Age Discrimination and Gun Control

Dick’s and Walmart recently announced that they would stop selling rifles and shotguns to buyers under the age of 21. That’s illegal under the age discrimination laws in many states, and The Hill reports that lawsuits seeking to enforce the Oregon anti-discrimination law have been filed against both companies.

I had figured that the first suit would come in California, but Oregon will do.

The Left really isn’t going to like having to live under the rules they have created.

Making a Federal Case Out of It

KPPC, an NPR station in the LA area, reports that they have interviewed the psychologist from the LA Department of Mental Heath who claims to have sent a package of horse manure to the Secretary of the Treasury.

Robert Strong said in an interview with KPCC that he sent the manure to Mnuchin because he believed the recently passed tax plan was corrupt and “brazenly ripping off the American people.”

“What I did, I would like to compare to what Jesus did when he went into the temple and overturned the tables of the moneychangers, who were exploiting the people financially in the name of religion. I feel like that’s what the GOP has done to the American people,” he told KPCC.

Sounds like it’s time for a med check.

The LAPD has handed what started out as a investigation of a suspicious package over to the Secret Service.

Tax Cuts in the Left’s Alternate Universe

Sarah Hoyt has taken many of the Democrats’ prediction concerning the effects of the recent tax cut legislation and created  Diaries from Taxmaggedon.

I have ventured to compile an imaginary diary from a world in which the left’s ideas are reality.  I also have ventured to make it five days, because frankly, they are extrapolating the end of the world, and even I – with my experience of fiction writing – can’t make that happen in two days.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE—Oh, look! A down twinkle! Given when it came in and what the connection log shows, I’ll bet it came from someone who won’t have to pay any federal income tax under the new law.

My Fair Share

Taxpayers with incomes in the top 10 percent of adjusted gross incomes pay about 70 percent of all federal taxes. My income falls in that range, so some people might buy the argument that I pay more than my fair share of taxes, but that’s not true. I pay almost exactly my fair share. My total federal tax bill (income tax, FICA, etc.) as a percentage of my gross income comes to just a bit more that than total federal spending as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product. I’m just covering my share.

If I’m in the top 10 percent and just barely covering my share, what does that say about the long-term stability of a system where 90 percent of all taxpayers are receiving government services at a discount—and a substantial portion are getting a free ride?

But a larger long-term problem may stem from the fact that the top 1 percent pay around 39 percent of all federal taxes. Given their options to move their wealth around the world, what are they getting from the system that appears to take so much from them? Harvey Weinstein’s fundraising is not even the tip of the iceberg.