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Some guy shot down a drone with his shotgun. The drone was being used to search for a lost dog:

http://www.news12.com/clip/14768751/police-man-shot-down-pet-seeking-drone-with-shotgun

 

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It appears politicians fight for what they believe in, just in other countries.  Politicians fighting

So what if there is a rule that says no fighting.

 

When I see how diametrically opposed the two major parties are in values and how the country’s tax dollars are to be spent I must admit I am a bit perplexed as to why our elected are not more combative when it comes to addressing the needs of those who voted for them, party by party for that matter.

In other words, when you see that even some of the simplest tasks can take years for Washington to merely approach and even then nothing gets done, you have to wonder if both parties haven’t secretly met in a secret place and decided which party will take which issue off of the table and call it their own and when the secret meeting is over they’ve secretly agreed with a secret handshake not to truly undermine the other party by totally making them look like buffoons so they can all get re-elected the next time. Sure, there is obstruction. But merely so nothing gets done.

Such issues as simplification of an unfair tax code or making certain there is clean water for the population to drink you would think would be first and foremost but instead they want to confiscate firearms or restrict people from self medicating.

That Congress is an effective body is somewhat of a ruse. Congress appears only to be able take and restrict and it has been in that mode for decades. Take and restrict. Take and restrict. It must be a  chant or a mantra newly elected politicians have to repeat at the secret meeting between both parties where they decide what issues each party is going to take off of the table, when they get to Washington, that is.

Ultimately it is as if both parties have the same goal and that is not to let the individual within the public have control over their own lives. They keep picking at it, regulating it (while deregulating medicine and corporate America), and selling us out.

They just seem too sedate to me to really be in it for what they say they are in it for.  Some fists should be flying, to be sure. There is some secret handshake stuff going on there in Washington. There just has to be.

President Trump on the other hand has been all in as far as I can tell. I don’t agree with everything he says or does, but there is very little glad handing going on there. And I can appreciate that.

Once, just once, as a start, I’d like to see some of them cross the aisle and smack some of the opposing party and smack them good. If an all out brawl broke out I wouldn’t mind it a bit, not one bit.

Because you know what, if after years of obstruction, after years of obfuscation, after years of taking my hard-earned tax dollars and giving it to some woman having sex out-of-wedlock to get her vote, if someone crossed the aisle and decked that sumanobotch who for voted for publicly financed whoring, I’d know that they had their heart in it, especially if they landed a good one. Ooooooooooooo. Aaaaaaaaah! Now them’s fireworks. There’s a politician with heart.

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The factor just as significant to most people I’ve spoken with about levels of taxation is that it is not just how high their taxes are but what is done with the money once it is taken from them.

Most people don’t agree with half of what is being done with their tax dollars and most people are in agreement with what they dislike about what is being done with their tax dollars yet such governmental activity persists. That is what makes taxation a form of confiscation as the money is being used against the will of the citizen.

It is not just how much but what the money is used for that has people talking.

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Here is a copy of a letter I sent to the guest speaker, an expert on taxes who appeared on talk radio this afternoon and I had to call in to state my position on flat taxes. The speaker, Carolyn Bruckner, favors a progressive tax on wealth and doesn’t support a flat tax. I stated when I was put on the air that a flat tax was the fairest form of tax. Bruckner responded that it wasn’t, at 35 percent a flat tax taxes the poorest much more severely than the wealthy. The problem, in my opinion, is that you never hear the poor complain about a flat tax. The wealthy complain about it all the time because there are no ways to hide income. And most flat tax proponents, Steve Forbes for example, describe scenarios at half of that tax rate, 17 percent for example, a rate that would actually pay down the national debt!

Here is a copy of my letter responding to her one-sided response. You are not allowed to debate the guest, you can only pose a question.

Hi Ms. Bruckner,

My name is William Thien. I called in during your appearance in WP Radio today, 02/05/2019.

I stated I support a flat tax because I think it is the fairest form of tax and because everyone is equally invested in seeing that their tax dollars are properly spent.

Your response was to refer to some obscure studies (no references) that flat taxes aren’t fair because a rate of 35 percent to someone making $10,000 is much more substantial than 35 percent to someone making six figures, or something to that amount, I had the radio turned down and I was driving so I didn’t quite catch your figure.

I get it.

You will recall that I stated that the wealthy probably don’t use as many services as the lower-income brackets and as a result, why should they have to pay more? It is somewhat unfair, to be sure.

My problem though primarily is why does the rate have to be 35 percent, that flat tax rate you quoted? I think that number is arbitrarily high and many in the past who have favored a flat tax such as Steve Forbes (17 percent) and others have done the math and concluded the percentage would be close to half of that, that number at 17 percent also effectively diminishing the national debt rather quickly.

I realize a number as high as 35 percent you quoted shuts down the discussion about a flat tax immediately and the host, a good guy to be sure didn’t quite pick up on what you were doing, but 35 percent is really an outrageous number when you consider that most truly wealthy Americans, were they to actually pay at a flat tax rate of more like 15 to 20 percent with no deductions and/or write-offs, would pay down the national debt in a few years.

I realize it is important to keep the bean counters in beans and the tax theorists such as yourself theorizing, but a flat tax really is the fairest tax as again, everyone is equally invested in seeing that their tax dollars are properly spent. As it is now, the wealthy can hide their income with tax deductions and tax breaks and could care less how the rest of the crowd endures and the poorest pay very few taxes leaving the middle classes strapped with the burden.

A flat tax IS the fairest tax.

Thanks again for taking my call.

Sincerely,

William Thien

https://williamthien.wordpress.com/

CC: Mr. Rob Ferrett, Central Time

Here are Ms. Bruckner’s credentials: https://www.american.edu/kogod/faculty/cbruck.cfm

 

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