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5 years 16 weeks ago, 8:38 PM

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Monday, March 30, 2009 10:34 PM

Angered by a New York state plan to tax residents earning over $500,000 per year, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh vowed Monday to sell all of his property and shut down his operations there and move them to Texas, a state with no income tax.

The new plan, which is expected to be voted on Tuesday, would raise about $4 billion a year, said Dan Weiller, spokesman for New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Lawmakers are calling it a temporary tax increase but Rush was having none of that.

“When I am there working I pay whatever, you know, my rate is based on income for that day in New York,” Limbaugh said. “And I try to go as little as possible. If it weren't for hurricanes down here (his regular studio in Florida), I would never go up there.

“So I'll tell you what I'm going to do,” Limbaugh continued. “I'm going to look for an alternative studio somewhere outside New York, perhaps Texas -- another no-income-tax state -- and I'm going to get the hell over there, when a hurricane starts coming our way, 'cause I told Mayor Bloomberg: I'll be the first to lead the way. “

He plans to sell all of his property in New York City, he told listeners.

“I'll sell my apartment. I'll sell my condominium. I'm going to get out of there totally, 'cause this is just absurd, and it's ridiculous -- and it isn't going to work,” Limbaugh said. “It's punishing the achievers for the mistakes and the lack of discipline on the part of a bunch of corrupt politicians that have run that city and state into the ground for I don't know how many years -- and I, for one, am not going to take the blame for it. “

Limbaugh, who usually broadcasts from his home in Florida, another state with no income tax, said the new tax is likely not only to drive other high earners like himself from New York, but prompt those remaining to work less. Pointing out that the state already collects taxes on cigarettes and liquor, in addition to billions in lottery proceeds – oh, and don’t forget billions more in federal stimulus dollars – Limbaugh asked Gov. David Paterson when would it ever be enough.

He even suggested a new state slogan: “New York: It’s Never Enough.”

“When you raise taxes on an activity, you reduce that activity,” Limbaugh explained to his listeners. “People start doing that activity less. In this case: working. When you reduce taxes on an activity, then that activity increases. When you reduce taxes on income, people start working harder to earn more. Governor Paterson needs to cut taxes on people. He needs to spur investment. He needs to get people going and working. It's just the exact opposite. Governor Paterson is like most other liberal Democrats: zero-sum game. The economy is a pie. It never grows. Somebody gets their slice; somebody gets their slice.”

5 years 16 weeks ago, 9:05 PM

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I know I will not have to worry about making $500,000 a year. Rush is right on the money about people not working as hard. It does not pay to work hard.

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 9:52 PM

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NY's first instinct is to tax and tax productive people. 500,000 bucks is not even a start. They tax the shit out of me and I make very little money. I get taxed at 7% from NY. We have the highest property taxes in the NATION and its going up every year (this year 17%). I pay 5200 dollars on a house that was assessed at 80k in 1995.
For the last 30 years NY has alienated manufacturing and business while attracting welfare recipients. You can move to NY tomorro and get on welfare, no questions asked. NY gives free tuition to foreign students while not giving preference to NY residents. My father paid NY taxes for 60 years and I did not get preference to the State of NY university system.
When I came home from FT Sam and tried to register my vehicle, they taxed me as a new purchase vehicle because I had been military and out of state. They also took 7% of my pay while I was deployed overseas. Fuck them
Each month we lose 5000 new yorkers while gaining 1000 welfare recipients.
The reason they do it is to keep people dependent on government and thus keep votes.
NY is a shithole where working the system is better than working.
Check my facts in the Buffalo news. All this shit is happening and they are working on gun bans............what the FUUCK

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 9:54 PM

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My wife has family here (so do I) and will not let me move to Montana. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK NYS politics.

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 10:46 PM

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New York, California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and most of the other New England states should start their own sovereign states and leave our United States alone. If they want a welfare state, then start one, just not in my back yard. I like capitalism and want to keep it. Screw the communist bastards. Cut them loose already. If they won't secede, then we should. We could call our new nation the Capitalist States of America.

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 12:22 PM

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has no state income tax, a middle-of-the-pack property tax rate ranking 21/50, but a fairly high sales tax of 8+%. If you take the "I-5 corridor" (from Everett through Seattle to Olympia) out of the equation, it is a fairly conservative state, especially east of the mountains in farm territory. Left wing Seattle dominates, of course, based on population, and the state is currently run by Democrats. I'm not sure I would throw Washington out of the Union any more han I would Tennessee because of the corrupt government in Memphis.

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 12:39 PM

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second that Schuyler

Oregon is the same way, the "metropolitan" areas dictate the political arena for the state. Get to the rural areas, and conservatism dominates. I believe this can be said of most states.

clint

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