The Tax Man Cometh – From Every Direction

Instead of cutting expenses to balance public budgets, politicians at all levels quite simply increase existing, or add new, taxes in hopes of staving off their impending financial doom.

This is probably not a full list of the various federal, state and local taxes (also known by other names) levied on US citizens, through direct taxation or through companies either collecting the tax or passing on these expenses via the purchase price of products, but is fairly lengthy nonetheless.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Air Ticket Tax
Airline Takeoff Segment Tax
Building Permit Tax
Business and Occupation Tax
Candy Tax (not all states)
Capital Gains Tax
Carbon Tax
Cigarette Tax
Coal Severance Tax
Commercial Driver’s License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Development Impact Tax
Dog License Tax
Electricity Energy Producers Tax
Excise Taxes (Many)
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Franchise Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (approx $0.46/gal)
Generation-skipping Transfer Tax
Gross Receipts Tax
Hospital Facility Utilization Fee Tax
Hotel Occupancy Tax
Hunting License Tax
Individual Mandate Tax (not yet enacted)
Indoor Tanning Salon Tax
Inheritance Tax
International Arrival/Departure Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges
IRS Penalties
Jock Tax (pro athletes)
Liquor License Tax
Liquor Tax

Luxury Tax
Marriage License Tax
Medical Equipment Excise Tax (not yet enacted)
Medicare Tax
Metal Mines License Tax
Mineral Severance Tax
Natural Gas Severance Tax
Nursing Facility Bed Tax (not all states)
Oil Severance Tax
Parking Meters
Payroll Surcharge Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Proxy Tax
Rain Water Tax
Real Estate Tax
Rental Car Tax
Road Usage tax
Self-employment Tax
Septic Permit Tax
Service Charge Tax
Ship Passenger Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Sales Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
Soda Tax (not yet enacted)
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Surtax Tax
Telecommunications TDD Service Fee
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Toll Bridge Tax
Toll Road Tax
Toll Tunnel Tax
Tonnage Tax
Traffic Fines
Trailer Registration Fees
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Vendor Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Wholesale Energy Transaction Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Quite a list, to be sure, yet the White House and Congress, year after year, continue to enlarge the public sector (wages, benefits and expenses paid for by citizen’s taxes and fees, etc.), instead of scaling back the size of Big Government.

Over For Now.

Main Street One

The Erosions of Freedom…National Defense Authorization act

It is hard to comprehend what those sitting at Capitol Hill are thinking, passing the recent National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The bill passed the Senate by a 93-7 vote. The seven who voted against it were: Thomas Coburn (R-OK), Thomas Harken (D-IA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Ron Wyden (R-OR). 

While President Obama attempted to distance himself from this very controversial bill, there was plenty of time before the drop-dead timeline to change key components of the legislation. It is also noted that the WH administration wanted a key freedom-killing component inserted in NDAA.

The president said, “The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists.”

Nice try. You still signed it and that means that you, or any future president, may use the power to defy the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights that guarantee freedoms which the HDAA totally destroys.

The erosion of freedom, of pursuing life, liberty and happiness, just became less.

If what Senator Bernie Sanders stated is true, “The legislation could also give future presidents the authority to throw American citizens into prison for life without charges or a trial,” then that freedom became a whole lot less.

Senator Rand Paul points of many problematic issues with NDAA and the powers that come from that bill in this interview:


Any American may be detained without any rights if it is determined that the person may have by whatever means an association with “suspected” terrorists.

Thus, if a member of Main Street USA were to read something on the Internet about terrorists, even though the person is totally against them and that which they stand for, that citizen may be indefinitely detained because there exists an “association” – the person read about the terrorists.

Many may argue that it would never come to this. However, there are no guarantees.

Make no mistake, more and more American citizen freedoms are being decimated in the name of fighting terrorists.

Over For Now.

Main Street One

Show Down: The Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments concerning the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


The worst thing that could happen would be for the justices to rule in favor of forcing American citizens to purchase health care based on the interstate commerce portion of the Constitution, as is the case in the 2,700 page, one trillion dollar piece of legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

That commerce clause has been utilized by politicians in an ever-widening sphere to regulate virtually anything.

It does not take an expert in constitutional law to know, without doubt, that forcing citizens to purchase health care with interstate commerce as the vehicle to do so is not only just plain wrong, it is illegal.

If this health care law is not repealed, the end result is that Capitol Hill, those citizens who are bound by oath to serve America’s best interests, have, simply stated, stripped away another right of freedom from Main Street USA.

The freedom to make independent decisions.

Any person should question why, if this legislation is such a good universal solution to health care, members of Congress are exempt from taking part. That our esteemed officials have so elected to distance themselves from something that is supposed to be so very good for everybody makes one wonder why they would do such.

That they can do this, as well as mandate retirement ages for the private sector but not themselves, among other inequities, is just another reason there should be a 28th Amendment:

Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.

On another health care related note, it is interesting that White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer stated that a positive aspect of the bill is that insurance companies “have to spend more of your premiums on health care instead of advertising and bonuses,” yet Congress and the White House allow drug companies to saturate the media with myriad ads promoting drugs that can cause “suicidal thoughts or actions” and “sudden unexpected death.”

And, it is a certainty that politicians accept all manner of financial support for their campaigns from insurance companies, executives and employees.

Such is hypocrisy in politics.

Let us hope the Supreme Court is able to rise above politics in their decision regarding the atrocious Affordable Care Act.

Over For Now.

Main Street One

Politicians: Listen to that Famous Kennedy Line – Ask Not …

Though John Fitzgerald Kennedy did not spend a long time in the White House he did accomplish some very meaningful actions while he occupied the nation’s top seat.

The Bay of Pigs, though possibly viewed by some as a fiasco, was handled well, and the Cuban Missile Crisis was an exceptionally tough time for any political figure where success was ultimately accomplished, while his work fowarding civil rights positively changed the course of the nation.

When looking at JFK’s political career one of the most meaningful points he ever expressed, and was evident in various of his actions while he served, was during his innaugural address.

Towards the end of that speech he stated, And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.

Unfortunately, most politicians lean exactly the opposite of President Kennedy. It certainly appears that they are trying to figure out how the United States can do more, provide more, hand out more, to fellow Americans. Much of this is, more than likely, done to garner votes for their always-upcoming re-election.

Regardless, each piece of legislation the nation’s elected officials vote into existence that, basically, provides either something for nothing or continually expands the public sector by increasing its size and scope with added personnel and payroll (as well as health and retirement benefits) primarily results in more and more financial burden for Main Street USA and a growing federal budget deficit.

Case in point, is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) which poured billions of dollars into public works through the public sector, with no meaningful statistics to show.

Had that money been channeled into the private sector through bidding contracts that would be awarded to companies there may have been some positive change that could be measured. And this would have been acccomplished with less cost to American taxpayers.

The economy cannot be fixed by increasing the size of the public sector. If, and when, politicans learn this simple truth the country will begin to better itself.

It is not the government’s job, nor purpose as outlined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, to have become an overly massive bureaucracy that ends up taxing it’s citizens to death in the attempt to cover all the costs necessary to pay for immediate, and future, costs of their myriad programs.

And though JFK was human and had his share of flaws, as pointed out by the 2011 The Kennedys six-hour mini-series, he did have a fairly good idea of the activities and actions that government should and should not be doing or areas where government should or should not become involved.

Over For Now.

Main Street One