[Free Beacon] Hunter Biden was hit with a $450,000 lien in July over delinquent state income taxes, which he paid off in six days despite having no discernible income. Last year, he told the court judge in his paternity case that he was broke and unemployed.
The younger Biden owed $238,562.76 in state income taxes from 2017 and $215,328.16 in state income taxes from 2018, according to records from the District of Columbia’s Office of Tax and Revenue. The District of Columbia filed a $453,890 lien against him on July 9.
The lien is the latest in a series of substantial tax problems members of the Biden family have faced over the years, from Joe's brother James’s six-figure tax debt in 2015 to multiple liens filed against Joe's sister Valerie and her husband. It also raises new questions about Hunter Biden’s finances, which have been scrutinized during the election cycle. The lien follows controversy over Hunter's high-paying consulting work for companies in Ukraine and China, and a high-profile child support case in which the younger Biden claimed he was in "significant debt" and refused to turn over court-ordered financial records.
District of Columbia Single Income Tax Brackets Income Tax Bracket Tax Rate 2019
$0 to $10,000 4%
$10,001 to $40,000 6%
$40,001 to $60,000 6.5%
$60,001 to $350,000 8.5%
$350,001 to $1,000,000 8.75%
$1,000,001 to ∞ 8.95%
2017: $238,562.76 W.D.C. tax = $2,728,000 net income
2017: $215,328.16 W.D.C. tax = $2,468,000 net income
Welfare in DC pays pretty well for an ex-VP's unemployed, drug and sex addicted son.
[Mises] In recent days governments in Australia, Europe, and the US have moved toward imposing a new wave of forced lockdowns in the name of fighting the spread of COVID-19. Australia has imposed harsh new lockdown measures, including a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. CNN reports:
Those restrictions include a curfew in Melbourne for the next six weeks, a ban on wedding gatherings, and schools must go back to online classes....Only one person per household is allowed to leave their homes once a day -- outside of curfew hours -- to pick up essential goods, and they must stay within a 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) radius of their home.
Meanwhile in Europe, Belgium is threatening a "total lockdown" even as it tightens other measures, which now means that "a family or those living together can meet only the same five people from outside their household over the next four weeks." (Belgium has been in a state of lockdown in all but name for months, since even until the most recent restrictions, an individual was allowed to meet in person with only 15 different people per week.)
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[Townhall] It would seem that someone at the FBI put Mr. O’Keefe on the felon list regarding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), making him a prohibited person. He can no longer buy firearms, despite never committing a felony. Gun owners interviewed certainly see this as a legitimate legal matter, and O’ Keefe has filed a lawsuit. Is this retaliation?
I’ll bet the mortgage that something along those lines is happening here (via Project Veritas):
Project Veritas Action and Project Veritas today released a video of James O'Keefe III, who has never been convicted of a felony, being denied the right to keep and bear arms. The rejection has led O’Keefe to file a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
When asked why the FBI has denied his ability to purchase a firearm, the FBI disclosed O'Keefe is falsely identified as a convicted felon on the NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check) list. He has never been convicted of a felony.
"The lawsuit is being filed in the Southern District Court of New York seeking an order requiring the FBI to remove him from this list as required by law under 18 U.S.C. § 925A," said Jered Ede Esq., who is representing O’Keefe.
"Notably, the FBI has not disclosed what information it is relying on to place him on its watch list," Ede stated in the complaint filed with the court.
[Don Surber] ITEM 2: Bloomberg reported, "Former national security adviser Susan Rice, a Netflix director, sold some of her shares of the video streaming company worth $305,323 this week as speculation swirls that she is among the candidates to be Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate.
"A spokeswoman for Rice said the sale was unrelated to politics and was made under a stock trading plan she filed more than three months ago under Securities and Exchange Commission rules."
[American Thinker] Ronald Reagan famously observed nearly sixty years ago: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same[.]" The man could say so much with so few words. (1) Freedom is an idea; (2) it belongs to anyone wise enough to recognize its value irrespective of race, color, or creed; and (3) it will be endlessly threatened at all times by those opposed to liberty.
