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Obama Has Court Jan. 26th – Must Prove Eligibility – MSNBC Tries To Block News

This MSNBC Reporter was so incredibly rude to Mrs. Taitz!  She did not let her finish a thought ONCE in the entire conversation!  Orly is just so soft spoken and he took advantage of that and was able to talk over her.  He treated her like she was nothing but dirt; I commend her for going on that corrupt station to try and get the word out about this!

The real reason that they had her on there was not to actually report the news, but it was to shine her in as bad a light as possible.  They were reporting on the fact that the recent case was dismissed (in Georgia), but they did not mention the case that is coming up on January 26, 2010.  They tried to hide that fact, but Mrs. Taitz was able to get that in… good for her!

Keep up the good work Orly!!!

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Qaddafi Lauds Obama, Then Launches Into Rambling Attack on U.N.

NEW YORK —  Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, declaring that “we’d be content and happy if Obama can stay president forever,” launched into a rambling assault against the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, at one point complaining to world leaders gathered to hear him speak that he was tired and jet lagged.

Sometimes speaking in phrases mocking New York City’s security efforts during the 64th gathering of the U.N. General Assembly, Qaddafi swung between calling the Security Council a “Terror Council,” to demanding that European nations pay $7.7 trillion in compensation and apologize for colonizing Africa, at one point adding, “African nations have the right to go anyplace to get the $7.7 trillion stolen from it.”

Qaddafi spoke after President Barack Obama’s first speech to the General Assembly.

Referencing Obama as “my son,” Qaddafi said: “We are happy that a young African Kenyan was voted for and made president. Obama is a glimpse in the dark for the next four years, but I’m afraid we may go back to squar one.

“Can the U.S. guarantee after Obama that they’ll be a government? We’re happy and content if he can stay forever.”

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice left the chamber before Qaddafi took the podium and left a low-level note taker to listen.

Holding a copy of the United Nations Charter, Qaddafi said the U.N. was founded by the super powers and that now “small countries could be crushed by the super powers.” At one point, he motioned to rip up the small blue Charter booklet, but instead he paused and seemed to lose his place as world leaders and their representatives sat in stunned silence.

He then continued to rail against the “inequality” of U.N. member states, often repeating himself while quoting from a section of the Charter that calls for equality of nations. He noted that five nations hold veto power on the Security Council and can block actions contrary to their interests: the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France. He later called for an African seat on the Security Council.

Waving his hands and often turning to look at United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the new General Assembly President H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki — who also serves as Libya’s minister of African affairs — Qaddafi defiantly declared, “Nobody cares about the Security Council.”

He added, “this place was founded by terrorists.”

As he fumbled through hand-written notes, he mixed his attacks with rambling references to: the Kennedy and King assassinations; the U.S. Civil War; the Korean War; the Suez War; Saddam Hussein’s hanging; former dictator Manuel Noriega; jet lag; and, a defense of the Taliban and Somali pirates.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,554327,00.html

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Obama ‘asks New York governor not to run’

US President Obama has asked New York Governor DavidPaterson to withdraw from the state’s 2010 governor’s race for fear that the embattled fellow Democrat cannot regroup from a series of political setbacks, The New York Times reported today.

The Obama administration is worried Paterson’s unpopularity could also drag down Democratic members of Congress in New York and the Democratic-controlled state legislature in the November 2010 election, the Times said.

Citing an administration official, the Times reported that Obama’s request that Paterson step aside was put forward by the president’s political advisers, but approved by him.

The newspaper quoted another administration official as saying: “Is there concern about the situation in New York? Absolutely.” That official added that the concern has “been conveyed to the governor.”

A “New York Democratic operative with direct knowledge of the situation” also confirmed that the request had been put forth, the newspaper said, adding that the operative described Paterson as being “resistant” to the idea.

All of the sources spoke on condition of anonymity.

Paterson, who as lieutenant governor assumed leadership of the state last year after Governor Eliot Spitzer stepped down in a sex scandal, has seen his approval rating in polls plummet for months after a series of political setbacks.

The state Senate was gridlocked for nearly five weeks during June and July as Republicans and Democrats fought for control. The financial crisis has hit New York hard, and the state has struggled with budgetary woes.

Obama’s unusual request that Paterson not seek to remain in the office he assumed last year – an especially sensitive one given that he is the nation’s first black president and Paterson is one of only two black U.S. governors – was conveyed by U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks, who is close to the administration, the Times said.

