A Fair Share of Taxes?

Friday, November 30th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Taxes

Every year, the Tax Foundation does extraordinary work breaking down and analyzing the macro tax data from the IRS.  We’ve cited their work on numerous occasions in an effort to militate the tax myths propagated by the left.  If you were traveling here from a different country and only heard media reports of our tax code, you would come away with the conclusion that the rich pay no taxes and that the poor and middle class shoulder most of the burden from the income tax.  That perception cannot be farther from reality.

Until now, we’ve been using the tax data from 2009, the last year with complete information.  The IRS recently released the 2010 data, and the Tax Foundation has broken it down in clear and concise categories.

So what about those rich one-percenters?  Well, in 2010, with the full force of the Bush tax cuts, and including all the so-called loopholes and deductions, they paid 37.4% of federal income taxes, even though they only earned 18.9% of the gross adjusted income in the country.  The top 5% paid 59.1% of income taxes, and the top 10% – those earning more than $116,000 – paid 70.6%, yet earned 43.1% of AGI.

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GAO report: TSA received 39,000 complaints between 2009 and 2012

Friday, November 30th, 2012 and is filed under News

This is the type of GAO report you will only find in places like Washington Free Beacon, not the lamestream media:

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) received more than 39,000 complaints related to its controversial screening methods between 2009 and 2012, but the agency’s method for tracking and responding to complaints is flawed, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found.

The GAO reports that between October 2009 and June 2012 customers filed 39,616 passenger-screening complaints through phone and email to the TSA Contact Center (TCC).

That number may be low. The GAO notes that the figure does “not reflect the full nature and extent of complaints because local TSA staff have discretion in implementing TSA’s complaint processes, including how they receive and document complaints.”

Imagine the Fed response if they would receive such a degree of complaints about a private entity?

Can We Finally Bury the Palestinian Fairy Tale?

Friday, November 30th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Foreign Policy

Nothing has illustrated the definition of insanity more than the cycle of propping up the Palestinian Authority under the the assumption that they are moderates, in the hopes of achieving peace.  Yesterday’s vote by the UN to recognize a Palestinian country on parts of Israel’s sovereign territory should be the final straw to end this craziness that has consumed our foreign policy for 20 years.

Over the years, we have given the PLO roughly $500 million annually and up to $1 billion on occasion (FY 2009).  Additionally, we contributed $267 million in FY 2009 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the organization that harbors Palestinian terrorists under the guise of humanitarian aid.  We are the largest bilateral donor to UNRWA.  If the Obama administration officials were left to their own devices, they would authorize hundreds of millions more in aid to the Palestinians.

The creation of a 22nd Arab state and 2nd Palestinian state (the first being Jordan) is absolutely inimical to our interests.  They will make the Taliban look like girl scouts and they will serve as the most effective proxy for Iran.  Obama’s puerile platitudes stating that Hamas must renounce terror are as fatuous as a declaration that Obama must renounce stimulus spending.  At present, any aid to the PLO is morally indefensible.  Any aid would only serve the purpose of bolstering their mission to turn sovereign Israeli territory into a Palestinian terror-tory.

The Hill is reporting that the outgoing House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, is calling for an end to all aid for the Palestinians the UN agencies that abet them:

“It’s crystal clear that Abu Mazen and his cronies are not partners for peace and do not value their relationship with the U.S.,” Ros-Lehtinen says in a prepared statement. “The U.S must stand with our ally Israel and offer no U.S. taxpayer dollars and no political support for the PLO. As other UN bodies will no doubt use General Assembly resolution as an excuse to grant membership to a non-existent Palestinian state, U.S. law is clear: UN agencies that grant membership to a Palestinian state lose their U.S. funding.”

It’s refreshing to finally see a top official with jurisdiction over foreign aid demanding an immediate end to terror aid.   Conservatives must stand with Ros-Lehtinen on this issue and finally put an end to the money for murder program.  We must say no to any terror aid during the next budget battle in March.

Trent Lott Joins Dorgan in Green Energy Initiative

Friday, November 30th, 2012 and is filed under News

Well, birds of a flock travel together, but in this case, it’s a former GOP Senate leader who is joining liberal former Senator Byron Dorgan in promoting green energy.  Then , in an interview with National Journal, Lott implies that Hurricane Sandy was the result of global warming.   And this guy was the GOP leader for a number of years?

