Who the hell are these people!?!

Who are these people that…

… don’t like getting more money on every paycheck?

… don’t want to get an extra $1,800-$2,400 back from taxes next year?

… don’t want a simplified tax form that can be completed by the average person?

… don’t mind our veterans waiting weeks to be seen by a doctor?

… want anybody to be able to walk into our country whenever they feel like it?

… want to abolish the entire U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division?

… don’t like seeing their 401Ks grow in leaps and bounds?

… don’t like seeing good jobs coming back to the United States which had been shipped overseas?

… don’t like seeing the lowest unemployment rates IN HISTORY for African-Americans, Latinos and Asians?

… don’t like seeing wages grow across the board for the first time in over 20 years?

… want to let every other country in the world to continue to take advantage of us and our country when it comes to trade deals?

… think it is ok to harass and publicly attack people when they are on their own time, just because they don’t happen to agree politically with them?

… think socialism or communism is preferable to capitalism?

… think it is ok to ban and attack conservative thought and speech on our college campuses?

… think their ability to kill unborn children is the MOST important thing in the world?

… think it’s ok to turn the FBI and the DOJ into political attack dogs?

… don’t think our laws should apply equally to everyone?

… thought it was in our best interests to kill the entire coal industry with paralyzing regulations?

… don’t mind illegal drugs pouring over our borders?

… think our cities should be able to ignore the laws of our land and offer sanctuary to illegal immigrants, as well as criminal illegal immigrants?

… think it is ok to derail any kind of infrastructure creation or improvements with decades of regulatory approval processes?

… liked paying, or didn’t mind others having to pay, penalties and/or exorbitant insurance premiums because of the Obamacare individual mandate.

… think illegal immigrants should be afforded more rights and benefits than actual American citizens?

Again I’ll ask,

WHO THE HELL ARE THESE PEOPLE!?!

AND WHAT ARE THEY DOING LIVING IN OUR COUNTRY!?!

First of all, these people will not be able to find a country that treats illegal immigrants any better than we do.

Second of all, there are a lot countries with crappy economies you can move to if that’s what you want.

And lastly, there are a lot of socialist or communist countries around the world you could move to if you think that’s the way to go.

“Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.”  – President Abraham Lincoln

It only figures that the political party of abortion would also be the political party of suicide.

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According to MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ Scarborough: “Only Uneducated White People Support Trump.”

Don’t these people ever learn?   First they call all of Trump’s supporters “deplorables,” and now we’re all “uneducated,” or stupid, in other words.

I know most Trump supporters don’t waste their time watching MSNBC, nor do most other people for that matter, so I thought I would take this opportunity to share some typical commentary from what The President would call “the fake news,” just to get some perspective on what we’re dealing with here.

You should probably sit down, if you’re not already.

“And so it was that MSNBC’s sneering ‘Morning Joe’ led yesterday morning’s newscast with new weekly tracking numbers from Gallup that show President Trump with an overall 52 percent disapproval rating versus 41 percent approval,” according to Susan Jones for CNSNews.

The following back and forth, between the participants of MSNBC’s morning show, then ensued:

“CNBC’s John Harwood analyzed the source of Trump’s support and found in the data that whites with no college degree approved of the president’s job 58 percent to 39 percent,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said. She added that the approval/disapproval among “all other Americans” was 29 percent to 66 percent.

(Yes Mika, all of us “uneducated white people” realize the value of your polls.  We all remember that the odds for a Hillary victory were at 98%, and that Trump “had no path to victory.”  Proceed.)

“This is about as narrow casting as it gets,” Scarborough said. “And Willie (Geist), they better hope that their small slice of the electorate comes out, because, I mean, Donald Trump is sacrificing just about every other group in America for this one group of white, non-college educated voters that, again, there just aren’t enough to get him over the top or to get his candidates over the top in a lot of elections.”

(Ha!  Ya!  Please tell us again Joe about our “small slice of the electorate” that “just aren’t enough to get him (Trump) over the top or to get his candidates over the top in a lot of elections.”

“Yeah,” Geist said, “and that Gallup number of 41 percent approval is about where he’s been over the course of his presidency but that cross-tab that you’re looking at, that is so interesting.  Remember he won white non-college voters by almost 40 percent, so that certainly makes up the core of his base, Gene Robinson, and those are the people we see out at the rallies of last week, those three big rallies. That is his hard-core support.

Gene Robinson then picked up the baton: “Yeah, I mean what we’ve learned so far I think in the special elections and the primaries is that he’s very powerful inside the Republican Party.  He is, you know, got 89 percent support among Republicans.  So it’s very difficult if you’re going to run as a Republican in a primary to buck Trump.

“On the other hand, he is very unpopular among your general, among Americans in general, and Democrats have been doing a whole lot better than one would expect…,” Robinson said.

(Oh, ya, President Trump is so unpopular among “Americans in general.”  You know, all of those Americans who are coming back to old jobs or finding new ones.  All of those Americans who are taking home and additional $40-$100 a paycheck thanks to the tax cuts.  All of those Americans who are going to get an additional $1,800-$2,400 back on their tax returns next year.  All of those Americans who aren’t forced to pay for the Pathetic ObamaCare insurance that had deductibles so high, it was like paying for insurance but then having to pay like you didn’t have any insurance.  All of those Americans whose 401Ks are getting serious boosts.  All of those Americans whose businesses were drowning in oceans of unnecessary regulations.  All of those Americans who don’t have to wait in line at the VA for a week, two weeks, or even more than three weeks before being seen.  Are these all of the “Americans in general” you’re referring to?)