Neither Paterson nor his office responded to requests for comment on Saturday, and Meeks could not be reached, the Times said.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/obama-asks-new-york-governor-not-to-run-1790568.html#

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White House to Open Visitor Logs to Public

This could actually be a good thing.  The only thing that I am concerned about would be that the WH would go and label just about any meeting “sensitive” and then they would not have to disclose who was there.  I think there is potential of abuse in that broadly vague term “sensitive.”  But we will have to wait and see, it could turn out to be a great thing!

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced Friday that he will open up White House visitor logs on a regular basis for the first time in modern history, providing the public an unusually extensive look at who gets the opportunity to help shape American policy at the highest levels.

“Americans have a right to know whose voices are being heard in the policymaking process,” the president said in a written statement issued by the White House while he vacationed with his family at Camp David. The new policy settles four lawsuits against the government seeking such records.

By the end of the year, the White House will begin posting online every month the names of the people who visited in the last 90 to 120 days. Each person’s full name will be listed, along with the date and time they entered and left and the name of the person they visited. About 70,000 to 100,000 people visit the White House each month, and the records will include tourists as well as people conducting business.

The White House outlined several exceptions to the policy: “purely personal guests” of the Obama family; those cases in which the disclosure of visitors’ names “would threaten national security interests”; and those who come for “particularly sensitive meetings,” like candidates for a Supreme Courtnomination. Officials said only a “small number” will fit in the latter category, and their names would eventually be disclosed after they are no longer secret, like after a nomination is publicly announced. Moreover, they said, the number of undisclosed visitors will be revealed, to make clear how few they are.

Although advocacy groups that push for open government generally hailed the new policy, some said it should also apply to federal agencies and complained that the exceptions were too broad. The White House left itself “a huge loophole,” said Francesca Grifo of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “It can label meetings ‘particularly sensitive,’ and then it does not have to tell us who they’re meeting with.”

The White House under Republicans and Democrats has historically fought efforts to disclose who comes inside the gates, arguing that it would intrude on presidential prerogatives. President Bill Clinton resisted releasing records showing how many times Monica Lewinsky visited the White House, succumbing only under pressure from the independent counsel, Kenneth W. Starr. President George W. Bush resisted releasing records of industry executives who participated in the energy task force led by Vice President Dick Cheney, ultimately losing in court.

Mr. Obama reversed decades of precedent to settle four Freedom of Information Act lawsuits against the government filed by the public interest groupCitizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The group, known as CREW, sued to obtain records of White House visitors. Mr. Obama promised greater transparency as a candidate last year and opted to drop the fight against the suits in favor of the new policy.

“It’s historic; it’s groundbreaking,” said Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary. “It’s as important a transparency mechanism as has been instituted in decades here.”

CREW’s executive director, Melanie Sloan, said Mr. Obama had proved that his rhetoric “was more than just a campaign promise” and that because of the new policy he “will have the most open White House in history.”

CREW sued the government twice under Mr. Bush, seeking visitor records of Christian conservative leaders and a lobbyist, Stephen Payne. The White House argued that those records constituted presidential documents and were therefore exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, but a federal judge disagreed and the case was being appealed. The group subsequently sued the Obama White House twice seeking visitor records of health care and coal industry executives to determine their influence on policy.

As part of the settlement, the White House released those records on Friday, but its new policy will apply only to visitors starting Sept. 15. The 90-to-120-day lead time means the first online posting of visitors will not take place until Dec. 31 or so, the White House said.

While the new policy will result in more information on White House visitors being made public than ever before, the exceptions do allow for continued secrecy in some cases depending on how liberally they are interpreted. What constitutes a “particularly sensitive” meeting? Who qualifies as a “purely personal guest”? Mr. Clinton, for example, described some fund-raisers who stayed overnight in the Lincoln Bedroom as friends, who could therefore be construed as exempt under the Obama policy.

Moreover, since the policy is voluntary, no outside entity will have the authority to monitor whether the White House is applying exceptions appropriately and no future presidents will be formally bound by it, although it may be hard for them politically to make records secret again after the precedent is established.

The policy does not apply to the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory, which uses a different records system. But the White House said it would release guest lists for all official functions at the residence as well names of people on Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s official schedule. The policy does not cover Camp David or Air Force One.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/05/us/politics/05visit.html?_r=1

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President Obama’s Address to Students Across America September 8, 2009

Lesson Plans from the U. S. Department of Education


Below this fatuous letter I’m posting the lesson plans straight from Washington D. C. to the nation’s classrooms. These are prepared by 11 participants selected for inclusion in the Teaching Ambassadorship Fellowship Program. Your tax dollars at work.

