Every year around this time, millions of Americans fill out a form 1040 – hoping they don’t have to write a check to Uncle Sam.
Millions more know they will be getting a refund (which is normally a return of some portion of their money that was withheld in excess of what the IRS thinks they were owed) while a smaller number will receive a “refund” in excess of the amount withheld by the IRS. The Tax Policy Center reports that roughly 46% of households filing with the IRS will “pay no income tax.” While this enrages many people who will claim that those who do pay are “supporting” those who don’t, I see things a little differently.
The Americans paying income tax are not “supporting” anyone. The Grace Commission in 1984 issued a report that stated in part, “all individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services taxpayers expect from their Government.”
Certainly some of the revenue from the IRS is redistributed to those that receive a more from the IRS than they had forcibly withheld from them, though that could hardly be interpreted as “supporting” the ones that don’t “pay.” see more…
We Ron Paul supporters and delegates at the Colorado State Convention merged with the Santorum supporters and picked up huge delegate support for Ron Paul. We are sending delegates to the National Convention in Tampa. We will have a majority in Colorado who will support Ron Paul over Romney. The Tea Party grassroots rule. This is our greatest victory yet.
We have control of the Republican Party in Colorado and are going to purge the institutional establishment rulers and power brokers from the Party. We now control the Pueblo County Republican Party.
All the work we have done is now paying off.
You do know I am a Ron Paul supporter and actively campaigned and advanced his cause in the caucus and at the Pueblo County Assembly, Congressional District Assembly and the Colorado State Assembly.
I was an amateur 4 years ago. Not anymore.
Mad Men’s Don Draper, that is. It’s apparently a slow news day at Politico:
He may not drink or cheat, and he lacks the fictional ad-maker’s charisma, but Democrats, despite the potential perils of such a strategy, remain determined to paint Romney as a throwback to the “Mad Men” era — a hopelessly retro figure who, on policy and in his personal life, is living in the past.
President Barack Obama has noted the presumptive GOP nominee uses archaic turns of phrase such as “marvelous” and warned in an email to donors Thursday that his rival would usher in “a social agenda from the 1950s.” see more…
That’s according to a new system of code and API pulls from compete.com data, developed by Patrick McEwen of Capital Free Press.
All the smart kids know not to bother worrying about accuracy on compete.com’s stat’s at our level of traffic (pushing 10K a month now, which is magnificent considering the daily post rate is severely diminished from 2006′s explosive peak). But while we fill a stadium’s worth of libertarians and curious onlookers every month, it’s always good to consider the big picture of the libertarian web.
We want to congratulate Lew Rockwell at #1, kicking ass and take names on libertarian’s behalf with all their articulate goodness. Bless them for waving the keyboards at The Fed with admirable consistency. They pull an eye-popping 790K people every month, which is more than the entire population of Austin, Texas and gaining on San Francisco. see more…
Bill Forster is a former TSA agent turned libertarian evangelist whose comic strip Homeland Security Theater is one I’ve been subscribed to on RSS for a while (click his sponsors or something, he’s awesome).
Forster made me spew coffee all over my keyboard with this gem:
But his commentary really just hits the nail on the head as far as how failtastic television oligarchy’s political coverage has been so far:
I get a lot of Ron Paul supporters to this site. In fact, I get a lot of Ron Paul supporters on Facebook too. It seems everywhere on the internet I see folks supporting Ron Paul. Then I turn on the TV and it’s all about Romney.
I never used to be very political. To quote one of my heroes Alice Cooper, “I don’t care. When my parents would start talking politics, I would go in my room and put on The Rolling Stones or The Who on as long as I could to avoid politics”. But running this website has put me in touch with a lot of people, from conservatives to liberals, Republicans to Democrats, from the super smart to the super crazy. And I’ve learn one thing from them… the government scares the living hell out of me! So now I am starting to pay attention.
Agreed. I’d actually rather listen to bad techno glitch pop remixes of global tribal throat songs in foreign languages — than hear and see or see more political pandering, posturing and preening by Romney and Obama. And they aren’t our only options, no matter how often a few blathering idiots blather it.
Update: I meant to say I agreed on everything, except the being scared of government part. It’s part of my medical condition.
Special prosecutor Angela Corey (who obviously has a bone to pick and has been described as “aggressive”) announced in a press conference Wednesday evening that George Zimmerman was being charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26 in Sanford, Florida.
George Zimmerman’s (new) lawyer, Mark O’Mara — a Local 6 legal expert — told press that the 28-year-old suspect turned himself in.
