Getting closer and closer people to the day when you and I and everyone else will have to pay taxes to states and the feds to download apps, songs, ebooks and more. First state seems to be Maryland!
Marylanders might have some extra inspiration when they download “Angry Birds” to their smartphones in coming months.
The state would charge a 6 percent sales tax on virtually every downloaded product under an obscure provision in Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed budget.
In other words, that 99-cent downloaded song from iTunes would cost $1.06, and smartphone apps, e-books for your Kindle, ringtones, chat discussions and other digital products would get pricier. Among the few exceptions, gift certificates and gift cards would not be taxed.
The Democratic governor’s proposal, part of a wide-ranging menu of tax increases to close a $1.1 billion shortfall, is drawing criticism from both Republican lawmakers and the business leaders who say residents and companies can ill afford another charge amid economic turmoil.
“This is another one of the greatest hits of Martin O’Malley,” said Maryland House Minority Leader Anthony J. O’Donnell, R-Calvert/St. Mary’s. “He just keeps playing this long string of tax tunes. This guy is pumping out so many different tax proposals that there’s going to be a custom app just for that.”
O’Malley proposed a budget last week that would raise taxes on residents making more than $100,000 annually, double the “flush” tax to $60 a year and increase the price of certain tobacco products. He is also expected to recommend raising the state’s 23.5-cents-per-gallon gas tax in coming days.
Democrats contend that higher taxes are necessary if lawmakers are to close a massive budget shortfall without making damaging cuts to education and transportation, among other areas. (Ed. Note: as opposed to taking the tit out of those who have in firmly in their mouths?)
Disaster Ahead… Investors Flee Egyptian Treasury Bills As Radical Islamists Take Over Parliament…Of course, our islamic president will rush in to prop them up by giving them money we don’t have.
Occupy Oakland Protesters Storm City Hall, Burn American Flag…Democrats, liberals, the president all praise them for doing the right thing for America…
The Jesse “am I really a freaking reverend or just another liberal asshole” Jackson says the governor of Arizona gave Obama the finger. Geesh, will the liberal dirtbags ever tell the truth?
Then you have Al “can’t believe I am a reverend liberal asshole like my buddy Jesse” Sharpton saying that because Obama sang a song, that our economy was lifted because people went and bought the song! Telling you, liberals live on a different planet that normal people….
Twitter is not for muslims, so says some grand mufti islamic dirtbag in Saudi Arabia. Good, now if he or some other crap imam would say the internet is not for muslims, cellphones not for muslims, that would be super. Or how about, some dirtbag mosque leader issues a fatwa that all true believers must rush into the ocean and never leave that would be great.
Elliott Abrams Caught Misleading on Newt
Yesterday we took note of former Reagan State Department official Elliott Abrams’ piece over at NRO that went after Newt Gingrich on his relationship with Reagan. While voting regularly with Reagan as a young congressman from Georgia, Gingrich, claimed Abrams, “often spewed insulting rhetoric at Reagan, his top aides and his policies to defeat Communism.” Abrams then goes on to cite ” a famous floor statement Gingrich made on March 21, 1986.”Or sort of cites it.
Abrams implies that Newt Gingrich was spewing mindless vitriol about Reagan on the House floor. Not only not so, it was quite to the contrary. Of President Reagan, Gingrich says:
• “Let me be clear: I have the greatest respect for President Reagan. I think he personally understands the threat of communism.” Gingrich then goes on — at Newtonian length — praising Reagan for Reagan’s understanding of Lenin, Reagan’s understanding of the real “purposes of a Soviet dictatorship” and much more. He lists and applauds Reagan repeatedly for the President’s appreciation of “the threat in a more powerful Soviet empire” and the threats posed by Communist Cuba and Nicaragua. He ranks Reagan with the great cold war presidents in protecting freedom.
In short, time after time after, Newt Gingrich — true to form — is there on the floor of the House relentlessly praising and crediting Ronald Reagan. Is it any wonder that years later Nancy Reagan would speak so publicly and warmly about “Ronnie” passing the conservative torch to Newt? Is there any wonder that Michael Reagan has stepped into the middle of this current brawl to endorse Newt?
• Abrams quotes Newt for saying in this speech that Reagan’s policies towards the Soviets are “inadequate and will ultimately fail.” This is shameful. Why? Here’s what Newt said — in full and in context:
“The fact is that George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Irving Kristol, and Jeane Kirkpatrick are right in pointing out the enormous gap between President Reagan’s strong rhetoric, which is adequate, and his administration’s weak policies, which are inadequate and will ultimately fail.”