This post’s intent is to thank all of my subscribers for their participation. After three years in virtual obscurity about 10 days a the blog passed 200 subscribers! This achievement is entirely due to current subscribers recommending the blog to others. Thank you very much!
I thought it might be interesting to review the topics that have been posted over the past three plus years and which are still available on the site:
- Our broken system for electing representation and alternatives
- Our health care system and alternatives
- Gov’t funding for health education, why it is not working
- Overweight & obesity & a solution
- Not all Calories are created equal & the low/no fat myth.
- A case for Term limits and why they will likely never be implemented
- The Electoral College is it still relevant?
- The two-party system, the gangs of DC, and how they work together, but not for the common good
- The national debt, personal debt & scary unfunded federal obligations.
- Solutions to balancing the Federal Budget
- Distribution of taxes paid, who pays?
- You owe back taxes, why pay?
- The founders of our Democratic Republic, some interesting facts
- Let’s bash the President!
- The Cult of Government Bureaucracy
- Our insane federal tax code
- Interest rate on the debt. It is low and is that good?
- Unemployment: Official vs. Reality
- Our elected representatives play by different rules, why?
- Our wasteful and unfair election process (revisiting topic #1)
- Life skills and the need to incorporate them early into the educational curriculum
- Incarcerations, prisons, the tax payer rip-off & a low cost alternative A
- All-natural foods are healthy and great, but can lower income folks afford them? Healthy alternatives.
- High frequency traders, bank and broker facilitators and how they rip off the small investor
- A relationship among lower incomes, cigarette smoking, the lotto & fast food
- Belief Systems: The good, the not so good & the ugly
- We are so smart, aren’t we? (our changing knowledge base)
- The price of petrol is very low in the US, the good news and the not so good news
- Guns, guns and more guns!
- News or Agenda – CNN, Fox, Aljazeera
- Reality shows – from Wrestling to Springer to ….
- History of man, what do we really know?
- Auto Insurance the way I figure it could be free!
- The metric system and currency
- Civilization, did it commence 6,000 years ago?
- Nikola Tesla – the unappreciated prophet.
- Sophie’s Believe it or not!
- Just for fun – Aliens among us
- Just for fun – The Universe
- Accountability & Reputation
- Do I really have to pay for this?
- Just for fun, my favorite apps
- Test your perspective, just for fun
- America, the world’s cop
- High speed cop car chases, are they worth it?
- Prescription Drugs – why do we subsidize the rest of the world?
- Overused and abused expressions that make little or no sense:
- Currency, does ours make sense?
- Distribution of Taxes, revisited
- The Outrageous cost of Advanced Education
- Amending our system: Issues & Solutions
- Just for fun: Area 51 (site S-4)
- The Important Issues & polarization (opinion)
- Ancient Ancestors & Current Aliens (just for fun)
- Searching for Balance
- Polarization & Control
- Should taxpayers be concerned by our National Debt?
- Our Neighborhood in Space (just for fun)
- NPC (Not Politically Correct)
- Alien Contact (Just for Fun)
- Violence in America
- Violence and Incarceration
- Health Care revisited
- US Patriots Initiative
- Path to a Balanced Budget
- Follow on to Articles 1 -3, 4 & 7 of the US Patriots Initiatives – The Elect
- Tax & Spend vs. Reducing Taxes
- Judge Roy Moore
- New Tax Bill & the Debt Disaster
- Divide & Conquer
- Belief systems revisited
- Education Revisited
- The Illusion of Substance (Just for Fun)
- 74. The Wall
- 75. Politics as Usual
- 76. The 2nd Amendment (2)
- 77. China: Communism or Capitalism
- 78. Ban Guns, surely you Jest
- 79. Our National Debt – Update
- The real top 5 unexplained (just for fun)
- We’re number 1
- The Wall
- Go forth and Populate the Earth
- Polarization & control – revisited
- Upstream vs. Downstream – Illegal immigration
- Upstream vs. Downstream – Healthcare
- My Misinformation
- Polarization and solutions
- Two Americans in Europe
- Observations while traveling in Europe
- The Price of Medication
- You get what you pay for
- Kit Kat (a travel story)
- The Big Bang & common sense
- Your immune system
- A replacement for #3 in my top 5 unexplained
- More on Political Polarization
- Keynes vs. Friedman
- Name Nonsense – Just for fun
- Great Teachers – Life Lessons
- Healthcare Costs & the Budget Deficit
- Renewable Ener
- The Obesity Epidemic Revisit
- When a tax cut is not?
- When is a tax increase not?
- Hidden taxes
- Life Expectancy vs HALE
- Moussa Castle
- Military Spending
- The Electoral College
When a tax cut is not?
