No matter how you slice it, both the House and the Senate versions of the tax reform bill pose a grave danger to our economy for decades to come. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the House bill would increase the deficit by $1.7 Trillion over the next 10 years. House Republicans have objected to this estimate because it doesn't account for the job growth that will result from the tax cut. The Republicans might not have liked that estimate, but they were in such a hurry to pass their bill that they refused to wait for the CBO to calculate a dynamic score. However, dynamic scoring from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Tax Foundation both indicate that the deficit will increase by over $1 trillion.
Life is unfair. Some babies are born to billionaires and will never have to worry about working for food and shelter for the rest of their lives. Others are born into grinding poverty and may be homeless or unable to obtain enough food or medical care. The tax reform bill under consideration will increase the unfairness of the system by eliminating the estate tax. As you know, eliminating the estate tax benefits only those with estates worth over $5.49 million for a single person or $10.98 million for a couple. Why would you want to make life more unfair than it already is?
I saw a Trump supporter comment that it would be great if people would just stop fighting the President. The following is my response to this suggestion.
Can Tom Reed Legally Block His Constituents On Facebook?
My Congressman, Tom Reed, has two Facebook accounts. The first is his “Politician” Facebook page. The second is his official government Facebook page. Tom Reed (or an assistant) blocked me from posting on his “Politician” page well over a year ago and all my comments on that page have been deleted. I am not sure exactly why he blocked me. It might be because I have posted a comment or two that he didn’t like about the Iran nuclear deal. I imagine he didn’t appreciate my column in the Ithaca Journal last year that criticized his bashing of the deal.
Or it might be because he made a post saying something that was bashing President Obama (I forget what it was, probably something about ObamaCare) and then said something like “Everyone who agrees with me, like this post.” I responded by saying, "I wish Facebook had an Unlike button".
Donald Trump's condemnation of the Nazi terrorists in Charlottesville was as strong as his condemnation of Vladimir Putin for interfering with our election and for expelling hundreds from the American embassy in Moscow. In other words, it was so weak it was almost nonexistent.
Here was his condemnation on Twitter
I am not a lawyer. Nor do I play one on TV. But I follow Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe on Twitter and I have read the papers he cited that challenge the assertion that a president can pardon himself. After reading those papers I am convinced that any pardon Donald Trump grants to himself will also fail. I further contend--and this will be controversial--that any pardon he grants to anyone who has helped him become President through an illegal conspiracy will fail.
Jill Stein may have cost Hillary Clinton the election. Ben Schreckinger at Politico explains.
In Michigan, Stein garnered more than 51,000 votes, while Clinton lost by fewer than 11,000. In Wisconsin, Trump’s margin was 23,000 votes while Stein attracted 31,000. And in Pennsylvania she attracted 50,000 votes, while Trump won by 44,000.
The case that Stein played spoiler isn’t nearly as strong as it was for Ralph Nader in 2000, when Bush won Florida by 500 votes while Nader racked up close to 100,000 votes there. And Stein points to national exit polling that shows the majority of her voters would have stayed home rather than vote for Clinton, while others would have sooner voted for Trump.
Dear Congressman Reed,
I am greatly dismayed by President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. This reminds me of Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre. This has the APPEARANCE of Trump trying to cover up treasonous collusion with the Russians to steal the elections. Maybe Trump and his gang are totally innocent, but that is not how it appears.
23 Representatives--all Republicans--voted to keep Donald Trump's taxes secret. Of these 23 Representatives who voted to help Trump with his cover-up, 22 voted to allow YOUR ISP to sell YOUR browsing history. At the very least, those who voted to keep