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March 23, 2015

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maryrose

Ext. Hillary will try to play the intimidation card but she won't get away with it this time Her tears in New Hampshire ploy won't work either

Janet

Show the loser Dems dressed as vaginas, and riding bikes & little golf cart cars, and sitting in trees, and marching naked in San Francisco with whips...
then contrast THAT LUNACY with strong Americans of all ethic types in trucks & boats & at kids ballgames & comin' out of church...
& then ask the question -
What future do you want for YOUR CHILDREN???

Vote Republican! Cruz - Rubio 2016

Thomas Collins

Jeeesssuuusss Louuuuuiiiiisus, y'all are a bunch of high finance types! OL's CPA, daddy's CPA, this one and that one's CPA. Two weekends ago, my wife and I did our usual time with TurboTax and finished up on Sunday morning. Oh well, I'm glad someone is helping keep up the good jobs at good wages for the tax accountant CPAs! :-)

Janet

Make the Dems own their crackpots.

Jack is Back!

I like Walker-Cruz also. its almost a Bush-Cheney redux in a way.

Danube on iPad

Walker-Rubio.

Walker woould get more done than Cruz, who has alienated a whole lot of GOP Senators--and has zero executive experience. Walker has shown himself to be an extremely able executive, and is absolutely unflinching.

lyle

The two richest guys I know have told me repeatedly over the last 10 to 15 years, paying taxes is a good problem to have. Hey, I know they pay way more taxes than the missus and I but it's hard not to blanch when I total up Fed and state. I'm not complaining: we live very well. But hearing frauds like the Red Witch and Red Squaw tell me I'm not paying enough is galling.

Sue

I have a CPA. I work for him. But on the legal side of his office. But he does my tax return. For free.

Sue

I will vote for any combination of Republican that hopefully doesn't include Huckabee, Christie or Trump. But after 8 years of Obama, I'm voting for whoever has an R after their name.

Jack is Back!

lyle,

What they mean is that if you are not paying taxes you are either losing money or have no money. I know there are exceptions but those don't count for the majority of taxpayers. Even the Koch Bros. pay taxes but does Harry Reid?

lyle

Good for you, TC. I'm envious that you don't need a CPA. Here's a hint to keep from never needing one: don't buy a second home or rental property.

daddy

NPR has now dubbed Cruz a white Hispanic, the term first used in describing George Zimmerman--a dog whistle to their listeners that he's outside the need for protection.
Funny, they never used that on prep boy Bill Richardson.

Clarice,

Isn't that pretty much the same crowd who have been telling us that using the term "TaxPayer" is too divisive?

rich@gmu

Posted by: Jack is Back! | March 23, 2015 at 06:27 PM

I'm hoping for Canadian. Hell he might try to impose Molson on the nation.

lyle

I know what they mean, JiB.

Beasts of England

I'm delighted that someone earning $300k per one hour speech is going to tackle working together and income inequality. What could go wrong?

AliceH

I filed my returns last month. I'm not certain, but I suspect I may qualify as a "deadbeat" under cathyf's definition of the term.

Jack is Back!

lyle,

Not lecturing just opining. Solmetimes people here take everything to be a correction but it isin't. We all comment to our own grammatical preference.

Thomas Collins

I feel left out, lyle. No second home, no rental property, no boat, no CPA, no collection of Warhol prints, no racing car to indulge a midlife crisis. But enough books on political philosophy to send my wife crazy (she thinks we'd be rich if we sold them)!

NkonIphone

Mom and pop CPAs for wife and me. They retire this year ....
DOOM

MarkO

To me, there is something beguiling about a candidate who says he is a disrupter. Sadly, Cruz has had to invite American to "imagine" a life that once actually existed.

His use of internecine bloodletting will be epic. Jeb first.

rich@gmu

>>>Make the Dems own their crackpots.

Posted by: Janet | March 23, 2015 at 07:43 PM<<<

Indeed. Why is it so hard for the GOP to tar with a big brush ... anything coming from anyone from the CBC would be a good start? How about shove a microphone and make them defend everything that fat tub of goo alGore or that drunken traitor (an actual traitor) Robert Kennedy? ask them theological questions about the finer points of the Nation of Islam and get them defending Calypso Louie ... the possibilities for fun are endless actually.

NkonIphone

Cruz as vp candidate?...... Walker will need a food taster

henry

Personal taxes aren't bad, it's the corporate taxes to the Feds & 57 states that I need CPA help on. At least most now allow electronic filing -- signing that many forms makes my hand cramp.

