Progress on U.S. Taxes

I’m generally not one to get excited about freaking tax codes and more tax cuts, but…

The Senate passed sweeping revisions to the U.S. tax code past midnight Saturday after Republicans navigated a thicket of internal divisions over deficits and other issues to place their imprint on the economy.

The bill, which included about $1.4 trillion in tax cuts, would lower the corporate rate to 20% from 35%, reshape international business tax rules and temporarily lower individual taxes. It also touched other Republican goals, including opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and repealing the mandate that individuals purchase health insurance, which would punch a sizable hole in the 2010 Affordable Care Act. But some objectives, such as repealing the alternative minimum tax, fell by the wayside in last-minute wrangling.

“In the end it all came together and we’re pretty excited about what we’ve been able to accomplish for the American people,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said in an interview Friday. “We’ve got a corporate rate at 20% that we think makes us competitive in the world again and provided substantial middle-income tax relief.”
The bill passed 51-49, with all but one Republican voting for it and all Democrats voting against. The sole Republican, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, stated his opposition before the vote, citing worries it would expand budget deficits.
The bill’s ultimate passage would mark a legislative victory for President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans. Mr. Trump has made the tax overhaul a centerpiece of his economic policy goals, focusing on a rewrite of business taxes, which he has argued make the U.S. uncompetitive internationally. The bill could also give lawmakers something to campaign on in the 2018 midterm elections.
Democrats blasted the bill, calling it an unacceptable giveaway to corporations and the wealthy. They also criticized last-minute Republican adjustments and waved handwritten amendments around the Senate floor to show how hastily the changes were being made.
This is actually a really good thing. Which is why I’m worried it won’t fully pass. The jab at ObamaCare is enough to get people a little excited. And it’s also a reason to be shocked that the GOP was able to get enough cohesion to pass it through the Senate. Except Corker. The slime.
One key thing that people tend to ignore or not understand is that taxes are more complex than the idea of cutting taxes for the rich and giving more money to the poor. This age old idea of Robin Hood steals from the rich and gives to the poor isn’t how reality works either. In reality, the rich will do everything in their power to avoid paying taxes, and it’s completely legal. They will call their accountant or their tax advisor and try finding a way to get out of paying as much as they can. The middle class doesn’t have this luxury. So when Bernie Sanders gets up on stage and talks about taxing the rich, he’s talking about doing something that can’t be done. All that would happen is that the middle class would continue to drown in taxes, as if they don’t already. So this slight relief could actually be a good thing for the average person given that the mandate to purchase health insurance is hurting a lot of families.
I wasn’t exactly a cheerleader for this bill, but if Trump can get this passed and move onto DACA or Welfare Reform I’ll be pleased. And I’ll be even more pleased if he can stop illegals or immigrants in general from being able to obtain welfare. Because it’s not for them. It’s for U.S. citizens. 
But as usual, I tend to dream big.

Florence goes full SJW

I do love Florence + the Machine. I don’t however enjoy virtue signals.

florence welch‏
 @flo_tweet Oct 4 
Today’s use of ‘You’ve Got The Love’ at the Conservative party conference was not approved by us nor would it have been had they asked.

florence welch‏
 @flo_tweet Oct 4
Replying to @flo_tweet
If the Conservative party could refrain from using our music in future. x

I wonder if Florence would be willing to tell everyone how she would feel about Nicolas Maduro playing her music at a Venezuelan political gathering… Does that inspire the desire to virtue signal? Probably not. 

This is one of many reasons that I’ve been enjoying the band Ghost recently. They don’t tend to say anything political (that I’ve been able to tell) and they’re out there for a show of dark punk metal music with a flare.

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The only slightly controversial thing I’ve heard is that a Christian choir refused to do a chorus for one of their songs about the devil. They’re a bit outrageous for the sake of being outrageous. Not to make a huge statement. It appears to be for the horror and heavy metal aesthetic value rather than actually promoting a particular belief.

They’re about the music. I write under different pen names away from my political content so that I have something out there that’s not about the politics. Because during a time when creators are involving what they believe everyone should think into their work (and outside it) rather than making it about the work, we need artists, singers, authors, film makers, and designers who are willing not to.

