack Hussein Obama, 1/20/09


    My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it.

    Barack Hussein Obama


    “And the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history”

    Nancy Pelosi, Election Night 2006


    A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize.

    Rush Limbaugh


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List of Tax Burdens

Our friends at Free Republic have a thread going that documents all the various taxes we pay.

Talk about multiple taxation.  They tax our income, then with what’s left over, when we make purchases, they tax those things too.  The Fair Tax would solve that problem.  But I don’t see that happening with all of the pigs at the trough (in Congress)

Here’s the list, and there are others added at the thread page:

1. Accounts Receivable Tax
2. Accounting and Tax Preparation fees (cost to taxpayers $300 billion)
3. Accumulated Earnings Tax
4. Accumulation Distribution of Trusts
5. Activity Fee (Dumping Permit Fee)
6. Air Tax (PA coin-operated vacuums)
7. Aircraft Jet Fuel Tax
8. Aircraft Excise Tax
9. Alcohol Fuels Tax
10. Alcoholic Beverage Tax
11. Alternative Minimum Tax – Amt
12. Ambulance Services (Air Ambulance Services, SD)
13. Ammunition Tax
14. Amusement Tax (MA, VA, MD)
15. Annual Custodial Fees (Ira Accounts)
16. Ballast Water Management Fee (Marine Invasive Species)
17. Biodiesel Fuel Tax
18. Blueberry Tax (Maine)
19. Bribe Taxes (Pay If You Dare)
20. Brothel licensing fees (NV – $35,000.00 per year per brothel)
21. Building Permit Tax
22. Capital Gains Tax
23. California Interstate User Diesel Fuel Tax
24. California Redemption Value (Can and Bottle Tax)
25. CDL License Tax
26. Charter Boat Captain License
27. Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee
28. Cigarette Tax
29. Cigarette Tax Stamp (Acts) (Distributors)
30. Compressed Natural Gas Tax
31. Commercial Activity Tax (OH – for Service Providers)
32. Corporate Income Tax
33. Court Fines (Indirect Taxes)
34. Disposable Diapers Tax (Wisconsin)
35. Disposal Fee (Any Landfill Dumping)
36. Dog License Tax
37. Electronic Waste Recycling Fee (E-Waste)
38. Emergency Telephone User Surcharge
39. Environmental Fee (CA – HazMat Fees)
40. Estate Tax (Death Tax, to be reinstated)
41. Excise Taxes
42. Facility Fee (CA – HazMat Fees)
43. FDIC tax (insurance premium on bank deposits)
44. Federal Income Tax
45. Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
46. Fiduciary Income Tax (Estates and Trusts)
47. Fishing License Tax
48. Flush Tax (MD Tax For Producing Wastewater)
49. Food License Tax
50. Fountain Soda Drink Tax (Chicago – 9%)
51. Franchise Tax
52. Fresh Fruit (CA, if Purchased From A Vending Machine)
53. Fuel Permit Tax
54. Fur Clothing Tax (MN)
55. Garbage Tax
56. Gasoline Tax (44.75 Cents Per Gallon)
57. Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax
58. Generator Fee (Recycled Waste Fee)
59. Gift Tax
60. Gross Receipts Tax
61. Hamburger Tax (Ask Huckabee)
62. Hazardous Substances Fees: Generator, Facility, Disposal
63. Household Employment Taxes
64. Hunting License Tax
65. Illegal Drug Possession (No. Carolina)
66. Inheritance Tax
67. Insect Control Hazardous Materials License
68. Insurance Premium Tax
69. Intangible Tax (Leases Of Govt. Owned Real Property)
70. Integrated Waste Management Fee
71. Interstate User Diesel Fuel Tax
72. Inventory Tax
73. IRA Rollover Tax (a transfer of IRA money)
74. IRA Early Withdrawl Tax
75. IRS Interest Charges
76. IRS Penalties (Tax On Top Of Tax)
77. Jock Tax (income earned by athletes in some states)
78. Kerosene, Distillate, & Stove Oil Taxes
79. Kiddie Tax (Child’s Earned Interest Form 8615)
80. Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee (Occupational)
81. Lease Severance Tax
82. Liquid Natural Gas Tax
83. Liquid Petroleum Gas Tax
84. Liquor Tax
85. Litigation Tax (TN Imposes Varies With the Offense)
86. LLC/PLLC Registration Tax
87. Local Income Tax
88. Lodging Taxes
89. Lump-Sum Distributions
90. Luxury Taxes
91. Make-Up Tax (Ohio, applying in a salon is taxable)
92. Marriage License Tax
93. Meal Tax
94. Medicare Tax
95. Mello-Roos Taxes (Special Taxes and Assessments)
96. Minnow Dealers License (Retail – For One Shop)
97. Minnow Dealers License (Distributor – For One+ Shops)
98. Mobile Home Ad Valorem Taxes
99. Motor Fuel Tax (For Suppliers)
100. Music and Dramatic Performing Rights Tax
101. Nudity Tax (Utah)
102. Occupation Tax (Various Professional Fees)
103. Oil and Gas Assessment Tax
104. Oil Spill Response, Prevention, And Administration Fee
105. Pass-Through Withholding
106. Pay-Phone Calls Tax (Indiana)
107. Personal Property Tax
108. Personal Holding Company (undistributed earnings)
109. Pest Control License
110. Petroleum Business Tax
111. Playing Card Tax (Al)
112. Pole Tax (TX – A $5 Cover Charge On Strip Clubs)
113. Profit from Illegal Drug Dealing
114. Property Tax
115. Prostitution Tax (NV – Prostitute Work Permits)
116. Rain Water Tax (Runoff after a Storm)
117. Real Estate Tax
118. Recreational Vehicle Tax
119. Road Usage Tax
120. Room Tax (Hotel Rooms)
121. Sales Tax (State)
122. Sales Tax (City)
123. Sales And Use Tax (Sellers Permit)
124. School Tax
125. Service Charge Tax
126. Self Employment Tax
127. Sex Sales Tax (UT, when nude people perform services)
128. Sewer & Water Tax
129. Social Security Tax
130. Sparkler and Novelties Tax (WV Sellers of Sparklers, etc.)
131. Special Assessment Tax (Not Ad Valorem)
132. State Documentary Stamp Tax on Notes (FL RE Tax)
133. State Franchise Tax
134. State Income Tax
135. State Park Fees
136. State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
137. Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) Fuel Tax
138. Stud Fees (Kentucky’s Thoroughbred Sex Tax)
139. Tangible Personal Property Tax
140. Tattoo Tax (AR Tax On Tattoos)
141. Telephone Federal Excise Tax
142. Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
143. Telephone Federal Surcharge Taxes
144. Telephone State Surcharge Taxes
145. Telephone Local Surcharge Taxes
146. Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
147. Telephone Recurring Charges Tax
148. Telephone Non-Recurring Charges Tax
149. Telephone State Usage Charge Tax
150. Telephone Local Usage Charge Tax
151. Tire Recycling Fee
152. Tobacco Tax (Cigar, Pipe, Consumer Tax)
153. Tobacco Tax (Cigar, Pipe, Dealer Tax)
154. Toll Road Tax
155. Toll Bridge Tax
156. Toll Tunnel Tax
157. Tourism or Concession License Fee
158. Traffic Fines (Indirect Taxation)
159. Transportable Treatment Unit Fee (Small Facility)
160. Trailer Registration Tax
161. Trout Stamp (Addendum To Fish License)
162. Use Taxes (On Out-Of-State Purchases)
163. Utility Taxes
164. Unemployment Tax
165. Underground Storage Tank Maintenance Fee
166. Underpayment of Estimated Tax (Form 2210)
167. Unreported Tip Income (Social Security and Medicare Tax)
168. Vehicle License
169. Registration Tax
170. Vehicle Sales Tax
171. Wagering Tax (Tax on Gambling Winnings)
172. Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Fuel Tax
173. Water Rights Fee
174. Watercraft Registration Tax
175. Waterfowl Stamp Tax
176. Well Permit Tax
177. Workers Compensation Tax


Some people still don’t get it

My 16 year old son is interested in current events, but he often asks me for my analysis of what is happening.

