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Tax Code

“If I could make just one change in Washington, it would be to fix the tax code.  No other reform would inspire as much confidence because no other policy is as big a drag on our economy.  Today, the tax code is about four million words long.”  Paul Ryan

Fix the Jobs-Killing Tax Code

By Paul RyanThe Wall Street Journal, July 8, 2014, p. A 15

If I could make just one change in Washington, it would be to fix the tax code.

No other reform would inspire as much confidence because no other policy is as big a drag on our economy. Today, the tax code is about four million words long. Taxpayers spend six billion hours a year just figuring out how to comply. But the tax code is more than confusing; it’s also unfair. Riddled with over $1 trillion in loopholes, the current code punishes free enterprise and rewards political influence. And to top it all off, we impose high marginal tax rates—including the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world—which are nothing more than barriers separating working families from job creators.

Instead of pushing people out, we should bring people in. True tax reform would both broaden the base and lower the rates, so small businesses would have room to grow and job creators would come back to our shores. Economist Glenn Hubbard says tax reform could boost economic growth by anywhere from half to a full percentage point a year over a decade. And if economic growth were just half a percentage point larger, the federal government would save an additional $1.57 trillion over 10 years. Only by paying down our debt and growing our economy can we create jobs and increase take-home pay. Only then can we expand opportunity for all.

To pass such a vital reform, after years of gridlock, would show the country that Washington can still get something done. And our country would show the world that, 125 years since The Wall Street Journal began, “free markets and free people” is still the way to go.

Rep. Ryan, a Republican, is chairman of the House Budget Committee.

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Rage Against the Machine

“Violence is inevitable!  To establish Socialism rivers of blood must flow.  The victory of Socialism is well worth millions of atomic [human beings] victims!”  Che Guevara

‘Rage Against the Machine’ Clueless About Paul Ryan

By Humberto Fontova – FrontPageMag.Com –  August 21, 2012

Paul Ryan claims fondness for the music of Rage Against the Machine, a hard-left, union-backing and “peace-marching,” grunge group. Ryan specified that the music — rather than lyrics — forms the attraction. For this, the band’s outraged lead guitarist, Harvard-graduate Tom Morello, recently took to the pages of Rolling Stone magazine to denounce Ryan as “clueless.”

“Ryan is the embodiment of the Machine our music Rages against!” raved an ungrateful Morello, proving that for leftists it’s “politics über alles.” (Can you imagine Ted Nugent or Trace Adkins insulting their customers?) “Paul Ryan’s love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing,” continued the scandalized Morello. “Charles Manson loved the Beatles but didn’t understand them. Governor Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen but doesn’t understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, Rage Against the Machine.”

Rage Against the Machine honors Che Guevara as their icon and “fifth band member.”  “We’ve considered Che a fifth band member for a long time now,” gushed (Harvard-graduate) Tom Morello, “for the simple reason that he exemplifies the integrity and revolutionary ideals to which we aspire.” The Stalinist mass-murderer’s image features prominently on RATM’s amps and album covers.

Let’s consider the two issues and determine who’s genuinely “clueless” here.

A Rock group (RATM) boasts that the central inspiration of their “irreverent” music and “anti-authority” image is the co-founder of a totalitarian regime that outlawed Rock Music, Graffiti and “disrespect to authorities” — all under penalty of forced labor, torture and firing squad.

“Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates,” commanded Che Guevara in a famous speech in 1961 where he denounced the very “spirit of rebellion” as “reprehensible.” “Youth must dedicate themselves to study, work and military service. Youth must learn to think and act as a mass…it is criminal to think of individuals!” Continue reading

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