The T in ATF

23 02 2017

Bristol, Virginia

Most people think of the F in ATF, not realizing that they have jurisdiction over T.  And, just like there are Operation Gunrunner (“Fast and Furious”) clusterfucks that grow out of F, there is now a similar T-related scandal.

And what set it all off?

The basics of cigarette smuggling are simple. Each state sets its tobacco taxes. Buying cigarettes in low-tax states, like Virginia, and secretly selling them in higher-tax states, like New York, generates large profits. More complicated schemes have shipped cigarettes to Indian reservations, where they are not taxed, then rerouted them for sale on the black market.

A.T.F. agents try to disrupt these networks. Often that means working with informants to buy and sell tobacco on the black market, much the way agents pose as drug dealers to investigate cartels.

This is why the NYPD was so interested in Eric Garner, and the very questionable accost of him in July 2014 caused his death.

Obvious solution?  Tobacco taxation should be an exclusively Federal power.  Just as I think income taxation should be an exclusively Federal power.

Why I’m #NRx

17 10 2016

Washington, D.C.

Two reasons why it will never happen under the current system:

(1) The substance of the paperwork will never be simple, as long as the industries directly dependent on complicated Federal taxation law, tax attorneys, accountants, can buy politicians.

(2) The online nature of filling out the virtual paperwork will never properly function as long as elected politicians think they have to dole out the job based on political and ethnic concerns, i.e. H-1B.  Remember the ObamaDontCare online presence?  When it first went online, and failed so badly, a trio of 20-year olds within a matter of 48 hours built a website that replicated its functionality to a tee and worked flawlessly.

Now, if you really do want taxes to be that simple and that easy, seek, find, hug and support your nearest neoreactionary.

This Should Be His Story, He Should Stick To It

3 10 2016


Okay, Fifth Floor.  Here’s how to handle this:

Entirely on the illegality of the leak.  Loudly.  Over and over and over and over again.  For a whole month.  And nothing else.  DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, get bogged down in a quagmire in Nuanceistan over tax laws.  Not one syllable about them, full stop.

And no, I don’t buy our favorite gorilla’s theory that Trump leaked them himself.  Because that theory is predicated on some gossip that someone at the NYT said that the docs came in an envelope return address Trump Tower.  If Trump himself had any inclination to leak them, and he wouldn’t have for all the dust that it’s kicking back in his face, he wouldn’t have snail mailed them with his own nest’s return address on the envelope.

(Tax) Law Enforcement

13 07 2016



“Coalition to Wake Your Ass Up calls for abolition of policing in response to police killings of Black people,” the group writes in a press release. “This group demands the dismantling of the police department, which includes disarming, defunding, demilitarizing, and disbanding police. We believe that security for all of us does not lie in use of aggression and force.” The release stated: “Real security occurs when all of us have meaningful employment, educational opportunities that help us pursue our own life choices and the adequate healthcare needed to live fruitfully.”

Okay, if there are no cops, then who is going to collect the taxes necessary to fund employment, education and health care programs?

Five Year Plans

22 03 2016

St. Louis City

Proposition E on the muni ballot early next month, the every five years vote on keeping or getting rid of the city earnings tax.  Kansas City has to do the same thing.

Me, November 12, 2010:

It all makes me wonder what kind of dope Rex Sinquefield was smoking.  Why did he go through all this trouble to get [2010 Missouri Proposition A] on the ballot?  It won’t make an actual difference even though it passed (even though no more cities will be able to enact earnings taxes), because, like I said, STL and KC voters will be voting every five years to keep theirs.  So what gives?

Then it hit me like a brick — Rex Sinquefield is crazy, but he’s crazy like a fox.  When you go to the well for water too many times, you eventually run out of water.  By getting Prop A on the ballot and passed, this means that liberals in both of Missouri’s major cities are going to have to go to the well for money and contributions every five years just to keep their earnings taxes.  This means that there’s less liberal money for Democrat politicians and for other propositions and referenda.  Nice thinking, Rex.

The people doing the anti-earnings tax media buys know full well that STL and KC voters will vote the opposite way, to keep those cities’ municipal earnings taxes.  But that’s not the point, as I figured out six years ago.

Why I’m #NRx

29 12 2015

Washington, D.C.

Because democratic republicanism ruins even the enforcement of tax laws.

Art Story

7 10 2015


Drudge on Alex Jones yesterday.

I can’t remember exactly where, so you’ll have to hunt for it yourself.  But at one point, Drudge noted the 6th Avenue billionaire mania for art.

It’s a tax loophole.