Americans Just Don’t Understand Why We Can’t Compete

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Listening to some of the those who call in to national Talk Radio shows is all the evidence one needs to be convinced of how woefully ignorant the American people on the left and right are regarding the economy, business, the market, etc.

I get that those who watch MSNBC don’t understand these concepts, but the folks who listen to conservative Talk Radio are supposed to be smarter than average. We hear from many Radio Hosts that the listeners of their particular show are the smartest audience out there. Yet listening to those who get through to converse with the Hosts on air appear to be just as ignorant. I don’t mean stupid – I mean ignorant. There is a big difference. Being ignorant is defined simply as lacking knowledge, whereas being stupid is a choice.

A good example of this is the subject of taxes. Empirical data clearly shows, as does common sense, that high taxation hurts the economy. An ignorant person may have never learned or been shown this, so they can’t be faulted for thinking otherwise or falling prey to some politicians rhetoric. A stupid person is one who rejects, for whatever reason, that which he or she has been shown as fact. read more

Luxury Tax History Repeating Itself

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Since 2008, tens of thousands of coal related jobs have been lost – some almost incalculable. As hundreds of coal plants have been closed, it is not just miners who are affected. As power plants close, all employees lose their jobs. Blue collar and white collar employees get the ax – managers, technicians, secretaries, everyone.

But that’s not where it ends. Many of these coal plants are located in rural areas. They have whole towns that spring up around them, as townspeople not only work at the plant, but small businesses are created, like restaurants, gas and service stations, grocery and convenience stores, laundromats, dry cleaners, and list goes on – all to support the plant and its employees. As these plants go away, so too do all the support businesses and all their employees.

But this rings hollow to the Obama administration. Obama cares only for himself and his radical agenda, for once again, due to his Marxist, redistributionist, green agenda, history is about to repeat itself.

Obama’s radical green agenda is about to ruin yet another industry. He and other radicals will consider it a win-win as Obama gets to not only advance his phony green plan, but at the same time, his new rule will also redistribute wealth.

Who’s the target? This time it’s the Luxury yacht industry. read more

The Income Tax – A Brief History

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Yesterday I wrote an article explaining at least one of reasons why Americans aren’t rioting over the size of the national debt and yearly budget deficit – how Washington is taxing and spending us into oblivion and yet we just don’t seem to care.

Sure, when a pollster calls, we tell him or her it is one of our top priorities, when in the real world; it must not bother most of us as much as we claim. I explained that this odd juxtaposition is due almost entirely to income tax withholding – that we don’t miss what we never receive. It’s aptly called reduced taxpayer awareness.

As we all know the income tax is the fault of both President Taft and President Wilson, with the passage and enactment of the Sixteenth Amendment in 1913. This merely allowed the government to collect income taxes. But the story neither starts, nor ends their.

Wartime has always afforded the government the optimal opportunity to introduce additional taxes. The introduction of the “Wartime” income tax actually began during the Civil War. It was adopted in 1862, although the idea gained traction during the war of 1812. This “Wartime” income tax was the first graduated (progressive) tax, with higher rates for higher incomes. read more

Just Say No to Trump’s Progressive Tax the Rich Plan

by: the Common Constitutionalist

There have been plenty of candidates on the Republican side who have advocated for a flat income tax. Most, if not all conservative Republicans have offered up some variation.

And given a choice between the current tax system and a flat income tax, most people, me included, would choose the flat tax.

A flat tax is a good gauge of just how conservative a candidate really is. After all, a progressive income tax is just that – progressive – and aren’t we, or shouldn’t we be done with big government progressives?

So when we hear Donald Trump say he’s a conservative who wants an additional tax levied on those wealthy Wallstreeters, Hedge Fund Managers and the like, we know he can’t be a conservative, as we define it. So, by extension, anyone who advocates for any sort of flat tax is automatically more conservative and less a big government progressive.

One of the major reasons those who advocate for a flat tax is the incredibly complex and burdensome tax code, and the IRS itself. By instituting a flat tax we can rid ourselves of virtually the entire tax code, thus eliminating 90+% of the IRS.

As an added benefit, there would be no more need for lobbying firms in Washington. Lobbyists flood D.C. for a singular purpose. They are there to make back room deals – buy influence, favors and most importantly, tax exemptions. They pay millions of dollars every year to lobby politicians into writing carve outs for their clients, to lessen their tax burden. It’s a total racket. The flat tax would eliminate all of this.

So, it sounds like I’m firmly against Trump’s populist wealth and Hedge fund tax idea, and I am, but I’m also not in favor of a flat income tax. If we must be taxed, and we must, it should not be on our production, but on our consumption. read more

Don’t Play the Lottery in a Blue State

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I don’t play the lottery. Over the years my children have asked why I don’t. Well, I tell them, first is not a good bet. You’ll more than likely be struck by lightning than win the lottery. I’ve also told them that it would be just my luck that the one time I do win, 10,000 others will have played the same numbers and we’ll each receive $12.50, or something like that.

It does seem as though most people who play the lottery have no business doing so. They are more than likely the least able to afford it. We’ve all experienced it, and it happened to me just the other day. I stopped at a Shell station to pick up something and ended up behind a gentleman who appeared… let’s just say… to not be very well-off.

