Reality Check Update: Minn. Lawmakers’ Paychecks

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — WCCO-TV’s Reality Check reported last week that an overwhelming majority of Minnesota lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans, are getting paid during the shutdown. Now, one legislator says there’s something wrong with that.

Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, has written a bill requiring legislators to forfeit their pay if there’s ever another shutdown.

Cornish’s bill would end regular pay immediately, and more.

It would also cut off per diem pay, money they get for lodging when they are at the Capitol, mileage from home to St. Paul, and even health insurance premiums that the state pays.

Cornish, who is not taking a paycheck during the shutdown, said that if other legislators didn’t get paid, the shutdown might end sooner.

“I’m still a fiscally conservative Republican,” said Cornish, who is serving his fifth term in the Minnesota House. “I’m not deserting my party over this, but I want to bring the same amount of pressure on everybody. A hundred and thirty-nine legislators still taking pay? To the general public, that just doesn’t look right.”

Cornish said he’ll try to introduce the shutdown pay ban when the legislature meets in special session — whenever that is.

If he’s not successful, it’ll be first on his agenda in 2012.

Update: State Senator John Howe, R-Red Wing, is donating his legislative salary to three food shelves in the district he serves. Howe saied he made arrangements with the food shelves in Goodhue, Winona and Wabasha Counties before the July 1 shutdown began.

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  • Louis

    Just a gimmick,
    The employees might take some solace in this but…
    The real issue is to pass a budget.
    Governor, sign the balanced budget sent to you and let’s get going.

    • Richard

      Take out all the amendments for redistricting, stem cells, abortion, and he just might. None of that has anything to do with a budget.

      • Richard

        There’s a reason the nations Founders separated church and state. You are seeing why right here and now.

        • Brian

          Even if you DIDN’T separate church and state, which we clearly are SUPPOSED to here in the US, Jesus would have no qualms about abortion or gay marriage (neither are discussed in the Bible, even) and wouldn’t even know what stem cell research or redistricting are. Flat out, evangelicals read way too much into the Bible, not taking into account who wrote it or when it was written. I don’t see you out killing sheep on the altar, you crazies!!

          Fact of the day: Christian churches performed gay marriages in Spain in 1061 A.D. Just saying.

          • Richard


            Get me a citation or link to that (the Spanish gay marriages), I want to use that in the future. Excellent.
            Post it please. It makes a great point we could all use.

  • Ricardo

    Let me see, …..
    The GOP want to cut citizens from the state-sponsored health program, but these same republican legislators health insurance is paid by the state. In other words, they can have theirs, but we, the taxpayer can’t have coverage.
    I thought the Tea-Baggers were looking out for John Q Public. I guess the GOP legislators are actually just looking out for themselves. Sounds like some social pathology is to be found among those right-wingers. Being that selfish and uncaring about the rest of society is known as anti-social behavior, a neurosis, mental illness.

    • Belle

      Its called a job. You go out apply and work. You get paid and get your own health care. That happens to be their job, you want it run for office. All others get your own job.

      • Brian

        And if you’re 88 years old and lost everything you have, you do what for food, shelter and medical care? How about if you’re disabled with no one to care for you? What do you do then? Would you like to just let these people die on the side of the road because they aren’t fit enough to contribute to society?

        You appear to ONLY be considering those fully functioning, young, able-bodied adults in your comment.

        • Louis

          Hey Brian, 
          I drove around Minnesota and tried to find those dying old people.  I couldn’t find any…
          Therefore, why do we need a larger budget?
          Quit the doomsday tactics, it’s insulting.

          • Brian

            Apparently you didn’t make it past any elderly care facilities, or to places like Opportunity Partners in Hopkins/Minnetonka that help care for folks with disabilities? You probably kept the drive to the confines of your gated community I’m guessing.

