Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The "Not Paying Taxes" Comment

At some point in the Clinton-Trump debate.....Hillary noted that Trump hadn't had to pay any taxes.  Trump responded....mostly grinning....that she's absolutely right, and that shows how he is smart about finances.

Here's the thing.....there are well over 80,000 pages of tax code existing today.  All of this....was written not by IRS people....but mostly by Congressmen and Senators.  You can go and ask a dozen of them about such-and-such code that they wrote into law back in the mid-1990s, and they have no idea what they wrote or how they really ended up.  That's the sad thing about taxation in America today.

I worked with an individual who owned horse property up in Montana back in the 1990s. For roughly six years....she owned the property and improved it (a $10,000 barn was erected on the property during this period).  As she got ready to sell it....she was shocked that property prices had gone up and there was a fair amount of profit now tied to the sale (in the $90,000 range over what she'd paid).  Naturally, she did the simple math and figured that it was going figure up to around $10,000 to $15,000 extra on taxes, on top of her military pay.  Well, the local Montana accountant did the numbers and the profit from the sale did not exist.

She was puzzled and went to the guy to ask how this was possible.  Some Senator had written a code that affected all horse ranches sold during this time period and basically made anything in Montana....almost tax-free on profits from a horse-ranch sale.  According to him...similar rules were in place for shrimp fishermen from Louisiana....or crab fishermen from the Massachusetts region.

Trump is simply taking advantage of the rules written down.  He pays an accountant to be smart and find each of these deductions.  There are hundreds of thousands of deductions sitting there.....which most people are simply not aware of.

Should we be angry?  Only at the Senators and Congressmen for creating this massive code which doesn't make any sense.  Ask Hillary how she'd want to fix it, and she will respond that she'd write more tax code to tax these people in some special way, and you respond.....well, what if a Senator comes up three weeks later and writes six different tax credits to ease the guy's pain and reshuffle the taxes back into the zero category?  She would just grin and say that's the whole game.

There is something broke here, but the idea that you could go and force everyone to pay one simple 7-percent flat-tax, period.....doesn't seem to be of interest to anyone.

So, settle back and just accept the fact.....the system is broke. Maybe some crazy nutcase like Trump might be willing to do something that Hillary isn't willing to do.....reset the whole tax code to one simple page, and flat-tax companies and individuals to one some method.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Fact About Fact-Checking

Everyone seems hyped up this morning....over the evening debate between Clinton and Trump.  The key term used....fact-checking.  Lester Holt went and did some fact-checking to settle some issues....mostly (almost all) hitting on Trump.  So, here's the reality of fact-checking.

Over the past year....maybe for the entire past twenty to thirty years....Americans have been fact-checking.  Shocked?

Americans fact-checked the Republican Party,, the Democratic Party, CNN, the New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, the Washington Post, Fox News, NewsWeak, and a hundred different foundations, lobbyists, or pretender news organizations.

If you started back thirty years ago, and wrote down the stewed words, fake reports, bogus news, and slanted facts put out.....it'd probably encompass a 6,000-page book.

We've fact-checked ministers, congressmen, judges, Hollywood actors, scientists, Saudis-terrorists, bimbos, trailer-trash lawyers, intellectuals, Presidents, and radio-talk show dimwits.

To be blunt.....we've wasted an awful lot of time on fact-checking people and would have been better off maintaining our lawn, painting the garage, playing softball, bowling, or cleaning out our septic tank.

The news folks?  They seem to be hyped up and think they've cornered the market in fact-checking.  Well.....they've come too late.  They've had years to fact-check and learn the trade.  They seem at best to have marginally drifted over into fact-checking and pretend they know something about it.  The truth is....they are leagues behind the general public.

Maybe for a week or two.....people will still talk over fact-checking and how the news media is pumped up.  At some point, reality will settle into position and people will begin to go back and ask questions.  These questions....over facts....will be admired by the news media, and then left there on the table.  Best not to be discussed.  That's the fact about fact-checking.

The China Story

A science story caught my eye yesterday.

China has decided to put money and effort into alien contact projects.  There are thousands of ways that they could go and spend government funding but they decided that they'd get into the alien-contact business.

Most people would say that it's a fairly good way of wasting money.  But if you sit and ponder about this....you might come to a difference conclusion.

One day.....some alien race is finally going to announce itself, and they will come to land on Earth.  Where they land and who they associate with.....makes a big difference.

Generally, if you watch all these alien movies.....the aliens always seem to land in America.  There's no real explanation for this except that aliens seem to like Americans more than anyone else.

I suspect the Chinese watched enough of this and said.....why not China?

What happens as the alien ship starts to land and it's in the middle of China?  They are the 'insider' to any future relationship with the aliens.  Naturally, this would upset the Americans greatly.

Will this create a competition situation between China and the US on alien contact?  I'm guessing that some anger and hostility will emerge from the US side....it being unfair that China is spending a lot of money while the US spends less.

The amusing thing is that both could make all this effort, and in the end....the aliens decide to land in Iceland because of the scenic territory and great tasting beer.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Global Right to Immigrate?

It's hard to say which idiot came up with the phrase or idea.  Over the weekend, Hillary put out some comment to the effect that people....globally....had some right to immigrate.  I sat and pondered over this a while today, and have come to five observations.

1.  If "Joe" spoke French and had some welding occupation (certificate included), and wanted to apply for French entry....and France had unemployment for welders at less than 5-percent, than I'd say fine....let Joe go and do this the right way and apply for France.

If Joe speaks no French, and has spent 12 years selling apples on the street....well....then applying for entry into France makes little sense and maybe he ought to stay where he is unless he wants to live in some French ghetto and whining about French culture constantly.

