Bush tax cuts set to expire Congress is really making it difficult to tax plan. Eventually, they will have to make decisions on a number of tax issues. Complicating the matter is that Congress can make a decision by doing nothing. The Bush tax cuts are all set to expire on December 31, 2010. If Congress does nothing, we will revert to the tax laws that were in effect before President Bush and a Republican-controlled Congress enacted them at various times during his presidency. Most of them came into being when the Economic Growth and Tax Reconciliation Act was passed in 2001. It is highly unlikely that Congress will do nothing. This is not a do-nothing Congress. They have passed a mammoth Health Care Reform bill. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, i.e. the Stimulus Bill, seemed to spend more money than existed in the world in total before about 1900. (Just kidding. I don’t know the real statistic. The real year could be only before 1800.) They recently passed a Small Business Jobs Act that will spend a paltry $42 billion dollars. No, they are not afraid to spend money or to pass bills. They are just reluctant to do something immediately before the coming election that could and would influence the election. Raising taxes, even if it is for 2011, could and probably would influence the election. The Tea Party is just hoping that a Democrat-controlled Congress passes a bill that dramatically increases taxes. I will go as far as to say that they are praying for a dramatic tax increase. I would also be shocked if that happens. What is highly likely is they will pass a bill after the election that will pick and choose what to do with each of the tax cuts. Some will be modified, such as the tax brackets with the 10% tax bracket disappearing. Some will be extended, such as keeping the child tax credit at $1,000 instead of it reverting to $500. Some will be allowed to sunset and go away such as the capital gains in the 15% tax bracket getting taxed at 0%. It will be interesting to see how this all turns out. By not extending any of the relief provisions that […]
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Eilers-Bond The wedding of Stephanie Arlene Bond and Matthew Eilers took place on June 19, 2010 at St. Anthony of Padula Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stephanie, the daughter of Tammy and Robert Bond Junior of Rockford, is a 2005 graduate of Rockford High School and a 2010 graduate of University of Detroit Mercy. She is employed by Grand Rapids Allergy. Matthew, the son of David and Debbie Eilers of Waverly, Tenn. and Jane and Richard Kritzman of Whitehall, is a 2001 graduate of Whitehall High School and a 2007 graduate of Ferris State University. He is employed by USA Financial. Maid of honor was Brittnie Bond. Bridesmaids were Alyson Coe, Rhiannon Bierenga and Kristene Vander Zouwen. Junior bridesmaid was Emily Bond. Best man was Steve Eilers. Groomsmen were Robert Bond III, Brian Bierenga, Mike Hathaway and Eric Garlinger. Ushers were Cameron Weston and Joe Alvesteffer. The couple honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico and currently reside in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Hall Mrs. Pamela K. Hall, age 50, of Rockford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. She was born in Germany while her father, Allen Sharum, was stationed there. Pam grew up with her mother and brother in Flushing, Mich. She was a graduate of Flushing Christian High School where she sang in the school choir and worked part-time at Meijer in order to help her family. Pam met Bruce when attending the college-age Sunday School Class at North Park Baptist Church. After a loving courtship that included a visit to Cornerstone College, they were married on October 4, 1980 in Flushing. Pam loved to be with people and had that social butterfly personality. Her children have many special memories of being part of the events at West Cannon Baptist Church. As a family, they were part of the “fabric” of the church. Pam sang in the choir, was part of the ladies trio, and occasionally sang a duet with Bruce. Even though the children had many directions to go, every Wednesday night and Sunday were reserved for church. Pam was a member of the Home Builders Sunday School class and was honored to have the privilege of leading her family and others to the Lord. Several years ago, Pam rededicated her life to Christ, was baptized, and gave her personal testimony with her husband and children beaming with pride. “Mema” was the most wonderful, loving wife, mother and grandmother. Pam is survived by her loving husband and companion, Bruce; children, Rachel Leigh and Patrick McCulloch of Comstock Park, Bruce Adam Hall of Rockford, Ashley Elizabeth and Zach Neymeiyer of Wyoming, and Private Ryan Michael Hall serving with the Michigan National Guard; grandchildren, Madison Rae McCulloch, Bryson Alan McCulloch; and mother-in-law, Mrs. Nancy Kramer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Gloria Sharum, and her brother, Timothy Sharum. The service of praise and thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ for Pam was Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at West Cannon Baptist Church with Pastor Doug Crawford officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider West Cannon Baptist Church Choir. Arrangements were made by Pederson […]
Tues., through Nov. 2 Pajama Storytime—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library. For families who can’t come to the library during the day. Pajama Storytime offers an evening of stories and fun. Bring your teddy bear or other snuggly friend; pajamas optional. For children ages 3 to 6. Wed., through Nov. 3 Toddler Time—10 to 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library. Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and storieswhile helping to develop his or her language, motor and social skills. For children ages 3 and under with a caregiver Thur., September 23 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Lion Dianna Robach at (616) 866-1760. Meet The Author: Tom Rademacher—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library. Tom Rademacher, a local Rockford author, will talk about his book, “Splitting Wood,” a compilation of his columns in the Grand Rapids Press. Books will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going back to the library. The author will sign books and answer questions. Registration is required and participation is limited. Fri.–Sat., Sept. 24–25 2nd Annual Harvest on the Ridge—hosted by Sparta Chamber of Commerce, celebrating hardworking farming families representing the most fertile apple country in the nation. More information may be found online at spartachamber.com. Fri.–Sun., Sept. 24–26 Annual Rockford Rotary Chicken BBQ Dinner— Friday from noon-8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Rockford. Enjoy chicken, baked beans, potato salad and a beverage for $9. Curbside service is available as well as dining at the Pavilion. Proceeds go toward improvements to the Pavilion such as doors, heat, paint, and new roofing. Please visit www.rockfordmirotary.org for more information. Sat., September 25 Low-Cost Microchip Clinic for Pets—noon to 3 p.m. at the Kent County Animal Shelter, 740 Fuller Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. Shelter staff will implant the microchip for $20 per pet. No appointment necessary; based on first-come, first-served. Dogs must be on a leash; cats in a carrier. Dogs must be licensed, or licenses may be purchased at time of microchip implantation—owner ID, proof of […]