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Tuesday, June 4. 2013
I am not sure whether 501 (c) 4 exemptions should exist, but as long as they do, they should be available to all who qualify. I'm not sure the IRS should exist either. Too much power. I'm open to other ideas about federal tax collection.
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I don't have a problem with scrutiny, but let the scrutiny be equally applied...and don't ask questions that you are not allowed to ask, such as "who are your donors" for groups who do not have to disclose donors and "will you sign something saying you won't protest in front of Planned Parenthood"? And don't make the deadlines ridiculously short with a threat of 'perjury' if you don't return all the requested materials in time.
I would much rather just see the IRS be disbanded or at least shrunken down to a handful of paper pushers and tax filing be nothing more than a postcard for a flat tax or a national sales tax which cannot discriminate. I am hoping every day this scandal goes on that the Republicans take up the charge of dismantling the tax system we have and replacing it with something simple and unbiased.
Solution (1): Tax only unearned income ... using earned in the quotidian sense of wages, not investment income. This will require an IRS, but no longer will it be raping the little working people.
Solution (2): No taxes on income, only on spending. Yes, national sales tax. One could make a good argument for exempting unprepared foods and articles of clothing under $x, many states manage to do this already, thus rescuing the poor from naked starvation. No IRS needed, just a sales tax commission similar to those in the various states.
Solution (3): Term limits for all federal jobs. Elected, appointed, or ordinary hire ... 10 years and you're out. The IRS will no longer be run by lifer teat-suckers.
I really like the idea of a national sales tax with the exemptions you mentioned...such as no tax on food and a 'credit' on your flat tax form of $X to cover basic clothing expenses per family member. It would be so easy to implement, since most states have sales tax. And the rich would be paying plenty of tax as they are the ones doing most of the shopping. To me, this is so very fair. And would help out the 'working families' the left always talk about. You know how many people get screwed by the tax system b/c they don't have enough deductions for the long form? These are people with low to middle incomes who don't own a home...and thus always must fill out the short form. Stinks for them.
I hate it when the simplest of solutions are stymied by lies and more lies.
The problem with taxing only investment income is you will get less investment.
I think a national sales tax or value added tax to replace income tax would be a good solution. I think it would be a mistake to exempt food, medicine and clothing. Once you start creating exemptions the special interests would all be lobbying for exempting their sacred cow. But worse if you exempt a substantial portion of the goods and services from the tax then the remaining taxable goods and services would have to be taxed at exorbitant rates AND it would also justify keeping (or bringing back) an income tax.
Becky Gerittson is my new hero. Becky Becky Becky! I would vote for her for any office she cares to claim.
Now, in regard to the comments here mentioning flat tax, national sales tax, and other tax reforms:
I just today found a little-known proposal for a Neutral Tax, which would completely eliminate personal federal income taxes. It's a fabulous yet practical plan! Here are three of the sites I found today:
pull quote: The Neutral Tax would do away with the concept of the federal government taxing individuals at all. It would end the social engineering in the tax code, it would do away with the lobbying and loopholes, and it would eliminate class warfare at the federal level. All that would be gone from Washington politics.
Instead, the federal government would tax the states and local governments.
The Neutral Tax would be a flat tax on the gross revenues of those governments. How they generate the revenue to pay the Neutral Tax is entirely up to them.
You know the commercial that says, "Never let them see you sweat"? Add, "Never let them see you cry."
Remit 100% of income to IRS. IRS to determine what portion is fair to be returned to the taxpayer, first taking into account government need (any amount returned is hereinafter referred to as "taxpayer living allowance"). Refunds of taxpayer living allowance to occur within 365 days of initial collection by IRS.
Alternatively, the IRS can direct that a federal IOU equal to the amount of the taxpayer living allowance be deposited to the taxpayer's Social Security account or Affordable Health Care Act government reimbursement account, and the taxpayer will be given a statement crediting the taxpayer for making such contributions.
I disagree with Junkie - the IRS should NOT exist (in a free state, anyway). The IRS is an unAmerican agency. It routinely violates the Forth and Fifth Amendments (during audits). It has the power to:
- close down any business it wants
- empty any checking account it wants
- put a lien on any house it wants
- garnish anybody's wage it wants
all with out due process of any kind. The Sixteenth Amendment did not specify that Congress could set up a government agency to do those things.
