Protest Blues & trumped tax @ WTF 10/5

 

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Protest blues got me down again…

joe1When Colin Kaepernick began his protest against injustice in America… particularly against racism and Blacks being killed by cops… by not standing for the national anthem, the Bamster came out and said that it was his right and that he supported that right. He even kinda, sorta made it sound like he was in favor of Kaep’s protest in other ways, too, but I don’t recall he ever made that exact statement.obama-town-hall

Then… during a recent CNN town hall with some members of America’s military folks he was asked about how he felt one more time about Kaep’s protest community. Again, he defended Kaep but he kinda, sorta changed his tone a bit… maybe… even more than just a bit.

I am aware that he is the prez and that he has to kind of straddle the fence in most positions… that he has to be a diplomat. I also know that when he wants that he can be downright bold and outspoken… and that’s when he wasn’t a lame duck prez in his last months and days of his prezness.

In his own words he said…  “We fight sometimes so that people can do things that we disagree with.”

Still kinda on the same message…

obama-cnn-townhallThen he said… “Sometimes out of these controversies, we start getting into a conversation, and I want everybody to listen to each other. So, I want Mr. Kaepernick and others who are on a knee, I want them to listen to the pain that that may cause somebody who, for example, had a spouse or a child who was killed in combat, and why it hurts them to see somebody not standing.”

He then straddled that damn fence as he continued and said… “I also want people to think about the pain that he may be expressing about somebody who’s lost a loved one that they think was unfairly shot.”

Now I wrassled some about where I should place these next words but I decided here was best… so… before I get into the meat of what I really want to say about the prez’ words…

When this entire magilla about Kaepernick sitting when the national anthem played and he was asked by some media peeps whether he was disrespecting he military… specifically the men and women who fought and shed blood… some of whom died and some of whom came back maimed…. maimed in the body and maimed in the mind and in the soul. He specifically said…  “I have great respect for men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. They fight for freedom. They fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice for everyone. And that’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. It’s something that’s not happening.”

That part about dying in vain… I don’t know if Kaepernick meant all of this when he said it but I think it was part of his intent… his words… part of his protest… “people dying in vain” and “this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain” …

war-profit1The obvious meaning is that there are people dying unjustly by cops as well as others and the country has failed these people in giving them their full measure of freedom and justice but that there are others being failed also… that the country is allowing men and women to go and fight their dirty wars. And, when they return from these wars they too are failed by America… that the promises the country made to them are also not being kept…

Just to be clear… if, ya’ll read this column you know how I feel about war and why they are mostly fought. I have documented my feelings very well on that point… in as tersely a nutshell as I can say it, it is that most wars are not fought for any so-called alleged altruistic causes, for liberty and freedom and justice for all, rather it is for greed and for profit for the corporate oligarchy and the wealthy folks that really run and rule America.war-profits-2

Now…

I don’t think I have ever said this about (or to) Obama… I have questioned him… I have disagreed with him… even sometimes said he was doing the bidding of the 1%… I usually reserve these words for the other dumbass politicians (admittedly mostly the elephants but on occasions the donkeys, too) BUT I think what he said…. regardless how he couched it… was a really dumbass thing for him to say and he needs to Shut The Fuck Up!

Kaepernick by his actions, as well as all others that are following his example, are not causing anyone any pain… one more time…  NOT ANYONE any pain. Any pain anyone feels… military peeps or otherwise… is caused by themselves and how they decide to feel. It is their choice. Kaepernick is not causing the pain at all.

He is not saying, like some of my generation did so very long ago when soldiers came back from Vietnam, that they are baby killers or rapists or murders and then spit upon them… that’s disrespect, that’s causing pain and hurt and being shamefully wrong.

If, anyone feels pain by what he is doing… protesting injustice and needless death… then they need to examine what is in their hearts and minds and why they have decided to accept and allow that feeling into their mind.  If, this seems bluntly put or offends anyone then sorry… but… it’s on them if they feel pain by the action of a man who refuses to stand for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. A song that he believes does not speak for all of America’s people… an America that does not provide liberty and justice for all of America.

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City Council pledge sit…

It’s not an issue of disrespect from those who protest injustice in all its forms by refusing to stand for the national anthem or in some cases the pledge of allegiance (http://nyp.st/2cMo1s6) rather, it is a direct request… a demand… for respect for all peoples who are consistently and constantly fucked by the so called enforcers of the system that is supposed to serve us all… as well as by the American government who serve their corporate masters.