I do admire people such as Jon Del Arroz who is on the right and willing to take the sling shots and arrows in an insanely SJW converged world such as publishing. Anyone willing to go counter to the current narrative is brave in my eyes. But when he writes a story, it’s about the story. His journalism is an aside. And that’s the way it should be.

I wonder if Florence would personally ask fans of her who commit wrong think to not play her music ever? If we’re gonna draw lines in the sand, at least be real about it. But then again… her record sales might not survive it. At the end of the day, most huge singers are more worried about the money than pulling a stunt like the Dixie Chicks. 

Not that I’m a fan of Bushie… never was… but one thing you never do is diss a right wing U.S. president when you’re target audience is right wing country loving country music fans. 

Not saying that Florence’s target audience is on the right… but I enjoy an artist who keeps the music about the music. The art about the art. The writing about the writing. 

I do however place my vote for Florence to be played at the next Alt Right rally. Simply because I want to see her reaction now. It would be hilarious. Tiki torches and Florence music. That’s my kind of night.

California. AKA: State of Delusion

California once ran a test to see if the state could afford universal healthcare only to discover that they had too many illegals who didn’t pay into the system to cover everyone. Universal health care wasn’t an option. The state couldn’t afford it. I wonder how long it will take them to realize that there will no longer be a middle class either if they continue giving cheap labor over to illegals who send their wages back to Mexico. But then again, I hear they already don’t have a middle class. It’s simply the rich vs. the poor.

The country’s top immigration cop said Friday his agents “will have no choice” but to conduct workplace and neighborhood immigration raids in light of California’s new sanctuary law.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan said in a statement Friday that California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) decision to sign the law, SB54, would “undermine public safety and hinder ICE from performing its federally mandated mission.” 

Under California’s new law, state and local police will have major restrictions in how and when they can collaborate with federal agents on immigration investigations and arrests.

One notable provision in the law is it prohibits so-called immigration holds, requests from ICE to local authorities to hold a prisoner or detainee longer than the constitutionally mandated period.

Opponents say a hold, also known as a detainer, constitutes a violation of a detainee’s constitutional rights, and their enforcement puts local authorities at risk of liability.
The country’s top immigration cop said Friday his agents “will have no choice” but to conduct workplace and neighborhood immigration raids in light of California’s new sanctuary law.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan said in a statement Friday that California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) decision to sign the law, SB54, would “undermine public safety and hinder ICE from performing its federally mandated mission.” 

Under California’s new law, state and local police will have major restrictions in how and when they can collaborate with federal agents on immigration investigations and arrests.

One notable provision in the law is it prohibits so-called immigration holds, requests from ICE to local authorities to hold a prisoner or detainee longer than the constitutionally mandated period.

Opponents say a hold, also known as a detainer, constitutes a violation of a detainee’s constitutional rights, and their enforcement puts local authorities at risk of liability.

Illegals don’t have constitutional rights. Nor do they have a right to be in this country. Although, that won’t stop Californians from trying to treat them as normal citizens. But as far as I’m concerned, let the economy in California completely collapse, let it be taken over by Mexicans who don’t pay enough into the taxation system, let them eventually have #CalExit, then let them fall into tremendous debt that the rest of the country will refuse to help pay. Then grab a bag of popcorn as it all comes tumbling down. 

It’s said in recent reports that Catalonia only wants to have independence from Spain because they’re sympathetic to the EU and they want to take in economic migrants from Africa. Not because they have an ethnic or racial awareness of their people. I have the same stance with California as I do Catalonia. Let them have independence. It may be a bumpy ride, but it will be entertaining to allow the rest of the country see exactly what happens when modern day liberalism takes complete control.

And as far as these ICE raids in California, I’ve got my bag of popcorn ready.

Trump Bans Transgenders

In battle men need to be focused. They need to be lethal. They need to be okay with the potential of shooting a child with a grenade or a woman who points a gun at them. They see horrors that I can’t imagine living with and then come home to a veteran system that screws them over after they gave up their life for their country.

I don’t give a crap about transgenders being banned from the military. You don’t have a god given right to join. Period.

I would like to thank Trump for a wonderful day of entertainment though. Watching the libs freak out all day long was like watching him win the election all over again.

Ah… memories. 🙂