Letter from Arne Duncan to site principals

Dear Principal:

In a recent interview with student reporter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP-695ATg-c, Damon Weaver, President Obama announced that on September 8 — the first day of school for many children across America — he will deliver a national address directly to students on the importance of education. The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens.

Since taking office, the President has repeatedly focused on education, even as the country faces two wars, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and major challenges on issues like energy and health care. The President believes that education is a critical part of building a new foundation for the American economy. Educated people are more active civically [sic] and better informed on issues affecting their lives, their families and their futures. Issues like living wage, health care, increasing militarism? torture?

This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation’s school children about persisting and succeeding in school. We encourage you to use this historic moment to help your students get focused and begin the school year strong. I encourage you, your teachers, and students to join me in watching the President deliver this address on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. It will be broadcast live on the White House website www.whitehouse.gov at 1:00 p.m. eastern standard time.

In advance of this address, we would like to share the following resources: a menu of classroom activities for students in grades preK-6 http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/lessons/prek-6.doc and for students in grades 7-12 http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/lessons/7-12.doc. These are ideas developed by and for teachers to help engage students and stimulate discussion on the importance of education in their lives. We are also staging a student video contest on education. Details of the video contest will be available on our website http://www.ed.gov in the coming weeks.

On behalf of all Americans, I want to thank our educators who do society’s most important work by preparing our children for work and for life. No other task is more critical to our economic future and our social progress. I look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead to continue improving the quality of public education we provide all of our children.

Sincerely,

Arne Duncan

Ohanian Comment: I am trying to restrain myself from commenting on how boilerplate all these “activities” from the Ambassadors are. Admittedly, for many schools the activities would be a welcome change from the scripts. And how many schools in “those” neighborhoods will feel they can afford to be “off script” for this long–having discussions, making posters, writing poems?

Get real, Duncan.

Just keep in mind the horrible hypocrisy of all this. At the same time Duncan is sending out these flowery suggestions for classroom activities, he’s promoting changes in NCLB: According to an Associated Press story of Aug. 26, 2009, Under the new rules, states are to award the money to districts that take one of these approaches:

  • Close and reopen failing schools with new teachers and principals
  • Close and reopen failing schools under management of a charter school company or similar group
  • So how many schools in districts of desperate poverty are going to provide time for students to write poetry and make posters about their goals in life?

    PreK-6 Menu of Classroom Activities: President Obama’s Address to Students Across America
    Produced by Teaching Ambassador Fellows, U.S. Department of Education
    September 8, 2009

    Before the Speech:

    • Teachers can build background knowledge about the President of the United States and his speech by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama and motivate students by asking the following questions:
    Who is the President of the United States?
    What do you think it takes to be President?
    To whom do you think the President is going to be speaking?
    Why do you think he wants to speak to you?
    What do you think he will say to you?

    • Teachers can ask students to imagine being the President delivering a speech to all of the students in the United States. What would you tell students? What can students do to help in our schools? Teachers can chart ideas about what they would say.

    • Why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?

    During the Speech:
    • As the President speaks, teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful. Students could use a note-taking graphic organizer such as a Cluster Web, or students could record their thoughts on sticky notes. Younger children can draw pictures and write as appropriate. As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following:
    What is the President trying to tell me?
    What is the President asking me to do?
    What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?

    • Students can record important parts of the speech where the President is asking them to do something. Students might think about: What specific job is he asking me to do? Is he asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?

    • Students can record any questions they have while he is speaking and then discuss them after the speech. Younger children may need to dictate their questions.

    After the Speech:
    • Teachers could ask students to share the ideas they recorded, exchange sticky notes or stick notes on a butcher paper poster in the classroom to discuss main ideas from the speech, i.e. citizenship, personal responsibility, civic duty.

    • Students could discuss their responses to the following questions:
    What do you think the President wants us to do?
    Does the speech make you want to do anything?
    Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?
    What would you like to tell the President?

    • Teachers could encourage students to participate in the Department of Education’s “I Am What I Learn” video contest. On September 8th the Department will invite K-12 students to submit a video no longer than 2 min, explaining why education is important and how their education will help them achieve their dreams. Teachers are welcome to incorporate the same or a similar video project into an assignment. More details will be released via http://www.ed.gov.

    Extension of the Speech: Teachers can extend learning by having students

    • Create posters of their goals. Posters could be formatted in quadrants or puzzle pieces or trails marked with the labels: personal, academic, community, country. Each area could be labeled with three steps for achieving goals in those areas. It might make sense to focus on personal and academic so community and country goals come more readily.

    • Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.

    • Write goals on colored index cards or precut designs to post around the classroom.

    • Interview and share about their goals with one another to create a supportive community.

    • Participate in School wide incentive programs or contests for students who achieve their goals.

    • Write about their goals in a variety of genres, i.e. poems, songs, personal essays.

    • Create artistic projects based on the themes of their goals.

    • Graph student progress toward goals.

    Grades 7-12 Menu of Classroom Activities: President Obama’s Address to Students Across America
    Produced by Teaching Ambassador Fellows, U.S. Department of Education
    September 8, 2009

    Before the Speech:
    • Quick Write or Think/Pair/Share (Students spend a few minutes Thinking and writing about the question: Paired with another student to discuss, then Sharing their ideas with the class as a whole). What do we associate with the words responsibility, persistence, and goals? How would we define each term? A teacher might create a web of student ideas for each of the words.

    • Quick Write or Brainstorm: What are your strengths? At what are you successful as a person/student? What makes you successful at these efforts? List at least three things you are successful at and why you feel successful with these tasks.

    • Short readings. Notable quotes excerpted (and posted in large print on board) from President Obama’s speeches about education. Teacher might ask students to think alone, compare ideas with a partner, and share their collaborations with the class (Think/Pair/Share) about the following: What are our interpretations of these excerpts? Based on these excerpts, what can we infer the President believes is important to be successful educationally?

    • Brainstorm or Concept Web: Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us? What might he say?

    • Brainstorm or Concept Web: What other historic moments do you remember when the President spoke to the nation? What was the impact? Students could create a Cause/Effect graphic organizer.

    During the Speech:
    • Listening with a purpose: personal responsibility, goals, persistence. Teachers might ask pairs of students to create a word bank from the web of any one of the terms (personal responsibility, goals, or persistence) at the top of a double-column style notes page. On the right-hand side, students could take notes while President Obama talks about personal responsibility, or goals, or persistence, trying to capture direct quotations. At the end of the speech, students could then write the corresponding terms from the word bank in the left hand column, to increase retention and deepen their understanding of an important aspect of the speech.

    • Listening with a purpose: Inspiration and Challenges. Using a similar double-column style notes page as the one above, the teacher could focus students on quotations that either propose a specific challenge to them or inspire them in some meaningful way. Students could do this individually, in pairs or groups.

    Transition/Quick Review: Teachers could ask students to look over the notes and collaborate in pairs or small groups. What more could we add to our notes? Teachers might circulate and ask students questions such as: What are the most important words in the speech? What title would you give it? What’s the thesis?

    After the Speech:
    Guided Discussion:
    • What resonated with you from President Obama’s speech? What lines/phrases do you remember?

    • Who is President Obama addressing? How do you know? Describe his audience.

    • We heard President Obama mention the importance of personal responsibility. In your life, who exemplifies this kind of personal responsibility? How? Give examples.

    • How are we as individuals and as a class similar? Different?

    • Suppose President Obama were to give another speech about being educationally successful. Who could he speak to next? Who should be his next audience? Why? What would he say?

    • What are the three most important words in the speech? Rank them. What title would you give this speech? What’s the thesis?

    • What is President Obama inspiring you to do? What is he challenging you to do?

    • What do you believe are the challenges of your generation?

    • How can you be a part of addressing these challenges?

    Video Project:
    • Teachers could encourage students to participate in the Department of Education’s “I Am What I Learn” video contest. On September 8th the Department will invite K-12 students to submit a video no longer than 2 min, explaining why education is important and how their education will help them achieve their dreams. Teachers are welcome to incorporate the same or a similar video project into an assignment. More details will be released via http://www.ed.gov.

    Transition: Teachers could introduce goal setting in the following way to make the most of the extension activities.

    “When you set a goal, you envision a target you are going to reach over time. Goals are best when they are Challenging, Attainable, and Needed (CAN). For example, a good goal might be “I want to boost my average grade by one letter grade this year so I can show colleges I’m prepared.” But, every good goal also needs steps that guide the way. These steps keep you on track toward achieving your goal. For example, my first step might be, to improve by a letter grade in all subjects for each report card. My second step: to complete 100% of my homework for all my classes the first week of school. My third step: to study an extra hour for all my tests each marking period. My fourth step: to attend tutoring or get an adult to help me whenever I don’t understand something. My last step might be the most important: to ask an adult in my life to check on me often, to make sure I’m reaching each of my steps. Your steps should add up to your goal. If they don’t, that’s okay; we fix them until they do add up!

