2009 Tax Bills Lowest Since 1950

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American’s paid their lowest level of taxes since 1950.

Amid complaints about high taxes and calls for a smaller government, Americans paid their lowest level of taxes last year since Harry Truman’s presidency, a USA Today analysis of federal data found.  Some conservative political movements such as the “Tea Party” have criticized federal spending as being out of control. While spending is up, taxes have fallen to exceptionally low levels.

 

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Rapid Growth of Militia Fueled by Politics

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Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia member looks through the scope of his rifle during a militia “survival in the wilderness” training event

Three times a week, Mike Lackomar climbs into his truck and drives the same delivery route through the suburbs of Detroit.  Lackomar is an independent contractor for a private parcel company. If you live northwest of this battered city and you recently purchased something from a home shopping network, there’s a good chance the 36-year-old handled your package.

 

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28% of Americans are Tea Party Supporters

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Both political parties are concerned with the strength of this movement

A hefty 28 percent of all Americans identify themselves as supporters of the grass-roots Tea Party movement, according to a new Gallup poll released Monday.
The poll results suggest that along several demographic planes –including age, employment status and race– Tea Party supporters resemble the population at large. 79 percent of Tea Partiers, for example, are “non-Hispanic white”, as compared with 75 percent of the entire country.
The poll confirms, however, that Tea Party supporters overwhelmingly skew Republican and conservative. 49 percent of all self-identified Tea Party supporters classified themselves as Republican; a total of 92 percent were either Republican or Independent, with a mere 8 percent identifying themselves as Democrats.
The Gallup results diverge from those released last week by the Winston Group, a polling and strategy firm with conservative leanings. The Winston study indicates that only 17 percent of the population identifies itself with the Tea Party, suggesting a smaller base of support for the movement.
The Gallup results were based on telephone interviews with 1033 adults, age 18 and above, conducted from March 26-28. The poll results have a margin of error of four percentage points.

A hefty 28 percent of all Americans identify themselves as supporters of the grass-roots Tea Party movement, according to a new Gallup poll released Monday.

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The Coffee Party Movement Uses the Coffee Party Sphere as a Tool for Civil Engagement

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Move over Tea Party there’s another movement brewing.  Saturday, March 13 was the kick-off of the national Coffee Party where gatherings were scheduled across the country of like-minded citizens upset with government and angry that the Tea Party movement has grabbed the spotlight.
 

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Initiative Proposed To Delay California’s Global Warming Law

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California’s global warming law calls for utilities to increase their use of renewable energy to at least 30 percent by 2020

Conservatives propose an initiative that would delay curbs on greenhouse gas emissions until the state’s unemployment rate drops to 5.5%, a level not seen since 2007.

 

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