Archive for the ‘tax’ Category

Snooki on Taxes

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Recently Arizona Senator John McCain and Snooki from Jersey Shore had  a short discussion on Twitter regarding indoor tanning taxes:

“@Sn00ki u r right,” the 2008 Republican presidential candidate tweeted on his verified account. “I would never tax your tanning bed! Pres Obama’s tax/spend policy is quite The Situation. but I do rec wearing sunscreen!”

Snooki caught McCain’s shout-out and, though she didn’t respond to him directly, did tweet back, “Haha Yes!”

The health care reform legislation passed by Congress and the Obama administration imposed a 10% excise tax on indoor tanning services which goes into effect July 1st.

From a non policy standpoint this shows how the conservative movement is trying to embrace new media to attract the youth and get their message out to the public.

I like Pizza

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

I like pizza as many Americans do.  And I don’t want to have to pay any more for pizza than it is worth.  But the government feels differently.  Researchers writing in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine feel differently.  These researchers argue that if you increase the price of pizza by 10 percent would reach a 12% decrease in the amount of calories consumed.  I understand that the government wants to protect people from obesity but I don’t think they should be doing it.  Taxes on things like pizza are not fair to those who choose to occasionally eat pizza but otherwise live healthy lives.

Link via Consumerist

All Shout Does Is Make You Lose Your Voice

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

All Shout Does Is Make You Lose Your Voice. Apparently conservatives and Republicans, led on by Rush Limbaugh, have taken on the idea that yelling is the way to win a public policy debate.

There is a new trend that is happening increasingly where conservatives are showing up at “townhall” meeting with Congressmen and yelling at them to indicate dissaproval with Obamacare. The conservatives are protesting and being disruptive in a way that is reminiscent of the worst activism of those on the left of the political spectrum.

The protesting is not helping the Republican’s cause of opposing Obamacare legislation as this may make the Republican’s look bad and increase the ease with which the legislation goes through.

John Hall on Soda Taxes

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

I sent a letter to my Congressman John Hall opposing soft drink taxes and I am glad to say that his response was to oppose soda taxes. From Congressman Hall’s response:

Soft drinks alone are not the sole cause of the chronic diseases that plague our nation. While comprehensive health care legislation is still being formulated, I am concerned that a tax on soft drinks would be a regressive tax, and disproportionately hurt lower-income people. I believe we can achieve health care reform without raising taxes on lower and middle-class New Yorkers. I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind should Congress vote on this issue.

While I am not sure any “health care reform” that is going to make it through Congress will improve our health system, I am glad to see the Congressman does not think soda taxes are the solution and realizes they would be a regressive tax.

Healthcare Is Never Free

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Healthcare is never free. According to Charlie Rangel, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman in order to pay for the “health care reform” taxes will be raised by $600 billion and Medicare and Medicaid will be cut by $400 billion. This plan will not only cost more money but old people and poor people will have their healthcare limited to provide healthcare for other people.

Obama had been hoping health care reform would only cost $634 billion but it looks like it will now cost over $1 trillion.

Taxing Cellphones

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

According to The Wall Street Journal, The IRS is considering taxing cellphones provided by employers. Currently cellphones and the cellular service that employees receive from employers is considered a fringe benefit and taxed fully by the I.R.S. Most people and corporations don’t enforce it.

Any change in the tax law even if it is only taxing cell phones as being personal use 25% of the time. Increased enforcement would be the equivalent of a tax hike. When the tax law was established on cell phones in 1989, cell phones were a luxury. Cellphones have now become a necessity and to tax them as a corporate luxury would be ridiculous.

Do the taxpayers get something in exchange for this tax hike? Probably not.

Bobb Barr Says Cut Spending First

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Bob Barr has a new video on YouTube calling for cuts in government spending and tax reform.

Bob Barr states that cutting the size of the government spending is more important than changing tax policy. I like tax cuts a lot but the problem with the Bush administration has been government spending not the lack of tax cuts.

Bob Barr stresses the need for tax reform stating that any reform of the system would be better than what the United States has now. Bob Barr has been the supporter of the Fair Tax which is essentially a national sales tax plan. Bob Barr does mention he is open to other types of tax reform plans including a flat tax plan. This is good news because I dislike the fair tax because I am afraid it would impose a harsh regulatory burden on small businesses. Barr’s ability to consider other tax reform policies makes him a more of an attractive candidate for Libertarians.

Obama Wants To Raise Taxes On Social Security

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Hillary Clinton has put out a new mailer in Nevada pointing out that Obama wants to effectively raise taxes on Social Security. Obama has suggested raising the cap on income for Social Security taxes. Hillary Clinton points out that this is effectively a trillion dollar increase.
Hillary Clinton is right to point out this tax increase. Let’s hope Hillary continues to block tax increases!

Taxing Porn

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

California Assemblymen Charles Calderon wants to tax porn in order to raise revenue for the state. Calderon doesn’t have a problem with porn but is interested solely in the possibility of revenue for the state.

Calderon and other politicians embrace sin taxes because they realize they can get away with sin taxes with little opposition; this is true whether the sin tax is related to porn, cigarettes, or alcohol. Legislators view sin taxes as appealing because the majority of taxpayers will remain silent on taxes that tax a minority for purchasing potentially harmful products.