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by LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS
Monday, Aug. 02, 2010 at 11:33 AM
WOW ~ OUR AMERICAN WEALTHY ELITE REALLY MUST THINK OUR MIDDLE~CLASS AMERICANS CAN CONTINUE TO BE FOOLED AGAIN INTO BUYING INTO THEIR BILLIONAIRE MULTI~MILLIONAIRE ESTATE & PERSONAL TAX CUT WELFARE SCENE ??
** MIDDLE~CLASS & WORKING POOR AMERICANS PAY MORE TOTAL U.S.TAX $$ THEN ALL THESE BILLIONAIRE ELITE AND THEY ARE DEMANDING TAX AND FAMILY ESTATE RELIEF ???
~ THE BATTLE 4 THIS CABAL OF WEALTHY ELITE GOLDEN GOOSE TAX CUTS HAS NOW ARRIVED... MIDDLE~CLASS & POORER AMERICANS ~
~ Little tax paying Americans ~ THIS CURRENT ELITE WALMART~WALTON~ BUSH ESTATE TAX CUT~ABATEMENT WAS PLANNED 4 PRIOR OUR LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WITH A WHOLE CABAL OF KEEN DEVIOUS MINDS ~
PRESIDENT OBAMA~THEY DO NOT WANT 2 PAY BILLIONS IN TAX $$ SO THEY WILL SCARE ALL OF THE PEOPLES U.S. CONGRESS WITH THEIR NEW UNLIMITED CORPORATE SPENDING IN Novembers U.S. CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS ..
ALL little people LIVING IN OUR WEALTHY ELITES AMERICA KNOW THAT FAMOUS ELITEST QUOTE
" ONLY little people PAY TAXES "
ARKANSA FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON WOULD EVEN SAY " IT'S THE ESTATE TAXES STUPID!" .....
ALL MIDDLE~CLASS & POORER AMERICAN'S KNOW ONLY LITTLE PEOPLE PAY TAXES IN THE USA ....
THESE BUSH TAX CUTS ARE JUST A COVER 4 SAVING A FUTURE WALTON ESTATE FROM BEING FULLY TAXED ......
LETS CALL THEM THE WALTON WALMART~BUSH TAX CUTS 4 ELITE AMERICANS AND THEIR LUST TO KEEP ONES VAST ESTATE WEALTH FOR THE NEXT LIFE...
Senators Are Pushing To Cut Taxes For Paris Hilton
BY PAT GARAFALO
Should tax breaks be given to the richest percentile while unemployment continues?
Unemployment is near 10 percent. Long-term unemployment is at a record high. Teachers are being laid off across the country and state governments are slashing services to the bone. $80 billion could do a lot of good addressing any of these problems.
However, the U.S. Senate is considering spending that much money on something else: cutting taxes for the richest 0.2 percent of households in the country.
For months, Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) have been on a quest to cut the estate tax, or the tax that the federal government levies on inheritance. And despite its serious impact on the budget and negligible effect on the electorate at large, their proposal is being taken seriously.
Before getting into the merits of their proposal, here?s some background. The 2003 Bush tax cut included a gradual phase-out of the estate tax, from its 2001 level of 55 percent with a $1 million exemption to its complete repeal this year. However, to make the long-term cost of the cut seem less severe, the legislation stipulated that the tax come back in 2011 at the 2001 level. At the time, Bush?s team believed that Congress would never reinstate the tax, after having lived for at least one year without it.
Proving Bush?s strategy at least partially incorrect, the House of Representatives has already passed a bill permanently setting the estate tax at the 2009 level, which is a 45 percent rate with a $3.5 million exemption. But Kyl and Lincoln want to cut this to 35 percent with a $5 million exemption. Their cut costs $80 billion more than the House bill and $440 billion more than the budget baseline.
And all of that money would go to cut a tax that 99.8 percent of households in the U.S. will never pay. In fact, 62.5 percent of estate tax revenue comes from estates worth more than $20 million. Another 35 percent of the revenue comes from estates worth between $5 million and $20 million. The simple fact is that only the ultra-wealthy ? the Paris Hiltons of the world ? are subject to the estate tax.
