MSNBC hosts love lecturing on taxes. Paying them? Not so much…

There are now 4 hypocrites working at the nation’s progressive cable network

MSNBC, the liberal network that advocates at every turn for a progressive revenue system, is home to four tax delinquents who have all lectured their audience about tax fairness over the years.

Rev. Al Sharpton, PoliticsNation host and civil rights activist, has more than $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses, according to the New York Times. The IRS filed a $70,000 tax lien against MSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband earlier this month.

The Cycle co-host Touré and former The Reid Report host Joy Reid, still a contributor, are also in debt to the government. National Review reviewed public records and reported Touré owes more than $59,000, while Reid owes nearly $5,000. Representatives said their debts are in the process of being resolved.

Curiously, these folks have had plenty to say over the years about this subject and how the rich should take on greater revenue burdens. MSNBC’s liberal lineup frequently calls for higher taxes on the wealthy and joined President Obama in railing against inversion by corporations.

In one of MSNBC’s silly “Lean Forward” ads, Sharpton blasted Republicans for giving tax cuts and loopholes to the rich and acting “like it’s acceptable,”comparing their policies to Jim Crow laws. Sharpton also ripped Sen. Joni Ernst’s (R., Iowa) response after the 2015 State of the Union address for “defending the top 1 percent not having to pay taxes.”

When a guest of Harris-Perry on Feb. 21 spoke of his pride in paying taxes, she exclaimed, “It’s the public good! Yes!”

Harris-Perry opined in an April 15, 2012, edition of her eponymous show that “taxes are how we all do our part” and a “Democratic spirit, the belief that we’re all in together” carried her through the drudgery of tax season.

“We all want to believe that the tax math adds up to an equitable system, where everyone pays their due,” she said, criticizing corporations that avoid taxes. “But that’s part of the problem. Not everyone does seem to be paying their dues.”

In the same monologue, she expressed frustration with people who avoid their civil responsibility.

“When I am poring over my paperwork, it doesn’t make it any easier to know that my wealthy neighbor isn’t taking responsibility,” she said. “If they don’t pay, why should I, right?”

Discussing the Buffett Rule in a 2013 show, Harris-Perry said with dead seriousness, “If we want the rich to pay more money, getting them to give out of charity instead of federal obligation might be our only option.”

Then there is this video of them lecturing on taxes….

Post-Earth Day wrap up…

Obama flew down to Florida to make a jab at FL Governor Rick Scott over climate change on Earth Day

Describing climate change as a “bipartisan” issue, Obama said that people all over the country know “simply refusing to say the words ‘climate change’ doesn’t mean that climate change isn’t happening,” laughing as he made the remarks and drawing applause. “If you’ve got a coming storm, you don’t stick your head in the sand, you prepare for the storm.”

“Protecting the one planet we’ve got is what we have to do for the next generation,” Obama continued, saying he wants his grandchildren — “a long time from now” — to enjoy the Everglades just like those who lived before them.

Does he believe that?

Should he?

The Everglades won’t be there? Obama enjoyed the Everglades?

Great.

Except, if Obama believes that, he doesn’t really show it.

Here are some predictions from on or around the 1st Earth Day

  • “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
  • “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
  • “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.”New York Times editorial
  • “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
  • “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” — Paul Ehrlich
  • “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
  • “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
  • “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine
  • “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
  • “Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” — Paul Ehrlich
  • “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
  • “[One] theory assumes that the earth’s cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun’s heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.”Newsweek magazine
  • “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” — Kenneth Watt

And if you don’t agree? You hate science or something…

The ‘Bama Booze Business and The Law of Concentrated Benefit and Distributed Cost

Alabama’s state owned and operated retail liquor stores serve the sole purpose of transforming the wealth of Alabama taxpayers (about 4 million or so) into pay, benefits, and rents for a small group of state employers (about 600) and lease holders (no more than 176). The ongoing clamor over the proposal to close these stores illustrates the  Law of Concentrated Benefit and Distributed Cost.