Scarborough pointed to an article quoting a “rock-ribbed” Republican who voted for Trump and now says, “’I hate him.’ Something along those lines, ‘I can’t stand him.  He’s a jerk.’  We’re hearing that more and more…”

(I’m sure you are hearing that all of the time Joe.  Just like the rest of us are hearing people say they are getting tired of the Democrats being more concerned about illegal immigrants and criminals than they are about Americans and law abiding citizens.)

Scarborough added, “… that at some point, just hating Nancy Pelosi is not going to be enough to help Republican candidates because Nancy Pelosi is not running the country.”

(OH MY GOD!  NO.  YOU DIDN’T JUST SAY THAT JOE!  TELL ME YOU DIDN’T JUST SAY THAT.  Democrats are the ones who are building their whole election philosophy around hating President Trump.  Republicans could care less about Nancy Pelosi, as long as we get the votes in The House and The Senate to get President Trump’s agenda through.)

And then it was contributor Mike Barnicle’s turn.

(This guy’s level of confusion is very impressive!)

“You know, Joe, there’s a real tragic aspect to these numbers that we just indicated in the poll.  The fact that he has overwhelming among largely whites with a high school degree, these are people who need a president standing up for them more than most people in America.”

(Oh really?  Please tell us more!)

“And he goes to these rallies, and if you listen to the rallies…he doesn’t propose anything to help them.  Instead he relies on grievance.  He relies on trying to cement the divisions that already exist in America.  He relies on strengthening those divisions.  He relies on talking about race; he relies on talking about, really, hate.  And these people who show up are victims of a con,” Barnicle said.

(You really crack me up, sir.  Either you have never watched/listened to one of The President’s rallies, or you are intentionally trying to deceive your viewers as to what our president and his rallies are all about.)

“Not all of them are racist, now some perhaps are, there’s no doubt about that.  But they’re victims of a con.  They need a leader, a president who will do something about their lives to improve their lives.  That’s the tragedy.”

(And Mr. Barnicle would know.  Hey, aren’t you that guy on SpongeBob Squarepants!?  Anyway, yes, Mr. Barnicle would know about all of us being racist, as he is, of course, the all-encompassing arbiter of racism in our country.  This old white guy is going to tell us all about racism and who is and who isn’t a racist.)

(Then he calls us “victims” who “need a leader.”  Newsflash Mr. Barnicle, we WERE victims of leadership that had been selling us and our country down the river.  And now we have a leader who is doing EXACTLY what we want him to do.  How clueless can a supposed “contributor” be?  Don’t answer that!)

Yes my friends, it is this bad with the fake news.

The good news is that MSNBC and CNN have virtually no viewers.

DRAIN THE SWAMP!  DRAIN THE SWAMP!  DRAIN THE SWAMP!

AND…

USA!  USA!  USA!

And oh, by the way, here’s a list of “uneducated” people who didn’t graduate from college who did pretty well for themselves: Abraham Lincoln, Walt Disney, Robert “F-you” DeNiro, Seth Rogan, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Hanks, Ted Turner, Henry Ford, Simon Cowell, Wolfgang Puck, Halle Berry and Sean Connery, just to name a few.

 

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“Voting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say ‘one vote per citizen’ till it be morrow.” ― Will Shakespeare (not to be confused with William Shakespeare)

While there are many groups and organizations out there that deal with the right to vote, there are not many out there that promote our right to make sure our vote counts.

Which is more serious, obstructing someone’s right to vote or negating someone’s vote with an illegal ballot?

I would argue that both scenarios are just as serious in their own rights.

I feel the penalties for defrauding our voting systems should be increased significantly.  The penalties for tampering with votes should be quite severe in any case.

Just as violating someone’s civil rights to cast a vote is a serious crime, with stiff penalties, so too it should be a very serious crime to negate, or steal, the vote of others by casting illegal/fraudulent ballots.

If we as a country cannot be confident in the integrity of our elections, we are on a slippery slope towards anarchy.

Our voting laws and procedures should also strike a balance between the right to vote and the right to have your vote count.

All US citizens should be eligible to vote, of course, along with the following considerations:

There should be no early voting.  Voting should take place on one day.  This one day should be a national holiday, so everyone has time to vote.

There should be no absentee voting or mail-in ballots, except for people serving our military or government overseas, and this should be strictly controlled.

A photo ID should be required.  Either a driver’s license or a state ID card, with an address of residence.

Along with the photo ID, a social security card should also be presented, identifying the person as a US citizen.

A federal election should be covered by federal election laws, not differing state laws.

 

Just recently I read an article by Lukas Mikelionis of Fox News.  In his article, he points out that, “The names of non-US citizens are increasingly being found on our voter rolls, thanks to covert registration methods, with nothing actually stopping them from casting a ballot in an election.”

In a recent example, Mikelionis relates the story of Elizaveta Shuvalova, a Russian citizen who became a U.S. citizen only last year in 2017, but was oddly registered as an eligible voter in 2012 and added to the San Francisco voter rolls, according to The Washington Times.

“She was perplexed to find herself in the voter rolls, saying she wasn’t an American citizen and didn’t even register to vote.”

“‘I’ve never registered for anything in my entire life,’ Shuvalova told the paper. ‘This is news to me.’”

He went on to explain that, “The woman’s voter log shows that she signed up as a Democrat in July 2012.  In 2016, her registration was canceled after she informed election authorities that she wasn’t eligible to vote because she wasn’t yet a U.S. citizen.”

