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Category: Taxes

Aug 17 2023

Tax and Spend Lib Cornel West Owes Half $Million in Taxes

Rich Ivy League professor Cornel West is running for president with the Green Party. It will never fly. Someone this hypocritical could only be a Democrat:

Socialist professor and presidential candidate Cornel West wants “massive investments” including “free college tuition” and “Medicare for All” as part of his presidential campaign.

And yet…

According to the Daily Beast, and confirmed by West, the Union Theological Seminary professor owes over half a million dollars in taxes.

Professor West explains himself:

He explained, when asked [last] Monday by commentator Charlamagne Tha God, that not paying taxes is part of his “gangster proclivities.”

Cornel West has been a political advisor to Al Sharpton. Maybe that’s where Reverend Al got the idea that well-to-do victims of racist oppression don’t have to pay taxes.

Meanwhile, West’s Marxist ideology would in effect impose a 100% tax rate on the rest of us.

On tips from Franco and R F.

Jun 24 2023

Emmanuel Macron Wants to Inflict Global Tax

The Battle of Waterloo took place 208 years ago this month, putting an end to French military dominance. Yet France still harbors ambitions of global domination — or at least President Emmanuel Macron does:

Macron has suggested the imposition of a global taxation system in order to subsidise the green agenda to mitigate climate change.

Imagine if a demented theocrat demanded a global tax to finance a golden staircase to heaven for Jesus to descend. Macron’s proposal for preventing the climate from fluctuating is the equivalent in the liberal religion.

Speaking at the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact in Paris on Friday, Mr Macron argued that actions from individual governments would be insufficient to deal with the alleged armageddon set to descend upon the world and therefore a new international taxation framework should be established.

No individual government could be massive enough to satisfy the ambitions of globalists like Macron. In exploiting their imaginary climate crisis, they follow the example of Stone Age witch doctors who demanded sacrifices to propitiate weather gods.

“I’m in favour of an international taxation to finance efforts that we have to make to fight poverty and in terms of climate [action],” the French president said in comments reported by POLITICO.

The reference to fighting poverty indicates that at usual envirofascism will be served with a side order of international wealth transfer.

Macron suggested that the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) could be tapped for a negotiation process in the hopes of creating a global climate tax system for multinational corporations.

Fortunately for corporations, they don’t have to pay taxes; they pass this expense along to consumers.

Why not just put Macron personally in charge of what happens to the wealth we create? After all, he is former Rothschild banker. Surely he can handle our money better than we can.

Speaking of money, France is running out of it under Macron’s rule. He calls it the “end of abundance.” But there will be plenty of money again, at least for a little while, once he takes the looting spree global.

On tips from Steve T and Wiggins.

Jun 12 2023

Dems and RINOs Plot Backdoor Carbon Tax

The economy has been stumbling under the burden of inflation, excessive taxation, massive wasteful spending, and suffocating regulation. But it could be worse — and probably will be soon:

Fresh from the looming trainwreck that is the deal to increase the debt limit, four Republican senators recently signed onto legislation that would require the Biden administration to study the feasibility of . . . a national tax on energy that would be collected at the gas pump and in electricity and heating bills.

The four Republicans — Senator Cramer (R-ND), Senator Cassidy (R-LA), Senator Graham (R-SC), and Senator Murkowski (R-AK) — joined five Democrats in asking Team Biden to determine the amount of energy used — and carbon dioxide emitted — by various countries in the production of essentially everything that makes modern life possible (aluminum, iron, steel, plastic, crude oil, batteries, etc.).

Eventually, the information would be used to impose tariffs on those countries who — in the view of the Biden crew — emitted too much carbon dioxide while creating those products.

That is, it would be a carbon tax, which would inevitably open the door to more carbon taxes.

Here’s why they are going at it furtively, first attacking imports:

[A] recent nationwide survey specifically found that voters by a wide margin (44 percentage points) oppose the federal government imposing a tax on carbon dioxide emissions collected at the gas pump and in heating and utility bills.

There is zero chance of more taxes improving the weather, not that there is anything wrong with the weather anyway. But since harmless carbon emissions are a byproduct of literally all human activity, inexorably greedy Democrats and their RINO collaborators cannot resist taxing them, regardless of the consequences for our economic well-being.

On a tip from R F.

Apr 24 2023

Open Thread

Where taxes are concerned, there are two clear-cut points of view. There are those who think they're too high and those who think they should be even higher because, after all, politicians spend our money far more wisely than we do. The obvious solution I'd propose is that the people in the first group would pay less and those in the second group would pay more. Lots more. - Burt Prelutsky

Apr 18 2023

Open Thread


Compliments of Chuck A.

