Bits and Bobs

  • Pat Browne’s wife is a registered lobbyist, and her firm donated to his campaign. Do we think it is unfair to say she has succeeded in “entrenching” herself in Pat’s “strategies and needs?”
  • Doesn’t get much dumber than Pulpit Freedom Day. The solution is simple: if churches want to endorse political candidates, they should have to pay taxes; if they don’t want to pay taxes, then they can’t endorse political candidates, just like every other 501(c)(3) organization can’t. The Establishment Clause: it’s a beautiful thing.
  • Good LTE from an accountant reminding us why the 1099 provision of the health care law exists in the first place – tax cheats
  • Rep. Greg Vitali accuses his PA House Democratic colleagues of posturing for failing to pass a severance tax on Marcellus Shale.
  • People who vote every election are awesome. If young people want the political system to pay as much attention to them as it does to old people, this is the way to do it.
  • Beata Bujalska on the link between urban policy, inequality and poverty. Highly recommend this one.
  • Jake Towne declares himself the winner of a debate in which only he participated, at Cedar Crest. There are videos of his answers here, nicely broken up by question.
  • Is it actually not necessary to get a valuation agreement from Sands Casino? The Philadelphia casino is on the way and will certainly steal business from Sands Bethlehem. At the very least it seems like the competition, by reducing profit margins, will reduce the revenue coming in for SteelStax, no?
  • 17 Northampton County farms are giving tours and demonstrations next Saturday.
  • Filibuster reform is still in the offing for January, when the rules can be changed with 51 votes. We need to return the Senate to majority rule.
  • Nate Silver thinks the generic ballot may underestimate Democratic performance. More here.


  1. Jon, the 1099 filing requirement will not generate enough $$ to cover the cost of compliance.

    The cost to businesses to comply with Federal requirements is $1.75 trillion annually. This burden falls disproportionately on small businesses. When you add that to the tax burden, $1 of every $3 earned is out the window.

    This amount of capital could be put to much better use in growing the economy than to pay for more bureaucrats. Wouldn't you agree?

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