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Monday, April 16, 2012

The Coming Tax Hike

(Hat tip to Randy's Roundtable for the first graphic in this post)


Tax Day 2012 is April 17.

What does the future hold with regard to tax liability for American taxpayers? Please watch the following short video:


The warning that Thomas Jefferson penned in a letter to Samuel Kercheval on July 12, 1816:
...[W]e must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes; have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers. Our landholders, too, like theirs, retaining indeed the title and stewardship of estates called theirs, but held really in trust for the treasury, must wander, like theirs, in foreign countries, and be contented with penury, obscurity, exile, and the glory of the nation. This example reads to us the salutary lesson, that private fortunes are destroyed by public as well as by private extravagance. And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, and to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering. Then begins, indeed, the bellum omnium in omnia, which some philosophers observing to be so general in this world, have mistaken it for the natural, instead of the abusive state of man. And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression....
Read the entire letter HERE.

Mercedes Lackey wrote:
If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world.

24 comments:

  1. Frankly, these words make me feel paralyzed with dismay -- a deep sense of the inevitability of impending Doom.

    Never a day goes by that I don't feel grateful -- and relieved -- I never brought children into this wretched world.

    The U.S.S. Titanic is headed straight for the iceberg, and the "captain," despite knowing this full well, has tied the wheel and turned away from considering any other course.

    WHY, you ask?

    Because there aren't enough lifeboats to save every passenger, and it wouldn't be fair to save some and let others drown, so in the interests of Fairness and Equality ALL must drown.

    Welcome to the tyranny -- and insanity -- of ENVY-INSPIRED EGALITARIANISM.

    ~ FreeThinke

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  2. What we need to be asking our elected officials, is, "where does it end?"

    How much is "enough." They need to show us the math, on paper, of how much of a tax increase they want and how they will use it.

    Of course, that will never happen, so the GOP insistence on "No Tax Increases" and the Tea Parties' "Taxed Enough Already" is the only rational position to take.

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  3. I do not believe it is in man’s innate ability to think about likely consequences, which is why the transition from Paleo to Neolithic society took as long as it did. This also explains why most people never develop critical thinking skills. They focus on immediate needs, rather than their future requirement. And if they cannot understand the likely consequences of a certain behavior, they will never understand the unintended consequences of selecting a national leader based on silly mantras. Sadly, most of the people reading Jefferson’s letter today do not understand what he is talking about … they only recall something they once heard about his having had sex with a slave. What does this mean? It means that idiots abound, and that the American Republic is entering its final stage.

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  4. I feel a sense or urgency about everything to do with the government these days. They would never be satisfied, they never have enough, they always want the working citizens to do more. It must be stopped.

    Debbie
    Right Truth
    http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

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  5. No one knows Americans better than their elected representatives do. For example, elected officials know that the American people are not very smart, have short memories, and think that whatever happens in Washington DC (or state capitals) doesn’t have anything to do with them. Elected representatives know how easy it is to divide Americans; they know they are likely to be reelected, and they know that being a politician is a remarkably good paying job.

    Don’t look for politicians to change their behavior for as long as the American people refuse to change theirs.

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  6. wait till you see my piece I printed called TAXAGEDDON, AOW....today, oddly enough.
    I have been offered a lot of work lately and honestly don't think I can afford to do it after seeing Morris's facts.

    University kids will watch this and say "ya, Morris...so??"
    God please help our kids learn and stop being indoctrinated.
    What a horrible shut down of our economy this tax situation will be....and people can't see that?

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  7. Dick Morris? RTealy. Side talker Dich Morris, LOL! This seemingly clairvoyant idiot was caught sucking Prostitutes toes and booted out of the Clinton Administration and has an ax to grind for years appearing on Fox News nightly spreading his lies. ROMNEY will decimate the middle class with this increased tax cuts for the wealthy.

