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Sneaking a tax increase into law. The word out of Washington is that the so-called “super committee” of Congress, which was granted extraordinary (and unConstitutional) powers to “resolve” the debt crisis, will approve several new revenue enhancers. Please note it will not use the dreaded phrase “tax increase.” No, instead it plans to disallow many deductions taxpayers have enjoyed for years. The result, of course, will be to increase the taxes you and I pay.
No matter how many times you beat back a Federal power grab, it is almost impossible to kill the monster. Like the most terrifying villain in the worst horror movie you’ve ever seen, it keeps coming back to life and threatening the townspeople. Consider the efforts by the Food and Drug Administration to make it impossible for you to buy the vitamins you want.
The Republican and Democratic parties have each received nearly $18 million in taxpayer funding for the political conventions that are scheduled to take place next year and could take in more money prior to the events.
I never supported mandatory term limits. But, far too many of our Senators, Congressmen, commissioners, mayors, aldermen and such hold their positions for far too long. Unfortunately, far too few of my fellow Americans share my attitude.
A union embrace of Occupy represents the beginning of a change in the approach that teamsters will use in collective bargaining in the future. A memo from the AFL-CIO last week suggests that unions will usurp the message of the 99 percent in future communications with members, employers and voters to further grow the Occupy movement.
President Barack Obama wants the Federal government to be thrifty during the tough economic times that the U.S. is currently in, and despite a call for agencies to cut back on promotional items, he is about to set off on an expensive Asian tour.
Among Democrats, the number of those who described themselves as liberal grew from 35 to 37 percent, a fact researchers attribute to moderates and conservatives who once identified with some Democratic values feeling largely disenfranchised in recent years.
Labor unions are celebrating one of their biggest victories in decades, as a law that curbed collective bargaining rights in Ohio was overturned.