The Bamster, at heart, is a good man. I believe that. I voted for the man. Twice. But, in the end, he is nothing more than a figurehead… the CEO of America… who ultimately does more for them that sits in their gilded towers than those of us who walk down below within America’s cities and towns trying to make a living as best we can… and… sometimes failing.

Who’s disrespecting whom?

Some facts from an article… U.S. has a long history of treating veterans poorly… that appeared in The Japan Times that was written by Ted Rall.

(Editor’ note: The Japan Times is Japan’s largest English-language newspaper. It is the country’s oldest English-language newspaper, independent of any domestic media conglomerate)

In his article Rall writes… “The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that more than 57,000 homeless veterans, some poor, others suffering from mental illness, sleep on the street on any given night. The Pentagon can easily afford to solve these problems. But, vets aren’t a spending priority. New wars are. For example, we’re fighting a $40 billion-a-year air campaign against the Islamic State militant group, although it can’t attack the U.S. That’s enough to buy every homeless veteran a $700,000 house.

What you might not know is that this isn’t new.house-kills-credit-protection-for-veterans

The U.S. has consistently and ruthlessly screwed vets since the beginning. At this point, army recruiters should thank the heavens that American schools don’t teach history; if they did, no one would enlist.”

He then lists some of our country’s ugly, and little known, history towards the people who have fought in America’s wars…

  • During the Revolutionary War, officers had been promised a pension and half pay for life. But after the war… when the country got its so-called independence for all… Congress (aka America) said here’s a check for five years pay take it and like it. The grunts… the enlisted men got worse… they essentially got nothing more than a hearty handshake (if that at times) and then a kick in the ass to hurry them out the door. However, some “lucky” men got land warrants… but… it would be years before the warrants could be redeemed. The usual ex-soldier need something know so the end result was they usually sold them for pennies on the dollar to other well to “investors who could afford to wait several years to collect at full value.”
  • The veterans of the War of 1812 got nothing.
  • Veterans of the Mexican War (1846-1848” were made to wait 23 years before they even saw a dime… Congress finally saw fit to give the vets of 1812 something at long last… except by then most had either died of their injuries or old age.
  • Civil War vets got screwed, too. Civil War vets got screwed, too. At least 360,000 Union soldiers died during the war, but by the end of 1862, the military was only making good on 7 percent of claims filed by widows and orphans of those perished men. Also, there were about a million men survived the war… 20 years later the U.S. pension office only acknowledged receiving 46,000 applications.
  • WWI vets were not exempt from being fucked over either… Rall says, “Though fading from historical memory, the ‘Bonus Army’ was perhaps the most famous example of the American government’s poor treatment of its war heroes. Repeating the Revolutionary War policy of ‘I will gladly pay you a thousand Tuesdays from now for your cannon-fodder corpse today,’ Congress bonus-armyawarded veterans of World War I service certificates redeemable for pay plus interest… in 1945, more than two decades later. The Great Depression prompted impoverished vets to form a proto-Occupy movement, the Bonus Expeditionary Force. In 1932, 43,000 Bonus Army members, their families and supporters camped out in Washington to demand that Congress issue immediate payment in cash. Two generals who’d later become notorious hard asses during World War II, Douglas MacArthur and George Patton, led troops to clear out the camps, shooting, burning and injuring hundreds of vets, whom MacArthur smeared as ‘communists.’ Eighteen years after the end of World War I, in 1936, Congress overrode FDR’s veto and paid out the bonus.”
  • WWII joined the club of the club of the disposed veterans by Uncle Sam, too. Rall says that The Charlotte Observer, in 2005 published an article that said, “According to a VA estimate, only one in seven of the survivors of the nation’s deceased soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who likely could qualify for (a) pension actually (did) get the monthly checks.”
  • Rall points out… “These nearly two million survivors include those whose spouses and parents served in World War II, as well as Korea and Vietnam.”

He then says… “Remember this the next time you hear some politician or their media allies claim to ‘support our troops.’”

(All facts quoted or used here were essentially from Ted Rall’s article from The Japan Times. Ted Rall is a syndicated columnist and the political cartoonist for The Los Angeles Times. He is the author of the new critically acclaimed book “After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back As Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan.”)

