Saturday, September 17, 2005

Looking for a Corpse to Make the Case

Federal troops aren't the only ones looking for bodies on the Gulf Coast. On Sept. 9, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions called his old law professor Harold Apolinsky, co-author of Sessions' legislation repealing the federal estate tax, which was encountering sudden resistance on the Hill. Sessions had an idea to revitalize their cause, which he left on Apolinsky's voice mail: "[Arizona Sen.] Jon Kyl and I were talking about the estate tax. If we knew anybody that owned a business that lost life in the storm, that would be something we could push back with."

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For now, getting repeal back on the agenda may depend on Apolinsky and his team of estate-sniffing sleuths, who are searching Internet obituaries among other places. Has he found any victims of both the hurricane and the estate tax? "Not yet," Apolinsky says. "But I'm still looking."

4 Comments:

Blogger monkeyfist777 said...

The estate tax needs to go... Good for those guys. Keep it up! By any means necessary.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 8:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The estate tax taxes estates over 2.5 million. While getting rid of it will be a godsend for Paris Hilton, I don't see that the rest of us picking up the slack is all that hot of an idea. Do you stand to inherit more than 2.5 million monkeyboy? If so, your position is understandable. Otherwise, you are just a fool.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger monkeyfist777 said...

What does it matter what the dollar amount of any estate is? The tax burden should not fall on the heirs, period. Why are you so mad? because you make $10 an hour and are not gonna have pot to piss in for your kids to inherit.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 2:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Bill said...

The tax burden doesn't fall on heirs, it falls on the estate. If you knew anything about the current estate tax you would know that. Also figureing the gift exemption of 1 mill and the unifed credit of 1.5, if your estate was valued at $2,500,001, your total tax would be about $0.35.. so the tax you would pay would cost less than the stamp to mail it in. On the other hand Paris Hilton and her ilk can do the patriotic thing and pay thier share and help fund our soldiers in Iraq. Why do you hate our soldiers so much monkeyboy?

Sunday, September 18, 2005 3:10:00 PM  

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