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  8. Romney Campaign Tries To Walk Back Policy Details Revealed At Fundraiser
    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/romney-talks-specific-cuts-campaign-immediately-rolls-back-specificity.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

    Spilled Details Reveal Romney’s Tax Promises As A Mirage
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/hot-mic-exposes-romneys-tax-promises-as-a-mirage.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

    Using Loopholes: Romneys Were Able To Give Sons $100 Million Tax Free
    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/david-cay-johnston-romneys-were-able-give-s

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  9. Liberalmann,
    Yes, there was a scandal involving Dick Morris and a prostitute.

    Even so, such a scandal doesn't make what Dick Morris is saying false.

    In addition, from the New York Times, dated September 8, 1996 (emphases mine):

    ...In an average day, the District of Columbia police make 300 to 500 arrests, on a variety of charges, of men and women engaged in prostitution as either ''johns'' or hookers. Yet a spokesman for the Police Department said it had no plans to bring charges against Mr. Morris over his reported frolics at the Jefferson Hotel, or to launch an investigation into whether such charges were warranted. Under D.C. law, having sex with a prostitute is not illegal; soliciting sex with one is. Unless the transaction is witnessed (generally through the use of policewomen posing as hookers on the street), it's difficult to prove a crime has occurred. So the police don't bother investigating.

    ''As far as we are concerned, he has not committed a crime, other than associating with a prostitute,'' said Sgt. J. C. Stamps, a D.C. police spokesman. ''That's not a crime. It may be a problem ethically, but it's not against the law.''...


    More on that scandal HERE at Wikipedia (for convenience and brevity).

    I'm guessing that you'd be the first to disregard as irrelevant Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

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    As for Mitt Romney, I've never stated that I'm excited about his being the GOP candidate for 2012.

    What I DO know is that another term of Obama will be terrible for America. THAT is a known quantity, IMO; Romney, not so much as he's never held the office of President of the United States.

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  10. I’m simply shocked to learn Liberalmann doesn’t know the difference between a news source (Associated Press, etc.) and a political blog (Talking Points Memo). But since he brought it up, Josh Marshall is such a rabid Marxist that he couldn’t even keep his job with American Perspective Magazine. How bad is that?

    Now, had Liberalmann informed us that he’d discovered an interesting perspective at TPM, I’m sure we’d all go over and assess Marshall’s point of view about Mitt Romney. What does this suggest? It implies that all the money spent on educating Liberalmann through his eight years of formal education may have better spent on a prostitute.

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  11. Thanks for posting this. I'll link to it at TCL FB.

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  12. Well, personally I think Dick Morris is a bit of a weenie, but I don't doubt he's right about Obama's tax plans. Thing is, I don't know anybody personally who makes anywhere close to $150,000 a year, let alone $250,000, and my retirement income is far below the first figure. So I don't see a lot of threat in what Morris is telling us.

    That Obama wants to bring us all down to the same poverty level as the average Projects ghetto negro is probably close to the truth, as this is his concept of sharing the wealth. Everybody gets to be poor. Except him and the Elite who tell the rest of us what to do and when to wipe it, of course.

    If Morris's warning results in some Libs voting against Obama, or even just refraining from voting, that would be a good thing. Mostly, though, I think he's just doing what I do so well: Preaching to the choir.

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  13. TAXING IS THE LIFE BLOOD OF ALMOST ALL POLITICANS. THE OLDER ANY COUNTRY BECOMES AND OURS IS AN OLD REPUBLIC THE HIGHER THE TAXES WILL NECESSARILY GO ALONG WITH MORE RESTRICTIONS ON PERSONAL FREEDOMS IN THE NAME OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE PUBLIC GOOD. THE END RESULT IS ALWAYS THE SAME EITHER COLLAPSE OR REVOLUTION LEADING TO A NEW BEGINNING OR EITHER GOOD OR EVIL.

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  14. I already had a good reason to vote for Obama - he's not quite as far left as the totalitarian Communist Tea Party's beloved Mitt Romney - but the promise of total economic destruction of America and the resulting breakdown of government and civil war to be had if Obama is re-elected makes me happy that by registering as a Democrat, I can vote for Obama more than once.

    The silver lining of the absolute destruction and collapse of the United States of America is that Mitt Romney won't be doing the exact same thing as Obama or worse and calling it "conservative."

