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I’m Moving To Mexico

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Dear Mr. Obama, Senate and Congress:

I’m planning to move my family and extended family into Mexico for my health, and I would like to ask you to assist me.

We’re planning to simply walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico, and we’ll need your help to make a few arrangements.

We plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws.

I’m sure they handle those things the same way you do here. So, would you mind telling your buddy, the President of Mexico , that I’m on my way over?

Please let him know that I will be expecting the following:

1. Free medical care for my entire family.

2. English-speaking Government bureaucrats for all services I might need, whether I use them or not.

3. Please print all Mexican Government forms in English.

4. I want my grandkids to be taught Spanish by English-speaking (bi-lingual) teachers.

5. Tell their schools they need to include classes on American culture and history.

6. I want my grandkids to see the American flag on one of the flag poles at their school.

7. Please plan to feed my grandkids at school for both breakfast and lunch.

8. I will need a local Mexican driver’s license so I can get easy access to government services.

9. I do plan to get a car and drive in Mexico, but I don’t plan to purchase car insurance, and I probably won’t make any special effort to learn local traffic laws.

10. In case one of the Mexican police officers does not get the memo from their president to leave me alone, please be sure that every patrol car has at least one English-speaking officer.

11. I plan to fly the U.S. flag from my housetop, put U.S. flag decals on my car, and have a gigantic celebration on July 4th. �I do not want any complaints or negative comments from the locals.

12. I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes, or have any labor or tax laws enforced on any business I may start.

13. Please have the president tell all the Mexican people to be extremely nice and never say critical things about me or my family, or about the strain we might place on their economy.

14. I want to receive free food stamps.

15. Naturally, I’ll expect free rent subsidies.

16. I’ll need income tax credits so that although I don’t pay Mexican taxes, I’ll receive money from the government.

17. Please arrange it so that the Mexican Government pays $4,500.00 to help me buy a new car.

18. Oh yes, I almost forgot, please enroll me free into the Mexican Social Security program so that I’ll get a monthly income in retirement.

I know this is an easy request because you already do all these things for all of his people who walk over to the U.S. from Mexico. I am sure that the President of Mexico won’t mind returning the favor if you ask him nicely.

Do you see how stupid this looks when you put it in writing????

 

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Fiscal Cliff: Let’s Make A Deal

The solution to the problems in America’s economy, finances, debt, and obligations is certainly NOT for the Federal Government to have more money and control — as if, under Barack Obama’s claim, you just hive him another $100 Billion more per year, all our problems will be solved.

Under Clinton, yes, taxes were higher, but spending was 18% of GDP instead of the current 25% of GDP. THAT h/t http://www.yourcpapartners.com/is why the budget was (closed to being) balanced… …along with the whole of the Congress and President knowing that Newt Gingrich was willing to take the Nuclear Option and shut down the Federal Government.

So, to solve our problems, a true leader, a true conservative/libertarian would introduce legislation and vote to reduce the amount of money taken out of the economy by the Federal Government and reduce the amount of our labors the Federal Government spends.

It’s simple common sense… …that is so uncommon these days.

So, why would any Republican, the party of Fiscal Responsibility, bring legislation to the floor and vote to increase taxes and spending?

There is only one answer:

They care more about their future as a legislator than they do about what’s best for America.

So, when they vote to increase your taxes and increase the money going to the government and increase spending (while calling it deficit reduction), you know that that person is not working for you and the betterment of America.  They are callously voting to ensure their own future is bright at the expense of yours.

Maybe you ought to vote ‘no’ this time when they tell you they are the true conservative/libertarian but their votes show they are not.

 

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2012 in Congress, Conservative, Taxes

 

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Pavlov’s Monkeys

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If you start with a cage containing five monkeys and inside the cage, hang a banana on a string from the top and then you place a set of stairs under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.

As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water. After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result … all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put the cold water away.

Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs.  To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him.  After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked.  The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment… with enthusiasm. Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to
the stairs he is attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs.

Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, none of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.

Why, you ask? Because in their minds…that is the way it has always been!

This, my friends, is how Congress operates… and is why, from time to time, all of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME.

