Is a Flat Tax the Answer?


Yesterday we asked:

But what is a flat tax? A flat tax is simply every citizen paying the same percentage of taxes on their income (or corporation). This differs from our current “progressive” system where the more you earn, the higher percentage you pay. In previous elections, Herman Cain advocated for his 9-9-9 plan which proposed a flat tax of 9%. Rick Perry in Texas has also proposed a flat tax rate of 20%.

“It cuts taxes for Americans in every income group, increases the standard deduction to $12,500, and retains deductions for mortgage interest, charitable donations, and state and local taxes. It simplifies the filing process, allowing taxpayers to complete their returns in minutes and submit them on a postcard. And it will save Americans up to $483 billion in annual compliance costs.” –Governor Rick Perry (R-TX)

The promise of a flat tax is that it will relieve taxpayers of trying to figure out the confusing tax code. It also eliminates many deductions which tend to favor the wealthy. Proponents of the flat tax tend to be Republicans and Independents who favor limited government. An overwhelming 62% of Americans favor the flat tax according to a recent poll.

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A Response to Amanda Marcotte

by Jamieson Weaver


Slate, a left-leaning website, published two pieces that came to my attention this week. The first article, written by Julia Shaw argued that people should get married young. The second article by Amanda Marcotte was a rebuttal to the first.

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Because I go to Grove City College, the ‘ring-by-spring phenomenon’ is not lost on me. It seems every day I see someone on Facebook congratulating a friend for getting engaged. Whether I agree with marrying young or not, the response article written by Amanda Marcotte is something worth discussing.

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In my personal situation, I tend to be more on the side of not marrying young. Marcotte starts out the article bashing conservatives, which as you may have guessed, gave her some major points with me (NOT). She refers to marrying young as “the old conservative hobbyhorse.” Calling it “the conservative hobbyhorse” might be a little much; maybe “the Christian hobbyhorse” works better. Anyway, she goes on to make a snide comment about how since Julia Shaw’s young marriage is working out for her, Shaw is suggesting it will work for everyone. She goes on to be very sarcastic about Shaw’s article. While I don’t agree with Shaw’s contention that you marry someone and THEN they become your soulmate, there is a more convincing and persuasive way to disagree with Shaw’s points without a rude or mocking tone. Marcotte goes on to slam Shaw and say, “Shaw tries to distract from these concerns by talking up how much more cool stuff she can supposedly afford, like cellphones and plane tickets, now that she’s married. Yet she doesn’t actually indicate where these new income streams available only to the married come from.” To be honest, I couldn’t find a delineation of all the cool things you can buy when you’re married in Shaw’s article.

 

Here’s the line that really gets me, though. “Not that any of this matters anyway. Watching conservatives desperately try to bully women into younger marriage with a couple of promises and a whole lot of threats is highly entertaining but clearly not persuasive.” Where are these promises and threats coming from? Just because the majority of people who are talking about young marriage (typically Christians) are conservative, does not mean conservatives are trying to ram the idea of young marriage down anyone’s throat. When you marry the person you want to marry is up to YOU.

 

Overall, Marcotte’s response to Shaw wasn’t well written and didn’t prove any solid points. While Shaw’s article included facts and percentages from reliable sources, Marcotte offered few. Sadly, many people will read Marcotte’s article and go along with it just because “liberals are always right”. My purpose in writing this post is to implore you to look deeper into what you are reading. Do you really agree with what this person is saying? Are they building solid arguments based on facts or straw man arguments that look good but would fall apart in a second if pushed? Be conscious of what you read, and be form your own opinions!

Let’s Make Them Squeal


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Joni Ernst is running for the Senate in Iowa. She is a Republican, mother, grandmother and soldier.


 

“I’m Joni Ernst. I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork. My parents taught us how to live within our means. It’s time to force Washington to do the same — to cut wasteful spending, repeal Obamacare and balance the budget. I’m Joni Ernst and I approved this message because Washington’s full of big spenders. Let’s make them squeal.”

What do you think of the ad?

Read more about Joni Ernst on her website: http://www.joniforiowa.com/

CPAC, From A Young Republican


by Jamieson Weaver

> on March 7, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

CPAC was an eye-opening experience and one that I am not likely to soon forget. There is something powerful about being in the same room as thousands of other people who also hold conservative values near and dear to their heart. Also, being able to say that you got to here/meet some of the leaders of the conservative movement is pretty great too.

As a first-time CPAC-er, I was amazed by how well the conference was orchestrated and how there was so much to see and do. At any given moment between 9 am and 3:30, there were people speaking and panels discussing topics of contention in the main ballroom. In the HUB downstairs, there were hundreds of people handing out flyers and talking to people about their various conservative organizations. In a set of conference rooms, there were break-out session. In a different set of conference rooms, there were meet and greets with some of the bigger names at CPAC. And there were lots and lots of book signings.

I’m only a freshman in college, and as I previously mentioned, this was my first CPAC. Much of my exposure to conservative politics came from my parents. While at CPAC, I realized the various nuances of the conservative movement and how different the different factions of conservatism are. I sat in on a panel about whether social conservatives and libertarians will ever get along. It was interesting to see how the room was split. I still can’t exactly decide whether there were more libertarians present, or they were just much more vocal.

The coolest part for me was to hear people like Dr. Ben Carson and Rand Paul speak, and how psyched everyone got to hear them. It was also thrilling to hear these people and think, this person may one day be president, or in a very high up position. The one thing I liked most about CPAC, though, was the feeling of belonging. Being a conservative in a society filled with very vocal liberals who will shut you down and insult you at every turn sometimes makes me not want to talk about how I am a conservative. Being at a conference with people who hold the same beliefs as you is a really enlightening experience, and it prepared me to go out into the world and defend my beliefs to anyone who feels like challenging them. On that note, I cannot wait until CPAC 2015!

Guinness Drops Support for NYC Parade After Liberal Pressure


Guinness pulled their sponsorship from New York’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade after caving to pressure from the liberal left. Sam Adams and Heineken had pulled support for the parade earlier. NYC’s Mayor and Boston’s Mayor also sat out their respective parades. Ford was the only major company supporting the parade, a tradition since 1762.

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“But Ireland’s head of government, Enda Kenny, ignored pressure from gay groups and attended Boston’s parade and is planning on marching in New York’s parade on Monday. He said, “The St. Patrick’s Day parade (in New York) is a parade about our Irishness and not about sexuality, and I would be happy to participate in it.”

 

Meanwhile, LGBT groups planned to protest the New York parade along Fifth Avenue, with some scheming to drop Guinness from the shelves of the Stonewall Inn, where the gay rights movement started, to protest the sponsorship of Guinness. That plan was canceled when Guinness yielded to their pressure.” From Breitbart.com

 

Since when did being Irish have ANYTHING to do with the LGBT Community? Americans simply want to drink beer and wear green, not have any agenda pushed down their throat. Not every parade has to be a gay pride parade. They were not banned from participating in the parade but were told it is an Irish parade and LGBT markers were not welcome. Makes sense. Can we not celebrate anything else? We can only hope Guinness loses some business from this. Although Guinness may be easier than Sam Adams in our house.

 

Why is the right constantly told we are so close minded when liberals won’t let anyone believe anything different from them? We get it, you are gay. We accept it, we are over it. But today is Saint Patrick ’s Day and let it be about that.