Many didn’t think we’d make it through this year, what with Trump in charge. But we’re almost there.
I’m not a big fan of Trump, but I’m not a big detractor, either. I figure the guy’s gonna do what he’s gonna do, with whatever help he can get from our dysfunctional Congress.
Right now everyone’s worried about the tax cuts, which – if they do pass – will begin to affect us years from now.
It’s not even on my radar.
- I’m not buying a house worth more than $500,000 and I don’t worry about losing that deduction.
- I paid off my student loans, so I’m not worried about the interest deduction there (paid most of 'em off while living in China and not filing U.S. tax forms, so never enjoyed the deduction to begin with. Still paid 'em off).
- I don’t pay much of anything in state and local taxes, so I’m not worried there.
When it comes to the rich and the idea that most of the tax cuts are going to them, I say…’why not?’
If I made $1 million this year, the thought of forking $400,000 over it to the government doesn’t make me feel too good. Might even reduce my incentive to make so much.
At least they’re not paying 70% anymore, like they were in the 70s. And boy do they frown on people like me, too. I make so little each year that the government actually gives me money. In a couple months I’ll probably get over $1,000 for a return, my wife too.
And you know what happens with that money?
Goes right into the local economy, usually quite quickly. I’ll head to the eye doctor, get some new glasses and contacts, and probably hit-up the dentist too.
There’s a quarter of my tax return right there. I’ve no doubt that tax-return-time is one of the best times of the year for eye doctors and dentists…two areas that Obamacare rarely covers.
Besides that there’s hundreds of dollars in back-repairs for my car, purchasing some household items in bulk (toilet paper, detergent, cleaning products, etc.), and then just filling up the fridge.
Boom – my tax return has been spent!
Millions of Americans spend their return the exact same way I do. I’m not sure what the rich do with…oh, that’s right – they don’t get tax returns.
They pay the highest rates to ensure that I do get a tax return.
So you’re not going to hear a lot of complaining from me when it comes to taxes, for the above reason, and for another very simple one – the GOP controls all branches of government, and this tax cut will go through.
There’s nothing I can do about that. Daines’ll vote for it, Tester’ll vote against it. We knew this months ago. I don’t know why we pretend we didn’t. Guess the reporters and blogs have to write about something, huh?
Anyways, sorry that I don’t have a Tom Woods campaign event recap for you today.
Nope, didn’t go to his event. It looks like few went:
I decided to take a nap instead. Yep, the idea of getting some sleep was more enticing to me than listening to Tom Woods talk.
I feel the exact same way about all the other U.S. House candidates, D or R.
There’s nothing to get excited about, nothing much that differentiates any of them. Unless one of these guys really starts to shake things up, it’ll be boring-as-usual, with an easy 5-to-10-point victory for Gianforte in 11 months.
How about North Korea? Another missile launch…more sanctions from the U.S. Don’t be surprised – South Korea will be hosting the Winter Olympics beginning on February 9. Nothing will happen militarily until that ends on February 25.
And when it comes to the military, I think Trump has let it be known that they can take care of this mess on their own, he’ll sign-off on what they want.
I’m not too concerned about the North, either. Their soldiers can’t even kill one of their own as he tries to run away. Shot ‘im in the back a couple times, but couldn’t get the job done. And I don’t see China coming into it again, like they did in 1950 when we got up to their border.
Best option in my mind is to use our covert ops to take out their leader, then just give the country to China as a gift. Let them handle that mess. Let them shoulder the cost of modernization. It’ll cost them a lot of money, perhaps a lot of that gold they’ve been stockpiling in their Asiatic bank.
An NBC poll of 1,900 millennials found that 36% of Democrats, 47% of Independents, and 49% of Republicans feel that Trump is doing about as they expected.
- Overall, 46% of millennials disapprove of the job the president is doing.
- 35% of Independents, 27% of Republicans and 14% of Democrats feel the president is making no difference in their lives.
By far, Democrats feel Trump is affecting them most, with 86% saying the president is making “some” or a “big difference” on their lives.
I find that surprising, as I can’t think of one way my life has changed since January 20th…besides the increase in income I’ve experienced from taking on more work.
Over 100 patients and medical marijuana providers showed up in Helena yesterday to dissuade DPHHS from instituting new, industry-killing rules.
- For instance, if someone has a misdemeanor, they can’t work in a dispensary. Ever get a speeding ticket?
- Another one is requiring providers to pay a $5,000 fee if they have more than 10 patients. Many businesspeople said they’d have to close their doors.
I find all this discussion extremely odd.
Wasn’t DPHHS’s budget one of the largest on the chopping-block just a few weeks ago with the special session?
Now the agency wants to limit state revenue even more? That means their budget will get cut all the more the next time the legislature meets.
Perhaps the agency feels that a few $5,000 more here and there will make up for the millions in cuts the GOPer’s will throw their way 13 months from now.
Who knows what’ll happen. All I know is that the state is bankrupt, needs every dollar it can get, and helping medical marijuana as opposed to hindering it is a good way to keep revenue coming in.
And that’s it. Have a good weekend.