Have I Traveled to a Parallel Universe?

In every movie and television episode I can think of where the protagonist somehow travels to a parallel universe, one of the chief differences is that those who are good and bad have swapped roles. I’m outing myself as a Trekkie here, but the most notable example I can think of is the original Star Trek series episode, Mirror, Mirror, in which Captain Kirk and others accidentally swap universes with their counterparts. Kirk suddenly finds that the Federation is a conquering empire and his ship, the Enterprise, is a battleship sent on a mission of domination and murder.

I haven’t yet worked out the science of it how it happened but I think I may have been transported to a parallel universe.

For weeks now the news from the Oklahoma state capitol building has been proposal after proposal to increase ‘revenues’ by various methods. Let’s pause for a moment here and dispel the euphemism, ‘revenues,’ and call it by its true name, taxes. Anytime you read or hear someone say the word ‘revenues’ just automatically replace it word the word […] → Keep reading

Oklahoma State Senator David Holt Proposes $59 Million In New Sales Taxes

Last year I wrote a post about a payday loan bill that Senator David Holt submitted and later pulled in which I agreed with him about the concepts of the free market and that government should not be in the business of saving people from their own bad decisions. Senator Holt sent me a message on Twitter thanking me for my remarks and saying he appreciates someone willing to state limited government principles. He also said that, “Someday I’ll do something you don’t like.”

We’re there.

Yesterday, Senator Holt took to Facebook to announce his proposed bills that would give Oklahoma teachers a $10,000 pay raise. Senate Bill 316 would provide the raise and Holt introduced twelve separate measures to provide the funding. One of these measures, Senate Bill 331, increases taxes. To be fair to Senator Holt, SB331 is not an increase in tax rates but a removal of sales tax exemptions. But the net result is Oklahomans will pay more in taxes.

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Oklahoma State Questions

Here is a summary of the State Questions on the Oklahoma ballot and my brief take on each.

BALLOT TITLE FOR STATE QUESTION NO. 776

This measure adds a new section to the Oklahoma Constitution, Section 9A of Article 2. The new Section deals with the death penalty. The Section establishes State constitutional mandates relating to the death penalty and methods of execution. Under these constitutional requirements:

The Legislature is expressly empowered to designate any method of execution not prohibited by the United States Constitution. Death sentences shall not be reduced because a method of execution is ruled to be invalid. When an execution method is declared invalid, the death penalty imposed shall remain in force until it can be carried out using any valid execution method, and The imposition of a death penalty under Oklahoma law­—as distinguished from a method of execution—shall not be deemed to be or constitute the infliction of cruel or unusual punishment under Oklahoma’s Constitution, nor to contravene any provision of the Oklahoma Constitution.

My vote – YES

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Tax Freedom Day In Oklahoma

If you live in Oklahoma, congratulations, you have made it to Tax Freedom Day! From January 1st until today, every penny you have made goes toward your federal, state and local taxes. This year’s Tax Freedom Day in Oklahoma comes three days later than last year. Americans will pay approximately $3.3 trillion to the federal government this year and an additional $1.5 trillion to state and local governments. I’m sure every penny of our tax dollars will be spent wisely and not wasted.

If you do not live in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, California, Massachusetts or Maryland, be glad. Tax Freedom Day in those states doesn’t come until May. The state to have the earliest Tax Freedom Day is Louisiana on April 2nd, but they’re also three days later than last year.

The Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C. has more analysis on their website and some interesting historical facts about Tax Freedom Day.

 

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New York Times: Stay-at-Home Parents Are Tax Cheats

If you’re a stay-at-home parent the New York Times thinks you’re a tax cheat. Makes perfect sense, right? You don’t have a job, yet somehow you’re robbing the government of tax revenue. Josh Barro wrote a piece for the Times that details just how it is he thinks you’re getting an unfair advantage.

New York Times – President Obama’s proposal to expand a tax break for working parents with children under 5 has some conservatives criticizing it for discriminating against stay-at-home parents.

Those parents wouldn’t be able to take the proposed tax credit equal to 50 percent of child care expenses, up to a maximum of $3,000 per child. What the critics fail to see is that the playing field wasn’t level to begin with. The tax code is already hugely distorted in favor of stay-at-home parenting: Labor outside the home is taxed; household work, such as stay-at-home parenting, is not.

I realize that sounds like a bizarre thing to say. Why would there be a tax […] → Keep reading