It may not be as bad…

…. as it was at one time for veterans in America but, still today, America’s disrespect for the vet continues…veterans-3

As of the 2012…

  • A record 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan need some from of help and compensation for their service-related injuries. Millions of other vets are ineligible for any compensation or benefits.
  • More than half of veterans who needed comprehensive mental-health evaluations had not received them within two weeks of initial contact (which is the VA’s target).
  • A veteran within the VA healthcare system tries to commit suicide about once every half-hour.
  • Despite staff increases, the ratio of VA mental-health patients per full-time mental-health worker was at 65 to 1 last year, roughly unchanged from 2006.veterans-2
  • Disability compensation claims that are stalled for more than 125 days in the VA system  increased fourfold from October 2009 to mid-July 2012 to 572,856 claims. These lines for disability are longer than the lines that the Bamster in 2008 once called intolerable.
  • Unemployment among Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans was 12.1 percent in 2011 (national average was 8.9 percent). For 18- to 24-year-old veterans, the unemployment rate was 30 percent last year (nearly double the 16.1 percent rate for non-veterans in that age group.)
  • The number of complaints against all employers for discrimination against service members has risen 73 percent from 2001 to 1,548 last year, and the federal government accounted for the single biggest number of complaints with 18 percent of the total.veterans-1
  • The VA created a national registry to track those who are homeless and also those at risk of becoming homeless – so far it has amassed more than 400,000 names (at least 67,000 are considered homeless).

(These stats and facts were obtained from a 2012 report/article by Phil Stewart of Reuters…)

So… when it’s all said and one who is really disrespecting who on this entire disrespect issue… those who refuse to stand for the national anthem, or the pledge of allegiance… or… those that refuse to give the veterans their due… those who fought in wars and then come back to irrevocably changed lives… many times, if not almost always, for the worse rather than the better.

JASTA ain’t  justice…

Last week, President Barack Obama vetoed a bill called the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, also known as JASTA. It is probably better known to most people as the bill that would allow the folks… the families… of the victims of 9/11 to sue a country… specifically Saudi Arabia… for compensation, if there is supposed evidence that the country aided and abetted terrorists. The bill, to put it mildly, enjoyed extreme bipartisan support. A feat virtually unknown during the Bamster’s regime.

Certain folks… among them many legal experts, law professors of some the most renowned universities, the legal advisers for the State department, his Prezness and little old me…  argued that the bill threatened the concept of sovereign immunity…

While supporters…. elephants and donkeys alike…  of the bill say it’s a tad on the alarmist side to think this bill is going to erode sovereign immunity and open the door to a bunch of foreign countries suing America in retaliation for any lawsuit against any other foreign nation. They say… in fact, they insisted… all JASTA would do is allow 9/11 victims a chance to be heard in a court of law. Which by the by… I thought had been done frequently since the attack against America on 9/11 with the courts saying… “uh, uh… can’t open that discussion” … primarily because of … ta da… sovereign immunity. Maybe I’m wrong, but, I thought that was what had happened.

So, Congress in all their “altruistic wisdom” said let’s create a law that would strike down that argument and let people… primarily… the 9/11 victims sue the country they believed sponsored the terrorists… aka Saudi Arabia.

Initially, JASTA went through both houses of congress with little to no opposition… without any formal tallying of any member’s votes… by “unanimous consent” in the Senate, and, by voice vote in the House. That happened in May.

The Bamster all along had been saying he was opposed to the law… since at least April he had voiced his concerns and objections towards the bill… and… he succinctly stated why he felt that way.

So, when the bill reached his desk for his old John Hancock… he vetoed the damn thing.

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Veto

His spokesperson, Josh Earnest said, “The president understands the passion that’s on both sides of this issue. It’s the president’s responsibility to consider the broader impact that this bill, as it’s currently written, would have on our national security, and our standing around the world, and on our diplomats and our service members who represent the United States around the world.”

CIA Director John Brennan shortly before the Senate veto vote added in his two cents worth when he said, “The principle of sovereign immunity protects U.S. officials every day, and is rooted in reciprocity. If, we fail to uphold this standard for other countries, we place our own nation’s officials in danger. No country has more to lose from undermining that principle than the United States… and few institutions would be at greater risk than CIA.”

Still Congress went along tiptoeing through the tulips and overrode the Bamster’s veto any way.

