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The Overwhelming Survival-Response to the TCJA of the 2017 "SALT CAP" has been Change One of the most controversial provisions of the TCJA of 2017 was the $10k "SALT CAP", which adversely affected 10.9 million filers (over 18 million potential 2020 voters), the vast majority having withholding surprises in 2019. It has proved to be highly advantageous to landlords in high SALT states, like Trump and Kushner and as a result New York City rents hit a new high of $2,980/mo, the highest in at least three years.
Why a 2018 Mid-term vote for the GOP is a vote for al Qaeda's Most Valuable Party (MVP) No thoughtful voter can question that the American People are not more divided in October 2018 than when al Qaeda declared war on the United States on August 23, 1996 and published its ultimate goal to create a wedge between the American people and their government. The leadership one of our political parties, the GOP bears the lion's share for this wedge, vote accordingly on November 6th. Thank you!
Why the GOP's Tax Reform is the Al Qaeda Terrorists Dream Come True! During the 11+ years since Bush-43 warned us, in his September 5, 2006 speech, to take the terrorist words seriously Beltway policymakers have done the exact opposite. The GOP's Tax Reform being latest in a chain of legislation enabling Al Qaeda to achieve its goals, big time. If the GOP Tax Bill is enacted the Republican Party will be the terrorist's Most Valuable Party (MVP).
Why New Jersey's Closed Primaries Led to Voter Apathy, Polarization and Gridlock The inability to have a say in the primaries cause many unaffiliated votes to suffer "learned helplessness" resulting in too many of them dropping-out of the electoral process, yielding low turn-out in general election. The majority who vote in closed primaries are hardcore partisans, resulting in nominees that are polar-opposites and with one gets elected to the political office, gridlock is the result.
"Learned Helplessness", the Self-Inflicted Cause of the Democratic Party's Potential Demise Just as at the turn of the twentieth century, U.S. voters are disenchanted with both political parties as indicated by April 2014 Rasmussen Reports poll which found that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is fair to say that neither party in Congress is the party of the American people This explains why the 2014 mid-term voter turnout percentage of eligible voters was a 72 year low ("learned helplessness" in action).
Why The President's Trade Agenda is a Cup Two-Thirds Empty, At Best! Since the current global conflict is a Jobs War, The President's Trade Agenda is a disaster waiting to happen. It fails to address the lion's share of our trade challenge, imports and it supports the Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism which lowers the risk to corporations exporting jobs. Tell your Senators and Representative to support the Americans in the jobs war, by vote against the trade agenda, later this year.
The Greater Deformation: the Corruption of Democracy in America America’s democracy is under attack by our Financial Aristocracy. In a 2012 CBS News/New York Times poll, 76 percent said the U.S. Supreme Court decides cases based on personal and political views, not legal analysis. Without a mandate for a national referendum on SCOTUS decisions, especially five-to-four decisions,“We the People” will never, on a sustained basis, regain control of our Democracy.
Are Votes for Fast Track, (TPP) and (TAFTA) Votes for Crony Capitalism? Crony capitalism appears to be a Global epidemic, ultimately resulting in the privatization of gains and the socialization of losses. In his bestseller, The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America, David Stockman makes the case that crony capitalism has been eight decades in making in America, while according to Rep. Paul Ryan “We're starting to see some crony capitalism here in America"
Throwing Good Money After Bad: Extending the Capital Gain & Dividend Tax-cuts American voters crave for truth and leadership. Ideologues who "favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible" represent the antithesis of what voters want and have played a significant role in bringing about the Fiscal Cliff. Tax-cuts that violate expectations,that are void of accountability and lack verification of results deserve to be political liabilities.
The Competitive Double-Standard: The Olympics versus Global Trade When Olympic competition was marred by performance-enhancing drugs, drug-testing was widely accepted; but economic cheating/fraud in the global trade arena, it's business as usual. Human nature beings what it is, a lack of boundaries breeds negative competition. Enron, WorldCom and Madoff eventually ceased to be tolerated, yet our tolerance for negative competition by trading partners has been to date virtually without limit.
Has Our Defense of Freedom Made America Less Independent? Our trade deficits are weapons of economic destruction, fueled by a laundry-list of free trade agreements. They have eroded America's independence and are enabling al-Qaeda to achieve its central goal of: "bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy". Senator Obama's concern in 2008 has evolved into welcoming free trade agreements with open arms, why? To keep capital happy! It's bipartisan Kool-Aid drinking at its worse.
China and Madoff Fraud Parallels and How All U.S. Trade is Adversely Affected This article connects the dots between China's manipulation (a tax on all U.S. exports) and our failed Free Trade Agreements (FTA).
Common Interest Health Care Common Interest Health Care is the antithesis of the special interest sickness care system that plagues America. The Consumers Union Safe Patient Project, whose tagline is "End secrecy, save lives" provides testimony that process improvement in health care is sorely needed. U.S. health reform advocates should seek necessary votes from the center versus appeasing anti-reform special interest groups.