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Heritage - What No One Wants to Admit About Social Security Taxes 

April 14, 2014


What No One Wants to Admit About Social Security Taxes

It’s a bummer when you see how much income tax comes out of your paycheck. But when you see that Social Security line item, do you think, “At least that’s going to pay for my retirement”?

It’s not.

The tax money you’re paying into Social Security today is going to fund today’s retirees. Who will pay for your benefits? The next generation of workers.

And the payout gets worse with each generation.

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NHDP - NEW VIDEO: Web Video Lays Out Major Issues Surrounding Walt Havenstein

Maryland Multimillionaire Either is Ineligible to Run or Committed Tax Fraud


Concord, NH-- Walt Havenstein, Washington Republicans' hand-picked candidate for Governor, plans to formally announce his candidacy this week, without having addressed the residency and tax issues surrounding the Maryland multimillionaire. The NHDP's new web video lays out for New Hampshire voters the fundamental problems with Havenstein's candidacy.

"Granite Staters don’t know much about Walt Havenstein or what he stands for, but this web video highlights what we do know: either he is ineligible to run for Governor in New Hampshire or committed tax fraud in Maryland," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. "Havenstein's campaign hasn't even left the gate, yet the hand-picked candidate of Washington Republicans has already shown that he is willing to break the rules to be elected Governor.

"Granite Staters trust and support Governor Hassan because she is a strong, bipartisan leader who is focused on solving problems in order to strengthen our middle class and move our economy forward," continued Buckley. "Walt Havenstein, on the other hand, has only been able to demonstrate that he believes the rules don't apply to him, and the people of New Hampshire can't trust him to stand up for our priorities," concluded Buckley.

Click here to watch the new web video and see below for the transcript.
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Maryland multimillionaire Walt Havenstein wants to be Governor of New Hampshire…
But why New Hampshire?
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Havenstein’s primary residence was in Maryland as recently as 2012…
And even though he says he "can't recall" signing the application, he took a tax break worth thousands of dollars that is only available to Maryland residents…
He really likes Maryland small businesses
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And the state of Maryland in general
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He may not even be eligible to be governor here, New Hampshire requires Governors to be residents for 7 years
Now he wants us to think he's been a New Hampshire resident the whole time…
But if he lived in New Hampshire, he misled Maryland on taxes…
So which is it – Ineligible to run or tax fraud?
Havenstein can't have it both ways.


Nashua Telegraph expose outlined how Walt Havenstein took Maryland property tax breaks that required his principal residence to be in that state, raising a host of questions and placing his candidacy in doubt.

The Telegraph uncovered that Havenstein “saved $5,354 from 2008-11 by getting a homestead exemption from local property taxes in Bethesda, Md. He also paid a lower state property transfer tax while buying the property in that state. To get both, Havenstein had to acknowledge that his $1 million condominium was his ‘principal residence' where he was living at least seven months of the year." [Nashua Telegraph3/23/14]
Under Maryland law, ”Principal residence” has been defined to mean the “one dwelling where the homeowner regularly resides and is the location designated by the owner for the legal purposes of voting, obtaining a driver’s license, and filing income tax returns.” [MAPM, accessed 4/2/14]
Maryland law was enacted in 2007 that requires all homeowners to submit an application stating that they meet the principal residence requirements, under penalty of perjury. According to the Telegraph, “Havenstein said he didn’t recall signing that form.” [State of Maryland, accessed 4/2/2014Nashua Telegraph3/23/14]
A few weekends ago, a Nashua Telegraph report emphasized Havenstein's problems stating that he was either "ineligible to run for the office or committed tax fraud in Maryland." [Nashua Telegraph3/31/14]

That same report found that in addition to registering a car in Maryland, Havenstein briefly held a driver’s license in that state. New Hampshire doesn’t allow someone to hold a valid driver’s license in this state while having an active license in another state. [Nashua Telegraph3/31/14, State of New Hampshire, accessed 4/2/14]

CEI Today: Cherry blossoms + global warming, lawmakers v. EPA, and the WaPo on illegal carbon pollution standard 

Monday, April 14, 2014
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CHERRY BLOSSOMS + GLOBAL WARMING - SAM KAZMAN Will Cherry Blossoms Get Sucked into the Polar Vortex?

DC’s cherry trees hit their official peak blossom date last Thursday, April 10th.  That’s the latest in the year that the Capital has experienced peak blossoming in over two decades.  

Unusually cold weather, in the view of White House Science Advisor John Holdren, is actually yet another sign of global warming.  Holdren explained this to a freezing yet grateful nation in a two-minute video. Today, CEI is filing a formal Information Quality Act Correction Request with OSTP on that very issue. 
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> Interview Sam Kazman

SENATORS VS EPA - MYRON EBELL Senators Sessions and Inhofe Come Out Swinging against EPA

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) announced at an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing last week on the nomination of Janet McCabe to be assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for air and radiation that he couldn’t vote to confirm McCabe if she insists on denying the conclusion of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that there is no historic trend in the incidence and severity of tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons). 

Climate Progress, an especially deranged outpost of the ironically-named Center for American Progress’s Think Progress web site, immediately accused Sen. Sessions of opposing McCabe “because she accepts climate science.” > Read more

> Interview Myron Ebell

EPA'S CARBON POLLUTION STANDARD WaPo Wonkblog Makes Case that EPA’s Carbon Pollution Standard Is Illegal


On Friday, Washington Post Wonkblog published a notable article about “clean coal.” Reporter Max Ehrenfreund wrote that carbon capture and sequestration is “exorbitantly” costly. This modifier is supremely apt; it is the exact word chosen by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals* to describe an impermissible requirement pursuant to the provision of the Clean Air Act that authorizes the aforementioned Carbon Pollution Standard. As such, if the costs of carbon capture and sequestration are in fact “exorbitant,” then the regulation is illegal. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman

Consumer’s Guide to
Chemical Risk

CEI‘s recently released booklet, A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk: Deciphering the “Science” Behind Chemical Scares,” are tools designed reduce both the confusion and fear about chemicals. 
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CEI Podcast for April 9, 2014: A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk




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ALG's Daily Grind - CBS sticks thumb in America's eye 


April 14, 2014

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CBS sticks thumb in America's eye
This past few weeks, CBS has made two decisions that have the potential to send the network into an unrecoverable tailspin. Sharyll Atkisson, the journalist who pushed the Fast and Furious and Benghazi stories forward with unflinching honesty providing CBS News with rare credibility in mainstream America, is now a free agent as the network decided to move on without her hard hitting, apolitical reporting. Then, faced with NBC's fresh-faced Jimmy Fallon, of Saturday Night Live fame, CBS had its choice of potential late night hosts, and they rapidly settled upon Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert.

Democrats and Republicans agree — Obama can't be trusted
Republicans and Democrats in Congress needed to step up and vote unanimously on a common sense bill preventing a known Iranian terrorist (and participant in the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis) from being an Iranian diplomat to the United States, proving that nobody in Washington trusts Barack Obama to make the most basic foreign policy decisions on behalf of American interests.

End the international sugar subsidies for Big Candy
The National Confectioners Association projects that Easter candy sales are projected to be up to a whopping $2.26 billion this year—but what is truly good news for those who convert sugar into delectable treats, is bad news for those who through their own blood and sweat grow sugar in the United States.

Democrats wage war on women's intelligence
David Freddoso argues that Democrats are waging a war on the intellect and honor of women.