Trustafarians always balk when it’s time to put their money where their mouths are. Howie Carr lays it all out as only he can in his column today.
Your average liberal would give an illegal alien the shirt off your back. Not his back, but your back. Just ask them. They sit in Starbucks and angrily blog about how AmeriKKKans who work don’t pay their “fair share.”
They harrumph, what about the children?
So far this tax season, the state Department of Revenue has received 1,971,000 returns.
And of those 1.971 million filers, exactly 862 have checked the box to pay at the old, higher 5.85 percent rate rather than the current 5.3 percent rate.
Of course, this is an old tradition in Massachusetts, liberals running up the tab and then when the check arrives — hey, come back here you ponytailed carpetbagger! They play the political equivalent of the old chew ’n’ screw. And I don’t just mean their heroes, such as Sen. John Kerry, with his $7 million yacht, the SS Deadbeat. Or the assorted state solons loading up on booze and smokes in tax-free New Hampshire.
We already know the most liberal states contribute the least to charity per capita. The louder the liberals talk about the need to pay more, the faster they flee from helping out the most vulnerable members of society who fell through the safety net shredded by George W. Bush, etc. etc.
But . . . but . . . we all know that with their trust funds and their no-heavy-lifting jobs at the colleges and the Globe and WGBH, most moonbats are living high on the hog. So maybe these 862 people are coughing up big bucks.
Guess again. Those 862 people ponied up an extra $69,188. That works out to about $80 per person, which means their average income is . . . $16,000.
Those were the last words heard from John Kerry before he slammed the door of his chauffeured SUV (must be a family member’s) after being pummelled with questions from reporters regarding his $7 million yacht’s suspicious registration in tax-free Rhode Island.
Sen. John Kerry, hounded by questions over whether he is dodging state and local taxes on his ultra-luxe $7 million sailing yacht, yesterday slammed his car door on a pack of reporters demanding to know if he would pony up to the cash-strapped commonwealth.
“Can I get out of here, please,” the harried senior senator said before sailing off into the sunset after an event at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station .
Kerry continued to insist that he and his wife, ketchup heiress Teresa Heinz, would pay whatever taxes they owe on his new New Zealand-built Friendship sloop Isabel, but wouldn’t specifically address whether he’d cough up some $500,000 in state use and local excise taxes.
When asked yesterday whether he had brought the Isabel into Massachusetts, Kerry replied, “It depends on who owns it.”
Kerry declined to elaborate and a spokesman didn’t respond to our query, leaving us to wonder whether the senator is looking for another legal loophole to sail through.
Typical liberal. Taxes for thee, but not for me.
Too bad he’s not up for reelection this year. Still, it’s another reason to Remember in November.
With his reputation on the rocks, Sen. John Kerry informed Bay State tax collectors today he will cough up some $500,000 in state and local taxes for his ultra-luxe yacht Isabel.
“As we’ve said from the beginning, we have always complied with tax laws and we always will. … The payment is being made promptly,” Kerry said in a statement to the Herald today.
“We’ve reached out to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and made clear that, whether owned or not, we intend to pay the equivalent taxes as if the boat’s home-port were currently in Massachusetts,” Kerry added.
As if it were in Massachusetts? Come on, Senator. Is that another botched joke?
But that isn’t stopping Liveshot Kerry and Chavez Boy Toy, Ed Markey from nosing around for another $30 million.
With $38.3 million in federal earmarks already secured for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Sen. John F. Kerry and Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Malden) have in recent days tapped the government for $30 million more in the next budget.
The new taxpayer-funded total would cover the full $60 million estimated cost of building the project, adjacent to John F. Kennedy Presidential Library at Columbia Point. And it would put the public on the hook for nearly half the project’s $150 million target.
“If the Kennedy family wants to honor the family they should find a way to fund it themselves,” said David E. Williams of Citizens Against Government Waste, a Washington nonprofit group.
Aren’t you happy that your tax dollars are being spent on a shrine to a man who left a woman to die to save his political career?
I was finally able to download the rest of the pictures from the Tea Party on the Boston Common yesterday.