Today, he mentioned that he read that some on the left attribute the “Tea Parties” to racism. That is, the “right wingers” are prejudiced, and are protesting just because President Obama is black (actually, he’s bi-racial).

If some people truly believe this, they are ignoring what the mainstream media has, for the most part, avoided reporting. That is, the Tea Parties yesterday were not based on displeasure over the color of the President’s skin, nor were they only made up of “right wingers”.

The fact is, the demonstrations were attended by working class people who are fed up with the spend-and-then-tax politicians who are pissing away our future, as well as that of at least the next 2 upcoming generations. Yes, there are more and more in this country who are finally starting to pay attention; I just hope it’s not too late.

Sure, many of those attending may be classified as conservative, but there were a great many protestors that were previously Obama supporters and voters, and now that they’ve seen his true agenda, they realize their mistake.

So the left-wing media can carry on with their “tea bag” jokes, and their condescension and disgust towards those protesting. But when next year’s general election is finished, I sure hope they don’t have the gall to say they are surprised at the results…






Random Cogitations 03/08/09

  • Who is John Galt?
  • With the Legislative and Executive branches waging an all-out war against the middle and upper classes, there are more and more Democrats beginning to wake up to the fact that all that’s being done/proposed will affect THEM. Michelle Malkin has an interesting video of Whoopi Goldberg lamenting on The View about all of the taxes that are being piled on.  Do I detect a ray of HOPE that all of this CHANGE will turn unpopular with Libs? 
  • For those who dismiss the idea of the Main Stream Media being in cahoots with the Democrats, chew on this: B. Hussein’s pick for UN Ambassador, Susan Rice, is the husband of Ian Cameron. And who is Ian Cameron? Why none other than Executive Producer of ABC’ s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”. I wonder if Ian and Susan join in on The Ballerina’s morning Talking Points conference call from the White House? 
  • Poor Joe Biden. Just when he finishes up from the last time he was grounded by B. Hussein, he goes out and opens up his mouth again.  In a speech to the AFL-CIO at their convention in Miami, he said this:  “And (sic) old joke…you go home with them that brung you to the dance,” the vice president said, according to remarks put out by the White House. “Well, you all brought me to the dance a long time ago. And it’s time we start dancing, man. It’s time we start dancing.”  Go to your room Joe, and don’t come out until Barry tells you that your punishment is once again over…
  • Talk about having no class. While Barry  and Michelle are living it up on Wednesday nights at the White House, they certainly didn’t put too much thought into a gift for Gordon Brown. You can dress ’em up, but you can’t take ’em out…
  • For those who voted for Obama: how’s your 401k doing these days?
  • Recommended reading: Charles Krauthammer: “Deception at Core of Obama Plans”, Daniel Henninger: “Has Obama Buried Reagan?”, Walter E Williams:  “Sweden’s Government Health Care”, and Thomas Sowell:  “Talk Is Not Cheap”

April Fool’s Tax Cut

Don’t go planning on spending that “tax cut” that’s been promised to begin on April 1. 

In what is perhaps the very first April Fool’s joke by the US Government, the tax cut announced by B. Hussein is anything BUT a tax cut. 

You see, Obama announced that he has ordered employers to cut taxes taken from workers’ paychecks as part of his effort to boost a worsening U.S. economy.

But the key is in the wording. Yes, he HAS ordered employers to cut witholding of taxes in workers paychecks. However, what ISN’T being reported is that the tax tables are unchanged for 2009.  The tax RATE is unchanged , but employees will have $65 less WITHHELD from their check. 

And to add insult to injury, those who do not make enough to OWE income taxes can “file for their share”.  

