As millions of unemployed Americans struggle to make ends meet amidst an economy still in shambles, a note is quietly slid under the door: “Give us $800 billion in tax breaks or your unemployment benefits are history!” In a classic made-for-television cop drama, this is the part where the heroic police captain would emphatically declare, “We don’t negotiate with hostage-takers!”
The holiday season is usually full of peace, love and joy. The post-holiday season, however, is always full of trashcans overflowing with torn wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and plastic packaging.
In light of the recent events surrounding the layoffs of seven firemen, I feel compelled to point out a few details that seem to be omitted from most publications regarding this heated issue in our community.
The government seems to delight in peddling paranoia, especially since 9/11. However, with this latest campaign to turn Walmart shoppers into domestic spies, their tactics have taken a sinister turn.
The national conversation on our fiscal health for the past few months has been about whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for households with incomes over $250,000, or to allow them to expire on December 31st.
The Internal Revenue Service recently launched an unprecedented effort to provide some oversight over the tax preparation industry, including approximately 27,000 New Jersey tax preparers.
The holidays are an extremely difficult time for those people struggling with drug addiction and, even more so, those closest to the addicts. I would know because I was one of these individuals struggling with drug addiction.
With the holidays fast approaching, many Americans are in search of the latest and greatest children’s gifts to place under the tree. But amidst all the dolls, gadgets and superheroes, there’s one gift that, more than any other, can make a profound difference in the life of a child – the gift of reading.
I know…I KNOW…I am gonna get flogged for this one, but…
President Barack Obama’s surrender to Republicans is worse than the cost of just caving in on Bush-era tax cuts, although that deprived the national treasury and the America economy of hundreds of billions of dollars.