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Thank you

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:

  1. Our broken system for electing representation and alternatives
  2. Our health care system and alternatives
  3. Gov’t funding for health education, why it is not working
  4. Overweight & obesity & a solution
  5. Not all Calories are created equal & the low/no fat myth.
  6. A case for Term limits and why they will likely never be implemented
  7. The Electoral College is it still relevant?
  8. The two-party system, the gangs of DC, and how they work together, but not for the common good
  9. The national debt, personal debt & scary unfunded federal obligations.
  10. Solutions to balancing the Federal Budget
  11. Distribution of taxes paid, who pays?
  12. You owe back taxes, why pay?
  13. The founders of our Democratic Republic, some interesting facts
  14. Let’s bash the President!
  15. The Cult of Government Bureaucracy
  16. Our insane federal tax code
  17.   Interest rate on the debt. It is low and is that good?
  18. Unemployment: Official vs. Reality
  19. Our elected representatives play by different rules, why?
  20. Our wasteful and unfair election process (revisiting topic #1)
  21. Life skills and the need to incorporate them early into the educational curriculum
  22. Incarcerations, prisons, the tax payer rip-off & a low cost alternative A
  23. All-natural foods are healthy and great, but can lower income folks afford them? Healthy alternatives.
  24. High frequency traders, bank and broker facilitators and how they rip off the small investor
  25. A relationship among lower incomes, cigarette smoking, the lotto & fast food
  26. Belief Systems: The good, the not so good & the ugly
  27. We are so smart, aren’t we?  (our changing knowledge base)
  28. The price of petrol is very low in the US, the good news and the not so good news
  29. Guns, guns and more guns!
  30. News or Agenda – CNN, Fox, Aljazeera
  31. Reality shows – from Wrestling to Springer to ….
  32. History of man, what do we really know?
  33. Auto Insurance the way I figure it could be free!
  34. The metric system and currency
  35. Civilization, did it commence 6,000 years ago?
  36. Nikola Tesla – the unappreciated prophet.
  37. Sophie’s Believe it or not!
  38. Just for fun – Aliens among us
  39. Just for fun – The Universe
  40. Accountability & Reputation
  41. Do I really have to pay for this?
  42. Just for fun, my favorite apps
  43. Test your perspective, just for fun
  44. America, the world’s cop
  45. High speed cop car chases, are they worth it?
  46. Prescription Drugs – why do we subsidize the rest of the world? 
  47. Overused and abused expressions that make little or no sense:
  48. Currency, does ours make sense?
  49. Distribution of Taxes, revisited
  50. The Outrageous cost of Advanced Education
  51. Amending our system: Issues & Solutions
  52. Just for fun: Area 51 (site S-4)
  53. The Important Issues & polarization (opinion)
  54. Ancient Ancestors & Current Aliens (just for fun)
  55. Searching for Balance
  56. Polarization & Control
  57. Should taxpayers be concerned by our National Debt?
  58. Our Neighborhood in Space (just for fun)
  59. NPC (Not Politically Correct)
  60. Alien Contact (Just for Fun)
  61. Violence in America  
  62. Violence and Incarceration
  63. Health Care revisited
  64. US Patriots Initiative
  65. Path to a Balanced Budget
  66. Follow on to Articles 1 -3, 4 & 7 of the US Patriots Initiatives – The Elect
  67. Tax & Spend vs. Reducing Taxes
  68. Judge Roy Moore
  69. New Tax Bill & the Debt Disaster
  70. Divide & Conquer
  71. Belief systems revisited
  72. Education Revisited    
  73.  The Illusion of Substance (Just for Fun)
  74. 74. The Wall
  75. 75. Politics as Usual
  76. 76. The 2nd Amendment (2)
  77. 77. China: Communism or Capitalism
  78. 78. Ban Guns, surely you Jest
  79. 79. Our National Debt – Update                                                                                                             
  80. The real top 5 unexplained (just for fun)   
  81. We’re number 1   
  82. The Wall  
  83.  Go forth and Populate the Earth   
  84.  Roundabouts  
  85. Polarization & control – revisited 
  86. Upstream vs. Downstream – Illegal immigration
  87. Upstream vs. Downstream – Healthcare 
  88. My Misinformation
  89. Polarization and solutions
  90. Two Americans in Europe
  91. Observations while traveling in Europe
  92. Americanize
  93. The Price of Medication
  94. You get what you pay for
  95. Kit Kat (a travel story)
  96. The Big Bang & common sense
  97. Your immune system
  98. A replacement for #3 in my top 5 unexplained
  99. More on Political Polarization
  100. Keynes vs. Friedman
  101. Name Nonsense – Just for fun                                                                                               
  102. Great Teachers – Life Lessons 
  103. Healthcare Costs & the Budget Deficit
  104. Renewable Ener
  105. The Obesity Epidemic Revisit
  106. When a tax cut is not?
  107. When is a tax increase not?
  108. Hidden taxes
  109. Life Expectancy vs HALE
  110. Moussa Castle
  111. Military Spending
  112. The Electoral College

When a tax cut is not?

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 exuberance. 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! 010

The Ideal Candidate

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
  • The National Defense, Security & Veteran support
  • Healthcare
  • Tax Reform
  • Income Security
  • Energy Dependence
  • Climate Change & the Environment
  • Immigration Reform
  • Infrastructure
  • Social Security & Medicare
  • International Relations & Foreign Policy
  • Criminal Justice & Incarceration
  • Human Rights
  • Gun Control
  • Education
  • 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 it.

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 sophiessoapbox@gmail.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 sophiessoapbox@gmail.com 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 sophiessoapbox@gmail.com with “Volunteer” in the subject line. Please include your state in the email.