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Congress, Election

 

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The Day The Democrats Took Over

I’ve been arguing what is written below (received via e-mail and edited) since President Obama took office, but my thoughts are well-crystallized here:

The day the Democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009 (the inauguration of President Obama), it was actually January 3rd 2007, the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate at the very start of the 110th Congress.
The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.

For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s fault”, think about these facts.  On, January 3rd, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress:

  • The Dow Jones closed at 12,621.77 (Incredibly as of this writing it is now on the verge of 13,000)
  • The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%.
  • The unemployment rate was 4.6%.
  • George Bush’s economic policies had set a record of 52 straight months of job creation!

Remember that day…

January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.

The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?  BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!

THANK YOU DEMOCRATS (especially Barney Frank) for taking us from 13,000 DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment … to this crisis by (among many other things) dumping $5-6 TRILLION of toxic loans on the economy from your Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac cronies!

By the way, Bush asked Congress 17 times to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy.  Barney blocked it and called it a “Chicken Little Philosophy” – and then the sky did fall!  He wanted to roll the dice.

And who took the third highest pay-off from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?  OBAMA did!

And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?  OBAMA and the Democrat Congress, especially Barney!

So when someone tries to blame Bush … …remember January 3rd, 2007… …THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!
Bush may have been in the car, but the Democrats were in charge of the gas pedal and steering wheel and they were driving the economy into the ditch.

Budgets are not passed by the White House. They are passed by Congress and the party that has controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party.

Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 and 2009 as well as 2010 and 2011.

In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

For 2009, though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office.

At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budget.

And where was Barack Obama during this time?

He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009. Let’s remember what the deficits looked like during that period:

  • If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending.
  • After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself..

In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is “I inherited a deficit that I voted for, and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.”

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Congress, Democrat

 

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Protect Your Internet From Censorship

The Internet has been a shining example of what the Free Market (Capitalism) can do when the infection by the Federal Government is kept at a minimum.  Of course that won’t do.

h/t readwriteweb.com

And, like the crony capitalism of the Green Movement, big business is pushing the government to pass business crushing regulations to benefit their own entities while keeping new start-ups off the map.

HR 3261, the so-called Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), gives broad authority to shut down access to web sites, possibly even Facebook, YouTube, and Google, because an individual posts one link to or a file copy of protected content.  Additionally, the door is wide open to shutting down (censoring) sites that have opposing political content.

Please read up more on this issue and contact your U.S. House and Senate members telling them to stop this effort at Communist / Fascist / Chinese style Internet Censorship!

 

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2011 in Congress, Free Market

 

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Save Us Chuck Woolery

Saving America… …one albino squirrel at a time:

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Congress, Government Waste

 

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Blunt’s Turn

It’s an apropos blog title today because every other representative of Cape County’s Tea Party members has been the topic of this week’s blogging AND it describes a serious turn towards liberalism and big government by Missouri’s freshman Senator.

ht/ aolcdn.comI couldn’t believe when an article came across my Internet Wires reporting that Roy Blunt was the Co-Sponsor of a new bill to enforce sales tax collection on Internet Purchases.

From Brian R. Hook…

The Marketplace Fairness Act would close what the Republican from southwest Missouri describes as a tax loophole, leveling the playing field between local and online retailers.

The Marketplace Fairness Act:  I don’t think anything could sound more Obama-esque!

At 7:00am on Friday 11/11/11, Jamie Allman of St. Louis’ KFTK 97.1 was scheduled to interview Blunt.  I fired off an e-mail to Jamie requesting that the Marketplace Fairness Act be a topic of discussion.

Here are a couple of statements from Mr. Blunt before the tax fairness discussion:

Are we going to be the United States of Europe; or are we going to be who we want to be…

The president’s view of this is clearly different than mine…

…We have to make a different decision; get our spending under control; get our programs under control.

What have we learned from [list of countries]…and other European countries? If your government gets bigger than you economy can support, it creates a huge, and maybe even unsolvable, problem.

Are we going to be the United States of America – where opportunity is the goal – rather than just sort of an equal division of everything that’s out there to divide.

