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Trickle-up-Taxation: My plan to bring local control to California

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California desperately needs restructuring. Residents on either side of the political aisle want a change. Some want CalExit. A move to secede from the United States and become a separate nation. Others want to split the state into three smaller states; Northern California, Southern California, and California. These proposals illustrate the frustration of Californians, but these proposals will do little if anything, and thus will further Californians’ frustration.

My solution to the problem begins with a plan I call tickle-up-taxation.

Tickle-up-taxation is about building a community, not a bureaucracy. It’s about protecting our fundamental rights, while at the same time allowing people to shape their towns and communities in a way which would best serve the people. It’s about freedom.

People want local control, but they are not sure how we can move from the dysfunction and division we currently see ourselves in, to actual freedom and local control.

The beginnings of an answer may lie in fundamentally restructuring our tax system and implementing a new form of taxation called trickle-up-taxation.

Currently, the majority of all state taxes go to Sacramento, and then to our local municipalities. Even though most of us don’t live in Sacramento, our money flows up first to those centers of government, and then they trickle back down to our communities. This form of taxation has resulted in higher taxes, government waste, corruption, fewer freedoms, and less representation.

Therefore, instead of the current form of taxation, which I call, trickle-down-taxation we reverse the flow of taxation and implement trickle-up-taxation. Rather than paying state taxes, we would only pay county and city taxes.

How it works

So here is how it works. Let us say my local city and county tax me at a combined rate of 10% income tax rate. The state government wouldn’t tax me personally but in a sense would tax my city and county. If I make $100,000 a year that would mean I would pay $10,000 in taxes. The state government may take 30%. Meaning from my $10,000 my local city and county would keep $7,000, and the state government would get $3,000.

This form of taxation wouldn’t just apply to personal income taxes. There are taxes like property taxes, sales taxes, gasoline taxes, transient occupancy taxes, business license taxes, and so forth. The state wouldn’t take a bulk of these taxes and then trickle the taxes down to the local municipalities. They would just take a percentage of tax dollars generated.

You see, what I’m advocating with trickle-up-taxation is a way to achieve authentic local control. California has 58 counties and 482 municipalities, yet 70% of state employees work in the Sacramento region. It is impossible for politicians and the state government to govern so many municipalities effectively, especially when they are so far removed from your community.

The state government duties should be to establish the general blueprint for the state, yet implementation would be done locally to allow local communities greater flexibility to meet the unique demands of their local community.

Why change the tax system?

The question you may be asking is, why do we have to change the flow of taxation to achieve this? The reason is simple to understand. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a progressive or conservative area, when your state legislator comes to you and says that they need 40% instead of 30%, what will be at stake? Less money locally for your progressive or conservative policies.

“You mean to tell me, my state senator wants more money, and we can’t afford to provide free college tuition for everyone? Replace him; he is trying to destroy our progressive utopia.”

“My state assemblymember wants more money for corporate bailouts? Fire her.”

If more taxes are needed for the state government, it will be for a purpose that a vast majority of Californians agree with. Thus, it will help limit corruption, reduce waste, and also limit partisanism because most of the money and decisions will be decentralized to the local level.

The benefit of trickle-up-taxation is whether you want to live in a progressive city and county like San Francisco which might tax you at 20% and provide you with massive social programs like free college and single-payer healthcare, or Placer County with an income tax rate of 0% and fewer social programs, the beauty of trickle-up-taxation is that you can pick the community which most aligns with your political views and wants. Shouldn’t the community you live in best fit your needs and wants? Isn’t this what the people want, true local control?

Trickle-up-taxation isn’t about progressive or conservative policies. It’s about creating a genuinely representative government; where the day-to-day decisions that affect our community are decided at the local level. While still maintaining state and federal governments to regulate commerce, establish laws, courts, as well as protecting our fundamental human rights.

Mr. Roditis is an entrepreneur and owns several companies. He graduated from UCSD with a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations with a focus on National/International Security Studies. He's a former City Commissioner with the City of Anaheim, CA. He's a Conservative Constitutional Federalist. Follow him on Twitter @KonRoditis

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Michael Flynn’s lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

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Michael Flynns lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

The legal team for former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn have stopped sharing information about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 election. This could be a blow for the President and some who are close to him if information gleaned from Flynn points to the Trump campaign, his transition team, or his administration itself.

The NY Times is reporting that four anonymous sources have said the agreement between the two legal teams has been ended from Flynn’s side. It is normal for teams with parallel interests to share information, but when there becomes a conflict of interest, any such sharing is halted. This leaves two likely possibilities: either Flynn is negotiating a deal to cooperate with the investigation or they’re cooperating already.

If it’s the former, there’s a chance the information sharing could be renewed if no deal is struck

Flynn is at the heart of the investigation. It was his actions and the White House’s reactions before and after he resigned that prompted the investigation in the first place. Flynn had lied on more than one occasions about financial interactions he’d had with Russian and Turkish interests. This made him vulnerable to blackmail, according to former acting attorney general Sally Q. Yates. After Flynn resigned, the President had a one-on-one meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and allegedly asked him to stop pursuing Flynn. Comey was fired by the President, then leaked a memo detailing the meeting regarding Flynn.

