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August 19, 2011
Warren Buffett was right for his call for higher taxes/debunking the "lost jobs" claim of the ideologues ("Buffett wants wealthier Americans taxed more," Aug. 16). Thanks to the tea party, controlling the spiraling debt is now a priority. Now the tea party representatives need to actually "govern. " The magnitude of the debt cannot be addressed by spending cuts alone! The GOP hard line of "no new taxes" has morphed into an idiotic stand on retaining the multiple special deals/exemptions, etc. The GOP has lost its focus of its bedrock support of the free enterprise system.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
There will be fewer of the familiar blue-and-white Prudential signs marking homes for sale across the Baltimore region next month as some are replaced with plum-colored signs bearing another storied name. Berkshire Hathaway, the company headed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, began branding a national network of real estate franchises last year. Nationwide, with more than 28,000 agents and 750 offices, including about 200 Maryland agents, has affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices since it launched last September.
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NEWS
August 30, 2011
Brian Murphy's analysis of Warren Buffet's position on paying higher taxes misses the larger point Mr. Buffet was making ("Raising taxes on the rich won't cause them to flee," Aug. 29). The practical and reasonable response to our country's deficit situation is a combination of reduced spending and increased taxes. Only through both can we reduce the deficit significantly and ensure a stable economy that allows us to make the kind of investments we need in order to create jobs.
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By Laura Lefavor and For The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2013
If you ever find yourself looking for an excuse to eat more cupcakes, 11-year-old Krissa Hillman has a good one. The fifth-grader from Bollman Bridge Elementary School in Jessup is the creative mastermind behind Cupcakes for Literacy, a business that sells baked goods to benefit local schools, libraries and reading programs. "Literacy is a big part of life. You have to read everything," Hillman said. "So what better way to help people understand than though something everyone likes?"
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By Laura Lefavor and For The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2013
If you ever find yourself looking for an excuse to eat more cupcakes, 11-year-old Krissa Hillman has a good one. The fifth-grader from Bollman Bridge Elementary School in Jessup is the creative mastermind behind Cupcakes for Literacy, a business that sells baked goods to benefit local schools, libraries and reading programs. "Literacy is a big part of life. You have to read everything," Hillman said. "So what better way to help people understand than though something everyone likes?"
BUSINESS
By Bill Atkinson and Bill Atkinson,SUN STAFF | June 3, 1998
Legg Mason Inc. has entered into an agreement to buy the investment company run by Robert G. Hagstrom Jr., the author of a best-selling book about billionaire investor Warren Buffett, according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.The Baltimore-based brokerage and money management firm plans to buy Focus Capital Advisory LP for an undisclosed price.Edward A. Taber III, a senior executive vice president at Legg, declined to discuss the transaction. "We might possibly be in the position over the next day or two to say something, possibly," Taber said.
NEWS
July 2, 2006
The financier announced that he intended to give the bulk of his $44 billion personal fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. "A very rich person should leave his kids enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing." Warren Buffett
NEWS
By Art Buchwald | July 21, 1995
THE GOOD news for America is that Forbes magazine has just come out with its list of the 10 richest men in the world -- and the United States has produced Nos. 1 and 2. Bill Gates, who owns Microsoft, is worth $12.9 billion, and Warren Buffett, the Omaha, Nebraska, investor, is listed second with a fortune of $10.7 billion.I feel so sorry for Warren Buffett.How would anybody react to coming in second in the "richest men" list and have the whole world snickering? I can't call myself a close friend of Warren Buffett, although I do wear Hathaway shirts, drink Coca-Cola and eat Mrs. See's chocolates -- all products in which Warren Buffett has large investments.
NEWS
August 27, 2011
I'm confused. Republican also-ran gubernatorial candidate Brian Murphy is trying to convince us that Warren Buffett was wrong when he told Congress he ought to be taxed more ("Warren Buffett is wrong," Aug 25). Mr. Murphy attempted to demonstrate that Warren Buffett is wrong primarily by claiming that the Maryland millionaire's tax has caused many millionaires to flee from the state. However, now comes word that Representatives Xavier Becerra (D-California) and Peter Visclosky (D-Indiana)
NEWS
April 16, 2012
First, I'm an 80-year-old living on Social Security, and I know all the tax loopholes need to be closed ("The Buffett Rule backlash," April 13). But isn't it correct that Warren Buffett owes the IRS a great deal of taxes for a number of years? Let's have a true picture of Mr. Buffett. The proposed reductions in Medicare and Medicaid costs will hopefully take place by reducing fraud in the systems and not by reducing services. Vera Papa
NEWS
April 16, 2012
First, I'm an 80-year-old living on Social Security, and I know all the tax loopholes need to be closed ("The Buffett Rule backlash," April 13). But isn't it correct that Warren Buffett owes the IRS a great deal of taxes for a number of years? Let's have a true picture of Mr. Buffett. The proposed reductions in Medicare and Medicaid costs will hopefully take place by reducing fraud in the systems and not by reducing services. Vera Papa
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | February 3, 2012
As the Republican presidential race moves to Nevada, land of roulette wheels, craps tables and slot machines, where dreams of quick riches are often broken, Mitt Romneycontinues to struggle with the political consequences of the millions he's made through the sweat of his hard-earned investments. The release of his most recent tax returns revealed how he successfully gamed the tax system by virtue of the low 15 percent capital gains rate, allowing him legally to avoid the 35 percent many other Americans pay. At the same time, his tin ear on the plight of the nonrich still plagues him, giving him a Marie Antoinette tinge.
