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Tax Month Celebration

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2016 by andelino

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This post is a reminder “why and how” we should celebrate the glorious “Tax Month” the progressive, massive, state-sponsored redistribution of “Other People’s Money” (OPM).

We also should be “thankful” to the Government and the “heroic” IRS workers who have selflessly “toiled” for over 100 years in taking “OPM’s” from the pockets of the ”rich” and distribute it among the needy “poor” for their votes.

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All my life I have been told  that my “taxes” help the economy and make everyone “work” hard to meet their obligations.

Since I  believe in “tax fairness” here is my plan, which I call “The Flat Tax Plan” which will boost the “economy” and make everyone pay an “equal” percentage of taxes.

This “simple” plan will help the entire country “grow” prosperous and get “rid” of the “tax cheats” and tax beats who don’t pay “any” taxes.

It also “means” the Government gets more “money” to help with the “glorious” revolution of “Next Tuesday.”

“Tax Month” is a magical kind of season. The cash “flies” through the air, everybody goes “door to door” singing heartwarming “tax carols.”

Here is glorious “endorsement” of the IRS in a song about “taxes” from a man named “Cash.”

Let us all “Celebrate Tax Month” and rejoice how wonderful it is that the Government “decides” what to do with all that money and how “generous” the state is in letting us to “keep some money” for ourselves.

Here are some “quotes” from tax “paying” people:

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“Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them.” Margaret Mitchell
“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” Winston Churchill
“I’ve found that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket, pulling the handles and expecting himself to get out.” Winston Churchill.
“Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.” Herman Wouk
“Taxation is just a sophisticated way of demanding money with menaces.” Terry Pratchett
“It is a good thing that we do not get as much government as we pay for.” Will Rogers
“The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. Will Rogers
“If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don’t get wet you can keep.” Will Rogers
“Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.” Will Rogers
“This is too difficult for a mathematician. It takes a philosopher.” Albert Einstein
“Congress can raise taxes because it can persuade a sizable fraction of the populace that somebody else will pay.” Milton Friedman
“Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors… and miss.” Robert A Heinlein
“A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.”  Gordon Liddy
“The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away.” John S. Coleman
“Taxation with representation ain’t so hot either.” Gerald Barzan
“If the Lord loves a cheerful giver, how he must hate the taxpayer!” John Andrew Holmes
“What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin.” Mark Twain
“You must pay taxes. But there’s no law that says you gotta leave a tip.” Morgan Stanley
“The wages of sin are death, but after they take the taxes out, it’s more like a tired feeling, really.” Paula Poundstone
“The nation should have a tax system that looks like someone designed it on purpose.” William Simon
“All the Congress, all the accountants and tax lawyers, all the judges, and a convention of wizards all cannot tell for sure what the income tax law says.” Walter B. Wriston
“When there’s a single thief, it’s robbery. When there are a thousand thieves, it’s taxation.” Vanya Cohen

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No “Tax Month Celebration” is complete without the official “IRS TAX” poem…

Tax his land, tax his wage,
Tax his bed in which he lays.

Tax his tractor, tax his mule,
Teach him taxes is the rule.

Tax his cow, tax his goat,
Tax his pants, tax his coat.

Tax his ties, tax his shirts,
Tax his work, tax his dirt.

Tax his chew, tax his smoke,
Teach him taxes are no joke.

Tax his car, tax his ass,
Tax the roads that he must pass.

Tax his tobacco, tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.

Tax his booze, tax his beers,
If he cries, tax his tears.

Tax his bills, tax his gas,
Tax his notes, tax his cash.

Tax him good and let him know
That after taxes, he has no dough.

If he hollers, tax him more,
Tax him until he’s good and sore.

Tax his coffin, tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he lays.

Put these words upon his tomb,
“Taxes drove me to my doom!”

And when he’s gone, we won’t relax,
We’ll still be after the inheritance tax!

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And  no “Tax Month Celebration” is complete without “knowing” what you “have been taxed for.”

