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Interesting addition to this observation: Two days after I wrote this one the big box retailer I allude to but don’t name checked out my LinkedIn profile and another web site I am listed at. You gotta love those big corporations and how they treat the American public.

Progress, progress, progress!

That’s all you hear from one party and quite bit from the other of the two major political parties in this country.

Here is a definition of progress you might not like so much were you in my place.

Last night while quietly sleeping with the window open to let the cool river breeze in just after 3 a.m. and between 4, I woke to the racket of a seriously loud metallic slamming sound. At first I was like, WTH, was there a car accident?

I listened carefully and then I heard the same sound again accompanied by the loud roar of a diesel engine. Then I heard it again and then again. The confounded pounding of metal on metal went on for some time, at least until I could no longer return to sleep.

What was it? It was the sound of a garbage hauler emptying dumpsters at the local big box retail development, once an open field three or so blocks away, that brought another place for mindless f’s to shop. I mentioned it to a colleague and he said they probably don’t want the trash hauler around during the day when shoppers are there because the trash rigs reek. Progress.

One of the stores has a logo that looks like something you might shoot at with a Nerf ball maybe or a tomato and that sells loads of Chinese made crap, and another offers Chinese sewn clothing.

Whose progress is it anyway, America’s progress or China’s? Clearly it is not America’s progress when Americans are woken up in the middle of the night because the unscrupulous retail corporate executives have scheduled the trash hauler to go banging around their dumpsters all across America.

Progress. Is that what it sounds like?

Makes me wonder what progress in check sounds like? Tariffs maybe?

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So I wrote this entry and then shortly thereafter LinkedIn sent me a message that people are checking out my profile. One of them, LinkedIn said, was an auditor from the State Department of Revenue. Almost sounds like 1984 all over again. Coincidence? I have to say, the timing is rather conspicuous.

One of the things that bothers me most about the tax code is the way politicians use tax gimmicks to get themselves elected or re-elected instead of just plain fixing the tax code. Don’t get me wrong. I think the tax break I received this year is better than nothing but it is rather meager and I do support the corporate tax breaks, but a tax gimmick is a tax gimmick.

The online dictionary defines a gimmick as a, “a trick or device intended to attract attention, publicity, or business.”

One of the most egregious tax gimmicks to me is a tax refund or a tax deduction for dependents. Where I reside the governor enacted a $100 tax rebate for dependent children. You had to file for the rebate prior to July 2 and you had to take a couple of steps that were uncomplicated. Then you got your money. It’s that simple.

I’ve talked with people who filed for the tax rebate. Some did it because they said they needed it, some because it was free money. I don’t blame either.

Ahem. More on the free money thing later.

What bothers me about dependent child tax rebates and credits is that it is a tax gimmick and tax folly at the same time. Why is it a tax gimmick? People who have children generally use public services more than those who do not. Children attend public schools, various social services are designed primarily for children, the list goes on and on. Yet, politicians like to give those with children, the ones who use the services, a tax break while those with no children, those who user fewer services, don’t get the tax break at all, no rebate, no refund, no deductions.

I don’t hold anything against those who took the tax break. Were I a parent I would do the same thing. Hey, it’s free money. It’s somebody else’s money really, but it is free. Right?!

But in my state, you don’t even have to be resident to get the tax rebate! No !@#$. It’s crazy! Why would a politician or politicians do that? Because they want to get elected and, and I’m just guessing at this, because they believe the elections are subject to voter fraud. Why else would it be ok for nonresidents to get the tax break?

Ultimately what it amounts to is a sales gimmick, a way to get buyers on the proverbial car lot of politics, so to speak. Come in for a test drive and get a free pair of tickets to the water park!

Then, the salesmen can put the pressure tactics on you when it comes time to close the deal, in this case that is election time! Yeah, that’s right. They ran that gimmick this year, the $100 rebate, election year. Hey, says the car salesman, you took the free tickets ($100 tax rebate), why don’t you want the car? Look, if I knock $100 off, will you take the car? What do I need to do to see you drive that beautiful car off the lot today? The pressure is on. Who will you vote for?

