Wednesday, August 03, 2011

How Dumb is Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

  • A few fries short of a Happy Meal.
  • The wheel's spinning, but the hamster's dead.

  • She fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.
  • Elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor.
  • Forgot to pay his brain bill.
  • A few clowns short of a circus.
  • If she had another brain, it would be lonely.
  • Too much yardage between the goal posts.
  • A few beers short of a six-pack.
  • A few peas short of a casserole.
  • One taco short of a combination plate.
  • All foam, no beer.
  • The cheese slid off his cracker.
  • Body by Fisher, brains by Mattel.
  • Has an IQ of 2, but it takes 3 to grunt. 2
  • Warning: Objects in mirror are dumber than they appear. 18. An intellect rivaled only by garden tools.
  • As smart as bait.
  • Her belt doesn't go through all the loops.
  • Proof that evolution CAN go in reverse.
  • Surfing in Nebraska.
  • In the pinball game of life, her flippers were a little farther apart than most.
  • One sandwich short of a picnic.
  • The light's on, but nobody's home.
  •  If dumb were dirt, she'd cover about an acre.



Sand up your ass, if you're lucky

Dealing with gummit is like a visit to ___
You end up with ____ in every crack, pore, and orifice.

Tractors lumbering down country roads are as common as deer in rural Montana, but the federal government wants to place new driving regulations on farmers and ranchers.

"It's a huge deal for us," said John Youngberg of the Montana Farm Bureau. After years of allowing state governments to waive commercial driver's license requirements for farmers hauling crops or driving farm equipment on public roads, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is poised to do away with the exceptions.

Regulators are suggesting that all wheat shipments be considered interstate, even when farmers making short hauls to local grain elevators aren't crossing state lines.

Proposed road rules for farmers anger :cont

Answer: The Shadow Knows ...

Answer:  The Shadow Knows.

We, MoSup and me, have seemingly won a five-year old tax battle with the state.  I say this with bated breath because we've felt this way before. The long and short of it is this.

The Federal gummint charged us an additional $40,000 tax, plus penalties and interest,  for a 2006 return.  It was my error.   I neglected to include the cost basis  for stock sales I did report,  causing the feds to assume the transaction $number  represented profit, and not the actual $1.8B loss.  As soon as the error was discovered I amended the return  The IRS in time struck the additional tax, but not  the interest and penalty (interest on zero, and penalty for not paying zero).  It took a long time, but finally they removed the interest.  It took more time,but after a face-to-face they are now removing that charge.  But Wait, there's more!

The Feds obligingly notify the state about any negative finding in a federal return.  They do not, evidently, do the same when they reverse themselves.  So, despite hours and hours of phone conversations, explanations and filings, the state got plain nasty about wanting their cut, which had by now trebled !

Debtor's prison
I knew with 100% certainty that we did not own them a nickel, but - one of the things the state uses as leverage is denial of renewing all state licenses.  Period.  Their version of debtor's prison.  So, if you're a nurse, for instance, you will not be able to renew your license, and will thus be terminated.  .  That prospect, and expired tags caused me to gather papers and trudge over to comptroller's office last week.  After sitting in line for a few hours I saw a "counselor."  I had the required IRS tax transcript, so he said "okay, I'll send this to the main office.  It will take a few weeks."   Relief!!  But Wait, there's more.

This week another letter from the comptroller's office.  Aha!  A check for all the money the state owes us for withheld returns?  Nope.  It was notice of pending action for not paying a $55 claim.  I'm steaming, Mo Sup is crying.  I pick up the phone and dial the provided number.  I'm told the waiting time is estimated at "one-hour and seven-minutes.  It's at this point I see that the claim is being made by the state university that Junior attended.  Twenty-years ago! 

Then it hit us both.  The state had obviously searched their files on us, looking for a get-even!  What else could it be?  Twenty years back?   What made me want to tell you this is THIS,  We're talking blood-sucking ruthless, and if you live in one of the most liberal democrat controlled states in the nation, even more so.  Your money is their mother's milk.  They will get it.

I want to add this.  In all the conversations I've had with the IRS, both on the phone or in person, agents have been courteous and willing to listen.  The state is a different matter.  With few exceptions they are confrontational, setting  a distinctly  adversarial tone. Ahem. 

An Epic Victory!

I'm Sure Glad We Won an Epic Victory
Higher Taxes And Epic Tax Fight Are On The Horizon

Nice Job Mitch

Payroll Pain

Come Jan. 1, 2012 American workers will see less in their paychecks as a temporary two-percentage-point cut in the Social Security tax expires. That’s a $2,136 tax hike for someone earning $106,800, the maximum subject to the tax. (For a family with two average incomes the tax increase comes to $1,500 a year.) Obama had pushed for this as a short-term stimulus and would like to see it extended, but this is one tax cut Republicans are ready to let die.