(Hmm, she was illegally signed up to vote as a democrat of all things!  How unusual…NOT!)

“‘This is definitely a shocker to me.  It is like an identity fraud because this is not coming from me,’ the woman, who identifies as a Democrat, said. ‘Like I told you, I haven’t even been a citizen during that time frame.  So what can we do about it?’”

“But the case of Shuvalova is part of a larger concern some groups have when it comes to the integrity of our elections.  They claim that stories like hers are a common occurrence in many parts of the country.”

“The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), a nonprofit specializing in election integrity, found that non-Americans are being added to voter rolls in states such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia as well.”

“For instance, in 2017, the group found that nearly 5,600 people on the voter rolls in Virginia were deemed as non-citizens, with a third of them voting in previous elections.”

(That equates to 5,600 actual citizens being robbed of their vote by having their vote cancelled out in many cases!)

“‘All of this could have been prevented if states actually verified citizen eligibility upfront,’ said PILF research director Logan Churchwell.”

“John Arntz, director of the San Francisco Department of Elections, told the Times that a signed registration card was submitted to the office to qualify the woman as a signer of the petition.  He added that activists often distribute registration cards along with their petitions.”

“Normally, election authorities should check the registration application with other databases such as the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles and the secretary of state’s office to ensure the person is a citizen.”

(Yes, Mr. Arntz, checking these databases should be done, but apparently it isn’t being done, and you don’t seemed too overly concerned about it either.)

“The San Francisco election official said that Shuvalova could have easily gotten away with voting in elections before 2016 and she probably would have remained on the voter rolls as an eligible voter had she not informed officials.”

(Just another example of those damn Russians, oops, I mean those damn Democrats, meddling in our elections!)

“But Arntz told the Times that the woman’s story isn’t a reflection on whole the integrity of the election system.  (Of course it isn’t!)  ‘If it was a problem, this would be an issue that comes up every election or something we would have experienced more through time.  But it doesn’t,’ he said.”

(Oh, it happens alright.  You just haven’t been forced to acknowledge it until now.)

“‘I can’t remember forwarding an allegation that someone was a non-citizen who registered to vote or did vote,’ Arntz said.  He added that, ‘Nobody in San Francisco has yet been prosecuted for being a non-citizen on the voter rolls.”

(Yes, Mr. Arntz, and therein lies the problem.)

Tampering with the vote is an insidious crime that is like a cancer attacking the soul of our country.  This cancer must be dealt with, and it must be dealt with harshly and in no uncertain terms.

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This is a Public Service Announcement regarding Trump Derangement Syndrome, also known as TDS.

I’ve been hearing an awful lot about people claiming to suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome.  This would be “a disturbance of normal body functioning, attributable to President Trump.”

I’m sure Trump Derangement Syndrome is real for some people, just like Obama Derangement Syndrome, Liberal Derangement Syndrome, Swamp Derangement Syndrome and Hillary Derangement Syndrome were/are real for others.

Some people refer to Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) as Trump Unacceptance & Resistance Disorder, or TURD.  Those afflicted are lovingly referred to as TURDs.  Do you personally know any TURDs?

And of course, there are varying levels and stages to all of these syndromes.

I would argue that Trump Derangement Syndrome really only occurred/occurs because of another serious condition called Biased Mainstream Media Derangement Disorder, commonly known as Fake News Fever!

All of these syndromes/disorders are psychosomatic in nature, meaning “a physical illness or another condition caused or aggravated by a mental factor such as internal conflict or stress.”

The major difference between all of these maladies is that Biased Mainstream Media Derangement Disorder is intentionally inflicted on those that are exposed to it.

Another difference is that some of these stressful concerns are based in fact, while others are based in fiction or are contrived.

We have discovered several cures for these syndromes, however!

For example, in the cases of Obama Derangement Syndrome, Liberal Derangement Syndrome, Swamp Derangement Syndrome and Hillary Derangement Syndrome, the election of President Trump has either cured them or offered significant relief.

There have been reported cases of people being cured of Trump Derangement Syndrome as well.  These cases usually follow the graduation from college and getting a job, or a significant life event that snaps an individual back into reality!

Another cure is on schedule to be tested in 2020.  Its medical name is “Gotawae,” which is derived from President Obama’s advice to republicans to “Go Out There And Win An Election.”  It worked for republicans, so it is assumed that this would work for democrats as well.

There is no real cure for Biased Mainstream Media Derangement Disorder.  The best we can do is stay vigilant and alert regarding the Biased Mainstream Media.  Better yet, try to avoid it altogether if possible.

By the way, is Trump Derangement Syndrome covered under ObamaCare?

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WHOOP, WHOOP, WHOOP!  ATTENTION! THIS IS NOT A DRILL.  THIS IS A FULL BLOWN IDIOT ALERT!

I apologize.  I typically do not like to use words like “idiot,” but I really could not come up with another word that would be any nicer, yet be descriptively accurate.

This my first “idiot alert,” so buckle your seat belts and take your blood pressure medicine if you have any.

We are dealing here with an “opinion contributor” for “USA Today,” named Jeffrey Miron.  Mr. Miron not only writes for USA Today, he is the Director of Economic Studies at the Cato Institute and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University.

So this is an individual who you would think had at least half of a brain.

WRONG!

Mr. Miron says, “The solution to America’s immigration problems is open borders, under which the United States imposes no immigration restrictions at all.”