In order to have a perspective on this you need to view our country like
you would your family. Admittedly the country is a quite large “family”. You
are wanting to have more disposable income available but you can’t figure out
where you can cut back on your current expenses. You hope that your income will
increase over time, but you really do not have any guarantees. You decide to
borrow money to fund this desire and you count it as extra disposable “income”.
Is it really? Remember that you will eventually be required to pay back loan
and to make matters worse you will have to pay interest on this “income”. You
also decide that since you are the primary earner in your family that most of
this extra income should be at your disposal and you will only share a small
portion of this windfall with your remaining family members. This is exactly how the tax reduction
measure of 2017 worked for our larger family.
We decided to reduce our taxes by approximately $140 Billion a year, but
we did not address reducing any of our expenses. The theory was that this money
would be used by investors and consumers in a way that would boost the economy
and offset this “loan” through new taxes on “incremental” income (resulting
from a vibrant economy). Initially it
appeared that this theory might hold water (it did not when President Reagan
made a similar effort). The GDP rate picked up during 2018 and actually reached
4% during one quarter. However, that appears to have been a very short-term
reaction and 2018 should end up at 3%. This is a very good rate and at the top
end of what most economists believe is sustainable. The 2 – 3% range is
considered “healthy”. Higher rates have not been sustainable without fueling
higher rates of inflation. The trick is to maintain a moderate, sustainable (2
– 3%) rate of growth. The projection for 2019 is 2.5% and 2.0% for 2020. While
this is good is would be inaccurate to assume that it is the result of the tax
rate adjustment. “President
Trump promised to
increase economic growth to 4-5 percent. That’s faster than is healthy. Growth
at that pace leads to an overconfident irrational
That creates a boom
that leads to a damaging bust. The factors that cause
these changes in the business cycle
are supply, demand, capital availability, and the market’s perception of the
economic future.” The average rate from 2000 to 2017 has been 2.25%, despite
the 2008 disaster which was the result of prior loose banking regulations
fueling a glut of unreasonable loans. One
other noteworthy item regarding the tax cut is the distribution of the
approximate $140 billon of annual savings (actually borrowings). Who got the
money? Middle & lower class tax payers (incomes under the $183,000) only
received 1/3 of the total with the remainder
going to the wealthy. Like my small family example,
the wealthy have received the same benefit as my head of household!
The Ideal Candidate
In this week’s posting I am asking for a couple of special favors.
I have penned a “white paper” on The Ideal Candidate and is much too long to
include the entire narrative in this posting. My goal is to use it as the basis
in facilitating a grass roots movement. If consider yourself a moderate independent,
Republican, Democrat or a Libertarian I believe that you find the vast majority
of this candidates position to your liking.
What I am hoping is that you will use the
following drop box link to access the paper and take the time to read it (it is
quite long). If you believe that a candidate with this Presidential platform is
one that you would vote for in 2020, then please forward the drop box link to a
minimum of 10 of your friends via Facebook or any form of social media. When
you do this please ask them to: “Please take time to review the “white paper”
at the following drop box link https://www.dropbox.com/s/d6leve5mb43p6tg/IPC.pdf?dl=0.
If you believe that a candidate with this Presidential platform
is one that you would vote for in 2020, then please forward the drop box link to
a minimum of 10 of your friends via Facebook or any form of social media.” And do
so using the text inside of the preceding quotation marks (“…..”).
Discussion and solutions in the following areas
are included in the paper:
- Election & Term Reform
- The National Debt
National Defense, Security & Veteran support
- Tax Reform
- Income Security
- Energy Dependence
- Climate Change & the
- Immigration Reform
- Social Security & Medicare
- International Relations & Foreign
- Criminal Justice &
- Human Rights
- Gun Control
- Illegal & Prescription Drugs
- Population & Resources
- Right to Life
Many folks will consider this approach naïve and
they might be right. Going up against two heavily funded and entrenched Parties
will be extremely difficult. Consider that our current approach to selecting candidates
is the reason we find our country in such a mess. If each individual that reads
the paper is willing to take personal responsibility for change then we can do
The part of the favor will require you to
take some action. Obviously, the Ideal Candidate is now just hypothetical. That
leads me to the 2nd favor. I am asking you to take at least one more
of the following actions: 1. We need nominations for potential persons that are
willing to adopt the platform. If you would like to nominate an Individual
please send the nomination, with the word “Nomination” in the subject line, to email@example.com. Please
include the email address of the person you nominate. 2. If you have social
media skills and would be willing to volunteer your services please send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with “Social Media” in the subject line. 3. If you are willing to assist with
the campaign in your state please send an email to email@example.com with “Volunteer”
in the subject line. Please include your state in the email.