The AMT Patch, Etc.

Five dozen other tax breaks expire at the end of 2011, including a “patch” that keeps more than 20 million middle-class families from having to pay the alternative minimum tax. Congress could well delay acting on these so-called “extenders” until after the 2012 election—so it won’t have to figure out how to pay for them. After all, the 2010 patch wasn’t signed into law until Dec. 17, 2010, causing taxpayers much uncertainty about how much in estimated taxes to pay.

Obama Health Surtaxes

Coming on Jan. 1, 2013: “Medicare surtaxes” on income above $250,000 per couple that were adopted to help fund Obama’s 2010 health coverage expansion. One is a 3.8% extra levy on investment income (including capital gains, interest and dividends) and the other a 0.9% surtax on salaries above $250,000 per couple.  Republicans would love to repeal these tax hikes, along with the rest of what they call Obamacare. But as long as Obama remains in the White House, that won’t happen.

The Big Expiration

The big 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts won a two-year extension in the Obama-Republican deal of December 2010 and are now set to expire at the end of 2012. Also expiring: a two year cut in the estate tax as well as  tax cuts that were originally part of the 2009 stimulus, including Obama’s prized $2,500 American Opportunity college tax credit.  If these tax provisions expire, the top tax rate on ordinary income such as salary will go from 35% to 39.6% (or 40.5%, when the Medicare surtax is included) and the top rate on long term capital gains will go from 15% to 20% (or 23.8%, when the surtax is included).  Meanwhile, the current $5 million exemption from estate and gift tax would drop to $1 million, and the 35% tax rate would rise to 55%. [FORBES cont]

Making Eye Contact

Honest people are not afraid to make eye contact

Making Eye Contact

An honest woman

Oh no! Obama lied?

But wait, there's more

Mail Online Obama Tax

The bill passed
despite Republican accusations, which now appear to have been confirmed, that the deal was simply a sly fa├žade before a brutal tax hike on the people.

Speaking in the Rose Garden after the bill was passed, President Obama said: 'Everybody is going to have to chip in. It's only fair.' [more]
This must be what Russians did during the Soviet days - smuggle western newspapers to get at the truth because , well you know.  Pravda and Izvestia. Then there's this—
The Biggest Middle Class Tax Increase In History Will Come In Five Months

Satan Called


Satan Called
But sends thanks for  the “ sandwich  and fries”

      Tom Mann

Gabrielle Giffords released into the wild

Today's Hateful and Tasteless Observation
Gabrielle Giffords appears on House floor for first time since her shooting
Members stunned as Eagle snatches her away
Never to Be Seen again?

Gifforeds Carried Away by Eagle

I'm sorry about that, but I just couldn't help being reminded of  the school children who nursed a wounded bird back to health,  only to see a hawk swoop down and grab it when they ceremoniously released it. 

Rev. Al, MSNBC All-Star

The Rev. Al Show is going to be awesome
And Here's Why ..

 But, says Jim Treacher, "I just realized who Al is ripping off:"

Dems Attack – Because They Can’t Defend


Debby Wasserman Drool

I like what this guy (The Rabid Conservative) says  - Dems Attack – Because They Can’t Defend.  

More knee slappers at US NEWS & Wurld Report's Political Cartoons on Sarah Palin

MSNBC All-Stars Clear Up Everything

Larry, Moe, and Curly predict winner of presidential race

Lawrence O'Donnell, host of "The Last Word," flatly predicted the re-election of President Barack Obama.

Rachel Maddow also named Obama, attributing her pick to a thus-far weak Republican field.

But "Hardball" host Chris Matthews waffled, saying Obama's fate will rest largely on the economy as well as his GOP rival.

One easy opponent? Mitt Romney, whom Matthews dismissed as "a mood ring." And should Obama be running against Michele Bachmann, Matthews said, "He'll just have a hoot."

Lest you forget, O'Donnell  (who replaced Keith Olbermann after testing + for rabies, even by NBC standards)  was the producer and writer for the NBC series The West Wing, or more popularly, The Left Wing.  Last week confused WaPost scribbler Sarah Anne Hughes  wrote:         
In times of political trouble we turn to the wonkiest television show of all time, Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing,” for answers.

A scene from the season six episode “In God We Trust” explained the politics behind getting the debt ceiling raised.

“So this debt ceiling thing is routine or the end of the world?” Annabeth Schott asks Toby Tony Ziegler. “Both,” he responds.

As it turns out, you have MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to thank for this scene.

There you have it; A president, national policy, and newspaper scripted by an MSNBC All-Star.  Yes, teleprompters are used. 'Splains everything, Lucy.