Category: Politics & Government

Republican Tax Cut GDP Impact

Consumption by household income level

Only part of tax reduction flows through to GDP growth. There are two main components to investigate—increase of spendable income to households and increases to businesses. Purpose of Republican Tax Bill The question that a tax bill should answer is – will tax cuts help or hurt residents of the country, not does it right…

Bottom-Up Tax Cut

Consumption by income

Tax cuts should go to the lowest income earners. When they pay less to the tax man— they will still be paying FICA, property, and sales taxes— they spend that extra cash. More money will flow through all levels of the economy. This will grow GDP, because consumer expenditures comprise 75% of all GDP activity.…

Black-and-White Thinking, an Example

Each thing is either true or false. An image half black and half white.white

From a Reader’s Digest letter of a couple of years ago, under Points to Ponder Senator Elizabeth Warren misses the point when she uses the expression gun violence. The enemy in our society is violence of all types, and if we take away one tool, those who are driven to hurt others will find another.…

Gag Order

No matter how smart a cat you are, if you reason from false facts you get an invalid conclusion

Did you remember that the Trump administration placed a gag order earlier this year? From Fortune magazine, Jan 24, 2017 Employees at several federal agencies including the Department of Agriculture have been barred by the Trump administration from making any statements, or providing any documents to the public or journalists, according to published reports.  The…

Two Campaign and Two Political Changes

People sitting around a large table counting votes by hand

The difficult campaign and election that we went through last year revealed that changes are needed. Both candidates declined to give important information. Various forms of interference occurred for which no Constitutional redress exists. Constitutional Amendment We need an amendment to nullify any election when the effect of fraud and foreign interference is greater than…

Personhood at Conception?

What would it mean if personhood began at conception? In my state the likelihood of such an amendment has always been small, but recent political events make even the strangest probabilities possible. Personhood Amendment Let’s consider the text of the Colorado proposed amendment of 2014, which was voted down. Shall there be an amendment to…

Scapegoating – Advantages and Disadvantages

Scapegoating. Ostrich with head in the sand. Ignoring reality

Scapegoating – I’m talking about blaming an entire group of people for the acts of a few of the members in the group. Muslims and Mexicans have been recently used as scapegoats. Two problems in the US are acts of terrorism and weakness in the economy. It’s convenient to blame the problems on Muslims and…

Current Immigration Crisis and Islamic Civil War

Sunni and Shia in a tug-of-war

No one (except terrorists) believe we should allow immigration of likely terrorists into our country. The question arises in the interpretation of likely. Our mass media (NY Times, Fox, Washington Post, Huffington Post, etc) should present a running total showing  terrorist violence to date. It shows that terrorism results primarily from the Islamic Civil War.…