Let’s review… Under the principle of “sovereign immunity,” a country can usually be immune from lawsuits in the courts of another country. There are some very limited exceptions to that rule but generally it means what that first sentence says.jasta1

So they overturned the veto and the elephants were overjoyed that finally… at long last… they did it they rode rough shod over something the Bamster wanted and stuffed his ass like LeBron James going over some rookie NBA player. And… lest we forget… the donkeys were gleeful as well… because now they could puff up their chests like royal peacocks and peahens and exclaim “We did a good thing. We helped the people. The victims of 9/11 take a step to getting the justice they deserved.” (After all, it is an election year.) High fives all around and sips of grape Nehi for the house. Yahoooo!

Only…

When the last shred of confetti had fallen and all the grape Nehi was consumed and all the celebrating was done and they all went off and settled their fat and skinny asses in their beds… there came the morning. There is always a morning after and the thoughts. What exactly was all that about and what did we actually do? Some of the slightly more aware of the idjits started thinking .. what if? What if the Bamster and all those other worrywarts were right and we somehow did open the door to erasing the stricture of international sovereign immunity… Hmmmmm…

Then little by little news started leaking out… that certain members of Congress were “thinking”…

Soon… Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) both were saying maybe we need to look at that bill again and maybe we need to see if some stuff… language… in the bill shouldn’t be rewritten somewhat. maybe we are leaving the door open to some unintended repercussions we hadn’t thunked about after all.

Ryan told reporters, “We want to make sure the 9/11 victims and their families have their day in court. At the same time, I would like to think that there may be some work to be done to protect our service members overseas from any kind of legal ensnarements that occur, any kind of retribution.”

Well…well… well… Congress thinks they might have made a mistake and should reexamine what they did. That maybe they kinda, sorta fucked up when they passed a bill that would waive sovereign immunity for a country so that if some folks felt that they were responsible for sponsoring terrorism that they could sue that country. But if they did that then … hmmm… that could mean that America could be sued also for some acts that are done that other folks in other countries might construe as terrorist acts.  Ain’t that a kick in the ass.

Good they finally woke and smelled the coffee. Now, they can just say sorry we fucked up and need to fix this before all hell breaks loose and the only people achieving anything will be the lawyers making all them fat fees.

But nope… nada … not a chance… why would they? Why would the damn elephants ever take any responsibility for owning up for anything they did and take responsibility for their own actions. Especially, when they got a perfectly good scapegoat to kick around.

Congress fails to do their job... then blames the prez...
Congress fails to do their job… then blames the prez…

Senator McConnell said that the Bamster took his sweet ass time to warn about the “potential consequences” of the bill. He also said, that he told the Bamster that the bill “was an example of an issue that we should have talked about much earlier…” and that this is what happens when there is a… “failure to communicate early about the potential consequences of a piece of legislation that was obviously very popular.”

A failure to communicate… hmmm… where have I heard that before?

Right… it’s all the Bamster’s fault for them passing a bill that he told them back in April that it wouldn’t be such a good idea to pass. And… that if they did pass the bill he would play his coup fourré card and veto the bill into oblivion.

But… they said fuck off, dude. we got the power and the bipartisan votes to override that damn veto. And they did. In an amazing show of bipartisan solidarity, they passed an extremely popular bill that rode the coat tails of so-called nationalistic American pride and their ethnocentric ideology of justice for all as long as it’s justice for us.

I warned… as did plenty of other folks with lots more expertise than me… about this a while back. I… we… said that if you opened the door for US citizens to sue foreign governments then the door was opened for them foreign governments to reciprocate in kind. I stood with the Bamster when he vetoed that bull that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. Yet, the obstinate Congress… both elephants and donkeys… overrode his veto… overwhelmingly overrode it. One person in the Senate said no… Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid while Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) abstained… as the vote was 97-1 for the override. In the House it went 348-77 to override…. 77 politicians had the good sense to say… regardless of how it makes me look I have to vote with my brain and not my need for votes.

Still, that’s damn overwhelming if ya’ll ask my opinion.

Now, these dumb ninnies (jackasses may be more like it), especially the elephants, try to turn the blame for their boldface asininity back onto the Bamster.

Please… why the fuck do you think he said the bill was a not a good idea to pass in the first place… at least as early as April?

Because he wants to fuck with the people who suffered so greatly at the hands of shithead terrorists?