But then again, what does one expect from an administration that nominates tax cheats for cabinet positions. 

Maybe one of the Tea Party protesters can help spread the word.

Grab your ankles….


Turbo Tax Tim

Maybe conventional wisdom is wrong, and a contrarian view is needed on the Geithner nomination. In fact, I’ll even go so far as to defend him. After all, if it’s good enough for Schmuck Schumer to defend Geithner, it’s good enough for me.

Given his past history of tax payments, perhaps he was merely protesting against our progressive tax structure, and if confirmed as Treasury Secretary,  he would lobby BHO and Congress to implement a more equitable and simplified tax system. 

Never let it be said that I don’t believe in Hope and Change. 

(in case it’s not apparent, this is post is a combination of satire, sarcasm, and delusional wishful thinking)

Gloom and Doom in Liberal Land

Summer 2008: we’re using too much gas, and everyone should be driving fuel-efficient vehicles.

Winter 2008: we’re not driving enough, and the increased fuel efficiency of vehicles has caused a steep decline in gas tax revenues, so the government is going to raise the gas tax.

Liberals are never happy. You drive too much, and that is bad. You drive too little, and that is bad. You drive fuel-efficient vehicles, and that is good. You drive fuel-efficient vehicles, and that is bad.

And now, our roads and bridges are crumbling, and we’re all gonna die unless the government intervenes. 

And of course, the answer to all problems is to raise taxes. Whether it be one of the proposals in North Carolina  which taxes drivers based on mileage (and you can bet your rear end that this would be in ADDITION to the tax on each gallon of gas), or the proposal in Oregon that would mandate installation of a GPS unit into each vehicle, thus enabling the state to charge by the mile. And while reassurances often accompany such proposals (e.g. “don’t worry, this will REPLACE the current tax system), the thiefs politicians seldom stick to this initial promises. 

Gloom and doom is alive and well in Liberal Land. They come up with a problem, and when the problem disappears,  it’s replaced by another.  It’s a never ending cycle, and with the media in lock step with many of these politicians, it becomes an accepted fact.

And of course, the answer: MORE TAXES.

If only the liberal politicians (D’s AND R’s) would let natural market and other forces run their course, we’d be happier, and a lot better off….

Random Thoughts

The Democrats in Congress are leading the charge to both save one of their prime voting blocks (the UAW) and to nationalize the Auto industry.  Giving GM and Chrysler loans is nothing more than a band aid as well as lost money. Yes, there will be definite consequences if the “Big 3” go under. But donating taxpayer money will only prolong the problem, not solve it.  I say let the chips fall as they may. If GM, Chrysler, and Ford can turn things around by producing quality vehicles, that’s great. But if their mismanagement and the greed of the unions continue, they’ll appropriately go out of business, and the market will have spoken.

Note to trans-gendered HIV positive prisoners: if you want to get out of prison on time, do NOT spit on guards.

My wife and I were at Sam’s Club last weekend, and there must have been at LEAST 4 people in line when we were with LCD or Plasma Flat Screen TV’s. My son and I went to Circuit City last night in our quest for a Wii (we found one at the 7th store), and saw 3 people in line with flat panel TV’s. A friend at work has a theory that families are buying a “family gift”, rather than more individual gifts. Whatever the reason, there are people still buying big ticket items, but I think that next Christmas, you’ll see major cutbacks.

Throwing more money into the educational cesspool does not equate to higher quality education.

My co-worker and I came up with ONE good outcome of B. Hussein being our next POTUS: our guns will rapidly increase in value (small consolation compared to all of the rights we’ll be losing). 

No more tourist trips to NYC or New York State for MY family. Gov Paterson apparently wants to punish people in the form of insane taxation. Citizens of New York will have to live with their decision on electing this yo-yo as Lt. Governor (or whatever New Yawkers call the vice-governor), but as someone who lives out of state, I don’t; it’s bad enough that we have Fast Eddie.

You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your parents, even if they are 3 fries short of a Happy Meal….