Beyond the Cusp

February 7, 2018

No, We Have Not Lost Our Trust in the FBI or America, Yet

 

Representative Adam Schiff suggested Sunday, talking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, that the GOP-crafted memo released Friday could lead to an Oklahoma City-style bombing because people will have lost trust in the FBI. His incredulous claim was if one witnesses their neighbor buying excessive amounts of fertilizer, yet has no lawn, they would hesitate from calling this in to the FBI out of fear that the Congress would release their name for political reasons making you a target. Fear tactics, we have always loved it when any political argument falls to straight fear tactics, the last argument of the scoundrel. The Democrats are running around pretending that the Constitutional release of information to the people by the Congress and approved by the President has irreparably harmed the safety of the nation. We find this almost amusing after the Democrats slow leaking of information from the very same FBI and DOJ investigations throughout the campaign and usage of these agencies’ highest officials to massage and manipulate information to allow Hillary Clinton avoid prosecution for treasonous acts of playing fast and loose with secret, Top Secret and even higher classified letters, memos and investigative reports on her “personal mail server” which she used to avoid any ability for any investigation to look into her actions while she was Secretary of State and from which she lost or misplaced many thousands of e-mails, many of which were found on other personal computers and communications equipment such as Anthony Weiner’s notebook which he shared with his wife, Huma Abedin, long time Hillary confidant and close friend as well as appointed to a high position aiding Ms. Clinton as Secretary of State. Their complaining falls on deaf ears after the interference of Attorney General, Loretta E. Lynch, in the investigation on Hillary Clinton’s behalf after her meeting serendipitously with former President William Jefferson Clinton on his private jet on the tarmac of Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 26, 2016, while the FBI investigation concerning Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server was still underway.

 

The leaks and misinformation and secretive meetings surrounding the questionable lack of calling for an indictment of Hillary Clinton which astonished many observers even including some Democrats and was but half of the story. The leaks concerning the Russia probe into their interference presumably to throw the election to Donald Trump were intentionally damaging and completely illegal, not legal and above board as was this document release. The near constant dribs and drabs of presumably damning information proving coercion and influence of the election by the Russian government presumably at the behest of Donald Trump continued with new updates coming out weekly, then twice weekly and by election week the revelations were almost twice daily. Fortunately, most of the leaks were unlikely to cause any damage to the Trump campaign, as they were either inconsequential or concerned items which threw more doubt on Hillary than they did Donald Trump. What has been learned since the election through reckless leaking of information by largely Democrat and Hillary and Bill Clinton functionaries has raised doubts about Hillary Clinton and her time as Secretary of State, her and Bill’s parts in what appeared to be a donate to their charity in order to influence Hillary as Secretary of State and gain influence on President Obama. And as far as the collusion with the Russians, that now appears to have been part of the Hillary Clinton campaign as well as funded and arrange by the Democrat National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta. There is the Steele dossier arranged by the investigative agency ‎Fusion GPS who were hired to dig up dirt about Donald Trump and his dealings with the Russians and their undo influence over Donald Trump concerning questionable actions which the Russians could hold over him. The entire mess was all too contrived and manipulated to be believable and had little if any influence on the election except to hurt Hillary Clinton and to bankrupt the Democrat National Committee as well as Hillary’s campaign. In the end, all these nefarious efforts are coming home to roost and perhaps in the end Hillary Clinton will get what so many believe she deserves, an orange pantsuit, actually more of a jumpsuit, and some nice accommodations at a Club Fed facility for the politically connected.

 

Club Fed or Club Med?

Club Fed or Club Med?

 

As far as Americans losing faith in the FBI or in America herself, not even close. Americans, especially after the recent State of the Union Address given by President Trump, are more invigorated and have more faith in the possibilities for their futures than any time in the past decade; well, unless they are a Democrat in the Congress who were obviously very dour and dejected. But there are some things being circulated in some circles which are anything but true. The first is that President Trump now has the Republican Party backing him. A Republican source has stated, “Mitt becoming Senator Mitt Romney and chairman of the NRSC elevates Trump’s biggest intra-party foe. This is not the outcome Trump wanted when he encouraged Hatch to run again.” He also noted that it would elevate Romney’s stature as an anti-Trump colleague within the party. Why would a Party presumably now in line with the President be elevating a credible alternate candidate into a position from which he could challenge Donald Trump in the next election primaries? The answer is obvious, the elite in the Republican Party still desire replacing Donald Trump as soon as the opportunity presents itself. The question then becomes, what if these elites succeed and manage to place Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio or any of their other favorite sons onto the ticket in the 2020 elections?

