On Sunday, Americans Will Be Free, BUT in NY you’re still rendering unto Caesar (Cuomo) until May 11th !!!

On Sunday, Americans Will Be Free

The nationwide average for paying off your total tax bill comes April 23. (and in NY which is among the 3 worst states in the Country, you are still economically enslaved until May 11th!)

So how about some serious tax reform?

Michael Swartz · Apr. 21, 2017

For many years the Tax Foundation has performed a fairly complex set of calculations to find a simple and sobering result: the calendar date that American taxpayers finally pay off their total annual toll to the government — that is, their individual local, state and federal tax bills as an aggregate. The lone spot of good news is that we’re close. On average, Americans will pay off that onerous debt on Sunday, April 23 — one day earlier than last year. Still, it’s hardly cause for celebration.

The results are even more telling when the data are distilled to a state level. Taxpayers fortunate enough to live in Mississippi were freed from their overall tax burden back on April 5 — a full 47 days sooner than those who live in the lowest-ranked state, Connecticut. Those of us in our humble shop in Tennessee could celebrate back on April 7, as we have the nation’s second-lightest burden. And if you happen to be reading this in Utah today, allow us to wish you a happy Tax Freedom Day.

All of this is a relatively light-hearted way of comparing the burdens we all pay. Given the government spends an average of $31,154 per household, it’s more sobering to realize just where that money will go. By far the largest individual portion ($12,141) goes to the combination of Social Security and Medicare. The second-largest amount goes to programs lumped together under the “anti-poverty” banner ($6,143), with defense coming in third ($4,696). Per-household defense spending, however, barely outstrips the $4,393 deficit added to the national debt on each household’s behalf.

Over the last three decades, the Tax Freedom date has fluctuated with the general mood of the government in power at the time. Tax cuts under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have moved the date forward on the calendar, with George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama increasing rates, thus lengthening the time needed to get to Tax Freedom Day.

Like some of his GOP predecessors, revising and simplifying the individual tax code was a point on Donald Trump’s agenda as well, but his main thrust was a desire to cut the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world. It’s a point that scores well with four supply-side economics gurus. Writing in The New York Times, Steve Forbes, Larry Kudlow, Art Laffer and Stephen Moore argue that Trump needs to score a tax victory this summer, and the best place to begin is to cut corporate tax rates and allow for immediate, full deduction of the cost of their capital purchases. Add to that a modest repatriation fee on bringing foreign profits back to the United States, and the quartet believes these changes will help the economy. “The additional increase in real wages could be nearly 10 percent over the next decade, which would reverse 15 years of income stagnation for the working class in America,” they write. “And, if we are right that tax cuts will spur the economy, then the faster economic growth as a result of the bill will bring down the deficit.”

Somewhat more controversial about the approach that Forbes and his colleagues take is the idea that, as a sweetener to attract Democrat votes, a dedicated infrastructure fund should be created from the repatriated foreign profits. Regarded as a “good move politically,” if nothing else, it would kill two of Trump’s birds with one stone: corporate tax reform would be combined with investment in infrastructure.

In the short term, this free-market quartet concedes that tax cuts would enlarge the deficit, which was the case initially under both Reagan and Bush (43) when they reduced tax rates. But that would create a boon to the economy and lead to an increase in federal revenue, thus shrinking the deficit in years to come. This, of course, assumes that adults take charge of the purse strings and refrain from spending the new revenue before it comes in.

To bring this full circle, it’s worth going beyond the Tax Foundation’s report abstract to a chart that tracks Tax Freedom Day over time. A century ago, on the eve of World War I (and just after the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment) Tax Freedom Day occurred in late January. Although there’s been a little bit of relief since 2000, the year Tax Freedom Day fell on May 1 — “May Day” was perhaps appropriate, as this was during the last year of Comrade Clinton’s term of office — the fact that we spend well past a quarter of each year rendering unto Caesar should give everyone pause and make us question how we came to this point.

Hey Glick, ever here of freedom and personal liberty, to do or not to do: “NY lawmakers with dumb ideas”!

h 18, 2017

NYDN: Another Press Release Law by a NYC Democrat

Add Assemblywoman Deborah Glick to the list of NY lawmakers with dumb ideas. Ms. Glick wasted the time of the bill drafting office to propose mandatory voting enforced by a ten dollar fine.
It’s wrong on many levels, not to mention the practicality of enforcing it.
There are some reasons some don’t vote. Uncontested elections, a rigged campaign finance apparatus Ms. Glick surely is familiar with, the lack of offices to vote for, and the sense none of it matters.
Maybe paying New Yorkers ten dollars TO vote would be better than fining them for not.

Operation Push Back: NYState Death Spiral – Regarding needed welfare reform and opposition to (not) free college tuition

To: “Red” New York County Executives, Administrators, and County Legislators; Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino; Senator Cathy Young; Assemblyman Andy Goodell; Governor Cuomo; Congressman Tom Reed

From: Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots

Date: January 16, 2017

Re: Operation Push Back: regarding welfare reform and free college tuition


The silent majority must work to break our state’s “death spiral” or

taxpayers will be further pressed under the governor’s “socialist” heel.

  1. Pressure your state legislators to initiate welfare reform. Give them a copy of Operation Push Back.
  2. Pressure state legislators to deny Cuomo’s free college tuition proposal.


The end of November, Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots sent you our document Operation Push Back. We urged “red” county executives to contact state legislators to implement welfare reform using the states of Maine and Kansas as models. These two states reduced their welfare rolls by 75% to 80%.

