Tag: Tax
Escaping Philly’s Soda Tax

On January 1, the city of Philadelphia enacted a soda tax, or a “Sweetened Beverage Tax ” (SBT). The new policy levies a tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on most drinks containing a sugar-based sweetener or artificial sugar substitute (e.g. high fructose corn syrup). The following infographics from the Philadelphia Inquirer show the…
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ObamaCare Mandate Upheld: Those dirty, rotten taxes!

I am still working my way through the opinions in the health care case (193 pages in total), which can be found here.    But here is what I see as the skinny: 1.  Chief Justice Roberts defected from the ranks of the conservatives to uphold the individual mandate.  The Vote was 5-4.  Roberts,…
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ObamaCare on the Ropes?

On Friday, the members of the Supreme Court will meet together and voice their positions on the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act.  Prior to the three days of arguments, most pundits were skeptical that the Court would strike the law.  However, in reading the tea leaves after argument, the bet is that swing-vote…
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Separation of Faith and State

Now that the Senate has rejected Obama’s proposal to limit the deductibility of charitable contributions, an even greater aid to charities would be the abolition of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Ever since at least 362, when the Emperor Julian tried to establish pagan charities by decree in an attempt…
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Obama’s War on Charity

Those of us concerned with the voluntary sector are puzzled by the dichotomy between President Obama’s professed belief in the importance of the non-profit sector throughout his campaign, inauguration, and early administration, as in this statement: …the change that Americans are looking for will not come from government alone. There is a force for…
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