Archive for the ‘Taxes’ Category

History Has Shown Us What Happens With Republicans In Charge – and it’s not good

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Probably THE reason I’ve been writing this blog every week for the last ten years is because of the importance of elections. As the subtitle says, “Recording History for those Who Seek to Rewrite it”. Of course, you wouldn’t need to be reminded of something if you had no power to change it. Not only […]

 
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November 3, 2014
Posted in: Economy, Election, myth busting, rewriting history, Right-Wing Hypocrisy, Taxes, voting

Guest Blogger: A Degree Of Civilization; The American Prison System

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“The degree of civilization in a society may be judged by entering it’s prisons” ~ Dostoevsky Pop quiz, kids: Which nation has more of it’s populace imprisoned than any other country on earth? Nope, it’s not China. It’s not Russia either. Cuba? Good guess but they’re number five. According to Wikipedia (which has it’s problems […]

 
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January 20, 2014
Posted in: Crime, Greed, Guest Blogger, Money, Taxes

Mugsy’s Annual Predictions for 2014: No more predictions for Syria (kinda)

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I never put any stock in “13” being an “unlucky number”, but after the year I just had, one can’t help but wonder. My predictions for 2013 were a bit rushed. I cranked them out at the last minute as I spent my days preoccupied trying to save the life of my beloved cat “Lefty”. One year […]

 
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December 30, 2013
Posted in: Economy, Election, General, Guns & Violence, Healthcare, Jobs, Middle East, Partisanship, Politics, Predictions, Religion, Seems Obvious to Me, Taxes, voting, War

Thinking Outside the GOP Box: Creating New Jobs Without Resorting to Tax Cuts

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Last Tuesday, President Obama began his “Better Bargain” jobs tour promising to “overhaul business taxes” in exchange for jobs created here at home. Every time I hear a Democrat using the language of Republicans, suggesting “tax cuts” as a way to create jobs, I cringe. There are PLENTY of ways to encourage job growth here at home without destroying the tax […]

 
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August 5, 2013
Posted in: Economy, General, Infrastructure, Jobs, Money, Seems Obvious to Me, Taxes

Why Aren’t Obama’s Scandals Gaining Traction? Because the public knows the messengers have no credibility.

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Godwin’s Law states that the longer any political argument goes on, the greater the likelihood is someone will compare the other side to Hitler. It’s a sound law that has withstood the test of time. But not only is it reliable, it points out a very important point when arguing politics: eventually one side… clearly seeing […]

 
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June 3, 2013
Posted in: fake scandals, Jobs, myth busting, Partisanship, Politics, Right-Wing Insanity, Taxes, Unconstitutional

The Big Lie: ONLY Conservative Groups Targeted by IRS? That’s not true.

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Last week, the GOP unveiled its latest stalking horse: the idea that someone in the White House ordered city-level IRS offices across the country to single out “Conservative” organizations seeking “tax-exempt status” for additional scrutiny. And not just ANY “Conservative” groups, but “T.E.A. Party” groups. Set aside for a moment the fact that for YEARS the Tea Party has denied […]

 
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May 20, 2013
Posted in: fake scandals, myth busting, Partisanship, Politics, Taxes

Republicans Desire for Us the Worst of Every Society

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Just a short hit & run on this holiday weekend folks. Have you ever noticed how Republicans seem to look at some of the most deplorable aspects of any society and say, “Hey! I like that!” I first noticed this after 9/11, when after we were attacked by religious zealots stationed in a middle-Eastern theocracy, Conservatives started “admiring” (for […]

 
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April 1, 2013
Posted in: Economy, General, Middle East, Politics, Racism, Religion, Right-wing Facism, Seems Obvious to Me, Taxes, War

Obama’s Successes Equal Failure in GOP-speak.

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Back when I was in High School, there was this one kid that desperately wanted “the cool kids” to like him. And even though he had friends like me willing to hang out with him, he wouldn’t hesitate to abandon us for the greener pastures of “the in-crowd”… a group that lived to make his life miserable… […]

 
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March 11, 2013
Posted in: Economy, Jobs, Partisanship, Politics, Right-Wing Insanity, Taxes

Mugsy’s Predictions for 2013. Fight, fight, fight.

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Well, as the cliche’ goes: “It’s that time of year again” for my annual “Predictions” edition of Mugsy’s Rap Sheet, when we look back at how well I did last year, a little schadenfreude examining just how badly the so-called “psychics” did, and ending with my own predictions for the coming year. My own record (with all […]

 
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December 31, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Environment, General, Guns & Violence, Healthcare, Jobs, Middle East, Money, Partisanship, Politics, Predictions, Taxes, Unconstitutional, War

Fiscal Cliff Divers (or, We’re being held hostage by a bunch of childish morons)

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It’s not that I hate being broke. In fact, I kind of enjoy many of the freedoms that come with not being a wage-slave. My needs are few, and I don’t live on Credit beyond my means. If I can’t afford something, I don’t buy it. Period. Not that I’m not smart enough to be rich. Because in […]

 
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December 10, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Election, Healthcare, Jobs, Money, Politics, Taxes

“Fiscal Cliff” Negotiations Preview Importance of Filibuster Reform

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As you probably know, the first day of each legislative session (ie: every two years) the House & Senate can set the rules for how that session operates with a simple majority vote. This is the ONLY day such changes can be made. After that, whatever rules are in place, Congress is stuck with for the next two […]

 
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December 3, 2012
Posted in: Economy, fake scandals, Money, Partisanship, Politics, Taxes

Tax Rate Reality: Under Obama, Filers Up To $284,000 Would Still Pay Less.

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The Bush Tax Cuts were only supposed to be temporary. Let’s get that out of the way up front. I starting writing this op/ed weeks ago, but mothballed it because I didn’t have enough for a story at the time. But recent events… by which I mean the hysteria over “the looming Fiscal Cliff” (insert scary hand-gestures here)… […]

 
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November 26, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Money, myth busting, Politics, Taxes