Missouri recently reduced its welfare rolls by removing 41,000 recipients. Missouri’s requirements are similar to those of Maine and Kansas: food stamps only for three months; recipients required to work at least 80 hours per month, participate in education and training program for 80 hours per month, or comply with a workfare program. Refusal to participate in these activities restricts food stamps to no more than three months every three years.

Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots and other conservative organizations support these actions. We acknowledge that some very elderly and disabled are in need of greater welfare provided by taxpayers. For all others, the goal should be to provide temporary support along with job-finding skills and job training.

Several states requested waivers from the federal government to allow them to ban junk food purchases with food stamps: Maine, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont. This would help curb obesity thus holding down Medicaid costs. It is expected that these requests will be fulfilled by a new administration.


According to TEAPARTY.org (Dec. 16, 2016), six “socialist” states and dozens of cities and municipalities are in danger of bankruptcy or collapse in the next recession. These states have too many “takers” and not enough “makers” (private sector workers) creating a near-certain death spiral. More reason to pressure state lawmakers to address welfare reform, along with another of the governor’s “socialist” proposals, free college tuition.

Here are the six death spiral states with the number of “takers” for every 100 “makers.”



New Mexico 148

West Virginia 116

California 114

Mississippi 111

New York 108

Arkansas 103

A score under 100 means the state is on more solid ground.

Is Governor Cuomo aware of New York’s death spiral status? It would appear no—or he doesn’t care—based on his recent expensive proposals (The Post-Journal, Jan. 9, 2017): “New York state must stand as an alternative to Donald Trump showing the nation that tolerance, progressive policies like a higher minimum wage and investments in education can create an economy that works for all.”

The governor’s proposals, unsupported by solid data, come with high price tags for New York taxpayers. Based on current reports, his proposals are very unrealistic. Consider: The Post-Journal (Jan. 12, 2017) reported: “Local governments across the state are dealing with little to no growth in revenues, according to the New York State Comptroller’s Office.”

A review of the 2016 election results map shows that Donald Trump captured the majority of New York counties. Yet, the governor continues his diatribe against majority citizens of “red” counties—even fallaciously calling us “intolerant”—in his attempt to place us under his heel. Disgustingly, the governor has discounted the silent majority again! Truth be told, all those “red” county taxpayers are fed up with his liberal proposals! Remember: “New York Death Spiral!”

One state senator has written that New York state’s size may preclude it from implementing policies similar to Maine and Kansas—and now Missouri. This does not appear to be a valid argument, however, since each county would be responsible for enacting reform welfare policy, just as they do currently. The reasons for enactment are well-grounded no matter the size or challenges the state faces.


The governor proposes that full-time New York students from families earning less than $125,000 per year can enter two- or four-year colleges tuition free in the State University of New York system. He makes no mention of the effect of his proposal on New York’s private colleges, which surely would be considerable and negative.

Consider these data. According to the National Student Clearing House, less than a third of community college students earned a two-year degree and only an incredibly miniscule one-tenth of community college students went on to earn a four-year degree. These data exclude four-year state universities which are much more selective of students who enter.

Moreover, the majority of students who take remedial courses upon entering college never complete their college degrees! This is true if they take even one remedial course. Remedial courses in English language arts and mathematics don’t count toward the number of credits a student must earn, only add to student debt load.

The reason for such dismal performance? According to www.highereducation.org, the major culprit for low college graduation rates is lack of readiness for entering college. In other words, students exit high school under- or poorly-prepared.

Does everyone need to go to college? Don’t communities have high need for competent carpenters, electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians, and other trades? The governor makes no mention of training for these essential careers.

Governor Cuomo appears to be putting the cart before the horse. If the governor is serious about increasing the number of students who enter college and graduate,then the caliber of public K-12 education must be upgraded considerably. Based on the most recent data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the Nation’s Report Card, the need for college remedial courses still will be high. Consider these NAEP data reported by The New York Times (April 27, 2016):

· Math scores dropped for high school seniors from 2013 to 2015

· The percentage of students prepared for college shows a drop from 39% in 2013 to 37% in 2015

· Scores in reading and math dropped for students in the lowest percentiles. The number of students scoring below “basic” in both subjects increased from 2013.

The NYT also reported that a survey attached to the test “indicated that those who scored better were the students who took advanced math courses like calculus and read more pages in and out of school.” It went on to say that “[h]igher-scoring students also read for fun almost every day.” It’s clear that remedial English language arts and mathematics courses are inadequate to overcome multiple years of low reading and lack of important mathematics courses.

It is foolhardy and wasteful of taxpayers’ hard earned dollars to throw monies at Cuomo’s tuition-free proposal with such dire data as these. Liberal welfare benefits + free college tuition = Death Spiral!

To truly prepare K-12 students for college, implement these measures:

1. Remove New York from Common Core which is nothing more than “test prep academies”;

2. Return our state to the the traditional curricula that truly prepared students to enter college. There were no readiness gaps then which required remediation;

3. The governor, Board of Regents, and commissioner of education should examine the college preparatory curriculum used by schools in earlier decades and ending with the 1950s, the last era when true college preparatory courses were taught in high school;

4. Focus on our American heritage and exceptionalism, national sovereignty, and Founding documents. The current focus on multiculturalism smears Western and American tradition;

5. Reading classic literature prepared students for college. Strong emphasis on phonics; grammar; usage; correct spelling; cursive handwriting; expository, persuasive, research writing;

6. Reading, writing, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills explicitly incorporated throughout college-preparatory curriculum from English to mathematics to science and social science.


“O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth!”

Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots: Box 244, Jamestown, NY 14701 sotierteapatriots