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11 facts about the tax debate‏

15 Aug

This Is How You Beat The Tea Party?

20 Jun

Save the Troy Library “Adventures In Reverse Psychology

With no budget and just a few weeks to do it, the folks in this town kicked butt.

The city of Troy, Michigan was facing a budget shortfall, and was considering closing the Troy Public Library for lack of funds. Even though the necessary revenues could be raised through a miniscule tax increase, powerful anti-tax groups in the area were organized against it. A vote was scheduled amongst the city’s residents, to shut the library or accept the tax increase, and Leo Burnett Detroit decided to support the library by creating a reverse psychology campaign. Yard signs began appearing that read: “Vote to Close Troy Library on August 2nd – Book Burning Party on August 5th.” No one wants to be a part of a town that burns books, and the outraged citizens of Troy pushed back against the “idiotic book burners” and ultimately supported the tax increase, thus ensuring the library’s survival.

 

Tell Congress: End the #BushTaxCuts for the 2% now

29 May
Barack Obama addressing a joint session of Con...

Barack Obama addressing a joint session of Congress (State of the Union-like) on the night of February 24, 2009. Standing in front of Vice President Joe Biden (left) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (right). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week, Nancy Pelosi urged Speaker Boehner to hold an immediate vote to make the Bush tax cuts permanent for everyone making less than $1 million annually.

 

It’s a good start, but we can do better.

 

President Obama has argued for keeping the tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less — a number much more in line with what most Americans would consider as the middle class.

 

As Congress gears up for a showdown on taxes this summer, we need our Democratic allies to stay true to message: the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2% need to expire. Will you send a message to Congress, and tell them to let the Bush tax cuts for the ultra-rich expire once and for all?

 

We need a fair tax system that works for the 99% of us who work hard and play by the rules, not the 1% who lobby hard and rewrite the rules. The Bush tax cuts overwhelmingly benefited the 1%, who ate up 38% of the Bush tax cuts. And we never got the jobs that the right wing promised would trickle down because working people with good jobs drive the economy, not the 1%.

 

It’s time to end these tax cuts for the ultra-rich and turn our economy back around.

 

Republicans claim to be deficit hawks, but they refuse to raise taxes on the nation’s wealthiest by even one cent. Rather, they have proposed gutting nearly every program working class Americans rely on just to get by.

 

The Bush tax cuts for the ultra-rich were always a bad idea. It’s time to end them once and for all. Contact Congress now and tell them to end the Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000 a year.

 

http://act.truemajorityaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=394…

 

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My Voting Guide for Hidalgo

14 May

Symbol keep vote

Symbol keep vote (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Early voting starts TODAY, Monday the 14th on to the 25th.

You may vote from 7am to 7pm at any one of the 25 polling places.

Information voting location is here for Hidalgo is here, http://bit.ly/JzPy9t

You should vote because you should care about the issue(s) health, education, economy, environment, immigration, religion, privacy, war, etc.

Who we vote for makes decision on these issues that affect us all.

Do you like paying taxes? Either way, the government spends you tax money, whether it be a little or a lot, the people who get elected help decide how it should spent?

You determines who gets elected to congress, which is in charge of coming up with the yearly budget and apportionment of state money. 

More information about voting in the RGV is here http://aactnow.org/

 

If you don’t know who to vote for, here are my selections for your consideration.

Some of the races apply only to the district I live on.

(Share it with people who don’t know who to vote for or just need information)

 

US Senator

Paul Sadler

The only candidate  who has held public office, Sadler experience consists of hist time in the Texas House from 1991 to 2003

Sadler, said in a political forum that he’d “taken the arrows” in office — even received death threats over his efforts to reform the state tax code.

 “I have more experience with tax codes than any other person in the U.S. Senate,” he said.

 http://www.texastribune.org/directory/paul-sadler/

 

Member of Congress District 15

 Ruben Hinojosa

He is an incumbent who supports education and has experience.

He has worked for the betterment of our district. When the administration was prepared to compromise on the budget by cutting funding for college loans, he rallied others in Congress to refuse the deal and protected low-income students from losing an opportunity to get an education.