Rick Ballard

NK,

Only for a little while.

daddy

daddy - Don't know whether you have seen Dan Sullivan's piece in today's WSJ.

Jim Miller,

Just read it and I also enjoyed it: Obama’s Alaska Wilderness Head Fake
All Americans should worry about the president’s recent illegal land grab.

As a freshman senator, I have been surprised that some of my colleagues routinely protect the president’s power grabs by going along with these policies. Yesteryear’s giants in the Senate on both sides of the aisle—Robert Byrd,Daniel Inouye, Scoop Jackson, Ted Stevens—would not have stood for it. They’d be raising the roof over the usurpation of the Senate’s power by any president, regardless of political party.

My guess is Dan Sullivan is not yet on the Mitch McConnell/GOPe bandwagon. Hope he stays that way.

Beasts of England

I'm disillusioned that our man in a three-piece suit does his own taxes. ;)

lyle

No worries, JiB.

You still have the treadmill, though, right, TC?

Threadkiller

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/equal-opportunity-birther-donald-trump-questions-ted-cruzs-citizenship/

Jane

Of all the NR folks that go on the cruises, he is the one I would most like to meet. His writing has great clarity.

On my first cruise in 2008 he was the speaker at my table. He asked everyone what they thought on election night. My response was : "I was happy for Juan Williams." (Don't ask) Since 2008 he greets me by name and a hug every time I see him.

When we were in France after visiting the Monet estate I asked him that night if he had gone because I wanted to read what he wrote about it. He was so flattered, and I meant it.

He is as lyrical in person as he is on paper. He brought his mother to France. He brought his nephew (around age 12) on the last cruise. He is funny and fun, and I really love him. He's great friends with Cruz and Caro asked him in Nov if he would be his press sec if he won. He said "no" (but I'm not sure he meant it). We said he had to so he could get us into the WH. He said he would do that regardless.

Have I mentioned that I really love him.

Thomas Collins

I think that's the problem, BOE. Indulging in too many three piece suits has prevented me from accumulating sufficient capital to justify a CPA. But if one rips while I'm on the treadmill, I have many more to choose from for the client meeting! :-)

rich@gmu

Posted by: Ignatz Ratzkywatzky | March 23, 2015 at 06:38 PM

damn it. but it was such an easy comment to make.

DrJ

henry,

Personal taxes aren't bad, it's the corporate taxes to the Feds & 57 states that I need CPA help on.

Amen, Amen. It is getting to the point where I'd rather pay a flat 5% of revenue, even though the company usually only breaks even (mostly) than have to go through all the tax b*llshit.

And it really complicates many decisions that otherwise would be pretty straight forward.

Jane

MM,

Cruz treats people equally - that includes older white women. I respect that.

We needed a "terrorism expert" to tell us that?

WTH?

A big part of the defense - maybe the biggest part, is that Tsanarnov (or however you spell his name) was not a jihadist but under the spell of his brother. Thus the expert.

Thomas Collins

Several, lyle. Never would have lived where I do without a place with several treadmills nearby.

Jim Miller

daddy - I like Sullivan's list of admired senators: Robert Byrd, Daniel Inouye, Scoop Jackson, and Ted Stevens.

That's just about perfect for a senator from Alaska. By naming Robert Byrd -- a man whom I do not particularly admire -- he is making a direct jab at Harry Reid, without mentioning the minority leader's name. (I assume everyone can see why he named the other three.)

Jane

Beasts,

The IRS is afraid of TC, he is a tax attorney extraordinaire.

pagar

"the value of working together"

IMO, there is no worse example of not working well together than the SOS Clinton not protecting the Ambassador and others at Benghazi.

Who ever is her handler needs to keep her way away from "the value of working together" theme.

"Forty years of unseemly, unethical, and illegal effluent, effortlessly and unabashedly discharged by both Bill and Hillary may have finally splashed over the manhole covers on their political septic tank, clogged the leach field, and now backing up into the house threatening to splatter their live-in coterie. No mere journeyman plumber can fix these breaches; only operating engineers with a commercial grade backhoe, and a few tons of hydraulic cement might have a chance."

LUN

Jane

"Idea: See if Senate Democrats will pass a bill barring presidential 'exec agreements' with any nation that hangs gays."

I have no idea whose idea this was, but it is brilliant.

Jane

TC,

I think you should stop in at the Tsarnov trial and give us an update. It's practically next door, right?

exdemocrat

Lyle - Cooke says Cruz bugs him the way Gladstone bugged Queen Vic - who famously said "The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them."
Bug or feature?
Gladstone served more terms as prime minister than anyone else in British history, BTW.

