The Congressional Pig Book – Pork-barrel projects in the federal budget. (Tea Party Time)

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The outrage of millions of taxpayers following the $700 billion bank bailout and the $787 billion stimulus bill did not stop Congress from passing and President Obama from signing a bloated $410 billion Omnibus Appropriations Act in March.  With the subsequent approval of the President’s budget, the national debt will triple over the next 10 years.  That leaves plenty of opportunities for pork to remain pervasive in the nation’s capital.

The fiscal year 2009 appropriations process was unique as three of the appropriations bills (Defense, Homeland Security and Military Construction) were passed and signed on September 30, 2008 under a different Congress and President.  But the change in control in the White House did not change the culture of corruption that surrounds pork-barrel spending.

The latest installment of Citizens Against Government Waste’s (CAGW) 19-year exposé of pork-barrel spending includes $3,800,000 for the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy; $1,900,000 for the Pleasure Beach water taxi service project; and $1,791,000 for swine odor and manure management research.

In fiscal year 2009, Congress stuffed 10,160 projects into the 12 appropriations bills worth $19.6 billion. The projects represent a 12.5 percent decrease from the 11,610 projects in fiscal year 2008. The $19.6 billion is a 14 percent increase over the fiscal year 2008 total of $17.2 billion, belying claims of reduced spending. Total pork identified by CAGW since 1991 adds up to $290 billion. Much more keep reading…

Its Tax Day Tea Party time to try and stop the waste in government! But will they listen to the voice of the people? If they don’t listen then they need to be voted out of office!

LINKS:

(1) A Tax Day Tea Party cheat sheet: How it all started

Tea Party Protests Create Online Sales Boom (Tea Party Day April 15th, Wedesday)

Grassroots organizations have produced a cottage industry of Tea Party-themed products that are funding nationwide protests of government spending and bailouts and generating their own mini-stimulus to boot.

Pro-Obama merchandise had been popular all of last year. In the last couple of months we’ve seen anti-Obama products begin to increase in popularity and sales numbers,” Kang told FOXNews.com. Read More

This could be a sign of just how big the Tax Day Tea party protest will be! Obama better open his eyes and listen to what the American people are saying or the democrats and himself will be voted out asap! We the people are tired of their spend and tax government!
Find a tea party near you and let your voice ring loud and clear and if Obama and the democrats don’t listen then its their lost!

TAX DAY TEA PARTY HQ

LINKS:

(1) Sign of the day

(2) Video: Copycat Liberal Tea Party in DC Failed, Liberal Blogger Claims Fox News Is Paying Conservatives to Attend Tomorrow’s Tea Party

(3) Video: Bruce Jacobs: KFYI 550 Radio Arizona | National Tea Parties Tomorrow, Homeland Security’s Conservative Target Document

States are raising taxes despite the ‘stimulus’ , It isn’t just high earners who get smacked

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A free fall in tax revenue is driving more state lawmakers to turn to broad-based tax increases in a bid to close widening budget gaps.

At least 10 states are considering some kind of major increase in sales or income taxes: Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. California and New York lawmakers already have agreed on multibillion-dollar tax increases that went into effect earlier this year.

Fiscal experts say more states are likely to try to raise tax revenue in coming months, especially once they tally the latest shortfalls from April 15 income-tax filings, often the biggest single source of funds for the 43 states that levy them. Read More

The Tax Capital of the World

States are raising taxes despite the ‘stimulus’; New York is No. 1.

Oh, and it isn’t just high earners who get smacked. The new budget raises another $2 billion or so on top of the $4 billion in income taxes with some 100 new taxes, fees, fines, surcharges and penalties to be paid by all New York residents. There are new charges for cell phone usage, fishing permits, health insurance (the “sick tax”), electric bills, and on bottled water, cigars, beer and wine. A New York Post analysis found that a typical family of four with an income below $100,000 would pay more than $800 a year in higher taxes and fees.

One explicit argument for the $787 billion “stimulus” bill was to help states avoid these tax increases that even Keynesians understand are contractionary. Instead, the state politicians are pocketing the federal cash to maintain spending, and raising taxes anyway. Just another spend-and-tax bait and switch.

This is advertised as a plan of “shared sacrifice,” but the group that is most responsible for New York’s budget woes, the all-powerful public employee unions, somehow walk out of this with a 3% pay increase. The state is receiving an estimated $10 billion in federal stimulus money, and Democrats are spending every cent while raising the state budget by 9%. Then they insist with a straight face that taxes are the only way to close the budget deficit. Keep Reading….

Do you think the economy is getting any better people? If you do then you better think again! Do you think that only people with incomes over $200,000.00 will be paying these taxes? Again if you do then you better think again! You have been taken to the cleaners by Obama!

LINKS:

(1) Ron Howard: Happy Days are (almost) here again

(2) Video: The BO Tax and Spend Rap

(3) Countdown to Tax Day Tea Party: The view from Asheville, NC