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Forget The Tax Divorce, How About The Benefits Divorce?

Glenn Reynolds linked to a piece in The Fiscal Times that talks about the continuing marriage penalty in the tax code, and how the rate increase on “wealthy” would hit dual earner especially hard in places where both the cost of living and salaries are high. As noted by a commenter there, the tax divorce […]

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Just how well-off is Warren Buffet’s secretary?

One of the more interesting choices for a Presidential SOTU speech prop during the last few years has been Debbie Bosanek, personal secretary to mega-billionaire Warren Buffett.  Bosanek was chosen to be a visual illustration of a theme repeated a lot by Warren Buffet these days – “My secretary pays more tax than I do.” […]

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Can you say out of touch?

Here, let the DNC Chairwoman say it for you: With President Obama beginning a bus tour and making stops in Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa this week in order to talk to supporters about ways to grow the economy and strengthen the middle class, Democratic National Committe chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says that Obama is in […]

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Wizbang New Hampshire Republican Debate Poll Results

Wizbang New Hampshire Republican Debate Poll Results

If I didn’t get anything else from this experiment, I did find out that ya’ll sure like Michelle Bachmann. According to this extremely scientific and completely trustworthy internet poll, it…

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"These salaries seem too generous, and the compensation levels don't appear fiscally sane"

"These salaries seem too generous, and the compensation levels don't appear fiscally sane"

Ya think? High pay and benefits for lifeguards in Newport Beach is the latest example of frustrating levels of compensation for public employees. More than half the city's full-time lifeguards…

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"Excessively partisan, dramatically inaccurate, and hopelessly inadequate"

Paul Ryan describing Obama's deficit reduction speech: "When the President reached out to ask us to attend his speech, we were expecting an olive branch. Instead, his speech was excessively…

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Death Benefits, 2010 Edition

I have often said I don't like writing about abortion, but I do enjoy playing with numbers. Just over threeyears ago, I took a look at the number of abortions…

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Liars' Figures

The fight over federal funding for Planned Parenthood is getting interesting. First up, PP reports that, in the aftermath of the House Republicans' attempt to defund them, private donations are…

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"The question is, will we do it or not?"

Paul Ryan paints the picture effectively: The president's recent budget proposal would accelerate America's descent into a debt crisis. It doubles debt held by the public by the end of…

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One Singular Sensation

It is now 11:11:11 on 1/11/11. Suddenly, I feel the need to empty my bladder, and to say something kind about Jonathan Frakes……

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Dueling DC Rallies

Dueling DC Rallies

No match.  At all.  May it be a foreshadowing of the coming election. With thanks and all credit to John at VerumSerum who closes with comments worth checking out….

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Obama decides to wield his budget deficit axe

Obama decides to wield his budget deficit axe

Only it's more like wielding a pair of fingernail clippers:What's the tiniest cut to public sector salaries you could imagine? A wage freeze? Nah, too aggressive.A bonus freeze? You're getting…

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Finally, a poll to believe in

Via Don Surber (and Larwyn):So here is the Don Surber Poll of nobody with a margin of error of ±73.2%:1. Is Barack Obama doing a good job?Democrats: Yes.Republicans: No.Independents: Undecided.2….

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Why Europe is in deep doo doo

And why we will soon be in the same toilet:H/T to Ron Wright via email. Crossposted at Brutally Honest….

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Plans under way for an Obama monument

Plans under way for an Obama monument

William Warren unveils the design… seems appropriate: Crossposted(*)….

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How discerning are you with your charitable giving?

How discerning are you with your charitable giving?

I stumbled today across the following and have some follow-on comments: Given that it’s posted at well known Religious Leftist Jim Wallis’ site, I can’t be too surprised at some…

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Obama beats Bush

No… really… he does:Liberals may be forgiven for looking at the latest public opinion surveys and wondering if they somehow stumbled into the Valley of Death instead of Obama’s promised…

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The April Numbers Are In

… and there's not a lot of great news. The White House has raised its official 2009 budget deficit estimate to $1.84 trillion, which is almost exactly four times the…

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Obama seeks to double tax law enforcement budget

Past and future Democrat cabinet nominees hardest hit…President Barack Obama proposed on Thursday nearly doubling funds to enforce U.S. tax laws next year, with an aim of more than quadrupling…

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Obama orders cabinet to cut budget, deficit rises

Much like a fat man at Pope's Fried Chicken who sets out to lose weight by ordering himself an eight piece family meal and double side of mashed potatoes with…

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Tumble…BumbleTime

Tumble…BumbleTime

Michelle Malkin wrote today- On Nov. 4, after Barack Obama clinched the White House, the market closed at 9,625.28. In mid-morning trading today, the day President Obama signs his massive…

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More Fun With Poll Numbers

The election is coming to a close, or at least we hope so (thank you Al Gore for proving that sometimes the nightmare just continues). All along, I have been…

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Bwa Ha Ha

Lorie pointed out that CBS has a new poll, so I went and had a look, and it's funnier than the comics. Sure, I generally like CBS because they have…

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The Sordid Business of Opinion Polls

As I was riding the Park n Ride to work one morning last week, the bus passed a fortune-teller's store, which had gone out of business. The place had been…

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The Fox News/Opinion Dynamic Polls: Independence Days

A few readers asked me to look into the Fox News polls, since Fox is commonly thought to lean right (they do not, actually, they simply do not engage in…

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