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The Remissness of our People in Paying Taxes is highly blameable; the Unwillingness to pay them is still more so. May 31, 2013

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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Ben Franklin on taxes: “The Remissness of our People in Paying Taxes is highly blameable; the Unwillingness to pay them is still more so. […] All the Property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other Laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition.”

“Fincher’s $70,000 farm subsidy haul in 2012 dwarfs the average 2012 SNAP benefit in Tennessee of $1,586.40, and it is nearly double of Tennessee’s median household income. After voting to cut SNAP by more than $20 billion, Fincher joined his colleagues to support a proposal to expand crop insurance subsidies by $9 billion over the next 10 years.

“The IRS actually threatened to revoke the church’s tax-emption because Pastor George Regas said: ‘Mr. President, your doctrine of preemptive war is a failed doctrine,” on the Sunday before the 2004 election. […] Conservative churches that actively campaigned for President Bush in 2004 were not audited by the IRS.

“‘When he came in and showed me all of the documents, it was just unbelievable,’ Henry said. ‘Who gets foreclosed on when they’ve made all payments on time?’

Obamacare passed a major milestone in California, which late last week announced lower-than-expected healthcare premiums for its 5.3 million uninsured, less than many small businesses now pay in group plans….In contrast, the refusal by red-state America to create these health exchanges, which would be more local control—a supposed Republican value—and to accept federal funds to expand state-run Medicaid programs for the poor, means that about half the states are turning their backs on their residents, especially millions of the poorest people.”

Old Economy Steven. It hurts my heart a little how true some of these are.

At least we can leave all this on a hopeful note:

“The [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] reviewed my complaint, and sent me an email the very next day saying they had submitted it to Fifth Third Bank. The email directed me to my own account page that would show all the correspondence among the parties. When Fifth Third Bank responded two days later, CFPB notified me immediately by email of the new development. […] A week later, the bank refunded $280 – all the fees they had charged me.

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