In this case we have a large benefit paid to a few paid at a small cost to many. The small group benefits from a narrow public policy and fights hard to preserve the benefit while the broader group which pays for the benefit does not fight because they find it not worth the effort to oppose it. This is one reason why special interest groups can be so powerful and why they can be successful in pushing policy that is harmful and unaffordable to the citizens of the state. The Alabama Education Association is another example of this principle in action.

Alabama has a mix of state and private liquor stores, about 176 and 550 respectively, with the state stores doing about 75 percent of the business. Taxes are the same on the booze sold in both types of stores and those taxes all go to the Alabama treasury. Private stores also pay other taxes, e.g., real estate and income taxes. And the private stores must buy the booze they sell from the state, but that calculus is not considered here.

The state stores have also annually distributed to the treasury excess revenue ranging from $303 thousand to almost $13 million in the years 2008 through 2013. The net benefit of the state stores is small and variable. And that benefit is also overstated because state accounting does not consider future payments that will have to be made to retired state employees because, like most states,  the Alabama retirement system is underfunded.

The Alabama is considering SB115, a bill which would close the state liquor stores and make the retail booze business completely private. The Legislative Fiscal Office has opined that this would increase state tax revenue by $16 to 25 million per year beyond the status quo described above. In a state facing a large budget deficit and the prospect  of large tax increases, getting ‘Bama out of the booze business makes lots of sense to most people. So why the clamor over such a sensible bill?

The clamor is explained by the Law of Concentrated Benefit and Distributed Cost. The small group getting benefits from working in or leasing stores is working hard to keep their benefits. That is as understandable as it is unaffordable – unless you want to pay more taxes.

Even though they provide no benefit and serve no essential services for the taxpayers, the rent seekers and employees have lots to lose. They and their lobbyists have gotten to four Republican senators (pictured below) on the committee working SB115 and convinced them to block the bill and keep their gravy train going. In stopping the bill in committee, those senators have now bought the goodwill and votes of the special interest with taxpayer money.

But the special interests and their swineherds are not the only ones who can make noise. Now would be a good time for conservatives to speak up against cronyism and for limited government.

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Email: clyde.chambliss@alsenate.gov, steve.livingston@alsenate.gov, jabo.waggoner@alsenate.gov, camjulward@aol.com

References:

SB115fiscal noteCameron Smith op/edal.com articleYellowhammer article,ABC web pageABC annual report, Senator Slade Blackwell op/ed

Another embarrassing “gender gap” story destroyed in Google searches…

A press release that looks like a news story…

We hear it often: debunked state over and over again…

Women earn 77% of what mean make!

It’s been debunked since… forever.

A TV spot from the president’s reelection committee says women are “paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men.” That’s not true. The ad falsely states that the pay gap is for doing “the same work.” It also implies that discrimination by employers is responsible for the difference. That’s an exaggeration..

[…]

But that’s the median (midpoint) for all women in all jobs, not for women doing “the same work” or even necessarily working the same number of hours. Furthermore, the raw gap for all women is not quite as large when looking at weekly earnings rather than yearly earnings.

AL.com wants in on the silliness

What does Alabama’s wage gap look like?

$32,451: the average annual income for an Alabama woman holding down a full-time job

$42,913: the average annual income for an Alabama man holding down a full-time job

284,000: the number of Alabama family households headed by women

$6.6 billion: the amount of money Alabama women would earn in addition to current earnings if they were paid the same as men

The National Partnership for Women & Families released a report today that compiled its analysis of U.S. Census data.

“At a time when women’s wages are essential to our families and our economy, the persistence of the gender-based wage gap is doing real and lasting damage to women, families, communities and to our nation,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, in a statement. “This analysis shows that women and families are losing thousands of dollars in critical income each year that could pay for significant amounts of food, rent, gas and other basic necessities.”

If Alabama women earned as much as men, what more could they afford?