(Please, please, tell us more about this wonderful idea!)

Miron continues by saying, “Trump, however, has it exactly backwards: The solution to America’s immigration problems is open borders, under which the United States imposes no immigration restrictions at all.  If the U.S. adopts this policy, the benefits will far outweigh the costs.”

(We know, we know, the benefits of all idiotic liberal programs “far outweigh the costs.”  Also, President Trump won an election, where at all of his rallies people shouted “BUILD THE WALL, BUILD THE WALL, BUILD THE WALL!”  Please tell us more!)

“Illegal immigration will disappear, by definition.  Much commentary on immigration … suggests that legal immigration is good and that illegal immigration is bad.  So, legalize all immigration.”

(I believe I am a little “stupider” for having read that last section.  It’s like saying that legal drugs are good and illegal drugs are bad, so, legalize all drugs.)

He continues, “Government will then have no need to define or interpret rules about asylum, economic hardship, family reunification, family separation, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and so on. When all immigration is legal, these issues are irrelevant.”

(Aha.  If I’m not mistaken, “asylum, economic hardship, family reunification, family separation and DACA” are all issue we have to deal with now because of Democrat policies and laws.)

“The question of fairness about who enters first — those who waited in line or those who entered illegally — disappears.  Amnesty for existing illegal immigrants also becomes a non-issue.  Or an open borders policy could require anyone who entered illegally to exit the country — for exactly five minutes — and then re-enter legally.  (Ha!  You libs are so clever!)”

(I’ve got a better idea.  Let’s have liberals escort the illegal immigrants back over the border, have them wait five minutes, and then have the Mexican government arrest them all.  Well…, if we’re going to talk stupid, let’s go all the way!)

“Think about the money we could save and make.  Expenditure on immigration enforcement would shrink to nothing, because open borders means no walls, fences, screening at airports, ICE ‘Immigration and Customs Enforcement,’ deportations, detention centers or immigration courts.  A 2013 report estimated that immigration enforcement cost more than $18 billion annually, and standard indicators suggest costs have grown further since then.”

(Ya, we know…, liberals are all about saving money!  Now think about all the money we would have to spend on social programs and law enforcement, as well as all of the costs surrounding illegal drug related issues, yada, yada, yada.)

Mr. Miron goes on to claim that, “Economic efficiency will increase both in the USA and in immigrant-sending countries… One academic study (I hope it’s not a Harvard study.) predicts that if borders were open everywhere, world gross domestic product could be twice its current value… Expenditure on the welfare state will contract because even if immigrants vote for welfare spending, existing residents will vote for less generous benefits when they believe these accrue to recent immigrants…. Immigrants will not flood into America, although the rate of immigration might increase (Whaaaat?)… Terrorists could well enter via open borders, but they do so now illicitly. Little evidence suggests that our immigration restrictions prevent terrorist attacks… U.S. culture will not change dramatically… Even if values and culture change, so what? That happens in free societies. Who says America’s current values — some of them deeply evil — are the right ones?”

(I’m really not sure where to start here…, so I just won’t.  This guy is The Director of the Economics Department at Harvard University?  Envision me shaking my head while saying that last sentence!)

“Open borders are not without risks.  (Wiser words were never said Mr. Miron!)  Social safety nets might come under pressure (Ya think?!), and natives will face added competition for jobs, though the evidence on this is mixed.”

(That’s all you got regarding risks?!  I can think of like, oh I don’t know, a few hundred more, just off the top of my head!)

“Ultimately, immigrants have always been vital to America’s economic strength and to its commitment to freedom.  ( YES, LEGAL IMMIGRANTS!!!  LEGAL, LEGAL, LEGAL!!!  What don’t all of you libs understand about LEGAL VS ILLEGAL?!)  Since its founding, the United States has grown from a motley collection of colonies to one of the richest countries in the world (Ya…, and now the liberals want to screw it all up!!!!), with some of our fastest growth occurring when immigrants arrived in large numbers.”

Miron concludes by saying, “America has nothing to fear, and much to gain, from open borders.”

(Is Harvard aware Mr. Miron wrote this article and that it was published by USA today, and that it was read by over seven million people?  It’s funny if that’s so, especially since Harvard has had such a hard time with allowing conservative speakers to voice their opinions on their campus.  Just sayin’.)

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It can be taxing learning about all of the taxes we pay!

Americans will fork over nearly 30% of what they earn to federal, state and local governments to pay their income taxes (That’s 1 out of every 3 dollars!), but that is only a small part of the story.

As you will see below, there are dozens of other taxes that average Americans have to pay every year.  Of course not everyone pays all of these taxes, but without a doubt we are all being taxed by more than a few of them.  It is like death by a thousand paper cuts.  Our politicians have become extremely creative in finding ways to extract money from all of us, and most Americans don’t even realize what is being done to them.  By the time it is all said and done, a significant portion of the population ends up paying more than half of what they earn back to the government!  The following is a list (in alphabetical order) of just some of these taxes we pay every day, IN ADDITION TO our federal, state and local taxes!…

#1 Air Transportation Taxes (just look at how much you were charged the last time you flew)

#2 Building Permit Taxes

#3 Business Registration Fees

#4 Capital Gains Taxes (taxes on money earned on investments)

#5 Cigarette Taxes

#6 Disposal Fees

#7 Dog License Taxes (I’m sure cat licenses are coming soon!)