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  15. i.e. it's going to happen no matter which leftist we elect President.

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  16. Sorry Sam, TPM's comments are based on fact. For an idiot like Fox News analyst Dick Morris to spread false claims to scare the 'lesser' among us (the loony wingnuts) that Obama will raise their taxes after he has already lowered them while Romney's plan will certainly continue favor the wealthy...is absurd.

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  17. Black Sheep said "That Obama wants to bring us all down to the same poverty level as the average Projects ghetto negro is probably close to the truth, as this is his concept of sharing the wealth. Everybody gets to be poor. Except him and the Elite who tell the rest of us what to do and when to wipe it, of course."

    Not only absurd and wrong but shameless and racist to boot! Thanks for always reminding us as to the true nature of 'the Christan right,' lol!

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  18. AOW said: "What I DO know is that another term of Obama will be terrible for America. THAT is a known quantity, IMO; Romney, not so much as he's never held the office of President of the United States."

    I know! How can we possibly survive even more economic growth which has occurred each month since the stimulus, preventing another great depression? How can we possibly survive positive job growth which surpassed Bush's 8 year record in 2 years?

    Get real.

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  19. Lies, however persistently and forcefully stated, remain lies.

    ~ FreeThinke

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  20. The topic of taxation is far more complex than most people realizes —so it behooves all of us to keep it simple. We should begin with the understanding that presidents do not raise taxes; only congress can do that. The massive tax increase looming in 2013 involves nothing more than the statutory end of a temporary curtailment of tax rates. It will affect almost everyone, especially the poor and middle class. Will Congress address these taxes? I have no confidence in either house of congress.

    Taxation elicits emotional responses from hard working citizens. We realize that we must pay for the things that make our lives better, but we are disgusted by the fact that Congress (or state legislators) has never seen a tax they didn’t like. Government spending IS a tax. I have no problem with spending at the federal level when the activity is authorized by the U. S. Constitution. I reject federal spending on anything not enumerated —particularly when the intention of taxation is to give my money to someone else as an unearned entitlement. There is no constitutional basis for Obama-Care, or a Department of Education, or any number of “nice to have” bureaucracies.

    Most Americans reject the cumulative effect of taxes at the federal, state, and local level. If we are to make adjustments downward in taxes, then we must also make adjustments downward in spending. My frustration comes from the fact that everyone wants to rattle on incessantly about taxes, but no one wants to talk about spending. Politicians, sensing our weaknesses in this area never fail to take advantage. I suspect they enjoy our bickering; it allows them to escape accountability.

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  21. Sam ---nicely said.

    Liberalmann and his/her cohorts strike me as perhaps the most pious,righteous, and perfect people. I mean seriously they must be able to walk on water because they routinely take people down for every failure. Ok they only take down conservatives.

    Sidebar yesterday my favorite lberal was aghast at the photos of Us Soldiers standing aorund dead bombers (20120 photo recently released???). I asked if she was equally offended by Abu Ghrab (Spelling?). Stunned silence followed by but it had to get out in the open....I tried to point out the complete lack of intellectual honesty. It was like talking to liberalmann.

    I am old enough to realize few people have lead perfect lives. I know I have not. I guess I am just more tolerant...or is it consistent.

    So here is to you liberalmann...the best of us clearly you have lead a perfect life never failing to walk the proper path never once strayed and done something wrong....

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  22. Darn I got so wrapped up in adoration of liberalmann, I almost forgot.

    Liberalmann is like every other drone in the DNC, attack the speaker of heresy agaisnt your leader. Figure whatever he/she has done wrong in life and talk about that instead of the communist plans of the DNC. If that doesnot work, insult them by calling them names, if that doesnot work create fake documents (Dan Rather-Bush, NBC Trayvon etc etcc),

    If that doesnot work change the topic

    Please stop calling them liberals they are communists and read Road to Serfdom...awesome

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  23. Higher taxation in inevitable when you spend like liberals. Ultimately someone has to pay for all their 'wonderful' programs, there is just no way around it. And something that far too many people haven't figured out yet is that you can tax the rich only so much to get by.

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