 

The result of such a coup in the Republican Party will be a complete turn around from the election of President Trump. One item which has not been discussed very much is why was the media so assured that Hillary Clinton would win and why was the Clinton campaign nonchalant about even bothering to campaign in places such as Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the remainder of the so-called battleground states and instead spent all her time basking away before cooing crowds in New York and California where she was guaranteed large adoring crowds and easy victories. The campaigning answer is she was attempting to appear confident and as a winner with the adoring crowds arranged for her and as far as also the media, the fix was in, sufficient votes had been fixed where necessary and Hillary Clinton had the necessary votes to defeat Donald Trump assuming he got the votes they believed he deserved. Do not believe that Donald Trump lost the popular vote, at least not the actual popular vote, as he had to win and win so big that all their vote stealing and other cheats were not sufficient to prevent his victory. As far as malfeasance and mishandling of vote tallies, all one need do is research the accusations and actual findings which are always minimized by the guilty party and as very seldom does an election turn out so close that there results challenges and hand counts which often have varying results on each recount. The Bush-Gore Florida fiasco was a perfect example of the mess that comes when the actual votes are to be tallied and even then, there are games played such as divining who someone actually desired voting for when there was no vote in the Presidential boxes and other shenanigans. It is an unfortunate thing when a nation gets to the point where the omnipresent main parties have so rigged the election games that they remain relatively unchallenged and can even alter the results of elections.

 

So, what will happen should the Republican Party use the primaries and the alignment of the Super Delegates and other contrivances in order to remove Donald Trump and replace him with a mainstream Republican in good standing with the progressive elites who believe it is their fishbowl and they can control who is permitted to play in it? The people who elected Donald Trump will become disenchanted and very likely remain home and some may even decide that the Democrat Party candidate is less offensive than the candidate the Republican elite selected. Such an eventuality will prove to be an extreme disaster for the United States as should the Democrat Party ever get sufficient power in both the Congress and holding the White House and have sufficient State governments to pass an amendment to the Constitution despite any opposition, then we can expect some dire changes to occur. They might do away with the Electoral College and replace it with a straight popular vote for the electing of a President. People claim that such changes to the Constitution are impossible yet back in 1913 the Progressives won sufficient power throughout the nation that they changed how Senators were chosen making it a popular vote instead of allowing the State legislatures or Governors or some combination where each State chose how to select their Senator with the Amendment XVII. This made the Senate a smaller version of the House of Representatives and permitted the Federal Government to literally walk all over the States Rights, which had been protected through their selection of Senators to represent each state. The Constitution initially made the two houses of Congress for two entirely separate duties. The House of Representatives was to be the people’s house and the Senate was to be the States representatives. The Seventeenth Amendment ended that and turned the Senate into simply another popular people’s representative leaving the states powerless to prevent the Federal Government from usurping their power. It was the year 1913 with the two presumably ratified Amendments, numbers XVI and XVII, the income tax power for the Federal Government, as before 1913 there was no direct Federal Tax on the people, and the direct electing of Senators. Now the Federal Government had complete power over the individual states, began usurping all power to Washington D.C., and used the income tax in order to bring all finances to Washington D.C. This was the point where the Deep State began to take shape and it would take the repeal of the two Amendments, Sixteen and Seventeen, to bring sanity back to the government and permit the states some semblance of their power back with which they would hopefully whittle the size of the Federal Government back down to where it was almost harmless.

