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!
(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.
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.
Scribbled on Facebook the morning after – preserved for posterity in this noble newspaper
Some observations this morning:
1. #msmfail – I have been grimly amused by the freaking out of the main stream media – anyone who thinks they were unbiased in their coverage of this election is in denial.
As to their plaintive cry of “how did we miss this?” I urge them to look up and understand the idea of confirmation bias. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias
2. Is there anything uglier and nastier and haughtier than a bigoted liberal?
3. Non-degreed white males are people too. The obsession with the coverage last night on the percent of non-degreed white males that voted for Trump was fascinating. It was like the media just discovered a new species. And the implication – only ignorant white people would vote for Trump, is elitist and dismissive.
4. In adventures in reaching for straws: several talking heads floated the idea that Hillary lost because ignorant white males were prejudiced against a woman president. Again I say: #msmfail and confirmation bias.
5. Lastly, both parties, wake up. The circumstances that resulted in this election result are the same circumstances responsible for the Tea Party movement.
Neither Republican nor Democrat understood the sensibilities that created the Tea Party movement, so they simply created a straw man and called it the Tea Party so that they could attack and destroy it. But, the simple reality is, there is no Tea Party, never was.
So what was this thing? The simple sense that “I don’t care what party you say you are affiliated with, your candidate doesn’t represent me, so I’m not voting for him or her.” Note – the Republican political machine did not select Donald Trump. To their befuddlement, their unruly populace selected Trump to run as a Republican. I am certain the predominant emotion from the political elite was, “The peasants are revolting.” And they meant that in every sense of the word.
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(NORTH CAROLINA) – This is what happens when you don’t think it matters whether or not you vote or are politically active.
Since our system of government is designed as “by the people” it really is the government “by the people who seek power”. The balance to that lust for power is the voter that does not want to govern, but has chosen to be governed. We put these people in power – as public servants. As a motivated voter, you can fire your public servant if they forget whom they serve. But, you have to actually be politically active and actually vote.
If you don’t bother, this kind of nonsense happens. (tip of the hat to Frater Cowculus for alerting The Glob to this atrocity) Ψ
OK, it’s not true, but I made you look!!
Obama Orders Guantánamo Prisoners Transferred To Next President
April 13, 2011 | ISSUE 47•15
You have to admit, my administration has been entertaining in that sad-scary-clown kind of way.
President Obozo has a problem. He has to run on his record. He’s never held a position long enough for there to be a record to review – and when he sort of has had a record to run on (as a Senator that did not finish his term), he’s simply moved on. His record on Gitmo speaks for itself – and encapsulates his foray into Supreme Executive-ship.
He has repeatedly made dogmatic and unequivocal policy statements based on no knowledge of the realities involved. His arrogance is shocking – it is as if he skimmed a report, determined he had all the necessary facts, makes policy, then someone points out “well, in paragraph two here, it clearly notes that…” and he has to recant, ignore, distract or obfuscate.
If he could officially transfer Gitmo’s prisoners to the next president, he would.
via Obama Orders Guantánamo Prisoners Transferred To Next President | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source.