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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

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Senate overcomes filibuster of unemployment extension, tax cuts

By Ed Brayton | 12.14.10 | 7:42 am

The Senate voted Monday to override a filibuster by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and close debate on the $858 billion package that includes extensions of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, federal unemployment benefits and a number of other tax cuts and provisions as well.

The vote is still open as some senators are still trying to get back to Washington from their home states, but they already have more than 60 votes necessary to invoke cloture.

An actual vote on the bill, which is expected to pass, could take place as early as Tuesday but is more likely to be on Wednesday. There is a procedural rule in the Senate that requires 30 hours between the cloture vote and the final vote, but that rule can be waived if there are no objections.

The bill would then move to the House, where the Democratic caucus has rejected the bill in a non-binding vote and promised to try to amend some of the provisions.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Income taxes on the wealthy are the ultimate sin tax-you’re only taxed on what you keep, not what you give. Jesus said it’s hard to get into heaven if you’re rich. He said to be His disciple we should renounce all our processions. The wealthy are free to earn all they can of course. What they earn is only taxed more if they choose to keep it instead of give it.

    If they choose to keep more than $250,000 for themselves, then they get taxed more. If they make $10 million and give all but $200,000 to charity, what they give isn’t counted as income anyway. They can deduct what they give.

    Just wanted to introduce the thought of taxing excessive income that is kept could be a sin tax…. I don’t know where I fall on this logic..but I think it’s worth debate.

  • Anonymous

    Income taxes on the wealthy are the ultimate sin tax-you’re only taxed on what you keep, not what you give. Jesus said it’s hard to get into heaven if you’re rich. He said to be His disciple we should renounce all our processions. The wealthy are free to earn all they can of course. What they earn is only taxed more if they choose to keep it instead of give it.

    If they choose to keep more than $250,000 for themselves, then they get taxed more. If they make $10 million and give all but $200,000 to charity, what they give isn’t counted as income anyway. They can deduct what they give.

    Just wanted to introduce the thought of taxing excessive income that is kept could be a sin tax…. I don’t know where I fall on this logic..but I think it’s worth debate.

  • Anonymous

    Income taxes on the wealthy are the ultimate sin tax-you’re only taxed on what you keep, not what you give. Jesus said it’s hard to get into heaven if you’re rich. He said to be His disciple we should renounce all our processions. The wealthy are free to earn all they can of course. What they earn is only taxed more if they choose to keep it instead of give it.

    If they choose to keep more than $250,000 for themselves, then they get taxed more. If they make $10 million and give all but $200,000 to charity, what they give isn’t counted as income anyway. They can deduct what they give.

    Just wanted to introduce the thought of taxing excessive income that is kept could be a sin tax…. I don’t know where I fall on this logic..but I think it’s worth debate.

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