Greatest Hits- High Cigarette Taxes Backfire Once Again: Illinois Latest State to Collide with Reality

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High Cigarette Taxes Backfire Once Again: Illinois Latest State to Collide with Reality– Once again, cigarette taxes fail, but that won’t stop regressives from proposing them!

Who would have thought that higher cigarette taxes would reduce tax revenue?  Well, anyone with a brain would have predictecd that, so I guess that’s why regressives went and did it anyway.  Hot Air has the details…

With some time having passed to let the cash cow fatten, we should check back in and see what the fine citizens of the Land of Lincoln are doing with their new found largesse. I do hope they’re not all getting fat and lazy now that all of the state’s fiscal problems have been solved. Ahhh… happy days.

When Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill adding another dollar a pack to the state’s cigarette tax, law enforcement leaders knew they had their hands full.

John Chambers, head investigator for the Illinois Department of Revenue, says cigarette smuggling now rivals illegal drug smuggling, and street gangs are getting involved.

“Keep in mind this is very similar to drug activity, smuggling drugs, and there could be concealed compartments, false floors in the bed of a truck, much like drugs, all packed with cigarettes,” Chambers said.

In Cook County, the tax on smokes is now $4.66 a pack. In Indiana it’s $0.995. Missouri checks in at $0.17. Who could possibly have seen this coming?

In a recent study, University of Illinois at Chicago professor David Merriman found 75 percent of cigarettes in Chicago didn’t have the proper tax stamps. He says the most recent increase will likely have a big impact along state lines.

“For the ordinary everyday smoker, many of them have already found ways to avoid the tax. I think it’s going to be a much bigger issue in areas where the state border makes it a big difference,” Merriman said.

A clerk at a tobacco shop in Hammond, Ind., less than a mile from the state line, says business has doubled since the latest increase began at the end of June.

How many times does this have to happen before the regressives see that it doesn’t work?  This humble blogger has been covering this type of thing since 2009.  Like this…

Native Americans are exempt from cig taxes.  Guess what?  People go to them and buy their smokes!  That seems simple enough, but as usual, there is more here.

The tax hike, the first in six years, is expected to earn the state between $200 million and $300 million. A pack of premium cigarettes in New York City now costs $7 or $8; prices would rise to above $9. Opponents of the tax increase argue that higher prices would drive smokers to seek ways to evade the law and purchase cheaper cigarettes from smugglers or in neighboring states, blunting potential revenue gains for the state. “It’s a black market gold mine,” a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, E.J. McMahon, said of the proposed tax. “You have to invest resources in scores of attorneys, cops, and auditors, who are all part of the tax enforcement you need.”

“By raising cigarette taxes you help fund the mob,” the president of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist, said. “Cigarettes are easier than liquor, as they’re lighter and smaller per container. It leads to smuggling and smuggling is done best by organized crime.”

And there’s even more…

Mr. Norquist said New York’s proximity to states with lower taxes would lead smokers to cross the border to buy cigarettes, reducing tax revenue below state projections.

New York has seen significant increases in its cigarette tax rates before. In 2002, New York City’s cigarette tax increased to $1.50 from $0.08, as part of an initiative by Mayor Bloomberg to encourage smokers to give up the habit. Although the taxes produced an increase in city and state revenue, some smokers took illegal measures to avoid paying the new tax, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.

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A 2007 report by the Independent Budget Office, a nonpartisan city agency that analyzes the city’s finances, found that 27% of city smokers and 34% of upstate smokers sometimes bought “under-taxed” cigarettes in 2006. These smokers avoided the tax by buying cigarettes from other states, ordering cigarettes over the Internet, and purchasing cigarettes at Indian reservations. The city lost an estimated $40 million in tax revenue as a result of cigarette tax evasion in 2006, according to the report.

“It encourages people not to be ripped off,” the founder of Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment, Audrey Silk, said of cigarette taxes. “Any consumer who’s so abused will look for ways to avoid it, making outlaws out of normally law-abiding citizens.”

 And here…

Apparently, raising taxes on tobacco products is falling out of favor with state governments…

According to Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs for the conservative Americans for Tax Reform, tobacco has not been the revenue boon states that have increased cigarette taxes had hoped.

“The lack of interest in raising tobacco taxes this year can be attributed to the fact that tobacco taxes have indisputably proven to be a dubious and declining source of revenue,” Gleason told TheDC. “From 2003-2007, 16 of 59 tobacco tax hikes fell short of revenue projections.”

Here in Washington D.C., for example, the city’s 2009 $0.50 tax hike resulted in a severe drop in expected revenue. In 2010, the District of Columbia’s chief financial officer Natwar Gandhi reported to the mayor that the projected government intake was over $15 million below what they had initially estimated.

Gleason pointed out that for revenue, cigarette taxes are proving to be a loser.

“New Jersey raised its cigarette tax by 17.5 cents in 2007, yielding $52 million less than Garden State lawmakers anticipated and $22 million less than was generated prior to that tax hike,” Gleason told TheDC. “Over the past decade it has become clear that tobacco taxes are an unreliable source of revenue and one in which no budget should depend on.”

