August 4, 2020
Talking California Taxes

I'll be on Dave Congalton's show in less than an hour talking California taxes. Late last week, Democrats in Sacramento unveiled a plan that would raise taxes on millionaires. Specifically, AB 1253 would add a new section to the Revenue and Taxation Code to provide the following three higher tax rates (in addition to the […]

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October 9, 2019
Gavin Newsom's war on the poor, middle class

Democrats have had plenary power in California politics for the better part of two decades, and they've done little to help the poor and the middle class. Gov. Gavin Newsom has done nothing to improve things. While the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is currently $2.64, in California it's a whopping $4.18. […]

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February 23, 2014
Don't do us any favors

Back at the height of Catastrophic Anthropogenic (human-caused) Global Warming alarmism, our betters in Sacramento passed Assembly Bill 32 which created a carbon marketplace (a concept championed by the likes of Enron) that oil producers and power plant operators would have to participate in by buying credits to offset their carbon dioxide output. After several […]

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June 2, 2013
The lame defenses of the IRS

Over the past week or so, some of the more devoted (and blinkered) supporters of the IRS have tried to make the case that the agency's targeting of conservative and tea party groups was all a big mistake and anyway, it's the GOP's fault. The latest example of this is the Brookings Institution's  Henry J. […]

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May 29, 2013
I believe Lois Lerner

Last week, appearing before the House Oversight Committee, Lois Lerner told the elected officials that she had done nothing wrong. I believe her. Let me rephrase that. I believe that she believes she's done nothing wrong. Because, it turns out, what she was doing from 2010 through sometime in 2012 and possibly continuing even today […]

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May 29, 2013
Tone deaf

Last week the IRS official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations sorta-testified before Congress to the fact that she'd done nothing illegal before invoking her Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination for her non-illegal actions. Today, Obama spokesflack Jay Carney had this to say about the quality of the testimony IRS officials have been providing Congress. […]

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May 18, 2013
Absolute power corrupts absolutely

If you missed much of the testimony of outgoing, acting,  IRS Commissioner Steven Miller before a House committee on Friday, then you didn't see one of the most infuriating performances by an ostensibly public servant in recent history. Miller, who will leave his post two weeks early cannot be trusted with a hot dog cart, […]

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May 13, 2013
How government bureaucrats are like the media

This morning's "Morning Jolt" e-newsletter written by National Review's Jim Geraghty has some discussion of the Obama administration scandal du jour that the IRS targeted conservative groups with "Tea Party" and "Patriot" in their names for extra harrassment scrutiny when filing for tax-exempt status. We don't yet know who exactly knew what and when. There's no evidence […]

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February 26, 2013
The stupid, it burns

So, as part of my other job that must-not-be-named I found myself over at Mother Jones, reading this article by David Corn. There’s far less to the article than Corn would have you believe. Corn attempts to make a lot of hay out four non-committal sentences in an interview House Speaker John Boehner gave back […]

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August 7, 2012
Lies Obama told me

The left-wing Tax Policy Center and Obama’s sycophantic media (and Politifraud which rates it “Mostly True”) have joined up to look at the broad outlines and principles of Mitt Romney’s tax plan and decided that Republicans plan to raise taxes on the middle class while cutting them for the wealthy. The Wall Street journal has […]

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