Tax Day Tea Party

Happy Tax Day! (or something)

It’s a day that nearly all of us dread. We have to make sure that our tax forms are filled our properly and all of our documents are correctly included and send them off to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), hoping that we at least get some money back. Others of us cross our fingers and pray that we don’t get audited on the return at some point later in the future.

But Tax Day always gives us a chance to talk about tax reform, which almost seems like a unicorn in today’s political climate. Some, including the White House, want to use the term as a way to raise taxes on politically convenient targets. Others, like Rep. Paul Ryan, are proposing a watered down, though mildly better, system that somewhat simplifies our tax code. Unfortunately, those of us wanting a system that eliminates ridiculous tax breaks and credits while at the same time creating a tax code that encourages investment and economic growth are left wanting.

Over at the Cato Institute, Chris Edwards explains why our current tax code is a complete mess and how compliance costs are hurting the economy and taxpayers, no matter where they fall on the income scale:

The federal tax code is getting uglier every year as politicians from both parties add more credits, deductions and other special breaks. In the first year of the income tax in 1913, the 1040 tax form came with just one page of instructions. This year the instruction book for the 1040 is 189 pages long.

That’s just one IRS tax form, but there are more than 500 others. Consider, for example, that the number of special tax breaks for energy has soared from 11 in 1995 to 26 today, and each break has separate tax forms, instructions, regulations and other paperwork.

Birther, Protectionist Lou Dobbs To Give Keynote Speech At Tea Party Convention

Lou Dobbs, who gave airtime to the birthers before he left CNN and has spent much of the past five years advancing discredited protectionist rhetoric, will be giving the keynote speech at the Tea Party Nation Convention in July:

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (May 14, 2010) – The National Tea Party Convention, today, announced that award winning journalist, TV and radio personality, Lou Dobbs, will join the convention delegates and share his vast insights and perspectives as a keynote speaker. Bringing his political and financial knowledge and commentary to bear, Lou Dobbs will offer the delegates a direct and reasoned defense of American exceptionalism while dealing with issues of trade, jobs, politics and the challenges facing America in the 21st century.

Lou Dobbs stated, ” I have had two great experiences with the Tea Party movement, in New Orleans and in New York at the TeaParty365 Tax Day Tea Party. The crowds were large, boisterous and most importantly, made up of hard working Americans who want to take their country back. I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to address the Tea Party in Las Vegas and want to thank Tea Party Nation and the National Tea Party Federation for coming together and putting on this convention.”

As I noted Friday, also attending and speaking at the Tea Party Nation Convention will be Joseph Farah, founder of WorldNetDaily and promoter of every aspect of the birther myth.

When will you people learn not to associate with the crazies?

Tea party breaks down to two factions

New polling from Target Point shows that the tea party movement is essentially divided into two factions:

The results, however, suggest a distinct fault line that runs through the tea party activist base, characterized by two wings led by the politicians who ranked highest when respondents were asked who “best exemplifies the goals of the tea party movement” — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), a former GOP presidential candidate.

Palin, who topped the list with 15 percent, speaks for the 43 percent of those polled expressing the distinctly conservative view that government does too much, while also saying that it needs to promote traditional values.

Paul’s thinking is reflected by an almost identical 42 percent who said government does too much but should not try to promote any particular set of values — the hallmarks of libertarians. He came in second to Palin with 12 percent.

At first glance this poll made me think that I’d been wrong about the make-up of the tea party movement. I’ve contended for a year or so now that it had been hijacked by parties solely interested in putting Republicans back into power, such as Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity and others. Maybe I was wrong.

That’s what I thought until I took a look at the numbers that Dave Weigel posted over at his blog. The make-up of the April 15th tea party in Washington was 43% Republican and 36% Independent. Only 9% considered themselves to be Democrats and 11% were some other affiliation. However, 70% of respondents voted for John McCain.

B.J. Lawson speaks at Tax Day Tea Party

B.J. Lawson, a friend of UL and candidate for the GOP nomination in North Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District, spoke at the Tea Party rally in Raleigh on Tax Day last week.

Here is the video of his speech:

Paul Ryan: Class warfare makes good politics, but terrible economics

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Chart of the Day: The rich are paying more than their fair share

This graph from Tax Foundation shows that the evil and hated rich, who are often maligned for daring to be successful, are paying more than their “fair share” of taxes.

In fact, the most recent data shows that the that the top 10% of income earners pay 71% of all income taxes.

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W-2 WTF?!?!: Tax Facts to Make Your Head Explode!

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This Tax Day, You Will Pay

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Legacy of the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign

In 2008, I joined the loud chorus of Ron Paul supporters who cried that the system is broken and needed a complete dismantling. When Ron Paul won only a handful of delegates, won only 3% in the Alabama primary, and won only three (3) votes at the Maytown Baptist precinct (mine, my daughter’s and my wife’s— my son’s vote was at the absentee box), I began to feel that the Ron Paul effort was a waste of our energy.
When the Paul for President campaign horded $5 million to promote post-election causes, some of us who contributed felt thrown aside and were less-than-happy. But time has proven that the Ron Paul for President campaign had an effect far beyond the 2008 Republican primaries. So far, what is the legacy of the Ron Paul campaign? For starters, let me mention four:

Tea Party Speech in Montgomery, AL

This past Wednesday, millions of Americans attended Tea Party rallies across these United States. The seed of these protest rallies was the Ron Paul movement from 2008, the most vocal effort against big government in years. While Ron Paul did not sell to the masses of conservatives, the message that government is bloated and out-of-control is resonating with average citizens in all fifty states.

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