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The standard view from the left about the proposed repeal of the estate tax is that it is, as MSNBC said, a "massive tax break for millionaires, billionaires."

But the reason they generally justify the estate tax is that it is not actually taxing anyone, because the person supposedly being taxed is, well, dead.

They cannot have it both ways.  If it is a person, it is double taxation.  If it is not a person, it is not a massive tax cut for the wealthy.

Of course, you could argue that it is a tax on the recipients of the inheritance -- after all, the estate tax only kicks in if the value of the estate is over $5 million -- but that doesn't fit because the inheritors very well might not be millionaires, even after receiving the inheritance, depending on how it is valued, how many ways it is split, and how much debt the heirs have.

Also, if you're talking about it being a tax on the heirs, then the tax should not be based on the value of the estate, but on the income of each individual heir.

Calling this a tax break for rich people is simply dishonest, no matter how you slice it.
With rising economic inequality, a $269 billion tax break, exclusively for multi-millionaires and billionaires, seems obscene.
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WA State Auditor Troy Kelly was indicted today.  Q13 Fox reports, "Speculation has been swirling around Kelley, a Democrat elected in 2012, since federal agents searched his home last month."

There's one problem with that: we knew about it before he was elected:

http://soundpolitics.com/archives/015547.html

Maybe Q13, and all the other local media, should've investigated it back in 2012.
SEATTLE -- Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of filing false tax returns, obstruction of justice and possession of stolen property. The grand...
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Free month of Marvel Unlimited.  It's a pretty good service, if you have that much time to spend.  I will add a bunch of comics to my MU Library, and then subscribe to MU for just one month, do a bit of a binge, and then cancel the service.
Unlimited access to over 15,000 Marvel digital comics now with over 500 issues of Star Wars Legends!
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Wow.  So the guy who landed a gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn did it to bring attention to his pet issue: taking away freedom from the American people, specifically, the freedom to speak, and to spend money toward that speech, as we wish.
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Um.  Why would anyone think that federal taxes should reduce income inequality?

The premise of this video is nonsense.  I wish the left would abandon this intellectually bankrupt idea that there can be economic equality, or that government should try to do something about economic inequality.
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Hillary is trying hard to push the left-wing populist agenda. The problem is that the facts don't line up with the philosophy ... and the philosophy often doesn't make much sense anyway.

* “There’s something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the American worker"

a. They do not, and b. if they did, it isn't indicative of something wrong.

This is one of the core myths of progressivism today: that income inequality is a bad thing. It might be indicative of a problem, but in itself it is not "something wrong."

But again, CEOs make nowhere near that amount.


* "There’s something wrong when American workers keep getting more productive … but that productivity is not matched in their paychecks."

a. Compensation is going up with productivity, and b. even if it wasn't, it isn't indicative of something wrong.

Compensation should be based on relative value.  Maybe your productivity is going up, but maybe your replacement cost is going down, so there's no reason for your compensation to increase.  That better than bad: it's good.

But again, compensation has been increasing with productivity.


* "there’s something wrong when hedge fund managers pay less in taxes than nurses or the truckers I saw on I-80"

They don't pay less in taxes, either in percentages or sum total.

Granted, if they did, that might be indicative of something wrong, but they categorically do not.  It's just a lie.

(While I am for more equality in taxation, we shouldn't be in the position of rich people paying less in total taxes.  As for percentages, I think ideally everyone pays the same amount of taxes, with the lower wealth brackets exempted, but that's not going to happen; and, of course, as long as we have a graduated system, it should actually be graduated.  But again: they pay more in both taxes, and in percentage of their income.  It's a lie.)
Yes, I know the starting gun for the next Presidential election has been fired. Yes, I know that I shouldn't let this sort of thing get to me. But in her first official campaign stop Hillary Clinton made three statements of fact about the economy. And in those three statements [...]
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We finally got Hussein's Ginger General.
Fugitive Iraqi militant leader Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former right-hand man to Saddam Hussein, has been killed, Iraqi media say.
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King of Clubs.
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Dear Harry Reid:

After more than a decade of being in the minority (except for one Congress, where a Republican switched parties to give you the majority), you were given control of the Senate in 2006, not because you have great ideas, but simply because many people hated President Bush.  Bush still being President, you increased Democratic seats in 2008, when President Obama was first elected.

Every election since, you've lost Democratic seats, and then a few months ago, you lost the Senate.

Sorry: who's the loser?
Reid also compared McConnell to a "lump of coal."
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If Hillary really cares about Americans and their productivity, she should be in favor of effectively abolishing the existing tax code, which -- other than wars -- has been the biggest productivity killer for individuals in businesses that our country has every seen.

Setting aside the cost of the taxes paid -- which we can argue about the right amount for, of course -- businesses and individuals waste tens of billions of dollars annually on federal tax compliance.  And I see no way of arguing that this isn't a massive waste, when we could get the same tax revenues from a much simpler -- and at least as fair -- system, such as a flat tax or consumption tax.
 
Happy Tax Day! Need help understanding the tax code? +GoRemy and Reason TV have you covered with this IRS parody of +One Direction's “Best Song Ever."
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Lovick seems like he's just trying to be offended. And I hate having to take Somers' side. 
TULALIP - A leadership breakfast here Friday was supposed to bring Snohomish County and Tulalip tribal governments closer together.Instead, fallout...
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Is it weird that this in no way diminishes my enthusiasm for trying it out myself?
A passenger was killed at a pay-for-play exotic-car driving event. This one happened at Walt Disney World in Florida when driver Tavon Watson, 24, lost control of a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera ...
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Musician, Writer, Journalist, Software Engineer, Malcontent
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    Principal Software Engineer I, 2010 - present
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    Senior Developer, 2000 - 2010
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    Code Monkey, 1995 - 2000
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I like Perl, work, politics, guns, music (writing, playing, and listening), movies, video games.  I love my friends and family.

I love arguing, but I don't like fighting ... but I will fight you if you want me to.  Your call.  :-)

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I ran use.perl.org, wrote much of Slashdot's code, and have written tons of code, books, and articles about Perl. I wrote and performed a song that opened the YouTube/CNN GOP Debate in November 2007. An episode of "Sports Night" was based on me. I have had the same beard for more than 20 years.
Education
  • Biola University
    Journalism, 1991 - 1995
  • Amador Valley High School
    1987 - 1991