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?
A few months ago when I made the decision to retire it was quite a positive event. I looked forward to having more free time, the ability to sleep when I wanted, wake when I wanted and to do (or not do) whatever came to mind at the time. No more 4am wake-ups. No more … Continue reading A Few thoughts on retirement
If you are one of the millions of people who watch network news to find out what's going on in the world this might be news to you. On Thursday, November 5th, President Obama expressed to Congress his intent to ratify the secretly negotiated and written Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It's okay if you're not quite … Continue reading Trans-Pacific Partnership – Welcome to OneWorld, Inc.