Archive for Taxes

With Obamacare Floundering, Widen Access to Health Care by Allowing Doctors Tax Deductions on Donated Services

File Photo of Doctors in Surgical Scrubs

While undoubtedly not a favorite idea among government or private sector bureaucrats and paper-pushers generally, if and when Obamacare completely stalls out of the gates, how far could we get, providing medical services to the uninsured — or others — by allowing doctors to eliminate their entire tax burdens by deducting donated services? Positive incentives and grass-roots mobilization, focusing on the doctor-patient relationship, would seem

VIDEO: House Speaker Weekly Briefing: Boehner Addresses Budget and Sequester

U.S. Capitol and Environs at Twilight

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), on Thursday, February 28, 2013, addressed the federal budget in his weekly briefing.  He did so on the eve of automatic cuts, or sequestration, kicking in on Friday, March 1, 2013. As Boehner points out, the National Debt is now at more than $16 trillion, roughly $52,000 for every person in the United States. The Speaker argues that the federal

Fiscal Cliff Averted but Quicksand Ahead

U.S. Capitol and Environs at Twilight

(Voice of America – Jim Malone – January 3rd, 2013 – http://blogs.voanews.com/usa-politics/2013/01/03/cliff-averted-but-quicksand-ahead/) Spending Clash Coming In the end, the best Congress could do was a narrow compromise to avoid everybody’s taxes from going up.  In the modern polarized political age, I guess that constitutes some sort of victory.  But any true deficit reduction — and remember this is supposed to be about cutting the deficit

Are Congress and Obama deliberately embracing the fiscal cliff, even as they jockey for spin?

White House

So do both parties actually want the federal government to go over the so-called fiscal cliff, to slash the budget deficit without having to go on record voting for tax increases and spending cuts? One gets that impression. To be sure, in the process the great passive consensus to raise taxes and slash spending is being accompanied by finger-pointing and posturing.  But the spin is

US Congress to Reconvene Monday, Continue Fiscal Talks

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(VOA – Kent Klein – Dec. 30, 2012) WHITE HOUSE — The drama over the U.S. government’s so-called “fiscal cliff” enters its final day before the deadline on Monday, with no agreement between Democrats and Republicans.  Americans will face tax increases and deep government cuts on Tuesday if no agreement is passed and signed before then. In a prayer at the opening of Sunday’s Senate

NEWSLINK: Pessimism Abounds as White House Calls Cliff Meeting

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[Pessimism Abounds as White House Calls Cliff Meeting – Roll Call – Steven T. Dennis - Dec. 27, 2012 – click here to read full article] Roll Call covers White House and Congressional efforts to readdress the looming “Fiscal Cliff,” automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, if Congress and the White House do not act to