Pay Attention Now or Pay Later
BY: Frater Bovious
(WASHINGTON, DC) – I haven’t read the tax proposal – I’ve read the headlines talking about making tuition wavers taxable as income. This sounds outrageous, right? Let’s look at it a moment, and then see why they might be making such a suggestion.
- Students are helped with their college tuition with grants, scholarships, tuition waivers, tuition reimbursements and tuition remission.
- How are these various products funded?
- It seems that grants and scholarships are in fact monies given to students – and I guess funded by wealthy people and corporations – This I suppose is technically income.
- Tuition reimbursements also seems like monies given to students, but, it is reimbursing money they already paid. It hardly seems correct to call that income, though technically, it was money that came in, so…
- Tuition remission seems to be a variation of reimbursement. See above.
- Tuition waivers appears to simply be a reduction in what a student has to pay.
It is simply a lie to call a tuition waiver income, and thereby taxable. We should not accept these lies from our elected officials.
N.b. The government does not make any money. All the money it spends it gets from you and it gets from me. There is no other source of income that matters. When people talk about reducing taxes, that can only be done with a concomitant reduction in expenses. This is only possible one of two ways:
- A reduction in Government Expenditure
- Smoke and Mirrors
Meaning there is really only one way that this country can actually reduce taxes (Governmental Income), there has to be a reduction in Government Services (outgo).
All the rest is literally robbing Peter to pay Paul – that is the smoke and mirrors part. Take from tuition waivers in order to offset the loss of Government Income caused by reducing some other tax. There is no other way.
When are we going to get sick of being lied to, and hold our elected officials accountable? Rhetorical question. The answer appears to be “Never.” We are already bankrupt as a country, and hiding our heads in the sand.
Meanwhile, if you are unhappy with the idea of taxing tuition reimbursement whatever it’s form, there is something you can do. Call and/or write your elected officials. They actually do pay attention if they think enough voters are actually motivated to vote.
Here is how: Contact Your Elected Official
Tell them you are pissed off. Tell them you vote. Tell them you are smart enough to find out how to contact them, so you are smart enough to find out how they voted in this and other issues. (Because, you can find out.)
Tell them you are beginning to believe it is time to vote everyone out and start over. Remind them that the 2018 elections are less than a year away.
Random Thought: If someone isn’t working for you, should you be paying them?
Consent, it’s not just for adults anymore
BY: Frater Bovious
(New York City) – From the Girl Scouts we have this helpful tip:
Think of it this way, telling your child that she owes someone a hug either just because she hasn’t seen this person in a while or because they gave her a gift can set the stage for her questioning whether she “owes” another person any type of physical affection when they’ve bought her dinner or done something else seemingly nice for her later in life.
Can set the stage for questioning whether or not she “owes” another person…
I’d like to see the research supporting this opinion. There is none to be found on the website. My own uninformed impression is that our current culture has more to do with the pressures young women experience than asking them to hug grandma when she arrives.
So, let’s have a scientific poll!
(Farmers Branch, suburb of Carrollton, TX) – We welcome into this world Theo, Son of Leon and Theresa, grandson of Leon, Tim and Renee, and Rosie and Mark. Gaze upon the proud Papa and his firstborn son!
Happy Birthday Theo!
(Dateline: HELL) – Manson was ushered into Hell earlier today. He was immediately drowned in sewage, set on fire, re-drowned, etc.
He expressed dismay, thinking he would have some celebrity status.
“You’re in Hell, stupid,” was the response.
On The Way to Another 8 and 8 Season
(DEATHSTAR, Arlington) – Cowboys got blown out again last night. I must confess, I was moderately hopeful at the end of the first half. But, I was worried because of the trend that I have seen of late.
Back in the 90’s, it seemed the Cowboys would go in at half-time, make adjustments, and come out and crush their opponent in the second half. However, lately, the opposite seems to be the case. Their opponent goes in, makes adjustments, and shuts down the Cowboys.
I saw an interesting article title written by Clarence E. Hill Jr. in the Star Telegram:
Coach Jason Garrett posed possibility of losing out to falling Cowboys
This was followed at the end of the article by this telling quote from Dak Prescott:
“Coach Garrett couldn’t put it in better words in giving our options all the way down from 11-5 to 5-11. It’s up to us to figure out what we want to do.”
Yes, because after all what does a coach really do? For that matter who really needs a coach?
The Global Exclaimer Then and Now
By: MR. MARK CONNOLLY, OP
(CARROLLTON – Cradle of Civilization) In the Beginning, there was a family newsletter which I called The Global Exclaimer. It was largely for fun, and a diversion for me. My family seemed to like it. It was humorous when not plain silly. Sometimes it was serious.
Then there was The Glob Blog. It became embroiled in the politics of the day, then went off on a religious slant.
Then there was an actual newspaper circulated in Carrollton, TX for a year named The Global Exclaimer. It was really the big brother of my family newsletter and was very rewarding personally in every way except monetarily. It became a very expensive and time consuming hobby.
It was replaced by this blog.
Then I spun off a feature of this blog titled The Spiritual Advocate, and did most of my writing over there. It morphed into Truth Vs Reality, at http://truthvsreality.com a sort of philosophical/religious blog. That effort has languished with the beginning of a podcast called My Stogie Mystagogy at https://mystogiemystagogy.com.
But, I miss my news-papering days.
PLUS, I have since received a Masters in Theology, and become a Lay Dominican. So, what to do with the Global Exclaimer?
Nothing but… A Hospitable Takeover! What does that mean?
Hide and watch.
Mark, aka Frater Bovious
Facebook asks, “What’s on your mind?” #MSMFAIL is what is on my mind. This morning I turn on Fake News, aka any channel on TV with a “news” show. They are talking about the Russian Hacking. Apparently the Russians had a sinister plan. The “journalist” looks into the camera and says, earnestly, “It seems they may even have been trying to cause (pause for effect – and then very soberly) regime change.”
O My God.
The MSM cannot stop themselves –
From wikipedia (hey journalists, there is this thing called the internet):
In formal usage, a régime is the form of government or the set of rules, cultural or social norms, etc. that regulate the operation of a government or institution and its interactions with society.
Wikipedia goes on to say:
While the word régime originates as a synonym for any form of government, modern usage often gives the term a negative connotation, implying an authoritarian government or dictatorship. Webster’s definition states that the word régime refers simply to a form of government, while Oxford English Dictionary defines regime as “a government, especially an authoritarian one”.
Contemporary academic usage of the term “regime” is broader than popular and journalistic usage, meaning “an intermediate stratum between the government (which makes day-to-day decisions and is easy to alter) and the state (which is a complex bureaucracy tasked with a range of coercive functions).”
So what, you may ask. Well, depending on how you look at the word, you could interpret our earnest journalist as telling us that Russia was trying to save us from the dictatorship that exists here in the United States. Or you could say Russia was trying to change our system of government.
My Point: Regularly scheduled elections are not “regime change.”
Hey earnest journalist, this is what regime change looks like:
Regime change most certainly does not look like this:
I am tired of the idiotic product put out by the networks.