Well, apparently, Mr. Blunt thinks that, here in America, we’re not collecting enough taxes… …and that’s just unfair. Here is the pertinent part of the discussion

Jamie: ~~Sales Tax. Is it Controversial?

Blunt: It is a little controversial; I’m for it; I’ve always been for it. What that would do would be to create a pattern where states could participate; they’d have to make the choice to opt in where the merchant who does $500 million of business over the internet would have to collect the sales tax when they do that business.

Wrong Mr. Blunt; your bill taxes SMALL business that sell $500,000 worth of goods – not $500 million

Blunt: It’s a fairness thing; it’s a fair tax equity thing. The local merchant who’s trying to be there on the Main street on the corner not even far from here or across the street from here… their products all have that – whatever it is where they live – that 5 or 6 or 7%.

Jamie: Yeah they’ve got to pay it.

Blunt: And if you get that mailed to you, you’re not paying that tax right now; though actually technically, under most state laws, including ours, you’re supposed to then voluntarily send the sales tax to the state. And, of course, we know what happens with that.

Jamie: Right

Blunt: So this is not “Taxing the Internet”. This is saying that if you buy things on the internet, you pay a tax, the same tax you’d pay if you bought it from the grocery store across the street.

Jamie: And here’s the issue, I think, for some people if they’re against this. Let’s put it this way. Let’s have no sales tax at all. But if you’re going to have a sales tax; everybody ought to be sharing that burden in terms… there’s no reason an internet company from California ought to be at a competitive advantage over a company right here in MO.

Blunt: That’s right. If you don’t pay that – your share of the tax – who takes care of the sidewalk in front of your house? Who takes care of the police department or whoever else is dependent on that tax? And so, this is a tax fairness…. I think for years, it’s been confused with the government trying to manage or tax use of the internet – which I’m not for. Now this is just saying, if you buy on the internet – and this is much less complicated all the time too ya know – if your GPS can hone in on a picture of every address in America, they can pretty closely figure out exactly what the sales tax would be for that address with a not-very-complicated program. You apply that program; send the money to the states; the states figure out how to distribute it in the fairest possible way.

Mr. Blunt, which side are you on?  The keep the government as small as possible side?  Or, the let’s make a giant sales tax collection bureaucracy side?  In your discussion with Jamie this morning, you came down on both sides.

Full Disclosure: I am a proponent of abolishing the 16th Amendment in lieu of all taxation via Consumption Taxes, I don’t disagree that we need to be able to apply taxation to the final (first) purchase of an item or service.

However, as Mr. Blunt surely knows, we don’t have a taxing problem in the U.S. right now, WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM.  He is clearly not paying attention to his constituents or holding to his word when he co-sponsors a bill that provides an increase in revenue to the Government.  No matter what kind of spin he tries  to put on it, if I’m paying $10 of taxes to the government, and he puts through a bill that makes it become $11 worth of taxes… …IT’S A TAX INCREASE!!

And Mr. Blunt, it seems you are tone deaf to the regulations already stifling America’s small businesses AND to the millions of Americans that are unemployed or underemployed.  A new regulation to require such businesses to track this level of detail taxation will require new, costly and unproductive accounting activity within their firms.  And the customers will suddenly be paying 7% more (let’s call it 7% inflation) for the goods and services they spend time and effort locating for the best possible price.

Yes, Mr. Blunt, it’s your turn… …your turn to be the topic of this blog; your turn towards bigger government; your turn towards ignoring your word on taxation; your turn towards ignoring that unemployed / underemployed don’t need a 7% increase in their purchase cost; your turn to sound like Obama and his doctrine of Fairness.

Now is NOT the time for big government and more taxes.  IT’S THE SPENDING, STUPID!!

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Congress, Taxes

 

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Missouri Republican Representatives Sign-On To Raise Your Taxes

From Americans for Prosperity

A group of 100 U.S. Representatives sent a letter to the so-called Super Committee urging the handpicked group of twelve legislators to consider “all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues” in order to reach the committee’s goal of $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next ten years. In Washington speak, this is code for raising taxes.