Why and how we've put up with this situation for so long is beyond me but we've apparently grown accustomed to letting bureaucrats tell us what to do - after all, we let them tell us where to send our kids to school.
No one ought to be required to get the government's permission to collect donation for political or any other purpose. The optimal solution is to dissolve the IRS, repeal the Internal Revenue Code and all its progeny and pass some version of a flat tax which is about three or four lines long. E.g., "(1) How much did you make this year? (2) Multiply line 1 by .15 (or .20, but nothing larger than .22). (3) Send that much to the Treasury." Not really, but you get the idea: something like the way in which sales taxes are collected in the states, but not based on what you buy but on what you make. No exemptions. No "credits" or what-you-may-call-its that mean you get back more than your withholdings. No withholdings. (No? Well, maybe.) No taxes on companies, only on humans. No special tax benefits for companies, either. No deductions, no exemptions, no special rules for the politicians' buddies and friends and their companies and their political action groups. No favors. Of course, no one in Congress will vote for it as their financial contributors - blunt word: bribe-givers - won't like it. That is, however, what we ought to do.
Touching testimony from a proud American.
I comment here as a guest from "north o' the 49th" and have on numerous times, in the past, expressed my great concern for my good neighbours and friends to the south of me.
IMO the "Tree of Liberty" is dying and from the top on down['b]. The IRS is but one part of this Tree...merely a branch, as is the DOJ and all other branches that are suffocating the root system of your "Freedom Tree".
On Monday June 3, 2013 I watched the following video:
It is 1:04 long and, IMO, a must watch. I've been following your politics since I was "knee high to a grasshopper" ( I followed the Nixon/Kennedy election in 1960...I was 10 years old). These are Law Enforcement Officials who have put their hearts "on the line" in an attempt to correct a grave error that has occurred.
I'm curious why I've seen very little of this issue on the 'pages' of Maggie's Farm.
In retrospect, I can understand, perhaps, why this has not happened.
Stand Strong and Stand [b]United, my Friends.
TC (The Canuck)
fits, tho --a very good message from crost the world's longest undefended border. Thanks --
(picking up a few paras down)
The psychological warfare began with an apology tour in which President Obama publicly “confessed,” presuming to speak for all of us, for the shortcomings of America and our supposed contributions to tyranny and all manner of evils around the world.
This confession planted in the American mind the notion that our values and beliefs might not be in line with freedom and truth.
The president, with the help of his administration, is attempting to conduct psychological warfare on Americans who value autonomy and free will.
It was reinforced by the first lady stating during the 2008 presidential campaign that she had never felt pride in our country.
These statements were seemingly shrugged off by Americans who, collectively, seemed to be telling themselves that they were hearing discontent channeled from disenfranchised groups in our nation who, nonetheless, loved the country—and all of us, too.
But, deep inside the American psyche, something more malignant could have been planted—the seeds of self-hatred and self-doubt. And I no longer believe that those seeds were planted unintentionally by people as smart and capable as the president and first lady.
Psychological warfare has been described as a set of techniques aimed at influencing a target audience’s value systems or beliefs and inducing confessions of wrongdoing or attitudes favorable to the group proffering the techniques.
The techniques are often combined with black ops strategy, in which covert initiatives seek to dispirit, disempower and confuse adversaries.
The psychological warfare has continued, I believe, with other opportunities the president has had to make American’s question their individual freedoms and autonomy.
This has included misrepresenting horrific crimes, such as the one which unfolded in Newtown, Connecticut, as evidence of the need for gun control measures, when they clearly evidenced a need for revamping our mental health care system.
Gun rights are inextricably entwined in the American psyche with freedom to defend oneself. Attacking gun rights, I believe, is an element of the psychological warfare on the American belief that force is justifiable when confronting evil.
My belief that psychological warfare is being deployed on Americans by this American president and his administration has been solidified as news has come out of the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS.
This black ops targeting doesn’t just have the effect of slowing the financial momentum of these groups. It has the goal of dispiriting them and making them feel helpless to achieve their goals.
