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March 3, 2010 California ¢9mmentary State's Revenue Acceleration Is An Attack On Taxpayers by Jon Coupal How would you like to be able to borrow as much money as you want and not have to pay any interest? And better yet, when payments come due, you could borrow more to make these payments and still not have to pay any interest. Sound like a good deal? It certainly has been for the state of California for the past 39 years. It's called income tax withholding. Behind closed doors in the Capitol, it is called "revenue acceleration" because it forces workers to pay government before taxes are actually owed. Many California workers have never known any other system. If at the end of the year they get money back, it is considered "found" money and they are pleased to have it. What is often overlooked is that government has been using their money without paying any interest. The taxpayer pays early and gets no discount or benefit. And if the taxpayer pays late, government still wins by collecting penalties and interest. In the private sector, this kind of deal is called a scam or "shakedown" and is usually enforced by muscular gentlemen with crooked noses. But the tax-and-spend lobby in Sacramento can never get enough of a good thing. This is why during last summer's budget revision they quietly increased the withholding rate and then claimed they had solved the state's budget crisis without raising taxes. When California workers began to see smaller paychecks in October, they were told by the politicians not to worry because they would not owe any more in taxes at the end of the year. Of course, we now know that in spite of these tax withholding and other budgetary gimmicks, California is again behind the budget eight ball. So it should come as no surprise that the usual suspects in the Legislature are looking at additional revenue acceleration. Senator Pro Tem Darrel Steinberg has proposed a new three percent withholding on independent contractors. Governor Schwarzenegger, who has returned to the "no new taxes" fold, calls it a tax increase, a charge, not surprisingly, Steinberg denies. Independent contractors already must make estimated tax payments quarterly. Payment obligations were increased last year along with income tax withholding, so that they pay 70 percent of their estimated taxes in the first half of the year. Not only would additional withholding be another blow to independent contractors -- many of whom are self employed individuals or small businesses and who operate on a thin profit margin -- it would force business clients to become tax collectors for other businesses, creating bookkeeping and reporting costs. These costs would make hiring independent contractors less appealing, which would ultimately cost jobs. In 1972, Sacramento saw withholding as a way to provide more money to government. However, when government has more it means taxpayers have less. In both 2009 and 2010, increasing the rate of withholding is like taking blood from a patient already on life-support. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association - California's largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers' rights• R.ED. by Mike Mar|and Apples and blueberries are 90 percent pollinated by honeybees. Week y SUDOKU by Linda Thistle 8 9 1 7 4 6 8 3 2 9 5 1 6 2 8 9 4 6 2 1 5 1 4 9 3 9 2 7 6 1 3 4 5 2 8 9 Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine. DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: * -A- Moderate ** Challenging *** HOO BOY! © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. Expert Tips On Keeping Mentally Fit (NAPSA) - Experts agree that total fitness includes mental fitness. That's because a healthy mind can help you pursue all the things you love tto do, whether it's organizing acttivities for your family and friendJs, pursuing a new hobby or ewen learning a new language. Recently, a group of experts from warious relevant fields participated[ in a Cognitive Health Roundtable. According to tthese experts, there are four pillars of cognitive health: nutrition, pihysical activity, sleep, and cognfitive exercise. Here are some tip)s to help keep your mind alive and active - whatever your age: • Nutrition: Dr. "Thomas Shea, University of PMassachusetts Lowell, said that in addition to eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, supplements rmay be needed to complement healthy eating patterns and to erasure adequate nutrition. Dr. Rutth Remington, University of assachusetts Lowell, reported that research suggests that certtain nutrients - such as