 

Another result if the Republicans deserted their base by replacing Donald Trump on the ticket by whatever means, no matter how proper and natural such was performed, this would lead to a Democrat taking the White House. With the now seeming complete power which has been consolidated in the Presidency, initially by every President since Washington but rapidly accelerated by President George W. Bush after 9-11 and then by President Obama to get all of Obamacare into law and amended as he saw necessary; the Royal Presidency has been furthered by Donald Trump in order to undo much of the illegal items done by fiat by President Obama. President Trump has simply validated much of the powers usurped by the former Presidents and possibly even added to them himself. The Presidency has been granted power to accomplish desired goals almost through pure will of the individual holding the office. Such power is defined as accomplishing the desired goals by fiat all but challenging the Congress to stop the President. The problem there is the Congress had grown lazy and no longer even wields the powers which remain within their purview. No longer does the Congress write the laws, they simply define that which they desire, the President signs off on such legislation, and then the departments are assigned their sections of the legislation to write the particulars, which are the regulations. These regulations have replaced what used to be laws. Congress used to define the goals and the means for accomplishing such goals and every specific step required. Now it is the Deep State that spells out the specifics after Congress has given them a general gist of their ideas. No longer are the people’s representatives responsible for the enacted implementation of the laws and thus they do not even know what their legislation has wrought. They will campaign using glorious sounding words telling about the legislation and what it is designed to accomplish when they have no idea what it actually will accomplish because they did not write how the legislations was to be implemented. This is the Deep State which President Trump desires unraveling such that the government can be returned to the people. President Trump does not agree with the lazy Congress and desired making the legislators actually write the codes of each piece of legislation and not passing off to unelected bureaucrats to enact the often-onerous regulations which supposedly derive from the Congressional direction in each piece of legislation. The Republican Party along with their allies in the Democrat Party do not desire that Congress actually work at their jobs as they see their jobs as being the social calendar and the reelection efforts. It is uncertain which they place first. The members of Congress, for the most part, simply desire to pass high-sounding legislation and not get their hands dirty working out the minutia. They leave that tedium to the Deep State of bureaucrats who often decide how much control they can grab and claim it fits the spirit of the legislation. This is the evil of the Deep State. This is something the progressives have wrought and the sad truth is that both parties are run by progressives. They love big government because that permits them to have control of the people and for the most part the people are too busy simply trying to survive the mess made by the Deep State to actually realize they are being had. The reason that even the Republicans desire the end to President Donald Trump is simple, he is not one of them and he is actually working for the people, the unwashed masses with whom the powerful in Washington D.C. prefer not to have to deal with. That is the sad truth and once President Trump leaves office, that may be the beginning of the end of the United States of America and, if we be permitted to slightly alter a great quote from Abraham Lincoln, this will be the end of the “Government of the people, by the people, for the people,” shall now perish from the Earth. We changed one letter of one word, we changed a ‘t’ to a ‘w’ making ‘not; into ‘now’ and that makes all the difference.

 

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December 24, 2017

Let’s Talk About the Tax Cut Law

 

The long talked about and maligned tax cut legislation has finally passed, and will be signed as a Christmas present for all in tax lands. What has been some of the main talking points have been that the uber rich will receive more money back than the poorest of the poor and that companies having more of their money is not required for them to pay higher wages or hire more employees while expanding business, they could pay more to employees and hire more without a tax cut or expanding their business. Why don’t we simply look at these half-crazed statements which have infected much of the discussion over this economy boosting legislation?

 

The very first things we need to be honest about are that the Democrat Party elites have never seen a new tax or tax increase they did not like, a government giveaway to the lower fifty percent of earners they could not get behind, and tax cuts which includes corporations and the top fifty percent they could not hate. Since we are speaking of the tax cut, we will address the last point only. When your definition of the uber wealthy includes the entirety of the top fifty percent of earner sans the Hollywood elites, then any tax cut will provide the wealthy with almost all the tax relief as they are those in the top fifty percent of earners who pay taxes while those in the bottom fifty percent largely do not pay income taxes. The confusion comes in because the entirety of earners pay taxes, but not all pay income taxes which is what we are talking about. If the Democrats were really so concerned about the taxes paid by the lower fifty percent of earners, then they would find some way of restructuring Social Security taxes, Medicare and Medicaid taxes such that it was less of a burden on those at the lower wage earning end of the scale. One means would be to make minimum wage earners exempt from these taxes and have them begin after earners have earned a specific amount and raise the upper end cut-off one more. Of course, once this begins, very soon these taxes will end up like income taxes, only paid by the top fifty percent of earners and the lower fifty percent of earners being exempt for the most part. Such a taxation schedule should be called the “Democrats think this is almost fair tax schedule.” It is this protection racket by which the Democrats all but lock in those who earn less as their supporters and why they are scared to death of such ideas as a fair tax system where there are far less deductions and a flat tax rate for everyone. To the people complaining about this tax cut, a straight flat tax is called grossly unfair and a tax plan that helps the rich. That is only an accusation available because of the mess of a tax system the two parties have patched together through years of designing taxes to fit their ideas of fair. Such a system has produced a money wasting and unfair system which drains of close to if not over ten percent of the economic growth just to address taxation. That is unfair to everyone no matter where on the pay schedule they fall as it takes money from everybody at an equal percentage and allows the IRS to use the tax code through differing interpretations to attack people which those in power decide need targeting.

