How Trump Can Make Himself a Shoe-In in 2020

I might be wrong (I usually am) but I don’t think any war time president has ever been voted out of office.

Right now we have three “hot spots” of problem countries: North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela.

Recent events show growing tensions and negative activity in all three areas.

I fear Trump will initiate some “national security emergency” and initiate a major action just before election time. A wave of patriotism will kick in and Trump will cruise into a second term.

Now, in full disclosure, I like George Bush (the son). Consider how his popularity sky rocketed after 9/11. I’m afraid this might happen again.

So, How’s That Tax Break Working Out For You? #GOPTaxScam

Last year everyone was so flustered, excited, taken back, so in love with the 2017 Trump Tax Break for the “middle class”.  (Really????  3% is all it takes to get you excited?????). I quickly criticized it for what is blatantly was, a tax cut for the mega rich that was to be paid for by the middle class.  I further pointed out the great tax break you were getting would slowly disappear after 5 years.  Well, I’ll be the first to admit it when I’m wrong.  You see it won’t disappear after 5 years.  IT DISAPPEARED THIS YEAR.

Essentially, you were tricked by a scam artist whose only interest is in himself and his mega rich family and friends.  Already, millions are taking to social media blaming Trump and the GOP.  Most use the GOPTaxScam hash tag.  You got screwed in that you didn’t realize a tax cut has nothing to do with your tax liability on your return.  In fact, your LIABILITY WENT UP !!!

That’s right, already hundreds millions of middle class tax payers OWE MORE THIS YEAR (or, in some cases, are getting significantly less back). The IRS is reporting for 2019 the average tax refund check is down 8 percent ($170) this year versus last.  The number of people receiving a refund has dropped by 25%!!!!!  How can that be????  You were supposed to get a break in the taxes applied to your pay check and you were supposed to get a higher standard deduction on your actual tax return calculations.

The most significant changes to the U.S. tax code in decades created lower tax brackets and higher standard deductions.  However, it took away personal exemptions and limited the amount middle class taxpayers could deduct for real estate taxes and state and local taxes.  More or less a break even calculation.  Essentially, you got screwed.

Here are the 9 most popular deductions you can no longer take (that is, you got screwed).

  • Personal exemptions.
  • Home equity interest
  • Moving expenses
  • Job expenses
  • Tax preparation fees
  • IRA account fees – wow, if you ever got screwed, it’s on this one!!
  • Parking and transit reimbursements
  • Casualty and Theft losses
  • Certain college donations

So, let’s review.

  1. If your standard deduction went up, great.   But, if you then lost one of your write offs (this year you can no longer write off a home office if you work for someone else, and next year you can no longer write off medical expenses) then, you essentially got screwed.
  2. If your pay check was a little higher (the average is $24) because less taxes were taken out, then great.  However, the combination of larger paychecks and smaller deductions are leaving some middle class taxpayers that usually get a refund owing hundreds — even thousands — of dollars on April 15, 2019.  If you were then told “you forgot to file a new W4 and have additional amounts taken out”, then, you essentially got screwed.
  3. The Government Accounting Office is reporting 4.6 MILLION fewer people will receive a refund.  That means 4.6 million people GOT SCREWED.

 

Never Put it On Paper (aka Social Media)

Texas councilman Scott Dunn just deleted his Twitter account.  He probably will now suffer some form of mass media hysteria about his “bullying”, unprofessionalism, and ultimately a mass call for his “immediate resignation”, etc etc.

In brief Mr. Dunn responded to a tweet made by the freshman congresswoman from NY. “The embarrassment is to have bimbos like you with nothing between your ear”.  Apparently, he was responding to a tweet made by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about Trump’s State of The Union address.

When, oh when, oh when will people begin to learn….. STOP PUTTING IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA !!!!!  NEVER PUT IT IN WRITING !!!! or, better yet, learn how to argue !!!  Calling someone a bimbo is a long used cliche more correctly referred to as an ad hominem attack.  That is, you really don’t have a good counter argument so you just insult your opponent.  Much like the Ad Hominem in Chief does every day.