            Well, regardless, it’s easy to cut the care of others you don’t seem to see. It would also be easy to cut-off unemployment and work re-training benefits to those “dead beat” Minnesotans, but then what happens if you lose your job? Oh, that’s right, you go running to the government for unemployment!! Seems you only want the Government when you need them.

            As someone who earns above the median income for MN I certainly pay my fair share of taxes and I do so gladly knowing that the money is used to better society and as a safety net if I fall on hard times. I would like that to continue, instead of taking our society backwards to a time when the rich ruled the world and the poor worked like slaves just to feed their families.

            • Louis

              Yeah, they were stacking them up like cord wood.

              Bring out your dead, ring ring
              Bring out your dead, ring ring

              By the way, I live in a small town, in the welfare capital of minnesota. I am in the midst of those who say they are needy.

              I have a assisted living home three doors down.

              Gimme a break, they live better than I do.

              • Richard

                Why do you live here then? MOVE!
                Move to MS, or NV, or AR, or WY.
                No taxes there! You would with your own kind.
                No need to get educated, no need to worry about welfare.
                Why do you live here?

              • Richard

                If the people living in a nursing home next door, are living better than you; I wouldn’t say you’ve been too successful……
                If that’s the case, I’d venture that you too are on the welfare rolls. You would have to be if they live better than you.

                • Louis

                  Poor Richard, I guess I hit a cord with you.
                  I am a person who makes my own way, I live within my means.
                  I will never be on the welfare roll, I have worked all my life.
                  I save every penny I can. I will pay my own way.
                  Is that a bad thing to you?

                  When I was young, it was standard to pay your own way. People took pride in it.

                  Now people enable bad habits.

                  I take it your income will go down if they cut welfare.

                • Richard

                  Repluying to your comment below, I’m older than you. I too saved all my life. That doesn’t make any difference. There will be a day, when you will want to continue living, and you will not be able to afford the care. You will use a government program. Be it SS, Medicare, or a state program. I highly doubt you will say no to your SS payments in those years.

              • K

                People who live in assisted living are there for a reason. They can’t live on their own due to physical or mental disabilities. Live better than you do? Do you have a choice of when to leave the house or if you can leave? Do you have a choice on what food you can eat when? Have someone writing down everything you do and when you do it? If you want to go to a movie, who decided what movie you can or can not watch and if you can get treats or not. How about phone privileges, some can only use the phone so many minutes a day. Plus, with a majority of individuals not on Social Security (which you need to age into or be disabled to receive) who are living in group situations/ group homes/ assisted living, they receive $89/mo from the govt.. That does not include bills, housing or food (some receive food stamps, others have the govt. send the money directly to the company they are housing with) which gets paid separately. Have your transportation, outside of rides to medical appointments, phone bill, cable bill, etc… all taken out the $89/mo. Not much left. Please do not judge unless you know all the facts.

          • ken

            louis, you would have to leave your edina or eden prairie neighborhood to view people in need. there is always people who will take advantage of the system, look at half of george jrs cabinet who went to jail. look at the financial managers that purposely distorted reports to gain stockholders only to bet on their loss with derivatives which guarenteed their profit. why do we need to keep giving in to the people that have-they have no worries(or at least not a worry that “whats for dinner tonight” or will my kids make it home . as far as a larger budget you haveinflation. you have rising healthcare costs-which no republican wants to put any controls on- and since the rich/corporate world is paying less it means we are paying more. the actual growth of gov bugdet has hovered w/in 3-5% each year as it pertains to the taxes paid(income,sales, property etc.). in the last twenty years the numbers have hovered in thgose margins. the right just like to lie , cheat and steal from us.

      • A Concerned American

        Get your facts right. 70% of workers get their health insurance through work. It is an expensive cost to companies. That is why a national health care program would actually keep jobs in America.