 

The people telling us that only the rich will see significant reduction in their taxes are selling you a yarn. We have heard arguments that the lowest one-third of income earners will not see a single penny extra in their paychecks resulting from this legislation. Well, of course not, they do not pay income tax but many get a refund from the income earned tax credit, a straight giveaway to those who pay no taxes such that they will receive a tax refund so they can believe they must have paid taxes. In reality, this is another form of welfare the democrats have devised calling it a tax refund for the tax challenged. What else do you call a refund sent mostly to people who never paid into the fund from whence the refund for payments comes from? We call that a backdoor, disguised Welfare payment. The other truth they leave out is virtually every taxpayer will see some degree of reduction in their tax bill with the singular exception being such special cases who claim every conceivable deduction through some form of tax wizardry and now face some of those deductions being removed from the tax code as part of simplification and those deductions outweighing the amount their taxes were reduced. Thusfar, in everything we have read, such an individual exists in examples of how such could conceivably occur and have names such as John Doe, John Smith, Taxpayer X and other such nomenclature for something which is so rare that no such individual could be found, but we are assured that there are millions who fall into this narrow class of people and they just did not have the time and resources to find anyone.

 

Capitol Cash Machine

Capitol Cash Machine

 

The other huge problem is that this tax cut legislation actually gives corporations, which term is used such that you do not believe this includes the Ma and Pa store on the corner or down the street, it does, are receiving tax cuts. They poke fun at the idea that this will increase the ability of these companies to pay their employees more, save up and enlarge their company thus hiring more employees at a higher rate of pay. Their claim is companies, including the Ma and Pa shop aforementioned, can pay their employees more and expand their businesses and hire more people now if they really wanted to but they are not doing so which simply proves that they will just pocket the extra money and pay the top earners more while probably cutting lower earners’ salaries because they got a tax cut so do not need as much salary. These people really do hate companies and wealthy people unless they are leftist backers of the Democrat Party. Below are a few selected tweets from Hollywood and other elites we took from an article titled, “Liberals Have an EPIC Meltdown Over GOP Tax Reform” which we found online at Townhall.com and cleaned up Mr. Maher’s language to retain our family friendly ratings. These comments were extremely amusing in a provocative way as they come from people who make more in one week than we will in our combined lifetimes. Do they not realize that they are the wealthy of which they complain so loudly? If it is so rotten being that wealthy, we have another suggestion for them, not only refuse their ill gotten tax cuts, but make an example and pay double what they owe and denote that their extra payment must be used to pay down the principle of the debt, something which truly would help the nation and its financial wealth and would pay dividends far into the future. If the entirety of the mega-wealthy would make a contract that they each pay one million dollars additional taxes each year denoting that it goes directly into paying off the principle of the debt, with one proviso, the government finish that year with a balanced budget or showing a profit. That would serve a number of worthy causes, it would give the government, particularly Congress, an incentive to live within its means, pays down the principle and not just another interest payment making the interest in the future less, and eventually such a contract would remove the debt altogether making the United States debt free for the second time in its entire history (the other time was January 8, 1835, under President Andrew Jackson). Wealthier corporations could join this effort, use their participation as an advertising gimmick, and likely make more profits than the payments would cost. The biggest benefit of such a bribe would be getting Congress every few years to actually manage to spend within its limits, the more often the better.