Three generations later, and Reagan's warning is uncomfortably prescient. Before the Chinese coronavirus turned into a weapon for destroying freedom, we were already under attack. For years, hate speech laws have been used to censor points of view and silence critics. Public schools have replaced education with "politically correct" Marxist narratives, while Christianity is banned from public life and public squares. Socialists attack words as violence so they may use violence against our words. Wherever we look, the left has been nibbling away at liberty and pushing us toward gilded cages under their control.
Now the Democrats' push to "fundamentally change America" is in overdrive. A combination of their awareness that they have lost ground since President Trump's election and a growing sense of urgency to speed up their revolution before his looming re-election has led them to throw all caution to the wind.
What could have been seen as a moment for national unity just as WWII was for that generation of Americans, the present pandemic unleashed by China, has become nothing more than an opportunity for Democrats at every level of government to steal freedom in the name of security.
Joe Biden talks openly of a "physical revolution" ahead.
A very long winded (Ilana Mercer-lite) view of 'group think' which points to World War as a potential solution. Even a bit too dark for me, but there it is.
[Red State] During the Civil War somewhere around 750,000 men fought for the Confederacy. It would be idiotic to claim that the Civil War was not about slavery, however the vast majority of the men who fought for the Confederacy were not fighting for the right to own slaves. How do I know this? During the 1860 census there were only about 385,000 slave owners. Many of these slave owners lived in states like West Virginia (well, not in 1860, but just follow for a minute), Deleware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri. If every slave owner in the south fought for the Confederacy (any who owned more than 20 slaves were exempt) then it would still have made up less than half the Confederate army. So how was it possible that so many fought for states rights when the primary right in question was the right to own other people? Simple... tribalism. The other side was awful in every way. Everything was linked, and you don’t get to tell me how to live my life. The Yank was an oppressor on our soil trying to force us to [fill in something here] and he should go home.
Tribalism is the simplification for "me and my group against you and your group." You end up thinking the other side is always wrong about everything, and if they change their mind then you change yours too. Example? Heritage Foundation laid out a market based plan for getting everyone into a health insurance policy. Their plan was based on the Swiss plan that works generally pretty well. Mitt Romney adopted the plan in Massachusetts with the general backing of Republicans. Barack Obama uses the same plan as a basis for a national plan, and now the whole project is the Devil and only flaming liberals would ever approve. Maybe that struck a nerve. Let’s go with a different example... Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden vote to fund a physical barrier along the southern border to prevent illegal immigration. Barack Obama deports more illegal immigrants than any previous American president. Donald Trump begins to build the wall that Joe Biden voted for, and now any barrier is racist.
^ Abraham Lincoln repeatedly stated his war was caused by taxes only, and not by slavery, at all.
"My policy sought only to collect the Revenue (a 40 percent federal sales tax on imports to Southern States under the Morrill Tariff Act of 1861)." reads paragraph 5 of Lincoln's First Message to the U.S. Congress, penned July 4, 1861.
"I have no purpose, directly or in-directly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so," Lincoln said it his first inaugural on March 4 of the same year.
There is no proof of Lincoln ever declaring the war was fought to abolish slavery, and without such an official statement, the war-over-slavery teaching remains a complete lie and offensive hate speech that divides Americans, as is being done now by the media and politicians regarding the Confederate flag in South Carolina.
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#3 Klement, do you claim that a capitalist society and slave society can coexist in the same country?
/\ Thank you, DB. And that Morrill Tariff was a biggie that ticked off the South.
@ #7 - g(r)om, theoretically, YES. In a totally free society, what if I wanted to voluntarily & without coercion be a slave to a landowner (for example) to support my family? What if supporting my family was more important to me than my freedom?
#8 (a) Slavery wasn't voluntary.
(b) It's not a question of ethics. Agrarian slave owners & industrialized capitalists have very different financial interests. As North developed, the dominance of the government by the Southerners became intolerable.
Like all politicians Lincoln talked around the subject. You can not escape the 13th Amendment. As for why the North fought you can find in their culture - Battle Hymn of the Republic and Battle Cry of Freedom. Those were sung in the rank. No hiding about ending slavery there.
I'm sure you'll give it up about the same time the race hustlers give up playing the slavery card.
@ #11 - Like we have "true" capitalism now? It's not even close to "free market" or "laissez-faire" capitalism. There are barriers to entry all over the place and nothing to do with slavery. They are called patents and fees and licenses and rules/regulations.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
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