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Archive for May 26th, 2009

Maryland Imposes hefty Millionaires Tax to “soak the rich” and revenues drop.

Posted by iusbvision on May 26, 2009


Maryland couldn’t balance its budget last year, so the state tried to close the shortfall by fleecing the wealthy. Politicians in Annapolis created a millionaire tax bracket, raising the top marginal income-tax rate to 6.25%. And because cities such as Baltimore and Bethesda also impose income taxes, the state-local tax rate can go as high as 9.45%. Governor Martin O’Malley, a dedicated class warrior, declared that these richest 0.3% of filers were “willing and able to pay their fair share.” The Baltimore Sun predicted the rich would “grin and bear it.”

One year later, nobody’s grinning. One-third of the millionaires have disappeared from Maryland tax rolls. In 2008 roughly 3,000 million-dollar income tax returns were filed by the end of April. This year there were 2,000, which the state comptroller’s office concedes is a “substantial decline.” On those missing returns, the government collects 6.25% of nothing. Instead of the state coffers gaining the extra $106 million the politicians predicted, millionaires paid $100 million less in taxes than they did last year — even at higher rates.

The WSJ Continues:

The Maryland state revenue office says it’s “way too early” to tell how many millionaires moved out of the state when the tax rates rose.

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Surprise: Obama picks overtly racist judge for Supreme Court. – Updated

Posted by iusbvision on May 26, 2009

This judge has been rebuked for writing decisions that have nothing to do with the law and is one of the most frequently overturned lower court judges ever. We all know the stereotype of the bad nutcase judge, Sotomayer doesn’t just merely fit the stereotype, she is the poster child of it. Let us be clear, this is not mere partisan nitpicking, one would be hard pressed to find a judge more radical and irresponsible than Sotomayer.

“The Court is where policy is made” she says. She laughs while jokingly taking it back because she is on camera. –

This view is a radicallized view of the law, Sotomayer does not believe that judges should simply apply the law and the constitution, but rather judges are our elite betters who know that our elected officials are too stupid to make good laws, so it is up to those who consider themselves to be especially enlightened to make new law from the bench. Federal judges are unelected and unaccountable to the people.

Here is another famous quote from Judge Sotomayer. –

I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.

Imagine any white nominee saying something like that. So much for justice being blind. This stands in direct violation of the oath judges are obliged to take:

“I, [NAME], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as [TITLE] under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”

Sotomayor has made it clear that she will rule depending on whether one party is in a minority protected Democrat constituency group. Ruling by “empathy” instead of ruling by the law or justice makes the law arbitrary. By her own admission and by Obama’s own words for what he wants in a justice this oath will be violated.

NBC News Quotes Wendy Long:

Judge Sotomayor is a liberal judicial activist of the first order who thinks her own personal political agenda is more important that the law as written. She thinks that judges should dictate policy, and that one’s sex, race, and ethnicity ought to affect the decisions one renders from the bench.

This view Long describes goes beyond judicial activism and dives head first into what is known as judicial impositionism; others describe her view as anti-constitutionalist. Sotomayer believes the law is different according to what race you are. So much for equal justice under the law.

Sotomayer has had four opinions that she has personally written overturned by the Supreme Court and in three of them she was cited by the Supreme Court for statutory error, in short it means she either cant read the law for comprehension, or ignored it to an extreme that was intolerable even for the judicial activists on the Supreme Court today. The cases are Knight v. C.I.R., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. v. Dabit, New York Times, Inc. v. Tasini, and Correctional Servs. Corp. v. Malesko.

The Washington Post’s liberal columnist Richard Cohen takes issue with one of Sotomayer’s overtly racist lower court decisions HERE. Cohen writes about the injustice and she delivered (and the misconduct in the case which is another story) in the Ricci case which is almost sure to be overturned by the Supreme Court.

UPDATE – for more on the Ricci case see the WSJ article “The Empathy Nominee” HERE. Karl Rove has an op-ed about the case HERE

NBC News is openly asking if Republicans would dare vote against what could be the first Latino on the court. How soon they have forgotten that leaked Democrat Judiciary Committee memo’s stated clearly that they opposed the nomination of Miguel Estrada because “he is Latino“.

UPDATE II: reports that Sotomayer made another similar statement in 1994:

Here’s what she said in the 1994 speech:

Justice O’Connor has often been cited as saying that “a wise old man and a wise old woman reach the same conclusion in dueling cases. I am not so sure Justice O’Connor is the author of that line since Professor Resnik attributes the line to Supreme Court Justice Coyle. I am not so sure that I agree with the statement. First, if Prof. Martha Minnow is correct, there can never be a universal definition of ‘wise.’ Second, I would hope that a wise woman with the richness of her experience would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion.

I have never had a thought of my own that has come anything close to this type of racist and sexist nonsense. What kind of mind can even process a thought like this much less utter it in public?

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