#8 Drivers License Fees (another form of taxation)

#9 Estate Taxes

#10 Federal Unemployment Taxes

#11 Fishing License Taxes

#12 Flush Taxes (yes, this actually exists in some areas)

#13 Garbage Taxes

#14 Gasoline Taxes (see more about these taxes in the section below)

#15 Gun Ownership Permits

#16 Hazardous Material Disposal Fees

#17 Hotel Taxes

#18 Hunting License Taxes

#19 Inheritance Taxes

#20 IRA Early Withdrawal Taxes

#21 IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)

#22 IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)

#23 License Plate Fees

#24 Liquor Taxes

#25 Marriage License Taxes

#26 Medicare Tax

#27 Medicare Tax Surcharge On High Earning Americans under ObamaCare.  (ObamaCare: The gift that just keeps on giving!)

#28 ObamaCare Individual Mandate Excise Tax (if you don’t buy “qualifying” health insurance under Obamacare you will have to pay an additional tax) (NOTE: THIS WAS JUST RECENTLY REPEALED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS UNDER THE LATEST TAX CUT BILL!!!!!!!!!!)

#29 Obamacare Surtax On Investment Income (A new 3.8% surtax on investment income.  ObamaCare: The gift that just keeps on giving!  Did I already say that?)

#30 Parking Meters

#31 Passport Fees

#32 Property Taxes

#33 Real Estate Taxes

#34 Recreational Vehicle Taxes

#35 Sales Taxes (This is a big one!  Typically 5-8% of all purchases.)

#36 Self-Employment Taxes

#37 Sewer & Water Taxes

#38 School Taxes

#39 Septic Permit Taxes

#40 Social Security Tax

#41 Special Assessments for Road Repairs or Construction

#42 Sports Stadium Taxes

#43 State Park Entrance Fees

#44 State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA)

#45 Tanning Taxes (A new Obamacare tax on tanning services.  So you’re telling me the darker I get the more I have to pay?  That’s sounds kind of racist, doesn’t it!)

#46 Telephone 911 Service Taxes

#47 Telephone Federal Excise Taxes

#48 Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Taxes

#49 Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Taxes

#50 Telephone State and Local Taxes

#51 Telephone Universal Access Taxes

#52 Alternative Minimum Tax (The alternative minimum tax (AMT) is a supplemental income tax imposed by the United States federal government required in addition to baseline income tax for certain individuals, corporations, estates, and trusts that have exemptions or special circumstances allowing for lower payments of standard income tax. AMT is imposed at a nearly flat rate on an adjusted amount of taxable income above a certain threshold (also known as exemption). This exemption is substantially higher than the exemption from regular income tax.  Regular taxable income is adjusted for certain items computed differently for AMT, such as depreciation and medical expenses. No deduction is allowed for state taxes or miscellaneous itemized deductions in computing AMT income. Taxpayers with incomes above the exemption whose regular Federal income tax is below the amount of AMT must pay the higher AMT amount.  You got that?  Me neither.  So don’t feel bad!)

#53 Tire Recycling Fees

#54 Tire Taxes

#55 Tolls (another form of taxation)

#56 Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)

#57 Utility Taxes

#58 Vehicle Registration Taxes

#59 Waste Management Taxes

#60 Watercraft Registration & Licensing Fees

#61 Well Permit Fees

#62 Workers Compensation Taxes

#63 National Park Fees

 

That’s quite a list isn’t it?

Yet despite all of this taxation, our local governments, our state governments and our federal government are all absolutely drowning in debt!  How can they not be getting enough money from us!

When the federal income tax was originally introduced in 1913, most Americans were taxed at a rate of only 1 percent (1 penny for every dollar earned).  That means from 1776-1912, or the first 136 years of our country’s existence, there was no federal income tax.  Interesting.  How did our country survive?  Maybe we should take a look back and see how they did it!

Anyway, since 1913, tax rates have gone much higher and the tax code has expanded in size and complexity.  For example:

The U.S. tax code regulations were 3.8 million words long, although President Trump and the republicans have worked to simplify the tax regulations.

Seventy-five years ago, the instructions for Form 1040 were two pages long.  Today, they are 189 pages long.

According to the National Taxpayers Union, the IRS currently has 1,999 different publications, forms, and instruction sheets that you can download from the IRS website.

Our tax system has become so complicated that it is almost impossible to file your taxes correctly.  For example, back in 1998 Money Magazine had 46 different tax professionals complete a tax return for a hypothetical household.  All 46 of them came up with a different result!

In 2009, PC World had five of the most popular tax preparation software websites prepare a tax return for a hypothetical household.  All five of them came up with a different result!

 

Here are some more “fun” tax facts!… (And I use the term “fun” very loosely!)

Regarding Gas Taxes, did you know that for each gallon of gas sold in the United States:

The federal government gets 18.4 cents?

Our state governments get anywhere from between 12.25 and 58.20 cents per gallon?

Pennsylvania’s gas tax is the highest at 58.20 cents per gallon!

Just think about all of the gallons of gas sold in the United States every day!  That adds up to a lot of money!

 

Regarding Our National debt:

Our federal (national) government spends more than it takes in every year.  If you spent money like the federal government does, you’d be in jail!!

The government takes in about 4 Trillion dollars in taxes each year, but spends 4.7 Trillion dollars.

That would be like you spending about $115 for every $100 you earned.

If you made $25,000 per year, that means you took home around $16,000, and you would spend around $18,500 ($2,500 more per year than you make).  How long do you think you would be able to keep that up?

Right now, our federal government owes over 20 TRILLION dollars!  That’s TRILLION, with a “T”

So what does that mean?  It means if a baby is born tomorrow, that child will owe over $60,000 to the government the moment it’s born!  Happy birthday!

If every man, woman and child in the country paid $60,000 to the government tomorrow, our country would be out of debt.

If you go to the website usdebtclock.org, you can see the running up-to-date national debt, and I do mean running!

How fast is our national debt growing?  You’d be amazed.

The national debt goes up by:

$50,000 per second!

$3 Million per minute!

$176 Million per hour!

$4 Billion per day!

$120 Billion each month!

$1.5 Trillion a year!

 

It gets better.  That’s only our national government.  Now should we discuss how much each state government is in debt?

At $617.6 billion, California had by far the biggest total debt, more than twice the total of No. 2, New York, with $300.1 billion owed.  Texas, with $287 billion owed, New Jersey, with $282.4 billion, and Illinois, with $271.1 billion, ranked next among states with the biggest total debt.

 

How about city governments?

Financially speaking, the worst run cities in the country are:

Detroit – (has already filed for bankruptcy)

Chicago – owes $9.4 Billion

New York City – owes $37 Billion

Well, you get the idea.  Our country doesn’t operate within its means, none of our states live within their means, and it’s hard to find a city that does either.

Additionally, did you know…:

Only about 53% of us actually end up paying any income tax!?

The top 10% of earners pay 75% of the taxes!?

You’re in the top 10% of earners if you earn $150K a year or more?  It’s true.

Forty million tax filers pay no income taxes, and many get quite generous refunds on top of it?  (This is commonly known as the “redistribution of wealth.”)

So what does it all mean?  It means the politicians we elect are not doing the jobs we elected them to do!  They are failing miserably, and so are we for not holding them accountable!  The only job most of them are good at is getting re-elected, which means promising everything and appeasing people who want something for nothing.

The tired old mantra of our liberal friends, is always to “tax big business,” and to “tax the rich corporations!”  These “catch phrases” all sound enticing and easy, but the problem is they don’t work.  They’re disingenuous, and either the people calling for these actions are intentionally trying to deceive the people, or they are just intellectually challenged.  The truth is that when you raise taxes on “big business,” “big business” just turns around and passes the cost onto us. “Big business” never loses.  We are the ones who end up losing…, like usual.

There doesn’t seem to be any relief in sight, but electing Donald Trump was definitely a big step in the right direction.

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President Trump proves the “eggheads,” and others, wrong…, AGAIN!

Based on recent reports, the GDP grew by 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018.  If you’re not familiar with the term GDP, it stands for the Gross Domestic Product.  The GDP is a monetary measure of the market value of all the final goods and services produced in a period (quarterly or yearly) of time.  GDP estimates are commonly used to determine the economic performance of a whole country or region, and to make international comparisons.

According to Peter Morici of Fox News, “Blockbuster GDP growth delivers for Trump – and proves NY Times, Nobel economist Paul Krugman wrong again.”

(We’ll get to Mr. Krugman later.)

Fox Business News’, Stuart Varney, says the GDP growth is a ‘big Trump win.’

(Gee, really?  Not if you watch or get your news someplace other than Fox News.)

Morici continues, “The economy has delivered for President Trump!  Registering 4.1 percent growth in the second quarter, Friday’s gross domestic product (GDP) report validates Republicans’ confidence that Americans are much better at solving their own problems than the bureaucrats in Washington.”

(Amen!  The truth shall set you free!)

“Taxes matter.  You can’t run those up as President Obama did without leaving households strapped and businesses with little incentive to invest.  Getting personal and corporate tax rates closer to where they should be, not to where socialist planners like Bernie Sanders would like, is powering strong growth.”

(And just a reminder, during President Obama’s economic reign, not only was the average annual growth rate of just 1.48% the weakest of any post-recession period since at least 1949, he also became the only President to have not had even one year of 3% GDP growth.  Impressive.  Is this the kind of performance that all of the liberals are looking back on and yearning for?)

“The American “mojo” is back!”  Mr. Morici continues.  “Consumer spending advanced at a 4 percent annual rate in the second quarter, and investment spending showed considerable signs of picking up steam.  In particular, investments in structures, equipment and intellectual property notched a 5.4 percent advance, and much better advances are yet to come!”

(You better watch it with all of that “mojo” talk, Peter.  You know, “mojo” is a slang term that originates from African culture.  You may end up being accused of appropriating a term that doesn’t “belong” to you.)

“A lower cost of capital, facilitated by lower corporate tax rates and deregulation, takes more than six months to work through the system.”

(Please remember that the current tax cut bill only just took effect on January 1, 2018.  So really, we are just into our seventh month since the bill was passed!)

“After the initial jolt to consumer spending passes, we should expect investment spending to power third and fourth quarter growth well above the 3 percent line, delivering on Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin’s goal of at least 3 percent for the entire year.”

“Remember hard-left New York Times columnist Paul Krugman predicting the apocalypse in the wake of Donald Trump’s election?”

(Yes I do Peter.  He was the guy, who upon learning that Donald Trump was going to win the election, predicted that “the markets will never recover.”  Of course they did manage to “recover,” and in fact they recorded earnings at a pace that has not been seen in a very long time, if ever!)

“The hard reality is that Trump’s policies are delivering for working Americans – with jobs growth luring those on the dole back into the labor force.  And after all, a good job is the best social program.”

Now let’s get to this “famed and distinguished economist” for the New York Times, Paul Krugman.

Mr. Krugman has been predicting doom and gloom for our economy, under President Trump, at every turn.  Who is this guy who is wrong more often than the weatherman?  Ooops!  I mean weather “person.”  Sorry.

According to Wikipedia:

Paul Krugman is an American economist who is currently Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a columnist for The New York Times.

In 2008, Krugman was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to New Trade Theory and New Economic Geography.  The Prize Committee cited Krugman’s work explaining the patterns of international trade and the geographic distribution of economic activity, by examining the effects of economies of scale and of consumer preferences for diverse goods and services.  (That last part there sure sounds like a bunch of hogwash.  What it really is, is one big convoluted a , kcnh

(Excuse me, but ever since Obama won The Nobel Peace Prize for what he said he was going to do, the Nobel Prize thing doesn’t carry as much weight with me as it used to.)

Krugman was previously a professor of economics at MIT, and later at Princeton University.  (I guess it’s who you know.)  He retired from Princeton in June 2015, and holds the title of professor emeritus there.  He also holds the title of Centenary Professor at the London School of Economics.

Krugman was President of the Eastern Economic Association in 2010, and is among the most influential economists in the world.

(Could that be why the world’s overall economic situation is so screwed up?)

Krugman is known in academia for his work on international economics (including trade theory, economic geography, and international finance), liquidity traps, and currency crises.

Krugman is the author or editor of 27 books, including scholarly works, textbooks, and books for a more general audience, and has published over 200 scholarly articles in professional journals and edited volumes.

(Based on the success rate of his predictions over the last two years, I would be leery of using his textbooks or referring to any of his “scholarly” articles in anything I was writing.)

He has also written several hundred columns on economic and political issues for The New York Times, Fortune and Slate.  A 2011 survey of economics professors named him their favorite living economist under the age of 60.  (Isn’t this age discrimination?)  As a commentator, Krugman has written on a wide range of economic issues including income distribution, taxation, macroeconomics, and international economics.

Krugman considers himself a modern liberal.

(OK…, NOW I UNDERSTAND.  LIBERALS DON’T LET FACTS GET IN THE WAY OF IDEOLOGY!)

(SO, MR. KRUGMAN IS WILLING TO THROW AWAY ANY CREDIBILTY HE MAY HAVE HAD IN AN EFFORT TO TRY AND NEGATIVELY EFFECT OUR ECONOMY UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP AND DOWNPLAY HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS.)

Krugman’s other criticisms have included the president’s climate change proposals, the Republican tax plan and Trump’s foreign policy initiatives.  He often uses his New York Times Op-Ed column to set out arguments against the President Trump’s policies.

There are only two possibilities here with Mr. Krugman, as is the case with most liberals.  We either have a case of extreme ineptitude, or a case of intentional misinformation.  In Mr. Krugman’s case, I’m going with a combination of the two.

Stay thirsty my friends, but remember, don’t drink the liberal Kool-Aide!

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Here is the list of my favorite books (beside my own of course!).  “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

Well, I’ve listed my favorite movies and TV shows; now here are my favorite books. This list was by far the hardest one to put together.  Probably because there are just way more books to consider, and way more books to try and remember.

Here they are (in alphabetical order):

Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators (Series) – Robert Arthur Jr. – The Three Investigators are a detective team comprised of three boys, Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews.  The headquarters of the Three Investigators is a house trailer, hidden among the piles of scrap at the edge of Jupiter’s uncle’s scrapyard.  I loved the concept of this whole scenario as a kid.  I would have been in heaven as one of the Three Investigators!

Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! – Stephen Manes – One day at the library, a book falls off the top shelf and hits Milo on the head.  It’s called “Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!” He’s had it with his parents and his sister complaining about him all of the time.  He decides it’s worth a try, but is being perfect really perfect?  I enjoyed reading this to my students, and I love the lessons it has us consider.

Brian’s Song – William Blinn – Taken from the autobiography of Gale Sayers, “I Am Third,” “Brian’s Song” tells the story of two men. One named Gale Sayers, the other Brian Piccolo. They came from different parts of the country. They competed fiercely for the same job. One liked to talk; the other was shy. One was white; the other black. This is the story of how they came to know each other, fight each other, and help each other.  A sad, but uplifting story.

Chariots of the Gods? – Erich von Däniken – Chariots of the Gods presents the possibility of extraterrestrial beings influencing ancient technology. Von Däniken suggests that some ancient structures and artifacts appear to represent higher technological knowledge than is presumed to have existed at the time they existed or were manufactured. Von Däniken maintains that these artifacts were produced either by extraterrestrial visitors or by humans who learned the necessary knowledge from them.  Thought provoking.

Contact – Carl Sagan – A science fiction novel by American scientist Carl Sagan. It deals with the theme of contact between humanity and a more technologically advanced, extraterrestrial life form.  I always liked Carl Sagan, in general, and this is the best of his books, I believe.

Earth Abides – George R. Stewart – A science fiction novel that tells the story of the fall of civilization from a deadly disease and its rebirth. The story was set in the United States in the 1940s in Berkeley, California and told by a character who emerges from isolation in the mountains to find almost everyone dead.  I was always intrigued by the scenario of being one of the last people left on earth for some reason.

Jaws – Peter Benchley – This book tells the story of a great white shark that preys upon a small New England resort town and the voyage of three men who try to kill it.  I read the book before seeing the movie.  The book was much better, as usual.

