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The hidden costs of our bloated tax code

Is there anybody in the real world who doesn’t know this? President-elect Donald Trump could save U.S. taxpayers and business billions of dollars in hidden compliance costs by simplifying the nation’s bloated and incomprehensible tax code. That’s according to information presented in a recent report from the Tax Revolution Institute. From the report: 74,608 pages, 2.4 […]

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Gay Mafia suing LDS Church for exercising constitutional rights

As the election season was heating up back in August, I wrote a series of articles calling on the spiritual leaders of America to exercise a little civil disobedience by rejecting the restrictions imposed on their constitutional rights under the…

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GOP establishment blocks effort to impeach Koskinen

Despite the best efforts of outgoing Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), House Speaker Paul Ryan and the rest of the GOP establishment successfully blocked the effort to impeach the corrupt IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen. Koskinen has gotten away…

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GOP won’t address IRS scandal because . . . election season

Yesterday I wrote about the frustration many Conservatives are having with the GOP establishment due to the willingness of these gutless wonders to surrender their principles whenever it suits their selfish political ambitions. In that piece, I called out Marco…

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Donald J Trump Foundation: Another reason Trump should release tax returns

Trump’s tax returns are in the news again this week, including recent revelations about questionable activity by the Donald J. Trump Foundation. First, we received notice from Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, that he and The Donald will be releasing…

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Obama’s latest incursion on the Constitution? Nationalized elections

A few days ago, I wrote about the need for an Article V Convention of States as a way to reign in an out-of-control federal government operating well outside the bounds of its constitutional limitations. Now the Obama administration has…

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Kellyanne Conway was for releasing Trump’s tax returns before she was against it

Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s newest campaign manager–how many is that now?–told CNN in an interview that “Donald Trump’s tax returns aren’t [transparent], I would like to see them transparent.” Wait a minute [papers rustling]. I’m sorry, that was from an…

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The State: and Terrorism

So, on Bastille Day, the French version of Independence Day, which far more than ours represents a revolt against the authorities, a guy named Mohamed, decided that a crowd of people in Nice, France  were having too much fun so he drove his truck over them, and then committed suicide by cop. It was pretty obviously […]

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Tax Day Is America’s Anti-Holiday and the Tax Code Is Anti-American

It’s that time of year. Those of us who wait until the last minute are rushing to get tax returns filed (or extensions submitted). So it’s also a good time to remind ourselves that there is a better way. Economists look at the tax system and focus on the warts that undermine growth. High marginal […]

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IRS approves theft of Social Security numbers by illegal aliens

It’s no secret that the war against illegal immigration has been complicated by liberals–in both parties–who continue to find creative ways to allow illegal aliens to stay in America and not be deported. Over the past few months alone, we…

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ABM, DFL, Bakk, driving jobs out

This article highlights another instance in which the DFL is trying to drive companies out of Minnesota. They shouldn’t be blamed, though. Democrats in Washington, DC, are attempting to drive companies out of the U.S. Specifically, “Senate DFLers are pushing a more generous paid family leave than the three states that require it, mandating up […]

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Lessons for the United States (and other Nations) from Estonia: Fight Corruption by Shrinking Government

I’m a big fan of Estonia. According to both the Fraser Institute and the Heritage Foundation, it has considerable economic freedom. It has a low-rate flat tax, meaning that investors, entrepreneurs, and small-business owners aren’t punished for contributing more to the nation’s economic output. It responded to the 2008 crisis by cutting spending rather than […]

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Rewarding a Corrupt IRS with a Bigger Budget: Another “Own Goal” by the GOP

The good thing about being nonpartisan is that I can freely criticize (or even praise) policy makers without giving any thought to whether they have an R or D after their name. That doesn’t mean Republicans and Democrats are the same, at least with regards to rhetoric. The two big political parties in the United […]

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IRS plan will require nonprofits to collect Social Security numbers

Do you remember how, during the 2012 elections cycle, the Internal Revenue Service was under fire of taking a number of actions against Conservatives and T.E.A. Party groups attempting to register as 501c4 nonprofits in order to operate during those…

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Obama’s DOJ gives IRS carte blanche to target conservative groups

Several years after the discovery that Obama used the Internal Revenue Service to target conservative groups who had applied to receive 501c tax-exempt status, Loretta Lynch’s Department of Justice—a clear oxymoron in this case—has determined that there is no basis…

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Pro and Con: George Will vs. Al Hunt on Impeaching a Corrupt IRS Commissioner

When someone says “IRS,” my Pavlovian response is “flat tax.” That’s because I’m a policy wonk and I’d like to replace our punitive internal revenue code with something simple and fair that doesn’t do nearly as much damage to our economy. And it’s a fringe benefit that real tax reform would substantially de-fang the IRS. […]

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Microsoft Audit Scandal Shows that Restraints on Abusive IRS Should Be Part of Tax Reform Plans

I’m delighted that so many presidential candidates are talking about partial tax reform and I’ve specifically analyzed the plans put forth by Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump. These proposals all make the tax code less punitive, and that would be good news for job creation, growth, and American competitiveness. But that […]

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The Willful Blindness of an IRS Sycophant

Remember Sleepless in Seattle, the 1993 romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan? Well, there should be a remake of that film entitled Clueless in Washington. But it wouldn’t be romantic and it wouldn’t be a comedy. Though there would be a laughable aspect to this film, because it would be about an editorial […]

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World’s Most Misleading Headlines

When I wrote about the media, it’s generally to criticize sloppy and/or biased reporting But maybe I need to have a new category that features misleading headlines. For instance, here’s a report by Fox Business News that grabbed my attention because of the headline. The story is about the arrest of an IRS bureaucrat. The […]

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Rules by Which a Great Empire May Be Reduced to a Small One

I guess we could call this a guest post, although the author didn’t write it for us, specifically. He did do a masterful job of presenting our grievances however, and so, although it is long, I have decided to simply present it. The author, as some may know in Benjamin Franklin, of Pennsylvania, and it […]

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