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Missouri - Federal Budget http://www.firedupmissouri.com/taxonomy/term/375/0 en On the Deficit http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/deficit <p><a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2012/06/25/chart_gop_won_t_cut_the_deficit.html" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/blogs/moneybox/2012/06/25/chart_gop_won_t_cut_the_deficit/1340627489526.jpg.CROP.article568-large.jpg" style="width: 510px; height: 221px; " /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2012/06/25/chart_gop_won_t_cut_the_deficit.html" target="_blank">Via Matthew Yglesias</a>: &quot;Basically, as seen in this recent Dartmouth survey (<a href="http://www.dartmouth.edu/~benv/files/poll%20responses%20by%20party%20ID.pdf" target="_blank">PDF</a>) there&#39;s no Republican support at a grassroots level for any measure that would lead to substantial deficit reduction.</p> Federal Budget GOP Hypocrisy Polls Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:56:37 +0000 .Sean 15515 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Out of Balance http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/out-balance <p><a href="http://www.democraticleader.gov/blog/?p=4877" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="noside" src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/republican_budget_2013_large.png" style="width: 500px; height: 645px; " /></a></p> <p><strong>Reps. Vicky Hartzler</strong>, <strong>Billy Long</strong>, <strong>Sam Graves</strong>, <strong>Blaine Luetkemeyer</strong> and <strong>Todd Akin</strong> all voted for the outragous and extreme House Republican Budget. &nbsp;</p> Billy Long Blaine Luetkemeyer Federal Budget GOP Extremism Sam Graves Todd Akin Vicky Hartzler Fri, 30 Mar 2012 21:35:06 +0000 .Sean 15329 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Who Are the Folks Who Don't Pay the Federal Income Tax? http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/who-are-folks-who-dont-pay-federal-income-tax <p>The messaging on who pays the federal income tax has become a rallying cry for those on the right. Talk radio hosts and the Republican presidential candidates are continually railing against the &ldquo;non achievers.&rdquo;They frequently drop the federal income tax identification to imply that 50% of Americans pay no taxes.</p> <p><a href="http://taxvox.taxpolicycenter.org/2011/07/27/why-do-people-pay-no-federal-income-tax-2/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://taxvox.taxpolicycenter.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Nontaxable-TEs.smaller.gif" /></a>The <a href="http://taxvox.taxpolicycenter.org/2011/07/27/why-do-people-pay-no-federal-income-tax-2/" target="_blank">Tax Policy Center estimates</a> that 46% of households will have no federal income tax liability in 2011. Just who are these folks who don&rsquo;t pay federal income taxes?&nbsp; 22% are people who live on Social Security, which is exempt from federal income taxes. 50% are folks who don&rsquo;t earn enough income to pay federal income taxes (For example, a family of four making earning less than $26,400 will pay no federal income tax this year because their $11,600 standard deduction and four exemptions of $3,700 each reduce their taxable income to zero.) &nbsp;The other 25% are people lucky enough to find loopholes that negate their tax liability or people who use tax credits and the earned income tax credit to lower their tax bills. Only a small percentage of the wealthiest tax payers pay no federal income taxes, but they are able to lower their bills significantly. According to Roberton Williams writing for Forbes in July, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s also important to recognize that while tax expenditures push many people off the income tax rolls, they provide much larger benefits to higher-income households than to others, measured both in dollar value and as a share of income.&rdquo;</p> <p>All Americans- legal, illegal, rich, or poor- pay taxes. They may pay any or all of these: state income taxes, state and local sales taxes, payroll taxes, property taxes, personal property taxes, federal income taxes, and excise or franchise taxes. According to Who Pays, an analysis by the Institute on Economic and Tax Policy, in every state, low income people pay a higher percentage of their income in state and local taxes than higher income earners.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>Low and middle income people tend to spend most of their income on items subject to regressive sales taxes. In fact, in 2010 the average percent of income paid in state and local taxes by the poorest 20 percent of Americans was 12.3%. Yet, the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans paid just 7.9% of their income in state and local taxes, on average.</p> <p>The argument that 46% of Americans don&rsquo;t pay taxes is ridiculous, and it painful to see these people characterized as lazy bums. In his article for Forbes, Roberton Wiliams concluded that &ldquo;Rather than focusing on how relatively modest tax breaks make many of the elderly and low-income workers with children nontaxable, we should keep in mind that high-income households pay a lot less tax than they would without tax expenditures.&rdquo; I would add &nbsp;that rather than demonize folks who don&rsquo;t pay federal income taxes because they don&rsquo;t earn enough money, let&rsquo;s work together to provide opportunity not only for jobs, but for better paying jobs, and to reform our tax code to reflect a more just system.</p> Economic Justice Federal Budget Tax Policy Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:53:52 +0000 Jane Whitesides 14903 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com America Is No Longer At War Anywhere, Which May Be News to You http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/america-no-longer-war-anywhere-which-may-be-news-you <p>Look, <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/PeterKinder/status/95189789581656064" target="_blank"><strong>Peter Kinder</strong> tweeted something dumb.</a></p> <p><img alt="" class="noside" src="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/files/2040174_81526240_4047222.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 246px; " /></p> <p>As you can see in the chart pasted here from the<strong><a href="http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&amp;id=3036" target="_blank"> Center on Budget and Policy Priorities</a></strong>, our unfinanced wars are a major cause of our current deficits. And unless Kinder and <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/FredBarnes/status/95187105977860097" target="_blank">his pal Fred Barnes </a>want to talk about the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts as &quot;spending,&quot; it&#39;s doubly hard to see how &quot;the cause is spending at levels never before seen in peacetime.