Taxes

Tax Day

April 17 2014

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I hope you paid Uncle Sam your taxes. This is a difficult time of year – just trying to get all of the tax records together and then the worst part is sending the money in. 

It’s time we did something to reform a Tax Code that is so…

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Denmark

November 15 2012

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We have an organization called the Agribusiness Club that meets monthly for lunch. This year, I am serving as Chairman of the group. I invited Kansas Senator Pat Roberts to speak to us this week.

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Serious Problems

September 20 2012

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The first thing I want to put on the table is – “the wolves are back.” After settling our country, farmers, ranchers, and trappers got rid of almost all of the grey wolves. Along came the…

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Flood of Regulations

September 13 2012

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Our farmers, ranchers, and small businesses are about to be drowned in a flood of government regulations. This Administration has put on hold the final rules until after the election. Talk about…

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Ag Cuts

June 23 2011

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The ax did fall on ag spending in the House.  Another sharp ax fell on ethanol subsidies in the Senate. 

The massive unsustainable debt has Members of Congress doing things…

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Debt

February 18 2011

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With our nation’s debt piling up an additional trillion dollars every year as far as the eye can see, with all the worry about debt in Europe, maybe – just maybe—our own politicians could…

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Death, Taxes & Uncertainty

July 15 2010

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The big worry in the country is all about jobs. Businesses are not hiring? Why aren’t the banks making loans?

One very obvious obstacle to growing the economy is that individuals and…

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Look Ahead to 2010

January 7 2010

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I can’t believe it but we are already in 2010. We’ve turned the page. We’ve escaped 2009 – not a very good year. What does 2010 look like?

In the nation’s capital, the actions and…

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Estate Tax

November 12 2009

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How many years have small businesses and farms been trying to get the federal government to provide “death tax” relief?

We made some progress under the Bush Administration when the…

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The Death Tax

June 7 2000

I picked up the Washington Post yesterday and there I saw this article discussing the Death Tax issue in great detail. The gist of the message was: Yes, there is growing pressure for the federal government to do something to reduce the tax burden forced upon a family at the death of the principal. Somehow, the writer of the Post article couldn't seem to understand why relief was supported by so many people. After all, only 2% of family estates are faced with the tax. It's really no big…

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