Wednesday, January 25, 2017
However, most find that it's only the federal form that is free. To file your Arizona state income tax, charges can range from $15-$40 or more.
Additionally, if one does not qualify for free filing, choosing the least expensive vendor could save you $100 or more!
In fact, most Arizonans DO qualify to file their state taxes free as well as their federal, if they only knew an under-publicized, necessary first step.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
A number of campaign mailers received this season indicate support for a Constitutional amendment for a federal balanced budget. One can understand the frustration when the federal government seems unable to accomplish this.
A balanced budget is an excellent goal and many point out that several states have balanced budget amendments and they have operated under them just fine.
However, if we pass a balanced budget amendment for the federal government, we might as well surrender to the Chinese immediately!
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce, as well as several local chambers, have come out against marijuana legalization. What's more, it's possible they are helping to fund anti-marijuana PACs like Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy.
Certainly, they have the right to spend the profits they've made off me this way, but I have the right, in response, to do all my holiday shopping on-line and out-of-state!
Thursday, May 12, 2016
The government has absolutely no moral, ethical, or philosophical right to outlaw a species of life. With all the debate about marijuana usage, one basic fact is being ignored: marijuana is not a chemical produced in a pharmacy. It is a species of life. The overwhelming majority of people would either credit its existence to Mother Nature or God.
Friday, April 15, 2016
The Center for Arizona Policy, (CAP,) the state's foremost lobbyist for conservative christians, seems so focused on trying to outlaw abortions that they have lost sight of what it truly means to be "pro-life."
Currently, Arizona is the only state in the union that refuses to participate in a federal children's healthcare program. As a result, 30,000-50,000 Arizona kids will be without health insurance.
Yet CAP stands mute.
I thought that they considered themselves "pro-life from conception to grave."
Should we outlaw abortions just to deny those children healthcare later? As far as CAP is concerned, heaven and earth should be moved to try to save one single fetus and yet, they won't fight for the healthcare of breathing children?
The shocking thing is, this problem could be solved by one, single letter from the lobby's president, Cathi Herrod...
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
E.J. Montana, opinion columnist for the Arizona Republic, noted:
"Opponents (of Marijuana legalization in Arizona) already have demonstrated a strategy of scare tactics based on questionable information, something they should know better than to do, since several of the bigwigs in the campaign are prosecuting attorneys.Indeed, with many of their anti-marijuana quotes, one doesn't know whether to laugh or cry.
"That will be the irony of this campaign.
"While the people promoting legalization deal with facts, opponents will try to alter voters’ sense of reality." (*1)
Some of their taradiddles are farcical on their surface; others require a rhetorical question to clear the haze.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Don't be deceived by the verbal gymnastics that refer to the rich as "Job Creators." The fact is, there is only one true creator of jobs and that is: CONSUMER DEMAND!
One writer defined "Job Creators" this way:
"In Republican/Tea Party political theory, 'Job Creators' are wealthy because they are industrious, virtuous, hard working people and can use their vast wealth to create jobs by hiring people to work for them. The idea that this euphemism is trying to convey is that taxing these people would hurt the economy because then their money would be going to the government...which will only waste tax money on things like social services." (*1)
Of course, only the rich have the money to build factories, but the only time they ever would build one is when they anticipate consumer demand for the product!
Sunday, November 29, 2015
There's a great deal of fear-mongering going on when it comes to the estate tax. ALEC-led Republicans claim that the children of farmers and small businesses are losing their farms and businesses because of the estate tax. Therefore, they argue, it should be abolished completely.
In fact, "just 0.19 percent of all deaths in 2013 resulted in (the payment of estate) tax. When 99.81 percent of all deaths don't create a taxable event, calling it a death tax is mathematically nonsensical." (*1)
The real reason for abolishing the estate tax is for the very rich to not only pass on their fortunes to their children, but to pass on their political power as well. They want to create an America, led by a oligarchy, that's been crowned by the almighty dollar.
Monday, October 12, 2015
A civil right cannot be guaranteed to ANY citizen, until that civil right is guaranteed to EVERY citizen.
Many who are pro-choice are worried about women losing their reproductive rights. Perhaps they should be. After all, if the right "to do what one wants with their own body" is so basic and important, why should it be confined to the uterus only?
Perhaps if it were women who had abortions that were being piled into for-profit prisons instead of marijuana smokers, one might quickly understand this thesis.
Monday, September 14, 2015
What if there was a program that equipped disabled individuals to leave the welfare rolls and enter into gainful, tax-paying employment?
In fact, there is one and it's very popular. Many disabled people come to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) wanting to pull themselves up by the bootstraps, get off the welfare rolls and become tax-paying citizens instead.
So successful is the program that the federal government offers to pay three-quarters of the cost. Yet die-hard tea-partiers in the Arizona Legislature have refused this "dirty Obama money" for several years. As a result, people who are genuinely motivated to get off of welfare have been sitting on waiting lists, still collecting government checks, for years.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Educational funding is currently scarce in Arizona and even as the state ranks near the bottom in both spending and performance, money is being spent to place anti-abortion stickers on the back covers of biology textbooks.
To stress the point, the students were instructed to place these stickers on the textbooks themselves.
Monday, August 17, 2015
One of the main problems with America's immigration policy is that it tries to set numbers regardless of the country's current economic condition. There are times when our economy is soaring and we need immigrant workers. There are also times when our economy slows down and we don't need as much immigrant help.
If the US could devise a market-based policy for immigration that would naturally ride with these ebbs and flows, it would be fair, adaptable, and could last for generations.
Following is one such plan: