Death Tax Set To Kill Americans

As 2010 begins to tick down and we get closer to the new year–so does the American tax burden. If you haven’t heard yet, the Bush tax cuts along with the moratorium on the Death Tax will expire on December 31, 2010. During an election year when governments out of control spending has been highlighted by so many candidates–this tax will certainly be on the minds of many voters this coming November.

Just to give you an idea of what will happen beginning on January 1, 2011, if your family has an estate valued at more than $1 million dollars you may see a levy of up to 55%. I know, this is some pretty shocking stuff, but it’s our reality! Pretty sad to think that wealthy Americans that die before the end of this year will be dancing in their graves for saving their family members so much money!

A notable American that died this year was New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner–who has an estate estimated to be over $1 billion dollars. While his family, friends, and many fans were sad to see him go…his death in 2010 saved his estate hundreds of millions of dollars.

Republicans have been talking for years about the negative effects of the tax and spend liberals. In today’s society we are seeing the ramifications of out of control government spending. Instead of tightening their belts in Washington, D.C., they just want more of our hard earned money! Yes, Washington, D.C. wants more of our money so they can pay their bills and spend more of our money…pretty sick I say!

Last month columnists J.D. Longstreet of The Silent Majority wrote this: “…yes, the wealthiest still have money. Maybe not as much as they did before the recession hit us so hard, but they still have an ample supply. But they are not spending it on plant expansions, new operations, purchasing new equipment, building up their inventory, etc., etc. When that money they are sitting on is static, when it is not working, then it is not creating jobs As a result Americans can’t find work.”

This commentary makes my point that we shouldn’t cut off the hand that feeds us. Inherently, big companies who get hammered with taxes and regulations have the benefit of expensive lawyers, accountants, and strategists. The first thing many of these companies do is find out where they can cut in order to minimize the negative impact on their bottom-line. Often this results in downsizing, or in other terms LAYOFFS.

I hope that Congress decides to act before the end of this year to not only preserve the estates of the Americans who have been successful, but keep in place the tax cuts that are allowing companies to employ so many of our citizens. We can’t afford to have government increasing the tax burden–this will only add to our unemployment roles and run business and industry out of our nation. If we truly want to see our economy grow, we must offer incentives to businesses who stay here and hire our people. Hitting them with more taxes and increased regulations will only contribute to our demise!

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Thursday, October 7th, 2010 Government No Comments

“Redistricting” What Nevadans Need To Be Talking About!

Before I get into my commentary on this, I’d like to provide you with the definition of “Gerrymandering” as defined on Wikipedia. This word best describes the process following the U.S. Census work; conducted every 10 years


“is a form of boundary delimitation (redistricting) in which electoral district or constituency boundaries are deliberately modified for electoral purposes, thereby producing a contorted or unusual shape. The resulting district is known as a gerrymander; however, that word can also refer to the process.

Gerrymandering may be used to achieve desired electoral results for a particular party, or may be used to help or hinder a particular group of constituents, such as a political, racial, linguistic, religious or class group.

When used to allege that a given party is gaining disproportionate power, the term gerrymandering has negative connotations. However, a gerrymander may also be used for purposes that some perceive as positive, notably in US federal voting district boundaries which produce a proportion of constituencies with an African-American or other minority in the majority (these are thus called “minority-majority districts”).”

Lets rewind to the year 2001, when I participated and worked on the redistricting efforts at the Nevada State Legislature. What many folks may not know is that “Districts” including, but not limited to Legislative Districts, Congressional Districts, City Council Districts, School Board Districts, County Commission Districts, and others are decided by State Lawmakers. This means that your State Senate and State Assembly ultimately decide how each district will look for the next 10 years. Let me tell you that this process is not only complex, cumbersome, and insanely tedious, but it’s VERY political.

Having said that, if you’re a Republican in Nevada right now and you care about where the state is heading–you may want to be looking into how you can help with redistricting efforts next year. In the interim you should be worried about the fact that Republicans will most likely not control the Nevada State Assembly, and though we’ve got an outside shot at taking back the Nevada State Senate and if trends remain the same we’ll have another GOP Governor–our big problem is that Democrats in the State Assembly can do a lot of damage to our redistricting prospects.

Not to bring you doom and gloom, but having been involved in this process 10 years ago I know it’s tough! Having a “balance of power” in Nevada is very important to the citizens of the state. Even if we win the Governor’s race and Brian Sandoval becomes the next Chief Executive of our state–Sandoval may be facing a veto-proof majority of Democrats in the State Assembly. So, if history tells us anything the Democrats may do what they did 10 years ago and “Gerrymander” district boundaries so folks like Shelley Berkley can forever hold onto her Congressional seats, and draw the State Assembly lines as such to not allow a Republican to get elected in much of the Greater Las Vegas area; we’re in trouble!