Among this list is 40 Republicans whose capitulation encouraging the committee to raise taxes is troubling. We shouldn’t be surprised to see 60 Democrats seizing on the opportunity to drive a wedge between conservatives intent on restoring economic growth by keeping taxes low and Republican lawmakers who are starting to throw in the towel on keeping pressure on Democrats to cut spending.

The letter includes the sentence:

To succeed, all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues must be on the table

In Washington-speak, this means tax increases, and your local House Republican signed the letter.

When you fought against the debt-ceiling increase earlier this year, you knew Tax Increases would be their solution.  And, now you see the fruit of Congress’ Super Committee will indeed include Tax Increases.  Spending will continue to rise at an astronomical rate, the debt will continue to increase, and our children and grandchildren will be further enslaved to the spineless representatives of our current generation.  When will you make them stop?

Contact your Congressman and tell them NOT ONE DIME OF TAX INCREASES UNTIL  YOU BALANCE THE BUDGET. PERIOD!!  A lack of taxation is not the cause of this problem.  IT’S THE SPENDING! STUPID!!

If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.

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Posted by on November 9, 2011 in Congress, Taxes

 

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The Fallacial 9-9-9 Argument

Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan has been attacked over and over again these past few weeks, and it certainly does deserve scrutiny.  However, there is this odd argument that ‘if we give Congress a sales tax of 9% to work with, they might raise it!!’

What a silly agument!

Can you show me the Constitutional authority that prevents the Congress from raising the current variety of taxes upon the wealth of our nation?

h/t sodahead.com

Obama and Congress have raised taxes on cigarettes, alcohol, home sales, HSA withdrawals.  They’ve added healthcare mandate tax, medicine cabinet tax, tanning tax, and reinstated the Death Tax.

Obama and the Congress in the past 3 years have created and raised all sorts of taxes.  Complaining that Herman Cain’s (actual existing) plan might do the same thing Congress has already done is tantamount to putting the dog outside after it already pissed and crapped on your carpet!

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Congress, Taxes

 

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Class Warfare and the Hedge Fund Manager

Below is a guest post by Josh Bill.  Josh is a passionate conservative from Sikeston, MO that I met at a Cape County Tea Party event in September 2011.

He gets into a class warfare issue highlighted, but ignored, by Warren Buffett and Barack Obama in relation to Hedge Fund managers.  I assumed such managers were part of a corporation, any profits were taxed at corporate rates, and any dividends or capital gains were taxed.  This is apparently not the case with the 2&20 taxation laws.

h/t http://richard-wilson.blogspot.com/

I have not investigated my assumptions above or Josh’s discussion below, but assuming it’s true, here is another issue on which Tea Partiers and members of the Occupy Wall Street Poopstock crowd can agree — certainly, we don’t agree on tactics:

If our country is to work our way out of the deficit/debt crisis, the ideologues on both sides have to be pushed out of the way.  More concerned about remaining “pure” than the consequences, they cling to political philosophies long past when they make matters worse.

One major player on the right, we’re told, is Grover Norquist the author of the “No Tax Pledge.”  Senators and Congressmen are said to fear him, or at least be intimidated by his threats if they break his pledge.

Having worked together in the Reagan Administration, it’s not comforting for me to hear he’s acquired the influence he’s reported to have.  He’s very bright, but he’s the personification of an ideologue.

Recently Grover said, “Anyone who says we have a deficit problem is either a Democrat who wants to raise taxes or a Republican who’s dimwitted and doesn’t understand what he’s talking about.”

Those are the shrill, rigid words of an ideologue.  Anyone who fails his litmus test is dimwitted.  Anyone who thinks there’s a deficit problem doesn’t understand what they’re talking about.  Oh really Grover ?

On tax issues conservatives follow the credo of “starve the beast.”  Translated, it means that if you raise taxes, Congress will simply increase spending to match and the deficit will remain.  It’s easy to prove.

So, it’s smart to draw the line at “No new taxes”….and stick with it.   In the debt limit fight, the Tea Party House Freshmen did just that.   Good for them.

