You can listen to my interview on the Lee Elci show here.
Will Arizona’s new law be a model for the nation to halt illegal immigration, or will it create a police state in America?
The State of Arizona has thrown down the gauntlet. Fed up with crimes committed by illegal immigrants, Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed into law last Friday that would force immigrants to carry documents proving they are in the country legally. In addition, the police would have the power to question and detain anyone they suspected of entering the country illegally. (more…)
Miracle on Page 327
“We have to pass the health care bill, so you can find out what’s in it,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It’s a good thing doctors don’t practice medicine that way. Imagine sending patients to major surgery and then checking to find out what is in their medical record! Those intent on a government takeover of medicine missed one item that is found in the bill. (more…)
Two plus one equals one. No, it’s not the new math concocted by some education theorist; it is how parents of children who attend independent schools are treated by the state and the municipalities where they live. Homeowners with children aged 5-18 pay local school taxes, the state income tax, and tuition at a parochial or nonsectarian independent school. In other words, parents pay two taxes and tuition to educate one child (or more), hence two plus one equals one.
If you think public school teachers are overpaid, The Record (Hackensack, NJ) reports that the award should go to New Jersey police officers, whose average annual salary in 2008 was nearly $80,000, 25% more than school employees and nearly double the average public employee, who made $41,267 that year.
Governor Christie and the New Jersey Teachers Association (NJEA) are in a war of words over his call for teachers to accept a wage freeze for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The governor is asking teachers to forgo any salary increase so the more than $800 million cut in state aid to school districts next year would not result in teacher layoffs. Teachers are crying foul. “A contract is a contract and salary increases must be honored, because the sanctity of a contract cannot be violated.”
What ObamaCare Is All About
Now that Obamacare is the law of the land, we have been promised health care for all, higher quality, better access, lower premiums– all with a decrease in the deficit. These promises defy common sense, but no matter, we are told, “Yes, we can.”
So what will Obamacare actually do? Consider Natoma Canfield, Obama’s poster patient, the woman from Ohio with cancer whose name was mentioned at the signing of this new law. Natoma, a cancer survivor of 16 years, actually had health insurance despite her pre-existing condition. Trouble was, she voluntarily dropped it because she found it to be unaffordable.
There is an outfit called the Responsible Wealth Network (RWN) comprised of upper income folks who think they are not paying enough in federal taxes. They and their supporters believe that “economic justice” requires allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire at the end of 2010 and increasing taxes on dividends and capital gains.
According to a recent AP story, nearly half of American households do not pay any federal income taxes. In other words, half of the American people have been liberated from the worst form of legal plunder the federal government can impose on the people. The federal income tax should-must-be abolished for all Americans. That’s what I advocated in my 1995 book, Tax Free 2000.
The New Jersey Teachers Association is running a television ad asserting that Governor Christie has “given” tax cuts to “millionaires’ instead of fully funding state aid to local school districts. The ad featuring New Jersey’s Teacher of the Year is long on rhetoric and short on the facts. First, the governor cannot cut anyone’s taxes. Tax bills can be passed by the legislature and then signed by the governor. For taxes to be cut or raised both the legislative and executive branches have to agree to a change in the tax code. Neither branch of government can unilaterally raise or lower taxes.
Librarians are bemoaning the plight of their libraries because of the state’s fiscal crisis. Supposedly, the public will be shortchanged if Governor Christie’s budget cuts are implemented, even though libraries are providing great services…for free! So-called free government services is one of the most widespread myths perpetuated by not only librarians, teachers and school administrators but anyone who asserts that the government provides services for ‘free.”
Governor Christie’s proposed 2010-2011- budget calls for sharp cuts in aid to suburban school districts and municipalities. In some towns school districts will see a 100% reduction in their state aid, despite the fact families are paying millions of dollars in state income taxes that are supposed to offset property taxes in all communities. In other words, the income tax is a big scam–nothing more than a redistribution tool foisted on New Jersey by a mendacious state Supreme Court to funnel more taxpayer dollars from upper and middle income communities to very high cost urban school districts.