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Taxes and policy


Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

According to the Tax Policy Center of the Brookings Institute, in 2008 individual income tax accounted for 45 percent of the total revenue of the federal government; 36 percent came from payroll taxes, 12 percent from corporate income taxes, and the remainder from other sources. And, according to the Minnesota Management and Budget office, income for the state for 2010-2011 is derived from the following: federal grants 33.8 percent, individual income tax 24.6 percent, state sales tax 15.5 percent, corporate income tax 2.4 percent and the remainder from other sources. In addition, there are other taxes we pay almost every day rather than in installments. They are almost hidden, but not quite. These taxes are sort of pay-as-you-go or pay-as-you-use, such as federal and state taxes on the purchase of alcoholic beverages, taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products, federal and state taxes on gasoline, state and in some cases local sales taxes on certain products for purchase; there are taxes applied to our telephone charges, there are taxes applied to our electric bill; if you rent a car there are taxes applied to those charges. Several years ago, on a vacation in New York City, there was an energy use tax applied to our hotel bill as mandated by city ordinance. Recently, I saw a piece on TV about one of the western states, can't remember if it was Oregon or Washington, that is considering taxing people on the amount of miles they drive in-state using computers and GPS devices. While we might not agree with how taxes are levied, without them government would not function.

We expect government to supply a stable framework in which we can live safely, to protect and defend us; to support our needs in a variety of ways. We expect government to come to our aid in times of catastrophe. Could the recovery from the flood of 2007 have happened without the grants and loans from FEMA and other government agencies? Would the repair and rebuilding of New Orleans and other southern cities following hurricane Katrina have been possible without government dollars?

The call for fewer taxes and smaller government is now the battle cry of the Tea Party Movement. Their mantra is wrapped in the flag of patriotism and freedom as if paying taxes is unpatriotic or an individual's freedom is reduced because they are asked to pay for services provided by the government. Just suppose government did get smaller by reducing or eliminating various agencies. A smaller gover .....
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Spring in Fillmore County

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

A sound reaches my ear as of someone stepping through or wheeling a bicycle through the dry leaves from last fall. The sounds among all the birdsong along the Harmony / Preston Valley Trail is barely significant enough for me to turn and look, but I ..... 
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Values in our skyline

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

What if you could learn more about our community values just by standing quietly in one place for a few minutes? It may seem too simple to work, but it did for me. Here's why.

A few weeks ago, I was talking with a friend about small town val ..... 
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Online article comments from fillmorecountyjournal.com

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Sauer MD - Letter to the Editor

"good response. as always, a cogent and well presented rebuttal to a garbled and histrionic argument. good job." - Beadrin Youngdahl

Corporations and democracy

"Neil, good to hear your voice in p ..... 
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One moment, please... Universal health care and social security

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

As I visit with people throughout Fillmore County, I get mixed reviews about the passage of the health care reform bill.

More often than not I hear concerns for ..... 
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Corporations and democracy

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Historians indicate that the Roman Empire fell in 476 A. D. and left in its wake untold devastation and political chaos.

Likewise, The United States of America, as a democracy, ceased to exist on December 12th of the year 2000, when five Rep ..... 
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The Mess Our Politicians Created

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Bobbie Sauer, Sr.'s, response to my last letter was in many respects accurate and factual. But, to define why this recession occurred and to assign blame where it belongs, it was completely useless. My "shoddy historical basis" is, in fact, incomplet ..... 
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Who should solve the health care problem?

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Currently, all of the political minds in Congress are of the same mindset that health care reform is needed. Everyone understands that health care in our country has grown needlessly expensive, and that some who want coverage cannot afford it. The o ..... 
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Bipartisanship requires work and will

Sat, Mar 20th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

After seven hours together at their recent health-care forum, President Obama, congressional Democrats and congressional Republicans emerged no closer to an agreement than when they started. It was as fine a tutorial as you could want on why true bi ..... 
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