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TGIF – Nov. 3, 2017

November 3, 2017

Democracy for sale.

Former interim DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile’s new book is being hailed as a “courageous exposé” of the Clinton political machine, and it may be all that and more.

Of greater importance is that it absolutely validates the instincts of the American people, whose collective nose sniffed out that something had gone seriously wrong in our democracy.

Whether it was the frustrating number of GOP primary candidates or Bernie Sanders’ remarkable showing on the left in spite of the Clintons, or the ultimate election of a blunt-talking New York billionaire, the natives were decidedly restless during the last election cycle.

Whether this is enough to convince the Special Counsel, who is supposed to be looking into all things Russian, to investigate the Clinton campaign’s takeover of the DNC as doggedly as he has pursued the Trump campaign or not, the source of the overwhelming stench surrounding the election is becoming clearer.

If some of the money used to buy the Democratic Party’s cooperation with Clinton came from  the Uranium One deal, that deserves to be investigated as evidence of actual corrupt practices.

Whether you lean left or right or you just don’t give a damn anymore, this poses questions that need answers.

About those tax cuts.

One of the first things we learn as we mature is to NEVER take anything a politician from either party tells you at face value, and the hot air being wasted on the 429-page Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Bill in the House certainly bears that out.

Obviously, this isn’t going to be the final legislation, so getting too worked up right now is a waste of time and energy.

In fact, Musings didn’t even want to write this post right now, but people are apparently freaking out over this still nonexistent legislative tax reform, so bear with us.

For most taxpayers, the bottom line is “will I be better or worse off if this passes?”

We can’t know that yet.

Working from personal experience with tax preparation, Musings can see areas where the PROPOSED legislation could give with one hand while taking with the other, in terms of the middle class.

For instance, if you have a large blended family of seven or more, losing the $4050 allowance per taxpayer and dependent could potentially cost you money, even allowing for the $1600 per child tax credit.

On the face of it, losing the state and local tax deduction seems to be a genuine problem for those who choose to live in high tax areas, but that is a highly localized problem. Maybe you might want to attack that problem through the various state legislatures. Or move…we hear that works well too.

The bottom line now is that there is no bottom line yet, so maybe you might want to keep your powder dry for now.

Oh yes, and maybe disregard the remnants of the Clinton machine, given their questionable motivations and ethics.

The eye of the beholder.

Kudos to the state of Tennessee for installing special viewing technology that enables people who are colorblind to view the fall colors as most of us see them, many of them for the very first time.

The dividend to this story is that it highlights technological advances that can make life more fun and fulfilling for people.

Well done, Tennessee.

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