Archive for the ‘Taxes’ Category

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

Closing Arguments: Some thoughts on Romney

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 Over the past 18 months (since the first Republican debate in May of last year… yes, it has been that long), two things have always been clear: one, Mitt Romney would be the GOP nominee and two, Republicans hate him. This will be the first “post Citizens United” presidential race. And because of that, not only […]

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November 5, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Election, General, Jobs, Money, Politics, Predictions, Rants, Taxes, voting

Why Would Anyone Vote for Someone With This Record (Romney)?

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 This past week, I’ve listened incredulously to reports that President Obama’s lead over Governor Mitt Romney has continued to shrink following Romney’s impressive first debate performance despite his embarrassing second debate humiliation and VP Biden also being seen as “the winner” in his debate performance. Team Romney is 1-for-3 (and likely 1-for-4 tonight), and “fact checkers” have not been kind to Romney’s […]

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October 22, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Election, Energy Independence, Environment, Guns & Violence, Healthcare, Jobs, Middle East, Money, myth busting, Politics, Taxes, War

Post Biden/Ryan VP Debate Update

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 The stakes for tonight’s debate were raised following President Obama’s “disappointing” performance in the first debate. Note, I did NOT say “disastrous” or some other equally cataclysmic adjective like the rest of the Media has because truth is, the President’s first debate was NOT a “disaster”. Think about this fact: after the debate, no one (serious) was […]

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October 12, 2012
Posted in: Election, Healthcare, Middle East, Politics, Taxes, War

“Voter ID” Supporters: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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September 26, 2012
Posted in: Crime, Election, Politics, Racism, Right-wing Facism, Taxes, voting

Things Learned During Governor Romney’s 60 Minutes interview

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 For (literally) years now, the primary case against Mitt Romney’s candidacy is that he’s “out of touch”, “has no core” and “will say anything” to get elected, even if what he’s saying doesn’t make a lick of sense. Last night (9/23), both Governor Romney and President Obama gave brief interviews to CBS’s “Scott Pelly” on “60 Minutes”. Governor Romney sought to […]

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September 24, 2012
Posted in: Election, Healthcare, Politics, Right-Wing Insanity, Taxes, War

10 Things You WON’T Hear Mentioned at the Republican Convention This Week

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 As you know, the GOP will be holding its Presidential Convention & Cross Burning Clambake all this week in Tampa Bay. Well, not ALL week, because for the second convention in a row, the first day of the RNC Convention will be canceled due to a hurricane lashing the pavilion. In 2008, religious morons “prayed for rain” to disrupt the […]

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August 27, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Election, Energy Independence, Environment, General, Global Warming, Guns & Violence, Healthcare, Middle East, Politics, Predictions, Religion, Right-wing Facism, Right-Wing Insanity, Taxes, voting, War

Am I Supposed to be Impressed Both Ryan and Romney Paid Less Than 20% in Taxes?

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    The Penguin explains how political campaigns are won. (:41)Get the latest Flash Player to see this player. [Javascript required to view Flash movie, please turn it on and refresh this page] The Right constantly whines how “our taxes are too high” and how our corporate rate is “among the highest in the world”. But […]

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August 20, 2012
Posted in: Election, Money, Politics, Taxes

Why Mitt Romney’s Taxes Matter

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 A few weeks ago, I wrote: “Possible Reasons Romney Is Suppressing His Tax Returns”, listing a number of things we could possibly learn should he ever decide to release them. But I didn’t discuss if any of those reasons were important when it came to choosing a president. Consider this “Part-II” of that review. I had an interesting […]

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August 9, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Election, Infrastructure, Jobs, Money, Politics, Taxes