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Chad’s Morning Brief: The City Council Could Spend Thousands Of Dollars on a Library Consultant, Anti-Gun Stupidity, & More

Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of December 4, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11 am.

Cole Shooter, KFYO.com

1. Library Study?

Councilman Victor Hernandez wants to spend thousands of taxpayer dollars to study libraries. The issue according to Mayor Glen Robertson will be brought up this Thursday at City Hall. According to the Mayor’s Facebook page:

Councilman Hernandez wants the city to pay a consultant over $70,000.00 for a library planning master planning services.

From what I have heard, the Mayor is against the proposal and that is a good thing. We don’t need to spend $70k for a group to tell City Hall what to do. The elected officials need to take a look and do some research and then decide. They were elected to make decisions, not to spend money on groups to make decisions for them.

2. More Gun Stupidity (link)

Jason Whitlock, the columnist that Bob Costas quoted during Sunday Night Football, was back on Monday saying more ignorant and moronic things about guns.

Whitlock spoke out against the NFL’s handling of the aftermath of Jovan Belcher’s suicide and gun issues in his Sunday FoxSports.com column. During Martin’s podcast, he likened the NRA to the Ku Klux Klan and tied the group to the dangerous street culture that unfortunately dominates “so many black youths.”

 

“Sports gets so much attention, and people tune out the real world, that I try to take advantage of the opportunity to talk about the real world when sports lends itself to that and try to open people’s eyes,” Whitlock said.

 

“You know, I did not go as far as I’d like to go because my thoughts on the NRA and America’s gun culture — I believe the NRA is the new KKK. And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don’t have our best interests [at heart].”

 

Whitlock disagreed with the idea that gun ownership “enhances” liberty, explaining how — in his view — it damages society.

 

“I think it’s obvious if you’ve traveled abroad, and traveled to countries where they have legitimate gun laws, that we don’t have to have what we have in America, where people somehow think a gun enhances their liberty, and that people somehow think a gun makes them safer,” he continued.

 

“It just doesn’t. A gun turns some kids listening to music into a murder scene. And uh, you know, if you don’t have a gun, you drive home. You know, kids listening to some loud music, you don’t like it, you go home and complain to your wife. But when you have a gun, you open fire, potentially, and take the life of a child.”

I’m sorry, but this guy is just a complete idiot. The last paragraph makes no sense at all. If it were true, neighbors would be killing each other all the time. This guy needs to go away. Having an opinion is fine, but saying crap like he did above is just wrong. Whitlock wants to blame guns for what kids are doing, though he never brings up the kids family and the way kids are raised. Hmm, maybe that is the problem in the “community” he is talking about.

3. IRS Releases New Rules (link)

The IRS wants to clarify the investment income tax for ObamaCare. To do so, they have released new rules. Don’t worry though, it’s only 159 pages… for now.

The 3.8 percent surtax on investment income, meant to help pay for healthcare, goes into effect in 2013. It is the first surtax to be applied to capital gains and dividend income.

The tax affects only individuals with more than $200,000 in modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), and married couples filing jointly with more than $250,000 of MAGI.

 

The tax applies to a broad range of investment securities ranging from stocks and bonds to commodity securities and specialized derivatives.

 

The 159 pages of rules spell out when the tax applies to trusts and annuities, as well as to individual securities traders.

 

Released late on Friday, the new regulations include a 0.9 percent healthcare tax on wages for high-income individuals.

 

Both sets of rules will be published on Wednesday in the Federal Register.

 

The proposed rules are effective starting January 1. Before making the rules final, the IRS will take public comments and hold hearings in April.

 

Together, the two taxes are estimated to raise $317.7 billion over 10 years, according to a Joint Committee on Taxation analysis released in June.

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These and many more topics coming up on today’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show. Tune in mornings 8:30-11am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App. All guest interviews can be heard online in our podcast section after the show at kfyo.com.

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