And here…

  For the latest, NY State is lamenting the fact that their cigarette tax revenue is far below expectations…

The Empire State is struggling to bring in additional tax revenue it projected it would gain from efforts to stop smokers from buying untaxed  cigarettes on Indian Reservations, reports the New York Post:

The state’s tax collectors were recently calling around to convenience-store owners, wondering what was up. The $130 million in extra tax that Albany was expecting from a change in the law about cigarette sales on Indian reservations wasn’t happening.

A memo sent to members of the New York Association of Convenience Stores from the group’s president, Jim Calvin — a copy of which I have on my desk — said, “I got a call from Gov. Cuomo’s budget office yesterday. In examining cigarette tax receipts so far this fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) it looks like they will fall considerably short of their projection in new revenues. . . .”

The state had hoped to get the extra dough by enforcing a new law that made it illegal for licensed cigarette wholesalers in the state to sell untaxed name-brand cigarettes like Newport and Marlboro to Indian reservations.

Seriously, how many more times does this have to happen before the regressives get it?  They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again, and expecting a different result.  Apparently, regressives are the craziest folks on Earth, as they are the energizer bunnies of taxation.   Unfortunately, they are continuing to raise taxes of all sorts, and it’s only going to hurt people, or turn them into criminals.

When regressive propose and implement a policy, and it fails, not only is someone else to blame, the solution to the failure is to do more if it!

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Greatest Hits: Top 400 Wage Earners Paid More in Taxes Than the Bottom Half! Leftist Meme Shattered

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Top 400 Wage Earners Paid More in Taxes Than the Bottom Half! Leftist Meme Shattered- So much for the mythical 1%! 

If you listen to the occupods, the mythical 99% are being completely fleeced by the equally mythical 1%.  Class warfare is a stubborn thing, but reality always wins in the end.  Bunkerville has the meme bustage…

Just thought this would be a factoid worthy to report. Reality can be difficult to deal with. Not mentioned is not only do the non-payers not pay, but get money back from the 400. I don’t think 400 come to  “The one percent” do you?

Bottom Line: A small group of 400 of America’s most successful earners in 2009, about the number of residents living in a typical apartment building in Washington, D.C., paid almost as much in federal income taxes as the entire bottom half of America’s 138 million tax filers, which is a population equivalent to the combined number of residents living in America’s 29 least populated states, plus the District of Columbia.

We hear all the time that the “rich don’t pay their fair share of taxes” (123,000 Google search results for that phrase).  Here’s an analysis using recent IRS data that suggests otherwise.

Get over to his place to see more, including a handy graph.

Um, how to we get these people to pay, “their fair share,” when they’re already paying more than 138,000,000 people already?  Or, is this just another liberal scam to vilify success and install communism?  I think you all know the answer to that.

Of course, under a Marxist regime, the 400 would be put to death, as well as a few million of the 138,000,000, but if you want to make an omelette, you have to break some eggs, right?

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Greatest Hits- High Cigarette Taxes Fail to Meet Expected Revenue Targets: Anyone Surprised?

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High Cigarette Taxes Fail to Meet Expected Revenue Targets: Anyone Surprised?  It seems that taxing something causes people to avoid the tax?  Say it isn’t so!

Apparently, raising taxes on tobacco products is falling out of favor with state governments…

According to Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs for the conservative Americans for Tax Reform, tobacco has not been the revenue boon states that have increased cigarette taxes had hoped.

“The lack of interest in raising tobacco taxes this year can be attributed to the fact that tobacco taxes have indisputably proven to be a dubious and declining source of revenue,” Gleason told TheDC. “From 2003-2007, 16 of 59 tobacco tax hikes fell short of revenue projections.”

Here in Washington D.C., for example, the city’s 2009 $0.50 tax hike resulted in a severe drop in expected revenue. In 2010, the District of Columbia’s chief financial officer Natwar Gandhi reported to the mayor that the projected government intake was over $15 million below what they had initially estimated.

Gleason pointed out that for revenue, cigarette taxes are proving to be a loser.

“New Jersey raised its cigarette tax by 17.5 cents in 2007, yielding $52 million less than Garden State lawmakers anticipated and $22 million less than was generated prior to that tax hike,” Gleason told TheDC. “Over the past decade it has become clear that tobacco taxes are an unreliable source of revenue and one in which no budget should depend on.”

Ok then, many states failed to make their projections, but some actually made less under the new rates?  Who could have seen that coming?

It’s actually sad that this even has to be a story.  It should be filed under, “duh!” Anytime you tax an activity, it either decreases, moves somewhere else, or moves underground.  Let’s take a look at some other examples…

When Maryland passed a higher tax rate for millionaires, they suddenly found themselves with 1/3 less millionaires! 

The source is found here.

Here’s a two-minute drill in soak-the-rich economics:

Maryland couldn’t balance its budget last year, so the state tried to close the shortfall by fleecing the wealthy. Politicians in Annapolis created a millionaire tax bracket, raising the top marginal income-tax rate to 6.25%. And because cities such as Baltimore and Bethesda also impose income taxes, the state-local tax rate can go as high as 9.45%. Governor Martin O’Malley, a dedicated class warrior, declared that these richest 0.3% of filers were “willing and able to pay their fair share.” The Baltimore Sun predicted the rich would “grin and bear it.”