Or… could he actually have thought this entire scenario all the way through… reconnoitered with his advisers and others in his cabinet as well as some outside and possibly objective law peeps and experts in international legal affairs and somehow came up with the conclusion… rut roh, we sue them; they can turnaround and sue us and then the onliest ones getting the dough re mi is gonna be the lawyers and then that gets bribed.jasta27n-1-web

Plus… here’s some other news for ya’ll… the media was right in on it all. Many well-known newspapers were editorializing their sweet asses off saying that the Bamster was wrong and that Congress had to override his veto. including the rag I read every damn day… the New York Daily News. They, oh, so pontifically said the Bamster was oh, so damn wrong… he was failing the 9/11 victims and their families…  right on the front page and on their editorial page.

But, I reckon they owe the man apology or something now, eh… maybe a front page retraction or at least an editorial… just a short one saying “Sorry, we was wrong… you was right.” That an admission should be forthcoming that it wasn’t the Bamster disrespecting the families of 9/11 as much as he was doing his damn job… protecting America from possible jeopardy from other countries who would in their turn sue our asses off in retaliation for any lawsuits started by Americans.

And don’t think these damn congressmen didn’t realize that it was an election year and it could do some of their campaigns well if they supported bill that supported getting “justice” for the victims of 9/11.

Want an idea how this could work against us if we allow the bill to stand as is?

Let me quote from an opinion article that was written by Stephen Kinzer (Kinzer is a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University) and printed in the Boston Globe…

He starts… “Americans love to sue. Our society is one of the world’s most litigious. We have come to believe that almost anything can be adjudicated in court. That is lamentable at home, but applying the principle of tort liability to foreign policy is far more threatening. It opens the United States to an avalanche of lawsuits from victims of our actions around the world.

He then points out that Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said that no one could sue the United States for damages, because “the United States does not engage in international terrorist activity.”

Kinzer then wrote… “He may honestly believe that, but judges in other countries might disagree.”

Then he enumerates the possibilities…iraqis-sue-back

“First in line to sue the United States would be relatives of Iraqis, Afghans, Yemenis, and others who have been killed by American drone attacks. From there, the list is almost endless. Every country where US intervention has produced bloody results would become fertile ground for lawsuits. Guatemalans could sue for our long support of regimes in their country that carried out murder on a grand scale. So could families of Salvadorans, Chileans, Brazilians, and others who were tortured and killed by US-trained military units. Indonesians could claim that the hundreds of thousands of people slaughtered in 1965 were victims of a policy set in motion by the United States. A Cambodian or Laotian or Vietnamese who has lived without limbs as a result of American bombing, or been deformed by napalm or Agent Orange, would have a good case. Survivors of Mexicans killed by drug dealers using weapons bought in Arizona could claim that weak American gun laws are to blame, and demand compensation. Iran could sue the United States for its cyberattacks on Iranian computer systems. How about Brazil suing because a member of our Olympic team, Ryan Lochte, harmfully defamed Brazil by fabricating stories about being attacked by police there?”

Everyone getting the gist of what the hell could happen if this damn ill-conceived JASTA bill stands?

And… in the end… no one would probably get a damn penny except the damn lawyers…

It keeps going and going and going…trump-tax

The NY Times somehow got their hands on some pages of one of Trumpty Dumpty’s old… some 21 years old… tax returns that reported the dude declared a $916 million loss in 1995.  Not only did he not pay any taxes in 1995 but the it is being reported that the U.S. tax code enabled him to use that loss for the next 18 years to avoid paying any taxes on any of those year’s earning, also. Although he refuses to show any of his tax returns from many other years following 1995. One reason is that he says he is currently under IRS audit. A letter from his attorneys states that his tax returns are being audited from 2009 and “ongoing.”  And, the letter also states that his returns from 2002 to 2008 are being “closed administratively” and have information that is connected to the returns under audit. Ipso facto… he can’t reveal any of his tax information.

That claim… regardless of what any highfalutin law firm may say… is a patent AND a blatant lie. When asked the IRS released a statement that says “nothing (my underlining) prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information.”

While many law firms might suggest against it, there are law firms that say otherwise… in fact… Laurie B. Kazenoff, a New York based attorney and a tax expert who is very familiar with IRS investigations, says, “When you file a return, you sign it and are supposed to submit it in good faith and consistent with legal requirements.  It’s an admission by you, you are laying out on paper your financial circumstances as they relate to taxes.  Whether or not you are under a current audit is irrelevant, because your position would be and should be that your return as filed is accurate and complies with the law.”  She adds… “I believe he is using this audit as lame excuse not to disclose the returns he signed and filed.”

