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Just Give Me More Money to Spend

Well, finally a big government politician who admits it.  It’s almost refreshing.  Rep.

Keeping Internet Access Free of Taxes

On November 1, 2014, the moratorium banning discriminatory taxes on the Internet and taxes on Internet access imposed by the Internet Tax Freedom Act in 1998 will expire.  At the time the legislation was initially enacted, the Internet had approximately 300 million users.  Since then, the number of users on the Internet has increased to nearly 2.3 billion world-wide.

Ho Hum

Yesterday, the President traveled to Tennessee to discuss his “new” proposal for spurring on the economy and creating jobs.  He proposes to lower the corporate tax rate and simplify the tax code by closing tax “loopholes.”  Currently, the federal tax rate in the U.S.

Halting Wireless Tax Increases

The June 2013 early release report on wireless substitution by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that the percentage of adults and children living in households with wireless only telephone service has been on a steady increase since 2003.  The data in the report indicates that wireless-only population is now about 36.5 percent and overall household adoption of wireless is now set at 89 percent of the population in the U.S. as of the end of 2012.

The High Taxation of Wireless Service

The adoption of wireless communications has grown from 48.7 million subscribers in 1997 to 321.7 million subscribers in 2012.  Despite the increased use of this innovative technology, the wireless industry is one of the most heavily taxed in the nation.  The U.S.

Forever Red in Illinois

As the Illinois legislature winds up the 2013 session by creating a new $750,000 “Forever Green Illinois Program” (it's really there on pp. 8-9 of the 284-page budget bill) that would fund the “maintenance and beautification of greenery,” including grass, weeds, trees, shrubs, bushes, and plants on state or local government property, elected officials should also consider adopting a new official state song:  "Forever Red; I Want to Be, Forever Red."

Nothing New Under the IRS Sun

By now I am sure you have heard that the IRS targeted and harassed Tea Party and conservative groups that were trying to obtain non-profit status.  If a group used words like “tea party” or “patriot” in their organization’s name or the phrase “making America a better place to live” it was enough to raise the ire of some IRS bureaucrats who would then slow-walk their application for non-profit standing with the agency.  The IRS would also ask of the groups for information that were an unnecessary or illegal intrusion into their affairs such as a list of their donors, whether one of the organ

Same old thing: Tax and Spend

We were provided a joint analysis of President Obama’s budget by the House and Senate Republican Budget Committees.

IRS Spent $60,000 on Star Trek and Gilligan's Island Parody Videos

If you thought that there couldn't possibly be any other embarrassing details about  federal agency conference spending, I regret to inform you that you were wrong.

Last Night's Biggest Snub? Taxpayers

Last night, as you may have heard, America's film industry threw itself a massive party, and while some of the attendees looked to be in danger of starving, none of them looked especially poor. Anyhow, today the media is buzzing over Ang Lee's upset and the 22-year-old Jennifer Lawrence's win for Best Actress.  However, before the Oscars began, Glenn Reynolds (of Instapundit fame) pointed out an Oscar injustice that should have moviegoers across the country livid: the billions in tax breaks and giveaways handed to movie studios each year. Here's Reynolds, from Saturday's Wall Street Journal.

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