Accounts Receivable Taxes
Accounting and Tax Preparation Taxes
Accumulated Earnings Taxes
Accumulation Distribution of Trusts Taxes
Activity Fee Taxes
Aircraft Excise Tax
Aircraft Jet Fuel Tax
Air Transportation Taxes
Alcohol Fuels Taxes
Alcoholic Beverage Taxes
Alternative Minimum Tax
Ambulance Services Taxes
Ammunition Taxes
Amusement Taxes
Animal Slaughter Taxes
Annual Custodial Taxes
Ballast Water Management Fee Taxes
Biodiesel Fuel Taxes
Blueberry Taxes
Bribe Taxes
Brothel Licensing Taxes
Building Permit Taxes
Business Registration Taxes
Capital Gains Taxes
CDL License Taxes
Charter Boat Captain License taxes
Cigarette Taxes
Cigarette Stamp Taxes
Commercial Activity Taxes
Compressed Natural Gas Tax
Corporate Income Taxes
County Property Taxes
Court Case Filing Taxes
Court Fines Taxes
Disposal Fee Taxes
Diverted Profit Taxes
Dog License Taxes
Drivers License Taxes
Dumping Permit Taxes
Electronic Waste Recycling Taxes
Electronic Transmission of Tax Return Taxes
Emergency Telephone User Surcharge Taxes
Employer Health Insurance Mandate Taxes
Employer Medicare Taxes
Employer Social Security Taxes
Environmental Taxes
Estate Taxes
Excise Taxes
Excise Taxes On Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans
Facility Taxes
FDIC Bank Taxes
Federal Corporate Taxes
Federal Income Taxes
Federal Unemployment Taxes
Federal Highway Toll Taxes
Fiduciary Income Taxes
Fishing License Taxes
Flush Taxes
Food and Beverage License Taxes
Fountain Soda Drink Taxes
Franchise Business Taxes
Fresh Fruit Taxes
Fuel Gross Receipts Taxes
Fuel Permit Taxes
Fur Clothing Taxes
Garbage Taxes
Gas/Electric Bill Taxes
Gasoline Taxes (Federal)
Gasoline Taxes (Local)
Gasoline Taxes (State)
Generation Taxes
Generation Skipping Transfer Taxes
Generator Fee taxes
Gift Taxes
Gross Receipts Taxes
Gun Ownership Permit Taxes
Hamburger Taxes
Hazardous Material Disposal Taxes
Highway Access Taxes
Hotel Room Taxes
Household Employment Taxes
Hunting License Taxes
Illegal Drug Possession taxes
Import Taxes
Interstate User Diesel Fuel Taxes
Individual Health Insurance Mandate Taxes
Inheritance Taxes
Insect Control Hazardous Materials License Taxes
Inspection Fee Taxes
Insurance Premium Taxes
Intangible Taxes
Integrated Waste Management Taxes
Interstate User Diesel Fuel Taxes
Inventory Taxes
IRA Early Withdrawal Taxes
IRA Rollover Taxes
IRS Interest Taxes (tax on top of your tax)
IRS Penalties Taxes (tax on top of your ax)
Jock Taxes
Kerosene, Distillate, & Stove Oil Taxes
Kiddie Taxes
Land Gains and Real Estate Withholding Taxes
Lead Poisoning Prevention Taxes
Lease Severance Taxes
Library Taxes
License Plate Fee Taxes
Liquid Natural Gas Taxes
Liquid Petroleum Gas Taxes
Liquor Taxes
Litigation Taxes
LLC/PLLC Corporate Registration Taxes
Local Corporate Taxes
Local Income Taxes
Local School Taxes
Local Unemployment Taxes
Lodging Taxes
Lump-Sum Distributions Taxes
Luxury & Gas Guzzler Car taxes
Luxury Taxes
Make-Up Taxes
Mello-Roos Taxes
Marriage License Taxes
Medicare Taxes
Medicare Tax Surcharge On High Earning Americans under ObamaCare
Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Taxes
Minnow Dealers Retail License Taxes
Minnow Dealers Distributor License Taxes
Mobile Home Ad Valorem Taxes
Motor Fuel Taxes
Motor Vehicle Taxes
Music and Dramatic Performing Rights Taxes
Nature Trail Permit Taxes
Nudity Performance Taxes
Nursery Registration Taxes
Occupancy Inspection Fees
Occupation Taxes
ObamaCare Individual Mandate Excise Taxes
ObamaCare Surtax On Investment Income
Oil and Gas Assessment Taxes
Oil Spill Response, Prevention, and Administration
Parking Meters Taxes
Passport Application/Renewal Taxes
Pass-Through Withholding Taxes
Pay-Phone Calls Taxes
Percolation Test Taxes
Personal Holding Company Taxes
Personal Property Taxes
Pest Control License Taxes
Petroleum Business Taxes
Playing Card Taxes
Plastic Surgery Surcharge Taxes
Poultry Registered Premises License Taxes
Professional Licenses Fee Taxes
Profit from Illegal Drug Dealing Taxes
Property Transfer Tax
Property Taxes
Prostitution Taxes
Rain Water Runoff Taxes
Rat Control Taxes
Real Estate Taxes
Recreational Vehicle Taxes
Redemption Value Taxes
Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Fees Taxes
Registration Taxes For New Businesses
Retirement account early withdrawal penalty Taxes
Road Usage Taxes
Sales Taxes (City)
Sales Taxes (State)
School Taxes
Self-Employment Taxes
Sellers Permit Taxes
Septic Permit Taxes
Service Charge Taxes
Sewer & Water Taxes
Social Security Taxes
Soda/Fatty Food Taxes
Sparkler and Novelties Taxes
Special Assessments For Road Repairs/ Construction Taxes
Sports Stadium Taxes
State Corporate Taxes
State Documentary Stamp Taxes on Notes
State Income Taxes
State Park Entrance Fee Taxes
State Unemployment Taxes
Strip Club Pole Taxes
State Franchise Taxes
Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) Fuel Taxes
Stud Fee Taxes
Usage Taxes
Tangible Personal Property Tax
Tanning Taxes
Tattoo Taxes
Telephone 911 Service Taxes
Telephone Federal Excise Taxes
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Taxes
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Taxes
Telephone State and Local Taxes
Telephone Universal Access Taxes
Telephone Usage Charge Taxes
The Alternative Minimum Taxes
Tire Taxes
Tire Recycling Fee Taxes
Tobacco Taxes
Toll Booth Taxes
Toll Bridge Taxes
Toll Road Taxes
Toll Tunnel Taxes
Tourism/ Concession License taxes
Traffic Fine Taxes
Trailer Registration Taxes
Transportable Treatment Unit Fee Taxes
Trout Stamp Taxes
TV Cable/Satellite Taxes
Unemployment Taxes
Underground Storage Tank Maintenance Taxes
Underpayment of Estimated Taxes
Unreported Tip Income Taxes
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Taxes
Vehicle Recovery Taxes
Vehicle Registration Taxes
Vehicle Sales Taxes
Wagering Taxes
Waste Management Taxes
Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Fuel Taxes
Watercraft Registration/ Licensing Taxes
Water Rights Taxes
Waterfowl Stamp Taxes
Well Permit Taxes
Wiring Inspection Fee Taxes
Workers Compensation Taxes
Yacht & Luxury Boat Taxes
Zoning Permit Taxes

