By now you've heard about the NLRB ruling that college athletes are employees and entitled to union representation should they so elect to be so represented.
Well, that means paying union dues, but it also means paying income taxes. At least that's the logical outcome of such a silly and ridiculous change in the status of athletes from students to employees.
NU ruling could lead to taxes on scholarships says this:
"Northwestern University football players could one day have to pay federal and state taxes on athletic scholarships following a ruling that the student-athletes are employees of the school, but experts say it is too soon to make them worry.
In a decision issued Wednesday, Peter Sung Ohr, the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board, wrote that players' scholarships are "compensation for the athletic services they perform for the employer throughout the calendar year."
NU athletes have been cleared to proceed in the union organizing process because of the historic vote that is likely to spur similar moves at other college campuses around the country. But the school has already said it plans to appeal the ruling, and it has led to speculation about whether the football players will eventually have to pay taxes just as professors and other employees do.
"I think it’s unlikely anything would happen immediately," said Amy C. McCormick, a professor emeritus at Michigan State University College of Law who specializes in tax law.
McCormick said that under the Internal Revenue Service code, scholarships are exempt from being taxed unless they are compensation for services required as condition for receiving the aid. However, she said, the IRS has not considered athletic scholarships as income.
In order to do so, the IRS, the Department of Treasury or Congress would have to change their position and acknowledge that athletic scholarships are compensation in return for services, McCormick said.
Northwestern, which opposes the idea of unionized athletes, said Wednesday it would appeal the NLRB decision to its Washington, D.C. headquarters. The union question eventually could be resolved in the federal court system.
Athletic scholarships at Northwestern are worth as much as $76,000 per academic year."
Now that's the way to expand the middle class taxpayer base and get more revenues for both labor unions and the government.
No word yet on how the women's basketball or volleyball teams will like the idea.
There's also no word yet on whether the bench warmers will receive less money and therefore incur fewer taxes on income received than will the players that make All-American or even all conference.
Politics sucks! And this absurdity really makes that abundantly clear.
By the way, have you heard about the crooked mayor/politician from Charlotte or the gun bashing/illegal gun running bribe taking politician in California?
And several other political parasites in the news just this week?
"Russia has been playing a much more intricate game than the United States in recent years. The resulting imbalance has created a growing threat to global stability, as evidenced last week by Vladimir Putin's invasion of neighboring Ukraine. The ability to turn the tables and put the Russian leader in check lies right beneath our feet, in the form of vast supplies of natural energy.
Under Mr. Putin, Russia has expanded its military and tightened its grip on its neighbors by aggressively making the most of its vast resources, exporting oil, coal and natural gas in massive quantities to Europe and elsewhere. Russia's neighbors need large quantities of natural gas—and, currently lacking a better option, they buy much of it from Russia. This dependence has diplomatic repercussions, making them more reluctant to challenge some of Mr. Putin's arrogant actions.
Mr. Putin's scheme assumes that the U.S. will continue to sit on its own natural resources instead of engaging Russia in the global energy marketplace.
According to the Energy Department's own website, only six applications for U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) have been approved over the past three years, while 24 applications are pending. This means Washington is doing as little as possible in an area in which we should be doing the opposite. Consequently, our allies in Europe and elsewhere have little choice but to turn to Russia for their energy needs.
These policies have amounted to our nation imposing economic sanctions on itself—sentencing consumers in the U.S. and abroad to higher prices and slower growth while ceding the international energy marketplace to countries such as Russia, Venezuela and Iran.
In response to Mr. Putin's aggression in Ukraine, President Obama should announce a series of steps that will dramatically expand production of American-made energy, beginning with lifting this de facto ban on exports of U.S.-produced liquefied natural gas. Taking this step would also create American jobs and lower prices for our consumers and small businesses when coupled with other moves that would bolster energy production in North America. These include construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ending the Obama administration's embargo on our supplies of oil and gas from federal lands and waters, and halting the effort to take coal out of America's electricity generation mix.
The president doesn't need legislation from Congress to make these changes. This is something the commander in chief can do right now in the face of Mr. Putin's aggression. It would also provide much-needed evidence that the president's State of the Union commitment to an "all of the above" energy strategy is real, and not just poll-driven rhetoric.
America not only has a right to develop and market its natural resources. In the face of rising danger, it has an obligation to do so."
Economic growth, good jobs, national security and common sense all support American energy independence as a national goal which should be pursued immediately and fully.
We've wasted enough time and energy already.
Let's start an energy war.
That's my take.