If liberal Americans stand by and do not seek swift and severe justice for those who perpetrated these acts, then they will have tacitly been victimized, too. Because they will have tacitly agreed that it is acceptable for their government to target certain political movements for persecution—and that will have fundamentally changed the psyche of America.
Seen through the lens of psychological warfare, the failure to defend our embassy in Benghazi need not be understood simply as a screw-up. It could reflect an actual strategy on the part of the administration to reinforce the notion that homicidal violence born of hatred toward America is understandable—even condonable—because we have generated it ourselves and are reaping the harvest of ill will we have sown. In other words, we should take our punishment.
The president said as much when he blamed the murder of our Ambassador to Libya on a film that criticized Islam.
This misstatement may disclose not just incompetence and may not just be evidence of a cover-up, but may be evidence of exactly what I am theorizing here: that the president, with the help of his administration, is attempting to conduct psychological warfare on Americans who value autonomy and free will and free markets and small government, by convincing them that they are wrong-minded, prejudiced and pathological and should deeply question their beliefs—including some ensconced in the Constitution.
The wiretapping of journalists would be, then, just another black ops technique in an ongoing war against our freedoms.
There will be those that say that many American leaders have sought to target groups hostile to their views. Some will point to President Nixon or Senator McCarthy or J. Edgar Hoover. And that debate can be had.
But I assert that this administration is engaged in a coordinated attempt to dispirit, disarm and disenfranchise large portions of the American population and to weaken our founding principles through what is best understood as psychological warfare.
And with that statement in the public domain, let us, at least, be aware and notice how many events unfold in-keeping with it, over the next months and years.
The enemy of psychological warfare is the knowledge of what is really happening to us and remembering who we really are.
Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at email@example.com.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/06/03/is-obama-waging-psychological-warfare-on-americans/#ixzz2VK8kAGzQ
Re the miserable case of the identity and CV, i think we all realize by now the guy is a flaming ringer.
But his handlers already knew that (our new CIA Director got to the proof and adulterated it: search "brennan passport scandal" --without the quotation marks).
By this theory, then, we the people's normalized reaction should be seen as falling into a trap.
IOW, since they knowingly put forth a ringer (and at that a ringer with a pretty easily broken 'legend'), the ringerhood may well be a tactic, a part of the attack on the psychological power of the Constitution, a way to characterize any civil strife and bloodshed as being "the fault of an old outdated piece of parchment".
After all, what can hurt the practice of Lenin's ''worse is better'' dictum?
Any crisis that the ID ruse could have caused (had the cookie crumbled a little differently), could have had no bad result for the interests Obama represents.
At worst for we the people, that is, a Constitutional crisis accompanied by inner-cities burning and bloody riots a la 1968 following after an impeachment, is good for the people behind Obama --for starters it provokes racial strife (already it has turned back fifty years of attitude progress --attitude progress that threatens the interests behind Obama), directly beclowns the effectiveness of our form of government, and cements the base of all attacks from the left, that is, ''racism'' as a charge which can be flung by the usual flingers --a charge that has been, for these handlers, an enormous help in the economic war for influence in the resource-rich third world.
So given all that, maybe just biting our tongue & waiting it out is --yes, lousy as hell, but --also perhaps, now since the vetting has so spectacularly failed, the best way from here to thwart the enemy.
That's where I am as well...hunker down and survive the next four years and then rise up and clean house. Taking direct action against this Obama, even if warranted, would not be worth the social crisis it would create. We could take a step towards cleaning house in 2014 assuming the Stupid Party doesn't step on their doodle again in the process.
Can't imagine why anyone would think a Tea Party group might have a political agenda.
R U commenting as the:
1/ Plural 'we',
2/ the 'singular' ..."Us"...
Ever tried Professional help 4 Ur "Multiple...whatever"?...
Fish in another pond if you can "bait Ur hook" and 'troll 4 talking points' in Ur own...?
Here's Becky Gerritson - Maggie's Farm , es genial, desde que os recibo no puedo parar de mirar todas vuestras sugerencias y me alegra cuando recibo uno más, sois lo mejor en español, me encata vuestra presentación y el curre que hay detrás. Un beso y abrazo,GRACIAS POR VUESTRO TRABAJO, nos alegrais la vida.