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Not one of these taxes “existed” 100 years ago, and our nation was the most “prosperous” in the world.

We had absolutely no national “debt,” had the largest “middle class” in the world, and Mom stayed “home” to raise the kids.

Yet despite all of this “oppressive” taxation, our “local” governments, our “state” governments and our “federal” government are all absolutely “drowning” in debt.

We are being taxed into oblivion, and yet most Americans do not even “realize” that it is happening.

What the “hell” happened? Can you spell “Politicians!”

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Tax Myth

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 22, 2012 by andelino

Tax Myth
by Mike Flynn

So We Raise Taxes on the Rich; Then What?

Ask President Obama or, really, any random liberal about the deficit and their answer will make heavy use of the words “Bush,” “rich,” and “tax cuts.” The left has constructed a narrative that our fiscal house is in disarray because, a little over a decade ago, Bush enacted a “massive” tax cut for “the wealthy”. If we let these tax cuts for the rich expire at the end of the year, they argue, we will go a long way towards climbing out of our fiscal hole. This is a myth.

As Congress left on recess, House and Senate GOP lawmakers said that, if Obama wins reelection, they will have to reconsider their opposition to higher taxes on the wealthy. This is either a calculated move to fire-up the GOP base or, more likely, given what we know about the Senate GOP, a preemptive display of weakness.

Ok, so let’s say we’re going to let the Bush-era tax cuts on the “rich”–currently defined as households making more than $250,000 a year–expire. How much will the higher income tax rates bring in?

$56 Billion a year. Our current deficit is over $1 trillion a year. So, higher income taxes on the “rich” will solve about 5% of our deficit problem.

Part of Obama’s plan to raise taxes on the “rich” also would scale back or eliminate many deductions and credits they use to minimize their tax burden. Basically, the more you earn over a certain level, the more currently allowed deductions and credits would be reduced. What would this bring in? About $27 billion.

Eliminate “subsidies” for Big Oil? About $4 billion a year. Altogether, Obama has hobbled together some additional tax hikes on the “rich” bringing the government’s total take to just over $100 billion a year.

Ok, liberals, you’ve just identified a path to plug 10% of our annual budget hole. What else you got? Crickets. I know Obama says he plans for another $300 billion a year or so in “savings,” but these are always far out in the future and never quite seem to arrive. A large part of them is also based on very rosy economic assumptions.

Of course, even if these miraculously came to pass, you’re still only solving about 40% of the deficit problem. Again, what else you got?

The sum total of Obama’s and the left’s plan to reduce the deficit, apparently, is to go through the nation’s couch cushions looking for loose change.

Oh, and this isn’t drawn from some conservative interpretation of the numbers. These numbers come from Obama’s own plan to reduce the deficit (pgs 218-219).

It’s pretty clear that letting Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy expire is just the left’s opening bid on tax hikes. The main problem with the wealthy is that there aren’t that many of them. Obama’s current plan would cover about 8-10 cents on every deficit dollar. Where is the rest of the money going to come from?

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The Rich Don’t Make Us Poor

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 8, 2012 by andelino

The Rich Don’t Make Us Poor
by Charles Kaupke

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the need for the wealthy to “pay their fair share” so that the federal government can pay down its debts and continue to fund programs to provide basic human necessities for the poor, such as food, shelter, and prophylactics. Their argument is that the greedy rich have been stealing increasingly large percentages of the nation’s GDP, and have been hoarding their riches, rather than generously giving them to the federal government to be used for the common good.

The only solution is to increase taxes on the rich, so that instead of letting billionaires covetously hold onto (and thus waste) their excess wealth, which they don’t really need, the government can take that cash and use it much more effectively, to give the rest of us free stuff. After all, it just isn’t fair that some Americans control billions of dollars’ worth of wealth, while others struggle to make ends meet.

Sounds plausible, right? Of course it does. Unfortunately for those who make a living out of inciting class warfare, it’s not true. There are a number of errors embedded in the above explanation of our nation’s woes, but let’s cut to the central one: the fallacy that there always has been and always will be a fixed amount of wealth in the world, and that wealth is merely shifted back and forth among people, but it is never really increased. Economists call this the “fixed pie” fallacy.

This is not a new fallacy. In fact, it’s been around for almost as long as economics has been a science. Let’s look at one relatively recent example: in his 1912 work The Servile State, English historian Hilaire Belloc presents his case against capitalism, arguing that by its very nature it is immoral. Belloc – who was not an economist – has become especially popular among some Catholics who decry capitalism as being antagonistic to Christian social and political virtues, and who pine for the idyllic days of subsistence farming and feudal lords. For many of these people, The Servile State is their only exposure to economic thought. This is a shame, because Belloc is a prime example of someone who fell for the “fixed pie” fallacy.

Belloc defines capitalism as a “society in which private property in land and capital, that is, the ownership and therefore the control of the means of production, is confined to some number of free citizens not large enough to determine the social mass of the state, while the rest have not such property and are therefore proletarian.” The definition Belloc offers is a sign of a deeper mistake on his part: the belief that economics is a stagnant business. His definition of capitalism paints a picture of the wealthy few hiding their money in mattresses, while the rest of us languish with no hope of ever acquiring wealth or living well.

I suppose there could be instances of that happening, but they certainly won’t continue for any sustained period of time. Think about it – if the wealthy hoard their money and don’t do anything with it, how do they support themselves? You don’t live well by having money; you live well by using money. In order to use it, you have to give it to someone else in exchange for goods or services that they give to you. Entrepreneurs get wealthy by using their resources to provide others with jobs. This increases their own well-being, as well as the lives of those they hire; both employer and employee benefit by being part of a useful business from which they can make a living. So the idea that the wealthy are able both to hoard their money and to live well, even affluently, is absurd.

Historical reality bears out the fact that in capitalism, people become rich by putting what capital they have to good, productive use, and that anyone, no matter how poor they start out, can become wealthy. Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital, which leftists love to hate, and other venture capital groups risk their own money to provide small entrepreneurs with the means of jump-starting their companies, providing jobs both for those working in venture capital firms, and those employed by entrepreneurs.

Many famous entrepreneurs, such as Henry Ford, Sam Walton and James Cash Penney became fabulously wealthy not by hiding their money in a mattress, inheriting it, or cheating on their taxes, but by delaying gratification, providing workers with decent paying jobs, and putting in long hours for years, to build and maintain successful companies that serve their employees and their customers well. The historical reality of entrepreneurs gives the lie to two of Belloc’s assumptions: that the wealthy can maintain luxurious living standards by sitting on their wealth, and that capitalism prevents the poor from working their way up the economic ladder.

Sadly, it seems that many Americans, including the Occupy crowd and even our own President, are not aware of the unique and amazing power of entrepreneurship: the ability to use our resources and God-given talent to better the lives of those we work with and those we serve. Only when we as a nation remember that the phenomenon of money can be used in a dynamic way to participate as co-creators with God, will we begin to work our way out of the economic mess we are in.

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