My return to Detroit

By John Ruberry Last week I had some time off from work and I did what few people do. Before sunrise I left home and drove to Detroit for a pleasure visit. It was my second trip to the Motor City. My first Da Tech Guy account, from 2015, is here. What follows is a … Continue reading My return to Detroit

Illinois’ false budget fix

By John Ruberry On Thursday the Democratic-dominated Illinois House, with aid of ten Republicans, overrode Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a 32 percent income tax hike. The corporate rate jumped by 35 percent. Apologists for the income tax increase love to point out that many states have higher income tax rates, but last week's override … Continue reading Illinois’ false budget fix

Most Americans don’t care about Trump’s tax returns

By John Ruberry On Saturday, three days before the deadline to file 2016 federal income tax returns, there were a couple of dozen rallies across the nation that called for President Donald J. Trump to release his returns to the public. The republic somehow managed to survive nearly 200 years before Richard M. Nixon, under … Continue reading Most Americans don’t care about Trump’s tax returns

About that Detroit comeback

By John Ruberry Type "Detroit revival" or "Detroit comeback" into your Google search box and you'll collect a lot of hits and discover glowing yarns about the turnaround of what was once one of America's greatest cities. Here's one from Forbes just last week. There is even a Pure Michigan TV commercial about Detroit. But as John … Continue reading About that Detroit comeback

2 Tax Pieces for WatchDog.org

As the last hours of tax day pass let me direct you to a pair of tax day piece for your approval. First:  No Taxation without understanding During the American Revolution, one of the major objections the colonists had was the taxation by the British crown without having any representation. While the problem of taxation … Continue reading 2 Tax Pieces for WatchDog.org

Illinois governor’s race: Rauner sweeping newspaper endorsements

By John Ruberry Illinois, or at least its major newspapers, is finally waking up. Nearly 12 years of Democratic rule in Illinois has brought debt, continued corruption, the nation's worst-funded state pension system, and high unemployment. Most polls show the race between incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican newcomer Bruce Rauner to be a dead heat, … Continue reading Illinois governor’s race: Rauner sweeping newspaper endorsements

ILL-inois: Gov. Quinn’s “Mr. Clean” reputation is gone

By John Ruberry In his 35-year public career, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has carefully developed a persona as one of the few honest politicians in a state that has seen four of its last eight elected governors serve time in federal prison. When he faced the voters four years ago, Quinn, who twice was the … Continue reading ILL-inois: Gov. Quinn’s “Mr. Clean” reputation is gone

If you start from the idea they are all Marxists: IRS vs Tea Party edition

Hornblower bowed, but as the Colonel remained unbending he stiffened to attention. He could recognize that type of man at once—the servant of a tyrant, and in close personal association with him, modeling his conduct not on the tyrant’s but on what he fancied should be the correct behaviour of a tyrant, far out-Heroding Herod. … Continue reading If you start from the idea they are all Marxists: IRS vs Tea Party edition

7 Hours for Form 1040EZ? That’s just not true

This story certainly sounds like a Red Meat story for people: To get a sense of just how mind-bogglingly complex the federal tax code is, consider: • More than 80% of individuals hire someone or buy software to help file their taxes, though only 64% of filers owe them, according to the Tax Foundation. So … Continue reading 7 Hours for Form 1040EZ? That’s just not true

One question to people who want to restrict the tax cuts…

...How many people in the middle and lower classes write paychecks? If you want jobs to be created you need to make the cuts for the people who PAY employees. The problem with democrats is they use the tax code as a punitive measure, not to raise revenue but to "get" people they don't like. … Continue reading One question to people who want to restrict the tax cuts…

Patricia Sullivan on Doug Shulman

Building on the IRS refund grab story this morning I talked to Patricia Sullivan running against MSNBC's Favorite congressman Alan "die quickly" Grayson in Florida's 8th district. She called it the "Tip of the Iceberg" in both our conversation and in the following release which she forwarded to me this morning: IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman … Continue reading Patricia Sullivan on Doug Shulman

Kiss your Tax refund goodbye…

...if you don't buy health insurance says the IRS Chief: Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, Shulman downplayed the IRS’s role in enforcing the recent overhaul of the health insurance industry by claiming the agency would not aggressively target individuals who don’t purchase coverage. He noted that the health-care bill expressly forbids the … Continue reading Kiss your Tax refund goodbye…

One of the things I love in life is when my tax dollars are used…

...in ways I approve of. That would be my description of the very nice woman at the IRS office in Fitchburg that helped me with three tax questions I had concerning rules. It's true there is a computer program she is required to use, but she was friendly, helpful and enthusiastic about giving a hand. … Continue reading One of the things I love in life is when my tax dollars are used…