One year later, nobody’s grinning. One-third of the millionaires have disappeared from Maryland tax rolls. In 2008 roughly 3,000 million-dollar income tax returns were filed by the end of April. This year there were 2,000, which the state comptroller’s office concedes is a “substantial decline.” On those missing returns, the government collects 6.25% of nothing. Instead of the state coffers gaining the extra $106 million the politicians predicted, millionaires paid $100 million less in taxes than they did last year — even at higher rates.

So, not only did they not meet their projected other people’s money “revenue,”  they actually lost money on the tax!

And that seems to happen anywhere that there are high taxes…

You mean, people move to places where they can KEEP THEIR OWN MONEY?  Astounding!

And the evidence that we discovered in our new study for the American Legislative Exchange Council, “Rich States, Poor States,” published in March, shows that Americans are more sensitive to high taxes than ever before. The tax differential between low-tax and high-tax states is widening, meaning that a relocation from high-tax California or Ohio, to no-income tax Texas or Tennessee, is all the more financially profitable both in terms of lower tax bills and more job opportunities.

Lower taxes mean MORE JOBS???  What a COMPELTELY NEW AND ORIGINAL idea!

Updating some research from Richard Vedder of Ohio University, we found that from 1998 to 2007, more than 1,100 people every day including Sundays and holidays moved from the nine highest income-tax states such as California, New Jersey, New York and Ohio and relocated mostly to the nine tax-haven states with no income tax, including Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire and Texas. We also found that over these same years the no-income tax states created 89% more jobs and had 32% faster personal income growth than their high-tax counterparts.

You mean free markets and low taxes CREATE MORE JOBS?  You mean PEOPLE EARN MORE?  Who would have thought of that?

Did the greater prosperity in low-tax states happen by chance? Is it coincidence that the two highest tax-rate states in the nation, California and New York, have the biggest fiscal holes to repair? No. Dozens of academic studies — old and new — have found clear and irrefutable statistical evidence that high state and local taxes repel jobs and businesses.

If a regressive were reading this, they might say it isn’t true, in spite of all the evidence.  They’d probably go into some class warfare argument against capitalism, and then propose legislation that would make all states suck equally, so people and jobs wouldn’t leave.

Of course, they could always follow the great statist tradition of building walls to keep people from escaping.

While I don’t support smoking-it’s a dirty habit that I kicked a few years back, taxing it usually causes people to avoid the tax. 

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Lefty media death spiral update: Fox News outdraws MSNBC and CNN combined

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Will MSNBC’s last viewer please change the channel?

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for MSNBC, along came the quarterly ratings reports.

In both daytime and prime time, MSNBC endured its lowest quarterly demo numbers in a decade, and its total viewership since the final quarter of 2007. Prime-time viewership was down 45 percent in the demo from the first quarter of 2014, while daytime viewership was down 39 percent in the demo.

Between the hours of 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, for instance, more people were watching Al Jazeera America than MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Thomas Roberts and “The Cycle.”

Bwhahahahahahaha!

Sucking up to terrorists and libtards is not a winning strategy.

The Big Kahuna in the ratings war? Fox News! For the 53rd consecutive quarter.

With its 53rd consecutive quarter total audience win, Fox News Channel saw a 10% primetime rise among adults 25-54 in first-quarter 2015 over last year. In fact, with 321,000 on average among the 25-54s in primetime, Fox News thrashed rivals CNN (187,000) and MSNBC (132,000) with more news demo viewers than the other two combined, according to Nielsen.

In fact, Fox News had the five top watched and rated shows on cable news for the quarter. Again. Leading the pack? Bill O’Reilly. Meanwhile, Rachel Madcow fell to 26th place, behind reruns of Bill O’Reilly.

Ouch.

Their own families don’t watch MSNBC.

At some point the poobahs at Comcast will have to put profits ahead of ideology. At least I think they will. Who knows? They’re obviously in the tank for the Hilldebeest, and if she wins, running MSNBC at a loss is probably cheaper than writing checks to the Clinton Foundation.

Still, it warms my heart to see the looney lefties down for the count. Their shrillness echoes so loudly because there are so few of them to absorb it, not because their message is powerful or noteworthy.

If a cable news network bloviates in the forest, and there’s no one around to hear it, does it even matter anymore?

Originally posted by our resident curmudgeon Wyblog.

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Educational Stupidity: DC Schools Declare World Traveling Piano Prodigy ‘Truant’

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Imagine that you represent an embattled urban school system.  Plagued by decades of failure, waste, and ridicule, you have one saving grace-a young student that is a piano prodigy.  This student travels the world; winning competitions and amazing world wide audiences with her talent.  You might want to publicize that to perhaps enhance your own embattled image.

Nah, declare her ‘truant’ and threaten her parents!

Avery Gagliano is a commanding young pianist who attacks Chopin with the focused diligence of a master craftsman and the grace of a ballet dancer.

The prodigy, who just turned 13, was one of 12 musicians selected from across the globe to play at a prestigious event in Munich last year and has won competitions and headlined with orchestras nationwide.

But to the D.C. public school system, the eighth-grader from Mount Pleasant is also a truant. Yes, you read that right. Avery’s amazing talent and straight-A grades at Alice Deal Middle School earned her no slack from school officials, despite her parents’ begging and pleading for an exception.

“As I shared during our phone conversation this morning, DCPS is unable to excuse Avery’s absences due to her piano travels, performances, rehearsals, etc.,” Jemea Goso, attendance specialist with the school system’s Office of Youth Engagement, wrote in an e-mail to Avery’s parents, Drew Gagliano and Ying Lam, last year before she left to perform in Munich.

Although administrators at Deal were supportive of Avery’s budding career and her new role as an ambassador for an international music foundation, the question of whether her absences violated the District’s truancy rules and law had to be kicked up to the main office. And despite requests, no one from the school system wanted to go on the record explaining its refusal to consider her performance-related absences as excused instead of unexcused.

Avery’s parents say they did everything they could to persuade the school system. They created a portfolio of her musical achievements and academic record and drafted an independent study plan for the days she’d miss while touring the world as one of the star pianists selected by a prestigious Lang Lang Music Foundation, run by Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who handpicked Avery to be an international music ambassador.

But the school officials wouldn’t budge, even though the truancy law gives them the option to decide what an unexcused absence is. The law states that an excused absence can be “an emergency or other circumstances approved by an educational institution.”

I cannot fathom why the district is doing this.  Perhaps it’s racism, or they think that Avery having this level of talent is somehow “unfair,” and she needs to be limited so the other kids don’t have bruised egos. Both ideas are common among liberals, so who knows.  What we do know is that Avery is now home-schooled, because the DC schools system, emblematic of liberal failure,  and even though they had the option of allowing her absences, decided that she was to be punished for her talents.

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What Would a $15 a Hour Minimum Wage Cause: Higher Prices vs. Robots

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The effort to provide millions of workers with a living wage put millions of workers out of a job, the SEIU Communist Party is leading protests against fast food joints all over the US.  Their demand is a $15 a hour minimum wage.  As usual, the SEIU Communists, being ignorant of how businesses actually work, fail to recognize the consequences of their actions; like higher prices…

Fight for 15

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has launched an expensive PR campaign calling for wages of at least $15 an hour in the fast-food industry. This Fight for 15 is part of a larger SEIU pressure campaign to unionize fast-food restaurants.[1] Hundreds of union activists have staged “walkouts” and protests across the country demanding the higher pay rate. These protests have attracted considerable media attention. However, if the SEIU achieved its stated goal, it would hurt the budgets of millions of moderate-income Americans.

No, Fast-Food Joints Cannot Absorb Cost Increases

Artificially inflating wages would substantially increase fast-food restaurants’ total costs—labor makes up a considerable portion of their budget. Chart 1 shows the financial statements of the average fast-food restaurant in 2013. Labor costs (26 percent) and food and material costs (31 percent) make up the majority of the typical restaurant budget.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average cook in a fast-food restaurant earned $9.04 an hour in 2013.[2] The SEIU’s push for $15 an hour would consequently raise fast-food wages by at least 66 percent. Paying $15 an hour would raise fast-food restaurants’ total costs by approximately 15 percent.[3]

Fast-food restaurants could not pay this additional amount out of their profits. The typical restaurant has a profit margin of just 3 percent before taxes.[4] That works out to approximately $27,000 a year[5]—less than the annual cost of hiring one full-time employee at $15 an hour.[6] In order to raise wages, fast-food restaurants must raise prices.

Total Economic Effects

The Heritage Foundation constructed a simulation model using the data on the average fast-food restaurant’s income and expenses. (See Chart 1.) This model accounts for the sales that fast-food restaurants lose when they raise prices. (See the appendix for details of this model.) Chart 2 shows the effects of a $15-an-hour minimum wage on the fast-food industry.

The higher labor costs would initially force fast-food restaurants to raise their prices by 15 percent, which would drive down sales by 14 percent. This would force restaurants to raise prices again, pushing sales down further. In equilibrium the average fast-food restaurant would have to raise prices 38 percent.[10] Prices would rise roughly twice as much as the initial increase in labor costs.[11] Total sales and hours worked would both fall by 36 percent. Fast-food restaurant owners would also have to accept a 77 percent reduction in profits in order to stay in business—leaving them with an average profit of just $6,100 a year per store. Otherwise they would have to raise prices to an extent that would drive away their customer base.

You can see the rest over at Heritage.  It is well reference and researched.  And, since it is fact based, it will be attacked by regressives, who hate nothing more than when their shameless rhetoric is shredded by reality.

I covered this before, but our old friend Snarky posted the following link on Facebook…

Here’s a schematic of what the burger-bot looks like and how it works. It occupies 24 square feet, so it’s much smaller than most assembly-line fast-food operations. It boasts “gourmet cooking methods never before used in a fast food restaurant” and will even deposit your completed burger into a bag. It’s a veritable Gutenberg printing press for hamburgers.

