Will the new tax bill be as great as some say or as apocalyptic as others say?

“Many politicians tend to be drama queens and are on stage every day with their political theater. Suddenly some on Capitol Hill are talking about how concerned they are with the growing federal debt when they have been voting to increase the debt through dramatic spending programs for years. Apparently, they are betting on Americans either being stupid or having short memories.”

The Palm Beach Examiner

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affecting federal taxes was signed into law yesterday, December 22, 2017, by President Donal Trump and depending upon what political affiliation you are with, it is either the end of the world or the best thing since sliced bread. So, let’s try to distill the shrill and get back to reality as it is neither of those things.

First and foremost, we must understand, that according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that over 45 percent of Americans do not pay federal income taxes as they are not required to do so. So, for over 45 percent of Americans, this will have zero impact because they are not paying into the system already. They may be paying other taxes such as federal Social Security and state sales taxes; however, none of those have any bearing on this issue.

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For whom I am voting in 2016

So, I get asked quite a bit as to whom I am going to vote and putting out these “voter vote for meguides” is an easy way for people to see how I plan to vote. Hopefully, many will get educated about the candidates and the issues rather than simply going straight down the ballot voting for the “D” or the “R”. If the “D” or the “R” are the best candidate for YOU in a particular race, then that is great. Over the years my philosophy in voting has moved away from strategy to instead voting FOR the most freedom-based candidate and the most freedom-based issues in any particular election. I have limited my selection to only those I personally can vote. If you wish to see more expansive recommendations for Palm Beach County, you can visit the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County’s Voters Guide. Oh, and way down near the bottom of the ballot you’ll see my name, vote for me!

So, that being said, here are my picks:

President & Vice President

Gary Johnson & Bill Weld

Gary Johnson is clearly the most freedom-minded candidate in the presidential race of the three that will be on the ballot in all 50 states. Floridians will have a choice between six candidates (not including write-ins) for president, but again, only three will be on the ballot in all 50 states so I narrowed my choice to within those three.

United States Senator

Paul Stanton

There are seven candidates for which to choose (not including write-ins) and I am choosing the Libertarian.

U.S. Representative – District 21

Paul Spain

Since only Spain and Frankel are in this race, excluding the Write-In candidate Mike Trout, Spain gets my vote. I am strongly tempted to vote Trout as I have met him several times and there are things I do not agree with Spain on, Spain remains the most freedom-based candidate.

Florida Senate – District 31

Jeff Clemens

Since Jason Swaby recently withdrew his write-in candidacy, Jeff Clemens is the winner of this race as he ran unopposed by a Republican or Libertarian. Perhaps next time around he will be given more serious competition so voters will have a choice. I like Clemens on many issues; however, he is not freedom-focused. 

Florida Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Judges

I am voting NOT TO RETAIN any of the existing judges in these races. If someone can convince me otherwise, feel free to shoot me an email and I will update accordingly.

15th Circuit Judge – Group 4

No opinion and not certain who I will vote for at this time

County Court Judge – Group 11

Gregg Lerman

Good, freedom-minded judge, though he is bound by the law.

The following are NON-PARTISAN races

Soil & Water Conservation District – Group 2

Matthew Bymaster

Soil & Water Conservation District – Group 3

Jesse Jackson OR Stephen Jara

Soil & Water Conservation District – Group 4

Karl Dickey

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

No. 1 – Solar – NO

I supported and voted for a better version of solar change for Florida during the August 30, 2016, primary which was passed. This version is not the better option as even environmentalists are against it.

No. 2 – Medical Marijuana – YES

Contrary to the scare tactics being put forth in recent advertisements, this amendment is ONLY for using cannabis for medical purposes and nothing more. There are many patients, especially seniors and those with cancer, who could benefit from cannabis treatment.

No. 3 – Tax Exemption – NO

Although this amendment is well-intentioned, it will only cause the rest of the taxpaying population to pay more. We need to get away from what we have been doing by creating tax exemptions for a special class of people and move toward lowering everyone’s tax exposure.

No. 5 – Tax Exemption – NO

Although this amendment is well-intentioned, it will only cause the rest of the taxpaying population to pay more. We need to get away from what we have been doing by creating tax exemptions for a special class of people and move toward lowering everyone’s tax exposure.

Countywide Question – Sales Tax Increase – NO

This 17 percent increase in the county’s sales tax is not only unnecessary, but also immoral. Although portrayed as a one cent increase in the county’s sales tax, it is actually a 17 percent increase. Any news outlet or politician describing it as a “penny tax” is not being honest about what it will cost the general public, especially those in the county who can least afford it.

Florida has over a billion dollars in budget surplus funds this year

This money should be returned to Floridians in the form of real permanent tax cuts. Contact your Florida legislators to let them know that Floridians should get their money back without gimmicks, handouts or one-time holidays!

Check it out here!