I waited as the clerk pulled out row after row of scratch tickets. He ended up purchasing $50 worth of tickets. Now, I understand looks can be deceiving – you can’t judge a book by its cover and all, but this guy had old clothes, holes in his sneakers, etc.

It’s none of my business how much he spends on lottery tickets. It’s a free country (kind of) – unless he spends his welfare cash on them. Then it is my business.

Anyway – say he got lucky and won. He wins thousands of dollars. He excitedly contacts the state, or however it works. He can hardly contain himself – visions of all that cash. But the state informs him that they can’t pay. See, the state is broke. So deep in the hole they can no longer see daylight. read more

For the 2016 Election – Time to Revisit the 10 Cannots

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The 2016 presidential election season has begun and already the left is attacking the Republicans.

walker dunceThey have already begun to tear down our more conservative presidential candidates. Popular Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has been atop most polls recently, is a perfect example, with the lefts lame attempt to cast him as a dunce due to not completing college. Evidently that has really hindered him as the chief executive of a large state.

Simultaneously, leftist insiders are feeding the press with what they believe to be winning issues for the Democrats. One such issue is income inequality, which we’ve already heard Obama pushing.

Last week the LA Times wrote a piece entitled “Income inequality emerges as a key issue in 2016 presidential campaign.” Has it really? Of course it has, because the left feels it’s a winning issue.

The Times writes that voters have noticed the income gap and cites a Gallup poll released the week prior showing “two thirds of Americans said they were dissatisfied with the way income and wealth are distributed in the U.S.” read more

To D.C. Homeless – Let Them Eat Brioche

by: the Common Constitutionalist:

Obama and the left love to travel the country making soap-box speeches bemoaning income inequality, yet right under their collective noses is a dichotomy of two vastly different economies in the District of Columbia. One is populated by “the connected”,  thriving in well-paying information and government jobs. The other is for people scrambling for even low-paying work.

rue Color ImageWe should be disgusted with that. Every high paying job in the DC area is attributed directly to government payroll or to servicing our bloated overseers. We all know this, and so do they in the “public sector,” but I’m sure they’ve convinced themselves, or been convinced, that their work is so essential, that they are the best and brightest, and therefore should be paid like kings.

According to the analysis by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, “the top 5 percent of households in the District averaged $473,000 a year…,” and that was 3 years ago. Gee – I wonder if it’s even more now?

In 2012, the Washington Post reported that the “District has one of the highest levels of income inequality among the nation’s cities, with the top fifth earning on average 29 times the income of the bottom fifth.

The city’s top fifth of all households pulled in $259,000 on average. In contrast, the bottom fifth had an average income of $9,100. read more

Government Doesn’t Know Better

from the American Spectator:

The year is drawing to a close and we are supposed to be happy that the lame duck Congress survived its usual year-end brinkmanship and threats of a government shutdown. Horrors! What would the helpless people do if politicians weren’t able to legislate, regulate, and dictate in the “public interest”? Why, the republic would collapse.

Not!

The traditional civics book notion of government at all levels is that the state does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. That’s typically seen as creating the framework for a free society—police, courts, defense, basic health and safety, “public” goods which otherwise wouldn’t be provided.  read more

Advocating for Illegal Driver’s Licenses

by: the Common Constitutionalist

A few days ago Amy Taxin at AP Los Angeles wrote an article about illegal immigrants obtaining driver’s licenses, and the troubles they may encounter. The article was entitled “Immigrants get Warning on Drivers Licenses.”

She begins by writing “While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the United States illegally are preparing to apply for long-sought driver’s license in California starting January 2, others are being urged to think twice.”

Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t everyone have a problem with that sentence? I know we’ve heard over and over, but I just can’t get over the fact that we’re going to reward criminals with driver’s licenses.

She continues: “Immigrant advocates say the vast majority should be able to get licenses without trouble, but they want anyone who previously obtained a driver’s license under a false name or someone else’s Social Security number to speak first with a lawyer, fearing a new application could trigger a fraud investigation.”

Now who exactly are these immigrant advocates? To what end are they advising these criminals and more importantly, who the heck is paying for the services? Are they volunteers, working for the good of mankind, or are they hacks being paid by some nonprofit organization that ultimately skims money from the government by means of a bogus federal grant or porkulus type spending provided by one of the leftist California Senators or Congressmen? read more

Congress – Just Do Something Positive!

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Ronald Reagan famously said of the government solution to everything: “If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.”

Everyone knows if you want less of something, tax it. And that is true not only of goods but also innovation.

Now I hold out very little hope that the next Congress will do anything positive. I think the illegal executive amnesty is a shell game where Congressman and Senators talk tough now but backroom deals have been crafted between the Dems and the Republicans to make it appear that they’re trying to stop our King, but nothing will be done. Yes, I admit, that’s rather cynical. I hope they prove me wrong.

I also joke-a-hontashave little confidence that anything will be done about Obamacare. However, one thing that could be done now is repeal of the medical device tax. This tax has already done much damage to the industry and it’s just begun.

Heck, even Joke-A-Hontas, Elizabeth Warren, the Marxist of Massachusetts said the device tax “pushes companies of all sizes to cut back on research and development for life-saving products.” read more