The Less-than-Thrilled Case for Extending the Payroll Tax Holiday
by Daniel J. Mitchell
December 01, 2011When I think about taxes, my first instinct is to rip up the corrupt internal revenue code and implement a simple and fair flat tax.
When I think about Social Security, my first instinct is to copy dozens of other nations and implement personal retirement accounts.
Unfortunately, the political system rarely generates opportunities to enact big reforms that actually solve problems and increase freedom. Instead, we’re stuck with proposals that make things modestly better or modestly worse. So you can imagine my sense of dissatisfaction that I’m getting peppered with questions about whether the one-year 2-percentage point payroll tax holiday should be extended. But it’s more complicated than that. The Democrats in the Senate want to make the temporary tax cut even bigger and “offset” that tax cut with some soak-the-rich tax increases. Republicans, meanwhile, are [....]
About that “Racist”Romney Ad….
by Ben Johnson,
The White House Watch
November 30, 2011
The Democrats have unveiled Barack Obama’s re-election strategy. They’re going to insist all Republicans are —wait for it! —racists. The most recent ad hominem attack comes after Mitt Romney released an advertisement underscoring Obama’s dismal economic record. Veteran Democratic strategist Tad Devine told the media last week the commercial is “clearly an attempt to bring back Rev. Wright and race.”
How precisely is that,Tad?
Devine claims the ad shows two scenes featuring only black people. One shows black women walking in the background,and another “appears to be a congregation of African-American people,” Devine claims. “In the first scene there are no white people at all,in the second…it is all African-Americans except possibly one person,[whose race] you can’t really tell.” In fact,Devine assures us,“There is no other rational explanation for that scene other than to suggest a racial reference,and most likely invoke Jeremiah Wright.” Other race-baiters have jumped on the bandwagon. Emory University professor Drew Westin claimed the spot’s racism is “subliminal,”as Romney’s scenes show him speaking to all-white crowds. “For Romney,there isn’t a black person in the background in any of the scenes he’s in,”Westin alleges. “It’s inconceivable that his team didn’t think to make sure there was at least some [....]
Can Congress Steal Your Constitutional Freedoms?
by Judge Andrew Napolitano
December 1, 2011Can the president use the military to arrest anyone he wants, keep that person away from a judge and jury, and lock him up for as long as he wants?
In the Senate's dark and terrifying vision of the Constitution, he can. Congress is supposed to work in public. That requirement is in the Constitution. It is there because the folks who wrote the Constitution had suffered long and hard under the British Privy Council, a secret group that advised the king and ran his government. We know from the now-defunct supercommittee, and other times when Congress has locked its doors, that government loves secrecy and hates transparency. Transparency forces the government to answer to us. Secrecy lets it steal our liberty and our property behind our backs.
Last week, while our minds were on family and turkey and football, the Senate Armed Services Committee decided to meet in secret. So, behind closed doors, it drafted an amendment to a bill appropriating money for the Pentagon. The amendment would permit the president to use the military for law enforcement purposes in the United States. This, of course, would present a radical departure from any use to which the military has been put in the memory of any Americans now living. The last time the federal government regularly used the military for domestic law enforcement was at the end of Reconstruction in the South, in 1876. In fact, the deal to end Reconstruction resulted in the enactment of federal laws forbidding the domestic use of American military for law enforcement purposes. This has been our law, our custom and our set of values to which every president has adhered for 135 years. It is not for directing traffic that this legislation would authorize the president to use the military. Essentially, this legislation would enable the president to divert from the criminal justice system, and thus to divert from the protections of the Constitution, any person he pleases. And that person, under this terrifying bill, would have no recourse [....]
Teens, 20-somethings realize real estate dreams
Young real estate entrepreneurs include blogger, builder, sales agents
By Inman News,
November 17, 2011.
While the housing downturn has devastated some markets, leading some industry professionals to choose other careers, there are young entrepreneurs who are bucking the trend and chasing their real estate dreams. Now 22, Rich Lewetzow was a high school freshman when he began working in the boutique-style real estate brokerage office of Brown & Co. doing miscellaneous tasks for Realtors, accompanying them to open houses, performing site inspections, and asking lots of questions. He earned his real estate license [....]
Restaurant Apologizes for Charging $5 Baby Tax.