So, when faced with the prospective of going out of business, or ordering a robot, which do you think they will pick?
And, when hundreds of thousands of people are out of work because they fell for the SEIU’s snake oil, who will be blamed?
Bush, probably!
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IRS gives bonuses to workers cited for misconduct

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Hat/Tip to Jamie Dupree

Only in the government can a worker lie, cheat and steal and be rewarded for it. The IRS has confirmed that it routinely hands out performance bonuses to employees who have been cited for misconduct, and in some cases were actually suspended!

The report from the Treasury Inspecter General for Tax Administration found 1,146 performance awards were given to IRS employees who had tax conduct issues, which included “willful understatement of tax liabilities over multiple tax years, late payment of tax liabilities, and underreporting of income.”

The report, which focused on a two year period from late 2010 to late 2012, found that while IRS officials consider internal conduct issues and disciplinary action when it comes to pay raises, “IRS officials stated that the IRS generally does not consider conduct issues when administering other types of awards.”

Investigators said that “appears to create a conflict with the IRS’s charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration,” the report concluded.

And even though the amount is small in comparison to the rest of the federal budget, it is still too high.

Overall, the review found that employees with “recent substantiated conduct issues” – which included written reprimands, suspensions and even loss of job – received “more than $2.8 million in monetary awards, more than 27,000 hours in time-off awards” and 175 pay raise step increases from October 2010 to December 2012.

Just unbelievable, yet if you consider how the IRS is rife with systemic waste, fraud and abuse, you can begin to understand how this even happened. For a break-down of the numbers:

  • 1,146 had tax payment issues – but still received a total of $1.06 million in cash awards total, and 10,582 hours of time off
  • 246 were found to have misused government travel cards, but they still received $328,216 in cash awards and 1,016 hours in extra time off
  • 53 had been disciplined for some other form of “misconduct” – but still received $31,579 in cas awards and 541 hours of extra vacation time
  • 48 workers who had been found to engage in “willful misconduct” that was cause for firing – but still were paid $38,810 in bonuses and given 416 extra hours of time off
  • 32 IRS workers who had been disciplined for fraud, received $22,103 in bonuses and 396 hours of time off. “Examples of fraud include fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits and fraudulently entering attendance and leave on timesheet,” the report said.

The IRS has agreed with a recommendation from investigators that conduct issues which result in disciplinary action – “especially the nonpayment of taxes owed to the Federal Government” – be taken into account for all types of performance and discretionary awards.

And Washington wonders why Americans are so distrustful of their government…

Read the full story here

Read the Inspector General’s report here

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The Name Game

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 The Shaming of the Shrew

“Like Manchurian candidates, we have been made into Manchurian consumers, who subconsciously buy when we are triggered by our brand masters.” – Bryant H. McGill

Name recognition.  It’s why corporations spend millions plastering their emblems on every stray sporting venue that seats more than 5 people; why jingle writers drive Cadillacs; why, in politics as in nursery schools, rhyme is always more effective than reason; and why Hillary Clinton, according to a March poll conducted by the Associated Press, is viewed more favorably than crab lice by 1,016 randomly chosen American idiots.

This is a woman, after all, who accomplished nothing as First Lady, nothing as U.S. senator from New York, and whose malfeasance as Secretary of State resulted in the deaths of 4 Americans in Benghazi and 6 billion missing dollars in contract funds.  The only items in her resume that seem to qualify her for the modern presidency are a predilection for socialism and a lack of testicles — the same attributes that carried Barack Obama to victory.  Even such a noted expert on Hillary as Hillary couldn’t conjure up any achievement worthy of mention:

Several weeks ago, MRC-TV’s Dan Joseph visited the Democratic Party’s winter meeting to see if attendees could name a single tangible of Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State. They couldn’t. It turns out that Hillary Clinton herself can’t even do that.

“People began to rely on us as setting the values, setting the standards. I just don’t want to lose that because we have a dysfunctional political situation in Washington. And then of course, a lot of particulars, but I am finishing my book so you’ll be able to read all about it.”

Of course, the “values” and “standards” set by the last president named Clinton resulted in impeachment, disbarment, and Monica Lewinsky’s infamously soiled blue dress; but, as a madly ambitious former First Lady might ask, “What difference does it make now?”

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School Kids Say ‘Thanks’ To Michelle Obama for Their Crappy School Lunches

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Michelle Obama should be proud.  The school lunch program that she championed is such a great success, that students all over the US are singing it’s….praises? The Blaze has some tweets…

 

Yes, the kids are speaking out, and it seems to be more cursing than anything else.   Of course, the government’s response is been to basically say STFU.

As a result of these clearly fulfilling lunches, over 1,000,000 less children are taking part in the school lunch program.  In the extended economic fail fueled by Obama’s policies should cause the school lunch program to grow even more.  But, as the Washington Times reports, children are fleeing the suckage. 

The National School Lunch Program saw a sharp decline in participation once the healthy standards went into effect during the 2012-2013 school year. A total of 1,086,000 students stopped buying school lunch, after participation had increased steadily for nearly a decade.

The report found that 321 districts left the National School Lunch Program altogether, many of which cited the new standards as a factor.

The decline was “influenced by changes made to comply with the new lunch content and nutrition standards,” state and local officials said.