Ann

Did anyone else see the state department briefing today?

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2015/03/239705.htm

Just a little:

QUESTION: Are there any U.S. Government personnel left in the country (Yemen)?

MS. HARF: I do not believe so. As we said in the statement over the weekend, the U.S. Government has temporarily relocated its remaining personnel out of Yemen. I know we’ve talked a lot about this in this room, but it’s my understanding that the remaining personnel were relocated.

@#$%^&* No mention of the fact that 100 SF/marines ran/ left so quickly that we left weapons worth 500 million. GRRRR

Hope Megan brings back the red head moron with big boobs to cover.

Jane

From the Charles Cooke (another one of my very favorites at NRO) piece:

Late last year, I attended an event at which both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were scheduled to speak. Going in, the audience seemed infinitely more excited about the latter. Rubio, I was told, was finished — a “traitor” and a “turncoat.” Cruz, meanwhile, was the golden boy. At the drinks reception afterwards, however, a good number of minds seemed to have been changed. “Rubio talks to you,” one attendee explained; “Cruz seemed to lecture.” This is an anecdote, I will grant. But it reminded me of the age-old observation that it is one thing to be the smartest man in the room, but that it is quite another to behave as if you know it.

I was there, and I think I posted exactly those sentiments later that night. Rubio won me over that night. My conversation with him about Burwell which the SC agreed to hear that day) was amazing.

Still love Cruz tho, so it's a win/win thing.

Danube on iPad

Sullivan makes an important point that has been on my mind for a very long time. The congress has historically been very jealous of its institutional power, and has resisted executive overreach. Not so any more, and the Dems may very well discover that what goes around comes around.

Suppose President Walker declares that the do-nothing congress has failed to send him a bill lowering the capital gains tax, so he has no choice but to issue an Executive Order directing the IRS not to collect taxes on any amount greater than ten percent of such gains? On what principle will Chuck Schumer object?

Sue

Rubio is easier on the eyes.

DrJ

Tomorrow's lead editorial in the WSJ talks about how similar Cruz and Obama are in pedigree, experience, and path to running for the White House. It is worth reading.

Threadkiller

Does the WSJ also mention that they were both born British Subjects as well?

daddy

Only reason I'm using a CPA is because 1 daughter's withdrawal from a UTMA to pay for school exceeded $10,000. That makes me unable for the first time ever to file for her, so after a week of trying to figure out the convoluted forms and indecipherable language of---Schedule B, Schedule D, 8814, 8815, 8615, 8949, Pub 929, I had to surrender.

CPA says the "Kiddie Tax" paperwork is hideously complicated and maddening. At one point we were both on computers trying to get her numbers correct, and I noticed we were both cursing at the same time:)

Whew...Lady Heel's tried to blow a 23 point lead, but amazingly just had a Frosh hit a bucket from the top of the key with 1 second remaining to put it away, 84 - 82.

Danube on iPad

Fly Navy.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/wfOD2y_AD_w?feature=player_embedded

Miss Marple

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20150323/us--obama-clinton-2b2d105b68.html

Obama and Hillary met at the White House yesterday for about an hour.

Danube on iPad

"Does the WSJ also mention that they were both born British Subjects as well?"

Would the fact that they deem it unworthy of mention convey any meaning to you?

daddy

BTW,

I have no idea how much a CPA costs. Do they generally charge by the hour? I offered to pay him whatever I owed him but he said "Not now." Am I screwed.

Uh Oh. I just now realized he wasn't wearing a 3 piece suit!

Gad.

Beasts of England

I did not know that, Jane!

p.s. The link to the last page of the thread is a fine upgrade. Thanks, hit!

Jane

I pay about $750 for my PC, $750 for my LLC and $500 for my personal taxes.

Jane

Anyone watching The Voice? That chick in the white glasses, blew me away.

Danube on iPad

Where were they when South Africa was the target?

"The U.N. Human Rights Council this week will appoint an official whose job is to examine Western sanctions, viewed as constituting human rights violations against the targeted countries."

Sue

Jane,

She is my least favorite so far. I'm not a fan of her voice, though I admit she is powerful.

jimmyk

daddy, based on my experience the accountant will charge you some amount in three figures. In Manhattan it's four figures.

Porchlight

No freshman Senators. Is that too much to ask?

Jane, thanks for that description of Jay Nordlinger. What a sweetheart. Now I want to meet him even more. Do you think he would come to St. Jane's as guest of honor? Of course he would.

Btw I ordered an autographed copy of his book Here, There, and Everywhere. I asked him to inscribe it to "the only conservative librarian in Austin." (I truly believe that applies to me.) He did, but he added a few exclamation points. :)

Threadkiller

All the news that we deem worthy to print...

Sue

Daddy,

Just like veterinarians, everything is cheaper in the country. It depends on what the going rate is in your part of the country.

lyle

Our return, 1040, sched B, C, D, plus depreciation forms and a few others, etc., cost $750. But, hey, that's deductible too!!

Jane

She is my least favorite so far. I'm not a fan of her voice, though I admit she is powerful.

She made me look up, something I rarely do. I think I love her.

Porch, he is everything you would expect him to be. He's just a really great guy. I cannot say enough about him, and if Caro would ever find her way home, I'm sure she would agree and have other great stories. You need to come on a cruise so I can introduce you.

lyle

It also depends on the country in which you live, right, Sue? ;)

Jane

Oh and Porch, I'd bet money he would remember that signature.

boatbuilder

"Suppose President Walker declares that the do-nothing congress has failed to send him a bill lowering the capital gains tax, so he has no choice but to issue an Executive Order directing the IRS not to collect taxes on any amount greater than ten percent of such gains? On what principle will Chuck Schumer object?"

DoT I have previously posted that same question, except using the income tax rather than capital gains. Great minds...


maryrose

MM. Sample exchange between Hussein Obama Hil.
Hil you are killing me here with your non defense of my emails
Will you please call off your attack dog ValJar

Porchlight

Jane, I would love nothing more than to come on a cruise. Unfortunately my time is not my own. But, maybe if things go our way in 2016, I can convince my dad to come along (and treat me, ha!).

maryrose

The next Republican president will have a pen a phone and both Houses of Congress

Porchlight

Jane, I wouldn't be surprised if he did remember it. He seems to have a steel trap memory.

boatbuilder

That young lady from North Korea is truly remarkable.

After seeing the movie "Argo" (or at least parts of it) on TV I wonder if maybe Dennis Rodman got a bad rap. Maybe he was covering for CIA agents as part of the support crew. They are so nuts and paranoid in NOKO that only a guy like Rodman could get in.

Theodore Dalrymple was able to observe North Korea from inside by going with a group of hard-core British Commies (to which his parents belonged).

Of course, he is Dennis Rodman, so maybe he really is a fan of Kim Jong Il...

maryrose

The last time I paid someone to do our taxes it cost us forty bucks

jimmyk

On what principle will Chuck Schumer object?

The first rule of Democrats is to have no shame whatsoever. Particularly regarding double standards for Democrats vs. Republicans. So Schumer will object to this outrageous flouting of the Constitution, with complete disregard of the fact that Obama did the same and he made nary a peep.

Miss Marple

My accountant charges $500. This is central Indiana, though, so we have lower prices on about everything.

jimmyk

it cost us forty bucks

What decade was that, maryrose?

I have an accountant (in Michigan) do my elderly father's taxes, pretty straightforward (just a bunch of S.S. and other 401K type income, plus lots of medical expenses), and he charges $350. I did them myself for a couple of years, but then Michigan really complicated their treatment of retirement income, so that was it for me.

We have an accountant do our much more complicated taxes in NY, and we pay $1200. Ouch.

maryrose

Hil. And Hussein Obamas meet up
Are we still sticking to the same story on Benghazi
Hil to preezy. Please please please don't back Warren for president

maryrose

Jimmyk. In the eighties
How's your daughter doing

DrJ

Here my personal taxes cost me $350 to have done (they are trivial); the Corporation is $800-$1000, depending on how well the business has done. For those that do really well, the cost would be about $2000.

Miss Marple

maryrose,

I think it's more like "Listen you SOB, call of your pet dog ValJar or I'm spilling the beans that you and Reggie were in your secret love nest at that hotel."

jimmyk

In case it hasn't been mentioned already, Steve Goddard's Twitter account was restored, which thankfully means that Iowahawk is back on.

Miss Marple

jimmyk,

Thanks for letting us know about Goddard's account.

Heading to bed.

Nytol.

clarice

I can't say it's the only reason I married him but my husband is both a CPA and a tax lawyer..we have someone else do the filing but he always finds a mistake or two for them to correct. I can't balance a checkbook, so never having to bother with taxes or record keeping and such has probably added years to my life.

jimmyk

Thanks for asking, maryrose. She's doing fine, but we still have to do this 24-hour EEG thing because the "short" EEG (about an hour) had "minor abnormalities," which apparently isn't so unusual even in healthy people. Unfortunately between our schedules and theirs, it won't happen till early May. In the meantime we are badgering her about drinking a lot of water and putting salt in her food, and she is saying "Stop bothering me" like a typical almost-14-year-old.

