Archive for June, 2009

Please Raise My Taxes

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The current U.S. federal gasoline tax is 18.4 cents per gallon. The diesel tax is 24.4. States add varying amounts. (Texas adds 20 cents. New York is highest at 41.3 cents.) In most of the rest of the industrialized world, the gas tax is MUCH higher. The reality is that in most industrialized nations gas [...]

Senator Lindsey Graham – My Favorite Five Year Old

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Just a stray thought on President Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotamayor to the Supreme Court. Senator Lindsey Graham has been making the rounds on the political talk shows where he has conceded that she is “qualified” to sit on the court. Qualified is, after all, the appropriate standard. (Isn’t it? If it isn’t, shouldn’t it [...]

John Boehner is a Dumbass, Part 2

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

I was watching the news night before last, and in another attempt to criticize the Obama healthcare plan, Rep Boehner said “If you like the lines at the DMV, if you like the post office, you are going to love public healthcare.”
Let’s start by inquiring when was the last time John Boehner went to an [...]

Congress to the Rescue – the First Time Homebuyers Tax Credits of 2008 and 2009

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Congress passed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. It provided a tax credit up to $7500 for homes purchased between April 8, 2008 and July 1, 2009. If you purchased the home in 2008, you can take the credit on your 2008 tax return. If you purchased the home in 2009 (before December [...]


Friday, June 12th, 2009

John Boehner, Republican Representative from Ohio and House Minority Leader, appeared on one of the Sunday morning news talk shows a couple of weeks ago to start the pre-emptive attacks on President Obama’s as yet incompletely articulated health care plan. President Obama has set out several issues that need to be addressed, but is leaving [...]

by Michael Baumer