Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bad joke

I sent my manuscript to the publisher.

They sent it back and said I should write dialogue.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Tax cuts

Let's say I get a tax cut this year. Next year, I won't notice the difference.

Don't you know why? Sure you do!

My 'income' or take home pay will be normal to me.

The only benefit from tax cuts are short term.

Let's say I get a tax cut this year of $1,200. I'll spend it on paying bills and servicing debt. It's 23 dollars a week. The average household that’s carrying credit card debt has a balance of $15,654. That tax cut, if applied to credit card debt of $15,654 at 21% interest, would never pay off the balance. Even at 18% simple annual interest, it never pays off. Even at 12% interest, the debt never pays off.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Throwing our money away with tax cuts in 2017

Hang with me as I run this idea down.

The average price for a new car made in the US is just under $24,000.

Last year, the US consumer bought 7,105,162 new cars.

Some math follows:

$24,000 times 7,105,162 equal $168 billion dollars.

The tax cuts from the Republican Party will add $1.5 trillion dollars to the national debt.

My conclusion:

If, for the next 9 years, the federal government would buy the entire annual production run off every car made in America and dumped the cars into the ocean instead of cutting corporate taxes; the middle class would be better off.

At least those making cars, car parts, and selling hot lunches to factory workers.

And, CEO's would still get to drive the Mercedes or BMW of their choice.

Do you have a better understanding of the waste?

For further consideration:

Can a retired widow benefit from an income tax cut?

How many cars are really 100% made in America, with all American parts, American steel, and America rubber ...?

How many new cars are bought or sold in the USA each year?

Monday, December 18, 2017

Tisdale and Butch Miller

Nadia Tisdale received a sentence today for her earnest attempts to bring public awareness to all voters. The AJC carries her story.

She was assaulted. Then, tried in a mockery of a trial. And, sentenced to probation, a fine, and community service.

So, where do I find the justice in that? I don't.

You see, I've recorded many politicians in many venues. Sometimes, I held a camera. Sometimes, I laid a recording device on a table. Sometimes, I used hidden devices.

For Senator Saxby Chambliss, when he witnessed to God, saying to NGCSU cadets, God Called Me to Public Service. I recorded that.

When our Governor, Nathan Deal, held town hall meetings as a member of the US House of Representatives, I held my camera. Sometimes in plain sight. Sometimes, I held the camera against the side of my leg, hidden in a leather binder. I'm sure his staffers remember watching me. I wanted them to catch me and react.

For Representative Doug Collins, I put the device in plain sight. He's too dumb to spot it or even look for it.

For local Republican Party meetings held in public, I laid the recording device on the chair next to me. One time, as I recorded Ashley Bell, Bell called me a member of the Press.

For County Commission meetings, I used hidden devices. I wonder if Craig Lutz remembers all the things he's said after shaking my hand?

Speaking of Craig Lutz, I remember sort of sharing the stage with him back in 2010 when I ran for State House against some very minor Republican. My Republican opponent wouldn't share the stage with me. But, some how, Senator Butch Miller stood in for him.

Butch, do you remember the pen in my shirt pocket? The extra pen laying on my note pad?

I really hope you remember the loaded question about Buford being the exclusive supplier of natural gas in southern parts of Hall County. You answered it very well. Very well. After you sat down, you bragged about it. Remember?

You should. In so many words you confessed not only to having all the questions before the forum, you confessed that my opponent, James Mills, supplied you with the answer to that question.

Do you remember, Senator Butch Miller, President Pro-Tem of the Georgia Senate for 2018?

I have a suggestion for ya, Butch. I'll share it with you face to face. Soon.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hall County's future under Tax Reform

As the Republicans silently debate their tax reform in Congress, a couple of letters in the Times provided some open and honest discussion on the future for the country under the once secretive proposal. I respond, not to those letters or the partisan work of Republican Representative Collins. I target Kevin Hassett, Republicans' Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Hassett recently authored 'The Growth Effect of Corporate Tax Reform and Implications for Wages.' He boldly proposes a conservative increase of $4,000 for average households in 10 years. He weasels a bit in his paper. He writes about households earning $83,143, his chosen average income. He adds a caveat on the type of income earned, over 20% of that $83,143 comes from non-wages. I'll be more plain. His average household earns 20% of its income from something other than wages or salary. Hassett's average family earns $351 a week from things like stock option and capital gains. Let's translate that to the average family in Hall County.

The Census reports median household income for us at $50,853, some $33,000 less than Hassett calls average for all Americans. So we need to make 60% more to meet his standards. A long stretch for Hall County firefighters and police officers and bank tellers.

But, those wage earners must supplement their paycheck with $11,000 in other income to be Hassett's average type of household. I didn't make $11,000 last year on stock options, capital gains, or something called a 'bonus.'

I predict that in 10 years, the average Hall County household, will have less purchasing power than today. I predict the Hall County Republican Party will refuse to support raises for County and City employees.

So who in Hall County living in the average household will get Hassett's $4,000 increase in their income? Ask a Republican. They know.