But, they won on that.  Early on, the Democrats agreed to holding tax rates steady.

The problem came when Grover then signaled to raise the bar.  He said “No new taxes” means keeping all tax loopholes.  That’s just stupid.

In 1986, Ronald Reagan passed a tax reform bill that closed loop holes.  There were so many, and they were so large; he also lowered tax rates for everyone else.  The economy soared, and America became the “Great Jobs Machine.”  Revenues rose.

Politically for Reagan, it was a drop kick.  The loop holes he closed were written by the Democrats in the 40 years they held the majority.

What’s trickier today is that many of the loop holes on the chopping block were inserted into the tax code by Republicans after they took over in 1994.

There are too many to list, but for pure outrage the Grand-Daddy of them all may be one you’ve never heard of.  It’s called “carry basis.”   It’s a little goody for Hedge Fund Managers, only it’s not little.

In his first budget, President Obama proposed closing this loophole.  OMB pegged the lost revenues at $17 billion a year, or $170 billion over ten years.  That’s a lot of money from only 4,000 Hedge Funds.

Hedge Fund Managers are paid by a formula called “2 & 20.”   The “2” is a 2% annual fee, just like Mutual Fund managers.  The “20” is 20% of the profits they make their clients on investments.  On the “2” they pay income tax rates of 35%.

But, under “carry basis” they only pay the long term Capital Gains rate of 15% on the “20”, even though it’s not long term and their money’s not at risk.

A Forbes magazine article on Hedge Funds in 2001 said: “Why is this outrageous?  Because the managers share none of the downside.”

The average Hedge Fund in this country made $286 million last year.  These managers aren’t “rich” – as in the guy down the street with a bigger house or nicer car.  And they’re not in the top 1% of all Americans.   They’re in the top one- one hundredth of a percent.  Sebastian Mallaby wrote a book about them titled: “More Money Than God.”   If you can get past the sacrilege, you get the idea.

These people are smarter than me.  I have no problem at all with them making a great deal of money…..none whatsoever.  I have a very big problem knowing they don’t pay income tax on 90% of it.

But, make no mistake; the blame is bi-partisan.  Obama proposed closing it, but Democrat majorities in both houses killed it.

So, who’s worse?  Republicans who grovel before Wall Street with tin cups, or liberal Democrats. They want to raise taxes on anyone making over $250,000.00 a year, but leave those making a thousand times that much immune from the income tax altogether.  Can you spell “hypocrite”?  They’ve all got tin cups.

These people contribute so much money that in our public discourse “carry basis” has become the tax code equivalent of “He who must not be named.”  Both sides want the other to object first, so they can make a beeline to Wall Street.  Can you spell “corrupt”?

Warren Buffet made a veiled reference to this in a piece he wrote in the August 14th New York Times titled “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich”.  He said his tax rate is only 17%, but added, “If you make money with money, as some of my super-rich friends do, your percentage may be a bit lower than mine.”

This is what he’s referring to: Hedge Fund managers and their “carry basis.”  Warren Buffett was writing to insiders though.  Not even he would call it by its name.

Grover Norquist may think it’s his place to tell “the Republican base” what it is to be a true conservative.  But, he does not speak for me.  When I first got “into” politics, the top marginal tax rate was 90%.  That’s not taxation; it’s confiscation.

I am still a conservative, but my conservatism stops at Americanism.  Only an aristocracy protects a privileged class through law.  Doing it through the tax code works as well as any other.  It’s just less obvious.

Mine is a small voice in the “Republican base,” but exempting Hedge Fund Managers from the income tax is an abomination, pure and simple.

The Tea Party summons us all to the American “Spirit of 1776.”  The Grover Norquits of the world may call what I’m saying “class warfare” but I believe it’s what our forefathers fought to free us from.  (And if they’re not careful, they’ll rekindle the French “Spirit of 1789”.)

What really spikes my blood pressure, though, is when he invokes the name of Ronald Reagan.  The President we both worked for was a decent man.  On his first day in office, he would have put “carry basis” on the tax code junk heap ….no matter who wrote it.

Josh Bill

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Activism, Congress, Taxes

 

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