Friday, April 21, 2017
Each year, the Tax Foundation announces Tax Freedom Day, the day when average Americans stop working for the government and start working for themselves.
So far, this year Tax Freedom Day seems to be April 23, a day earlier than last year. It is a sign of how serious this problem has become that we rejoice at a one-day improvement. But wait — the new tax plan is still gestating. Like a baby elephant, it seems to require an extraordinarily long time before it is born. When it appears, we will know when Tax Freedom Day 2017 actually is.
In 2016, April 24 was Tax Freedom Day. This happy day came five days later than in 2015. That was the 108th day of the year. That is, we spent 29.6% of the year working to pay federal and state taxes. In primary school I learned that the essentials of life are food, clothing, and shelter. Yet Americans spend more on taxes than for these three essentials combined:
According to the Tax Foundation, we worked:
● 32 days to pay federal individual income taxes;
● 24 days to pay federal social insurance taxes:
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Part 1 of Dr. Miguel Faria’s analysis of Vladimir Putin (photo, below) and the war in the Middle East, as with all his writings, is well worth reading and pondering deeply as it contains some excellent observations. I have been driven by new information to revise my original article on Putin and Russia, not so much on its basic thesis, but rather on Putin’s position. During my deep study and analysis on the subject, I have unearthed newer information and will need some time to digest it all. I look forward to the second part of Dr. Faria’s article on this issue. This is a very difficult subject and things are not always what they seem on a first look—as most of us well know. This is like an onion—one must peel back many layers before one finds the truth. The outer layers are stained with propaganda, lies, and carefully crafted deceptions. Only the inner layers, those not seen by the average superficial thinker and observer, come closer to the truth.
First, for the outer layer of the onion. It appears on the surface that President Donald Trump has fallen into the Power Elite's trap by attacking Syria and Bashar al-Assad. On first look, it is obvious that Assad had...