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SNAP Challenge? Congress Should Try the Taxpayer Challenge Instead

June 18, 2013

Last week my Congressman, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Cuba) was one of two dozen Democrats to take “the SNAP Challenge” and live off of a $31.50 food allowance for a week in response to proposed cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Funding for SNAP has soared from $18 billion in 2000 to $74 billion in 2011.  It’s now used by 45 million Americans.  Yet Congressman McGovern believes that the program should not be cut. 

If, as he claims, 50 million Americans are going hungry in spite of this growth in the SNAP program, SNAP is not working.

Another Blow to Small Businesses

May 7, 2013

Small businesses today are fighting to survive.  If the U.S. Senate has its way, many won’t.

By an astounding vote of 69-27, the U.S. Senate today passed another tax hike – one that will require even the smallest online businesses to track and charge sales and use taxes based on the country’s 9,600 different taxing authorities.

How Many Federal Laws Are There? No One Knows.

February 7, 2013

No one knows how many laws there are in the United States.  Apparently, no one can count that high.

They’ve been accumulating, of course, for more than 200 years.  When federal laws were first codified in 1927, they fit into a single volume.  By the 1980s, there were 50 volumes of more than 23,000 pages.

Spending? No Problem.

January 29, 2013

“We don’t have a spending problem.”

President Obama

When President Obama says we don’t have a spending problem, I’m reminded of the joke where the man says, “I don’t have a drinking problem.  I drink.  I get drunk.  No problem.”

Like the drunk, President Obama revels in the problem and has no intention of doing anything about it, even though the American way of life is at stake.

Your Tax Dollars At Work – Subsidizing Hollywood

January 4, 2012

When Hollywood producers make movies, they disrupt local businesses, demand (and get) discount pricing, then leave, creating no permanent jobs.

So why is this considered “economic development,” worthy of tax credits so large that Hollywood producers not only end up paying no taxes, they are able to sell off the credits and make a profit – at the expense of those of us who actually pay taxes?