        • Citizen

          @Concerned. And only about 40 to 45% of American workers now have health coverage. Yes, most people get it through an employer, but fewer and fewer employers offer it. And if they do, the costs are skyrocketing. I hope you read Richard’s post to you. The great leveler in life is that we all get old, our bodies or minds wear out, and we need help from others, and then we die–no exceptions for political affiliation. I really don’t have the time to address the “get help from your family crowd,” except to say that not everyone has family or anyone who can help. That argument is a nonstarter.

      • Richard

        It doesn’t work in the way your simplistic mind does.
        Insurance company cancel people, FOREVER! It happened to me. After paying $1,200/month with a $5K deductible each month, we had to cancel. We are self-employed; have been for decades. Have worked hard all our lives. Then when we could afford insurance, I went back and they said they wouldn’t write a policy for me because I had shoulder surgery. I said, okay, exclude the shoulder. They said: No. We won’t write you at all. None of them.
        So don’t tell me it’s simply of go out and apply and get your own health care. That shoulder surgery was $20K+. I would suggest you do the same. You can’t. Someday, as you get older, you will have a day when something goes very wrong. You won’t be able to take care of it. You will need hospitalization. Everyone does, and it’s not when you are in your 80’s or 90’s. It begins in your 60’s. Without the capping ability of insurance or state programs, you will not be able to afford healthcare. You WILL lose your home, your savings and your retirement. GUARANTEED. When that happens, remember these words; and please, don’t be begging for a state hand out. Instead, please remember your statements here, tonight.

        • Citizen

          @Richard. My family has been in the same boat regarding health care and insurance as you have. Until someone has truly faced these inescapable problems of living and dying, apparently they can’t or won’t listen to someone who has been there. I have been uninsurable most of my life except through a group plan–and my health concerns are relatively minor. And I have watched my husband almost overnight develop serious debilitating health problems. Aging and death are great levelers. It is hard to see the stupidity of peoples’ comments about the needs of others because they will be there someday. You and I can both promise them that. Sad, so sad.

          • Richard

            The part they just don’t get is that it happens to all of us. None of us get out of this (life) alive. For most, the last ten or so years of their (our) lives require more medical treatments than the first 50 or 60. It’s a fact of life. It is also when society says they prefer younger workers; or, we decide we aren’t as good at what we did for an occupation as you were, and decide it’s time to responsibly retire. Our incomes go down. That is why Social Security was put in place. So that the country could responsibly deal with the age and end-of-life issues. These are facts of life. We know this and we deal with it, responsibly. On the conservatives side, there is no humanity question. They believe everyone is on their own. “UNTIL” either they or one of theirs is in need. Then they want that public assistance like everyone else.
            There wouldn’t be any arguments if they would stop this selective set of talking points they use.

        • ken

          richard you are write. i had family members do evrything right. retire w/pesion. buy/pay for land for future home. when paid for built home(they did all the finish work-just had structure built w/windows&roof. started a business. they paid for things as they went did not leverage credit. bought health insurance. paid the premiums for years. developed a heart issue-health care company’s way of taking care of them: return all premiums and say it was pre-existing. they eventually had to sell everything. this is the american dream-have a uncontrollable right-wing protected corporation crush you. its what makes republicans feel all cozy and warm inside

    • th

      100% correct.

  • Brian

    There is no balanced budget. The GOP “balanced” the budget on the backs of the poorest Minnesotans. This isn’t about frivolous spending, it’s about funding programs for the poorest and weakest among us so that they may have a better life.

    Think about it — If your child had a serious illness and it was going to cost you $25,000 for a life-saving surgery, what would you do? Would you not pay it? Or would you pay it and go look for more income (i.e. second job)?

    Well Dayton is choosing to take care of those sick kids, seniors and disabled kids, as well as keep funding programs to get families on their feet and ensure education quality in our schools. So, should we tell our parents and children “too bad, we’re out of money” or “you’re important and we’ll find the money to take care of you?”

    Think about it.

