March 2, 2000 |
Two years ago at a Texas convention, the president of a large petroleum company walked up to me and said, "I just bought gasoline for 68 cents a gallon. " I asked him how he managed to get such a great price. "That's the cost before taxes are added," he said. As fuel prices rise, pushing, even passing, $2 a gallon in parts of California, politicians blame production cutbacks by Arab nations. But the primary culprits are taxes, a refusal to exploit oil sources on U.S. territory for fear of a backlash from environmentalists, and what looks suspiciously like a deal among politicians, American oil companies and Arab oil-producing states.
October 28, 1998 |
Camden County Republicans know they are facing an uphill battle in the First Congressional District - a traditionally Democratic area that incumbent U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews has dominated since 1990. But that is not deterring GOP candidate Ron Richards, who is aggressively campaigning to unseat the four-term congressman in a district that spans portions of Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester Counties. Richards, 50, marketing manager for a software firm and a member of the Voorhees Township Committee, is painting Andrews as a "professional politician" who is robbing the district.
March 12, 1998 |
Advocates of radical changes in the federal tax system are busy these days trying to convince the American people that their paychecks are about to be devoured by the U.S. government. "The typical family pays more than 38 percent of its income in taxes. That's nearly 40 cents of every dollar," said Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott in his response to President Clinton's State of the Union address. "That's not just bad policy. It's immoral. " It's also just plain wrong, say analysts at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based liberal research group.
May 5, 1992 |
Government workers, especially here in Philadelphia, get lots of holidays that ordinary taxpayers don't get. To balance things out a bit, I propose a new holiday called Tax Freedom Day, which is to be celebrated by any person who doesn't work for a government entity, does pay taxes on time, but is super-rich and therefore doesn't worry about taxes. Picking the day to celebrate this new holiday will be a bit tricky. Last year, for instance, it would have been April 30. Thanks largely to Gov. Casey's $3 billion tax increase, Pennsylvanians can't celebrate until tomorrow - May 6. According to the Tax Foundation in Washington, that's the day average Pennsylvanians finally start working to feed themselves and their families instead of slaving away to feed the insatiable tax appetite of monsters called federal, state and local governments.
April 16, 1991 |
Uncle Sam will keep his hand in your wallet longer than ever this year, a Washington research organization said yesterday. On average, taxpayers will labor a record 128 days - Jan. 1 through May 8 - to earn enough money to pay their 1991 taxes, according to the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit group that annually calculates how long it takes Americans to cover the cost of all federal, state and local taxes. The tax "burden is at its highest level ever," said Dan Witt, the group's executive director.
May 1, 1988 |
Paul Gann, now 75, who with the late Howard Jarvis founded a tax-reform movement on the West Coast, will celebrate next month the 10-year anniversary of Proposition 13, which has lopped off an estimated $75 billion in California property taxes since it passed overwhelmingly in 1978. That's the good news. On Thursday, there will be another kind of celebration, this one, however, marking the ignominious liberation of the average American from the tax bite. The Tax Foundation in Washington calls it Tax Freedom Day, the day when Americans start working for themselves, having satisfied the requirements of federal, state and local taxes.