The (REAL) Truth About The New Tax Bill

I don’t know about you, but I am really getting sick of watching all of the knitwit liberal airheads blasting their hype and propaganda all over facebook, twitter, Google + and everywhere else they can about how the Tax Bill which congress is about to enact into effect will hurt “poor” americans while helping the rich.  I’m here to tell you, NOTHING could be further from the truth.

At first glance, rational folks will ask themselves…”well, they couldn’t get away with bold faced lying…could they?  Maybe there is some truth to their accusations?”  Just like in all good con games, the best lies are based on a little bit of verifiable truth.  The problems start when you conveniently overlook the details which prevent the legislation from causing harm.  here’s an example.

All over Twitter, liberal idiots like Alyssa Milano are hyping up the fact that the new bill takes away from healthcare.  They are absolutely right, it does.  It IMMEDIATELY stops the poverty stricken people of the United States from the burden of having to pay the legally mandated taxes to maintain and expand Obamacare.  These taxes weren’t too severe in the first few years after Obamacare was enacted, but, like the sliding scale used to pay professional sports athletes their signing bonuses, the legislation which enacted Obamacare called for the tax burden to the people, even people who don’t use it because they have insurance through their jobs, to slowly and steadily increase year after year.  This is what President Trump was talking about during the presidential campaign when he told Americans that they could do nothing about Obamacare and it would just implode, however it would hurt an awful lot of poor Americans when that happened and he wasn’t going to let that occur.

That’s what is happening now.  Now that we are in the sixth year of Obamacare, the costs to unwitting Americans has become staggering. when you combine that with the Obama administration’s allowing of the Bush Tax cuts to expire, the tax burden America’s poor face now is overwhelming.  This new Tax bill stops that in numerous ways, the most prolific however is by alleviating the American people of paying taxes to fund Obamacare and all of its nuances.

Next, Democrats and other people who have never read the bill will tell you that the new tax bill actually raises taxes instead of lowering them and even stops the ability to make common deductions which many people rely on when filing their taxes.  This, again, is a half truth.  It is very true that the new bill will eliminate the ability to write off certain things on people’s taxes and it is also true that some people’s taxes will go up to offset the cost of the bill.  What the democrats WON’T tell you though, (either because they never read it and don’t know, or because they are intentionally lying to you) is that deductions and tax increases will only affect families earning more than $75,000 per year in a single income household, and families earning over $90,000 in a dual income household. Another little tidbit that the loose-lipped liberals fail to mention is that virtually no American families making less that $75,000 per year file itemized tax returns!  Almost all American families earning under $100,000 per year file the EZ 1040 short form and therefore, wouldn’t be affected by the new bill even if it did apply to people making under the $75k threshold.

Next, our socialist liberal maniacs would have you believe that the new tax bill is going to increase our deficit by about 1.5 trillion dollars.  Again, only a little bit true.  The new bill will increase the deficit, but only by about 500 billion dollars (half a trillion) which is about 1/3 of what the dems are trying to tell everybody it will go up.  They also will tell you that Republicans have been swearing all along they were going to lower the deficit not increase it, which is absolutely true.  What they don’t add however, is that President Trump already submitted a budget to congress and the House which would have reduced the deficit by almost 13 Trillion dollars over the next 6 years.  They, of course, shot it down, so the deficit remains ridiculously high thanks to one Barack Muslim Obama who became President in 2008 with a national deficit of 12.2 Trillion, and went out in 2016 with a national debt of 22.8 trillion, which means that one single President, in 8 years almost doubled the nation’s entire deficit from what it was after 43 other Presidents before him.  THAT, my friends, is a disgrace.

Now liberal liars like Alyssa Milano will scream that “since there is a republican majority in the house and in the senate, that democrats can’t block anything.” (That is a direct quote from her, by the way).  This, of course, is absolutely untrue.  In case you didn’t know, as she apparently should have stayed in school to learn before shooting her mouth off, most legislation that passes through our government needs a 2/3 majority vote to pass.  That means instead of just needing 51% of the vote, lawmakers require a whopping 66.7% of the votes in order to pass sweeping legislation.  While the republicans absolutely do have a majority in the House and the Senate, they do not have 2/3 majority (at least not yet – we’re hoping to remedy that in next year’s midterm elections).  But until that happens, any serious piece of legislation our lawmakers intend to pass, does require at least a little support by democrats.  This is easily seen just in the passing of the tax bill we are talking about here.  If it weren’t for the fact that several democratic congressmen agreed with the bill and voted in favor of it, it never could have passed.  They did, and the bill is now expected to pass without further hindrance.

And WHY would even one democrat vote for such an outlandish bill if we are to believe it was authored by Satan himself and will be the financial ruination of so many poor American families?  The answer is simple.  All of that hype is nothing more than liberal blustering to try their best to prevent President Trump’s administration from successfully helping the American people like he promised he would.

To use a worn out cliche, these democrats would rather let the bus crash then help the driver stop it safely just so they could say they were right.  It’s a shame.  It’s very sad, but it’s also very true.

To be correct, this tax bill is not perfect.  No piece of legislation ever is.  Once a bill like this is authored, it is distributed to each member of our country’s legislature so they can review and decide how they wish to vote.  More often than not, each one of them will make little changes in the bill which are designed to help their specific constituents.  Some of these suggested changes are rebuked and denied unilaterally, but many are adopted and incorporated into the bill.  The end result being a piece of legislation that sometimes only slightly resembles the originally authored bill, and this tax bill is no different.  Suggestions were made, compromises were discussed and changes were implemented.  Many of these changes undoubtedly made the bill even stronger and better than it originally was. That is what the President meant when he tweeted that the bill is getting better and better as it passes through the process.  This is how our government works.  It’s how laws are made and how lifelong politicians keep the people that voted for them happy.  For the most part, it works unless some faction of that diplomatic machine just refuses to play along.  When that happens, the whole process grinds to a halt like it did when the President tendered his 2017 budget proposal.

In the end, this tax bill isn’t perfect, but it drastically and immediately grants relief to millions of poor Americans making under $75k per year who otherwise would have gotten one heck of a bad surprise come April 15, 2018 when they would have gotten back less than half of what they did last year.

I didn’t write this blog to try and convince anyone of anything.  I wrote it to encourage all of you who have an opinion or want to proffer one, to at least read the bill before chastising it, the people who wrote it, the people who amended it, or the people who are now proponents of it.  Don’t listen to uneducated people you’ve never met who are trying to tell you this will hurt poor Americans.  Instead, when you read that garbage, just ask yourself this:  If this is true, who in the world would write such a bill and even more, who in the world would vote for it?  If the answer is enough people to voting for it to pass it into law, you can be sure it does not wield all the negative effects you’re reading about.  If it did, and these congressmen and senators voted for it, they would be sealing their own retirement after the next elections.

Common sense people.  Its just all about common sense.

Until next time, America, read carefully, think ruefully, love wholeheartedly, and always try to look past your hatred for the other side.  Maybe, just once in awhile, you’ll see that they have a good point, and that they really are trying to make America great again.

Good Night and God Bless you all.

Dorian Lassiter

Atlanta, Ga

December 1, 2017


Raising The Debt Ceiling – The Real Facts

Looks peaceful enough, doesn't it?

“The Debt Ceiling: from ‘We The People’, to ‘We The Suckers’.”

A comprehensive, mildly humorous look at the latest financial crisis to envelop our country.

Like most Americans (hereinafter referred to as ‘We The Suckers’) who actually give a damn, I’ve spent my last few days trying like hell to understand all this crap about whether or not we should support raising the national debt ceiling another $2.4 trillion from $14,000,308,000,000.00 (that’s 14,300 billions, or 143,000 millions for those of us who never cared for math), to 16.7 trillion.

These figures come directly from a 30 page .PDF report issued by the Congressional Research Service on May 16, 2011. While hardly an edge of your seat-type read, it does promise to cause some of us Suckers to lose sleep, so I’ve included a link to view it at your own discretion.

Now that I don’t have to numb your minds with crazy numbers that look like they were plagiarized from a  Steven Hawking essay, we can move on to more important things (but for you stats geeks that want to analyze the grim details, click the link; you just hit the mother load).

In my not so humble, ‘Sucker’ opinion, these are the top 10 relevant facts we Suckers should know about our government’s current disgraceful stalemate; just without the political BS:

1. Since 2001, the debt ceiling has been raised (by both political parties) 10 times; (74 times in all, since its creation in 1917).

2. The bickering now is NOT all about raising the ceiling another 2.4 trillion, from 14.3 trillion, to 16.7 trillion (remember all those zeros?). Both sides agree it needs to be raised, that is NOT the issue.

3. The Elephants want to implement mandatory immediate cutbacks and future spending restrictions on the government along with the increase,

4. The Jackasses (at least some of them) want none of that and an unconditional increase.

5. The unconditional increase bill was voted on by congress on May 31, 2011 – It was voted down zealously by a vote of 318-97.

6. There are NOT 318 Elephants in congress, therefore, this in NOT strictly Elephants vs. Jackasses.

7. The Elephants won’t approve the raise even though The White House doesn’t carry a US Treasury checkbook, and congress has to approve the spending of every penny anyway.

8. The Jackasses are shamelessly telling us Suckers that if this increase isn’t passed and our government goes into ‘default’ (a word undoubtedly chosen to evoke thoughts of repossessed cars, foreclosed homes and nagging credit card companies), that the cuts they make to keep the government functioning will have to be to Social Security, pensions, and other programs which directly support We The Suckers.

9. The Jackasses refuse to approve an increase that has any cutbacks or spending limitations affixed to it.

10. As usual, ‘We The Suckers’  suffer, regardless of who wins the ultimate debate.

Who should ‘We The Poor Suckers’ trust?

True, The Prez was elected to run the country, but we also elected each of those 318 men and women that said: “not no, but HELL no”  so how do we justify the opinion of one guy over the opinions of the 318 people who got there the same way and who’s very job description is to keep him in check?

Well, here’s the way I see it: Their BOTH wrong.

When you look through the federal budget for fiscal year 2011, (link provided and not exactly a page turner either, I might add) ,  the 136 page document is riddled with bequests of billions, if not trillions of dollars of money for foreign contributions and non-emergency aid.

Look folks, charity is a wonderful thing, but can anyone rationally justify donating money to help foreign exchange students when our economy is plummeting by the day, and our government keeps crying that they need to borrow more money (from those same countries) to pay our monthly bills?

Would you donate your hard earned money  so foreign exchange students could have cheaper housing while your house is foreclosure, your car could get repossessed any moment, and the credit card companies are calling you for money 16 times a day?

Of course you wouldn’t. Nobody would.  Just because we’re Suckers, doesn’t mean we’re Idiots too.

I’m sorry, but my response is:  quit making us Suckers suffer while you spend our money on frivolous crap as you see fit.

The proof is in the budget.  No, cutting those extravagances won’t prevent us from ever having to raise the debt ceiling again (our government will find something else stupid to spend our money on) but it will eliminate the urgency and fear of those who count on government programs and who paid into those programs with their lifeblood for many many years, from having to living in panic.

Isn’t that more important than cheap housing for Chinese school kids on va-ca from Beijing?