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Terms for Taxes

Years ago, I dubbed Tim Eyman “America’s #1 freedom fighter,” and how does he repay me? Washington State’s anti-tax crusading initiative guru has gone and stolen my bread-and-butter issue, term limits . . . and married it up with another one of his tax initiatives.  He’s calling Initiative 1648: Term

Earl G. Jaques

Taxing Panicsville

There is a big problem with Delaware school districts asking voters for additional tax money via ballot referendums. You see, sometimes the people don’t vote the way school officials and politicians want. Have no fear: Rep. Earl Jaques (D-Glasgow) has authored House Bill 129 to solve this thorny problem.  “This

Gavin Newsom, Governor, California, gas, tax, prices, folly,

A Fake Mystery

California’s new top banana is playing politics the old-fashioned way: passing the buck. Last week Governor Gavin Newsom directed the California Energy Commission (CEC) to look into the state’s higher-than-average gasoline prices. “Independent analysis suggests that an unaccounted-for price differential exists in California’s gas prices and that this price differential

France, French, tax, protests, yellow, jackets

Class War in France

The French have a talent for riot, public protest, and street-based insurrection.* The current mayhem in Paris has been escalating every weekend since starting in mid-November. Why weekends? This is a working-person revolt. “Rioters ran amok across central Paris on Saturday, torching cars and buildings, looting shops, smashing windows and

IRS, free speech, taxes, censorship, corruption, surveillance

There You Go Again, IRS

The old keywords were “Constitution,” “Patriot” and “Tea Party.” The new ones? “Marijuana,” “oxycodone,” and “legalization.” Paul Caron, the TaxProf blogger, calls attention to another IRS scandal — again about denying tax-exempt status to organizations because of their political views. He had barely finished blogging about the scandal that came

Socialists and Capitalism

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio helped snag Amazon for his city. Yes, the long-awaited destination of Amazon’s HQ2 has been determined. Amazon is not putting all its eggs into the Queens borough, though: there’s another headquarters . . . to be placed near Washington, D.C. The mayor seems quite

money, global warming, carbon, tax, climate

The Green in the Evergreen State

We’re told of the scientific consensus on global warming. Whatever you may say about that consensus (I’ve expressed extreme skepticism), no such consensus exists for what steps would be best to take to deal with the identified problem — which is usually understood in terms of the “carbon footprint,” of

Illinois, pensions, politicians, taxes, tax, theft, shake down

Panic in the Prairie State

When your state has the lowest credit rating in the union, the highest population decline rate, and spends nearly a quarter of its annual budget on an out-of-control government-employee pension system, what do you do? Raise taxes, of course! That’s the advice of experts in Illinois, anyway. You can see

gentrification, renewall, Washington D.C., corruption, crony capitalism, housing, dirigisme

Progress, DC-Style

Is the black, Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C., actually a “racist”? What about the city council, which is 46 percent African-American, 85 percent Democrat, and 100 percent liberal/progressive? That’s what a lawsuit argues — the DC ‘powers that be’ are racist in their development and housing policies. Filed on behalf

Michael Bloomberg, tax, policy, nanny state, vice, social engineering, statist, technocrat

Brave New Paternalism

Michael Bloomberg is rich. He’s also in politics — a public health crusader. And, for years, he “has personally funded and promoted all sorts of regressive taxes and regulations in an attempt to push people around,” the folks at Americans for Tax Reform tell us. “He uses the coercive power

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

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