    • Belle

      And Dayton wants to tax the poorest with the cig tax. Makes a lot of sense. Try getting beyond the bs and think for yourself. Nobody is advocating throwing children in the streets but rather getting people off the state dole. We simply can’t afford to pay half the people of the state an income. They have to work and be responsibly for raising housing and feeding their own children. Six month max on welfare seems fair.

      • wrot

        The poorest hit hardest by cig tax? Pretty broad and senseless statement, yet revealing in a way. Dayton has almost given everything away and still the Repubs. say no. They are more interested in their agenda then the reason they are there. Throw them out and let Dayton run it.

      • Hannah

        Smoking is a choice, and a very unhealthy one at that, so why shouldn’t it be taxed? The money goes to rehab centers, among other things.

      • Larry

        Seriously, where are the poor? I am having trouble finding them. Their faces are hid by cell phones, their kids are inside playing xbox or WII. Their parents are selling the extra food from WIC.

        Get out and work, work hard and you will get ahead.

        • Richard

          You’re just another smart-ass. You want to see the poor? Get off your butt and go walk on the near northside; or the near southside, or better yet, most of the suburbs this year. The food shelves are over taxed all over this metro area. These are people, fine, upstanding people who were working two, three years ago, and have been laid off. They don’t have cell phones. They certainly don’t have xboxes or WII’s. Some don’t have furniture, or a home, or food.
          So stop being so callus and immature. Maybe you have it good, at least for now. But it can happen to you too. I’ve seen it. I have a few friends who were making over $100K five years ago. Today, they’ve been out of work or doing small jobs here and there for over a year. So, go ahead, be an arrogant smart ass. Someday, we might be able to put out a hand of help to someone in need, and it will be you. It does happen and you are not immune. One unforeseen car accident, a child born with a defect, say autism, a parent who gets alshiemers and needs care for 10-20 years; you or your spouse suffers a stroke; a storm topples your home with you in it. You have no control over those things, and ALL OF US are subject to the same possibilities. So, if it happens to you someday, please, don’t come crying to the state for help. You’ve told us you think ‘those people’ who do are not worth helping.

      • Brian

        I wholeheartedly agree that we need to reform our programs. We absolutely need to cut welfare back 12 months MAX and also CAP welfare payments at two kids. None of this “you get another $200 for each kid” business. I ABSOLUTELY agree with you on that Belle.

        However, as with the stem cell research, abortion, redistricting and gay marriage issues, you don’t REFORM programs in a budget. You reform them BEFORE you cut the budget. What the GOP is trying to do is cut funding to programs instead of reforming them — because it is much easier to do it this way, but much more painful.

        • ken

          when do we reform corporate welfare. it would be interesting to compare the people that are on welfare that are actually gaming the system and g.e.’s that put 5.4 billion in their pocket after write-offs and pay no taxes

        • Richard

          I can agree with that.

      • Richard

        We want them to QUIT SMOKING!
        You have your facts screwed up again. Smokers cross all economic/income lines. Smoking is not for the poor alone. Stop twisting your rationale.
        And what are you going to do with those people who are wheelchair bound, and employers are not going to hire them? Remember, it was your side that promised jobs if we gave the rich tax breaks. It’s been ten years, ….”Where’s the Jobs?”

    • Alfred

      “There is no balanced budget. The GOP “balanced” the budget…”

      Well which is it? You are really confused.

      • Richard

        You are the one who is confused, or intentionally hiding a few facts.
        The only way the GOP plan ‘balances’ is if they borrow $1Billion from education, and $1Billion from some tobacco fund, which doesn’t exist. Remember they did this last time also by borrowing from education to the tune of another $1Billion, WHICH THEY HAVEN’T PAID BACK. So instead of actually saving any money, all their plan would do is add more interest to be paid off. Now is that what you call good fiscal policy? And, where is the balancing in that? All they are doing is shifting the costs off of the state budget and dumping it onto the counties and cities, JUST LIKE THEY DID LAST TIME! Do you remember your property taxes going up while the value of your home went down? Well, it was because Pawlenty did that exact slight of hand, which all of you uninformed (or fibbing) conservative lemmings keep using your talking points to hide. Let’s work with the FACTS!

