Taxes

Yes Virginia, your vote does count.

Before the November elections in Virginia, the House of Delegates (the lower house) was dominated by Republican representatives 66-34. After a stronger than anticipated performance in the election, the Democrats were within striking distance of ending up in a tie depending on the results of several recounts.

And they gained that tie after the last came in today — which the Democrats won by a single vote. To the unknown voter — you count. (Credit: CNN)

Republicans screw up their tax vote.

Whoops and hollers from the right as the House passed the tax scam bill. The enthusiasm was diminished when they realized they had voted on a bill that fell foul of the so-called Byrd Rule. Whatever. It’s a procedural hiccup. They’ll vote again tomorrow. But they will have enhanced their reputation for incompetence. (Credit: The Hill)

Deep state assassination on Fox News

In right-wing media, the line between news and entertainment, between analysis and paranoia, is faint. Today on Fox News’ chat show, ‘Outnumbered’, the gang and conservative pundit, Kevin Jackson, were taking turns in impugning the FBI’s Andrew McCabe and his ‘shocking’ bias in the Trump investigation.

It was going well until Jackson floated the idea that the Deputy FBI Director was planning an assassination of Donald Trump. (Although it’s possible he meant James Comey was plotting – his rant was hindered by an imprecise use of pronouns).

“I think they will say, what was his intent, right? That is exactly what former FBI Director James Comey said when he was letting Hillary Clinton off the hook. And his intent, whether it was an assassination attempt or whether, definitely something.

Even the Foxers were gobsmacked by the suggestion and tried to rescue Jackson from ridicule. But he kept digging. After they suggested that no one had floated an assassination theory, Jackson replied,“Oh, it’s been floated”. (Credit: Mediaite)

Three Trump judicial nominees judged unfit.

Three of Trump’s judicial nominees have recently withdrawn their names from consideration. They were so unqualified that even Trump’s yes men on the Senate Judiciary Committee weren’t about to vote for them. Primus inter pares among the dolts was the clueless Matthew Petersen, who had trouble answering first-year law school questions; admitted he had no trial experience; nor much familiarity with federal judicial procedure.

Another erstwhile candidate, Brett Talley, was equally inexperienced. He was unanimously rated ‘unqualified’ by the ABA. And it turns out that he had once saluted the early KKK on twitter.

Rounding out the terrible troika was Jeff Mateer, who called transgender children part of “Satan’s plan,” dismissed same-sex marriage as “debauchery,” and asserted that the constitutional separation of church and state is a myth. If this is Trump’s idea of the ‘best’ then I hate to think what the worst are like. (Credit NY Times & Slate)

The GOP, taxes, and incompetence.

No better is the GOP’s tax bill, a measure so poorly written, so riddled with holes, that accountants and tax lawyers will be tearing it to shreds for years. Wealthy Americans will drive truckloads of cash through the errors. It’s so godawful that there is already talk of passing corrective laws before Congress even finishes voting on the original.

 

 

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The GOP Tax Cuts Are Just More Voodoo, Trickle-down, ‘Hurt the Worker’ Cynicism.

November 2, 2017

Republicans are shameless liars — especially when it comes to selling corporate care as populism. Take their tax cut bill. The cherry on the cupcake is the cut of the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%. This cash-back to business is sold as a ‘job creator’ and ‘wage booster’ — but the real beneficiaries […]

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Trump’s Tax Return: Did a Tree Obscure the Forest?

March 15, 2017

Rachael Maddow is not known for the cheap theatrics that typically come gratis with the hyperbolic sort of political commentator. But she joined her fellow pundits in the cesspool of click bait publicity with an overhyped release of Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return. Noise was made. But the promise of a bombshell was no more honest than the cover of […]

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The Republican War to Lessen the Rich Man’s Burden

May 7, 2016

“I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends… that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.” Adlai E. Stevenson America is awash in cash. But the average American isn’t. The wealthy haven’t cornered the market in wealth so completely […]

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Republican False Advertising on Tax Rates.

May 5, 2015

“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have” ― Socrates. Ben Carson announced his presidential run with an elegant little speech in hometown Detroit. He celebrated his lack of political experience as an advantage. Indeed, he is the rare candidate with a legitimate claim to being […]

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Colorado Legalized Recreational Pot – Some Got Stoned. The State Made Money. Everyone Else Hardly Noticed.

March 11, 2014

“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?” ― Bill Hicks Colorado has reported tax revenues and fees of $3.5 million off pot  (medical and recreational) sales in January alone. Simple arithmetic suggests that annual […]

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The Right’s Biggest Lie – “Taxes on the Rich Are Taxes on Job Creators”.

February 10, 2014

“We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt If you took a drink for every time you heard a right-winger, a so-called fiscal conservative, or Tea Party type say that raising taxes on the rich is an increase in taxes on the […]

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Did Steve Jobs found Apple because of favorable tax rates? Hardly.

August 18, 2013

It is an article of faith among conservatives that lower tax rates spur entrepreneurship. Are they right? The movie “Jobs” opened this weekend, so let’s start there. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started the Apple Computer Company  in 1976 – when the top individual tax rate was 70%; and the corporate tax rate was 48%. […]

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The Empathy Gap.

June 17, 2013

It isn’t just Republican policies that turn people off it is how they phrase them. Sarah Palin offered a prime example at the Faith and Freedom conference. In her speech she lambasted the President over his handling of the Syrian affair. Saying, “I say until we have someone who knows what they’re doing, I say […]

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