    Let’s hear another example of an academic goal for the year, and decide what steps would achieve that goal…

    Now I want you to write your own personal academic goal for this year and steps you will take to achieve it. We can revise our steps each marking period to make sure we are on track.”

    Extension of the Speech: Teachers can extend learning by having students

    • Create decorated goals and steps on index card sized material. The index cards could be formatted as an inviting graphic organizer with a space for the goal at the top and several steps in the remaining space. Cards could be hung in the room to create classroom culture of goal setting, persistence and success, and for the purpose of periodic review. (See “Example Handouts”).

    • Create posters of their goals. Posters could be formatted in quadrants or puzzle pieces or trails marked as steps. These could also be hung around the room, to be reviewed periodically and to create a classroom culture of goal setting and for the purpose of periodic review.

    • Interview and share their goals with one another and the class, establishing community support for their goals.

    • Create incentives or contests for achieving their personal goals.

    • Write about their goals and steps in a variety of genres, i.e. poems, songs, personal essays.

    • Create artistic representations of their goals and steps.

    — Arne Duncan & Teaching Ambassador Fellows, U.S. Department of Education
    Letter and activities for classroom use

    2009-08-27

    http://www.susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=586

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    How to Prepare for Higher Taxes

    No one knows which taxes are going up and by how much. But there are ways to cushion yourself

    By Ben Steverman

    Financial advisers for wealthy Americans assume that their clients’ tax bills are going up. But that’s about all they know for sure.

    President Barack Obama campaigned on proposals to raise taxes—on income, capital gains, and dividends—on Americans who earn more than $250,000 per year. And in the year since he formulated that platform, the federal government’s fiscal situation has gotten more dire, as a result of the recession, stimulus spending, and preexisting debt. On Aug. 25, the Congressional Budget Office raised its estimate of the total deficit from 2010-19 by $2.7 trillion, bringing it to $7.137 trillion. The White House’s estimate for the deficit over the next 10 years is $9 trillion.

    Eventually, tax experts say, the government will need to fill those deficits with extra revenue. “Don’t expect any good news on the tax front,” says Marilyn Cohen, president of Envision Capital Management. “We’ve got a multitrillion-dollar bill to pay, and it’s not going to pay itself.”

    FIVE RULES TO FOLLOW

    But so far the details of those tax increases—which taxes, when, and how much—are highly uncertain. President Obama has proposals, while Democrats and Republicans in Congress have a myriad of other proposals. Even if Congress does nothing, many provisions of President Bush’s tax cuts are set to expire in 2011.

    “Until they get through Congress, there’s no way of knowing what will really happen,” says Tim Steffen, a financial planner and tax expert at Robert W. Baird.

    At a time of such uncertainty, BusinessWeek asked tax experts and financial planners what individuals can do if they’re worried about a higher tax burden. Here are five common themes:

    1. STAY FLEXIBLE

    “You plan with the tax laws as they are, recognizing that they can change at any time,” says Matt Havens, a planner at Global Vision Advisors. Congress may come up with creative ways to boost revenue, he says—not just by raising rates but by limiting deductions or closing tax shelters.

    For this reason, individuals trying to limit their tax bill should remain flexible. “Don’t get yourself into a situation where you’ve locked yourself into something,” Steffen says. “You need to be able to react to any changes that come.”

    2. PAY MORE IN 2010?

    Federal tax rates haven’t increased in 2009, and many expect most tax rules to stay the same in 2010. However, says tax attorney Scott Estill, “In 2011, all bets are off.”

    The potential for tax increases in 2011 makes 2010 a “key year,” says Estill, author of the bookTax This! An Insider’s Guide to Standing Up to the IRS.

    With taxes on income, capital gains, and dividends now at historical lows, the next 15 months may be the best time to be paying taxes—before rates are raised.

    Of course, few employers are going to pay you in 2010 for work you’ve promised to do in 2011. But Holly Isdale, managing director at Bessemer Trust, says that if you are already planning on selling a business, it might make sense to get it sold before the end of 2010. You would probably pay a smaller capital-gains rate on that sale, she says.

    The same is true for capital gains on stocks or real estate—assuming you have any gains after the brutal housing and equity markets of the past couple of years.

    For workers who are expecting a lump sum at retirement, a 2010 retirement might make sense for the same reason, Steffen says. Stock options might also best be exercised before taxes go up.

