by baldilocks Wretchard goes long on the unmasking of the two Hollywoods: In the unending exposes of financial, moral and sexual turpitude we are witnessing a similar humiliation of a ruling elite. The critical role played by prestige in upholding the current status quo was no less important for the Western elite than it was … Continue reading Hollywood and DC: Never Our Betters and Often Much Worse
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
My opposition to the new tax bill is selfish. It’s gonna cost me money! As a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I live in one of the bluest cities in one of the bluer states in the country. I pay city and state taxes—both of which will no longer be deductible under the proposals. I understand … Continue reading The Tax Bill is, Well, Taxing
By John Ruberry On Friday a friend of this very blogger forwarded a Chicago Tribune Breaking News Alert to me: Chicago Public Schools enrollment drops by nearly 10,000 students. And the year before CPS enrollment slid by 11,000. There are 371,382 students taking classes in CPS schools In 2002 there 438,589 kids running the halls, … Continue reading Illinois Math: Chicago Public Schools has fewer students but taxes go up
The evidence has been documented numerous times that cutting taxes improves the economy in ways that replace "lost" revenues for the federal government. In other words, reduced tax burdens spark economic growth with over time yield a revenue-neutral stance. This is the part about the proposed GOP tax cuts that I like. There are two … Continue reading Tax cuts are great but meaningless without spending cuts
By John Ruberry "They'll turn us all into beggars 'cause they're easier to please. "The Rainmakers, Government Cheese. "I am sick and tired of subsidizing crooks." Roger Keats, Toni Preckwinkle's 2010 Republican general election opponent, announcing his move to Texas. Last month in this space I wrote about Illinois' bubbling soda tax rebellion in Cook … Continue reading Crook County is what happens when you elect a leftist to run it
By John Ruberry "And it was inevitable that some of these people pushed back..." Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles. Could it be that the deep-blue residents of America's second-most populous county, Cook County--Chicago is the county seat--have had enough? Probably not, at least yet. But serious dissent may be bubbling as the effects of Cook … Continue reading Illinois’ bubbling soda tax rebellion
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
Chief Inspector: Now, I know what you're going to say, but the fact is, you've been making us all look bad. PC Nicholas Angel: I'm sorry, sir? Chief Inspector: Of course we all appreciate your efforts, but you've been rather letting the side down. It's all about being a team player, Nicholas. You can't be … Continue reading The Massachusetts Online Tax System is Excellent, so naturally they ditched it.
The worst part of the Trump tax story is what it doesn’t to the favorite meme of the left. We are constantly told that the rich need to pay “Their fair share” in taxes and Democrats constantly use that line to justify all kinds of tax increases that affect the rich and middle class alike. … Continue reading $35 Mil out of $150 Mil Sounds like “His Fair Share” to me
We have been seeing a lot of open bitterness between liberal actors who supported (or settled for Hillary Clinton) and paying audience members who supported (or settled for) Donald Trump. So being a fan of compromise between actors worried about being triggered by the sight of audience members who they disagree with and audience members … Continue reading The “Hamilton” Infrastructure Ticket surtax, an idea whose time has come!
By John Ruberry Last night the New York Times, using an illegally obtained copy of Donald Trump's 1995 tax return, speculated that because of a $916 million loss listed on that return, the Republican nominee may have, yes, may have, avoided paying federal income taxes for 18 years. With help from his wealthy father, not … Continue reading Trump may have avoided federal income taxes, but Hillary got rich off of government
Every year between January and April Americans see ads like this: From tax preparation companies and ads like this from tax software companies As a person who has done their own federal taxes on paper without using tax preparation software as my mother taught me and has no interest in sharing my tax numbers with … Continue reading The H & R Block / Turbo Tax Ads you’ll never see
By John Ruberry Deadly shootings in Chicago are up 20 percent this year over 2015. Last year Rahm Emanuel and the exclusively-Democratic City Council stuck it to Chicagoans by enacting the city's biggest property tax in history to pay for municipal worker pensions--with probably more hikes to come. Chicago's population decline continues, the onetime Second … Continue reading Rahm touts bread and circuses while Chicago bleeds and pays
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