From Rags to Riches: The Cayman Islands Revolution | Learn Liberty

The rule of law, Hayek wrote, is “a rule concerning what the law ought to be”: It ought to be general and abstract; equally applied, with legal privileges for none; certain, not subject to arbitrary changes; and just. In this Learn Liberty Academy, Andrew Morriss sets sail to show how the law of the Cayman Islands conforms with Hayek’s ideals, how it got that way through astute political entrepreneurship, and how the world at large benefits from its legal wisdom. The benefits of Caymanian rule of law are so diffuse and far-reaching that we can even attribute the American poor’s high consumption of healthcare to it. Embark on Morriss’s expedition — read, watch lectures, and discuss!

See the video here!

From Rags to Riches: The Cayman Islands Revolution | Learn Liberty

The rule of law, Hayek wrote, is “a rule concerning what the law ought to be”: It ought to be general and abstract; equally applied, with legal privileges for none; certain, not subject to arbitrary changes; and just. In this Learn Liberty Academy, Andrew Morriss sets sail to show how the law of the Cayman Islands conforms with Hayek’s ideals, how it got that way through astute political entrepreneurship, and how the world at large benefits from its legal wisdom. The benefits of Caymanian rule of law are so diffuse and far-reaching that we can even attribute the American poor’s high consumption of healthcare to it. Embark on Morriss’s expedition — read, watch lectures, and discuss!

See the video here!

Three Cheers for Tax Scofflaws (They Keep Us Afloat and Limit Government's Reach)

What Cohn fails to mention is that tax-happy governments tend to drive tax-averse people to hide in the shadows, concealing vast shares of the economy from officials, and severely limiting the reach of the state. If prople like Cohn really want to emulate other country’s tax rates, he’ll have to take their off-the-books economies, too—and the limits they impose on what the state can actually take.

See the story here.

Three Cheers for Tax Scofflaws (They Keep Us Afloat and Limit Government’s Reach)

What Cohn fails to mention is that tax-happy governments tend to drive tax-averse people to hide in the shadows, concealing vast shares of the economy from officials, and severely limiting the reach of the state. If prople like Cohn really want to emulate other country’s tax rates, he’ll have to take their off-the-books economies, too—and the limits they impose on what the state can actually take.

See the story here.

An open letter to the Tea Parties of Florida from Alexander Snitker

As a proud member of the tea party movement, I am overjoyed by the enormous accomplishments we’ve made. I am humbled by the support so many of you have given me in my run for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida, and I would like to express my sincere thanks.

Our movement was formed over our outrage in the direction the two-party political class was taking our great nation. We stand together to tell the Washington insiders that we will not sit idly by while they ignore and subvert the United States Constitution. We will not sit quietly while they spend our nation into oblivion, and saddle our children and grandchildren with crushing debt. We will not abdicate our personal and financial freedom to them.

The tea party movement is the voice of the people. Just like you, I am one of those voices. I have never sought political office before. Until recently, I had absolutely no desire to do so. I have no political ambitions other than to serve my Country, and help to restore it to our Founders’ original intent.

Like you, I watched in outrage as Republicans and Democrats ignored the Constitution. I felt the anger and sorrow as they spent and spent, while at the same time chipping away at our cherished freedoms. Like so many of you, I called and wrote to my Representative and Senators in a futile attempt to make them hear my voice.

They refused to listen. It was then that I realized that I must take action.

That is why I am running for office. I sincerely believe that it is my duty as an American to do whatever I can to restore our Republic. As a U.S. Marine, I swore a solemn oath to defend the Constitution, and I take that oath very seriously.

Today, some tea party groups are standing in strong support of my competitor for the U.S. Senate seat, Marco Rubio. While Marco says he supports the tea party agenda, his actions are suspect. He is an attorney and career politician who always seems to be just one step ahead of scandal and corruption. He is a man whose words and actions are not always in sync. I fear that he is another politician who will campaign on the virtues of our Founders, but then govern through backroom deals and compromise like a typical politician.

We have seen this pattern many times in the past, and I fear we are doomed to repeat history.

I am asking you to take a stand for Liberty. I am asking you to take a risk on the little guy. I am urging you to support me.

In return, I vow never to compromise my principles. I will work to defeat any legislation that exceeds the Constitutional authority of the federal government. I will oppose any legislation that burdens our future generations with debt. I will fight any legislation that cedes our sovereignty to another nation or global body. I will only vote for judicial appointees who will defend and uphold the Constitution.

Together, we can restore our Republic, and return liberty and prosperity to ourselves and our posterity.

If you are still undecided who you will support in this race, I propose that tea party groups host four U.S. Senate candidate debates. The debates could be located in various regions across the state to give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend. I will gladly appear at every debate, and I challenge Marco Rubio to do the same. Let’s find out once and for all who the tea party candidate really is.

Sincerely,
Alexander Snitker
Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate, Florida

http://www.snitker2010.com

Are Palm Beach County members of Congress out of touch?

Here in Palm Beach County we have several U.S. Congressman members of Congress that lead some to wonder if they are helping themselves to the public coffers or are they genuinely interested in being a servant to the people and the Constitution of the United States.

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