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&amp;id=3036" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="noside" src="http://www.cbpp.org/images/cms//12-16-09bud-rev6-28-10-f1.jpg" style="width: 301px; height: 366px; " /></a></p> #pdk #PeterTheTweeter Bush Tax Cuts Federal Budget Peter Kinder Mon, 25 Jul 2011 01:19:41 +0000 .Sean 14429 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Listen to This Hippie http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/listen-hippie <p><iframe class="noside" frameborder="0" height="314" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/e6nNJiJsm70" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>h/t <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/07/19/democrats_invoke_reagan_in_debt_ceiling_debate.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PoliticalWire+%28Political+Wire%29" target="_blank">Political Wire</a></p> Ads Federal Budget GOP Extremism GOP Intransigence Wed, 20 Jul 2011 01:07:15 +0000 .Sean 14412 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com CBS Poll: American Public "Overwhelmingly Rejects" GOP Approach to Debt Crisis http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/cbs-poll-american-public-overwhelmingly-rejects-gop-approach-debt-negotiations <p><a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/07/18/public_overwhelmingly_rejects_gop_handling_of_debt_crisis.html" target="_blank">CQ/Roll Call&#39;s Political Wire</a>: &quot;A new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20080250-503544.html">CBS News poll</a>&nbsp;finds Americans &#39;are unimpressed with their political leaders&#39; handling of the debt ceiling crisis.&#39;<strong>&nbsp;Key finding: A majority disapprove of all the involved parties&#39; conduct, but Republicans in Congress fare the worst, with just 21% backing their intransigent resistance to raising taxes</strong>. A stunning 71% disapprove.&quot;</p> Federal Budget GOP Intransigence Polls Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:10:31 +0000 .Sean 14404 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Priorities http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/priorities-1 <p><img alt="" class="noside" src="http://politicalwire.com/images/7-16-11.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 312px; " /></p> <p>h/t <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/07/16/cartoon_of_the_day.html" target="_blank">Political Wire</a></p> Editorial Cartoons Federal Budget GOP Extremism GOP Intransigence Sat, 16 Jul 2011 14:06:58 +0000 .Sean 14400 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com McConnell Done 'Lost His Mind' http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/mcconnell-done-lost-his-mind <p>Via <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/58965.html" target="_blank">Politico</a>:&nbsp;&ldquo;I would just say Mitch, honestly, with a straight face, do a press conference and say, &lsquo;Here&rsquo;s the solution to the problem: Let&rsquo;s let the Democrats do it and we want them to do it three times before the next election and it will be OK with us if they do it as long as we don&rsquo;t have to touch it.&rsquo; And people aren&rsquo;t ridiculing that? This is when we&rsquo;re supposed to come together.&rdquo;</p> <p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0" height="412" id="flashObj" width="486"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=1053555664001&amp;playerID=19407224001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAAETmrZQ~,EVFEM4AKJdQtJLv7zbMPiBGChHKnGYSG&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed class="noside" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="videoId=1053555664001&amp;playerID=19407224001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAAETmrZQ~,EVFEM4AKJdQtJLv7zbMPiBGChHKnGYSG&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" height="412" name="flashObj" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" seamlesstabbing="false" src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="486"></embed></object></p> <!--break--> Claire McCaskill Federal Budget GOP Intransigence Mitch McConnell Thu, 14 Jul 2011 13:58:37 +0000 .Sean 14386 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Blunt Supports McConnell's Punt http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/roll-call-blunt-supports-mcconnells-latest-debt-plan <p><a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_6/mcconnell-tries-to-up-debt-limit-and-stick-it-to-obama-207244-1.html?pos=hln" target="_blank">Roll Call reports </a>that<strong> Sen. Roy Blunt</strong> supports <strong>Minority Leader Mitch McConnell&#39;s</strong> (R-KY) plan to give the President<a href="http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/12/mcconnell-proposal-gives-obama-power-to-increase-debt-limit/?smid=tw-thecaucus&amp;seid=auto" target="_blank"> &quot;sweeping power to increase the government&rsquo;s borrowing authority&quot;&nbsp;</a>without Congressional approval.&nbsp;</p> <p>As has been noted elsewhere, <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/thinkprogress/status/90942544103473152" target="_blank">McConnell&#39;s &quot;plan&quot;&nbsp;is an acknowledgement that you can&#39;t do serious deficit reduction without new revenues.</a></p> <p>The initial analysis from <a href="http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/07/13/7074275-first-thoughts-mcconnells-parachute" target="_blank">MSNBC&#39;s First Take</a>:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p><strong>Yet perhaps the biggest takeaway from McConnell&rsquo;s proposal is that it exposes Republicans leaders for not acting on the deficit and debt when they had the power to do so, and when they had a Democratic president willing to do things that probably won&#39;t be seen for a generation.</strong> When Obama put $4 trillion in deficit reduction on the table (as long as Republicans added revenues to the mix), they walked away. And when they had Democrats tying spending cuts to the debt increase, they ended up punting. Here&rsquo;s the lesson we&rsquo;ve all learned: What the GOP cares about is low taxes and shrinking government. The deficit and debt are only means to that end. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Federal Budget Roy Blunt Wed, 13 Jul 2011 13:50:46 +0000 .Sean 14379 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Priorities http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/priorities-0 <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.gocomics.com/stuartcarlson"><img width="500" height="396" class="noside" alt="" src="http://cdn.svcs.c2.uclick.com/c2/395edda084a6012ee3c400163e41dd5b" /></a></p> Federal Budget Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:56:51 +0000 .Sean 14334 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com