Dubya told the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars that if he
had been in charge instead of those
paisley-mod-podged pansies Nixon & Kissinger, the United States would not
have stopped fighting the Vietnam War.
His audience, of whom we can expect many would have been maimed or killed had
today’s Dubya been in charge at the time, apparently having grown soft since
their service days, were unable to roust themselves to frag the speaker.
Dubya brought this up in the course of comparing the Vietnam War with the Iraq
War (I kid you not), his logic being that the reason the former has such a bad
reputation is that we stopped fighting it, and he doesn’t intend to repeat
that terrible error this time.
The Democrats, baffled once again by Dubya’s masterful rhetorical ju-jitsu,
immediately reacted by disparaging any comparison between the Iraq War and the
“President Bush’s attempt to compare the war in Iraq to past military
conflicts in East Asia ignores the fundamental difference between the two,”
[Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid] said. “Our nation was misled by the Bush
administration in an effort to gain support for the invasion of Iraq under
false pretenses, leading to one of the worst foreign policy blunders in our
Pundit James J. “He’s Still Alive?” Kilpatrick
comments on Dan Jenkins’s Supreme Court petition
(in which he hopes to get the Court to recognize a
9th Amendment right to conscientious objection to
military taxation). I mention it, but can’t recommend it. Having gone over the
same territory , Kilpatrick’s op-ed strikes me as confused,
superficial, and uninformative (though I more-or-less come to the same
conclusion, which is that Jenkins’s argument is a long-shot).
has announced that employees
can defer from their paychecks pre-tax the cost of individual health
insurance. That is, the employer health exclusion does not simply apply to
employer-sponsored plans. Employers can either directly-reimburse employees
for part or all of the plan cost, or can allow the employees to take a pre-tax
deduction from their paycheck.
Fifteen percent of these were people who neither paid taxes during the year
nor qualified for a refund at the end of the year, but did not make enough
income to be required to file. The other 85% were people who were filing in
order to obtain a refund of taxes that had been withheld from their paychecks,
but who would have qualified to stop this tax withholding and then would have
had no need to file (nor any obligation).
There are about 6.8 million Americans who are having money withheld from their
paychecks and sent to the federal government by mistake. They do not
owe any federal income tax, and will get it all back if they file a return at
the end of the year. But what they should do is to file a new
W-4 declaring themselves exempt from withholding.
There’s no good reason for anyone to give the
U.S. Treasury an
“Aha!” says Congress, “we’ve found the Fountain Of Tax Gap! Let’s tap it!”
Trouble is, the bulk of sole proprietors have total receipts of under
$25K. You’ve got to
squeeze a lot of them to get a cup of juice.
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