Feb 06 2023

Open Thread

The IRS has become morally corrupted by the enormous power which we in Congress have unwisely entrusted to it. Too often it acts like a Gestapo preying upon defenseless citizens. - Edward V. Long

Oct 09 2022

Gavin Newsom Reacts to High Gas Prices With More Taxation

When all you have is a hammer, every problem is a nail. All Democrats have is ever more government, which takes the form of ever higher taxes. Consequently, Gavin Newsom is addressing high gas prices by raising taxation on gas:

As noted at The Blaze,

The national average for a gallon of gas is about $3.89 according to the Automobile Association of America, while the average cost per gallon in California is $6.39, or 64% greater than the rest of the country.

Gas is more expensive in Governor Newsom’s California not because capitalists are greedy but due to higher taxes and more repressive regulations — i.e., because there is more government. The Democrat solution to too much government is more government.

By contrast, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a gas tax holiday that drove prices down lower in his state. A gallon of gas in Florida costs about $3.22, far lower than that in California.

Oil companies are not less greedy in Florida. But the people running the state government are.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Sep 13 2022

Slavery Has Been Reinstituted

Slavery had existed throughout the world since before recorded history before whites largely put an end to it in the 19th century. No one should be surprised that this repressive institution has staged a comeback.

In a modern society, slavery works differently. You are not owned by an individual. The power of the individual has been supplanted by Big Government. You are owned by a faceless collective of bureaucrats.

A kind master might show mercy. There will be no mercy from the bureaucratic Borg. So long as you live on their plantation, you will work harder and harder for less and less until the day you die.

As the Bureau of Labor Statistics admits, already the government takes more of the wealth we create than we spend on food, clothing, and healthcare combined:

During 2021, according to Table R-1 in the BLS’ Consumer Expenditure Survey, American “consumer units” spent an average of $15,495.28 on food, clothing and health care combined, while paying an average of $16,729.73 in total taxes to federal, state and local governments.

State and local governments at least provide important services in exchange for the taxes. However, the federal government takes much more:

These included $8,561.46 in federal income taxes; $5,565.45 in Social Security taxes; $2,564.14 in state and local income taxes; $2,475.18 in property taxes; $105.21 in other taxes—minus an average of $2,541.71 in stimulus payments received back from the government.

Note that this does not include the massive invisible federal tax that is inflation.

The main purpose of the federal government is to defend the border from foreign invasion. Not only does it refuse to perform this duty, it actually encourages Third World armies of the indigent to invade our country on a gargantuan scale to displace us — even recruiting them abroad.

The federal government does us more harm than good. The only reason to give it money is that it will send men with guns to hurt us if we refuse. It takes the money on the same basis as Mafia extortionists, with the added insult that it pretends it has a right to and we are greedy to object.

By confiscating our money, Big Government steals our labor. To the extent we work so that Joe Biden and his ilk can fritter away the wealth we create, we are slaves by any reasonable definition.

Hat tip: Not the Bee.

Aug 30 2022

Hating the IRS Is Racist

The already massive IRS that Biden is doubling in size does not exist to confiscate our wealth. That can be done directly through inflation, as with Biden’s half-$trillion student loan bailout. The current purpose of the IRS is to punish enemies of the Democrat Party. This became obvious when Obama used it to persecute Tea Party groups, and will become more obvious now that you are four times as likely to get audited.

That’s why Democrats love the IRS. You have to love what Democrats love — or else you’re a racist:

Even if we had a responsible government living within its means instead of financing itself through inflation like a collapsing socialist dictatorship in some Third World backwater, we could easily live without the IRS. As Ted Cruz has proposed, a flat tax would be more fair and so easy to implement that you could file your taxes on a postcard. But that would be racist, because it wouldn’t allow Democrats to overtax people they don’t like and provide cash handouts a.k.a. “tax credits” to people they do.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Aug 30 2022

Open Thread

The chances of your being harmed by terrorists are mathematically minute. The chance of your being robbed by your own government? That's easy: 100 per cent. - Joseph Sobran

Aug 23 2022

Open Thread

I guess it's like trying to put through the flat tax, which is probably my favorite one of all.... if we did pass it, all of a sudden, what do you have? You have the whole tax system run by a little old lady on a home computer, doing the work of all these thousands of bureaucrats and accountants. Passing that would be amazing, wouldn't it? - Clint Eastwood

Aug 22 2022

Democrats Launder Our Money Through IRS Salaries

The inflationary looting spree Democrats absurdly named the Inflation Reduction Act launders taxpayer money so they can spend it on themselves in multiple ways. One is the tactic perfected by Obama of washing the money through economically insane green energy boondoggles. Another is the hiring of a staggering 87,000 new IRS employees.