Though the USDA has claimed the standards were “proving popular,” the GAO report cited numerous cases where kids are unhappy with their new menus.

The standards forced some schools to stop serving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and led middle school and high school students to opt for vending machines or buying food off campus to avoid the lunch line.

For once, the failure is so bad that Conservative goals have been met.  There are less kids eating a school lunch today.  Of course, that is due to school lunches “tasting like vomit.”  But a win in a win, right?
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Mother of Student “Suspended” for Opionion on Common Core

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Public schools are agents of liberalism.  Therefore, expect force and censorship to be part of the methodology.  Take the example of Katherine Duran, who was “suspended” from her son’s school for opposing Common Core…

A school in Sacramento, California, has suspended a mom over her stance against Common Core.

You read that correctly, the Mark Twain School in Sacramento has told the mother of a 12-year-old student that she has been suspended for two weeks. Police in Sacramento served the 14-day suspension to Katherine Duran in her home following a disagreement with the school over the soon-to-be enacted Common Core standards.

Initially, the school claimed that Duran has distributed information about how to opt out of Common Core.  However, that is not the case…

The concerned mom signed an “opt-out” form and asked her son to take a few copies to school and hand them out to his friends to take home to their parents. The school’s principal then confiscates the forms. When Duran heard that the papers were taken away from her son, she visited the school and confronted principal Rosario Guillen. It was that meeting, according to the school, that triggered the police visiting the Duran home with the suspension order.

And how did the school respond to factual information being distributed regarding Common Core?

Duran sent us a copy of the opt-out information that was offered by her son to his classmates. This is the first page of a four-page set that of papers contained the basic information about Common Core’s Smarter Balanced Pilot Testing Program as well as instructions on how to opt-out of the testing, and  a set of blank opt-out forms.

Image: Katherine Duran

During the course of our conversation, Duran explained that the first day her son handed some of these information packets to his classmates, the school took notice. The principal made an all school announcement over the public address system stating that, “inappropriate materials” were handed out by a student and all of them needed to be turned in to the school. Christopher reportedly told his mom that all of the packets were collected and turned into the office.

So, when the school discovered that children might escape their control, they confiscated the information, and then attempted to punish the MOTHER of the child that distributed it.

So, it follows the standard liberal treatment…

1.  Engage in some tyrannical or inept activity (usually both).

2.  Cover up any evidence of the failure, or conceal ways to escape it.

3.  Punish those that expose the failure, or assist people in escaping said failure.

 

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One Swell Foop

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Hope and Change

“The U.S. government has now loaded up the books with so many laws, restrictions, regulations, and mandates, that not only is it impossible for citizens to know them all but it is impossible to live a full day of normal activities without committing at least one or more criminal acts, to the tune of an average of three felonies a day.” – Anthony Martin

“Think of the Democratic Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party.” – David Kahane

Statistically speaking, if you could remove in one fell swoop all Democratic politicians from the study cited by Anthony Martin, the amount of criminal activity engaged in by the average American on a normal day would probably dip to less than one felony per capita. Now that’s what I call real progressive thinking!

PTG

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Common Core Math Problem Blasted by Parent

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Common Core seems to be uncommonly stupid.  As social media allows the distribution of the nonsense, more and more Americans are finding out that the only thing common about the core is that it’s intrusive, nonsensical, and full of propaganda.  For the latest, here is a parent’s response to an overly complicated math problem…

Of course, practical reality has nothing to do with education.  In fact, I believe that is intentional.  Reality doesn’t cooperate with the regressive agenda.  Common Core should be called Common Corpse-at least Obama would get it.

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Never Go Full Dinkins! Bill de Blasio’s St. Patrick’s Fail

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A great parade where all everyone is Irish for the day

A great parade where everyone is Irish for the day

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Today, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day.  Here in New York City the big event is the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade up Fifth Avenue.  (Former governor Hugh Carey once famously remarked that they “march up 5th and stagger down 3rd.”)

 

The New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade is not only the largest in the world but the oldest civilian parade in the world.   Politicians are expected to march in it.

 

Except……

 

The current mayor of New York City, Warren Wilhelm, Jr. (known by his stage name of Bill de Blasio) has refused to march in the parade.

 

The last mayor of New York not to march in the parade was David “Crack Epidemic” Dinkins (pictured here),

 

Former New York City mayor David Dinkins

Former New York City mayor David Dinkins

 

a famously ineffective one-term mayor.  During Dinkin’s reign of error, when the murder rate was skyrocketing and the city became the crack capitol of the world Dinkins fiddled while New York burned.  He was promptly defeated and returned to private life, a station he was well-suited for.

 

And now Mayor Wilhelm, Jr. wants to follow in Dinkins’ footsteps.

 

The same Mayor Wilhelm, Jr. who even before he was sworn into office vowed to close the horse and carriage trade.

 

The same Mayor Wilhelm, Jr. who couldn’t get the upper east side plowed during a blizzard.

 

The same Mayor Wilhelm, Jr. who kept schools open during a blizzard.

 

The same Mayor Wilhelm, Jr. who  has vowed to close successful charter schools where children actually thrive and learn.  (Why does Warren Wilhem, Jr., hate children of color?)

