Posts tagged Government
Posts tagged Government
Check out this graph (via The Cato Institute) of what the sequester cuts actually look like. Notice how spending is still increasing. So next time you hear that the budget is being slashed to death by Michael Myers-esque Republicans in a Capitol Hill rendition of an 80s horror flick you can can look at whoever is saying that and laugh. Unlike the airheaded blonde in those movies who always makes the dumbest decisions, the country will survive.
Illinois taxpayers can use the state’s income tax form to donate to child abuse prevention, childhood cancer research and military family relief.
But if you want to make sure your money actually gets to the charities, you might want to give them a check directly instead of using the state as a middleman.
That’s because the money in these charity funds isn’t protected from pillage by politicians.
“Illinois is in a state where they are financially destitute and people think these funds are restricted, but they aren’t,” said Gordon Jumper, a Jacksonville, Ill., certified public accountant. “It’s an account that is controlled and under the discretion of the state of Illinois and it’s not protected.”
In 2010 the state took $434,000 from these charity accounts through sweeps, or transfers, into the general fund. There is no requirement for the sweeps, which were approved by Gov. Pat Quinn and the Legislature, to be paid back.
In 2011 Illinois borrowed $1.1 million from the charity funds, which it eventually paid back.
Tom Williams, a 48-year-old Springfield resident, compared the sweeps to theft.
“If you mailed a bill to the electric company and the lady at the electric company took it home and spent it on something else that would be theft,” said Williams. “If you are making a charitable contribution to someone, that is where the money should go.”
Susan Hofer, spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Revenue, said that money will not be swept from the charity funds this year, but she did not rule out the possibility of borrowing from the funds.
“If it’s borrowed and repaid before any charities can receive the grant money then it has no effect on the charities,” she said.
But Jumper said the fact that these funds are even subject to sweeps or borrowing should be enough to keep people from donating their money through the income tax form.
“I don’t think it’s particularly well known that the money in these accounts is subject to these sweeps,” he said. “If it was, there would probably be less people donating through the tax return.”
Statism: The most dangerous religion in the world.
"Under Democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed and are right…" - H. L. Mencken
VIDEO: Senator Mike Lee on FISA: “We can’t abandon constitutional rights for temporary security”
I don’t think JFK would have been welcome in today’s Democratic Party
"By calling attention to ‘a well regulated militia,’ the ‘security’ of the nation, and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,’ our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation, the Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important."
- John F. Kennedy, sourced from the UCLA Law School
Santa Claus arrested for writing “Love” and other peaceful phrases on the sidewalk with chalk
Santa Claus, also known by his friends as James Peterson, was arrested after spreading holiday cheer and chalk with young people in front of the Texas capitol building on the 21st. An occupy activist who was giving out chalk to children while dressed as Santa was well received in the plaza, but as he left, Texas DPS officers chased him down and handcuffed him. The crowd appears shocked, one woman yelling out in confusion, “You’re arresting Santa Claus?!”
Santa’s official charges, according to the Huffington Post, are “criminal mischief,” which is essentially a catch all charge, and “evading arrest.”
Though there were dozens of people chalking - Santa was passing out chalk so that children could participate - he and one other activist were the only ones arrested. The second victim of the Texas Department of Safety was Cory Williams, who was arrested after chalking “Free Santa” on the sidewalk while Santa was in handcuffs.
"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette