Why I’m Not Hiring When you add it all up, it costs $74,000 to put $44,000 in Sally’s pocket and to give her $12,000 in benefits.

By MICHAEL P. FLEISCHER

With unemployment just under 10% and companies sitting on their cash, you would think that sooner or later job growth would take off. I think it’s going to be later—much later. Here’s why.
Meet Sally (not her real name; details changed to preserve privacy). Sally is a terrific employee, and she happens to be the median person in terms of base pay among the 83 people at my little company in New Jersey, where we provide audio systems for use in educational, commercial and industrial settings. She’s been with us for over 15 years. She’s a high school graduate with some specialized training. She makes $59,000 a year—on paper. In reality, she makes only $44,000 a year because $15,000 is taken from her thanks to various deductions and taxes, all of which form the steep, sad slope between gross and net pay.

 Before that money hits her bank, it is reduced by the $2,376 she pays as her share of the medical and dental insurance that my company provides. And then the government takes its due. She pays $126 for state unemployment insurance, $149 for disability insurance and $856 for Medicare. That’s the small stuff. New Jersey takes $1,893 in income taxes. The federal government gets $3,661 for Social Security and another $6,250 for income tax withholding. The roughly $13,000 taken from her by various government entities means that some 22% of her gross pay goes to Washington or Trenton. She’s lucky she doesn’t live in New York City, where the toll would be even higher. 
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How much taxation is enough? ‘Tea Partiers’ understand the link between taxes and freedom. Somehow, liberals just don’t get it.

By Jonah Goldberg
Congratulations! This is your last week working for the man — at least for this year. The Tax Foundation calculates that Tax Freedom Day for 2010 is April 9, which means that by Friday, Americans will have spent nearly 100 days working just to pay their taxes. If Democrats have their way, Tax Freedom Day will keep getting later and later.

Hold that thought. Imagine for a moment that Tax Freedom Day was Dec. 31. In other words, picture working 365 days a year for the government. Now, the government would “give” you a place to sleep, food to eat and clothes to wear, but all your income would really be Washington’s income to allocate as it saw fit. Some romantics might call this sort of arrangement “socialism” or “communism.” But another perfectly good word for it is “slavery” or, if you prefer, involuntary servitude.Click here to read more

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Below is an AP/Washington Post article describing the explosion of (primarily California) traffic fines, and especially miscellaneous (and sometimes onerous) fees tacked on to the fines. How are these not tax increases that require a public vote?

RICHARD RIDER COMMENT:

More and more, California reminds me of Hazzard County, where every week the Duke boys would thwart Boss Hogg’s ongoing efforts to extort money from the populace through various schemes involving government confiscation.

Most people (not me, but most people) accept the need for some red light cameras to stop people who “run red lights.” But the majority of CA red light tickets are $381 fines for turning right without coming to a full (and COMPLETE) stop. What’s THAT have to do with “running red lights”?

BTW, check my blog for my recent post on how to challenge these red light tickets.
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Chuck DeVore on the Radio with us today on the unconstitutional move the Dems tried to pull off this week

Show for Saturday December 20, 2008
Join me on the air, Saturdays at 11 AM PST
1460 AM, KION
CRNtalk.com Channel 5 (On the Internet)
Call in number for the program: 831-633-1460

CA Assembly Republican Whip, and Candidate for U.S. Senate Chuck DeVore will drop by to give us an update on the CA Budget Crisis and the averted attempt by the Dems to violate the State Constitution and push their tax scheme through, over the Legislature’s head. What now? What next?
Richard Scott, a long time Republican Party Activist whom I met on the Saxby Chambliss run off campaign in Georgia, joins us. He worked for the McCain campaign and we’re talking vital strategy for the GOP. There’s an important election for the chairmanship of the party next month and you should know who’s running and what’s at stake. Compelling reasons why Republicans must reach out to Hispanics—
I posted another blog to my blog, on my list of blogs. This one is eclectic. It’s a Latino blog, in English. I also linked to a website that has some interesting Latino demographic data on the links under my Mission statement, and I discovered a new website, (new to me), called NewsBalanceIndepth News Analysis published by Bill May, board member of The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley.
The biggest story this week in CA, and second biggest story nationally, after the car bailout, was the budget scheme the Democrats tried to push through. A local TV News station last night referred to it as such.
I listened to both Republican State Senator Abel Moldonado, and Democrat Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, on a radio talk station in the S.F. Bay Area yesterday and it burned me when the commentator said that both sides are acting like children. Or that the Republicans are just obstructing and not compromising. Or that Republicans haven’t offered any plan until recently. They have. I am so grateful for the fight the Republicans are waging to protect all Californians, and I believe that even the most liberal, if they’re not on the taxpayer’s dole, are all grateful for the protection we’ve received to date. Tax payers and all working families are spent and stretched and our only protection from further hurt are the Republicans in the Legislature. Californians are the highest taxed people in the country, outside of New York City. Thousands are losing or have lost their jobs and are currently unemployed. Jobs are leaving CA, and we don’t need to add another strong push for employers to leave by making it more painful and expensive to stay. Many businesses now would leave but for the costs involved in the relocation. All they need is a little push. The Democrats’ scheme would have been a big push in the wrong direction.

The Last Thing Calif. Needs: Tax Increases by Chuck DeVore