“I’m expecting a lot of work and hopefully justice in the end,” said O’Mara, describing a phone call with his client. He added, “He’s frightened.” see more…
A website purporting to belong to George Zimmerman, devoid of any photographic proof that it is indeed manned by him, has popped up at TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com. The design is very “I did this in 15 minutes” so it’s clear who ever is issuing the message has put about as much thought into this internet matter before he “pulled the trigger”.
On the very front page of the site, which features a humongous flag that is taking forever to load (even though there’s only been less than a thousand visitors total) is the following statement:
I am the real George Zimmerman,
On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website’s sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries. see more…
For the last few weeks most of the focus on the Supreme Court has been surrounding the case of Florida v. United States Department of Health and Human Services. This is the case challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called “Obamacare.”
The act was signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Several States have passed various forms of legislation in an attempt to nullify the law. The State of Florida filed a lawsuit. On January 31, 2011 U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled that Congress violated the Constitution by requiring Americans to buy insurance as part of the health overhaul passed last year, and said the entire law “must be declared void.” On August 12, 2011, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Judge Vinson’s decision in part; the divided three judge panel agreed that the mandate was unconstitutional, but held that it could be severed, allowing the rest of the PPACA to remain. The DHHS appealed to the Supreme Court which will answer the following questions: see more…
Easter and Passover weekend got hella interesting over in the libertarian internet drama sphere at IPR (Independent Political Report, political relationship status: it’s complicated).
IPR picked up on a recording of Wayne Allyn Root, infrequent subject of Hammer of Truth bashings and guy who holds a lot of titles in the LP political machinery, giving Mitt Romney more of that “inevitability” propaganda that we’ve all heard about a million times before:
I think the important thing now is to make sure Obama is not elected,and that means in my mind, I would love for a libertarian like Gary Johnson the two term governor of New Mexico would actually get elected President, but I think we all know that’s not going to happen so therefore it’s got to be Romney there is no choice.
That’s the quote that started this whole libertarian brouhaha. see more…
A fairly even-handed take on the case from the Coffee Party website:
The fact that we still mourn our Trayvon Martins means there is a lot more work for us to do. Preconceived notions and irrational hatred still pollute human interactions. Sometimes, these weaknesses are codified into law. Black boys and men are stereotyped. Incarceration rates and crime rates are pointed to as justification for unequal treatment, and fodder for false narratives. These numbers do not take into account the fact that young men in my neighborhood, a predominantly white neighborhood, do not go to jail for infractions they confess to, while young men in other neighborhoods are arrested indiscriminately. It does not reflect that sentences on minorities are harsher and as such their chances of being granted parole and rehabilitation are smaller.
There are many Trayvon Martins out there. Many. It is sad that we have lost this beautiful young man. It is sad, also, that similar incidents occur frequently with very little news coverage. Trayvon’s case seems to resonate, perhaps because he was 17, good looking, and did not have a record. Every mother irrespective of color could envision him as their son. Every father as well. And that touches our hearts. We sense the pain that Trayvon’s real parents must feel. In the America we envision — an America where there is no “other” — such compassion for our fellow human beings is commonplace, and no one’s son deserves to die this way. see more…
Who knew Mitt Romney had an unintentionally hilarious wife:
Ann Romney’s remarks came during an interview with Baltimore radio station WBAL, during which the host asked her, “And one of the things, Ann Romney, that folks talk about with your husband, Mitt Romney, and I’ve seen him in casual conversation-He comes off very smooth and okay. But sometimes he comes off stiff. Do you have to fight back some criticism, like ‘My husband isn’t stiff, OK?’”
Laughing, Ann Romney responded, “Well, you know, I guess we better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out because he is not!” see more…
LONG LIVE ZIMMERMAN
Disgustingly scrawled in silver spray paint on the side of Ohio State University’s Hale Hall (home to the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion). A video posted online by The Lantern shows it getting what it deserves: scrubbed away with solvents. see more…
On Tuesday, April 4th at CSU-Chico State, a mighty mob of people showed up to hear and meet Ron Paul. The campaign cheekily lobbed a message at their opponents, “Hey Mitt, Rick and Newt–this is what a revolution looks like” along with this photo.
Indeed, the revolution is still kicking according to reports of a capacity crowd Wednesday, April 5th at another massive rally in Los Angeles where the line to get in was rumored to be a mile long. see more…
Many States rely on lottery revenues to fund various projects. With the recent record breaking Mega Millions jackpot I began thinking about the possibility that all government funding should come from similar voluntary means. Consider the following pro’s and con’s.