NEWS
August 30, 2011
Brian Murphy's analysis of Warren Buffet's position on paying higher taxes misses the larger point Mr. Buffet was making ("Raising taxes on the rich won't cause them to flee," Aug. 29). The practical and reasonable response to our country's deficit situation is a combination of reduced spending and increased taxes. Only through both can we reduce the deficit significantly and ensure a stable economy that allows us to make the kind of investments we need in order to create jobs.
NEWS
August 29, 2011
Brian Murphy suggests that if the super-rich were taxed more heavily they would move away ("Warren Buffett is wrong," Aug. 25). I don't believe that. California has higher taxes than Oklahoma, yet the super-rich still prefer California to Oklahoma. Second, moving from Maryland to Delaware is one thing, but moving to Haiti to avoid federal taxes - the country has the lowest tax take in the Western hemisphere - is another thing altogether. There is simply no data to back up the theory that the rich will flee if the United States it raises taxes on the wealthy and super-wealthy a little more.
NEWS
August 27, 2011
I'm confused. Republican also-ran gubernatorial candidate Brian Murphy is trying to convince us that Warren Buffett was wrong when he told Congress he ought to be taxed more ("Warren Buffett is wrong," Aug 25). Mr. Murphy attempted to demonstrate that Warren Buffett is wrong primarily by claiming that the Maryland millionaire's tax has caused many millionaires to flee from the state. However, now comes word that Representatives Xavier Becerra (D-California) and Peter Visclosky (D-Indiana)
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By Brian H. Murphy | August 24, 2011
The United States tax code is so backward that billionaire investor Warren Buffett pays only 17 percent in income taxes, a rate even lower than that of his secretary. Or so he claims. While I have great respect for Mr. Buffett, and while I agree that our tax code could benefit from major adjustments, Mr. Buffett's statement is misleading. And he knows it. Even worse, when Mr. Buffett implies that wealthier Americans are under-taxed, it gives public officials cover to pursue disastrous policies such as Maryland's failed millionaire's tax, and the pending sales tax on interstate Internet purchases known as the "Amazon tax. " Taxing the rich and protectionism may poll well, but these policies demonstrably hurt the same middle class and lower-income citizens they purport to protect.
BUSINESS
By Julius Westheimer | November 20, 1998
ARE YOU getting fewer dividend increases than last year? "Higher payouts to stockholders showed a year-to-year decline in October, the fourth consecutive drop," says S&P Outlook. "Dividend policies are stingier because heated competition squeezes profit margins. Increases are the fewest since 1995."Here's advice from the 1999 Stock Trader's Almanac, justreceived: "In this game, the market has to keep pitching but you don't have to swing. Keep the bat on your shoulder until you get a fat pitch."
NEWS
August 29, 2011
Brian Murphy suggests that if the super-rich were taxed more heavily they would move away ("Warren Buffett is wrong," Aug. 25). I don't believe that. California has higher taxes than Oklahoma, yet the super-rich still prefer California to Oklahoma. Second, moving from Maryland to Delaware is one thing, but moving to Haiti to avoid federal taxes - the country has the lowest tax take in the Western hemisphere - is another thing altogether. There is simply no data to back up the theory that the rich will flee if the United States it raises taxes on the wealthy and super-wealthy a little more.
NEWS
August 19, 2011
Warren Buffett was right for his call for higher taxes/debunking the "lost jobs" claim of the ideologues ("Buffett wants wealthier Americans taxed more," Aug. 16). Thanks to the tea party, controlling the spiraling debt is now a priority. Now the tea party representatives need to actually "govern. " The magnitude of the debt cannot be addressed by spending cuts alone! The GOP hard line of "no new taxes" has morphed into an idiotic stand on retaining the multiple special deals/exemptions, etc. The GOP has lost its focus of its bedrock support of the free enterprise system.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | February 2, 2010
T he President and the Republicans President Barack Obama was right to converse with congressional Republicans last Friday in Baltimore. Cynics may label it as political theater, but I suspect the public appreciated the give-and-take. Mr. Obama was given a 26-page booklet containing Republican ideas on the economy, jobs, energy and national security. That should end the fiction that Republicans have presented no ideas on these and other subjects. If the president wants to demonstrate he is seeking common ground instead of scorched earth with Republicans, he might embrace at least one Republican idea and prod his party's congressional majority to go along.
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