IMbolc.. the ‘cross quarter’ holiday

Imbolc (Feb 1-2) is the first of the “Cross-Quarter” Holidays on our journey through the year.  The cross-quarters fall halfway between the Solstices and Equinoxes.  Just as the quarter holidays mark the peaks relating to the amount of day and night, the cross-quarters mark the extremes of temperature.  Imbolc (Groundhog’s Day) marks the halfway point through the season of winter


We tried Libertarianism , it was called, Feudalism, and it failed

We tried libertarianism for a long time; it was called feudalism. That modern-day libertarianism of the Nozick-Rand-Rothbard variety resembles feudalism, rather than some variety of modern liberalism, is a great point made by Samuel Freeman in his paper “Illiberal Libertarians: Why Libertarianism Is Not a Liberal View.” Let’s walk through it.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is Offering Free Tax Prep!

I do this every year and its worth it

The Catskill Chronicle

FERNDALE, NY (February 7, 2011) – Cornell Cooperative Extension’s AARP Tax Aide Volunteers are able to provide free tax preparation. This service is set up for taxpayers with low and middle income, with special attention to those- age 60 and older.

AARP Tax Aide is: a free, quality service supported by friendly people in your neighborhood. It is a free and confidential service that prepares tax returns and answers tax questions. This program has over 32,000 dedicated and proud IRS – certified volunteers. Assistance is available at nearly 7,000 sites nationwide from late January through April 15th.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County takes appointments only, no walk ins. Call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County at 845-292-5250 and ask for the AARP Tax-Aide Program to get your appointment today! Call Susan at 845-292-5250 ex 127.

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Founders and enlightnment (and Obama) against inherited wealth

Founders and enlightnment (and Obama) against inherited wealth

At the onset of Obama’s new proposal of Estate tax.  Republicans are of course, already, all up in arms, actually, they are acting like fools.

Obama proposes a new estate tax… from the Bloomberg article, “Obama Proposes New Tax Hikes on Wealthy to Aid Middle Class “ (

Saying “He would increase the top tax rate on capital gains and dividends to 28 percent from 23.8 percent. The rate was 15 percent when Obama took office in 2009, meaning that he’s proposing to almost double it over his two terms in office.

In the article.. “YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU’.
And in the ECONOMIST by Lexington, (his’Liberal Curmudgeon’s friend’ strtikes again, according to him).“If there was one thing the Revolutionary generation agreed on — and those guys who dress up like them at Tea Party conventions most definitely do not — it was the incompatibility of democracy and inherited wealth.” ( – see hold article.

And further… Adam Smith, the Libertatian’s Mentor, argument against the Estate tax…
“A power to dispose of estates for ever is manifestly absurd. The earth and the fulness of it belongs to every generation, and the preceding one can have no right to bind it up from posterity. Such extension of property is quite unnatural.” Smith said: “There is no point more difficult to account for than the right we conceive men to have to dispose of their goods after death.”

And further.. Smith and Thomas Jefferson,…both,, agreed, “Thomas Paine, like Smith and Jefferson, made much of the idea that landed property itself was an affront to the natural right of each generation to the usufruct of the earth, and proposed a “ground rent” — in fact an inheritance tax — on property at the time it is conveyed at death … e.g. Estate tax.

From another source, ( we find again the Founders supported a progressive, estate tax,”The taxation power was a major part of their analysis. The leading members of that generation agreed with Adam Smith that proportional taxation was permissible, even desirable. Thomas Jefferson thought the silent tool of progressive taxation would stabilize the republic by preventing the wealthy from becoming a tyrannical aristocracy. Jefferson and Madison led the movement to eliminate primogeniture and entail, because those two doctrines of wealth transfer at death kept property in too few hands. “ (Abstract)
Read on, I rest my case.iZo9bMTbDTY4

10 things everybody should know about Social Security

The trust fund has a projected deficit. The assets in the Social Security trust funds are expected to be exhausted in 2033, according to the Social Security Board of Trustees’ annual report. After that, incoming tax revenue will provide enough income to pay out about three-quarters of promised benefits. “If nothing else is done, certainly payments would be reduced dramatically to just what the tax rolls were bringing in each year, but we can always increase the Social Security tax,” says Blankenship. Possible changes that might correct the problem include tax increases, benefit cuts, or a combination of the two approaches. The trustees found that an immediate payroll tax increase of about 1.3 percent for workers and employers or an immediate benefit reduction of 16.2 percent would both correct the projected deficit and restore the program to solvency for the next 75 years.10 Things you should know….

Sullivan County Rx Take-Back Day Scheduled for 1/24/15

Gee I need thus one. Glad it’s here again

The Catskill Chronicle

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (January 9, 2015) – The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, (a subcommittee of the Rural Health Network led by Sullivan County Public Health Services), is again partnering with local law enforcement agencies and the Recovery Center to announce another Drug Take Back Day to be held Saturday, January 24 at area Police Stations and the NYS Troopers station in Narrowsburg.

Well over 500 pounds of unwanted prescription medications have been collected over the past year as a result of numerous sponsored Take Back Days and the 24/7 availability of Drug Drop Boxes placed throughout the county.

Sullivan County Public Health Director, Nancy McGraw, indicates that Take Back Days continue to be a successful local public health initiative based on collaborative efforts of many agencies working together to combat drug abuse and to ensure our communities are safe through appropriate disposal of unwanted drugs and medications. “We…

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