    Also, Estill says, next year might be the perfect time to convert traditional individual retirement accounts, or IRAs, into Roth IRAs. In 2010, income caps will be dropped on Roth conversions, which require tax payments.

    3. INVEST TAX-SMART

    The classic way that individuals try to reduce their tax bills is through tax-free municipal bonds. Envision’s Cohen says investors have already “stampeded” into this method of tax avoidance. “The inflows to muni bond funds have been unbelievable this year,” she says.

    Munis make the most sense if you’re in a high tax bracket or if you live in a state with high taxes. However, Cohen warns,munis have gotten very popular and may be overpriced at the moment. “They’re not a good idea for anyone if the market is overvalued,” she says.

    Higher taxes also may boost the popularity of other tax-efficient investing strategies. Milo Benningfield of Benningfield Financial Advisors in San Francisco sometimes recommends tax-managed mutual funds, in which portfolio managers use various strategies to boost investors’ after-tax return.

    Various trusts, family partnerships, and other schemes can help individuals lower their tax bill or avoid estate taxes. However, experts warn that tax laws affecting these methods could change in future years, especially around the estate tax.

    4. DETAILS MATTER

    The complexity of the U.S. tax code can be mind-boggling. And its provisions are changing all the time.

    Individuals must also deal with state tax codes. And, Isdale notes, the complexity multiplies for people who live or work in more than one state. (She advises clients keep a close eye on state residency issues. A person who lives in both New York and Florida might consider spending more time south to take advantage of lower tax rates, for example.)

    To master it all, “you really need to be thinking about taxes on a 365-day basis,” Estill says. That’s why it’s very important to get advice from someone who knows taxes well. “It’s a big, big puzzle,” he says, and “missing a few of the pieces can be really detrimental to somebody.”

    5. DON’T OVERTHINK IT

    “While taxes are an important factor, they shouldn’t be the deciding factor,” Baird’s Steffen says. In other words, don’t worry so much about taxes that you make investing or employment decisions that don’t otherwise make sense.

    “You don’t want to make an investment move purely for tax reasons,” Benningfield says. “To me, tax uncertainty is nothing compared to investment uncertainty. I’m more concerned about where commodity prices are going than tax rates.”

    Taxes take a bite out of income of various kinds, and, for those in top tax brackets, tax bills are likely to increase. However, in a difficult economy, your top priority should not be merely avoiding the taxman—it should be making sure that your income continues.

    http://www.businessweek.com/investor/content/aug2009/pi20090827_867017.htm

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    Interesting observations – Date FILED vs Date ACCEPTED- Obama’s COLB Mistake

    I have never noticed this until know. Obama’s Certification of Live Birth there is a rather large mistake on it, please note Obama’s version States, Date FILED by Registrar
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    Below it States Date ACCEPTED by Registrar

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    All of the Real COLB’s from Hawaii states Date ACCEPTED by Registrar Not Date Filled like the Fake on Obama put on the internet!

    §338-17.8 Certificates for children born out of State. (a) Upon application of an adult or the legal parents of a minor child, the director of health shall issue a birth certificate for such adult or minor, provided that proof has been submitted to the director of health that the legal parents of such individual while living without the Territory or State of Hawaii had declared the Territory or State of Hawaii as their legal residence for at least one year immediately preceding the birth or adoption of such child.

    §338-5 Compulsory registration of births. Within the time prescribed by the department of health, a certificate of every birth shall be substantially completed and filed with the local agent of the department in the district in which the birth occurred, by the administrator or designated representative of the birthing facility, or physician, or midwife, or other legally authorized person in attendance at the birth; or if not so attended, by one of the parents.

    The birth facility shall make available to the department appropriate medical records for the purpose of monitoring compliance with the provisions of this chapter. [L 1949, c 327, §9; RL 1955, §57-8; am L Sp 1959 2d, c 1, §19; HRS §338-5; am L 1988, c 149, §1]

    §338-6 Local agent to prepare birth certificate. (a) If neither parent of the newborn child whose birth is unattended as provided in section 338-5 is able to prepare a birth certificate, the local agent of the department of health shall secure the necessary information from any person having knowledge of the birth and prepare and file the certificate.

    (b) The department shall prescribe the time within which a supplementary report furnishing information omitted on the original certificate may be returned for the purpose of completing the certificate. Certificates of birth completed by a supplementary report shall not be considered as “delayed” or “altered.” [L 1949, c 327, §10; RL 1955, §57-9; am L Sp 1959 2d, c 1, §19; HRS §338-6]


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