The blocks that make up the IRS building might not even be as dense as some of those who work inside
This post originally published in 2013. I believe, that while some of the details have changed, the overall message still applies two-plus years later
The Internal Revenue Service is on course to hand out $70 million in bonuses even as the agency is mired in scandal. The IRS is still under fire for targeting conservative groups prior to the 2010 and 2012 elections. This latest news is sure to draw ire from Republicans in both the House and Senate – and rightly so. Continue reading →
Well, it has been roughly a gazillion months since I was able to post here. My stubbornness to fix the site problems by myself, as well as some writing contracts caused this to fall by the relative waste-side. It’s not that I was abandoning The Midwest Wing, it is just that the task ahead of me so daunting that it kind of pushed me away. It appears, though, that almost all of the problems are now fixed. While I still can’t create “pretty permalinks” I am really not going to let an inconsequential matter such as that keep me from ramping this back up. There is so very much to talk about…and I haven’t talked about any of it. Continue reading →
A history lesson and a bunch of hot air. That is the summation of this article in Politico Magazine. It is three pages long…two and a half talk about the author’s Conservative credentials. Congratulations man, you have been on this earth a long time and you were Conservative before it was cool. This deserves national attention why?
So, our Bracketeer-in-Chief is at it again. This year he has (mistakenly) picked the fourth seeded Michigan State Spartans to win it all. Wait, why are we even talking about this? Why does it matter at all? Shouldn’t he be doing something a touch more important?
I understand that needs a distraction, he is only human. Do we need press conferences and interviews? While Russia is taking over parts of the former Soviet Union, is the picture of our president filling out his bracket on a big ol’ whiteboard really the image we should be conveying to the world?
Leadership, some have it…and some pick Sparty while Russian tanks roll forward with their troops marching right behind.
Much has been made President’s Obama rhetoric last year in the midst of a campaign against Gov. Mitt Romney. Most the focus has been centered on the president’s “red line” on Syria, but less attention has been given to the president’s choice of words during the third and final debate with the former Massachusetts governor. The words in question are instructional in understanding the president’s understanding of foreign policy, diplomacy, and foresight.
Hand-tinted photo of the White House north face, circa 1900 – courtesy of whitehousemuseum.org
The Republican Party, while not solidified behind any candidate(s) yet, appears to favor someone who has served as governor rather than as a senator. According to the recent Quinnipiac University poll, 59 percent of those who identify themselves as Republicans prefer someone with a governor’s background while 23 percent favor senatorial experience.
While Quinnipiac’s poll surveyed Republicans’ feeling towards former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) with Rubio and Ryan leading the pack with 19 and 17 percent respectively. However, when names were removed and the generic question of “if you had to choose, would you prefer that the Republican party nominate for President a candidate with experience as a governor or experience as a United States Senator” was posed to respondents, the numbers showed that 59 percent favored a governor while 23 favored a senator and 18 percent were undecided.
Since the election ended it seems that all of the focus of the political media has been centered on the impending “fiscal cliff”. It has been set up as showdown between the President and Congressional Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Now, depending on your news source preference one or both of them are playing the villain roles. Opinion seems about split as to whether or not America will indeed go over the fiscal cliff with some in the media advocating that it is in the best interest of our nationals future to do so. Their reasoning is that our nation needs to embrace short-term sacrifice for long-term gains; that heading over the fiscal cliff would actually be the most fiscally responsible thing to do in the long-term.
The reality of the situation is that neither Mr. Boehner or Mr. Obama is the villain. Both, in a sense, have backing of the American people. The voters elected Mr. Obama to a 2nd term while they voted for a GOP majority in the House of Representatives, assuring Mr. Boehner two more years as Speaker. Given this, that both have the “support” of the American public, I tend to think a compromise will be reached in the waning hours prior to the approaching cliff. Hard-liners in each party will be upset by this, but I see it as the politically reasonable result. President Obama, of course, has the upper hand (personally) due to not having to worry about another election. His party though has just as much to lose as the GOP if the United States heads back into another recession.
When student loan interest rates were temporarily reduced from 6.8%to 3.4% a few years ago, it was to relieve those who had subsidized Stafford loans during tough economic times. The problem with giving temporary relief to group of individuals who are relatively new to creating personal budgets (recent college graduates) is that they rarely ever prepare for when the temporary relief ends. However, the idea of offering temporary relief in this case was that the economy was bad, so we’d make it easier on those with students loans to handle their debt Then when the economy rebounds and things look better for them, we can return interest rates to pre-relief levels.
I wanted to stay out of this race. I wanted to avoid this stupid primary at all costs. However, my sense of being right all the time got in the way, so I’m writing a post about this race. Let me preface this post first with this, I am 100% confident that Lugar will win the May Senate Primary. Now let me explain to you why that is with a serious of obvious points.
The story of Warren Buffett’s secretary (Debbie Bosanek) has once againbecomenews as she was a guest for the State of the Union last week. Thrown into the limelight inadvertently when used as an example by President Obama and Mr. Buffett as to how the tax code is unfair (newsflash – it is), the story has caused quite a divide in the public. The point Mr. Buffett was trying to make was how it was “unfair” that his secretary had to pay a higher tax rate than he did. He was in the 17% range while his secretary was more than double that, near 36%. First, let me say that I truly appreciate the point Mr. Buffett was trying to make and in, fact, discussed it here earlier with this column. However, there is A LOT that is being left out.