Flipping tax cuts to tax increases

TaxesOKChanging the plain meaning of words is an art form attorneys practice with regularity, but a current argument before the Oklahoma Supreme Court could cost you thousands in additional taxes – retroactively.

As the Oklahoman Editorial Board wrote early this week, “This debate is not merely academic. If the court rules that SQ 640’s provisions apply to tax cuts, a group of 35 state lawmakers note that could result in automatic tax increases across Oklahoma as past tax cuts are overturned. Among the potential changes: Most Oklahomans could see their income tax burden increase by 27 percent as the rate surges from 5.25 percent to 6.65 percent.”
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AG Pruitt fighting EPA for coal

EPAhazeOklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt along with attorneys general from 16 other states filed a comment letter with the EPA opposing the agency’s unlawful plan to regulate power plants.

The EPA’s proposed power plant rule is an attempt to bypass the legislative process to impose the president’s climate action plan which has no legal basis or force of law. This EPA rule picks winners and losers in the energy context by elevating renewable energy sources at the expense of fossil fuel-fired electric generation,” Attorney General Pruitt said.

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Iran proceeds in building bombs

BarackObamaFailedSaluteNever has America been so disrespected worldwide. Anyone with a clue can see President Obama as a jester of narcissism obsessed with a false ideology too lazy to learn truth or act on it.  Thus failing history; Obama must find others to blame while distracting attention to pointless contrived crisis.

Illustrating several pressing problems, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Monday released statements on President Obama’s continuing failure in negotiations with Iran on nuclear enrichment and the scapegoating of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.  We add a few other issues Tulsa Today readers will recognize from Ferguson to Immigration as gist for family discussion over the Thanksgiving Holiday. First Sen. Inhofe:

“As I expected and predicted, there is no deal on the Iranian nuclear program.  Thanks to the President’s foreign policy of appeasement, his systematic dismantling of the American armed forces, and the lack of a coherent strategy for the Middle East, Iran is negotiating from a position of strength.

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Former Oiler Pat Quinn passes

Pat Quinn, as Oilers Player

Pat Quinn, as Oilers Player

Pat Quinn, former NHL player, coach and general manager and former Tulsa Oilers defense-man passed away Sunday night in Vancouver, British Columbia after a long illness.  He was 71.

The native of Hamilton Ontario spent 19 seasons as a player and 20 seasons as a head coach in the National Hockey League and coached the Canadian Men to the 2002 Gold Medal in the Salt Lake Winter Olympics.

Quinn had three stints with the Tulsa Oilers in the late 1960’s.  He played a total of 70 games from 1967 through 1970, scoring only six goals and 22 assists for 28 points in the era when defense-men were not heavily relied upon to score goals.  He won a championship with the Oilers in 1968.
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Ryan Christmas Show at Jazz Depot

DonaldRyanSome refer to Tulsa’s Donald Ryan as “the master of diverse styles.” Some suggest he is “a musical kaleidoscope, sparkling at everything he plays.”

For this writer, a Ryan solo performance is joy to the ear and, this Sunday, Ryan is home for a joyous Christmas Season performance at Tulsa’s Jazz Depot.

“I’ve loved Christmas music ever since I was a kid,” he says, “and when I play it I look for things that I like, that I can express myself in. Most of it is traditional music, more religious. There will be some music that’s just seasonal. I look for things that have an infectious melody, that have harmonic possibilities that I can massage, and some things I can add rhythm to.” He laughs. “I can add rhythm to just about anything.”

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