Repeal the tax cuts now!

and make the repeal retroactive to January 1 close most if not all corporate loopholes claw back the $$ used to buy back stocks impose an alternative minimum tax on wealthy corporations ‘eliminate capital gains tax breaks on anything except original issue of stock in addition, immediately impose a wealth tax of at least 1%…

Help! I need a simple answer, and the IRS won't pick up the phone.

Un-fucking-believable During the government shutdown, Trump made sure that IRS workers were classified as “essential” government employees to process tax refunds. I’m not sure why, since they seem to have all of the time in the world. I just called the IRS with a simple question and was informed that in non tax season, information…

Truckers latest group to get screwed by GOP tax scam

As long as the GOP tax law was screwing over blue-state homeowners (i.e., the “right” people), Donald Trump and his minions didn’t seem to care much. But this is one voting bloc he probably doesn’t want to piss off: truckers. According to a story in Mother Jones, long-haul truck drivers are shaping up to be big…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 116)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1324. Claimed windmills caused cancer 1325. Sued by the House of Representatives over his border…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 108)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1246. Waived an environmental review relating to border fencing in the San Diego area…

Memo to the Trump kids. Don't spend that inheritance just yet.

To say that Donald Trump is a ig is to give offense to fine and upstanding porkers the world over. After all, at least swine don’t try to pretend that they’re Arabian stallions while they’re wallowing around in the mud. If this isn’t a saying in New York, it should be, “To meet Donald Trump…

Republicans' tax bill: Our Cold Civil War just turned hot

I believe it was Andrew Sullivan who coined  the phrase “Cold Civil War” to describe the current state of our Republican-Democrat divide, with the geography and ideology of our current dystopia uncannily matching the Mason-Dixon line that characterized our previous Civil War.  As Sullivan wrote a few years ago:  This, then, remains a country in a Cold Civil…

How America holds its expats hostage on tax day

You’re probably by now used to maps in which the US is one of just a handful of countries colour-coded for “countries that do X”, where X is something that countries shouldn’t be doing. Let me add another: the above map is how countries determine who needs to file and pay taxes. Dark blue — almost…

Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln: Enemy of the 1%

Happy birthday Abraham Lincoln! When Lincoln anniversaries come around I sometimes enjoy comparing the views of the first Republican president to the Republican party of today. Tax policies offer a stark contrast. Lincoln supported progressive income tax structures that asked the rich to pay their fair share. As a member of the Illinois state legislature,…

Why, As A Liberal, I Hate Paying Taxes.

Who likes paying taxes? I write as committed liberal social democrat and Obama supporter. I care about humanity, and I have devoted my writing and volunteering life to advocating on behalf of the poor, the disenfranchised, the marginalized and all peripheral peoples—wherever I find them. But who likes paying into a ponzi scheme—which is what…