 

State Representative District 40

Agustin Hernandez

The best candidate is Agustin Hernandez, his reasoning for running and his proposals on his website are very convincing and well thought out.

http://hdztx.com/

As I was doing research for this I am looking these people up. I have met most of them, Mr Betancourt doesn’t even have a website or it is hard to find. Terry Canalez is an attorney with no real experience or valuable convincing reason being elected. Robert Pena has the experience,  he was in a school district and has been part of several business organizations, he would be the candidate that would most likely care for business interest most of all.

 

Referendum #1 – FOR

Reads:

Any graduate of a Texas high school, who has lived in the state for at least three years and lived here continuously for the last year, should be eligible for in-state tuition at state supported colleges and universities and given the opportunity to earn legal status through a higher education or military service.

 

If these students did the work, made the grades, and have lived in Texas for a long time they should be able to go to college. When they graduate, they would become great additions to our state. If they are going to college they are not criminals. Education should be a universal right

 

Referendum #2 – FOR

Reads:

Because a college education is increasingly necessary for jobs that allow our citizens to achieve middle class lifestyles and become the entrepreneurs who create the jobs that our economy relies on, we call on the Texas Legislature to fund colleges and universities such that tuition and fees can be affordable to all Texans.

 

Education is a social equalizer and helps people greatly increase their ability to progress. Students are graduating with greater amounts of debt.

The Texas legislature cut a lot of money to education last year in the 2011 congressional session.  Colleges have been affected; they have had to cut down the number of teacher and other areas of school which affects students.

We need to invest in our education to have better inventors, teachers, doctors, scientists, etc. That will bring progress to our state and country.

 

 

Referendum #3 – FOR

 Reads

 Should the Texas Legislature allow the people of Texas to vote to legalize casino gambling with all funds generated being used only for education?

 

We need to keep the money in Texas, people gamble when they do they have to go spend all that money in Las Vegas or other locations, we should keep the money here.

The money needed to support our education system needs to come from somewhere and since corporations don’t want to pay taxes some institution must.

It absence of the Legislature’s willingness to provide needed income to the State, this is an alternative that should be acceptable.

RELATED LINKS


Turnout and voter registration in Texas (by the numbers)

 http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/historical/70-92.shtml

 

RAP NEWS 9 – The Economy ^_^ (with Ron Paul & Peter Joseph)

28 Sep

http://www.youtube.com/embed/=ELEwjVRxxGE

RapNews: episode 9. 2011 hits harder than a pre-apocalyptic hangover as “the economy” threatens to annihilate our stock-piles of imaginary, inflated wealth, spawning a battle of epic proportions as insurgent grassroots forces move in to #OccupywallStreet and coalitions of indignados hold their ground in Athens, Madrid and Tel Aviv, facing riotgear, batons and tazers which seek to prevent a more equal redistribution of the proverbial pie. …But enough action and excitement! It’s time for some heroic armchair philosophy: Join your affable host, Robert Foster, as he attempts to shine some light on this mysterious creature, “the economy”. Is this the failure of capitalism that we are witnessing, or its triumph? Is it the end of the end of history, or yet another crazy chapter in the whimsical journey of the human experiment? For the occasion, we’ve pulled out the big guns: admittedly it was a tough choice deciding who to interview: we could’ve had Alan Greenspan on the show, or the Emperor himself, Milton Friedman; the first lady, Christine Lagarde; or financial buffs like Gerald Celente, Peter Schiff and Donald Trump. But to get the freshest juice we knew we had to go further – much further. Rap News 9 features two VIP Internet grandees who have uploaded gigabytes of truth via the one remaning free frequency – the internet – to feed a discerning and ravenous audience, hungry for answers: US Congressman, Ron Paul, and Zeitgeist film-maker, Peter Joseph. Whilst these two fine folk agree with each other on many things, fortunately, there’s no shortage of issues to rap-battle about: Do we need to inject more paper into the financial furnace, or do we need a different fuel entirely – more gold and less lead? Some say we should ditch the entire engine and replace it with something entirely new – but with what exactly? Is the answer to our impeding economic demise contained in shiny new cybernated inventions, or might it actually require us to remember and look back to tried and tested models of economic organisation? Well, time’s short so let the rhyme-rodeo begin as we blast off on a rollercoaster odyssey. It’s the stupid Economy, in all its gory glory.

 

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