New Study Indicts Ethanol for Rising Costs

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Economy

For a number of months, we’ve been working Republican offices hard in an attempt to force a vote on the repeal of the ethanol mandate.  The 2005 Renewable Fuels Mandate ostensibly forces Americans to purchase 15 billion gallons of biofules per year starting in 2015.  This has led to perhaps the biggest market distortion in American history, impelling farmers to plant 40% of the corn crop for an ineffective fuel instead of for cattle feed.

This week, PricewaterhouseCoopers published a new study detailing the inimical effects of the ethanol mandate.  Here is the punchline:

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Sadly, It All Boils Down To Race

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Issues

We’ve all heard the post-election bromide about the problems with the GOP; “we are too old, white, and male.”  When you cut through the spin, the motivation behind this summation from the GOP elites is that we ostensibly need to be like Democrats in order to compete with the broader population.  However, when you look through the data, you will find that the problem is not really age or gender; it is all about race.  Even if you buy into the notion that our ideology is hurting us with women and the youth, that is not the case with blacks and immigrants.  They vote Democrat based upon identity politics that is insidiously exercised by white liberals in this country.

We’ve all heard that the youth are fleeing the archaic party of conservatives, right?  Well, according to an analysis by Pew, the youth vote is a lot more complicated than that.  In 2008, Obama won the 18-29 age group by a whopping 34 points.  In 2012, he won the youth by 24 points.  That’s still a large margin, but not representative of a negative trend at all.  But here’s the kicker: Romney actually won the white male vote under 30 by 13 points and even the white female vote by 1 point.  Yes, I know.  You’ll say that whites don’t count.  However, we can conclude from here that our problem with the youth is just a redundant manifestation of our problem with minorities, especially because they comprise such a large portion of the under 30 vote.  But that does not mean we are not appealing to the youth by virtue of age.

Conversely, let’s take a look at the 65+ senior vote.  From the way the commentators speak, one would think that seniors are all voting Republican.  The reality is that 44% of them voted for Obama, just shy of the 45% he got in 2008.  If anything, we can conclude from here that Republicans are underperforming with the demos that are naturally predisposition to vote for them, while Obama is maximizing his demos.

When you cut across all the data, you will definitely find that age and gender play a role in the electoral process.  Sadly, by far, the biggest factor is race.  Romney won the white vote across the vote, even the most liberal demographic – young women.  It’s clear that the sinister race baiting and ethnic pandering is working for Democrats.  So how would all these wizards of smart in our party deal with this problem?  Tilting the party to the left will not help convert voters who largely cast ballots based on identity.  Quite the contrary, the fact that we have not already distinguishing ourselves from the Democrats is what is weighing us down with white voters and seniors.

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Victory for Conservatives Against Obamacare in Michigan

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 and is filed under News, Obamacare

Michigan is one of those states with a Republican governor that is waffling on whether or not to implement Obamacare exchanges.  Luckily, the grassroots conservatives in the state convinced the Republican controlled House to vote down the exchanges.  The Michigan House Health Policy Committee voted against enactment of the exchanges today.  Now Governor Snyder has no political cover to implement them.

Gallup: 53% of Democrats Have Positive View of Socialism

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 and is filed under Issues, News

One upon a time, the word socialist was ubiquitously frowned upon in this country.  But several decades of complete control over all academic and cultural institutions have changed that perception.   According to Gallup, 53% of Democrats have a positive view of socialism, almost as many (55%) who view capitalism positively.

A Chart Worth a ‘Trillion’ Words

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Debt

The Heritage Foundation has posted a chart which depicts everything you need to know about the so-called fiscal cliff debate.  Even if we agree to the inane idea that it’s prudent to raise taxes, it’s like focusing on the needle in the haystack.  It is absolutely insane for Republicans to agree to any tax increases before Democrats agree to wholesale free market entitlement reform:

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Ted Cruz Makes A Great First Move

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, News

And that great first move was naming Chip Roy as his new Chief of Staff. I have long said that it’s not just about sending the right kinds of people to Washington, DC or to our state capitols. Those right kinds of people have to surround themselves with the great staff who are ideologically with them because personnel is policy.

As one of the major groups to first endorse Ted 18 months ago in a crowded primary, we are thrilled at this strong signal to the conservative movement from Ted that he will back up his conservative rhetoric on the campaign trail with action in Washington, DC.

For a longer take on this great announcement, check out Erick Erickson’s post praising Chip. This is a huge deal, folks, and something to get fired up about.