John Carter of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs – John Carter is a veteran of the American Civil War, from Virginia, who is mysteriously transported to Mars.  On Mars, which its natives call Barsoom, Carter encounters both formidable alien creatures resembling the beasts of ancient myth, and other human-like aliens.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach – This book deals, metaphorically, with the purpose and meaning of life. This book is short, but it makes you think, and it’s thought provoking.

Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton – A science fiction novel, and a cautionary tale about genetic engineering.  It presents the collapse of an amusement park showcasing genetically recreated dinosaurs to illustrate the mathematical concept of chaos theory and its real world implications.  Like “Jaws,” I read the book before seeing the movie.  In this case, however, the movie was as good as the book, I feel.

North Dallas Forty – Peter Gent – A semiautobiographical novel about life as a Dallas Cowboys wide receiver in the late 1960s.

Papillon – Henri Charriere – An autobiographical novel.  Papillon is Charrière’s nickname, deriving from a butterfly tattoo inscribed on his chest. The novel details Papillon’s incarceration and subsequent escape from the French penal colony of French Guiana, and covers a 14-year period between 1931 and 1945.

The Bible – Need I say more?

The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein – This book is about the relationship between a tree and a boy. The story is a metaphor for life, the things we do for love, and it shows that the more that you have, the more you want, and that possessions do not equate to happiness. Happiness comes from within.  I read this book to all of my students.  It teaches valuable lessons I want these kids to learn.

The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury – A science fiction tale that chronicles the colonization of Mars by humans fleeing from a troubled and eventually atomically devastated Earth, and the conflict between aboriginal Martians and the new colonists.

The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster – A fantasy adventure novel that tells the story of a bored young boy who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one afternoon and, having nothing better to do, drives through it in his toy car, transporting him to the Kingdom of Wisdom, once prosperous but now troubled. In the process, he learns valuable lessons, finding a love of learning.  This is a cleverly conceived book that is fun and makes you think.

The Shack – William P. Young – The title of the book is a metaphor for “the house you build out of your own pain,” the author has explained. It is at “the shack” that Mack learns about the triune God, through which he is able to come to peace about some of the deeper questions that have plagued his life and faith.  This book makes you think about God in different ways and from different perspectives.  It seems to explain some things about God that I find interesting and acceptable.

The Stand – Stephen King – This book is a post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy novel.  It outlines the total breakdown of society after the accidental release of a strain of influenza that had been modified for biological warfare causes an apocalyptic pandemic which kills off the majority of the world’s human population.  The story evolves into the ultimate battle of good vs. evil.  This may be my favorite book, written by probably my favorite author.

One thing I noticed about my favorite books is that none of the authors are women.  I’m not sure if that means anything necessarily, but it is the case nonetheless.  Sorry girls!

I don’t have any stories here that you would call “classics,” with the exception of The Bible.  I do like a fair amount of books and stories that could be deemed “classic,” but they are not what I would consider my favorite books.

The one book here that I think everyone should read is “Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!” by Stephen Manes.  The earlier in your life you can read this, the better.

Do you have one favorite book that you think everyone should read?  Let me know.  That list may be another blog for another day!

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Get a clue “big blue?!”

The November mid-term elections are coming up fast, and I keep hearing about the big “blue wave” that is supposed to be sweeping over the nation, supposedly giving the Democrats control of The House and the Senate.

When you think of the Democrats right now, what concerns come to mind as their flagship issues?

In my mind, it would have to be one, the Russians meddling in our election, two, making sure illegal immigrants can keep coming into our country, and three, making sure illegal immigrants are protected and taken care of once they’re here. The ability for women to abort their pregnancies is always an issue of great concern as well.

In a recent poll by the Gallup organization, Gallup asked “What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?”

The top answer was “immigration,” with 22%.

“The economy” came next, with 15%.

The “situation with Russia” did not even garner 1%.

Based on these results, I would say the Democrats are barking up the tree!

Is there any doubt among most of the American people that President Trump is more serious about addressing and fixing the current, failed, immigration system and situation than any president in recent history?

In addition to that, President Trump and the Republicans definitely have a booming economy to tout.

“It’s all about the economy, stupid!”  This memorable phrase originated with President Bill Clinton’s campaign strategist, James Carville, who wanted to remind President Clinton and everyone on their team that the economy, jobs, growth, and even trade is what mattered most to voters.

In the 1980 presidential debate between Ronald Reagan asked Jimmy Carter,  Ronald Reagan asked the American people, ”Are you better off than you were four years ago?” President trump and Republicans can now, in turn, ask voters, “Are you better off now than you were two years ago?”  Most people would have to answer ‘yes.”

Thanks to President Trump’s policies, we have been able to bring jobs back home from overseas as well as create new jobs.  We have the lowest unemployment numbers in history for Black Americans, Latino Americans and Asian Americans.  We are at the point where there are more jobs available than workers available to fill those jobs, which increases pay, which hasn’t happened in over twenty years.

On top of that, thanks to President Trump’s and the Republican’s tax cuts, people are keeping more of their paychecks, and they’ll be getting bigger tax returns this coming year.

The repealing of ObamaCare’s mandatory participation is also a big weight lifted off of a lot of people’s shoulders (and wallets).

If you’re the kind of person who prefers sound bites and promises as opposed to action and real results, you may be a part of this “blue ripple.”  But don’t be surprised if you get engulfed by a big red wave that forecasters for “the swamp” didn’t see coming on their radar.

Or maybe they did, but they just didn’t want to.

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