  • wrot

    I’d like to see a list of all those that are taking pay and receiving health care premiums made public. Gimmick or not, this should be public information.

    • Thompson

      I agree, if the politicians won’t keep tabs on waste and fraud I can assure you the public will.

    • Richard

      It was published last weekend in the STRIB.

  • Willy Grahm

    This is really sick of our elected officials to do this and shut down the state in the middle of summer when our tourists should be instead they are in other states spending money!!! I say lets vote out the stinking Democrats and the republicans and vote in your neighbors and co workers into office. They cannot be any worse at hiring prostitutes and using and selling drugs like Wash DC. Look at Ronald Reagan bringing cocaine into LA and now we have to fight it and lose the war on drugs anyway!!! J Edgar Hoover was gay and the FBI was playing dirty little games with the last mob member they just caught a week ago!!!!!!! Our country is sick sick sick. Start watching (3ABN Television) meaning three Angels Broadcasting Television

    • Louis

      Let’s vote in working people, not trust fund babies…

  • Non essential

    Since all of the negotiations are in secret between the leaders, the rest of the legislators are non essential. Lay them all off along with their staffers. Recall them for the day to vote on the budgets when the leadership has accepted a deal.

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  • jah

    why are we still paying you guys when you aren’t meeting everyday? The state employees laid off aren’t being paid full pay for being unemployed because you guys can’t get a budget together. what’s wrong with this picture.

  • Alfred

    The real issue.

    The Republican’s balanced budget increases spending 2 billion dollars.

    Dayton wants to increase spending 4 billion dollars and shut down the government to get what he wants.

    What is so important about the additional 2 billion dollars? Who does that go to?

    • Richard

      It goes to Health and Human Services, which makes up roughly 40% of the state budget. It pays for the care that those among us need because they haven’t been as fortunate as the rest of us. With the comments you have made earlier that the GOP budget is balanced, I can’t believe you are even asking this question. It wouldn’t hurt if you did a little research. It’s been on every television and radio station for over a year. Yet, you blindly make claims that the GOP budget is sound. Will you please STOP your non-sense behavior, and start working with FACTS?
      Someday, you will be in need. You are human, it happens to all of us. I promise you, when that happens, you will be looking for help, and it will all begin to make sense to you.
      I’m a combat wounded Vietnam Veteran. I mention that only so you can appreciate one rule we learned there: “You NEVER leave anyone behind. PERIOD.” Yet, in this country today, it is conservatives like you, who prefer to ‘look out for yourself, and let everyone else fend for themselves’. You, Louis, Belle; you all espouse the same ideals. Well, in my mind, I wonder why you believe you you are patriotic when you applaud our troops, but you won’t stand for the same ideals and same ethics that our troops stand for. We are all Americans. No one deserves to be left behind. Personally, I truly question your patriotism, your understanding of what this country stands for; and greatly thankful you, or Louis, or Belle where not in the rice paddies, in combat with me. I would not have been able to trust you when the s*#$ hit the fan. Just my own personal opinion.

    • Citizen

      @Alfred. Plenty of posters have replied to your statement that the GOP balanced the budget. They didn’t. Perhaps I can put it in terms that you will understand. IMAGINARY money in the amount of a couple of billion dollars does not balance a budget. IMAGINARY MONEY, repeat IMAGINARY MONEY. I bet I can balance my budget immediately by stating to my bank that the federal government was going to give me $2 billion, and, according to your GOP masters, that should be just fine. I’m sure my bank will believe that. The balanced budget issue has been done to death–get a new mantra, Alfred, and get a clue.

  • Captain America

    What, a voice of reason from the capitol? Can I get an amen to the COMMON SENSE of this proposal????

  • JMJ

    I don’t think Citizen or Richard work. Wish i could spend so much time on here. My break is over, i have to get back to WORK!!

