Tag Archives: United States

IRS concerns still relevant

The blocks that make up the IRS building might not even be as dense as some of those who work inside

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

Returning from the abyss

6814934-wallpaper-abyssWell, 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

Hoosier Tuesday: From the archives – Tax breaks/credits ruin the free market

Editor’s note: This article has been sitting in “drafts” for quite a while so I thought it was time it saw the light of day

It is nearly impossible to hear a candidate or elected official out there talk about ways to improve our economy without hearing them say something about the need to increase tax breaks or increase tax credits for specific businesses, or industries, or business owners. It is a great talking point, it is something people generally think is a good idea and makes sense. I mean if I know the economy sucks and people aren’t creating new jobs out there, and someone comes along and says “Hey, we’re going to give manufacturers of  widgets a tax credit to expand operations because widgets are a great product and the future of manufacturing,” I would probably say great, that should help the economy. WRONG. It is a temporary band-aid for a problem that could very well be long-term or prominent.

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Hard Cider: Ripe for Michigan

Apples

In looking over my recent posts it seems that I have somewhat neglected a subject matter area that we claim to focus on here.  The tagline reads “Politics and Life in Middle America”.  There certainly is no lack of posts about politics, but not so much about life.  Don’t worry, this blog will not suddenly start focusing on what people ate for breakfast or gardening tips.  But there are some interesting things that fall under “life” that can be written about.  I should probably start doing that…

In the past few months I have developed a taste for hard cider.  It started by picking up a four-pack of Crispin while on vacation.  When I returned home, I picked up a six-pack of Angry Orchard and then a week later some Redd’s Apple Ale (yes, I know it’s not “hard cider”…I’m just telling you the story is all).  I have never been a beer-drinker but I have to say that hard cider is really appealing.  It is great to have with pizza, while grilling, or just hanging out.  There is just one thing that bothers me about it…I can’t find any that is made in Michigan!

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Boston Marathon: Jumping to Assumptions (repost)

(EDITOR’S NOTE – this story was originally published on 4/22 in my column at IVN – The MidWest Wing Report)

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings we, as a nation, have been tested.  While this incident did not affect us all in the same way, it certainly has impacted us.  Tragedies such as these always lead people into the “who done it” and “why did they do it” discussion.  As soon as the bombings were reported people started saying that “right-wing groups” or “people of Islamic decent” (which I am not even sure if you can be a descendant of a religion) were behind this.  It seems to be a reflex now to assign blame before we even know any of the facts.  Carl Wicklander wrote an excellent piece about this earlier in his column ICON.

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Gun Control Debate Isn’t About Guns (repost)

We The People

(EDITOR’S NOTE – this story was originally published on 4/12 in my column at IVN – The MidWest Wing Report)

Gun control is certainly not a new issue in the United States but the topic has never been hotter than it is right now.  The fight over the Second Amendment to the Constitution and its bearing upon today’s society is everywhere – the 24-hour news channels on TV, talk radio, the internet, and the front page of every paper in the US.  It seems that every facet of the gun control issue that could be debated is being debated.  The thing is, the argument isn’t really about guns or gun control…its about the role of the federal government, individual liberty and state’s rights

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MSNBC and Your Children vs. Our Children

A recent video by MSNBC Host  Melissa Harris-Perry has some Conservative Groups up in arms.  In the past two days I have received emails from a few of these groups responding to the ad.  In fact, if it were not for the emails, I would never have been aware of the ad.  The emails contain the usual “outrage” that most emails of this type include.  A call to action of sorts against the leftist agenda.  One minor problem…there isn’t anything to be upset about.

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NSF Research – Purdue Appeals to Bucshon

Larry Bucshon, member of the United States Hou...

Recently Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-IN 8) toured Purdue University and met with faculty and research leaders to discuss government sponsored research and its importance to the University.  Congressman Bucshon is the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Research, so this carries a bit more weight than the normal district work period meet-and-greet.  Additionally, Rep. Bucshon was a heart surgeon prior to being elected to Congress in 2010 so he knows a bit about research and its importance in society.

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GOP Voters Want Leadership

Hand-tinted photo of the White House north face, circa 1900 - courtesy of whitehousemuseum.org

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.

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Buying American?

As it is the season of personal spending I thought I would delve into the notion of buying American or the jingoistic notion of “Made in the USA”.  This year I made a New Year’s resolution to start buying more American made goods.  This has become a difficult task and caused me re-examine my thinking, especially when it comes to clothing.

As most of you are no doubt aware, the vast majority of clothing you can buy in a brick-and-mortar store is NOT made in the USA, rather it is made in Mexico or some other Latin American country or it is made in Asia.  My resolution to “buy American” did not actually cause me to purchase any more American made clothing items, rather it ended up just preventing me from buying clothing items in general (not that I am complaining, it is good to be frugal).  I re-examined my thinking after taking some trips to the outlet mall and the local mall.  I realized that if my resolution was adopted by a much larger cohort it would have a significant impact on most clothing stores and their employees.

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