More than half of Americans receive more money in various types of government transfer payments (Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and Social Security) than they pay in federal taxes. The Congressional Budget Office reports that only the top 40% income earners in the US pay more in taxes than they receive in government transfers. Ludwig von Mises once noted that once we get to the point that a majority of the voting population receives more in benefits than it pays in taxes, then voters will demand more and more wealth be transferred to them through government programs. It will then become politically necessary to extract larger and larger amounts of wealth from a minority in order to subsidize the majority.
More than half of Americans receive more money in various types of government transfer payments (Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, Social Security) than they pay in federal taxes.
According to a report released this year by the Congressional Budget Office, only those in the top forty-percent income brackets in the United States pay more in taxes than they receive in government transfers.
Not surprisingly, the lowest income brackets receive far more in transfers than they pay in taxes:
In the lowest quintile (on-fifth or 20% of the total), households pay only $400 in taxes (as of 2014, the most recent data available) while receiving more than $16,000 in various types of tax-funded transfer payments.
The Oregon-based youth advocacy group, Our Children’s Trust, filed the lawsuit in 2015 seeking an injunction ordering the government to implement a plan to phase out fossil fuel emissions and draw down atmospheric carbon dioxide emission.
Florida state lawmakers have proposed a gun control ban on assault weapons, which are defined as “semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition at once, either in fixed or detachable magazine, or any other ammunition feeding device.”
The governor of Puerto Rico fired the island’s emergency manager, Carlos Acevedo, hours after a warehouse filled with supplies believed to be from when Hurricane Maria struck the island in September 2017.
Flynn’s attorney, Powell, says the prosecutor committed subornation of perjury, which is the crime of persuading a person to lie under oath. She says the Mueller investigation team prosecuted Flynn to support obstruction charges against President Trump.
In order to join West Virginia, the consent of Virginia’s Legislature and of a majority of the qualified voters is needed. West Virginia promised that if Virginia joins them, their firearms rights shall be protected to the fullest extent possible under their Federal and State Constitution.
5G may be a killer technology as the same frequencies and antenna-delivery systems have already been adopted by the military for use as weapons of war and crowd control. There is a race is to get the technology fully implemented before the the push back becomes too large to ignore.
Based on 20 years of observation and data, scientists are predicting that the sun will be nearly seven percent cooler and dimmer by 2050 causing a ‘mini ice age’. [The real deniers in the climate-change controversy are those who deny that global warming is a politically motivated myth.]
In addition, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo struggled to explain the threat to the US when he said, “There is no doubt that there were a series of imminent attacks that were being by plotted by Soleimani. We don’t know precisely when and we don’t know precisely where — but it was real.”
Sharyl Attkisson filed a lawsuit against Rod Rosenstein for conducting illegal surveillance from 2011 to 2014 under a government operation. A forensic expert said that remote spies had access to Attkisson’s computer, files, photographs, internet activities, and could listen to her audio through Skype.
Kyle Jurek, Sanders’ field organizer, is also against liberals who are not hard leftists and said that liberals will be shot against the wall first, and that liberals at MSNBC should be lit on fire.
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A recent study found that almost 90% of refugees are still not working after 2 1/2 years in The Netherlands. The refugees, mostly from Syria and Eritrea, discovered that low skilled jobs paid as much money as welfare, so they are opting to stay home.
While much of Europe is bending over backward for incoming refugees, Austria, yeah, not so much. The new government in Austria, made up of the Conservative People’s Party and the far-right Freedom Party, both pledged