Did you spend the holidays trying to remember what was good about 2012, perhaps worrying what our elected half-wits will cook up to hurt us in 2013? Then you are probably an American citizen who pays your taxes and hopes for the best. If you suspect that Washington doesn’t give a damn about you because one party or the other already has your vote, you are correct.
What the hell happened? Is Santa Claus a turncoat, a closet Democrat? Americans were good this year. We paid our taxes. Those of us with jobs worked hard and we did our best, but there are no presents under our tree. Once again, Congress has screwed us at Christmas. In a flashback to last year, anger, threats, and pronouncements of doom rule our holiday season (see: Congress Pounds a Holly Stake Through Middle Class Hearts).
How can more revenue create more debt? You spend your money to commit to things you know are going to cost too much in the long term, like infrastructure. From the Recovery Act to the American Jobs Act to the president’s 2013 budget proposal, transportation infrastructure spending has been a mainstay of White House economic policy.
How did our Republican Party become this beaten down relic playing chicken with Democrats bent on destroying the economy? Republicans seem to have convinced themselves that they are fighting a losing battle against public misperception and a hostile media, but they are also losing the fight they have been waging against their own ideology. Has the time finally come?
What do illegal immigrants and criminals have in common? When it comes to the IRS, both have something to hide.
Illegals pay taxes, but do they pay for their benefits?
We can’t stop Washington from sticking us with the tab for illegal immigrants. Politicians like to talk about how illegals pay taxes, but the Congressional Budget Office casts doubt on whether they cover the cost of the services and benefits taxpayers provide:
The tax revenues that unauthorized immigrants generate for state and local governments do not offset the total cost of services provided to those immigrants.¹
The Federal Government allocated $250 million per year, $1 billion from 2005-2008 to compensate states for illegal immigrant emergency room visits.² During the 2008 fiscal year we spent over $72.2 million in federal tax dollars to reimburse emergency rooms in broke California.