We knew this day would be enormously painful. We knew it the moment we gathered up that small bundle of fur, clutched him to our chest and laughed as he licked our face and nuzzled our hair and we knew this day would come. We knew we would have to face it one day but … Continue reading We knew this day would come.
I am not an economist. I never had the opportunity to doze off in an Econ101 class. I do not possess profound insights into the U.S Tax Code or its effects on market forces. I am, however, intelligent enough to realize that the Republican tax plan is not what they’d like us to believe it … Continue reading Why Are We Talking About Corporate Tax Cuts?
Like most folks, I dutifully filed a Federal tax return for 2016 and did so electronically as so many of us do today. It’s convenient, relatively quick, saves a few cents in postage and, above all, hastens receipt of a refund. Well, most of the time... When I submitted the return I was advised to … Continue reading Where’s my refund?
After years of repeated promises to rid the American public of the onerous burden of the Affordable Care Act and multiple attempts to gut it, the Republicans best chance to “repeal and replace” has gone down in spectacular flames. The self-professed deal-maker, Donald Trump, was unable to close this one. The “Art of the Deal” … Continue reading Republican Healthcare Plan Goes Down
Donald Trump instigated a war with the news media. He and others in his regime seem befuddled that the media won’t knuckle under. It seems incongruous in view of the fact that the very same news media, by virtue of their all Trump, all the time coverage of his campaign, helped propel his candidacy. Rather … Continue reading An Uncomfortable Truth About the Power of Repetition
I generally try to avoid wading into the political cesspools that populate Facebook but occasionally, when I get bored, I try to amuse myself by tangling with some of the more rabid Trump supporters. Now, this particular guy, judging from his posts, is pleased as punch with our new President. Greatest thing that ever happened … Continue reading Like playing chess with a pigeon
There is currently a bill in Congress, H.R 367, titled the “Hearing Protection Act of 2017”. Introduced by South Carolina Republican representative Jeff Duncan, it currently has 95 co-sponsors; 94 Republicans and 1 Democrat (Gene Green of Texas). That’s more than a bit lopsided. Why wouldn’t the Democrats be just as concerned with protecting our … Continue reading You Can’t Judge a Bill by the Title
Never in memory has an incoming Administration caused a level of uncertainty and unrest or generated the public and political turmoil we’re currently witnessing. Right from the start, this President has clearly demonstrated an inability or unwillingness to recognize or acknowledge any truth which differs from his. The childlike obsession with the size of his … Continue reading Subverting Dissent?
The war of words between the new Administration and the media continues to escalate. And, it is a war. Donald said, straight up, he is "in a running war with the media". Did he really? Or did the press manufacture this video? He's called them dishonest. He's called them liars. The flap over photos comparing … Continue reading When a Fact Is, In Fact, Not a Fact
The recent turn in the weather, shorts and t-shirt last week, jeans and sweatshirt this week, has turned my thoughts to winter's impending arrival... Autumn leaves falling from the trees trigger a sense of dread in me. Winter will soon assert itself, relegating the lawn mower and barbecue grill to their annual exile in the … Continue reading Am I the Only One Who Hates Winter?