As you prepare your federal income tax return — or in my case, as I gulped hard last night at my CPA’s office when I saw the amount of federal income tax my husband and I paid last year — remember that if you pay, you are part of the shrinking number of Americans who pay the freight in this entitlement society. The chart that accompanies this piece will stun you. And yet, liberals whine about the “need” for even more government programs and services — paid for by fewer and fewer people. Truly scary that we could be poised to put even more Americans on the public dole. You don’t have to be an economist to predict what that means for those of us who actually pay the bills.
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“One of the most worrying trends in the Index is the coinciding growth in the non-taxpaying public,” wrote Heritage authors Bill Beach and Patrick Tyrrell. “The percentage of people who do not pay federal income taxes, and who are not claimed as dependents by someone who does pay them, jumped from 14.8 percent in 1984 to 49.5 percent in 2009.”
That means 151.7 million Americans paid nothing in 2009. By comparison, 34.8 million tax filers paid no taxes in 1984.
The union-pandering Democratic Party holding its national convention in North Carolina is sort of like the National Pork Producers Council holding its annual meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. North Carolina, despite the image it likes to cultivate as the most “progressive” among the benighted Old Confederacy, is the least unionized of all 57 states.
In the Old North State, you’re more likely to find bedbugs than union bugs, and productions of Chekov rather than a dues check-off. It’s a proudly right-to-work state, meaning you can’t be forced to be part of a union. In some quarters that’s called freedom. But for most Democrats it’s simply capitalist oppression.
So, it would be unusual for the union-heavy Democratic National Convention not to run into some resistance as it readies to wow the world with the Unicorn Prince’s second inaugural speech among Styrofoam Greek columns, union made, of course. Kenny Colbert, president of the Employers Association, a human resources consulting group in Charlotte, explains:
“You’re looking at a city that has virtually no unions, so even if one contract is awarded and union labor is brought in from the outside it is going cause concern to area employers,” he said. “They will be extremely upset if outside union labor is brought in above local non-union labor.”
A number of local businesses already have claimed they were denied work because of their non-union status.
John Monteith, owner of Heritage Printing & Graphics in Charlotte, said that in a meeting with the convention’s host committee, he was told that they would not accept any proposals from firms that are not unionized, and he says the license agreement for directional signage stipulates union shops:
“I am an educated man that knows how to read plain and simple English,” Monteith said. “The contract they signed on my behalf signed away my right to work in my right-to-work state.”
All of this was predicted, of course. Many observers saw that the convention organizers probably would have to import union workers to fulfill their mandatory union quotas.
It makes one wonder why the DNC chose Charlotte over some union-heavy Rust Belt city. Some have said it was unions not being able to get their act together in places like Cleveland, St. Louis or Minneapolis. But others suspect it was because North Carolina is a key swing state that Obama needs desperately.
The way things are going, though, more Tar Heel votes will be lost than gained as thuggish tactics inevitably increase between now and the convention.Read full article » No Comments »
Don’t miss Monday’s meeting of JLF’s Shaftesbury Society. Register here.
Dr. Daniel Fine
Monday, February 27, 2012
12:00 pm Noon
John Locke Foundation, 200 W. Morgan Street, Raleigh
Dr. Daniel Fine is a Research Associate at the Mining and Minerals Resources Institute, MIT. Dr. Fine is also a current Policy Adviser on Non-Conventional Oil and Gas. He is co-editor of Resource War in 3-D: Dependence, Diplomacy and Defense, and has contributed to Business Week, the Engineering and Mining Journal and the Washington Times. Dr. Fine participated in the Atlantic Council Workshop on Central Asian Policy and the Hudson Institute Russia-United States Relations Project. He has given testimony on strategic natural resources before the U.S. Senate Committees on Foreign Affairs and the Energy and Natural Resources. Dr. Fine was a member of the Domestic Energy Production Issue Team of the Center For The Study Of The Presidency and Congress “Strengthening America’s Future Initiative.” He has participated as a panelist on energy public policy at the Rocky Mountain Global New Energy Summit.
Shaftesbury Luncheon talks are free and open to the public. An optional lunch is available for purchase at the event, or participants may brown bag a lunch if they choose.Read full article » No Comments »
President Obama’s key adviser Valerie Jarrett campaigned for the president last night at NC Central in Durham. As The Weekly Standard reports, at one point Jarrett repeated the falsehood that unemployment benefits stimulate the economy. Ms. Jarrett is a smart woman – smart enough to know that scooping water from one end of the pool and dumping into the other end does NOT give you more water. If Ms. Jarrett’s claim is true, then let’s ALL collect unemployment benefits and get this economy roaring again!
Regardless, the unemployment-benefits-are-stimulus mantra will be part of the president’s re-election rhetoric, and no doubt the president’s supporters will buy it. The conversation we should be having — and which the president and his surrogates clearly don’t want to have — is how the current administration’s economic policies are prolonging a recession and keeping employers and investors on the sidelines.Read full article » No Comments »