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Maryland legislature, pork, Amazon, tax break, Jeff Bezos, Senator Roger Manno

Selling Us Out

Last week, Maryland’s Legislature enacted an $8.5 billion package of tax breaks and infrastructure improvements to lure Amazon into building its second corporate headquarters in Montgomery County, Maryland, bordering Washington, D.C. State Senator Roger Manno, the only legislator from the county to vote against the subsidy, dubbed it “a $5

Trump, Congress, budget, 2nd Amendment, guns,

Was the Line Crossed?

Everybody has a limit, a point after which they reach for the nearest weapon and fire. Or, in normal politics, withdraw support and go on the attack. But it is not normal politics right now. In mid-March, a Congressman from Long Island expressed his frustration with the Trump administration by

Bill Gates, taxes, tax, government, entrepreneurs, responsibility

Billionaire Theater

“I need to pay higher taxes,” Bill Gates told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday. He was making a case against Republican tax cuts, but his actual argument? Insignificant. It’s just another unlearned, narrow-perspective “growing inequality” farrago. But his conclusion intrigues . . . as a man-bites-dog story, because people have

tea party, nail, coffin, spending, debt, responsibility, dead

“Our Agenda Was Common Sense”

The Republican Party doesn’t need to bury the corpse. Its victim has been assimilated, like the Borg did with alien peoples in the Star Trek universe, or maybe it was just soaked up as if the GOP were a giant fungus amongus. So, what’s dead? The Tea Party, which was

IRS, drain the swamp, Trump, Lois Lerner, tax, tax man

Still at Large

Blogger Paul Caron, dean of Pepperdine Law School, still counts the days since we learned that the IRS was blocking applications for nonprofit status from right-leaning groups at the behest of former IRS honcho Lois Lerner. Now years later, the agency can still arbitrarily victimize any one of us. Nor

tax cut, trickle down, supply side, taxes, jobs, employment

Hey, It’s Your Money

I leave it up to you how to spend your own money. You decide, based on your own circumstances and priorities. Oh, you don’t need my permission? Of course not. But some people think that if you spend your own money on your own priorities in accordance with your own

IRS, I.R.S., corruption, taxes, budget, tears

Been Burned

“They’ve been burned. They’ve been hammered. They’ve been bludgeoned,” George Washington University law professor Miriam Galston explained to the Washington Post. “They’re trying to survive.” In this heartbreaking discussion at this special time of year, the “they” are the poor, long-suffering folks . . . at the Internal Revenue Service. According

Trump Derangement Syndrome, hysteria, Donald Trump, progressives, leftists, Democrats, taxes, tax bill

The Hyperbole Is Falling

A mad killer is on the loose! That is one way to get attention . . . The sky is falling! You are getting the idea . . . Trump is literally Hitler! Extravagant hyperbole is not necessary to criticize the current President. Indeed, as Chicken Licken and the Boy

Tim Eyman, doll, petition, taxes, Washington, initiative, democracy, voters

What Unlimited Government Costs Us

“Olympia can’t restrain itself,” Tim Eyman wrote the other day, a judgment on legislative irresponsibility hardly unique to the Evergreen State. Citizens around the country have cause to lament the difficulty of obtaining anything close to a good legislature. Too often the merely “bad” would constitute a significant improvement. Which

Independence Day, 1776, July 2, July 4, Brexit, British, freedom

Brexit 1776-2017

These united States* got their start, officially, on July 2, 1776. That’s when the Second Continental Congress voted to separate from King George’s government across the water. But it was two days later when that same Congress approved its formal Declaration, and it was the wording of that Declaration that

New York Times, taxes, tax, libraries, tax cuts, big government, public services, free markets

Ballots & Books

The people of Roseburg, Oregon, aren’t paying enough in taxes. That’s the upshot of Kirk Johnson’s recent New York Times article, “Where Anti-Tax Fervor Means ‘All Services Will Cease.’” “For generations in America,” readers are informed, “small cities . . . declared their optimism and civic purpose with grand libraries

Connecticut, taxes, revenue, budget, tax and spend, wealth, common sense

No Rich No More

Connecticut has a budget problem. There’s not enough money to spend. WTNH-TV in New Haven paraphrased the situation along with the response of Connecticut’s very progressive governor: “Income tax revenue collapses; Malloy says taxing the rich doesn’t work.” The news story explains, “Connecticut’s state budget woes are compounding with collections

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