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    Flap’s Links and Comments for April 18th on 13:43

    These are my links for April 18th from 13:43 to 13:47:

    • Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement will defend DOMA – Speaker John Boehner announced that former Bush administration Solicitor General Paul Clement will defend the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of the House of Representatives, in the wake of the Justice Department's decision to no longer defend the law.

      "At last we have a legal eagle on this case who actually wants to win in court! Paul Clement is a genuinely distinguished lawyer, a former solicitor general of the United States, who we are confident will win this case. Thanks to Speaker Boehner's actions, President Obama's attempt to sabotage the legal defense of DOMA is not going to work," said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, in a release.


      See President Obama's pattern?

      Fight like mad for legislation and when you lose either ignore the law with signing statements or refuse to defend it when the Left challenges it on court.

      How Undemocratic, right?

    • Arthur B. Laffer: The 30-Cent Tax Premium – WSJ.com – There is a lot more to taxes than simply paying the bill. Taxpayers must spend significantly more than $1 in order to provide $1 of income-tax revenue to the federal government.

      To start with, individuals and businesses must pay the government the $1 in revenue plus the costs of their own time spent filing and complying with the tax code; plus the tax collection costs of the IRS; plus the tax compliance outlays that individuals and businesses pay to help them file their taxes.

      In a study published last week by the Laffer Center, my colleagues Wayne Winegarden, John Childs and I estimate that these costs alone are a staggering $431 billion annually. This is a cost markup of 30 cents on every dollar paid in taxes. And this is not even a complete accounting of the costs of tax complexity.

      Like taxes themselves, tax-compliance costs change people's behavior. Taxpayers, whether individuals or businesses, respond to taxes and tax-compliance costs by changing the composition of their income, the location of their income, the timing of their income, and the volume of their income. So long as the cost of changing one's income is lower than the taxes saved, the taxpayer will engage in these types of tax-avoidance activities.

      A complete accounting of compliance costs would also include the efficiency losses created when individuals and businesses invest in tax-avoidance activities that lower their tax liability at the expense of creating more jobs and economic growth. These lost opportunities are impossible to measure but could be the largest cost of all.


      Read it all

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    Flap’s Links and Comments for March 23rd on 15:36

    These are my links for March 23rd from 15:36 to 15:54:

    • Capitol Alert: 9th Circuit denies request to lift stay on Prop. 8 ruling – 9th Circuit denies request to lift stay on Proposition 8 Gay Marrriage Ruling
    • FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Updated with Polls: President 2012: Sarah Palin is UNLIKELY to Run for President? #tcot
    • 9th Circuit denies request to lift stay on Proposition 8 Gay Marrriage Ruling – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion today to lift its stay on a lower court ruling declaring unconstitutional voter-approved Proposition 8, which prohibited same-sex marriage.

      The American Foundation for Equal Rights, which is representing two same-sex couples challenging Proposition 8, had filed the motion, which would have allowed same-sex marriages to go forward while the 9th Circuit considered an appeal of the ruling by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker.

      That process promises to stretch through this year, as the 9th Circuit awaits an opinion it requested from the state Supreme Court on whether the proponents of the 2008 ballot measure, Protectmarriage.com, can defend Proposition 8 under state law.


      It would have been unusual had the appeals court lifted the stay. This will take years to eventually be settled in the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Barack Obama,  Defense of Marriage Act,  President 2012,  Sarah Palin

    President 2012: Sarah Palin Denounces President Obama’s Decision to Not Defend the Defense of Marriage Act

    According to Maggie Gallagher over at NOM (National Organization for Marriage) Blog:

    “I have always believed that marriage is between one man and one woman. Like the majority of Americans, I support the Defense of Marriage Act and find it appalling that the Obama administration decided not to defend this federal law which was enacted with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by a Democrat president. It’s appalling, but not surprising that the President has flip-flopped on yet another issue from his stated position as a candidate to a seemingly opposite position once he was elected.”

    I am glad Sarah finally cleared the air on this very important issue – marriage.

    NOM has a roundup of all of the other GOP Presidential contenders on the issue here.