Personally… I concur.romney

The reverb from the Time’s report was loud and plentiful. People were saying how the fuck is that possible? This billionaire has paid no taxes for 20 years? That’s bullshit… that’s unfair….

Initially, the Trumpty camp said, “The only news here is that the more than 20-year-old alleged tax document was illegally obtained, a further demonstration that the New York Times, like establishment media in general, is an extension of the Clinton Campaign, the Democratic Party and their global special interests.”

Then they said, “Mr. Trump is a highly-skilled businessman who has a fiduciary responsibility to his business, his family and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required. That being said, Mr. Trump has paid hundreds of millions of dollars in property taxes, sales and excise taxes, real estate taxes, city taxes, state taxes, employee taxes and federal taxes, along with very substantial charitable contributions.”

Okayyyy… sure would be nice to see some concrete proof of that, though. Like maybe some tax returns from around 2008 or before… oh crap…he can’t because they are connected to his returns under audit. Okay, how about 2001? That one is supposedly not connected to anything under audit. Right?

Then finally Trumpty himself tweeted that only said he “know(s) our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president”

Prior to all of this noise, there was also the time during the prez debate when Hillary Billary said that maybe he hadn’t released his tax returns because “he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know he’s paid nothing in federal taxes.”

And he retorted, “That makes me smart,”trump-tax-2

And, in may in a phone interview on Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos asked Trump, “What is your tax rate?”

“It’s none of your business,” Trump responded. “You’ll see it when I release [my returns] but I fight very hard to pay as little tax as possible.”

Then his cronies his minions… began touting his genius at his ability to not pay taxes… as if not paying taxes and cheating… albeit very legally… was a very honorable thing to do.

In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said, “There’s no one who’s shown more genius in their way to maneuver around the tax code.” He added that the federal tax codes are in a horrible mess “…and that’s why Donald Trump is the person best positioned to fix it.”

Hire a fox to tell the chickens how to protect their coop from other fox… Hire the mouse to protect the cheese… Hire a thief to tell us how to protect our homes… and… Hire a billionaire prevaricator to tell the government how to fix the tax codes.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told CNN, “The reality is, this is part of our tax code. The man’s a genius. He knows how to operate the tax code to the benefit of the people he’s serving.” He also said poor people use the tax code to their benefit, too.

Ummm… it’s called deductions… it’s not finagling and playing “Ring Around the Rosie” with the money and stuff.

Cronies in chiefs
Cronies in chiefs

This is the guy… Trumpty… who touts himself as being one of the greatest business genius minds of our era… however… to total losses that huge he must have had some colossal business failures… like a failed casino… or a failed wine business… maybe a failed airline… a failed football league… failure after failure… and yet he has a great business mind. So, because of these great business achievements’ that have failed one or more of his great businesses goes into bankruptcy and he gets his… VIOLA!… almost billion dollars in losses.  Bankruptcy where he stiffed his employees and companies and business people… plumbers, electricians, etc… he was in debt to… owed money… but he walked away… he and his almost billion dollars in personal losses that allowed him to take a massive tax deduction in 1995 and a tax savings for the next 18 years or so.

But, that’s okay because as he says… “HALF of Americans don’t pay income tax despite crippling govt debt.” he tweeted in 2012.

Half of Americans don’t have billions of dollars as he claims to have, either. Although no one has ever seen the proof of that claim, either. Maybe it’s all a mirage. Maybe it’s a Wizard of Oz type thing… don’t look behind the curtain. And, “half” of all Americans do pay taxes. We just spread it out over the year in our payroll checks, and, hopefully, when the time comes to pay the piper… file our returns…we over paid by a tad and get something back to pay for a new refrigerator, or get the car fixed or get Johnny or Janey some new shoes…

Something Trumpty never had to worry about or consider…trump-tax-return-petition

In the 1950s and 1960s, the wealthiest Americans paid a top income tax rate of 91%. Today, the top rate is 43.4%. admittedly back then the economy was booming. Still, a million, or even a dollar, back then was worth a lot more than a what it is worth today. The buying power far exceeded what the same money can get you today.

Maybe it’s time to return the wealthiest members of our society back to that reality…

Only problem being… neither Trumpty nor Hillary Billary will ever allow that… they know which side their bread is buttered and who is doing the buttering.

Another thousand words…

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This week’s gratuitous pictures…

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Sara Galimberti (24) is an  Italian athlete and Middle Distance Runner…sara-galimberti3

 

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