Via Americans for Tax Reform:

The IRS employee union is a major funder of the Democratic party. … In the past decade, the IRS union has given $601,759 in PAC funding to Democrat party committees.

In the 2022 cycle, the National Treasury Employees Union has given 100% of its PAC funding to Democrats. It gives 98.79% of its federal candidate spending to Democrats. Why shouldn’t it? The IRS is the essence of Big Government, and Democrats are the Party of Big Government.

Doubling the number of IRS agents should double this funding, which is provided by the taxpayers forced to finance IRS salaries.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Aug 20 2022

Dem Spending Blowout to Hurt Middle Class and Eagles

The value of the US dollar will not be the only victim of the inflationary spending blowout that Democrats insolently call the Inflation Reduction Act. Other casualties will include the middle class that defines America and the eagles that symbolize it.

Regarding the middle class,

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Inflation Reduction Act slammed through by Democrats is going to hit middle-class working Americans hard in the wallet with $20 billion in new taxes at a time when they can least afford it. …

Not only is the middle-class set to get hammered with $20,000 billion in taxes over the next decade, but the 87,000 new IRS agents added to the agency, roughly doubling its force, will also allegedly be busy auditing those same struggling Americans. …

The CBO’s conclusion echoes that of an earlier report from the Joint Committee on Taxation that determined that the $80 billion the bill will spend on IRS expansion will wind up targeting small business owners…

Biden arrogantly signed the bill despite having repeatedly promised not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 per year. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced an amendment to protect these Americans from increased IRS scrutiny under the bill. This was shot down by Democrats along party lines, as they continued to follow fellow Marxist Vladimir Lenin’s advice to crush the middle class between the millstones of taxation and inflation.

Regarding eagles,

Biden is ramping up wind energy developments which scientists say could lead to 20,000 golden eagle deaths over a ten-year period, equal to roughly 50% of the species’ population, which is about 40,000, according to the AP, citing a United States Geological Survey (USGS) study. …

The expansion of wind power is a key part of President Joe Biden’s climate agenda that seeks to replace fossil fuels with green energy sources like wind turbines in order to achieve net-zero carbon emissions economy-wide by 2050.

We are insultingly asked to believe that hideous wind turbines will improve the weather. Their actual purpose is to launder taxpayer money to pay off Democrat campaign donors, a form of corruption perfected by Biden’s mentor Obama.

Government officials collect golden eagle death numbers via an online system used by government agencies, companies, scientists, tribes and private groups, according to the AP. However, officials refuse to reveal exactly how many eagles are killed by wind farms, arguing that it is critical law enforcement information.

No doubt the number of small businesses that are taxed out of existence to pay for useless wind turbines will also be suppressed as “critical law enforcement information.”

It is estimated that more than one million birds a year are killed by wind turbines, according to the conservationist NGO, the Sierra Club.

There is zero chance that wind turbines will meet more than a small fraction of our energy needs, much less stop the climate from fluctuating the way it always has and always will.

Imagine if you could cure cancer just by not voting for it. Yet half the population continues to vote for Democrats.

Here’s what they’re wasting our money on.

Aug 17 2022

Another Foretaste of Biden’s Supersized IRS

Among the many ways the Inflation Acceleration Act will drive up inflation is the hiring of a staggering 87,000 IRS employees. Recruiting so many people for such a despicable job (which creates no wealth) will help drive up wage inflation.

IRS recruiting efforts afford us another look into a future where tax collectors are a major part of life:

In lieu of 30 pieces of silver, recruits can look forward to an eventual $175,000 per year plus lavish benefits and retirement, not to mention plenty of days off like Juneteenth and probably soon Harriet Tubman Day. Too bad the taxpayers they are paid to persecute don’t have it half that nice.

In return for the money it confiscates, the federal government does essentially nothing for the average middle class American. The feds will not so much as defend our country from foreign invasion. That’s why there is no federal taxation. There is only federal theft.

The latest Democrat tax-and-spend bonanza takes an intolerable situation and makes it worse.

On tips from Wiggins and Varla.


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