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  • Fox News Contributor Literally Steals Candy from Children [VIDEO]

    Some things are as easy taking candy from a baby. Unfortunately for Steven Crowder — a conservative blogger, comedian and Fox News contributor — explaining the distributional effects of Obama's tax policy are not one of those things.

    Yet Crowder attempted to do just that, by dressing up in what appears to be a pedo-bear costume and filming himself stealing candy from children who approached his van, in an effort to make light of progressive taxation. Or so one hopes…

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    Tags: Fox News, Halloween, Taxes
  • Silvio Berlusconi Gets Four Years for Regular Rich Guy Behavior

    I was not even aware that courts were allowed to find billionaire politicians guilty of stuff. Isn't that against The Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva Penthouse Suite Code?

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to four years in jail on Friday for tax fraud in connection with the purchase of broadcasting rights by his Mediaset television company.

    The 76-year-old billionaire, who was convicted three times during the 1990s in the first degree before being cleared by higher courts, has the right to appeal the ruling two more times before the sentence becomes definitive. He will not be jailed unless he loses the final appeal.

    Kind of ironic that the insanely rich Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to four years in the big house for not wanting to pay any taxes just as it's looking like the insanely rich Mitt Romney might get sentenced to four years in the White House for not wanting to pay any taxes. Tough days for plutocrats, huh?

    I wouldn't worry too much. Seems very doubtful that either guy will serve a day.

    Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images


    Tags: Crime, Italy, Mitt Romney, Money, Silvio Berlusconi, Taxes
  • Mitt Romney Accidentally Fact Checks Mitt Romney

    The focus of the Romney campaign was supposed to be on the stubbornly high unemployment rate, but if his accidental truth-telling becomes a trend, he's going to cost fact-checkers their jobs by doing their work for them.

    Consider a candidate Romney press release from April

    President Obama is the first president in history to openly campaign for re-election on a platform of higher taxes. He has already raised taxes on millions of Americans, but he won’t stop there.

    Unfortunately, fact-checker Romney rated this statement as "pants on fire," while campaigning in Ohio…

    [Barack Obama's] idea now. He's got one new, one new idea. I admit this, he has one thing he did not do in his first four years, said he's going to do in his next four years, which is to raise taxes. And is there anybody who thinks that raising taxes will help grow the economy?

    The campaign of candidate Romney fired back, saying, "Governor Romney was clearly communicating about an additional tax increase President Obama is proposing on American small businesses that will jeopardize over 700,000 jobs." But are you going to believe some campaign flack or the fact-checking candidate himself?

    Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Mitt Romney, Ohio, Taxes
  • Our Endorsements: SNL Gives Undecided Voters a Voice

    * Undecided voters have too much information to sift through.

    * Funny or Die found Mitt Romney's actual tax return.

    * Come on, Vogue! Act like you belong!

    * #MuslimRage is spreading on the internet.

    Ridiculous political assassinations that shouldn't have worked.

    * Will the real Joe Biden please stand up (unless he's in a wheelchair)?

    * The Disalmanac Podcast talks about everyone's favorite prez, Millard Fillmore.

    * Congressional loose canon starts to genuinely freak people out, from The Onion.


    Tags: Daily Links, Millard Fillmore, Mitt Romney, SNL, Taxes
  • New Tax Returns, and Other Goodwill Gestures from Mitt Romney

    Mitt RomneyToday is a very big day for Mitt Romney. After months and months of putting off the release of additional tax returns, he finally relaxed his grasp on his 2011 files.

    Interestingly, despite having once said, "If I had paid more than are legally due, I don’t think I’d be qualified to become president," Romney actually did pay more to the government than was legally due

    The newest documents show that the GOP presidential nominee paid a 14.1 percent income tax rate in 2011, paying more in taxes than he was required to do by federal law, according to accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The Republican opted to drive up his income tax rate by not claiming more than $1.75 million in deductions for charitable donations.

    Now, some cynical people might call this another Romney flip-flop. Or some even more cynical people might say that he paid so much to make himself look better in the eyes of voters. I would personally like to consider it a goodwill gesture. A small concession to the people across the aisle. A way of saying: Hey, we might not always think alike, but I'm willing to meet you halfway. Or, at any rate, 9/11ths of the way.

    This is really just the beginning, I suspect. I'm expecting to see plenty more goodwill gestures in the weeks to come. Like…

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    Tags: Mitt Romney, Taxes