Another hidden TAX
October 20, 2012, 9:14 am
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I just learned that there is a movement afoot in the state of Texas to charge five cents on every drink container sold in our state. Of course once you finish the drink you can bring it back to the store for a refund of your nickel. Well how about schools, they use tons of water bottles, Gatorade and other drinks, how do they handle the increased cost, and the return of those drink containers to get the refund? Maybe we need to hire a drink management team in each school just to handle that burden.

How about the store where you bought your bottle of water? How many extra man hours will they need to process all the refunds and what do they do with the containers when they get them back? How much is this going to increase our grocery bills? I found out the hard way somebody else told me about this, and I found out that my county is one of the ones that has decided to support this TAX. Our politicians never think about the unintended consequences of their actions. They just see another revenue stream for their pet projects. This is another Lottery Scheme. Remember that the State Lottery was supposed to help pay for education, the money was to be set aside for schools. It wasn’t and it goes into the general fund where it is used to fund whatever the politicians can find to use it for.

I did not support the lottery because it was legalized gambling and a tax on our poorest citizens. Instead of buying a loaf of bread, buy a lottery ticket instead, you could be a millionaire. That is the state looking for your dollars to spend on their pet projects instead of on the education of our children. This boondoggle is even worse, the nickel gets collected by the store, then whatever is left over at the end of the week or month or whatever the time period is, the money goes to the state, never to be seen again. A VERY SNEAKY TAX. You are told how you are protecting the environment, when in reality you are lining the pockets of politicians so they can institute more boondoggles.

Here is another thing they don’t think about, people will be stopping their cars to pick up the bottles and cans discarded by those who don’t care. Those folks who throw their beer cans, and drink containers out on the side of the road will continue to do so. This is a safety hazard, people may by killed or injured by other drivers who aren’t looking out as well as they should. This is a real problem and needs to be stopped before it gets the kind of momentum it needs. Talk to your representatives and your county commissioners, don’t let this TAX become a part of our Texas landscape.

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What is the truth?
October 12, 2012, 10:23 am
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VP Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan squared off yesterday in the one and only Vice-Presidential debate. It was interesting, but I thought that the way it was handled was stilted. I much preferred the more spirited debate structure, it was a real back and forth, of the Presidential debate. I thought I would go to Fact Check today to see what they had to say about the statements both men made. One that I found somewhat disturbing was the Fisker Automotive loan. The purpose of the loan was to push an electric car, and the money was to be spent in the US. So far so good, of course, not one vehicle was built-in this country, but, the money was spent on R&D, Advertising and other things all in this country. Ryan asked about the money in a way that suggested it was spent on cars being made in Finland, well according to financial statements from Fisker it was all spent here, however, the cars were not built here. What happens is that the funds given to the company were used here so that other funds could be freed up to build the vehicles in Finland. The total amount of funds so far paid to Fisker is $193 billion dollars, out of $595 billion authorized. They were supposed to begin actually building cars in Bidens state of Delaware in a closed down GM plant. That has not happened, and the government has cut off the funding to Fisker. So $193 billion taxpayer dollars gone down the Green Technology sinkhole, with nothing yet to show for it. Did the government fund workers in Finland, not directly, but I would say indirectly yes they did.
I also heard the Frank Luntz focus group last night complain that they didn’t hear any specifics from Ryan, yet he was very clear in saying that their 5 point plan was a starting point for discussions with both Republican and Democratic legislators to begin building legislation and budgets to move our country forward. cutting spending and lowering tax rates properly, while also cleaning up the tax code and getting rid of subsidies that corporations and individuals receive so that we could begin getting out of the mess we are in. Gov. Romney said basically the same thing in his debate with President Obama, yet, we still hear the cries of no specifics, give us specifics. I seem to remember that President Obama ran on Hope and Change, no specifics other than closing Gitmo (not done) and improving our relations in the world, (not done). He also said he would ban torture, that one he claims to have accomplished, he did ban waterboarding.
VP Biden also made the statement that Paul Ryan voted to fund two wars using the government credit card, of course he forgets that he voted for it too. These things always seem to get blown out of proportion, politicians do tend to exaggerate their claims and their good things, while trying to demonize their opponents. Of course one thing I found interesting was that VP Biden decided to double down on the claim that they, the Administration, did not receive any information on the need for increased security, nor did they receive information on the attack being a terrorist attack on the Consulate in Benghazi. Yet the hearings in Congress said that the State Department was following events on the ground in Benghazi by satellite with pictures and they knew that it was a terrorist attack immediately. They also knew that there were no demonstrations outside the consulate in real-time. So why did the Administration, including the Secretary of State continue for two weeks to make tha statements that it was all about the video. Is it true that State did not tell even Hillary Clinton the truth? PLEASE that begs to be refuted. There has been a terrible coverup in this murder of our personnel in Benghazi. The administration is culpable in the deaths of our personnel, they were asked for additional resources for security and they refused to deliver that help to the consulate. That is inexcusable.
So tell me, what do you think, has this latest debate changed your mind, do you think that one or the other of our candidates for office is better than the other, or do you want to hear more from President Obama and Gov. Romney?