Moms Still Fuming
by Piper Weiss,
November 28, 2011
Natasha Young's six-week-old son wasn't ordering off the menu at Cosmo's Restaurant in Croyden. But his mom still had to pay about $5 just to keep him on her lap at the table at England's largest eatery. Another new mom, Ana Sheridan, was told the same thing when she brought her 6-month-old daughter to the same restaurant. "I was astonished as we explained she was exclusively breastfed and would be sitting on our laps, therefore not consuming any food or occupying an extra seat. They said it was their new policy. That was all," Sheridan told London's Evening Standard. After an uproar over [....]
War drawdowns wreak havoc on Guard soldiers' lives
by Lolita C. Baldar
November 28, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months ago, Demetries Luckett left his job in Michigan, turned in his cable box, sent his daughter to live with her mother, and headed for Camp Shelby in Mississippi. As a 1st lieutenant in Michigan's National Guard, he was being deployed to Afghanistan. But just a month after he arrived for training, the Army decided Uncle Sam didn't need him after all. Now Luckett's unemployed and back home in Harper Woods, Mich. — a victim of the Obama administration's ongoing effort to pull at least 33,000 U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by next fall. Unlike active-duty soldiers who are stationed at U.S. military bases across the country and can be sent on a moment's notice to a conflict anywhere in the world — the nation's citizen soldiers have [....]
Marine Who Received Medal of Honor Fights Allegations He is Mentally Unstable
by Olivia Katrandjian
November 29, 2011
In September, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's most prestigious military award, to Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the marine who saved 36 of his comrades during an ambush in Afghanistan. Obama called Meyer one of the most "down-to-earth guys that you will ever meet." But today Meyer, 23, is having trouble getting a job because of allegations by defense contractor BAE Systems that he has a drinking problem and is mentally unstable. Meyer filed legal papers Monday claiming the allegations were in retaliation for objections he raised about BAE's alleged decision to sell high-tech sniper scopes to the Pakistani military. After leaving active duty in May 2010, Meyer worked at Ausgar Technologies, a service-disabled veteran-owned small [....]
The 10 Best Retailers to Work For
by Seth Fiegerman [slideshow; 1 of 12]
November 21, 2011Retailers With the Highest Employee Ratings
Working in retail may not be your idea of a dream job, but some companies do a better job than others of creating a positive atmosphere where employees actually don’t dread showing up to work each day.
Glassdoor, an online career community, analyzed nearly 20,000 employee reviews on the site for more than 100 retail companies to find out which businesses people enjoy working for the most. The ratings, which go from one to five (the higher, the better), incorporate a wide range of factors including work/life balance, compensation, the quality of the management team and more. The data was collected during the 12-month period ending Nov. 2. Glassdoor’s results are as interesting for the businesses that do rank high as for those that don’t make the cut. Some of the biggest names in retail like Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Target [....]
Newt Gingrich on drug laws, entitlements and campaigning
The Yahoo News interview
by Chris Moody
November 28, 2011NAPLES, Fla. -- The staff at Books-a-Million didn't know what hit them. In preparation for a Saturday morning book signing with Newt Gingrich, the bookstore printed numbered cards for the first 500 people looking for an autograph from the former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate. The store gave out its first card at 8 a.m. on Black Friday--27 hours before Gingrich was scheduled to arrive--and ran out before he stepped in the door. After that, the Gingrich fans had to fend for themselves. Gingrich spent the two days after Thanksgiving on a campaign swing through Naples, Florida, a wealthy conservative stronghold in [....]
Vitamin D: Who Should Take a Supplement
by Sarah B. Weir,
November 29, 2011
Vitamin D provides a wide range of health benefits. It is effective in preventing rickets and treating other bone diseases such as osteoporosis. According to the Mayo Clinic, getting enough vitamin D may prevent high blood pressure and protect against certain types of cancer. It may also promote weight loss for women. A growing body of research links heart health to sufficient vitamin D. Most recently, a large-scale study in the American Journal of Cardiology discovered that boosting vitamin D levels in heart patients who were deficient cut their risk of death by 60%, among other significant findings.
Getting enough vitamin D
It's estimated that 30-50% of Americans suffer from vitamin D deficiency. The human body produces vitamin D, which is actually a hormone, when exposed to sunlight. However, during the winter, it is impossible to get enough exposure anywhere north of San Francisco or Philadelphia. People in southern states who slather on sun block or who stay indoors most of the time may not be getting enough either. The same goes for people who [....]