After shutdown, government moves back to
business - SFGate
Barriers came down at federal memorials and National Park
Service sites and thousands of furloughed federal workers — relieved
but wary — returned to work across the country Thursday after 16 days
off the job due to the partial government shutdown.
For Republicans, It Is Still All About
Medicare - The Huffington Post
The shutdown and threat of default had been planned well in
advance. "I don't care what the price is," the Republican Speaker had
declared two months before government offices closed all over the
country. "I don't care if we have no executive offices and no bonds for
30 days." Six months before that, he had also telegraphed the House
Republican Majority's coming brinkmanship strategy. "The President will
veto a number of things and we'll then put them all on the debt ceiling
and then he'll decide how big a crisis he wants." The year was 1995.
The Speaker, Newt Gingrich.
State’s Pot Industry Gets High Taxes With Newly Approved Rules
After almost a year of researching marijuana and how to go
about selling it legally, Washington state adopted rules yesterday for
the recreational sale of pot, and everyone is watching. Well, everyone
who’s interested in how to go about doing something similar in their
home state or country.
deal opens door to tax, entitlement changes- NBC News
The deal struck Wednesday in Washington could make it easier
for lawmakers to make big changes to tax policy, spending and
A Tale of Tax Returns and Tax Scams- Scientific American
When I was in college, my friend and I attended a tax seminar
in which we were told that paying taxes was unnecessary because the
Sixteenth Amendment—empowering Congress to levy an income tax—was never
legally ratified. After a long and detailed history of the irs, we were
advised not to file a tax return and given instructions on what to do
and say when the feds come a-knockin'. The slick presentation seemed
internally coherent and logically plausible in the room, but later,
after some reflection, I figured it couldn't possibly be true because
no one would pay taxes if it were. In contrast, my friend went for it
and got away tax-free for years, until the irs caught up with him and
he got his comeuppance.