Archive for ‘taxes’

March 6, 2009

Alabama Tea Party plans

As some of you may have noticed in the sidebar, plans are being sketched in for the Alabama Tea Party, part of the big April 15 nationwide event. This is my trip to Alabama I first mentioned a few days ago, and for which I’m now trying to raise money. (Thanks to everyone who’s hit the tip jar so far.)

In telephone discussions with one of the organizers, I get the idea that a whole series of events is planned April 15-19. Huntsville, Birmingham and Montgomery have been mentioned. Also, there is an event in Atlanta that I’ll be attending during that week. So get in touch and mark your calenders. And if you don’t want to hit the tip jar (although you should), you can at least buy a T-shirt with this design:

The slogan on the design (incorporating the Alabama state flag) is something I’ve been saying about Ordinary Americans, that what America needs most now is the common sense of common people. Click on the logo to purchase the shirts. Proceeds from sales go to help your favorite greedy capitalist blogger. WOLVERINES!

February 28, 2009

Tea time for taxes

Instapundit has a massive roundup of photos and news from the Tea Party rallies nationwide, and Michelle Malkin has another. Dave Weigel was at the protest in front of the White House and his report has this photo of “Megaphone Michelle” giving ’em . . . encouragement!

UPDATE: Rick Moran is not running for Mr. Popularity in the right-wing blogosphere, deriding and mocking the protests:

When you get some money, organization, professionalism, and a little more realism, come back and see me.

Rick points out that, with more than 8,000 conservatives at CPAC, only about 300 turned out for the White House event. But this says nothing about the merits of the Tea Party movement, as such, nor does it mean that CPAC attendees were not interested in the movement. To the second point: People come to CPAC for the speeches and other events; they pay money for that experience; they’re not going to skip a Newt Gingrich speech or book signing to attend something else.

Rick doesn’t seem to believe that opposition to Obamanomics could ever become a decisive groundswell. And he is entitled to that opinion. But to say that such opposition is not now a groundswell does not mean it will never become one.

As for Rick’s snark about the lack of “money, organization, professionalism” behind the Tea Party protests — huh? Why wait until professional organizers get interested? I remember when the DC Chapter of Free Republican organized the “Get Out of Cheney’s House” protests at the Naval Observatory in 2000. They didn’t get 300 people. They had no money nor any “professionalism.” But we know that those protests had an impact.

In general, conservatives don’t do the “protest” thing. (We’ve got jobs.) So if the protesters at the White House numbered only 300, that’s significant of a much larger discontent.

February 18, 2009

You can’t spell ‘liberal’ without L-I-E

Via NewsAlert:

As you know, a few years back, as a gag, the [Massachusetts] Legislature passed a bill allowing the state’s pony-tailed, trust-funded liberals to voluntarily pay at the old 5.85 percent income tax rate, rather than at the reduced 5.3 percent rate.
Considering that in 2000, 40 percent of the electorate voted against cutting the state income tax, you might have expected hundreds of thousands of the blow-in drifters now squatting in Cambridge and Brookline and Amherst to voluntarily ante up.
But no. The state, it appears, is teeming with Leona Helmsleys. Taxes are for the little people, not the Beautiful People.
Here are the latest DOR numbers. As of yesterday, 640,783 individual taxpayers had filed their 2008 returns. Of those 640,783, exactly 293 opted to pay at the higher 5.85 percent rate.

Read the whole thing by Howie Carr of the Boston Herald.

January 13, 2009

Obama’s first defeat

Before he’s even sworn in:

Bowing to widespread Democratic skepticism, President-elect Barack Obama will drop his bid to include a business tax break he once touted in the economic stimulus bill now taking shape on Capitol Hill, aides said last night.
Obama suggested the $3,000-per-job credit last week as one of five individual and business tax incentives aimed at winning Republican support. He proposed $300 billion in tax relief in a bill that could reach $775 billion, and he resurrected the jobs-credit proposal from the campaign trail as one of his main provisions. . . .
Democrats . . . dismissed the $3,000 credit to employers for every job created or saved as ripe for abuse and difficult to administer. When no champion for the proposal came forward, the president-elect decided to sideline the incentive.

“The president proposes, the Congress disposes,” and giving tax breaks to business is an idea Democrats were happy to dispose of.

It is interesting to observe the naivete of Obama’s method: Had he any real inkling of how Washington works, he would have recruited a “champion” for the legislation before he ever publicly proposed it. But during his four short years as a senator — the last two of which he spent running for president — Obama never really got involved in the legislative process. When you think about, Democrats were the minority for the first two years after Obama’s 2004 election, so the only meaningful experience Obama had in the Senate was voting against the Republican majority’s bills.

Obama got rolled by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and something tells me, not for the last time.

January 9, 2009

Holy crap!

Didn’t see this coming:

Even as President-elect Barack Obama was giving a major address on his economic stimulus plan, it was running into trouble with key members of his own party on Capitol Hill.
Several Senate Democrats emerged from a closed-door meeting of the Senate Finance Committee saying they oppose central tax provisions of the proposal.
In particular, members said they did not think the idea of giving employers a $3,000 tax credit for each employee they hire would work.

The story goes on to quote John Kerry, Kent Conrad and Ron Wyden as opposing the Obama plan. When I said, “It won’t work,” little did I suspect that those guys were paying attention.