folate, vittamin B12 and vitamin E and anltioxidants may help protect and support healthy brain function and: memory• • Physical Activity: Dr. Erin Snook, LUniversity of Massachusetts ,,mherst, said that keeping the. = body active often results in a more active mind. Adults shouJld strive to be physically active [for 30 minutes three or more day,.s a week. • Sleep: Experts agree that striving for an average of seven to eight hours off quality sleep daily is important [for maintaining a sharp mind. Ac;cording to Dr. Jeffrey Ellenboen, Harvard Medical School, putting your brain and body to sleep is not like putting your comluter to sleep. Sleep is an acttive, rich and complex biologica]l process that works to improve your cognitive function. • Cognitive Exercise: Just as. it,s importantt to exercise the body, it's also important to exercise the mind. John Gabrieli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, described the benefits of findilng new and challenging things to do that stretch you beyond the daily norm. He argued for continually challenging the mind with crossword puzzles, games and new hobbies that help the mind stay sharp and acttive. The roundtable was sponsored by Nature Made, the nation's No.1 best-selling brand of vitamins, minerals, herbs and supplements in the food, drug, mass and club channels. The supplement company is considered a pioneer in the area of cognitive health• For more information, visit www. naturemade.com. The Julian News 13 HOMES' CABINS* LAND* RENTALS* PROPERTY MANAGEMENT* VACATION RENTALS 2019 Main Street www.julian-realestate.com 760-765-0111 $499,900 Julian Estates - 3br, den, 2 ba, 2 car, 2200 sq, ft,, 4,47 acres, Wood Interior, Lodge Feeling, $299,990 - Cuyamaca Woods 2br, 2 ba, 2 car, 3.3 oak filled acres w/ views. Solar & generator. $259,000 Whispering Pines, 3br,, 2ba,, fenced 1/2 acre, wrap-around deck w/built-in play equipment, dual pane windows, FA/AC $179,000 Kentwood II - 2 br, 1 ba 2 car garage, fireplace, hardwood, dual- glazed windows, A/C, Incredible views, 10,34 acres, Property boasts a well, 2-5000 gallon water storage tanks, fire hydrant, 2 car garage, 3 graded pads, underground electricity, paved road, behind a gate for privacy, Asking $275,000. $50,000 Shelter Valley 2.73 acres, well, electric meter, fenced. $39,000 - Cuyamaca Woods ,83 acre with views to the mountains and lots of trees. $116,000 - Coulter Ridge 7.1 5 acres, Ocean Views, Perc for 3 bed room, County Approved septic lay-out Easy paved access, Varied topography © As Heard On The Streets Of Julian © by Eric Stamets Weekly SUDOKU Answer L 9 6 t 9  S £ I. 9  P £ Z L 8 9 6 Somewhere in Julian there is what is called a rude neighborhood. 9 £ L 9 9 6 Z t, i Maybe there is actually more than one. lalmost hesitate to speak up 9 t L  L ¢  6 8 because most of the neighbors involved are fine people and some of them have guns• Everyone up here thinks they finally have the rural L  Z 6 9 £ t L ¢J freedom to have their desired animals in their yards. It certainly isa 6 9 £ 8 t /. i L 9 shame our farming heritage is lost with urbanization and most cities t I. 9 9 e 8 6 i Z won't allow you to keep even a few chickens to obtain some quality £ 6 9 Z  9 L 9 t eggs, Now I like dogs that like me and rm appalled at the way some people keep them in Julian and believe me it's not just one or two Z L 9 I. 6 t 9 g £ individuals. Many people here like large dogs with big deep barks that travel considerable distances. In fact the environmental groups that have been complaining about the Navy's sonar experiments disturbing whales thousands of miles away are now complaining about Julian's deep barking dogs also disturbing the whales. These dogs are perhaps intended by their owners as watch dogs, but if they The Rude Neighborhood King C00ossword can sleep through their incessant barking at 3 a.m., a burglar could easily clean their house out as TTT- they slept, ignoring the barking ____ of the dog, since the dogs are usually chained or penned up ---- outside. Some people are -- actually responsive saying, "Hey, I had no idea that my dog barking all night long would bother 29 30 anybody." Well during the winter it's bad, but in the summer when you might have just gotten out of ---- the hospital after almost dying __ and you'd like an open window for ; some air circulation, it becomes intolerable• Fortunately I have a friendly solution since I am 52 53 not able to go out at 3 a.m. and confirm which dog (or dogs) is the ---- offender. I will simply call them at 3 a.m. and politely ask them if their dog is barking. 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