 

Liberals Have an EPIC Meltdown Over GOP Tax Reform Tweets

Liberals Have an EPIC Meltdown Over GOP Tax Reform Tweets

 

While we are speaking on taxes and balanced budgets, there are some dangerous realities coming in the near future if the United States does not get its fiscal house in order. The first is that with the debt climbing to such a high level, the interest is eating an ever-larger share of each yearly budget making spending limitations impossible. Should the interest rates increase, which should the economy heat up would become unavoidable, then the interest on the debt, which is paid with short term loans, would balloon making even meeting that payment beyond the ability of the government leading to a default situation. This has been part of why the interest rates have been kept artificially so low as the government would collapse should they ever reach close to or above nine percent prime rate. Of course should the debt increase faster than the economy increases as was the case over the past twenty years, then nothing will prevent default within some set period of time probably within this century. The best plan for taking care of this problem would be two-fold approach; first, pass a balanced budget amendment to the constitution which would require that no budget surpass the previous years tax intake by the IRS except in time of declared warfare, and second, a tax policy which incentivizes the economic growth through simplification of the tax code which would include a wealth tax on uninvested savings, which would include trust funds and endowments, of over two-hundred-fifty-million dollars, adjusted for inflations and deflation each year, such as to encourage these large pools of revenue to be invested thus stimulating economic growth as that is the easiest and fastest way to shrink the deficit.

 

As far as the ridiculing and belittling of the tax simplification and reduction legislation, it is being done for two basic reasons. First, the left-leaning media-Democrat Party-entertainment-news conglomerate believes firmly that the government can spend your money far more wisely than can you as you would never spend your hard-earned money on some of the insanities such as investing in anthropomorphic global warming schemes from the United Nations or whatever your favorite waste of money by government might be but the government will spend money on the United Nations IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and that means they would spend your money more wisely than you could ever spend that money. Second, this was one of Donald Trump’s ideas and as he backs this plan, it must be prevented from being enacted at all costs simply because it is Donald Trump’s idea. That is the hard and basic truth. It matters not if this tax package is good for America, good for most of the populations, good for the economy; it was not done by an approved individual, read Democrat, and thus is terrible, horrible, dastardly and must be made to be unpalatable to the public. What the people pushing this inanity twenty-four-seven have not and refuse to recognize is that they have reached the point where the rest of the world is getting on with their lives and have been ignoring them for months. They cannot see this as they are locked into echo-chambers of like-minded, or out-of-minded, others who are doing the same thing. They each retweet or repost the same things in such a manner that they do eventually repeat about every seven or eight months thus these have become ring-posts which work their way around varying groups of people finally reaching back to the original point only to start around again. Some of these people are in multiple rings making the entire hodgepodge somewhat less discernable, especially for those involved. Granted, there are some who remain in contact with a number of these people either for amusement, gain information on the other extremes, or because they have lost a friend to the fire breathing circuit and are waiting for the right moment to try an make a recovery effort.

 

As a closing point, having companies pay fewer taxes is always a good thing because companies do not pay taxes, only people pay taxes. Does anybody really believe as some have posted that companies do not pass on the cost of taxes in the price of their products and in lower raises for the employees. Those are the realities of running a business as we can tell you from experience in doing exactly that. Overhead includes tax payments, licensing, rental fees, fuel costs and a myriad of other incidentals and are all summed up and then incorporated in determining the cost of their goods and services. Lower any single element and the price drops, raise any single element and the price goes up. What you are not being told is it is less expensive for you to pay a tax directly than for you to pay the tax through a corporation placing the costs of that tax into its price formula. When they incorporate the tax as part of their price formula, that cost is added to the base cost of the goods and other essentials in manufacturing or producing the goods or services and once that determination is made, it is then increased by a percentage. For example, an item costs ten dollars to make and overhead is five dollars per unit of which one dollar is taxes. The price mark-up is one-hundred percent (not uncommon for production to retail price with Jewelry far higher and low ticket items less but this is a normative range) then you take the ten dollars and the five dollars and add them getting fifteen then increase that by one-hundred percent and you get a selling price of thirty dollars of which two dollars are for the taxes. That is right, they mark-up their tax cost and pass that along and make a profit on their taxes because companies make a profit on everything otherwise they would not be in business very long. So, which is more expensive, the corporations paying the taxes or the individual paying the taxes once you realize that the corporation places the cost of taxes into the production cost and then mark-up the entire cost including a mark-up on the taxes so you pay for the taxes plus. It really is that simple, you pay for the taxes plus for a profit on their paying the taxes in the price of everything you purchase, so would it not just be easier to pay the taxes yourself instead of through a middleman? We know there are some out there still saying that the corporations and companies can afford to pay more taxes but they do not actually pay the tax, the people do. The corporation and tax costs are passed on to the customer with an allowance giving the corporations additional profits.

 

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