 

Yes.  This mayor.

 

It seems that less than three months into his term Wilhelm, Jr. has combined the clueless incompetence of Jimmy Carter with the arrogant incompetence of Barack Hussein Obama.

 

Mayor Wilhelm Jr. will not march because a gay group has been denied a permit to march in the parade.

 

Will Wilhelm, Jr. skip the Martin Luther King Jr. day parade?  No gay group is marching in that parade.

 

Will Wilhelm, Jr. skip the Columbus Day parade?  No gay group is marching in that parade either.

 

I have a feeling that Wilhelm, Jr, like his famously incompetent predecessor Dinkins will march in both parades.

 

Why the double standard?

 

Could it possibly be animus against the Irish?  It seems that prejudice against Catholics and the Irish is the last remaining respectable  prejudice. And as a respectable prejudice our elite of course are prone to it.

 

Yes it seems once again it is time to shit all over the Irish.  Conquered by the English.  Subject to oppressive penal laws instituted by their English masters, the Irish emigrated to America where, they thought, they could live in freedom.

 

There is a phrase:  Irish Alzheimers, which means the Irish forget everything.  Except grudges. After being shit on by the British for 700 years we will never let anyone shit on us again.

 

So don’t march in the parade. Enjoy your one term in office.  We Irish will march over you and piss on your grave every anniversary of your death.

 

I could close this post by calling Mayor Wilhelm Jr. an arrogant clown.  A jackass.  A putrid fester on the body politic. A puss-filled scab. The answer to a trivia question in ten years.  A braying, cloven-footed beast.  A whore who was known as “Sloppy seconds Wilhelm” in school. 

 

But I won’t.  Instead I will close with a definition.

 

Full Dinkins

 

  1. The act of supreme incompetence and stupidity.
  2. An insult, usually hurled at a a politician.  (See Bill de Blasio.)
  3. The act of having one’s head up one’s ass.
  4. The act of being so unbelievably stupid that the entire world stops to take notice and thanks itself that they haven’t gone Full Dinkins.

Mayor Wilhelm, Jr., you went full Dinkins, man.  Never go full Dinkins.

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Some Brief Thoughts on Putin, the Ukraine, and the Weakness of Barak Hussein Obama

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If you recall, in 2009 on the heels of his infamous World Apology Tour, Barak Obama paid a visit to Russia, where he was famously snubbed in a receiving line.  The Nice Deb covered that at the time…

After bowing to foreign kings, and after a career of community organizing, dithering, and overall liberalism, foreign powers came to the same conclusion as informed voters here in the US:

Barak Obama is a weakling who is interested in failed liberal policies, not governing, or even defending the country he swore an oath to protect

Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, is a cold, calculating strongman.  Whether you like him or not, he’s a leader, as evidenced by the fact that he’s held onto power for this long.

Being a former KGB guy, Putin knows a thing or two about judging and manipulating people and situations.  If you’ve read my many posts about Bezmenov, you’ll know that the KGB created our left with some exquisite propaganda and brainwashing techniques.  They knew their targets, and predicted their reactions to their efforts, just like Putin can now.   So, when Putin saw the chance to take the Crimea, he took it.  Want to know why he did it?

He could.

That’s it-that’s all of it.  He could do it because he knows, being a cold, calculating former KGB guy (or perhaps just having a grasp of the obvious) that Obama is a weakling, and mentally crippled by liberalism to do a thing to stop him.  And, even if Obama did try something, it would be a weak, half measure, that would fail or be withdrawn at the moment that meaningful resistance emerged.  They knew it in 2009, when they snubbed him in 2009.  They had no respect for him then, and they have even less now, which is why they are moving.  And, the Chinese are backing them, because they can.  The NORKS are shooting off missiles, because they can.  And the Iranians are sending ships off our shore, or are at least saying it-because they can.  Barak Obama isn’t even a paper tiger.  Instead, he’s a transparent weakling, and everyone in the world can see it, except our low-information voters, and the MSM that misinforms them.

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Gay Rights Supporter Wants to ‘Target,’ and “Get Rid of,” Those That Disagree With Gay Agenda

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The forces of “tolerance” are at it again.  We’ve covered the hateful rhetoric and efforts to ruin those that oppose the gay rights agenda.  Of course, they don’t target Muslims, but I think we know why that is.  But, at any rate, Robert Stacy McCain has more on the latest, when gay rights supporter, Chloe Nelson, opined on a video of controversial pastor, Scott Lively…

…LGBT activist named Chloe Nelson posted this comment on Facebook:

LGBT_GET_RID_BASTARDS

It’s time that the LGBT community forms a new organization that targets homophobes, bigots, religious zealots, religious fanatics, and all other assholes who are against equality, and human and civil rights for all people.
By targeting these bigots, and publishing every little detail of their sex lives, or personal lives, taking pictures through their windows, and getting the pics out on the internet, showing every little thing that they do, including how they wipe their asses when in the bathroom, or for that matter if they’re wiping their asses in the kitchen — we’ve got to catch it on camera.
The time to just sit back and take it, are over with for the LGBT community. We need to get rid of bigots like these homophobic religious assholes, and if it means exposing every little thing about them, then that’s what we need to do.
We need to start making their lives a living hell by constant observation and publishing pics and articles every time they fart, or spit, or even look cross-eyed. It’s obvious these bigots only understand one thing, and that is persecution, discrimination and bigotry.
Here come the LGBT bigots, gonna prey on the religious zealots, fanatics, and bigots who think their shit don’t stink, and think they can control everyone else’s life.
LET’S GET RID OF THESE BASTARDS ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!!