2.  If you go and look at most immigrants.....they want to go to countries on the A-list (US, Germany, Canada, England, France, etc).  Almost no one wants to go to countries on the B-list (Portugal, Mexico, Iceland, Honduras, Turkey, etc).

Before you get all pumped up about this global right to immigrate....you might want to throw some rule into the mix that maybe you'd have to accept living in Manitoba, Canada or Scotland.

3.  There are a lot of idiot who do no research.  So one day, they end up in Iceland and discover that in January, there's only 3 hours of sunlight, and in July....the sun really never sets.  They also discover that everything cost a lot in Iceland, and that Icelandic women are fairly tough women.

Over and over, I see countless examples where some idiot was all hyped up to immigrate somewhere and woke up 100 days later to say that this was a terrible mistake.  Course, maybe with Hillary's suggestion.....globally....everyone has the right to be an idiot as well.  Well.....maybe.

4.  At some point of introduction.....someone ought to explain the migrant or immigrant....that since he's 30-odd years old....even if he were to work for the next 35 years....he won't make more than X-amount on pension or social security.....which won't be enough to survive.  Those missing years....coming out of such-and-such country....basically screw him over big-time.

5.  Here's the odd factor which no one talks about.  Just about every single migrant or immigrant that you end up accepting....has some priority in moving to a highly urbanized area.  They seem to generally think (doesn't matter if we are talking Canada, Germany or UK), that the urban areas are the only places where they can identify with or find work.  So, there's this vast need for housing (cheap housing) in urbanized areas, but to be honest.....no one is building structures to meet this kind of need.

Where did Hillary get this 'right to immigrate' idea?  It might be interesting to ask that.....to see if it's just something that a Clinton Foundation player paid into the pot to get her to say that.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

The "Macbeth" Riot

As things quiet down in Charlotte, North Carolina.....there is this odd comment about the cops, arrests made during the riot period, and the "players".  So, it's just laid out there.....70-percent of those arrested had out-of-state ID's on them.

It does lead people to ask questions.  Are there just not enough angry locals to conduct riots?  Are these specially-trained rioters who get bused to riots?  Since these are bussed-in rioters.....for several days....are they being put up at local hotels?  Are they getting per-Diem or food money for each day ($30 to $40)?  Is this a profession or money-paid occupation?

Naturally, there are no investigative journalists on this. That's probably one of the big shockers.  No one seems to care about out-of-state rioters.

How do you advertise for professional rioters?  Is there a Craigslist ad for this?  Is there a HR guy who asks six questions and signs you up?  Is there a bonus for a successful four-day riot situation?  Do you have to get arrested to collect on part of the bonus?  Do you have to have a picture ID to be a professional rioter?  Do professional rioters get paid in cash and avoid taxation?  If you were hired to riot in North Carolina.....shouldn't you be paying NC state taxes on your "income"?

If I were a state politician from NC.....I'd probably look at this and devise a simple law that says.....if you are arrested in the act of violence (rioting would be included) and your only ID is a non-NC ID.....then you need to pay a fee of some type (maybe $300) for special handling.  If you have no ID, then NC should hold you until you or your family can show what state you live in, and then assess a $300 fee if you come from another state.

What all of this says?  Locals didn't really care or make that big of a deal over what triggered to riot to occur.  That should worry some people.  In essence, it was a theater-production riot, and it should trigger people into sitting down and pondering who would sponsor something like this and why.  When we as a society reach a point where you can plan out and sponsor a "Macbeth" style theater production riot......then we are fairly screwed up as a society.

Friday, 23 September 2016

The Monday Night Debate

For Hillary?  She has to show up with maximum energy, no health issues, no coughing, brilliantly devised answers and not do any bug-eye situations.

For Trump?  He just needs to show up.

It's that kind of debate.

There's virtually zero chance that Hillary can out-debate Trump.  In fact, Trump's biggest issue is some moderator who asks a trick-question with forty different ways of interpreting the question.

For the moderators?  They have to seem like they are neutral while helping Hillary as much as possible and asking 3rd-grade level questions.  On the idea of taking on Trump?  If the public thinks for one moment that the moderator is the the debator of Trump, this debate is finished and Trump can just grin as he slaps the moderator left and right.

A cough or two from Hillary?  Trump can come and say something that would immediately halt the debate and settle the health question once and for all.

A bug-eye moment?  Don't even bring it up.

And here's the really sad thing for Hillary.....she has to show up to two additional debates, and repeate a perfect health and stately mind situation.  Any stumbles at any of these, and she can carve off hope of winning.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Five HIllary Screw-Ups

More or less.....I think the election is over now and it's just a trot by Trump to the finish the race.  What happened to Hillary?  Some things occurred this year and some have been going on for a decade or two.

1. This episode at the 9-11 Memorial will end up being one of the bigger stumbling points of her career.  It's a seizure.....pure and simple.  She can bluff her way around but no one really believes it.

2.  Taking the Secretary of State job.  It may have given her some prestige but if you ask what she actually did....resume-wise....for four years....it's mostly nothing.

3.  The Clinton Foundation may have been a brilliant idea a decade ago, but over the past twelve months.....as you add up how she used it as Secretary of State....it looks like a mafia unit.

4.  For eight lousy years, there were tons of big things that she could have done as Senator.  But she's basically got three or four lines of material that makes her look Presidential.....the rest?  Just filler and worthless.

5.  One gets this impression that there is just pure dislike between Hillary and the President.  They do these stupid one on one complimentary moments for the networks but it just look awful fake.

Maybe if she'd done better in Iowa in 2008, and hired smarter folks.....she would have won against Obama, and it would have been a cake-walk for her against McCain.  Obviously, she just didn't take Iowa serious or try to set herself as a better candidate.