Do I have your vote? I approve this message.

It’s a trick, a device.

The state’s revenue web site explains that there was a budget “surplus,” which is the reason for the $100 per child tax rebate. The surplus was approaching $400 million. The governor and the state legislature have determined that some of the surplus should be returned to the tax payers in the form of a child tax credit. Translation: we took too much of your money so we are going to return SOME of it to SOME of you.

Acting on the principle that taxation is theft, a belief of many of the country’s founders, a surplus means the government has stolen too much of your money. Now, instead of giving it back to the ones they have taken it from, they are redistributing the money to the ones they would like to have it. The redistribution of tax dollars is the primary tenet of socialism. But out elected claim to be fiscal conservatives. How can fiscal conservatives be involved in a redistribution of tax dollars and still claim they are conservatives? Well, it is election year and all of the political ideology, well it all goes out the door during election year. Whatever gets you elected is whatever ideology being used.

$100 a vote. They think that’s what you are worth to them. $100. A small bag of groceries and a tank of gas these days. Maybe. Inflation has been so high for so long, who knows really anymore.

Fix the tax code!

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The problem with a political system that caters primarily to two parties, in America’s case it is the Democrats and the Republicans, is that the public loses out, almost always.

Though the two parties as I’ve mentioned appear to be in opposition, it is in fact the opposing actions of the two parties that is most damaging to the rights of the American public.

The two opposing parties constantly working against each other, as they will to gain superiority over the other, create a pincering or scissoring effect upon the public like the two opposing cutting blades of a scissors, coming together on each issue, slicing at it and simultaneously shearing away at the constitutional rights of the American public simply so that the parties can win an election or maintain control of the elected body.

What is the solution? I think it is necessary to have a strong third party come on line, a 3rd party that prevents the shearing away of the constitutional rights of the American public simply for political party gain. It must be done before what remains of the constitution is left in little shreds and snippets of scissored paper on the capital floor that nobody can piece back together once the damage is done.

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The main reason I wish the Democrats would stop trying to take away everyone’s guns is because they are not just trying to take away everyone’s guns, they are taking away other rights at the same time. Why? Because it enables The Republican’s to commit some fairly tyrannical actions against the American public at the same time.

For example, guns, like abortion to Democrats, are a single-issue for Republicans and Conservatives. When Democrats begin threatening to take away everyone’s guns, something that is happening now in several states, it forces gun owners to vote Republican by default, even if they don’t want to, and so Republicans can say, well, we will let you have your guns, but we are going to chisel away at your right to privacy, such as with the recent FCC regulatory changes supported by the President himself which allow the wholesale collection, sale, and dissemination of your internet surfing activity to anyone and everyone without your permission. You have no more internet privacy. But you can have your guns.

It is as if the American public is caught between the two parties, Democrats and Republicans, who conveniently appear to be oppositional but in fact are systematically squeezing the American public of their rights, the right to privacy, the right to own firearms, the right to abortion, and the list goes on and on.

That is the main reason why I wish the Democrats would stop trying to take away everyone’s guns. It is not just the right to own guns that they are taking away. The guns are just what everyone, including a disingenuous media, focuses on.

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The about face indicates compromise at some level.

Find the source of the compromise and you will begin to right the country.

With the availability of numerous sources of reliable and prompt news information aside from the mainstream media I think it is imperative that vague sources residing within the deep state quoted in the media provide proof to the American public about their claims and not just brief 5 second stories on the evening news.  Else one should conclude that the information is sourced as “propaganda” of some sort and therefore unreliable. Trust but verify “the deep state.”

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It’s scripted.

Don’t forget that.

If you are on a list, and there are many lists, it is scripted right down to the number of pieces of mail the postal service delivers to you.

 


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