Column by Alberto Soto: The Facts on Oil and Gas Taxation

This column is from Alberto Soto, a Republican small businessman from Tahlequah:

“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.”
― Albert Einstein

“The people” want more money for education, for health care, for social services but they want someone else to pay for those increases. How did we as a country get to the point where it is okay to pass the burden of our wants onto others like the oil industry, business, corporations and rich people? How is this fair? How is this not just evil greed on the part of those who want it all but wish to pay for none of it?

How can I say this when the rich keep getting richer and as liberal democrats like Mr. Inman (who is running for governor) insist that it is the rich who are getting rich off the backs of the poor and middle class.

Scott Inman:

File this in the “You Can’t Make This Up” category.
To date, House and Senate Republicans have refused to raise the GPT on oil and gas companies or restore the income tax cuts for the wealthiest of our citizens . . . We will not sit by quietly as the folks in charge shift the tax burden from their wealthy contributors through income tax cuts, gross production tax cuts, and corporate tax credits on to the backs of middle-class families.

or as Nick Singer says, from a post that Scott reposted on his personal page says,

House JCAB passes $381M in "new revenue"

The House Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget met late this evening and, among other measures, passed two bills that raised over $381,000,000 in new revenue.

SB845: Creates the “Smoking Cessation Act of 2017”. Bill proposes to assess a fee of $1.50 per pack of cigarettes to be paid by the wholesaler. Estimated Fiscal Impact: $257,841,000

HB2433: Bill proposes to amend the sales tax exemption for motor vehicles to provide that a portion of the state sales tax levy (1.25%) will apply to sales of motor vehicles. Estimated Fiscal Impact: $123,383,000

How this gets around the State Constitution Article 5, Section 33 (SQ640) is beyond me:

  This morning’s House vote on Gross Production Tax had a few curious vote flippers. The measure was deemed by the Majority Floor Leader to “not be a revenue increase bill” (even though it clearly was written for just that reason). At any rate, the Republican caucus members were told that a simple majority vote would send the measure to the Senate, and then the Governor.  The bill had 54 supporters, but with about 3 […]

Read the full article at Oklahoma’s Political News service, www.SoonerPolitics.org .

Pork Politicians Revealed: Addicted To Swag

House Committee rejects bill to cut spending on non-essential trinkets and swag Feature, by Jamison Faught, of Muskogee Politico –  Late last night, (just before midnight) the House Joint Committee on Appropriations & Budget (JCAB) rejected a measure designed to cut non-essential agency spending on promotional items and other trinkets (the “anti-swag” bill).  Presented by Rep. George Faught (R-Muskogee), the bill…

Read the full article at SoonerPolitics.org here.

Childless genetic dead rules Europe, 12 EU leaders have no children

Childless genetic dead rules Europe, 12 EU leaders have no children

🔊 Listen to Post Posted by EU Times on May 20th, 2017

Childlessness among European leaders is becoming an increasing dangerous trend as normal people usually look up to their leaders and tend to do what they do as a perfect recipe for success but are these leaders even suited to be role models?

Demographics in Europe are a disaster. Among native white Europeans they stand somewhere around 0.9 to 1.1. Back in 2006 an in depth study revealed countries like France having only 1.8 children per Christian family. Germany had a 1.3 rate and Italy 1.2. Throughout the entire European continent the child rate was only 1.38. Today the rate is worse then ever before and keep in mind, the study was conducted on a religious basis, Christians vs Muslims, not on a racial basis. There were and are many of non-Muslim immigrants in Europe as well such as Africans, Indians, Pakistanis, East Asians, etc. Childless white Europe is dying right before our eyes.

read more at http://www.eutimes.net/2017/05/childless-genetic-dead-rules-europe-12-eu-leaders-have-no-children/

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SoonerPoll: 87% Believe There's More Room For Efficiency In State Spending

​an excerpt from Bill Shappard –  The message from state agencies and legislators over the last few months has been, for the most part, that the state has cut too much from government budgets and there is no more wasteful spending now.  But, that isn’t what Oklahomans think.  According to the SoonerPoll Quarterly Poll, an overwhelming 87 percent of likely voting Oklahomans believe more efficiency can sti […]

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ER surgeon at Seth Rich’s hospital says his gun wounds were not fatal

May 18, 2017 by Dr. Eowyn |

Yesterday, on the Internet chat forum 4chan, an individual who goes by the alias of Anonymous (ID: rhotYJAg) claimed to be a surgery resident at Washington Hospital Center who had attended to Seth Rich — the 27-year-0ld Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer who leaked thousands of damaging DNC emails to WikiLeaks.

read more at https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2017/05/18/surgeon-at-seth-richs-hospital-says-his-wounds-were-not-fatal/comment-page-1/

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