Representative Alan Grayson says The War is Making You Poor

Next year’s budget allocates $159,000,000,000 to “contingency operations,” to perpetuate the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. That’s enough money to eliminate federal income taxes for the first $35,000 of every American’s income each year, and beyond that, leave over $15 billion that would cut the deficit.

Grayson says …

Support the ‘War is Making You Poor’ Act. This bill would eliminate the separate funding for the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and eliminate federal income taxes for everyone’s first $35,000 of income (or $70,000 for couples) each year. And it would help pay down our national debt.

Please support the bill. Click on the above link to sign the petition.

PAC Contributions Barred in Texas

Here is some good news in Texas regarding insidious PAC campaign contributions from unions. Please consider Big Victory for Educational Liberty in Texas!

The power of the teachers unions in Texas is directed at maintaining the status quo in school funding that is so hurtful to schoolchildren and teachers. Parental choice in education through charter schools, voucher scholarships, and tuition tax credits will solve these problems, but the teachers unions fight against the expansion of these reforms for the selfish reason that they will lose financial and political power. The unions use their political power against both Democrats and Republicans with the goal of maintaining and enhancing their power.

This is the story behind the Texas Attorney General’s (AG) Opinion (GA-0774) prohibiting school districts from withholding PAC contributions from teachers’ payrolls.

This ruling means that the only way that teachers unions will be able to raise political contributions is by asking teachers to write a check (or debit their credit card). Teachers don’t like to write checks, especially when they are going to politics that they don’t agree with.

This is a step in the right direction, but only a small one. The correct goal is to get rid of public unions entirely.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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