(Scroll for new photos courtesy of Tank)
These people must have missed the memo that anti-war protests have fallen out of fashion since Obama’s election.
So angry. It could incite violence…
What’s this? There goes your narrative, Comrade Keith.
The only Hitler references/imagery came from the Lydon LaRouche DEMOCRATS. That’s supposed to be Barney Frank sitting next to Barack H(itler) Obama.
Sorry, Husky Blogger…just another LaRouche DEMOCRAT.
Barack Obama, mmm mmm good!
A Palin impersonator. Keep your day job, honey.
The kid on the left called me a retard and said he thought Obama’s Special Olympics joke was hilarious.
This was my favorite sign of the day.
Clearly a raaaacist from Southie.
This young woman actually started crying when she couldn’t explain her t-shirt to me. It might have had something to do with the (lovely) black Tea Partier standing next to me. Or the gay man holding the pro Tea Party sign. Or perhaps she was furious at herself for being caught up in a wave of disinformation provided by her college friends and felt like a total ass for wearing a shirt that made her look like an uninformed fool.
We all know the drill. When Barry is asked an uncomfortable question he either flat out lies or he blathers endlessly to eat up time with what he believes to be his brilliant words. A North Carolina woman was the victim of the latter yesterday when she queried the Obfuscator In Chief about the taxes included in ObamaCare.
“We are overtaxed as it is,” Doris said bluntly.
Obama started out feisty. “Well, let’s talk about that, because this is an area where there’s been just a whole lot of misinformation, and I’m going to have to work hard over the next several months to clean up a lot of the misapprehensions that people have,” the president said.
He then spent the next 17 minutes and 12 seconds lulling the crowd into a daze. His discursive answer — more than 2,500 words long — wandered from topic to topic, including commentary on the deficit, pay-as-you-go rules passed by Congress, Congressional Budget Office reports on Medicare waste, COBRA coverage, the Recovery Act and Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (he referred to this last item by its inside-the-Beltway name, “F-Map”). He talked about the notion of eliminating foreign aid (not worth it, he said). He invoked Warren Buffett, earmarks and the payroll tax that funds Medicare (referring to it, in fluent Washington lingo, as “FICA”).
Halfway through, an audience member on the riser yawned.
But Obama wasn’t finished. He had a “final point,” before starting again with another list — of three points.
“What we said is, number one, we’ll have the basic principle that everybody gets coverage,” he said, before launching into the next two points, for a grand total of seven.
It was not evident that he changed any minds at Friday’s event. The audience sat politely, but people in the back of the room began to wander off.
On the campaign trial, Obama repeatedly made the promise that nobody making less than $250,ooo would see their taxes go up “a single dime.” Now he’s backing off the promise. Shocka.
President Obama says he will be “agnostic” about whatever his reduce-the-federal-debt commission recommends — including the idea of higher taxes for households making less than $250,000 a year.
“What I want to do is to be completely agnostic in terms of solutions,” Obama told Bloomberg Business Week in interview excerpts released today. “I want everybody to sit down and work off of a common base of facts.”
The question dealt specifically with households making less than $250,000; Obama promised during his presidential campaign not to raise taxes on that group.
The quote from Coakley is not new, but appears in a new ad paid for by the American Future Fund. The ad has outraged Democrats, especially John Kerry.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is condemning the ad, citing links between American Future Fund personnel and the group that attacked his Vietnam Swift Boat exploits during the 2004 presidential campaign.
“George Bush-Karl Rove shadowy attack politics have no place in the race for Ted Kennedy’s seat or in Massachusetts politics,” Kerry said in a statement. “When Bill Weld and I ran against each other for the Senate (in 1996), we kept our word to keep the outside groups out of Massachusetts.”
Shadowy? It’s a direct quote. I don’t see Kerry or other Democrats condemning interim Senator Paul Kirk for his blatant violation of the bill enacted by the Massachusetts legislature which expressly prohibits him from endorsing any candidates in the special election – which he did yesterday. Take a wild guess who he endorsed.
