Taxpayers League of Minnesota eUpdate
1. Taxpayers League Live! with David Strom.
2. Incidence, schmincidence. I’ve got your Tax Incidence Study right here.
3. Anyone out there know how to work a YouTube?
4. March Madness is over but the “Tax and Spenders” didn’t get the memo.
5. Global warming was a cute distraction, but this has gone too far.
1. Taxpayers League Live! with David Strom.
Tune in this Saturday to AM 1280 The Patriot from 9 – 11 am when David and Margaret will run an always popular “Best Of” show. But don’t worry, David and Margaret will be back Live! next weekend.
2. Just in case any of the relatives get a little froggy around the dinner table on Easter.
Of all the arguments that liberals in Minnesota have used over the past few weeks to justify creating the nation’s highest individual income tax bracket, the one line they continually toss out right before they pick up their ball and go home is a finding from the Department of Revenue’s 2007 Tax Incidence Studythat says that middle and low income Minnesotans pay a greater percentage of their income in taxes than our high income earners (to which my response is, “well thank you, Captain Obvious, of course they do). But what liberals conveniently leave out is the “why.” The reason why Minnesota has a slightly regressive tax system overall is because the Tax Incidence Study recognizes what the DFL and the rest of their same-script noise machine will not; business taxes do not operate in a vacuum.
Without question, any tax on a Minnesota business will always affect average citizens more than the wealthy. So what then, is the left’s response? Jack up individual income tax rates to compensate, of course (even though the top 5% of earners in Minnesota account for nearly 44% of the tax burden already). But what really puzzles me is this. Other than their redickerous income tax proposal, just about every other tax the DFL has introduced this year is not only regressive, but stunningly regressive. How much do you think hiking up the gas tax (indexed in some cases) will affect someone in the top 5%? How about increased sales taxes, new wheelage taxes, increased tab and license fees, a few more bucks on mortgage and deed taxes, a 790% beer tax increase, a paint tax and a new cell phone tax just to name a few others. What do you think this does to folks in the bottom 5%? Anyone, anyone, anyone?
3. Another magical feature of those marvelous “tubes.”
Got a creative mind? Or maybe your kid does? At any rate, we want to see what you can come up for a web video series called, “Liberals Gone Wild!” The format and content are up to you just as long as you can demonstrate what $5 billion in proposed tax increases looks like on small, small screen. The best offering will the get the official “Taxpayers League Liberal-Swatting Seal of Approval” and be endlessly flogged by any means necessary. This revolution will be televised, and who know, maybe you’ll get to be as famous as this guy.
4. Join thousands of your fellow taxpayers (but bring your own pitchfork).
It’s all going down next Saturday, April 14th on the steps of the Capitol in St. Paul. Come by around noon and join Jason Lewis and his Tax Cut Coalition for a rally in support of common sense and fiscal decency. For more info, click here and we’ll see you next weekend.
5. “Le Grille? What the hell is le Grille?
[with editorial comment]
“BRUSSELS, April 3 - The government of Belgium's French-speaking region of Wallonia [I knew those cheese-eating surrender monkeys had to be involved in some way] which has a population of about 4 million, has approved a tax on barbequing, local media reported [Sacre bleu!]. Experts said that between 50 and 100 grams of CO2, a so-called greenhouse gas, is emitted during barbequing [maybe if you’re frying Michelin-flavored Vegemite sandwiches (on a side note, Microsoft Word actually recognizes the word “Vegemite” – what in the world is wrong with Microsoft?) – I’m pretty sure my grill averages well over 500 grams of CO2 a session. Throw in a few six packs with the plastic ring thingys, a Styrofoam cooler to keep ‘em cold, plastic spoons and forks for the potato salad and my backyard is pretty much a class 3 biohazard]. Beginning June 2007, residents of Wallonia will have to pay 20 euros for a grilling session [that’s about $26 American, but nowhere near enough to buy back their dignity]. The local authorities plan to monitor compliance with the new tax legislation from helicopters, whose thermal sensors will detect burning grills [they must be using those new fangled solar-powered helos, right?]. Scientists believe CO2 emissions are a major cause of global warming.”
The Taxpayers League of Minnesota's E Update is written by Mark Giga