Outcry from many in DC and in the media prompted Mueller’s appointment. Since then, he charged Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos. Charging or cutting a deal with Flynn would likely be the step prior to pursuing people directly associated with the President.

Further Reading

Flynn moving to cooperate with Mueller in Russia probe: report | TheHill

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361687-flynn-moving-to-cooperate-with-mueller-in-russia-probe-reportThe report comes after NBC News on Wednesday reported that Mueller is looking to question Bijan Kian, an associate of Flynn. Previous reports have suggested that the special counsel already has enough evidence to indict Flynn and his son, who also worked for Trump’s campaign.

Trump’s legal team has insisted recently that Mueller’s probe will end in the coming months, though legal experts have said the investigation is likely to drag on.

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I still have reasonable doubts about Neil Gorsuch

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I still have reasonable doubts about Neil Gorsuch Kurt Schlichters Thanksgiving Piece

Regarding Kurt Schlichter’s Thanksgiving post

While I am thankful that Hillary Clinton did not win the oval office, and that Donald Trump so far is advancing a Conservative agenda, I do have a red flag to put up: Justice Neil Gorsuch.  He is likely to uphold the progressives agenda for amnesty which is in line with the progressive goal of creating a block of voters that will be cultishly loyal to the Democratic Party and their Marxist agenda.  They don’t want them to assimilate into their culture.  They want them to impose their culture on us because that is one way of making Marxist socialism stronger in America.

The next thing that we need to watch Justice Gorsuch on is how he questions and eventually decides the case of Colorado baker Jack Phillips and his religious freedom.  Does he have the right to refuse certain services and certain people, or must he bow to the pagan culture of the day that only wants to hear ‘if it feels good, do it’?  For sure it does not want to hear how they are putting themselves and our culture on a path of self-destruction over their carnal desires.

Depending on how Gorsuch rules on such matters, I am not going to be thankful for him just yet.  Justice John Roberts screwed us over on Obamacare (not once but twice) and by the way, it was a Republican Judge that allowed Planned Parenthood and others in the pre-born baby murder business to rack up over 59 million kills to date, and that that is nearing 60 million as of this post.  Another Republican-appointed judge, thanks the borking of Justice Robert Bork, not only decriminalized sodomy but made homosexual marriage the law of the land.

We shall find out if voting for the Republican (no matter how hard or soft they are) is always justified and the patriotic thing to do.  Or, if we as advocates for liberty and freedom can finally truly expose Duverger’s law for the political scam that is was and always will be, and be a stronger voice crying out in the wilderness that can truly present a third and better way, just as the Republicans did when the WHIGS were only full of talk when it came to ending slavery in America.

Seven Things Conservatives Should Be Thankful For

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/11/23/seven-things-conservatives-should-be-thankful-for-n2412522No. 3: Be Thankful For Neil Gorsuch.

We are going to take back the judiciary. That’s huge and it’s already happening. When the Never Trumpers try to mock our delight in having President Trump at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by saying “But Gorsuch!”, our reply must be, “Damn right, but Gorsuch!”

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Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving declaration to a divided nation

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Abraham Lincolns Thanksgiving declaration to a divided nation

In today’s political climate where our nation seems to be ever more divided, it’s rather fitting that we are now commemorating a national day of thanks. It was a nation much more divided than we are today that prompted Abraham Lincoln to call for the first nationally recognized Thanksgiving celebration.

Lincoln’s proclamation in 1863–which is recognized as the beginning of the modern Thanksgiving holiday–was the first given by a president since George Washington had proclaimed a day of general thanksgiving. It would become the first in an unbroken string of such proclamations by every president since.

In a letter written to Lincoln by Sarah Josepha Hale, an elderly magazine editor, the president was urged to declare a national day of thanks in order to develop a “deep moral influence” on American character, and reunite a country deeply divided by the Civil War. Just months after the Battle of Gettysburg–an incident where the Union lost nearly 30% of its troops and the Confederacy lost nearly 40%–Lincoln heeded Hale’s request and issued his declaration beginning with these words (his complete declaration is below):

“The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with blessing of fruitful fields and healthful skies.”

Why did Lincoln use such hopeful words? Was he some sort of Pollyanna politician trying to hide the unpopular truth from the citizens of America? I don’t think so. I believe he was acknowledging the reality of something we sometimes still hear in churches today.

God is good! All the time!

In scripture, Colossians 2:6-7 reads: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (NIV)

Political differences will likely continue, and you and I won’t always see things eye-to-eye, but that should never be allowed to create a division so great that it keeps us from being thankful for the goodness of God. If Abraham Lincoln was able to show such incredible gratitude during a time when our nation was LITERALLY divided, certainly we can do no less today.

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Originally published on The Strident Conservative.com.

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