What do we do?

My advise right now would be to work your neighborhoods, talk to your friends, and do what you can to elect some Republicans in Nevada’s State Assembly Districts. If we can pick-up a few seats in the State Assembly it will give us a much better chance at a fair and equitable redistricting process. If Republicans however, decide to remain complacent and fail to get out the vote this November–we’ll be looking at 10 more years of Legislative Democratic rule.

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Sunday, September 12th, 2010 Nevada, Politics No Comments

Get Out The Way…Sandoval is Coming

The Nevada GOP’s “night in shining armor” emerged this week as news broke that former Attorney General and sitting Federal Judge Brian Sandoval is resigning his Judgeship! Just as commentators like myself were starting to get discouraged about Republican prospects for 2010, Sandoval changes the landscape. › Continue reading

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Saturday, August 15th, 2009 Politics Comments Off on Get Out The Way…Sandoval is Coming

Energy Issue Being Ripped from GOP Grasp

Following U.S. Senator Harry Reid’s remarkable power-play this week know as the “Energy Summit”, I began to speak to some of my GOP friends to find out their thoughts on the energy issue. What Reid and some of the Democrats have been doing, is stealing the spotlight on the topic of energy. This is a huge mistake by the GOP to allow someone else to frame the debate and take credit for any progress.

While alternative sources of energy is a complex and highly volatile topic, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t engage in dialogue, and one of the two major parties in America, the GOP should be all over this! Look, we need to create jobs and we need to be doing whatever it takes to lower our energy costs. Politicians have been talking for years about our need to stop buying so much energy from foreign countries. One of my favorite slogans, coined by former Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin was “Drill Baby, Drill!”

Can we keep going down the road we’ve been going down with regards to energy? Will the Republicans cultivate a plan on energy and start delivering it to the people before the Democrats take it over? I’m worried that our national GOP leadership has surrendered this issue to the Democrats, and if that is the case…we’re in BIG trouble! I know we are all embroiled in this healthcare debate, but PLEASE don’t forget about the importance of talking about ENERGY.

I read a very interesting story yesterday in the Las Vegas Sun about a company wanting to build a solar power plant outside Las Vegas. As always, the environmentalist started fighting the proposed project on account of some desert tortoises. I love turtles too, but not enough to jeopardize the advancement of technology and the search for alternative sources of energy. Maybe they can work something out, but these issues generally drag on for years!

With the 2010 elections crucial to the power structure in our country for the next decade, there is a lot at stake. Redistricting is always a very political and highly controversial exercise for state legislators. I was fortunate enough to be involved in redistricting in Nevada during the 2000 U.S. Census–reaching out to voters and explaining positions on important issues will be paramount next year. If the GOP doesn’t formulate a message other than being the party of decent, it will be a long and very disappointing year for Republicans.

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Friday, August 14th, 2009 Politics Comments Off on Energy Issue Being Ripped from GOP Grasp

Reid’s Energy Summit Kick’s Off Campaign 2010

How can I resist commenting on Senator Harry Reid’s Energy Summit today at UNLV. In fact, the truth about today is that it was the official kick-off for Harry Reid’s 2010 re-election campaign! While it pains me to recognize that this was an amazing display of power–it truly was! › Continue reading

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Monday, August 10th, 2009 Nevada Comments Off on Reid’s Energy Summit Kick’s Off Campaign 2010

Tarkanian Sets his Sights On Harry Reid

Only 1 day after I wrote my column about Congressman Dean Heller jumping into the U.S. Senate race against Harry Reid, well known businessman and former UNLV basketball player Danny Tarkanian announced his candidacy to challenge Reid. › Continue reading

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Saturday, August 8th, 2009 Nevada Comments Off on Tarkanian Sets his Sights On Harry Reid

Jack Kemp…Just a Great Guy!

What a week it was…America lost so much! Las Vegas lost an icon in Danny Gans, Hollywood lost Dom Deluise, and Republicans like myself lost a great man in Jack Kemp! › Continue reading

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Saturday, May 9th, 2009 Human Interest Comments Off on Jack Kemp…Just a Great Guy!

Another Missed Opportunity for Governor Gibbons

I keep crossing my fingers hoping that one day, Governor Gibbons will walk into his office at the State Capital and realize that his “no new taxes” pledge is getting old and it’s getting old really fast! › Continue reading

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Thursday, April 30th, 2009 Government Comments Off on Another Missed Opportunity for Governor Gibbons
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