2 more years of food

10 more months of utilities and mortgage payments

15 more months of rent

3,300+ gallons of gas

Here is one of the reasons why:

University of Alabama College of Engineering

[…]

GENDER (Undergraduate Only)

  • Male – 78 percent
  • Female – 22 percent

Total enrollment:

  • 55% are women

Boring!

Women are getting screwed when it comes to pay!*

*statement not accurate

A pretty good take down of Hillary Clinton’s biography…

She’s running… I say good.

2 people stand outside Congressman Mo Brooks’ office in silly hats, don’t worry AL.com is there…

Does it?

A campaign that lobbied congressmen in 15 states on Wednesday included a stop at the downtown Huntsville office of U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks.

Pam Miles of Madison and Sharon Tounzen of Athens said they were seeking support for the “Robin Hood Bill” from Brooks, R-Huntsville.

More accurately, 2 people went to Brooks’ office and talked to a reporter.

Why so small?

The vigils across the country lobbied both Republican and Democratic congressmen, according to robinhoodtax.org.

Miles wore a Robin Hood hat as she spoke. She said Brooks is the only member of Congress to be lobbied Wednesday because of last-minute organization.

Which, of course, is a lie…

From: “Pam Miles” < pammiles@bellsouth.net>
Date: April 3, 2015 at 16:28:40 CDT
To: “Pam Miles” < pammiles@bellsouth.net>
Subject:Robin Hood Tax – April 8 Day of Action!
Reply-To: < PamMiles@bellsouth.net>

APRIL 8TH DAY OF ACTION

April 2015 will mark 47 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered while conducting a national campaign against economic inequality. In the nearly half a century that has passed, the gap between the top 1% wealthiest and the rest of Americans has only widened.

On April 8th, supporters of the Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street – a real cure to the illness of rampant economic inequality – will hold vigils at congressional offices across the country to demand that congress pass the Inclusive Prosperity Act.  Similar events were held last year and were very successful in moving members of congress to support the Robin Hood Tax.

Click here for a list of events already planned, as well as downloadable flyers: http://www.robinhoodtax.org/april-8th-day-action.

Sign up here AL-District 5http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6405/c/10113/p/salsa/event/common/public/index.sjs?event_KEY=424851

Please let me know if you can participate. I’ll have all of the materials you need at the AL-5 Congressional office on Wednesday, April 8th at 11:30am.

The Inclusive Prosperity Act, the bill sponsored by Rep. Keith Ellison D-MN contains a tiny tax on Wall Street’s speculative trades, which would raise up to $300 billion dollars a year to fund permanent living wage jobs rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, ending student debt, creating a green energy manufacturing boom, providing quality education for all of our children, greatly expanding mass transit, guaranteed healthcare for all and in serving many other human and environmental needs. The Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street would also provide Americans with retirement and housing security.

All of that would go a long way toward healing our nation’s obscene wealth and income inequality while honoring the struggle that Dr. King gave his life for.

Hope to see you there on April 8th.

Pam Miles, AL-5 Coordinator

Remember, next time you talk about politics in the aisle at Wal-Mart with your neighbor, contact AL.com, they might want to cover it.

I can’t wait till the Internet goes after these businesses that refused service because of their positions on gay marriage….

We all know the Memories Pizza saga….

One group of morons reacted to an erroneous news piece by attacking a small pizza shop

So a hypothetical situation that has never occurred was enough for Marino to do a remote outside the business on the ABC 57 nightly newscast and make citizens who’ve never been accused of harming anyone the top story of the night.

The story went viral, as it obviously would, and Memories Pizza is now closed and the O’Connor family is receiving death threats. Crystal O’Connor told Marino, “We’re not discriminating against anyone, that’s just our belief and anyone has the right to believe in anything.” She was right on the first part, her and her family are learning, thanks to “journalists” like Alyssa Marino and Brian Dorman, that she was woefully wrong on the second part.

America responds by giving the pizzeria $400,000+

But what about these hatemongers?

And these…

Does anyone believe these gay bakeries or this Muslim bakery should be forced to make these cakes?

Again, these aren’t hypotheticals, this actually happened.

Go get em, Internet!

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