And while we're on the subject, I was glad to hear that the Hatette is all recovered. sbw, any news on your daughter?

henry

Those filing rates... I guess my firm gets a bulk discount because so many states require us to file (just kidding, it isn't cheap). The latest racket is presence of assets triggers filing nexus, licensed software is still my asset whatever state the customer server is in. Naturally WI does not recognize that revenue as out of state. As a bonus, no expenses in those states -- just revenue. A couple states try to enforce this rule for cloud based revenues (on my WI servers), which they couldn't do before but with the FCC takeover the presence of an end user (which we don't track, we license corporations) may trigger nexus. I do not like revenuers.

Janet

No freshman Senators.

I just don't hold to that anymore. Look how much Obama has gotten done.
We need a true believer in conservatism.

The crew that comes with the President seems pretty important too.
Obama brought on radical leftists everywhere & they went to town. Probably helped that they already had their minions in place over the years just waiting to be turned loose.

Eric in Boise

Here's a hint to keep from never needing one: don't buy a second home or rental property.

Truer words were never spoken, lyle. My goal for age 50 was to own 4 rental units. I made that, and now my goal for age 60 is to do my own taxes again. :)

sbw

I do not like being talked to like I am clueless.

You mean like Feinstein talks to us?

sbw

Question for the general public: My son had their screen porch collapse under snow weight. Adjuster estimate is about half what builder says -- i.e. reuse screen windows instead of replace.

Has anyone had experience using an outside adjuster? Is it worth the cost? If so, where does one find one?

Jane on Ipad

Cruz is on Hannity for the whole hour. I can't stand Hannity so I'm not sure I will get thru it. Reruns of Lie to Me call my name.

maryrose

Jimmyk will keep praying for positive news Remember potassium and iron also important If she gets a warning sit down head between her knees

exdemocrat

OT, but worth a laff:http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/03/23/ive-worked-it-out-isis-is-a-gay-death-cult/

Eric in Boise

I do not like revenuers.

Thanks for the trigger, henry. My dear old Dad was a folk music fan, and thanks to you I just recalled him singing this when I was 4 or 5:

Wake up, wake up darling Corey
What makes you sleep so sound
Those revenuers are coming
They’re gonna tear your still-house down

Caro's iPad

Jane is right about Jay. He is more brilliant than you can imagine and totally modest about it. I think he is a scratch golfer and of course he has that great music critic gig.

Porch, how fun that would be if you come with your dad!

My iPad keyboard is split and I don't know how I did that.

Frau Steuer

Show the loser Dems dressed as vaginas,

Janet! I thought this was cleared up. Those nuts wear vulva costumes. If they *did* try to wear vagina costumes, they would look like the dicks they are.

Clarice, I too am a kept woman. My husband has always done the taxes with one exception. He went to a specialist who had been recommended to us and ended up having to educate the tax expert. His motto now is that if there is a mistake, the IRS geniuses will tell us.

Jane on Ipad

Sheesh Caro! Where have you been?

Eric in Boise

Oh, and the "Link to last page" at the close of the thread is definitely a best practice.

Thanks, Hit. I'll add my voice to the chorus that says you're doing a great job.

maryrose

Frau. That's my strategy too
MM If you are still up. That last comment about Hil was a hoot

Jim Miller

Small update: According to The Hill, 367, not 360, House members signed that letter to Obama on Iran.

(I linked to the article in an update, but you'll hve to scroll down a couple of days to find it at my site.)

They have the full list, so you can check to see whether your member signed. (Steny Hoyer's name is across from Boehner's, so I assume Nancy Pelosi didn't sign.)

Soylent Red

Sweet. Fancy. Moses.

I'm gone for a few days and Hit has taken control of my vertical. Hit has taken control of my horizontal.

Thank God it wasn't sylvia.

maryrose

Hey Caro Long time since we heard from you Missed you

boatbuilder

sbw--I would suggest that your son get a good contractor to do an estimate, including an assessment of whether the screens need to be replaced, and see how the adjuster/insurance company responds. My sense is that the adjusters will generally work with the contractor (just as an auto adjuster will work with the auto body shop) to get a reasonable figure. I was tempted to go the outside adjuster route when my barn collapsed, but the insurer was very fair and we didn't need it.

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