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The Democrats Celebrate Their Hypocrisy Openly

The political Left – from AOC to Pelosi, Schumer to Sanders – have for years insisted that the Republicans and Conservatives are bought and paid for by “big money”; by corporations and the mega-rich. They paint a picture of government being bought in smoky backrooms to the highest bidder. But a squabble between the 2020 General Election Democrat candidates is showcasing it...

The Left’s ‘White Nationalist’ Fraud

Progressive presidential candidate Kamala Harris has suggested that if elected President of the United States she would propose and support “red flag law” legislation that would create “domestic terrorism prevention orders”; allowing law enforcement to temporarily restrict a person’s access to legally owned weapons should they feel the person is a danger. Aside from the obvious Second Amendment issue, there is another...

Soft on Crime – Because of the Money

In the news recently was a stunning announcement by Justin Kollar, who is the Kauai County Prosecutor.  State law says that for folks driving without a license or driving without insurance, heavier fines and more jail time apply to repeat offenders.  He said that he has decided to prosecute all cases under his watch as first-time offender cases, no matter how many prior...

It’s High Noon for the American Justice System

The death of pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein puts two very real facts into play. One, his death never should have happened, and two, it is insanely obvious that his death came by nefarious means. But a third and more important fact is staring the American people in the face and there is no arguing it away.

Withholding, the Root of All Evil?

Withholding is making someone who isn’t liable for tax, but who pays money to someone who is, responsible for collecting and paying the tax to the government.  Employers, for example, must withhold federal and state income taxes out of wages paid to their employees.  The government also makes the buyer withhold taxes on big property sales. The federal government...

The Two Things That Raise Eyebrows About the El Paso Shooting

There is no question that the recent shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas were a tragedy for those affected. As well, these shootings can be seen as nothing less than acts of domestic terrorism (they fit the basic definition of terrorism, and they were domestic at their core). But the El Paso shooting stands out as a hand over-played...

A Veil of Secrecy Around Revenue Estimates

In this week’s article, we spotlight yet another attempt by a government agency to shroud its operations in the shadows. During any legislative session, our Department of Taxation furnishes a very important service to our legislators. It provides revenue estimates on various bills going through the legislative process. Sometimes it includes in its public testimony the end result—the bill will...

Some in Congress Want You to Subsidize Their DC Housing

It was only a matter of time I suppose. Some Progressive-Democrats in Congress are floating a bill to make the taxpayers pay for their housing in Washington, DC, even as they receive over $170,000 a year in salary. Keep in mind this excludes what they get to spend on travel and expenses related to their campaigns. In a measure...

The Special Land and Development Fund

In this week’s spotlight is the Special Land and Development Fund or SLDF, which is administered by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).  Into that fund goes all land rents the State receives for land that is either leased or used under a revocable permit (such as those used by airport or harbor-based businesses).  The...

So What Really Is a Resort Fee?

It’s July 2019, and already we are starting to see laws passed in the 2019 Legislature take effect.  One of these laws concerns “resort fees” that hotels both here and in other states and countries have been charging their guests.  A resort fee is supposed to be a payment for amenities provided to guests of the hotel.  But some...