They call me "America's Accountant", with more than 40 Years of experience A libertarian and fiscal conservative from New York. Read my take on taxes, politics, and financial news of the day here on RS and at my website, , "The Brass Tax of Politics"


    Gov. Shumlin Admits High Taxes Hurts Businesses, Families, and the Economy

    Peter Shumlin, a Democrat governor from one of the most liberal states, made a jaw-dropping admission when he released his much-awaited plan for a single payer health system in Vermont. Shumlin’s proposal called for massive tax increases to pay for the system, which Shumlin himself called “detrimental to Vermonters”. Shumlin stated, “These are simply not tax rates that I can responsibly support or urge the | Read More »

    Sebelius Blames $400M in Anti-Obamacare Ads For Its Unpopularity — Except That the Admin Spent $700M To Tout Obamacare

    Last week, Kathleen Sebelius peddled the idea that Obamacare is merely “a very bad brand” and blamed misinformation via “a lot of paid advertising” for it; she also calculated spending on anti-Obamcare ads to be around $400 million: “So Obamacare no question has a very bad brand that has been driven intentionally by a lot of misinformation and by a lot of paid advertising and | Read More »

    The IRS-White House-Koch Brothers Trifecta

    Well, now we know something that has been long suspected for the past four years: the IRS and the White House are sharing taxpayer information. That has certainly been the suspicion since at least 2010, when a senior White House official, Austan Goolsbee, made a comment about the Koch Brother’s business practices in August 2010. The Weekly Standard was one of the first to cover | Read More »

    Government Denies The Release of 2000+ Documents Showing IRS-White House Link

    Last week, TIGTA revealed the existence of around 2500 documents “relating to investigations of the improper disclosure of confidential taxpayer information by the IRS to the White House.” December 1st was the deadline for the Department of Justice’s tax department to turn over those documents, as ordered by a judge. You can read more of that background story here. The group involved in the FOIA | Read More »

    More Fuzzy Math: Admin Included Dental Plans to Boost Obamacare Numbers — But Didn’t Tell Anyone

    On the heels of the Gruber scandal, more misinformation has been admitted in regard to Obamacare. Bloomberg has reported that “the Obama administration said it erroneously calculated the number of people with health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, incorrectly adding 380,000 dental subscribers to raise the total above 7 million.” When pressed about it this week, Health and Human Services clarified the total number | Read More »

    Executive Amnesty is Really Being Implemented in Order to Save Obamacare

    Is Executive Amnesty is inexplicably tied to Obamacare? On Monday of last week, the New York Times reported that Health and Human Secretary, Sylvia Burwell, projected 9.1 million enrollees in Obamacare by the end of the year. This is in stark contrast to the original projections by the Congressional Budget Office, which “had estimated that 13 million people would be enrolled next year, with the | Read More »

    Obama Video on Jonathan Gruber: “I Have Stolen Ideas From Liberally”

    In case anyone wasn’t sure about the White House denials regarding its ties to Jonathan Gruber, here we have video of Obama heaping praise upon him: “You have already drawn some of the brightest minds from academia and policy circles, many of them I have stolen ideas from liberally, people ranging from Robert Gordon to Austan Goolsbee; Jon Gruber; my dear friend, Jim Wallis here, | Read More »

    State Governments: Big (Empty) Promises

    Many states continue to bamboozle their citizens by obfuscating the true depth of their debt that is occurring in the form of unfunded liabilities. Those liabilities are mainly state public pension plans, and they continue to routinely promise pie-in-the-sky returns, even after years of bleak economic growth and investment. A group called State Budget Solutions analyzes the problem of underfunding each year. Its annual report | Read More »

    Romney Redux? No Thanks

    Mitch Romney’s appearance on Fox News Sunday the weekend before Election Day confirmed that he should not be a candidate for President in 2016. Indeed, his inability to answer any of Chris Wallace’s questions made it painfully clear why he lost his election bid in 2012. The first question had to do with the old “outsourcing jobs” bit, which has been an omnipresent theme in | Read More »

    IRS Never Bothered to Look For Lerner Emails; Also Claims No “Agency Bad Faith”

    During the ongoing court case between Judicial Watch and the IRS, the IRS recently filed a “Defendant’s Opposition to the Plaintiff’s Motion Seeking Recovery”, protesting the continued FOIA requests regarding Lerner’s tapes. Some remarkable information emerged. In the document, the IRS wrote that they have not searched IRS servers because “the servers would not result in the recovery of any information.” The IRS further claimed | Read More »

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