As a libertarian I support minimal government and voluntary interaction; therefore, I am at least partially favorable to the idea of voluntary taxation. Additionally lotteries have played a vital role in the founding of this country. Roger Dunstan writes, “The Virginia Company of London, the financier of Jamestown in Virginia, was permitted by the Crown to hold lotteries to raise money for the company’s colonial venture. The lotteries were relatively sophisticated and included instant winners… All 13 original colonies established lotteries, usually more than one, to raise revenue. Playing the lottery became a civic responsibility.” Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, and William and Mary universities were funded at least partially from lottery proceeds. The Continental Congress also established a lottery to help fund the war for independence, however the lottery was abandoned because it was too large and the tickets could not be sold.
Aside from the potential that government funds are only raised from voluntary means, there are other economic impacts. Primarily no wealth is created with the building and running gambling facilities, it is merely transferred. Dunstan adds, “The benefit for a region is if the transfers are from outside of the region. In contrast, there is not a stimulus or net benefit if development of the casino leads to more money being spent outside of the region.” The same goes for nation-wide gambling. No stimulus occurs unless tourist from foreign countries pay and don’t win.
There is also the potential for politicians to get their hands in the proverbial cookie-jar. In 1990, 17 legislators and lobbyists in South Carolina were convicted for bribes related to votes to legalize parimutuel racing. Legislators in Arizona, Louisiana and Missouri have either resigned, been convicted and/or been defeated in election as a result of gambling related scandals.
Considering the pro’s and con’s of a national lottery; I would not oppose replacing all federal taxes with a national lottery. However, until specific details of any (hypothetical) proposal are known I am reluctant to fully support the idea, primarily because of the potential for corruption and secondarily because I don’t support government having a monopoly over any institution. However, I believe that all State and federal prohibitions on private gambling and lotteries should be repealed.
The Associated Press follows a headline with a good punchline:
And how perfect is it that the Urban Dictionary already defined this way back in 2007, “The pleasure that a liberal-leaning journalist gets when writing a fawning story about U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). An “obasm” is a story so gushy and so fluffy, bereft of objectivity, that one imagines having to clean up after the writer with a mop and bucket.”
Consider the Supreme Court the current mop and bucket sent in to clean up the legislative mess.
I’m not fretting over the buckets of joy some are gushing over what is actually the Supreme Court’s almost guaranteed decision to push the reset button Obamacare. The requirement to buy insurance is just one facet of contention being reviewed now by the third branch of the checks and balances on that convoluted rush-job of legislature. see more…
That’s Mr. Bill O’Reilly, the king of hyperbole, he speaketh:
O’Reilly speculated on what would happen if the Florida special prosecutor decided there is not enough evidence to prosecute Zimmerman.
“What if that happens? It could, because Florida’s complicated stand your ground law has muddled the case. MSNBC, and CNN to some extent, have a vested interest in seeing Zimmerman punished because they have already found him guilty on the air. So they are not going to respect any verdict but guilty.
“Therefore, those entities tell the American public that racial injustice has been done if there is not a conviction, and that could very well lead to violence as we saw in the Rodney King case.”
Oh and then he went on to exclaim excitedly from behind his safe news anchor wannabe desk how he covered those riots and it was awesomebonersauce. see more…
In an unfunny case of mistaken identity, Spike Lee retweeted to his 250K followers the alleged address of George Zimmerman which urged mob justice, instead it was the mistaken address of Elaine and David McClain — a Florida couple in their 70s who say they have a son named William George Zimmerman. Since then they have been the target of hate mail and a barrage of reporters.
I pointed out this faux pas previously, but now Lee has seen the error of his ways and is doing the magnanimous thing (with the help of the McClain’s lawyer). see more…
George Zimmerman might have a little more explaining to do about the scuffle that led to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. ABC has police video from the Sanford, Florida precinct Zimmerman was booked in which shows him without any apparent injuries (and looking much more buff than that portly photo floating around since 2005). He was supposed to have received a nasty broken nose and of course he stated the back of his head banged against the ground, but as they say the pictures speak for themselves.
This latest evidence is on top of the damning 9/11 recording between Zimmerman and a dispatcher, where he continued his pursuit of the teen after he was told “we don’t need you to do that.”
Police are still mulling charges in the case, possibly homicide/negligent manslaughter.
UPDATE: A photo of Zimmerman with a bloody head has turned up, proving this is why they call it “due process”.
Word has it the Ron Paul campaign will get a nice sized shot of publicity in the arm from South Park’s long-time libertarian creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (check out HoT’s almost creepy love for them). Here’s an early sneak peak of Ron Paul in cartoon form that was floating around with the rumor (which looks legit):
We’ve also heard Rick Santorum makes an appearance in the episode called “Faith Hilling“. I’m guessing that has something to do with faith healing as a story told by the troupe of fourth graders, in the most tongue in
butthole cheek manner possible. see more…