The estate tax receives so much attention because there is a significant amount of misinformation circulating about it. This is due to a concerted effort by conservatives and wealthy corporate families to re-label it the ?death tax,? with the intent of fooling everyone into thinking that the IRS will be looming over them on their death bed, demanding payment. One organization in particular, the Policy and Taxation Group, has fueled this campaign, funded by money from the Gallo and Mars family fortunes.
Even Lincoln herself helped spread this tall tale, saying ?I don?t think there?s any American out there who believes you should work all of your life to find that when you die, 55 percent of [your estate] has got to go to the government.?
I bet she?s right that no one believes that. But no one is trying to make it the law either.
Because the estate tax is levied on marginal income, it is only paid on the amount in excess of the exemption. To put it plainly, if the exemption is $3.5 million, the first $3.5 million of the estate is passed on entirely tax free. Tax is only paid on the first dollar above that amount. So an estate worth $3,500,001 would have a tax bill of .45 cents under 2009 law.
The average effective rate ? the amount paid as a percentage of the entire estate ? for those subject to the estate tax is about 14 percent. There isn?t a mass of grieving widows who have to hand over half of everything they own to the government.
Critics of the estate tax also contend that it adversely affects small businesses and family farms. This, too, is untrue. If 2009 law were made permanent, only 140 estates that could be considered farms or small businesses will owe any tax at all, and ?all but a handful would have sufficient liquid assets on hand (such as bank accounts, stocks, and bonds) to pay the tax without having to touch the farm or business,? according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The Lincoln-Kyl plan would spend tens of billions to cut this already small number down to 40.
Kyl and Lincoln have said that they plan to find spending offsets for the $80 billion difference between their cut and the 2009 law, raising the prospect that Congress will actually increase revenues ? which could be spent on any number of things ? in order to cut taxes for the richest of the rich. It?s an absurd notion, but it garnered the attention of Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA), the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Finance Committee.
Fortunately, some progressive lawmakers have started to push back against Lincoln and Kyl, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) saying ?the idea that we would make significant exemptions within the estate tax to give more tax breaks to the top three-tenths of 1 percent is nauseating.? And he?s absolutely right. Adopting the Lincoln-Kyl cut would be a sad indication of where Congress? priorities truly are.
Pat Garofalo is the Economics Researcher and Blogger for WonkRoom.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. His writing has also appeared in The Nation, the Guardian, the Washington Examiner, and at AOL News.
Tags: Paris Hilton, Tax Cuts, Wealthy
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WALL STREET JOURNAL
Lincoln Intervenes for Arkansas Bank Article
By DAMIAN PALETTA
Sen. Blanche Lincoln, one of the chief architects of the financial-regulation overhaul nearing completion in Congress, is pushing for a change that would benefit a bank in her home state of Arkansas.
The bank, Arvest Bank Group Inc., of Bentonville, Ark., is predominantly owned by the Walton family, of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fame, perhaps the most influential family in the state and one of the richest in the U.S.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln is pushing for a change in the financial-overhaul bill that would benefit an Arkansas bank owned by the Walton family.
Under Ms. Lincoln's proposed change, Arvest would be excused from a provision that could require banks to raise more capital, in Arvest's case about $115 million. Other Senate Democrats had intended only to exempt banks with less than $10 billion in capital from the provision. Ms. Lincoln wants to raise that to $15 billion, a threshold that would exempt Arvest. It is the only bank in Arkansas with between $10 billion and $15 billion of assets, though there are some in other states.
White House officials have said they don't want changes that benefit specific companies, leery of the horse-trading that nearly sank their health-care overhaul. But the administration also can't afford to alienate Ms. Lincoln, head of the Senate Agriculture Committee, whose support on the broader overhaul is vital to its success.
Lawmakers routinely do things to benefit organizations in their home states, often seen as "constituent service." But Ms. Lincoln's move could cause headaches for other Democrats because Arvest is owned by such a wealthy and politically influential company. Other Democrats in Congress are considering making a change to satisfy the senator, people familiar with the matter said.
A spokeswoman for Ms. Lincoln said she was pushing the change to make sure "no Arkansas bank?no matter its owner?is punished" by the provision." She didn't discuss the issue with anyone from the Walton family but did meet with Arvest officials, her office said.
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Lawmakers from the House and Senate, including Ms. Lincoln, are currently hashing out a new financial-regulation bill.
The issue concerns dividend-paying instruments some banks issue to raise money called trust-preferred securities, a mix of debt and equity. Banks can convert them to capital for regulatory purposes.