BUILD THE WALL??

We need “border security”, right?  Isn’t that what Trump has been saying for years?  He states that our border is being accessed by drug addicts, rapists, kidnappers and heroin mules.

I wonder, then, what is the justification for shutting down the government when two of the most important front line border protection agencies, the TSA and the US Coast Guard, are essentially shut down.

How about all the auxiliary departments, contractors, and sub-contractors who service various law enforcement such as the FBI, DEA, and CIA?

Trump’s move isn’t “making America great again”.  It’s leaving us unprotected.

Another D List Player

In follow up to my “Incompetent Amateurs and A Country at Risk” post from a few days ago, I should point out we now lost one of our most experienced and respected diplomats.  Brett McGurk, the special envoy for the coalition to defeat ISIS, resigned in protest of Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria.

And now, we learn that THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, that’s right – DEFENSE, is being replaced with a Boeing executive WITH NO MILITARY EXPERIENCE.  Patrick Shanahan, another Trump crony was named as the acting defense secretary.  It should be noted this is his second trip to the wishing well.  His last appearance in front of the Senate Confirmation Committee about 17 months ago made it clear how unprepared, inexperienced, and unqualified he is to LEAD THE PENTAGON.

In fact, he submitted written responses to questions just prior to the hearing.  In those responses he said he believed we should stop sending weapons to the Ukraine.  (You know, the country fighting against Trump’s keepers in Russia.)  However, during his face to face hearing HE LIED by changing his tune and said he would support sending weapons to the Ukraine.

And, that’s when then Senator John McCain jumped all over him.  He pointed out his inconsistent testimony.  He called out Shanahan for not knowing what was happening in the very same Armed Services Committee he (Shanahan) was supposed to be involved in.

Shanahan has no government experience and no foreign policy experience.  Insiders at the Pentagon state Shanahan doesn’t understand the military culture and has struggled with high turnover on his immediate staff and tensions with the military services.  Sound familiar??  Just like our Moron – In – Chief.

Doing Trump – Al Capone Style

Alphonse Capone, the gangster leader in Chicago.  Murderer, extortionist, and bootlegger, he was never convicted of any of those crimes. Rather, he went to prison for, get this, tax evasion.

 

The FBI probe into the Russian interference in the 2016 election is not a witch hunt as proclaimed by Trump and all of his disciples.  Considering the number of convictions, guilty pleas, plea bargains, and ongoing investigations, the crimes were real.  Will the trail ever lead to Trump himself?  We’ll see.

 

There are currently 17 major ongoing investigations.  They can be broken down as follows:

 

We know Mueller is looking into various obstruction of justice events, campaign and transition involvement with Russians; Middle Eastern contacts with the compaign; the ongoing Paul Manafort mess; Moscow’s Trump Tower; WikiLeaks; and the Russian attack on our election process.

 

The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York has four big ones: funding of the inauguration, super PAC funding, lobbying by foreign nations, and Trump Organization finances during the campaign.

 

The US Attorney for the District of Columbia is on the Russian Spy, Maria Butina.

 

The US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia is working on the Internet Research Agency mess and Turkish influence as outlined by Michael Flynn.

 

There’s an odd investigation going on involving Michael Flynn and an un-named office.  It seems to be an intelligence thing.

 

Attorneys General in Maryland and Washington DC are going after Trump Organization records to see if Trump violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.  The one that says a president cannot accept payments from foreign powers while in office.

 

Not even mentioning the various payoffs and lawsuits settled by Trump which may or may not have involved campaign funds, and, or The Trump Foundation funds, we have the Al Capone issues. Ongoing investigations by the New York State Attorney General suggesting Trump profited, benefited or whatever other word you want to use from more than $400m in various tax schemes.  Now the New York State Tax Department is involved. The Trump Foundation, shut down last week after its assets were seized and distributed by NY State to legitimate charities, is under scrutiny for its accounting.  Now, the new Congress has set its eyes on securing Trumps tax return records.  It’s only a matter of time.  Trump got away with all that stuff discussed above.  He’ll go down for tax issues.