October 23, 2016

Oregonian: 2.5-Percent Gross Receipts Tax ‘Could’ Raise Consumer Prices

I hope I’m right when I contend that most people in Oregon aren’t as dumb as the writer of a photo caption in an article found at Oregon Live, the web site of the Oregonian, apparently is (or, one hopes, is only pretending to be).

The caption’s writer, commenting on a 2.5 percent gross receipts tax — not an income tax, but a tax off the top on sales — claims that “One question Oregonians have about a corporate tax measure on the November ballot is whether it would increase costs for consumers.” He further notes that grocery stores “are one industry that could raise prices to cover the cost of the tax.” The idea that Oregonians won’t (excuse the expression) eat the cost of the tax imposed if what is known as Measure 97 passes, either through higher prices or other means, becomes more absurd the more one learns about the details of the tax.

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‘It’s All Rainbows and Puppy Dogs’: Bartiromo Zaps Zeke Emanuel on Obamacare, Weak Economic Growth

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:24 pm

Friday morning, Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo had a tense one-on-one interview with Ezekiel Emanuel, one the two major architects of Obamacare (the other one is the infamous Jonathan “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage because of the stupidity of voters” Gruber).

Bartiromo had a good grasp of Obamacare’s problems as she challenged Emanuel on its poor results and President Barack Obama’s misplaced priorities during his first two years in office. She also wasn’t afraid to get in Emanuel’s face with bitter sarcasm after he baldly and falsely claimed that health care costs — not health care inflation, health care costs — “have come way down compared to George Bush.”

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Well, at Least Hillary Can Be Confident She’ll Get As Much Support From Minorities As Obama Did …

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:15 am

… oh wait.

Donald Trump is actually doing minority outreach. He has Brunell Donald-Kyei as his campaign’s Vice Chair for Diversity Outreach. She’s persuasive and passionate:

Pull quote: “We’ve got to stop thinking of black, and white, and purple and Arab. We’ve got to start thinking as Americans. And that’s what Donald Trump is saying. We’re Americans. America first.”

Rommney, McCain, Bush 43 and Bob Dole never had this kind of vocal support.

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102316)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: John Vincent sings an amazing national anthem before Game 6 of the National League Championship Series

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

Awesome — and watch how long the man holds the note on “free”:

Oh, the result of the game was pretty nice too.