The Senate version of the financial overhaul would bar the securities from being counted as part of banks' capital reserve, the cushion that absorbs losses when loans go bad. So some banks may have to raise fresh funds to meet capital minimums.
Senate Republicans last week proposed a provision, supported by House conferees, that would let all banks continue counting existing trust-preferred securities as capital. Ms. Lincoln broke with other Democrats on the conference committee and voted with the Republicans.
Journal Communitydiscuss? This is exactly what is wrong with American politics today. ?
?David Stoneman Senate Democrats then proposed allowing banks with less than $10 billion in assets to continue to count existing trust-preferred securities toward capital. What Sen. Lincoln is doing now is pushing to raise that threshold to $15 billion.
This would include Arvest among banks "grandfathered." Arvest, with $11.3 billion in assets, is the only bank-holding company in Arkansas with more than $10 billion in assets, and thus the only one that would benefit form such a change.
There are about 20 other banks in America with between $10 billion and $15 billion in assets that could also be helped.
Ms. Lincoln "believes the threshold should be high enough to ensure no bank in Arkansas is subject to these new rules on existing capital, which would hinder their ability to generate lending for consumers and businesses at a time when access to credit is already difficult to come by," said Ms. Lincoln's spokeswoman, Marni Goldberg, "These banks did not cause the near-collapse of our financial system and should not be punished for Wall Street's actions."
The change would benefit Arvest because of the way it has structured its capital. Of the $920.4 million Arvest held as capital at the end of March, about $115 million was in trust-preferred or similar securities, a high proportion compared with some other banks.
If the financial overhaul passes without any change, and Arvest can no longer count these securities as capital, the Walton family could be forced to raise fresh funds to fill the hole.
Arvest's chairman, chief executive and president is Jim Walton, one of the four children of the late Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. From 1992 through the first quarter of 2010, Wal-Mart employees and the company's political-action committee have been among Ms. Lincoln's most generous supporters, giving her $85,700, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign finance. The Waltons have owned Arvest for decades.
The provision barring banks from counting trust-preferred securities in their capital has the backing of Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair, who says the securities do little to protect banks from losses during economic downturns.
Scramble to Finish Bank Rules This Week Auto Dealers Stand to Benefit in Financial Bill Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine), sponsor of the provision to bar the securities from being counted in capital, is inclined to agree to raising the exemption threshold to win Ms. Lincoln's support, a spokesman for Ms. Collins said.
Ken Hammonds, chief executive of the Arkansas Bankers Association, said his group supports Ms. Lincoln's proposed change because it could also allow the state's smaller banks to merge and grow beyond $10 billion in assets without being penalized.
This isn't the first time a lawmaker has pushed for changes that would help a home-state company. Sen. Ben Nelson (D., Neb.) inserted a derivatives-related provision into the Senate bill that had been pushed by Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The change could have saved the company several billion dollars, according to analysts. It was removed after the lawmaker's involvement was disclosed in The Wall Street Journal.
Sen Scott Brown (R., Mass.), has said he'd vote against the financial-overhaul bill if it forces Massachusetts-based companies to stop certain asset-management practices.
?Dan Fitzpatrick contributed to this article
Write to Damian Paletta at damian.paletta (at) wsj.com
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#ARSenate: Arkansas Leads Nation in Number of Children Hungry
On July 2, 2010, In 2010 arkansas senate race, Arkansas, Local News, By Blake
Sen. Blanche Lincoln, the chairperson of the influential Senate Agriculture Committee, made much ado about the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, a bill that called for the investment of $4.5 billion in new child nutrition funding over ten years. The bill was introduced on March 17, 2010, almost six months after she took control of the committee.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report concluding that Arkansas has the highest percentage of children under the age of 18 that are hungry in the nation. Notably, the report is based on data from 2006 ? 2008, which was before the economic recession began. Ken Kupchick of the River Valley Regional Foodbank told Stephens Media that he expects the numbers to get much worse.
Is this a campaign problem for Ms. Lincoln? Her current bill speaks the the devastating nature of this report. According to Lincoln?s campaign website, the allocation ?is a significant increase over previous efforts. The highest previous increase was $500 million over ten years.? But if the numbers are accurate, Arkansas has led the nation in the number of hungry children per capita for four years. Should there have been a battle cry from Arkansas?s senior senator earlier?
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