William Thien

An interesting phenomenon: in the last week I have been asked several times if the country is about to find itself in a state of civil war and also, and this is probably due to the popular movies with the same name coming out over the last five years, do I think there will be a “purge?”

I have no answer to those questions except that currently the conditions are not ripe for either based on my experiences working on such matters in other countries. Be careful what you wish for in that regard.

I will say that currently there are political purges in a sense occurring in Washington D.C. at the various government departments and in that sense of a “purge” it was to be expected as that is what the current administration promised when the promise was made to “drain the swamp” that is Washington D.C.,.

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One could conclude that much of the resistance we are seeing today from the establishment media and the political left is simply due to the mere state of abject shock the media and the left found themselves in when Trump won the presidency.

With all of the favoritism the media provided to Clinton, with the constant media persecution of Trump, and with all of the money Trump’s opposition spent on media advertising, just about everyone thought Clinton was a shoe-in.

Politically, it was a surprise right!

I think just about everyone I know on the right was even surprised that Trump won.

But getting past the state of sheer political trauma the left and the media are suffering, we have to realize that accomplishing the things that the right wants to accomplish isn’t going to be easy, especially given the seemingly outlandish circumstances and the massive state of political hysteria the left is displaying.

Conservatives AND the political right will have to muster and work together to enable this new age in American politics. Let’s not mislead ourselves. Bringing about the change we seek was never going to be easy.

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A friend sent this link to me and I thought you’d like to read it: http://nypost.com/2017/02/18/obama-linked-activists-have-a-training-manual-for-protesting-trump/

Socialism and communism are entrenched both in public policy and private profiteering in America.

Medicare and Medicaid for example were not created simply to make sure those in need received health care, the two programs were created to make sure the health care industry got its money. The taxpayer was strapped with the two socialized health care systems (and that’s what they are, socialized medicine) primarily so that health care providers were paid for the services they provided, not just so that those in need could receive health care. That’s just how it was packaged for the public.

Now they are massive targets for corruption and overpricing.

We always hear that it is the “welfare mommas” that are costing the taxpayer substantially, and that is true, but socialism is extensive in this country in both the public and private sectors.

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I would not be in such a hurry to run any executive orders by The Supreme Court that were rejected by lower courts. It was after all The Supreme Court that ruled that The Affordable Care Act could be viewed as a tax and was therefore constitutional.

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One of the primary focuses of my writing at this venue is how the tax code affects me as an individual and I for one as an individual who owns no property or that has no dependent write-offs am waiting to hear about the new tax plan.

During the campaign promises of increases in deductions were made to families with dependents and to property owners as well but little if anything was mentioned about single tax payers with no dependents or property, what I have called “the indentures” to the US tax code.

Even if the only change for single tax payers is a decrease in the tax rate, I will find that quite satisfying as someone making the same as I do and that has dependents or that owns their home receives a substantial tax refund compared to my taxes and pays less throughout the year as well on their paychecks. The government has in effect given them a raise, a raise with my tax dollars.

As I’ve stated before I do not begrudge the other tax payers. They should take the tax write-offs. I would do the same. But that is blatantly unfair tax policy and if the tax code should be one thing and one thing only, the tax code should be fair.

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I am not a big fan of blanket or even random drug testing in the workplace. Blanket and/or random drug testing is in my opinion an unreasonable search. But employers have finagled all manner of workarounds and now it is commonplace for many jobs, even the most menial and low paying positions, even jobs that are not considered dangerous.

It is only fair, though, that if those who are working are required to take a drug test then those receiving government assistance should be tested as well.

In my opinion it is not just a matter of seeing to the health of those on government assistance as stated by the proponents of drug testing such recipients, it is just as importantly a matter of fairness to those paying incomes taxes and sharing their income without any say in the matter, many of which likely had to take a drug test themselves in order to get their job in the first place.

I’d rather see no blanket or random drug testing, but fair is fair.

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