Taxation Without Representation Is Now Our Way of Life

Independent Sentinel

We fought a Revolution over taxation without representation but our Founding Fathers would be stunned if they saw us today. We no longer have control over our system of taxation. Without any accountability, politicians add on taxes under the guise of fees or modifications to existing law, and they use it all to buy votes.

Uncle Sam is America’s biggest bill and states make it worse, cheatsheet wrote.

The nation as a whole doesn’t earn enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year until mid-April.

The highest state tax rates will not come as a surprise but the amount they rip off from residents might.

In New York, the rate is 12.6%, New Jersey is 12.3%, Connecticut – 11.9%, California -11.4% and Wisconsin – 11%.

New York, a big welfare state, is the worst. The difference from the national average is 39%, and the cost of living is a whopping 51 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Governor Andrew Cuomo won’t allow fracking in New York but he never met a welfare program he doesn’t love.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes a point during a meeting on tax cut proposals in the Red Room at the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Cuomo has proposed cutting the state’s corporate income tax from 7.1 percent to 6.5 percent and eliminating it altogether for upstate manufacturers. He also has proposed paying more state aid as an incentive to any of New York’s 10,500 local governments that impose hard 2 percent spending caps and cut their costs by consolidating services with other towns, villages, cities and counties. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

You can read an analysis on the highest and lowest states on cheatsheet.

This won’t help at least three of the Republican candidates for president.

The lowest tax states are Wyoming – 6.9%, Alaska – 7%, South Dakota – 7.1%, Texas – 7.5%, and Louisiana – 7.6%.

These states make a lot of money from natural resources. Alaska, Nevada, and Texas don’t tax wages; Nevada doesn’t have a corporate tax, they make money off tourists; Maine and Vermont makes money off vacation homes. It can be done with some creativity and common sense.

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Amid Security Failures DHS Spends $20.3 Mil on Conferences

 

JUDICIAL WATCH

While it let Islamic terrorists enter the country, wasted huge sums on faulty equipment and failed miserably to remove criminal illegal aliens, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was busy blowing $20.3 million to host 1,883 conferences last year.

It’s the inconceivable tale of the colossal agency-with practically unlimited funds-created after 9/11 to prevent another terrorist attack. The agency’s various components include Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the scandal-plagued Secret Service and the famously inept Transportation Security Administration (TSA), to name a few. In 2015, DHS asked Congress for an astounding $38.2 billion to continue its “commitment to the security of our homeland and the American public,” according to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.

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Political-media establishment declares war on the American people

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Family Security Matters

LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD

 

Just after the 1896 election between the victor, establishment Republican William McKinley and Populist Democrat William Jennings Bryan, Mrs. Henry Cabot Lodge, wife of the Republican Senator from Massachusetts, wrote:

“The great fight is won, a fight conducted by trained and experienced and organized forces, with both hands full of money, with the full power of the press – and the prestige – on one side; on the other, a disorganized mob…”

The influence of money and power on the 1896 election and the obsequious attitude of the press towards the powers-that-be, stand in stark similarity to the current condition of America’s body-politic.

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Classified Hillary e-mail contained embassy security issues, sensitive diplomatic discussions

Hot Air

We already got a hint of this last week, when Fox News identified some of the subject matter in now-redacted e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s secret server — the part of the cache she shared, anyway. Two of the e-mails that got retroactively classified dealt with security issues in Benghazi and military intelligence on Libyan troop movements. The classification codes on those redactions from State suggest that, despite Hillary’s disclaimers, those materials were classified at the time those e-mails were sent.

The Washington Examiner’s Sarah Westwood took a deeper look at the redactions from State, and discovered that these were no fluke. The redactions involve high-level diplomatic discussions, embassy security issues, and even one about the travels of Jim Webb, who is now her opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination. Furthermore, Westwood notes that Hillary wrote some of those e-mails herself:

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Hillary’s email caper: She had inside help

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Flopping Aces

If the following is accurate, someone besides Hillary is in really deep sh*t. Former State Department officials have called Hillary Clinton email assertions “total BS.”

Former State Department security officials don’t buy Hillary Clinton’s latest alibi that she couldn’t tell that government e-mails — which she improperly, if not illegally, kept for several years on an unsecured home server — contained top-secret information because they lacked official markings and weren’t classified until later.

Such messages contain sensitive “keywords” distinguishing them from unclassified information, even if the material didn’t bear a classified heading as she claims.

The secretary would have known better, the department ­officials say, because she was trained to understand the difference when she was “read in” on procedures to ID and handle classified information by diplomatic-security officials in 2009.

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Scooter Libby went to prison for less than what Hillary did

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Flopping Aces

David Petraeus saw his career come to an end for mishandling classified information.

Sandy Berger was punished for mishandling classified information.

Scooter Libby got it worst of all. And he did virtually nothing.

Remember Scooter Libby?

Libby was the Bush aide who went to prison for having a bad memory. He was hunted down and persecuted by Peter Fitzgerald who was looking for the scalp of the person who allegedly leaked the name of Valerie Plame.

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Federal Judge Requests All Clinton Email Records

JUDICIAL WATCH

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered the U.S. State Department to request that Hillary Clinton and her top aides confirm, under penalty of perjury, that they have produced all government records in their possession, return any other government records immediately, and describe their use of Hillary Clinton’s email server to conduct government business.  The court issued the ruling late today after holding a status hearing in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information lawsuit that sought records about Huma Abedin, the former Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)). The lawsuit reopened last month because of revelations about Hillary Clinton’s email records.

The text of Judge Sullivan’s minute order, which was issued at 5:46 pm:

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