Here is the ad:
Martha The Ice Queen wants to raise your taxes. Scott Brown wants to cut them. It’s that simple, folks.
The red-blue contrast is often overdrawn. But it’s a sensible way to understand Obama’s summer struggles. On health care, energy, taxes and spending, he’s pushing a blue-state agenda during a recession that’s exposed some of the blue-state model’s weaknesses, and some of the red-state model’s strengths.
Consider Texas and California. In the Bush years, liberal polemicists turned the president’s home state — pious, lightly regulated, stingy with public services and mad for sprawl — into a symbol of everything that was barbaric about Republican America. Meanwhile, California, always liberalism’s favorite laboratory, was passing global-warming legislation, pouring billions into stem-cell research, and seemed to be negotiating its way toward universal health care.
But flash forward to the current recession, and suddenly Texas looks like a model citizen. The Lone Star kept growing well after the country had dipped into recession. Its unemployment rate and foreclosure rate are both well below the national average. It’s one of only six states that didn’t run budget deficits in 2009.
Meanwhile, California, long a paradise for regulators and public-sector unions, has become a fiscal disaster area. And it isn’t the only dark blue basket case. Eight states had unemployment over 11 percent in June; seven went for Barack Obama last November. Fourteen states are facing 2010 budget gaps that exceed 20 percent of their G.D.P.; only two went for John McCain. (Strikingly, they’re McCain’s own Arizona and Sarah Palin’s Alaska.) Of the nine states that have raised taxes this year, closing deficits at the expense of growth, almost all are liberal bastions.
The urban scholar Joel Kotkin has called this recession a blue-state “meltdown.” That overstates the case: The Deep South has been hit hard by unemployment, and some liberal regions are weathering the storm reasonably well. And clearly part of the blame for the current crisis rests with decisions made in George W. Bush’s Washington.l
But in state capital after state capital, the downturn has highlighted the weaknesses of liberal governance — the zeal for unsustainable social spending, the preference for regulation over job creation, the heavy reliance for tax revenue on the volatile incomes of the upper upper class.
To pay for a sweeping overhaul of the health care system, House Democrats will propose a surtax on individuals earning $280,000 and up and couples earning more than $350,000, the chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee said on Friday.
In all, the proposal is projected to generate roughly $550 billion over 10 years, which would cover about half of the estimated cost of the $1-trillion-plus health care legislation. The balance of the cost is expected to be covered by lower government spending on Medicare and other savings in the health care system.
But it remains unclear if the Senate would approve such an across-the-board income tax on the wealthy. Although some Democrats said they would gladly vote to tax the rich to pay for an improved health care system, most if not all Republicans and some centrist Democrats seem to be opposed.
The Ways and Means chairman, Representative Charles B. Rangel of New York, said the surcharge would begin at 1 percent and would step up for individuals earning more than $400,000 and couples earning more than $500,000, and step up yet again for individuals earning $800,000 and up, and couples earning more than $1 million.
Lawmakers were also planning to insert language that would increase the surtax in 2013 if expected cost-savings in the health care system do not materialize.
And they won’t. So an increase is all but guaranteed.
They don’t call the Bay State “Taxachusetts” for nothing. Obama’s pal, Deval Patrick, has done more than his share to keep it that way.
BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has approved a new state budget that hikes the Massachusetts sales tax by 25 percent, largely preserves education spending, and makes deep cuts to other state services.
The increase in the sales tax allowed the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority earlier today to vote to avoid a planned toll hike scheduled to take effect July 1, relying instead on $100 million from the tax increase.
In signing the $27 billion budget, Patrick issued $147 million in line-item vetoe
At the same time, he submitted a separate $269 million supplemental budget to fund other initiatives, including $70 million for health care for 30,000 legal immigrants.
I have a suggestion. Lets take the $32 million dollars slotted to help preserve the legacy of the Kennedys and use that towards health care for immigrants. It would combine two of Ted Kennedy’s pet causes after all. Surely, he would rather have that money spent on the downtrodden instead of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, right?
Oh and that sound you hear in the distance is the ringing of cash registers in tax-free New Hampshire.