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Jobs Report and Taxation
July 6, 2012, 10:03 am
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80,000 jobs added in June, unemployment is still at 8.2% but the true number is much higher when you factor in those who have given up looking for work. There is also a bomb set to explode in 2013 called TAXES. The so-called Bush tax cuts will expire on 1 Jan 2013, taxes will therefore go up, for EVERYBODY, middle class will see a tax increase as well as higher income earners. Notice that is income earners. Those who are receiving welfare do not earn income so do not pay taxes, it is income earners who pay taxes, that is the middle class and above getting hit.

Now here comes the real fun! Obamacare taxes in 2013. This is the real kicker for all of us, but especially middle income folks. Remember that you were promised that your taxes would not go up if you earned less than $250,000 per year. Take a look at what is coming up AFTER you vote for Obama in 2012.

Do you use a medical device? Say a pacemaker, prosthetic limb, maybe you will need a stent. Whatever device you will need in 2013 the obamacare 2.3 percent tax will be added onto the price of the item.

Do you deduct medical costs from your taxes? You have been able to deduct these expenses as long as they were 7.5% of your adjusted gross income. Well Obamacare ups that to 10%, guess who gets hit the hardest? Pre retirement seniors. The government figures to take in about 15 billion dollars over the next 10 years.

Flexible Spending Accounts. Capped at $2,500. Up until 2013 there was no cap on these accounts, so if you had a procedure that cost $7,500 you could pay for it out of that FSA, but not any longer, now you are capped at $2,500 per year. How about braces for your kids, that is an easy $7,000. You will have to pay $4,500 for the first kid and the whole amount for the second one. Do you have a special needs child, look out, that can get real expensive real quick.

Obamacare has also a provision for a surtax on investment accounts. Under the current law, the Capital gains tax will rise from 15 to 20 percent in 2013 and the top dividend rate rises 15% to 39.6% however under Obamacare surtax the Capital Gains rate will 23.8% and the Regular Dividend Rate will be 43.4%. Hows that for a kick in the teeth?

Then there is the Obamacare Medicare Tax Increase. This tax goes against employers to the tune of 87 Billion dollars over the next 10 years. How many people will be laid off so their employer can afford this little goody?

I can surely understand why this is all scheduled for 2013, that way Obama can get reelected before people feel the cost of his legacy. This will add to the burden on our economy and on you the taxpayer. Y’all voted for hope and change, well hope went out the window with 10% + unemployment, change is gone after this election.

What do you think? Is this what you want for our nation?

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Taking Credit
May 1, 2012, 10:04 am
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One year ago, President Obama gave the order to send SpOps into a compound in Pakistan to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden. He was killed in the raid. At the time I was more than willing to say, great call Mr. President, but now, a year later, Mr. Obama is trying to say that he did it and his opponent would not have pulled the trigger.

Mr. Romney has stated that even Jimmy Carter would have done the same thing, that given the information at hand, any one in the oval office, except maybe Joe Biden would have sent in the troops. I agree with Mitt Romney, it is a shame that Mr. Obama is using this decision that he made as POTUS, to try to make political hay against his opponent. It was a good decision and the dedicated men and women who got the information, and the troops that executed the plan made it happen. They all deserve the credit for this operation.

I have to wonder, why Mr. Obama doesn’t just run on his record. He has saddled the country with 5 trillion in debt in just 3 years, a record accomplishment. His Health Care Reform (Obamacare) is set to take over 1/3 of the economy in 2013, and of course the new taxes that are coming up in Janurary of 2013 will help to drive us back into recession, if not a mild depression. But of course the Democratic Senate won’t even discuss all the bills passed in the house to try to stimulate the economy, because it might embarrass Mr. Reid and Mr. Obama. All that has come of that is hate speech aimed at Paul Ryan, instead of discussion of the passed in the House of Representatives but not even allowed to be talked about in the Senate. It is interesting, the Senate could and should be working on a budget, something they have not been willing to do in 3 years, but they won’t even look at the budget passed in the house. One last year and one this year. They could amend the budget more to their liking and pass it, it would go to conference committee and get adjusted by both sides and we might actually have a real budget once again. But NO Harry Reid won’t even bring it to committee much less the floor of the Senate.

So, what do you think about all this? Is it time to replace the leadership in the Senate? Perhaps on both sides of the aisle, since Mitch McConnell has not been particularly effective either. I’d really like to know what you think dear reader.

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