  • Richard

    I can’t speak for Citizen, but ….

    Yes I do work, about 12 – 14 hours a day. I’m a computer technology and security consultant. I am also involved in solar energy. I also am an editor and webmaster on a number of websites. I also contract with engineering firms in the TC area, and testify in from of legislative committees. I am also involved in my community. So where do I find the time? I make time for important issues and this is one of them. Being able to work from home at times, I can also respond to email alerts I have set up so I can quickly and efficiently post, like I’m doing now. My working day yesterday ended at 10:30pm. I started at 6am this morning. I will probably go to about 9pm tonight, but it may go longer. That is a normal day for me, six days a week. Remember, I have been in IT technology most of my working life. I know how to make the technology work for me and my clients. Today I will speak to ~20 people on the phone and do business.
    I’m self-employed, and before that was a EVP of Sales with two large computer companies. I know how to and do work, hard, efficiently, and effectively.
    So please, don’t infer what you don’t know. It reflects very poorly on you.

    Now tell me, since you were on break, just what is it you do?

  • mike

    The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat.

    Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

    545 vs. 300,000,000 People
    -By Charlie Reese

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

    Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

    You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

    You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

    You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

    You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

    You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

    One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

    I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

    I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

    Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

    What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

    The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

    It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

    If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

    If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

    If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan …

    If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

    There are no insoluble government problems.

    Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

    Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

    They, and they alone, have the power.

    They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

    Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…

    We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

    Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

    What you do with this article now that you have read it… is up to you.
    This might be funny if it weren’t so true.
    Be sure to read all the way to the end:

    Tax his land,
    Tax his bed,
    Tax the table,
    At which he’s fed.

    Tax his tractor,
    Tax his mule,
    Teach him taxes
    Are the rule.

    Tax his work,
    Tax his pay,
    He works for
    peanuts anyway!

    Tax his cow,
    Tax his goat,
    Tax his pants,
    Tax his coat.

    Tax his ties,
    Tax his shirt,
    Tax his work,
    Tax his dirt.

    Tax his tobacco,
    Tax his drink,
    Tax him if he
    Tries to think.

    Tax his cigars,
    Tax his beers,
    If he cries
    Tax his tears.

    Tax his car,
    Tax his gas,
    Find other ways
    To tax his ass.

    Tax all he has
    Then let him know
    That you won’t be done
    Till he has no dough.

    When he screams and hollers;
    Then tax him some more,
    Tax him till
    He’s good and sore.

    Then tax his coffin,
    Tax his grave,
    Tax the sod in
    Which he’s laid…

    Put these words
    Upon his tomb,
    ‘Taxes drove me
    to my doom…’

    When he’s gone,
    Do not relax,
    It’s time to apply
    The inheritance tax.

    Accounts Receivable Tax
    Building Permit Tax
    CDL license Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Dog License Tax
    Excise Taxes
    Federal Income Tax
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax
    Fuel Permit Tax
    Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
    Gross Receipts Tax
    Hunting License Tax
    Inheritance Tax
    Inventory Tax
    IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
    Liquor Tax
    Luxury Taxes
    Marriage License Tax
    Medicare Tax
    Personal Property Tax
    Property Tax
    Real Estate Tax
    Service Charge Tax
    Social Security Tax
    Road Usage Tax
    Recreational Vehicle Tax
    Sales Tax
    School Tax
    State Income Tax
    State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
    Telephone Federal Excise Tax
    Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
    Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
    Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
    Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
    Telephone State and Local Tax
    Telephone Usage Charge Tax
    Utility Taxes
    Vehicle License Registration Tax
    Vehicle Sales Tax
    Watercraft Registration Tax
    Well Permit Tax
    Workers Compensation Tax

    Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
    We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

    What in the heck happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’

    I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!

  • Richard

    I agree with the original article, and thank you for posting it. I have that ability to move that article and will do so.

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