The Watering Hole, Wednesday, November 20, 2013: Pro Life Tax Deduction

This one slipped by the Mainstream Media. Beginning 1/1/2014, every one will have to fill out a new W-2 form for their employer. It will be identical to your old one, except that there will be a box where you can indicate whether you are Pro Life. Those that do, will have an additional 1% withheld on their taxable income. The money raised will go to fund orphanages and other services related to unwanted children. But no where on the W-2 form will it indicate that by checking the box, your taxes will go up.

That’s because poll after poll has indicated that those who are the most vocal Pro-Lifers are also the most adamantly opposed to any taxes. But this hidden tax has wide bipartisan support. Those on the left see it as necessary to support the increased population of unwanted children born as a result of stringent anti-abortion laws. Studies show unwanted children leads to higher governmental costs in the form of truancy from school, counseling and crime. Those on the right see this as a way of decreasing the deficit without raising taxes, since the increased withholding is not really a tax; it’s just that people won’t get that increased withheld money back when they get their tax refunds. And it will show up on their paycheck as a “Pro Life Deduction” instead of a tax, which will enhance its popularity among the Pro-Life crowd.

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58 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Wednesday, November 20, 2013: Pro Life Tax Deduction

    • ah yes…..Darth is scouring the planet looking for yet another good heart to place into cryogenic storage after this one kicks.

  1. Whatever it takes to drastically reduce the “pro-life” (Ja, right) wingnut birthrate I’m all FOR! The future benefits are so predictably grand! I mean, think of it — not only will the electoral process become more predictable, more gentle, ancillary benefits will surely include a dramatic drop in the sales of both GUNS and PICKUPS! What a more pleasant world awaits!

  2. “As I have said, I am proud to wear a dress,” Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes said. “And as Kentucky’s more than two million women know, it is not what is in the dress that matters. It is what is in the head, and I will stack my head up against Sen. McConnell’s any day.”

    For one thing, Grimes’ head has a chin, so she’s got that goin’ for her. But I wouldn’t rule out McConnell wearing a dress either.

  3. Once again, the R’s and conservative reichwing are framing the conversation about the ACA and problems birthing it.
    No mention of the million or so who have signed up, who are getting coverage they wouldn’t have been able to get otherwise. Just a few horror stories and the Prez’ popularity plunges.
    Keereist, we’re a bunch of mucking forons, letting the chicken littles keep our attention as they decry the falling of the sky.

  4. Obama’s introduction for Bill Clinton at the Medal of Freedom ceremony was not exactly what I’d call “full-throated.”

  5. a lot of corporate money (Kochsuckers) was infused into the local news media….as one poster put it:

    “Thank you Albuquerque voters! Now the carpetbaggers aka anti-abortion groups should leave town.”

    ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – On Tuesday, Albuquerque voters rejected the late-term abortion ban with 55 percent against it and 45 percent for it.

    Pro-Choice advocates including the group Respect ABQ Women, who campaigned strongly against the late-term abortion ban, watched those votes come in from Hotel Andaluz in Downtown Albuquerque.

    Opponents have said the ban would take away a woman’s ability to make private medical decisions with her family and doctor.

    The ordinance sought to ban abortions after 20 weeks unless the mother’s life was in danger.

    On Tuesday night, Respect ABQ Women and many others are celebrating over the passage of the ordinance.

    The State Attorney’s General has said this ballot measure is unconstitutional and is unenforceable.

    http://www.krqe.com/news/local/abq-voters-reject-late-term-abortion-ban

    • “The State Attorney’s General has said this ballot measure is unconstitutional and is unenforceable.”

      Dare I assume the NM AG is a wingnut?

      Q: What about it is “unconstitutional”? “Unenforceable”????

      Here’s the thing: we leftists could just as easily posit that, in this so-called Democratic-Republic (aka the USA), so is Fascist-Corporatism “unconstitutional.” So is the “Christian nation” nonsense ‘unconstitutional.’ And thank all gods, both of THOSE nonsensicals are also “unenforceable” in the current venue — esp. that venue foisted upon us by that old and nearly ancient document called the “Constitution.”

      Some things — idiocy esp. — constantly prove to be incredibly tricky to deal with on any sort of intellectual basis; trickier still to even comprende, much less to figure.

      • Indeed. It’s far past time for us sane folk to start pointing out that it’s unconstitutional to set public policy based on personal religious beliefs. I doubt that it would be possible to ever pass my idea of immediately removing any lawmaker who cites their private religious beliefs but I sure would love to see 20 or more Democrats walk out as a group the second someone starts blubbering about the Buybull on the floor of the House or Senate.

        • You’re more kind that I am. Were it up to me, I’d demand that each and every elected official that cited religion as the basis for any law be TACKED ON A DAMN CROSS! Somewhere. Anywhere.

          Religion is PERSONAL!! And it has NO BASIS for intrusion on ANYONE else!

          There is NOTHING in the Constitution that mandates that ANYONE be beholden to screwy religious beliefs of ANY kind. Period. End of story. In fact, the Constitution says pretty much the opposite, albeit (unfortunately) in slightly less vituperative fashion.

    • Lots of hypotheses are out there wandering about. Dragons, Martians, Angels, the Four Horsemen, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Satan . . . oh wait, didn’t mean to imply . . . oh, and I forgot Mitch McConnell.

      For some reason. I’ll try to heal myself. sigh.

      • I had some fun with a Christian friend on Facebook. She talked about the miracle of walking on water. I told her I walked on water very winter. She whined that was ice not water. I asked her to tell me what ingredient is in ice. 🙂

        • Yes, I like that!

          Remember “The Life of Brian”? The conversations amongst the peasants at the presumed Sermon on the Mount?

          “Wot ‘e say?”

          “I think ‘e said ‘Blessed are the cheesemakers’.”

          (etc.) — A bit off the wall, perhaps, but also, in it’s weird way, the perfect summation of wingnut christianism’s misinterpretation of pretty much everything.

    • Can’t be too disturbing – Pentagon has been ‘over spending’, paying too much for ordinary tools/objects for decades.
      It gets brought to the fore, outrage ensues then we go back to silence allowing the mismanagement to continue until the ‘next time’ it gets exposed.
      The Pentagon budget needs to be severely cut.

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