Now, if a Conservative said that about gays, it would really be a controversy.  But, since this screed is directed at Christians and Conservatives, there is no problem.  Bullying isn’t bullies when they bullies wear rainbows.  Stalking Christians is legal, and correct.  I could go on, but this hypocrite’s words speak for itself.  Tolerance only applies to it, and anyone who disagrees needs to be destroyed.

But just remember, we’re the hateful ones!

Note that Jeanette Runyon found this peaceful and tolerant post.  If you recall, Jeanette bravely stood up to stalking by #FreeKate supporters.  In fact, one stalker still devotes large amounts of time to posting about Jeanette, unless, that is, they aren’t doxing nine year olds on twitter.

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Piers Morgan Gets the Ax at CNN: And Nothing of Value was Lost

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Piers Morgan, whose rants about guns undoubtably thrilled all three of his viewers, has reportedly parted ways with CNN.  Of course, nothing of value was lost. 

CNN has given up on trying to make Piers Morgan the new Larry King after a three-year run and will pull the plug on the Briton’s 9 p.m. talk show, which has been finishing far behind rivals Megyn Kelly on Fox News Channel and Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.

According to Nielsen ratings from last week, “Piers Morgan Live” was seen nightly by just 270,000 viewers nationwide and only 50,000 people in the key advertising demographic of Americans ages 25 to 54. Ms. Kelly and Ms. Maddow had, respectively, audiences of more than 2 million and 900,000 overall and more than 350,000 and 220,000 in that key 25 to 54 age group.

Mr. Morgan’s much-hyped debut-week audiences were in the 2 million neighborhood.

CNN confirms that ‘Piers Morgan Live’ is ending. The date of the final program is still to be determined,” CNN spokeswoman Allison Gollust told Politico on Sunday evening after Mr. Morgan himself said his show had “run its course.”

And by “run it’s course,” I think he’s comparing his show to the course that salmonella takes through the intestinal tract.

However, I don’t think loyal CNN viewers need worry about the departure of Piers Morgan.  I’m sure that they’ll hire some other pretentious twit that hates this country, freedom, and anything good.  After all; it’s CNN.

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Is Your Pre-Existing Condition Really Covered Under ObamaCare?

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One of the selling points of ObamaCare is the claim that one cannot be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition.  However, what if you’re covered under ObamaCare, but your providers are not part of any ObamaCare plan?  Poor Richard’s has more…

from Forbes (emphasis mine):

For someone in the middle of a cancer treatment, or someone with a chronic condition, this can be extraordinarily distressing, and perhaps dangerous to their health.

Edie Littlefield Sundby writes in the Wall Street Journal that she is on the verge of losing her treatment program for stage-4 gallbladder cancer. Why? Her existing plan doesn’t meet the ACA standards, so it has to be canceled. Her treatment program involves doctors at both the Stanford and UC San Diego medical centers, and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas – but there is no plan in the California exchange that includes both Stanford and UCSD centers in it network, much less M.D. Anderson. In fact, UCSD has joined only one provider network, and it’s a heretofore almost unknown type called an “Exclusive Provider Organization” (EPO). The “exclusive” means that in an EPO, coverage is provided exclusively within the network – there is no out-of-network coverage at, except what uninsured people get at the emergency room.

Despite the President’s repeated promises, there is no way Ms. Sundby can keep all of her current doctors, or her health plan, in the new system. Her preexisting condition doesn’t prevent her from enrolling in any of the new Obamacare exchange plans – but none of those plans actually cover the same treatment she was receiving for her preexisting condition.

Ms. Sundby’s predicament is probably not an isolated case. Abby Goodnough of the New York Times reports that many people are having extreme difficulty finding out whether the plans they are shopping on the exchanges will cover the current doctors or hospitals they go to, or the drugs they take.

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So, Ms. Sundby had a plan that she liked, and it was covering her providers, who were treating her cancer.  But, according to our ObamaCare  loving regressive friends, her plan was junk, and had to be cancelled.  Now, she can get a plan, but none of them will cover her providers.  So, technically, she has ObamaCare coverage, but no treatment.

Of course, the regressives will blame that on someone else.  If she dies, it will be a small price to pay towards the regressive’s control of healthcare.

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When Auto-Correct Attacks!

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Anyone with an Android or IOS device will know what the title means-the auto-correct function on your phone will take an otherwise intelligent person, and at the least, make them look idiotic.  At the worst, auto-correct will make you look like a pervert.  A friend on Facebook recently posted a link to a post featuring some classic auto-correct fails.  Here are a couple samples…

There are a bunch more auto-correct disasters over at the link, so go check it out.

 

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