Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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McClintock-Obama Tax Reform Act of 2013

EDITOR:

We are at a critical juncture in our great experiment. I believe we need a grand bargain that provides necessary revenues, reduces structural inefficiencies in the public sector, and promotes private sector growth. A radical overhaul of our system of taxation would kill all three birds with one stone. Minor tweaks — like raising the nominal tax rate on the wealthy — are counter-productive.

Imagine, if you will, a tax reform bill engineered by Rep. Tom McClintock (practical ideologue) and signed by President Obama (practical ideologue). That Twilight Zone episode ends with happy citizens more efficiently deploying their human capital and singing the praises of the heroes that made it happen.

Go big or go home.

KIRK MACKENZIE
Placerville

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Discussion | 22 comments

  • Kirk MacKenzieDecember 27, 2012 - 5:26 pm

    Here's Rep McClintock playing the Practical Ideologue. Sorry for the commercial and the source. http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2059183809001/whos-to-blame-for-cliff-stalemate/?playlist_id=933116624001

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  • cookie65January 02, 2013 - 6:56 am

    I have always believed that if the payroll tax deduction were eliminated and people had to write a check every quater for their taxes everything in this country would change in regards to government and how it operates.

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  • Kirk MacKenzieJanuary 02, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Cookie65 -- I doubt that would change much, if anything. And certainly not change the systemic fleecing of we the people by politicians in "both" parties. PS: Looks like they chose the "or go home" approach.

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  • EvelynJanuary 02, 2013 - 8:59 am

    ‘FISCAL CLIFF’ DEAL ALSO DOLES OUT MILLIONS FOR HOLLYWOOD, RAILROADS, RUM PRODUCERS @ http://tinyurl.com/bz4q9vw

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  • EvelynJanuary 02, 2013 - 9:04 am

    8 HUGE CORPORATE HANDOUTS IN THE FISCAL CLIFF BILL @ http://tinyurl.com/bxr5wuq

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  • EvelynJanuary 02, 2013 - 9:08 am

    HOUSE ADJOURNS WITHOUT PASSING HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF @ http://tinyurl.com/b2f7gvh

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  • cookie65January 02, 2013 - 11:18 am

    Perhaps you are right Kirk, but if every working American experienced what small business owners experience rather than never missing it because they never see it, it might get their attention as to what government is really costing them and what they are getting for it in return. There are countless small business owners who could hire 2-3 full time employees with what they pay in taxes every month.

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  • cookie65January 02, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    To the People of the State of New York: AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America. The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing less than the existence of the UNION, the safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate of an empire in many respects the most interesting in the world. It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of mankind. The Federalist No. 1 Introduction Independent Journal Saturday, October 27, 1787 [Alexander Hamilton] ¶ 1.

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  • EvelynJanuary 02, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    Senators got 154-Page 'Fiscal Cliff' Bill at approx 1:36 AM on Jan. 1, 2013 – a mere three minutes before they voted to approve it at 1:39 AM ********** @ http://tinyurl.com/bjtgdsf ********** Sounds like the Obamacare bill. Pass it to find out what's in it. HOW COULD ANYONE CONCEIVABLY MAINTAIN THAT WE HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT?

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJanuary 02, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    Great question Evelyn. The answer to which is this, we can't. The idea of a representative government has become a sham. These cretins in DC are at the very top of the 1% that gets complained about so much. They have no idea what life for ordinary folk is like. And yet, we return them to "represent" us over and over. Longhofer will follow this comment up with a bash on Republicans as though his socialist lot were innocent. They're ALL guilty-with very VERY few exceptions. Let's please be honest about this.

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  • cookie65January 02, 2013 - 1:40 pm

    Evelyn, the koolaid in Washington takes many, rational well intentioned individuals and transforms them into some kind of mutation that seem to believe that any action regardless of the consequences is better than no action at all. To say that they are completely insulated from the consquences of their actions is a colossal understatement. It has also been reported that obama was headed back to Hawaii without signing the bill. So his trip to DC was nothing more than a photo-op at the cost of millions to the taxpayers he was looking out for.

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  • cookie65January 02, 2013 - 1:44 pm

    Careful Evelyn, the bold print puts you at risk of sounding like me and James may take you off this short-list of who is rational.

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  • EvelynJanuary 02, 2013 - 1:49 pm

    I absolutely positively definitely did not want the point about THREE (3) MINUTES to be overlooked!!!

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  • James E.January 02, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    Paddy, I'm not in the mood to bash Tea/Republicans today. Maybe tomorrow.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJanuary 02, 2013 - 2:22 pm

    No problem James. We're actually bashing both parties at them moment. You're welcome to join the equal opportunity bashing, but we also know you'll decline, being drunk on the DNC koolaid.

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  • RichardJanuary 03, 2013 - 10:43 am

    After reading Furniture’s guided responses I can’t help but applaud the decline of the tea Party, which has become a toxic, destructive force in national politics wasting valuable resources needed to strengthen what’s left of the Republican Party.

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  • EvelynJanuary 03, 2013 - 11:09 am

    Hi, Richard. Which of the above are you pointing to as Paddy's "guided responses"? ("Richard" is the 2nd word of my CAPTCHA!)

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  • cookie65January 03, 2013 - 1:22 pm

    Richard, are you suggesting that promoting limited government is a "toxic, destructive force in national politics"? How big should government get before you would agree that it is TOO BIG? Or is there no limit to the size of government?

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  • RichardJanuary 03, 2013 - 1:40 pm

    Hi Evelyn, in general I find Furniture’s responses are in line with the posted how to walk and talk post election EDC GOP tea party guide lines and I find them obviously not original, in many causes not entirely factual and most disturbing of all, designed to disrupt. Coupled with Furniture’s personal attempts to undermine anyone he/she perceives to be an adversary or threat, quick to belittle, arrogant, disrespectful, mean spirited, officious, trivial, and his/her constant efforts trying to impose a false reality on others, boring. The election is over and the Tea Party suffered many devastating defeats. While tea party supporters in the U.S. House of Representatives remain capable of obstruction, the movement’s influence has waned among Republican leaders in Congress and the general public, and is destined to failure, Furniture, or whatever his/hers real name, seems unwilling to except these facts as does the most of the EDC GOP. ,

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  • cookie65January 03, 2013 - 3:10 pm

    "personal attempts to undermine anyone he/she perceives to be an adversary or threat, quick to belittle, arrogant, disrespectful, mean spirited, officious, trivial, and his/her constant efforts trying to impose a false reality on others". You saw obama's campaign too? Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have made long profitable political careers with those tactics.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJanuary 03, 2013 - 5:09 pm

    Richard, I'm highly offended at your post; I'm not officious.

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  • Kirk MacKenzieJanuary 03, 2013 - 6:36 pm

    Back from Morro Bay with the grandkids. At least Evelyn tried to stay on point here. Cookie65 -- You ask (Richard) "How big should government get...?" I think it should constantly resize itself to provide the services we the people want badly enough to pay for through taxes. What we have today isn't even discussed in those terms. A friend suggested each tax return should include a sheet that allows us to allocate our tax dollars towards specific government programs. It's a great -- if impossible -- idea. The next best thing would be to hold our House member (Rep McClintock) accountable for representing our district's preferences.

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